Our story

55 Years of Quality Steel Fabrication in Brisbane

The Evolution of Watkins Steel


Where it all began

In April 1968, Des Senior founded Watkins Steel (previously known as D.M & S.A Watkins Steel Fabricators)

The next step

Des Senior rented floor space from Modern Foundry on the corner of Flower Street and Ryans Road in Nundah, Brisbane

The first Watkins Steel factory

In 1978 the first Watkins Steel factory was built in Northgate at 57 Toombul Rd

Eagle Farm

In 1988, Watkins Steel progressed to a larger site at Eagle Farm on Kingsford Smith Drive

Northlink Place

8 years later Des Senior and Des Junior bought a block of land at Northlink Place

Steel Legacy

In 1998, Watkins Steel built a 1502 square metre factory in Northgate

Shifting Horizons

In 2008 Watkins Steel relocated to 3500m2 on Depot Street in Banyo

The Voortman

The first Voortman was the V808 commissioned in November 2014

Innovation Journey

In 2015 Watkins Steel scanned our first job and took delivery of the scanner. This was the start of our Innovation journey.

Robotic Revolution

One year later we commissioned our Voortman Beamline

Integrated Drill & Saw


To stay ahead of the curve and provide a full-service offering Des Junior created Holovision in 2017

Watkins Steel Turns 50


Raubers Road Venture

In 2019 Watkins Steel occupied half of Raubers Rd & in 2020 created drive through access allowing for 2 street access

Milestone Achievement

In 2021 Watkins Steel won the Lord Mayor’s Business Award

Redefining Raubers

In 2022 Watkins Steel took over 8000sqm worth of factory space on Raubers Road in addition to the existing space at Depot Street in Banyo

Automated Excellence

2023 saw the Robotic Welder, Tube Laser and Plasma Flatbed being added to the Watkins Steel Processing Capability

55 Years

Aluminum & Stainless Steel

2024, Watkins Steel expanded it capabilities to include welding aluminium and stainless steel. This enabled integrated workshop construction & ensures our clients receive the same high standards of quality & commitment associated with our structural steel work.


2024, Watkins Steel achieved CC3 certification! This achievement emphasizes our team’s dedication to upholding exceptional quality standards.