McDonald’s Lime Limited – Otorohanga, Waikato
McDonald’s is majority-owned by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and part owned by New Zealand Steel.
It all began in 1865, when lime burner James McDonald opened for business in the Otago Peninsula. The company prospered despite the difficult economic conditions at the time and by the 1930s was supplying the entire South Island with lime.
In 1968 following a capital restructuring which saw Holcim (known as Milburn at the time) become a major shareholder, McDonald’s Lime moved northwards to the Waitomo region.
Presently McDonald’s Lime owns and mines the country’s largest single lime quarry at Oparure, just North of Te Kuiti. This 67-hectare quarry is located on top of the rich Waitomo strata and produces exceptionally high-grade limestone.
Our Manufacturing Plants
At Otorohanga 20km north of Oparure quarry we operate two rotary lime kilns. This plant manufactures high quality burnt and hydrated lime products which are supplied to domestic and export customers across the South Pacific.
At the Otorohanga site we have specialised teams such as laboratory staff and facilities. This team test and report results which monitors the quality and consistency of our products.
In addition we have experienced production, engineering and maintenance teams who work tirelessly to maintain, manage and improve operations.
The Te Kuiti site operates a unique, vertical gas powered Maerz Kiln. We therefore employ highly trained and specialised staff to run this one of a kind kiln.
From our Waitomo based hub our team work diligently across the business to meet the needs and exacting requirements of our valued customers.
From our Waitomo based hub we have the capability to extract the raw material and have highly efficient machinery to manufacture the lime, meeting the exacting requirements of our customers.
Quarry - Oparure
Lime Processing - Otorohanga
Maerz Kiln - Te Kuiti
Taylor’s Lime is a fully-owned subsidiary of Holcim NewZealand Limited.
Taylor’s Lime is based in the South Island of New Zealand located in the calcium-rich area of North Otago. Well known for its outstanding quality, the Dunback quarry produces pure limestone of between 96-98% calcium carbonate and has its own manufacturing facility to produce high quality burnt, hydrated and ground lime products.
McDonald’s and Taylor’s Lime – A Relationship Set in Stone
McDonald’s Lime and Taylor’s Lime are the country’s largest producers of lime products.
Over a number of years we have developed strong relationships with our logistics partners that enable delivery of product across the South Pacific including customers based in Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Niue.
Consistency of supply is critical to a number of our customers and we place great importance on ensuring we are always in a position to manage production and logistics to accommodate customer requirements.