Metal Art Ltd.
Metal Art supplies a diverse range of stock and customised products that includes street and park furniture, commercial planters and plantscape fixtures, litter bins for indoor and outdoor use, and architectural components for commercial fit-outs.
Founded in 1990, Metal Art has developed from a manufacturer of wrought iron products and steel components for the architectural furniture industry to a multi-faceted company with a diverse product catalogue.
Our main market is business-to-business. We supply public and private sector customers with traditional and contemporary park and streetscape furniture, plus amongst other things an extensive range of litter bins and plant containers in metals and plastics for both indoor and outdoor use.
As manufacturing technologies have developed and market tastes have changed, Metal Art is now a leader in processing recycled plastic - putting a waste material to functional reuse. And while this fast-growing aspect of the business is receiving a lot of attention, we haven't forgotten our roots.
The Metal Art name is still at the forefront in the production of stock and customised steel and aluminium components for commercial and residential furniture, office fit-outs and one-off projects that demand the special skills of our people.
Metal Art has an active programme of recovering and recycling all scrap metal, unused plastics and packaging waste generated in operations.
Read here what ECO-Buy says about recycled mixed plastics. The page includes a costing calculator to compare the life-cycle benefits of recycled plastic against traditional materials.
If you still wonder about the suitability of recycled plastic, take a look at this Enduroplank™ decking installation on Clive Bridge, SH 2, Hawkes Bay. Commissioned after a rigorous approval process conducted by New Zealand Transport Agency and Hastings District Council.
What or how does your business contribute to a more sustainable NZ?
As the New Zealand distributor for Replas, manufacturers of recycled plastic products, Metal Art Ltd takes a finite resource otherwise destined for the landfill and distributes it back into the community as functional, economically viable, long-lasting assets. We use recycled plastic in two ways:
Quality products made using recycled plastic
As an end-use product in itself. For instance Replas Enduroplank™ is increasingly popular with local and central government agencies for pedestrian and cycleway bridges, boardwalks and beach accessways.
Items such as Kimberley park seats, Replas bollards and Premier picnic settings are appearing across New Zealand, their environmental attributes coupled with their long life-cycle putting them in favour over hardwoods and other less sustainable materials in the market.
Finding new ways to help close the recycling loop
As componentry in our traditional park and street furniture range. Gradually but inevitably, New Zealand is moving away from hardwood use in public-place street and parkscape assets. Recycled plastic is an option in all our steel-framed park seating, and is increasingly being specified for new public sector installations.
In demanding recycled plastic wherever possible, our customers are recognising the merits of 'closed-loop' recycling. They fund the collection of plastic waste through rates and taxes while supporting its reuse as practical, good-looking products that extend the raw material resource's lifespan for years and decades to come.
Soft Plastic Drop Off Recycling Initiative
At Metal Art we see ourselves as catalysts for positive change in the use of plastic waste. We are active supporters of the Soft Plastic Drop Off Recycling Programme. This partnership with The Packaging Forum has special bins placed in major stores and supermarkets across Auckland, where soft plastics which would otherwise be discarded or sent overseas for use as fuel can be disposed of, collected and given new life.
New Zealanders homes use over 1.6 billion plastic bags every year, and the Initiative's ultimate aim is to give over 70% of us access to in-store bins within a 20km radius of the home or workplace. That's a lot of plastic from which Replas will make such items as long-life picnic settings, brightly coloured wheel stops and park signs, and shared pathways for cyclists and pedestrians such as the one pictured above.
The recycling loop will close completely when those corporates that apply their stewardship to plastic waste then buy back Replas products for their own use or to donate to local community groups.