New facility a commitment to growth
APL Window Solutions is in the midst of a massive expansion and relocation. The company is constructing new purpose-built facilities in Hautapu, Cambridge on an expansive 30 hectare site.
Company CEO Craig Vincent says the new site will eventually allow the four current sites in Te Rapa, Hamilton, to be consolidated in one location.
It will also allow the company to commence a new venture, Architectural Glass Products (AGP).Craig says this is a strategic move to grow and add wider benefits to the group.
“Advanced glass technology and high performance Insulated Glass Units (IGU’s) have become an important element of thermally efficient windows, doors and facades that improve the thermal performance of our homes and commercial buildings.
“AGP will offer these high performance IGU’s to the APL network of window and door manufacturers,” he says.
The new 45,000sqm facility under construction in Cambridge, which will house AGP and the manufacturing of IGU’s, is expected to be operative in March 2020. APL’s ALPAC business unit, which manufactures window and door hardware for the group, will also relocate to the Cambridge site.
Over the next 5-7 years the other business units in Te Rapa will relocate in a staged move.Craig says the new facility will be a significant employer for the region with 100 people in ALPAC and 50 new jobs being created for AGP.
Eventually 500-600 people will work on the site.The new facility will offer staff an improved working environment, a café and eventually a campus environment that will include a gym and childcare facilities.
Extensive landscaping, including a large pond for fire fighting and irrigation plus numerous walking and cycling paths will be a feature of the finished development.
APL has been successfully designing, marketing and distributing window and door systems for the New Zealand building industry since 1971, ironically from a farm very close to the new Hautapu site.
A family-owned business, APL has become recognised as a truly pioneering and innovative New Zealand company. APL is the parent company of window brands Altherm Window Systems, First Windows & Doors and Vantage Windows & Doors.
The products are sold through over 70 licensed window and door manufacturers throughout New Zealand. Craig says a real point of difference is that APL provides a fully vertically integrated supply chain.
Within the group of companies is an on-site aluminium extrusion plant, surface finishing plants (Colour Works for powder coating and FINEX for anodising), and the manufacturing facility (ALPAC).
There is also a plastic profile extrusion plant, a distribution fleet (APL Direct) and very shortly glass with AGP servicing its manufacturers nationwide.
Craig says volume and scale have allowed APL to have such a complete offering and APL now supplies around half of all the windows and doors to the New Zealand construction industry. APL is constantly developing new products to meet market demands.
He says that APL is equally visionary in terms of its environmental impact, setting an example of how large industrial companies can do their bit. For example being a strong supporter of Sustain-able Coastlines sees staff, families and local community groups supporting annual tree planting days to improve local waterways.
As a corner stone sponsor of the New Zealand Green Building Council, APL’s new facility will be built to meet its philosophy from construction through to overall performance and lifecycle.
“We are constantly working to reduce our environmental footprint while continuing to strive to bring a diverse product range to the market combined with strong relationships, service and commitment to our manufacturers.
“Ultimately we hope that APL Window Solutions adds to the architectural face of the New Zealand construction industry and enhances the well-being of home owners and building occupants.”
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