Amy French

Infrastructure planning vital

THE 2,060 known coal seam gas wells in Australia seems insignificant compared with Canada’s 210,000 shallow wells.

Airwell pumps Canadian market

AN opportunity to modify its existing pump technology to meet the growing needs of the coal seam gas sector proved too good an offer to refuse for Airwell Pumps and its managing director, Alan Brown.

Coomer’s truffles no trifling indulgence

David Coomer is spending a lot less time in the kitchen these days, but he hasn’t turned his back on the industry completely. Amy French reports.

Regional businesses urge action on investment, infrastructure

THE state government came in for criticism over its handling of the resources boom at a roundtable meeting of rural and regional business owners and executives last week.

Present Group makes a break with the past

Brian Grimmer has bounced back since the fallout of the GFC.

Ribbink building opportunities for TZMI

COMBINING his skills in professional services with a background in geology has proved to be a good career move for 2010 40under40 winner Grant Ribbink.

Sputore determined to add to Decmil growth

WHEN he took over as managing director of Decmil Australia six months ago, Ray Sputore recognised an opportunity to take his 30-year career in a new direction with the growing engineering and construc

Publishing push drives PLD Learning strategy

PLD Learning Resources founder and managing director Diana Rigg has taken nothing for granted since winning a 40under40 award last year, despite the fast growth in her company’s literacy resources in

R&D propels success for Veem

VEEM Engineering Group has racked up achievements that would make it the envy of many other manufacturing businesses in Western Australia.

Space race drives office redesigns, fit-outs

Keen demand for commercial space in central Perth is driving a surge in office redesign and fit-out work, attracting new players to the Western Australian market and creating opportunities for establi

The Eagle has landed

Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a new family-run restaurant, winery and brewery business that reflects the ongoing changes in the Dunsborough region. Amy French reports.

Wheatbelt regeneration

AN innovative project is taking shape in Wagin to tackle saline degradation, produce energy from waste products, power a barramundi farm and hopefully attract new businesses to the Wheatbelt.

PC Locs schools competitors on innovation

PAUL Symons could never have predicted the tangent his life would take when he left his job as a high school teacher in 1998 to start Malaga-based company PC Locs.

Building a case for composites

IMAGINE a building material that could withstand 350 kilometre an hour winds, was fire resistant, stronger but lighter than double brick, and completely recyclable.

Khourys have Form on the board

IT has taken Edward Khoury 15 years to grow his industrial design business to the size of the one he and his wife Sharon left behind in South Africa when they migrated in the 1980s.

HydraSafe helps workers with drink problem

STAY away from sports – that was the advice HydraSafe managing director and founder Wayne Ashdown received from a business associate when he first considered manufacturing an electrolyte replacement drink.

Making a mark in Mosman Park

A couple of fresh faces have added a new dimension to the Mosman Park scene. Amy French reports.

Konica deal gives i2 Software ‘street cred’

FOUR years after their first conversations about how to revolutionise the bulk scanning and indexing industry, i2 Software directors Quentin Gribble and Andrew Wade can finally say they’re in it for more than just the love of the business.

Planning an assault in the north

WITH the state government planning to pour $856 million into its Pilbara Cities program, it seems logical for town planning firms to exploit this opportunity by expanding in the targeted growth centres of Port Hedland and Karratha.

Local focus for Google ranking initiative

SEARCH engine optimisation company ineedhits has come up with an innovative way of getting businesses to rank in the top 10 listings on Google.

Croissant Express, Banksia a close fit

CROISSANT Express chairman Jonathan Huston is no stranger to the wheeling and dealing required to succeed in business.

Vesco restructure to help grow business

PRIVATE equity backing has enabled Vesco Foods to make the transition from a locally focused family business to a national player in the food services manufacturing sector.

STP pushes east for franchise growth

AN accounting franchise established in Perth has started expanding its Victorian network ahead of planned moves into other east coast markets.

Big players stitch up rail contracts

THE awarding last week of rail transport contracts for a $3.5 billion fertiliser project at Collie has put the two winners in good position to bid for the much larger contracts that will be needed to support the planned expansion of Collie coal exports.

Fast pitch for ribs at Tony Roma’s

It seems Perth locals are joining travellers and expats in appreciating the Tony Roma’s experience. Amy French reports.

Itomic boss sticks to his principles

PERTH-BASED web solution company Itomic is set to open a UK office in a bid to provide geographic diversification and non-stop service in this competitive field.

Glass-half-full approach at Mogas

FIBREGLASS was a dirty word to Andy Greathead – that is until he quit as head of listed resources services company ADG Global Supply to become involved in a business that uses the material to make alternatives to steel.

Grain freight fight far from over

TWO months ago, when the state government announced a $350 million upgrade of Western Australia’s grain freight network, it appeared that a long-running debate had finally been settled. But industry remains divided over how the money should be spent.