AW Fraser manufactures and exports machined bronze and brass components to businesses in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. The company has a modern, well-equipped machine tool facility and laboratory at its manufacturing location in Christchurch, New Zealand.
AW Fraser was established in the 1930s and boasts an experienced and committed staff. The company was bought out by management in 2006 and is focused on getting the job done well and on time.
Gordon Sutherland, CEO, Managing Director
Gordon has a degree in mechanical engineering followed by post graduate qualifications in business. He has 30+ years’ experience in engineering and manufacturing industries in various engineering and management roles. He is past President of the NZ Manufacturing and Exporters Association.
Gordon has a very strong family focus, and enjoys outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, skiing and sailing.
Paul Isitt, Commercial Director
Paul has been involved in the manufacturing sector since qualifying from university. Paul’s responsibilities cover Sales and Marketing as well as Finance. Outside of work he is involved in Basketball coaching and likes to salmon fish during the summer as well as spending time with his five children.
Philip Benson, Operations Director
Philip is passionate about heavy manufacturing. He has an M.B.A. as well as 25 years of practical manufacturing experience. Philip is also keen on snow skiing and boating; both activities he can do with his family.
Akiv Rohekar, Sales Support Manager
Akiv was welcomed to the A W Fraser team late 2015 and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in sales and manufacturing. Akiv is married and is an avid sports fan, almost being described as fanatical when his home team India are playing!
Chris Moffat, National Sales Manager
Chris started with the company in 1991 and has worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Store Manager. In years prior to this he has managed a pub in England (at the age of 21), and is also a Trade Certified Butcher. Chris is a rugby league fanatic, and enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and four children.
Geoff Mike, Sales Executive
Geoff, who is based in Brisbane, has worked for the company in various capacities over the past 24 years. He is responsible for sales in Australia, SE Asia and the Middle East. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, and has recently become an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves. He also enjoys hockey, cricket and supporting the Blues in State of Origin rugby league (even though he is based in Queensland).
Jan Marchant, Office Manager
Jan has over 20 years experience in the Finance, Admin & Customer Service field – Outside the office Jan enjoys relaxing and exercising in the great outdoors by pursuing her passions for photographing and sketching nature’s beauty, walking the dogs and playing golf.
Matt Dixon, Purchasing Manager
Originally from the UK, Matt has an extensive background in the metal foundry and processing industry. Matt joined the company in 2004 as Purchasing Manager. Matt has a number of interests outside work, including motor bike racing and wine and is currently personally building his own house from scratch.
Craig Iggo, Foundry Production Controller
Craig has been with the company for more than 15 years. Craig commenced in the Foundry, worked his way up to Shift Supervisor, and then in 2007 he was promoted to the position of Foundry Production Controller. Outside of work Craig enjoys hockey, 4 wheel driving, golf and outdoor activities with the family.
Jody Tuckwell – Production Manager – Machine Shop
My Career first started as an Apprentice at a small family run precision engineering company when I left school, my boss was an ex sergeant major in the marines and he taught me the core foundations of what I still believe in today which is; respect for others, hard work, never stop learning and to share knowledge.
From there I progressed onto an internationally recognised filtration company PALL, specialising in medical,aerospace and nuclear filtration unit design and manufacture. I was able to spent many years here understanding complicated CNC programming methods, design principals, leadership development and other skills which would I use to the best of my ability. I took time out to go travelling around south east Asia, Australia and some of the pacific islands before returning to PALL for another stint.
Eventually New Zealand came calling and it was time to up sticks and see what NZ had to offer, as it turns out… A W Fraser! From 2006-2011 I spent here at A W Fraser learning from some of the best in the industry. I then made the decision to develop myself further by taking a sales role for Sandvik Coromant, the worlds number 1 tooling manufacturer. This enabled me to understand how other businesses in New Zealand operate and gave me a much broader view of our marketplace.
And now, I return to A W Fraser a little bit older, a little bit wiser but with no less drive or determination than when I first arrived, I know that this is a world class business with world class employees and I’m absolutely confident that together we will have a business that other businesses will strive to be
Gary Gibb, Compliance and Development Manager
Gary started in the business in 1975 and has an intimate knowledge of all aspects of the manufacturing and is an avid Crusaders (rugby) fan!
Gavin Burdon, Engineering Manager
Gavin is a qualified electrician, and has over 20 years experience as an industrial electrical. Working in the UK & New Zealand manufacturing industries, he has an in-depth knowledge of production processes’, automation systems and equipment. Gavin moved to New Zealand in 2010 & enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, mountain biking cooking & football.
Gemma Crawley, Logistics Manager
Gemma has wide experience in the freight industry and has been with the company since 2010. Outside of work she spends time on her lifestyle property west of the city.
“AW Fraser – leading New Zealand manufacturers of brass alloy extrusions and engineered bronze.”