23 July 2018

Appointment of ASSDA Membership and Business Development Manager: Chris Waltos

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to ASSDA’s new Membership and Business Development Manager, Chris Waltos, commencing today.


Chris has an MBA and brings over 8 years of professional engineering experience, with 5 of those in B2B sales and marketing across multiple industrial sectors for companies including Rio Tinto, Bluescope, Weir Minerals and Pall Corporation. He was also in a lead technical marketing role for Sandvik Materials Technology, where he was responsible for the technical marketing and business development of special alloys, with activities focused on stakeholder management, market studies, technical seminars and materials selection.


His strong technical and commercial skillset coupled with his exemplary sales background and knowledge of the stainless steel industry brings a new energy to the Association, and I am excited to welcome him to ASSDA as a pivotal part of our growth strategy.


Chris’ focus will be on enhancing the position of the Association through delivery of continued membership growth and retention, while optimising revenue streams and actively seeking new opportunities for market growth and development.


He will be in touch with all Members in the coming weeks, but I also encourage you to reach out to Chris and establish contact with him to find out more on how we can collaborate to support your business and grow our industry.


Chris is Melbourne based, and can be reached on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0481 133 028.


He will also be present at our upcoming PacRim Stainless 2018 conference on 3-4 October on the Gold Coast, and I encourage you all to register and attend this excellent networking event.


Please join me in welcoming Chris to the ASSDA team and in wishing him well in his new role.


With best regards

Lissel Pilcher

General Manager


Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards

6.30pm | Wednesday 3 October 2018 | QT Gold Coast Hotel, Surfers Paradise

Launched at PacRim Stainless 2017, the ASSDA Awards Program celebrates innovation and excellence in Australian stainless steel supply, design and fabrication.

Three individual prestigious awards voted by the industry are presented, with all winners announced at the PacRim Stainless Gala Dinner.

The Supplier Awards include ASSDA Flat Product Supplier of the Year and ASSDA Long Product Supplier of the Year, which recognises excellence in supply performance. Nominees are determined by ASSDA Distributor Members.

The ASSDA Fabricator Project of the Year is also presented, recognising excellence in Australian design and fabrication of stainless steel. Nominees are selected from projects featured in the last year's Australian Stainless Magazine.

The 2018 nominees for each category are as follows:

Recognising excellence in supply performance.

Nominees include:

Daming International Holdings Ltd.
Stanch Stainless Steel Co., Ltd.
YC Inox Co., Ltd.
Yue-Seng Industrial Co., Ltd.
Yuen Chang Stainless Steel Co., Ltd.

Recognising excellence in supply performance.

Nominees include:

Ching Hann Industries Co., Ltd.
Froch Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Valbruna Australia
Viraj Profiles Ltd
YC Inox Co., Ltd.

Recognising excellence in local Australian design and fabrication of stainless steel.

Nominees include:

Dulux Merrifield Facility, John Beever (Australia)
The Arbour (Optus Stadium Park), Structural Dynamics (Australia)
Centenary Library (Anglican Church Grammar School), Ancon
Fuchs Lubricants Plant Expansion, Furphy Engineering and TFG Group
Collins Square (stainless steel columns), Fabmetal Specialists

Join ASSDA and celebrate the high standard and quality of Australian stainless steel and fabrication at PacRim Stainless 2018. You may register for the Gala Dinner and Awards Night via the PacRim Stainless 2018 online registration form.

For a recap of the 2017 Awards Night, please click here.



PacRim Stainless 2018 Speakers

Jim Lennon

Managing Director, Red Door Research Ltd (UK)
Senior Consultant - Commodities, Macquarie Capital (Europe)

Topic: The 2019 Outlook for Stainless Steel and Raw Materials

Jim Lennon has 37 years of experience in researching the international metals and mining industry.

Jim worked at Macquarie Bank from 1994 to 2013. He left Macquarie in June 2013 and set up his own consulting company, Red Door Research Ltd. The consulting company specialised in the economic analysis of hard commodity markets. Jim remains a part-time consultant to Macquarie, still responsible for all of Macquarie's nickel and stainless steel analysis.

Until June 2013, he was Chairman of Commodities at Macquarie, having worked for Macquarie for 19 years. He founded and headed up a 10-person research team in London, Singapore and Shanghai, which served the equity, LME trading and corporate advisory divisions of the bank with steel, coal, metals and minerals research and market intelligence.

Jim and his team at Macquarie's were regularly ranked number on the various surveys of commodities research among equity investors for over a decade.

Prior to Macquarie, Jim worked for 10 years at CRU international, where he headed up a team specialising in special steels (including stainless steel) and steelmaking alloys (mainly manganese, silicon, chrome, nickel and molybdenum). While at CRU, Jim also undertook major studies on metallurgical coal and iron ore.

Jim's current major specialisations are the main base metals and steel industries and their raw materials including nickel, chrome, molybdenum, iron ore and coking coal.

