Before QAE became the loved and trusted business it is today, it started off in 1998 with the three Podetti brothers, Stephen, Paul and Phillip, opening their own family business in the installation industry. They only had a small 1,600 ft2 factory in Milperra, NSW, a small sheet metal workshop, and a limited range of imported grilles and diffusers for their own use.
By 2000, just two years after starting, they were surprised to find themselves repeatedly approached by resellers and decided to expand their business as distributors in this way, and so the true formation of QAE was underway. Putting aside their contracting business, they focused their efforts on becoming the preferred supplier to resellers, which involved not just supplying the best quality and best range of products, but to also provide custom made grilles and diffusers.
QAE’s reputation for quality products and services helped them to expand from a small 1,600 ft2 factory in 2005, to its current facility of 60,000 ft2 as well as a 15,000 ft2 mezzanine to house their increasing range of new products. Included in this impressive range is the world-renowned brand, Trox, who graciously partnered with QAE in 2011.
In recent years, QAE has not only expanded domestically with their operations in Perth, they’ve also become involved in the international market through exhibition endeavours in conjunction with the Australian Government, TRADEX and AUSTRADE.
QAE is now an experienced, proudly Australian owned and operated family business that has the facilities and ability to provide almost every product offered in-house at highly competitive prices, and consistently short lead times.