Abrasive Blasting & Protective Coatings

By: Tbs Group  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Abrasive Blasting, Rope Access, Paint Removal

Industry Leader

TBS Group is one of the leading Australasian contractors in abrasive blasting and protective coatings services.  TBS Farnsworth and TBS Coatings have extensive experience in all aspects of the field with operations spanning over 50 years.

A Gold Member of the Australasian Corrosion Association, our abrasive blasting and protective coatings services are undertaken throughout New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.  Our extensive range of mobile plant allows us to carry out field operations anywhere.

Service Delivery

We pride ourselves on our record of innovation - developing unique engineering solutions to aid in the access and/or delivery of a project.  We are known for our efficiency and work quality that is performed without compromising safety or environmental aspects of any job.  A number of our managers, supervisors, blasters and painters are either NACE or ACA qualified coatings inspectors, providing peace of mind for our clients in the knowledge that quality is "built in".


Specialist services include:

  • Abrasive blasting
  • Specialised protective coatings application
  • Thermal metal arc spraying
  • Lead paint removal
  • Fire proofing
  • Specialist access systems
  • UHP hydro blasting
  • Industrial abseiling & rope access

Sectors & Clients

TBS Group has provided blasting and coating services to many different sectors including:

  • Petrochemical industry (onshore & offshore)
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Government agencies such as water, road, rail & power authorities
  • Private industry

Site Works

We operate site crews throughout Australia and New Zealand, with specialised mobile equipment suitable for almost any project.  Our sites range from transmission towers in the pristine Fiordland National Park to structural steel on public hospitals in New Zealand to Esso Australia's 14 offshore platforms in the Bass Straight and highway bridges for the RTA of New South Wales.

Blast Shops

TBS operates two purpose built blast and paint facilities at Rotorua and New Plymouth.  The Rotorua facility specialises in heavy vehicle refurbishment for the logging and transport sectors, whilst the New Plymouth facility is able to handle a full range of projects.

TBS Coatings' facility at New Plymouth is the largest, located on a 10 ha site, with two grit rooms, five paint shops and a specialised thermal metal spray facility.  In total the factory facility covers more 2,500m2.  This facility has the capability to handle any project and has significant lay-down area.


TBS Farnsworth holds "Live Line" accreditation and carries out maintenance blasting and painting of live transmission towers in both New Zealand and Australia. The Company's specialist team of abseilers also works on maintenance painting of container cranes and other high structures.

Full Containment Methods

Our experience over the years has enabled us to enhance work procedures and methods that have resulted in improvements in waste management and containment during abrasive blasting operations.  This is a significant benefit when working on lead paint removal projects and when working around sensitive process control equipment.  Furthermore, clients project costs are minimised and production downtime reduced, particularly during major plant shutdowns.

Keywords: Abrasive Blasting, Access Systems, Fire Proofing, Lead Paint Removal, Offshore Platforms, Paint Removal, Rope Access, Transmission Towers

Other products and services from Tbs Group


Concrete Remediation | TBS Group

We have a proven track record in a range of remediation techniques and our engineers and technicians can provide an inspection and assessment service to establish the extent of any problems and potential solutions. Whilst reinforced concrete can be a highly durable material, it is recognised that this durability may be impaired through carbonation, chloride attack and alkali silica reaction.


Tower Maintenance & Industrial Rope Access

This has a significant track record of safely providing innovative solutions to the maintenance of high structures using fall protected free climbing and industrial abseiling and rope access. Consistent with TBS policy, quality procedures plus inspection and test plans for every project, ensure quality compliance as well as providing fully documented quality records for clients.


Refractory | TBS Group

Our services include design, supply, construction, installation and maintenance for all refractory linings. Acid & chemical resistant toppings and coatings. Acid & chemical resistant bricks & tiles. Abrasion resistant toppings & coatings.


Labour Hire, Demolition & Bin Services

Our demolition supervisors are qualified and highly skilled builders, allowing us to "deconstruct" buildings and interiors where retention of existing structures and or features is necessary. In addition to pure demolition, our skilled crews also carry out a wide variety of strip outs, alterations and remedial concrete work to both new and existing buildings.


Fireproofing, Industrial Waterblasting, Lead Abatement & Asbestos Removal

Lead paint removal projects can be quite complex when working around environmentally sensitive areas such as aqueducts, rivers, waterways, parks and gardens, foreshores, jetties and heritage structures. For exterior application of fire proofing to steel requiring rating, TBS is an approved applicator of Chartek, Thermo Lag, Fendolite MII and Pyrocrete 241 as well as most intumescent paint coatings.


Services | TBS Group

Our commitment to worker safety, conformance to strict quality control procedures, adherence to stringent environmental controls, and our ability to meet and exceed the specialised needs of our clients has enabled us to be awarded and retain many long term contracts.


Painting & Facilities Maintenance | TBS Group

Our Facilities Maintenance services include routine inspection and maintenance of grounds, buildings and infrastructure assets, and can range from provision of a single one off service to multi service term contracts. This could include by way of example, a complete repaint in the first year, followed by wash down and maintenance touch ups in later years, and a further repaint where required in the latter stages of the programme.