Digital designs go global

DIGITAL GURUS: Awards-winning team Blake and his brother Ryan have made a clean sweep of industry awards of late, proving their digital expertise.
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They say pressure creates diamonds and in 2017, Charlestown-based digital companyZimpleweb has sparkled.

Fresh from a breakout 2016 where they wonBest DigitalAgency at the Newi Awards, this year co-founder Blake Bennett was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Lake MacquarieBusinessExcellenceAwards, while his brother Ryan was named Young Businessman of the Year.

Zimpleweb also wonBestCloud Based Solution at the 2017 NEWi Awards and a number of highly regarded aWWWards andCSS Awardsfor a number of digital projects.

“The awards are recognition of the journey we’ve been on,” Blake said.

“We came from a start-up with no network and we just worked hard on learning and understanding what it means to have good presence online and how to do business.

“We knew digital mediums would have massive presencefive years down the track, I guess the awards are rewards for the journey in that space and the good work we do.

Zimpleweb’s story is in many regards the classic digital start-up fairytale.

A companystarted five years ago in a suburban garage on weekends by two brothers working multiple jobspowered by a digital vision.

They started building websites for local clients and together with third director Nathan Hookway,branchedintodigital marketing and from thereinto the ever-expanding digital space that knows no geographical boundaries.

“We’ve registerd 80 per cent annual growth year on year since conception and we now employ 18 full-time staff,” Blake said.

Clients are diverse and many but notablesinclude Orica, Bupa, Kraft Heinz, Clarendon Homes, Maxim Accounting and recently the US Olympic Swim team.

“They were interested in a cloud-based sharing platform we built for SwimProwhich enables the USA coaches and athletesto view training sessions in real time and unlock optimisation insights otherwise undiscovered,” Blake said.

“It’s got wide application across all sports and other areas where shared communication across wide networks is critical.

“We use beacon technology for Domain Homes to track human traffic through display villages and understand through data what’s popular and what’s not,” he explains.

The Zimpleweb model is simple in a complex way.

It focuses on the digital ecosystem of a company and devises data-backed systems that leaps the company into the digital realm.

“Welook at their digital footprint, understand where they are lacking in both processes internally or externally and design and create digital tools to help them grow. ” Blake said.

“It might be replacing paper-based systems, hooking into supplierdata bases, automating processes via CRM, rebuilding databases or simply enhancing their online online presence through a website.

“We start small, but it grows as they get up to speed with the digital technologies available.

“With companies such as Clarendon Homes , it’s all about providing solutions that tie into their entire digitalmarketing environment –apps, touchscreens, an entire digitaluser experience.

“There is no grey area because it is all data driven. The relationships are harmonious. If the client doesn’t see the results, we don’t get the business.”

The nature of digital work means that Zimpleweb clients are situated all over Australia and are serviced from the Newcastle office.

“We are enjoying great success, but it’s been the product of passion and hard work and a certain amount of good timing and circumstance,” Blake said.

“My brother is an engineer who can code, I’m a designer with a background in medical advertising and marketing.

“It was the perfect combination onthe eve of the digital age.

“We could see that a large part of companies futures would revolve around digital.

“We left our jobs, I sold my apartment and we’ve just gone for it.”

Zimpleweb is located at 63 Ridley Street, Charlestown opposite Charlestown Square.

To find out more information call1800 ZIMPLE or visit the company website: 梧桐夜网zimpleweb南京夜网.

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Steel going strong at 100

HISTORY: The First Electric Arc Furnace in the Southern Hemisphere at Commonwealth Steel Products, 1919.Following WW1, sourcing steel products from England, andGermany was no longer an option and Australian railways found it impossible to obtain supplies of rail wheels, tyres, axles, and other steel products.
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In April, 1917, at a meeting between the firms; Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd., Ritchie Bros., A Goninan & Co. Lt., and the Pioneer Spring Co. Ltd., the members saw an opportunity to build a manufacturing plant, and formed a new company to supply rail products to the Australian railways. Commonwealth Steel Products was registered 12 March 1918. Over the next 100 years ownership of the company continued to evolve through mergers and acquisitions, culminating in the formation of the Moly-Cop Group in 2011. The Moly-Cop Group now has operations in Australia, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Canada and USA, and sales into most global mining regions.

Today, the Moly-Cop site at Waratah employs 550 people. Moly-Cop is a fully integrated operation, from the processing of scrap metal in the electric arc furnace to the end products of grinding media and rail wheels.

The plant manufactures and supplies Grinding Media to the domestic and global mining andmineral processing industry, and is the only Australian manufacturer of Rail Wheels for passenger, locomotive and heavy haul applications proudly supplying under the Comsteel brand. All these products are recognised globallyfor their quality and reliability.

