Our History

ALBOX was established in 1989.  Mr Darby Johns formed Albox Australia introducing significant improvements in ways to archive and display photographic items. 

The parent company is now Preview Industries Australia.

The Albox system is used by archives, libraries, genealogists throughout Australia and overseas.

Thank you Mr Darby Johns you left your mark on the Archival Industry of Australia

Our Purpose

  • ALBOX is a product development company specialising in the design of leading edge products for records management – office, archival and photographic. 
  • The ALBOX design uses environmentally friendly contemporary materials to replace both PVC and paperboard in stationery applications.
  • Our product is acid free, metal free, adhesive free and recyclable.
  • ALBOX uses polypropylene, either film, sheet, moulded or extruded in most of its products.
  • ALBOX designs and manufactures in house plus outsources a small amount of production to approved manufacturers in Australia and China. This enables the appropriate supply source to be chosen to meet optimum price and performance standards requested by customers.

Have photo albums had their day ?

Digital photography has brought many changes to the ways in which photos are being printed and kept.

For long term storage of photos, computer hard disks and CD’s it is necessary to keep hard copies, slides and negatives in albums for future generations.

Mr Darby John’s Answer

Over 20 years ago Mr Darby Johns formed Albox Australia introducing significant improvements in ways to archive and display photographic items. 

  • Mr Johns designed a box and file tray style album to enable pages to be suspended rather than flat.
  • All products feature polypropylene 100% recyclable, acid free, metal free.
  • His albums were fitted with nylon rings.

The Albox system is used by archives, libraries, genealogists throughout Australia and overseas.

Thank you Mr Darby Johns you left your mark on the Archival Industry of Australia

Polypropylene vs PVC

A brief look at some environmental issues. There are significant intrinsic differences between polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene (PP).

  • Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most neutral plastics, containing only two elements: carbon (C) and hydrogen (H).
  • PVC by comparison contains about 30% by weight, of the element Chlorine (Cl) in its basic structure.

PP is a safer, environmentally friendly alternative to PVC.