In a market brimming with long run roofers, Metal Design Solutions was established to provide highly skilled and trained craftsmen to fabricate, install and service bespoke metal roofing and cladding using exotic metals.

Armed with this information we will provide CAD renderings of the job, including recommendations on materials and seam profiles.We will collaborate with the Designer in satisfying their technical requirements on profile and materials. No job is too big or too small, and every job gets personal service.

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Most of the jobs MDS delivers are custom jobs, and involve many complex angles and shapes. We’re usually presented with sketches of the work required, and a vague brief for what’s needed.

Armed with this information we will provide CAD renderings of the job, including recommendations on materials and seam profiles.

Based in Takanini, Auckland, our state-of-the-art factory is constantly being upgraded with the latest equipment and technology.  We aim to complete as much of the fabrication as practicable in the factory (to factory tolerances)  to minimise the time on site and reduce the opportunity for errors or miscalculations during installation.


Detail Design Services

By leveraging leading edge technology with architectural metal expertise, we serve to assist the project design teams in achieving highly challenging work in sheetmetal.


Metal Design Solution Ltd advances the designer’s requirements into digital form to convey three-dimensional criteria for manufacturing accuracy and confirmation of Architectural form.

Metal Fabrication / Manufacturing

This is the heart of our company. Our professionals work directly with architects and designers to bring their creations to reality. We provide the highest quality, fully engineered surfaces and forms possible.

Construction / Installation Services

Metal Design Solution Ltd offers full integration from design and design assist through manufacturing to complete installation.


Metal Design Solutions’ work is now found in and around structures across New Zealand. We are committed to upholding our reputation for efficiency and craftsmanship in every project and task we take on.


  • To exceed the expectations of our customers in terms of form and function

  • To provide a positive work environment for our employees and associates

  • To advance the boundaries of metal in architecture and art

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With more than 20 years experience in bespoke metal crafting, MDS has built an enviable reputation for quality and consistency.

Jan Alberts


Jan was brought up and educated in Christchurch, graduating with a B.Com. from Canterbury before  turning his interests to the construction industry.  Electing to earn a trade as well, he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying at Christchurch Polytech, and studied Valuation and Property Management at Lincoln University.

The allure of the outdoors steered Jan away from corporate life, and he was much more comfortable at the sharp end of the industry – either on a rooftop, or presenting architectural products to architects.

Jan’s experience led him to specialize in the sheetmetal industry, where he has spent the last 20 years. During this time he met his business partner Richard Caminada, and together they founded Metal Design Solutions, where they continue to offer arguably the highest level of service and expertise to the construction industry.

Richard Caminada


Richard is from St Gallen in Switzerland, where he qualified as a plumber, specializing in Roof Plumbing. It is something he has always been passionate about.

At a time in Europe when trade schools were exclusive, and qualifications difficult to achieve, Richard qualified as a Swiss Master Craftsman in Sheetmetal, and to this date he is the only person in NZ to have achieved this qualification.

Richard was recruited to NZ to work on the prestigious Te Papa museum project in Wellington, which was a stand-out Zinc project. Subsequently Richard fell in love with NZ, and settled here, where he has established himself as one of the foremost exponents in the Sheetmetal industry.

MDS Team


MDS prides itself on the skill and responsibility of it’s specialised team, many of whom have been with the company 10 years or more. This team is made up of artisans, engineers and experienced tradesmen who are familiar with the very technical aspects of dealing with metals.

We’re large enough to handle almost any size of project, and small enough to care very much about every little detail.

From our office in Takanini our staff can be found as far afield as Northland and Dunedin, where we take special pride in overseeing almost every aspect of our installs.

If you’d like to learn a little more about who we are or what we do, just pick up the phone and give us a call. Or if you’d rather, fill out your details in the contact box below and we’ll contact you.