Rototour 2016

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Superior has just hosted rotomoulding professionals from all parts of the world as part of the 2016 Rototour of Australia, organised by the Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia.

Delegates from the US, China, Turkey, Chile, the Philippines, Brazil and as far as Kazakhstan – most of whom had not been to Australia – enjoyed typical Aussie hospitality, including barbeques and visits to cultural attractions, sightseeing and site tours, culminating in the international conference at Sanctuary Cove.

After visiting various operations in Brisbane and Melbourne, the delegates came to the Gold Coast where they took in tour of Superior’s high-tech factory and facilities.

Superior is design-led and highly skilled in manufacturing a range of flotation systems, including pontoons for marinas and berthing systems, our award-winning Waterscape, and environmental platforms used for fish farming, reed beds or solar panels.

In addition, our rotational moulding expertise and IP are applied to industrial products like balustrading such as the Edge I, II and III, firehose reels and pit lids that can integrate into any concrete slab.

We were proud to host this diverse group and showcase Australian-designed and made products, using locally sourced raw materials, to ISO-certified best practice standards.

It has been a tremendous experience for everybody – an effective means of sharing knowledge, improving systems, networking and building businesses through innovation.

The theme of this year’s event is “Connect, Collaborate, Differentiate”, which given the rapid pace of change in our industry, are reminders of the importance of developing ties within an industry as well as creating new opportunities for our own businesses to flourish.

Feedback so far has been all positive. Delegates loved everything to do with Australian wildlife, our natural assets such as the beaches, Broadwater and bush culture. More importantly, they took away from the tour a sense that the world isn’t so large that we can’t reach out and exchange information and insight, leading to a renewed energy in business and spirit of cooperation.

Learn more about rotomoulding here http://www.rotationalmoulding.com/

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Rotomoulded Stand Up Paddle Board SUP

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The Superior Watersports board was designed by Australian surfing legend Dave Verral and is made from 100% Australian materials and labour. The board is ideal for the beginner to intermediate level rider as with its large beam it is easier to ride. The Superior SUP features a large deck grip area for easy movement around the board and a front cargo net and rear waterproof locker for stowage.

Boards Specs:

  • Length: 10’2 Ft/In – 3.1m
  • Width: 31’4 In – 0.8m
  • Height: 4.3 In – 0.11m
  • Weight: 17 Kg
  • Capacity: 110 KG – 242 lbs

Board Features:

  • High U.V Stability
  • Very High Impact Strength
  • Cargo Storage Net
  • Moulded Carry Handle
  • Non Slip Deck Grip
  • Dry Storage Locker
  • Leg Rope Insert
  • Aluminium Paddle (Standard)

Buy online here

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Super Lite – Domestic Light Pedestal

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This Roto moulded Polyethylene domestic light tower is a must have for your jetty or pontoon, Built in to the light tower is a light sensor which automatically turns your lights on and off. Also included 240v outlets and more options. The light tower has been designed to last with UV stable materials and weather proof wiring.

For more info call 1300 798 318 or contact us

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Easy Step

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Easy Step is for all commercial and domestic use. CSIRO certified safety Standards. A superior durable product for those hard to reach places, commercial loading of goods or stepping onto your boat in a very secure way.

The Easy Step is a simple solution to many out of reach places, made from rotomoulded plastic makes the Easy Step not only extremely strong but resistant to the elements. It features a non-slip pattern across the top section and on each of the four individual steps making it safe and easy to use in wet or damp situations. Weighing in at just over 3kg makes the easy step very easy to move about and with four built in handles on the under side of each step location.

  • 460mm (W) x 460mm (L) x 360mm (H)
  • Rotomoulded plastic construction
  • Light weight
  • 4x grab handle built in
  • Non slip tread on all usable areas
  • Tested by CSIRO

RRP $125.00 available to purchase soon through our new online store, in the mean time call our office on 07 5594 8200 or contact us

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SuperiorEDGE

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They say necessity is the mother of invention and so it is in our shop. Last year we were fortunate enough to win a project for 750m of floating walkway to an industrial installation. Once we had finished the high fives routine, somebody said, “do you realise we need to weld up 1.5km of handrails?”. Right then I know we needed a better way. This is because every handrail section was 3m long to match the floating modules and every section was a series of pipes, placed in a jog, them manually TIG welded to achieve the strength and finish required.

