Geoff Lowe launched Carbatec® from his Brisbane garage in 1987. Since this time it has fundamentally remained a family business in Australia. Carbatec® outgrew its home-based premises and opened its first showroom in 1989. Developing new tools and machines became a feature of the business and the Carbatec® Mini Lathe was born. New products are also a feature of each new edition of the catalogue, bringing the best and most innovative products from around the world to Australia.
The family team at Carbatec® set out to provide tools not previously available in Australia and they comb the globe to find these to make available to the Australian market. They also set out to deliver these tools at value for money prices with world class service for all types of woodworkers from beginners to skilled craftsmen. So no matter your skill level, we have the product, service and expertise to suit you.
Our commitment to quality and service is also seen in our current retail stores in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide as well as our licensed stores in Perth, Launceston, Hobart and Auckland, all of which maintain Carbatec’s® core values. If you’re not in reach of a local store we have our online store as well as an extensive network around the country of independent dealers with access to the Carbatec® range of products.
Our future vision
Carbatec is proud of its heritage as a leading retailer of woodworking tools and machinery. We believe that one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences in life is creating something with your own hands, especially with something as beautiful and unique as timber. We believe that our mission as a company is to provide our customers with the tools, knowledge and resources to do just that - in an authentic, engaging and innovative way.
Part of our future vision is to inspire people in the community to foster partnerships, learn new skills, share their passion and get the most out of their woodworking. We are starting the journey towards achieving this and in becoming The Home of Woodworking – where customers' needs and experiences are paramount.
In October 2014 we launched a new logo and brand for the first time since Carbatec was founded…. this new identity signifies the beginning of this journey.
We hope you like our new look.
Carbatec New Zealand
Carba-Tec New Zealand Limited is the licensed distributor of Carbatec products in New Zealand. We opened in East Tamaki in 2003 and have enjoyed selling high quality tools and machinery to many enthusiastic woodworkers ever since.
In 2021 during COVID lockdowns we made the decision to open a second showroom in Christchurch which opened in 2022.
We are proud to have two showrooms you can visit – the original 700 square metre show room in East Tamaki, Auckland plus now a 900 square metre show room in Casebrook, Christchurch.
In addition, we are continually updating our website to bring you the best shopping experience possible.