About Us

What if new technology could achieve things you didn’t even know were possible?

That’s the question we ask ourselves every day in our quest to develop new, leading edge technologies for the protein processing industry.

Milmeq’s core purpose is to enable our clients to have high quality, premium tasting product for their customers globally.

Our vision is to be recognised as a global leader in protein processing systems delivering sustainable innovation and value to our partners.

Scroll down to learn more about our company history and achievements, our brand story and values, our people and partnerships, and the career opportunities we offer.

The Milmeq Story

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In the beginning

Milmeq’s story starts long before our operations began in 1952 under the banner of Refrigeration Engineering. In fact, our story starts in Britain in the 1800s.

The Industrial Revolution presented Britain with profound social change, including a rapidly expanding urban population. New lands were sought and settled to feed the growing masses; New Zealand was one of these.

With its remote location, lush fertile land, crystal clear water and sparse population, New Zealand was perfect for pastoral stocks and became a crucial supplier of meat to fuel the workers of the Industrial Revolution.

The new land was considered a paradise in the Pacific, offering settlers the opportunity to build a new life for themselves. New migrants were surrounded by breathtaking beauty but were also presented with very real hardships.

New Zealand was isolated and had a variable climate – from subtropical in the far north to temperate climates in the south and severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas – these challenges fostered a unique culture with the new settlers.

Such isolation required a can-do attitude and an innovative approach to daily tasks. It was said that New Zealand settlers could create or fix anything with a bit of number eight wire. This mentality has been passed down through generations and is known today as the Kiwi way.

Our company’s foundation

By the mid-1900s, primary production was firmly established as the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

As demand for New Zealand products grew, so did the need for refrigeration to transport these products to offshore markets.

In 1952 we commenced operations as Refrigeration Engineering, providing services to meet that growing need.

We have always had the ethos that it is people that make the business, and this can be seen from the very beginnings of the company. Founder William Goodfellow contemplated entering the refrigeration industry for some time, but did not have the right person to run such a business.

When he heard UK company Lightfoot Refrigeration’s top overseas agent William Engle was immigrating to New Zealand, William Goodfellow met him at the port on his arrival and eventually gave him the mandate to create a refrigeration business.

Refrigeration Engineering was a proud, family business and quickly gained a reputation for innovation and a solutions-focus. Such early solutions included design and manufacture of evaporators for blast freezing meat, which provided significant improvements in efficiency and product quality.


Through the years

The agriculture sector continues to be a significant contributor to New Zealand’s export income and for more than 60 years our company has been a support vehicle to achieve this.

Our solutions-focus and can-do approach has seen us pioneer a number of new technologies, many of which have gone on to become industry standards.

We pioneered inverted lamb processing, and in the 1970s and 1980s we led the New Zealand sheep industry’s change from the conventional to the inverted system.

Today the inverted system is recognised worldwide as resulting in superior food hygiene and reduced contamination as well as reductions in hard manual labour.

We developed plate freezing technology to extend the shelf life of meat product being exported long distances.

We have since gone on to build the world’s largest plate freezers which are used across Australasia and are becoming popular in Europe.

Our chilling and freezing retention tunnels were the first of their kind; now they are a global standard that is being copied by our competitors.

At every stage, our success has been driven by the people within the business – we have always had the best people, but moreover the best people with the right attitude.

This focus on people has extended beyond our own staff, clients and suppliers to those in the wider community.

Our company has been built on a philosophy of philanthropy and giving to charities and community groups.

We have continued to look outward, diversifying our service offering and expanding our markets. Over our long history we have had many acquisitions and steady growth, and in 2011 our company was renamed as Milmeq.

Today and beyond

Today Milmeq specialises in providing a complete design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance service for primary food processing operations, including greenfield developments around the world.

Our pioneering spirit and Kiwi ingenuity has enabled us to become industry leaders in a global market.

We continue to develop new solutions to the challenges presented within primary production, such as the Milmeq fully automated stock transfer system (MFAST) which introduces automation into the sorting, storage and retrieval of chilled and frozen product.

