Our Story

OUR STORY
Metz was founded on the 25th of June 1953 by Phillip Metz. Its focus then was heavy duty industrial flooring and specialty corrosion resistant cements for use in chemical plants, power stations etc. Phil Metz opened a small factory in Melbourne to manufacture a specialised range of adhesives and mortars, for which we also provided an in-house installation service.
Food and beverage plants were the largest part of the business in the 1950s, however commercial kitchens have the same requirements as food plants. The need for hygienic, cleanable, heavy duty, slip resistant and corrosion resistant materials meant that Metz excelled in providing and installing materials for commercial kitchens. Without a doubt Metz has supplied and/or installed more commercial kitchen floor tiling systems than any other company in Australia.
Another specialty area we have focused on for many decades are commercial pool tiling systems. Metz’ ability to combine directly imported, purpose-made pool tiles from Europe with our own locally manufactured adhesive systems, and install them with our own labour force was unique back in the 1960s when we tiled our first pool. It is still unique today – there are no other companies able to offer such a single point of responsibility.
After decades of providing solutions for our clients in the most specialised areas of construction materials, early this century Metz began to offer a much broader, stunning range of architectural products. We now provide our clients with ranges that include multiple levels of slip resistance ratings, in many formats and designs.
Today Metz remains proudly Australian owned by the Ellis brothers, Stuart and Ian. Our traditional industrial business continues to thrive, with an emphasis on export markets. Metz has expanded significantly since its early days in the suburbs of Melbourne, with three Australian branches, an office in the Middle East and Ceramic tile Design Galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. We encourage you to come and visit these Design Galleries – todays modern ceramic tiles can often only be appreciated in such dedicated spaces.
Our Owners
Ian and Stuart took over the Metz Business from their father James in 2009. James had bought the business way back in 1986. The brothers share responsibilities for running Metz’s operations. Ian is based in Sydney and Stuart in Brisbane. 

MEET THE TEAM

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Spero Semann

Northern Region Manager
0421 498 666

Spero Semann joined Metz in 2007 and has worked in tiles for over 25 years and has extensive industry knowledge and connections. Spero specialises in commercial tiles and slip resistance, managing the sale of tiles at Metz in NSW.  Spero’s philosophy is always to try to make the customers life easier with clear, concise and practical suggestions.  On his regular visits to Cersaie in Italy, Spero has returned with some amazing new products.

When not working, Spero enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in the running of the local soccer club.

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Henri Ibrahim

Technical Representative
0413 188 805

Henri Ibrahim has been part of the Metz team since 2015, however is a 20 year veteran of the tile industry.  Henri has a great depth of knowledge when it comes to federation, modern and commercial tiles with a keen eye for what’s in vogue .  His main focus is dealing with architects and insuring the correct product is offered.

When not at work, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson with his friends and taking his family to the great outdoors.

 

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Ian Ellis

CEO

Ian trained as a Civil Engineer way back in the 1980’s (yes he is getting old), and after 5 years working in that field he moved to Metz in 1994.

Ian is a recovering workaholic. His spare time is spent with family, cycling with his mates or simply just being with close friends. Other than cycling he has a weak spot for Rugby Union which is tough when you are a Waratahs and Wallabies supporter.

 

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John West

National Sales Manager
0407 435 324

John West joined Metz around 20+ years ago.  John has been involved in all aspects of Metz markets and now heads up the specialty ceramic tiles team.  He has extensive knowledge of the requirements for tiles used in pools and aquatic centres as well as commercial kitchens  having been involved in hundreds of these projects.  John is a strong presenter and has a conducted many information sessions on slip resistance throughout Australia.

When not “thinking tiles” – John enjoys spending time in the Blue Mountains / Central Tablelands regions of NSW.

 

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Louise Mychael

Architectural Representative
0425 314 845

Louise Mychael has been working as a sales representative with Metz Sydney since 2012. Prior to this Louise ran her own business in colour design and consulting, and worked in sales of paints. Louise has a keen interest in all areas of architecture, design and colour and loves providing excellent customer service by being involved with her client’s selection process.

Outside of work Louise enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

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Charlie Aklian

Technical Representative
0417 243 363

Charlie has been a valuable team member and asset to the Ceramic Tile division of Metz. He has been with the company since 2009 and his proven track record as a Technical Sales Representative dealing with architects, tile showrooms and customers alike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sales team.

