Jan was brought up and educated in Christchurch, graduating with a B.Com. from Canterbury before turning his interests to the construction industry.  Electing to earn a trade as well, he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying at Christchurch Polytech and studied Valuation and Property Management at Lincoln University.

The allure of the outdoors steered Jan away from corporate life, and he was much more comfortable at the sharp end of the industry – either on a rooftop, or presenting architectural products to architects.

Jan’s experience led him to specialize in the sheetmetal industry, where he has spent the last 20 years. During this time he met his business partner Richard Caminada, and together they founded Metal Design Solutions, where they continue to offer arguably the highest level of service and expertise to the construction industry.


Richard is from St Gallen in Switzerland, where he qualified as a plumber, specializing in Roof Plumbing. It is something he has always been passionate about.

At a time in Europe when trade schools were exclusive, and qualifications difficult to achieve, Richard qualified as a Swiss Master Craftsman in Sheetmetal, and to this date he is the only person in NZ to have achieved this qualification.

Richard was recruited to NZ to work on the prestigious Te Papa museum project in Wellington, which was a stand-out Zinc project. Subsequently Richard fell in love with NZ, and settled here, where he has established himself as one of the foremost exponents in the Sheetmetal industry.


MDS prides itself on the skill and responsibility of it’s specialised team, many of whom have been with the company 10 years or more. This team is made up of artisans, engineers and experienced tradesmen who are familiar with the very technical aspects of dealing with metals.

We’re large enough to handle almost any size of the project, and small enough to care very much about every little detail.

From our office in Takanini our staff can be found as far afield as Northland and Dunedin, where we take special pride in overseeing almost every aspect of our installs.

If you’d like to learn a little more about who we are or what we do, just pick up the phone and give us a call. Or if you’d rather, email us info@mds.net.nz and we’ll contact you.