...and neither are those who design and manufacture them.
The differences between purchasing Australian made products and imported products aren’t always obvious at first glance. However, the decision to buy Australian made will often pay off in more ways than one. While the differences in physical quality may only show themselves after time, there are many benefits that Australian made products like OpenShutters can offer over cheaper competitors. Our OpenShutters are going to be longer lasting and better looking than cheaper imported shutter options, which don’t utilise top quality, solid Western Red Cedar, and don’t invest the time or money into keeping track of the chain of custody.
85 per cent of timberland in British Colombia, where most Western Red Cedar is grown, is certified by independent forest certification agencies – which means that you know your timber is being legally sourced from a sustainable forest. Furthermore, being an Australian made product, OpenShutters will always be made to Australian standards and with the Australian climate in mind. Imported products may be fine for their country of origin’s climate, but many fail to consider Australia’s dramatic, frequently changing weather patterns and can age – or fail – much faster as a result. Of course, there is also the added bonus of supporting local communities, and ensuring that top quality products can continue being produced. Australian owned and operated businesses like us are only ever a phone call away, should you need advice on a decision or any after-sales services, and consumers have additional peace of mind that their warranty is being provided by a local company, which has been operating for over twenty years and is here to stay.
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At OpenShutters, we have a firm commitment to providing opportunities for people on the Central Coast. Having had an ongoing relationship with Central Coast Group Training for over 20 years, we were proud to be invited to support their “30 Apprentices in 30 Days” campaign, with two of our team ‘starring’ (we use that word loosely) in their local television advertising ad
OpenShutters regularly employs 3 to 4 apprentices through CCGT on an ongoing basis, either working in our timber and special shape departments, providing custom finishes in our paint shop, or installing our custom-made shutters on site, there are a variety of skills to be learned and developed as part of an experienced team.
Australia Day is once again upon us, and is a timely reminder as to why we strongly believe in buying an Australian Made product, as described more fully here. We thank all our customers and partners in supporting us in continuing to operate this way.
OpenShutters is also a proud member of the Australian Made Campaign, an organisation which supports and promotes products made in Australia.
Enjoy the celebrations of the 26th. As with most other businesses, we are closed on Monday 28th, but will be back on deck designing, crafting and manufacturing your beautiful, bespoke shutters, louvres and screens on Tuesday 29th.
Our very own Keller O’Sullivan was named '3rd Year Apprentice of the Year’ at last week’s awards ceremony hosted by our friends at Central Coast Group Training. Keller recently completed his apprenticeship in Timber and Composites Machining in 3 years (as opposed to the recommended / standard 4 years) and is a highly valued member of our Custom Shapes department, crafting the more bespoke and unusually-shaped shutters we prepare for our clients.
The accolade came as no surprise to all of us who work with him on a daily basis. Well done, Keller!
We love a challenge at OpenShutters. Our friends at Amber Road Design required timber screens with a rather unusual (pink) finish as part of an exhibition in Melbourne, and we were happy to oblige.
Our custom made shutters, louvres and screens are used all over Australia, and with summer finally around the corner, you may still be able to get your shutters installed before the holidays if you are quick - contact us on 1300 136 911.
A couple of the amazing projects we have worked on recently.
Award winning jobs.
Showcasing a range of artistic skills and talent across various mediums
We’re privileged to once again be hosting the annual Art At Work exhibition. Art At Work is an organisation dedicated to fostering a collaborative culture between artists, business creatives and the community.
At OpenShutters, we are very familiar with modern day must-haves that demand complex design trends which push multiple boundaries: curvy shapes and minimalist houses, while only using natural materials. Art At Work therefore coincides with our ethos – the event pushes the boundaries of a traditional exhibition, and we encourage you to find out what we mean and experience creativity in a different light and setting.
This year, Art At Work is showcasing a range of artistic skills and talent across various mediums with over 35 participating artists, with the event including interactive activities and workshops.
The event will run across the last weekend of September and we would be delighted to welcome you. Click HERE to find out more, and register for Opening Night on Friday 28 September.