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Award-winning industrial building reflects company's innovative attitude

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Designed by Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects, the Sistema Manufacturing Facility and head office leads the way in New Zealand manufacturing facility design

Award-winning industrial building reflects company's innovative attitude

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The innovation and attitude that has made Sistema Plastics a world leader in its field is also evident in its new manufacturing facility – the most significant industrial building in New Zealand.

These are strong words, especially when they come from the judging panel for the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2017.

And the judges praise wasn't empty – the building won the Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award over some very tough competition.

Designed by Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects, the Sistema Manufacturing Facility is an up-to-the-minute plastics manufacturing facility as well as being the international headquarters for Sistema Plastics, here in New Zealand.

The 55,000m2 building comprises 44,000m2 of production floor and automated racking, together with 3300m2 of high quality corporate office and 1600m2 of production offices. In addition, 3000m2 of plant rooms provide the necessary infrastructure to service the automated production lines.

A key aspect of the forward-looking design is how it directly reflects the smooth and logical flow of materials, people and resources through the production process, facilitating efficient operation.

Fronting its sheer manufacturing efficiency, the building also provides a strong sense of arrival. From the outside, the curved lines evoke the trademark Sistema storage box ‘Klip', while the interior is a picture of white and wood, a look that speaks of crisp efficiency, providing the appropriate message to the international retailers and distributors that visit.

The judges concluded that a strong operational focus in the design has carefully considered all aspects for future flexibility, divisibility and expansion.

"This project is truly world class," they said.

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