Locally owned for over 20 years, Cemac Southern Ltd operates as Cemac Commercial Interiors and Dexion Supply Centre. We have a team experienced in picking up projects at any stage between concept and completion and “believe communication is the key to delivering the promise”. We have the capacity, experience and knowledge to successfully refit any commercial space from office through to warehouse, where we believe “the options are only limited by our imagination”.
Our philosophy at Cemac is “creating places people love to work in” and we have a similar professional approach when working with our clients and business partners.
Cemac’s unique point of difference, as well as being local, is our extensive range of products for commercial environments, offering cutting edge furniture and seating solutions through to workbench and shelving options for more heavy duty requirements. We offer a complete solution and one point of contact for all furniture and storage requirements should you wish to consider Cemac Commercial Interiors as complete interiors contractor.
The Admin Team
John Swallow - Managing Director
John began with Cemac in Wellington in 1988 before moving to Christchurch in 1991. The opportunity arose in 1994 to purchase the Christchurch branch of Cemac Commercial Interiors which he has continued to run ever since. 2010 saw John pick up the local Dexion Supply Centre. Following the earthquakes the businesses were forced to move together into one building and have successfully worked in one central building since.
Now, nearly 30 years on since joining Cemac, John continues to enjoy the challenges in contracting and the building industry offers and looks forward to seeing the company continue to grow.
John is married to Mel and has two children, Jacob and Emily.
Katie Nicholas - Office Manager
In 2001 Katie joined Cemac in an Office Admin role - 15 years later she is an integral part of the team in her current position as Office Manager. Katie oversees the administration department and controls all accounts.
Katie is married to Chris, loves to travel, enjoys performing arts and enjoys a nice glass of wine.
Alana Gebbie - Marketing and Administration
Alana has been part of the Cemac team for the past seven years on a part time basis assisting Katie in the accounts department and is our marketing and health and safety expert.
Alana is married with a young son and loves dance and musical theatre and like Katie is partial to a nice glass of wine.
Alison Fern - Customer Service Administrator
Alison joined Cemac in 2015 and may well be the first person you see or speak to in our company each time you visit. As our first point of contact, Alison's vast customer service experience makes her an asset to our team.
The Interiors Team
Mark Andrews - Business Development Manager
Mark joined Cemac in 2018 following many years in the interiors industry working in various roles including Sales and Marketing, Estimation and Contracts Management.
Euan Muirson - Contracts Manager
If you think of Cemac Christchurch, you think Euan Muirson. Euan began with Cemac way back in 1983 - yes 1983! As one of the most experienced Contracts Managers in Christchurch, Euan has overseen nearly all of the major projects carried out by Cemac in the South Island. Quiet, calm and organised, Euan is Mr Reliable. His skills now include significant expertise on Health and Safety matters.
With three grown up children and two grandchildren, Euan and his wife Cheryl enjoy their lifestyle block and their horses in their spare time.
Iain Blyth - Estimator
Iain moved to Christchurch for the quiet life and to be near family and his grandchildren, but the lure of the cut and thrust of the contracting game was too much for him to ignore. With over 45 years of contracting around the world behind him, Iain joined the Cemac Southern team in early 2013. His experience as a Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor has coincided with some of Cemac's most successful years. He still enjoys the challenge and as he eases into his 'later years' he can still be found at the office toiling away...although perhaps not very often on a Friday.
Nigel Gregory - Foreman
Originally from England, Nige, his wife Angela and their two young boys arrived in Christchurch in 2009 looking for a new life. They have happily settled in Rangiora and Nige has been with Cemac as a Foreman and leading light on site ever since. Keen and efficient , Nige has led his team of carpenters as they have completed many fantastic projects over the past seven years. Always keen to help, Nige can be found in the weekend, caravaning with the family or honing his skills on a golf course somewhere.
The Operations Team
Clint Hoeben - Operations Manager
Clint first joined Cemac as a shelving salesperson during 2008 after arriving in New Zealand with his family from South Africa. Following the acquisition of Dexion Supply Centre in 2010, Clint was appointed Administration Manager before becoming Operation Manager. Clint runs the day to day Dexion operations including supervising staff, product and installations.
A distinguished dog show judge, Clint is married to Charmaine with two young children and six dogs.
Mark Peters - Logistics Supervisor
Mark joined the Cemac team in April 2016 and is responsible for handling warehouse and stock management. He also liaises with our installation team to ensure projects run smoothly.
A keen fisherman, Mark is married with two children.
The Sales & Design Team
George Simpkin - Engineering and Sales Manager
English born Design Engineer, George has run our Christchurch racking design department since 2010. George oversees all racking design for the company. George, true to his English heritage enjoys a game of football and a good pint in his spare time.
Jamie Auld - Draughtsman
Jamie joined the Cemac team during 2015 having recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Economics at the University of Canterbury. He is developing excellent knowledge of our extensive product range and is quickly becoming our 'go to' guy with his computer skills.
Jamie is another Cemac team member with a passion for football.
Wayne Hawker - Industrial Sales
The last of the original Hamilton Perry staff, Wayne brings over 30 years racking experience to the team. Many of the larger racking project around the northern South Island over the past 20 years have had input from Wayne.
A keen squash player he enjoys boating and camping with his family and grandchildren.
Andrew Toneycliffe - Commercial and Furniture Sales
Andrew joined the Cemac team in 2014 after many years with a leading national furniture supplier. He brings a huge amount of experience to the furniture department to match his dry wit and love of golf.
Chris Tyson - Industrial Sales
Chris joined Cemac in early 2017. He has a long history in the building industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.