About Us


From Small Beginnings to leading Paint Suppliers

Resene Automotive & Light Industrial began as Anglo Santano in 1980, when a small group of entrepreneurs spotted a gap in the market for automotive and industrial paints. Purchasing old machinery from Taubmans, they began to develop a range of specialised paints and coatings.

Santano enjoyed rapid growth, propelled by their quality products and high market demand for commercial paint suppliers – they became suppliers of agency lines which were available for resale, including Cromax (formerly DuPont Refinish). This attracted the attention of Resene, who were the lead suppliers of Cromax in both Wellington and Christchurch. Recognising the opportunity to increase their capacity and become nationwide suppliers, the Managing Director of Resene, Tony Nightingale, made the move to purchase Anglo Santano in 1995, resulting in the company we know today as Resene Automotive & Light Industrial.

Today, Resene Automotive are leading paint suppliers for a variety of commercial industries, with a range of coatings to meet every demand. As well as paints, they supply all collateral products, including fillers and bog, solvents and sandpaper to primers/topcoats and spray painting equipment.

Resene Automotive pride themselves in being master importers and distributors of Cromax Refinish and Imron Fleetline, as well as stockists of a New Zealand-made range of coatings.

Products, People and Service

As a New Zealand owned company, we specialise in developing coating solutions that stand up to New Zealand specific conditions - increased UV exposure, changeable weather, wind & salt spray exposure. Our team provide customised service and coating systems - surface, industry and conditions all create unique demands on our products, so we combine the knowledge of our chemists and spray painters to ensure that your needs are met.

We also understand that time is money, and will train your team in your work environment with the equipment they are accustomed to and will be using, to minimise downtime and optimise productivity.

As one of New Zealand's leading paint suppliers, we pride ourselves in our quality of products as well as service, and our nationwide distribution network, comprising of 14 branches and 20 representatives, means we can meet you when and where you need us.