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Dex Australia Pty Ltd is the Plastic's division of the Dex Group of Companies. The brainchild of the founder Mr Hugh Holmes and his wife Mrs Raeburn Holmes.
The Dex Group started off in steel corrosion control and treatment in the early 1950s which, due to Mr Holmes overseas background knowledge, quickly grew in size. Due to demand, a paint manufacturing division was later started involving a joint venture with the American Carboline Company of Missouri. This proved to be a very successful combination with the supply of quality products and the expertise in the application of same.
The Plastics division was seen as a natural progression into taking the next step in corrosion protection. Why coat something when you can manufacture it in a material unaffected by corrosion?! Initially, a fabrication business was started with skilled people being sponsored from Great Britain as skills did not exist in sufficient numbers within Australia at that time. Within a few short years Dex started to rotational mould products as a means of reducing the price and providing a superior product.
Mr Holmes was a strong believer in the benefits of an association to all those actively involved. He campaigned for an association to represent the abrasive blasting and protective coatings industry and after several other interested parties finally agreed, an association was formed. Dex was also amongst the original twelve founding members of the Association of Rotational Moulders of Australasia. After a number of years the association was looking like it might not survive as no one was solely working at promoting the industry association. By tirelessly campaigning on its behalf through both Australia and New Zealand moulders, Mr Holmes organised a very successful meeting which engendered interest from all moulders who attended. Today, ARMA represents businesses with annual turnovers of approx $800 million dollars. Mr Holmes was also awarded a life membership by ARMA in acknowledgement of his work and a bi-annual award in his name was established for those who have provided at least 25 years service for the betterment of the industry. The Auburn-Lidcombe Businessman’s Club also awarded Mr Holmes life membership in acknowledgement of his work for the club.
Mr Holmes had interests in many areas and saw him purchase a golf course and turn it into a large motel resort complex featuring a 120 seat restaurant and a 5 acre lake complete with golf course and artesian tapped waters to relax in.
The group was also actively involved in the construction of both small and large residential developments in both the Sydney and the Gold Coast area.
Mr Holmes sadly passed away in 1993 and his wife who was actively involved through nearly every part of the business has carried on as a key part of management.
In 1997 a merger between Virgin Plastics Pty Ltd and Dex Australia Pty Ltd has further strengthened the company products and position in the market.
During the last fifty years the Dex group has evolved with the change of focus by the group’s management. Whilst we have divested ourselves of some of our original businesses, we still have the same attitude to customer requirements and requests, which has served our group so well over the last fifty years. Without the customer you do not have a business so; “Look after the customer’s needs and supply a suitable quality product ... on time.”
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