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  • Condari | Business In Focus Magazine
    amusingly are of no familial relation as having fostered a very relatable casual work atmosphere which feels like a family offering workers across the board a high level of flexibility and independence Personally I find working for the company there is a lot of flexibility and scope for bringing up new ideas and how you want to do what you need to do I don t think there are any micromanagers telling you how to do things which is fantastic as an employee she shares Such relationships indeed seem indicative of the general nature of the company which has also been making some very strong connections within the industry both locally within Australia and globally We ve actually recently started up a few relationships with a couple of multi national companies enthuses Ms Wong which is exciting for us because we re just a small Australian company The first of these new relationships of note forged by Condari is with competing company Gaggenau which sells a selection of rangehoods amongst its plethora of other kitchen appliances Gaggenau however specialises in the Domino type of cooking systems whereby a variety of cooking types such as induction hot plates or gas cookers are provided side by side together and though this system is fantastic where appropriate there are certainly gaps for which Gaggenau has found need for Condari s unique custom design services as a complement to its own standard product lines Our relationship with Gaggenau is quite interesting because they sell rangehoods as well however they have acknowledged that they can t cater to some of their customers for example if you have one standard sized range that doesn t fit sometimes you need something bigger or more powerful So they actually approached us to start up a partnership and we will be doing a fair amount of co promotion with them in our new showroom in Perth where we have our rangehoods beneath their cookware It s an interesting relationship but it works well for both of us it s mutually beneficial and for customers who are buying that sort of cookware we can come in and give them that sort of solution The second of these exciting new relationships is with ASKO a Swedish multi national appliance company which specialises in a number of different appliances but is best known for producing high quality dishwashers The company s latest achievements have been in the area of alfresco appliances With the trend for alfresco dining derived from the Italian al fresco meaning outside at a fresh temperature rapidly gaining in popularity throughout Australia the demand for high end intelligently designed and integrated products has also been increasing rapidly This lifestyle trend allows for a more casual and relaxed experience for diners and partygoers though without adequately designed outdoor appliances entertaining alfresco can be downright burdensome In an effort to eliminate this burden Condari has been aligning itself with several strategic partnerships within the alfresco appliance sector to create and market

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  • Cyndan Chemicals | Business In Focus Magazine
    to protect buildings and people from the sun s ultraviolet rays The product protects people from skin pigmentation and skin cancer prevents accelerated furniture colour fading protects displays from premature ageing and most importantly it keeps the heat out of the building It also allows natural light to be retained says Mr Kelly Not everyone wants a dark tinted window KristalBond can reduce heat load from ten to twenty per cent depending on what direction glass is facing Cyndan applied KristalBond to a glass footbridge at Westfield Hornsby Shopping Centre in Sydney that was getting too hot in the summer The owners of the mall did not want a dark tint on the bridge and when searching the market found out that KristalBond was the only solution that fit their needs The facilities manager has been delighted with the results He recommended that other managers of Westfield Shopping Centres use KristalBond at their malls The company is also tackling the issue of vandalism Graffiti Armour is a siloxane coating that creates a non stick surface to repel spray paint Instead of using solvents or abrasives to remove the graffiti a building can simply be pressure washed or hand wiped This can save companies anywhere from twenty five to forty per cent compared to other methods to remove paint Mr Kelly says We say Graffiti Armour is a preventative rather than reactive solution Graffiti Armour can be used on masonry road signs and fences and many companies and local city councils have purchased the product It s a better solution for the environment You don t have to use harsh chemicals that will run down drains and into the water table One of the company s recent achievements involves one of the most iconic structures in Australia TufStuf is a polyurethane anti slip coating designed for high traffic surfaces and the product was recently applied to the interior stairs of Sydney Harbour Bridge providing an easier walk for the thousands of pedestrians who cross the bridge daily Mr Kelly considers this a huge accomplishment for the company We demonstrated that this was one of the better solutions that could be used for the bridge he says No matter how large or small the project Our clients get the best support that they can from our office team and sales reps says Mr Kelly We have sales reps that have been with the company for as long as thirty years you cannot beat the advice that they can give to our customers Indeed he credits the people who work for Cyndan as a huge part of the company s success Our onsite office team is customer focused and our research and development team has created great products for our company Cyndan Chemical does face some stiff competition from other companies some of whom are much larger But Mr Kelly says that what Cyndan has to offer with its specialty coating products is what sets it apart We have to demonstrate that we

