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October 21st, 2014

Iconic Kiwi engineer accepts society honour

Bill Buckley

Iconic Kiwi engineer Bill Buckley was made a patron of the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand (MESNZ) in honour of his contribution to engineering and tradesmen. The award was presented at a gathering at Buckley Systems Mt. Wellington facility producing super magnets for the global silicon chip industry. The award was presented by Larry Wiechern of the Maintenance Society. Buckley, a public figure recognised for his achievements in engineering, yachting and motorsport has long been a strong advocate for engineering and apprentices. He was visibly chuffed to be honoured by his peers and spoke warmly of the rich history of New Zealand engineering companies that had formed his career.

A group of 120 attendees were treated to a bonnet-up look at the Buckley Systems plant as part of the networking evening. The experienced group were amazed at the size and scope of the operation which machines, fabricates and assembles high technology magnets for export around the world. While the machining centres were leading edge and fully utilised, evidence of the Kiwi can-do innovative attitude pervaded the Buckley Systems facility.

The Maintenance Engineering Society is active across New Zealand, providing opportunities for maintenance engineers and manufacturing operations to network and share innovations and experiences; both at a national level at their annual conference or at these regional events. The final network evening for 2014 is planned for SAFE group (Drury) in December. The 2014 SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference will be held at Hamilton in November.

Photo caption: Bill Buckley poses with members of the MESNZ. From left Glenn Pepper, Larry Wiechern, Craig Carlyle (Secretary), Bill Buckley, Leanne Powley, Barry Robinson and Karolina Bratek