Newsletter from MetalArt Ltd 
Lechuza catalogue

New Lechuza catalogue now available

The latest Premium Collection of  Lechuza® self-watering indoor planters is now available in catalogue form.

Presenting the latest in contemporary European planter design, the Lechuza catalogue features the all-new Cubico Alto, along with technical information on all products in the extensive Lechuza range.

For a copy of the Lechuza catalogue, talk to Tracy on 04 939 6666 or email  
Cottapot Chuckles

Our expanding network of stockists 

We are pleased to introduce the outlets currently stocking Cottapot polyethylene furniture, and other products from our catalogue, such as planters and litter bins.  

Ph. 09 273 0033
West Tec
Ph. 09 415 8312
Backhouse Interiors 
Ph. 04 499 8847
Ph. 04 802 4615
Bishop Interiors
Ph. 03 377 3729

We welcome discussions on expanding our network of stockists nationwide. If you would like to work with Metal Art on distributing our broad range of products, give Carl a call on 04 939 6666.

Taking a whole new approach to amenity furnishing

Right around the world, more and more organisations are recognising the advantages of recycled plastic as a cost-effective material for use in street, park and playground seating, bollards, traffic controls, and boardwalks. With the years in which recycled plastic has been used now turning into decades, the material's life cycle benefits are increasingly apparent. And that's not to mention the positive environmental effects when waste derived from a finite resource is converted to a fully functioning product that will outlast comparative materials.

In New Zealand, our Replas lines are drawing increased attention as traditional materials wear out, and as funding limits demand replacements that are fully fit for purpose, look good, and are sure to last. At 
125mm Replas BollardsAuckland's Takaanini Reserve, the Parks team recently installed a row of Replas bollards to great effect. "The bollards are working well, and getting a good reception from maintenance staff," says Auckland Council project leader Damian Powley. 

On the school scene, recycled plastic is being seen as a practical alternative to traditional materials. Milton Primary School in Otago recently installed eight Wakefield benches - functional seating that can be relied on by school trustees, staff and parents to give superior value for money. And at Cobham Intermediate School in Christchurch, recycled plastic slats were used to upgrade changing room seating.The product's resistance to moisture and dirt will keep these benches looking like new for years to come.
Eco Pods by ReplasMeanwhile in New Plymouth, a set of Eco Pods has been used in the upgrade of Davies Lane outside Westend School. "Eco Pods were selected primarily due to their contemporary aesthetic," says Melanie Sparks of Richard Bain Landscape Architects. "We also wanted practical seating for children waiting for their parents, and a fun environment where the seats double as play equipment.The kids love to jump over and crawl through the Eco Pods." 
Civic seat

Standing up to the extreme weather

On the night of 20 June 2013, Wellington was hit by some of the worst weather since the infamous Wahine storm. The reserves of Lower Hutt were hard hit, particularly those facing the exposed south. Where The Hutt River spills into the harbour, debris thrown up by the sea made the road impassable, and the reserve piled high with large pieces of driftwood.  When the site was cleared, our Civic and Avalon furniture emerged unscathed from the pile of debris heaped around it.
Seaview seat after storm
Further up the valley, an 8m Lemonwood came  down squarely on a Seaview seat - still standing without damage to its robust frame or hardwood slats.

Metal Art furniture stands to serve another day, once busy contractors can complete the massive cleanup job. 
Beachcomber seat

Another successful National Fieldays

Carl and the team would like to acknowledge everyone who took time out of their busy Fieldays to visit the Metal Art stand. It was great to see so many of you there, and to have the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life who showed interest in our products and services.  

The recycled plastic products on show drew particular interest. Thanks to all who entered the competition to guess how many milk containers are used to make a Replas Beachcomber seat. The winner was Vicky Harding, whose entry came closest to the  1853 two litre bottles that are diverted from the landfill to make this functional piece of furniture. Vicky's prize is a Lechuza Cilindro self-watering planter.      
Customised shelving - Wildwinds

All smooth sailing in Wellington's Wild Winds 

It's a breeze for the capital city's hardy windsurfers to check out the latest equipment trends at Wild Winds, where stock is now prominently displayed on customised racks. The new shop fittings were produced by our architectural furniture team to meet Wild Winds' particular needs for displaying their windsurfing boards - with one rack fixed in the showroom window, the other on castors for ease of changing displays.

For Wild Winds owner Dave McPhee, the display racks serve two important purposes. "They enable us to better present our stock, and they are a big space saver." Customers are surprised to see there's so much more room since they last came in. "That's great for their shopping experiences," says Dave.  

This project was about collaboration and understanding the customer's need, then going about the task of meeting it. It's an approach George Longstaff and his team pride themselves on, committed to delivering the architectural furniture solution, whatever the brief. 

In pedestrian safety, Enduroplank® more than meets the test 

Replas Enduroplank with sand coating applied has recently been tested to Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4586:2004 pedestrian surface material slip resistance, and the results are all good. 

Even without a sand coating applied, Enduroplank has an R9 rating, which generally means it provides surer footing than timber. But to achieve a rating of R12 as sought by many authorities, a simple sand coat application ensures the product will meet the desired specs. Replas demonstrates the Enduroplank sand coating application process on its website.
Metal Art Ltd
51 Port Road, Seaview
Lower Hutt 5010
New Zealand
Ph +64 4 939 6666
Fax +64 4 939 6696