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Locating the new aiFAB warehouses

Locating aiFAB’s new location is as easy as 1-3-3

Recently, Aluminium Industries expanded its Melbourne facilities to include two buildings across the road from the 160 Ordish facilities. If you have a meeting with Mark, Vinnie, Angelo, Vee or other member of the aiFAB/custom and industrial products, you want to head to 133 Ordish Road, building 2.

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Career opportunity: technical sales

Technical Sales, custom and industrial products

Who we are

Aluminium Industries (Ai) is about people, ideas and the development and support of innovative products. It’s about denying old-fashioned notions of industrial fabrication in Australia. More than just making things, team Ai is making things happen. In addition to products from our portfolio of market-leading brands, Ai offers service and support resources to our customers, including the development of technology focused on helping our customers grow their businesses.

Ai seeks driven people wanting to align themselves with a company with a healthy future. For the right person, Ai will become a passion where a desire to learn and grow is rewarded.

And that’s where you come in.

The role

Ai offers a newly created Technical Sales role within our custom and exclusive products area (aiFAB). The primary focus of this role is helping customers find solutions for projects and managing assigned accounts. You’ll be facilitating projects from the quote and order process through to the manufacturing and delivery process.

Responsibilities include:

• Develop relationships of trust and respect with customers
• Promote Ai’s range of products to new and existing customers
• Work with customers to develop product and/or process solutions to their challenges
• Completion of some technical drawing and documentation (if prior experience using AutoCAD in architectural applications)
• Provide technical support for customers
• Process customer orders
• Work closely with clients, the internal assembly and fabrication team to ensure delivery schedules and objectives are met
• Maintain and circulate production schedules for clients
• Monitor progress and follow project orders throughout the manufacturing process
• Liaise with management, our design team and external suppliers to minimise and address any production hiccups that may arise
• Additional and evolving responsibilities as Ai evolves

Essential skills and traits:

• Experience in solution-based sales
• Collaboration with team members at Ai
• Technical aptitude, ideally with AutoCAD experience in architectural or manufacturing environment, with a creative approach to finding solutions
• Confident with new business meetings
• Engaging presentation skills
• An organised and effective planner
• Strong attention to detail
• Be able to work autonomously and as a team member

The rewards

Ai is growing fast and we seek people with drive and dedication who want to grow with us. We offer a competitive salary, a reliable team, and opportunities for development. Additionally, we have a full gym for our employees with fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Pilates fortnightly. We support our employees in achieving and maintaining their wellness goals.

To be considered, please email Vee at your resume and a cover letter outlining what sparked your interest in this position.

We appreciate you taking the time to apply for this position. Only candidates successful in moving forward in the selection process will be contacted.


Comtruk and aiFAB move into 133 Ordish Road

New locations to accommodate the ever-expanding aiFAB and Comtruk manufacturing activities


Prefabrication in Building and Construction

‘Prefabrication’ is a bit of a dirty word in the construction industry.

Typically used to make fast, cheap, en-masse housing, prefabrication a became tainted by perceptions of ‘low-quality’, ‘basic’ and ‘boring’.

Additionally, failures in buildings using early prefab methods, such as Ronan Point in London, were highly publicised. Given this combination of events, it is no wonder prefabrication has struggled to find acceptance.

However, prefab’s luck is changing. There is growing interest in Australia in prefab as a construction method. So what’s it all about and where’s it going? Keep reading to find out.


What is prefabrication?

The Free Dictionary defines prefabrication, ‘to manufacture in advance, especially in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled’. In practice, prefabricated components are generally made in a factory, then shipped complete to the site. They can then be integrated with other parts to form a whole. This is what we are all about at aiFAB.

Prefabrication in construction is not a new process; it actually dates back thousands of years. One of the first examples was the building of roads. Wooden planks were cut and measured in batches, before being transported to where the road would be laid.

Specifically to housing, one of the first examples of full prefabrication was created for Australia in the 1800s. London carpenter Henry Manning designed a house for British emigrants that could be built and shipped in components, then assembled on site. A few of these still stand today.



