In a big moment for the new brand, all of these innovative benefits were recently recognised when Decktec won the 2019 HIA Hunter Industry & Product Innovation award.
‘It’s very exciting to be recognised by HIA and for the building industry’s biggest governing body to judge Decktec to be the best innovative product on the market,’ Steve says. ‘Since then we’ve worked on the release of a 135mm to accommodate the wide Australian hardwood boards, which will be available to market in August 2020.’
Decktec is currently stocked in more than 150 retailers in Australia, a number that continues to grow organically, as the system gains exposure in the field. It has also been well received in New Zealand, with Steve anticipating they will be in more than 100 stores over the Tasman by the end of 2020.
‘For the past four years we have worked really hard to get the prototype Pete made in his garage off the ground and now we’re in more than 200 hardware stores in the Asia-Pacific region.’
And while the impact of COVID-19 meant they couldn’t attend a trade show in Las Vegas to secure a US and Canadian distributor, the business has still managed to forge ahead in other ways, launching its online store in June (see text box above).
‘Through social media the innovation is becoming more exposed,’ Steve says. ‘We’ve had a lot of interest from countries in Africa, Asia and South America, so it’s really only a matter of time before we take this great Australian invention to all the corners of the world.’