Breaking new ground

Homecoming

In a way, APL’s forthcoming new headquarters at Hautapu represents a kind of homecoming: the company began life at nearby Bellevue Road, Cambridge, back in 1971. But what a difference 50-odd years makes.

This four-stage project, which is currently under construction on land bordering the Waikato Expressway, is aimed at relocating APL’s operations from Te Rapa to one consolidated hub.

State-of-the-art glass

Two-thirds of the facility is occupied by Architectural Glass Products (AGP), a state-of-the-art double-glazing manufacturing business focused on supplying high quality products with exceptional service to the APL manufacturer network.

World-class processes

The plant and equipment were selected after a two-year due diligence and planning process that involved benchmarking against other world-class glass manufacturers. Double-glazed units are produced with minimal human contact, using precise automated equipment to provide a superior end product. Automated shuttles are used to move the correct type of glass to the correct area of the factory. State-of-the-art toughening furnaces produce Grade A safety glass with minimal roller wave and distortion.

APL Manufacturing

About one-third of the Hautapu plant is occupied by APL Manufacturing, including aluminium entry door manufacture and special-purpose powdercoating plants. The main powdercoat line has been comprehensively digitised with advanced computer control.

APL Manufacturing also produces hardware and componentry for supply to our manufacturer partners. A wide variety of specialised production operations are undertaken, with the programmable CNC machines in constant use.

The heated factory floors and comfortable ambient temperatures - a function of the building’s high-performance insulation – creates a comfortable work environment for both the APL Manufacturing and AGP teams.

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