About Us

Kemsol has become a known and trusted brand across most New Zealand commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. For over 30 years now, proudly delivering consistently on customer-focused promises. 

High quality, purpose-formulated cleaning and sanitising products manufactured in New Zealand, by a Kiwi owned company, sets the stage. Early adopters of ‘green’ formulation strategies, Kemsol’s packaging is designed for safe and efficient use, labelling is clear, accurate and compliant, and, where possible, components are produced with recycled and recyclable materials. The team behind the Kemsol brand are available to answer questions and to provide training – ensuring product is delivered in the safest, most cost-effective, and environmentally responsible manner possible.

By using Kemsol products you are helping take care of your staff, customers and the environment – this forward-thinking approach was part of the vision of Kemsol’s founding chemist, Peter Vaughan.

Kemsol Values

  • Kemsol believe strongly in innovation and the need to develop products that meet our customer’s needs. They have a very productive R&D lab with a full-time chemist on hand to formulate products and monitor their manufacturing quality.
  • Family values are at the core of much of what they do – many of Pete’s extended family are still involved in the business.
  • The team share a passion to be the best they can be – whether that is in manufacturing, customer service, sales or accounts. If you feel there are things Kemsol can do better – let us know
  • Kemsol see customers as their most important partners in the business. While this is an easy thing to say, Kemsol genuinely believe it and work hard to make sure their customers have a voice in every decision we make.

Over 30 years on, the same passion and ideas are evident in the way we run the company today.

Peter Vaughan - Kemsol Founder

The Beginning

In the early 80’s, Pete thought that a New Zealand made range of commercial products, made with safer ingredients and outstanding performance, could compete head-on with local and imported multi-national products – and he was right. A self-taught chemist, Pete worked hard from basic premises, with just a concrete mixer and a half-built shed in South Auckland – single-handedly formulating, testing, manufacturing, packaging and dispatching to the market. As demand for product increased, his adopted sons stepped-in, and helped raise Pete’s awareness to use even safer raw materials to help better protect the health of his working family, and ultimately the health of all end users. This core value automatically extended to better environmental practices and stronger responsibility - raw material selection was now based on biodegradable research and properties; manufacturing processes were refined to reduce waste, and packaging selection was based on recyclable considerations. This ethos continues today.

The late 80’s presented economic challenges, and by good fortune he met Terry Morris, looking at the time to invest in a scalable manufacturing business with export potential, and a formidable team emerged. With the shared ethic of hard work, strong family values, and environmentally responsible manufacturing, Kemsol brand represents one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned cleaning product manufacturers, distributing nationally, exporting to the Pacific and beyond.

Kemsol Management Team - Jason, Angela and Terry

And Kemsol Now

Kemsol products are proudly manufactured from modern, unique facilities at Airport Oaks, Auckland. The inhouse laboratory continues to provide research and development on sustainable raw materials, innovative products, as well as facilitating stringent batch testing for all manufactured product. 

The technical team maintain a fully equipped research and development laboratory, to produce safe, effective, and biodegradable formulations, that have a focus on protecting the environment. 40% of the production plant’s water requirement is served from rainwater collected on site. Where possible, raw material packaging is re-used and non-recyclable waste packaging is compacted, reducing landfill and other associated impacts. All pallets are recycled, product labels are removable to assist in recycling processes, and finished goods packaging is fully recyclable.

Factories through the years

Since then our business has grown, moving to a  factory in James Fletcher Drive, a further move to a purpose built facility at Airport Oaks in 2006, then to our new home at Freight Place, Airport Oaks. With extra office/manufacturing and laboratory space the business is now ready for the next stage of growth.

Where it Began

Glasgow Ave

The humble beginnings in the small and simple factory in Glasgow Ave, Papatoetoe.

James Fletcher Drive Factory

James Fletcher Drive

The business started to grow, moving to a factory in James Fletcher Drive.

Aintree Ave Factory

Aintree Ave

They kept growing.... moving to a much larger, purpose built facility at Aintree Ave, Airport Oaks.

Freight Place Factory Today

Freight Place

Yet another step up in size, to a state-of-the-art, purpose-built manufacturing facility.

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