40 Year Anniversary

40yr timelime

Celebrating 40 years

Equus Industries’ doors were first opened in Riverlands Estate, Blenheim November 1982 by founding Directors Brian Greenall, Rien Wagenvoort. We commenced business as a manufacturer of specialist coatings systems for commercial buildings, with some of the first products being Chevaline Dexx, and Chevaline Epistixx! In addition to supplying the New Zealand market, we also began exporting specialist lines from late 1983 to Australia, the South Pacific and South East Asia.

While the production facility and laboratory remain at our original site in Blenheim, we expanded throughout the country with our branches establishing in Auckland in 1986, Christchurch in 1991, and Wellington in 1995.

In 2006 Brian and Rien were joined by Directors Rob Roxburgh, and Nikki Brown, both of whom bought years of experience and expertise to the company directorate.

While specialist coatings remain the thrust of the operation at our factory, it has long been our goal to provide a full range of coatings and waterproofing systems for all levels of construction. With this in mind, the addition of high-quality products over the years from multiple manufacturers around the world has expanded our range of products to include solutions for the entire building envelope.

Today, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, Equus Industries is proud to offer technical waterproofing solutions for Architects, Engineers, Property Managers and Contractors in the building industry, with a strong focus on the design process. As a company, we provide project specific solutions, professional customer support, quality assurance and extended warranties. The technical knowledge of our people is something we pride ourselves on and will continue to strive for long into the future.

We look forward to continuing our journey with our people, our partners, and our customers for many more years to come.

Equus Industries’ first export of product to Singapore in 1983. Pallets consisted of Chevaline Dexx, Chevaline Colourglaze and some Equus texture.

Brian Greenall running a training session with Nelson applicator’s Tasman Bay Painters in Pelorus Sound in 1991. Looking at laying and detailing torch-on (Tremproof 3000).

Building extension at head office in Blenheim. 1984 saw the addition of a new laboratory, new sample room and offices for Brian and Rien.

The A Team: Rien, Bronwyn, Garry and Brian. Equus Industries’ first factory team in 1983.

January 1983 – Open for Business, Brian mixing on “Greybeard”.


1986 Christening of “Grasshopper”



July 1990 – First FCL (full container load) to PABCO, Brisbane, Australia, containing Chevaline Dexx.

September 1990 – Attendees at the Inaugural Applicator Conference held in Blenheim.

Sept 1990 – Demonstrating application of Equus quality flooring coatings at the 1990 conference.


Sept 1990 – Brian’s building blocks… showing the layers of the various coating systems at the 1990 conference.



1991 – Work hard, play hard. Equus Stirrers Touch 7s Team.




1991 – Equus Stirrers enjoy a fun day of Netball.




EQUUS 1 was Brian’s beloved 1985 Alfa Sud Sprint Veloce Cloverleaf. He used it to travel around the South Island, during the time when he WAS the Equus Sales Team!
EQUUS 2 was a second-hand Mini Brian used to commute to work on a daily basis.

1993 – Attendees at our 10th Anniversary Conference in Blenheim.

1993 – Brian and Rien cutting the cake for the 10th  Anniversary Conference.


1993 – Conference Party – theme “Bad Taste”.


2009 Applicator Conference Christchurch, held at the Heritage Hotel.

2009 Applicator Conference Christchurch, held at the Heritage Hotel.

We couldn’t be here today without our customers, it means a lot to us to have built such strong relationships and to have grown our Certified Applicator Network across the country. Thank you for your continued support throughout our 40 years!

A special mention to our Certified Applicators who have worked with us for 20+ years.
Through the years – Equus Certified Applicator Conferences

Allan Tong Ltd
A & D Decorators
Brown Bros Plasterers Ltd
Builders Plastics Ltd
Cantec Services Hamilton Ltd
Cantec Services Rotorus Ltd
Canterbury Waterproofing Ltd
Cape Contracting Ltd
Capital Solid Plastering Ltd
Contract Coatings Ltd
Galbraith Painting Ltd
Galbraith Plasterers Ltd
GMR Holmac Ltd
Greaney Painters
Gunac Christchurch (2004) Ltd
Gunac Hawkes Bay
Gunac South Auckland
Gunn Plastering

H G Morsink
James Wren & Co Ltd
JPB Painting Contractor Ltd
Lyndon Hogg Painting Ltd
Matassa Property Services Ltd
Mohan Roofing Services 2020 Ltd
MPM Waterproofing Ltd
Mulford Holdings Ltd
Peninsula Roofing Ltd
Profile Property Services Ltd
Programmed Property Services
Rands Painting Services
Ray McKenzie & Sons Ltd
Sealantz Northland Ltd
Topcoat Northland Ltd
Total Waterproofing (2005) Ltd
V & M Titter Bricklayers