Hence the Edge™ was born. This system clips into the dogbones on the UMD system and locks in simply with a coach screw. The rails slip in with end caps cleverly designed to have an inner and outer curve so that they complement each other at joins. Without this, the joins will hit each other or create pinch points, so the design is both functional and aesthetic. To finish off the offering a kick rail is fitted to bolt into each staunchion. The first project with this system was well received and welcomed due to the ease of use and the added benefit of a high visibility yellow colour.

Next came the request for the same functionality on land and not just floating. Buoyed with our recent success, the R&D team produced a concept and we asked our customers how they felt about it. The feedback was incorporated and a mould completed to allow rotomoulded samples to be supplied. The mockup worked perfectly and also allowed a colour choice to be made. The first project is using a dark Monument Grey post with mill finish aluminium railings. The railings are angled to prevent climbing on the structure while still allowing for curves and angles to interlink the system.

The use of Rotomoulding technology in providing a safe system of edge protection makes commercial sense. This process provides strong posts through a deep web design, high numbers of colourful choices without additional painting or coating costs, a corrosion free surface and a much lighter unit that is colour through.

Superior Edge is a new application of a tried and proven technology. We are pretty excited about it and I’m thrilled to share this with our blog readers first. If you would like to try it out sometime, give me a shout and we would love to give a live demo.

John

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New uses for Marinamate trolleys

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I recently visited Phil McGowan CMM at Birkenhead Point Marina. Phil was working on an idea for a quick response fire water pump that would also double as an emergency vessel pump out retrieval tool as well. I order to achieve this Phil wanted a system that made it easy to get the entire pump and suction hose to the site quickly.

The Superior Marina Mate is already a standard on marinas as a solid workhorse in many marinas. This product happened due to the urging of one Mat Bate who requested the product be fashioned after the successful Fibreglass units he had used in the past. Mat even wanted the name changed to MarinaBate not mate…… Why was that again Mat?!

The trolley is carefully designed to have robust a polyethylene tub, 316 stainless steel frame and pneumatic tyres. With the addition of a flat floor of CNC cut boat board their is an infill of flotation material underneath that makes the unit float. This flat floor was the perfect stage to fit the pump unit and accessories as seen below.

The modified trolley was delivered and the whole system works a treat.

The specifications are:
Pump: Aussie Pumps
Overall dimensions

  • 979mm Long
  • 690mm Wide
  • 530mm High
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ARMA Rotomoulding conference

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Last week the annual conference of ARMA, the Australasian Rotomoulding Manufacturers Association was in Cairns, North Queensland. I was attending as a delegate and also provided one of the presentations on Becoming a Design Led Company. ARMA is a wonderful organisation that provides members in Australia and New Zealand with very professional representation in industry, government and internationally with the scientific community. As a former member of the Board of Directors I was able to see first hand the excellent results that Leisa Donlan and Michelle produce for members. Every year they surprise us with something new and this has allowed the industry to remain resilient.

One of my favourite results from ARMA has been the learning and friendships that result from having a genuine support group of like minded individuals. There are business deals, product sharing, technical benchmarking and international research all active from within ARMA. This is one of the reasons why I am sharing our experience at Superior on becoming design led in the hope to assist other companies to evolve with their unique brand values, a deeper customer insight and exciting new designs that improve the entire experience for all stakeholders.

The other reason is that many years ago when we had suffered a fire that severely limited our production for a few months, Leisa was immediately there to assist us. She gave us introductions to other ARMA members who could help us and they manufactured product for ourcustomers until we were back on our feet. I have never forgotten this as we would not have wonderful customers like Riviera, Fox Environmental or Greystone today if not for this generous support. Lets hope last week we could, in some small way, return the favour.

Fire Hose Reel Marinas

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