About Openhouse

About Us

Bringing 30 Years of
Success to Australia

Openhouse Products is a family run international business that was first established in the UK in 1992. Over the subsequent 30 years, the company has grown to supply some of the largest and most hard working public and private sector companies in the World. In 2019, having successfully supplied bags and equipment to Australasia for several years, we proudly opened the doors to Openhouse Products Australia. Based in ACT, the company is determined to provide the highest quality, safest and best value bags and textiles on the market. We will use all the experience and knowledge of the last 30 years to ensure our customers receive the best service possible.

We are proud to be serving you and would be delighted to exceed your expectations. If you have any questions at all or would like a quote, please contact us today.

Where it all started

The Bags

We were burning the midnight oil to finish one of our first really big orders – laptop carriers as it happened – when the husband of one of our seamstresses turned up to collect her. He was a firefighter. He took one look at the laptop bag I was in the middle of making and said, “that would make a superb kit bag for paramedics.

Surprised, I asked him what he meant – didn’t paramedics have professional bags already?

No. Mostly they bring in their own sports bags,and I even know one who uses a cardboard box!

I was astonished. It was a real Eureka! moment. The very next day I had him take me over to meet his mates at the local ambulance station where I spoke to the crews about their kit and quickly learnt how difficult it could be to keep track of it all, not to mention getting hold of exactly what they needed in an emergency situation. I went straight home and started sketching ideas.

Two days later I took my prototype back into the ambulance station to get their feedback and was bowled over by it – the rest, as they say, is history!”

The Fabric

The idea for micrAgard first came about at the Ambex conference. The hot topic among paramedics visiting our stand was infection control and the many situations in which the average paramedic’s kit bag would be exposed to harmful bacteria.

Determined to find a solution to this problem, we began to consult with material chemists and experts in microbiology both in the UK and overseas. The great challenge was to ensure that it would also be flame-retardant to aircraft standards, to ensure it would be suitable for as many industries as possible.

The final result which we use today is a physical manifestation of our desire to always push the boundaries on innovation and design. However, we’ve never liked resting on our laurels, so we will continue to improve micrAgard in line with new technological developments to offer our customers nothing but the best.