OfficeMax acquires Waiwhetu Distributors

The sale of Wellington-based Waiwhetu Distributors to OfficeMax NZ is effective from 1 February. 

OfficeMax New Zealand has acquired Waiwhetu Distributors Ltd, with the sale effective from 1 February.

Established in 1964, Wellington-based Waiwhetu Distributors has been owned by Savage Group Ltd for the past 10 years and operates branches in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings, Masterton and Christchurch.

OfficeMax is a major supplier of cleaning and hygiene products, as well as furniture, safety goods, packaging and café supplies across NZ.

OfficeMax New Zealand managing director, Kevin Obern, said the company’s inclusion into the OfficeMax fold “made perfect business sense and would offer a real benefit to customers”.

“OfficeMax acquiring Waiwhetu Distributors Ltd is a natural fit, because cleaning and hygiene products are already a substantial part of our rapidly evolving business, in a market that we have been focussed on growing.

“They have a significant number of customers in the corporate, education and hospitality markets, and a long history in providing great service to customers. We are excited to be able to purchase an established and well-known player,” Obern said.

“It’s business as usual for both companies, and we’re looking forward to providing great continued service nationally.”

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