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Welcome To ECEFast

Providing complete temperature monitoring and management solutions for nearly 100 years.

What Drives Us?

ECEFast makes temperature simple. We work with organisations who use temperature-critical processes, and our overriding goal is to help your business to be more efficient, maintain product quality and comply with industry regulations.

We are, first and foremost, engineers and technicians – we love providing precision instrumentation to solve real-world industry problems. We have a depth of experience and knowledge that we want to share. We believe that we have the best products and services in the country and our mission is to bring them to you to enhance your processes and your business.

Our past and our future

We are proud of our history and excited by our future.

We started as a manufacturer of furnaces and ovens, back in 1932. We moved into temperature monitoring and from there to providing complete temperature management solutions. Our founder’s family are still part of our management team today.

Even as we approach 100 years old, we remain fresh and young in our outlook. We uphold our tradition of excellence and service, but we never take our eyes off the future. We’ve thrived because we’re flexible and have always moved with the market and adapted to customer requirements.

A true blue Aussie business

We are privately held, 100% Australian and love serving Australian businesses – we contribute to the local economy and to the success of some of the biggest and best companies in the country.

Our Story

1898

Herbert Griffiths, co-founder of Electro Chemical Engineering P/L, is born in Coolgardie, WA, followed by his brothers Norman (co-founder) and Clyde. Their parents, Edith and John, had eloped there from Ballarat when the marriage was opposed by their families. Edith had migrated to Ballarat in the early 1850s from Cornwall, where her father was a tin miner. John had been a student at the Ballarat School of Mines and then a mining engineer and manager in WA.

1910s - 1920s

Herbert and Norman grow up in Perth and attend Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia. Clyde is sent to Ballarat to be raised by his grandparents and Edith’s sister Lydia. His brothers visit him frequently and after their education, they move to Victoria.

1932

Herbert and Norman founded Electro Chemical Engineering Pty Ltd. (ECE). The company produces refractories and cements, and sells abrasives. It is located at 301 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, next door to the family home at 303. In the same year, Ron McLerie joins the business, where he is to remain for almost 40 years, becoming Managing Director.

1930s – 1970s

The company expands its product range, manufacturing Chemelec Box Type furnaces, industrial ovens, heated tube furnaces, laboratory and commercial hotplates and aeration controllers.

1950s

The company expands its premises into the former family home at 303 Burwood Road, and adds a second storey instrument works area to number 301.

1979

Sydney office opens in Carlotta Street, Artarmon Herbert Griffiths dies. Newly appointed director, Ewan Baird, engages Jim Walker as a Sales Engineer in the Sydney office. Jim goes on to become Managing Director.

1980s

Sydney office grows to equal the size of Melbourne.

1991

ECE opens its Queensland office in Hyde Road, Yeronga. Arthur Kokolekos, an Instrument Technician in the Hawthorn office, is promoted to manage the new branch.

1995

Jim Walker is appointed Managing Director.

1998

ECE expands further with the long planned acquisition of a calibration laboratory, based at Thomas Street, Hawthorn. The company changes its trading name to ECEFast and the laboratory is named Fastlab.

ECE starts a sensor manufacturing company called Thermoelectric Engineering, which operates from a site in Bundoora from 1998 to 2000.

ECE is offered a distributor agreement in New Zealand by Raytek, one of its principal suppliers, leading to the first overseas ECE office, in Auckland.

2000

New offices at 26 Business Park Drive, Notting Hill are acquired. This enables the consolidation of ECE, Fastlab and Thermoelectric Engineering into a single site at the new premises. enabling all three sites to be consolidated into a single ECEFast facility. Thermoelectric Engineering becomes ECEFast Sensor Manufacturing Division.

2002

ECE acquires Engineering and Thermal Products p/l located in Gladstone Queensland.

2007

ECEFast opens an office in China (in later years this is closed and replaced by a partnership with Widewell in China)

2008

Mary Smith appointed Managing Director. Jim Walker becomes Director – Marketing. The GFC hits and slows the economy and ECEFast’s market.

2009

ECEFast undergoes a strategic business restructure, and four distinct business units are created: import and distribution; Fastlab (NATA accredited laboratory); Systems Group; and Sensor Manufacturing Division. This structure creates the environment and focus from which ECEFast moves into its next phase of successful growth.

