James Hardie Manufacturing in NZ for over 80 years
James Hardie New Zealand
James Hardie is an international building product manufacturer and a global leader in fibre cement products.
Now operating in its 131st year, the company continues to challenge convention within the construction industry and leads the way in delivering innovative building products and solutions.
The predecessor to the current James Hardie company was established in 1888, when the enterprising young James Hardie, searching for new opportunities, left his family's tannery business in Scotland and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, where he established an import business. While on a trip to London in 1903, James chanced upon 'fibro-cement', a new type of roofing and lining slate that was made in France, and began importing it in to Australia.
The second major figure in the company's origins, fellow Scot, Andrew Reid, knew James Hardie and maintained contact from Glasgow. Encouraged by prospects in Australia, he arrived in Melbourne in 1892 and joined James Hardie's business, becoming a full partner in 1895. Reid's outgoing, energetic and visionary talents combined well with Hardie’s sound commercial judgement and the business thrived.
James Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the business to Andrew Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B Reid retired.
The New Zealand office officially established in Penrose in 1937. The company's first major contract was for the exterior walls of the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition in Wellington in 1940. From the 1940s to 1981, the New Zealand plant went through several upgrades and additions in its manufacturing facilities.
In the mid-1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of asbestos-free fibre cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fibre cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product's durability, versatility and strength.
Today, James Hardie is a global leader in fibre cement products, manufacturing and technology. Aside from New Zealand, it has manufacturing operations in Australia, the United States and the Philippines. The company employs over 2,500 people who generate more than A$1.5 billion revenue a year.
James Hardie New Zealand have been providing Kiwi customers with smart building products made right here in New Zealand for our conditions for 80 years. Linea™ Weatherboard was developed, manufactured and perfected right here in New Zealand. It’s a proven product that has been used by builders for the past 16 years and is now offered in overseas markets.
With James Hardie building products, you have the opportunity to develop your own style, using one of the most space efficient and durable building materials available.