Friday 23rd Jul, 2021

Kinder Australia celebrates 35 years of business

Bulk material handling equipment supplier and manufacturer Kinder Australia is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Bulk material handling equipment supplier and manufacturer Kinder Australia is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The company began on 2 November 1985 in a two-bedroom house in Prahan, Victoria, led by its founders Neil and Christine Kinder.

Originally, the business specialised in conveyor and elevator products, screens, drilling consumables, rubber products, hose, pipe and fittings and abrasion corrosion control products.

At the time, no computers or mobile phones were available for quick access to inventory records and communication, meaning the two needed to use a pager when on long business trips.

Early business was based on mobile coverage at the time, which grew significantly during the rapid progression of technology in the 1990s.

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The company expanded its team in 2004 with Charles Pratt, who provided new ideas for the business and its products.

Kinder Australia has grown significantly since then, moving premises several times to accommodate growth of product range and storage, as well as staff increase and needs. It has travelled the world to display at and attend international trade shows and events, as well as collaborate and build relationships with global suppliers and partners.

It has also extended its product range from the quarry industry to more bulk handling applications and industries.

The company’s equipment is used to convey a variety of products including ore, quarried products, grain, sugar, salt and coal. Kinder has also extended its expertise into becoming a reputable engineering company, with mechanical, aeronautical, electrical and chemical specialists who possess proficiency with conveyor engineering and design.

Neil and Christine continue to oversee the business and aim to encourage growth and innovation. Their son Sean is a field mechanical engineer who enjoys building relationships with key customers and their daughter Tracey plays a role in the marketing team.