About Us

Our Service Promise
Our Offer
A Wesfarmers' Company
Supplier Diversity
Community & The Fred Hollows Foundation
Our History

Our Service Promise

Blackwoods is a vital part of Australia's industrial and workplace landscape. The Blackwoods brand is, and has been, proudly associated with thousands of strategic projects with both large and small businesses nationwide, over many decades ... and every time the message and promise is the same: if you see the Blackwoods' logo, you know 'all your workplace needs' are covered.

We've learned that customer needs and expectations are as varied as our product range, but our aim is clear: Customer satisfaction through dynamic and innovative sales and service solutions.

We've been working hard and investing in our people, technology and resources to make it easier for you to do business with us. From the introduction of a rewards-based pricing system, world-class supply chain capability delivering superior delivery performance to the roll out of leading edge mobile technology, Blackwoods has stayed on top by changing with and anticipating the needs of the industries we serve.

We understand your need for reliable delivery of all your workplace essentials, partnering with you to maximise cost efficiencies through our industry leading purchasing, eBusiness, delivery, logistics and inventory management systems. When you choose Blackwoods as your single source of workplace supplies, you can be assured of great range, great value and great service provided by our team.

Our Offer

Widest MRO Product Range

We're proud to offer you the widest range of maintenance, repair and operational requirements, backed by our customer support services.

The Blackwoods Team believes that our product range and tailored value add services are vital to a great service offering. We've made your job easier by selecting both the best quality and best value products from local and international sources giving you access to thousands of workplace essentials, exclusive brands and unique services.

Competitive Price Spend Discount

Enjoy the benefits of an easy to understand customer pricing structure - one discount applied to our competitive Trade List Prices. You are recognised for every dollar you spend with us. Your discount grows with your purchases across our entire product range.

The Blackwoods offer is underpinned by our commitment to our customers that our prices are always:

  • Competitive trade list prices and attractive volume prices for even bigger savings;
  • Consistent pricing online, by phone or in the shop - you'll get the best price we can offer;
  • Clear prices and invoices - easy to understand.

Delivery In Full On Time

Just like Blackwoods Brand Ambassador, Australian cricketer and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, our deliveries are fast and accurate. You can choose the delivery option that best suits your needs: express, same day, next day...

We will deliver what you want, when you want it, and when it comes to servicing customers in the most remote parts of this country, that's no mean feat. Our dynamic distribution system ensures that every branch in the country is stocked with the local inventory you need.

Technical Sales & Service Support

We continually improve our service by better understanding your business and priorities. Taking a consultative approach to business partnering, our Account Management and Industry and Technical Specialists combine to form one of the largest, most knowledgeable teams in Australia. The team is equipped with the tools, systems, technology and processes necessary to provide you with the consistent and efficient service you've come to expect from Blackwoods.

Our team of trained and experienced product experts will assist with your complex product or technical enquiries. With decades of practical experience we will help you choose the best products for your job.

If your business is looking for the Widest Range, Competitive Prices, Fast & Accurate Deliveries and Knowledgeable & Experienced People, then Blackwoods truly is 'all your workplace needs'.

A Wesfarmers Company

In 2001, Blackwoods proudly became a member of the iconic Australian group, Wesfarmers. The largest business of the Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety Division, Blackwoods was a natural addition to the group's mining, gas, agricultural and hardware businesses.

Wesfarmers began in June 1914 as the Westralian Farmers Co-operative and for most of its early history was primarily involved with the provision of services and merchandise to Western Australia's rural community.

Seventy years later, with the farmers co-operative as the majority shareholder, Wesfarmers Limited listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in November 1984. Since that time Wesfarmers has consistently been ranked in the top group of Australian companies when measured in terms of total shareholder return.

For more information about Wesfarmers visit www.wesfarmers.com.au

Supplier Diversity

Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety (which includes Blackwoods, as a division of Wesfarmers Limited, is responsible for setting its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy, and WIS’ policy operates in line with the Wesfarmers reconciliation objective, being:

To ensure that our businesses are places where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel welcome and valued, as employees and team members, customers, suppliers of products and services, and citizens.

WIS encourages the diversity of its supply base, and actively seeks to identify opportunities for suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and certified businesses to develop partnerships within its supply chain.

WIS engages both customers and potential Indigenous suppliers to bring competitiveness, innovation and value to its supply chain, including, as Founding Member of Supply Nation www.supplynation.org.au, consulting the Supply Nation Supplier List for potential partners.

WIS monitors its progress on its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy and reports in the annually published Sustainability Report.

Community & The Fred Hollows Foundation

Blackwoods’ engagement and support of Indigenous communities and programs across Australia, in a number of different ways, is a key component of our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Strategy and the broader Wesfarmers Reconciliation Action Plan. Customers, suppliers and members of the Blackwoods team have been responsible for generating over $500,000 in total cash donations directly allocated to improving remote Aboriginal health. By selecting products from the unique Blackwoods Foresight range customers can also trigger much needed donations which positively impact on the lives and communities of Aboriginal people.

Our History

1878 - James Blackwood, a Scottish Marine Engineer, founded the Blackwood Company in 1878 as a specialist supplier to the shipping industry in Sydney.

1909 - Having developed a reputation for consistent and reliable supply to a growing Sydney market and expanding its Metals business, the company moved into a larger warehouse in Sussex St, Sydney where it stayed until 1966. The company was well positioned to contribute to the supply of the Sydney Harbour Bridge construction, as well as a number of other historic projects that shaped the city we now know.

1953 - Blackwoods became a public company triggering a dramatic expansion over the next few years.

1961 - A.E. Baker and Co. And Builders' Hardware and Plumbing Supplier.

1964 - Blackwoods expands outside of the Sydney area for the first time joining with W.R. McKerrow and Co. in Canberra.

1966 - Blackwoods redefines industry's expectations of 'on time' deliveries with a large distribution facility at Lidcombe serviced by a fleet of delivery vehicles.

1967 - Blackwoods enters the Victorian market having joined with United Engineering Supplies PTY Ltd, and strengthens its Metals capabilities with steel processing business, Victoria Berrin.

1970 - Blackwoods' reputation grew, and with it came opportunities to export Australian made products throughout the Pacific Rim. Blackwoods Export Services operated out of the newly opened Brisbane branch which was soon servicing all of Queensland and Northern Territory.

1979 - Blackwoods builds a state of the art Distribution Centre in Smithfield, Sydney to keep up with the demands of the growing Australian Industry.

1980s - Throughout the next decade, Blackwoods became a truly national company expanding into Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Tasmania. Blackwoods strengthened its capabilities in an expanding product range joining with great Aussie companies including Dunlop Industrial Sales, Adair Industrial Supplies and Dent QBC, a fastener specialist. New branches opened throughout regional Australia opening the doors to rural and mining operations and confirming Blackwoods place as the 'One Stop Shop' for Australian Industry.

Today, Blackwoods is the largest Australian distributor of industrial, engineering and safety workplace needs across 72 locations. A single source supplier, Blackwoods aims to deliver great customer service while saving customers time and expense with fast delivery of all their workplace needs at competitive prices.