History of TRUST

Our Story – a family company started by John and Angelo Notaras

John and Angelo Notaras display the computer ignition system that won the ABC Invention of the Year Award in 1975.
Angelo receiving the award with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Frazer and the judging panel.
The floor of the International Inventions & Technology Convention Geneva, Switzerland

Winner of International Gold Medals and other international awards, Atom Industries, an Australian-owned company, has been inventing and manufacturing innovative quality products in Australia for many years. Atom’s international award winning inventions
are sold in many countries worldwide.

Research & Development

Atom’s policy is to produce world class innovative, affordable, and quality products, that will serve their owners many years of productive and enjoyable use; and to continually develop Atom products. Atom invests heavily in Research and Development and maintaining its fulltime in-house R & D department.

Atom’s technical team utilises the most up to date computer design programs. All Atom products are rigorously and punishingly tested, both in the factory and in field conditions before they are put onto the market, thus ensuring long life and withstanding tough conditions.

The tough reinforced polymer components used in Atom products are so strong, they have been stress tested to withstand up to 680kg (1500lbs) of weight. This ensures that Atom products will still be working in years to come when other brands have already worn out.

cadCAD-CAM design of parts and tooling

A 2.1 tonne Nissan (680kg load) does not break tough professional edger casing

Environmental Goals

We care about the environment and our carbon footprint. Our factory in Lilyfield runs on solar electricity produced from Atom’s large array of rooftop solar voltaic panels. We continue to develop and produce fuel efficient, low emission engines.

Awards

1961: Chainsaw Drill Attachment

More than 50 years of progressive innovation. A very popular product used in fencing, bridgework, tree surgery, rubber plantations and more.

  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1964
  • Australian Design Award No. 208
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1967

1972: Anti-vibration handles for Chainsaws

Developed for the Atom Chainsaw produced from 1972-1978. Licensed to Japanese and American chainsaw manufacturers.


1972: Atom Chainsaw

The Atom Chainsaw was Australia’s first and only fully integrated magnesium diecast, lightweight chainsaw produced. Many innovative features include a self-cleaning air cleaner that was later adopted (and still in use) by Swedish, US and Chinese manufacturers. Tariff reductions to zero forced closure of manufacture of this product.

1972: Atom Electronic Ignition System

Winner of the ABC TV show ‘Inventors’ in 1976. This patented product was used extensively as a replacement for mechanical points and condensers fitted to small single-cylinder engines with magneto ignition. Also used as original equipment on Atom’s own chainsaw production as well as supplied to US, German, British and Indian manufacturers. As a retrofit part to replace points and condensers, many millions sold and, after patents expired, much copied by overseas manufacturers.

  • Winner ABC TV Inventor of the Year Award
  • Australian Design Award No. 207
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1977

1994: Atom Auger-Stop Chainsaw Drill Attachment

Originally designed in 1961 (see above), it was redesigned with innovative safety features. This Drill Attachment fitted most chainsaws, but production was phased out in 2018 and replaced by the DRILLMASTER ENGINE DRILL, which uses the Automatic Reverse Gear for the same purpose.

  • Highly Commended NSW State Safety Award 1995
  • BHP Steel New Implement Award 1994
  • New Implement Award – Orange Field Day 1994
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year 1994

1995: Atom Petrol Lawn Edger

The Atom Edgers soon became No.1 sellers in Australian and New Zealand.

  • Winner of Gold Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

1998: Atom Petrol Professional Lawn Edger

These powerful Atom edgers are used for large jobs and continuous operation. Used all over Australia and overseas markets such as; New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom and Europe. Available in 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine power.Anti-vibration(7 points)
handle system reduces long use fatigue.

  • OEM M.I.A. Award in USA
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

1998: Atom Electric Lawn Edger and exclusive “Motor Pod” drive

Similar to the petrol model but with a powerful electric motor and similar power to the petrol models.

  • Winner of Gold Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year
  • Winner of Gold Medal at International Exhibition in Geneva for its unique Pod Electric motor design

2005: Atom Tiller Cultivator

A unique Tiller design similar to the Atom one wheel Lawn Edger. Ideal for home gardens, mulching and certain commercial applications.

  • Winner of Gold Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Power Equipment Magazine Product of the Year

2014: Atom Petrol Powered Anti-Vibration Leaf Blowers in 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke

Atom’s new petrol powered “AIRLIFT” leaf blowers, fitted with Atom’s “SMARTFAN” design, produce a massive air blast. More than other blowers, helping you do the job much faster and with less fuel consumption.

  • Winner of Gold Medal at 41st International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland

2014: Atom Gasoline Powered DRILLMASTER Drilling Machines in 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke

Atom’s new petrol powered drills with the outstanding feature of automatic reverse. This allows faster hole drilling speeds and ‘auto safe’ control of the drill should it suddenly twist due to auger hitting a knot or split timber. Atom designed wood auger bits from 10mm (3/8”) to 32mm (11/4”) length are available.

  • Winner of Gold Medal at 41st International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland

2014: The Atom Factory in Lilyfield generates all its power with Solar Voltaic panels.

2017: Atom designs and makes its own 26cc 2-stroke commercial engine.

  • Made in Australia with Australian and imported components.
  • Long life in excess of 500 hours at full loaded RPM.

The Notaras Family is Involved in the Community

Angelo Notaras received the Order of Australia and the Cross of St Andrew Award for community and charity fundraising. Also, with John the Youth Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Award from the Greek Orthodox Church.

Angelo and John along with another brother, Mitchell (medical pioneer) and their cousin Spiro (OAM), restored the Saraton Theatre in Grafton to its former glory. It is a 1000 seat cinema (originally 1200 seats) built in 1926 by their fathers, Tony and Jack Notaras. This restoration, along with the addition of two new state-of-the-art 150-seat cinemas, is the entertainment centre of the NSW north coast.

It is a great venue for live theatre; school concerts and activities, musical groups and bands, public gatherings as well as cinema. The Saraton is privately funded by the Notaras family as their contribution to giving back to the Grafton community.

In 2011 they were awarded the NSW Heritage Award for Best Restoration in the over $20 million category, competing against State-funded restorations.

As a contribution to the environment, the complex runs on solar produced electricity from its massive rooftop solar voltaic panels.

Angelo also received the Kytherian Gold Medal of Honour for services to the island of Kythera – where their parents migrated from. Their brother, Mitchell (a distinguished surgeon) donated a substantial sum to the University of Sydney to encourage post graduate research by gifted students. This has already resulted in several achievements for successful graduates. Angelo and John have also privately donated substantial sums to the University of Sydney, for Cancer and Asthma research.

Exterior of Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Exterior of Saraton
Theatre, Grafton NSW