We are a group of passionate creators with a desire to challenge the norm; striving to do better and be better. Not only with the innovative, quality tools we develop but how we do business and take care of the environment.
While we are innovators, we are more than the tools we make. We are an Australian-owned and run company that puts people and the environment ahead of profits. We value respecting individuals and minimising harm to the planet. If we can’t do business that way, we don’t want to do business at all. Conscious capitalism over the pursuit of profit.
The company’s humble beginnings set the tone for how Arbortech does business and solidified the creative process behind the invention of unique tools. In 1983, Kevin Inkster was curious about why most furniture had square edges and couldn’t find a tool other than a chainsaw to sculpt wood. He played around with ideas and tried fitting a crude disc attachment to his angle grinder. After some development and several modifications, the attachment proved to sculpt wood faster, safer and more efficiently than anything else, and others seemed to agree. This was truly the start of Arbortech, which in time led to the introduction of ‘power carving’ and other unique cutting products and technologies.
This creative process still stands today. The Research and Development team continually strives to develop quality tools by asking how things can be done differently, better, safer and more efficiently. The resulting tools are simply a product of that incessant reluctance to accept the status quo.
Today, Arbortech is the world’s leading manufacturer of innovative tools, beloved the world over by those looking for function, inspiration or both. The company has more than 50 employees across four continents and Arbortech products are sold into more than 100 countries around the world.
As a company, we look inward and take care of each other, as well as looking outward to the wider community and making sure we do what we can for the planet. We believe creativity is subjective and we are constantly ‘playing’, making new things and encouraging others to play and practice inspired creativity.
“Play is more important than work. If they can be the same thing, then that’s the perfect scenario,” Kevin Inkster, CEO, Abortech.