new tech ON A NEW SCALE
Porter Group’s brand new global corporate headquarters features some big ideas within a (very) big operational site. It has been several years in the planning and all eyes are now on Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand
Right now, I’m thinking the most important piece of machinery on the site of Porter Group’s new 20-hectare global headquarters would be a golf cart. At least it would mitigate the need to walk for what seems like miles, from one end of this vast complex alongside the Waikato Expressway to the other.
Actually, like most things, when it comes to customer service, the Porter Group has already thought ahead. Visitors often need golf carts to get around the complex, depending on how far from the imposing, architecturally designed corporate office centrepiece they need to go.
And believe me, there have been plenty of visitors since the many finishing touches have been applied to this impressive new site at the northern edge of Porter Group’s home town, Hamilton.
While the scale seems immense (the ground concrete pour alone comprised 8,300 cubic metres of material and 1,200 individual truck pours), the entire project has been designed from the outset to future-proof Porter Group’s various business divisions’ abilities to capably look after a growing and diversifying customer base.
At its most simple, the 200,000 square metre site is well-prepped to hold a large number of machines—from diminutive ASV tracked loaders and skid steers right up to giant 45-tonne Madill log loaders and everything in between—as well as Porter Haulage’s familiar fleet of low-loaders that fetch and deliver Porter-distributed mobile plant for customers all over the country and overseas.
At its most complex, Porter Group’s headquarters pushes the boundaries of technology and sustainability. From recycled water, extensive green belt and sculptured lake areas, and sensor-controlled power and lights inside the head office building, through to the provision for solar panels, improved waste oil-collection methods, the planting of vegetation, and the utilisation of energyefficient products in corporate offices and workshop bays alike, the combined greentech effort has seen the Porter Group site
Porter Group’s headquarters pushes the boundaries of technology and sustainability.
achieve a Green Star sustainability rating of four stars.
Speaking of the workshop bays, Porter Mechanical general manager, Reece Brown, is absolutely delighted with the new premises his mechanical and product support teams are now working within.
“Overall, the workshop area is bigger and better able to handle the more diverse range of machinery we might see on-site for service or repair,” he says.
“We’ve also now got the entire team under one roof that will help with cohesive communication between everyone, which has an obvious flow-on effect for customers. We also have an integrated training room for our product support specialists now. The move to the new site has really pushed us to up our game in a number of areas.”
For example, sandblasting used to be contracted out, but Porter Mechanical now has facilities to complete this work in-house,
ensuring better integration into the panel and paint department.
“The technology within the panel and paint operation is impressive,” Reece says. “Whereas a machine getting ready to go onto our used fleet offering might have needed one-and-a-half days to dry following painting, depending on the procedure, that same paint might be ready in a matter of hours now, thanks to our drying technology.”
Reece says that every machine arriving at the yard for remedial or service work is thoroughly washed in specialised wash bays before Porter Mechanical staff start working on it. The dirty water is sluiced away in clever drain pools to mitigate hazardous surface water spreading across the yard.
The new site also incorporates New Zealand’s largest parts warehouse dedicated to construction equipment parts. This massive building covers approximately 8,000 square metres and will house more than
$40 million in parts, ready for distribution throughout Australasia and the South Pacific.
Oh, and, if you’re travelling down the Waikato Expressway, keep a note of that large, spacious glass atrium at the front of the Porter Group head office building. Apart from seeing some of the latest and greatest products on display from respected brands such as Hyundai, Bomag, and Terex, our contact at the company promises the odd surprise of a more vintage construction equipment nature, too.
Golf carts? No, they don’t feature under the atrium’s bright spotlights. But I’m sure they’ll remain integral to the running of the new site regardless.
The workshop area is bigger and better able to handle the more diverse range of machinery we might see for service or repair.
Far left: The Porter Group site has achieved a Green Star sustainability rating of four starsLeft: The massive parts warehouse is approximately 8,000sqm and will house more than$40 million in parts
Far Left: Energyefficient products are used in the corporate offices and workshop bays alikeLeft: The new 200,000sqm site is well-prepped to hold a large number of machines