MEL 2015 Update

February 2015

Welcome to our 2015 update

Mainstream Engineering Ltd (MEL) and Air Systems Engineering (ASEL) have been incredibly busy and we have a lot of exciting news and updates to share with you.

In this issue:




* SOUTHMACH 2015: 22 – 23 July






We are celebrating 10 years of delivering quality and innovative engineering solutions to industry.  To show our ongoing commitment to developing and improving our service to clients we have built and moved into new offices at 1 Paora Street, Kawerau (on the corner of SH30 and Manukorihi Drive). 

We are proud to have chosen Kawerau as the location of our 'Head Office'.   Being central to a number of our key clients, it’s never been easier for you to pop in and visit us.  Remember we are always happy to come to you if that suits your needs better.


Another exciting development is our improved direct support to our southern clients with the appointment of two new team members based in Christchurch.

While they have a principle focus on supporting clients in the southern region, they are part of the MEL team to help meet client needs all over the country. 

Make sure you keep an eye out for Shane in our new vehicle


We thoroughly enjoyed presenting at the National Maintenance Engineering Conference late last year.  The Conference was extremely productive and built on the previous events interest, new technology (and fun)! 

It was great to catch up with familiar faces on what has been happening over the past year and meet some new ones, reviewing opportunities where MEL can add value.

Congratulations to Christine and Darin Samuel from SKF who won the early bird prize draw of two nights’ accommodation at Whakatane Coastal Haven and tour tickets to White Island with White Island Tours, all sponsored by MEL.

SOUTHMACH 2015: 22 – 23 July

Come and see us on stand 89 at SouthMACH 2015 the South Island's premier technology trade show celebrating the heartland of NZ Manufacturing, technology, products and services available to the wider manufacturing industry.  It will run on 22 -23 July, at the Horncastle Arena Christchurch. 

MEL is seizing this fantastic opportunity to help launch our new profile in Christchurch.  Come and meet the Christchurch based team, have a chat about your business, your ideas going forward, discover the latest advances in manufacturing technology and how MEL can help integrate these into your operations with least interruption, risk and hassle to you.  

Check out our interactive demonstration and there might be something in it for the best performer on the day! Watch this space…


This year has seen a greater demand for our motion analysis capabilities for investigating dynamic motion of equipment for optimisation and failure analysis.  Our ability to quickly calculate natural frequencies has identified potential resonance problems and helped avoid others.

If you have a situation that would benefit from these applications, please call us on 07 323 9003 or drop us a line on email and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.


ASALEO Care – Project Samson

Congratulations to Asaleo Care for the successful implementation of Project Samson, a $60 million investment in a new converting line on the Kawerau site. 

MEL is proud to have been associated with and support Asaleo Care in the successful execution of this challenging project - which was completed on time and under budget! 

We provided mechanical engineering support in design/drafting, project management and administration services.  We continue to provide engineering support to Asaleo in their maintenance, reliability and small capital project needs.

CHH Woodproducts Kawerau – Maintenance Planning

Over the last three years MEL has supported Woodproducts with contract engineering and maintenance planning/management services, coordination and implementation of their machine guarding project, and various smaller capital works. 

We have developed a good relationship and understanding of the mill and value the opportunity to be the 'go-to' people providing solutions to their sawmilling operations.

CHH Tasman  - Project Support

It has been another action packed year for the mill and MEL is pleased to have provided project engineering services for the CD2 weld overlay, acid sewer replacement, lime kiln #2 chain replacement, design and installation of RB2 precipitator damper and replacement economiser skin casing during the March annual shutdown.

In July Tina completed stage 4 of the machine guarding project with Adam developing a reputation for completing those smaller and 'odd hours' jobs where there are not many volunteers.  July saw the failure of an RB2 cascade sprocket and MEL provided engineering design support services for the repair.

In August an urgent replacement of a FRP tank was required and MEL was pleased to support the Tasman engineering team with tank alteration and installation drawings and after hours construction supervision support.

Te Mihi Geo-Thermal Power Station - Turbine Overhaul, Inspection, Alignment & Re-Build

MEL provided Quality Assurance (QA) support for this project and liaised directly with the main engineering contractors (MB Century), Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) Australia & New Zealand, Toshiba Corporation (TSB) Technical Japan and Contact Energy. 

