APV Safety Products

APV Expands Testing Capability and Cyber Security

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

We are pleased to announce APV's strategic investment in expanding our Industrial Testing capabilities within the Test Centre and our corporate wide Cyber Security program.

This investment will provide enhanced capabilities to support our customers across all industries and demonstrates the importance we are placing on our response to the evolving Cyber Security landscape within the Global Supply Chain.
The investment increases the capacity of our existing testing services for our customers and the Cyber Security uplift journey is an essential element of our internal risk management and business continuity frameworks. This will remain an important element of APV's business strategy and direction moving forward.
Defense have recognized the importance of APV's contribution to Australia's Sovereign Industry Capability with the testing services we provide to Defense and Industry, as well as our positioning with the supply of Safety Critical Military Occupant Restraints, by awarding us two grants to support this program.

To see the latest Defense Connect coverage of the project:


APV to adopt a flexible workforce model and calls on Gov’t to keep Australian Manufacturing running.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Today at APV we consulted with our staff to keep everyone informed of the latest impacts of the Covid19 health and economic shocks.

The business is fighting hard to ensure that we protect the health and well-being of our employees, and to keep them employed through this crisis. To this end APV has called on Gov’t to keep Australian Manufacturing operations open on the pre-requisite that appropriate Health risk mitigation measures are in place to protect their workforce. In effect our business is already in a Lock Down to keep CoronaVirus out of the workplace and to ensure our staff are safer coming to work than going to the shops. Our workforce wants to come to work and this is certainly a superior outcome for their overall health and well-being. Here, within the APV community we can ensure that all employees are supported.
In consultation with our employees we are implementing new flexible workforce models. These are significant workplace changes and our staff are supporting this and embracing measures that will allow us to maintain employment levels, ensure people get paid and that APV pushes through this crisis. This will ensue that we in turn meet the needs of our customers and that we stay open for business.

APV has a significant amount of work on ranging from new product development testing, testing of child-seats that keep our children safe, through to production of seat-belts for essential services transport equipment. We make a major contribution to road safety outcomes and our business is about keeping you safe. Therefore APV and our staff are absolutely committed to remaining open and supporting our customers and staff during the period of this crisis.

Stay safe and well during these difficult times.

Harry Hickling

Managing Director

GoAuto, the premier source of automotive industry research and news today ran the story:



APV Ranked in top 10% of Mid Size Aust Manufacturers and Featured in Go Auto

Thursday, August 29, 2019

APV's Business Transformation has continued during FY18 and FY19 leading to our ranking in the top 10% of Mid Size Australian Manufacturers in terms of overall Growth, Capital Investment and Financial Performance against a recent Grant Thornton Manufacturing Benchmarking Report. The benchmarking report assesses a broad range of industries and FY18 performance benchmarks to assist Industry Leaders in developing their business strategies, assessing risk and emerging opportunities.

It is this continued growth and diversification that makes APV a great place to work. Providing exciting opportunities for innovation, product development and investment in new production lines. We have supported Graduate Internship programs and employed additional engineering resources this year. It is great to see these new opportunities being created for Australia's up and coming graduates. 

This has attracted the attention of the Go Auto group that operate Australia’s premier Automotive news feed service and on-line newsletter service. Terry Martin, editor of GoAutoNews and senior writer, came in for a near full day visit to better understand APV, including the opportunity to witness product development testing and associated crash-tests to ensure the safety of aftermarket products under development by the customer. Giving Terry a very first hand view of the customer experience at the Test Lab.

Following this he has written three articles that provide a very unique insight into the depth and diversity of the company.


On a side note, as an organisation, we are proud of our corporate safety and environmental track record. In the GoAuto article titled "Taking Care of It", you can see the team going the extra yard to maximise recycling of waste materials from our Takata Airbag Disposal programs. On a personal note, I also believe the industry should be commended for their efforts in maximising the effectiveness of the Takata Airbag Recalls - this is no easy feat and is a huge cost on the industry.

Harry Hickling

Managing Director



Friday, July 20, 2018

FY18 Brings 28% Revenue Growth for APV


  • 28% Revenue Growth across all markets 
  • Awarded 2 major International supply contracts 
  • Expanded management team 
  • Commissioned 2 additional production lines and 20% increase in production staff to support increased demand 
  • $2 million Investment into Test Centre


Harry Hickling, Managing Director of APV, is pleased to announce our 28% revenue growth during FY18.

“FY18 has been an exciting year for us and I wish to thank our customers for their support. Our persistence in the world market, brand recognition, our people and dedication to top quality products has resulted in this strong long-term growth for the company”.

APV is now selling at volume into Australia, NZ, USA, Europe and Asia as demonstrated by fortnightly pallet deliveries into the US. This is a tremendous result as we continue to build our international Brand and Reputation”

Within the Bus and Coach market we are the dominant supplier for Australian and continue to grow our North American market, where we have just completed a large build demonstrating APV Safety Products as a well established international OEM.

APV also continues to build our Industrial and Material Handling markets internationally, with important relationships for distribution of our products.



Martin Merry, ex Holden Director Vehicle Operations, has been appointed as GM for APV Safety Products to support our continued growth and to further refine our production capacity, systems and process controls.

To support this growth Safety Products has completed the upgrade and commissioning of two addition production lines to enable on time delivery for our growing order demand.

Good news for our people has been the 20% increase in production staff to account for the new production lines and the current work mix for domestic and international customers.

Rapid increases in production requirements has required us to make many changes to our production areas and had a flow-on effect to our suppliers who have had to quickly react to our higher volume requests. “It’s great to have the conversations with suppliers that yes the volume is real, and I need it yesterday,” said Martin Merry.



APV Safety Products completed its full upgrade to ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System in October 2017 and continues to have Independent Auditing of its processes and procedures, and Standards Compliance to ensure the highest levels of quality.

APV Safety Products is the only Seatbelt manufacturer and supplier in Australia performing these quality processes to ensure production quality and traceability. And this is backed up by the extensive test programs within the Test Centre.

In any one day, production can be manufacturing products to a variety of international standards including: ADR4, AS/NZS2596, FMVSS, SAEJ386, ECE R16 so strong controls are essential.



APV is please to announce the $2 million investment in new Cameras, Test Dummies and Equipment to ensure that the Test Centre remains the most advance facility of its type in Australia. These capabilities will support advanced design and manufacturing for industry as well as testing to the latest international protocols, including NCAP and ADR’s

The Test facility recently won the 2017 SAE Gold and Platinum Innovation Award for development of Test Methodologies for Automotive Accessories and Bull Bars. The Safety Assessment of accessories will continue to grow with the increased sophistication of vehicle safety systems.



There is an exciting year ahead for APV, our customers, suppliers and staff as we continue to improve the business, start new contracts and release new products to support our customers.