The company was founded in 1955 by Len Harrop and his wife Elsa who started out producing weaving machines from a small shed in the Victorian suburb of Brunswick. Their formula for customer satisfaction was good old Australian ingenuity and hard work. The business grew steadily, and they expanded into other areas, including industrial food-processing equipment and heavy haulage and earthmoving accessories.
In 1963, Len and Elsa's son, Ron, joined the business after completing a boilermaking apprenticeship. Ron's enthusiasm for 'making things' began at an early age. By the age of 10, he was welding together go-karts in the back shed. As a teenager, his passion extended to modifying cars, such as his first MGTC powered Morris Minor, his much-loved Holden EH and his famous FJ. Ron's enhanced FJ quickly became the leader in its class for quarter-mile competitions. Originally bought for $29 from racing identity Norm Beechey, it became known as "Harrop's Howler". Innovative designs combined with on-track success have contributed to a company philosophy and reputation that today see Harrop Engineering held in high regard by the motor sport industry. Harrop is proud to have played a part in the success of racing teams over the past 30 years a tribute to the precision and design of the performance products the company has supported and continues to supply.
Harrop is a licensed master distributor committed to supporting Eaton Corporation with the manufacture of Positive Displacement Superchargers and Traction Control Products for low volume applications. Harrop and Eaton share a synergy for research and development that has provided Harrop the ability to work with Eaton on the design, development and delivery of world class products. As a key strategic partner Eaton has enabled the development of supercharger and traction control solutions for a broad range of vehicle applications for OE and aftermarket.
In December 2008 Harrop become part of the Adrad Group of companies which is an Australian family owned conglomerate of entities whose activities include:
importation of automotive radiators in a complete form for sale to the Australian automotive aftermarket
manufacture of radiator cores in both copper/brass and aluminium for supply to both the automotive and industrial Australian aftermarket
design and manufacture of heat exchange original equipment for inclusion in heavy duty vehicles
design and manufacture of heat exchange equipment for stationary plant including generators and engines associated with the mining and power generation industries
engineering design and manufacturing services for niche industrial applications
design and manufacture of high performance automotive products for low volume OE and aftermarket customers
Harrop and Adrad share a common mission statement that was determined in the early years and we remain true to this driving principle today: "To have satisfied customers, served by happy competent employees, working for a progressive company"
TODAY & BEYOND
As part of the Adrad Group, Harrop Engineering is a modern, world-class operation committed to technical excellence in total component manufacturing. The legacy of the Harrop family continues with third generation management team representation through our Operations Manager Tim Harrop. Harrop exports product to Europe, United Kingdom and USA. Using state-of-the-art' computerised equipment and CNC machinery, it is continually striving to improve the accuracy and consistency of its manufacturing processes. Modern simulation tools produce virtual products prior to prototype validation and production builds, enhancing the integrity of the final product.
Driven by quality and performance, the Harrop team is committed improving the safety, reliability and durability of its engineering products. Harrops quality-assurance system is accredited by world standards. This, combined with the company's advanced product quality planning system, allow Harrop to deliver an outstanding level of service to our broad customer base ranging from global OE vehicle manufactures to serious performance enthusiasts.
Harrop continues to grow through successful partnerships and our highly skilled workforce delivering world class products. Our development pipeline for Supercharger, Differential, Brake & Cooling product is securing our future growth and attracting new customers to Harrop. More exciting new products are due for release - stay tuned!
See Harrop Engineering in MotorWerks Magazine below page 28
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