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14th November 2016

Earthquake Update 

Hi All

A quick note to let everyone know that at this time as far as we are aware, everyone is safe and well. Our staff will arrive a little later in the morning after taking care of things at home.

We have no damage to the building in Christchurch and will be operational today and for the rest of the week. Our thoughts are with those further north, closer to the epi-center in North Canterbury and in Wellington.

There may be disruptions to freight services as roads are checked and wharves in both Wellington and Picton are sorted.

November 2016

EPL's New Zealand Facility Christmas Closure 

EPL manufacturing plants and warehouses will be closed for a limited period between Christmas and the early part of New Year 2017.

Closing – 22nd December 2016 – 12:00 hrs

Re-Open – 16th January 2017 – 08:00 hrs

If you have requirements which may be needed across this period, please contact your usual company contact or customer service to discuss how we can be of assistance. There may be some potential to manufacture pre-Christmas if necessary.

October 2016

EPL Thailand Staff hold Commemorative Ceremony for the King

Staff at EPL's Thailand facility recognized the passing of the King of Thailand with a commemorative ceremony.

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October 2016

Passing of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

EPL New Zealand team members would like to extend their sincere condolences to EPL Thailand staff, family, friends and indeed the wider Thai community at this difficult time.

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October 2016

EPL Staff Help Out at Ronald McDonald House

On Saturday 8th October a team from EPL dropped into Ronald McDonald House (Christchurch) to prepare a meal for families in residence. Gourmet hamburgers were the order of the day followed by ice cream delight - make your own with various fun toppings.


September 2016

EPL Wins At Annual Plastics New Zealand Design Awards 2016

Plastics New Zealand held their Annual Design Awards for 2016 with EPL entering 4 products across two categories. We managed to win:

Gold Award - Building Category - V3 Edge Seal

Gold Award - Extrusion Category - Foam Quad Co-Extrusion

Silver Award - Extrusion Category - V3 Edge Seal

Bronze Award - Extrusion Category - Rigid Corner Section

EPL's Chief Commercial Officer Andy McNicholl collected the awards from Peter Coleman (Event Sponsor - Interplas) and Sir Ray Avery (Guest of Honour).

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August 2016

EPL Slipsheet - Keeping Kiwi's Safe

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch has been utilising EPL slipsheet as they upgrade their Kiwi holding pens for the new breeding season. Tidy, Kiwi proof edges and fresh soil is going in for the new arrivals. This helps to keep their wild kiwi's disease free during their stay so that they can be released into the wild happy and healthy.

https://www.facebook.com/WillowbankWildlifeReserve/posts/

January 2016

EPL - Staff Featured in District Health Board Promo

 Latest Christchurch District Health Board video starring EPL staff supporting the no smoking policy at our new Christchurch site.

https://vimeo.com/148192875 

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December 2015

EPL - Thai staff Celebrate New Year in Style

EPL Thailand staff celebrate in style at their New Year party with a day out, colour, sack races and karaoke.

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September 2015

EPL - Neigbourhood Contribution

EPL Maintenance Engineering staff Rob Hurst and Ryan Derry install a replacement Brookhaven Estate sign kindly donated by EPL.

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July 2014

EPL New Building - Wins Architectual Award

EPL's Christchurch office building and factory scoops architectural award. Woolston premises designed for Elastomer Products Ltd (EPL) by Cymon Allfrey took the commercial award. The building's factory area was described as "well considered as a working environment, particularly in terms of the quality of light playing out in this large space".

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September 2014

EPL Christchurch – Relocation Complete

With the equipment now installed, the offices finished and the landscaping complete, the rest of the EPL crew have relocated to the new facility at 60 Kennaway Road.

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June 2014

EPL Christchurch – On the Move

It’s been a long time coming.

In fact since the first earthquake hit on September 4th 2010 at 04.35am - it’s been 3 Years, 272 Days, 7 Hours and 55 Minutes (given it 12.30pm on Tuesday 3rd June 2014).

While the decision to move was made much later than the initial earthquake, this is where it all started in terms of building damage and disruption.

Our time therefore, at 230 Maces Road begins to come to an end, with the first machinery from our Trials Department being uplifted this morning, to be installed in the new purpose built facility at Portlink - 60 Kennaway Road. In essence 10 minutes away from where we now reside, but a world away in terms of conditions.

Goodbye to a broken building, temporary offices, workarounds, container yard storage, limited space, outdoor meetings, flooding, weather conditional IT servers and most of all chemical toilets (yep, still in use as of today!)


