Originally established by Bill Brown and Jock Watson in 1953, Brown & Watson International Pty Ltd is an ‘old’ Australian trading company with a long and colourful history.

Over the years the company has been involved in a range of enterprises ranging from manufacturing transport equipment, toy wholesaling, furniture and acting as a manufacturer’s representative. This last business activity exposed BWI to the automotive industry and its wholesale distribution channels in the early 1960’s.

Early in the 1980’s the company commenced importing lighting products from a company called NARVA located in Plauen, East Germany. The main products were incandescent and halogen globes and NARVA, East Germany still manufacture many of the globes marketed today.

The first NARVA catalogue was produced in 1984. It extended to 10 pages in glorious black and white, detailing a total of 58 part numbers. This is a far cry from today’s 2013-14 NARVA catalogue containing in excess of 500 pages in full colour and featuring more than 5,000 part numbers in 12 colour coded product sections. The entire product range can be accessed from the NARVA website and the content of these catalogues demonstrates the enormous growth of the NARVA program over the last 30 years.

Today, NARVA products are sourced from leading manufacturers around the world. Carefully chosen strategic partners provide access to the latest in technology and product design. Over recent years NARVA has invested in the design and development of products for sale not just within Australia but across the globe.

From the company’s head office and state-of-the-art automated paperless warehouse and production facility covering almost 14,000 sq metre in Knoxfield, Melbourne, Victoria, the extensive range of products are assembled, packed and reprocessed to cater for the ever expanding Australasian market.

Outside the Narva brand, BWI produces many custom made products for large OEM companies such as Kenworth, Mack, Daimler, HSV, Honda, Jayco Caravans to name just a few. Other brands in the range include the highly successful Projecta battery maintenance and power products.

The company is certified to ISO 9002 standard and has sales offices and representation in all states of Australia plus the NARVA New Zealand office and distribution centre located in Auckland, New Zealand.

Today the company is owned principally by the current management. Its slogan ‘Safety Through Technology’ is strongly promoted to ensure NARVA and Projecta products live up to customers’ expectations and further enhance these marketing leading brands.