Australia Country Report

Ensign expands development arm, looks for manufacturing base in Asia

Andrew Fast, director

From sunscreens and cosmetics to over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements, leading brand names rely on one of Australia's top contract manufacturers. Ensign Laboratories draws on 60 years of experience to provide clients with comprehensive product development and production services. Under the company's third generation of family management, Ensign is committed to share its expertise with Asia, working with brand owners and private labels to develop and manufacture products for the region.

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015, 11:45am

Elders deepens Chinese relations through premium beef, real estate

Mark Allison, managing director and CEO

With the continuously growing demand for higher-end commodities in China and the strict quality standards across industries in Australia, the free trade agreement between the two countries slated to commence this year will only serve to take their trade relations to new heights. As one of the oldest agricultural business firms in Australia, Elders is primed to satisfy China's robust appetite for fine food, particularly choice cut meats and dairy.

4 Aug 2015 - 5:39pm

Preshafood extracts fresh opportunities in Asia's juice market

Alastair McLachlan, CEO

As more people realise the crucial link between nutritious food and quality living, the quest for organic, sustainable and healthy food has turned into a global movement. Impassioned to make naturally delicious beverages easily available to consumers, Preshafood developed a process that allows it to produce bottled fresh juice that retains the original flavour and nutritional content, but with a seven-month shelf life.

4 Aug 2015 - 5:37pm

Harvest Moon ensures year-round supply of fresh vegetables

Neil Armstrong, managing director

An island state located southeast of the Australian mainland, Tasmania is endowed with a moderately cool climate. While its temperature does not go below 3 degrees Celsius in the winter or beyond 23 degrees in the summer, its rich soil, adequate clean water supply and fresh air make Tasmania one of the best places to grow vegetables. 

4 Aug 2015 - 5:33pm

Meriton shapes residential landscape with tailored apartment solutions

Harry Triguboff, founder and managing director

Be it a landscaped garden, resort-style swimming pool, playground or on-site childcare centre, there is an amenity tailored to every resident of Meriton properties. Most developments are built with children and families in mind - an aspect that is important to Australia's largest residential apartment developer, which has remained in family hands for more than 50 years.

5 Aug 2015 - 5:41pm

'Property for income' key to APN's growing success

Tim Slattery, executive director

In a heady marketplace with large amounts of liquidity and transactional activity, leading specialist real estate investment manager APN Property Group's "sustainable income" approach to investing remains well-placed to bring investors excellent returns from commercial property.

4 Aug 2015 - 3:45pm

Natural skincare distributor brings Billie Goat Soap to HK

Gillian Franklin, founder and managing director

The largest Australian-owned cosmetics and personal care company, The Heat Group, has boldly brought one of its home-grown brands, Billie Goat Soap, to Hong Kong. The brand is available at 100 Watsons stores with future roll-outs planned.

4 Aug 2015 - 12:32pm

International Towers Sydney is home to forward-thinking firms

The Barangaroo South precinct along Sydney Harbour

Situated on the doorstep of Asia, Sydney has become a renowned regional hub for multinationals, offering world-class infrastructure, industry diversity, a highly skilled multilingual workforce and a stable political environment. 

4 Aug 2015 - 12:28pm

Port of Brisbane positioned as premier gateway to Asia

Peter Keyte, general manager for trade services

Creating an efficient interface for trade, the Port of Brisbane is fundamental to the economies of Queensland and New South Wales. As Queensland's largest multicargo port, it is the gateway for more than A$50 billion (HK$285.6 billion) of freight each year, including about 50 per cent of the state's international trade and about 95 per cent of container traffic. Most of this trade, encompassing agricultural products, coal, motor vehicles and other consumer goods exports, is focused on Asia. 

4 Aug 2015 - 12:21pm

Pacific Environment at the forefront of proactive environmental management

Peter White, CEO

Strongly committed to the comprehensive protection of the environment, Australia has adopted more stringent environmental standards and conservation policies. 

4 Aug 2015 - 12:16pm

Bulla courts increasingly sophisticated Asian palate

Bulla courts increasingly sophisticated Asian palate

For more than a century, Bulla Dairy Foods has been a trusted partner of Australian families in bringing healthy and nutritious dairy products to the dining table. Using the freshest milk and cream, Bulla delivers real dairy goodness in every dollop of its award-winning creams, spoonful of flavourful yoghurt and mouthful of its famous ice cream.

4 Aug 2015 - 12:13pm

Blue Hills Honey to strengthen market presence around region

Robbie Charles, apiary manager and owner, at work

Home to the world's most primitive and ancient wilderness, Australia's island state of Tasmania boasts the world's cleanest air and water. Located in a remote part of Tasmania, Blue Hills Honey is a family-owned beekeeping business owned and operated by second-generation apiarist Robbie Charles and his wife Nicola. 

4 Aug 2015 - 12:13pm

English learners can count on immersive experience at PICE

John Paxton, founder and director

A full immersion into the Western Australian way of life awaits every student who attends Perth International College of English (PICE). During weekdays with peers and teachers in class, or outdoors on the beach or at a park during weekends, there is one form of communication: English only. The highly interactive exchange continues at home with an Australian family preselected to host the PICE student. 

4 Aug 2015 - 11:46am

Macquarie University is distinctively Australian, thoroughly international

Professor S. Bruce Dowton, vice-chancellor and president Photo: Paul Wright

Australia hosts more than 500,000 international students seeking not only top-quality education, but challenging, rewarding programmes that promote creativity, independent thinking and innovation. One university, however, stands out as distinctively Australian yet thoroughly international.

3 Aug 2015 - 5:57pm

RDNS brings 130 years of health care expertise to region

Dan Woods, executive general manager for brand and business development

When Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) opened shop 130 years ago, it started with a single nurse who walked Melbourne's streets to attend to patients at their homes. 

3 Aug 2015 - 5:54pm