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Our Story

Established in 1984, NAV was born from a desire to deliver the first high quality, environmentally responsible reconstructed veneer to the Australian interior design market.


Founders and current Directors John Barber and Kevin Kelly had very specific criteria in mind when they searched the world for the right product and manufacturing process to create the premium grade decorative surface they envisaged.

  • Environmental sustainability – The raw materials had to be sourced from sustainably managed forests (at a time when environmental responsibility wasn’t yet being talked about).
  • Designer looks + superior performance – It had to have the capacity to be manufactured into a reconstructed veneer that combined stunning looks with superior functionality and durability.
  • Versatility – It had to have the flexibility to allow a designer’s creativity to flourish.

Once the pair had sourced the products and manufacturing process that ticked all those boxes, NAV (formerly known as New Age Veneers) was launched onto the Australian interior design scene.

At the forefront of global decorative surface technology

Today we are proud to be the chosen supplier of leading residential and commercial architects, interior designers, joiners and builders throughout Australia. Many of our clients say the versatility, stunning good looks and performance of our products was instrumental in achieving a successful outcome on their projects.

Fast, reliable delivery throughout Australia

Our closely managed supply chain and national distribution network ensures fast, reliable, door-to-door delivery to ensure your interior fit-outs are completed on time.

Small business service, large business innovation

As an Australian family business, we are small enough to deliver personalised service yet big enough to offer an evolving range of the world’s most innovative products to our national commercial and residential client base. Our global search for the very latest ecologically responsible and innovative decorative finishes is a never-ending process.

Committed to playing our part in protecting the planet

When considering new products, our procurement process has two key sustainable sourcing criteria:

  1. Our wood-based products are only selected from responsibly managed sources.
  2. Interior finishes must be innovative in texture, tone, design and performance while also meeting internationally recognised environmental standards.

True to this commitment, we are proud to offer an extensive range of FSC or PEFC certified timber veneers and panels as well as highly textured, three-dimensional decorative panels that have achieved GreenTagCertTM GreenRate Level B Certification.

Read more about our environmental sustainability commitment and practices or Contact Us to learn more about who we are and what we do.