The Orawia cement factory

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The Orawia factory of The Southland Cement Manufacturing Company - in operation 1956. This photograph courtesy of The Fletcher Trust Archive (New Zealand)

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Bruce Comfort on June 15, 2012

Here bagged cement is coming off the bagging plant. a few? rejects have been tossed aside of the conveyor.

The urban myth central to the closing of this plant after its take-over by Milburn Lime and Cement focuses on the high quality of the cement and the threat that this posed to Milburn who were making and inferior product but at a higher cost. In truth, it is more likely that the location of the Southland Cement Company at Orawia - which was not near any substantial market for the produce, and its low quality, combined with heavy discounts, was the greater factor in its eventual insolvency and disposal.

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    by Bruce Comfort