Astor Industries upskilled

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Publication Date: 
December 2018
Case study from: Australia's Tech Future

The end of car manufacturing in Australia could have been the end of Astor Industries, but the company is thriving by branching out into new markets.

A long-time industry leader in automotive decorative badges, Astor diversified its operations and now makes frames for Australian eyewear retailer Dresden Optics.

The company retrained its factory staff and invested in digital printing technology and plastic injection moulding machines. Together Astor and Dresden developed an intelligent mixed waste re-manufacturing system. This enabled them to produce frames for glasses from recycled plastics such as milk bottle lids, beer keg caps, and even plastic rubbish washed up on the beach.