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Concrete NZ Welcomes Reinforcing Processors

Wednesday, 27 November 2019  
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Concrete New Zealand (NZ), the recently formed ‘consolidated’ association representing the wider concrete industry, has announced the formation of a Reinforcing Processors Stakeholder Group.

Rob Gaimster, Chief Executive

Members of the Group include companies that process steel reinforcement for use in reinforced concrete construction.

Meeting for the first time in Auckland during late November, the Group declared its intention to advance the interests of the ‘steel reinforcing’ industry at a time when construction in New Zealand is forecast to grow steadily to a high in 2023.

Rakesh Nauhria, of Nauhria Reinforcing, was appointed Chair at the November meeting, and is eager to progress a number of strategically important issues on behalf of the members of the Group.

“In terms of our immediate concerns, Standards development, industry training and monitoring/ responding to current government consultations are a priority.”

“At a time when the implications of the Ministry of Education’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) are not yet fully understood, and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is reviewing its concrete qualifications, it is important that our industry’s training needs are accounted for,” says Rakesh.

“Add to these issues the Construction Sector Accord and recent changes to the government procurement rules, which are both of tremendous relevance to the Group’s members, and I wonder why we hadn’t taken this step sooner,” says Rakesh.

Concrete NZ chief executive, Rob Gaimster, is delighted that Concrete NZ has expanded its membership reach relatively soon after its launch, and believes it is an indication of the value industry places in Concrete NZ’s work.

“The inclusion of the hugely important steel reinforcing processing industry under the Concrete NZ umbrella extends our mandate and enables us to target our objectives with greater vigour.”