Everything for the Builder

Bianco Construction Supplies

This network of area managers and van sales representatives service construction, industrial, mining and Government utilities across Adelaide, throughout South Australia and into the Northern Territory.

The company remains a family concern even now that it has grown so big, having come a long, long way since the days of the Adelaide bricklaying business established by Nick Bianco in 1970. He branched out into Bianco Hiring Services, which in due course evolved into Bianco Builders Supplies, specialising in selling building and machinery products to the construction industry. Bianco Reinforcing was established in 1998, manufacturing quality steel reinforcing from its Gepps Cross facility, and has become South Australia’s largest manufacturer of steel reinforcing for the domestic, commercial, civil and mining industries, with an impressive track record on a variety of high-profile jobs, including: Adelaide Airport, SA Water, the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant, IKEA, the University of Adelaide Engineering Building, QEH Building, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and the Port River Expressway. In 2004, Bianco Safety was established and this entity merged with Bianco Machinery to form Bianco Construction & Safety Equipment.

Nick’s son Russell took over the reins in 2011 and since then the group has taken a number of steps forward to reflect the changing market and the ever-increasing demands of customers throughout the construction and resources industries. Based in Newton, Adelaide (with a second outlet at Mount Barker, the retail hub of the Adelaide Hills), the company has a store at Roxby Downs, a mining town some 600km west of the SA state capital, and another store up in Darwin which is experiencing strong growth in line with the substantial infrastructure and resource projects going on throughout the Territory.

Roxby Downs has been servicing miners and contractors since opening in March 2009. Bianco’s mining division, which specialises in the provision of products and services to the mining sector, prides itself on high levels of service and expertise and boasts both full time and part time local employees. The company has recently acquired property for expansion of its warehouse and storage space.

Bianco Hire is a major supplier of portable buildings to the domestic, commercial, civil and mining industries for both hire and purchase. There is a wide range of products available, suitable for most applications including construction sites, manufacturing facilities, mining, special events and wherever additional facilities are required. Well trained staff and contractors are able to deliver and install portable buildings and facilities throughout South Australia in accordance with OH&S requirements, and Bianco Hire has recently added temporary fencing hire to its product range.

For the construction industry, Bianco Construction Supplies offers a comprehensive product range including steel, lintels and fabrication, wet trade materials and products, specialised concrete and repair products, drainage solutions, quality trade tools, general building products and formwork timbers and accessories. Bianco Construction Supplies backs this up with professional technical advice to ensure correct products are selected, along with an efficient delivery service.

The group is set up to act as a single source of workplace supplies and has chosen its various product ranges to reflect this one-stop shop approach, selecting both the best quality and best value in products from local and international sources. This gives customers choice and access to thousands of workplace essentials, recognised brands and unique services consisting of construction equipment, building supplies, safety supplies, steel reinforcing, portable building hire and on-site service.

Among the many ranges (the company catalogue runs to more than 70 pages) available to help builders, Hebel is extremely versatile and is available in blocks and panels of various sizes and widths for a broad range of load bearing and non load-bearing construction applications including external walls, internal walls, floors, fences and sound barriers. Hebel has varied applications across all segments of the Australian building trade. Another system which is promised for the near future is the Exsulite Thermal Facade System by Dulux AcraTex, which is aimed at bridging the gap between substrate and finishing systems, thus offering a fully integrated cladding solution from a single supplier.

A large range of residential and commercial thermal and acoustic insulation is also available for wall and ceiling application. Bianco also stocks extensive ranges of particle board tongue and groove flooring and a wide range of general purpose and termite resistant flooring to suit almost any flooring application. Likewise, there is a huge range of plasterboard, compounds and accessories for internal linings featuring fire, partywall, impact, sound and water resistant products. An estimating and delivery service is available, and Bianco staff pride themselves on being able to answer customer enquiries with expert responses.

Lysaght Bondek is a highly efficient, versatile and robust steel formwork, reinforcement and ceiling system for concrete slabs; the company also handles a comprehensive range of sealers for concrete, stone and most masonry surfaces, available in natural, coloured and wet look finishes. Bianco can supply a range of differently sized retaining wall sections and sleepers. Beams are black, primed or galvanised and are readily available. The company can also supply concrete sleepers to suit the retaining wall sections. Priming and galvanising of UBs and channels is available to order.

Not surprisingly, Bianco is also a specialist supplier of bricklaying, formwork and concretor tools to the construction industry, stocking quality renowned brands.

In the all-important realm of safety, Bianco stocks a vast range of items from personal clothing (most of it can be screened or embroidered to customise the appearance) through to glasses, welder’s helmets and goggles, products for cleaning and disinfection, all the way to safety barriers and road guardrails and roadside signage. There is also a specialist range of products that deal safely with asbestos removal.

But Bianco does not just supply safety materials; the company takes safety very seriously throughout its own operations and its in-house Quality Assurance team has a wealth of knowledge and experience which gives Bianco a solid foundation from which to create and implement its various Quality Assurance documents and processes. Tasks within every department have a quality risk assessment completed to identify any risks that can affect the quality of the products and services. Controls can then be put in place to minimise any risk. Documented procedures are created for each task to capture and standardise best practice, and Bianco employees actively participate in and are committed to the implementation and maintenance of all quality assurance processes throughout the organisation.

The catalogue of the thousands (possibly millions!) of items available can be viewed online and Bianco promises that a complete online ordering system is coming soon to its website for even faster and more convenient shopping. Bianco Construction Supplies prides itself on being able to give the same high level of service to all its customers, whether they be tier one contractors or a local concretor or carpenter. Going online will prove to be an expansion of this service ethic and speed up the delivery process – especially for big or small customers who need quality products in a hurry!

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

May 29, 2020, 3:59 PM AEST