Our reputation for innovative thinking and delivery of top quality, reliable systems has seen us become a multi award winning company. We innovate daily, with processes and support systems that are recognised as world leading.

As we develop, people continue to be at the heart of our business.

From experienced senior staff to graduates and apprentices, the sharing of knowledge and continuous growth of our people is a core focus for Milmeq.

Looking after people is always a priority and our commitment to health and safety goes beyond maintaining the highest standards within our own workplace, with every system we develop actively designed to keep our clients safe as well.

A proud family business, we come from a strong culture of innovation and dedication to providing quality solutions to our clients.

Milmeq is proudly a block in the foundation of the New Zealand economy, but our story is, and always has been, about the people.

Join us as we continue to lead the way in engineering for the future.

The Milmeq story is built on four core pillars:

People

Having the best people with the right attitude is the driving force behind our success.

Place

All of our solutions are proudly designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the small nation leading the world in primary food production.

Innovation

Daily innovation is at the heart of what we do, developing unique custom solutions to help our clients achieve superior levels of performance.

Quality

Every component of every system we produce is crafted to the highest quality and backed by an industry-leading warranty.

Company History

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We have a proud history of providing refrigeration and engineering services to the primary food processing industry for more than 60 years. Here are some of the milestones in our history:

1952 – We began operations in New Zealand under the name Refrigeration Engineering, providing chilling and freezing equipment to primary food producers to enable the export of their product.

Early engineering solutions included the design and manufacture of evaporators for blast freezing meat.

1955 – Business operations were expanded to include the wholesale of components for refrigeration, with an emphasis on quality stock, personal service and sound technical advice.

1960s – As our reputation grew, we were awarded a number of very large contracts for the development of greenfield plants as well as upgrades and expansions to existing plants across New Zealand.

1970s & 1980s – During this time three divisions within the company were clearly identified; industrial refrigeration systems, industrial mechanical systems and wholesale of components for commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

1991 – We acquired the company Millers Mechanical, which added the unique engineering skillset for the design of robust processing systems for sheep and cattle.

1992 – We expanded operations into Brisbane, Australia, with the objective of marketing the range of unique engineering skills of both Refrigeration Engineering and Millers Mechanical. This operation was called Realcold Milmech.

The primary food processing market in Australia had many similarities with that of New Zealand and this facilitated rapid entry and expansion for Realcold Milmech.

1990s We developed new technologies including plate freezers and chilling and freezing tunnels to provide faster, more energy efficient chilling and freezing of meat and dairy products. Today these technologies are recognised as setting the industry standard.

1997 – Refrigeration Engineering developed the wholesale opportunity within consumables for meat processing, and this was set up as a new company, Argus Realcold, in both New Zealand and Australia. We also acquired a similar business in Australia called Refrigeration Equipment Sales (RES).

2009 – The company was restructured to divide the contracting and wholesale business units.

The wholesale business of Realcold Components (New Zealand) and RES (Australia) were merged and the new entity was named Realcold.

2011 – Our four engineering contracting business units, Realcold Industrial, Realcold Mechanical, Millers Mechanical and Realcold Milmech, were merged and our company was renamed as Milmeq.

Our People

People are at the heart of our business, and having the right people with the right attitude is the driving force behind our success.

We have more than 120 staff with a diverse range of skills and expertise, all focused on delivering the highest level of service to our clients.

Our team includes a core group of long serving staff members, who have a sound understanding of the challenges that primary food processors have been exposed to over the past few decades. We also place focus on recruiting and training junior staff, including graduate engineers and apprentices, who bring with them fresh approaches to finding solutions to current and future challenges.

Our senior leadership team is:

Chester Bakkerus

CEO

Dave Debney

Project Operations Manager

Rebecca Mowat

Human Resources Manager

Jacky Hyslop

Health and Safety Manager

Richard Aimers

Design Manager

Partnerships

Milmeq is an agent for the following technology suppliers who provide complimentary equipment which allows us to deliver complete solutions for our clients.

Technology Partner

Starfrost

Starfrost is a UK-based manufacturer of IQF and Spiral tunnels for the chilling and freezing of a range of food products. Milmeq represents Starfrost technology in the Oceania region.

