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On the 1st of February, ARA Group NZ Limited (ARA), completed the acquisition of Sopersmac, one of the largest distributors of architectural door hardware in New Zealand.

Sopersmac offer a full-service value proposition to their clients and in addition to the supply of architectural hardware, they also offer specification, project management, master keying and installation services for commercial, custodial, industrial and high-end residential properties.

Sopersmac has been a family business for approximately 75 years and has a nationwide presence in New Zealand, operating out of four branches and have a sales team operating in regions where it does not have premises. It employs a workforce of 52 people including branch managers, project managers, account managers, expert sales staff, finance and support staff, estimators, and installers. Sopersmac prides itself on having some of the most experienced people within the architectural door hardware industry in New Zealand. That expertise has provided the opportunity for them to be involved in some of the more iconic projects and in recent times those include Auckland City Mission, Christchurch Convention Centre and the very innovative Prison modular builds to name a few.

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Sopersmac is a natural fit among the businesses of ARA in New Zealand and in Australia.

ARA is a manufacturer of commercial and industrial doors in New Zealand through its Metalbilt business. Metalbilt is also a New Zealand company with a long history of almost 70 years. We anticipate a lot of cross selling opportunities between Sopersmac and Metalbilt. ARA Products is a distributor of architectural door hardware in Australia.

The value proposition that Sopersmac brings is a natural fit to work with ARA Security and our customers in New Zealand. Our customers are increasingly interested in a total opening solution and our hope that providing our customers with the complete package of electronic security, hardware, installation, maintenance, servicing, and locksmith services, will result in organic growth in New Zealand. ARA Security’s business in Australia is growing this combined service offering very successfully.

Sopersmac through its long-time association with one of the worlds most respected names in detention hardware “Southern Folger” provides hardware installation, servicing, and maintenance services to a number of prisons and correctional facilities in New Zealand.

ARA Security in Australia provides electronic security services to more than a dozen prisons in Australia. Our hope is that ARA Security in New Zealand through its association with Sopersmac will find new opportunities for its electronic security services to the prison sector of New Zealand.

Sopersmac has forged strong relationships with the leading manufacturers of architectural hardware from around the world and these partnerships have been in place for many years.

These leading architectural door hardware manufacturers are:

The ARA Group is thrilled to have the Sopersmac team and the business join our organisation.  As well as being a long-standing business in the New Zealand construction industry, Sopersmac brings new but related skills to ARA.  There is great scope for the growth of Sopersmac and the related ARA businesses in New Zealand.

ARA welcomes Sopersmac to the Group.

The ARA Group is a complementary network of essential building and infrastructure services operating in Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 2001 by Edward Federman and Leo Browne, the ARA Group is comprised of seven divisions that provide fully integrated solutions for your facilities and infrastructure. 

Mr Edward Federman, ARA Group Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer. With more than 40 years of experience in the building services industry, Edward co-founded ARA Group in 2001 with a vision to build the business through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Since 2001, ARA has grown to employ over 2,500 people across a diverse range of product and service divisions including: ARA Electrical, ARA Fire and Security, ARA Products, ARA Property Services and ARA Mechanical. 

ARA. Here for you. Here for good. 

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