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Lawson Williams

Lawson Williams Recruitment

Recruiting in the New Zealand Manufacturing sector for over 25 years.

About the Manufacturing & Operations Industry in New Zealand

The Manufacturing sector in New Zealand makes up 12% of New Zealand’s economy. The sector experienced decline since 2007, however in the last 5 years it has maintained growth.

New Zealand has a small open market economy. The history and current structure of manufacturing in New Zealand has been shaped by its geographical distance from its neighbouring trading partners, its generally good climate, small population and relatively large geographical area.

Our distance to markets initially constrained our manufacturing into producing commodity products that were easier to transport in bulk.


More recently, our export economy has diversified into a wider range of products due to the impacts of globalisation, the reduced cost of transport and investment in new technologies. For example, instead of exporting bulk ingredients our food industry is now able to produce and export value-added products.

Food and Beverage manufacturing is the largest subsector, contributing 32%. This sector has driven the growth of Manufacturing employment in New Zealand since 2013.

Growth and Demand in the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing is a large employer and has shown significant growth in employment since 2013. The largest region for manufacturing is Auckland where over a third of firms are based. This is followed by Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Canterbury.

Our manufacturing sector is made up largely of small businesses. There are only 300 manufacturing companies with more than 100 staff. One third of these are in the Food and Beverage sector and 51 are in the machinery and equipment sector.

More recently, manufacturing has seen the emergence of technology exporters in the medium and high tech sectors and on the whole, the industry is trending towards becoming increasingly digitized and automated.

Featured Jobs

Supply Planner


Permanent / Full Time

Lead purchasing and supply planning activities for the New Zealand business of a global manufacturing group. Well-established and growing business.

Procurement Category Manager


Permanent / Full Time

Lead and drive strategic sourcing for food products and ingredients. A major international business offering career prospects

Process and Packing Operators - Eltham



OneStaff New Plymouth is the leading supplier of temporary and permanent staff to a number of industrial based clients in New Plymouth. We are recruiting Process and Packing Operators over two sites in Eltham, Taranaki. Our client is an essential New Zealand food manufacturing business offering temporary assignments for their seasonal requirements.;As a Process or Packing Operator, you'll work in a team to meet production expectations. Using modern technology, planning, and problem-solving skills you'll be an integral part of a high-performance team.

Inventory Casual Work



Casual workers

Warehouse / Inventory Work

Great team, fun work environment

Seeking casual workers to help with packaging and inventory management for inwards health goods. Based in Penrose.

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