In an exciting new development for the New Zealand construction industry, Fletcher Aluminium and NALCO have combined to form a joint venture that leverages their scale, market coverage, product innovation and reliability, with the new company to be known as Altus.
Their position will also make them a more attractive supplier in many of the industrial sectors they service. So boat builders, engineers or any business that requires aluminium solutions can look to Altus to have the expertise and capacity to meet all requirements.
Bigger, better, more innovative and more consistent — the word Altus has deep-rooted origins, and stands for depth and height.
With its team of experienced and visionary leaders and highly-skilled staff, the new entity aims to be at the height of technical excellence and customer service.
“Together we aim to provide our customers with greater levels of service, consistent lead times, improved logistics and, ultimately, a wider range of products,” Altus managing director Ron Holden says.
“Combining manufacturing facilities and capabilities will offer accelerated growth in productivity, quality improvement and innovation.
“Altus aims to lead positive change, and make a real difference to our customers’ world.”
In the past financial year, Fletcher Aluminium and NALCO have experienced record manufacturing and sales demand, in part due to New Zealand’s booming building industry, and to their approach on how to best capitalise new opportunities.
“Altus now has the size and scale capable of achieving market-leading outcomes in innovation design, manufacturing, marketing and sales, and to be the number one supplier and employer of choice,” Mr Holden says.
“It’s about being strong, reliable, customer-driven and providing the very best service nationwide.
“In the immediate future our customers won’t notice the change — it will be business as usual while the two businesses continue to integrate, with a focus on looking after customers first and foremost.
“As from November 28, NALCO and Fletcher Aluminium ceased to exist. This change is just the first of many exciting changes for New Zealand’s aluminium industry. Watch this space!”
On April 1, 1996, Fletcher Building purchased Comalco Carter Holt Harvey Aluminium to form Fletcher Aluminium.
During the past 20 years the company has carved out a role as a market leader thanks to ongoing growth and its array of award-winning products and innovation.
Fletcher Aluminium, with its full service industrial shapes division and export division, has developed strong relationships, domestically and abroad. But its most notable assets are the Fisher, Nebulite, Rylock and Vistalite window and door franchise brands, some which have been servicing the New Zealand window and door market for more than 60 years.
NALCO formed in 2002, when Ron and Wendy Holden, Bill and Jan Bradnam, and Capral Aluminium Australia created NALCO to take over the assets of Capral Aluminium NZ Ltd in a joint venture.
In 2006, Capral’s remaining shareholding was purchased, and the Holden-Bradnam partnership became the outright owners of NALCO.
NALCO has become a leading designer of aluminium window and door systems for the residential and commercial sectors through innovative and ground-breaking research.
Represented in the market by a well-respected Nulook brand and five window operations under the Bradnams name, the company also commands a healthy share of the industrial shapes market, from extruded profiles through to sheet and coil products.