Technology Partner

DSI

DSI is a Denmark company specialising in vertical plate freezers which are used primarily by the seafood industry but also have application for other food products. Milmeq represents DSI technology in the Oceania region.

Careers

As an innovative New Zealand company delivering solutions globally, Milmeq offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities. With offices in Auckland, Dunedin and Brisbane, and clients around the world, a career with Milmeq provides a diverse range of challenges where no two days are the same.

We have a tight-knit team culture; our people enjoy working together to develop innovative, leading edge technologies to meet our clients’ needs. Our smaller size means plenty of opportunity for hands on involvement.

We want our people to be the best they can be, and we offer a number of opportunities for professional development and upskilling to achieve this. We have a culture of celebrating success, and the work of our team is rewarded with competitive remuneration packages including benefits such as medical insurance and an employee assistance programme.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of our award-winning team, find out more about current opportunities and how to apply for these below.

Control Systems Engineer

We have an exciting opportunity for a Control Systems Engineer to join our automation team in Brisbane.

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Quantity Surveyor/Estimator (mechanical focus)

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor or Estimator to join our pricing team in Dunedin, assisting in a variety of functions.

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Mechanical Design Engineer

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced Design Engineer to join the team in Dunedin and be involved in all phases of projects from inception to completion.

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Summer Internships

Internship applications for the 2017-18 summer are now invited from third year engineering students. Positions will be based in Auckland and Dunedin.

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Mechanical Commissioning Engineer - Brisbane

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Mechanical Commissioning Engineer to join the team based in our Brisbane office.

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Project Engineer - Auckland or Dunedin

The projects we run are complex and challenging, and require a person who can manage the expectations of the client and other contractors as well as keeping project work flowing to our manufacturing and design teams. Experience with management of turnkey industrial engineering projects is desirable.

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Project Manager - Auckland or Dunedin

We are seeking an experienced Project Manager to strengthen our project delivery competence. You will lead a portfolio of projects ranging in budget from $200,000 to $8 million; taking full accountability for Milmeq's contractual delivery obligations and acting as the interface between the Milmeq project team and the client.

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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer - Auckland

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to join the team based in our Auckland office. You will lead the total design process for projects from conceptual to detailed design.

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Control Systems Engineer

Brisbane

We have an exciting opportunity for a Control Systems Engineer to join our Automation and Control Systems team. This role will see you working on innovative robotics projects, as well as the control systems design/programming, installation and commissioning of refrigeration, materials handling and primary food processing systems.

You will be working in a very diverse controls environment on purpose-built machinery around the world, with a high degree of R&D innovation in the solutions we provide. A competitive remuneration package and an interesting and variety-filled working environment are on offer. This position is based in our Brisbane office.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Cost preparation of project quotations and maintaining cost control of existing projects
  • Overseeing the roll out from start to finish of automation projects, as well as using PLC and SCADA programming structure and standards
  • Accountability for the commissioning of assigned projects
  • Working in Australia and overseas when commissioning
  • Managing work to an expected high quality standard and delivering products on time in accordance with contractual obligations

We are seeking someone who has:

  • A high degree of engineering competency
  • Expertise in advanced automation, control and/or robotics
  • Bachelor of Engineering (in Electrical or Mechatronics)
  • Or be a Registered Industrial Electrician and have at least 8 years' experience in automation and control systems
  • A strong track record of involvement in end to end projects from concept to commissioning is required as is outstanding client facing skills

Please note that this position is not suitable for a new graduate, and applicants will be required to train in Auckland, NZ for a period of 3 months once appointed.

Preference will be given to candidates already located in Australia with the right to work here.

For enquiries about this position, please phone Rebecca Mowat on 027 807 1533, or to apply, please email rmowat@milmeq.com.

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Quantity Surveyor/Estimator (mechanical focus)

Dunedin

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor or Estimator to join us. As part of our pricing team, you will work closely with our product specialists, design team and manufacturing team to ensure labour and material budgets reflect actual costs.

This role requires a passion for accuracy in estimating of mechanical projects, ranging from simple mechanical structures to complex mechanical systems, involving both stainless steel and mild steel construction. The position is based in our Dunedin office.

