About ten years ago, we received an unusual inquiry for a Flame Retardant quilt. After some investigation we discovered that the request for the quotation originated from the Australian Department of Defence Materiel for submariners sleeping quarters on the Royal Australian Navy's Collins Class submarines.
We applied for supplier registration and after a very rigorous assessment process, we were approved as an authorized supplier of high performance bedding products to the Department of Defence. We have since been audited and approved by the Department's Supplier Quality Audit Program which was quite an achievement for a very small specialty manufacturer.
In the following years we have proudly supplied a significant amount of highly technical bedding products, which were designed and manufactured by Kelly & Windsor in Australia. to meet international NATO specifications.
The RAN supply business brought Kelly & Windsor a number of unexpected benefits. In a highly specified supply conditions we upgraded our contract specification systems and manufacturing process controls. This created a stronger capability to serve our private label bedding business where consistency and repeatability are important. It also meant that we were required to obtain independent certification of the technical specifications and quality of the raw materials that we purchase.
We are now an established and approved supplier of military grade bedding products across all groups of vessels in the Royal Australian Navy, ie submarines, surface war vessels and supply ships themselves. We are now working to expand this experience and skill set to other similar applications such as the hazardous offshore oil & gas industry, state correctional facilities and possibly to allied foreign navies.
In 2016, Kelly & Windsor was awarded the bedding supply contract for the two new Landing Helicopter Deck (LDH) troop ships, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra which was the largest single supply RAN contract that we had undertaken up to that time.The diversity of products, timing and coordination of the LHD project was quite complex. The result was near perfect, and outstanding achievement for Kelly & Windsor and the Royal Australian Navy, fit for purpose, on time and on spec and Australian Made.
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We are donating a day's production to make wool quilts and pillows which we will give to the Father Bob Maguire Foundation so that they can help and support those who are in need in our local community.
We are very proud to support such a great cause and look forward to another Father Bob day.
As part of our giving back philosophy, we are excited to announce that Kelly & Windsor Australia and the Alpaca Bedding Company has recently partnered with The Lung Foundation of Australia in a cause related marketing program.
Our goal is to contribute to a very worthy cause by donating to their resreach programs.
First launched in 2006, our alpaca underblankets have been very popular but unfortunately in 2015 we encountered some technical manufacturing problems that we just couldn't resolve and we reluctantly had to discontinue their production.
Today we are advising that they are coming back in winter 2021.