Ca­ble fac­tory to cre­ate 30 jobs

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua will man­u­fac­ture much of New Zealand’s broad­band ca­bling when Swedish com­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant Eric­s­son moves into Todd Park this year.

Thirty jobs will be cre­ated when an op­tic fi­bre duct fac­tory opens at the former Mit­subishi plant, Eric­s­son’s only fac­tory of its kind out­side Swe­den.

Op­tic fi­bre duct is the plas­tic outer cov­er­ing to ul­tra- fast broad­band fi­bres.

Tele­com’s broad­band off­shoot Cho­rus will be the fac­tory’s main cus­tomer, but Eric­s­son will also sell duct to other broad­band ca­ble providers.

‘‘The fi­bre we are pro­duc­ing is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of one of the most im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture projects yet un­der­taken in New Zealand,’’ says Mag­nus Kreuger, Eric­s­son Ca­bles’ ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent.

‘‘Lo­cat­ing the fa­cil­ity in New Zealand means that our de­liv­ery time­lines will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced, we will re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the ship­ping process and have the op­por­tu­nity to utilise lo­cal skills in pro­duc­tion and prod­uct devel­op­ment,’’ Mr Kreuger says.

Eric­s­son is fit­ting out its Todd Park space, and pro­duc­tion will be­gin by July.

The com­pany plans to re­main at Todd Park be­yond the end of the ul­tra-fast broad­band roll­out in 2019.

Todd Park is un­der­go­ing a $3 mil­lion makeover to at­tract new ten­ants like Eric­s­son, says Ross Healy, di­rec­tor of Rock­port Hold­ings, which owns the 5300 sqm park.

Eric­s­son searched through­out Welling­ton for a site big enough for its op­er­a­tions, and Todd Park was the only space to fit its bill, he says.

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