Established in 1967 to service Australia’s burgeoning mining and construction industries, Sykes Group has grown into one of the largest auto prime pump manufacturers in the world. Recently acquired by National Hire Group Ltd, Sykes joins an exciting and dependable family of brands including Allight, Westrac, and Coates Hire, who together are proving to be a formidable operation capable of providing clients with a “one-stop shop” for diverse equipment solutions.
Asking “how’s business?”, the last thing you expect as an answer is “I don’t know”. But that’s what we got from Nathan Falconer, managing director of Winmax Drilling, a specialised diamond drilling contractor providing remote-location core sampling services to mining and exploration companies.
Talking to us on a day when the Aussie dollar closed in on a record high, we might have expected Ron Grey to be a little grumpy. After all, 95 percent of the output of his company GBC Scientific Equipment Pty Ltd is for export. But he turned out to be surprisingly sanguine about business and prospects.
When it comes to vacation destinations, Queensland’s Mackay Region offers some of the more striking, untouched features and attractions. The region, which lies along the northern coastline of Queensland, halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, boasts a wide array of white sand beaches, secluded islands and lush green parks and rainforests. With its generally consistent tropical climate and untouched feel, Mackay Region has been of great appeal to tourists and residents alike.
When Equipment Placement was formed in June of 2002, it was created to provide quality parts and services to Australia’s growing mining and construction industries. Almost 10 years later, brothers Brian and John Bondi and their team continue to serve the nation, offering experience, service, and solutions from everything from filtration systems to dozers, trucks and excavators.
Prospects for the construction and real estate industries right up and down the eastern seaboard, especially in the days immediately following the election of the Coalition government in New South Wales, are fair to middling, with a distinct upturn expected by the start of 2012. At least, that’s the view of Rod Burger, commercial director of Grindley Construction.
With so much attention focused on dealing with the recently excessive rainfall and floods across Queensland and Victoria, it is easy to forget about Australia’s underlying water crisis – its desperate lack of reliable water. Australia is actually the driest inhabited continent, with far too many communities plagued by chronic water shortages and droughts.
Woodhead’s origins go back to Adelaide and 1927, but the company today is very different and much larger. Now encompassing offices throughout Australia, Woodhead is also a serious presence in Asia and reaches as far as Europe.
Densford Civil, a leading civil engineering and construction company operating throughout WA, demonstrates just how important a strong financial position can be. The company, which has an annual turnover of approximately $30 million, has consistently operated profitably in every year of its operations and continues to build on its assets through reinvestment of its profits.
The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) is the member based representative body of civil engineering contractors in Australia, providing assistance and expertise in contractor development and industry issues. The Federation represents more than 2,000 small, medium and large sized contractors that are part of an industry which employs around 350,000 people.