My name is Russell Kap, founder of Kap Industries.
Our business is located in Melbourne, Australia.
We started this business in 2014. Back then we lived in Perth where I used to race my WRX wagon down at the track. One of the safety requirements to race was that a fire extinguisher was within arms reach and securely fastened to the car.
A friend of mine really didn’t want to drill into his Subaru to race, and I didn’t want to either.
So with my background in metal fabrication (I’m a CNC Machinist by trade), I manually designed and crafted a bracket to fit existing seat bolts under the front seat.
Other racegoers started asking if I could make one for their vehicle, as they too didn’t want to drill a hole in their car to fit a fire extinguisher in. As I was making the brackets for my friends, I realised there was definitely a gap in the market and this was something I could sell to others!
So where did the name come from? One night, while watching a state of the origin rugby match, a friend of mine who is a web designer, thought it would be cool to help me with a website.
‘What should it be called?’ asked my mate, ‘Kap Industries’ I replied, with a chuckle, mid-sip of cold beer. But it stuck and the rest is history!
When I first started, I made all the brackets by hand and sold locally to racegoers and basically relied on word of mouth.
Today, we send our brackets all over the world.
We have an amazing community supporting us and what we’re trying to do.
We love that we get to see people enjoying their cars, whether it be off-road, on the track or just out and about – all keeping a bit safer and ready in case of an accident, fire or emergency.
As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is true more than ever when it comes to our cars and fire safety.
Our vision is to not only see every car on the road be fitted with a quality fire extinguisher & bracket, but to encourage everyone to be more safety conscious on the roads.
My wife Caitlyn, with our little dog Noodle would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, without you we wouldn’t be able to continue to do what we do! So thank you!