Methanex is New Zealand’s only methanol manufacturer, with three production facilities providing the capacity to produce up to 2.4 million tonnes of methanol annually. Approximately 95 per cent of the methanol we produce is exported to the Asia Pacific region.
We own and operate three plants in Taranaki: two at Motunui and one in the Waitara Valley near the city of New Plymouth, population 69,000. We also have a commercial office in Auckland as well as storage facilities at Port Taranaki. Methanex’s highly skilled and diverse workforce in New Zealand includes approximately 250 employees with additional support from local contractors.
Methanex is an active and enthusiastic contributor to the social and cultural development of neighbouring communities through a variety of social responsibility programmes.
We are also an important contributor to the local and national economy. In 2013, an economic report prepared by Business and Economic Research Limited forecast that Methanex contributes NZD440 million to Taranaki's GDP and NZD650 million to New Zealand’s GDP annually at full three-plant production.
As in all our global locations, our New Zealand team members are committed to the principles and ethics of Responsible Care, consistently exceeding the requirements laid out by local and central government. Both the Motunui and Waitara Valley facilities have won awards for environmental excellence and industrial safety.
For more information about Methanex in New Zealand, please contact:
Manager, Public Affairs
409 Main North Road, SH3, Motunui
Private Bag 2011
New Plymouth 4342
T: +64 6 754 9700
F: +64 6 754 9701