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At KlipTank our mission is to provide effective liquid storage solutions that are easy to install and cost effective for your business or community.

 

Developed in 2008, KlipTank produced New Zealand’s first patented above ground, clip-together, liquid storage tank. We pioneered above ground dairy effluent storage in New Zealand, providing a more compliant, safer, more attractive storage option than traditional in-ground ponds.

Fifteen years on and we’re now leaders in the field of water storage for horticulture, community drinking water, firefighting, and wastewater treatment in New Zealand, with a growing global demand for our innovative products.

KlipTank is now owned by co-founder and shareholder Kim Henderson, an entrepreneur who has developed multiple businesses globally. Our purpose-built factory was one of the first in the thriving Tauriko Business Estate in Tauranga.

The city is home to New Zealand’s largest and busiest port, servicing horticultural and farming businesses across the Bay of Plenty and neighbouring Waikato regions.

Proud to be New Zealand designed, engineered and manufactured, we provide effluent, water and chemical storage solutions that are customised to your requirement, and available in uncovered, covered and trussed roofs ranging up to a capacity of 6 million litres.

Since 2009, we have sold more than 500 effluent storage tanks to dairy farmers across New Zealand and Australia. Meanwhile, our water tanks provide solutions for potable water, horticulture, and firefighting.

Our satisfied clients range from lifestyle block owners, farmers, and orchardists right through to large scale commercial organisations and councils looking for liquid storage security for their own property or community.

KlipTank’s export business serves multiple global markets, including sending 280 flat-packed KlipTanks to the Marshall Islands where the United Nations are providing water tanks and rain harvesting systems to remote communities.

At KlipTank we value innovation and have a proud heritage of Kiwi ingenuity – from the invention of the product to the ongoing enhancements and improvements we make each year.

We also value growth, from humble beginnings KlipTank is taking on the global water storage market with a product that is accessible to those in the most remote locations worldwide.

Above all we value people. Each of our team brings something different to the business and we strive to create a family environment where everyone’s ideas are heard. The team work hard to understand and meet the needs of our clients with relationships built on trust and expert industry knowledge.

Our patented design delivers flat-packed tank components direct to site

  • Customise the tanks to store water and effluent
  • Irrigate your farm with recycled wastewater (more nutritious for soil)
  • Minimise wastage of water
  • Harvest rainwater
  • Made with reusable materials
  • Personnel training for optimum use
  • Relocation of the tank if needed
  • Installation with minimal prep
  • 100% transparent pricing
  • Customisable inlets and outlets

Our process

01

Design and Engineering

KlipTank has engaged Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers for their design calculation and certification of the KlipTank product to meet New Zealand seismic and construction requirements.

KlipTank’s are designed based on the following:

  • The site must have an allowable foundation bearing pressure of minimum 30kPa (depending on the project 100kPa may be required).
  • NZ Climatic & Seismic standards for wind, earthquake and rain.
  • Importance Level 1 Structure as defined in AS/NZS1170.0:2004.
  • Structural design loads are based on a 25-year design life.

Design has been made in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code Compliance Documents:

  • AS/NZS1170.0:2002 – Parts 1,2,3,4, & 5 (Structural design actions).
  • NZS3404:1997 (Steel Structures Standard).
  • NZS3101:2006 (Concrete Structures Standard).
  • NZS3106:2009 (Design of Concrete Structures for the Storage of Liquids).
  • AS/NZS1665:2004 (Welding of Aluminium Structures).

Materials

KlipTanks are a composite tank design that utilise the advantages of a variety of construction materials to make lightweight yet robust and durable storage tanks.

 

  • Walls: HDPE Panel with UV Inhibitors (thickness 4.5mm) with PVC extruded upright
  • Top and Bottom Rings: Marine Grade Aluminium
  • Wire Ropes: 8mm 19/1 Galvanised Wire Rope with Stainless Steel Swage Ends and Bronze Connecting Turnbuckles
  • Liner: Potable Water Quality 0.65mm Flexible Polypropylene

02

Site preparation and Soil testing

Preparing the site for a KlipTank installation is a crucial step to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the tank. KlipTanks are designed to be low-maintenance and do not require a concrete foundation in most cases. Instead, a simple base with a ground bearing of 30kPa is sufficient.

Consider this: the ground bearing required for a KlipTank is less than the pressure exerted by a bicycle or a woman wearing high heels. This demonstrates the minimal impact on the ground.

Before installation, it is important to strip back the grass and topsoil from the site. A layer of approximately 60mm of crusher dust or a similar material, without sharp edges, should be applied to prepare the site. Additionally, our installation team will cover the area between the tank wall and liner with this material, which should be applied every two meters around the perimeter.

We understand that site preparation is a critical step in the installation process. Therefore, we recommend consulting with our KlipTank Installation Manager or your Sales Engineer before your contractor begins any work. This will ensure that the site is properly prepared and ready for the installation of your KlipTank.

03

Council Compliance

District Council Requirements – Building Consent

At KlipTank, we understand that navigating the District Council requirements for building consent can be overwhelming. That’s why we work closely with Councils throughout New Zealand to stay updated on their specific regulations for each zoning.

We will handle the entire building consent process on your behalf, taking the hard work away from you. Our team is well-versed in the unique questions and requirements that Councils may have, enabling us to swiftly complete the necessary forms.

It is important to note that Councils may request a foundation/location inspection as well as a final inspection. Rest assured, KlipTank will take care of coordinating these visits between you, the Purchaser, and the Council. Once the tank construction is completed and the final inspection has passed, we will apply for the Code Compliance Certificate. This ensures that your KlipTank complies with all the relevant Local and Regional regulations.

With our expertise and proactive approach, we make the building consent process as seamless as possible, ensuring that your KlipTank installation meets all the necessary requirements set by the District Council.

