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133 - 135 Northern Road,
Victoria 3081 
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Established in 1983, Ability continues to provide performance enhancing admixtures for making highly durable concrete and mortars.

We work closely with architects, building designers, landscape architects, landscaping designers, consulting
civil and construction engineers and other specifiers to provide responsive solutions to your project requirements.

We provide construction materials in 4 main areas which include: Colours for concrete, Admixtures for concrete, Long life paints and Lightweight composite concretes.


Assisting in building with strength, wisdom and beauty.


Australian owned and operated, Ability Building Chemicals, established in 1983, has acquired a reputation for combining leading-edge concrete technology with a respect for the aesthetic value of colour in architectural materials and design.

After many years of catering for the professional needs of Architects, Landscape Architects, Landscape and Building Designers, Building Contractors, Specifiers and decision makers in the industry, Ability has developed a refined understanding of what products are most effective to solve many industry needs, particularly in the areas of:concrete colouring, admixtures for concrete, long life paints and lightweight composite concretes.

Headed by Mr Robert Barber, considered amongst industry contacts as the ‘Concrete Guru’ for the wealth of information and understanding he has for this particular specialty, Ability’s dedicated staff reflect the vision of the CEO’s exacting standards along with his desire to produce and develop products that outperform and outlast the others as well as creating innovative products unmatched in the industry.

The development of Ability’s unique, bio-degradable Concrete-Friendly® sacks in response to both Industry needs as well as to address environmental concerns, are a clear example of this innovative approach.

Good, old fashioned service is part of that vision, along with customised products and services which few companies can boast.

Mr Barber feels that Ability sells ‘Durability’. Durability behind all products is the main standard which characterises the Ability Product Range headed by their ‘star’ performers which include: abilox®, Efflorein® Mark 2 and the duro paint™ range of high performance coatings.

These particular products offer outstanding features which include:
The duro paint™ range, which is extremely low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and has a 20 Year Guarantee*(*conditions apply), Efflorein®Mark 2 which offers a totally unique solution in the market place to the problem of efflorescence in concrete and the famous abilox® colouring pigments which are bright, colourfast inorganic, mineral colourants suitable for cement and other permanent colouring uses and available in a wide variety of colours.

As our Company is constantly refining and reviewing it’s range, evolving to match the needs of the changing urban environment as well as to customer needs, consequently it is no surprise that Ability’s services and products are now in demand abroad.

That Australian ‘can do’ attitude reflected in the Company name is backed by decades of experience and specialised knowledge.

We welcome your enquiries and comments and hope to be of service for your next project.

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