We deliver solutions that enhance library and educational environments, inspire space flexibility and innovative learning pathways.

Experience the Difference

Since 1961 Raeco has exceeded customer’s expectations with innovation, service and design. Today, we continue to evolve and drive the market. We deliver on time, on budget projects to education facilities plus Corporate libraries, throughout Australia and around the globe.

Your Raeco experience includes

  • Core values and offerings that consider current pedagogy theory as established by world leading educators
  • Widest range of products that are agile and fit for purpose for Library and community spaces and flexible learning environments
  • Solutions for all Library, community and flexible learning environments (FLE) including collaborative study zones, reading, library, classrooms and collaboration spaces
  • Raeco’s Project Consultants and Consultancy services, include a team of in-house Industrial Designers to enhance the customer experience with innovation and design thinking
  • Re-x online, “drop & drag”, user-friendly floor plan software creates 2D and 3D floorplans for your project
  • Australia’s longest warranty on Australian manufactured metal shelving
  • Local manufacturing for consistent and timely delivery of quality, durable products
  • End to end project management boutique services from consultation, design services through to logistics and installation.

  • Local Australian Content

    As an Australian owned company, Raeco advocates local sourcing and manufacture of Australian products for best performance and value. All Raeco shelving and shelving accessories are Australian made.

    The majority of our seating and tables are Australian made and we continue to source more locally manufactured product.

    Raeco History

    23 year old Ray Elliot, an employee of the S & M (Shire & Municipal) Supply Co Pty Ltd with a passion for working with libraries and librarians, registers a Library Supply Service Company during his lunch hour with his business partner Roger Boswarva. 

    Roger leaves the company to pursue other interests.

    Company name is changed to Raeco®, R.A.E being Ray Elliot’s initials.

    Ray accepts an offer from Production Manager Neil Fraser and Finance Manager Mark Rae to purchase all shares in Raeco®

    Raeco® and its steel shelving supplier Lincoln Engineering are purchased by Street Thompson Holdings Limited and operated as separate divisions of Raelink Consolidated Industries Limited.
    Raeco® now occupies a warehouse 24,000 sq ft and office 6,000 sq feet at 100 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, Victoria.

    Raeco® and Lincoln Engineering are merged into one division with Lincoln Engineering only to be sold off within the next year.

    Raeco® is acquired by Westmex and is now a “one stop” shop for libraries with over 4,000 products ranging from general stationery supplies to more specialist library supplies.

    Staff consists of 54 employees spread across distribution, selling, light manufacturing and administration. This includes a customer service/telemarketing team of 14 and an external sales team of 11 with representatives in NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and SA and agent distributors in WA, NT and Tasmania.

    Quick Stik International Pty Limited trading as Raeco® is now a fully owned subsidiary of Esselte Business Systems – a public world-wide corporation involved in office products, retail supplies and equipment and information systems. Esselte at the same time purchases Hogbin Excelsior, a stationery company, located at 75 Rushdale Street, Knoxfield Victoria.

    Raeco® moves from Moorabbin to its current location at 75 Rushdale Street Knoxfield, Victoria. Biggest selling products include book covering and shelving.
    Raeco’s product range at this time consists of almost every stationery need in a library environment including book pockets, date due slips, stamps, book covering and repair to computer accessories and microfiche storage. Raeco® is also a major supplier of library shelving, furniture and storage.

    Raeco® is purchased by Colin Gallagher & Laurie Boyer (from Tasman Industries) and the company is incorporated as Raeco® International Pty Limited, with operations in Australia and New Zealand. Also operating at this time is Raeco’s furniture division Dacal Furniture Supplies. Raeco® acquires S & M Supply Company Pty Ltd, a division of the S & M Fineline Corporation and a diverse manufacturer and distributor of conservation materials and library equipment. The S & M archival and conservation part of Raeco’s business was later transferred to Zetta Florence, a specialist in archival materials.

    Raeco’s technology division (security systems) is purchased by 3M.

    Raeco ® launches the Range Profiler, expanding the company from library supplier to project solutions provider and spends the next eight years expanding the furniture range.

    Raeco® is acquired by Corporate Express Australia Limited, Australia’s largest single source supplier of business essentials

    Staples purchases 49% of Corporate Express Australia and New Zealand shares.

    Raeco® NZ moves into Corporate Express NZ office/warehouse.

    Staples completes its purchase of Corporate Express Australia Limited and Corporate Express New Zealand on Wednesday 8th September and is no longer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

    With around 2,000 catalogued SKUs Raeco®, Australia’s number one library supplier, celebrates its 50th birthday.

    In October, Raeco® is successfully purchased by a Raeco® management group (CEI Pty Ltd), making Raeco® a fully Australian owned company.

    Raeco Staff

    Management Team

    Chhaya Patel - Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

    General Manager

    0417 326 867

    Overseeing and managing the business across all functionalities, Chhaya actively participates in the achievement of excellence throughout Raeco.

