Our history

We were founded by Jerry O’Neill and Neal Ottmann. Our current Managing Director, Tom Thomson, ONZM, has been with us since 1975. EPL continues to be a privately New Zealand owned company. We’re experts in polymer extrusion and injection moulding . Our capabilities cover both product design and development, and manufacturing, in traditional and sustainable material.

Our Vision and our Company Values

Innovating to secure a sustainable future for our people, our product, our planet.

Global reach, local focus

With our manufacturing presence in Christchurch, New Zealand. We export around the world.

Our global reach is balanced with a strong local focus. Our teams have a solid understanding of the markets they operate in and provide responsive, hands-on support throughout.

Custom development

As well as being a product supplier we have a history as innovators. We partner with our clients to ensure we’re meeting their needs and always looking for new opportunities to make a difference and add value. This includes helping meet their sustainability goals.

With a contemporary approach to manufacturing and dedicated R&D facility we can not only help design new products to solve specific challenges; we can develop manufacturing techniques that improve efficiency or overall quality or even boost sustainability; reduce costs or impact of pre-existing products; and explore new ways to reuse or advance the reusability of materials.

We aim to be a leader of bioplastic technology and deliver real change by designing with complete product lifecycle in mind from the outset, including reusability, recyclability and degradability. We are also developing our own innovative range of sustainable polymers, some made partially from recycled and recyclable compounds, some of natural materials and others completely biodegradable.

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We're always looking for people to join us in our mission to make a real difference to our customers and truly add value.

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