A 25-year journey to master the art
Sussex has the coveted position of being vertically integrated entirely in Australia. Every product is created in-house: beginning with the vision of a collection to the casting in the foundry, all the way to the craftsman's workbench. The journey is completed using our LUXPVD® world-class finishing technology.
A collaboration of talents and skills that brings the visualisation of a new concept to the homes of our customers.
The Foundation of Design
The Power of the Foundry
The Dedication of Craftmanship
The Transformation of Technology
Perfect function and beautiful form have always been part of the Sussex design DNA
With sketches guided by vision that embrace the Sussex design philosophy, our designers take the first step on a long journey to turn those lines into a workable concept. They collaborate hand in hand with our engineering and architectural managers to create high-end collections for Australian homes. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered and obsessed over again and again.
The heritage of creation
Our designers are always mindful of current tastes, but with one eye turned towards anticipation, they remain true to our heritage. This alchemy of the past, present, and future uniquely distinguishes the design of a Sussex tap.
The long, hard road from design research to prototype
Balancing design and manufacturing expertise
At the core of every product is the foundry, where nothing goes to waste.
It's a rare privilege of having one's own foundry. From the beginning, our founder Nick knew the best way to create the highest quality products was to establish a foundry so he could control each step of the process where everything, including waste, has a use.
One hundred percent of our brass is processed in a totally closed cycle, under internal control. This allows us to make a more sustainable product and guarantees the ethical provenance of the brass used. This style of recycling brass is one of a kind in Australia.
Even as new technologies are employed, the human touch
This method is integral to how we manufacture. It keeps highest levels of purity, our process is a totally closed our traditions alive and ensures nothing to goes to waste.
The brass offcuts and scraps that are left after our machining and fabrication processes are collected directly from the machines and organised by type. The contents of these containers will become the main ingredients in the newest batch of brass bars.
Charging and Melting
As they stir the molten brass and skim off the imperfections, the purity of the brass steadily improves. These impurities are stored and further recycled by third parties, furthering our commitment to zero waste.
This final step of the purification process ensures that our brass is at the best possible quality, and therefore creating the best possible product.
Extraction and Cutting
We even send small samples of every batch to an outside laboratory where they measure the amounts of the individual metals that make up the brass alloy. These reports verify that every Sussex brass product meets the official Australian Standards.
Every step in our brass production is part of Sussex's closed-loop process, a commitment to and continuous exercise in recycling and sustainability.
Our internal foundry
The heritage of craftsmanship
Our story of craftsmanship began over 60 years ago when our founder travelled from the Netherlands to start a business in Australia based on his talents for watchmaking. When he established Sussex in 1995, his intrinsic passion in traditional craftsmanship easily translated into tap making. That foundation of care and precision has been carried into the next generation, who continues his legacy of making timeless tapware crafted with soul.
A heritage of people who are masters of their craft
It's our craftspeople's humbling passion and endless pursuit of perfection that have created the reputation and beauty of Sussex's products today.
The Spirit of Sussex Runs Through Our Craftspeople
We pursue excellence by using technology to strengthen our traditional skills.
The art of manufacturing is a long-term journey. For us, this means finding the balance between traditional techniques and the latest machinery, as well as the determination to compete on the world stage while remaining entirely in Australia. That's why it's necessary to constantly invest in new machinery for our facility. This standard is managed by well-trained and talented operators using the most modern and eco-friendly machines.
By pursing a business model of vertical integration entirely in Australia, we're able to maintain complete control of the process and therefore ensure the highest standard of excellence for our customers.
Setting the standards in technology
We're moving towards a fully automated process that ensures the precision and quality in the finishing of our products is perfect every time.
The PVD coating technology achieves a supreme finish and exquisite colour. It is a brilliant process where a solid material is vapourised in a vacuum environment and deposited on a surface as a pure coating, creating a far more refined finish than other techniques. The coating that is achieved through PVD is extremely thin, ensuring that the product retains its original shape entirely.
into technology, we are constantly