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A business pioneer

LIKE Western Australians, those who live in the Middle East know what it means to do without rain or water. And the push by many Gulf States for industrialisation is further straining precious water supplies.

WA water tank builder Pioneer Water Tanks has been providing water storage solutions to the Middle East since 1994. Over the past year about 100 tanks constructed from pre-curved BHP Zincalume and Colorbond steel, and ranging in size from 10,000 gallons to 100,000 gallons, have been shipped from the company’s manufacturing base in Bellevue.

Director Gavin Connaughton said the firm now exported its tanks to 35 countries, including active markets in South Africa and South America. More recently it completed a 22-tank order in the Pacific Islands on behalf of the Rotary Club.

Exports secured $1.5 million in revenue for the firm, or around 10 per cent of total turnover. This is up from $250,000 in export sales just six years ago.

The United Arab Emirates takes about 15 per cent of the firm’s exports. Mr Connaughton said the tanks were seen as somewhat novel and were found in some of the large industrial, oil and construction camps in the Middle East.

The tanks were also being used at desalination plants being constructed in the region.

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