“We’ll leave this world a better place by providing critical solutions for water and energy. My team and I are super excited about our role in building a sustainable future for the planet.”
Divisional CEO Pacific
Our brands in Australia and New Zealand – Vinidex, Philmac, Marley and RX Plastics – had another strong year in 2022.
Local market conditions held up well, despite widespread disruption in many parts of the global economy, and activity in key segments remained active, notably in the building and infrastructure segments in Australia and the building market in New Zealand which supported demand throughout the year.
Strong commercial management and our focus on operational excellence contributed to this excellent performance, particularly in increasing our CEBITDA result.
We’re stepping up investment in our manufacturing operations in the region. We’ve approved a €14 million investment in Philmac’s North Plympton plant, in Adelaide, to create a factory of the future.
We’re also boosting our recycling activities in New Zealand with a €7 million investment with our partner Waste Management NZ to dramatically cut plastic construction and demolition waste. The project is supported by a grant from the government’s Plastic Innovation Fund.
Sustainability remains a key focus for our businesses in the region. We’re making great progress on increasing the use of recycled material in both Australia and New Zealand, in keeping with our Growth with Purpose strategic priorities. And our New Zealand business was one of the first to transition to 100% renewable electricity, in line with our target to reach this goal right across Aliaxis by 2025.
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We’re using our Local Heroes recognition programme to embed our “we dare, we care, we deliver” behaviours and culture. The programme allows people to nominate colleagues who demonstrate our behaviours in their work. There were 442 nominations last year, showing how popular Local Heroes is.
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In New Zealand we ran digital marketing campaigns to engage with the end users of our high-margin, hero brands such as the Stratus Design Series® of coloured rainwater solutions and ARMA® rigid electrical conduit systems by Marley. The campaigns gave us high visibility as 2.3 million users spent over 2 minutes on average reading about our solutions.
When some of the worst floods ever seen in Australia hit Queensland and New South Wales last year, we quickly supported victims of the disaster. Aliaxis in Australia made a €7,000 donation to the Red Cross Flood Appeal and urged colleagues to reach out to anyone they knew affected by the floods.