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The new Portlink facility offers us much improved conditions, site layout and technology. Our engineering team have been progressively reconditioning each and every piece of equipment due to be installed. Additionally, we have around a million dollars of new production line being installed and commissioned for a push into new markets.

We expect our move to take around 6 weeks and it is our intention to make this relocation seamless, in terms of customer production.

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February 2014

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Christchurch Company Celebrates 40 Years of Success

Leading global polymer manufacturer, Christchurch’s EPL, will celebrate its 40thanniversary on February 28.

Elastomer Products Limited, was registered as a company on February 28, 1974.

Today the company employs more than 150 people in Christchurch and Thailand, has sales teams throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific and exports to 22 countries.

The company was founded in 1974 by Jerry O’Neill and the late Neil Ottman. Current Managing Director, Tom Thomson, joined the business a year later and he headed a management buyout of the company when Jerry O’Neill retired in 2006.

“The EPL Group offers global clients extensive experience and industry leading technologies,” said Thomson.

“We operate very much as a specialist contract manufacturer, offering industry solutions through the full manufacturing process, from engagement, design, tooling, production and sale.

“Our components enhance the designs of manufacturers’ products worldwide,” he said.

 Thomson paid specific tribute to the efforts of his Christchurch staff following the catastrophic earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. EPL’s Bromley manufacturing site was severely affected by the earthquakes and the company has been operating from a combination of damaged facilities and temporary offices for the past three years.

“We enjoy the support of a highly talented and very loyal staff who have remained focused on precision outputs even in the midst of the Canterbury earthquakes,” said Thomson.

“We are all looking forward to moving into a purpose-built new facility in the Portlink Industrial Park by the middle of this year.’

“It will be a great way to celebrate our 40th birthday,” he said.

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November 2013

EPL Christmas Shutdown Advice

As we get closer to the festive season, it is timely to advise you of the EPL’s intentions for Christmas and New Year 2013/2014, as we provide staff with a well-earned holiday break with the family.

EPL’s manufacturing plants will be closed between Christmas and mid-January 2014.

Closing – 20 December, 2013 - 12:00hrs

Re-open – 20th January, 2014 – 08:00hrs

If you have requirements which may be needed across the close down period, please contact your usual sales representative or customer service executive to discuss how we can be of assistance. There may be some potential to manufacture your requirements prior to the Christmas close down.

EPL’s warehouses in New Zealand and Australia will be operating from 6 January 2014 to facilitate urgent customer orders.

Our Admin team will be back at work on 13 January 2014.

In the meantime please accept our best wishes to you and your staff and families for a safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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October 2013

New Building Takes Shape - Portlink

Like any new building project, it seems that not much happens in the first 3-4 months as the ground is prepared and foundations laid. Then all of a sudden, the structure begins to form and the project goes vertical. EPL’s new Portlink building is taking shape, as the main manufacturing areas and offices have been enclosed, with internal sectioning beginning in earnest.

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Our aim is to progressively relocate production across to the new site in April, before moving office staff. Portlink Industrial Park is located off Port Hills Road, with the new building backing on to the tunnel road. Access is via Kennaway Road, with the new building on the corner of Kennaway Road and Vaila Place.

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April 2013

New Beginnings - Portlink

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes, management at EPL have taken the decision to relocate and rebuild on a new site at 60 Kennaway Road, Portlink Industrial Park in Christchurch. While the existing building is adequately safe, it is no longer a long term prospect for this business.

With the majority of our staff living and working in the East, we identified an ideal location 3 kms away, and in early April 2013, a traditional land blessing ceremony was conducted on the new site. EPL’s new building project is underway!

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The traditional land blessing and Karakia, was conducted by Ngai Tahu Kaumatua Maurice Gray and a number of EPL staff were able to attend. Groundworks will start immediately and it is hoped that we will have a new building completed some time around March 2014.

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March 2013

EPL Plans New Building

After a commercial assessment of options with our existing EPL Head Office and manufacturing building in Maces Road Christchurch, it has been decided to pursue alternate location options, due to the prohibitive costs of remediating the existing building to code or rebuilding on the existing site.

A new site has been identified in Portlink Industrial Park and TM Consulting and architects Cymon Alfrey & Associates have been engaged to design a new home for EPL. Initial designs are being assessed with manufacturing areas of roughly the same size for Plastics and Silicone manufacturing, and offices to house administration staff. The project will be managed by Arrow International.

