Paper, truck tyres, printers, hard drives, electronic circuit boards, nappies, plastics, rubber, foam, compost and building waste – these are just some of the waste products that can be reduced, separated or securely destroyed by Evans Engineering’s innovative, industrial shredding machines. Designed and manufactured in the firm’s Upper Hutt workshop, the shredders are shipped to customers in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, USA, Africa, France and Sweden.

The third generation business was founded in 1948 by Peter Evans’ grandfather. Peter’s father and uncle were also involved along the way and as a young boy Peter put himself to good use in the workshop after school. After studying mechanical engineering at the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) in Upper Hutt and working alongside his family, he now owns the business and manages a team of 12 local staff.

In the 1990s, Evans Engineering designed and manufactured its first shredding machine to safely destroy confidential documents for a local business. This led to the development of Evashred: a range of six different sized shredders for customers including recyclers, manufacturers, food processors, cruise liners, the military, police and government agencies.

Evans Engineering has capitalised on the global trend for waste materials to be recycled rather than dumped in landfills. From its smallest shredder (the Piranha) to its largest (the Panther), Evashred machines reduce waste into manageable loads which saves customers time and money, and in the case of confidential waste offers them peace of mind too.

Factory manager Stewart Homan says “We’ve designed a shredder for a European cruise vessel which needed to reduce its general waste generated on-board. When storage space is limited, shredding and compacting waste is the best option. We’ve also made shredders for companies that require computer hard drives to be destroyed and tyre recyclers”.

Sales manager Neil Rees is proud of the firm’s ability to develop custom solutions for unique and complicated processing problems. “One customer needed us to design and make a shredder to shred one 500 kilogram bale of foam in 15 minutes without any human intervention. Our machine was capable of shredding two bales in that time”.

While Evashred has become a successful standalone brand for Evans Engineering, the firm’s extensive engineering experience, expertise and workshop are in high demand from local, national and international customers with big and small general engineering projects, maintenance work and CNC machining jobs.

“We’ve built foot bridges, locomotive inspection platforms, logging equipment, vehicle manufacture jigs and radial saws” Peter explains. “Our specialised machinery and experienced staff gives us the ability to service local businesses which don’t have the facilities to complete a part of their production process themselves”.

Upper Hutt has suited Evans Engineering well from the start. “We’ve been based in Montgomery Crescent for 50+ years. It’s got everything we need,” Peter says. “We appreciate the supportive network of local suppliers and customers here. It’s a great, easy and friendly place to raise a family, and its central location means we’re only half an hour’s drive from the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast. Most of our staff lives five minutes from work. And those who prefer living in Upper Hutt’s semi-rural environment are just as happy with their 22 minute drive along the Hutt River every day”.

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Last updated on 21 May 2018