About Us

About Daich Coatings

Daich Coatings is a world leader in the development and manufacture of decorative stone coatings, high performance paints and architectural maintenance products. We combine our expertise in polymer coatings chemistry with nature's most enduring raw material — STONE — and use it to create a line of proprietary finishes that make surfaces beautiful — and pack them with key performance benefits.

Every litre of product that leaves our factory is made to deliver significant value-added functionality — from reduced maintenance and repainting costs and safer, more slip-resistant surfaces, to water protection, extreme durability and lasting beauty — indoors and out.

We also care about the environment. Today, we're proud to announce that we've been formulating and manufacturing "green" low VOC products long before it was in style.

Whether your interest is DIY or Professional -- residential or commercial -- Daich Coatings answers your everyday surface finishing challenges with exciting new solutions.



Universal Distributors Limited searches for internationally recognised brands with strong reputations for performance and quality and is always on the lookout for unique products currently not available in the Asia-Pacific region.

About Universal Distributors Limited 


Our focus is on the DIY market in particular and we expect our products will available in all major chains throughout New Zealand. We are also working with our Australian partners to build our presence with major retailers.

Business commenced in 2015 with the Australasian agency for a major internationally recognised adhesives company which has a presence in over 70 countries worldwide.

Several other agencies are currently under consideration and will become part of the Universal Australasian stable in the near future.

While we are smaller than some distributors, we do not believe in unnecessary overhead ensuring our product range is competitively priced and will generally be despatched from our warehouses and delivered to over 80% of retailers within 48 hours of an order being placed.

Universal Distributors Limited is already a reliable and reputable supplier to the DIY market. 

Our Team

Paul Alsford

Paul Alsford

Paul brings a decisive mix of Government and business capability culminating in 21 years’ experience as a manager, consultant and company director with expertise in relationship management, service delivery, facilitation, training and team leadership.

His leadership roles in Government include managing business units and being appointed as private secretary to a cabinet minister. He was also New Zealand’s representative on the joint Australian New Zealand building practitioner licensing authorities from 2004-2007.

Since 2008 Paul has had his own consultancy company in New Zealand with some of the biggest clients in the construction sector including Fletcher Building and a number of building industry organisations where he provides strategic planning advice and facilitates national training programmes.

In addition Paul has a number of property investments and is on the Board of Open Home Foundation International, with a focus on the development of care and protection programmes for vulnerable children in India and Africa.

Paul was a recipient of a Ministry of Economic Development Chief Executive Award in 2004 and attended the Foundations of General Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia

Paul completed a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University, Wellington.

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Warren Gaylard

Warren Gaylard

Warren has been involved in the hardware industry for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was self-employed for six years in the grocery industry, specialising in sales and distribution.

Warren brings a vast knowledge and an extensive background in the hardware markets.

Warren is experienced in wholesale and retail sales, Head Office key account management, territory management, product development, product marketing and advertising as well as end user training and consumer/trade shows.

Warren has a number of property investments.

Grant Stephen


Grant Stephen

Grant Stephen has spent the last 20 years in the international market place and has a wealth of contacts throughout the world and in particular, Asia.

He had a career with New Zealand Post for many years, working around the country and around the world. He left to establish a foreign exchange business as well as a franchise operation to stop people snoring called Snorepro.

As well as being a co-founder of Universal Distributors, Grant went back to school so that he could qualify to become a Licensed Immigration Adviser. He recently established Nationwide Immigration Ltd as an Immigration Advisory business for local and international clients to help with all their immigration needs.

Grant has a Diploma of Business Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, a Master of Business Degree from RMIT University in Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Tauranga.

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