The history of Metrotile

Our History

Metrotile has its roots grounded in the roofing business in Auckland New Zealand since the mid 1900’s.

Originally making concrete blocks and concrete tiles back in1942, the business soon grew and became known as Ross Concrete Products, and later Ross Roofing. Over the last 70 years, the company has been evolved and transformed into a new stage called Ross Roof Group, which manufactures both brands Metrotile and Tilcor.

Ross Roof Group History

 

1942 



“Delta Tile Company” owned by John Ross started making Concrete Blocks and Concrete Tiles by hand in Hamilton.

 




 

1949



RCP started making Concrete Roofing Tiles in Takanini.

 

 

 

 




1960 



RRL became an agent for ‘Alex Harvey Industries’, which made AHI roofing tiles.

 




1972



Started Rosscrete Concrete Tiles Ltd and purchased an automated concrete tile machine from Sweden.

 



 

 

1976



RRL started manufacturing Longrun roofing in California, USA.

 

 

 

 

1987



RRL started business again due to Humes closing their NZ operation.

 

 

 

 

 

1992



RRL started manufacturing Rosscrete Concrete Tiles again.

 

 

 

 

 

1995



Malaysian Roofing Industries start manufacturing Metrotile products under license.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000



‘Metrotile USA’ was formed manufacturing steel tiles in California, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010



Sold shareholding in Metrotile USA and Metrotile Europe companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012



 Opened office in Dubai to service and manage the Africa and Middle East Markets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015



 Opened office in Japan to service and manage Asia markets.

Opened office in California to service and manage the North America markets.            

Officially changed company names to ‘Ross Roof Group Ltd’

 

 



 

   1946



“Ross Concrete Products” owned by Bob Ross started making Concrete Blocks in Takanini

 

 




   1958



Started the company “Ross Roofing Ltd”

RRL became one of the 1st agents in NZ for LJ Fisher Decramastic tiles and subsequently became the largest agent in NZ.

 

 



 

   1965



RRL became agent for Gerard.

 

 





   1973



RRL started manufacturing Longrun roofing in corrugated and decking type profiles and also roll-forming spouting.

 

 

 



   1986



RRL sold to Humes Australia.

 

 

 



   1989



Started Metrotile (NZ) Ltd manufacturing stone-coated and pre-painted roofing tiles.

 

 

 



   1994



Stared Ross Brick and Pavers Ltd and importing bricks from Australia.

 

 

 

 



   1998



‘Metrotile Europe’ was formed and manufacturing tiles in Belgium.

 

 

 

 



   2008



Ross Roofing, Rosscrete Concrete Tiles and Ross Brick and Tiles was sold to CSR Building Products.

 

 

 

 

 

   2011



Started Tilcor Roofing Systems to supply the European, USA, Africa and Middle East markets from our NZ factory.

 

 

 

 



   2014



Opened office in Poland to service and manage the European Markets.