About Us

For over 40 years Smits Group has been dedicated to the New Zealand automotive refinish, aftermarket and hardware industries.

Founded in 1976 by Lyndsay Smits and currently run by Lyndsay and Darlene Smits, Smits Group Ltd is a group of companies and divisions managing leading international brands and providing solutions and distribution services in Automotive, Fleet, Industrial, Marine and Retail markets.

Our customers can be assured that our products are sourced with vigilance for their quality and high performance. Leading brands from the world over make up a product mix which solves the daily needs of professional tradesman and DIY users.

We look after our customers in every aspect to ensure that the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial. We do so by consistently providing products that meet or exceed their expectations, offering competitive pricing, and providing ongoing marketing & technical support and training.

Smits Group is a growing company which looks beyond the “now” and constantly looks to the future for potential development and innovation. The advantages of our ability to think two steps ahead are passed onto our customers and together our partnerships and businesses grow stronger.

A product ahead of its time involves significant price reductions including the addition of a generous cash rewards program.  TradeSaver is the new method in NZ for Automotive refinish distribution, born and evolved out of an increasingly competitive and changing marketplace.  The reduction of costs in the supply chain has resulted in the best available pricing the industry has ever experienced.  A major game changer and an appealing method of purchasing for other Industries.

GPI Automotive (NZ) Ltd

Importer and wholesaler of automotive refinish consumables, consumer products and light equipment, distributing to resellers and retail chains throughout New Zealand. GPI is the exclusive New Zealand importer of Meguiar’s, House of Kolor, Anest Iwata, Gerson, Roberlo, Automask Septone, Chic, Little Tree and many more.

LJ Smits Ltd
The founding company and New Zealand’s largest distributor of automotive panel & paint supplies. LJ Smits Ltd is the sole importer of Spies Hecker Automotive Paint in New Zealand, distributed throughout New Zealand and supported by dedicated distribution.

Smits Group Pty Ltd (Australia)

In January 2011 Smits Group Pty was formed, same time when Rislone was officially launched in Australia, providing solutions with America's Best Selling Engine Treatment to common problems Australians have with their engines. 

Auto Refinish Training Centre
A world class training centre that is one of the best facilities of its kind. Designed and purpose-built to support the companies and products represented by the Smits Group.

Spraystore Ltd
Smits Group is excited to announce that as of 1st of April 2012, Spraystore Christchurch Ltd became a part of the Smits Group tree of companies.
Spraystore Ltd has rapidly grown to become one of the major suppliers to the automotive refinish trade throughout the majority of the south island. Providing technical support for our customers we have our full time technical support person in the field problem solving, training as well as product demonstrations.

Coating Supplies
Smits Group has announced the purchase of Coating Supplies, Invercargill. Andy Gough continues as General Manager operating out of the existing premises with existing staff. Additional stock and resources will be added to the company allowing it to become the TradeSaver delivery point for customers in the lower South Island.

The Smits Group companies above are facilitated at the Smits Group Head Office in Auckland, New Zealand and are owned and operated by Lyndsay and Darlene Smits with the support of 30 staff.

Total Bodyshop Supplies, Petone, Hawkes Bay & Palmerston North

The acquisition of Total Bodyshop Supplies Ltd which includes a headquarters in Wellington and further branches in the Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North, delivering significant resources across the lower North Island and adding to an already highly experienced team, providing technical and product support, hands on training and distribution of Smits Group products via 8 locations nationwide.

Total Bodyshop, being a major regional supplier of panel beating equipment, consumables, and Auto Refinish and Industrial paint solutions has transitioned to the Axalta Spies Hecker product range – delivering top tier Automotive paint systems in both solvent and waterbourne that are precisely geared to the high-quality demands of today’s car manufacturers and body shops. Total Bodyshop will continue to be lead by Kelvin Daly who started the business some 24 years ago, with all staff in all sites transitioning with the sale.

For more information on Smits Group, please visit www.smitsgroup.co.nz