The Byron Group
The Byron Company was established in 1963, founded by Robert and Fred Byron, initially providing services for general aviation and specialised engineering products. Between 1963 and 1989 Byron was responsible for the design and manufacture of all successful (aluminum) 12 meter yacht-masts for the Americas cup challengers, including the Christmas tree at the Sydney Opera House. During this period a respect was forged with Qantas as a reliable supplier for their products.
In the mid-seventies Byron was responsible for supplying over 1000 different components related to the aircraft interiors section.
The eighties brought focus to the 747-200 series Aircraft, where Qantas became even more reliant on Byron for support with their lower lobe galleries. These aircraft were eventually sold to United, where Byron assisted with the sales program, meeting delivery requirements for ship sets equipment.
In 1989 management sought to change and saw Alan Moses take over the Executive Director position. This new management influence became significantly apparent in the early nineties, where focus remained on aviation but ultimately lead Byron to diversify into other manufacturing entities, consisting of DHS the largest manufacturer of pre-hospital equipment in the southern hemisphere, Emergency Transport Technology is the largest ambulance manufacturer in Australia with an office for export in Kuala Lumpur and China. Other entities include Byron GSE the largest manufacturer of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for the aircraft industry in Australia, Accessible Transit Specialists (ATS) who specialise in vehicle conversion and access vehicles for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Overall, Byron has been involved in providing services for general Aviation and specialised products, not only excelling in trade quality as aircraft maintenance engineers but also in their design capabilities, establishing Byron a solid reputation in supporting Australia's aviation industry.