Firm meets quake need

01:00, Jul 29 2013

A Nelson firm has made a fast response to a call for emergency packs in the wake of the latest earthquakes.

Nalder Protective Clothing received an order last Thursday for 100 grab bags and by Friday afternoon had sent them off to Wellington.

The company, based at Port Nelson, mainly makes waterproof clothing which it supplies to fishing companies.

Owner Robert Leighs said it was approached a few weeks ago about supplying waterproof grab bags, then after the quakes in Wellington it received the rush order.

He and three staff were busy making and packing the bags and hi-vis beanies on Friday and now hope it will lead to bigger orders.

The order came from Paraparaumu company, NZ Survivor, which specialises in Civil Defence and safety equipment.


Project manager Ricky Mark said since the previous weekend's quakes the company had experienced a big demand for civil defence equipment.

"We would have received six months' orders in a week."

NZ Survivor started in 2007 supplying residential equipment but had grown quickly as a leader in filling orders from government agencies and businesses and now had more than 50 big business clients around the country, Mark said.

When the Christchurch earthquakes happened it already had established relationships which had given it a competitive edge.

The order which Nalder had just supplied was for a company with multiple branches in Wellington which wanted "grab and go" bags for its staff. They were filled with emergency equipment such as torches, radios and blankets, he said.

"We are renowned for our quality and service and people like Nalder help us achieve that. Our focus has always been to try to source New Zealand providers before going overseas even if it means it is more expensive. Those guys are a fantastic company, they have a can-do attitude," said Mark.

"We are also looking at opportunities in Australia and elsewhere overseas where we will be using their products and great service."

The Nelson Mail