The name “Ashborn” tells the story of a business that rose from the ashes of fire – reborn as a bigger and stronger entity with a renewed identity.
The “Ash” part of the name also pays respect to the founding Ashton family and the rich heritage that is the foundation of the business.
The seedling in the logo is the Banksia Media – a native plant that germinates after fire.
Ashborn and its associated companies are leading suppliers of timber products in Australia. We strive to consistently provide excellent service supplying buyers with products that fully satisfies their requirements for quality, safe timber products, compliant with regulatory standards.
Customers are the key to Ashborn business and we aim to ensure they are totally satisfied with the products and services they receive. All management and staff of the company are empowered to take responsibility for decisions affecting quality of the product delivered to our customer. As a company we aim through staff training, incentives, monitoring and company policy to achieve a high quality product.
Ashborn is committed to implementing and maintaining its quality systems to the standard of the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme for Export(AWPCS). We maintain certification to AWPCS IPSM-15 standard by ensuring a consistent level of quality assurance and strict safety control.
An important part of working for a company is recognising the history that has gone into making it what it is today as it is easy to forget the number of people that have been involved and what they may have gone through.
Upper Murray Case Supplies (as we were previous known) was founded in the early ‘sixties’ by Brian Ashton who started making wooden boxes in Winkie SA out of a necessity to pack and transport fruit from his farm. The Ashton family provided boxes and bins to local growers and through plain hard work, the business grew and in October 1998 Mick Ashton purchased the business from his father.
In June 2000, Upper Murray Case Supplies was relocated to Glossop out of a need to store materials at a site with a hard stand topsoil to meet new Export requirements (IPSM-15). The 2000’s saw Upper Murray Case Supplies extended its reach by opening factories in Adelaide and Mount Gambier as well as securing joint ventures in Mildura (Victoria) and Griffith (New South Wales).
In January 2012, a fire in Glossop destroyed much of the factory, but instead of dwelling on their losses, the Ashton family chose to create a stronger and more efficient business. 18 months later in 2013, our new factory was opened.
In 2016, our organisation conducted a rebranding process to consolidate our portfolio of businesses under a single globally recognised banner: Ashborn Industries.
Ashborn Industries and its associated companies are leading suppliers of timber products in Australia. We strive to consistently provide excellent service supplying buyers with products that fully satisfies their requirements for quality, safe timber products, compliant with regulatory standards.
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Our timber supply comes from mills in Mount Gambier, Jamestown and Adelaide in South Australia as well as mills in Victoria and NSW. Our timber buyers regularly visit these areas to ensure that we have continuity of supply and access to the best product and price.
Our certification to IPSM-15 allows us to service your business with on-site construction or repairs by qualified tradespeople, should this be required.
Customers are the key to our business and we aim to ensure they are totally satisfied with the products and services they receive. All management and staff of the company are empowered to take responsibility for decisions affecting quality of the product delivered to our customer. As a company we aim through staff training, incentives, monitoring and company policy to achieve a high quality product.
Our commitment to our customers does not end at the point of sale – your designated representative will maintain regular contact with you to report progress, check quality, monitor your stock levels (if required) and even query the status of your production in order to predict future demands. Your feedback is always welcome, because we are in a constant state of self-improvement and your opinion will help to do what we do – better.
We respect the trust placed in us by our customers, and the community. We sustain this trust by providing high-quality products & services that comply with our professional, ethical and social commitments as an individual and collective responsibility at Ashborn Industries.
We provide for our customers:
- Fast advice & problem solving
- Rapid retooling of equipment
- Instant provision for once-off orders
We are committed to implementing and maintaining our quality systems to the standard of the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme for Export (AWPCS). We maintain certification to AWPCS IPSM-15 standard by ensuring a consistent level of quality assurance and strict safety control
Our Internal systems are based on ISO-2001.
We are fully compliant with all WHS compliance and legislation.
Our qualified staff are trained and licensed to perform all duties at a high level of safety.
All of the bi-products/waste from our mill is reclaimed by other industries – such as sawdust for the manufacture of particle board.
To give direction to our self-improvement, our organisation is in the process of learning Lean Manufacturing principles (involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce activities that consume resources without adding value to the business) at all levels – from management, right down to the factory floor.
Looking to the future, we are engagement with other innovative communities (Universities, Regional Development Association, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), which allow us to keep abreast of future trends and changes in the industry.
Our in-house designers are fluent in computer aided design (CAD) and 3d modelling to accurately discern the most efficient and structurally sound design for your product. By request, 3D images can be provided to customers to give them an accurate indication of what they will be purchasing.
We process all of our timber using optimizing docking saws which allows us to recover more timber and in turn pass further savings to our customers. We have recently upgraded our automated pallet manufacturing equipment in Glossop allowing us to manufacture high volumes at an ever increasing level of quality.
We do not use chemicals on our pallets.
All the timber that we source is heat treated to kill any disease or insects that may be residing in the wood. Heat treatment effectively cures the wood and renders it safe for shipping. No chemicals are necessary or ever used at.
Some people think that plastic pallets are better for the environment – In actual fact, this is incorrect !
WHY WOODEN PALLETS ARE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE!
Most wooden pallets are made from “waste” lumber, which may not look good enough for furniture grade wood, but is just as strong.
No trees are cut simply to make wooden pallets, so pallets don’t reduce our natural foliage.
Fortunately, in this country, we have plantation forests and strict policies on what trees can and cannot be used for industry.
Did you know that trees absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere?
The tree retains the stored carbon in the wood, so it is effectively still working for the environment once it has been converted into timber packaging.
The wooden pallet is a clear winner over the plastic pallet when comparing the energy resources required during the manufacturing process.
Additionally, the re-use and recycle ability of a wooden pallet is by far the greatest advantage.
You’ll find that many pallet manufacturers will offer services to repair broken pallets, extending their life cycle.
When they’re beyond repair, they are chipped and turned into other products – like chipboard or garden mulch.
Sometimes you’ll see them salvaged and used for alternative purposes.
And the end result for a pallet is that it ends up back into the earth, into nature where it started from and where it belongs.
BEING A RENEWABLE RESOURCE – WOODEN PALLETS ARE THE NATURAL CHOICE
As our business has grown and expanded, we have integrated other businesses with their own names and identities. This included:
Upper Murray Case Supplies
South East Bins & Pallets
J & H Pallets
In 2016 we realised that our folio of brands was becoming unmanageable and was a source of confusion for our customers. Especially when communicating with multiple branches at once.
To resolve this situation, we decided that our organisation should go through a process of consolidating our portfolio of businesses under a single, globally recognised banner.
Under the direction ofLowenPartidge ofPeartree Marketing, we embarked on a process of self-awareness to reconsider who we are – involving all of our staff and even some of our customers.
At the end of an extensive and thorough process, we settled on the name “Ashborn Industries”.
The name “Ashborn” tells the story of a business that rose from the ashes of fire – reborn as a bigger, and stronger entity with a renewed identity.
The “Ash” part of the name also pays respect to the Ashton family and the rich heritage that is the foundation of the business.
The seedling is a Banksia Media – a native Australian plant that germinates after fire.
If you would like to know more about our standard Supply Agreement a PDF copy is available below.