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The manufacturing sector plays an important role in Northland’s economic position, contributing the most of any sector in the region. Critical to the region’s primary industries, turning products into manufactured goods. These include processing industries such as dairy factories, meat processing plants, timber mills and cement manufacturing facilities.

Refining NZ, located at Marsden Point is New Zealand’s only oil refinery and accounts for around 40 percent of NZ’s total energy needs.

Other notable manufacturers are; Culham Engineering, one of New Zealand’s largest fabrication facilities. SPIIND, providing onsite mechanical and electrical maintenance services to many industries across New Zealand, including oil, dairy, timber, cement, water and engineering. Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a major supplier of fertiliser to rural industries. McRaes Global Engineering Ltd and Hansen Products are also important Northland manufacturers, whilst Homeworld is an example of the many successful building construction companies.

With a solid manufacturing base in Northland many businesses moving to Northland can take advantage of the lifestyle, the new technology and infrastructure, and availability of skilled labour for future growth.