About Ai

1996: Ai Founded

1996: Ai Founded

Aluminium Industries of Australia began in late 1996, when Jim Gallagher launched is as a sole trader. Initially, Jim wore all the hats - sales, customer service, marketing, product design,...
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2000: Braeside warehouse

2000: Braeside warehouse

Ai’s first location was a serviced office in Moorabbin with shared receptionists directing calls for Ai. Jim made logos, designed brochures, and created the Ai flag. In 2000, Ai moved...
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2001: Second Braeside location

2001: Second Braeside location

Ai moved to Industrial Drive in Braeside in 2001. It was a larger premises with better facilities. However, Ai and team continued to grow and this site, too, was quickly...
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2002, 2003, 2004: Mark Hill joins Ai

2002, 2003, 2004: Mark Hill joins Ai

Mark Hill, known to Jim from his Comalco days, joined Ai in early 2002, Mark took on an all-purpose sales role and was Ai’s first full-time employee. In 2003, Tony...
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2005: Keysborough location

2005: Keysborough location

In March 2005, Ai moved to 10 Carson Avenue in Keysborough. A newer, larger facility, this marked a change in philosophy. More people joined the team and people were able...
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2006: Ai Architectural

2006: Ai Architectural

With Tim Wilks on the team, Ai builds Ai Architectural, an aluminium architectural range. When Ai launched, it offered sourcing services for small to medium end users of extruded products....
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2007: Pivotech

2007: Pivotech

Next door to Ai at Keysborough was Pivotech, an Ai customer looked after by Mark Hill. In 2007, Ai acquired Pivotech, a shower door and wardrobe wholesale company with a...
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2008: Keysborough location expands

2008: Keysborough location expands

In April 2008, Ai took over 2 Carson Avenue next door. To incorporate the 20 Carson Avenue with the 10 Carson Avenue location, a few brick walls had to be...
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2009: aiFAB

2009: aiFAB

Jim bought a CNC machine in a Grey's Online auction in 2009, launching the manufacturing and fabrication services offered by aiFAB. Vinnie remembers getting a call from Jim, and asking...
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2010: Ai Powder Coat & EDGE

2010: Ai Powder Coat & EDGE

The Ai powder coat line started as a resource for our architectural customers. Our people use the latest technology and follow strict procedures to deliver finishes with amazing quality. Our...
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2011: Dandenong South location

2011: Dandenong South location

To accommodate the growth and production needs of aiFAB, Pivotech, Intrack, and EDGE Architectural, Ai moved to a purpose-built 12,000sqm facility on Ordish Road, Dandenong South.
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2012: Pivotech QLD, PivotPoint, EdgePoint

2012: Pivotech QLD, PivotPoint, EdgePoint

Ai acquired Pivotech QLD in 2012. In 2012, Ai began our journey of in-house software development with the launch of PivotPoint, an online ordering platform for Pivotech customers, and EdgePoint,...
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2013: Innovation award

2013: Innovation award

Thanks to our teamwork, innovative activities and industry growth, Ai earned finalist recognition in two categories in Melbourne’s South East 2013 Business Awards, Business of the Year Overall Business Excellence...
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2014: Comtruk and Tasman

2014: Comtruk and Tasman

Ai acquired Comtruk ute trays and Tasman bullbars in 2014. Both brands had been long-time customers of Ai. Comtruk had established itself as the market leader of quality, innovative aluminium...
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2015: 133 Ordish Road opened, PivotPoint Pro released

2015: 133 Ordish Road opened, PivotPoint Pro released

To house aiFAB's growing stable of CNC machines and Comtruk's emerging Sport Utility Bed product line, Ai added building 1/133 and 2/133 to its Ordish Road facilities. In 2015, Pivotech...
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2016: A Passage to China

2016: A Passage to China

At the end of the 2014/15 financial year, Jim challenged the team on a new target for the 2015/2016 year, with the award of taking everyone to China if the...
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2017: Sport Utility Bed released

2017: Sport Utility Bed released

Comtruk’s Sport Utility Bed set the new standard for commercial use pickup trays. It delivers easier and safer load management, plus increased fuel efficiency and system durability for utes and...
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2018: EZ Lift-N-Load side lifter

2018: EZ Lift-N-Load side lifter

Thanks to Bob Norman's ingenuity and support from many Comtruk and aiFAB team members, Comtruk's side lifter, the EZ Lift-N-Load launched with an initial order for 100 units. More 2018...
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2019: Holmesglen partners with Pivotech

2019: Holmesglen partners with Pivotech

The team at Pivotech started building a relationship with Holmesglen TAFE, illustrating how helpful PivotPoint Pro can be for their students in the glass and glazing program. More 2019 Ai...
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2020: GLYDE

2020: GLYDE

Ai started GLYDE® in 2020 to deliver the highest-quality flexible space solutions for the education and commercial sectors. All of GLYDE’s Operable Walls, Sliders, and Decorative Screens are smooth and...
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