Smits Group


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

100% NZ owned and operated, Founded in 1979 by Lyndsay 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.

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.



Over the years, Smits Group and its various companies have been recognized for excellence with multiple awards from all around the world. These include:Meguiar's Award: International Spectacular Growth Award  2015

  • Supercheap Auto Outstanding Trade Partner 2015
  • Supercheap Auto Most Innovative Product Launch 2015
  • Supercheap Auto Outstanding Logistics Trade Partner 2015  
  • Supercheap Auto Outstanding Safety Record - Diamond Level 2015
  • Axalta Distributor Excellence Award 2014
  • Supercheap Auto Outstanding Trade Partner 2014
  • Supercheap Auto Most Improved Trade Partner 2014
  • Speedshow Best Consumer Engagement/Experience 2013
  • Speedshow Best Trade Site 2012
  • Speedshow Best Trade Site 2011
  • Speedshow Best Trade Site 2010
  • Aftermarket Industry Awards - Best Support of the V8 Industry by a Company 2012
  • Supercheap Auto Most Improved Trade Partner 2011
  • Supercheap Auto Outstanding Trade Partner 2011
  • Supercheap Auto Most Innovative Product Launch 2011
  • Supercheap Auto Most Consistent High Performing Trade Partner 2010
  • Meguiar’s Award: Excellence in Pillar 4, Advertising and PR 2009
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2008
  • Du Pont Performance Coatings Marketing Excellence Award 2008
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2006
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2005
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2004
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2003
  • Spies Hecker Achievement Gold Award Outstanding sales growth of Spies Hecker products 2002-2003
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2002
    For Excellence in Building the Meguiar’s Brand - Meguiar’s New Zealand
  • Meguiar’s Award: International Spectacular Growth Award 2001
  • Spies Hecker Trophy Winner: Training Center of the year 2001
  • Spies Hecker Excellence Award – In Special Consideration for Outstanding Achievement and Business Performance 2001
  • New Zealand National Motor Show Hamilton City – Best Trade Display 2nd Place
  • Classic & Collectable Motor Show Best Trade Display 1999
  • Boma Award: Excellence In Property, Investment and Development 1994 in the category Industrial Properties

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