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A word from the President

Dear Members,

Following our recent committee meeting, we believe that it is time again to re-introduce the Moulding Your Career courses run at Lidcombe TAFE. When PIMA ran these coursesseveral years ago we had a tremendous participation rate from our members. If you have had a new person join your team that may not have a plastics background, then why not send them along to the Introduction to Plastics Course to learn a little more about the industry that they now work in. Maybe even to brush up on some knowledge. The course will run for a full day and will include lunch and breaks.

We are also looking for interest to participate in the Supervisor’s Course. If you feel that this is something that could benefit your company, then please send your interest through to
PIMA via email.

We are calling for nominations this year for the PIMA Young Achiever award. This award acknowledges the contribution of the younger members of our industry. If you feel you have a young achiever, then please put their nomination forward.

Yours sincerely,

Grahame Aston.

PIMA President




PIMA Annual Charity Golf Day 2017

To all members & friends,

It's on again, the BEST golf day in the Plastics Industry (maybe in any industry).

FRIDAY 19th MAY 2017

Bankstown Golf Club 70 Ashford Avenue, Milperra. NSW

Please Note: we have arranged for 50 carts! every pair of players gets a cart and the cost is included in the ticket.

It is a day designed for golfers, choppers, hackers & those who just want/need "to get out there & smell the roses". There is also a separate "mixed team" event so don't forget the ladies. A qualifying mixed team only needs one lady.

Bring your staff, your customers, your suppliers or your friends. If you do not want to play golf, how about coming to the dinner - this year we have again added entertainment that is sure to amuse.  Please assist by booking early - if you are not sure of who is going to play in your team/s or what level of sponsorship you would like to take, please let me know of your intention to attend/sponsor.

Regards,    Ralph Cable

Click here for the full sponsorship information and click here for team entry forms. 



Member Profile

Company Profile

Astor Industries Pty Ltd is a family owned and operated Australian business, run by Neil and Mariella Henderson.

Astor Industries is able to offer a wide range of manufacturing capabilities and services - injection moulding, decoration (electroplating, painting, printing (screen & digital), doming & hot foil stamping), metal casting, assembly, design and development.

Astor Industries is a Tier 1 OEM Automotive supplier and holds Quality Certification for ISO/TS16949 & ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

ISO/TS 16949:2009, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, where relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products. Astor Industries applies this standard to all of its products.

Personal Profile

Neil has over thirty five years’ experience in the plastics and related industries specializing in FMCG, Medical and Therapeutic Devices, Cosmetic Packaging and Automotive component and decorative ornaments with senior accountabilities in Process Development and Project Management

Jan 2017 – Appointment of Dennis Wawn as Project Engineer

Astor Industries Pty Ltd is excited to have Dennis Wawn join us as Project Engineer. In this new role of Project Engineering, Dennis brings with him a vast level of experience in operations management, product and process engineering capabilities and well respected professionalism that will help guide Astor Industries through our continued journey of diversification.

Feb 2017 - Further expansion of decorating capabilities

Due to increasing demand of printed plastic products, Astor Industries has invested further in our print/graphics department. With the installation of 2 new Roland Digital printers we can offer brilliant colour and direct printing capabilities on a vast array of materials, including three-dimensional items up to 100mm in height x 760mm print width.

March 2017 – Astor Industries purchases Accumould Plastics

Accumould Plastics specializes in custom injection moulding of small plastic industrial components, primarily diaphragms, fluid connectors, couplings, bobbins and valves. The owners of Accumould expressed their desire to retire and via Ace Brokers, Astor Industries was successful in acquiring the business earlier this month. After a short transition, Astor Industries will relocate all the


Neil Henderson

Managing Director


Phone: 02 9750 0111

Fax:    02 9759 0085




PIMA and the Plastics Pioneers

PIMA continues to support the Plastics Pioneers NSW and wishes to promote their functions.

Plastics Pioneers Luncheon

Thursday, 25th May 2017 Sponsor: C&C Plastics 
Thursday, 31st August 2017 Sponsor: PPC Moulding Services         
Thursday, 30th November 2017




29 March 2017

This month the Plicks held their 157th Dinner Meeting at a delightful Indian Restaurant, "Ginger" in Harris Park. It was a typical Plicks meeting marked by intelligent conversation amongst good friends with common interests, over an interesting cuisine.

