Background to HS COMPOSITES Ltd.

In March 2020 two established New Zealand owned companies merged to form HS Composites.

P.J.Hobbs Industries was established in 1976 as a contract packing company, supplying the grocery and hardware trade. The company specialised mainly in solvents; but also manufactured ranges for the personal care market. 1982 saw P.J. Hobbs adding the manufacturing of aerosols into its product range, specialising particularly in aerosol marker paints for the construction; agriculture; forestry; and logistics markets. In 1989 P.J. Hobbs made a strategic decision to enter the composites market; and over time through divestment exited the contract packing, and aerosol markets.

P.J.Hobbs Industries developed into one of New Zealand’s leading suppliers of composites raw materials. The company specialises in premium, technology driven products sourced from reputable international manufacturers. It offers the market a full range of composites raw materials including gelcoats; resins; catalysts; chemicals; stitched and knitted cloths; engineered fabrics including carbons; core materials; tissues; and fibre glassing utensils.

 

Key events in  the history of Chemical Specialties Ltd.:

It all began in 1983 when Chemical Specialties was incorporated as a new start up factory in Onehunga. It produced a range of car body fillers developed under brand name TURBO. 1984 saw the popular industrial TURBO hand cleaner developed.

The next phase saw in 1985 a range of gelcoats and flowcoats developed by the company owner Sturt Jordan for the fibreglass industry.  It was old via ESSAR NZ Ltd. but in 1987 ESSAR was bought by A C Hatrick Ltd. During 1988 A. C. Hatrick began to get  more and more formulation and blending work carried out by Chemspecs, using Reichold formulas under a confidentiality agreement.

Branching out into Australia followed in 1992 when an Australian Division was set up in Melbourne and distributors for TURBO BUILDERS BOG® were set up in Victoria, New South Whales, Queensland and Western Australia. Merely a year later in 1993, and ignited by Stuart’s passion for vintage cars, Stuart’s next logical investment was the automotive product range when Stuart acquired the company AUTOCHEM and later NEWTECH.

1999 saw major changes when A C Hatrick was sold. The Synthepol brand created to replace AC Hatrick business and an agreements  for resins supply from Singapore High Polymer (SHCP) and Valspar Australia was arranged. This went well until VALSPAR closed their composites division in 2012. Finding a complimentary business partner in the British company Scott Bader, SYNTHEPOL traded successfully again after numerous challenges.

In order to find a larger dangerous goods certified site, Stuart decided to merge with PJ HOBBS. By doing so the limited range of SYNTHEPOL consisting of resin, gelcoat and putties was vastly expanded by the comprehensive PJ HOBBS range which included glass, fabrick and accessories.

HS COMPOSITES Ltd. operates from a purpose-built dangerous goods facility in Papakura, 35 minutes south of Auckland City and easily accessible from the S1 South Motorway. It has an office; trade outlet; and distribution capability in Christchurch servicing the South Island.