Williams Engineering goes from strength to strength

Williams Engineering will be a name familiar to many within the dairy sector – as the country's leader in dairy farm effluent machinery manufacture.

Based 30 minutes north of Thames in the upper North Island, the company produces travelling irrigators, effluent systems, pontoons, mole ploughs, PTO pumps and stirrers, Zero-O loss hydrants and filters.

Fletcher Easysteel has supplied Williams since it began business in the late eighties. "It's been a regular supply agreement that has increased each year as the company continues to grow," says Easysteel's Business Development Manager, Ken Hainsworth.

The steel supplied for componentry includes pipes, plates, box sections and flat bars, as well as some indent work, all as non-coated bare steel to be galvanised at manufacture.

Company director, Andrew Williams, says the business has an eye on developing innovative products within the specialist effluent industry, which accounts for over 95% of its revenue.

"We're now a fully-accredited farm dairy effluent system designer, one of just 20 accredited companies in New Zealand," says Andrew. "Through attaining this qualification, our current and future clients can be certain we have what it takes to design and install a fully compliant effluent system from start to finish."

Set up by Dairy NZ in conjunction with Irrigation New Zealand, the purpose of the accreditation programme is to raise the quality of effluent systems designed and installed throughout the country.

Specialising in effluent compliance has seen Andrew Williams and his team of 12 become increasingly busy over the past couple of years in the domestic market, while still servicing his international markets in North America, South America (Chile) and Australia.

Ken Hainsworth says he has worked closely with company founder Neville Williams and now his son Andrew for over 25 years and for him, their ongoing good relationship is hugely important.

"To see a family business grow from its infancy in a shed to what Neville and now his son Andrew have achieved is another show of New Zealand's 'Number 8 wire' philosophy," says Ken. "It's a credit to both these men what this company has become and I feel privileged to have been part of their supply growth over the years."
The GB Magnum irrigating pastures on the Hauraki Plains


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