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  • Business In Focus November 2011
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  • Business In Focus - September 2011
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  • Business In Focus August 2011
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  • Balancing Act | Business In Focus Magazine
    Australia that is of limited size if you stick to only one area of expertise you limit yourself too much he says It s an opportunity you can spread your wings and get into other sectors In addition to retail names include Burberry Chanel David Jones Sportsgirl and Miu Miu and hospitality including The Emerson Hotel The Duke of Wellington Hotel Charlie Dumpling and Melbourne airport eatery Ramvek is adept at commercial fit out examples include Sheraton Novotel and Langham hotels Hawthorn footy club Rather than overreach and try to cover all the bases in house Ramvek has developed a close relationship with a couple of leading architectural practices so it can offer a full end to end design and construct programme for clients who want new ideas instead of coming to the company with a brand DNA already established Is there a gap between architectural design dreams and the reality of commercialisation Generally we would build to what the architect requests but if it was not commercially achievable we would advise accordingly Most architects do understand commercial reality But if a client agrees with the architect on a fabulous finish from Finland we go to Finland and get it That s our job Depending on who they are some of our clients are prepared to pay for that service The whole sector benefits from the increasing importance of displaying any particular brand to its absolute best advantage Nowadays that brand image has to run all the way from the merchandise to their shopfitting so that has to reflect the quality or even the price point There is no doubt that corporations are prepared to spend money on exactly what they want because they see it as that important Typically a big brand knows the cost of what it needs but would nevertheless take a project to tender its price per square metre tends to be higher though because it really does need the very best Ramvek can dial in whatever combination of quality and image the client needs Mark White says the industry has swung round from a decade or so ago when fit out companies did everything in house to a situation in many cases in which some companies are little more than an office that outsources every aspect of a project Ramvek still does the majority of its own work painting and metalwork for example manufacturing most of its components We find that if we can get clients to our premises to see our manufacturing facility we win them over because they feel comfortable we know what we are doing because we are doing it ourselves If the project manager the joinery the metalworking in house you really have control of the destiny of the project Some work is subcontracted out notably electrical and floor covering but less than most others We feel it is one of our best sales tools and we are very proud of it One of the features of Ramvek s service offer

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  • Asian Centurion | Business In Focus Magazine
    with the sheer pace of change in Shanghai but nowadays he admits that when he goes home although Victoria remains that home it kind of lacks the pace and energy of Shanghai or the Fragrant Harbour Not that China is a piece of cake when it comes to procuring The group s clientele demands premium quality in everything and finding the right suppliers and consistent quality was a long road especially in the early years Now the company finds itself selling back into that market and it s certainly a change of pace But we have so far been happy at how receptive the market has been to what Greater Group is offering particularly in our core segments These are telecoms banking and services and technology We have gained some really good traction over the past twelve to eighteen months It s a trickier place to sell than most western countries of course but we have learned a lot of the rules of the game over the past ten years If you play with a straight bat and ensure every negotiation is as win win as you can possibly make it it s as good a place as any to do business It s risk and reward Ryan says his management style has been cautious and conservative but with a base in the territory many people make the basic first mistake of adopting a FIFO style to overseas markets which just doesn t wash with the locals It sounds like a cliché but it is absolutely crucial to build relationships It s the way the entire market works in China Australia as a brand is held in good esteem abroad which helps the cause as does the way it has become part of Asia rather than Asia Pacific One intriguing current project for Greater Group is a six storey experience centre called Australia Town on Shanghai s North Szechuan Road shopping strip This is an attempt to create more or less a permanent World s Fair competing with similar efforts in the area from France Ukraine and other nations We pitched with a lot of other companies from Australia and won the work It was very important to us as a business because we have for some time been promoting Australia outside the country Having been working away from home for so long it feels as though I have become much more patriotic than if I had stayed home One is very aware of how Australia looks on a global level and very keen to promote that brand Greater Group is working very closely with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai designing the new premises they are due to move into very soon It is very much part of our strategy to shout from the rooftops that we are an Australian group and we are proud of it and can mix it with the best of them All well and good but how does this admirable flag waving help

