PRIME MINISTER VISITS PHILIPPINES OFFICE OF STEEL PENCIL:
NEW ZEALAND COMPANY HELPING TO REBUILD CHRISTCHURCH
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (20 November 2015) – Today Steel Pencil Philippines, the Asian branch of a New Zealand construction modeling company, welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to their Manila office.
The Prime Minister was in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The theme of this year’s APEC meeting was “building inclusive economies”, and the Prime Minister was able to see firsthand Steel Pencil’s work to put inclusive growth into action by combining New Zealand’s international-standard construction work with the Philippines’ young and adaptive workforce.
“Expanding our business in Manila has been a win-win situation for both the Philippines and New Zealand,” said Steel Pencil Managing Director Reegan Lawton. “This has allowed us to compete for more international projects that ultimately generate revenue at home, while also creating new jobs and new opportunities for the Philippines’ hard-working youth.
Steel Pencil started out as a small enterprise in Palmerston North, but by paving the way for the incorporation of advanced 3D technologies in the construction industry, and bringing these innovations to the Philippines, the company has been able to take on larger projects, including the reconstruction of the Christchurch Cathedral and Burwood Hospital following 2011’s devastating earthquakes.
In the Philippines, the New Zealand government works to enhance the country’s interests and support bilateral trade. The Philippines is one of New Zealand’s top-20 most important goods export markets, and now companies like Steel Pencil are creating new opportunities for trade and commerce.
Through strong APEC cooperation and the support of the New Zealand government, Steel Pencil is able to create jobs, build human capital, and provide quality services both in Asia and at home.
“A 3D model of the cathedral provided by a construction modelling company, Steel Pencil, was vital to the resolution of many issues that developed in the course of the contract. Without that, we'd still be at foundation level. It was extremely beneficial to have them on board. It was mind-bending stuff”
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