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Mactrap: Keeping our water safe

Because of the obligation businesses have to remove contaminants from any waste they put into water networks, Mactrap’s wastewater separation systems and associated pumping solutions are vital tools for businesses.

Taking on the crucial responsibility of creating and selling machines that remove these contaminants, Mactrap, experts in wastewater separation in NZ, manufacture and supply everything from grease and sediment traps to oil interceptors and lint traps.

Mactrap helps out their clients, giving them useful advice and recommendations on the usage of their solutions. Thousands of Mactrap’s units have been sold in New Zealand, and some have been exported to Australia, helping enterprises and protecting water networks from damaging contaminants.

New owners, new growth

After purchasing and owning Mactrap for the last two years, Steve Shaw and his spouse, Kay, have doubled the size of Mactrap and have begun to export products to Australia, keeping more water networks free from harmful materials.

Shaw has also seen product development occurring, with Mactrap entering into new markets with new products. Shaw adds that opportunities for growing the business are plentiful, both in New Zealand and around the world.

“In the time since we’ve had it [Mactrap], it’s doubled in size. Year on year, 100% growth, and we’ve just begun exporting these units to Australia. I see growth in the business through product development, new markets, and new products within those markets. There are plenty of opportunities to do that, both here in New Zealand and worldwide.”

Why Mactrap is NZ made

One of the reasons why Shaw bought the company was because it was made in New Zealand, and he wanted to get involved in something that came from this country. (Shaw was also drawn to the company because it was environmentally-friendly, and because wastewater separation is mandated.)

In addition to this, being NZ made helps attract more customers for Mactrap, and it allows for Shaw’s machines and mechanisms to come at a cheaper price.

“We liked that it was made in New Zealand, which is really exciting to us. We wanted to be involved with something that was made in New Zealand.”