Supply Services is a company built on entrepreneurial spirit, hard graft, and know-how. Qualities that have seen us evolve from a small business to a major nationwide player with vast stock holdings and full-service engineering workshops located in Auckland, Mount Maunganui and Christchurch.
Since we started in 1980 lots of things have changed, but we remain true to our core values of quality, innovation, trust and reliability. These are the things that will always ensure we deliver you the best service and leading edge products to keep your business moving.
Supply Services was founded in Auckland in 1980. In 1987 the business relocated to Mt. Maunganui to be closer to the Port of Tauranga and it’s storage facilities. The chemical business expanded to Wellington 1991-1996, Bluff 1995-1996, Brisbane 1993-1996, and had warehousing in Mobile, Alabama, USA from 1986 till 1995.
Supply Services became the largest supplier of bulk raw materials in NZ.
Between 1982-1984 bulk chemicals were stored and packaged at the old Wool Store site located on Tasman Quay, Mt. Maunganui. Labour intensive work for sure.
In 1984 warehouses were constructed at Newton St, Mt. Maunganui. This made the front page of the Bay of Plenty Times newspaper as they were the first purpose built bulk material stores to be built in Mt. Maunganui.
Complete with rail siding for direct shipment of chemicals to the pulp and paper mills.
1991-1996 chemicals were imported to Wellington, stored on the waterfront and directly trucked to clients, mainly Unilever in Petone.
Since its beginning in 1980 with chemicals, conveyor chains and associated engineering products were also sold as complementary products to the same industrial customer base.
In 1992, the first dedicated showroom and warehouse was constructed at 45 Newton Street, Mt. Maunganui for the Engineering Division solely for chains, plastics, gear boxes, spray nozzles and wire.
Supply Services is the largest stockist of conveyor chains in NZ and supplies some of the country’s largest companies.
In 1994 the engineering division sold its largest ever single chain sale for the new Kaingaroa Log Processing Plant (KPP).
Was quite a few containers of chain and some sore backs.
In 1994, the second warehouse and showroom for the Engineering Division was purchased at 67 Newton St, Mt. Maunganui and is still home to head office.
In 1998, the Chemical Division was exceeding 125,000 tonnes of chemical sales per year and was sold to ICI (now Orica ChemNet).
The Engineering Division was retained and with additional focus was able to expand. In 1999, a new branch was opened on Riccarton Rd in Christchurch.
Since then the branch has moved twice and our current location is in Dakota Cres, Sockburn.
In 2010, the company went back to the future and opened an Auckland branch at 761 Great South Road, Penrose.
The business has grown steadily and just like the branches in Christchurch and the Mount, Auckland offers a large inventory, design and machining services.
Since 1999, large investments have been made into CNC machinery, lathes, milling machines and general primary breakdown equipment for engineering plastics and general metal fabrication.
Supply Services now has more than 45 specialist machines across our 3 branches. Machined finished parts, chain and sprocket fabrication are an integral part of the business.
Supply Services has always supported the communities we serve through local sponsorship – from motorcycle, car and speedway racing, kid’s sports, fishing contests, rescue helicopters and many many more. Check out those mullets, circa 1993!
We care about getting things right the first time and looking after our customers. It’s what our founding director Tim Prentice cared about when he started Supply Services back in 1980. So it’s only right we carry on the tradition.
Baden’s background is in mechanical engineering with a focus on industrial design. This is his third term with the company and the longest, having returned to take over as General Manager in 1998. He assumed the Managing Director’s role in 2016.
“It is both challenging and rewarding to work with NZ’s manufacturing industries. Supply Services offers a diverse range of products and services, so no two days are ever the same.”
National Sales Manager
Roger joined Supply Services in 2002 and is responsible for achieving growth and successfully managing the sales team and implementing a strategic sales plan that expands the company’s customer base and ensures its strong presence.
“Sales that take our products and value added services into such a wide range of industries is a satisfying part of my job. I particularly like working closely with customers to help solve the challenges they face.”
Technical Manager - Performance Plastics
Mark has been in the plastics industry since 2000, opening the Auckland branch for Supply Services in 2010. His passion for plastics continues to grow to this day. In that time he has had the privilege to work with NZ’s industry leaders, drawing off their vast knowledge enabling him to grow dedicated successful teams.
