There is strength in numbers
12 Apr

There is strength in numbers

Steve Wickens

Here at Latham Australia, we have 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing the highest quality flooring and safety enhancement products. This experience means that we well and truly understand our market and our manufacturing processes. When it comes to sourcing materials, maintaining stock levels and making products to order on time, every time, we know what it’s all about.

Surface Mounted Entry Mat in a Residentual Application 2-1Our well-tuned control of inventory management is one vital reason why we can offer such a wide range of products, in so many varied metals, sizes and finishes, to meet the needs of Australian architects and designers on their projects. Quite simply, Latham is the name, for quality, range and experience. Architects trust us. We deliver world-class Stair Tread Nosings, Expansion Joint Covers and Neoprene Expansion Strips for broad floors, as well as our famous entry mats and floor grates, among other fine products. 

Builders and installers know and trust that Latham will make the products they order, in perfect condition, shipped to wherever they want. This does not happen by accident. It takes planning and experience, but most of all, it requires financial resources, too. We can also produce large quantities of product, quickly and without any fuss, always to our high quality standards. 

Latham 9.3.22 - FB - 167At Latham we hold the materials and consumables for all our manufacturing activity right here in our Gladesville (Sydney, NSW) factory. Our supply line relationships are long-established and well understood. Of course, we still explore new suppliers and alternative methods to make sure we are getting the best. Even through the height of the pandemic, we were able to continue making our products – because we have the resources to keep things happening. We can survive stresses and harsh market conditions that smaller businesses simply cannot. 

The investment Lathams has made in inventory to match the breadth of our products is another significant strength. Our experience has shown us the levels of inventory needed to hold appropriate “Safety Stocks”. We know our “Reorder Points” and our “Economic Order Quantities” and all the variables that go with such diverse manufacturing. To us, these are not just theoreticalLatham 9.3.22 - WEB - 153 (1) terms in a textbook – we live and breathe them, every day. And they make us successful, so that our customers will also be successful. 

By reinvesting in our own business, we have built a powerful operation that serves the needs of our customers and can respond to requests and new ideas quickly and efficiently. Our range is unparalleled in the industry and our ability to create and collaborate with designers builds upon this store of knowledge and material - to everyone’s benefit. 

To find out more about Latham products, please visit To talk to a Latham product expert, call 1300 LATHAM (528 426) or email 


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Steve Wickens

As the General Manager at Latham Australia, I am responsible for overseeing daily business activities, improving overall business functions, training heads of departments, managing budgets, developing strategic plans, creating policies and communicating business goals.

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