PRIVATE EMAILS have confirmed what the company at the centre of a concrete cancer cover-up have spent months trying to hide â and the news is all bad.
For months now Auckland-based Drymix, best known for its Mitre 10 range of products, has been on a public relations offensive to hush up concerns over suspect cement being used in millions of dollars worth of construction projects.
But as a series of emails obtained this week reveal, privately Drymix were having to acknowledge to their customers that an issue did exist with cement imported from Vietnam in January, February and March this year.
In one email Drymix boss Hunter Crossan confirms that alkali levels in imported cement had not been within range of accepted New Zealand standards. He then goes on to assure the issue is being âworked on by our suppliersâ and will be fully resolved in the coming months.
But thatâs it.
Drymix stop well short of alerting the construction industry to the fact there could be significant safety concerns with precast structures manufactured using suspect cement from its supplier in Vietnam.
In fact, WOBH has learned about a response from the Ministry of Justice to an Official Information Act request seeking answers about the quality of the precast concrete structures at the new $40 million Manukau Courthouse upgrade, and if this is any guide, Drymix did exactly the opposite.
The question was asked whether the Ministry knew if imported cement had been used in the construction upgrade and they have been told it hadnât. From this we can deduce that Drymix hasnât been in touch with them. Â Read more »