The Rhythm of Momentum,              Presented by Ian Stephens


Getting your team to create momentum and maximise it may just be the most important area of focus for leaders these days. Based on his book ‘The 7 Step Pathway to Mastery’ this powerful and entertaining presentation includes a highly moving display of mastery and momentum in action. It will leave you motivated to take action and resourced with tools to make any required change happen. 


This presentation includes:

  • The 7 Step Pathway to Mastery or Outcome achievement

  • How to create the right mind-set to overcome obstacles and bring results

  • Staying creative and innovative in times of change

  • Creating and maintaining momentum

  • Taking ownership and accountability to make desired results happen

  • Managing your 'state of mind' during times of uncertainty


Gary Lategan has helped hundreds of rotational moulders globally in 68 Countries improve their process. Gary has never missed an opportunity to share or gain knowledge of the Roto Moulding industry & its processes. With 28 years' experience as a rotational moulder & now a consultant to the industry for the last 15 years Gary is internationally recognised as an innovator & leader in the rotational moulding industry.  Gary developed TempLogger & related tools to help him improve the Rotational Moulding Process and produce “QUALITY PARTS ON TIME EVERY TIME” & now shares his experience & tools with moulders globally to help them attain their full potential. His focus is to design & produce Quality Products.  As Chairman of ARMSA (Association of Rotational Moulders Southern Africa) for 8 years & a founding member of ARMO, he has presented a range of Papers and Workshops across the globe in an effort to share his passion for the industry. An ARM member from 1986 till 1996 & attend ARM Europe, Barcelona 1989, his first International Meeting.

Street Bollard: Using Multi-Layers with Fillers & Additives

Gary Lategan, TempLogger

Gary will cover how the development of a new product using Roto Moulded PE with multi layers and additive to increase weight and strength to solve problems experienced by the client who was purchasing Aluminium Cast Bollard at a much higher price.  They required weight and impact plus the product had to look like the existing aluminium pieces.  Gary managed to satisfy all the clients requests plus more. The roto product ended up being superior in even aspect as well as at a lower cost.

Igor started his career in the rotomoulding world in his last year of University. Upon realising the interesting nature of the process and how vastly different it was to other major plastic productions, he quickly developed a passion for the process. He used a rotational moulded concept for his final project at university upon graduating delved deeper and further into the process. Igor now manages the end-to-end design processes that Rotadyne offers, taking customers from new concepts all the way to manufactured products.

The Hidden Benefits of Collaborations

Igor Silva, Rotadyne

At first glance, Collaborations can seem like a great deal of effort for minimal gain, however, they can offer a great deal of hidden value. When an Architectural company approached us to collaborate in an international effort to develop and distribute a new system of Dehydration toilets to remote areas of PNG, the project seemed too interesting to pass on. In this presentation I aim to highlight the positives of collaborating and the not-so obvious benefits that can be gained from it, all while taking you through the journey that was this project.

Jim started the business in 1977, trading from the garage of his family home. Jackson Industries are now operating from a 5,500 m2 factory and employ 70 staff. As a result of Jims’ preference to be sure of his supply chain, he purchased equipment and moved all processes in-house which has allowed diversification and expansion into other markets for specialised products and services, including CNC, Rotomoulding, GRP and Architectural formwork.  Two chemists were also recently employed to work onsite.  In 2015 Jackson Industries won the Air New Zealand Cargo Exporter of the Year for exports under 25 million dollars, securing their place as leading manufacturer and distributor of electrical distribution equipment across New Zealand and Australia.

Rotomoulding In Action

Jim Jackson, Jackson Industries

Founded by Jim Jackson in 1977, Jackson Industries is a multi-faceted company based in Auckland, New Zealand providing diverse engineering expertise - from electrical equipment, through to precision machining and tooling, to composite structures and the development of bespoke polymers. In this presentation, Jim explains his expansion into Rotomoulding, the equipment and processes he employed and the many facets of adopting Rotomoulding as a production method in business today.