Moly-Cop’s core values centre on Safety, Customer, and People,reflected in the company’s participation in the Hunter Manufacturing Awards, achievingfinalists in five categories. The stand-out winfor Moly-Cop was the Excellence in Safety category by the Rail Products team for their Crane Safety Video andFamily Open Days.

Theinitiative involves the workforce and their families. The video andopen days aim to heighten the employees’ awareness, of how theiractions at work can have a long lasting effect on their families, and gives families a first-hand experience of “what Mum and Dad does at work”.

“We are fortunate and proud to have these finalists and winners in our business. They clearly embody “Being the Best We Can Be” and are key to why thebusiness remains successful today.

“The greatest asset, of the Moly-Cop business is its people. The commitment, capability and skill of the workforce here at Moly-Cop, is what drives the business, which has been here in Newcastle for 100 years, ensuring a strong future well beyond our Centenary in 2018” – Michael Parker, General Manager.

Plans areunderway at Moly-Cop for theCentenary celebrations, with a program of activities and community events throughout 2018. Details of the celebrations will be released early in 2018.

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New Victory CEO will face fresh challenges

Whoever replaces Ian Robson as CEO at Melbourne Victory will have to hit the ground running as the club looks to finally put in place an academy headquarters, develop its infrastructure and become competitive on a regular basis in the Asian Champions League.
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Robson is stepping down at AAMI Park just before Christmas to take up the post as CEO of Rowing Australia, bringing down the curtain on four-and-a-half years at the club.

Victory threw him a lifeline after he stepped down as CEO of Essendon when the AFL club became embroiled in the supplements saga.

A vastly experienced administrator who also worked with AFL club Hawthorn, NRL team Auckland Warriors and Sports Scotland in the UK, Robson will now add an individual Olympic sport to his portfolio.

Richard Wilson, a Victory shareholder, investor and board member, will take over on an interim basis while the search for a replacement begins.

Wilson previously held the full-time post of managing director at Victory for two-and-a-half years until Robson took up his position in the winter of 2013.

The club will test the market to see who might be available, but an obvious front-running internal candidate would be current Chief Operating Officer Trent Jacobs. He has worked his way up the management tree since he joined Victory almost a decade ago from AFL club Richmond, for whom he worked for almost five years.

Victory has been the A-League’s best supported and one of its most successful clubs since its inception, but it does not face a number of challenges, not the least being to sort out its infrastructure.

It has announced plans to establish an academy headquarters at Footscray to host matches for Youth League, W-League and National Premier League teams along with a program focused on junior development. But so far nothing has eventuated.

Victory’s lack of an academy base may be starting to affect its capacity to recruit the best juniors in the state.

Rivals Melbourne City has a purpose-built administrative and training headquarters at Bundoora, where youngsters from the youth teams and the women of the W-League train alongside the senior men’s team.

City can also sell the dream – however difficult it may be to attain – that players developed in Melbourne, if good enough, could eventually find their way onto Manchester City’s books.

Aaron Mooy, the current Socceroos midfielder, did just that – although he never played for City before being transferred to Huddersfield Town and was not developed by the Melbourne club.

At the weekend City’s youth team hammered Victory’s youngsters 9-2 in a youth league derby – the sort of humiliation that does illustrate a gulf in class that Victory is not used to experiencing.

The club is also determined to cement partnerships around the world with bigger clubs, perhaps to replicate the kind of pathway that City can offer in a bid to attract the cream of local talent. This is another task the new CEO will need to come to grips with quickly.

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The playful Melbourne home perfect for its most demanding users

What if, in adding an upstairs addition to a dark Northcote California bungalow, it wasn’t the grown-ups dictating the brief, but the children who will occupy the new spaces?
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So that instead of the usual cliched emphasis on bringing in extra light, making better connection to the garden and provisioning a fantastic parent’s retreat, the main onus was on making it more fun for three young residents?

“Pure fun,” says architect Penny Guild.

When working out her ideas for the seasoned weatherboard, she says, “if I thought it was going to be fun for the kids, I’d suggest it. And the clients, usually, they went with it”.

The outcome of that approach has turned out to be a bit of a Blyton-esque adventure in secret hatches leading to a space-crossing walkway between bedrooms; an upper storey with an attic feel – “kids love attics”; a whole wall of corkboard for pin-up display, an aquarium set into a wall, and a swimming pool such as you may not have seen before. It’s made out of a shipping container.

The whole place is very practical because there is oodles of practical cargo storage for a family in action. For instance, beneath the new stairwell in the entry (a venue for downhill toy car racing games), a large cabinetry unit “is a place to put all that extra stuff that comes with kids.

“Helmets and shoes and schoolbags; It’s the place to dump stuff”.

