About TUFF Australia

TUFF Australia is a leading Australian distributor and manufacturer of vehicle frontal protection systems, utility trays, canopies and truck bodies.

At TUFF we want to make a positive difference for our clients, our employees and the community.

As a leading vehicle accessory brand of choice for rural based Australians, hire fleets and mining companies. When safety, durability and reliability are paramount TUFF comes to mind for companies and individuals across Australia. 

 

Based on client testimonials and anecdotal evidence from the past 21 years, TUFF bullbars and brushrails can improve vehicle occupant safety in the event of animal collisions and other accidents.

 

It all started with the TUFF five post bullbar which has attained legendary status in rural Australia as an essential accessory for those driving in some of the toughest conditions on earth. The five poster engendered incredible loyalty from clients and this has been a key part of TUFF’s growth.

 

The range of products on offer now has grown to include truck service bodies, suspension upgrades and full camping set ups but we still see our core role as protecting our clients and their vehicles on the road or track.

Mark Casey - TUFF General Manager

TUFF's General Manager

“TUFF Australia has built a strong reputation in the 4×4 accessories industry based on quality products, innovation, value for money and excellent customer service.”

– Mark Casey

The TUFF Story

Phil Griffiths purchased TUFF Bullbars and Ute Shop in 2002 – a small bullbar manufacturing business in rented premises, with five staff. Phil was joined by his son Anton and together they improved manufacturing processes and business systems. It was all hands on deck in the early days with Phil working on the welder making jigs while Anton learned the trade of fitting bullbars.

 

After six years of rapid growth, the company became TUFF Bullbars Australia, now known as TUFF Australia.

During this time the TUFF team worked diligently to provide quality products, competitive pricing and excellent customer service which helped sustain strong growth. As the TUFF reputation grew, the number of bullbars increased to the point that TUFF required its own powder coating facility, to reduce lead times for clients and to ensure quality expectations were met. This led to the establishment of TUFF Coatings in 2008.

 

In 2017, TUFF moved to a much larger 5000 square metre premises and later that year started making utility tray bodies. By 2019 TUFF began fully fitting out light trucks with bullbars, canopies and toolboxes. 

Values drive TUFF expansion

In 2022 TUFF bought Ultimate Bullbars at Narangba in Brisbane and within two months moved the factory to a larger premises. Ultimate Bullbars is a highly regarded manufacturer of truck bullbars.  The facility in Brisbane also gave TUFF a presence in Brisbane to broaden its services for clients who can now get bullbars and trays fitted to utes or trucks as well as suspension upgrades. 

 

TUFF Australia now offers a complete vehicle accessory store, providing bullbars to tow bars at our Toowoomba and Brisbane stores. We also have a network of TUFF stores around Australia where accessory fitting and supply can be supported. 

 

In 2022 an Amada 6.5kw automated laser cutter and state-of -the -art brake press were installed. These are amongst the most sophisticated metal handling machines in Australia. 

 

The laser has an 18 metre tall feeder tower which keeps the laser fed with steel or alloy sheets so it can operate 24 hours a day. It also has its own nitrogen generator this meant that large nitrogen tanks and plumbing were not required. Again one of the first in Australia.

 

In 2023 TUFF expanded its footprint in the transport and agriculture sectors with the purchase of Extreme Welding which is a long-established manufacturer of truck bodies and cattle crates.

 

Also in 2023 TUFF expanded its technical team which now consists of five mechanical engineers tasked with research and development, product design and product improvement.

 

With significant investment over the past few years TUFF has diversified its manufacturing into new markets such as the hire sector and mining. Throughout this growth TUFF has maintained a culture built on family, with many long serving employees who work everyday to provide the best products available.

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TUFF Bullbars & Ute Shop - Where we started
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TUFF's Values

TUFF is serious about being truthful and fair with clients, suppliers and competitors. We are honest about pricing, delivery times and the services we offer and actually follow through on what we promise.

TUFF works to continuously improve its business, develop new products and provide upgrades to Bullbars and Brushrails, Ute Trays and the TUFFEST Canopies on the market.

The TUFF team embody a strong moral and ethical code, both professionally and personally – a company and team with a sound moral character.

TUFF works to high standards, attention to detail and effective quality control.

The TUFF team is friendly, helpful, and professional. We will listen to your needs and help you choose the best products for your vehicle.

At TUFF we are serious about protecting lives and the services we offer. It is however important to have fun along the way, and we encourage our clients and team members to enjoy their experience.

TUFF aims to provide the best possible products for clients and provide a quality Australian made alternative to imported Bullbars and Brushrail/side steps.

Simple, honest and transparent pricing is a priority for TUFF. Our products are not the cheapest on the market, but they definitely give the most bang for your buck.

TUFF's Experienced Team

TUFF’s success is the result of the efforts of its team and the company is proud of the long service of many employees.

This combined experience in the industry gives TUFF a significant edge in meeting and exceeding the needs of our clients.

TUFF Australia
is part of the TUFF Group

Business owners, Phil and Anton Griffiths personal reputations and commitment are linked to all companies and a family focus is emphasised over hierarchy. Companies are empowered to run their own affairs, but still help one another, and solutions to problems come from many sources.

 

Many companies espouse a set of brand values, which often become completely meaningless. TUFF believes that the most important thing is the way values are delivered and brought to life.

TUFF Australia proudly manufacture the strongest bullbars, brushrails, ute trays, canopies, 4×4 accessories, truck bodies and cattle crates. All TUFF products are Australian made and built to last.

Please note all pricing is in AUD & is subject to change. TUFF product designs are for illustration purposes only and are regularly updated. Please confirm all information with your sales consultant. 

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