A contingent from the Industrial and Engineering Distributors’ Association (IEDA) paid a visit to the 145 year old A&G Price facility in Thames in April.
Informative host A&G Price contracts engineer Garth Doherty combined historical twists and current export market anecdotes as the team learned how the company cut its teeth during the heady days of Coromandel gold mining and the burgeoning New Zealand railway system.
While the original building remains in use it has been augmented substantially over the years and equipped with both people and equipment that combine to make the company internationally competitive.
A&G Price machines, fabricates and refurbishes an impressive range of industrial machinery in all grades of steel and aluminium.
The fully equipped machine shop offers a comprehensive range of services, including CNC machining and gear cutting, and is supported by a dedicated tool room for making and maintaining specialised tools.
The company’s continual expansion policy has seen the CKD lathe (the country’s largest vertical turning lathe) retrofitted with CNC capability.
This enables complex shapes to be programmed offline to enhance machine capabilities.
A Zaire 10m horizontal CNC milling machine machines large items such as maxi racing yacht keels in three dimensions.
The fabrication and assembly shops are able to form large section thickness steel plate and can fabricate and weld aluminium to the highest military specifications.
Product from this long established Thames icon is exported to military, mining and other users across an impressive range of international markets.
Doherty puts the company’s success down to teamwork, quality and lack of complex management and communication layers.
When you talk to them, you’re talking to the people who make it.