From humble beginnings to International success – discover the story of this innovative company who became one of the most reputable suppliers of polyurethane, industrial plastic and rubber products within the international mining community.
The ‘brainchild’ of two opportunistic young men
The story begins in the early 1990s when Director, Peter Tulley, and former director, Bruce Spencer, began working together in Brisbane . Peter and Bruce enjoyed working together and held the same passion for innovation and customer service. After their employer went through a major restructure they identified a small gap in the market that was left unattended – the polyurethane products for large mobile equipment. Read more about the benefits of polyurethane in our what is polyurethane blog.
The then “young men” took a leap of faith to start National Plastics & Rubber in 1997.
The pressure was high as both men had young children, house mortgages, and had to leave their secure jobs. Little did they know this small idea would grow into something greater than they ever could have anticipated.
Neither Peter or Bruce had previous experience starting a business, but they knew what they wanted to do and what they wanted to accomplish, so after enlisting the help of family and friends, a business plan was drafted.
The early years
In September 1997 they rented a 360 square metre shed to become the NPR headquarters.
In the early years, it was a family run business – everyone was involved.. Peter and Bruce remained dedicated to the success of their business and were pouring polyurethane and making parts – back when khaki was considered suitable factory HI-VIS!
Numerous family members assisted in the accounting and day-to-day operations of running of the business. It wasn’t long until they hired their first ever production employee in 1998 – who stayed for almost 10 years! Their commitment is attributed to NPRs supportive family work culture, which remains present today.
1997 – October 1st open for business
1998 – we employ our first full time production employee
1999 – first automated polyurethane dispensing machine was purchased
2001 – moved to larger premises to accommodate growth
2001 – development of the “Lightweight” wheel chock range completed and released to market
2003 – Automated foam production to meet demand for our Lightweight wheel chocks
2005 – Expanded to new facility – 2,000 square mtr of production and office
2007 – First major export business to Chile
2010 – Attended first international Mining exhibition and established South African Distributor
2015 – The certified load bearing Stacko™ Blocks were launched
2017 – Our range of aircraft chocks were launched – Aerochock™
2019 – HoseMate™ the hydraulic hose positioning system was developed and released to market
2022 – Set new record for annual turnover
Today, their Brisbane based production facility is full of the state of the art machinery and custom made equipment to ensure our range of world class products are made to the highest quality to meet the demands of the aggressive mining and industrial environments where they are used.
The future ahead
While many things have changed over the 25 years in business, NPR has never lost sight of their core values. We continually strive to provide excellent customer service and a friendly, team oriented, working environment – holding onto the enthusiastic and dedication demonstrated by Peter and Bruce in the early years.
We are committed to our customers and strive to become the best industry provider of polyurethane products in the global marketplace – quality, reliability and safety remain at forefront of everything we do.
View our capabilities and contact us today to discuss how we can provide you with polyurethane, rubber and industrial plastic product solutions.