Our History

1970
Able commences operations as a bag manufacturer in Clayton
1978
Able sets up overseas manufacturing for aprons and begins importing and supplying healthcare institutions
1994
The current management purchase able
1997
The company moves from Clayton to new premises in Notting Hill
1998
Able acquires Leeton Packaging and begins to supply numerous International food manufacturers
1998
Able commences supply to packaging wholesalers
1998
Able attains Q-Base quality accreditation
1998
Original able web site launched
2000
Able attains ISO9001:2000 quality accreditation
2000
Able attains HACCP accreditation for manufacturing products for the food processing industry
2002
Able begins to export to New Zealand to the healthcare and scientific supply Industry
2003
Able wins the Australia wide bag business for a leading worldwide pathology chain
2006
Able wins contracts to supply in excess of 15 million specimen bags per year
2006
Able wins protective apparel tender for Public Healthcare Institutions
2007
Able commences offsetting 130% of carbon dioxide emissions
2007
Able attains eco-warranty accreditation
2007
Online store, e-commerce and blogs launched
2008
Able engage Ecovantage to carry out second environmental audit, this now becomes an annual activity
2008
Able commence E-Commerce and barcoded scan picking in its warehouse and through the distribution chain
2008
Able move to new office premises at 431 St Kilda Rd
2009
Able's approved supplier status is extended for a further period for protective apparel items for all Victorian Public Hospitals
2009
Approved supplier status is extended for protective apparel items for all Victorian Public Hospitals
2009
Able participate in the EPA and VECCI sustainability initiative "Grow me the money"
2009
The City of Stonnington invite Able's CEO, Greg Foster, to participate as a panel member in its Business Leaders event focusing on sustainability
2010
Able win $5,000 Grow Me The Money Award for Action
2010
Able present their environmental initiatives at the 60L Building in Carlton at a sustainability workshop run by the RMIT Centre for Design.
                 Able obtain ISO14001 accreditation and renew                   ISO9001:2008 and HACCP certification.

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Our History
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