Plicks is a fellowship, founded in 1976 for Plastics industry people. The name is an acronym for: Plastics Leisure Increasing Collective Knowhow. Meetings are held quarterly at a Sydney restaurant chosen by a member and can be of any cuisine style.

Eligibility for membership is straightforward. Be involved in the Plastics Industry; be a good fellow with a sense of humor; enjoy good food and fine wine. The Plicks Committee exercises discretion in deciding suitability of a proposed member. And that's about it really. The Plicks motto summarises its character: "non multa sed multum". Literally - "not many, but much".

So, if you think that you would like to join this elite group speak to a Plick and let us know.



Dear Colleague,

It's on again, the Plastics Industry's most popular Golf Day!

The 13th PIMA Annual Charity Golf Day and Dinner will be held on Friday 6th May 2016.  The event will be an Ambrose tournament (teams of 4) thereby ensuring that ALL STANDARDS of golfers will be catered for and the day is about having fun.

The golf day will be held at Bankstown Golf Club 70 Ashford Avenue, Milperra. NSW.

Date: Friday 6th May 2016
Registration & Brunch: 11:00am
Shot Gun Start: 11:55am
Prize Presentation & Dinner: 6:00pm

Teams will be playing for the Ken York Memorial Trophy and the Alex Pennicook Memorial Trophy (Mixed teams)


This year's charity will again be the 'Children's Cancer Welfare Service Incorporated', a registered charity staffed by volunteers (The Late Pat Primmer from PIMA was on this committee) who raise funds to support families affected by children with cancer. All the funds raised by them are distributed through organizations such as Westmead Hospital & Ronald McDonald House to give support to families who have come under financial pressure due to having a child suffering from this disease.

Organize a table of your friends and book now. Remember, ALL PROFIT FOR THE DAY ARE PASSED ON TO THE CHARITY – PIMA does not make any money from this day.

Here is where you can help - WE NEED SPONSORS.

There will be various levels of sponsorship:

Diamond Plus Sponsor: Sponsorship of dinner & drinks. $ 2,500.0 (GST included) Includes signage (supplied by sponsor), a complimentary Hole sponsorship, team of 4 players, 2 electric carts & acknowledgement in the opening speech.

Diamond Sponsor: As for Diamond Plus but with no team of 4 or carts $ 1,700.00 (GST included)

Gold Plus Sponsor: Sponsorship of drinks cart & snacks on course. $ 1,700.00 (GST included) Includes signage (supplied by sponsor) on the cart, a complimentary Hole sponsorship, team of 4 players, 2 electric carts & acknowledgement in the opening speech.

Gold Sponsor: As for Gold Plus but with no team of 4 or carts $ 900.00 (GST included)

Silver Plus Sponsor: Sponsorship of pre-hit off B-B-Q brunch. $ 1,400.00 (GST included) Includes signage (supplied by sponsor), a complimentary Hole sponsorship, team of 4 players, 2 electric carts & acknowledgement in the opening speech.

Silver Sponsor: As for Silver Plus but with no team of 4 or carts $ 600.00 (GST included)

Sapphire Plus Sponsor: Sponsorship of a hole. ..... $ 1,100.00 (GST included) Includes signage (supplied by sponsor), team of 4 players, 2 electric carts & acknowledgement in the opening speech.

Sapphire Sponsors: As for Sapphire Plus but with no team of 4 or carts $ 300.00 (GST included)

Lunch Sponsor: Sponsorship of on-course snack – $ 400.00 (GST included) sponsor label placed on packets & acknowledgement in the opening speech

Prize Sponsor: Sponsorship of a prize (1st Team, Runner up Team, $ 200:00 (GST included) Mixed Team etc.)

Prize Sponsor: Donation of Article or money to purchase prize/s  any amount

Other prizes:

Winning Team........................................................         Runners Up............................................................

Mixed Team Winners.............................................         Longest drive..........................................................

Straightest drive.....................................................        Nearest the pin........................................................

