Double Stone Steel appointed John Desmond Ltd as their partner in the UK and Europe in 2014. Having been trading for many years using the innovative process of PVD Titanium Ion Coating which was well-known in Asia the decision was made to introduce coloured stainless steel to other countries.
The history of Double Stone Steel
Double Stone Steel was founded by Mr Yuan Yi Zhu. Mr Zhu first studied PVD technology in 1991, at the Beijing Institute of Technology. He then worked in the industrial PVD coatings sector where he further improved his knowledge of PVD.
Financed by his family, the first Double Stone Steel factory was opened in in 1994 in Panyu, Guangzhou, China. Mr Zhu wanted to specifically target the decorative/architectural metals sector and developed larger machines and different PVD colours to fulfill the needs of the industry.
The business has continued to grow over the past 20 years and now there are over 10 manufacturing facilities throughout China and they have over 60 different types of machines and more than 5000 workers. Their annual turnover (processing only) is $20 million.
Richard Storer-Adam is the managing director of Double Stone Steel, and has been in position since January 2012 and has a background in construction and Design and Project management.
Double Stone Steel Hong Kong
In 2012, Double Stone China created Double Stone Steel in Hong Kong with the specific intention to open factories in Europe and the USA with locally-based partners.
Mr Henry Zhu, nephew to Mr Yuan Yi Zhu, oversees the day to day business of Double Stone Steel. Mr Henry Zhu was educated in Australia, has a Master’s Degree in Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and over 15 years experience in PVD.
Creating a PVD fabrication base in the UK
In 2014 John Desmond Ltd and Double Stone Steel decided to combine forces and DSS Europe was established. To achieve the level of service required to provide PVD internationally, JDL purchased 48 Weir Rd, in near proximity to their current site, and the process is underway to build a 30000 square foot factory to accommodate full manufacturing facilities. The factory will initially install two flat-sheet machines, 2 profile machines and a small component machine for architectural hardware.