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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Having the best people with the right attitude is the driving force behind our success.
All of our solutions are proudly designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the small nation leading the world in primary food production.
Daily innovation is at the heart of what we do, developing unique custom solutions to help our clients achieve superior levels of performance.
Every component of every system we produce is crafted to the highest quality and backed by an industry-leading warranty.
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.
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 80 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.
Milmeq is an agent for the following technology suppliers who provide complimentary equipment which allows us to deliver complete solutions for our clients.
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.
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.
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.
We are looking for a Senior Electrical Control Systems Engineer to join our full service Automation and Control Systems team in our Auckland office.
We have a challenging and varied role with scope for growth and development for a Stores and Logistics Person to join our team in Dunedin.
We have an opportunity for a Purchasing Officer to join our team in our Auckland office. This is a challenging and varied role with scope for growth and development.
We are looking for a Senior Electrical Control Systems Engineer to join our full service Automation and Control Systems team in our Auckland office.
This role will see you work on the electrical and control systems design/programming, installation and commissioning of chilling and freezing, materials handling and primary food processing systems.
This is an opportunity to work 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.
The position will demand a high degree of engineering competency and expertise in advanced automation and control systems.
You will hold either a BE (Electrical/Mechatronics) or be a Registered Industrial Electrician and have at least 8 years' experience in automation and control systems.
Responsibilities will include:
A strong track record of involvement in end to end projects from concept to commissioning is required as is outstanding client facing skills.
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with Allan Bradley and Siemens PLCs.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a NZ company who is a global leader in providing engineering systems to the protein processing sector.
A competitive remuneration package and an interesting and variety-filled working environment are on offer.
Please note that this position is not suitable for a new graduate, and applicants with New Zealand or Australian passports are preferred due to the travel requirement to sites within Australia.
Queries regarding the position can be made to Rebecca Mowat, HR Manager, on 027 807 1533 or send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join our team in Dunedin, we have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a high calibre Stores and Logistics person. Working in conjunction with our current storeman and manufacturing teams, this is important role for our business, ensuring that we have the right goods and services in the right place at the right time.
Our ideal candidate will have prior experience working in a stores or procurement function preferably in a manufacturing environment. You will be focused on customer, cost and quality but most importantly have a willingness and ability to work as part of a team and an ability to prioritise a varied challenging workload.
This role requires a high level of coordination and interaction with suppliers as well as our manufacturing teams. You will need to have good interpersonal
skills, attention to detail and preferably sound computer skills. A full driver’s licence is required and a forklift licence would be advantageous.
Working under the guidance of our storeman as part of our purchasing team, your key responsibilities will include:
This role is an opportunity for the right candidate to join a great team based in Dunedin in role with the opportunity to develop into a sole charge stores role in future.
If this role sounds like you then please apply via email to email@example.com or contact Rebecca Mowat on 027 8071533 for a confidential discussion should you require any further details.
Please note, applicants are required to have the right to work in New Zealand.
To join our Delivery team in Auckland, we have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a high calibre Purchasing Officer. As an integral part of our Delivery team, our purchasing team ensure that we have the right goods and services in the right place (globally) at the right time and at the best possible price.
Our ideal candidate will have a sound understanding of the purchasing function and processes and a minimum 3 years’ experience working in a purchasing, supply chain or procurement function preferably in an engineering and/or manufacturing environment. You will be focused on customer, cost and quality but most importantly have a willingness and ability to work as part of a team and an awareness for process improvement and compliance.
This role requires a high level of purchasing administration and interaction with suppliers as well as our project and manufacturing teams, you will need to have good interpersonal skills, a knack for negotiation and strong attention to detail. It is also essential that you possess sound computer skills.
In this varied role your key responsibilities will include:
Reporting to the Purchasing Team Leader based in Auckland, this role is an opportunity for the right candidate to join a great team in a challenging project-based environment.
If this role sounds like you then apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that applicants are required to have the right to work in New Zealand.