SA Mines and Energy Journal : August - September 2013
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 46 MEMBER NEWS B L Shipway celebrated a milestone birthday in July when the company turned 60. Founded by Bernard Leslie Shipway, the venture was originally established to provide a wide range of rural products to a diverse local and regional customer base. The company now includes hydraulics, pneumatics and industrial fittings in its products that service the agricultural, viticultural, mining and defence industries. Many of the company's clients and suppliers joined in the celebrations held at the Sebel Playford hotel, including third generation family businesses. One of B L Shipway's long standing clients, Kelly Engineering of Booleroo Centre, was amongst many customers, suppliers and staff who attended the celebrations. Kelly's Managing Director, Shane Kelly, gave a speech of appreciation, praising B L Shipway's strengths in personal customer service which have been the foundation of the company's success. Managing Director David Shipway thanked Shipway's customers and suppliers for their support over the years, as well as acknowledging the strong commitment from the company's long serving staff. He said "we are privileged to have had such strong support over the journey from our wide customer base throughout the length and breadth of South Australia. We enjoy the challenges of the variety of industries, such as mining, that we ser vice" . LogiCamms recently announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Independent Technology Holdings (ITL), a leading New Zealand-based specialist in oil and gas engineering services and project delivery. LogiCamms will pay $13.3 million for the initial purchase, comprising cash from existing reser ves together with LogiCamm company shares. A further payment will be made subject to the achievement of defined financial targets over a two year period. The SACOME member and ITL have already established a strong relationship from previous work. The acquisition supports LogiCamms continued expansion into the hydrocarbons market, particularly the high growth gas sector. The company says it will enhance its specialist technical abilities in upstream and mid stream hydrocarbons processing and provide opportunities for higher value services to both business's customer base. LogiCamms' Managing Director, Steve Banning said, "Working with ITL on projects for Australian customers has shown that both companies have complementary capabilities and share the same values, strategic direction and ways of doing business" . Bureau Veritas Amdel has expanded, opening a new minerals testing laboratory in Whyalla. Key local and industry identities were amongst guests at the official opening in June. Bureau Veritas Chief Executive Officer Didier Michaud-Daniel travelled from Paris to Whyalla for the occasion. He said the establishment of a laboratory of this kind in Whyalla was an exciting step for ward for the company in South Australia. "This new facility reflects the commitment of Bureau Veritas in supporting its clients with leading laboratory services across Australia and also represents significant confidence in the SA mining industry now and into the future. " Mr Michaud Daniel said the new facility was capable of serving existing exploration and mining clients, together with the many new projects planned in the region. "Whyalla needed that investment, " he said. The laboratory has so far employed more than 90 people in the region. "We want to be local -- with local people, managed by local people, " he said. The facility represents a multimillion dollar investment by the company and offers state-of- the-art sample preparation, metallurgical and chemical analysis using specialised automated systems. Finlayson's law firm has won the prestigious Australasian Legal Business (ALB) Adelaide Law Firm of the Year for the fourth year in a row. The awards recognise leading law firms in each state and are based on a range of factors including client growth, revenue and expertise of practitioners. Finlayson's Chairman, David Martin, said in a small state such as South Australia personal connections are essential and dealing with a local firm remains preferable for many home-grown companies. The ALB 2013 win comes on the back of a record number of the firm's partners being recognised in the 2013 Best Lawyers List, covering areas including resources, property, litigation, tax and insurance. The long standing local firm is now in its 163rd year of business. "The key to our success is that personal touch, " Mr Martin said. "We work hard to understand our client's business and what affects their bottom line. To be successful as a law firm today you really have to work in partnership with clients to add value. " 60th birthday celebrations Furthering hydrocarbons focus State of the art minerals facility opens in Whyalla Four wins for SA law rm Scott Dabinet and David Shipway of B L Shipway.
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