Prime Panels

Prime Panels is New Zealand’s leading manufacturer and distributor of interior panel products, sustainably-sourced substrates and engineered stone benchtops.   Specified by New Zealalnd's top architects and designers, our products can be found in the country's leading homes and commercial buildings.   Prime Panels distribute nationwide and exports to the Pacific Islands.

Manufacturing for our melamine, veneer, laminate and acrylic panels is all done under one roof at our newly built East Tamaki plant - it also sets the standard for quality and has been designed to GreenStar 4* requirements (certificate pending).

We have Environmental Choice accreditation across our melamine and veneer ranges and all our substrates are either FSC-sourced or come from verifiable, sustainably-managed sources.  

We only hire people who are passionate about what they do, passionate about our products and about giving the very best service to our clients.  All our architectural managers are accredited Greenstar professionals and our merchant and joinery account managers are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience in the sector.


Bestwood, manufactures and distributes a range of interior decorative panels including Melamine, Acrylic and both Natural and Recon Veneer.   The brand reputation is built on supplying high quality panels with colour ranges that are on trend and informed by international trends tempered with an understanding of local practicalities.

With a history extending more than 35 years, Bestwood was the founder of the manufacture of modern interior panels in New Zealand. Bestwood has the experience, resources and reputation to offer a complete collection of sustainable interior decorative panels, to suit most residential or commercial projects.

As part of  New Zealand Panels Group, Bestwood benefits from significant investment into product research and manufacturing excellence.  We have Environmental Choice accreditation across our full range of melamine panels, and on all veneers pressed onto substrates of 9mm and above.

All Bestwood products are available via your existing joinery merchant.



Dezignatek is the leading and most experienced manufacturer of Thermoform and Acrylic doors, drawers and panels in New Zealand.   We also offer the largest range of laser edged melamine  from the Prime Panels and Bestwood ranges and  our CNC capabilities mean we can offer ready-to-paint MDF doors,

The Dezignatek Thermoform range offers an extensive collection of colours and finishes reflecting the latest in New Zealand and international design trends. These colours and finishes, coupled with a broad collection of door/drawer designs to cater for all tastes, from early colonial to ultra modern are manufactured using the latest European machining and forming technology.   Hidden scallop handles and hinge boring are also available.

Dezignatek offers a range of  laser-edged gloss and matt acrylics from the Prime Acrylic range with the added option of a 40 degree hidden handle. The acrylic film is European-sourced and has the highest scratch resistance available - we encourage the scratch test using steel wool to prove its durability.   


Arno stocks a large range of standard and laser edging for melamine panels and also multilayer veneer flexi-edging for the most popular veneer panels sold in New Zealand.  Primarily supplying edge tape to Prime Panels and Bestwood, they also sell direct to large joinery firms and merchants.

Additionally as the New Zealand agent for Kleiberit adhesives, Arno stocks and distributes Kleiberit EVA Hot Melt and PUR glues in a range of sizes and specifications and for all panel edging purposes.



Kopine is best known for its Ultralock and Tongue &Groove flooring. Recently relaunched with a new 12-week exposure time and Codemark compliance, Kopine flooring is suitable for use in all interior flooring areas including wet areas.

Producing world class particle board, Kopine offers standard and moisture-resistant particleboard panels which are mainly  used for as a substrate for the melamine panels produced under the Bestwood and Prime Panels brands.     

Impey's & Anthony Shearer

Impey’s and Anthony Shearer are both long-standing joinery supply merchants.   Impey's was established in  Auckland  in 1951  and has branches in Auckland and Hamilton supplying the North Island.

Anthony Shearer was established in 1948 in Christchurch and now has a branch in Mosgiel near Dunedin to supply the South Island market.

As part of New Zealand Panels Group, Impey's and Anthony Shearer distribute the full Prime Panels range of melamine, veneer, acrylic and laminate panels, and Prime Stone benchtops and formable laminate panels.   They also sell a comprehensive range of MDF by Nelson Pine and can access all NZ made laminated panels.  Their stock also includes a select range of  hardware and fittings right down to screws and adhesives. 


Arborline is the newest acquisition for NZ Panels Group.  The Hamilton-based business began as a general joinery business in 1959 but has developed into a specialist in Thermoform doors (ArborForm) and offers laser edging for acrylic and melamine doors (ArborLaser).

Arborform doors are manufactured in a process which uses extreme heat and pressure to seamlessly bond a thin vinyl laminate to a white melamine backed, moisture resistant MDF.

The Arborlaser Collection is notable for the virtually invisible crisp edges delivered by Zero Edge technology. With a range of acrylic and melamine colours to choose from, all the bases are covered.