Breaking new ground


In a way, APL’s forthcoming new headquarters at Hautapu represents a kind of homecoming: the company began life at nearby Bellevue Road, Cambridge, back in 1971. But what a difference 50-odd years makes.

This four-stage project, which is currently under construction on land bordering the Waikato Expressway, is aimed at relocating APL’s operations from Te Rapa to one consolidated hub.

High-performance technology

APL’s quest for excellence at the new Hautapu site is notable not just in its approach to sustainable and occupant-friendly design but also to high-performance technology which delivers unbeatable product quality.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will feature the latest technologies in construction, hybrid mechanical services, electronic LED lighting and manufacturing machinery.

State-of-the-art glass

Two-thirds of the facility is occupied by Architectural Glass Products (AGP), a state-of-the-art double-glazing manufacturing business focused on supplying high quality products with exceptional service to the APL manufacturer network.

World-class processes

The plant and equipment were selected after a two-year due diligence and planning process that involved benchmarking against other world-class glass manufacturers. Double-glazed units are produced with minimal human contact, using precise automated equipment to provide a superior end product. Automated shuttles are used to move the correct type of glass to the correct area of the factory. State-of-the-art toughening furnaces produce Grade A safety glass with minimal roller wave and distortion.

The AGP System

A robotically applied Architectural Thermal Spacer (ATS) bonds and separates the two glass panes apart creating an airtight seal. This ensures the best retention possible of argon gas – another key advantage of The AGP System.  This invisible gas provides an additional barrier to heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, improving thermal performance. AGP were the first in their industry to make argon gas standard in all their double-glazed units.

AGP's double-glazed units are backed by an extended 12-year warranty - two years longer than the current industry standard - while all AGP products meet or exceed requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

APL Manufacturing

About one-third of the Hautapu plant is occupied by APL Manufacturing, including aluminium entry door manufacture and special-purpose powdercoating plants. The main powdercoat line has been comprehensively digitised with advanced computer control.

APL Manufacturing also produces hardware and componentry for supply to our manufacturer partners. A wide variety of specialised production operations are undertaken, with the programmable CNC machines in constant use.

The heated factory floors and comfortable ambient temperatures - a function of the building’s high-performance insulation – creates a comfortable work environment for both the APL Manufacturing and AGP teams.