Simon Gough is a Director of Gough Plastics in Townsville, QLD Australia. Simon holds a MBS from the Vale Institute. Simon has worked in the industry since 1989 and Gough Plastics have been members of ARMA from that year onwards. Simon has held every position on the board of ARMA since joining it in 2002. Gough plastics is a private company owned and operated by  the Gough brothers.

Gough Plastics: RS380 Oven Safety Upgrade

Simon Gough, Gough Plastics

With the classification of our rotational moulding machine being upgraded to “ROBOT” Gough Plastics carried out a safety audit to determine what was required of  “THE SAFETY SYSTEM” . They looked at its automation through PLC or Human and set out to achieve protection for man and machine and to maintain the production process as close as to what they could with minimal restrictions placed on the operators. It’s a well-known fact that if a restriction inhibits a smooth workflow operators usually figure out a way to improve the process.  Simon will discuss the process they went through and the results in his presentation.

Andrew has work in the Plastics and Chemicals industry since graduating with a commerce degree in 1984, he held several Finance and General Management positions with ICI Australia, Orica and Huntsman over 20 years before moving to Price Plastics in 2005 and as shareholder and CEO.

Safety: It Starts With You!

Andrew Currie, Price Plastics

Andrew will explore the challenges of moving from a large multinational with world-class safety systems, to a small business with basic safety systems and limited resources. The presentation will focus on how a strong safety culture and personal commitment are the key to creating a safe work environment regardless of the size or financial resources of a business. Andrew will share several examples from his experience at Price Plastics and some  simple processes that can be implemented to develop a strong safety culture.

David Beneke is a senior structural engineer with specialist skills in finite element analysis. Upon graduating in 1990 he joined Hyder Consulting and was involved in the design of large commercial developments, high rise buildings and towers. He joined Cardno in 1995 and was involved in complex computer analysis using finite element analysis as well as product research for a number of large Australian manufacturing companies. He has had 28 years experience with sophisticated modelling and analysis techniques and used them for a various range of structures including those affected by harmonic response, non-linearity and buckling. David is currently a Director of David Beneke Consulting is also a Registered Analyst (Advanced) with NAFEMS (National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards) and holds CPEng registrations both in Australia and New Zealand

Structural Design of Tanks to the AS/NZS:4766 Update

David Beneke, Consulting

It has been some 13 years since the 2006 version of AS/NZS4766 was gazetted. In that time there has been a significant increase in the use of finite element analysis methods in tank designs. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the new structural design rules associated with both above ground and below ground tank analysis and design. These new rules encompass limit state state design methods for both ultimate and serviceability load case combinations, material testing requirements and failure criteria which need to be addressed when undertaking a design. This presentation is of special interest to not only engineers but to both industrial designers, material suppliers and moulders alike.

Adrian, a qualified Industrial Designer, runs his own design business in Melbourne. He previously worked in manufacturing for 20 years, including 13 years as Product Designer with Viscount Rotational Moulding and a short period with Leafield Environmental in the UK. During this time, he helped develop dozens of new products and tooling designs for a range of applications, from infrastructure and industrial packaging to consumer goods. Having managed tool builds, product testing and production trials, he is familiar with the entire design process. Currently working with diverse companies such as Bolwell Corporation and the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron, Adrian has a passion for understanding customer needs and communicating ideas effectively.

Are your Product Designs Half Baked or Fully Formed?

Adrian Massey, Massey Design

Whether you are investing in your own tooling or trying to bring your customer's new product ideas to life, a good understanding of the design process can help achieve a positive experience.

