Astor Buttons (Aust) Pty. Ltd.

Astor Base Metals/Astor Industries

Astor Base Metals were founded in 1957. They were listed in a Sydney 1960 phone directory.

Sydney telephone directory November 1960.

Quoting from the Astor Industries web-page:

“Astor Industries is an Australian manufacturer of premier plastic injection moulded, electroplated, decorated and assembled components. Built on a foundation of Quality and Service, Astor Industries’ is recognised by its long-term customers as leaders in quality injection moulded items, including decorative ornaments, automotive spare parts and most notably, Astor Industries’ signature product, the automotive badge … The core team at Astor Industries has extensive history and expertise in manufacturing and decoration of both plastic and base metal products … Many of Astor Industries’ customers and suppliers are familiar with its historical operations under Astor Base Metals, who served the Australian manufacturing sector for over 50 years, preceding its sale on April 2, 2015.”

Astor Buttons Pty. Ltd. was registered in 1983, only to be deregistered in 1984. Astor Industries is still operating.


Early-mid 1960s cards










A Misprint


Late 1960s-1970s

Shrink wrapped buttons! Cleverly, the cards are pre-scored so that shanks can be pushed through.

For unknown reasons Astor thought it necessary to stamp ‘BROWN’ onto the card of two buttons.

1980s cards

The shrink wrapped cards below are smaller than before, approx 8.3 x 4.8 cm.

Astor press studs.


Button tubes


More Buckles


















Sample cards


Korbond Industries

They appear to have supplied Korbond Industries with Buttons for distribution; it is the same size card with shrink wrap.

A Curiosity. A different Logo: