Our History

A rich history and heritage

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We are proud of our company heritage and the place we have earned in the Australian Wireless and Energy industries. With our humble beginnings in 1979, RFI has grown to be an industry leader.

RFI is a family owned Australian business founded in 1979 as a manufacturer of two way radio antenna systems. With our origins in manufacturing over that past 30 years, our business evolved into a leading global technology solutions company in Australia.

Our core business in that first decade was in the manufacture of mobile and base station antennas for the Australian two way radio market. We opened a manufacturing facility in Victoria, Australia, and transformed this into a state-of-the-art facility which still operates today.

It was also in the first decade that we started selling solar panels – to power remote base station antenna sites all over rural and outback Australia. Power was an absolute necessity in outback Australia. We supplied and installed remote base station radio sites all over rural and outback Australia.This started our journey into the world of solar energy.

RFI’s milestones include:

  • In the late 80s we opened a dedicated export department in our Queensland Office. Today we service more than 150 countries in all seven continents.
  • In 1987 RFI provides on-glass antennas to the early adopters of cellular mobile phones in Australia.
  • In 1995 RFI provides Cell extender solutions for Telstra, expanding the analogue cellular network.
  • In 2000 RFI partners with BP Solar distributing solar panels across Australia.
  • In 2003 we founded the Power Partner Dealer Network, a ground breaking first of its kind in the Australian solar industry. Today, the program has over 80 accredited solar & off-grid installers into the program.
  • In 2006 we acquired Long Distance Technologies (LDT) one of Australia’s leading high-end radio repeater manufacturers headquartered in South Australia. Our SA  facility features a 1,000 sqm high grade manufacturing and R&D facility.
  • In 2010 we expanded our international operations to and opened RFI Americas in Cleveland Ohio and servicing the Americas market. This facility includes a 16,000 sq ft  (1490 sqm) distribution centre.
  • Also in 2010 we opened an office in the United Kingdom to service the European and Middle Eastern markets. RFI EMEA in Oxford UK.
  • In 2013 RFI acquired Repsys to expand its capabilities as Oceania’s premier IBC solutions provider.
RFI solutions on the Empire State Building
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1979
Founded in 1979 as a manufacturer of two way radio antenna systems

1979

1981
We have been installing solar panels for remote base station antenna sites all over rural and outback Australia since 1981

1981

1987
In 1987 RFI provided on-glass antennas to the early adopters of cellular mobile phones in Australia. 

1987

1989
In the late 80s we opened a dedicated export department in our Queensland Office. Today we service more than 150 countries on all 7 continents.

1989

1991
In 1991 RF Industries and Bob McKnight (BMK) come together to form RFI. 

1991

1995
In 1995 RFI provided Cell extender solutions for Telstra, expanding the analogue cellular network. 

1995

1996
We left behind the "hamburger buns of quality" changing to the diamond device we use today. 

1996

2000
We partner with BP Solar distributing solar panels across Australia. 

2000

2003
Founded the Power Partner Dealer Network, at the time, a ground breaking first of its kind in the Australian solar industry. Today we welcomed more than 80 solar dealers into the program nationwide.

2003

2006
In 2006 we acquired Long Distance Technologies (LDT) one of Australia’s leading high-end radio repeater manufacturers headquartered in South Australia. Today our SA facility features a 1,000 sqm high-grade manufacturing and R&D facility.

2006

2010
In 2010 we expanded our international operations to and opened RFI Americas in Cleveland Ohio and servicing the Americas market. This facility includes a 16,000 sq ft – distribution centre.

2010

2010
Also in 2010 we opened an office in the United Kingdom to service the European and Middle Eastern markets.  RFI EMEA in Oxford UK.

2010

2011
In 2011 our Corporate Headquarters and National Distribution Centre was officially opened by Ms Michelle Rowland MP for Greenway. 

2011

2013
In 2013 RFI acquired Repsys to expand its capabilities as Oceania’s premier IBC solutions provide

2013