Metco Engineering wins at Wellington Business Excellence Awards

Manufacturing in New Zealand is “not dead and buried” as many would have it and Metco Engineering Ltd is living proof of that, says the Seaview-based firm’s General Manager, Mark O’Donnell.

Metco Engineering Limited was named Supreme Business Award Winner at the 2017 Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards held at Upper Hutt’s Expressions Art & Entertainment Centre on November 3. They were also the category winners in the Manufacturing and Distribution section.

Their new 5,000 square square metre, state of the art premises at the Quadrant in Bell Road are a hub of manufacturing excellence. Read the full story >


Finalists supporting gold machining guns

Metco Engineeering designs and manufactures componentry for the likes of the NZDF, Assa Abloy and Callaghan Innovations.

50% of the company’s production is destined for overseas markets, which rules out resting on one’s laurels, GM Mark O’Donnell says. “While it’s important to recognise our New Zealand heritage and New Zealand made products customers won’t purchase on these factors alone – we need to be competitive.
And our quality and service give us an edge.”

Metco works closely with organisations like Weltec, Victoria University, Dale Carnegie and local Councils to make sure new apprentices get the best possible start, and has recently achieved ACC Tertiary level status.


Metco Engineering a finalist in the Wellington Business Excellence Awards

Picking a supreme winner from a top line-up of the Wellington regions businesses will be a tough call for judges at this year’s prestigious Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards to be staged at the Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt on Friday 3 November 2017, says Chief Executive Mark Futter of Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce the event hosts.

Among those nominated is Metco Engineering for this year’s Manufacturing and Distribution award.

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Flick Electric named Wellington Gold Awards Supreme Winner. Metco wins Supporting Gold

An electricity firm “tipping a traditionally analog industry on its head” has been named the supreme winner at the Wellington Gold Awards.

Flick Electric, an energy retailer which sells power to customers at wholesale prices, was handed the award by Prime Minister Bill English.

The business was also the recipient of the Cyber Gold award at the event at TSB Arena on Thursday night.

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Rocket Lab successfully launches first test rocket

Rocket Lab’s world-first test launch has successfully blasted off, making New Zealand the 11th country to launch into space.

But the company will be investigating why the rocket failed to reach orbit.

The company, in March valued at more than US$1 billion (NZ$1.42b), has this week been attempting the first test-launch of its Electron rocket.

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Metco is proud to announce its latest investment, the DMG MORI NLX 2500SY/700

Efficient complete machining One of the top models in the NLX range is the NLX 2500SY/700. As well as the main and counter spindles, which are obligatory in this performance class, the standard BMT® turret provides space for 12 driven tools, which can cut material at speeds of up to 10,000 rpm (10 or 20-station turrets are available as an option). The Y-axis travel is 100 mm (3.9 in). The turret is also optionally available in VDI design with the TRIFIX® high-speed clamping system. The NLX2500 SY/700 has been designed with generous traverse distances in order to cover a wide spectrum of parts. The turning length is 705 mm (27.8 in), and the maximum turning diameter is 366 mm (14.4 in). A turning diameter of 460 mm (18.1 in) is possible if the Y-axis is omitted. In addition, a clearance of 80 mm (3.1 in) allows larger diameter bars to be machined.

Finally, an important feature for machining accuracy is the excellent temperature management. For this purpose, the coolant floods through the machine body and the machine bed in a circuit, ensuring a constant temperature of the whole machine.


ACC Tertiary Level Status

ACC have now completed the Workplace Safety Management Practices audit of both Quadrant Drive and Page Grove.

Metco received Tertiary Level which is the highest performance level a business can achieve. You can only achieve the tertiary level when you have a clear record of established systems and practices operating effectively in your workplace.

As a guide, most of the requirements should have been in place and operational for at least 12 months.

The tertiary level recognises that Metco operates a continual improvement framework for workplace health and safety management.