Newsletter from MetalArt Ltd 
Colin Merritt, Sales Manager Northern

Replas' top salesman joins the NZ team

We are pleased to welcome Colin Merritt to Metal Art.  

After spending the last two years growing the Replas recycled plastic furniture business in Tasmania, Colin has made the move back home to Auckland, with responsibility for servicing our northern region market.  

At the recent Replas annual conference in Melbourne, Colin was announced top performing salesman across the Australian network.  He is looking forward to applying his extensive knowledge of street and park furnishings in the North Island’s top half, and invites enquiries regarding the full Metal Art range. Call Colin on 021 813442 or email
Lechuza Delta planter

Lechuza planters now in stock

The ship has come in and the container is unloaded. So to all our customers who have been patiently awaiting the word, our stocks of Lechuza planters are now happily replenished. Call or email Tracy to discuss your present and new season needs in quality self-irrigating plant containers from Germany. 
Replas plank sign

Signage the Replas way

The Replas product range provides for a wide range of recycled plastic signage options.

Pictured is a single plank sign, comprising a 200mm x 40mm plank supported by two 125mm square bollards. Here Upper Hutt City Council has replaced a tired wooden sign with one of recycled plastic, knowing it will withstand the elements for years to come, serving as a beacon to clearly signify the neighbourhood park to visitors, and passers by.

Finding a common cause in environmental sustainability

For over a decade now, office equipment supplier Ricoh NZ Ltd has been buying Replas Kakadu seats, which ties in well with the company’s global environmental management strategy. Ricoh actively encourages customers to recycle their used toner cartridges through a free collection box programme, where 100% of each recovered cartridge is recycled, including the waste residue toner resulting from the cleaning process. For Ricoh it’s important to help to extend the life-cycle of raw materials by making them available for reuse through its recycling initiative. 
Ricoh demonstrates their support for recycling by promoting and supplying customers with recycled products like the Replas seats to help promote environmental awareness. Ricoh supports recycling in a major way,” says Margie Barriball, Sustainability Advisor.  “The Replas seats are a great example of what can be done with recycled plastic, manufactured into functional and durable furniture that stays looking good for a long, long time.” 
Kakadu seats, Ricoh
As well as placing Kakadu seats in its New Zealand offices, Ricoh provides them to some major customers, including schools and government departments.  In most cases the seats are placed in suitable outdoor locations for staff, student and public use. “Yes, the seats are a great promotional tool for the company and what we stand for. Most importantly however, they are highly practical pieces of sustainably produced outdoor furniture, available for people to use for years to come.”  

Rainbow shades bring a fresh new look to King Edward Park

It’s been said that colour is the bright side of childhood. So when South Taranaki District Council and its Hawera Community Board set out to install a new playground for the under 10’s at  King Edward Park,  they wanted a full palette - right down to the park seating. Wakefield benches turned a bright idea into reality.

For their Wakefield benches, STDC chose blue slats on powder coated lemon yellow frames. “The seats a great hit with the children”, says STDC Contracts Supervisor Nicola Bourke. “They are attracted to them as if they were an integral part of their play, like big lego pieces.” The slats are made from 100% recycled plastic  - milk bottles turned into something the kids, and their caregivers, can use and enjoy. So there’s a sustainability lesson in there too.

Wakefield benches, Hawera

“We are very interested to see how the seats weather and stand up to treatment over time,” says Nicola. With seating made from a combination of galvanized mild steel powder coated using the latest techniques, and colour-fast recycled plastic slats that never need painting, the Hawera community can look forward to getting years of use out of their Wakefields, and lots of fun too.

Metal Art Ltd
51 Port Road, Seaview
Lower Hutt 5010
New Zealand
Ph +64 4 939 6666
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