Raffle prizes...............................................

Acknowledgement at prize presentation.

Supply of golf balls: Sponsor to supply balls (printed with logo if preferred) to be given to players at start or used as prizes. This sponsorship already taken.

Please note:- Each sponsorship level is not exclusive. Often there will be more than one sponsor for each level. All sponsors will be provided with a tax invoice.

Over $200,000 donated to charity from the first twelve events.

Also, please bring an extra $20.00 per team paid at registration for the Calcutta draw.

If you are willing to help sponsor this worthy cause or require further information please contact:

Ralph Cable
PO Box 324. Lidcombe. NSW. 2141.
Mobile: 0419 603 332    Fax: (02) 9724 1775

This is a great opportunity to sponsor an event that will be attended by participants in the Plastics Industry and at the same time support a worthy cause. This is purely a fun day and all profits will go to the charity. If you are unable to sponsor but would like to help, then please send a donation and PIMA will arrange to pass it on to the charity on your behalf and obtain a tax deductible receipt for you. As the organization of a day such as this is a huge job, please respond to this request promptly by completeing the ENTRY FORM and send by fax or email:  (PREFFERED)

Yours faithfully,
Ralph Cable

26 March 2016

Updated: 23/07/2015

Welcome to end of second quarter and we are now half way through 2015.

June 17, 2015 marked the signing of the China – Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and will lock in existing trade and provide the catalyst for future growth across a range of areas including goods, services and investment. As stated by our Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, The Agreement secures better market access for Australia to the world’s second largest economy, improves our competitive position in a rapidly growing market, promotes increased two – way investment and reduces import costs, stating it’s a win for households and businesses alike. One would have to ask what about our local manufacturing sector? Already under the growing pressure of manufactured items from China does this agreement now make us more competitive or just another reason to kick local manufacturing yet again?

The full text of the Agreement is now publicly available at: along with materials to assist in understanding the agreement, you are the judge.

Here are a couple of key points from the agreement:

On day one of the ChAFTA more than 85% of Australian goods exports will be tariff free, rising to 95% on full implementation.

Australia’s agriculture sector will be able to capitalise on its reputation as a clean, green producer or premium food and beverage products. Tariffs will be progressively abolished for Australia’s $13 billion dairy industry. Beef and sheep farmers will also gain from the phased abolition of traffic and all tariffs on horticulture will be eliminated.

Tariffs will be removed on almost all Australian resources and energy products from day one of the agreement.

Tariffs eliminated on a wide range of Australian manufactured goods, including pharmaceutical products and car engines.

Special article this newsletter on workers compensation a must for everyone to read. Changes in WHS laws and regulations will have an effect on everyone’s business regardless of how many employees you have. If this topic is of interest or you require further clarification of the changes please don’t hesitate to contact either of the two listed members of PIMA directly.

Membership drive, we will welcome any new members or past members re-joining the cause. Visit our website at for further information or contact us direct with an email to to obtain information on membership.

                                                                                                       “The Doctor”



PIMA Presidents Report July 2015


Keith Monaghan – President, PIMA

Another successful golf day has been run and what a great day.

We started at a new course, Bankstown GC and they organised a well-run event especially with the weather that was presented to us on the day.

The overnight rain was heavy and there was some talk that the course might be closed but the people at Bankstown GC allowed us the run the event with only one hole out of play.

The rain stopped for the players briefing and held off allowing us to complete the full round.

This then followed with an evening of food and entertainment.

I would like to thank all those that took part in the day and those that gave donations.  The total donations from the day were $14,000.

PIMA is working with Richard Jenkins, who is a skills advisor with the AiGroup, and we are looking to obtain some funding under the Industry Skill Fund related to Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) training.  This is related to the skill survey PIMA carried out a couple of years ago.

You will receive information from PIMA on this and I urge you to investigate this and if possible join in with the programme.

PIMA has continued to represent the industry at the NSW ITAB and continues to put the industries point forward where training is concerned.

Again PIMA will run the graduation night for the Polymer students and I urge all members to support this night. The night will be held on the 13th October.

One last thing PIMA has sent out a questionnaire to assess where we should go in the future to support the industry.  I urge you to please fill this out.

