Our Story

Kilwell Fibretube was established in 1968 to manufacture specialist fishing rod blanks for New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Knowledge gained in this industry was soon applied to other industries and a rapidly expanding product range grew. Now more than 90% of our production is exported worldwide.

Continuous research and development in fibre and resin technologies has seen Kilwell Fibretube become a world leader in innovative and efficient design of composite tubing. We stock a large range of standard and high modulus carbon fibre, fibreglass and aramid materials and combine these to supply the best possible performance and price option for your application.

Our range of tooling is second to none, from the finest of fishing rod tips to heavy walled compressions tube up to 220mm diameter and 5250mm length in parallel, tapered oval and square configurations.

Precision grinding, sanding, painting and machining operations are carried out in our premises or can be arranged with outside composite machining specialists.

Custom design expertise supported by an extensive range of materials and tooling results in elegant solutions to your design challenges. Close liaison from concept to production ensures the best possible combination of strength, stiffness and weight for your application.

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Fishing rod blanks, paddle shafts, rowing oar shafts, masts, booms, prods and spinnaker poles, stern tubes, outriggers, earthsticks, and telescopic pole sets are some examples of the myriad of applications using Kilwell Fibretube products.

In 2018 Kilwell Fibretube were named the Rotorua Business Awards Winner in the Innovation & Disruption Category and were also the proud recipients of the Judges Acknowledgement for Excellence Award.

In 2019 Kilwell Fibretube celebrated 50 years in the industry. The history of the brand name has foreshadowed Kilwell’s resilience, determination, dedication and bravery, in an ever-changing marketplace. Kilwell’s aspiration for the future is to continue to lead in innovation and technology, ensuring the company will still be here putting a global spotlight on Rotorua and New Zealand for another 50 years and beyond.

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ISO 9001 Accreditation

The ISO 9001 family of quality management systems is a set of standards that helps organisations ensure they meet customers and other stakeholder needs within statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service. Kilwell Fibretube received its Accreditation in February 2020. View our Certificate.