Despite the economic slowdown, Orwak Australia has found that the company is still performing quite well because certain industries are doing better than normal. Source: Rodney Appleyard.
In addition, the shipping and mining industries seem to survive better than most other industries and Orwak Australia still has plenty of supplies going to companies in these areas.
On top of that, Jan Anger, the managing director of Orwak Australia, says that hospitals and schools are always pretty stable, whether there is a recession on or not.
“Patients and pupils still eat and unpack cartons at the same level. So we have such a wide range of equipment available that can service these other areas and compensate for losses, even when manufacturing and exporting is down.”
Anger feels very strongly about giving customers honest advice on the best practice available for reducing volumes of waste and giving people safe, hygienic and practical results.
“We go out and assess each situation and allow customers to trial the unit by way of demonstrations. We also promote equipment through exhibitions, which is probably the most successful way of showing potential customers our equipment and the quality we stand for. This is great because it allows them to view and listen to the equipment. They are very quiet and blend in with the environment.”
In the past, Anger says that companies used to apply farm-derived woolpresses, which leave lots to be deisired when it comes to operator safety particularly in places with high staff turnover.
“Work cover and work regulations are getting stricter all the time, so these machines are gradually getting phased out to accommodate more purpose built machines that are safer, like ours. The problems people used to face included being overun with rubbish. But our machines are a manual labour saving device.
"People used to hop on the boxes, cut them open or flatten them with their hand. So the waste used to pour out of bags, food scraps and it created a lot of odour, as well as hygienic problems.
“By pressing down on the rubbish and taking the oxygen/air out of it, making it into a solid lump, this actually reduces the rotting process. The hygienic result is much easier to work with. The fast food industries are very careful to make sure that the working environment is the best it can possibly be for the employee.
"It's a very cost saving device, particularly since recyclables offer rebates. So if they were to throw it all into a skip in a backyard, they would have to pay for a lot of air. But by separating and compacting it, they reduce the volume of weight and therefore the collection fee.”
Anger says that Orwak is unique because it offers a wide range of equipment and specialises in areas where some of its competitors do not have equipment.
“We also go into remote villages, even Aboriginal settlements. In addition, we probably have the highest standard of safety. Compared to locally made compactors, we are in a little bit of an advantage because we have been internationally recognised by major operators. Personally, I feel very satisfied when customers are pleased with the result. We receive many customer referrals. This is the driving force for me.”