On top of Down Under

If at first you don’t succeed, try again is certainly apt for Barno’s re-entry into Australia following the appointment of Craig Dowson as regional representative, operating from Sydney.

Director Brian Lloyd was instrumental in Barno’s initial drive into the Australian market 20 years ago. 

“We were successful in acquiring key accounts, some of which extended beyond Australia into Canada, New Zealand and the UK.  Our pricing – including distribution from Cape Town – was competitive yet retained the high quality standards associated with Barno. Sadly, our Australian agent passed on and this caused us to lose momentum in Australia,” says Brian. 

However, Barno has never backed down from a challenge. Founded over 60 years ago, Barno understands the virtue of patience, combined with the agility to move quickly when changing conditions signal an opportunity.    

Australian representative Craig Dowson has all the attributes needed to lead Barno Australia and build a sustainable operation. The other important factor has to do with the Rand exchange, which enables Barno to compete favourably against Eastern imports. 

“It’s not just about a favourable exchange rate because that can change,” stresses Brian. “We produce high quality PVC and leather products.  When it comes to decorating products with information or graphics and where clients have stringent corporate identity requirements, the excellence of our silk screen printing, digital printing, embossing and foiling has always given Barno an edge.”

Click here to find out more about Barno Australia’s Craig Dowson.


Craig Dowson

Craig has a degree in Industrial Engineering and has a passion for taking products to market that he can be proud of.  He understands the need for quality systems and a systematic approach to business.

He is not entirely new to Barno. Working for a PVC coating company, he was involved in designing and manufacturing some of the raw materials still used by Barno in production.

Creative by nature,he loves to apply this trait to technical applications. Craig loves to see products that he is involved with in everyday life.  He also finds himself analysing and testing similar items wherever he goes.

The attraction to Barno was based on his impressions of their focus on quality. The ethics which form the core of Barno is also an attribute which is important to Craig.

Craig is also a husband and father of two. “It is my goal that my children look up to me and that I’m a good example to them. I’d like to show them what it means to be honest, hardworking and to face the wind head- on.”