Before joining CRU, Jim worked as a marketing analyst at New Zealand Steel. He has also worked as an Associate Director of Metals and Mining Research at Sheraton Lehman Hutton Securities.

Jim has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Clive Whittington

Managing Director, C.M. Whittington & Associates, Hong Kong

Topic: The Double Deal - Decorative, Durable Applications in Asia

Clive Whittington is a graduate in Secondary Metallurgy of RMIT, a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Finishing, UK (FIMF), and an Honorary Member of the Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing (AISF).

He is Managing Director of C.M. Whittington & Associates Ltd, Hong Kong, and for the past 15 years his focus has been on sales development and technical service of primary nickel in Asia and ANZ. With Hong Kong partners, he is daily involved in LME hedging, warehousing, physical delivery, metallurgical service, market intelligence and commercial sales support.

Clive also conducts original R&D, publishes peer-viewed papers and delivers seminars on the better use of nickel in end-use applications.

Prior to his own companies, he was Market Development Manager, Asia, for Alcoa of Australia, based in Hong Kong. Before that, General Manager, Marketing with Inco Australasia in Melbourne and Hong Kong. With both companies he was responsible for product development, application engineering and technical service of fabricated wrought products of aluminium alloys, austenitic stainless steel, high-nickel alloys and surface finishing. 

Peter Munckton

Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland

Topic: Economic Outlook

Peter is the Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy at the Bank of Queensland. He has worked at the Federal Treasury in Canberra, as well as in senior economics roles at Bankers Trust and the CBA. He has co-authored reports on the Australian and Chinese financial systems that gained significant domestic and international media attention.

Louis Victor Blain

Technology Manager, Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA)

Topic: Stainless Steel Grades in the Railcar Industry

Victor is a solution-oriented engineer with over 10 years' experience in the field of materials and welding.

In 2006 Victor completed his apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, gaining a wealth of practical experience in the welding and fabricating of carbon steel and stainless steel structures in Canada

Dedicated to expanding his skills and experience, in 2010 Victor graduated as a Metallurgy Technologist. Armed with this new qualification, Victor gained experience in material testing in the energy and aerospace sectors. Victor worked on the maintenance of turbines for hydroelectric plants at Hydro-Quebec, and then on the welding of combustion chambers at Pratt & Whitney.

Victor's combined passion for metallurgy and welding motivated him to study mechanical engineering. He relocated to France to undertake International Welding Engineer post graduate study at the Institut de Soudure, graduating in 2014.

Since 2014, Victor's experience has been primarily with the manufacturing sector at Bombardier Transportation. Whilst employed at Bombardier, Victor participated in the re-introduction of the 201LN stainless steel grades across Bombardier Transportation North America operations, and had extensive exposure on the use of various stainless steel grades across multiple projects.

Victor's main achievements include project start-up, welding coordination, and supplier's audit and support in multiple countries including Canada, China, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia.Victor recently joined the WTIA in the role of Technology Manager, where he is leading the Manufacturing Industry Group to support growth and innovation across Australia.

Joern Teipel

Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu (Europe)

Topic: Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications - Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics

Joern Teipel studied Physics in Bonn, Germany, and at the Ohio State University in Columbus, USA, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2006 in the field of nonlinear optics. He began his professional career in 2006 at the technical consultancy in Frankfurt. In 2009 he joined ThyssenKrupp Steel where he was responsible for the business development of magnesium flat products. In 2011 he transferred to the stainless producer ThyssenKrupp Nirosta in Krefeld - now Outokumpu. As Lead Technical Manager he is globally in charge of the usage of stainless steel in aesthetically architectural applications from the technical perspective and involved in the development of new surface finished. 

Leif Ho

CEO, Kinzi Group (Thailand)

Leif is the major shareholder and CEO of the Kinzi Group.

Having worked closely with some of the world's leading architects on various facade projects over the last 15 years, Leif was instrumental in transforming Kinzi from a stainless steel OEM investment casting manufacturer to a full studio feature facade company focused on the design, engineering and fabrication of bespoke projects for our clients.

Leif is currently leading Kinzi's Research and Development Department into next generation facade technology, analysing air quality and heat island mitigation technology solutions for incorporation into future stainless steel facade systems.

Prior to leading Kinzi's R&D he served as a senior manager in charge of commercial sales and manufacturing. His experience in stainless steel spans from mechanical and structural engineering, with a key focus on corrosion resistance and tensile properties in the marine and architectural markets.

Darren Wills

Managing Director, Kinzi Group (Thailand)

Darren in the Managing Director of the Kinzi Group, a role he had held for two years, and drives the strategic, financial and operational aspects of the business.

He has been involved in the stainless steel industry of over 10 years, with experience in manufacturing, wholesale distribution and construction markets.

With a finance background, he works on identifying new market opportunities and partnerships for Kinzi's range of stainless steel architectural, industrial and marine products.

