Cable factory to create 30 jobs
Porirua will manufacture much of New Zealand's broadband cabling when Swedish communications giant Ericsson moves into Todd Park this year.
Thirty jobs will be created when an optic fibre duct factory opens at the former Mitsubishi plant, Ericsson's only factory of its kind outside Sweden.
Optic fibre duct is the plastic outer covering to ultra-fast broadband fibres.
Telecom's broadband offshoot Chorus will be the factory's main customer, but Ericsson will also sell duct to other broadband cable providers.
"The fibre we are producing is a critical component of one of the most important infrastructure projects yet undertaken in New Zealand," says Magnus Kreuger, Ericsson Cables' executive vice president.
"Locating the facility in New Zealand means that our delivery timelines will be significantly reduced, we will reduce the environmental impact of the shipping process and have the opportunity to utilise local skills in production and product development," Mr Kreuger says.
Ericsson is fitting out its Todd Park space, and production will begin by July.
The company plans to remain at Todd Park beyond the end of the ultra-fast broadband rollout in 2019.
Todd Park is undergoing a $3 million makeover to attract new tenants like Ericsson, says Ross Healy, director of Rockport Holdings, which owns the 5300 sqm park.
Ericsson searched throughout Wellington for a site big enough for its operations, and Todd Park was the only space to fit its bill, he says.