About us

Australian Turntables have specialised in rotational movement since 1987. We work with industries requiring fine architectural detail to heavy industrial projects in destructive environments. With In-house design, engineering and manufacturing, Australian Turntables can deliver and install products customised to suit your specific requirements. We have a global footprint of projects as well as a growing International distribution chain.

Family History

Paul’s father Gordon Chapman, born in 1908, was an accomplished seventh generation blacksmith and wheelwright.

At 14 he left home and worked his way around Australia for the next 16 years before settling in  Colac Victoria in 1938 at 30 years of age. 
Between 1940 and 1941 Gordon was self-employed as a 2nd hand dealer in motor wrecking, house demolition (timber merchant); as well as welding and repairing tractors and agricultural machinery for farmers.

By 1961 the work had increased significantly and so Gordon’s son Michael joined the business. The operation became “Gordon Chapman and Son” (Fig:7) and together they progressed the business over the next 25 years. 
At their peak operation, they employed around 14 staff. Over the years these employees were of many nationalities. Australian, English, German, Italian and many others.

During the early 1980’s, Gordon at an advancing age, was finding it difficult to exit his driveway and came up with the idea of a turntable to make this easier for him and his wife Kath. With Michael they designed and built one, installed it and it worked perfectly. Gordon thought the idea was so good he encouraged his son Paul, a hotelier at the time, to look into the business opportunity.

Paul and his wife Annette did like the idea, however decided to focus on entering the market through the Exhibition and Display industry. This was a successful move and an excellent industry to develop skills and knowledge in the specialist engineering field  of turntables. The product needed to be installed quickly, had to be very reliable and removed in even less time, and the design and manufacturing principles developed then continue to drive the design and engineering today.

Paul and Annette’s sons Ben, Todd and Alex have assumed management of the Australian Turntables business, but both founders are still actively involved. 

Company History

Australian Turntables was established by Paul and Annette Chapman in 1987 and incorporated in 1991, hiring car turntables to the exhibition industry. During this time, we learnt the value of good design, modularity, speedy installation, reliability and durability. The company also became known as an option to solve logistical issues for architects with car turntables for residential properties.

Around the year 2000 the company shifted focus to opportunities available in other markets both in Australia and globally. These opportunities came from a new understanding that the company could position itself as a supplier that;

  • Improves safety by eliminating reversing manoeuvres
  • Save space and allowing designers more room to utilise for more valuable purpose
  • Increase productivity through a more efficient movement

It soon became obvious that by specialising in rotational movement and committing to high quality (ISO Accredited since 2003) we could be a world leader in many industries. Today, with projects installed in over 20 countries and a growing network of distributors, Australian Turntables opportunities continue to build.

Australian Turntables is a world recognised, ISO accredited company specialising in rotational movement systems. We provide turntables to a wide range of industries, supporting our clients from the initial concept of a project through to completion and beyond.

Our products are all proudly Australian made; designed, engineered and manufactured from our Bendigo factory in Central Victoria. We can install and service our products all across Australia, and we also service international clients.

Company Information
Board members

Paul Chapman

CHAIRMAN

Since the beginning as a co-founder, Paul has proudly developed ATC’s strong culture of building customer relationships first and delivering quality with integrity. As chairman his focus on having a strong base, innovation, continual R&D and linking with universities positions the company well for the future.

Annette Chapman

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

In 1987 Annette was a co-founder of Australian Turntables, and has been involved in most aspects of the business since its conception. With 30 years of valuable experience under her belt, Annette continues to work in the business today, managing an administration role.

Ben Chapman

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ben started with ATC in 1992, working in production and on installations. Over the years he has worked in a number of roles including production manager, project manager, sales and business development. After taking a few years to travel and work around the world, Ben has moved into the managing director role at ATC.

Todd Chapman

DIRECTOR

Todd has been with Australian Turntables since 1993. In that time he has worked in production, design and installation roles, as well as championing our MRP system. Todd now provides clients and sales with technical support, works on major projects for estimating and supporting the design team, whilst also managing our research and development program.

