Idea - "Necessity, who is the mother of all inventions"
Plato - The Republic Greek Author & Philosopher in Athens (427BC - 347BC)
It all began during the mid 90's when Anthony Bourne needed to transport Fruit Processing Machinery. The unit requiring transportation came with many components that were valuable and well finished. Consequently, the components could not be bundled together as the coating would be damaged. There had to be a solution for tying down the components without each piece bumping into the other.
Initially Anthony attempted to use a large number of straps and ropes to prevent each piece from moving around, to no avail. It was clearly evident that the strap needed to be choked on several instances to achieve the goal. However, tying the strap in various locations did not offer even tension around the load.
That is when the EPIPHANY took place - "There must be a sliding link in the market to help choke the loads". As there was no suitable solution available, the idea blossomed into a concept.
Idea To Reality:
For many years, the idea simply remained an idea.
During a skiing holiday at Mt Buller, Anthony was introduced to John Brullo by a mutual friend at a pub over a few beers. One beer, two beers, three beers and more grew into a conversation about this "great Aussie idea". The following day the discussion continued on a ski chair lift. Anthony sketched the idea in the snow with his stock for a Strap Choker. John loved the idea so much he recommended that a similar solution be created for chains. Hence, the development of the Chain Load Choker.
Anthony headed back to the drawing board. A bit of business advice from John, a few lifting hooks, a grinder with a cutting disk, a Mig welder and a bit of creative thinking gave birth to the Chain Load Choker. Patent applications were lodged and so began the journey and partnership of Great Aussie Products T/As Load Choker (2006).
With a great deal of in-house testing, redevelopment and industry testing and analysis through BlueScope Steel and One Steel paved the pathway for:
- LC08 - 8mm Chain Model Load Choker, and
- LS50 - 50mm Strap Model Load Choker
Today, Load Choker systems are an integral part of many freight transport operators' daily load restraint tools.