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. 



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.


Ian Ellis


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.


Matthew Burton

NSW State Manager
0417 243 363

Matthew has been with Metz since 2017, having worked in the Fashion Industry in various capacities previously. Matthew enjoys the practical side to tile specifications, and the challenges of finding the right solution for every application.
Away from the office, Matthew enjoys Scrabble, Yoga and Film Noir.

Outside of work Louise enjoys trav




elling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.


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!


Louise Mychael

Architectural Representative
0425 314 845

Louise 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.




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.




Josip Pletes

National Product Manager - Aquatics
0418 229 262

Josip Pletes has been in the architectural market in the tile industry for nearly 20 years. Throughout his career he has worked within various commercial sectors, specialising 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.





Glenice Lohde

Architectural Representative
0437 532 321

Glenice joined Metz in 2016. She has diverse industry knowledge spanning across commercial and archetectural lighting and contemporary designer furniture. Glenice likes to go above and beyond her clients expectations whilst focusing on the importance of building strong client relationships and enjoys working in close consultation with the design process.


When not stalking furniture and designer establishments she is enjoying retail therapy or a game of tennis. A Paul Bangay wannabe, you will find Glenice at the country retreat pottering in the garden.



Ross Bagnato

Architectural Representative
0458 440 060

Ross has a wealth of industry experience which is expressed in the consultative and engaged relationships which he has with our architect and designer clientele. Ross has a  love of life, travel, food, music, books, the outdoors, in fact, love of gracious living is applied to everything he does. When he’s not at work be assured to see him down at his local Mornington Peninsula beach enjoying all of natures’ offerings.


Peter Emmerson

VIC Sales Manager
0447 213 786

Having worked in the building industry for over 30 years Peter brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in this sector. He has a true passion for the tile industry and has had the opportunity to market products and services to a large and diverse range of clients including architects, designers, specifiers, developers, builders, contractors and the corporate retail sector.
His love of nature sees him walking his Frenchie’s (French Bulldogs) most weekends through the wetlands and lakes near his home whilst hopefully taking a few “special pics” with his SLR of the flora, fauna and or great sunrises. AFL Team; Western Bulldogs.



Graham Hancox

Architectural Representative
0447 011 726

With several years of retail management experience Graham stumbled into the tile industry more than 6 years ago where he quickly found a passion for the product. After leading successful teams Graham wanted a greater challenge within the industry and eagerly took up the technical challenge at Metz. Dealing with a diverse and varied client base has provided him skills to multi task and problem solve for each individual client while enjoying the specification process from beginning to end.Outside of work Graham would likely be relaxing with friends over a nice meal or driving down the coast for the fresh air and scenery.


Travis Hunt

National Product Manager Facade Systems, Architectural Representative
0408 109 357

Travis has been working in the building and construction industry for nearly 10 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”).



Mahsa Saadatian

Design Gallery Consultant
03 9419 1599

With an education and industry background in architecture and interior design, Mahsa is passionate about being involved with the selection process for Metz’s customers.
Her diversity of experiences results in a rich appreciation of different styles as well as understanding the client’s needs. Her strength is balancing theses inputs, for a smoother selection process.
Outside of work, Mahsa follows her other interests including pilates, yoga, hiking and road trips. Also, dining out with friends and exploring new exhibitions, galleries and events that Melbourne has to offer, always cheers her up!



Kirsten Ellis

QLD Sales Manager
0477 440 487

Kirsten has over 25`years experience in various sales, customer service and management roles. Since being immersed in the family business for an extensive part of this time – she loves working with clients offering solutions to design specifications.
Kirsten cannot wait to travel some more – “Travel is not reward for working, its education for living”.


Stuart Ellis


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.


Melissa McKenzie

Architectural Representative
0425 297 265

Melissa started working with Metz as our Design Gallery Assistant in November 2017.
Previously she worked in the fashion and homewares industry. Melissa has a love for all things aesthetically pleasing, delicious or involving a party.
She spends her weekends watching kids sport and entertaining with family and friends.


George Constantine

WA Manager
0499 221 193

George joined the Metz Group in 2016. He has been working in tile sales for nearly 10 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!

Get in touch with us

Sydney Design Gallery & Head Office,

Unit 36, 69 O’Riordan Street,
Alexandria NSW 2015 Australia

Monday to Friday
Appointment recommended

Head Office 
27-29 Liberty Road, Huntingwood NSW 2148 Australia

Tile Distribution Centre/Materials warehouse 
27-29 Liberty Road, Huntingwood NSW 2148 Australia

General Enquiries
Melbourne Design Gallery

108 Gipps Street
(Cnr Gipps & Hoddle Streets)
Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia

Monday to Friday
Appointment recommended

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Brisbane Design Gallery

124 Petrie Terrace
Petrie Terrace QLD 4000 Australia

Monday to Friday
Appointment recommended

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Perth Design Gallery

993 – 995 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000 Australia

Monday to Friday
Appointment recommended

General Enquiries