As with most businesses in NZ, Humes is expecting to be significantly impacted over the coming months and years by the downturn in the NZ economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This downturn will see both the residential and commercial construction market decline by around 30% over the next 12 months and even the infrastructure market will not be immune with a decline of 10% expected over the coming year.
Whilst we are hearing good things coming out of government regarding the upcoming boost to infrastructure spend (via initiatives such as the pre-COVID-19 New Zealand Upgrade Programme and the post-COVID-19 Infrastructure Industry Reference Group), it is expected that this will be offset to some degree by reduced private sector infrastructure spend along with a lag of around 18 – 24 months before these public sector projects really gain momentum.
Prior to COVID-19, Humes had completed a review of operations in the Bay of Plenty region - the objective being to identify how we could strengthen our service delivery to customers in the region whilst at the same time improving efficiencies and streamlining our operations. The current situation has meant we now need to do this sooner and quicker.
Due to the impact of the above factors our Rotorua branch will cease trading on Friday 26th June. We are consolidating the Rotorua and Mt Maunganui branches to create a single Bay of Plenty sales branch, located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty district and servicing the needs of the entire Bay of Plenty region including; Western Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Taupo, Kawerau, Whakatane and Opotiki.
We will be supplying our Rotorua customer base with daily deliveries from our site in Mount Maunganui which is only 1 hour away. We are confident that the expertise within the Mount based team across concrete pipe, precast, plastic and watermain gear is the best in the region and we look forward to continuing to support all your work in and around Rotorua.
Rest assured the level of service you receive from Humes will not change – we will still be providing you quality product – delivered when and where you need it, along with great service and technical support.
Contact details for our new Bay of Plenty sales branch are as below. You can call or email your orders to the branch or contact one of the Account Managers to discuss your project.
112 Newton Street,
Phone: 07 575 5084
027 253 9346
021 743 799
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
National Sales and Distribution Manager