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camping, 4WD and auto brands in Australia


Adventure Holdings Australia Pty Ltd (AHA)

  • AHA was formed in in 2017 in order for Odyssey Private Equity to acquire camping equipment company OZTrail
  • own:
    • Oztrail: acquired in 2017 after Whittaker family sold the OZtrail business to Odyssey Private Equity
    • Companion Brands: acquired in 2018 after Primus Australia had bought and traded under the Melbourne-based Companion Brands which had formed in 1995 (“Companion” had been making gas appliances since the 1970s at least)
      • Companion Brands distributes many of the world's leading outdoor brands including: Campfire, Everclear, Elemental, Popup, Roman, Travel Chef, Zebra, COI Leisure, Hammerhead, Havasac, Jack Jumper, Keep Cold, Kookaburra, Life+Gear, 4×4 Equip and of course their own brand Companion
    • acquired underground mining services business MST Global from Macquarie Group in 2018
    • OzPig: acquired in 2022 after it was founded in 2006 by the Shepherd family
    • CampFire: - cast iron camp cookware and tableware
    • Jamec Pem: - industrial tyre inflation tools
    • TradeFlame: - industrial heating tools

Spotlight Retail Group

  • own:
    • Spotlight homewares and fabric retail stores established by brothers Morry Fraid and Ruben Fried in 1973
    • Anaconda camping and outdoor retail stores: - founded in November 2004 by an Australian retailing family
      • Dune 4WD
      • Denali started in 1993
    • Mountain Designs: acquired in March 2018 after it was founded in 1975 by Rick White in Brisbane then closed all outlets to become an online store only in Jan 2018
    • Harris Scarfe: - general budget retail stores

Super Retail Group (SRG)

  • established in 1972 with founding of Supercheap Auto by Reg and Hazel Rowe
  • own:
    • BCF Boating Camping Fishing: after acquiring CampMart business in Jan 2005 and then launched the BCF brand in Oct 2005
      • Wanderer brand registered by BCF in 2008
    • Ray's Outdoors:
    • Macpac: acquired in April 2018 to integrate it with Ray's Outdoors
      • founded by Bruce McIntyre in Christchurch when he started making backpacks
    • Rebel Sport: acquired in Nov 2011 after it was founded in 1985 and for a while was listed on ASX
    • Supercheap Auto
      • acquired the Perth based Marlows business in May 2003
      • brands:
        • SCA

Mont Adventure Equipment

  • privately owned independent company founded in Canberra in 1981

Black Wolf

  • founded in the 1990's?
  • Australian owned and gear is designed in Australia but manufactured in Asia



  • a family owned and run business founded by by inventor Joe Viglione who was frustrated by tents that took so long to set up and his 1st working tent was produced in 1994



  • Australian own company that primarily makes LPG products


  • formed in 1914 as a cooperative company by the Farmers' and Settlers' Association of Western Australia
  • became a freely-traded publicly listed in 2001
  • acquired the Coles Group in 2007 after Myer had been divested in 2006 from Coles Group, then Coles Group Ltd was spun-off from Wesfarmers on 21 November 2018
  • now owns:
    • Bunnings
      • became fully owned by Wesfarmers in Jan 1994
      • bought UK retailer Homebase in 2016 then sold it at a loss in 2018
    • Kmart
      • Kmart tyre and auto business was sold to German company Continental AG and now rebranded as MyCar
    • Target Australia (no connection to the American retailer Target of similar name)
    • BBC Hardware
    • Coles Ansett Travel
    • Comnet
    • Fosseys
    • Grocery Holdings Pty Ltd
    • Harris Technology
    • Howard Smith
    • Katies Fashions
    • and others


  • established in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor East by John Barbuto (JB) in 1974 who sold the business in 1983
  • owns:
    • The Good Guys (acquired in 2016)

Genuine Parts Company GPC Asia Pacific

  • own mainly auto parts:
    • Repco (74% of GPC net sales)
      • Australian company founded in 1922 by Geoff Russell in Collingwood
      • listed on ASX in 1937
      • acquired by Pacific Dunlop in 1988 then listed again on ASX
      • all shares bought by CCMP Capital Asia and then de-listed
      • acquired by GPC Asia Pacific in July 2013 along with Exego group (consisting of Ashdown-Ingram, Mcleod Accessories and Motospecs)
      • brands: Repco, Dusc, Maxi Trac?
      • plus APPCO automotive trade stores only
    • Napa Auto Parts
      • brands: Maxi Trac
    • Sparesbox
    • AMX
    • Covs
    • R&E Auto Parts
    • Global Auto Spares
    • Welch Auto Parts
    • Taylors Parts Centre
    • Mcleod Accessories
    • RDA Brakes
    • MotoSpecs
    • Ashdown Ingram
    • GPC Commercial
    • ADL Autoparts
    • Automotive Supplies (ASL) NZ
    • Sulco Tools and Equipment
    • Rare Spares
    • JTR

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

  • US company founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling and based in Akron, Ohio and named after American Charles Goodyear (1800–1860), inventor of vulcanized rubber.
  • owns:
    • Dunlop Tyres
      • the Irish Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, established the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company of Australasia in Melbourne in 1893 but in 1899, it was sold to create a new Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company of Australasia which was then floated on the stock market and in 1906, name changed to the Dunlop Rubber Company of Australasia.
      • in 1969, it acquired Ansell Rubber
      • in the 1980's, Beaurepaires and Olympic Tyre & Rubber Co. join together with the Dunlop Group to form Dunlop & Olympic Tyres, then naming themselves Pacific Dunlop Ltd.
      • in the 1980's, Pacific Dunlop and Goodyear formed a joint venture that consolidated both companies tyre manufacturing operations in the Asia Pacific region named South Pacific Tyres, or SPT. SPT made tyres featuring the Dunlop, Goodyear and Olympic brands.
      • Pacific Brands was spun off from Pacific Dunlop in 2001 and this component was acquired by Hanesbrands in 2016
      • in 2002, Pacific Dunlop was renamed Ansell which maintained 50% ownership of South Pacific Tyres with Goodyear until 2006. SPT was closed in 2008 and changed to Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres in 2009.1)
      • brands: Goodyear, Dunlop, Olympic, Beaurepaires
australia/camping_brands.txt · Last modified: 2023/01/09 00:42 by gary1

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