From revolving bedrooms in Dubai apartments to driveway turntables outside French homes, Bendigo-based family businesses are sending the world into a spin.
The Australian Turntable Company will start manufacturing components for 60 revolving rooms in Dubai's soon-to-be-built, The Pad Apartments.
The 24-storey residential tower, which will tilt at a seven degree angle, resembling an iPod in its docking station, is billed to be the most technologically advanced building in the world.
Managing Director, Ben Chapman said The Australian Turntable Company have been contracted to construct rotating bedrooms and living rooms within the apartment complex.
"The bedrooms - I've got no idea why they want to spin those around - but ... whatever tickles your fancy," Ben Chapman said.
“For the lounge rooms they want three different stopping stations so they can either watch the TV, spin the room and be part of the kitchen, or spin it around and look at the view."
Since their beginnings in 1987 when the small engineering firm began designing residential driveway turntables to save motorists from having to reverse out onto busy roads, The Australian Turntable Company have branched out to build rotating exhibition and retail space, restaurants and bars, and turntables for trucks and other heavy transport equipment.
The Australian Turntable Company employ 18 staff, and are extending the modest factory premises in Kangaroo Flat, on the fringe of Bendigo, to meet increasing orders. The Pad apartments project follows others in the Middle East.
The Australian Turntable Company have just completed the large revolving restaurant in Milad Tower, Tehran, and a rotating restaurant in Sports City, Doha, Qatar. The Australian Turntable Company are involved in talks to have a local company represent them in the region.
The Australian Turntable Company turned over about $6 million this past financial year, a figure Ben Chapman expects to double next year. The Australian Turntable Company are working on export projects worth more than $15 million.
The Australian Turntable Company are currently designing technology to rotate 4000-tonne ships, with hopes of securing contracts in India, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
There has also been interest in Las Vegas and Britain for revolving rooms, and The Australian Turntable Company have secured contracts with Coles and Rio Tinto for customised turntables.
The business started when Ben Chapman's late grandfather Gordon, then 86, a former engineer, approached his son, Paul, and daughter-in-law, Annette, to develop his idea for rotating driveways. The couple's three sons work for the company.
"Our grandfather died before we got out there and started exporting," Ben Chapman said. "I just know he'd be absolutely amazed, and he'd be laughing his head off ... I don't think any of us really at the start believed where this could get us."
The residential driveway turntables remain their importance. In the past eight months, they have sold up to 1.5 million in Australia alone. The first exports of the product have just docked in France.
Sales Manager Alex Chapman said that although they were designed as a traffic-management tool, the turntables were being sought as a space-saving measure.