Company Profile

We are a privately-owned Australian company established in 2011 and have a goal of becoming the leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of commercial backpack vacuum cleaners in this country.

Our backpack vacuum cleaners are of bespoke Australian design, locally manufactured, tested by Australian laboratories, and approved by NSW Fair Trading for both domestic and commercial use. Our bagged vacuums bear the Australian Made logo. This means that you are buying a genuine Australian Made product, supporting not only us, but many other partner Australian companies, and are instrumental in keeping Australians in jobs.



After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney in 1990, I left Australian Defence Industries, Guided Weapons Electronics Support Facility at St Marys, to continue my career, in the cleaning industry as R & D Manager global projects for SC Johnson & Son Pty Ltd. I was employed to oversee the development of the first commercial pull-along vacuum cleaner with dual cyclone technology by Sir James Dyson.

Before the acquisition of the equipment manufacturing division of SC Johnson by Hako Australia Pty Ltd in 1996, developed backpack vacuums, pull-along vacuums, swing polishers, and high-speed burnishers.

In 2009, designed for Hako Australia the Rocket Vac XP backpack vacuum cleaner, the first backpack vacuum in Australia, to use encapsulated filtration. Rugged Industries was established in 2011 when Hako relocated to Silverwater NSW. We provided contract manufacturing, design, engineering, and procurement support to Hako, and manufactured floor polishers and vacuum cleaners for them.

Inspired by Sir James Dyson back in the early ’90s, and enthused to share cyclone technology with the commercial cleaning industry, developed the first axial and only known cyclonic backpack vacuum cleaner, using patented swirl blade technology. The project culminated in winning the prestigious 2017 In clean Innovation Award at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

At the back of success with online sales in 2019, we commenced transforming the company from just manufacturing to manufacturer, e-commerce, direct, and wholesale sales company.

We relocated to Glendenning NSW in 2021, and within 3 months, hosted the shadow minister for Industry and Innovation the Hon. Ed Husic. It was an immense privilege and honour for us.

We expanded the product range last year by adding the Impress and Excite bagged backpack vacuum cleaners, under the Rugged Brand. We will release the D’Lite bagged vacuum cleaner with encapsulated filtration this year, and commence with the development of a commercial battery-operated backpack vacuum cleaner.

At Rugged Industries, we will continue to expand our manufactured products to showcase Australian Made quality. Seek innovative imported products to diversify our product range into other cleaning areas. We strongly urge you to read our blogs that provide product information, application notes, and tips. This allows you to make informed product choices and assist with understanding product use.


Tibor Frei
MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) Director
Rugged Industries Pty Ltd