In 1975, Tony Brown, an experienced 4WDer, headed for Cape York in his Series I Land Rover, but soon found himself spending much of his time helping fellow 4WDers in strife on the trail. If he wasn’t mending flimsy roof racks damaged by the heavy loads typical of Outback travel, he was repairing bull bars and various homemade items that had literally fallen apart in the difficult terrain. As Tony’s familiarity of these product deficiencies grew, an idea was born – to produce high quality, durable equipment specifically engineered for punishing Outback conditions.
Upon his return to Melbourne, Tony set to work in the family garage. His products were to be based on a combination of reliable raw materials and sound design principles – a straight-forward solution to a widespread problem. Starting with his own Series I Land Rover bull bar, Tony began making custom fabricated products that were immediately embraced when they hit the fledgling 4x4 market. At a time when bull bars were inadequate homemade creations, Tony’s products showed proven durability and reliability on the track. The phenomenal demand from his fellow 4WDers enabled him to move to a 1000sq ft production facility later that same year, and ARB, the initials of Anthony Ronald Brown, was founded.
Today, ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 accessories. What began with custom fabricated bull bars and roof racks has grown to include side rails, rear bars, Old Man Emu suspension, recovery gear, canopies, Air Locker locking differentials and a host of smaller items from air compressors to tyre accessories.
With offices in most major cities and over 100 stockists located around Australia, the company is well equipped to address the needs of all 4WD enthusiasts. Success has also led to a sizeable international presence, with offices in the USA, Thailand and the Czech Republic, as well as an export network reaching across more than 100 countries, from South Africa and Germany to Kazakhstan, Greenland and Mongolia.
ARB has never forgotten its humble beginnings. The harsh conditions of the Outback demand resilient, hard-working equipment, and ARB continues to focus on quality, reliability and practicality above all else. So whether it’s traversing the Birdsville Track, crossing the Nullarbor, or just heading off to a favourite local destination, you can rely on ARB 4x4 Accessories – your partner in adventure since 1975.
ARB invests substantial amounts of capital into research, design and manufacturing each year. In particular, the ARB engineering department, which is made up of over 30 qualified staff, spends countless hours designing, testing and developing ARB product range to ensure ARB remains an innovator in the industry.
The process begins with concept designs, renderings, photo imaging and computer modelling, with qualified industrial designers using their industry knowledge to ensure the project is not only viable but also as functional as possible for the end user.
Engineers then use state of the art equipment to gather as much vehicle specific information as possible. Utilising a Faro arm, engineers can easily perform 3D inspections and dimensional analysis to ensure the final product will fit your vehicle perfectly.
Specialised computer software is used to generate CAD models and perform Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
ARB continues to maintain its position as an innovator in the industry by utilising the most modern, state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and machinery. Today’s requirements for more complex designs are met by them with one of the most advanced, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) sheet fabrication facilities.
ARB’s production facility is equipped with a range of state of the art machinery suited to the manufacture of metal products. ARB manufacturing capabilities include laser cutting, guillotining, robot grinding, CNC bending, machining and turning. They're equipped with MIG, TIG, robot and spot welding facilities and also have powder coating and spray painting centres.
ARB has a very highly skilled and motivated workforce at ARB manufacturing plants. They have stringent quality and environmental control systems in place, ensuring ARB exceptionally high standards are maintained. These factors, combined with ARB high level of automation, enable them to produce some of the finest 4WD accessories in the world.
Finished goods are stored at ARB’s main warehouse in Melbourne. In addition to the products they make ARB selves, you’ll find floor to ceiling stacks of other leading brand name accessories such as IPF lights, Safari snorkels, Hi-Lift jacks and Warn winches. These products are built to the same uncompromising standards as ARB own, and have been carefully selected to complement the ARB range.
Naturally, they provide a comprehensive warranty with ARB accessories. Products manufactured or solely distributed by ARB have a minimum two-year nationwide warranty.
ARB staff are known for their passion and enthusiasm for off-road driving. Many team members were ARB customers long before they commenced employment with them. The same traits ring true with ARB distributors – this ensures you receive the same high standard of service from a distributor as you would at one of ARB own stores. Product installation is taken very seriously at ARB and they provide ARB technicians with regular training on product selection and installation, allowing them to maintain exceptionally high standards of workmanship.