About Us

The journey of Douglas B Foote’s family-owned company, which began in 1958 in a Takapuna garage with a modest team of three individuals, is a testament to the power of dedication and hard work. Over the years, the company has grown and evolved, and today it proudly remains under family ownership.

Over the years, we’ve expanded our expertise into various engineering sectors, encompassing marine servicing, hydraulics, and a comprehensive array of stainless hose tails and adapters.

Our evolution has seen the products we manufacture grow in complexity, but our unwavering commitment to delivering top-quality production and machining services at competitive rates has remained unchanged.

Experience & know how

At DBF, our commitment to delivering excellence is not just a promise; it’s a way of doing business. We achieve this by employing the latest management and production systems to ensure that every job we undertake is executed with precision and efficiency.

With a rich history spanning over 50 years, Douglas B Foote has not only survived but thrived in a rapidly evolving industry. Our longevity is a testament to our adaptability and unwavering commitment to innovation.

Our team is critical to our success. With decades of hands-on experience, our team have honed their skills to perfection. They possess the knowledge and insight to create the best connections and provide the smartest solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Quality Design & Manufacturing 

At DBF, take immense pride in our commitment to quality design and manufacturing. Our philosophy revolves around creating products that not only meet but consistently exceed the highest standards in the industry.

Our fittings are meticulously crafted using only the finest materials available and subject to rigorous quality control measures to ensure it meets our exacting standards.  Quality assurance is an ongoing process at DBF. We subject our fittings to regular testing to verify their performance and durability.

We are proud to be New Zealand’s exclusive stainless steel ISO9001-compliant hydraulic fitting manufacturer. Our commitment to ISO9001:2015 accreditation means that we uphold rigorous standards all aspects of our operations.

To maintain our ISO accreditation, we undergo annual audits conducted by BVQI (Bureau Veritas Quality International). These audits ensure that we continually meet and exceed the requirements of ISO9001:2015.  ISO accreditation sets the gold standard for our processes and procedures. Every member of our team adheres to these standards, providing a framework for consistency and quality.

ISO certification also encourages continuous improvement within our organization. It empowers our staff to identify areas for enhancement, suggest improvements, and implement changes that drive efficiency and product excellence.

ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

Key Contacts

Jeff Ripley

Production Manager

Email: Jeff@dbf.co.nz
Phone: (09)  479 – 2909

With more than 35 years of dedicated experience at DBF as a certified Engineer, Jeff embodies a wealth of CAD/CAM design expertise. With a keen ability to transform customer concepts and even the simplest napkin sketches into tangible solutions, Jeff stands as a beacon of excellence in design quality, product finish, and adherence to global industry standards.

In his role as Production Manager, Jeff shoulders the vital responsibility of overseeing all aspects of our product design and machine shop operations. This includes meticulous oversight of our rigorous product quality testing procedures, ensuring that every item that bears the DBF name meets our unwavering commitment to excellence.

Les Marshall

Hydraulics Sales Manager

Email: Les@dbf.co.nz
Phone: (09)  479 – 2909
Mobile: 027 452 2140

Boasting an impressive tenure of 26 years at DBF, Les takes the helm of our stainless fittings and hose sales division. Widely recognized and respected within the hydraulics industry, Les’s extensive expertise is your assurance of finding the ideal solution from our expansive range, which ranks among the largest in Australasia.

Should you need something a little more unique, Les possesses the acumen to deftly navigate your requirements and provide clarity. With his guidance, we can embark on the journey of designing a bespoke solution tailored precisely to your specific needs.

Michelle Child

Business Manager

Email: Michelle@dbf.co.nz
Phone: (09)  479 – 2909
Mobile: 021 111 9928

Michelle, our invaluable team member, brings an impressive track record of over 25 years in business administration, accounts, and payroll management to the forefront. In her role, she plays a pivotal role in maintaining the seamless operation of our company, ensuring that everything runs like a well-oiled machine behind the scenes. Her commitment is unwavering, and she consistently strives to meet and exceed the high expectations and standards set by our company.