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.

Security

Your Security (Reducing Risk)

The strategic arrangement of our business branches, and cooperative arrangements with other large timber product manufacturers provides us with the ability to increase production in the event of requirements outside of our regular capacity. This enables us to supply a number of large customers at the same time and ensure our customers can always meet demand.

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.

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Committed

Our team at Ashborn Industries are dedicated and committed. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality product with a competitive price – on time – every time

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.

Professional

Professional

Our team of dedicated professionals provide excellence in customer service and customer satisfaction. They understand that your business relies on you reaching your targets and delivering to your customers on time and will go to the limit to ensure your timber packaging is there when you need it.

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.

Reliable

Reliable

All representatives of our company are accountable for the commitments they make to our customers and are expected to ensure that what you have asked for is delivered on time, every time. We have an established network of local freight companies available to move our products when needed.
Flexible

Flexible

Ashborn Industries will always maintain a “Can Do!” attitude for all projects. We understand that consumer demands can change suddenly in your industry – tight delivery schedules, consistent quality and compliance with export standards are typical needs of our customers.

We provide for our customers:

  • Fast advice & problem solving
  • Rapid retooling of equipment
  • Instant provision for once-off orders

Quality

Quality

All of our products are manufactured under a strict quality control procedure in order to maintain a consistently high quality product, and in turn, ensure the integrity of your produce during transportation.

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.

Responsible

Responsible

We only purchase timber that is sourced from sustainable plantations in Australia.

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.

Intelligent

Intelligent

We are committed to a continual state of self-improvement – we are continually looking for better operational and manufacturing processes to maximise efficiency and ensure we maintain a competitive position in our market.

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.

Innovative

Innovative

We introduced the Facility Management System to assist our customers in having stock constantly available onsite. Regular daily contact (when required) and a full audit at the end of each month ensure that you are only paying for the material that has been used, minimizing your cash requirement.

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.

Trustworthy

Trustworthy

It has been integral to the success of our business that we maintain a close and honest business relationship with our customers. We strive to be a Trusted Advisor to our customers rather than a pushy salesman.
Community

Community

Following in the Ashton family’s footsteps, we are mindful of our social responsibility and have always been a dedicated supporter of the local community by way of donations and sponsorships to many community groups, schools and sporting clubs. In the same way, we favor local businesses as our suppliers and actively participate in community events such as the Riverland Field Day
Timeless

Timeless

Our company has supplied industrial packaging products to Australian businesses for more than 50 years. Our wealth of experience began in 1962 with our founder Brian Ashton who began building citrus bins and cases out of a necessity to pack and transport citrus from his farm. To this day we remain a family owned business, and we continue to uphold the Ashton family culture built on integrity, respect, passion, efficiency and teamwork.

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 Upper Murray Case Supplies.

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

Bob’s Barn

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.

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