MIA Podcast - Episode 13: Leigh Rust from Safetyline Jalousie

MIA Podcast

20-12-2022 • 35 mins

Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows are the most versatile, highest performing and best value for money single-glazed louvre windows on the market.

Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows are ideal for Multi-Res high rise towers, hospitals, schools, fully ventilated & operable facades, RACFs, smoke/fire applications, hospitality projects, shopping centres, social housing, the university builds and just about anything else you can think of.

In  this episode, we will talk about:

  • How he started his business through his father’s business of roofing, etc
    • He wanted something to call “his” business and not someone else’s
    • This opened doors for his jalousie business
  • How Safetyline Jalousie Louvre Windows has won several vetted awards in Australia
  • Some of the challenges of the business are the rising labour cost
    • Capacity is one of the struggles
    • Relying on Asia heavily
    • People and material resources are a challenge
  • Need to bring back their capability to Australia
  • Suppliers, are they local or offshore?
    • Shipping delays
    • Cost demands
  • The COVID lockdowns put massive delays in the projects
    • Material, steel, etc
    • Missing labour force
  • His business can see the labour force is getting stronger
  • From a tender perspective, locals and onshore have the advantage instead of offshore suppliers
    • Some businesses or insurance will not approve if the manufacturers are from overseas
  • Suppliers Declare
    • Manufacturers in the local industry talking about it can be sustainable
    • Hoping to get more traction
    • Suppliersdeclare.com.au
    • Sustainability manufacturing
  • Does a small amount of export
    • Based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
    • Will venture into Asia and New Zealand

And many more, including Leigh’s  thoughts on our main topic: “Will Australian Manufacturing ever return to the glory days of the '60s?”

Want to learn more about Leigh Rust? Visit the Safetyline Jalousie Louvre Windows Website!