Harrop Engineering has a rich heritage in Automotive and Industrial sectors and is celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2020. Harrop has a legendary reputation for proprietary innovative design and precision manufacturing, supporting programs for iconic motorsport teams, Automotive OEM, as well as diverse Aftermarket and Industrial customers globally.
Founded in 1955 by Len Harrop in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, Harrop Engineering originated in specialist general engineering for the textile and general trucking/haulage industries.
As the business grew, Len and Elsa Harrop’s son, Ron, joined after completing his boilermaker apprenticeship. Ron had a strong interest in modifying cars and motorsports, so with Len’s technical knowledge and Ron’s motorsport passion the business evolved, opening them to the world of automotive performance parts.
The production of performance parts continued to gain momentum through Ron’s car racing, with the iconic Harrop Howler through to touring cars (HDT) and then engineering Holden Racing Team Commodores. Harrop had enormous on-track success, with a rich history of decisive roles in the precision and design of performance products for racing teams over the past 30 years.
A new era
In 2008, Harrop Engineering was acquired by Adrad Group, a family-owned conglomerate of companies from Adelaide, South Australia. Today the business offers several core product groups – supercharging and induction, braking, driveline and cooling over several different market segments, alongside their industrial manufacturing capabilities.
Harrop Engineering recognises its ability to remain agile and capitalise on new product opportunities both locally and in export markets as fundamental to its ability to remain a leader in the Automotive Aftermarket industry. As a result, Harrop Engineering USA was recently established in Dayton, Ohio to support the brands growth in the US market, as well as investing in an Agile Robotic System and Mazak Multi-Pallet Variaxis to remain at the forefront of manufacturing technologies to support our production efficiency and capacity.
Harrop Engineering was also recently certified by SAI Global to the internationally recognised AS9100D standard, gaining accreditation to precision manufacture components for Aerospace and Defence applications.
General Manager, Heath Moore – “We’re very proud of our rich heritage and talented team who design, develop and deliver our world class products. It’s a significant milestone for Harrop to reach 65 years manufacturing in Melbourne with today an increasingly diversified global focus which is exciting for all of our stakeholders”.
Operations Manager, Tim Harrop – “We are very proud to be celebrating our 65th year as an Australian manufacturer. It is with a salute to our staff who create and our customers that partner with us, that enables us to deliver precision engineered solutions. We embrace the challenge of continuing to innovate our products, processes and engineering service offerings for our broad customer base”.
Harrop looks forward to celebrating the skill and expertise of its team, in addition to recognising the passion and energy of its customers and key strategic partners who have been a key part of its story. Keep an eye out for further announcements detailing Harrop’s 65th Anniversary celebrations.