Charlie has a vibrant and energetic personality and this with his friendly nature makes him well liked within the industry.

In Charlie’s spare time he likes to ride motorcycles, drive nice cars and spend time with his young family.

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David Camara

Imports/Exports Officer
1300 730 062

David Camara arrived at Metz in August of the new millennium and his main responsibility is placing orders with suppliers.  David is an experienced imports / exports officer and happy to help others understand the complexity and jargon that goes with this area of our operations.

David has a quick wit that he claims to have developed from being a long time fan of the South Sydney Rabbitohs!

 

 

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Bernadette LeBreton

Sales Support / Administration
1300 730 062

Bernadette LeBreton is the cheery voice most customers encounter when ordering and checking availability of stock. Bernadette has many years of experience in the customer service industry and is an invaluable member of the Metz team.

Bernadette enjoys relaxing with her family and listening to Coldplay.

 

 

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Josip Pletes

Southern Region Manager
0418 229 262

Josip Pletes has been in the architectural market in the tile industry for over 15 years and is the Southern Region Manager. Throughout his career he has worked within various commercial sectors, specializing in Aquatics and Shopping Centres. Given his knowledge of slip resistance and how critical it is in terms of specifying the correct product, Josip offers end to end service throughout the specification stage.

In Josip’s down time he enjoys spending time with his family, hitting the Gym, and fishing when the weather permits.

 

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Travis Hunt

Architectural Representative
0408 109 357

Travis has been working in the building and construction industry for nearly 7 years. Having worked across many residential, and commercial projects, Travis has an excellent understanding of the specification market. He has a great technical aptitude and is able to help with all your enquiries.

When not at work, you will find him relaxing at home, walking his dog along the Yarra with his partner, or playing golf with friends. Travis is an avid supporter of the Hawks, and the All blacks (yes he is a Kiwi, but to quote him, he was “born that way”).

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Glenice Lohde

Architectural Representative
0437 532 321

David comes to Metz with 15 years experience working in the commercial p

 

rojects market in Victoria as well as  interstate and overseas projects.

David’s motto is – “That our products and services that are specified for the project go beyond the clients requirements. It is essential that we provide a unique customer experience by proactively anticipating our customers needs and exceeding their expectations every single time.”
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Spero Semann

Northern Region Manager
0421 498 666

Spero Semann joined Metz in 2007 and has worked in tiles for over 25 years and has extensive industry knowledge and connections. Spero specialises in commercial tiles and slip resistance, managing the sale of tiles at Metz in NSW.  Spero’s philosophy is always to try to make the customers life easier with clear, concise and practical suggestions.  On his regular visits to Cersaie in Italy, Spero has returned with some amazing new products.

When not working, Spero enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in the running of the local soccer club.

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Stuart Ellis

Director

Stuart began his career in the telecommunications sector, studying engineering in the late 80s before joining Metz in 2001. After working in contract supervision and technical sales for 5 years Stuart moved to Queensland to head the Brisbane office in 2006.

Stuart has a passion for automobiles and car modification. When not dreaming about race cars, Stuart can be found playing cricket and spending time with his children.

 

 

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Vicki Sloman

Architectural Representative
0477 440 487

Vicki’s career in the architectural specification field spans over 15+ years,  focusing on large scale commercial projects across Australia and New Zealand.  Vicki’s experience includes  the bathroom industry and  exterior façade products.  Vicki is a  qualified kitchen designer, space planner and colour consultant,  who loves to travel, go on long walks and photograph anything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shaun Murphy

Architectural Representative
0433 315 461

Shaun has been in architectural specification for over 20 years.

He has worked in the electrical, plumbing and flooring industries specialising in large and medium sized commercial and residential projects.

Shaun loves spending time with family, friends and travelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Constantine

WA Manager
0499 221 193

George joined the Metz Group in 2016. He has been working in tile sales for 5 years after managing his successful family business for over 12 years.

George really enjoys offering practical and technical solutions to architects and interior designers.

On the weekends, George enjoys being Auskick coach for his 2 boys and going for a run when he can get off the couch!

 

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Sydney Design Gallery & Head Office
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Design Gallery: Unit 36, 69 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015 Australia (by appointment)

Head Office:15A Stanton Road, Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

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993 – 995 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000 Australia (by appointment)

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