Fairfax Industries acquired by Action Manufacturing

Refrigerated truck body and trailer manufacturer Fairfax Industries has been acquired by Action Manufacturing

Action Manufacturing, New Zealand’s primary supplier of motorhomes and custom commercial vehicles, has announced the acquisition of Fairfax Industries—a refrigerated truck body and trailer manufacturer.


"Action has been very strong in the light commercial sector, whereas Fairfax has been strong in the heavy commercial market," Grant Brady, Action Manufacturing managing director, says.

"We see this acquisition as a way for the two companies to meet in the middle and to now utilise shared resources.

"Action will be able to contribute scale of manufacturing. We have an international supply chain, a great in-house design team as well as some new technology that we will be able to incorporate such as our own composite panelling system—Omni Panel."

He added that Fairfax, which has a strong brand and a reputation for reliability and durability, will be a perfect fit alongside the range offered by Action.

"We will also be making significant investment into both businesses in the form of new technology and equipment to boost production and enhance current capabilities," he says.

During the transition phase, Fairfax Industries managing director Michael Carpenter will remain within the business.

"It was important for me personally to find the right fit for the Fairfax brand, and I believe that Action are a great match with similar beliefs and an equal passion for New Zealand manufacturing," Michael says.

"With their planned investment, I look forward to seeing Action take Fairfax to the next level in the industry."

Action Manufacturing, which is a part of the Tourism Holdings (THL) group of companies, has two manufacturing sites in Auckland and Hamilton. The company employs more than 200 people and is a primary supplier of motorhomes to the New Zealand market along with specialist vehicles for the medical, emergency, tourism, and transport sectors. 

Fairfax Industries has been operating for more than 40 years and is a leader in the manufacture of refrigerated truck body and trailers. It has 60 employees working out of its manufacturing facility in Takanini in South Auckland.

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