Newsletter from Metal Art Ltd 

Planters that enhance your business identity  

Whatever the plantscape situation, our extensive Container Connection range has the pot, trough or green wall solution.

Select from our range by colour, shape or function. Also take a look at the material choice. Besides the extensive Cottapot and Lechuza ranges that come in 
recyclable plastic, we supply containers in aluminium, glass fibre and sheet metal. Being 100% made in our Lower Hutt factory, these Metal Art planters allow a lot of scope for customisation.

Metal Art planters provide a canvas for company promotion and name recognition. Trough planters in particular are increasingly popular as a way to positively transmit the corporate image. Businesses do this by adding their logo, marketing tag line or brand message to the product's finish.

Laser cut koru in Metal Art planter

Laser technology makes it easy for us to decorate planters with complex patterns and imagery - with layers powder coated in contrasting colours to provide whatever effect the customer seeks. Alternatively, easy-to-apply,imaginatively-designed self-adhesive vinyl graphics may be the way to go.

Turn your Metal Art planters into multi-purpose pieces of furniture that advertise your business while beautifying your workplace. It really is a quick and simple process - just talk to us next time you are upgrading your organisation's or your home's interior plantscape.

Recycled plastic to the rescue

Specialist training services company Wood Group M&O delivers courses in safety, medical and fire fighting. The company is based at the heart of the New Zealand oil and gas industry in New Plymouth, and their marine training center is a busy place.

To provide student seating right within the area of active training, the company decided that our recycled plastic Lyrebird benches would best serve their needs. 
“These benches are great for the damp environment in our marine training centre ,“ says Liz Smith, Marine Training Centre Team Leader. “They are sturdy enough to accommodate several students at a time, and are easily moved around when needed.”
Made of recycled plastic diverted from the landfill, Wood Group M&O’s new seats extend a finite resource’s useful life by decades. Not only that, they are maintenance-free. 

Partnering with interior landscapers to produce a living wall

Planted or green walls, vertical gardens: whatever the name used, whether massive exterior plantings that soften the concrete jungle, or understated office backdrops that bring life to the workplace, these urban plantscapes are certainly in vogue. And when it comes to creating the structural framework and supplying the pots that work within it, Metal Art is at the sharp end. 

Working with the interior landscape designers at international company Ambius, we recently completed a series of green wall installations for the Wellington corporate market. Each job was unique – conceptualised by design staff in consultation with the customer, and then drawn up for Metal Art to deliver. 
Good green walls take time. “Each project has its own small challenges,” says Ambius Customer Care Executive Trish Campbell. “It’s important the end result, which takes some months to mature, is as close as possible to what the customer visualises at the outset.” Plant selection is key to a successful wall. “The designer needs to not only take account of the surrounding environment, but also how the plants will grow out into the vertical space.” 

Ambius needs to know the support structure will aid, not hinder, the wall’s growth. “When, for example, a recent job brief was for hanging plants, we decided the pots needed to sit on an angle within the frame,” says Trish. Incorporating lightweight aluminium Karaka pots, the Metal Art production team came up with the answer right away.  

The trend in green walls and our partnership approach has created for our team a considerable track record in fabricating the structures Ambius requires. “We find Metal Art very responsive to our design needs, and always ready to share their ideas," concludes Trish.



Metal creations for every purpose

Our Architectural Furniture division is geared to supply manufacturers, contractors, public organisations and business owners with metal components for furniture and fittings of just about every description, and for all manner of purposes.

Function and flair at Burrito King

Recently for instance, we fabricated a series of extractor fan covers for a Mexican fast food restaurant.
The brief – a structure that would be fully functional in separating the work area from the customer in a tight space, and look good as well!  While that job was going through the factory, we were also making some special bird feeders  for the rare and precious takahe that live on Mana Island, off Wellington’s west coast. 

For the restaurant job, the popular Burrito King on Willis Street needed to shield its extractor fans that hung almost right above the public counter. The space was limited, it was important that the fittings would not interfere with food preparation or customer service, and the landlord had imposed some restrictions on how they could be secured.

Sitting down with the customer, our staff designed a simple yet functional structure, passing it on to the powder coating plant for finishing in Burrito King’s colour of choice – Schweppes Yellow.

That job worked so well, we were commissioned to make similar structures for other casual dining establishments in Wellington.

Helping save our takahe
Meanwhile on Mana Island, DOC personnel have installed a large number of special hopper feeders made to suit the  eating habits of the critically  endangered takahe now  living there. Metal Art was approached to make the post assemblies for these avian 
accessories, already proven in the South Island to work well. This was a job we were very pleased to do at minimal cost.

Mitre 10 MEGA Petone made it all happen, using funds raised at a recent Ladies' Night promotion. For a number of years now, the Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue Partnership with DOC has operated to help protect our native birds. 

"Our staff members are right behind it all the way", says Paul Hammond, Marketing Manager at Mitre 10 MEGA Petone. "Linking the scheme with Ladies' Night meant everyone could see something tangible come out of the promotion. Photos are being made available so that the local community can see their contributions have made a difference."

Metal Art are now looking to work with DOC on supplying native bird feeders right around the country, to replace the current timber post versions.

Architectural furniture has a broad definition at Metal Art, and these are just two more examples of the varied and interesting projects our team gets involved with. 
Metal Art Ltd
51 Port Road, Seaview
Lower Hutt 5010
New Zealand
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