About Us  History of Innovation
  • 1973

    Air & Noise Equipment is formed and operates as a manufacturer's agent. The name later changes to Air & Noise Engineering Pty. Ltd.

    Glen Harries and Jack Pirie start the Company in Melbourne and Sydney with the aim of providing a new level of customer service and high quality products.

  • 1975

    Air & Noise Engineering becomes the agent for Ziehl Abegg and the ebm range of fans from Germany. This introduces Australia to external rotor motor technology.

    To provide better service, the Melbourne office moves to Canterbury, Sydney office moves to Beverley Hills.

  • 1978

    Fantech starts manufacturing its own axial flow fans.

  • 1979

    Introduction of Centrifugal Roof Ventilators - Gamma Series.

    Axial roof units with cowls made of fibreglass are added to the range.

    The Minivent Roof unit is developed specifically for a new shopping centre and goes on to become very popular. Subsequent developments introduce all plastic cowl.

  • 1980

    Fantech agent Air Design is formed to service Queensland customers from a local office.


    Launch of the Miniduct (now called the Minitube) a small in-line axial fan that uses an external rotor motor.


    Melbourne office moves to 710 sq.m premises in Camberwell.

  • 1982


    The Fantech brand with its sophisticated new logo is created and begins to replace the Air & Noise Engineering logo.


    Launch of the Gamma roof ventilator with a fibreglass cowl.

  • 1984

    Fantech NSW moves to larger premises in Seven Hills.


    Purchase of a 900 sq.m premises in Box Hill sees Melbourne office move again.

  • 1986

    3400 sq.m premises at Mulgrave becomes the new home of Fantech. Over the years this expands to over 6000 sq.m.

    On the same day Fantech becomes the official company name

    Fantech becomes the exclusive agent for the Elta Fans UK range of adjustable pitch axial flow impellers. These range up to 1.25m diameter

  • 1987

    Opened Fantech office in Adelaide.


    Systemaire becomes the Fantech Agent in Western Australia.

  • 1988

    To help keep our customers up-to-date with the latest information, our Tech Talk Newsletter is created.


    The first Fantech fans are exported. These were installed in the Australian Embassy in Beijing.


    Agents are established in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

  • 1989

    Minivent roof units are installed on Sydney's Monorail trains to help cope with the summer heat.

  • 1990

    To provide Fantech customers with heavy duty centrifugal fans, a strategic partnership with Fan and Blower Company is established.


    Growth in NSW sees Fantech move to a larger 1040sq.m building in Kings Park.

  • 1991

    Fantech Axial and Centrifugal fans installed at Melbourne's Southgate project, one of the largest mechanical projects ever undertaken in Australia.

  • 1992

    Manufacturing of Elta adjustable pitch axial Impellers under licence in Australia starts.


    Fantech becomes the first fan company in Australia to achieved QA Accreditation under the AS3902 standard. This was updated to ISO9001 in 2000.

  • 1993

    The first Fans by Fantech hard cover catalogue is launched giving customers extensive product and application information.


    Fantech New Zealand is established with the opening of the Auckland office.

  • 1996

    Approximately 200 fans are supplied to the “A Team”, an alliance of 3 leading mechanical contractors, for installation into the new Crown Casino complex in Melbourne.


    Custom designed axial flow fans are manufactured to precise specification for the first of 10 ANZAC class frigate ships.

  • 1997

    Fantech becomes part of the Elta Group UK.

  • 1998

    The interactive Fan Selection CD Program is launched and provides clients with a level of information and convenience never seen before.

    Driven by customer demand, the PowerLine Centrifugal In-Line range is launched.

    Fantech supply ventilation equipment for the new “Stadium Australia ” at Homebush NSW.

  • 1999


    www.fantech.com.au website is launched. It includes many helpful features for users, such as real-time up-to-date technical/electrical data, acoustic analysis, fan weights calculator and maintenance manuals.


    Fantech Smoke-Spill Fans meet the new standard AS4429.

