Double Stone Steel

Staircase in blackened stainless steel with over-wax finish for Google, 6 Pancras Square, London, UK - Architects: AHMM - Main contractor: ISG - Staircase fabrication, installation and finishing: John Desmond Ltd - Structural engineers for John Desmond Ltd: AECOM - Showing view from below the stairs. Photography by Tim Soar

The Arts and Cultural Centre, Shanghai Bund Financial Centre, China.
Showing the moving veil of the Arts and Cultural Centre in Rose Gold PVD tubular drops.
Developer: Shanghai Zendai Bund International Finance Center Real Estate Co. Ltd.
Architects: Foster & Partners; Heatherwick Studio
PVD stainless steel in Rose Gold for façades and tubular drops: Double Stone Steel in partnership with John Desmond Ltd.

View the ‘Shanghai Bund Financial Centre’ case study

Double Stone Steel

The headquarters of Double Stone Steel are based in Guangzhou, China. Double Stone Steel has more than ten manufacturing sites across China employing 5,000 people.


The history of Double Stone Steel

Double Stone Steel was founded by Mr Yuan Yi Zhu. Mr Zhu first studied PVD technology in 1991, at the Beijing Institute of Technology. He then worked in the industrial PVD coatings sector where he further improved his knowledge of PVD.
Financed by his family, the first Double Stone Steel factory was opened in in 1994 in Panyu, Guangzhou, China. Mr Zhu wanted to specifically target the decorative/architectural metals sector and developed larger machines and different PVD colours to fulfill the needs of the industry.

The business has continued to grow over the past 20 years and now there are over 10 manufacturing facilities throughout China with over 60 different types of PVD machines and more than 5,000 workers. The annual turnover (processing only) is $20 million.

Richard Storer-Adam is the managing director of Double Stone Steel, and has been in position since January 2012 and has a background in construction and Design and Project management.


Double Stone Steel Hong Kong

In 2012, Double Stone China created Double Stone Steel in Hong Kong with the specific intention to open factories in Europe and the USA with locally-based partners.

Mr Henry Zhu, nephew to Mr Yuan Yi Zhu, oversees the day to day business of Double Stone Steel. Mr Henry Zhu was educated in Australia, has a Master’s Degree in Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and over 15 years experience in PVD.