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Forging a reputation for excellence

Kim Stewart Oct 10
Forging a reputation for excellence
Cast Components works with many different types of metals including aluminium, grey iron, gun metal, SG iron, steel, stainless steel and NI hard metal.

Palmerston North-based Cast Components has forged a reputation for excellence to the point where the company is consistently flat out and most business is by word of mouth, says company owner Murray Hamlin.

It is an industry where experience counts and this is precisely what Cast Components can offer its clients. Murray alone has been working in the moulding and casting industry for decades and offers international experience.

It was in 2004 that he started Cast Components after working as general manager of another similar fi rm for a decade where he grew that company from a team of three staff to over 20.

Cast Components can work with many different types of metals including aluminium, grey iron, gun metal, SG iron, steel, stainless steel and NI hard metal.

Other capabilities include induction and convection melting, hard sand moulds and cores, green sand moulds and shell cores.

This allows the company to produce many diverse products for clients whose industries include home heating, quarry, mining and general engineering.

Cast Components offers a complete service and after cast processes offered include grinding, finishing, shot blasting and machining. For example for one client Cast Components casts, heat treats, machines, vacuum impregnates and packs the products in plastic bubble bags ready for the customer’s assembly line.

Cast Components operates from a purpose built facility that the company was relocated to around four years ago. Investment was made in a new sand plant and equipment.

The workshop offers two five tonne gantry cranes allowing Cast Components to undertake a wide variety of different sized jobs. The facility also boasts a sand reclamation plant meaning sand is reused time and time again rather than needing to be dumped in a landfill.

There is also a fume recovery system as operating as environmentally friendly as possible is a priority, says Murray. Murray credits his highly skilled workforce as a key factor in the company’s on-going success.

He says obtaining skilled staff is not easy, especially from New Zealand, but Cast Components is proud to have a workforce with international experience including three qualified tradespeople – something unique for smaller company.

“Our team really is comprised of some of the very best in the industry with combined experience in excess of 100 years of metal casting, providing an exceptional core team from which to continue to grow the business,” says Murray.
This expertise has led Cast Components to be sought for some challenging and high profile projects over the years.

The company produced the Solace statue on Wellington’s waterfront, which was handmade and necessitated around 25 different moulded parts. Murray says business is busy and that Cast Components’ services are in demand.

This is the result of the solid reputation the company has established over the years and it’s on-going commitment to its valued clients and providing quality product delivered on time.

“We have been helping some of our clients since the business started which is a clear indication we are delivering on our promise to meet our clients expectations giving them the products they need.”

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