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About us

3rd Generation
Family-Owned & Operated
Kiwi Company

Since 1972 we’ve been a trusted trading partner to New Zealand’s rural and construction sectors, with our products earning a reputation for quality and performance. 

We’re passionate about wire and steel, and over the years we’ve amassed vast experience and expertise for manufacturing right here in New Zealand.

“We’re proud to be building on the business Dad started in ’72. Lot’s has changed over the years, but we hold tight to our values.”

Joel Bishop


The early days

Our story began in 1972, with Doug Bishop and his son Paul. Having spent several years as a contractor working in quarries, Doug longed for a roof over his head at work and the ability to earn a living rain, hail or shine, all year round. He also wanted a business where he could employ his intellectually handicapped son, Paul’s brother.

As luck would have it, an opportunity presented itself when he acquired a building paper machine following the sale of Millers Marathon Roofing to Fletcher Dimond.

It was this machine that could turn out bituminous building paper for the construction industry that marked the start of the Bishop family business. Much trial and error followed, with Paul, only one year out of school, hands-on with his brother and their Dad in makeshift premises at Tauranga’s Sulphur Point.

But before they could start trading, their business needed a name.

After calling the Companies Office to register, Doug Bishop was told that Douglas Industries was already taken. But what about Paul? Fortunately, Paul Industries was available and, in that moment in May, Paul Industries was born.

They started by manufacturing bituminous building papers and underlays for walls and rooves. Competing against established brands like Malthoid, Duroid and Penroid, it made perfect sense to Doug and Paul to call their bituminous building products Pauloid.

It’s true, not a lot of thought went into naming conventions in those early days. Instead, we focussed our energy on supplying premium quality products and service, a reputation that has stuck with the company for half a century.

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