Our Story

Hospitals Trust Defries

We are committed to improving patient care with our single-use, sterile medical products and customised procedure packs.

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Defries story
Since 1980

The Defries Industries team share a vision of high standards and a commitment to superior patient care. We continually strive to create outstanding products that excel in design, ease of use, safety and price.

1980
Established in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia by the de Fries family, the company was founded as a medical manufacturing business. By incorporating a cleanroom, office and warehouse, Defries Industries started to offer the Australian healthcare sector innovative and unique medical products.
1990
By this stage Defries had increased its medical products to around 500 different types and also began to offer disposable single use instruments to various departments in hospitals. Defries started a successful distribution of products to New Zealand.
1995
Defries Industries continued to grow, supported by Australian hospitals wanting to buy locally. Custom procedure packs were designed to offer hospitals a time saving alternative to individual consumables. At this stage Defries Industries also expanded significantly to purchase a new automatic packaging machine to streamline manufacturing and two more factories.
2000
Defries Industries now has over 100 employees and designs and manufactures over 1,000 different product specialties, used by many hospitals departments including the Operating Theatre, Emergency department, Sterilising Units, Maternity Services and General wards.
2007
Expanded our company by two sites - a new head office and complete warehousing facility at 18-24 Villas Road Dandenong South and our manufacturing site at 17-19 & 22 Kempson Court, Keysborough, Melbourne, Australia. Defries Industries commences distributing DeRoyal products throughout Australia.
2011
Defries Industries was awarded DeRoyal “International Distributor of the Year” for Improving Care and Improving Business for 2010. This award was also won again in 2014.
2012
Over 3,000 product specialties and over 160 dedicated employees. Advancis Wound Care, a leading UK company product that includes the Manuka honey range of wound care, is now proudly distributed in Australia by Defries Industries. Defries produces over 6 million medical products per annum.
2015
Defries opened our new Head Office in Dandenong South and state-of-the-art cleanroom which more than doubled our manufacturing and processing capacity. This saw the consolidation of our Victorian sites to three sizeable locations in Dandenong South, Melbourne to provide us with greater efficiencies and further opportunities for growth. Our Perth and Adelaide distribution warehouses also opened.
2019
New Sales and Marketing office and Raw Materials warehouse opened across from our Head Office.
2020+
Our commitment is to improve patient care by offering sterile medical products. We want to provide better care by offering health care professionals expertise in the Defries range of products.
Our Team

180+ specially trained staff dedicated to product and service excellence.

Our Leadership Team
Greg de Fries

Managing Director

Neville Poxon

Operations Manager

David Kittelty

Chief Financial Officer

Scott McPhedran

National Sales Manager

Wayne Titmus

National Product Manager

Caroline de Fries

Marketing Manager

Imelda Gunawan

Quality Assurance Manager

Danica Nguyen

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Bronwen Harvey

Tender and Sales Support Manager

Kerry Turville

Customer Service Manager

Warehouse Manager

Mickael Hatton