Company Profile and History

Australis Engineering is a family owned, award winning materials handling equipment manufacturer. Established in 1983, Australis has since grown to be a leading supplier to manufacturing companies in Australian and international markets.

From the very beginning our focus has been on producing the highest quality equipment at a price that provides value for money. It is our firm belief that high quality always ends up costing our clients less in the end, be it through a solution that improves productivity or safety, reduced servicing or maintenance or combination of many factors that result in a strong Return on Investment (ROI). As a testament to the success this philosophy has on our business, Australis has over 500 active, loyal clients who appreciate the value of our service and products.

To further highlight our commitment to quality and customer service, Australis is certified to ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management Standard.

We truly believe in the philosophy that high quality, well designed equipment and materials handling systems will provide a much better ROI than cheaper, inferior products. As our great-grandfather used to say:

I am not rich enough to waste money on cheap things…

Its a motto we live by, and it helps us drive manufacturing efficiencies with our clients and pushes us in helping them to achieve outstanding Returns on Investment for their materials handling equipment solutions.

Milestone projects in our history

Australis has a strong focus on engineering design to achieve customised results for our clients. A key part of our business strategy is to retain a large team of Mechanical and Automation engineers on staff. Coupled with our highly experienced team of qualified metal fabrication tradespeople, Australis are capable of delivering on major turnkey projects both domestically and internationally. However we are more than just project engineers. We are small enough that we can also deliver on one-off pieces of highly bespoke, special purpose equipment that can be customised or designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of a client.

Significant achievements in our project and product development history include:

  • Design, Manufacture and Commission the complete, fully automated Circulating Coin Materials Handling and Warehousing system for the Royal Australian Mint, including robotics, conveyor systems, bucket elevators, coin counters, AGVs,  warehousing system, an MES and SCADA  – Engineers Australia Excellence Award
  • Designed and Manufactured 2 x High Speed Linear Palletiser to automatically palletise PET bottles for Tru Blu Beverages for their Aldi contract (Finalist Materials Handling and Logistics Awards)
  • Utilising our team of our in-house mechanical and mechatronic engineers, we designed, programmed and manufactured a small, low-cost, “off-the-shelf” mini linear palletiser. We have now installed 8 of these at a number of major food and packaged goods manufacturing sites with a high degree of interest from many other manufacturers. (Finalist Materials Handling and Logistics Awards)
  • Developed via consultancy, a detailed scope of work for freezer conveyors. Subsequently won a public tender and manufactured and installed the customised conveying systems that operate in sub-zero, -40°C temperatures in the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth facilities
  • Developed a heavy duty conveyor system for use in hazardous explosion production environment to handle acetylene bottles. Each 6 metre conveyor carries over 5,000kg of product.
  • Developed a customised, special purpose  system to sort 2,000kg bundles of reinforcing steel into single bars for single bar processing
  • Installed a complete turnkey system for the conveying, palletising and handling of toxic HCB waste
  • Developed and manufactured the first Australian built Airflow Conveying Systems which have been supplied to PET bottle manufactures and soft drink manufacturers all over Australia
  • Exported Air Conveyors to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vietnam, Fiji and Papua New Guinea
  • Major contracts to supply slat chain conveyors to Coca-Cola Sydney
  • Major contract to develop a prototype handling system for small glass vials (a World First) for Faulding Pharmaceuticals
  • Developed a Palletising System to handle square bottles for Southcorp
  • Developed a conveyor system to handle battery lids on an assembly line; this system was exported to the USA
  • Designed and developed “Mad Max” a special purpose machine to de-cap the old style 2 piece PET bottles, this machine was exported to the USA
  • Designed and built wide belt conveyors with tracking systems for biscuit and bread manufacturers
  • Developed an alpine accumulation conveyor for Colgate
  • Released Series II Air Flow Conveyor System incorporating infinitely adjustable guide rail system
  • Developed Ocme Case Packer infeed bottle system incorporating wide modular belt conveyor with quick change bottle frames and overhead gating system

The above are only a small sample of capabilities, projects and products that we have successfully handled within our manufacturing history.

You can be confident in the knowledge that our experience in completing difficult projects will ensure a successful outcome for your own special needs.

Proudly Supporting Australian Manufacturing

Australis firmly believes in the inherent strength of the Australian manufacturing industry. We are manufacturers ourselves and have been supporting other Australian manufacturers since our inception in 1983.  To demonstrate our commitment we are proud members of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).

Australis are also founding members of the Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network which is a cluster group of innovative manufacturers collaborating on projects and based south of the Parramatta River in Sydney.  Our Managing Director has also been a voluntary Board Member since Southern Strength’s commencement in 2012.



Active members of the Business Community

To ensure that Australis is always up to date with the latest industry, commercial, HR and health and safety information, we maintain membership of the Australian Industry Group (member number 274061).

Why is this important? We believe that by maintaining industry representation that we offer less risk to our Clients. How? We are constantly up to date with the latest industry movements, legislative and regulatory changes, Modern Award requirements, health and safety requirements, industry best standards, training and continuous improvement opportunities and general business advice. This mindset ensures that by engaging Australis Engineering you can be confident that our systems and processes meet or exceed industry standards which means less risk for your project delivery and business outcomes.