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  • Flinders Christian Community College | Business In Focus Magazine
    that is developmentally challenging and engaging and which seeks to use digital technologies to enable each learner to extend their capacity intellectually emotionally socially morally and spiritually states Executive Principal Jill Healey As Principal of the college for the past eighteen years Ms Healey has overseen significant growth at all three campuses of the school as it continues to expand Receiving the bulk of its funding through government educational grants Flinders was part of the nation s 16 2 billion Building the Education Revolution economic stimulus package Receiving two different phases of funding the school was able to secure a new music building along with a one to one parity of students to machines furthering Flinders focus on technology s fundamental role in today s curriculum While the campuses are not yet up to capacity Flinders is working towards that as it develops the future of education in Victoria The school is embarking on a number of capital works programs over next five years which aim to see the construction of fifteen brand new buildings across all three locations In addition to classrooms the new buildings will feature a creative arts centre gymnasiums and multi use structures For the past thirty years Flinders Christian Community College has established a reputation for its educational philosophy With the vision of providing excellent Christian education to as many young people as possible Flinders teachers and staff focus on fostering an environment which stimulates a lifetime of learning preparing all students to become purposeful contributing members of society Students at Flinders strive to meet a number of goals and are encouraged to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes along with personal and spiritual growth A professional and caring learning environment enables the formation of students who are informed critical and constructive thinkers and provides quality educators who are able to identify and respond to the particular learning styles and rate of development of every student In addition to a commitment to academic excellence students are taught respect for themselves and for others and unity in the Christian faith and school community It is imperative then that College attracts develops and retains quality Christian personnel The school s Philosophy of Education seeks to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as its first priority in all aspects of school life It therefore attempts to create and sustain an innovative learning environment that deals with the educational relational spiritual and physical needs of students from a Biblical perspective With more and more students living in a digital world teachers must not only be highly skilled and dedicated but willing and able to embrace technology and emerging educational methodology Much more data is being produced today than ever before and the ability to process it quickly is necessary says Mr Kruithoff Students are doing it naturally before they learn to do a lot of other stuff at school Part of the challenge with emerging technologies is that Australia s universities have not kept pace with modern methods when

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  • ORH Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd | Business In Focus Magazine
    Water Carts can be built from 14 000L or up to 20 000L depending on the client s requirements The 14 000WA features Certified Roll Over Protection System ROPS AS1657 1992 Compliant Hand Rails and Gate and a Titan Water Cannon which is controlled from the cab ORH Engineering s range of Service Trucks comes in various fuel and oil volumes to suit all client requirements Our standard 11 600S Service Trucks are capable of carrying seven separate tanks explains Mr Detata Six tanks hold 600L of different fluids and the seventh holds 8000L of diesel Each tank comes with its own hose reel and pump Every Service Truck holds a 180kg grease pod to grease vital moving parts and equipment The 11 600S features two fuel dispensing nozzles for both fast fuel and light vehicle The tank also provides plenty of storage space and safety equipment such as a Fire Extinguisher and an Emergency Eyewash Station He explains that All of our trucks are fitted with state of the art modules and we utilise the best equipment available All vehicles are built to comply with both Mining Specifications and Environmental requirements In recent times the company has added several series of trailers to its expanding fleet due to the growing market These include the Poly Wash Down Fire Fighting Self Bunded Fuel and the Service Trailer All trailers are built to the client s specifications the highest quality and are cost effective and reliable The popular Poly Wash Down and Fire Fighting trailers are available in 1 200L 1 500L 2 000L and 2 500L capacities ORH Engineering s Polyethylene tanks include a five year warranty and are designed for mobile water storage for industries such as Earthmoving Construction Mining and Agricultural The Self Bunded Fuel trailer is available in 1 200L 2 000L and 3 000L capacities This trailer is designed and built for storing and the distribution of diesel The trailer includes a Roll Over Protection Rail Pressure Vacuum Vent and ADR Compliance Lighting The ORH designed and manufactured Service Trailer is suitable for onsite machinery maintenance The standard model holds four separate tanks one 500L diesel tank one 200L oil tank and two 200L water tanks the trailer also carries a 20kg grease pod and a diesel compressor Each tank includes a hose nozzle and pump The Service Trailers can be tailored to your specific requirements with every aspect catered to Our full range of heavy duty trailers is suitable for registration Australia wide Every trailer is designed to mine specifications and for on and off road projects states Mr Detata ORH Engineering provides only the best after service care for your purchase We can source any further products requested from our range of backup suppliers and associates states the ORH Purchasing Officer Due to an increased demand ORH Engineering has opened a Parts Department located next to the Belmont workshop which stocks a full range of accessories and parts utilised on all of the company