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  • Optimal Industrial Noise Control Solutions | Business In Focus Magazine
    productivity ultimately they can even lower the chance of workplace injuries and accidents An example of noise control products are Flexshield s acoustic noise control walls to effectively divide factories and workplaces creating quiet areas between manufacturing production areas and for instance an office or dispatch area Such products can be used in mining camps where a soundproof wall is strategically placed between the living quarters and the noise source such as a power station Noise control can also help prevent excess noise disturbing neighbouring residents and animals and enables companies to operate with minimal impact to their surroundings The barriers can be designed to reduce traffic noise in built up areas An exciting upcoming development for Flexshield is the use of flexible temporary barriers for construction sites Evenden says the company is presently working on the research and development to get them operating on various sites They are available up to two metres high and are engineered to meet wind load and specs up to four metres high It s an exciting project for us at the moment Evenden says Flexshield has also developed an acoustic foam called Sonicsorber The sound absorption polyester foam consists of acoustically tuned fireproof sound absorbing facing and environmentally friendly acoustic polyester wool The facing is fireproof and has a high temperature resistance up to 550ºC Sonicsorber was designed because traditional fireproofing materials have little to no acoustic properties In contrast Sonicsorber has been engineered to maximise sound absorption at low to mid frequencies The foam is also designed to be exceedingly durable in both hot and humid conditions giving the product a long service life for clients compared to conventional glassfibre based and non hydrolysis resistant acoustic foam materials Sonicsorber can be used for applications such as generator enclosures marine engine rooms acoustic lining for HVAC ductwork acoustic infill for silencers and louvres and in commercial and industrial buildings such as factories sports halls pump rooms and control rooms Flexshield offers a complete range of flexible curtains welding screens flexible screens used for factory zoning and flexible swing doors These flexible screens and doors are an excellent and cost effective choice for controlling workshop and environmental hazards and Flexshield s clients use them for the control of welding flash dust fumes noise weather protection and much more Customisable to suit the diverse size requirements of all clients these products provide a complete flexible zoning solution all the way from consultation and design through to manufacture supply and installation Similarly WELDFLEX sheet curtains are designed to serve as an industrial strength replacement to the traditional welding sheet curtains often used for welding protection WELDFLEX curtains help to protect both bystanders and welders from the harmful radiation emitted during the welding process and WELDFLEX can be utilised in a number of industrial applications including engineering workshops welding bays mining oil and gas manufacturing and trade training centres A notable acoustic curtain project of Flexshield s involved the design and manufacture of a simple acoustic enclosure

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  • Improving Collaboration on Construction Projects | Business In Focus Magazine
    of markup tools and metadata to choose from so it is easy to tailor the drawing to meet the user s specific needs And the program clearly labels each version of a drawing so there is no risk of getting the latest version mixed up with a previous version Users simply use the align tool to view scale and stack multiple versions of the same drawing or they can do a side by side comparison to see how drawings have changed from one version to another Associated drawings are easy to pull out since the callout sheet number is automatically linked to the deliverable table of contents Construction Means More than Buildings and Infrastructure SmartUse is designed for anyone in the AECO industry who is struggling with the distribution viewing markup and auto linking of current drawings For now the SmartUse team is focusing its sales and marketing efforts on the construction and owner segments of the AECO industry because those segments have struggled with this issue for so long without truly effective solutions Batcheler says The new technology also enjoys a wider application within construction and owner categories including mining energy production and facilities management For those who are hesitant to adopt new technology without a trial run the SmartUse team has made it easy to try before you buy potential users can simply download the SmartUse app as a free viewer for unlimited users or they can try out the fully functional app for a set time at no cost The App Advantage The software company Newforma acquired SmartUse in October 2014 in order to enable any AECO industry stakeholder to experience the power of Newforma software without having to be previously invited to join a Newforma project Batcheler says We also wanted a product that could provide a consistent user experience from the field to the construction trailer to the office regardless of the device because that is the reality that our customers face SmartUse fulfils the marketplace s desire to take advantage of the app advantage ease of use and mobility The acquisition has been a great success We are tremendously happy to have the SmartUse team join Newforma they are smart inventive people who have developed a really cool product that fits beautifully into Newforma s product strategy Batcheler says Newforma is committed to continuing the SmartUse team s focus on developing innovative user focused products and will market sell and support SmartUse as its own independent brand SmartUse has already achieved a high degree of interest and success in the construction and owner segments of our industry across a very broad range of project complexity Batcheler says We think they are onto something which is why we acquired the company but will position it as a separate brand Maintaining SmartUse s status as an independent brand makes good sense For starters Newforma wants to be sure that users can experience the company s solutions as simply and quickly as possible so the team does

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