Our History

Bradford has a proud 80 year historyBradford Insulation was established in 1934. Then, we used the waste slag from steel manufacturing to produce insulation – the very first time insulation was made from recycled materials.

The growing business was progressively acquired by CSR Limited from the 1950’s. During the 1960’s, glasswool manufacture was introduced and, due to strong growth in Asia, CSR Bradford expanded its business there in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Reflective foil was also added to the Bradford Insulation Group in the 1980’s. In 2006 Bradford acquired the Edmonds ventilation business, further enhancing Bradford’s leadership position in the regional market.

Historical timeline

1934

1934

Bradford brothers start the first plant in Newcastle using waste slag from steel manufacturing

1950s

1950's

  • CSR acquires the Bradford business
  • Modern rockwool manufacturing introduced
1960s

1960's

  • Secured leadership in acoustic, thermal and fire solutions
  • Insulated the Sydney Opera House
1970s

1970's

  • Introduced glasswool technology
  • Launched Anticon roofing products
  • Braddy Batt makes his first appearance
1980s

1980's

  • Expansion to Asia
  • Developed home grown rockwool technology
  • Drove insulation in new homes
1990s

1990's

  • Introduced world class glasswool technology at new Ingleburn plant
  • Established major position in China
  • Launched Bradford Gold batts
2000s

2000's

  • Launched ComfortChoice and SoundScreen
  • Helped drive BCA regulations for homes and commercial buildings
  • 2005 Acquire Edmonds Ventilation
  • 2006 Major upgrade to Ingleburn plant
  • 2009 Brendale Plant Opens
  • 2009 Federal Government introduces Home Insulation Program
2010s

2010's

  • BCA Six Star
  • Bradford Solar
  • Launched DesignSmart
  • 2010 Bradford sells Asian businesses
2014

2014

  • Bradford Energy Solutions
  • Odyssey Launch
  • Launch Bradford Polymax Polyester insulation

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