If you’re a rotational moulder I understand! While being in this position we developed a durable branding solution for plastic products, primarily for this market sector but has also developed to suit injection, thermo-formed and blow-molded parts. Improving the value of your plastic products is my passion. 'They need to stand out and be beautiful rather than just plain-old-ordinary'. Convincing the ‘plastic world’ that brand matters is often my biggest challenge!  The rotational and injection molding experience gained brings the benefit a solid understanding of both industries, the various materials and desirable finishes which compliment my consultancy service, guaranteeing the best result for you and your clients.  The key value I would like to instil at Rotomould 2019 is confidence. Achieved by improving your branding experience through discussing the benefits of using graphics along with other plastic surface additives, to and end where you deliver more functional and beautiful plastic parts to your customer.

How to Brand Plastics With Confidence

Jim Crawshaw, PSI Brand

We discuss the basics and demonstrate best practise on ‘how to’ brand and decorate rotationally moulded plastic products. Using actual products, graphics, tools and equipment, this interactive presentation is designed to install confidence into you and your team. It’s gotta work!

Carla Martins is on the academic staff of IPC/I3N - Institute for Polymers and Composites at the University of Minho in Portugal, she is the director of the materials engineering master course and the responsible for the optical microscopy laboratory at IPC. Carla dedicates to the processing-structure-properties of polymeric materials, composites and nanocomposites. Most recently Carla has been working on a project investigating the use of composites for rotomoulding and is very interested on the different properties and effects obtained between dry blending and compounding when using metallic pigments.

Rotational Moulding of Polyethylene with Cork

Carla Martins, University of Minho

Nowadays there is an increased demand for products with innovative and sustainable characteristics. Cork and its by-products are natural materials with very good thermal, acoustic and fire resistance properties. They are being used in many applications that favor ec-design concepts, delivering aesthetics, comfort and functionality to many consumer goods. A new market possibilitycould be found in products made by rotational moulding, using polymer/cork composites. This work evaluates the use of polyehtylen composites with different types of cork granulates, different compositions and different routes to improve aesthetics and mechanical properties of the parts.

Mark grew up in Melbourne and graduated in Agriculture Science at La Trobe University.  He spent 10 years running the national genetic improvement programme for the Australian dairy Industry, before moving to New Zealand in 1997 to run their national genetic programme.  Mark spent five years at Livestock Improvement as Group General Manager, and became President of the International Committee on Animal Recording requiring three trips a year to Rome and Paris.  In 2003 he moved to Wellington to commence a new role as CEO of the New Zealand Meat Board and Meat & Wool New Zealand.  After five years in the meat and wool industries running research programmes, engaging in promotional work with five offshore offices, and advocating on trade policy, biosecurity and environment management, Mark then moved on to spend the next five years with Massey and Lincoln Universities developing a joint-venture company to offer corporate professional development.  In 2014 Mark was appointed CEO of the Primary Industry Training Organisation which oversaw training of 30,000 students.    Mark met his fiancee Zelda in 2014 and in 2017 they decided to shop around for a business to buy into.  After six months they found Portstar Plastics, situated in a small town on the westcoast 2 hours north of Auckland.  With a great staff culture, strong business relationships, and a location allowing for growth, Zelda and Mark purchased the business in October 2017.  They have subsequently bought a 38 acre farm, and Zelda manages four local veterinary clinics.   Mark and Zelda have four children attending New Zealand universities.

New To the Business of Rotomoulding

Mark Jeffries, Portstar Plastics

As a complete outsider, the Jeffries family were looking for a sea (or tree) change from their jobs based in New Zealand’s major cities to a rural lifestyle and a new rotomoulding business.  On a steep learning curve they have grappled with their new business, a new home and a new life.  This has brought a unique perspective of the good, the bad, the things that helped, the people he met and all the challenges and rewards of this industry that Mark will share with his new peers.

