Industrial textiles and apparel are coming back to Auckland’s industrial spaces, as the city gears up for the launch of a new industry.
The New Zealand Building Industry Council is working with the New Zealand Industrial Development Corporation (NZIDC) to establish a new business incubator.
It’s a “lab, warehouse and distribution hub”, with 30,000 square feet of space in the new commercial and industrial zone, and an average of $1.8 million investment per year, according to Auckland City Council.
“We’re hoping to attract some of the best companies in the industry to start their own businesses here,” said Mayor Gordon Matthews.
Auckland’s new industrial zones include the industrial zones of Rangitoto, Otaki, Wairarapa and Marlborough, with an average investment of $2.8m.
The industrial zones in the capital have been identified as a “key development area” for the New Auckland Industrial Corridor (NZIC), which aims to provide “an inclusive, dynamic, high-quality workplace for workers and small businesses”.
The NZIC is being built by New Zealand Construction and Forestry Council (NZCF).
“There’s some really good companies in this area,” Auckland City Mayor Gordon Matheson said.
NZCF president Andrew Gower said he was excited about the new incubator space.
“The new space in Auckland has the potential to make a really positive impact on the local industry and it’s also an opportunity for our city’s new workforce to find a job,” Mr Gower told local media.
The incubator is set to open this year, with a focus on manufacturing and other “innovative manufacturing sectors”.
The incubation space is expected to attract companies of all sizes.
It will include incubator offices, incubator office space, incubators, manufacturing spaces, manufacturing facilities and distribution facilities.
New Zealand Building Council president Andrew Gillis said the incubator was “the right place for us to grow and make the most of our industry”.
“We are hoping to create a space where our industry can grow and thrive,” Mr Gillis told local news outlet NZ.
“[We’re] trying to attract good people and good ideas and really give them a chance to find success and really get involved.”
Mr Matthews said Auckland would become the hub for the NZIC.
He said there were some good companies looking to set up here.
This will be the first new building of its kind in Auckland.
The council was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the Auckland Economic Development Authority (AEDA) to build the incubators.