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An introduction to Industrial & Tool Traders

Industrial & Tool Traders

A new specialist Industrial and Tool Traders retail group

The Industrial & Tool Traders group was created by HBT in 2011 as a subgroup of specialist members and adopted the current name and logo in late 2013. The Industrial & Tool Traders are differentiated from the traditional timber, hardware, building materials resellers which are core to the HBT group. These specialist re-sellers generally have an industrial tool or fastener customer base, focused around fasteners, tools, fabrication or industrial supplies. A number of them also operate repair outlets for various power tool brands.

As at August 2016 we are the largest tool and industrial buying group in Australia with over 140 Members nationwide.

At this date the ITT business represented slightly more than 20% of total HBT group purchases

Membership is open to genuine resellers (not end users) of the relevant product categories where not less than 50% of retail sales are in those product categories.

Retailers sign a standard HBT Membership Agreement and are entitled to all the normal benefits of HBT membership and can access all suppliers which have registered terms with the group. A concessional rate for the joining fee applies to reflect the fact that these members will only access a limited number of supplier terms.

Industrial & Tools Traders members enjoy the same terms as all other HBT members, with the addition of specialised pricing with some of our industrial suppliers.

Unlike most other groups, there are no ongoing fees or charges (once you’ve joined) and no catalogues or other promotional expenses.


All members are independently owned and operated businesses. And whilst HBT has fostered a strong culture of support and co-operation between it’s members, we restrict our formal role to that of a buying group.

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