Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

2007 ranking: 52

Senior IS executive: Andrew Cooke, vice president, information systems Reports to: Chief financial officer

Size of IS shop: 55

PCs: 1500

Mobile PCs: 300

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 160

Total screens: 1960

Industry: Manufacturing

PC environment: Windows NT, 2000, XP; Dell; Toshiba; Mac

Server environment: Sun; Windows NT, 2000, 2003; OS/400; HP; Dell;


DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL, Ingres

Address: 78 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Evaluating virtualisation technologies and

their impact on business continuity and disaster recovery strategies.

THE INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION of Fisher & Paykel over the past

few years has changed the nature of the business. The United States

is now the largest revenue generator for the group, with the company

now having two production facilities in that country.

Australia and New Zealand continue to be important markets, forming the base

for the company’s business. Longer term, the growth in Europe, the

United Kingdom and Ireland will become important.

Tracking the business across different time zones and cultures

presents difficulties. Knitting local customs and practices together

with the way the company wants to do its business also creates other


Fisher & Paykel Appliances designs, manufactures and markets

a range of innovative household appliances. It includes two wholly

owned subsidiary companies — Production Machinery Ltd that builds

production equipment, as well as Dynamic Cooking Systems, a

company in the United States that manufactures indoor and outdoor

cooking products.

Fisher & Paykel is listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock


In 2006 Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings acquired Elba S.p.A,

the European cookware business of De’ Longhi S.p.A for approximately

NZ$158 million.

Andrew Cooke, vice president information systems, heads an internal

ICT team of 55. He says key ICT projects for 2008 include evaluating

virtualisation technologies and their impact on business continuity

and disaster recovery strategies.

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