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The original building at 500 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne.

Over a century of experience
Over 100 years ago, James Coppell Lee an enterprising young engineer, responded to the needs of local industry for quality castings in ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. So began the development of a thriving metal working business firmly based on the philosophies of customer service and quality. Originally located within the city precinct at 500 Latrobe Street, the business developed into a major supplier to industry throughout Australia as well as exporting to countries all around the world.

In 1948, General Motors-Holden's Limited (GMH) began production of the 1st Australian motor vehicle, James Coppell Lee was challenged to develop and manufacture Chromium Copper and soon thereafter Chromium Zirconium Copper and other Resistance Welding Alloys.
The successful development and knowledge of these alloys would significantly contribute and support the car manufacturing industry in Australia, GMH, FORD, TOYOTA, MITSUBISHI, NISSAN just to mention a few and then globally for over 60 years on.

Today, after four generations, the company is now directed by John Grogan and Paul McMaster who collectively have over 70 years of experience in Non Ferrous Alloys within the industry.

James Coppell Lee will manufacture metal products to the precise requirements of all customers - large and small. From our purpose-built factory in Campbellfield, and aided by modern technology, James Coppell Lee's products are made to international standards and specifications.
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