Partnership goes from strength to strength as Cashmere Engineering trebles its turnover in three years

Russell Gunn has managed his family business, Cashmere Engineering, for the past 44 years. When he took over from his father in 1970, the company was mainly a machining business, but now it specialises in structural steel.

Cashmere's relationship with Easysteel dates back over 40 years and Russell says the two businesses complement each other and have formed a very strong relationship over time.

"Easysteel has excellent product," he says. "They're always our first port of call. And they help us out too, putting business our way, so it's a strong relationship."

Cashmere classify themselves as general engineers and their customer base is indeed broad – from large dairy sheds and rural buildings which make up 60-70% of their work; to goal posts, practice nets and sight screens for the sporting sector; through to earthquake repairs on projects such as the Christchurch Arts Centre.

The Arts Centre work began prior to the earthquakes, but has stepped up since then, with steel work in the Registry Building, stairway access to containers, a new canopy structure and quotes currently in on additional work.

"The relationship between Cashmere and Easysteel has built up over many years," says Easysteel's Trevor Day. "Our Account Manager, Anton Aitchison, and the customer services team work closely together to ensure Russell and his team have the required material delivered on time and in specification. We sell Cashmere the full range of products, including pipe fittings and welding – and at times, when we have it, even some stationery!"
The new canopy structure at the Christchurch Arts Centre took Cashmere Engineering three months to complete, using structural beams supplied by Easysteel to Grade 300SO (seismic and fully traceable). The canopy's base plates and beam stiffeners were profiled through Easysteel's Christchurch profile department.


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