United Bonded Fabrics Inducted into Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Date: 16.08.2012

United Bonded Fabrics (UBF) has been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame at a gala event held on May 3rd, 2012 which celebrated those elite manufacturing organizations who have demonstrated a long term commitment to manufacturing excellence and continual innovation.

"It came as quite a surprise when we were approached," said Jim Liaskos, Managing Director, "And are delighted to have recognition for the hard work of those many people in our organization who are committed to making high quality products for our customers." he said.

UBF is the nation's leading non-woven textile products manufacturer, and supplies a diverse range of products under the Crestell® and Tontine®* brands from pillows and thermal insulation to geotextiles and hygienic wipes, automotive felts and carpet underlay. UBF commenced operations almost 50 years ago in 1963, but parts of its business have a heritage which reaches back to the 1870's. It's head office is located at its factory in Coburg in Melbourne where there has been continuous textile manufacturing since the early 1930's.

The Coburg facility is one of six factory operations around the nation from which the company services its customers, many of which require just-intime supply. "As an Australian manufacturer we can react quickly to our customers' requirements and supply product from our inventory holdings or manufacture and supply within a few days." Liaskos said. He added, "Most of our customers recognize that while the initial cost of products may be a little higher than imports, they actually enjoy overall savings by not having to hold and finance their own large inventories, and of course we are there to stand by their side if something goes wrong."

UBF has been at the forefront of novel technologies and product innovation and holds a number of important product patents. Over the years it has also made a significant capital investment in the maintaining process capabilities at world best standards to ensure it remains globally competitive.

"We are committed to an Australian manufacturing industry, as this is how we can best support the needs of our customers and ensure we stay at the leading edge of new developments," Liaskos said. He added, "Australia needs a strong manufacturing sector as this is how we create meaningful jobs and develop important skills for a large part of our community, and it is also the best way to create and distribute financial security," He said, "I can't think of anything more satisfying than being able to say 'I made this'."

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