The evolution of CRONZ is a typical New Zealand story. New Zealand is a country at the end of the world. We have to be inventive to conquer the challenges we face in this isolated paradise. Throughout our brief history, many Kiwis have asked themselves: how could I make this work? Isn’t there a better way to do this - which is where the ‘shed’ comes into it: a place of great inventions and ideas. John Wyma, director and founder of CRONZ, had an idea. Having sold an engineering company, John was looking for a new challenge to apply his engineering brain to. Inspired by the need for New Zealand to add value to raw material and being located in the rich location of Canterbury, John set about designing, then building, a machine to manipulate yarn into high quality floor coverings. After many trials, prototypes, hissy fits and small - then huge - gains, CRONZ created a tufting machine and software able to create designs from file to floor. A designer's dream!
It seemed a natural choice to enrol the family. The care, the natural attitude towards customer service, the empathy to each customer and their design capability have made CRONZ into a stand out all round wonderful experience, adding warmth, statement pieces, evocative imagery and soft elegance to homes worldwide.
New Zealand is a land last discovered, least affected. A country roughly the size of Germany, with a population of just over 4 million, your average European city. We have lots and lots and lots of beaches. And we have lots and lots of sheep. There were no natural enemies for birds here, so some of our birds had forgotten how to fly. Fair enough! New Zealand is long and skinny, thus making its way through a variety of climate zones and landscapes displaying huge variety. From the subtropical Bays in the north to the dramatic Alps in the south which meet the sea with dramatic coastal frontage. From the green, green hills to the dense rainforest, we are blessed to have such variety in a country with a population that is mostly spread out to allow creativity to blossom. We are an intellectual bunch, a creative bunch. We are deep thinkers as well as fun loving creatures. We like finding solutions for challenges., not being defeated by our global position and our isolation. We are tough on ourselves, always striving for more. While this creates the best rugby team in the world, it also allows for developing machinery and equipment for industry at a surprisingly sophisticated level on a shoestring budget. And we are proud of that. Have we inspired you enough to visit? If so, pop in and see us at our Christchurch or Auckland showroom. We can have a cuppa and learn the way of your world.