Australian Defence Force looking to Dunedin Engineering Hub

Great news for Farra and Dunedin locals! Up to 500 jobs could be delivered by Australian military contracts. This would help kick-start a new wave of engineering in Dunedin.

Farra Engineering chief executive Gareth Evans said Dunedin had been a leading centre of engineering in New Zealand for more than a century, but major employers like Fisher and Paykel Appliances and Hillside Workshops had since been lost. Mr Evans said the city had an opportunity to launch a new wave of modern engineering, built on new skills, collaboration and opportunities.

The types of work on offer would include everything from manufacturing lift and other equipment to kitchen fit-outs of naval vessels, he said. Securing $100 million of work would deliver 300-500 new, high-value jobs to the city, and was a realistic goal, he believed. ''We would only need a fraction of a percent [of the work] to make a material difference to Dunedin.''

The opportunities on offer did not end with Australia's military upgrade, either, as the civil ship maintenance, renewable energy, climate change and general construction sectors offered chances for long-term growth, he said.

The original article was written by the ODT.

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Auckland Debut for New Farra Work Platform

Farra is assembling its world-first high-rise-climbing work platform, which could revolutionise the recladding of tall at-risk buildings.

Our High-Riser climbing work platform encompasses all sides of a building, two storeys high, and ''climbs'' wires suspended from multiple davits on the building's roof, using a combination of a hydraulic ram and specialist wedging system, which locks on to the wire cables.

Chief executive Gareth Evans said while marketing had not been done on the High-Riser, there was already interest across New Zealand and Australia. ''We've had very positive responses. Our markets will be the Middle East, Australia, the United Kingdom and here,'' Mr Evans said.

The 24-storey Grenfell tower tragedy in London in June last year killed 72 people after external aluminium cladding caught fire, prompting building owners world-wide to consider recladding their buildings.

Each High-Riser unit is bespoke for the building and can take up to a year to build, potentially being on-site and attached to the building for up to two years.

Farra has for more than a decade carved out a niche-market in designing and constructing ''building maintenance units'', much smaller working platforms which are slung from permanent cantilever davits on the top of high-rises, for maintenance and cleaning purposes.

Contact:

Thomas Schweitzer
Phone: +64 3 474 3028
Cell: +64 21 221 0687
thomas.schweitzer@farra.co.nz

The original article was written by the ODT.

 

Powder Coating

After a 6 month planning and manufacturing period we now have our new powder coating plant in operation.

It uses both an automatic paint both uses CNC controllers feeding the oven on an overhead line.  We also have a manual paint booth in operation and the oven is uniquely designed to handle both batch work and overhead production line work.

Not all our dipping tanks are in use yet but they will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

We are excited about adding powder coating to our capability as it compliments our existing manufacturing base.    

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Health and Safety Impact Award

With over 100 entries, Farra is proud to be selected as a Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Finalist for 2016.

 

Our entry this year was for the Farra Hoarding.

 

The Farra Lift Hoarding is modular, light-weight and easily portable by one man, without creating manual handling hazards. Ventilation and natural light were key considerations in the design, which is lacking in the current industry standard.  And most importantly, the system allows instantaneous exit in the event of an emergency in the shaft.

 

The Farra Hoarding controls this risk twofold, by having the ability to have a quick exit system on the door (not requiring keys from the inside), and by having the top and bottom hoarding door’s situated 600 mm from the shaft exit itself, allowing someone to stand between the hoarding door and the shaft entrance if required.

 

Check out our products page for more information

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Construction Health and Safety Awards Finalists

A suicide prevention programme, a health and safety app, and a pioneering approach to removing asbestos are just a few of the innovative ideas being recognised at this year’s Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Farra is proud to be a finalist in the The Vertical Horizonz Safety Innovation Award for Large Business.

This is the second significant recognition Farra has received for its Hoarding product.

 

The Farra Lift Hoarding is modular, light-weight and easily portable by one man, without creating manual handling hazards. Ventilation and natural light were key considerations in the design, which is lacking in the current industry standard.  And most importantly, the system allows instantaneous exit in the event of an emergency in the shaft.

