Our History

Metrotile has its roots grounded in the roofing industry since the mid 1900's.

We originally made concrete blocks and concrete tiles back in 1942, the business soon grew and became known as Ross Concrete Products, and later Ross Roofing.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 the Tilcor brand for America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Metrotile brand for Oceania

See whats changed over the last 75+ years

  • 1942

    Delta Tile Company owned by John Ross (centre) started making Concrete Tiles and Blocks by hand in Hamilton.

  • 1946

    Ross Roofing Ltd started making Concrete Tiles and Blocks in Takanini.

  • 1958

    Ross Roofing Ltd became one of the first agents in New Zealand for Decramastic Tiles and subsequently became the largest agent in New Zealand.

  • 1973

    Ross Roofing Ltd started manufacturing Longrun roofing in corrugated and decking type profiles as well as roll-forming spouting.

  • 1976

    Ross Roofing Ltd started manufacturing Longrun roofing in California, USA.

  • 1989

    Started Metrotile New Zealand Ltd and manufacturing stone-coated and pre-painted metal roofing tiles in Takanini.

  • 1994

    Started Ross Brick and Pavers Ltd and began importing bricks from Australia.

  • 1998

    Metrotile Europe was formed and began manufacturing steel tiles in Belgium.

  • 2000

    Metrotile USA was formed and began manufacturing steel tiles in California, USA.

  • 2008

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

  • 2010

    Sold shareholding in Metrotile USA and Metrotile Europe in order to expand the factory in New Zealand.

  • 2011

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

  • 2012

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

  • 2014

    Opened an office in Poland to service and manage the European market

  • 2015

    Opened offices in Japan to service and manage the Asian markets. 

  • 2015

    Opened offices in America to service and manage the American markets. 

  • 2015

    We celebrated our 25th anniversary of Metrotile New Zealand and completed further expansion of the New Zealand factory to accommodate the growth we were experiencing.