A commitment to sharing and building knowledge has made South Waikato a centre of engineering innovation.
Light and heavy industry has long been an integral part of South Waikato. Engineering workshops can be found in all of the region’s towns, creating everything from metal dog cages to precision components.
Collaboration is a common thread. Businesses large and small are always sharing ideas on ways to make things better through an informal group called the South Waikato Engineering Cluster.
South Waikato is committed to providing engineering businesses with a strong local skill base to draw from. South Waikato Trade Training is a collaborative effort between the South Waikato Engineering Cluster, the South Waikato District Council, Toi-Ohomai (one of the largest tertiary education providers in the country) and other key stakeholders.
The model encompasses the engineering, automotive and logistics sectors.
The Tokoroa Road Rail Terminal gives engineering businesses based in the South Waikato easy access to domestic and international markets – without the high costs of being located in the major cities.
As Frank Aerts of South Waikato Precision Engineering says: “The infrastructure, the resources, the lifestyle. It’s all here!”