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While our existing Maces Road building is only 17 years old, the new building will allow us to update some of the building infrastructure and services in line with technology advancements in manufacturing.

All going to plan we aim to be in the new building early in the New Year.

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EPL Executive Receives 2012 Prime Ministers Business Scholarship.

Elastomer Products Limited’s (EPL) Group Sales & Marketing Manager Andy McNicholl has been awarded one of this year’s Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships to study at a world class learning institution.

The Prime Minister’s business Scholarships were launched in 2010 and are designed to build business capability and enhance New Zealand business opportunities for growth by developing skills in management, leadership and internationalisation.

The scholarship will enable Mr McNicholl to undertake study at the prestigious INSEAD global business school in France. The focus of Andy’s study is in the areas of business growth and internationalisation in order to enhance his ability to increasing EPL’s penetration of international markets and assist in growing the group’s wider business.

The recipients of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships are:

  • Angus Bargh of Downer NZ Ltd, Christchurch.
  • Ronnie Butt of Comvita Ltd, Hong Kong.
  • Corinne Callinan of CXC Ltd, Auckland.
  • Sally Gardiner of Zespri International Ltd, Tauranga.
  • Sean Horgan of Northpower Ltd, Auckland.
  • Richard Keys of Abano Healthcare Ltd, Auckland.
  • Michael Kwok of Resolve Group Ltd, Auckland.
  • Andy McNicholl of EPL Ltd, Christchurch.
  • Kathy Meads of Lyttelton Port Co. Ltd, Christchurch.
  • Wayne Oxenham, of Orion Health Ltd, Auckland.
  • Damian Pedreschi of BECA Group Ltd, Auckland.
  • John Penno of Synlait Farms Ltd, Rakaia.
  • Paul Stokes of Jade Software Corporation Ltd / Wynyard Group Ltd, United Kingdom.
  • Hamish Wiig of Tait Communications Ltd, Houston, Texas.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says that the calibre of applicants was extremely high, which resulted in more scholarships being offered this year than in past years.

Mr Joyce commented, “these prestigious scholarships have been awarded to up-and-coming stars of the New Zealand business scene and will give them the chance to increase their skills to help them achieve at the highest levels.”

Read more: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/pm%E2%80%99s-business-scholarships-announced-0

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January 2012

EPL Managing Director Tom Thomson Finalist for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) 2012 New Zealand International Business Leaders Award.

In the last few days EPL Managing Director Tom Thomson has been announced as a finalist in the 2012 New Zealand International Business Leaders awards. Tom was nominated in the Outstanding International Business Leader section of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise 2012 awards.

This award recognises the vision, commitment and success of an outstanding leader with a long history in internationalisation. It acknowledges overall results achieved through outstanding: planning, business model structures, operational management, research and development, financial strategy, product or service development, partnerships, and a willingness to share. The nominee will also have been an active role model and mentor over many years.

The category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 21st 2012.
Read more: http://www.nzte.govt.nz/latest-events/new-zealand-international-business-awards/2012-finalists/pages/outstanding-leader.aspx

Awards related video interview: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/videos

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September 2011 Update

Champion Canterbury Awards.

At this months Champion Canterbury Awards, EPL were recognised in the Exporting section with an acknowledgement for extraordinary performance through the Christchurch earthquakes.

Thankfully the most recent earthquakes have been limited to the lower end of the magnitude scale, meaning little or no further damage being inflicted. Spring is in the air and we are at last starting to enjoy longer days.

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The 2011 Champion Canterbury Awards acknowledges examples of
Canterbury businesses who have strived to get Christchurch back
on its feet following the Canterbury Earthquakes. They will be
recognised for their resiliency, creativity and leadership of the
Canterbury business community.

Prime Ministerial Visit.

In May, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key visited the EPL Christchurch manufacturing site to view the damage and to lift staff morale. He commented that what had been achieved post quakes was simply incredible.

Prime Minister Key was fascinated with the polymer extrusion process undertaken by EPL and chatted to staff openly about their roles and the tasks they were performing. He finished the day with staff, discussing the World Cup, the economy and sharing a few research findings based on other cities internationally which had been damaged by acts of nature and their post-damage recovery and rebuilds.

Interestingly, the Prime Minister also provided the welcome for all attendees at last week’s Champion Canterbury awards.

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Despite significant quake damage to its infrastructure, the tight knit Elastomer team has rallied together to ensure its large customer base, local and international, remains fully supplied and all local employment positions remain secure.

