What do 42 Below vodka and speciality home fragrance ECOYA have in common? The similarities may not be glaringly obvious at first but in fact, not only do both products capture the essence of the region’s purity and nature, ECOYA being manufactured in Australia and 42 Below in New Zealand, they were both founded by three men – Geoff Ross, Grant Baker and Stephen Sinclair, all of whom had the vision to grow start-up businesses into multi-million dollar empires.
The company’s wages, for example, are extremely high compared to overseas competition. And the raw material for APC products – Australian steel – is much costlier than lower-grade imported steel.
Much has happened in Melbourne already, with the Docklands project and the precincts south of the Yarra River, but more is in the pipeline. There is a sense from the western side of the urban area of feeling a bit neglected but attention is now focussing on this formerly industrialised area, with a real emphasis on growth and expansion.
Mr Schulz had previously acted as Managing Director from the commencement of the company in 1999 through to 2006 – at which time Mr Brydon took over the controlling role as Mr Holger took a global position in Germany with Festool. In 2009, the two combined forces to purchase the Australian and New Zealand business arm from the Tooltechnic German holding company.
We spoke with CEO Tony Catania about TDP, the success the company has enjoyed to date, and how the business is positioning itself for future growth.
For the past 15 years, Shining Knight has taken great pride in providing superior quality cleaning and hygiene services and innovative products to a wide range of businesses and industries across the nation. Specialising in corporate office facilities, hospitality, health and aged care, education, retail, and local, state and commonwealth governments,
The Markets of Melbourne is a collective between three of the longest running markets in Melbourne – Prahran Market, Queen Victoria Market and South Melbourne Market. At the Markets of Melbourne, learning new skills, socialising with traders who are passionate about what they do and being entertained is all a part of the shopping experience.
Clive White knew there had to be a better way to clean stainless steel welds. The engineer joined forces with two likeminded entrepreneurs and set out to solve the heat tint problem. It wasn’t easy. “We became a three man band that worked at night and on weekends trying to find a way,” Mr White remembers. “It took us four years.”
“We are very proud of our traditions,” Business Manager Byron Cullen remarks. Respect and etiquette are valued as highly in 2013 as they were 80 years ago, he adds, citing the first time he visited Knox as an example. “One of the first things that I noticed about the school was that, when I stopped at the crossing, a Knox boy tipped his boater at me and walked across. It was the ultimate respect for the public. And I am still impressed today every time I stop at a crossing around the school and they tip their boater. They do it without exception.”
NMW is hosted by Reed Exhibitions, widely acknowledged to be the world’s leading events organiser. With more than 500 exhibitions across 39 countries involving seven million participants last year alone, Reed Exhibitions knows how to throw a trade show. The company’s Australian team is dedicated to boosting the manufacturing industry through the unique platform that the dynamic event will offer.