In the late 1970s in the suburb of North Melbourne, Victoria, Nonno Antonino Pappalardo, an immigrant from Italy in the city of Sicily and his wife Concetta, commenced a small home business in the back of the garage with his two sons, Paul and Joe.
Paul who was a plumber by trade and Joe who was a sales representative in the bathroom field, working together the Pappalardo family established Par Taps Pty Ltd.
In 1980 Paul and his younger brother Joe embarked on a journey that would create their own brand of tapware, marketed as Pardol (renamed as Par Taps in later years). Paul and Joe shared a passion for manufacturing products that were easy to install. They began manufacturing a small line of tapware products, mainly focusing on three-piece tapware and outlets. As business grew, they started to import mixer tapware and showers from their father’s home town of Italy.
It wasn’t long before they outgrew the garage in North Melbourne and bought their first manufacturing factory in Bellevue Crescent, Preston in 1986.
Par Taps are the original creators of coloured tapware, which contained not only solid finishes like Chrome & Gold, but also powder coated and electroplating finishes with combination colours. It was a huge gamble, but it paid off. By the early 1990s, Par Taps was at the forefront of tapware in Australia, and it remains there to this day!
Both Paul and Joe were fortunate enough to retire early in 2004 and their legacy continues through the generations, with Paul’s children Connie, Tony and Peter and son in law Perry now having bought the business and taking the reins. Since their retirement, the company has untaken many changes including new innovations in the colour palette, design portfolio and as well as expanding OEM manufacturing around the country.
In 2018, Paul sadly passed aged 72, leaving the family devastated. But we know he would have been pleased that in 2020, Par Taps celebrated 40 years in business. He left a legacy behind, and the family intend to honour that.
Par Taps remains an Australian manufacturer, where all products are also designed in-house by the Par Team. We keep employment in Australia, and in Melbourne as much as possible. We treasure and maintain the integrity and passion Paul has passed through the company.
With more than 17 ranges, 40 decorative finishes, stockist nationally and the old school service you can be reassured Par Taps is a pleasant addition to any bathroom or kitchen. We provide a customisation program allowing you to bring your own unique vision, sizes, colours and finishing preferences into your home.
Find out why Par Taps is the most trusted tapware manufacturer in Australia. Get in touch with our team today.