Keith Monaghan



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Finsura Workers Compensation News

Finsura’s Review of the 2015 N.S.W Workers Compensation Reforms

Following on from the success of the reforms introduced for small businesses in 2013, WorkCover NSW has introduced changes to workers compensation premiums for medium and large employers, effective 30 June 2015.
These reforms will affect medium and large employers that have a basic tariff premium (BTP) greater than $30,000 and their premium is calculated using experience from previous wages and claims history. 

The expected outcomes from the reforms are to:
• Deliver easy to understand premiums – employers can see more easily how they can influence their premiums by providing safer workplaces.
• Improve outcomes for injured workers – incentives for employers who manage workers through recovery at work.
• Provide safer workplaces – incentives to promote workplace safety and rewards for maintaining safe workplaces.
• Reduce red tape – WorkCover will assess and set the risk of employers’ policies at the renewal of the policy and premiums will be adjusted for final wages at its conclusion.
• Deliver sustainability and certainty – new minimum and maximum limits will provide more certainty when forecasting, while a scheme performance adjustment will also be introduced
What does this mean for you?
• 10% discount upfront on your policy renewal to assist with proactive implementation of safety systems and early intervention.
• The cost of claims will only be impacted by paid weekly wages, therefore placing a priority on maintained RTW programs.

Here are some ideas on suitable roles that can be offered to injured workers to help manage them back to work:



Is Suitable employment available Y/N


Suitable employment role

Aim for the role to have the capacity to have regular postural changes and stretch breaks, 

Description of suitable employment (describe the tasks and include the physical requirements)

Administration duties that are self-paced and can be done seated or standing                                                                                            Sorting (within restrictions provided) Cleaning

Answering phones

Computer work




Packing - within any weight restrictions


RTW Hours/Days (should reflect current medical certificate)

7.6 hours / 38 hour week

• Workers that have no intention of returning to work must be managed with the highest priority, as the long-term impact can be very substantial to your premium. For employers who have workers return to work within the timeframes below and maintain their normal duties for 3 months will be offered the following discounts on their claim:                 

-       0-13weeks         15%

-       13-26weeks       10%

-       26-52weeks       5%                                                                  

• Adjustment Estimates will no longer occur after the new changes come into play. Three years of claims cost (wages and WPI) will impact on your renewal. Therefore, each year you will only have to complete one piece of documentation.
• Safety rewards and incentives for businesses that maintain safe workplaces.

The team at Finsura can assist in navigating the changes ahead.  Please contact Nick or Steve on 02 98992999 for a free review on how these changes will impact your business.


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NSW workers compensation premium system changes – what employers need to know?


WorkCover NSW has announced major changes to the workers compensation insurance premium system, which will take effect for all new policies and renewals on or after 30 June 2015.

These changes are intended to:

  • enable safety spending and to reward employers who maintain a safe working environment;
  • encourage and reward early return to work; and
  • reduce claims

In terms of their workers compensation insurance premiums, key changes employers need to be aware of are set out below:-

1. Changes to what claims costs are used for premium calculation purposes
From 1 July 2015, the only types of claims payments that will be included when determining the claims costs for premium calculation will be:

  • Weekly Benefits & Weekly Benefits for dependents
  • Death Benefits
  • Lump sum value (s66)
  • Pain & Suffering (S67)

Note that rehabilitation costs are excluded.

2. Changes to how an employer’s claims experience is determined

Instead of comparing an employer’s claims performance with their industry it will now be compared with the overall scheme performance. Please note, claims costs for CPR purposes will be as at renewal time and will not be amended on adjustment.

3. Expansion of the employer safety incentive (ESI) to medium and large employers

There will be a premium discount to help employers to build safer workplaces and prevent workplace injuries.

4. Introduction of the employer safety reward (ESR)

This payment will be available on adjustment for employers who have not had a premium-impacting claim in the last four consecutive years.

5. Introduction of the performance discount

This discount will be paid to employers depending on scheme performance as well as their CPR result.

