21 Mar 2011

Fisher and Paykel to supply parts to Haier

5:43 pm on 21 March 2011

Fisher & Paykel Appliances has struck a multi-million dollar deal to supply parts to its cornerstone shareholder Haier.

The listed whitewear maker says the deal is expected to boost its revenue by $20 million to $35 million a year, but it will need to make a capital investment of about $25 million.

Fisher & Paykel will supply the Chinese firm Haier with components and technology, mostly for motors.

Chief executive Stuart Braodhurst says it's a natural extension to the company's business with Haier.

Mr Broadhurst says so far there have been no delays getting parts to make the motors from Japan.

If approved by Fisher & Paykel's shareholders, the three-year deal will take efffect next year, and could be extended by another seven years.