On the 22nd February 2011 as many of our customers know we had a major earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand where our facilities are based. Our factory suffered significant damage but fortunately after some repairs we were able to resume operations. However, extra strengthening and other structural repairs were needed to ensure the building remained safe in the long term for our staff working in it.
This remedial work was only temporary as it was not viable to do a total repair. This triggered off a process for looking for suitable land on which to design a purpose built facility that could house not only our factory, warehouse and QA staff but also our Distribution, , , IT, Marketing, Customer Relations and general administration teams.
At that time we were in four separate buildings and part of our longer term planning was to get all departments under one roof. That has now happened and in a word...we are all...delighted.
It is a major turning point for us and indirectly all our loyal customers throughout the world. We can now compete with the best in the world when it comes to state of the art facilities and we are now in that very small percentage of manufacturers in this industry whose manufacturing facilities and processes can stand the most rigorous inspection.
The leading photo in this post is of the new building with our New Zealand staff. All of these people have played a part in making this project a success. The opening was officiated by the Mayor and Mayoress of Christchurch. Within a couple of days we will post up a video which covers some of the highlights of the event.
Around 100 visitors attended the opening including a couple from Ireland who won the prize for the free trip to New Zealand to be present. My best wishes to all those people who participated but sadly missed out. We will have more about the winners later. For the moment they are included in the video which you will see shortly.
I should explain what the following photos are about.
The first one is ‘redressing’ after coming out from the tour of the factory. You may wonder why we are laughing...it is because I had almost finished putting on the Mayors jacket until the Mayoress pointed it out.
Another photo is after the Mayor had finished addressing the gathering and we were unveiling the plaque.
Then there is a photo in front of the building with the Mayor and Mayoress along with the Xtend-Life Executive Management Team which we call EMT. From left to right is Kane Matthews our Finance Director, then William Malek who is based in Thailand and who is an international strategic consultant, John Cooper our General Manager – International Operations, the Mayor Bob Parker, the Mayoress Jo Nicholls-Parker, myself and Will Parker (no relation to the Mayor), our General Manager - E-Commerce & Innovation.
The last photo is where we plan the strategic direction of Xtend-Life.
Now we are settled in the new facility we are going to start preparing a video tour so you can become more familiar with everyone who helps ensure that we can provide you with the best possible products...and how we do it so you can continue to take them with confidence.