2015-2016

ECEFast introduces a new supplier – UK company Hanwell.

2019

Jim Walker retires
Another new supplier is engaged, Danish company Ellab

2020 - 2022

The COVID pandemic hits – ECEFast continues to operate and serve customers.

2022

ECEFast marks its 90th anniversary.

2023

ECEFast launches new branding and new website to position for further growth ahead.

Our Story

1898

Herbert Griffiths, co-founder of Electro Chemical Engineering P/L, is born in Coolgardie, WA, followed by his brothers Norman (co-founder) and Clyde. Their parents, Edith and John, had eloped there from Ballarat when the marriage was opposed by their families. Edith had migrated to Ballarat in the early 1850s from Cornwall, where her father was a tin miner. John had been a student at the Ballarat School of Mines and then a mining engineer and manager in WA.

1910s - 1920s

Herbert and Norman grow up in Perth and attend Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia. Clyde is sent to Ballarat to be raised by his grandparents and Edith’s sister Lydia. His brothers visit him frequently and after their education, they move to Victoria.

1932

Herbert and Norman founded Electro Chemical Engineering Pty Ltd. (ECE). The company produces refractories and cements, and sells abrasives. It is located at 301 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, next door to the family home at 303. In the same year, Ron McLerie joins the business, where he is to remain for almost 40 years, becoming Managing Director.

1930s – 1970s

The company expands its product range, manufacturing Chemelec Box Type furnaces, industrial ovens, heated tube furnaces, laboratory and commercial hotplates and aeration controllers.

1950s

The company expands its premises into the former family home at 303 Burwood Road, and adds a second storey instrument works area to number 301.

1979

Sydney office opens in Carlotta Street, Artarmon Herbert Griffiths dies. Newly appointed director, Ewan Baird, engages Jim Walker as a Sales Engineer in the Sydney office. Jim goes on to become Managing Director.

1980s

Sydney office grows to equal the size of Melbourne.

1991

ECE opens its Queensland office in Hyde Road, Yeronga. Arthur Kokolekos, an Instrument Technician in the Hawthorn office, is promoted to manage the new branch.

1995

Jim Walker is appointed Managing Director.

1998

ECE expands further with the long planned acquisition of a calibration laboratory, based at Thomas Street, Hawthorn. The company changes its trading name to ECEFast and the laboratory is named Fastlab.

ECE starts a sensor manufacturing company called Thermoelectric Engineering, which operates from a site in Bundoora from 1998 to 2000.

ECE is offered a distributor agreement in New Zealand by Raytek, one of its principal suppliers, leading to the first overseas ECE office, in Auckland.

2000

New offices at 26 Business Park Drive, Notting Hill are acquired. This enables the consolidation of ECE, Fastlab and Thermoelectric Engineering into a single site at the new premises. enabling all three sites to be consolidated into a single ECEFast facility. Thermoelectric Engineering becomes ECEFast Sensor Manufacturing Division.

2002

ECE acquires Engineering and Thermal Products p/l located in Gladstone Queensland.

2007

ECEFast opens an office in China (in later years this is closed and replaced by a partnership with Widewell in China)

2008

Mary Smith appointed Managing Director. Jim Walker becomes Director – Marketing. The GFC hits and slows the economy and ECEFast’s market.

2009

ECEFast undergoes a strategic business restructure, and four distinct business units are created: import and distribution; Fastlab (NATA accredited laboratory); Systems Group; and Sensor Manufacturing Division. This structure creates the environment and focus from which ECEFast moves into its next phase of successful growth.

2015-2016

ECEFast introduces a new supplier – UK company Hanwell.

2019

Jim Walker retires
Another new supplier is engaged, Danish company Ellab

2020 - 2022

The COVID pandemic hits – ECEFast continues to operate and serve customers.

2022

ECEFast marks its 90th anniversary.

2023

ECEFast launches new branding and new website to position for further growth ahead.

Meet the Team

Mary Smith 

Managing Director 

Gregor Baird

Technology Director

Justin Marven
General Manager, Industrial
measurement and Control

Brendan Dineen
General Manager
Monitoring and Validation

Phong Nguyen
Manager, NATA
Laboratory

Wayne Falzon
Production Manager
Sensors

Karen James
Administration Manager

Matt Tabbaa
Purchasing & Supply
Manager