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MEI - Marine Equipment International Pty Ltd - History

MEI – Marine Equipment International Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated business. Operating from 29 Lisbon Street, Fairfield NSW, MEI was established in 1984 and has a long and enviable record of supplying quality products to the Marine (both Defence and Commercial), Commercial Industrial, Offshore, Energy, Mining and Engineering industries and in particular supply of specialist products to the Australian Navy and its prime contractors.

MEI tends to service and supply those customers and industry sectors who have a requirement for high quality products and services.

MEI has many Global agreements in place with key international product suppliers, and are able to source high quality and sometimes unique or niche equipment.

We stock and supply products from Ilta/Chibro, Straub, Norsap, Flagg Flow, Mapress, Lorowerk, Blucher and Le Bronze to name a few.

Press Fit History

The press fitting method was first invented by Swedish engineer, Gunnar Larsson in 1958, as a quicker, more economical alternative to the existing methods for joining stainless steel pipe and fittings at the time. 

By the early 1960’s press fit was being used in home heating and commercial uses and in 1969, Mannesmann (later known as Mapress) took over the commercial manufacture and marketing of the press fit system and in the subsequent decades, the product range was extended to include carbon steel, copper and copper nickel (CuNi 90/10) alloy.

Since the early 1960’s the press fit system has a strong presence in domestic/commercial construction as well as the Mining & Marine sectors in Europe and following its introduction to the United States in the late 1990’s has seen worldwide acceptance and continued growth into existing welded steel markets. It is continuing to forge a strong market presence in Australia especially in the Stainless Steel, Copper Nickel and Copper markets.


MEI - Marine Equipment International Pty Ltd is proud to be able to offer a wide range of Certifications and Approvals. For more details please view our Certifications and Approvals page.