Australian-based manufacturing strengthens safety credentials
The Australian Made, Australian Grown logo, the registered certification trademark, is a marker of quality, and has been central to the Trafalgar Group’s manufacturing operations. The Australian Made logo is featured on the company’s range of access panels, pallet systems, store-safe boxes and the patented and award-winning FireBOX range, and has helped strengthen confidence in the company’s safety credentials. “The logo gives our customers confidence that an independent body is verifying the products, so they really are Australian Made,” Trafalgar’s owner, John Rakic, said. “It assures buyers that the products are manufactured to Australian high standards and suitable for our conditions.” Rakic purchased the business and rebuilt the company’s Australian manufacturing operations in 2009, though the business dates back to 1945.
“The Trafalgar story is one of innovation and a stubborn ability to survive and thrive,” Rakic said. “When we purchased the business, it was fundamental for us to keep innovation and product manufacturing here in Australia.” Australian owned and operated, Trafalgar now operates three sites across Australia, in South Granville, NSW; Ingleburn, NSW; and Brendale, Queensland, employing more than 70 staff. “My current goal is 100 employees,” Rakic said. “Strengthening manufacturing operations in Australia is beneficial on so many levels. Not only are we providing local jobs, but we are also investing in research, development and domestic manufacturing facilities. In Australia, we have complete control over the manufacturing process and can ensure all our products are made for Australian conditions and high standards.”
Trafalgar’s products have carried the Australian Made logo for many years, showing customers that the company manufactures in Australia, employing and investing in local talent. According to Trafalgar, the company is committed to finding solutions for its clients, using its technical expertise. In 2018, the company’s FireBOX won the Australia Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating’s (AIRAH) Product of the Year Award. “The AIRAH Awards recognise stand-out projects, people and products of the Australian HVAC&R industry,” Rakic said. “And Trafalgar are ecstatic that the FireBOX family won the Product of the Year Award for 2018. We are dedicated to delivering the highest standard products, systems and solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations.” According to Trafalgar, the company intends to continue to grow and innovate new Australian Made products, with the Australian Made fire rated access panel, FyreSHIELD, released in July 2020.
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