A&G Rises Price again Ltd

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Af­ter 149 years of trad­ing, one of New Zealand’s largest and old­est engi­neer­ing com­pa­nies, A&G Price was put into vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion in July 2017.

How­ever, Liq­uida­tor Gareth Hoole of Eco­vis KGA could see the oper­a­tion’s con­tin­u­ing po­ten­tial and had the fore­sight to re­open the en­tire plant, not only to ful­fil par­tially com­pleted or­ders, but to con­tinue to trade by tak­ing on new or­ders. This, Hoole rea­soned, meant the com­pany could be sold as a go­ing con­cern.

How­ever, eight months and a dozen or so in­ter­ested par­ties later, it be­came very ap­par­ent that A&G Price was a much big­ger en­tity than most were will­ing to take on. Ex­cept for Chris and Jackie Reeve; they alone could see the po­ten­tial in the com­pany and the as­so­ci­ated ben­e­fit to the whole Thames com­mu­nity. They stepped up and pur­chased the en­tire com­pany.

Soon the 3 rd April in its 150 th year, A& G Price Ltd of­fi­cially re­opened with a team of 34 loyal staff who had kept the name alive for the pre­vi­ous eight months.

None of the equip­ment had been re­moved dur­ing the liq­ui­da­tion so the com­pany was im­me­di­ately in full ca­pa­bil­ity to ser­vice the engi­neer­ing needs of medium and heavy in­dus­try.

A& G Price is the only one-stop heavy engi­neer­ing shop in New Zealand – and ar­guably Aus­tralia – with a fully-in­te­grated engi­neer­ing works that in­cludes de­sign and project man­age­ment, fer­rous and non­fer­rous foundry with a melt ca­pac­ity to 10 tonne, com­put­er­con­trolled high tem­per­a­ture heat treat­ment, full ma­chine, fab­ri­ca­tion, fit­ting, NDT, blast­ing and paint shops all on the one site.

Util­is­ing a li­brary of ref­er­ence ma­te­rial that would be the envy of most con­sul­tan­cies and backed by the ex­per­tise cap­tured in a work ar­chive of more than 100,000 tech­ni­cal draw­ings spanning 150 years, A& G Price Ltd has the abil­ity to bring cus­tomer’s con­cepts to re­al­ity, or im­prove on ex­ist­ing ma­chin­ery to max­imise pro­duc­tion.

The foundry has the abil­ity to pro­duce cast­ings from as small as 300 grams in all grades of cast Iron, SG iron and steel, most com­mon grades of stain­less steel, brass and bronze. All of these grades can be welded in their 104- me­tre long fab­ri­ca­tion shop, with 20-tonne lift­ing ca­pac­ity and full com­ple­ment of presses and plate pro­cess­ing ma­chin­ery, weld­ing tech­ni­cians tick­eted to ASME IV and a wealth of knowl­edge spanning three cen­turies for fab­ri­cat­ing ex­otic ma­te­ri­als, weld over­lay­ing worn- out equip­ment or weld­ing dis­sim­i­lar grades of ma­te­rial–A& G Price has the abil­ity to un­der­take all weld­ing re­quire­ments to the high­est stan­dards.

These com­po­nents can then be ma­chined in its large ma­chine shop ca­pa­ble of man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex com­po­nents a few mm’s in size to CNC milling ma­chines up to 10 me­tres long and turn­ing ca­pac­ity to 6.15 me­tres di­am­e­ter x 40 tonnes. With highly- skilled staff ex­pe­ri­enced in han­dling and ma­chin­ing large heavy items or smaller mass pro­duced com­po­nents, cus­tomers can be as­sured all their re­quire­ments will be de­liv­ered in spec and fit for pur­pose, prom­ises the com­pany.

The en­tire works is cer­ti­fied to op­er­ate un­der ISO9001 2015. Its QA depart­ment in­cludes fully- qual­i­fied NDT tech­ni­cians for MPI, dye pen­e­trant and ul­tra­sonic in­spec­tion, and can of­fer full trace­abil­ity and com­pli­ance to any stan­dard and ac­cep­tance level. This is com­mon- place for mil­i­tary, rail and hy­dro­elec­tric cus­tomers but is be­com­ing more com­mon­place as other in­dus­tries be­come con­scious of the cost of down­time and the ben­e­fits of re­ceiv­ing qual­ity com­po­nents.

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