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Kirsten Wick06 November 2023

New acquisition for Fabrum

Fabrum, a world leader in zero-emission transition technologies, has completed the acquisition of Christchurch-based engineering manufacturing company and foundry Alec Farrar Engineering Limited.  The acquisition will extend Fabrum’s manufacturing capability to support its rapid growth, driven by growing demand for its end-to-end hydrogen systems and other technologies for aerospace, heavy transport and heavy industries.

Alec Farrar Engineering will continue to serve the New Zealand engineering industry with its existing team as a wholly owned entity within Fabrum. Alec Farrar provides a range of services, including casting, machining, and general engineering, and its machine shop can produce or repair an extensive range of parts for customers in large or small quantities. Alec Farrar and its team have manufactured castings for Fabrum’s flagship cryocooler technology used with electrolysers for its hydrogen production systems and in traditional cryogenic markets of liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen, liquid natural gas, and liquid air.

Fabrum Chief Executive Dr Ojas Mahapatra says: "We’re delighted to welcome the Alec Farrar team to Fabrum. Fabrum is growing its base to meet the growing demand for our hydrogen systems and other world-leading technologies. Through this acquisition, we’re building our talented team and adding a strategically important part of our cryocooler supply chain to Fabrum. We plan to invest further in Alec Farrar to expand its offering to include heat treatment and other services, which the wider engineering industry in New Zealand can also benefit from."

Alec Farrar Engineering Managing Director Robyn Farrar says, "Joining Fabrum is an opportunity to take the legacy of the company founded by Alec Farrar in 1931 into the future. We’ve worked with the Fabrum team for many years to assist with manufacturing parts, so we’re well-known to each other, which will make for a seamless transition. We’re excited to see how the company will evolve, serving Fabrum and other engineering industry customers."

Fabrum’s Executive Chair Christopher Boyle says, "Fabrum has earned a global reputation as an innovator for its core competencies in green hydrogen production, storage, dispensing, and system integration for heavy transport, mining and aviation markets. This acquisition is another important milestone on our journey. It grows engineering capability in Christchurch and keeps essential skills here for both Fabrum’s benefit and New Zealand’s engineering industry. Fabrum was created 18 years ago to leverage Christchurch’s strong technology manufacturing history and Canterbury University’s very talented Engineering School, so we are pleased to continue to deliver on this vision."



Kirsten Wick

As a Communications and Media Specialist at Business Canterbury, I believe that championing our local business community has never been so important. Is your business doing something new, innovative, award-winning? Email me so I can help to share your story.