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Melbourne Plumbing Brands

Ever wondered which plumbing brands are proudly Victorian?

Melbourne is home to some of the world’s biggest breakthroughs in the plumbing industry and Metropolitan Plumbing has explored four iconic companies that have contributed to that evolution.


In 1988, the AquaMAX brand originated after a small team of Melbourne based engineers began construction of the first 5 star, 10 year warranty hot water system. Just four years later, production began and the rest is history.

The system sold over 100,000 units within its first 6 years, setting the pace for the manufacture of more systems. In 2001, AquaMAX released a new range of stainless steel gas units. Three years later, an electric vitreous enamel range followed.

In 2009, AquaMAX’s commitment to the market was recognised by Rheem Australia as they purchased the company. Since then, AquaMAX’s distribution has expanded and improvements have been made to their main factory in Melbourne.

Today, AquaMAX is one of the leading brands on the market. Perfect for every household, AquaMAX produces a range of electric storage, gas storage and gas continuous flow hot water systems. All AquaMAX hot water systems are proudly manufactured in Australia.


In 1948, former toolmaker Keith Hooper opened a tap manufacturing business in Melbourne’s suburb of Malvern. Keith needed a name for his business and as a great admirer of Henry Ford, he simply reversed the D and F in Ford to create Dorf. As the years went on, Dorf became a major contributor to the evolution of tapware.

In 1985, they introduced the country’s first single-lever mixer tap. It provided a great alternative to the traditional 3-piece format, kickstarting a tapware revolution. Today, the single-lever mixer is found in almost every kitchen and bathroom across the nation.

By the 2000’s, Dorf introduced a water-saving tap that began to dominate the market. In 2015, the company was recognised by the Good Design Awards for its epic collection of tapware.

Reece Plumbing

Harold Joseph Reece began selling plumbing products from the back of his truck in 1920. After much success, he took his operation to the next level and opened the first HJ Reece plumbing store in Caulfield, Victoria.

Since then Reece has opened a network of stores across the nation. They now have over 600 branches with a range of plumbing, bathrooms, irrigation, pools and HVAC supplies. For over 100 years now, Reece has been an industry leader who prides themself on stocking a vast range of supplies.

In recent years, Reece has branched out of plumbing and turned their attention to empowering people. The company has made a commitment to supporting projects in communities across the globe by funding various initiatives and transforming the lives of countless families.

Rinnai Australia

Whilst Rinnai Australia is a subsidiary of the Rinnai Japan Corporation, they have been providing products to Australians for over 45 years now. They also have a large manufacturing facility in Victoria and provide a large number of products for the Melbourne service market. The Rinnai Australia business has become the centre of excellence in specific technologies for the global corporation.

Today, Rinnai is one of Australia’s leading industry suppliers of hot water, heating, cooling and all things commercial equipment.

The Metropolitan Promise

At Metropolitan Plumbing, we operate across Victoria, and we have done for 25 years now. Search for Metropolitan Plumbing Melbourne to see how well we rank. You can count on us to take care of all your general plumbing and emergency plumbing services.

Here at Metropolitan Plumbing Melbourne, we understand that residential plumbing issues across Melbourne don’t always happen between usual working hours. Our local plumbers also understand that these plumbing issues cannot go without immediate attention.

At Metropolitan Plumbing, we have a Melbourne plumber on call 24/7*. This ensures whatever time the plumbing emergency strikes, Metropolitan can help!

Published: 6 Jul, 2020

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