 

The Farra Hoarding controls this risk twofold, by having the ability to have a quick exit system on the door (not requiring keys from the inside), and by having the top and bottom hoarding door’s situated 600 mm from the shaft exit itself, allowing someone to stand between the hoarding door and the shaft entrance if required.

 

Check out our products page for more information

 

Appointment of Health & Safety Manager

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a permanent Health & Safety Manger in Logan Miller. Logan is a H&S professional coming to us following experience in similar roles in Oil & Gas, KiwiRail and Fonterra. He is a Technical Member of NZISM, IOSH and an Associate of the International Risk Management Association.

This is the latest development in our H&S initiatives as we seek to become an industry leader in this field.

Logan is very approachable and whether you are one of Farra’s subcontractors or one of our customers, don’t hesitate to contact Logan on +64 3 474 3033 to explore how we can work together in a better, more aligned and safer manner.

Email: logan.miller@farra.co.nz

 

 

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website, we hope you like it and of course hope you find it. It’s been about 5 years since we completely redid the website and I am guessing that it is probably par for the course for most businesses.

We have changed it to make it much easier for the mobile platform. Phones and tablets are increasingly used for internet use and our old website, as impressive as it was, just wasn’t as mobile friendly as it could have been.

We have taken the opportunity to also bring it up to website “best practice”, so there is less clicking and more scrolling, and its cleaner and neater. We hope you like it.

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Cardrona Distillery

There is an exciting new venture happening up the Cardrona Valley. Desiree & Ash Whitaker, together with Alvin & Judith Reid, are developing a traditional Single Malt Whisky distillery near the old township of Cardrona, opposite the entrance to the Cardrona ski field.

The distillery houses two traditional Whisky stills, as well as a column still that will distil a range of hand-crafted spirits - vodka, gins and liqueurs. Farra Stainless secured the contract to design and build the bespoke wash backs and infusers for the distillery, to exact dimensions. We have now completed the first stage of the installation. The installation coincided with a heavy dump of snow making conditions a little challenging for our guys – as the photos show. The wash backs are still in their protective wraps, hiding the brushed stainless finish.

 

If you are passing this way in the future, make sure you call in and visit.

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Farra Continues 150th Celebration

It was the turn of our staff to enjoy an afternoon’s celebration of this wonderful achievement of trading continuously under the one name, Farra, for 150 years. We believe we are the oldest engineering company in New Zealand, quite an achievement.

Last Friday we closed early for the day and got together at our Sheetmetal Division for some celebrations and light entertainment and invited along some local key customers and suppliers to help mark this achievement. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and early evening.

For a bit of fun, and for posterity, we recreated the 1920’s photo where our staff lined up outside head office. Not all staff were available unfortunately but it is still a very good “slice in time” photo of our staff, 2013.

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Farra Celebrates 150 Years

Farra Engineering started in 1863 when Joseph Farra, emigrating from Manchester in the UK, then from Melbourne, set up shop in Dunedin as a tinsmith and japanner making domestic and commercial tin products.

It is a wonderful achievement and one that we are very proud of that 150 years later Farra Engineering is still trading, still supporting local industry and still contributing to the local community.   As part of recognising this achievement we have published two books on the history of Farra, the first under the title Forged by Farra 150 which we commissioned Rosemarie Patterson to write.  The second, Otago Iron Rolling Mills, authored by shareholder Jenepher Read traces the history of a parallel company that in 1948 become an integral part of Farra.

We also had a celebratory lunch with shareholders, who are all descendants from the founding families of the three main companies behind Farra, along with Farra descendants themselves.  It was a wonderful afternoon.

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Winner of OBIZ Primary & Manufacturing Award 2012

We were thrilled to win this award at the Westpac OBIZ Business Excellence Awards 2012.  It recognised our growth and international success in Building Maintenance Units and Pit Maintenance Units, two core products that we market internationally.