Methanex is New Zealand’s only methanol manufacturer, with three production facilities (one facillity, Waitara Valley, is currently idled) providing the capacity to produce up to 2.2 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 (this facility is currently idled) near the city of New Plymouth, population 123,000. Methanex’s highly skilled and diverse workforce in New Zealand includes approximately 200 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. According to an economic impact report we commissioned in 2018, we generate $634 million for Taranaki's GDP and $834 million for the country's GDP each year (based on 2017 figures) and support 3,171 full time equivalent employees (FTEs) nationally.
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:
Stakeholder Relations & Procurement Manager
409 Main North Road, SH3, Motunui
Private Bag 2011
New Plymouth 4342
T: +64 6 754 9700