ABOUT US

The SAPE Group is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of Automotive Collision Repair equipment and consumables. We have been established since 1976 and now cover most of Australia with our Distribution and Reseller network. The SAPE Group is the sole importer for many international brands such as GYS, Autorobot, Jollift, Cellette, Car System, Innovative Tools, IRT, Scangrip and Wipe New just to name a few. Our head office in Condell Park Sydney is a modern facility with a fully equipped innovation centre for product testing and to provide training to employees and customers.

All our staff are highly trained and have a comprehensive knowledge of the collision repair industry and related products. The SAPE Group deal with many of the country’s leading collision repairers with size ranging from a one man garage to a production facility repairing 60 plus cars per week.

We are here to help our customers and our industry achieve their goals through the development and promotion of the most innovative and profitable products.

We aim to provide our customers with products and services beyond their expectations, regardless of the size of our customers and the size of their requirements.

We are the market leaders due to our professionalism and expertise. We aim to maintain that position and constantly strive to better ourselves with the use of our combined resources and skills.

OUR HISTORY

Sydney Automotive Paints and Equipment was formed in New South Wales, Australia in 1976 principally as a distributor of automotive refinishing products to the collision repair industry.

By 1980 SAPE was the dominant automotive paint and panel supplies distributor in metropolitan Sydney. The strong market position achieved by the company resulted in the move to a new Marrickville facility in 1984 which boasted a large research and development centre.

In 1994 SAPE opened an agency in Victoria, concentrating on the Capital Equipment market, a market that is continually growing.

In 1996 SAPE acquired Prestige Paints & Equipment Supplies in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. These two branches also distribute Glasurit Paints and a vast line of consumable products and capital equipment.

In 2009 SAPE acquired Kenney’s Automotive Paints and after merging with its sister company Automotive Colour & Equipment; moved the Head Office to the current location at Condell Park, NSW and is now known as the SAPE Group. The state-of-the-art purpose-built premise comprises a warehouse, retail shops, offices, and a training centre with the latest in technological advancement.

In 2018 announced the expansion of its paint portfolio through the acquisition of the Paint Depot based on the Gold Coast. In 2019, SAPE opened its revolutionary purpose-built training facility for the collision repair industry, which created a virtual workplace for participants to confront the challenges of a real body shop in a risk-free environment.

In 2021, the SAPE Group announced that it had acquired Peninsula Paint Supplies, the Central Coast's leading automotive refinishing supplier, which was rebranded under the trading name SAPE Gosford

The SAPE Group works closely with an extensive line of Distributors and Resellers and also having agents in QLD, WA, and VIC; we virtually cover all of Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years the SAPE Group has developed strong relationships with the leading manufacturers in the U.S., U.K., Europe and Asia. These manufacturers include Autorobot, Celette, GYS, Hedson Technologies, Innovative Tools, 3M, BASF Coatings, Axalta Coatings, ITW, Wieländer+Schill, Vosschemie, Scangrip, Wipe New and more.

At SAPE we are constantly searching the globe for the most innovative products to ensure the Australian Collision Repair Industry remains abreast with the rest of the world.

SAPE TIMELINE

Sydney Automotive Paints & Equipment (SAPE) was formed in New South Wales.
SAPE moves to Marrickville
As the business was growing in size, we moved to a new facility in Marrickville.
Global Body Shop Supplies
Formed to import a specialized range of clears and compounds.
R.J. McMartin International Pty Ltd
Automotive Colour & Equipment Pty Ltd
SAPE expands market penetration by acquiring Automotive Colour & Equipment Pty Ltd (ACE).
Newcastle Paint Supplies Pty Ltd
SAPE acquires Newcastle Paint Supplies Pty Ltd, formely known as R&C Goodall
Car & Marine Paints P/L
SAPE acquires Car & Marine Paints, name changes to Bodyshop Direct Pty Ltd
June 1994
SAPE opens Victorian Agency
SAPE acquires Ken Hubbuck & Co.
Prestige Paints & Equipment Supplies
SAPE acquires Prestige Paints & Equipment Supplies in Brisbane and Gold Coast
Kenney's Automotive Paints
SAPE acquires Kenney’s Automotive Paints after it’s merge with ACE.
SAPE & ACE move to Condell Park
The entire group of SAPE & ACE move to a new 3100sq. metre facility at Condell Park.
Sydney Marine Supplies
SAPE acquires business specialising in
Marine Supplies in Sydney & the Central Coast.
The Paint Depot
SAPE acquires The Paint Depot in Brisbane and the Gold Coast
  • 1976
  • March 1984
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  • 1990
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  • December 1992
  • June 1994
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  • 2000
  • March 2009
  • March 2009
  • April 2011
  • July 2018
  • NOW

CHARITY

In the Beginning Ray McMartin and his family went to one of the first Save Our Sons Gala Dinners and from that night on have been totally committed to helping Ellie save all the sons of DMD.

In 2005, 2 days short of his second birthday, Elie’s son Emilio was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects 1 in 3,500 children, 99% of whom are boys. Once diagnosed, children are normally confined to a wheelchair between the ages of 7 and 12, and most do not live past their early twenties. DMD has no cure and no one survives.