Alex Chapman

DIRECTOR

After completing high school Alex started with ATC and worked on manufacturing and installing turntables. He then studied IT, forging a successful career in Melbourne and London until 2007. He eventually returned to ATC in sales and account management, and is now the sales and export manager for our growing distribution team.

Bill Brown

DIRECTOR

Bill has had more than 35 years experience as a commercial and legal advisor.  He has been general counsel of companies and a group general manager of legal and regulatory affairs for a major ASX-listed company. He is now a trusted advisor to owners and directors in a wide range of industries. Bill’s ability to innovate and find distinctive risk-adjusted solutions to difficult and complex situations stems from the wide and deep experience gained through senior executive roles. He applies his experience in a practical and common sense way.

Chris Harrington

Board Advisor

Chris graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachleor of Business in 1992, Chris is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Strategem has had a close involvement with the Chapman family and the Australian Turntable Company Pty Ltd and their related entities, since 2009. Chris has been at the forefront of this successful business relationship.
As an advisor to the Board, Chris brings a wealth of accounting, taxation and business expertise to the ATC Group.

Leadership team

Ben Chapman

Managing Director

Ben started with ATC in 1992, working in production and on installations. Over the years he has worked in a number of roles including production manager, project manager, sales and business development. After taking a few years to travel and work around the world, Ben has moved into the Managing Director role at ATC.

Todd Chapman

Technical Sales

Todd has been with Australian Turntables since 1993. In that time he has worked in production, design and installation roles, as well as championing our MRP system. Todd now provides clients and sales with technical support, works on major projects for estimating and supporting the design team, whilst also managing our research and development program.

Alex Chapman

Sales Manager

After completing high school Alex started with ATC and worked on manufacturing and installing turntables. He then studied IT, forging a successful career in Melbourne and London until 2007. He eventually returned to ATC in sales and account management, and is now the sales and export manager for our growing distribution team.

Marc Smith

GENERAL MANAGER

Marc joins Australian Turntables with experience in food manufacture, agribusiness, government and not for profit sectors. He has had a Fellowship Awarded CPA, has completed Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is currently working on attaining an MBA. Marc joins us to help Australian Turntables transition to the next levels of business.

Clinton Miller

DESIGN ENGINEER

Clinton has over 25 years industry experience with major companies, including ten years railway trackwork design for rail systems Australia wide – including high speed rail systems as part of the Austrian company Voestalpine VAE. Since joining Australian Turntables in 2007 Clinton heads up Australian Turntables’ design team and oversees the design of custom projects from early concept stage through to project completion.

David Wait

NSW MANAGER

David has been working in the construction and landscape industry for more than 25 years including running his own business for 15 years. He comes to ATC with great construction experience having managed large scale projects for commercial, government and high end residential clients. David is managing our NSW team and bringing all his experience to our NSW customers.

David Martin

OPERATIONS MANAGER

David is a qualified Metallurgist and Mechanical Engineer with over 35 years experience in manufacturing across a wide range of industries.

He has a strong background in Operations management including change management and operational measures to improve efficiency. More recently involved in one of the largest ever land defense contracts issued in Australia; David also has history with fabrication, sheetmetal, aluminium production and a significant period of time overseas developing a new production facility for fabricated product.

Scott Mayman

National Customer Service Manager

Scott opens the line of communication between customers and production to ensure that the quality
and service needs of Australian Turntables and its customers are surpassed. With over 30 years’
experience in both public and private sectors, Scott has diverse experience in management, professional
development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Scott joins the Australian
Turntables team to provide service, support and guidance to our valued stakeholders and customers.

Samir K. Verma

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Samir has six years industry experience in the areas of designing, plant capacity planning and execution for green and brown field facilities. Previous to this he completed a Masters of Engineering (Engineering Management – Mechanical) from Deakin University Australia followed by Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) from India. Samir joined Australian Turntables in 2016 and supports our team with documentation, quality control of product and processes, scheduling, and mechanical engineering requirements.

Arun Nair

FINANCE MANAGER

Arun has joined Australian Turntables as Finance Manager with extensive experience across a wide range of industries. He has fulfilled financial leadership roles with large companies in construction, logistics, engineering and food manufacturing industries.  Arun is a qualified CPA and has a strong background in optimisation of business process and ERP systems.

