CRC AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Corporate, Blog

January 9, 2019

CRC Industries Australia celebrates 50 years of manufacturing in 2019, marking a very special milestone for the Australian division of the global CRC Industries company.

CRC Industries is a leading supplier of specialty products for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) professionals across a wide array of industries including Automotive, Industrial, Mining, Food and Beverage, Utilities and Defence.

While CRC was first established in 1958 in a small Pennsylvania garage, the company started manufacturing in Australia after being incorporated as a propriety Company of Australia on 13 October, 1969.

What many don’t realise though is that CRC’s journey ‘Down Under’ actually began almost a decade earlier, with CRC product distributed within Australia from the United States throughout the 1960s by the Balfour Buzzacott Division of Email Limited; which also distributed the product of the well-known Dymo Labels.

Early CRC Facility Courtesy of CRC Archives

Following the incorporation of CRC Industries Australia as an Australian Company, the business model switched to a focus on manufacturing and facilities at North Ryde in Sydney were established. By 1974, the installation of aerosol and bulk filling lines were completed, allowing locally manufactured CRC product to be sold throughout Australia and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

Early Product range courtesy of CRC archives

The company enjoyed such growth that by 1980, a larger facility was needed and was opened in Castle Hill in Sydney’s north west region.

Progress continued for the company and in 2004, CRC Industries Australia acquired iconic Australian auto care brand Kitten to join its growing stable of products.

To this day, Kitten sits amongst a full range of CRC products which are produced and packaged in the Castle Hill factory including market-leading products such as CRC’s famous 5.56, Brakleen, Penetr8 and CO Contact Cleaner.

Current CRC Facility

CRC Australia has also been proud to establish export agreements with more than 15 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

“What an exciting time this is for all involved in CRC Industries Australia,” CRC Industries Australia Managing Director, Shona Fitzgerald, said.

“Fifty years of manufacturing is a tremendous milestone and one that we are very proud of. From the establishment of a small operation in Sydney in 1969 just 11 years after the global beginnings of the company, CRC Industries Australia has experienced exponential growth to today be a market leader and a key contributor to the global success of CRC Industries.

“Our mission is to satisfy the needs of our customers with the highest quality specialty chemical products while always remaining customer focused. We do this in a forward-thinking and creative manner and with a keen focus on innovation and R&D. We empower our employees and support our communities which has allowed us to prosper where many others have failed.

“Our growth and longevity here in Australia is a true testament to the efforts, dedication and skill of all involved in CRC Industries Australia and I send my thanks to our employees, our suppliers, our distributors and our partners for the roles they have played in bringing us to where we are today.

“The future certainly looks bright and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve over the next 50 years.”

CRC Industries is a global supplier of chemical specialty products; manufacturing more than 1,300 items and developing specialised formulas to meet the unique needs of its customers. The company operates 26 facilities throughout the world. CRC Australia’s registered brands include Kitten, So Easy, RE-PO, Trefolex, Aerostart, Maniseal and the CRC Greenlight food safety program.

Family-owned investment management company, Berwind, acquired CRC Industries in 1981. With its roots dating to 1886, Berwind has evolved from its beginning as a coal mining company to a diversified portfolio of highly successful manufacturing and service companies, which are leaders in their respective markets.