Prefabrication  is closely tied to the concept of the assembly line. The same processes and machines are used for as many applications as possible in a single controlled environment. When compared with the variabilities of constructing on-site, prefabrication can grant projects significant benefits in speed, safety and quality control.

From the Prefab Australia website, some benefits are the following:

  • Speed– The off-site fabrication process can take place in the factory, in parallel to site preparation activities.  This can reduce the overall construction period of a project significantly.
  • Safety– Health and safety is easier to control in a factory. For example, most of the work can be conducted at waist height, and workers know the machinery and systems of the factory.
  • Quality– A predetermined quality can be achieved in a factory controlled process, and the indoor environment means buildings and components are protected from climate extremes and vandalism.
  • Certainty– There is greater cost certainty due to minimal weather delays, plus there is an earlier design freeze due to requirements of the manufacturing process.
  • Value– Faster time to occupation can generate income for clients earlier and lead to lower site overheads due to less time on site.
  • Sustainability– Minimum site disturbance, tightly managed material flow and construction waste, and pre-planned assembly and disassembly can reduce the environmental impact of construction.
  • Skills– In communities with a shortage of skilled trade labour, the prefabricated building production line can be organised to employ less skilled labour, working under supervision.


Additionally, as technology increases, the ability to customise prefab homes has likewise increased. Modern prefab buildings can be individually distinctive. In Australia, some prefab houses have even been created as luxury homes.

At AiFAB, we offer a number of unique services to assist in fabrication. Our Peak Service offering gives access to our resources, allowing our customers to easily accommodate peaks in workload. We can machine custom dies, powder coat and deliver aluminium in kit form, allowing for easy on-site installation of different components. We also have the flexibility to adopt custom projects and meet bespoke requirements. Have a look at one of our architectural projects here, or contact us here.


References & Images

Prefabrication on Wikipedia, PrefabAUS, Modscape, Habitech, Sourceable, Onmydoorstep



Move to 133 Ordish Road nears

Anticipation builds as new Ai warehouses near completion

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Coming soon: new warehouses for Ai’s automotive and industrial products

Excitement builds at Ai as new warehouses near completion

The new year will bring a new location for Ai’s automotive and industrial products manufacturing efforts. In order to accommodate exceptional growth in their respective markets, Comtruk and aiFAB will move across the road to 133 Ordish Road.

Warehouse one will house the Comtruk ute tray manufacturing activities, as well as showrooms for Comtruk, aiFAB, EDGE Architectural Glazing Systems and Pivotech. Warehouse two will provide office space and meeting rooms for aiFAB and Comtruk team members, and shed will facility increased activity of our CNC machines; precision and mitre saw cutting; drilling, slotting and punching; welding; and fine metal skills.

The warehouses at our 160 Ordish Road campus will continue to hold all the activities for Pivotech, including shower and wardrobe kitting, and the pour and debridge process of EDGE Architectural’s thermally broken window system.

Stay tuned for construction updates.

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New to aiFAB, but not new to Ai, Stephanie delivers for customers

Change is the only constant in life

Stephanie_300Stephanie Davy recently joined Ai’s Industrial & Custom products team. Prior to her transition, she provided business development services to Ai’s Pivotech customers.

In her new position at Ai, she will use the product and manufacturing knowledge developed in Pivotech and apply it to the custom, industrial and value-adding initiatives.

Stephanie is excited to come into the role with fresh eyes and to look for opportunities to improve Ai’s relationship with customers, identify issues and find solutions. She particularly enjoys sinking her teeth into problem solving.

She required very little training to quickly get across the products. Stephanie will engage her engineering degree and AutoCAD skills to grow the role and deliver more support to Ai’s customer base.

Stephanie is enjoying working with new clients and different members of Ai’s team. She’s getting to work with Ai’s manufacturing experts and looks forward to helping them as best she can.

In this role, Stephanie will use her excellent time management and follow up skills to manage sales orders, jobs and projects to build integrity and trust back with customers.