Sadekur Rahman

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Sadekur has previous experience working in the field of Oil and Gas and HVAC industries before coming to Australia. He joined us in 2018 as a graduate engineer soon after completing his Masters of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Design) from Deakin University Australia and Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical-Automotive) in Malaysia. Sadekur supports our team with documentation, quality control of product and processes, project engineering and mechanical engineering requirements.

Laszlo Groh

PRODUCTION LEADING HAND

Laszlo is a trade qualified welder, team leader and supervisor with over 25 years experience. He has a wide range of fabrication and welding experience from heavy marine and construction environments to production welding operations. Laszlo manages Australian Turntables production team in Bendigo, driving the quality to meet our national and international clients requirements.

Catherine Chapman

QUALITY MANAGER

Catherine (Cap) started working with ATC in 2008 after spending a few years in London with Ernst & Young. As Australian Turntables has grown, Cap has moved into the Quality Manager role, managing our Quality, WH&S and Environmental ISO Accreditation compliances.

Sachin George

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS ENGINEER

Sachin joined us as a graduate Engineer in 2020. He completed his Bachelor of Technology degree from India, he has also done his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Design) from Deakin University Australia. Sachin supports our team with documentation, quality and process control/optimisation and other mechanical engineering requirements.

Corporate Social Responsibilities

1. Environmental responsibility

Australian Turntables have selected materials, which can be recycled at their end of life.  We have also committed to reduce our footprint by installing renewable energy and energy efficient machinery and lighting.

Australian Turntables complies with the international standard ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management system.

2. Human rights responsibility

Australian Turntables complies with all regulations in accordance to the countries in which we operate and hold ourselves to high standards.

Our company and our supply chain will not condone any breaches of the Human Rights Responsibility, including but not limited to:

  • Child Labour
  • Forced or Bonded Labour
  • Living Wages, Benefits, & Working Hours
  • Discrimination
  • Bullying, Harassment and Abuse
  • Health & Safety
  • Migrant Workers
  • Working Conditions
  • Environmental Protection
  • Business Integrity & Anti Corruption

3. Philanthropic responsibility

Australian Turntables is connected with the community in a variety of aspects and actively encourages the support of local businesses through its supply chain. 

We also support a variety of educational programs, with work placements, internships and supporting the REAM strategy.

Our donations help support the local communities in which we operate.

4. Economic responsibility

Australian Turntables constantly reviews the business against being a good corporate citizen. 

As an employer we aim to provide a workplace that encourages innovative thinking and supporting ideas from all staff.

We aim to be an employer of choice and offer a workplace that will provide the necessary support for our staff.

Research and Development

Australian Turntables has built its reputation on manufacturing and constructing the best turntables in the world and are renowned for their quality and reliability.  The business has grown into the market leader for each industry through investing heavily in new product development and innovation through research and development.

With the backing of their highly skilled leadership team, they are constantly working on process improvement, product development and the next creative solution for space management.   

Australian Turntables have been operating for over 30 years and have delivered some amazing results, from increased safety, improved efficiencies and getting into places that have been too hard to access.  In 2010 the company launched the relocatable turntable and have been able to establish strong ROI for their customers, shortening project times and saving significant dollars.   

The business can work in collaboration with your team to deliver the best result and ensure your requirements are considered and delivered upon.

Engineering and Design

Australian Turntables design and engineering team can identify problems and conduct strong research into potential solutions, all of this is completed with focussing on the customers’ needs to help deliver the best outcome for them.

The highly skilled staff work from concept to completion and can offer a full turnkey solution to your project, they complete a design thinking process to ensure project success.

Quality Assurance

Australian Turntables management and staff are committed to the highest quality standards and are consistently working on continuous improvement activities to maintain their market leader status.  

To ensure that we exceed our quality standards, the business maintains the following accreditations:

ISO 9001 – Quality Management System (QMS)

ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System (EMS) 

ISO 45001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) 

As part of our safety standards we also comply with AS/NZS 4024:2019 – Safety of Machinery.