Emanuel Quittner's life story rivals the masterly and true-grit determination of some of the most successful businessmen over the past century. He commenced his working life through necessity at the tender age of 12. Several years later he gained a position as a Salesman for a Fabric Mill selling Worsted Suiting Cloth to the Textile Industry where he quickly gained valuable lessons in trade that built his foundations for the years that followed.
His birthplace was Bratislava in Slovakia, where he commenced his first business acting as the Sole Agent /Distributor of the fabric. His wife died very young (36) through illness. Quittner had 3 sons to father and soon he re-married whilst developing and growing his business when World War 2 hit the region. The company was sacrificed and taken over by the State post the War and the business was eventually nationalised due to the Communist Revolution in 1948. Quittner wouldn't give up by letting the adversity consume his endeavour. He sent his family to Italy during which time he organised the purchase of several machines from the world renowned Bata Shoe Company in Czechoslovakia. The machines were purchased and shipped to Italy.
Quittner was finally reunited with his family. After attempting to establish a new business, he realised the post war economic conditions were too limiting to maintain a business for his family. Yet again he sensed the time to move on and re-establish his family and business in another country. Two immediate options available at the time were Paraguay & Australia. His prior supply contacts convinced him that his future would be promising in Melbourne and in 1949 Quittner agreed with his family to make a new start in Australia. They arrived with hope and built an immensely successful business becoming the largest manufacturer of narrow fabric products in the Southern Hemisphere with the factory occupying in excess of 300,000 sq ft.
Quittner passed away in 1969 and Elastix is the legacy of this man's incredible determination and foresight over 60 years ago. They have launched the business to a new level by taking advantage of the World economy, transferring their machines and manufacturing to China back in 1993. Now the product range is showcased to the entire global market. It was a strategic move that allows high quality manufacture to continue at a fraction of previous costs. This transition highlights the Quittner's commitment to maintain, develop and expand their business for many years to come.Today Elastix is run by Harry's son Jeremy, maintaining the family tradition into the 21st century.
Since 1993, the growth has been phenomenal, surpassing all expectations and budgets with the business currently rating in the top 10 largest foreign investors across all industries in the city in which they are based. It is important to note that Elastix's product range utilises the employment of well in excess of 5,000 people allowing for the fastest order turnarounds and unrivalled service levels.
"It is the aim of our company to maintain and increase our strong foothold on the global market by offering fresh and exciting new products and standards to our customers worldwide. Whether you are an established customer or a new customer pending to come on board, we welcome you all with enthusiasm."