Home and Building, Volume 37 Number 6 (1975)
Legislation plays a considerable part in determining what may or may not be done. The Food & Drug regulations of 1973, for example, are clear. Food and Drugs — in storage or on display — must be 'kept clean at all times', and on or in shelves or receptacles which 'may be easily cleaned'. They are also specific about the need for good lighting and ventilation.
In storage particularly, steel shelving which is strong and readily adjustable, comes into its own, and this material continues to gain a widening acceptance in a purely display role.
A high impact ABS plastic range of shelving has made its appearance on the New Zealand scene. Originally developed in Australia for use in supermarkets, the ABS range is made up of interlocking inter-changeable components and is said to be tough, versatile and strong. The suppliers claim that each shelf will hold up to 36 kilograms (80 lbs) without flexing.
One natty little refinement the Australians have added, is castors which have the effect of immediately transforming a set of shelves into a trolley.
Obviously steel is going to have to stay on its toes, and with future shortages of traditional materials a real possibility, what shelving will be made of is anybody's guess.
The commercial field — shop, showroom, factory, warehouse etc — is an area served by many variants. The greater volume markets here have made it possible for an increased range of specific products for specific markets.
In the retail field, in addition to wall fixed systems there is almost a limitless market for free-standing units. Gondolas and cabinets of all shapes and sizes exist.
At the other end of the scale come specific systems designed for libraries, laboratories, bulk storage of records, warehouse parts storage, lockers etc.
In the high volume storage areas the provision of decking to supply a walkway for access to a second storey of storage is particularly appealing.
In both domestic and commercial areas one point has become very clear — tastes and requirements have changed in the last ten years. The demand for improved storage — more reliable, more efficient, more flexible and better finished has led to a tremendous effort by N.Z. manufacturers to meet the broad range of demands.