In preparing estimates, you will utilise layout and design drawings to prepare schedules of quantities and labour to enable costing, engineering, sales and commercial decision making. You will assist in the identification of ongoing improvements to our estimating and pricing systems and the building of standardised repeatable costing models for our business.

This is an fantastic opportunity to join a global leader in the design, manufacture and installation of industrial refrigeration, material handling and primary food processing systems. A competitive remuneration package and an interesting and variety-filled working environment are on offer.

We are seeking someone who has:

  • Either a Quantity Surveying qualification or a Mechanical Engineering qualification
  • Experience in a mechanical engineering environment, with prior experience estimating large scale works projects
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills with intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel is essential
  • The ability to read engineering drawings

Preference will be given to candidates already located in NZ with the right to work here.

For a full position description or to apply for this position please email recruitment@milmeq.com

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Dunedin

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced Design Engineer to join the team. You will be involved in all phases of projects from inception to completion, and will be responsible for the quality of production and installation drawings which will ensure that projects are able to be completed on time, on budget and to the client's expectation.

This is an excellent opportunity for a high calibre candidate wishing to be part of a solid, reputable and go-ahead organisation that is prepared to roll their sleeves up and pitch in, refrigeration experience would be an advantage. The position is based in our Dunedin office.

Key skills that you will bring to this position will include:

  • A CPEng Engineer (Mechanical, Mechatronics or similar) with strong design experience.
  • Experience in engineering design using 2D and 3D modelling software. Autodesk Autocad and Inventor packages preferable.
  • Experienced in the design of steel structures, automation and machine components
  • Some practical workshop experience
  • Excellent resources allocation and project planning skills
  • Highly organised and detail focused
  • Solutions focused demonstrating initiative and good judgement.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to establish strong working relationships at all levels
  • Refrigeration experience would be an advantage.

Preference will be given to candidates already located in NZ with the right to work here.

Confidential enquiries about this opportunity can be made to Sarah Hanley, phone +64 9 582 0653.

For a full position description or to apply for this position please email recruitment@milmeq.com.

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Summer Internships

Auckland and Dunedin

November 2017 to March 2018

Milmeq offers the opportunity to undertake a rewarding summer internship (min. 400 hours) working on cutting edge innovation projects with a direct application to Milmeq’s food processing, chilling and freezing and materials handling products.

As a summer intern at Milmeq you will work under the guidance of our dedicated Innovation team and other experienced engineers. You’ll be expected to show initiative on your allocated project, work in a self-directed manner, collaborate with Milmeq staff across our offices and present your work to the company at the end of your internship. You’ll also have the opportunity at the end of your internship to be considered for a graduate position at Milmeq at the end of your degree.

Learn more about our internship programme here.

Internship applications for the 2017-18 summer are invited from third year engineering students in the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical/Control Systems
  • Chemical Process/Chemical and Materials

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To apply for an internship position send a cover letter, CV and a copy of your unofficial academic transcript to: recruitment@milmeq.com or see our brochure for more information.

Mechanical Commissioning Engineer - Brisbane

Brisbane

You will be responsible for the delivery of expert and responsive mechanical commissioning and post commissioning technical support to our clients throughout Australia ensuring their Milmeq systems and equipment are commissioned and operate seamlessly and to maximum potential.

This role is all encompassing and pivotal to the success of the entire commissioning function. You will be responsible to ensure that we are on track and working to the product commissioning plan, that pre-commissioning, product commissioning, practical completion testing and sign off all progress according to Milmeq’ s product standards and project schedule.

You will need to coordinate with the designated Automation Commissioning Engineer to ensure a seamless integration of mechanical and automation inputs on site and make the necessary mechanical adjustments to the equipment while commissioning.

You will provide regular reports and updates to the Project Manager of the works including reporting early on possible delays to commissioning and mitigations.

Milmeq is committed to Health and Safety and in this role you must ensure that ‘safety first’ is considered at all times during commissioning including with respect to working hours and fatigue management on site.

