Fast fashion angst

06th December 2017

Design,Recycling / Sustainability,Sustainability,Uncategorized

Recently released reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Greenpeace demonstrate the global angst for the ecological footprint that fast fashion has managed to make in recent years, though both recommend step change that may take years.

Fast fashion is both speeding up and dumbing down, while eroding the value of the secondhand experience. Slow fashion, also known as sustainable fashion, ensures quality inputs and manufacturing to lengthen the life of the garment. Slow fashion has greater value, is designed for longevity and therefore more merchantable in the secondhand economy.

Advancing manufacturing: German ideal and Australian reality

04th December 2017

Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,R&D investment,Technology,Uncategorized

Manufacturing is undergoing an historic transformation across the industrialised world. While we can learn from Germany, the reality is that Australia’s advanced composite manufacturing sector will adapt the best elements we have here, and around the world, to service our unique characteristics.

Making War on Waste

23rd November 2017


With Jodi Boylan, Executive Producer, KEO Films Australia Pty Limited who spoke at the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Annual conference organised by the Apical team.

 With overall responsibility for producing “War on Waste”, ABC’s powerful and enlightening four-part documentary series that tackled the topic of waste in Australia, Jodi shared her experience in creating a legacy – particularly Episode 3 that featured the role of charitable recycling – that put the issue of waste at the forefront of the national consciousness. On behalf of NACRO, it was a privilege to assist the KEO Films Australia with information and data on the sector during the planning stages. The episode can be seen on ABC IVIEW here. http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/war-on-waste/DO1624H003S00


Riviera opens its doors to industry colleagues

23rd July 2017


It is often said that generosity can make your career, for leaders and managers who are generous engender trust, respect and goodwill from their colleagues and employees. Wes Moxey, CEO of Riviera Australia Pty Ltd, displayed all these characteristics in July when he opened the state-of-the-art luxury motor yacht building and showroom facilities on the banks of the Coomera River to Composites Australia members and guests.

Wes was compellingly honest about his management belief system and this was appreciated by the audience, judging by the nodding heads. He recounted the company’s 37-year journey through boom times and recessions to its current growth in the global luxury yacht market. Remarkably, Wes maintained his greatest achievement remained having 180 apprentices and establishing their training facility on site in the early 2000’s. While the apprenticeship pool is less these days, his commitment to making a great company through employing and training great people to make great boats is evident.

Wes joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded in 1980. His ascent into management took seven years and a further 11 to reach the role of Managing Director. Wes attributed Riviera’s success to the combination of four factors: the product remains niche and relies on American sizing, European styling and Australian practicality.

While model after model embodies innovation and the highest quality finish, he admitted that the company has a long way to go before it is “great in the area of fibre glassing”. Wes closed with a challenge that there are opportunities for experts to help Riviera in the fibre glassing journey to excellence.

Another event initiated and managed by the Apical team.

Apical publishes the facts on charitable recycling

23rd June 2017


Did you know that charitable recycling is the oldest, largest and most coordinated recycling/reuse cohort in Australia, and that there are close to 2,500 charity operated op shops across Australia? and/or that over 1 million tonnes of goods are donated annually to charitable recyclers by way of shop donations, donations bins, home pickups and corporate donations….more than 780,000 tonnes of which are donated directly to charity stores?

In a bid to control the narrative on the charitable recycling sector, we spent many months reviewing and surveying the sector, the results of which can be seen in the following attachment.


Rebirth of Melded Fabrics

16th May 2017

Design,Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Recycling / Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

A heartening confidence in manufacturing textiles in Australia is good reason for the owners of Melded Products to reinvest and reopen the iconic company.

While many still don’t believe it, John Bull has retired!

23rd December 2016


fter 29 years with The Smith Family much of which as its Export Manager, John Bull is retiring.

John pioneered the export trade in second hand clothing from Australia. He open up markets in obscure destinations including East African countries such as Tanzania and Kenya, Pacific Ocean Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

ABS data in 2016-17 showed Australian exports of “worn clothing and other worn textile articles” was 93,502,966 kilos the value for which was close to A$75 million. Direct exports from charities accounted for two thirds.

Having known John for almost all of those years with the Smith Family, I look forward to continuing the friendship. I know I’ll miss his advice.

Established in 1963, the multi award-winning Smith Family Recycling Operation collects, sorts and sells more than 10 million kilograms of good-quality recycled and new clothing, footwear and accessories each year.
Clothing donations are collected through an extensive network of clothing bins in NSW and the ACT, retailers and collection drives held by schools and businesses. These items are then sold in Smith Family stores in NSW and the ACT or to its overseas partners in regions including Africa, the Pacific Islands and other regions. The surplus revenue generated from these sales locally and from overseas markets helps to offset organisational costs, ensuring that more of the funds received from fundraising activities can be spent on programs benefiting disadvantaged Australian students.

Another great NACRO conference organised by the Apical team

23rd November 2016


The largest and most diverse to date, the NACRO annual conference was held on early in October at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast. Conference delegates soaked up an eclectic program from over 20 presenters, shared experiences with colleagues, made new contacts, strengthened existing relationships, and honed their ideas and the latest knowledge about the charitable recycling sector. Dinner on McClarens Landing on South Stradbroke Island after a comfortable sea voyage on a clear starry night was good for all our souls.

Opened by Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General, Environmental Policy and Planning in the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection presentations covered a myriad of themes and speakers including Ryan James, researcher and consultant with .id consulting; Steve Dawber, Operations Manager of Lifeline Brisbane ; Daniel Watt and Christopher Cozma, Agile Community Solutions; John Knowles is CEO of Good Samaritan Industries; Greg Howell, Operations Manager Recycling and Logistics with the Launceston City Mission and Andrew Sellick – Head of Environmental Sustainability for Australia Post.

Delegates were amazed to learn that Australia Post delivers 12.6 million letters to 11.3 million addresses across Australia every day.

CEO of the Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie reminded why we do what we do and challenged us to take pride in our missions every day.

Victoria’s Desalination Plant Project

05th August 2016


I was delighted to lead a tour to give technical textile, filtration and composite professionals a look behind the scenes of the Victorian Desalination Plant Project – the largest desalination plant in Australia and the largest reverse osmosis plant in operation globally.

The Silk Road extends to Australia

12th October 2015

Design,Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Export,Recycling / Sustainability,Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!