Reid™ has a history spanning over 100 years as a supplier of solutions to the Australian construction industry.

Today, Reid is at the forefront of concrete reinforcement, anchoring, fastening and fixing technologies, with the design of precast concrete and tilt-up concrete construction systems a particular specialty. 

Our products help solve construction problems and enable better performing buildings to be constructed more quickly, more efficiently, and at a lower overall cost.

At Reid we work with our customers to shape the future, through the development, testing and introduction of new engineering technology, construction, reinforcing and anchoring systems. Our parent organisation, Illinois Tool Works Inc. is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products and specialty systems with more than 800 business units located in 52 countries. 

The largest part of ITW is its activities in the construction market, which provides Reid with a vast resource base of engineering expertise that we draw on to continually improve, test and develop our core product range. It also enables us to respond quickly to specific issues that our customers bring to us. We were recently able to resolve an intractable production bottleneck for one of our customers through the rapid design and development of a custom panel production system.

Our history

Alan H.Reid established the business that continues to bear his name in Sydney in 1921, selling wire rope to meet the growing needs of the Australian mining, construction and manufacturing sectors. Through unstinting focus on service and quality the business survived the Great Depression and then negotiated the shortages of both imported and locally produced feed material brought on by World War II. Having overcome the incredible challenges of the first thirty years of its life, the Reid™ business was well placed to profit from the opportunities presented by Australia’s spectacular growth in the period since 1945. Drawing on its extensive experience with wire strand products, Reid pioneered the introduction of pre-stressed concrete in Australia during the 1960s, commencing an involvement with concrete construction that has become the primary focus of the Reid business in the 21st century. 


In 1973 Reid established the Reinforced Earth Company in Australia, which gave the business its first exposure to precast concrete retaining walls. This lead to the introduction of the Swiftlift™ clutch and lifting anchor system in the 1977 which has expanded to a complete range of Concrete Lifting Systems that can provide a solution to any lifting, anchoring or bracing challenge.  Having built a reputation for innovation in the field of precast and tilt-up concrete construction, in the 1990’s Reid applied that creativity to the field of Reinforcing Systems for in-situ concrete construction. In 1995 Reid introduced ReidBar™ – a fully integrated continuous reinforcing system based on a patented, threaded bar and coupling mechanism that offers designers and builders advantages in flexibility, speed of constructions, and reduced cost compared to alternate methods of construction. 

With a long history, Reid continues to lead the industry in service and innovation. Our products and our people have one aim – to reduce the total cost of concrete construction, by making it faster, safer and more efficient. 

Who is Reid Construction Systems?

Reid Construction Systems is a newly formed division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturing company that brings together the combined resources of market leading brands including Ramset™, Reid™, Danley™, Miska™ and Modfix™. Specialising in products and systems for both wet and dry concrete construction, Reid Construction Systems now provides greater resources to devote to research and development, engineering & design services, manufacturing and distribution, whilst retaining a specialist sales and specification structure.

With manufacturing plants in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney and distribution centres located in Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Reid Construction Systems provides direct representation and support to concrete construction across the Commercial, Precast, Tilt-Up, Structural Steel, Industrial and Residential Flooring markets segments throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Research and Development

Reid Construction Systems commitment to Research and Development has established a dedicated team and fully functioning ISO9001 accredited Product Engineering Laboratory to understanding and improving Concrete Construction. The establishment and continued support of this initiative demonstrates our commitment and belief in the growth of the concrete industry and serves as a dynamic platform to provide our customers first hand testing, training and familiarization. This ultimately augments ITW’s commitment to customized solutions to progress the Concrete Construction Industry.

Engineering and Design

The Reid Construction Systems engineering team comprises of qualified, experienced engineers and technicians based in Australia and New Zealand, providing product support and engineering design services to the construction industry.

Maintaining engineering expertise has been a tradition since the formation of the Reid business more than 50 years ago. Many of its innovative construction products and methods, based on sound engineering principles, are now firmly accepted industry practices. The engineering team has grown with the company and today enjoys strong specialist knowledge that is built upon many years of product testing and experience. 

Reid™ has been a trusted construction industry supplier for over 100 years.

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