Company History

Company History2018-10-05T10:43:30+10:00

Tuffman Tail Lifts is an Australian owned and operated business with the sole purpose of designing, manufacturing and distributing hydraulic tail lifts for the transport and logistics industries.

Tuffman is the Australian distributor for Bär Cargolift, one of the largest manufacturers of tail lifts in Europe. Bär Cargolift offer tail lifts for all applications and vehicle catagories with lifting capacities from 500kg up to 3,000kg. All products are manufactured in-house at the company’s main facility in Heilbronn, Germany, where the first Bär tail lift was designed and manufactured by Gerd Bär over 30 years ago.

Tuffman also manufactures the iconic Tieman tail lift brand. Designed and manufactured to meet the challenges of the harsh Australian conditions and terrain with every aspect of the design being engineered in Australia. This quality assurance remains with our Melbourne based engineering department which oversees every facet of the process from current model range development and new product concepts through to the testing and manufacture stage. We also look after all your spare parts and servicing requirements with a large range of components and national mobile servicing capability.

February 2017

  • Melbourne Tieman Tail Lift Workshop

Tuffman opens Melbourne Head Office

Feb 15, 2017|

Tuffman opens new Melbourne based Head Office. A few weeks after purchasing the Tieman Tail Lift buisness, Tuffman moved into their new premises in the Eastern Melbourne suburb of Kilsyth South. The new site houses the companies administration and engineering department as well as a fully equipped workshop and spare parts department.

September 2015

Tieman Tail Lifts aquired by Wastech

Sep 4, 2015|

Wastech acquired the Tieman Tail Lift buisness, a week after acquiring the Tieman service fleet buisness. The Tieman service fleet and tail lift business's were aquired after Tieman Industries went into administration. Operating jointly under the umbrella of  Wastech Field Service, the aquisition added a service fleet of over 60 [...]

January 1994

Tail Lift business moves to new premises

Jan 1, 1994|

Tieman moves from its historic home in Keon Park to new larger premises in Campbellfield, consolidating all manufacturing and bringing together both the tailgate and material handling operations at the one site.

January 1987

Manufacture moves to Thailand

Jan 7, 1987|

In 1987 Tieman moved manufacturing of their range of tail lifts to Thailand. The move was forced by an acute nationwide shortage of tradesmen for factory work which made it impractical to build them in-house.

July 1978

January 1975

Tieman branches out

Jan 1, 1975|

In 1975 Tieman Industries made a major decision to specialise in tail lifts, tankers and material handling equipment. This decision led to the company progressively becoming a leading specialist in the chosen product areas.

July 1953