In the 2000's
Fix8 Systems originally started as Reutlinger Australia. In 2003 a research project was completed on the feasibility of bringing in the German manufactured cable grippers into Australia by Michael Freeman and Christopher Wright. The new concept of fastening cable ropes was well received by the lighting industry and the company was incorporated in February 2004. However with the close proximity to Asia, pre-dominantly the now out of patent products were copied by Chinese manufacturers and supplied directly to the manufacturers in Australia. We were forced to look at other revenue streams to build the business.
In 2006 the opportunity to supply one of the retail products, Artrack, to the retailer Bunnings was too good an opportunity to turn down, and 20 line items were supplied through the retail behemoth. In 2008 we opened an art gallery in Freshwater to display local art and show off in a retail setting. This gave us a base for supporting the local community with 108 shows displaying locally made art and sculptures. A zoning dispute with the Warringah Council shut down the site and despite having the support of the community, councillors and the Mayor Michael Reagen, we had no choice but to move. We are now located at unit 47 / 49 – 51 Mitchell Road, Brookvale where we currently have a factory and showroom.