The latest hardware channel bits & pieces

By NZHJ August 04, 2015 Industry news

A selection of some of the latest hardware channel news.

BP gets its growth on in WiriBlackwoods Protector opened a new branch in Wiri, South Auckland (1 Haut Drive) on 1 July. The company says: “After months of research we have established Wiri as a growing industrial area. The road front location has over 20,000 cars a day past the front door providing excellent brand exposure.” This brings the branch network up to 20 for Blackwoods Protector.

S&T gets MSL for $26 million - Mid-July saw the surprise announcement that Steel & Tube Holdings would acquire the business and assets of Manufacturing Suppliers Ltd (MSL also known as Fortress Fasteners). The consideration for the acquisition is $32 million, $26m in cash and $6m worth of shares in S&T (subject to any adjustment under the sale and purchase agreement).

Husky brands’ S&M through CROSSMARK – Sales and merchandising calls for brands under Husqvarna NZ’s Gardena and Consumer Brands (McCulloch, Flymo and Universal Accessories) are to be handled by CROSSMARK, arguably one of the most experienced and the largest field sales & merchandising companies in NZ. 

Better safe than sorry – Entries are now open for the Site Safe Construction Health & Safety Awards. Categories available for entry cover small to medium and large business, a Safety Leadership Award for small, medium or large business and a Safety Contribution Award for an individual or small team. Applications are open until 1 September. The Awards will be presented at Alexandra Park in Auckland on November 11, in conjunction with the Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety graduation ceremony.

BIM training in New Zealand – The BRE Academy is collaborating with BRANZ on the delivery of BIM training courses specifically tailored for the local market. BRANZ will deliver the Academy’s BIM International foundation course covering topics including: what BIM is; where BIM has been successfully used internationally; and information management and project life cycles. Delegates will receive information on relevant national and international standards, methods and procedures to help them implement BIM Level 2.

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