2022 is a milestone year for Doric Products, Australia’s largest privately-owned window and door hardware manufacturer supplying to the fenestration industry, with the company celebrating its 50th birthday. Major festivities will be rolled out during the year to mark the occasion.
From humble beginnings above an old horse stable in 1972, the company has grown to be a market leader in residential, commercial and high rise building applications, with a nationwide support network backed by a significant presence across the region.
“Any 50th birthday celebration is a major milestone, especially so for an Australian family-owned business,” said Nigel Long, CEO – Alchin Long Group.
“At the heart of the Doric story is incredible innovation, which has fuelled our growth over the past five decades to be a market leader.
“Doric has had to overcome the odds on more than one occasion, but our past achievements and future prospects speak to the passion and dedication of a highly talented group.
“We look forward to a big year ahead in 2022, right across the region."
At the core of Doric’s success has been a constant desire to innovate, with the team developing many new product types, which have survived the test of time.
Lines such as the DN201 flush bolt from 1980 and the DH3 and DH4 door hinges from 1982 remain popular to this day.
In 1984, Doric released the first-ever spring balance system for aluminium windows, followed in 1989 by the pioneering spring-loaded and adjustable roller for the security market, and then the first auto-adjusting foot system for spring balances in 1990.
A game-changer for the industry came in 1992, when Doric launched the DS401, the original sliding lockable window lock, while 1993 saw the launch of the DS60, the first sliding door lock chassis with interchangeable handle styles.
The release of the polesium based chainwinder in 2002 featured a 100 per cent corrosion-resistant base, another first in the marketplace.
Industry recognition has followed in the footsteps of these innovations.
For instance, Doric has won the Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA) Design & Industry Awards Most Innovative Component Award a total of six times, with the DH40 Hinge (2007), Mk4 Chainwinder (2009), DN8000 High Performance Multi Point Locking System (2016), DN85 Self Latching Unit (2018), the Doric Ventus Plug and Play System (2019) and the EPEC Cylinder (2021).
Also, in 2017, the DN8000 Multi Point System won the Good Design Awards product design category.
Doric’s products have been specified for many iconic builds and renovations around the nation, such as the restorations at Sydney Opera House and the Commonwealth Bank in Martin Place, Sydney, with key new projects including the 11 SKIES at Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong, Melbourne Square and Collins Arch in Melbourne, plus the Jewel Tower and Elysian Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Leading the way with quality design principles, Doric’s in-house product research, development and testing arm was rebranded in the year 2000 as Azuma Design, with the brand now servicing the entire industry.