The recent announcement that a so-called ‘supertrawler’ would be basing its operations in Tasmania caused a real rumpus. The row centred on the effect this monster – the 142 metre trawling and processing ship FV Margiris, which is to work out of Devonport for the coming season – might have on fish stocks, given its capacity to hoover up several thousand tonnes of fish per trip.

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Its heritage is in fire fighting vehicles and equipment but for more than a decade, bus and coach construction was a large part of the output of Mills-Tui, an Australian company designing and manufacturing heavy specialised transport vehicles.

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Matilda Fuel Supplies

Since it was established 30 years ago, Matilda Fuel Supplies has steadily grown to be one of Australia’s most recognised brands, with locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Today, Matilda Fuel Supplies not only offers its customers quality fuels, oils and lubricants to keep vehicles running smoothly, but a wide range of store products, services and other conveniences to make every driving experience more pleasurable.

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Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials

From juice bottles to pharmaceutical packaging and computer keyboards, labels are on nearly every item with which consumers come in contact. And, wherever and whatever the label, chances are that Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials produced it.

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Wokinabox is a chain of restaurants now operating across three states (Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland) and the ACT. Founder Alan Pan explains that the concept was inspired by the aromas and tastes of Asia and “built on the basis of our chefs cooking restaurant-quality Asian cuisine fresh to order with a takeaway or casual dine-in convenience.”

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Sphere Healthcare

Many companies today seem to be outsourcing almost everything, having it produced overseas. One contract manufacturer based in Moorebank NSW, however, is doing the opposite with an exciting new development. Sphere Healthcare has recently installed a canning line for infant formula to meet demand from the Chinese market eager for a high quality Australian product.

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Rugs a Million

When purchasing a rug, consumers want to feel the fabric between their fingers and experience the true to life vivid colours and patterns. This desire makes rugs one of the few remaining consumer items that need to be seen and experienced before being purchased. Choosing a rug is still very much a “touchy feely” process as Craig Wicks, founder and Managing Director of Rugs a Million aptly puts it.

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Mitch Dowd Design

In 1987 Mitch Dowd was a budding young artist wandering around Chapel Street in Melbourne selling hand painted boxer shorts. In one week he sold 150 pairs and a few weeks later buyers from Myer and David Jones had snapped up 10 000 pairs.

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Max Diamonds

There is something magical about diamonds. They are forever beautiful, a timeless way to say “I love you” and every girl’s best friend. Diamonds have been capturing people’s hearts since ancient times when it was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with the glittering stones, and they are still casting the same spell on people today.

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The Macnaught name – and the reliability of its goods – can be recognised across the globe by the iconic blue colour given to all its products. Perhaps best known for its innovative minilube greasing system, the Sydney based, family owned company designs and manufactures a full range of equipment for the fluid transfer and lubrication industries.

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Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

March 20, 2018, 3:13 AM AEDT


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