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Industry Sector Industrial Aluminium - Motorsport / Transport
Products Engineering grade plate,
Kiwi CNC is one of those classic stories of a small New Zealand business punching way above its weight.
Since starting business in 2018, Dan Melling and his team have built up a solid reputation for designing and producing quality automotive componentry.
The high-end Japanese and muscle car markets, both here and around the world, are hungry for what comes out of Kiwi CNC’s Tuakau-based workshop.
World-first Nissan RB26 4WD dry sump/differential assemblies, transfer cases, R32 – R34 GTR motorsport uprights, universal intercooler end tanks, inlet manifolds, off-road race truck suspension arms… the Kiwi CNC team can create bespoke components or produce a run of parts for a particular automotive application.
It’s up to the Altus Industrial team to cut and supply the thick plate that turns all that innovative thinking into gleaming reality.
Being able to deliver on time is a key component of the relationship between the two companies. In fact, it was an instance where an existing supplier couldn’t deliver that gave Altus that all-important foot in the door.
“Dan contacted us in 2019 to see if we could source some thick plate after his current supplier let him down,” remembers Luke Cochrane, Internal Account Manager at Altus Industrial Aluminium.
In short, Altus could. And since then, they’ve consistently delivered.
“It was important to me that we proved ourselves and that we do what we say we’re going to do,” Cochrane says.
That doing includes having engineering grade 6061 plate on the shelf ready to cut to size and use in Kiwi’s CNC milling machines. “Or we can order in for specific needs,” Cochrane adds.
Some of the projects Kiwi CNC works on, for example, call for 7075 plate.
“This is a specialised grade of material that can be hard to find at times,” Cochrane explains.
Sourcing hard to find plate, such as 7075, is where Altus Industrial’s buying power and strong network of trusted global contacts comes into its own. It’s all part of a partnership approach that Altus takes with its clients.
“We have really open and honest communications with Kiwi CNC,” Cochrane says. “We work together to formulate a plan to ensure plate is supplied when it needs to be, whether it’s drawing from our local stock holdings or bringing in material specifically for that project.”
It’s a relationship that’s been going from strength to strength since that first phone call from Dan in 2019.