Actco-Pickering has invested in Design through recruitment of Design & Engineering personnel, CAD/CAM software and most importantly a willingness to step outside “industry standards” to innovate not replicate.
Our two in house product lines have benefited greatly from this approach, while its commercial customers have through collaboration also reaped the benefits.
In the mid 2000’s Actco-Pickering introduced Australia’s first lightweight aluminium constructed “Lift-off” removable service body to the market under the name TSM (Since rebranded as Ridgeback Service Bodies). This product was a revolution for the service and trade industry allowing these industries to reduce down time and increase the service life of their fleets. Ridgeback Service Bodies continues to expand into new areas bringing its lightweight, rust free construction to the lubrication and maintenance sectors and innovating through collaboration with partners to overcome challenges and continue to exceed customer expectations.
From this success in the trade and corporate sectors, Actco-Pickering then moved to the leisure/lifestyle sector for the next opportunity. Actco-Pickering purchased a well-regarded camper trailer brand Pioneer from WA. Then set to work redesigning this product to meet customer expectations in the 21st century for toughness, reliability and visual excitement.
Initial design and production saw models with hard flooring, then more recently hard roofing in Pioneer Campers. The innovation came with the use of new composite technologies and bonding techniques coupled with Actco-Pickering's first class metal fabrication abilities. R & D was undertaken to provide real world validation to CAD FEA analysis. Advanced UV and Environmental material testing was an important part of this process to ensure longevity. All supported by our Warranty commitments.
Actco-Pickering continues to seek commercial partnerships with business committed to innovation in the areas of Defence, Infrastructure and Renewable Energies. Products including sun tracking solar assembly for large scale rollout have been developed through partnership with government, educational institutes and commercial entities. Actco-Pickering “value adds” new customer engagement with manufacturing innovation through initial reviews with our Design & Engineering team.
We realise that technology and technological change is increasing exponentially and so commitment to innovation is part of our every day – through new production processes, commitment to product improvement, staff training at all levels and the passionate belief that we can always improve.
Actco-Pickering is engaged with IOS – how it applies structurally through our internal processes, supply chain engagement and our customer base.