Massive year sees Colby Distributor of the Year award head north

Brisbane-based Elbowroom has won the Colby Storage Solutions Distributor of the Year Award following its best year yet.

Mark Althaus, Director, Elbowroom

A key contributor to Elbowroom’s success in 2013 was its largest-ever single project, which included supplying a range of custom-engineered storage solutions for a new 60,000 sqm distribution centre at Yatala, for one of the world’s leading heavy machinery distributors.

Elbowroom’s Owner/Director, Mark Althaus, said: "We’ve been distributing quality pallet racking, shelving and storage system solutions for nearly 40 years, and it’s great, that after all this time, we are still achieving new goals and setting new records.

"The on-going support we receive from Colby storage equipment manufacturer Dematic is instrumental to our success, particularly when it comes to developing and implementing larger, more complex storage systems," he said.

Mr Althaus added: "Being part of the national Colby Storage Solutions distributor network gives us access to Australia’s leading range of high quality storage solutions, and the country’s most experienced team of specialist storage system designers and engineers.

"Over the past 18 months, in particular, we have worked very closely with Dematic’s structural engineering team in creating what is undoubtedly the most challenging and impressive storage system solution we have ever been involved in delivering," said Mr Althaus.

Colby Storage Solutions General Manager, Tony Woodlock, said: "Elbowroom is to be congratulated for a sensational effort in 2013, and Mark and his team truly deserve to be Colby Distributor of the Year."

Despite the Australian storage equipment market now awash with cheap, and often inferior quality, imported products, Dematic maintains its commitment to manufacturing Colby storage equipment in Australia.

"Our recent multi-million dollar investment in new state-of-the-art laser cutting and in-line roll forming equipment at our Sydney manufacturing centre ensures we will continue to produce competitively-priced, quality-assured Colby storage solutions in Australia for many years to come," said Mr Woodlock.

"Many warehouses, DCs, storerooms and manufacturing plants in Australia and New Zealand make Colby their first choice for storage solutions because, many customers appreciate that, when it comes to storage systems, lowest cost is not necessarily the best option for many reasons, not the least of which is safety.

"With racking and shelving having a working life in the tens-of-years’ plus, depending on the application, the last thing customers want is a storage system that is not up to standard and is easily damaged, putting their people at risk, and requiring ongoing costly and disruptive maintenance," he said.

"Dematic’s leadership position in driving the development of new, safer, more efficient, high performance Colby storage solutions has significantly enhanced workplace safety and reduced operating and maintenance costs in hundreds of warehouses and DCs throughout Australia," added Mr Woodlock.

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