This is Kingfield
Kingfield Galvanizing was formed following a ‘business lunch’ between two metallurgists, Clive King and Colin Standfield. Based on detailed financial modelling (on the back of a table placemat), and their experience working with other galvanizers, they secured a small block of land in Epping, sourced second-hand equipment and commenced galvanizing in March, 1983. The first production run consisted of litter bins from Cowan Engineering. Fairly rapid growth lead to a search for a larger facility and a 12,000sqm site was secured in Campbellfield in 1985, with production commencing in 1986. Colin had strong ties at the Norwood Football Club and with the assistance of many of the team and family member’s, a new facility was built with two baths: a large one for structural work and a smaller one for spinning.
Buoyed by the successful operations at Campbellfield, Clive and Colin expanded their galvanizing footprint by partnering with others in progressively opening new plants in Brisbane, Geelong, Darwin, Christchurch (NZ) and Sydney. In addition, they exported their knowledge overseas by developing the successful consultancy, Kingfield Equipment, which lead to the design and fit-out of over 50 galvanizing plants throughout Asia. In addition to this, a major galvanizing customer sought to outsource their fabricating operations and so Kingfield Fabrications was formed.
Sadly Clive became ill and passed away in 2007. During this time, the King and Standfield families looked to sell all of their galvanizing interests. Interests in Brisbane, Sydney and Christchurch were sold, as was the Kingfield Equipment business. The galvanizing business in Campbellfield and part ownership in Geelong and Darwin were however retained and with Clive’s wife, Elaine joining the Board of Directors, a decision was taken to continue these interests. This ultimately lead to an increased commitment to Darwin Galvanizing with a restructuring of that business and the building of a new galvanizing plant in 2012. The next chapter of this very successful story will be the commissioning of new galvanizing plant in Somerton (around the corner from Campbellfield) in 2014 which will ensure that the name Kingfield is synonymous with galvanizing for many years to come.
The place mat that started it all in 1983