Survey finds Aussies prefer Australian made building products

XPS Aus Made

When it comes to building supplies, the people have spoken: Australians choose Australian made over foreign imports. That’s the findings of a recent Roy Morgan survey, which found that 65% of Australians prefer Australian Made building and renovation materials.

So, why are Australian consumers preferring to buy Australian made building products? According to the Roy Morgan survey data, the main reasons are:

  • Better quality;

  • Supporting local business;

  • Supporting local communities; and

  • Local job creation.

In commenting on the Roy Morgan research, Ben Lazzaro, Chief Executive of the Australian Made Campaign, noted the importance that Australians place on locally manufactured products and the increasing demand for Australian made building products and authentic Aussie brands.

“The demand for authentic Aussie products is growing continuously,” Lazzaro said. “When you buy Australia Made, Australian Grown products, you know what you are getting – products made to the highest of manufacturing standards and grown in our clean, green environment. At the same time, you are helping to support local industry.”

“The best way to identify genuine Aussie products is to look for the famous green and gold Australian Made logo,” Lazzaro added.


Foamex for Australia’s only locally made Styroboard® XPS


One such product is our extruded polystyrene Styroboard® XPS, which is made in Australia and proudly carries the iconic green and gold Australia Made logo.

While some Australian companies choose to import their polystyrene building products, at Foamex we are committed to and stand by local manufacturing. Our Styroboard® XPS is the only extruded polystyrene board manufactured in Australia, and Foamex is the only company that manufactures and sells Australian made extruded polystyrene.

Unlike imported extruded polystyrene, you know what you are buying when you choose Foamex, particularly when it comes to the grade of the material used during production. We only ever use 20% of recycled resin in the manufacturing process of our XPS, which is derived from the processing of our already high quality Styroboard® XPS.

This is critical because extruded polystyrene that has been manufactured using low quality input material has the tendency to rapidly leach out a harmful blowing agent over time, which impacts the environment and affects the functionality of the product via reduced R-Values.  

Our superior quality Styroboard XPS extruded polystyrene complies with Australian Standard 1366-Part 4 and meets the Building Code of Australia’s requirements in relation to energy efficiency. Foamex Styroboard XPS boasts some of the best thermal properties in the world, having been designed to withstand the tough Australian conditions with extreme weather and temperature variances.

As a high-quality Australian made building product, Styroboard XPS also offers a high compressive strength, making it ideal for both commercial and residential construction and the material of choice for home builders, specifiers, architects and engineers.


Four reasons why supporting Australian manufacturers makes good business sense


1. Made to Australian standards: Australian manufacturers work to very high standards. Consumers are likely to find Australian-made products are of a much higher quality compared than that of foreign manufacturers. Imported products may not always meet Australian regulations and standards.

2. Confidence in quality: When you buy Australian-made you know that you are in investing in something that is made to last. Australia has a reputation for manufacturing and producing some of the highest quality products in the world.

3. Sustainable manufacturing: Sustainability is a fundamental part of manufacturing in Australia. The manufacturing of Australian-made products has strict environmental protection policies that need to be followed during the production process.

4. Supporting locals: One of the best ways to contribute to the economic development of Australia is by buying locally made products. Buying Australian-made supports the economy, Australian businesses and jobs.


Interested in learning more? Contact your local Foamex sales office to discuss your insulation requirements. We have been supplying polystyrene solutions to the Australian market for more than 35 years and have worked with builders, engineers, architects, designers, and specifiers to serve their needs.



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