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Finlayson s gong
And the winner is... top tier
commercial law firm, Finlaysons won
Adelaide Law Firm of the Year award
at the ALB Australasian Law Awards in
Sydney last week. This is the second
win for the firm, having also received
the same honour in 2007. Organisers
of the ALB Australasian Law Awards
said Finlaysons' ability to retain
major clients and grow its revenue
despite difficult economic conditions,
plus its presence on legal panels for
some of Australia's most significant
organisations contributed to its win.
Finlaysons' Chief Executive Officer,
Graham McGeagh, was chuffed with
An Australian company on the verge
of a global launch of a 90 per cent
biodegradable nappy announced this
week that it had placed an order for
the materials required to manufacture
one million nappies. Perth-based
clean technology company, EcoQuest
Limited said the significant financial
commitment was to ensure its range
of environmentally-friendly nappies
would be available for sale via its new
website. According to the company's
blurb, "conventional nappy sales
number several billion units worldwide
each year. These nappies can take as
long as 100 years in landfill sites to
decompose." Surely there's room for a
Kenny sequel in this?
One of the country's leading credit
unions, Community CPS Australia,
has partnered with Camp Quality,
the children's cancer charity,
commencing a community appeal
to raise $205,000 to fund junior
camps for children living with cancer,
aiming to bring happiness to them
and their families. The funds raised
will finance camps in South Australia,
the Australian Capital Territory,
Western Australia and New South
Wales, allowing approximately 280
children across the country to enjoy
a camp filled with optimism and fun
therapy. The $205,000 fundraising
target has been kick-started with a
$100,000 grant from the Community
CPS Foundation, and Community
CPS is hoping to raise the rest with
the support of its members and the
"It holds 32 people, weighs less
than two tonnes, can be in position
in five minutes and equally moved
away from position in five minutes --
all with no damage to the track."
Steriline developed the first
moveable barriers for the Murray
Bridge Race Club in the 1950 s
and this business success saw
manufacturing commenced on
a range of farm and irrigation
equipment, and also equipment for
the horse racing industry.
In 1992 the company changed
hands and moved from Murray
Bridge to Mount Barker and in
April 1992 started manufacturing
at the current premises at 38 Oborn
Road, Mount Barker.
Since that move, Steriline Racing
has grown to become the world s
leading designer and manufacturer
of starting gates and running rail
for the horse racing industry.
It has exported racetrack
equipment to 50 countries around
the world, including the Middle
East, Asia, Europe and the
Around 20 employees work at
Mount Barker with all design and
manufacturing done here in SA.
The increasing list of
achievements by Steriline now
The Polish Jockey Club needed
starting gates that would work at
When planning for the inaugural
Dubai World Cup the Emirates
Racing Association wanted larger
starting gate stalls. A simple
Steriline redesign delivered
everything that was required for
Nad Al Sheba racetrack.
When the Great Britain Jockey
Club wished to use a particular
starting gate mechanism,
Steriline Racing enhanced
the device to provide greater
operator safety, efficiency and
Doing business in 50 countries
around the world comes with its
own challenges, but Fargher has
always been willing to pass on his
knowledge to others who might
be considering expanding into the
increasingly connected world of
"I think business everywhere is
about personal relationships.
"It takes years to build the
relationships and then you need
to spend a long time maintaining
"It s been an ongoing process
for more than a decade and the
relationships are getting stronger.
"People who think they can drop
in and out and do business have got
it wrong: you need to put the time
"Doing business across so many
cultures requires patience.
"We have learnt not to expect
"It will happen in good time: their
In a business where a centimetre
can mean the difference between
winning and losing a $3 million
race, precision counts.
In that respect, Steriline has a
Steriline on track in Singapore
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North Plympton based
manufacturer Philmac has
taken another major step
forward in building its export base
with a major contract to supply
global water supplier Veolia Water.
The company responded to
growing problems with France s
municipal water network
by creating a unique plastic
compression fitting specifically for
the French market.
"Designed to effectively provide
the strength of metal with the
durability of plastic, the specialised
fittings were created for global
water supplier Veolia Water as a
result of ongoing challenges with
the use of brass fittings in France s
municipal water network," Philmac
managing director Chris Stathy
said this week.
of the new
on its way
of the year.
"Philmac was the first in the
world to create an all-plastic
compression fitting to connect
polyethylene pipe and we ve since
developed a number of tailored
solutions around connecting
polyethylene pipes for customers
worldwide," Mr Stathy said.
"In the case of Veolia Water,
needed to meet the
stringent and specific strength
requirements of the task at hand.
"Our Research & Development
team is world renowned and it
was due to their problem solving
capabilities and experience that an
effective solution that met the needs
of Veolia (Water) was found."
Mr Stathy said the success of the
project would reinforce Philmac s
status as a key provider of plastic
compression fitting solutions on a
"Our work with Veolia (Water)
has consolidated our position as a
significant exporter to European
utilities," Mr Stathy said.
"The success of the partnership
not only creates a pathway for
further opportunities in France,
but opens the door for more
opportunities to apply our skills
and provide specialised solutions
for European markets."
Adelaide-based water supplier
United Water, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Veolia Water,
helped develop the relationship
between Philmac and Veolia Water
Hong Kong's presentation dais solved a local problem and is another first for South Australian company Steriline.
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