6. Reduction of claims costs based on sustained return to work

There will be a Return to Work incentive discount based on the return to work date of each claim. This will first impact premiums for renewals after 30/06/2016. For RTW periods less than 13 weeks, there will be a 15% reduction to total CPR claim costs used for premium purposes. The discount reduces to 10% for 13-26 weeks and 5% for 26-52 weeks durations.

As with most things insurance related, it pays to speak to an expert if you are uncertain in any regard about the best course of action for your business.

Emjay Insurance Brokers offers workers compensation insurance expertise in both premiums and claims, delivering comprehensive, integrated solutions for our clients, which focus on effective risk management and real cost savings.

We work across a diverse range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in the mining, construction, manufacturing, labour hire and transport sectors. You can read more about our workers comp services here or more information on how we can assist you contact us today on 02 9796 0400.

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Duromer Products Pty Ltd

Exhibiting at NMW/Ausplas – Stand 2716

Duromer Products are looking forward to exhibiting at National Manufacturing Week/Ausplas which is held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park Homebush.

One of the highlights for Duromer is the announcement of their investment into Long Fibre Technology and becoming the first and only Australian manufacturer of long fibre polymers for injection moulding.



Apart from material manufacture and supply, Duromer will be sharing their broader capabilities that support their materials sales. One key benefit that Duromer provides is there support of application development and helping clients solve problems.

This includes;

• Bearing and bush design using their wear and abrasion resistant materials.
• Supporting and assisting in the design of parts and tooling.
• Material selection for corrosive applications. Duromer has vast knowledge and test data for the chemical resistance of materials.

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Duromer's people come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of qualifications. These include injection moulding and tool design, chemistry, mechanical engineering and polymer engineering just to name a few.

Don't just think of Duromer as a supplier of "Engineering Polymers", but

"Engineered Polymers" and "Engineered Solutions".


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April 2014

by The Doctor

Welcome to end of first quarter 2014 and the challenges that lie ahead for not only our industry but any that is affected by the harsh reality of a falling AUD and the actual cost of doing business down under. While some agree the dropping dollar will help manufacturers the actual input costs increase as the AUD declines with imported raw materials rising in value an example. As the pressures force manufacturing facilities to close such as Electrolux, Holden and Ford then the next problem we face is attracting staff with the right skill sets. PIMA is such an industry body invited by Government and Industry to provide real feedback on issues facing our industry in the areas of skills, training and other concerns affecting the industry.

For these reasons PIMA will be actively representing the member’s interests on Government and industry panels and think tanks. This year AUSPLAS is to be held in Sydney (Homebush) 13 – 16th May so look out for the PIMA stand and presentations. Membership drive, we will welcome any new members or past members re-joining the cause. Visit our website at for further information or contact us direct with an email to to obtain information on membership. The new website is starting to take shape and are very hopeful to be up and running before May this year. This newsletter is the first to include interview with a well-known identity from within our industry. If any member we would like to nominate an employee or know of someone we can interview, please pass on their details. Also stay tuned as PIMA investigate how to improve the information flow to all our members. We are currently looking to improve and update the current website to enable all members to receive up to date information in a timely manner.

Keith Monaghan
President, PIMA

Keith-MonaghanI am writing this wondering what direction manufacturing will take over the next few years with the closure of the car assembly plants and the knock on effect that will have. We also have a government that wants to lead the world in free trade agreements to the potential detriment of our manufacturing industries. On top of this we are looking at a horror budget to be handed down. What do we do?

PIMA is working to help the industry and our members.

Again we are the supporting partner for Ausplas 2014. We will be at stand 3017. Please come and visit at the Ausplas and the National Manufacturing Week Show. This could give you some ideas and contacts. Full details are available at

To help the industry, Governments and Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) to understand where the education, skill levels and needs are for our industry, PIMA has commissioned a survey on language, literacy, numeracy and technical capabilities of shop floor staff at polymer converters in New South Wales. The final report is ready for release and will be the most arcuate and up to date report of its type. In developing this report we have interviewed 18 companies employing a total of 849 people.

PIMA will be running its series of Mould Your Career 1 day training lectures. Please keep an eye on the events page for more info.
We have just run another successful Charity Golf Day and again all the donations going directly to the charity. I hope to see your there again next yesr..



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