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  • Seeley International | Business In Focus Magazine
    to be done on a basis where we are going to get something back for the country If we can find a way to build value that stays in Australia for a significant period of time then we all benefit Otherwise people should be retrained to do something that doesn t lose money He acknowledges that Seeley received grants during the development of its Climate Wizard systems but that the government received benefit in return from the export dollars around the world His company retains the intellectual property in Adelaide but as with other Seeley brands some production is being done offshore only under licence with Frank s team retaining full control As for the other part of the innovate and automate mantra we are not as automated as we can be so not as much as we should be We have automated processes throughout our plants and it is very impressive to see but there is always more we can do Seeley has a comprehensive breadth of products and systems for air conditioning and heating with its well established Braemar and Breezair brands Convair and Coolair Climate Wizard and distribution of the Chinese Haier range The latter has been a slow starter says Frank largely because the savings in energy and the enhanced efficiency of the indirect cooling system are so spectacular that many specifiers just didn t believe the figures The early problem was that the design was too good Frank would talk about getting 140 per cent wet bulb depression and engineers would argue that more than 100 per cent was simply impossible Well we can and we do Now we are finding ways of making it better and cheaper and we will keep on doing that Now though the message is getting through that this is really something a bit special and worth a look Seeley has just shipped two large high volume modules to the US and Mexico based on twenty foot container platforms These are to be tested on a trial basis with some sixteen more to be ordered if they work as claimed The design is evolving on an almost daily basis following Frank s dictum of innovation He cites a case where the company had just received a six star Green Rating and he sent the engineers back home with a simple command to start work next day on a seven star version If we don t do it someone else will were his words of warning to the team This versatile system can be retrofitted to a refrigerated air conditioning system to reduce power consumption dramatically while there is also the imminent prospect of an all plastic version Frank is no stranger to this sector after successfully developing the first all plastic portable coolers he developed the world s first all plastic rooftop coolers These helped expand the whole rooftop cooling market in Australia from 12 000 coolers each year to around 70 000 Plastics are more easily recycled than steel

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  • Source Co Group of Companies | Business In Focus Magazine
    for that he says Many with the company are fluent in Mandarin and tend to stay with the company for some time In Australia here we have many determined young people that just really enjoy the action in the work environment I am creating To run such a substantial network of operations with so many different departments it can be tricky to get the best candidates with all the skills required specialised training is a must Gary says that the company seeks out training programmes that will assist people in getting them on their way toward their goals We also find specific qualifications and have a really good internship programme in China he says We always have two or three international interns in the office in China at any given time They would look at an internship as being one month to up to four or five months Certainly the recession and the present economic situation in the construction and mining sectors in particular has had an impact on the company s growth the traditional construction sector has contracted quite a bit explains Gary So what we have had to do is re invent ourselves a little What that really means is that if you are not going to position yourself where you can buy competitively like we are trying with China you re not going to be in business for very long Too many companies are going out of business as they are having a difficult time making that adjustment He says that one of the most notable changes in the world of business is that the global procurement of products has become accepted Indeed if you are not going to do it you probably are not going to be competitive or long term Source Co doing as much as it can over the internet and through marketing campaigns has tried to establish itself in international trade I figure we ve got a couple more years of a bumpy ride ahead of us here in Australia but hopefully the election will have a good outcome and we can put that behind us says Gary Despite slowdowns trade with China is huge and continues to grow Indeed the future of all the Source Co companies looks bright and Gary says that the company has found a new niche market in the prefabricated building sector supplying electrical requirements destined for Australia and the Pacific Islands We have just completed a 500 man camp for Newcrest Mines up in Papua New Guinea and very recently we shook hands on the biggest motel in the world over 3000 rooms that is about to be built out at Miles in Queensland I don t know of anyone that can supply like we do to China in Australia We are covering in a really seamless way all electrical services for prefabricated buildings and are heading to Shanghai next week with prefabricated as well With all the international business developments projects and activity within the Source

