Southern Spars, the New Zealand-based spar and rigging company, is to move to a new purpose-built plant in Auckland in January.

The NZ$17m investment will bring together all Southern Spars activities which are currently spread across three plants.

“We were looking to establish a world-class facility for building the world’s best spar packages and, when we were presented with this opportunity, we realised it was too good to miss,” explains David Glen, Southern’s chief executive. “Staying in New Zealand keeps us true to the company’s heritage and we can continue to foster our excellent supplier relationships.”

Over the past 20 years Southern Spars as operated in the Western Viaduct area of Auckland and after merging with Marten Spars in 2006 gained a plant at Pakuranga.

The bespoke design of the new facility will enable the company to consider its long-term requirements and accommodate growing demand for larger and more technically advanced superyacht and grand prix race rigs.

Southern Spars has already started tests and development work on groundbreaking robotic technology that will be utilised at the new facility.