John’s interest in plastics commenced early in High School when composites was offered as a subject. His work life commenced as an Apprentice Engineer, where he designed and built a set of tank moulds for his father’s hydroponic business venture!  Word spread and other farmers were asking for designs, so John started Ajay Fibreglass Industries, specialising in the supply of FRP Composite Tanks.  After further business studies, the drought and strong economic conditions of the mid-nineties, provided a perfect platform to expand into Rotomoulding and Duraplas and the “New Generation” of poly tanks was born and was well established before the huge demand started.  Duraplas and its digital marketing arm, The Tank Factory are now recognised as major suppliers of high-quality poly tanks focusing mainly on the East Coast of Australia.  

Hidden Dangers: Dealing Effectively with Depression, Anxiety & Suicide in the Workplace.

John Fleming, Duraplas

Mental health issues are the leading cause of sickness absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia. This is true in most developed countries and is a very serious problem facing all moulders worldwide.  Eight Australians die by their own hand each day; six of them men! For every person who succeeds there are another 30 who attempt suicide, with 85980 people in this country trying to take their own lives in any given year. It is now the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44, more likely to kill you than a motor vehicle accident or skin cancer! It has been recently estimated that mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and suicide cost Australian businesses a massive $12 Billion dollars a year and 20% of suicides are linked to work. At a summit in May 2017, Lifeline Support Service confirmed that we in Australia, are facing a ‘national suicide emergency’.  

David has been the beneficiary of world’s best practice in his training and work experience. In the twilight of his professional life, David is committed to passing on that knowledge and leadership experience to Tasmanian organisations to improve the productivity and profitability of their economy. During 20 year of senior management roles in the manufacturing sector, David has managed staff numbers in excess of 800 and in his 12 months with the PFG group David has initiated the training and completion of over 25 % of their staff, 8 of those have completed the Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices to complement their roles and companies’ growth. Throughout David’s career he has prioritised safety and training for all employee’s this has seen significant reductions in Lost Time injuries and career path direction. David believes in the Lean philosophy of ‘People First”, and demonstrates this through his emphasis on safety, training and staff engagement.

Rotomoulding Lean in the Real World

David Lipscombe, PFG Group

In this presentation David will use his extensive knowledge and experience to guide you through lean foundation tools including the 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardise & sustain) instigating and maintaining standard works and culture and how to use the tools in real world Rotomoulding with the use of examples from what his company has done and are doing at their various facilities. 

Neil Prime (APD Ltd) was appointed as the company’s General Manager in 2010 after an early career with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Neil held a variety of roles in Operations, Research & Development and finally Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Vice President of Quality.

Client to Moulder: A Transition Story

Neil Prime, APD Ltd

APD always knew they would move from a major client for the process to becoming a moulder themselves. In this presentation Neil will discuss the experience of being a major client of the rotational moulding process via several moulders to becoming moulders themselves. In this presentation Neil will discuss the route the company worked through taking the moulding in-house and moving into the industry as an OEM for a client’s perspective on what’s important in your business from the sales response, through to quality issues at the machine.

Alistair Bell has been involved in the plastics industry since his first role at Devan Plastics in 2006 as a Sales Engineer. Alistair’s experience prior to and after this was in Maintenance and Diagnostics engineering. He also has had significant involvement in the municipal wastewater and irrigation industry, with roles in asset management, asset renewal planning and tender specifications for replacements works. In 2012 Alistair returned to Devan as the Sales Manager and in 2015 took on the role of Business Manager.  During this time the team have collectively built the business to the highest revenue and profitability to date. Alistair’s focus over the next year will be to refine processes to ensure the operation of the business keeps up with the growth experienced.

Standards: What's the Point?

Alistair Bell, Devan Plastics

Everyone loves to quote them, local government like to specify them, but what does that all mean when the standard is potentially being devalued by the rampant over use particularly in the underground market, particularly by concrete products. My personal view is if you can’t hand over the documentation at any given time that shows you are certified or “conforming” to a standard you shouldn’t say it!  AS/NZS1546, now AU1546 covers septic tanks and crosses over to AS/NZS1547 for secondary or wastewater systems.  I am going to go through the journey of Devan Plastics, highlighting our trials and tribulations and the value of a standard!

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