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Rapid Plas is a family owned business which began in 1990 on the family owned farm near Tamworth. Our factory is located in Tamworth NSW, approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and employs over 60 local staff. Products are manufactured on site, and for over 25 years we have supported local communities by selling through our dealer network, supporting local business and local jobs.

We manufacture a range of residential, agricultural, and commercial poly products, including rainwater tanks, molasses and fertilizer tanks, water and feed troughs, and a range of other equine and animal care products including the popular D-shaped fence feeder.

The reason we all come to work every day is to solve the regional communities water management needs, and help our dealers and their businesses be more successful every day.

The reason why you should choose Rapid Plas products, is because of the high importance we place on product reliability, quality, style and looks, and a brand you can be proud of. We don’t believe in cutting costs to sell cheaper if the customer will lose out with a faulty product.

We make our own raw material. The Raw material (polyethylene) is processed and ground in-house under controlled conditions and is certified to AS/NZS 4766. We use virgin, food grade polyethylene resin which has been developed and made in Australia to meet the extremes of Australia’s challenging climatic conditions – including the effects of UV radiation. This also allows us to provide the largest colour range in Australia for rainwater tanks.

Our friendly and helpful staff can be contacted for product advice and support any time between 8am to 5pm on Monday to Friday. We look forward to extending our excellent customer care to you!

PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RAPID DEALER NETWORK

Over 25 years Rapid Plas has established a dealer network with hundreds of dealers across NSW and south east QLD. This network gives you peace of mind when buying from Rapid Plas with:

  • Somebody locally looking after you
  • Back up support from your local dealer
  • The convenience of small products delivered to your local dealer for you to pick up, saving you the freight cost

Also, we have a lot different products in stock in our dealer’s yards and shops, giving you the chance to see and touch the product before you buy it. So please give us a call to find out if the product you are looking for is in stock at a dealer near you

THE RAPID PLAS STORY – A GREAT STORY NOW TOLD

Michael Firth with their youngest child

The Rapid Plas story is one that illustrates the approach we still take today in engineering, and manufacturing tough but smart looking products for the harsh Australian environment.

One of the very first RAPID SHEEP HANDLERS

The founder, Michael Firth, grew up on their family farm just west of Tamworth. After winning dux of Tamworth High school in his last year, he studied as a cadet engineer in the Parry Shire. He began his working life as a civil engineer after starting a company building roads and bridges around country NSW. But as the farming blood ran so thick, in 1975 he sold the bridge building business and bought a farm about 30km out of Tamworth called Apple Tree Flat. Here he ran a cattle feed lot of over 1500 head and later ran a sheep feedlot.

Battling through life as cattle and sheep farmers during this time was hard work and tough stuff. So, using his engineering experience and with the help of his sons, they designed their first “Rapid Sheep Handler” which made it so much quicker to turn the sheep on their backs, so they could trim their hooves. Many farmers in the area quickly began to see the benefit and began to use them too.

During this time the rotational moulding process for plastics was introduced into Australia. Being an innovative person and with an engineering background, he delivered a visionary alternative to the rural industry and successfully entered the rotational moulding industry. With the help of his sons they built their first oven to mould the still popular plastic longline water trough….and so in the year of 1990….’Rapid Plas’ was born. Plas being short for plastic.

ENGINEER + FARMER = PRODUCTS ENGINEERED TOUGH FOR FARMERS

Today, Rapid Plas is still led by two of his sons, David and Jim, and now employs over 60 local staff. Michael’s engineering experience has been the backbone of the Rapid Plas toughness and we continue to strive to build products to the high standard he set for us. He has always had a strong focus on selling only through the rural dealer network and supporting local communities, really pioneering the dealer network we have today. Rapid Plas has continued to hold to this principle of supporting local businesses and local jobs.

GLOBAL ASSOCIATES

While Rapid Plas is an Australian company we have global reach with products being sold in Argentina, France, Unites States of America and the United Kingdom.

Argentina – www.duraplas-argentina.com
France – www.duraplas.net
United States of America – www.enduraplas.com
United Kingdom – www.enduramaxx.co.uk

CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS

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