Friday, 15 October 2021

What's the History of Australian Pressed Metal?

 History of AUSTRALIAN PRESSED METAL Present Day 21st Century

The Australian Pressed Metal Group are the manufacturing and distribution specialists of premium quality pressed metal products throughout Australia and New Zealand. The head office and state of the art showroom showcasing 100s of designs on display and holding stock of every design and cornice is located in Adelaide at 20 Fifth Street Brompton, just minutes from the CBD. Australian Pressed Metal and Adelaide Pressed Metal is owned and operated by Phil Cooymans, a prominent member of the South Australian building and ceiling industry with over 40 years experience. Phil commenced his apprenticeship in the ceiling industry in 1977 which importantly included competency based training in the use of pressed metal. After working in the building industry for many years Phil formed his own company in 1984. Adelaide Pressed Metal was formed in 2000 as demand increased for pressed metal designs manufactured in original imperial measurements, for heritage restoration. With this in mind Phil opened the first showroom with a stock list of around 36 designs. The Australian Pressed Metal Group was later formed and there is now an outlet in every state throughout Australia & New Zealand, run by licensed trades- men, experienced in the installation of pressed metal and the building trade. The list of designs and products has continued to grow and there are now hundreds of products available. Australian Pressed Metal now have the largest range of original pressed metal designs in Australia and will keep adding more as we preserve our heritage and make exciting discoveries in our warehouse vault. 

australian pressed metal 7Preserving and restoring Australia's unique heritage architectural features has gained significant importance in recent years and advances in technology have made this attainable and cost effective. Australian Pressed Metal are fortunate enough to own the original pressed metal dies from TW Inghams, the last remaining original pressed metal manufacturer left in Australia, saving them from the same fate as the Wunderlich dies, thousands of which were destroyed back in the 1950’s along with Anthony Hordern Embossed Steel Panels which also ceased production when both companies were bought out and heritage features were not as highly prized as they are today. 

Australian Pressed Metal are continually discovering original dies in our warehouse, designs that haven’t been seen for many years. These original dies are being restored to the highest exacting standard, using 21st Century technology and first-hand experience and expertise of original pressed metal products. All products are pressed in premium O grade aluminium in our manufacturing process, a hygienic food grade quality, suitable for raw aluminium splashbacks and is fire rated and tested by the CSIRO to guarantee the quality of the product. 

Australian Pressed Metal is the leading specialist company for Heritage restoration in Australia, reproducing to exacting standards original Wunderlich, T.W. Inghams and Anthony Hordern design panels, cornice, rail, vent, mitre or architectural feature for any project on a commercial and domestic scale. Australian Pressed Metal are passionate at preserving unique heritage features specializing in Heritage listed buildings such as Flinders St Train Station in Melbourne to domestic residences. All Australian Pressed Metal products are produced from the highest quality materials while retaining original authenticity. 

Australian Pressed Metals commitment is to produce the best quality product, stock the largest amount of authentic pressed metal products in Australia and offer decades of knowledge and experience to protect the authenticity of pressed metal products and our heritage features. 

Panels are pressed from a premium O grade light weight aluminium, heat resistant and suitable for an endless variety of applications including for splashbacks in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms, wall paneling, door inserts and kick panels, feature walls, bedheads, mirror frames and behind stoves and combustion heaters, outdoor kitchen BBQ splashbacks and feature walls, doors, fences, screens and gates as well as the traditional use for ceilings, walls and gables, fascia's and awnings, shopfronts and counters. With todays technology we can offer many designs as specialty orders pressed in Copper, Brass, Soft Zinc, Perforated Steel, Colour- bond, Zincalume and Heritage Galv. 

Drawing on decades of experience in the conservation of our heritage listed buildings throughout Australia we offer a full ervice to Builders, Architects and Interior Designers for all pressed metal products in the restoration of pressed metal ceilings and cornices and architectural features. 

As we are committed to preserving our unique architectural heritage we have a code compliant contracting arm, National Pressed Metal, operating throughout Australia and New Zealand. Australian Pressed Metal is proudly Australian owned and all products are manufactured in Australia.