DECO’s new Testing Laboratory and the DECO Innovation Centre were officially opened today by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP. The new facilities showcase the investment made by this Australian, family-owned manufacturer in innovative, premium aluminium building system products and metal finishes. The newly NATA-accredited laboratory and award-winning display Centre showcases the exceptional investment the family-owned Australian manufacturer of premium aluminium building products and metal finishing and coatings has made to enhance their commitment to quality and innovation.
Founder and director of DECO Australia Ross Doonan was honored to have the Prime Minister officially open the facilities. “It is an honor to have the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP here today to officially open the DECO Innovation Centre and our new NATA Accredited Testing Laboratory. These facilities are both extremely important investments for our business and ensures we can meet requirements from both our customers and accreditation authorities.” At the opening, Deco announced a new agreement to supply lower-carbon aluminium through Capral’s LocAl® Green aluminium initiative. “Alongside quality and innovation, sustainability in steel manufacturing is at the forefront of our business. Thanks to our new agreement with Capral, we are excited to be able to reduce our and our customers’ environmental impacts.” said Doonan.
DECO’s new Testing Laboratory received accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities last year. The laboratory plays a critical role in DECO’s quality control, which involves a range of essential tests and control processes. These internal functions ensure compliance with accreditations such as ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and Qualicoat, as well as customer-specific process control plans, operational and inspection requirements. “DECO prides itself on providing the highest possible quality products and metal finishes in the market. The new testing laboratory is not only essential for meeting accreditation criteria, it also supports our ongoing innovation, research, and development as well as our day-to-day quality controls for our customers across the structural metal product manufacturing industry in Australia.” said Doonan.
Completed in 2020 during the pandemic, the DECO Innovation Centre was designed by Deco and architectural firm Clarke-Hopkins-Clarke and has become a must-visit destination for people looking for building inspiration in real-life applications, to explore DECO’s product range up-close and to select their perfect finishes and colors. “The DECO Innovation Centre has been well received by our steel fabrication partners and customers; it has been fantastic to see how it inspires people to bring their own design visions to life. We have had people travel interstate just to visit the Centre. Our investment int this facility has been completely worthwhile,” said Doonan. DECO’s extensive range of aluminium timber-look building products are tested to Australian Standards for non-combustibility and fire safety. DECO also supplies industrial surface finishing solutions to the engineering, commercial food, and defense industries.