Chand: Plans to re­duce cost, in­crease capacity

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion suc­cess boosts ex­port plans

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Ro­to­mould (Fiji) Lim­ited has plans to ex­pand Fi­jian op­er­a­tion with in­vest­ment in a new and mod­ern ma­chine which will re­duce pro­duc­tion cost and in­crease the capacity.

It will also give them flex­i­bil­ity to pro­duce many other in­tri­cate prod­ucts for ex­port mar­ket. This was high­lighted by the Ro­to­mould Group of Com­pa­nies man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Prakash Chand af­ter get­ting two ac­cred­i­ta­tions.

These ac­cred­i­ta­tions in­clude, the ISO 9001:2008 for the com­pany and AS/NZS 4766 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for poly­eth­yl­ene wa­ter tanks sold un­der the brand name of “rota tanks”.

AS/NZS4766 Ac­cred­i­ta­tion means rota tanks meets world class stan­dard for poly­eth­yl­ene wa­ter tanks. “This raises the stan­dard of our prod­uct and pro­file of our com­pany at the level of Aus­tralia and New Zealand com­pa­nies in­volved in sim­i­lar busi­ness,” Mr Chand said. “It is a great achieve­ment for the com­pany and the em­ploy­ees as our prod­uct meets the qual­ity stan­dard for Aus­tralia and NZ for poly­eth­yl­ene wa­ter tanks. “Peo­ple of Fiji are as­sured that money spent on our prod­uct is money well spent as the tank will last its war­ranty life and the drink­ing wa­ter stored is safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.” Mr Chand said with this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion their chance for con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ing of freight friendly prod­ucts for Aus­tralia and New Zealand com­pa­nies had in­creased many folds. Be­fore, he said they were wary of giv­ing con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ing be­cause they were al­ways wor­ried about stan­dard and qual­ity. “This op­por­tu­nity will bring im­mense ben­e­fit to the com­pany in par­tic­u­lar and the Fi­jian econ­omy in gen­eral,” he said. Mr Chand said it’s all well and good that a tank gets cer­ti­fi­ca­tion when it is go­ing through the test­ing process. How­ever, peo­ple need to know that when their tank is made, qual­ity pro­cesses will be main­tained to en­sure their ac­tual tank com­plies.

“This is where the In­ter­na­tional stan­dard, ISO 9001:2008 Qual­ity Man­age­ment Sys­tems, comes into play,” he re­it­er­ated. “It pro­vides you with as­sur­ance that the man­u­fac­turer has qual­ity pro­cesses in place that will re­li­ably pro­duce the same qual­ity prod­uct each and ev­ery time.

“As a fi­nite re­source, wa­ter has to be val­ued more sig­nif­i­cantly. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Chand, a lit­tle over $7.5 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply pro­grammes which cater for the in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter stor­age sys­tems to help sup­ply clean drink­ing wa­ter to the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion. He said the Fi­jian government has fi­nanced these projects be­cause wa­ter is the sin­gle most pre­cious build­ing block to de­vel­op­ment.

“We can­not sus­tain life with­out it; we can­not sus­tain com­mu­ni­ties with­out it. But when com­mu­ni­ties have am­ple wa­ter, they thrive,” Mr Chand said. The As­so­ci­a­tion of Ro­ta­tional Moul­ders Aus­trala­sia (ARMA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Leisa Don­lan said it is im­por­tant to note, not ev­ery man­u­fac­turer chooses to cer­tify their prod­ucts. “For a poly­eth­yl­ene tank man­u­fac­turer to re­ceive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for AS/NZS 4766, tanks are put through a rigid set of tests to en­sure that they com­ply,”she added. Also the Fi­jian Government had praised Ro­to­mould (Fiji) for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing all re­quire­ments for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at the hand over in Lautoka on Thurs­day.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Inia Seruiratu said: “It is heart­ing to note that our ‘Fi­jian made’ wa­ter tanks are be­ing used in a wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions Pa­cific wide.

“This lat­est achieve­ment is also po­tent sig­nal of the re­newed con­fi­dence that lo­cal in­vestors have in the new Fiji we are all forg­ing to­gether, along with our am­bi­tion to give the best to our peo­ple.”

About Ro­to­mould (Fiji) Ltd

It is a Lautoka-based lo­cally owned com­pany which man­u­fac­tures poly­eth­yl­ene wa­ter tanks un­der the brand name of Rota Tanks in sizes rang­ing from 300 litres to 10,200 litres ca­pac­i­ties us­ing ro­ta­tional mould­ing tech­nol­ogy.

This is the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in the wa­ter tank man­u­fac­tur­ing process widely used in the de­vel­oped na­tions of the world. Es­tab­lished in 2000, RFL was one of the first com­pa­nies to in­tro­duce ro­ta­tional mould­ing tech­nol­ogy in Fiji and the Pa­cific through its 6 sub­sidiary com­pa­nies in Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Is­lands, Kiri­bati, and Van­u­atu, and in East Ti­mor.


Ro­to­mould Group of Com­pa­nies di­rec­tor Varun Chand, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Prakash Chand, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Inia Seruiratu, Ap­proval MarK In­ter­na­tional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion man­agerJohn Prasad and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ro­ta­tional Moul­ders Aus­trala­sia chief ex­ec­u­tive Leisa Don­lan in Lautoka last Thurs­day.

Ro­to­mould (Fiji) Lim­ited prod­ucts.

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