    By aligning the business with economic and market trends, Chhaya sets key strategic objectives, driving growth at national and global scale.

    Chhaya’s focus on high quality outcomes aligned to key customer values, is fundamental to Raeco’s success.

    Trevor McCann - Grad.Dip.Mgt, MBA

    Director of Sales
    0419 302 072

    Trevor is responsible for leading the company’s internal and external sales team[s], including client services.

    With an extensive background in sales and client interface programs, Trevor is shaping our customer engagement ethos and the future success of our sales and consultancy teams across the globe.

    Trevor’s key areas of responsibility include Domestic & Global Markets, Customer Relationships, Project consultation, conceptualisations and delivery.

    Atesh Singh - Bachelor of Accounting

    Commercial Manager
    0404 924 901

    Organised and process focused, Atesh manages our Accounts, Project Services and Logistics departments.

    Atesh implements innovative programs to ensure Raeco services are aligned to customer expectations and outcomes. He is also shaping Raeco’s Project Services to deliver “end to end” Project Management both domestically and globally.

    Dean Parker - Master of Marketing

    Marketing Manager
    +61 3 9730 5350

    A renewed and refreshing approach to customer centricity are Dean’s key marketing aims.

    This is evident with the launch of our new catalogues, website, product range and promotions.

    Dean’s goal is simple: every interaction you have with any Raeco department should be rewarding, stress-free, focused on you and exceed your expectations!

    Services Team

    Peter Higgins

    Head of Design and Product Development

    +61 3 9730 5332

    As our product range is reliant of cutting-edge design and ongoing development, Peter is a key member of our team. He brings more than design excellence to the Raeco table. Peter has gathered a wealth of experience, from a range of specialities, including drafting and injection moulding. He has a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in Industrial Design and has also worked in manufacturing, visualisations, product design and of course, graphic design. 

    Alex Ilyefalvy

    Project Services Team Leader

    +61 3 9730 5381

    Everyone within Raeco, and customers, who have worked with Alex appreciate his no nonsense approach to get the job done correctly, first time, without delay. Alex has spent many years working with a range of customers in sales and management. In Alex’s own words “ My core focus and priority is customer service and building long term relationships with customers”.

    Area Managers

    Lisa Sharp

    VIC Area Manager

    0419 560 393

    Lisa has been with Raeco for over 15 years, an intuitive market leader with an eye for simple yet sophisticated spaces. Knowledge of the unique functions and operations within the library and education spaces sets Lisa well ahead of her competition. Lisa is a dedicated professional who has delivered many successful projects across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

    Philip Towers

    Sydney, South NSW & ACT Area Manager

    0418 390 225

    Phillip is ready to help you by calling on his experience in the Australian commercial furniture industry. 


    His knowledge will help make it easier to select the right shelving and furniture pieces (plus fabrics) for your space!


    Philip will assist with your new project or re-build, from initial consult - right through to the exciting day you open up your new space to your community. 

    National Key Account Manager

    Mervyn Murray

    National Key Account Manager - Book Covering & Consumables

    0409 599 839

    A long-serving member of the Raeco sales and consultancy team, Mervyn manages our key national book covering and consumable customers, including resellers, distributors, bookstores and associated business. 

    By maintaining many long term customer relationships with our library, education and book processing customers, Mervyn is well known as a reliable and dedicated professional. He has a wealth of knowledge on our book covering range and is ready to help ensure you have the right product for your needs.

    Environmental & Sustainability Commitments

    We’re committed to socially responsible, environmentally friendly results.

    For some time Raeco has demonstrated its commitment to responsible environmental practices by our certification to GECA (Good Environment Choice Australia). Raeco has also completed an additional step in pursuit of environmental accountability and are now certified to the international standard on environmental management systems (ISO 14001:2015).

    Why GECA and ISO 14001?

    GECA certification is primarily product oriented.
    ISO 14001 is business systems oriented. It addresses any environmental impacts across our entire product offering, our warehouse and office activities.

    Raeco's responsible environmental practises include:

    1. Purchase product and supplies locally wherever possible
    2. Maintain an ongoing focus to reducing furniture packaging
    3. Recommending “repurposing” of packaging via school and library art programs
    4. Recyclable packaging including the use of cartons with a recycled content
    5. Purchase product and supplies locally wherever possible
    6. Direct freight shipments from manufacturer to customer whenever possible, reduces our carbon footprint, freight costs and lead times
    7. In 2017, Raeco installed LED lighting throughout head office and warehouse. We also installed sensor hi-beam lights, which also contributes to our carbon footprint reduction

    Our Environmental Policies


    Our environmental scope document outlines our environmental purpose, definitions and processes.


    Standards & Qualifications

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    As a trusted supplier of library shelving, furniture and book covering products, our ongoing quality testing ensures product consistency, durability with environmentally friendly options.

    Raeco is certified under the ISO 9001 quality management systems.

    This standard is used by organisations around the world. It demonstrates our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

    ISO 9001 also includes a commitment to continuous improvement.