A year later, when Australian import restrictions were lifted, Ian and Brian looked beyond Australia’s shores for supplies. They soon introduced new products such as jute twine from Scotland, brown kraft paper from Austria and water activated tape from England to the Australian market.
In the 1962 the partnership dissolved. Ian Venus retained Venus Hartung & Company while Brian Hartung established a new business and retained the non-packaging agencies.
Later in 1962 Venus Hartung won its first major contract – to supply the Australian government with cellulose tape imported from Austria.
In 1963, Venus Hartung’s first sales manager, Peter Rush, introduced a new concept in packaging tape – self adhesive kraft paper that was also silicone coated. Following this, in 1964, Venus introduced a self adhesive plastic PVC tape. Another Australian first that totally changed the direction of carton sealing in Australia.
By 1965 Venus Hartung had outgrown the 2 floors it occupied in Flinders Lane and built a new warehouse in Abbotsford, an inner Melbourne suburb, and in 1969 the company incorporated to become Venus Hartung Pty Ltd.
Throughout the early 70’s, under the guidance of Sales Director, Frank Trchala, Venus Hartung enjoyed enormous growth in the sales of packaging machinery, heat sealers for polythene bags, filling and unitising equipment, shrink and skin packaging, carton sealing and strapping machines, and shrink and stretch wrappers for loaded pallets.
In 1976 the company diversified into ropes and twines for packaging, mining, fishing, transport and agriculture. Joe Schirrippa, Sales Manager from 1976 to 1993, led these developments, particularly in the area of harvesting twines and by 1985 the company occupied two city blocks with a warehousing and administrative complex that covered 100,000 square feet.
The appointment of Wayne Shearer as Marketing Manager in 1994 began an era when Venus classified its products into 15 distinct categories: Poly Bags, Films, Heat Sealers, Self Adhesive Tapes, Tape Dispensers and Carton Sealers, Strapping, Strapping Machines and Tools, Pallet Wrappers, Netting Products, Hotmelt Glues and Glueguns, Agriculture and Harvesting Twines, Warehouse Equipment and Materials Handling, Rubber Bands ad Ties, Ropes and Twines, Carton Stapling and Net Clipping.
Increasing sophistication in the range of heat sealing, band sealing, laminating, skin and shrink packaging and vacuum packaging equipment continued throughout the 1990’s, making Venus Australia’s market leader in heat sealing.
In the 1990’s Venus expanded the range of harvesting products – in particular by introducing big bale twines in 1992 and HDPE netwrap for big round bales in 1993. When Phil Pomeroy joined the sales team in 1995 Venus added more big bale twines, then 3 layer pit covers and Venus stretch silage film.
Venus purchased the current property at 555 Church Street Richmond in 1997. The multi-million dollar project involved extensive re-building and opened in 1999. The 4 level complex covers a city block and has 3 container bays.
The company appointed Tim Venus as Operations Director in 2006. Tim brought with him extensive experience in marketing and sales.
In 2009, our 50th year in business, despite the global financial crisis, sales quickly recovered to 2008 levels and in 2015 Venus achieved the highest yearly sales ever.
Venus Hartung Pty Ltd now heads a group of subsidiaries and affiliates that includes tape manufacturing and printing, and exports to USA, New Zealand, Untited Kingdom, Kuwait, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Singapore.
Led by Managing Director, Ian Venus and Marketing Manager, Wayne Shearer, Venus Hartung is now Australia’s leading packaging company supplying packaging products to customers nationwide.
We have had many years of experience in the packaging industry and experience across every sector including food and food services, agriculture, retail and on-line trade, manufacturing and spare parts, education, health, media & major events, printing and publishing, and warehousing and distribution.
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Whilst here, members of our experienced sales team can provide insight and advice on the packaging options available, demonstrate our machines and discuss options for packaging consumables such as film, bags and strapping required.
Many customers come to our showroom with the item they need to package and consider different machines and processes to achieve the most professional and cost effective outcome.
If you are planning a visit to our showroom with have ample car parking in our customer car park in Northcote Street, right under our building.
Our technicians have a comprehensive and detailed technical knowledge of our packaging machines. They can provide insights on how to run machines to optimal capacity, helping with trouble-shooting over the phone and in person. The Service Team also stock a range of spare parts of recent and older machines.
We always have in stock a broad range of spare parts for Venus brand heat sealers, shrink packaging machines, pallet wrappers, Venhart strapping machines, and net clipping machines including circuit boards, Teflon strips and heating elements.
Be sure to take note of your packaging machine name, and model number and to ensure the fastest possible processing and despatch time. Most spare parts can be shipped via overnight satchel.
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Venus Packaging is very proud to be a silver sponsor of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA). We have been associated with AFIA for well over 10 years.
We are proud sponsors of the Burwood Briars Cricket Club in Sydney who after winning 30 Premierships in the past 30 years are considered one of the most successful shires ever.
We have supported and sponsored the Old Xavarian's Women's and Men's Hockey Teams for over 25 years. This club has grown enormously in the last decade and continues to have representation across many levels of the competition.
Over the years Mario Caligari's Venus Racing Team has achieved many triumphs on the Improved Production Racing Association circuit including Champion of Phillip Island, Matthew Flinders Plate, 1st at Phillip Island, 2nd at Sandown and 3rd in the Victorian State Race Achievement Award for improved production cars.
We have sponsored the Fiji based Raymonds Soccer Team since 1988 and follow their achievements with great interest.