61 years on, Victa still at cutting edge

FOR more than 50 years Victa has been at the cutting edge of providing one of Australia's largest and most respected range of lawn and gardening products.

The company, which is now owned by Briggs and Stratton, has its head office and manufacturing facility in Moorebank.

The first lawnmower was created in 1952 by Mervyn Victor Richardson.

Mr Richardson's first lawnmower used a peach tin for a fuel tank.

What started off as a small family business operating from a Concord backyard has become a global success.

The majority of Victa's products are manufactured at Moorebank.

This includes the wide range of lawnmowers, garden trimmers and vacuum cleaners and gardening equipment.

The products are assembled by staff who use Australian-made nuts and bolts and plastic components.

The range of product models is also painted at the site.

The factory produces between 1300 and 1400 mowers a day — 165,000 and 205,000 mowers a year.

Depending on the type of mower, it can take anywhere from between 10 and 102 minutes to make each mower.

Duy Phuc Do, who has worked for the company for almost 28 years, said the manufacturing process had changed over the years.

"There's new technology and the designs have completely changed," he said.

"Years ago, there wasn't much technology, but now mowers have safety features, there's more functions and they start with a key.

"There has been an improvement in the way we make and assemble the models."

Briggs and Stratton's national operations manager, Mario Napoli, said Victa would continue to pride itself on good customer service and quality products.

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