Plasterboard company vows to raise the competition

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Knauf Plasterboard has opened its doors for business to New Zealand’s lightweight construction industry with the recent official opening of its distribution centre in Christchurch by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

“The entry of Knauf Plasterboard validates the New Zealand Government’s support of a healthy, competitive market for construction materials which ensures that consumers have a sustainable choice,” Mr Brownlee says.

“As part of the Knauf Group, one of the world’s largest global manufacturers of plasterboard, wall and ceiling products and systems, Knauf Plasterboard is a competitive supplier to be reckoned with, having significant scale and resource to enter a dominated market,” Knauf Plasterboard, Australia and New Zealand managing director Mark Norris says.

“An impressive worldwide operation, with two manufacturing facilities on Australia’s eastern seaboard and superior technical expertise puts Knauf Plasterboard in a strong position to service the growing needs of New Zealand’s housing and commercial market,” Mr Norris says.

High quality range

The distribution centres in Christchurch and Auckland consist of a 5000 sq m warehouse, showroom and offices, and will supply a high quality range of innovative products and systems designed to provide solutions for fire, water, impact, acoustic and decorative applications for all commercial and residential construction projects.

Major supplier

While Knauf is excited by the opportunities to supply New Zealand through established building merchant channels, Mr Norris revealed the company’s expansive rollout plans will include a network of independently-owned PlastaLink Trade Centres that will retail Knauf products across New Zealand.

Knauf Plasterboard is a major supplier of plasterboard and associated products to the lightweight construction industry in Australia.

The company was successful in tendering to the New Zealand Government in the ongoing rebuild of Christchurch.

Hawkins Construction recently entered into a preferred supplier arrangement with Knauf Plasterboard to provide a range of products and systems.

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