Our Values


OPEN MINDED - Keeping ahead of the game

INDEPENDENT - Guiding new directions and best practice

CAN DO ATTITUDE - Being Proactive and Providing Solutions

HONESTY - Doing the right things... right tool for the job


About us

Martin Beskid, a Swiss qualified Spengler (Sheet Metal Worker / Tinsmith), moved to New Zealand in 2009. His vision was to introduce traditional roofing tools to the New Zealand market, enabling roofing contractors to save money with time-tested, high quality products.

In 2010 Martin and Alexandra Beskid established their company, Fribesco. The name is now familiar with a growing number of roofers because, in addition to the range of European tools and products in its portfolio, Fribesco offers tool box sessions and training. Martin demonstrates the effectiveness of the tools, what they are used for and their range of capabilities.

Until a few years ago, traditional tools, used in the roofing trade for the past 150 years, were not readily available in New Zealand,  therefore inefficient tools were used for the jobs. Martin: “With most clients we have an initial meeting, followed by a toolbox session and a demonstration of the various tools in the Fribesco range. We figured out very quickly that customers need to know the capability and function of each tool with hands-on workshops to demonstrate best practice and using the appropriate tool for the job”.

What’s the value in a one-on-one training using the best tools? Martin says it answers the following most important question ‘How can I do it best and why do I have to do it this way?’ New installation techniques pop up on the market on a regular basis with new products coming on stream challenging roofing installers – Fribesco is cutting edge and up to speed on new developments in the industry and provides best practice tools and products.


Meet the team


Martin Beskid

Martin Beskid

The Boss - Founder and Superbrain of Fribesco

Any questions about roofing, materials, tools or machines? Ask him!

Martin brings over 25 years of experiences in European style roofing and sheet metal work! A lot of knowledge up in that brain! Time to share it - Martin is our Master teacher on our training courses.

If he is not on Facebook feeding our page with brainiac roofing stuff he probably enjoys a chilled beer on his arty new deck or is on the water kite boarding.


Alexandra Beskid

Alexandra Beskid

Co-Founder of Fribesco and runs the show behind the scene

Alex grew up in Zurich, Switzerland where she felt a bit trapped in between the high mountains. In 2009 she came to Nelson with Martin were they spent a couple of years before moving to Auckland were they established Fribesco. 5 years later time was right to relocate back to Nelson. She loves living close to the sea, hiking, being outdoors in general and traveling. 

She is in charge for all the imports & exports and takes care of any other customer service related matters and coordinates the Elf-Team

Steafnie Hardtner

Stefanie Hardtner

Our master organizer of training courses

Stef, originally from beautiful Ravensburg in Germany, has spent last 19 years in NZ and calls Nelson her home now. She loves the outdoors in and around Nelson and has a black belt in karate - do not muck around with her!

She has been taking care of our new online shop over the last few months and is one of our little helpful elf at the warehouse dispatching your orders and meanwhile became master organizer of our training courses.

Kathrin Schoebel

Kathrin Schoebel

Our Master of Purchase and VLOOKUP  Specialist

Kathi originally from Berlin in Germany, joined the team in September 2018 to support our little helpful elf-team in the office. She is taking care of the purchasing & accounts department and is our master of Excel VLOOKUP. Order processing is another part of her responsibilities which she shares with Stef.

Penny Royal

Penny Royal

Our Master of Design

Do you like our new look? It might has to do with our talented arty Penny that joined our elf-team early 2019. Since than she has slowly over time revamped most our brochure, layouts, facebook page and other online platforms. Great to have her on board!



Franck Espagnet

Franck Espagnet

Instructor Number 2

Franck is originally from Bordeaux in France where he studied roofing for 8 years. He has lived in Auckland since 2002, where he worked with Martin on various projects before, Fribesco offered Franck the chance to teach roofing to keen students. He jumped at the opportunity, eager to share his expertise and skills.
«I have always been told to either be part of the problem or the solution, with Fribesco I know that I am part of the solution»


Jackson our guard


The Guardian

Jackson joined our team 5 years ago. He is our door bell and gives all our clients and couriers a hearty woofing welcome. He loves to entertain us during the day but never forgets to double-check that we do all our jobs right!