The team at Hansa's new premises in Northgate Business Park.

Waikato-based business Hansa has built a new outlet and manufacturing centre in the Northgate Business Park as demand for its products booms.


Starting in a honey shed at Ohaupo, Hansa has been manufacturing chippers and shredding equipment in New Zealand for more than 40 years and exporting to Australia for 25 years. 


The company had outgrown its previous Hamilton premises and set about locating a new site.


Hansa chippers relocated to horotiu northgate business park north of te rapa industrial park

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Waikato Times Commercial Property feature, Hansa relocation to Northgate Business Park. Feb 6, 2019.


Formerly based in a 828 square metre building, the business had set itself ambitious production targets and has relocated to a 8500sqm Northgate site, which will allow for future expansion, managing director Martin Vogel said.


"We have enjoyed seeing our business grow and the direction in which it is going. There is satisfaction for us as we do the whole process ourselves from the development to the manufacturing, sales and receipt of feedback." 


The new headquarters includes a new and larger factory, storage, service and office space. The facilities include a dedicated powder-coating plants, pre-coating facilities and robot welder, allowing accuracy of construction and durability of finish.


The new premises are intended to enable sustainable growth and cater to growing demand in Australia, New Zealand and beyond, Martin said.


"For the future we will continue to focus on quality, which is important when competing in the world market. It's about retaining market share and doing business sustainably."


Hansa Products, now referred to simply as "Hansa", was established by Manfred Vogel in the early 1980s when, soon after settling in New Zealand, he recognised a need for chippers.


"I could see the trends overseas and nobody in New Zealand was interested in making shredders."


About two years ago the decision was made to seek out a larger site on which to establish a purpose-built facility. A site in the Northgate Business Park was selected due to its size, room for growth, location and proximity to its old premises.


Design was undertaken by Stiles and Hooker architects and engineers with construction by Livingston.


Hansa has 31 staff at its north-Hamilton headquarters but numbers are constantly changing due to growth. From the company's first serialised machine, it reached the milestone of 20,000 brush chippers by February 2016 and by January this year had added another 5000 units to the total.


- Article by Stuff

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