  • 2000

    A 710mm diameter axial fan and silencer are developed to help shape the flame from the cauldron 2000 Sydney Olympic games.

    Introduction of the Mixvent In-line mixed-flow fan that requires 40% less space and is 6dBA quieter than existing small inline fans.

    Elta Axial Range is extended to 2.0m diameter providing customers with more choice.

  • 2001

    Fans, attenuators and cowls are installed at the Adelaide Convention Centre, voted one of the worlds best convention centres.


    Axial, centrifugal and dual motor exhaust fans are installed at the impressive W.A. Maritime Museum that sits at the entrance of Fremantle Harbour and houses the famous Australia II and Parry Endeavour.

  • 2002

    In-line axial and In-line centrifugal fans are installed at the much anticipated and unique Federation Square in Melbourne.

  • 2003

    Air Design supply all fans and attenuators for the multi-million dollar re-fit of the Suncorp Stadium in Queensland.


    2IFC in Hong Kong is supplied with axial fans. This building is 415m high and is currently the 3rd tallest building in the Greater China region.

  • 2005

    Q1, the world's tallest residential tower in Surfers Paradise, is supplied with a range of fans by Fantech agent Air Design.

    Opening of Fantech office in Darwin.

    Acquisition of Fantech's Canberra agent, Ideal Rayson.

    Eltafantech company established in Malaysia.

  • 2006

    JetVent impulse ventilation fans for ventilating car parks are introduced.


    Eco-Speed axial duct-mounted fans that incorporate a unique AC motor with an intelligent control, are introduced.

  • 2007

    Agents Air Design in Queensland and Systemaire in Western Australia. become part of the Fantech group

  • 2008

    Fantech opens new office in NT. The new 170 sq.m office/warehouse  located at Unit 2/74 Winnelle Road, WINNELLIE


    The 5th edition of the highly informative Fans by Fantech catalogue is officially unwrapped at Melbourne's ARBS exhibition.

  • 2009

    New Fantech Melbourne officially opened. A new home of over 10,000 sq.m premises in Dandenong South, located in Melbourne’s South-east.


    Demand control Ventilation (DCV) is launched. A new concept that uses sensors to automatically control the amount of ventilation hence increases efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

  • 2010

    Fantech’s Chairman Jack Pirie becomes one of nine men to be inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame.

    Fantech wins Premier Regional Business Awards. These Awards, now in their 19th year, are a function of the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce and are designed to profile and highlight successful businesses in the Region.

    Co-founder,Glen Harries - retired

  • 2011

    Fantech wins the Employment category of the Premier Regional Business Awards.

    The release of the new EC (Electronically Commutated) series of Fantech JetVent fans has thrust forward energy efficiency in car park ventilation.

    Ikea Harvey Normal project, Victoria’s largest bulky goods development, involves 94 JetVent EC units in the car park.

  • 2012

    Fantech was inducted into the 2012 Victorian Manufacturers Hall of Fame.

    The HVAC industry’s Product Excellence and Young Achiever prizes have been awarded to Fantech, making ARBS 2012 their most successful yet.

    Faster fan and silencer selection is now possible thanks to the new Fans by Fantech Product Selection Program.

  • 2013

    Fantech celebrates 40 successful years in business.


    Tech Talk newsletter in circulation for 25 years, 76 editions with over 700 articles published.


    New Fantech website is launched.

  • 2014

    Fantech launches a new and extensive range of Demand Control ventilation Systems. These systems include controllers and sensors, and fans that are pre-configured to the application’s requirements.


    Fantech launches new range of EC models which includes a factory fitted integrated smoke detection kit.

  • 2015

    Fantech New Zealand expand into new Christchurch office offering twice the capacity of their old premises including over 600s.q.m of stock holding capacity and a large training facility.


    EC fans are approved for use in landmark case with the Building Appeals Board Victoria, ruling that they fall within provisions of the Building Code of Australia. .

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