Fueled by our mission to achieve excellence
for our customers, we bring steel to life.
Tīra (formerly NDA) welds together the largest group of specialty steel fabrication companies in New Zealand and Australia, employing over 260 people. We are recognised as a leading, customer-focused team of expert engineers, with proven experience in designing, implementing and improving manufactured components.
Creating world-leading stainless steel and specialty alloy solutions, we operate in a diverse range of industries that people need to live and work – including dairy and food, beverage, water, chemical, pharmaceutical, transport and energy.
With national coverage, a local footprint and over 125 years of experience, our team provides a personalised service to design, build, deliver, install and refurbish with scale, collaborating with our customers to achieve excellence.
Our specialty divisions include:
Specialist equipment for the chemical, gas and pharmaceutical industries.
Our story: from strength to strength
From grassroots beginnings in Taranaki, Tīra has come a long way, gaining new capabilities and acquiring new companies over the years so that we can service industries around the globe.
The N.D.A. Executive Staff of the late 1920’s.
N.D.A.’s Head Office in Thorndon Quay, Wellington. 1927-75.
Stainless steel silos after the landscape
NDA – Proud History | Confident Future
2019 Establishment of Innovex
2021 NDA rebrands to Tīra.
1894 a strong start
Tīra’s story starts as far back as 1894, when National Dairy Association (NDA) was established in Hawera, Taranaki, as a co-operative for New Zealand’s primary sector. It was a production hub for the farming industry, supplying everything from gumboots to milk cans.
1950’s a growth industry
By the 1950s, NDA had channelled its focus to manufacturing stainless steel vessels and vats for the burgeoning New Zealand dairy industry. The merging of co-operatives into single, larger entities created a need for vessels of greater capacities – and NDA seized this opportunity.
2000’s A new century. A new structure
By the early 21st century, turnover had almost doubled, and the globalisation strategy was gaining momentum. To enable further growth, the Group started work on a capital restructure. Sydney-based Pemba Capital Partners acquired 60% of the Group in 2007, with the management team retaining 40% ownership.
2010 a time of acquisition
We acquired Crown Sheetmetal in 2008, a wine and dairy tank specialist fabricator with workshops in Invercargill and Melbourne. With that acquisition, NDA gained full ownership of Truform Stainless in Blenheim – another fabricator serving the wine industry.
Around the same time, we also acquired Pipetech, an Adelaide-based specialist in the design and manufacture of pressure vessels for the mining, oil and gas industries.
2018 strengthening our expansion
To broaden our offering across the wine industry to include drains, catwalks and services, we purchased Stainless Systems in 2014, growing it into a solution-based business with an excellent repeat client base.
2017 saw a drive for technology and automation with the acquisition of Taylors Engineering plant with its innovative fabrication technology and deep understanding of innovation.
During this time, the business start to diversify further and our ‘3 Waters’ focus began to evolve.
2021 a focus on innovation
Our specialist innovation division, innovex, was established in 2019 to ensure innovation and product development sit at the heart of our business – enabling us to commercialise our technology and create ground-breaking solutions to our clients’ problems.
2021 new brand, strengthened commitment
With the expansion into new industries and new ways of working, NDA rebranded to Tīra in 2021 to better represent our modern, innovative approach and the dynamic and diverse markets in which we operate.
We’re already Australasia’s largest speciality alloy fabricator, and we know that our resources will continue to grow in the future. For more than 125 years, our team of expert engineers have provided superior products and services to our customers – and that remains at the core of who we are today.
How we work
At the centre of our business are the key values of caring, integrity, courageous, and excellence. We work to bring these values to life, every day.
New Zealand is a special place and home to a vibrant, multicultural society, so we aim to reflect that diversity by creating a caring and inclusive environment – one in which we prioritise and care for our people and our place. At Tīra, we champion sustainability, safety and wellbeing, and strive to create an organisation where people want to work and to make a difference for themselves, their whānau, the business, our customers, the environment and our communities.
Another of our core values is courageous – having the courage to challenge the now and lead the future. We support and encourage innovative thinking, and advocate for and contribute to opportunities to shape our future. And we have a real focus on ensuring everything we do leaves our world in a better place for future generations.
Striving for excellence is also a core part of Tīra’s DNA. We ask how we solve our customers’ problems, and to make things work better. We champion a continuous improvement culture that focuses on excellence every day, in every way.
Lastly, and just as importantly, integrity is also at the heart of our business: we do what’s right and we do what we say we will.
Caring for people & place
Show respect, build trust
Challenge the now, lead the future
Every day, every way