Design build firm Wiley is extending its regional footprint and its capabilities through the acquisition of its long-term New Zealand project partner, Milmeq’s food processing engineering consultancy team.

Wiley will integrate a number of Milmeq staff into its New Zealand operations, and the union will extend the Wiley's capabilities and ensure continuity of service to Milmeq’s existing clients.

The two companies have worked together for many years on abattoirs around the region, and it was an easy choice  to integrate the Milmeq team with Wiley, according to Wiley managing director Tom Wiley.

“We have a long-standing partnership with the company, having worked with them on numerous meat projects over the years.

“For me, the reason this really was the obvious choice is the alignment of Milmeq’s values and culture with our own. As our teams have worked together, this has shone through and is so important.

"We can’t wait to bring their team’s experience in beef, lamb, venison and goats to Wiley.”

All existing project contracts will be completed by Milmeq Limited and new contracts will be transitioned to Wiley.

Milmeq’s chilling and freezing capability has been sold to NZ listed company Mercer Group Limited, effective from March 2019.