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Australian Makers

Go ‘behind the scenes’ into factories, workshops and farms around the country to hear Australian Makers share their unique stories.

The Vintage Football Jumper Co

Meet Dean Grimster, General Manager of Apparel at the Vintage Football Jumper Company – a Footscray based businesses that has been celebrating the rich heritage of Australian merino wool and Australian Rules football for more than 50 years. The Vintage Football Jumper company proudly crafts jumpers, scarves, gloves and beanies in heritage team colours using traditional manufacturing processes that require extra care and attention to detail. Almost every stage of production takes place in Melbourne where the jumpers are knit, cut, sewn and stitched.

Since the game was created in the mid-19th century, Australian Rules football has been played where wool is grown. The local football team is still the centre of many wool-growing communities and rural towns all over Australia. Wearing authentic Australian Made football jumpers and accessories is an easy way to cheer on your favourite team and support Aussie makers and growers at the same time.

Prysmian Australia

Meet Hamavand Shroff Chief Executive Officer at Prysmian Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) – an award-winning Aussie manufacturer of electrical and fibre optic cables employing 550 staff across two factories in Sydney, Australia. Prysmian Australia has been locally producing tailor-made cables that form the backbone of telecommunications, construction and mining projects since 1944. It was awarded the NBN Supplier of the Year award in 2015.

As a longstanding Australian manufacturer, Prysmian Australia remains adaptive to the local market, with an in-depth understanding of what it means to craft a wide range of reliable cables that withstand tough Aussie conditions. Shroff says “customers recognise and support the Australian Made logo” and professionals in the housing and construction industry look for the certification on packaging, which confirms the products they purchase are genuinely Australian.

Mumme Tools

Meet Jonasz Marek, General Manager of Mumme Tools, Australia’s leading manufacturer of hand forged tools used in mining and building applications. Established in 1936 from founder Bill Mumme’s backyard, Mumme Tools has a long history in Australia that originates from humble beginnings. Today, Mumme Tools crafts more than 500 SKUs locally under one roof in Lonsdale, Adelaide and is widely regarded for the durability of its tools – particularly its non-sparking copper hammer and wide range of wrecking bars.

These tough tools go through as many as 32 forging and manufacturing processes, and are perfected by 21 craftspeople in their local workshop before hitting the shelf. This level of detail ensures Mumme Tools “stand the test of time” and gives miners and tradespeople piece-of-mind on the job at worksites in Australia and overseas. Mumme Tools have worked across eight decades with a local workforce to keep age-old trades like metal forging on Australian soil.

MiniJumbuk

Located in the country town of Naracoorte in South Australia, MiniJumbuk first opened its doors in 1975.  The inspiration for the business came when local sheep shearer, Don Wray, began carefully selecting and experimenting with the best wool varieties from local farms to create MiniJumbuk’s first quilt. Applying his unique understanding of wool’s incredible properties, Don succeeded in creating a design that was light, warm, comfortable and hard wearing.

Since that time, MiniJumbuk has grown to become a global leader in the design and manufacture of premium Australian Made wool bedding products, including quilts, pillows and mattress toppers. “We love the fact that we can put on an Australian Made logo that confirms all the hard work that we do here in Narracoorte,” said MiniJumbuk Managing Director, Darren Turner. MiniJumbuk’s local workforce individually handcrafts every product with care – which ensures their customers can enjoy a comfortable night’s rest on a locally crafted sleep system that will stand the test of time.

Thongs Australia

Thongs are a quintessential part of Australian fashion culture, and there’s nothing more ‘Aussie’ than strolling down the beach in a pair of locally made Thongs manufactured in Melbourne by Thongs Australia. Directors Marc Lord and Andrew Kuypers pride themselves on making a high-quality product from durable, natural rubber that will “last many summers”.

From Australia’s urban cities to its beautiful coastlines, even the design and tread patterns of these locally-made Thongs have been directly influenced by iconic Australian architecture, art and natural landmarks. Shoppers can choose between a select range of colours including Classic Black, Salt Lake Pink, Otways Green and Outback Red (coming soon). Thongs Australia is committed to locally manufacturing everyday footwear that provides optimum comfort and durability, while limiting its environmental impact by putting less product into the market.

Budgy Smuggler

Aussies are always prepared to have a bit of laugh, an attribute that has no doubt contributed to the success of Manly-based brand Budgy Smuggler Swimwear. General Smuggling Manager, Brenden Hartmann, says that making bright, outrageous and fun prints in their Sydney factory is incredibly rewarding because it allows them to “see the result” of their hard work. Manufacturing locally also enables Budgy Smuggler to maintain a close relationship with their factory team, who have been crafting Aussie swimwear for 12 years.

From humble beginnings as a group of mates having a laugh in their backyard, to sending out more than 40,000 thousand pairs of swimwear all over the world each year, Budgy Smuggler have become an Aussie icon. It's Aussie Made swimwear has even been worn by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on a recent visit to Australia. Budgy Smuggler is proud to carry the Australian Made “stamp of approval” which gives shoppers confidence that their swimwear is genuinely made in Australia.

AusTANNERS & Graine

Meet Matthew Courtnay, Owner & Director of Geelong -based leather tannery AusTANNERS Australia. With over 80 years history in leather production, they pride themselves on producing high quality leathers that will stand the test of time. It’s easy to see why AusTANNERS is the preferred leather supplier to bespoke leather goods producers locally and internationally, supplying Australian-made leathers for saddlery, sports equipment, fashion, upholstery and more.

One of AusTANNERS’ longest standing customers is Graine, a family-owned fashion label which has been designing and crafting a range of bags, belts, wallets and more in Brunswick East, Victoria, for more than 30 years.  Second-generation designer and Brand Manager, Kerryn Brodie, believes that when shoppers buy Australian Made leather products they’re “supporting local jobs and the economy”. Graine products are made one at a time, which allows its leather artisans to give extra care and attention to the creation of each new piece. 

Jayco Australia

Jayco Australia manufactures a wide range of high-quality caravans and recreational vehicles in Australia. Headed-up by Chief Executive Officer, Garry Moore, Jayco Australia is one of the country’s largest automotive manufacturers and a familiar household name. Jayco Australia prides itself on manufacturing vehicles that are widely regarded as safe and durable, which means they’re perfect for “Australia’s trying conditions”.

Now in its fourth decade, this family business with over 1000 employees is one of the great success stories of Australian manufacturing. Jayco Australia is passionate about sourcing local materials and gives back to the community beyond this by supporting a number of local sports teams. Jayco Australia is home to an extensive sewing shop and one of the largest sawmills in the Southern Hemisphere, solidifying its devotion to Aussie industry by working to help keep vital skills in Australia.

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