Interviews

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Ted Beesley

Ted Beesley began his career as an accountant before joining his family’s pump company as an accountant/junior sales assistant. Since then Ted has had a long and successful career in pumps, working with companies such as Brown Brothers and Engineered Products Group (EPG), as well as running his own company, Pumpserv. Here, Ted reflects on his career in the industry and how the industry has changed.

Embracing disruption and uberisation in the mining sector

According to Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer of Barrick Gold, digital disruption must be embraced rather than avoided if miners are to remain competitive. In a recent interview ahead of her talk at Austmine 2017: Mining’s Innovation Imperative, Ms Ash said the uberisation of mining will become ever more important for miners, helping them to […]

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson has had a long and successful career in the Australian pump industry. Since joining FN Bethune at the age of 20, Kevin has worked at Kelly & Lewis, BTR Australia, and the Weir Group, and is now the Secretary of the PIA. Here, Kevin reflects on his rapid career progression, the changes he’s […]

Bob Pullen

With over 50 years experience in the pump industry, Bob Pullen has had a long and exciting career. From establishing Pullen Fluid Dynamics, acquiring Jay and Short Pumps and publishing the first ever Australian Pump Journal, his passion for the industry is evident. Bob shares his thoughts about his career, the industry today and why […]

Tony Sgro

Tony Sgro has had a long and varied career in the Australian pump industry, although he has remained loyal to two great pump companies – Ingersoll Rand and Kelair – throughout his career. To mark his retirement just last month, we caught up with Tony to reflect on his years as a pioneer of the […]

Pump people

Pump Industry magazine has taken a peek behind the scenes, gathering together some of the influencers within the industry to gain an insight into their careers in pumps. Here, we take a look beyond the technology and the issues and meet the personalities that make the pump industry Down Under tick. John Inkster Chief Executive […]

Bernard Hasell

Bernard Hasell worked in the pump industry for almost 50 years, beginning in 1944. Now a happy retiree, his pumps career began with tooling manufacturing, and extended into many different areas of the industry. In this interview, we talk to Bernie about his long career and the changes he has witnessed, particularly the decline in […]

Pump Pioneers: Geoff Daniels

Geoff Daniels is a PIA Life Member who first began working in the pump industry in 1959 at the age of 16. Geoff’s career working with pumps spanned 25 years and he remains involved in the PIA. In this interview, we talk to Geoff about his experience of the pump industry in the 1960s and […]

On the road again

Current PIA President Ron Astall provided his recollections on some of the seminars staged by APMA/PIA over the years: “In the 1980s, APMA Council suggested that the Technical Committee organise some pump industry seminars and conferences. The first one I recall was a seminar on Nett Positive Suction Head (NPSH). We had some excellent high […]

PIA vox pops

In celebration of PIA’s 50th year we asked some industry representatives about their experience within the association.  Stevco on their involvement with PIA: “We’ve been a member of PIA for the past six years. We joined in order to be a part of the latest developments in the industry, and for the networking opportunities. Since […]


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