Anyone with an interest in the economy will know that the dairy payout this year is low. But while farmers feel the pinch Fonterra is still firmly investing in the future with both new builds and ensuring their existing building stock is well maintained.
Conslab has been busy over the last few months undertaking assessment of concrete floors for Fonterra. We produce a report showing all repair needed to a floor and the cost of those repairs. Where we were busy we’re now run off our feet undertaking many of those repairs as Fonterra’s operations effectively shut down for the two months of June and July. This has crews all around the country working in chillers, pulling out and replacing floors in drystores and fixing joints and cracks. With the maintenance reports Fonterra now have they can plan each year what work they wish to undertake. What we have also seen as we assessed the floors is a multitude of repairs that have been undertaken with no knowledge of how a floor works and thus they have rapidly failed.
Much of our repair work has to be done after hours or in weekends to work around an operating business. This can be particularly difficult in chillers and freezers finding materials that will set and give a working strength in time for the business to open as usual.
Conslab has also been applying the latest in flooring technology to Fonterras’ new warehouses at 60 Leon Leicester Drive for the JKL Group. Externally they store stacked loaded containers and use Hyster forklifts with 90 tonne axle loads. Conslab has been constructing jointless steel fibre ‘Combi” slabs which with no free does provide economy in designing most importantly no joints to cause any maintenance in the long term. Designed as per the concrete roads you see in Australia they microcrack but these are very tight and do not deteriorate in the long term.