Like our customers, we're manufacturers too

The Facteon Advantage

Founded in 1981 as the internal engineering division of Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Facteon has grown to become an international specialist in factory solutions, smart manufacturing and Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies. As a member of Haier's Industrial Intelligence & Automation Division, we’re able to leverage our global connections to scale up and meet your needs, as well as sourcing the best technology from around the globe to meet your specific requirements. We’re trusted by some of the world’s largest manufacturers to design, implement and maintain their production plants. We are responsible for ensuring their products perform in the market. We also play a pivotal role in adding value to their brand and maintaining their reputation among their customers. 

Our history as part of a consumer-facing products business is a core part of our identity. It means that we’re more than just an equipment provider. We’ve been close to the challenges of manufacturing organisations for our entire existence. This makes us experts at developing and implementing the right solution from Design for Manufacture of your products, through to the creation and support of your new smart factory. We aim to eliminate the pain points from your manufacturing process through applying smart manufacturing principles in conjunction with Industry 4.0 and IIoT technologies. This allows you to focus on delivering a superior product to your customers in an efficient and consistent manner.

Our Global Leadership Team

John Cochrane

John Cochrane

General Manager - Facteon Group

John began his career as a Chemical Engineer. He has since worked across the globe, holding over 20 years’ experience in senior management. Having lived and worked in China for several years, John speaks conversational Mandarin and he has a keen interest in Chinese culture. Part of John's time in China was spent working with NZTE in a government role as Trade Commissioner. John also has a depth of experience in the area of predictive maintenance having helped manufacturers to optimise their operations through improving overall equipment effectiveness. John leads the Facteon Group in delivering the latest automation, Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions to factories across the globe.

Eric  Zhao

Eric Zhao

General Manager - Facteon China

As General Manager of Facteon China, Eric leads the team to ensure the delivery of world-class machinery, Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT solutions in factories across China. Eric also has long history and strong relationship with Facteon’s parent company, Haier, having supported its operations since 2001 in both national and global markets in a variety of roles. Eric holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Renmin University of China, as well as a Bachelor of Economics from Sichuan University.

Tony Horton

Tony Horton

Head of Finance

Joining Facteon in March 2020 as Head of Finance, Tony brings more than three decades of manufacturing industry experience. With a focus on continuous improvement, Tony’s effective financial management and attention to detail ensures the Facteon team can deliver for its customers. He also leads our procurement, logistics and IT functions. This integration of core business functions is a source of competitive advantage for both Facteon and our customers. Tony is passionate about cultivating a work environment that inspires both excellence and innovation. Outside of the office, he can be found cycling or boating. Tony is a Qualified Chartered Accountant, CA and CPA, and a member of Institute of Directors New Zealand.

Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham

Head of Engineering

A mechanical engineer by trade, Brad leads Facteon’s design, manufacturing and build teams as Head of Engineering. Brad’s role centers on streamlining the operations of Facteon’s machinery design and build teams to ensure the fluid progression of your project as it moves between the hands of our in-house experts. Brad is motivated by the opportunity to deliver flexible and robust manufacturing solutions through a combination of the latest engineering techniques and knowledge of the manufacturing environment that comes from decades of experience on the factory floor.

Ken Jakeman

Ken Jakeman

Principal Engineer

As Facteon’s Principal Engineer, Ken brings an unrivalled depth of technical expertise and commercial acumen. Championing the culture of innovation within Facteon, Ken leads our R&D function while collaborating with our engineering, machinery assembly and digital manufacturing teams. Having held a variety of leadership and mechanical engineering roles internationally, Ken’s wealth of knowledge informs Facteon’s product roadmap and strategic direction. He holds a NZCE and Bachelor of Engineering, First Class, from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Ken is also IntPE and CPEng registered.

Reinaldo  Silva

Reinaldo Silva

Head of Digital Manufacturing & Automation

Reinaldo leads Facteon's digital manufacturing and automation team that is responsible for the development and implementation of our portfolio of digital products along with the delivery of robotics and automation projects for manufacturing industries. He works closely with our Principal Engineer and our R&D team on the development and validation of our Portfolio Extension roadmap that combines digital and engineering concepts and the application of emerging technologies, such as computer vision and AI, to solve complex manufacturing challenges.

Aaron Geor

Aaron Geor

Head of Proposals & Projects

Aaron joined Facteon in 2013 as a Senior Project Manager. In this role, Aaron delivered projects of all sizes to customers. In 2016, Aaron progressed to the role of Operations Manager – Facteon China. Aaron was an instrumental force in establishing and developing Facteon’s capabilities in this market. In 2018, Aaron took on the role of General Manager – Facteon China. Aaron drove the strategic direction for Facteon China. During his time as General Manager – Facteon China, the business matured from an offshore service provider to a stand-alone business unit equipped to serve local customers. In early 2020, Aaron returned home to Auckland, New Zealand to take on a new challenge on Facteon’s Global Leadership Team. In his current role as Head of Proposals & Projects, Aaron leads a team of experienced project managers, proposal specialists and project engineers from the initial concepting stages through to on-site commissioning. A core element of Aaron’s role is ensuring Facteon is globally competitive through leveraging our connections in the China market. Prior to starting his journey with Facteon, Aaron lead multidisciplinary engineering teams in Auckland, New Zealand and London, UK, coupled with experience within a senior leadership team. Aaron is passionate about investing in Team Facteon through mentoring and professional development across the organisation.

Nathan Soich

Nathan Soich

Head of Sales & Marketing

Nathan has a background in marketing and product having worked for a range of global B2B organisations in ICT, automation and ag-tech industries. As Facteon’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Nathan is the voice of the customer within Facteon, overseeing marketing operations, strategy and our sales channel. Nathan is passionate about the deployment of leading edge technologies to deliver value in manufacturing facilities from the moment of implementation. He is a regular speaker at technology industry events and guest lecturers at Tech Futures Lab.  Nathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Marketing and Management from University of Otago, New Zealand.

Sheryl Jamieson

Sheryl Jamieson

Head of Group Human Resources

As Head of Group Human Resources, Sheryl is responsible for overseeing Facteon's New Zealand and China operations. She has held Human Resources roles in a range of industries at a senior level. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources. 

Trent Cornwall

Trent Cornwall

Design Manager

Joining Facteon in 2018, Trent is responsible for managing our team of skilled design engineers. With over twenty years' experience in mechanical design, Trent has a broad skill set with experience in highly specialised areas such as sail and yacht design, as well as the design of production machinery for a range of industries.

Andrew Stackpole

Andrew Stackpole

Assembly Shop Manager

As Assembly Shop Manager, Andrew has responsibility for a team of highly skilled machine builders. He manages the entire build process from initial assembly through to installation and commissioning, both in Facteon's facilities and on customer sites. Andrew has held a range of positions across the business including Machine Builder and Project Coordinator. 

 

 

 

Phil Webb

Phil Webb

Manufacturing Manager

Phil has experience in engineering and machining work across both the racing and specialised machining disciplines. Joining in 1994, he has worked in a variety of functions from manual machining to CNC operations and production management. Currently, Phil manages our machining business unit for internal and external customers.

Andrew Pass

Andrew Pass

Purchasing & Logistics Manager

Andrew manages Facteon's purchasing and logistics operations across New Zealand and China. Having worked internationally, Andrew has experience managing procurement operations in a variety of industries. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science from Staffordshire University and a Graduate Diploma in Business from University of Auckland.

Our team is growing to support our global ambitions.

We're on a search for talent to support our expanding business across our locations. Our business requires a depth of skill and experience from a variety of disciplines to deliver for our customers.

 

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