Queensland-based manufacturer National Plastics & Rubber has secured an export contract to supply specialised aircraft wheel chocks for a major international airport in the UK.

Based in Sumner Park, in Brisbane’s south-west suburbs, National Plastics & Rubber was established 22 years ago and remains privately owned by two families, employing a local team of 34 people. The company specialises in the design and manufacture of quality polyurethane, industrial plastic and rubber products, primarily manufacturing specialised products for the mining industry in Australia. In recent years it has been gradually building its export business.

According to National Plastics & Rubber, the Aerochock product is the lightest specialised aircraft wheel chock on the market today, helping to reduce workplace injuries stemming from constant handling. It was designed utilising technology that National Plastics & Rubber developed for the manufacture of chocks for the world’s largest mining trucks.

The Aerochock is already in use in countries such as Cambodia and New Zealand, as well as Australia. In securing the contract with the UK airport, it saw off competition from rival products from around the world including the USA and Germany.

“We are very proud of our team in achieving an export order to a major UK airport with locally designed and manufactured products,” said Peter Tulley, Director of National Plastics & Rubber. “Hopefully this win will inspire other manufacturing companies in Australia into realising they can do the same.”