Protective Fencing Company History


Mathew George Gibbens (1st Generation) began his apprentice-ship at Australia’s first spring making factory (as a wage of five shillings per week). After five years service Mathew completed his indenture period and became a qualified tradesman.


Mathew Gibbens and his son George Gibbens (2nd Generation) started their own Spring manufacturing business Gibbens Industries Pty Ltd. With a focus on spring manufacturing. George Gibbens a keen engineer developed and manufactured his own automatic spring machines, that were sold around the world.


Craig Gibbens (3rd Generation) son of George Gibbens began his own fencing business “Protective Fencing” whilst completing his apprenticeship in Engineering, with the manufacture of wire fencing products the focus. Craig operates the chain link fabric fencing machine, sells, delivers and installs fences.


Demand for Protective Fencing’s products increases, the company installs more Chain link Fabric machines and expands to employ a team of trades-people and fencing installers. Fencing Installers call upon Protective Fencing as their trusted supplier.


Protective Fencing expands it’s offering by manufacturing temporary Fencing products in house.  With many return customers Protective Temporary Fencing Pty Ltd hires temporary fencing to the construction industry.


Protective Fencing installs additional chainwire machines, setting the fencing industry benchmark for quality. Protective begins powder coating products in house. Craig’s son James (4th generation) joins the Protective Fencing business and begins an engineering apprenticeship.


Protective Fencing’s founder Craig Gibbens advises the on the development of Australian Standards -Chan-link fabric security fences and gates AS1725-2003 Craig Gibbens Proudly serves as President of the Australian Wire Association.


Protective Fencing develops a larger, purpose-built, premises to increase manufacturing, Powdercoating and increase stock of finished products. Protective Fencing commissions a new state of the art Weldmesh manufacturing machine to produce high security mesh, Steel mesh roll top products and general purpose mesh in house.


Protective Fencing grows further with sales and distribution centres in Brisbane and Melbourne. The company expands upon capabilities in mesh manufacturing and develops another warehouse to increase storage capacity of finished goods and distribution of its products.


Protective Fencing acquires Angus Industrial and Avanti Group. The acquisition further expands upon capabilities in weldmesh manufacturing. Craig’s eldest daughter Samantha joins the business brining with her years of commercial experience in Construction Management.


Protective Fencing expands upon Powdercoating capabilities with the installation of new custom Powdercoating facility to deliver quality Powdercoating for Protective Fencing’s products and Powdercoating customers.


Together with a highly skilled team focused on delivering throughout Australia.  Fourth generation wire manufacturers James Gibbens and Samantha Swain are proud to continue growing Protective Fencing into future.

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16 Pile Road
Somersby NSW
2250 Australia

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