02/05/2012 - 09:48

The lighter note

02/05/2012 - 09:48


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The lighter note

Wiggle it, just a little bit

Engineering mob AMEC’s partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation might have gone unnoticed by The Note … except they sent a picture of some of their Perth people in silly attire.

When we saw this photo of AMEC Perth GM oil and gas Mark Utgard, marketing manager Sarah Ball and regional director Steve Ciccone all we could think of was watch out the Wiggles. We are just wondering what their signature move is? 

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We know retail is taking a beating from online shoppers using the web to cut out the middleman and save them money, but do recruitment professionals have the same thing to fear?

While the jobs market has been online for some time, it has been largely replacing the classified newspaper advertising. That appears to be changing. 

WA-based website called FIFObids is the first example encountered by The Note of a service where companies needing workers get to go shopping for them and make offers eBay-style.


Gavin Rezos-chaired Alexium International Group, which has a flame retardant technology, struggles for oxygen in mining dominated WA.

Nevertheless, last week the company announced it had a win, licensing Duro Textiles to use the technology for military, government agencies, upholstery, and industrial workwear markets in North America.

Alexium picked up the US-created technology at the height of the GFC, so it is with some irony that its first deal is taking the invention back there.

The only problem for local investors is the translation. Alexium said the deal is targeting a market opportunity in excess of 4 million linear yards of nylon. Err, that’s nearly 3.7 million linear metres in Australia. 

Speaking out

The events business is a tough one because it relies a lot on other people to give their commitment and show up on time. We know all about it because WA Business News holds some of the biggest business functions in town.

So The Note feels a bit of sympathy for our friends at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, which has listed Kagara managing director and CEO Geoff Day to speak at the Duxton on June 7.

This week the embattled miner called in administrators from Taylor Woodings after making no progress on restructuring its financing arrangements.  

That is pretty awkward and, no doubt, makes a great story – we just doubt Mr Day is likely to want to tell it yet.

The event was still on AmCham’s website when we last looked, but was not on its events home page. Luckily that week won’t be lost to the group – two days earlier they have Horizon Power chief Frank Tudor.


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