Industrial Mining pump pontoons

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Superior’s industrial brand offer floating pump pontoons that offer a complete tailings recovery system which will improve your operating budget. Talk to Superior today for an ROI.

Pump pontoons options can be used in a variety of additional tasks such as dewatering pits, flood relief, sewerage pontoons, irrigation pontoons for agricultural dams and associated floating access gangways are some of the requirements for which Superior can provide solutions.


Superior has future pumping

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This week proved very busy as the Superior team rolled out another SuperiorWORK integrated pump platform for the mining industry. Over the years the basic frame on floats to support a pump has evolved and now the in house designs are quite sophisticated. We find ourselves drawing on the 25 years of experience to make the systems rugged yet user friendly to assemble in remote locations where a guaranteed outcome is essential.

The client is often several tiers up from us so we start by gaining a detailed understanding of the needs and this is then engineered into the plans. In this case it entailed a double electric centrifugal pump station, associated delivery pipe work and flow meters, control station location, gangway landing, cable management and temporary flotation for delivery to final positioning. All of these components had to float level and this was proven in a water test prior to shipment. The four separate pontoon units were attached using the Superior elastomeric hinge system.

There has also been a simultaneous delivery of marine works for the WICET project in Gladstone with Monadelphous Muhibbah Marine (MMM). SuperiorWORK supplied, fabricated, surface treated and delivered two steel pontoons, aluminium gangways and landings with quality assurance documentation. The challenge of rotating the 20 tonne pontoons for positioning of efficient welding was handled with purpose built lifting assemblies attached to either end of the pontoons. Phil’s Cranes did the rest with careful efficient rotations on a 12 hour basis as required.

The delivery of these projects from the Gold Coast has been a team effort with many companies assisting Superior to be successful in the ENR (Energy Natural Resource) sector. As we have diversified, we have seen opportunities throughout our supply chain to add value in this sector. An example is the painting, assembly and water testing of product that was ably handled at the Boat Works facility at Coomera. This is gratifying to see the marine industry expertise able to expand our relevance into new markets where we can provide value.



Designing the future

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We are busy in the run up to year end to ensure that numerous deadlines will be met. This is common at this time of year and in the hot weather the team is to be congratulated. In the midst of all this activity we still have our focus firmly fixed on the future. Our future products and services are being modified to meet the needs of a changing market.

We have produced the SuperiorWORK range of industrial products to respond to demand for pump pontoons, floating walkways, gangways and pipe floats for resource industries. A natural progression from this product line is the establishment of a separate steel division in our fabrication services. While we have had aluminium fabrication services for many years, the mining products need steel, and a new shop has been set up in Molendinar. This facility is available for all types of steel fabrication and we welcome your enquiries.

These investments in infrastructure reconfirm our belief in local Australian manufacturing. While it can be a challenging environment we use our home grown innovation to feed continual improvement to our international dealer network. We have a list of improvements slated for our marina systems and new products in development for a 2013 release. This is being done with design led thinking and lots of customer insight.

Thank you for your support in 2012 and all the best for the new year.


QME – Queensland Mining & Engineering show

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This week I attended the QME exhibition in Mackay which was a great opportunity to catch up with customers of our SuperiorWORK brand on the stand at the show grounds. This division of the Superior group delivers floating solutions and associated gangways and pipework to industrial clients. Having grown up on a farm near Mackay and spent time as a boilermaker at Newlands Coal many years ago, attending this show is always like coming home. The great thing is that we are able to add value to projects using our new flotation products specially designed for the mining industry, yet draw on the 25 years of experience from our marine division.

The show is bigger each time the bi annual event is held and the industry continues to provide leadership with workplace health and safety trends and innovative customer led new products. Impressive displays abounded however the Reed event could be improved with more signage including large printed numbers on the outside of each tent to show you which exhibits are inside that tent. Exhibitors and attendees waste a lot of time just finding their way around such a large show.

We launched the patented Razorback pipe clamp system at the show. This labour saving device allows the traditional concrete poured pipe sleeper to be eliminated and to have a premoulded base installed that can support the load or be concrete filled on site. A high visibility cover completes the product and locks the pipe in place.

We continue to gain great customer feedback at the shows as well as requests for new products. This feeds into our design led philosophy where we will desk top prototype the items and be guided by our customers to ensure we nail the concept, enrich the features and provide real winners in the field. This only happens when we work together to create smart products. We have already seen products with older life cycles become subject to strong competition from overseas. If we are to continue to provide quick turnaround times and local jobs, we must continue to innovate. We have engaged an industrial design team at Superior that makes this vision a reality however we are only ever as good as the feedback and relationships we have from customers.

We encourage you to participate is this user led design process to maintain Australian manufacturing expertise and to enrich the communities in which we live.

Until next time.



Welcome to the new web page

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I want to start this blog with a welcome to our new web page format. A big thank you is also in order to Ross, Shane, Dan and all the team that designed, coded, wrote, and gathered content to make this web page a useful tool.

The aim of the new look is to provide an improved customer focus where we strive to present the information as you need to see it, simply and straight forward. There is much less clutter as we know you like to speak to someone directly who has the knowledge you need. Therefore have a quick browse, find what you’re after and call us. This is all part of our ACE program to provide an Amazing Customer Experience.

To make the ACE program work we have been out doing customer interviews and this has yielded results. We are now using this feedback in product design and you will see the results of this in some exciting new products this year. An example is the launch of our Sunstream Boatlifts dealership at Sanctuary Cove International Boatshow. This was a result of finding the best in class product and realizing that customers in Australia would love this along with great Superior service. Together with Sunstream we make a great team and you the customer will benefit.

I have recently returned from the Middle East after visiting our projects in Seychelles, Bahrain and UAE and to visit our office in Abu Dhabi as well. We are building up this division and as such there is a position available now on

The jobs there are larger than in Australia and this is an interesting growth market. Our team there is just completing 2 fishing Harbours for the Ministry of Works in Bahrain using our SuperElite Aluminium system. It looks great and is a very durable product that will provide years of low maintenance service.

Also within the group at Superior the Mining and Industrial products team is now launching their products under the SuperiorWORK banner. They have a stand #6214 at QME in Mackay next week. Drop and and say hello as I will be on the stand. We will have the complete range of pipe floats there along with a brand new product which will save lots of time and money for anyone installing piping systems.

Enough of the product infomercials, I hear you say.

In conclusion, I hope to continue a regular contribution to this blog focusing on our interests in marine, industrial, mining and water based infrastructure. We know water and we are committed to use this knowledge wisely to provide sustainable solutions to support work, play and life.

John Hogan