About Us

Materials In The Raw

Our mission is to help you build the best with our diverse range of products and commitment to great service.

Our experienced and enthusiastic staff will work with you to make sure you get the job done in the right way. All Materials In The Raw employees are trained on a regular basis so they are up to date with the latest products, trends and tips.

We are determined to be the best in the industry and we go beyond building materials. Materials In The Raw has a genuine commitment to supporting local communities to keep them strong and their environments clean.


Materials In The Raw is a well established business operated by Matcoll Pty Ltd. The business specialises in the supply of landscaping and building materials from multiple locations in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

The business currently has a well located high profile outlet in Sydney.

Our history

Materials In The Raw was established at Casula in 1988 as a bulk materials distributor reselling sand, soil, gravel and mulches. Since that time the business has grown through acquisition of other similar businesses and the commencement of new outlets in strategic locations.

As a result the outlets all differ in size and layout however the common characteristics include high exposure locations, ease of access, well presented displays of major product lines, competent and experienced staff and seven day operation.

The Chullora branch is the latest development of Materials In The Raw that demonstrates the presentation of product and shoplines whilst Posh Paving within the Gladesville branch clearly establishes Materials In The Raw as the innovative leader within the retail and trade markets in Sydney.

Materials In The Raw provides landscape solutions for the urban environment. The recent urban consolidation growth that has occurred in the metropolitan Sydney area has necessitated the development of innovative landscape materials to ensure the preservation of outdoor living in reduced courtyards and landscape settings.

Major product lines

As a result of the changing landscape requirements the major product lines sold by the business include:

Paving and masonry block walls

Sand and cement

Mulches and decorative gravels

Soils and growing mediums

Aggregates, gravels and recycled materials

Bag products, shoplines and ancillary items

Customer base

Materials In The Raw has successfully established two distinct customer types. Trade customers include builders', landscapers', bricklayers, drainers, concretors and specialised tradesmen. Currently the business extends monthly credit to over 500 trade customers.

Retail customers typically comprise home owners' and DIY customers who have been strongly influenced by the popularity of backyard and landscape lifestyle promotions.

As a result of the strategic location of the branches Materials In The Raw is well positioned to continue to experience growth in its customer base.

Business growth plan

As a result of the NSW Government policy of urban consolidation it is considered that Materials In The Raw will enjoy significant growth of its business. The Government is promoting increased density of residential living in inner Sydney and around the major population centres which encourage the construction of town houses, units and smaller residential blocks.

The construction industry and its associated tradesmen and residents create continued demand for the products supplied by Materials In The Raw. Strategically Materials In The Raw have situated branches at the centres of growth in urban consolidation in Sydney, Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Penrith and the business will benefit from these opportunities.

Within the Sydney area the environmental requirements and the shortage of high exposure sites will enhance the growth of the business over competitors who have inferior locations and cannot buy under the favourable terms enjoyed by Materials In The Raw. The business is uniquely placed to be cost effective in the market as the proprietor is a well established wholesaler with renown quarrying and recycling expertise.

Materials In The Raw have adopted innovative and aggressive strategies to dominate the paving and masonry block wall markets that will continue to strengthen the business position overall and ensure the future relationships with product suppliers are underwritten to benefit from dealing with a multiple outlet business in lieu of smaller operators.

Staff management structure

The head office/administration structure includes a General Manager, Operations Manager, Sales Manager and Accountant. Management is assisted by clerical personnel.

Each branch has a Manager, Assistant Manager and Operations staff who include yard supervisors, loader operators and truck drivers (employee and subcontractor).

The business is operated by approximately 40 permanent staff supplemented by casual and seasonal staff as required.

The current management team operate the day to day business on an autonomous basis from the Company Directors. The management implement the business plan independently in accordance with the Company financial and capital budgets.

Business management system

Materials In The Raw have installed a management information system that controls the predominantly cash operation and credit accounts. The Pronto Management System is located at head office and is connected to all the branches via the internet. This system ensures branches cannot manipulate data which is all managed and maintained at head office.

The system resides on the head office server which controls the point of sale, accounts payable and receivable, stock, payroll and general ledger. It is an integrated system comprising different modules that are all proprietary items. The system generates daily reports together with specialised management reporting together with profit and loss statements and balance sheets.

Corporate governance

Materials In The Raw has been recognised as a leader in the landscape supplies industry in relation to matters pertaining to:

  • Quality Policy ensuring our products and services meet the customers' requirements and are recognised for the value they offer.
  • Environmental Policy ensuring the business operations do not adversely affect the environment in the locality that they are situated. Special attention has been taken to minimise the potential to impact upon air and water quality as well as mitigating against noise pollution.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Requirements. The business has introduced a comprehensive risk management system to ensure the safety of the public, customers and employees is maintained at all times.

Materials In The Raw are proactive in developing solutions with Government regulatory authorities, corporate suppliers and our customers to overcome problems encountered by the introduction of best practice management systems.

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