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James Hardie NZ


In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fibre cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fibre cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product's durability, versatility and strength. Today, James Hardie is purely a fibre-cement business. Aside from New Zealand, it has manufacturing operations in the United States, Australia, and the Philippines. The businesses employ over 2,500 people who generate revenue of more than A$1.5 billion a year. James Hardie is the world market leader in the development of fibre cement building products and related building systems. The company pioneered technology for the manufacture of cellulose fibre reinforced cement as an alternative to asbestos cement in Australia during the early 1980s.

Today, James Hardie is committed to supporting the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) by implementing management strategies and programs in the areas of:


  • water and resource conservation
  • energy consumption and management
  • use of renewable and recyclable resources as raw materials
  • avoidance of environmentally damaging raw materials
  • waste minimisation by recycling of process materials
  • pollution reduction, and
  • protection of the natural environment.

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