“What you guys have achieved is simply incredible” Prime Minister John Key

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17/08/2011 12.30pm

Continuing snowfalls have eased and rain is starting to make travel easier. The EPL Christchurch manufacturing site is again open today and has begun to produce orders, some of which will be a little behind schedule. 

Our intention is pick up where we left off on Friday last week. Thankfully we have full shifts on hand for 24 hour production. 

Freight from the factory will be backlogged for the next few days as providers continue to battle the weather elements to clear the freight build-up. 

If you have urgent orders you require an update on please talk to our customer service team or your usual sales contact directly.

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052 or +64 3 389 2125

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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15/08/2011 9.00am

Heavy snowfalls overnight mean that we have around 400-500mm of snow in parts of Christchurch this morning. The weather is predicted to continue for another 24hours and it is still snowing presently.

The EPL manufacturing business is closed today and will be re-assessed tomorrow due to the due to the conditions. 

This will mean probable delays to production for a limited period, until we can reopen and there may also be other logistic delays as the roads, rail and the ports are cleared. EPL’s Auckland warehouse facility are still operational. 

If you have urgent orders you require an update on please talk to our customer service team or your usual sales contact directly.

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052 or +64 3 389 2125

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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25/07/2011 10.00am

Christchurch finds itself blanketed in snow this morning and very low temperatures. There is around 5cm of snow on the ground and it is still snowing moderately. This is a usual one in ten year event for Christchurch.

The EPL manufacturing business is open however we have some staff away due to the conditions.

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Logistically, we are aware that there are temporary logistical issues throughout the South Island. These will clear with the weather;

Christchurch Airport is closed.

Local couriers will be intermittent

National Line-haul freight to other regions will be delayed

If you have urgent orders you require an update on please talk to our customer service team or your usual sales contact directly.

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052 or +64 3 389 2125

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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21/06/2011 9.00am

The cleanup continues at EPL’s Christchurch manufacturing site. The building was quickly certified by engineers as safe and the main focus has been on re-seating extruders which have moved and tore away from their power and water supplies. Our initial projection of 2-3 days to get back into full production has been hampered by a few unexpected issues, although we have been building manufacturing capacity as machinery is realigned and reconnected. 

The supply of water to the building was initially intermittent and our main die storage carousel has also sustained some damage. The dies are currently being extracted manually and the carousel will require a major rebuild. There is some damage to racking at an external store, which will require a clean up once more important work is completed.  

We believe that the business has lost 4-5 days production at full capacity but should be back up to full speed early this week.

Some of you may have seen the ASB Business report on Thursday morning where we had the opportunity to respond to some questions on our organizations recovery post-quake, along with our commitment to Christchurch.  For those who are interested the links are listed below:

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/amp-chch-exporter-commits-staying-put-4-23-video-4229840

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/manufacturer-commits-christchurch-4231576

If you have urgent orders you require an update on please talk to our customer service team or your usual sales contact directly.

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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14/06/2011 8.00am

Yesterday the Christchurch region and in particular the East side of the city experienced two strongly felt tremors of 5.5M and 6.0M. In all there were 51 tremors across the 24hrs and these continue this morning.  

As noted yesterday we evacuated the Christchurch production site after the first quake and all staff are safe and accounted for. Staff were then released for the remainder of the day while assessments of the building were undertaken. The results of the structural assessment are not known at this time however a quick visual look around by management did not reveal anything out of the ordinary. 

We have machines to purge this morning and bring back on line once the assessment green light is provided and expect to be back in production at some stage this afternoon.

If you have urgent orders you require an update on please talk to our customer service team or your usual sales contact directly.

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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13/06/2011 2.00pm

Christchurch has just experienced another earthquake this afternoon. This one measuring 5.5M somewhere near Taylors Mistake in the east of town. The Christchurch factories embarked on a rapid shutdown with everyone leaving the building safely.

We currently have structural engineers on site checking the building as a precaution for staff safety, but do not expect any major issues. Most staff have been sent home, other than a crew expecting to purge the extruders later in the day.

We expect the Christchurch production facility to be back in full production by tomorrow morning. 

EPL’s Auckland and other International offices remain open for business.

Best Regards

Phone Customer Service staff on +64 9 274 4052

email custserv-chc@elastomer.co.nz

or speak directly with your EPL contact.

If there are any issues or you are struggling to make contact, please feel free to phone myself directly on +64 27 222 7410. 

Best Regards

Andy McNicholl

Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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07/06/2011 12.10pm

Phones have been restored.

You may once again contact us on the usual numbers. 

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