New owner ex­tends Ki­witarp cov­er­age

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NORTH­LAND-BASED CPL GROUP HAS RE­CENTLY ac­quired Ki­witarp – and has be­gun ex­pand­ing the heavy trans­port load cov­ers busi­ness.

CPL,based in Kai­waka,started life as Can­vas Plus in 1975 – man­u­fac­tur­ing can­vas and leather goods, and over the years the fam­ily busi­ness has grown into an in­ter­na­tional sup­plier of as­set and weather-pro­tec­tion cov­ers to the avi­a­tion, min­ing and trans­port in­dus­tries.

CPL Group di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Brent­ley Ste­wart says that un­til the pur­chase “a good por­tion” of Ki­witarp’s sys­tems “were man­u­fac­tured off­shore due to the prod­uct’s tech­ni­cal as­pect.

“CPL Group has es­tab­lished a good foun­da­tion in can­vas man­u­fac­tur­ing over the years and it was a timely de­ci­sion to ac­quire the com­pany and man­u­fac­ture the sys­tem here in NZ.

“We can now proudly say the Ki­witarps are 100% Kiwi-made, with all com­po­nen­try man­u­fac­tured by our­selves and part­ner com­pa­nies all over NZ.”

Ki­witarp was founded in 2012, de­vel­op­ing a new ground-op­er­ated re­tractable truck tarp­ing sys­tem for the trans­port in­dus­try.

It’s a prac­ti­cal and much safer tarp­ing so­lu­tion to the tra­di­tional throwover cov­ers as its tarps can be fully re­tracted from the ground and in less than 10 sec­onds.

Ste­wart says that CPL’s pur­chase of Ki­witarp com­bines the strengths of both com­pa­nies and, more im­por­tantly, in­creases ser­vice lo­ca­tions, prod­uct qual­ity and sales sup­port for cus­tomers, while also re­duc­ing lead-times.

As part of Ki­witarp’s ex­pan­sion, CPL has set up mo­bile in­stal­la­tion and re­pair teams across NZ, keep­ing turn­around times at a min­i­mum and al­lowed the tarp sys­tems to be in­stalled at cus­tomers’ premises.

All Ki­witarp staff have been re­tained – along with the prod­uct’s qual­ity and pric­ing struc­ture.

“Ki­witarp was al­ready cov­er­ing in­stalls NZ wide, how­ever, we have added ad­di­tional cus­tomer ser­vice, sales sup­port and in­stall lo­ca­tions in North­land and the lower North Is­land,” says Ste­wart.

In ad­di­tion, CPL is now repli­cat­ing the busi­ness model in Aus­tralia, with the es­tab­lish­ment of OzTarp.

Ste­wart says that Ki­witarp’s fu­ture with CPL “is to con­tinue putting our cus­tomers first and to keep in­no­vat­ing new Kiwi-made prod­ucts to bet­ter help and serve our great cus­tomers and sup­ply chain across the coun­try. The more we ex­pand, the more ben­e­fits our cus­tomers re­ceive and the more jobs are cre­ated in the process.”

CPL’s Du­raflex dis­tri­bu­tion arm offers so­lu­tions to re­duce noi­sein­duced hear­ing loss on constructi­on sites and man­u­fac­tur­ing plants that are recog­nised as world-lead­ing. Du­raflex also man­u­fac­tures and sup­plies a wide range of in­no­va­tive seg­re­ga­tion screens and trans­par­ent di­viders to the food man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries through­out Aus­trala­sia and is as­sist­ing with bush­fire re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects in Aus­tralia by sup­ply­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal cul­vert flume prod­ucts.

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CPL Group has pur­chased the well-es­tab­lished Ki­witarp busi­ness and has al­ready be­gun ex­pan­sion. CPL’s Brent­ley Ste­wart good fit for the group says it’s a

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