In mapping out the three upstairs bedrooms, bathroom and children’s living room, and to adhere to planning guidelines, Guild proposed angling the roofline inward which in turn “made all these different volumes within the first floor space. Related: Melbourne twins’ bold new proposalRelated: Seven architects who should be on your radarRelated: Creative architects from Tasmania

“It didn’t look big on the floorplan,” she says, “but with all the slopes and different heights, the spaces feel bigger and the rooms became quirky.”

The walkway idea was one Guild had observed in some Japanese houses. With a hatch entry behind a bunk in one bedroom and a full-sized door in another, a two-metre long open-sided passage now traverses the stairwell void.

Using horizontal timber slats “I battened it all the way to the top to make it safe, but also to make it a climbing place” – ideal for children and twining plants.

“It’s a really lovely space and is being used exactly how we wanted it to be; as a play place and a run between rooms. The parents love it too,” Guild says.

The bonus of the new features is “that it’s become an awesome house to play hide and seek”.

Downstairs, embedded in the corkboard display wall which exponentially expands the usual fridge door scope for “all the artwork that kids produce, for their awards and photos”, a living picture is provided by the big aquarium ??? “one of the first things you see on entering the house” and allows light to diffuse between hallway and dining room.

“It’s set at the perfect height for children,” says Guild. “But also the right height when you’re sitting at the dining table”.

One of the main items of the brief was the swimming pool, and because digging down in rocky Northcote can prove expensive, Guild sourced a Queensland company making above-ground swimming pools from old shipping containers.

With a new fibreglass lining, stairs and filtering equipment, the half container pool could be craned in to become an almost instant “plug-in and play” swimming hole. “The children have used it every day since October,” she says.

The child’s play project was boosted all the way by the paying grown-ups who Guild credits with not killing good ideas before they formed because of any budget-first laments but “who would mostly say ‘Yes! That’s an awesome idea'”.

The consequence is evident in the way the children use the house. “If kids like it, it’s usually a good sign that we made some good spaces”.


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T. Rowe Price’s cautious view on equities

Corporate reforms in Japan and Korea are enough to pique the interest of global fund managers, but a royal commission into Australian banks hardly registers.
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T. Rowe Price, custodian of over $1 trillion in assets globally, remains neutral on the Australian market, arguing an overheated real estate sector and exuberance in consumer staples are offsetting positive expansion in the mining sector.

“Capex investment is a strong story we see in Australia, especially in innovation in the mining sector,” said Thomas Poullaouec, head of multi-asset solutions at T. Rowe Price at a media briefing in Sydney on Tuesday.

“And while we see positive corporate governance reforms in places like Japan, which will continue forwards and offer opportunity, a [royal] commission in Australia has not been a large issue for global investors and really is not on our radar.”

A royal commission into the banking sector in Australia announced last week has prompted concern global investors might avoid local equities, unsettled at government intervention. US caution

But T. Rowe Price sees US equities as the most unsettling asset class, arguing they are far too expensive and too sensitive to unexpected market shocks.

“We struggle to see much earnings upside for US equities, which are already the most expensive by far,” said Mr Poullaouec.

“And the positive earnings growth expectations are elevated and we don’t think they will be met. Additionally, they are prone to surprise as volatility has been low for so long.”

The most popular way to value the stock market is based on projected earnings over the next year. By that measure, known as forward price-to-earnings, the S&P 500 is trading at a lofty multiple of 18.5. That’s significantly higher than the long-term average of 12.8.

“We are also cautious on equities more broadly because US stocks make up 50 per cent of global indexes,” said Mr Poullaouec.

“So we have favoured government bonds, which act as a diversifier, particularly those with a lower correlation with equities.” Volatility due for a bump

Extraordinary monetary policy and persistently low inflation have kept volatility levels at record lows. The dampener on volatility is compounded by well-telegraphed central bank activity and economic data largely reading in line with expectations.

“But volatility tends to be very calm until it’s not, and then it spikes in a dramatic fashion,” said Mr Poullaouec. “So from these levels, it might revert back to normal which would be a dramatic change.”

Technology companies that have adequately repaired their balance sheets, reduced debt and freed up cashflows are attractive options for the global fund. It is also looking towards emerging market debt in countries that are undergoing genuine reform – such as Argentina, India and South Korea – though Mr Poullaouec is cautious.

“Yes, this emerging market government debt is attractive, but you need to be active in that index,” he said, highlighting South Africa and Turkey as stories to avoid.

A sustained pick-up in global growth, a wind-down in monetary policy stimulus and a considered slowdown in Chinese growth remain the biggest themes for 2018, with the global asset manager pointing to a pick-up in innovation spend as a boon for Asian equities, including Australia.

“Markets are sensitive to the pace of China’s slowdown, even though they are focusing more on quality of growth rather than quantity,” said Mr Poullaouec.

“This is bad news for headline growth, but it is not traumatic news, not a hard landing.”

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