 

Resource Consent

In accordance with the rules outlined in the District Plan, obtaining a Resource Consent may be necessary, depending on the specific requirements of your Council.

If required, KlipTank can assist you with completing simple Resource Consent Applications. However, for more complex applications, we may recommend that you directly engage with your local Resource Consent Management Services for the best outcome.

Please note that a Building Consent typically takes approximately 20 working days to process from the date of lodgement and acceptance. However, it is important to allow for an additional approximate six weeks to obtain a Resource Consent, considering the necessary time for this process.

04

Installation

Prior to dispatching our install team, KlipTank may conduct an inspection of your prepared site. This inspection ensures that the site is of the correct size, properly situated, level, and ready for installation.

We understand that delays can be costly. If the installation is postponed due to an inadequately prepared site, a per hour labor rate will be applied to rectify the site.

Once the manufacturing process is complete, KlipTank will transport your tank and liner to the site, fully prepared for installation.

Depending on the size of the tank, the installation process typically takes between 3 to 6 days on-site. Our experienced team will efficiently and effectively carry out the installation to ensure a timely completion.

Upon completion of the installation, our dedicated KlipTank Sales Coordinator will initiate contact with the Council to organise a final inspection. A ‘Passed’ inspection is required to accompany the application for the Code Compliance Certificate.

From site preparation to final inspection, our team is committed to providing a hassle-free experience and ensuring compliance with all necessary standards and regulations.

05

Maintenance and Warranties

Once your installation is complete, we will equip you with a detailed maintenance manual and a list of regular checks. Our guidance will ensure that you can easily undertake the necessary maintenance tasks to keep your KlipTank running smoothly.

We offer maintenance contracts that guarantee seamless and continued care for your tank and fittings. Our contracts cover maintenance for pumping systems, pipe work, and pressure testing, leaving you with peace of mind and more time to focus on what matters most.

As part of our maintenance contracts, we provide customised training sessions for your staff members. Our experts will thoroughly train your team on the operation of the KlipTank in your specific environment, ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills to maintain the optimal performance of your system. With our training, you can confidently rely on your staff to handle any maintenance needs that may arise.

With our support and maintenance contracts, you can be confident that your KlipTank will consistently operate at its best. Contact us today to learn more about how our maintenance services can provide you with peace of mind and long-lasting performance.

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Meet the team

Kim HendersonDirector

Kim co-founded KlipTank in 2009 and become owner in 2021, after returning to New Zealand from the United States.

For 26 years overseas, Kim worked in the oil and gas industry across the Middle East and US.

His forte is starting greenfield units, which he did for his own flexible hydraulic hose business in the Middle East, Turkey, Singapore, the United States, Oman and China. His grown-up children still reside in the United States.

Kim returned to New Zealand to be closer to extended family and is now involved in the day to day running of KlipTank, with big plans for the expansion of the business.

From KlipTank’s home in Tauranga, he is now looking forward to guiding the company’s growth in the area of water security and providing water storage solutions for fire safety, potable water, horticulture and waste-water.

A redesign of KlipTanks products and manufacturing processes since 2021 has also allowed for flat packing of the tanks into containers for export.

He is extremely proud of what the hardworking KlipTank team has achieved and is looking forward to recruiting more great people.

Outside of work he has a passion for motorcycles, boats, and muscle cars and is a firm believer that the correct number of toys you should own, is one more than you have.

Ruan MeyerGeneral Manager

Ruan and his family moved to New Zealand from South Africa 5 years ago, bringing with him extensive experience in mechanical engineering and a proven track record in completing projects on time and within budget.

He is currently the General Manager at KlipTank, recently promoted from being Operations Manager where he still manages the day-to-day operations of KlipTank and leads the team. He is focussed on seeing projects through to completion and working in unison to achieve KlipTank’s short and long-term goals.

Ruan started his career as a Fitter & Turner tradesperson at a power station in South Africa before studying for a national diploma in mechanical engineering.

He then moved to Malvern Engineering Works in Johannesburg as an estimator and project co-ordinator, and later worked as production manager, manufacturing mine process equipment. He then became project and maintenance manager for Mertech Marine in Cape Town, a company which manages ships that retrieve redundant telecommunications cables & equipment from the seabed and mechanically disassemble & recycle the materials.

Since moving to New Zealand, he’s worked for HCD flow conveying, Baytext as Aluminium WS Engineering Supervisor, PFS as PE doing ASME pressure vessel and piping projects and Fabworx engineering PM including leading the Structural project to install 80 tonnes of steel at the new Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa in Rotorua.

Ruan is a family man with two children and enjoys weekends on the beach, in the backyard and biking or walking local trails. He has found a great network of other ‘Saffas’ in the Bay, including close friends who have become like Kiwi family.

Ian JamiesonSales Manager

Ian Jamieson joined KlipTank 10 years ago, bringing with him an extensive sales and business background in the IT and mechanical engineering industries. He has owned his own businesses in both fields and has an extensive formal education in engineering, including a degree in process engineering.

Ian’s wide ranging, technical skill set lends itself well to KlipTank’s philosophy of solving problems for its customers and being solutions-focussed.

He particularly likes working with New Zealand’s vital dairy industry and has found farmers to be excellent businesspeople who display incredible resilience.

He enjoys building strong relationships with his customers and getting to know their businesses – including their storage requirements – which are often planned years in advance.

He also has a Farm Dairy Effluent Design & Management Certificate from Massey University, allowing him to assist farmers with dairy effluent system design and storage calculations for consent purposes.

Outside the office, Ian is a self-confessed motorsport nut – coming from a long line of engineers with petrol in their veins. He enjoys motorsport engineering, riding his vintage motorbike and motocross. He also plays music, loves to travel and enjoys a good wine - particularly French.