About Us


AWL Canopies specialises in vehicle service bodies and accessories and is conveniently located off the M1 between the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Considered one of Australia’s leading service body manufacturers, we are proudly Aussie owned and operated, with over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and vehicle fit-out of fibreglass and metal canopies and quality vehicle accessories. Our proud team offer sales and service support to a wide range of sectors across Australia and are passionate about driving our business to new heights.

Our success is based on the core values of Our Customers Comes First, We Support Our Team, We Are Determined to Build Great Products, and We Operate With Integrity and Honesty. These values continue to be integral to how we run our company, helping us build a national brand that we can continue to be proud of.

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Our History

With years in design, manufacture and craftmanship, Bob Frankham founded AWL Canopies in 2000 after being continually asked by customers if an easily accessed, lightweight fibreglass canopy, which fitted directly onto a tray, was available. This exciting challenge signified the beginning of Australian Work Leisure Canopy (AWLC). After researching the domestic and international market, Bob used his extensive experience across the building, engineering, and steel fabrication to construct our first composite Ute canopy.

Today, the business is better known as AWL Canopies and continues to be owned and operated by the Frankham family. Sons, Graham and Darryl Frankham, are proud to be continuing their fathers work and have been steering the ship since 2016. The brothers have guided the brand into the 21st Century and been instrumental in evolving our range of canopies to suit the evolution of utility vehicle models across Australia. Along with this development, they have given customers options such as windows, roof racks, extension racks for carrying long ladders, door warning systems and remote locks. Our canopies have popularity in the leisure market, especially for retirees or adventurers looking to go cruising with their caravan and require added storage and security for their journey.

AWL Canopies distributes Australia wide and now exports to New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Teaming up with local partners in each country, AWL Canopies are built tough to handle any climate.

Satisfaction & After Sales Service

Looking after our customers and their vehicles is our priority. With our extensive range of options and know-how we can ensure you get the vehicle you need.

At AWL Canopies, we continuously strive to give our customers exceptional service and value. Offering over 20 years in construction experience and the latest in innovative technology, our Canopies are reliable, robust, and tailored to each client’s unique requirements.

The team at AWL Canopies are selective about choosing only the very best parts and construction materials for each of our canopy bodies, providing customers with the peace of mind that they are investing in a product that will stand the test of time. Our service is second to none; we always put our customers first aiming to go that extra mile for them. We strive to give you an exceptional sales experience, from enquiry to delivery and beyond within our after sales service program. Our team are here to support you with your vehicle, canopy or accessory needs.

Awards & Certifications


2012 ESI Field Days
Best Safety Product on Display – Exhibitor Award 

2011 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards
Manufacturing & Construction Award – May

2010 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards
Trade, Professions and Services Award for the Year
Trade, Professions and Services Award – May

2009 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards
Family Business of the Year 2009
Family Business Award – September
Trades, Professions and Services Award – July


Queensland Transport Authorised Modification Officer
Light Vehicles: LK1, LK6, LM1
Heavy Vehicles:  G6, H1, J1, K1, K3, K6, M1

Patent Designs
We engage in innovative product development and take steps to protect our intellectual property rights

We have Patent Rights and Registered Designs in Australia, United States and other overseas countries.