Safety and Quality: Why Imported Alternatives May be Risky

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Why should you choose a locally designed and built lift?

Few good things came from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But, one bright spot is that the demand for Australian-made products has never been higher.

There are many short- and long-term benefits of buying a locally made product. These come along with the obvious economic growth benefits for the whole nation.

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Martin Karlsen is the manager of Aussie Lifts. It is an Australian lift maker. He says that Australia has laws for quality and safety. They require all products to meet standards.

“Along with the peace of mind that comes with managed quality and safety benefits and strict adherence to local production standards there are also more options and flexibility for customisation, the certainty of reliable warranties and guarantees; and a greater emphasis on environmental sustainability,”

Karlsen said.

And simply put, the benefits of buying locally are clear. When you buy Australian products, the money you spend stays in Australia. So, it supports Australian jobs.

According to statistics from Australia Made, every $1 million of manufacturing in Australia makes ten full-time jobs. It also makes $333,900 in tax revenue and reduces welfare benefits. It adds value worth $985,000.

“When buying Australian-made, you are also ensuring adherence to our stringent environmental guidelines and policies during the manufacturing processes. All this is worth considering in when it comes to Aussie Lifts products, which—with only an eight-week lead time—are designed, completely assembled, rigorously tested, and commissioned at its facility in Brisbane’s Acacia Ridge prior to delivery to site.”

The installation time is short. It’s typically one to three days, depending on the model and specifications. We can quickly add any extra parts or changes needed to fit the application.

Aussie Lifts can avoid many of the delays of imported products this way. They are usually delivered in parts that need unpacking and assembling on site. This requires extra space and takes customers from seven to 14 days to install.

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Customer Journey

In terms of the sales process, Aussie Lifts’ sales consultants work with clients at every step. They start with an initial site visit and then work with the builder. They also provide engineering drawings and 3D models for specific sites. These include cosmetic selections.

“ Flexibility is key in understanding that requirements can change, and Aussie Lifts can quickly accommodate any changes to specification,”

Karlsen said.

Aussie Lifts has designed and built lifts for over 25 years. They also have a support team available 24 hours a day. The team has deep product knowledge. They often solve issues over the phone, so the company can avoid sending a technician.

This eliminates another issue seen with imported lifts. Their product ranges change constantly in Australia. So, it’s hard to keep parts for each model. And, there’s no guarantee that parts will be available in the future.

“Not to mention the further problems that can arise should a local agent not be able to resolve a technical issue, and the time-consuming process involved in getting a resolution from the overseas manufacturer, with many service companies refusing to maintain any lifts aside from their own,”

Aussie Lift customers also get peace of mind. The product has been designed and built to meet and beat the Australian Building Codes and standards. Extensive engineering also gave the product a certified wind category rating, including a C1 cyclone rating.

In contrast, imported products are usually designed to a range of international standards. They are sometimes modified to meet Australian requirements.

Questions to ask

It is worth asking: what standard is the lift design-registered to? Is it the right standard for your building?

It is also worth determining if your building certifier will approve a product that does not meet the building code. The product may be better for homes.

The Aussie Lifts team builds and tests the product before shipping it. So, installation costs are low.

Costs don’t change with exchange rates. They don’t need to pass on the high transportation costs of delivering products from overseas.

Aussie Lifts products are a complete turnkey solution. They are usually more cost-effective. Aussie Lifts can custom-build a lift to fit individual premises. This is instead of the builder doing extra building work to fit a lift with set dimensions. This can minimize the project costs.

Additionally, Aussie Lifts products are all in a self-supporting shaft. So, no walls are needed for the lift shaft.

All its products are certified as Australian-made. Aussie Lifts is proudly supporting the local economy. This is true during the pandemic and beyond.

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