Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Asona


26 Oct 2020
Exciting future for Asona acoustic tile company
Acoustic panel manufacturer Asona celebrated its 10th birthday this year with a growing future in focus.


Company founder Neil Ridgway who is co-owner with his wife and sole director, says he’s passionate about manufacturing and adding value in New Zealand to provide an exciting range of products.


And it’s paying off. He is hiring a new manufacturing manager and extra factory staff. So far the staff number 18 including himself. A neighbouring premise has been leased to increase manufacturing capacity from 1200 to 2000 sq m.


Exports are a small part of the business but include the recent installation of acoustic ceiling panels in a Sydney call centre – a particular feat because the building was a protected historic place and Asona was able to install its new ‘Baffle Beams’ with their functional and aesthetic qualities while retaining the building’s character.


These latest panels are designed to minimize reverberation in offices and educational facilities to improve speech intelligibility and people’s overall comfort.


Other export destinations have been the Pacific Islands and the USA, where Mr Ridgway sees future options.


The niche business designs, makes and installs acoustic ceiling and wall panels, as well as high performance fabric finishes for walls and ceilings – such as in chef Peter Gordon’s new restaurant at Auckland’s SkyCity, and corporate interiors.


Auckland-based Asona mostly uses New Zealand made glass fibre board in its production that has 80 per cent recycled content, and the company offers clients a take-back and renew programme to minimize waste.


Yes the environment matters: to this end Asona is also en route to Environmental Choice certification; as well as gaining ISO 9001 standards accreditation and other processes to support growth.


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