The right choice
Simmonds is a premier Wholesaler of a wide range of timber products for the housing industry, commercial construction, home renovations, and industrial markets. Products are sourced from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North & South America in order to provide customers with the right solution for their needs. Simmonds has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Surabaya and was the first company in the world to use DNA technology to certify the legality and provenance of timber imported from Indonesia. An industry leader, Simmonds works closely with organisations such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund and is at the forefront of using technology to provide exceptional customer value.
Simmonds Lumber was started by Kevin Simmonds in Sydney in the early 1980’s. In 1983 the business was acquired by a company controlled by the Black family, who have other interests in the pastoral and timber industry in Australia and New Zealand. At that time Simmonds was located in a small yard in the residential area of Pennant Hills in New South Wales and was primarily involved in the importation of Radiata Pine from New Zealand for the local domestic housing market.
As the business grew, in 1985 it was relocated to a warehouse operation, which enabled the company to expand its product range into the distribution of Medium Density Fibreboard (known as MDF) and, following the acquisition of the Amplex business, into sawn and dressed hardwoods from South East Asia.
The company’s sales continued to grow, to the extent that in 1987 a decision was taken to move to a new site that allowed more space for timber storage and larger office premises for the increased number of employees. After a six month search, a lease was signed for a suitable 4 acre property on Bennelong Road, Homebush Bay in New South Wales. The move to this site allowed Simmonds to expand into a wide range of timber products that are still sold today.
In 1994, word went out that Homebush Bay was the preferred site for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Concerned about how this may disrupt the day-to-day business, and as the Games site gained momentum, Simmonds went on the property trail again, this time with a view to finding a site that could become a more permanent home for the growing business. The “House of Simmonds” was officially opened on 12th July 1996 and this building remains the Head Office of the Simmonds Group.
Today, Simmonds is a growing global player in timber and related products. With deep experience in timber sales and distribution as well as dedicated import / export professionals, we have become the right choice in wholesale timber.