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Sam Allen receives awards

Thorburn Engineering still boxing above its weight

Thorburn trainees recognised at New Zealand level with NZ Craftsman Training Foundation Award

As the awardee of the 2013 NZ Craftsman Training Foundation Grant for Overseas Experience, Sam Allen embarked last November on Travel to the USA with the goal of researching some of the latest cutting technology for the engineering work shop.

Focusing on cutting and forming tech, the trip was based around Fabtech Chicago, the largest forming and fabrication trade show in north America.

At this show he was able to watch live demonstrations and research the advantages of water jet, laser and plasma cutters as well as press brakes and other forming machines.

Over the weeks following the show he visited several workshops in Chicago and Los Angeles to experience how these machines were being used practically, and to talk to business owners about the benefits of their machinery and the processes they use around the running of the machines in the workshop.

"It was fantastic to be able to gain new knowledge to see newer technology being used on a large scale in some big American workshops, and to consider how they might be used back in New Zealand. The trip has given me greater confidence in my trade, and invaluable life experience, I would encourage any tradesperson with a desire to learn abroad to apply."

World Skills Quality, right here at Thorburn...

After competing and winning gold at the National Championships last year, Reece Gerrits became one of the cream of New Zealand's young trade trainees to match his skills against the best of his peers from around the globe.

In July this year Reece competed at the WorldSkills International competition held in Leipzig, Germany.

← See how he went, click the image to view the slide show!

Reece obtained a creditable fourth place in competition. Reece's competion marks marginally put him out of the medals however his efforts were recognized with him receiving a medal of excellence. (85% and above)

At Thorburn we train the best apprentices in the world

From a company perspective, having a young trainee like Reece involved in a competition like WorldSkills definitely accelerates his development. Goal setting, challenges and adversity really stimulate people to grow, gain confidence and maximise their skills. Pre-competition, Reece was involved in jobs from design to completion, pushing himself to a very high level of achievement. Post-competition Reece is able to contribute to the business at a higher level, which is a Win-Win.

Reece gained a lot of exposure for the industry in the lead up to the competition. T.V One's 'Seven Sharp' programme did a feature on Reece's story, to view this take the link below.


At Thorburn we dream big... our mantle:

Integrity, tenacity and optimism!
Maxmill VMC 1690

Maxmill VMC-1690 Installation

We are pleased to provide additional resources for CNC Milling. Our new Maxmill machining centre offers large workpiece capacity (machining envelope 1600mmx900mmx700mm; job weight up to 2000kgs).

The machine construction employes rigid box type slideways, hardened and precision ground to ensure lifetime accuracy.

Be assured this machine will deliver when super accuracy is required on large job pieces.

Please contact us to discuss your CNC machining requirements and arrange quotations.

BPO Cabinet

Waste-loss Monitoring Systems

New Zealand dairy factories maximise milk usage by monitoring milkflows in waste drains.

Following several successful installations in New Zealand, the Australian dairy sector is now benefitting in this proven technology.

Thorburn Engineering was instructed by a local environmental engineering company to deliver the stainless hardware component for this project. We designed, machined, fabricated and assembled all necessary components in our Hamilton factory.

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"BPO Ltd have developed a strategic partnership with Thorburn Engineering over the last 14 years. At the outset of any project, we involve the Thorburn Engineering team in the design process, their input has been invaluable in developing mutually acceptable solutions. We can connect with Thorburn Engineering on multiple levels from the Managing Director to the Supervisor to the Tradesman doing the job. This keeps the build process transparent."

- Geoff Young, Managing Director, BPO Ltd