The target market is very broad and is spread internationally across 10 different industries. EPL focuses mainly on delivering solutions and products including:
- glazing gaskets
- silicone rubber profiles
- high-temperature cables
EPL started making silicone rubber extrusions and mouldings in 1974 in Christchurch, New Zealand, with industry stalwart Jerry O’Neill at the helm.
The company currently has four production facilities on an international level – located in Christchurch, and Bangkok, along with offices in Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney, Amata City (Thailand) and an agent in Johannesburg.
It operates four semi-independent units – EPL Compound Manufacture, EPL Extrusions, EPL Silicone and EPL Thailand.
Research and development
EPL is committed to understanding the full needs of the customer and the challenges they face, so it advises its customers to make contact as early in their project as possible. This enables the team to deliver quality products, as it maximizes customer validation.
The company constantly works on new case studies to improve its designs and methods. A variety of different issues are applied within a case study and it is the team’s responsibility to solve those problems with innovative solutions.
Roles within the company and company culture
People who start work with EPL either discover quickly that they don’t enjoy working to the company’s standards, or they share its passion and stay for good.
This means that the company can provide an incredible depth of experience to its customers. The team at EPL shares a commitment to finding the best way to solve customers’ design and assembly challenges.
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EPL has won a number of industry awards, including:
- Trade New Zealand Export Award (1997)
- Plastics NZ Innovation Award (2000)
- NZ Computer Excellence Award (2000)
- Ranked second in the NBR Search for Exciting Companies in the Plastics Manufacturing Sector (2007)
- Enviromark Gold Certification (2009)
- Champions Canterbury Export Award 2012
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