Let the business roll in for Lyttelton firm
Lyttelton Engineering has spent up on a computerised steel roller, boosting its capacity and technology.
General manager Doug Cockerell said the 25-tonne machine was custom-made in Turkey by industry giant Akyapak and can bend sheet steel up to 32 millimetres thick.
Computer-controlled, it is a big step up from the 30-year-old manual roller that it replaced, and was "probably the most sophisticated of its kind in the South Island", he said.
The new machine could do more, doing it more quickly and with more precision, he said.
It could create cylinders, cones, rounded rectangles and ellipses.
Lyttelton Engineering was predominantly a marine steel worker, but it also did a strong trade of industrial boilers and pressure vessels as well as repairs.
It was, at present, installing a 1 megawatt wood-fuel boiler at Barkers in Geraldine, he said.
The company also did a bit of contract work for other engineering companies.
The high New Zealand dollar made the buy more of a bargain, but the machine was due to be replaced, he said.
He would not say how much it cost.
"It's a significant purchase for Lyttelton Engineering, it's the largest machine we've bought in recent years."
The company, one of the largest engineering firms in Canterbury, employed about 80 staff and was founded in 1953.
The majority shareholder is Robert Gendall, of Christchurch.