This is an excellent opportunity for a high calibre candidate wishing to be part of a solid, reputable and go-ahead organisation.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) or Diploma in Engineering with extensive industry experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in mechanical engineering and site installation/commissioning.
  • Understanding of plant operations and maintenance, production objectives and mechanical functioning of equipment
  • Prior experience in technical trouble shooting on site
  • Qualities of resourcefulness, initiative and innovation
  • An ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to build and maintain relationships with internal and external parties
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@milmeq.com

Preference for NZ or Australian citizens due to requirements for working on projects in Australia.

Project Engineer - Auckland or Dunedin

Auckland or Dunedin

Ideally, we see a mechanical background as most suited but consideration will be given to applicants from other disciplines who can offer sound project engineering/management experience. Also preferred are candidates who hold either NZ or Australian passports as work on site in Australia (as well as other global locations) is an essential part of the job.

Key skills that you will bring to this position will include:

  • Sound project or engineering operations experience, including budget management.
  • Engineering or technical degree; diploma, NZCE (Mechanical or similar discipline)
  • Practical aptitude, excellent resources allocation and project planning skills.
  • Highly organised and detail focused
  • Demonstrated initiative and good judgment, and the ability to contribute to improvement of current business processes.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to establish strong working relationships at all levels
  • Industrial engineering exposure
  • Ability to review technical drawings and designs
  • Ability to lead project teams

This is a varied and challenging project engineering role in an award-winning kiwi company recognised for delivering innovative systems worldwide. It is possible for this position to be undertaken from our Auckland or Dunedin office locations.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@milmeq.com

Preference for NZ or Australian citizens due to requirements for working on projects in Australia.

Project Manager - Auckland or Dunedin

Auckland or Dunedin

Day to day you will be involved in:

  • Management of multiple projects and project schedules
  • Managing resources including staff, plant, suppliers, subcontractors and materials
  • Continuous improvement input into Milmeq's project management methodology
  • Ensuring commitment to zero harm, HSE and environmental compliance
  • Managing project budgets and financial project reporting
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with staff and customers
  • Travel to (international) sites at critical points in the project lifecycle

You will bring:

  • A solid grounding in engineering work package leadership followed by:
  • At least 5 years of proven commercial project management experience preferably in an industrial and/or construction environment.
  • Sound exposure to project management methodologies including project scheduling and risk management.
  • Solid leadership and mentoring skills
  • Experience managing relationships with customers, suppliers and teams
  • Strong understanding of project financials
  • A proven commitment to health & safety

This is an exciting opportunity to join a mid-sized kiwi company delivering innovative projects globally. This position can be based out of either our Auckland or Dunedin offices.

Apply now to recruitment@milmeq.com.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in NZ.

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer - Auckland

Auckland

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to join the team based in our Auckland office. You will lead the total design process for projects from conceptual to detailed design. You'll be responsible for the quality of production and installation design which will ensure that projects are able to be completed on time, on budget and to the client's expectation, ensuring the profitable and correct engineering of assigned projects. A strong focus in this role is chilling and freezing products, so experience with refrigerated systems would be advantageous.

This role has a strong emphasis on providing design direction to the design team on assigned projects including mapping of the drawing process and schedule for manufacturing and guidance. You will also be responsible for the review and sign off on drawings, as well as supporting the mentoring of junior staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for a high calibre candidate wishing to be part of a solid, reputable and go-ahead organisation

Desired Skills and Experience

Senior background in Mechanical

  • Engineering with a focus on product development
  • Tertiary qualifications in Engineering – either diploma or degree
  • Chartered Engineer status preferred
  • Excellent communication and people management skills
  • Extensive experience leading product prototyping, prior work in an innovative product development environment a plus
  • Sound expertise in Auto CAD 2D and 3D software
  • Engineering project management experience and prior experience working with industrial designers a plus
  • Experienced in the design of welded steel structures, automation and machine components
  • Understanding of manufacturing and constructability of design
  • Excellent resource allocation and project planning skills
  • Highly organised, detail and quality focused
  • Solutions focus, demonstrated initiative and good judgement

Apply now to recruitment@milmeq.com.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in NZ.