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  • Aquinas College | Business In Focus Magazine
    and the same regardless of the attending child s age around 4 500 Mr O Byrne shares that recent years have seen significant building development around the spacious campus We are in the process of completing a very large programme which will enable some older buildings to be demolished to create a better sense of open space But the campus is rather nicely landscaped There are two football fields and a soccer pitch while there is a regional sports oval on one of the boundaries as well as a new local Council swimming complex under construction The school s buildings are unusual in that they have been designed for greater visibility than the norm with a conscious effort to ensure that classrooms and gathering places are open to view and that both teachers and students can see what is going on around them Mr O Byrne says this trend is spreading across other schools and Aquinas has had a steady stream of educators coming to see how it is done and how successful the policy is It helps everyone to understand they are all part of the learning community which is what we should be about An early adopter of this approach Aquinas also shows an innovative spirit in terms of information and communications technology ICT having switched entirely to tablets rather than books Every student in years 7 to 10 purchased an iPad at the start of 2013 The rollout was managed carefully to ensure that students and teachers could adapt to this new technology and the changes in pedagogy seamlessly says Mr O Byrne The move is likely to save parents at least 500 over the course of three years it also puts a very engaging ICT tool in the hands of students They have learned to use the tablets responsibly remarkably quickly There are apps that are banned by the school which is able to monitor what is on each student s machine I have had to deal with less fallout this year over social networking sites such as Facebook as compared to previous years Mr O Byrne explains He believes there is only one potential downside to the adoption of the latest ICT and that is with regards to handwriting as more and more children are learning to type rather than write by hand Teachers also need to position themselves differently in classrooms to ensure they can see what students are looking at on screen Overall I think both students and teachers have integrated into this new technology much more quickly than we might have anticipated That is the result of preparation and forethought on our part The new Headmaster Mr Darren Atkinson will bring additional experience in ICT use that will enable the school to continue down the path opened by Mr O Byrne who leaves at the end of this year He cites two things as his proudest achievements the introduction of a policy to promote the performing arts in the school which has

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  • Barker College | Business In Focus Magazine
    learning This approach encourages the kind of analytical skills responsibility and active participation that universities require As a result Barker College graduates are well prepared to excel at tertiary learning Barker College s pastoral and academic care structures are also designed to prepare students for life after graduation The model again is the relationship of a university tutor in an Oxford or Cambridge sense Dr Kefford explains The Oxford tutor or the Cambridge tutor who is working with his junior undergraduates takes the role not only of being a teacher but also being a mentor a critical friend a guide a person who can help the student work through issues that he or she might be having and come to a good solution Barker College s approach to pastoral care therefore is to support students as they work through their own ideas and resolutions We try to help them learn to make good decisions Dr Kefford says Which of course at the University level is a very important skill for young people to have Coeducational learning is another key part of Barker College s educational approach The school teaches only boys through the ninth grade while years ten through twelve include both boys and girls We strongly believe that coeducation is a more natural way for boys and girls of that age to learn Dr Kefford explains We believe that it is right for boys to be just boys until the end of middle school but that in senior school coeducation helps prepare students for the road ahead They are going to a coeducational university The world of work is coeducational The world is coeducational And there was something artificial we feel about separating 17 and 18 year olds by gender just because schools always have Encouraging understanding and responsibility and having a coeducational senior school all help to make young people better prepared for their lives outside the classroom Dr Kefford says We have a different approach to teaching and learning we have a different approach to pastoral care and we are co ed It is a unique structure and we believe it provides a very solid foundation for our young people to make a more confident transition from school to university because they have already become used to being treated like young adults which is of course how universities treat them The benefits can be seen beyond university as well Barker College s approach to learning helps students develop all the standard qualities that you would expect a successful young executive manager in a firm to have under his or her belt before he or she enters the workplace Dr Kefford insists We are very consciously preparing young people to be leaders executives and managers in their workplace and in their community when they leave school Barker College applies its unique approach to learning to all grades not just senior students In fact the school just opened a new state of the art primary school building specially designed

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