MEL held a central role ensuring information required by the different parties was provided in an accurate and timely manner, recording progress and completion of works and reports carried out by both Engineers and TSB in the form of Inspection Test Plans (ITP’s) and Inspection Test Reports (ITR’s).


ASEL (Air Systems Engineering Ltd) has continued to deliver fast, quality solutions for our clients.  We are proud to have undertaken some very challenging projects that have needed fast (others said “impossible”) deliveries.

We achieved these ambitious deadlines through good partnerships with valued key suppliers and fabricators including Sandvik NZ, Steel and Tube, SAECO, Asmuss Brooking, NZ Profiles, LaserTec, APEX Metal Services, AIE, Kawerau Engineering, Gouk and Sullivan (BOP).  These guys step up to the plate and take calls at odd hours to help us achieve great things for our clients. 

Taranaki By-Products - New 185kW drive, 28 m3/s @ 500mmWG fan.

ASEL received an urgent request to design and fabricate a new bioreactor fan to replace an original unit that had catastrophically failed when it "inhaled” a fire close to its inlet duct. 

We delivered on this job from initial request to design and delivery in an impressive 22 days.

The rotor was manufactured from DUPLEX 2205 casing 316SS.  This fan also contained one of our grease lubricated fan bearing housing units.

NZ Sugar - Seven day turnaround time.

ASEL undertook a failure review and replacement scrubber fan rotors.  2 off 316SS, 950mm diameter radial bladed fans, 2.3 m3/s @ 300mmWG, speed 1450 RPM. 

CHH Kinleith - Three weeks from order to delivery.

ASEL provided the short term repair and then new replacement rotor for a boiler ID fan, 700kW, 145 m3/s @300mmWG, 180oC. 


While we have said farewell to a few staff we have added new faces and welcome our new additions to the MEL and ASEL team. 

Brett Hawkes  - Manager - Southern Operations
BE (Mech, Hons I)

Brett has previously worked in engineering and production management environments within the sawmilling industry in both New Zealand and Australia.  Over the last 10 years he has worked in the mechanical design and manufacturing arena in project and operational management roles.  Brett is part of the team working to take MEL’s service to the next level for our southern clients. 

Shane Holland - Construction & Project Manager

Adv. Trade Cert. (Fitter/Turner/Mach.)

Shane joins forces with Brett in Christchurch to service our South Island clients. 

He has honed his project management expertise from previous projects covering workshop manufacture, site construction/commissioning and parts and service support in petrochemical and wood fibre industries. 

Jolene Rankin -Assistant Accountant

Qualified with a NZ Business Diploma Jolene has worked in administration and accounting roles for Mitre 10, Te Runanga o Ngati Porou and BDO Chartered Accountants. 

Jolene started her Bachelor of Business studies this year after enjoying the full time role of Mum to her two girls.  

Edsel Villaluz - Design Engineer

Edsel is a degree qualified Engineer and is a valuable addition to MEL’s Kawerau engineering team.

Having worked in New Zealand and overseas across diverse industries, he brings expertise and knowledge from working with bitumen  plant, fluidized bed coal fired boiler installations (including anti-pollution accessories) and as a Piping Engineer in Singapore.

In the North Island, Edsel was involved in the pre-commissioning phase of the Kupe Gas Plant in Hawera, Taranaki. 

Shane Hoarton - Project Engineer

Shane recently finished almost four years with BHP Billiton Iron Ore as a Project Engineer applying his design skills through the AutoCAD/Inventor and Solid Works platforms. 

He is a Boiler maker by Trade and a WTIA Structural Welding Inspector.  Shane says his outlook can be defined by “I am a Boiler maker by trade, a Draughtsperson by choice and a Project Engineer because I enjoy it!”

Shane has made the big jump across from WA to join the Kawerau team. 

Andre Van Niekerk - Design Draftsman

A trade qualified fitter and turner, Andre started his career with fifteen years shop floor experience in repair and maintenance of mining, forestry and pulp and paper equipment. 

Over the last six years Andre has moved into design and drafting including project management, ensuring things are done right first time, on time. 

Andre joins the Kawerau design team in March. 


To all our clients, thank you for entrusting and involving us in your business.  We look forward to continue working with you.  To new and potential clients, welcome to the MEL experience and we invite you to try the difference!