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Written by Kandin Robinson
on September 26, 2023

Whether it’s managing supply for large projects or sourcing specialty items from overseas suppliers, the Steel & Tube Indent team is dedicated to satisfying our customers’ specific steel requirements.

‘Our Steel & Tube Indent trading team supplies quality steel products to our customers from reliable mills through tried and trusted supply channels with an awareness on sustainability at competitive prices’ says Senior Indent Trading Manager, Tyrell Cunningham.

The Steel & Tube Indent Team sources its range of steel products from both local and overseas steel mills and suppliers. 'We support locally where possible and for products outside of local capabilities we source from trusted overseas suppliers and steel mills'.
‘Quality is key in everything we do,’ says Indent Trading Manager Rupert Nodder. ‘Ensuring customers can count on our products to be of the highest quality and meet the standards expected of them is paramount.’

Photo: Rupert Nodder (Left) with Tyrell Cunningham (Right)


Some key products Steel & Tube import are Structural Sections, which include, Universal Beams, Universal Columns, Parallel Flange Channels, Square & Rectangular Hollow sections, Circular Hollow Sections and Wide Plate, as well as Flats and Angles, Engineering Steels, Sheet Pile, Pile Casing, Stainless Steel and recently Aluminium.

‘From local mills have the ability to source, plate (size restrictions), coil and ERW Tube, among other products,’ says Rupert. ‘In many cases, our customers require a particular product type and quantity which can be project specific, so we order these on indent. We have the ability to source project specific products or quantities for our customers to meet their small or large scale project needs.


Finding project-specific solutions

Our Indent trading team works end to end through the supply and sales process with our customers and suppliers. This greatly speeds up the flow of information and communication. Our experienced and knowledgeable Indent trading team has the ability to speak directly to our customers to ensure we understand their specific requirements and delivery expectations. Equipped with this information, the team engages with our trusted supply channels and freight providers to deliver customer-specific steel solutions.

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Changes we’re seeing in the steel industry

‘New Zealand has seen a dramatic increase in demand for steel after the Christchurch earthquakes,’ notes Rupert, ‘as the way engineers commonly specify for seismic design has moved from concrete to steel structure. With its endless recyclability and recognised speed of construction, demand for steel is growing, and particularly for “green” steel.’



No matter the product, customer service is the underlying principle for the Steel & Tube Indent team, whose goal is to make ordering steel an easy process.

With Rupert based in Wellington and Tyrell in Dunedin, the team makes communicating with customers its priority. ‘We are easily reached via the traditional channels or phone and email,’ says Rupert, ‘and we’re spreading our wings to LinkedIn and WhatsApp to let customers reach us the way they wish. Tyrell and I also travel wherever we need to maintain strong relationships – putting a face to a name is a great way to conduct business.’

Steel & Tube operate nationwide through our distribution centres in all major regions. Our network can deliver products to anywhere in New Zealand.         

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