“I love seeing my team members learn and evolve. With plastics we can see ideas or concepts develop and grow into fully functioning products. This is very satisfying for anyone within the engineering field.”
Production Manager - Christchurch
Adam joined supply services in 2014 as the Christchurch Production Manager. His engineering experience is diverse. Adam has manufactured everything from surgical instrumentation through to heavy engineering items as well as a variety of onsite maintenance and installation work.
“The life of a Production Manager may well be demanding, but it is satisfying knowing that you play a vital role in getting good products out to our customers. My team and I take pride in what we do for you.”
Branch Manager – Mount Maunganui
Craig joined Supply Services in 1993 starting in customer services and has grown with the company to his current role as Mt Maunganui Branch Manager. Craig enjoys the diversity of his role as it covers all aspects of our daily business and says it is a pleasure to work alongside passionate and like-minded people.
“As a company we have strong values and it is very rewarding to provide excellent service and exceed customer’s expectations.”
Branch Manager - Auckland
Rowan has been working in the engineering sector for over 20 years and joined SSL in 2011 bringing vast industry experience to the Auckland branch.
Loving the challenges and opportunities that engineering provides, Rowan always goes above and beyond for the customer to get the job done.
“You are only as good as the team around you, I'm fortunate to be working with the best in our industry.”
Neil joined Supply Services in 2017 coming from a background in manufacturing, engineering and aviation. Neil is responsible for overall company operations, inventory, logistics, health, safety and quality.
“Neil's motivation is 'never say can't'.”
Production Manager – Mt. Maunganui
Paul has been in the engineering industry since 1989 & has vast experience in the oil, gas & geothermal sectors. Joining Supply Services in 2011 as a qualified machinist, Paul is now the Production Manager for the Mt. Maunganui branch responsible for in-house machinists, designing, quoting & scheduling customers machine work.
“I enjoy being part of a great team. Seeing information & knowledge create incredibly high-quality machined parts in good time is very satisfying.”
Branch Manager - Christchurch
Fraser comes to Supply Services with an extensive industrial sales and staff management background across Australasia. His move in to the Christchurch Branch Managers role sees all these accrued skills being utilised and this strengthens our southern team and their capabilities.
“Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves and delivering on that potential throughout their lives.”
IT & Marketing Manager
Clinton left Supply Services in 1998, after 6 years as Sales & Warehouse Coordinator to pursue a career in IT. Returning to Supply Services in 2017, Clinton is responsible for maintaining & future-proofing our company-wide IT infrastructure & all marketing activities.
“Keeping our IT systems online & functional across our branches 24/7 is critical in enabling our staff to deliver the quality & timely services that our customers expect.”
Since 1980 we’ve built solid relationships with some of the most respected global brands.
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Polymer Industries is a world leader in the manufacturing of polyolefins, engineering plastics, and high performance plastics. Polymer Industries offers one of the broadest product portfolios in the performance plastics industry.View website
ACM Composite Bearings have been developing and manufacturing highly engineered synthetic composite materials for marine and industrial engineering markets worldwide for over 25 years.View website
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CHJC Roller Chain
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Innovative Magnetic Technologies
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TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearings materials. The company’s capabilities include component design, material selection, prototype, production, manufacturing and surface modification.View website
HEKO Ketten GmbH produces round steel chains and accessories for bulk material conveyors in Wickede since 1917.
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Okulen Engineering Plastics
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Tree Island Steel
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Our Own Brands
We protect our intellectual property and distinguish our unique products and services in the New Zealand market via a number of official trade marks.
The original truck liner and lining materials for the New Zealand market. Our liners are in operation country-wide and go the extra mile, over and over again.
Extreme duty bushing materials specifically for the New Zealand timber and saw milling industry. Proven to outlast other products and significantly reduce operating costs.
Alloy steel with 21st century technology that offers superior abrasion resistance. Specifically for the New Zealand timber and saw milling sectors. Extend wear life and reduce installation frequency.
Our range of functional polymer objects for the commercial and industrial markets utilising novel combinations of engineering plastics and metals.