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  Then    Now


The history of Sisalation can be tracked to around the turn of the 20th Century. In approximately 1911 F.W. Williams & Co. Pty Ltd, a Sydney based paper and stationery merchant, were appointed as the sole Australian importers and distributors for a range of bitumen based building papers known as Sisalkraft® and manufactured by the British Sisalkraft Company Pty Ltd.  For the next thirty six years F.W. Williams continued to successfully import, distribute and market Sisalkraft throughout Australia forging partnerships with the Royal Australian Army for provision of materials for temporary housing of soldiers right through to being used in the construction of the famous ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney.  Then in 1947, F. W. Williams & Co. formed a 50:50 partnership with the American Reinforced Paper Company to create a joint venture, to be known as Australian Sisalkraft®, which would domestically manufacture and sell reinforced laminations of paper, aluminium foil and other substrates for use as insulation and vapour barriers.  In 1948, 10 acres (4 hectares) of land is purchased on Arthur Street Flemington (later to be designated Homebush) for the construction of a modern factory and mill for the manufacture of Sisalkraft bituminous papers and insulation. Construction of the plant began in 1949 but record Sydney rain falls coupled with skilled labour shortages following WWII saw to it that the plant was not completed until 1951. the first ever production run commenced at the Homebush plant on 26th October 1951.


From day one the newly formed Australian Sisalkraft Co. has a significant focus on innovation and research and development into the creation of new products.  It was out of this focus that the Sisalation brand of reflective foil laminates was launched onto the Australian market in 1952. This was followed closely by the development and launch of the first commercially applicable flame retardant adhesive that allowed the Sisalation brand of reflective foil laminates to revolutionise the world insulation market.

Between the 1950’s and early 1970’s 15 million square feet of Sisalation was used in the construction and insulation of temporary housing built during the Snowy Mountains Scheme.  In 1961, Sisalation was used in the construction and insulation of the support buildings for the Parkes Radio Telescope. Made famous by its roll in helping to broadcast the Apollo moon landings and later popularised in the Australian movie ‘The Dish’ the Parkes telescope and its support buildings continue to play a vital role in furthering our understanding of our galaxy and beyond.  Throughout the 1960’s Sisalation continues to introduce increasing numbers of the Australian public to the benefits of insulation. In partnership with Warner Bros.

Sisalation produces the animated feature ‘The Magic Barrier’ to educate audiences about the benefits of insulation and Sisalation in particular. The film was released internationally and achieved the rare feat of receiving critical acclaim whilst being a commercial success.  The 1960’s also saw Sisalation win the first of its many awards for Outstanding Export Achievement as it forged ahead into new markets in both South East Asia and South America. At the same time the Homebush manufacturing plant was further extended and new state of the art laminating machinery was purchased and installed to satisfy the additional demand for product.  Following the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Tracey on the city of Darwin on 25th December 1974, several 100,000 square metres of Sisalation were donated to aid in the re-building of the city.  In 1985, Super Sisalation as patented double Albar® reinforced lamination combining the dual strengths of polypropylene weave and fibreglass scrim is released into the market – the first of its kind.  In 2002 Sisalation revolutionised the reflective foil laminate tile and metal roof sarking segments with the introduction of a range of independently tested and certified Fall Arrest products. In 2003 Sisalation was used in the construction and insulation of the Hong Kong Finance Centre Tower 2IFC which at 88 stories high is the tallest building in Hong Kong.  In 2004 in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami disaster Sisalation donated significant quantities of sarking material to assist in the enormous task of re-building peoples homes and livelihoods.


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