Prior to joining Kinzi, he held senior management roles with KPMG, Quiksilver and the Arcus Wire Group and brings a global perspective after working in various markets across Asia, USA and Oceania.

John Ahern

Author, On the Road... With Kids

Topic: The Transformational Power of Time Out

John Ahern is the author of the travel memoir On the Road... With Kids, the winner of the Queensland People's Choice Book of the Year 2015, which tells the hilarious and inspiring story of his family's one-year journey through 30 countries in an old camper van.

Before writing, his career spanned from mowing lawns to get through university, to being one of the six in the global leadership team of travel giant, Flight Centre.

In between serious bouts of work, John has traveled through over 85 countries and been shot at, poisoned, tear-gassed, robbed at gunpoint, locked up in an African jail, and been a passenger in two train derailments.

John has been featured in an array of media including the Australian Financial Review's Great Leap series, Sky News, Channel 9, BBC Saturday Live, National Geographic, on the ABC's Conversation Hour with Richard Fidler, and been a TED speaker for the University of Queensland.

After all these journeys, he now lives with his wife and two children in the comparative safety of the Currumbin Valley of Australia's Gold Coast. He considers it their base camp for new adventures.

Mark Ellis

Warehouse Operations Clerk, Atlas Steels

Topic: Golf, Life and Safety

Mark Ellis is a Warehouse Operations Clerk at Atlas Steels' Ingleburn Service Centre. He is responsible for processing inward and outward orders, and stock control. He has a strong background in warehousing and logistics spanning some 30 years, and has been working for Atlas Steels for the last three years.

Mark is an enthusiastic golfer who has played at represented level. One his of all-time heroes is Jack Nicklaus.


30 May 2018

Appointment of ASSDA General Manager: Lissel Pilcher

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lissel Pilcher as ASSDA General Manager, effective immediately.

Lissel is in her eighth year of working for ASSDA, having joined the Association in 2011 from a background in property development. She has been instrumental in the delivery of all ASSDA publications and events, including our annual PacRim Stainless Conference. Over the years, she has stepped up to the challenge of taking on additional responsibility in the management and promotion of almost all ASSDA activities, from fabricator accreditation and educational webinars, to advocacy campaigns including PR management for the Queensland jobs campaign in support of local manufacturing.

Lissel brings energy, stability and commitment to ASSDA, and I am pleased to see her meet the challenges presented. She will continue to manage the communications for the Association, and in planning for the future, will now also lead the operational matters of ASSDA to assist with the day-to-day management of ASSDA activities, develop and execute strategic initiatives to improve performance and grow our position in the industry.

ASSDA has a long track record of providing quality products and services that deliver benefits, and the Board would like to see the Association continue to expand its network and grow with the industry for the benefit of its members.

In Lissel's appointment, the Board has also taken the opportunity to restructure the Association, and we are excited to announce that we are now advertising to recruit a Membership and Business Development Manager.

The position will focus on enhancing ASSDA's profile through the delivery of continued membership growth and retention, while optimising revenue streams and activity seeking new opportunities for market growth and development.

The role is vital to the success of our growth strategy, and if you know of someone that could fit this role, we encourage you to direct them to the job advertisement on Seek: https://www.seek.com.au/job/36347637

Thank you for joining me in congratulating Lissel in her promotion, and I look forward to the opportunities ahead in growing the Association and our industry.

Yours faithfully


Stephen Robertson
ASSDA President




Brought to you by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA), PacRim Stainless is the premier annual conference event bringing together Australia's stainless steel industry and colleagues from abroad in an exclusive networking environment.

The conference provides a broad range of national and international speakers and delegates, plus a variety of social opportunities to network, share knowledge and enjoy the conference destination.

PacRim Stainless 2018 will be ASSDA's 25th National Conference and 14th International Forum focusing on the Asia-Pacific region.


Program Overview

  • ASSDA Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers
  • Two half-day conference sessions with an exceptional line-up of speakers from around the globe and nation, including:
    • Jim Lennon, Managing Director, Red Door Research Ltd (UK) and Senior Consultant - Commodities, Macquarie Capital (Europe)
    • Clive Whittington, Managing Director, C.M. Whittington & Associates (Hong Kong)
    • Jörn Teipel, Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu (Europe)
    • Peter Munckton, Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland
    • Louis Victor Blain, Technology Manager, Weld Australia
    • Leif Ho (CEO) and Darren Wills (Managing Director), Kinzi (Thailand)
    • John Ahern, Author - On the Road... With Kids
    • Mark Ellis, Warehouse Operations Clerk, Atlas Steels
      To view speaker biographies, please click here
  • Exciting Gala Dinner, including the ASSDA Supplier and Fabricator Awards
  • Annual PacRim 2-ball Golf Ambrose with players vying for the Barry Durrant Memorial Trophy
  • Farewell Dinner with happy hour drinks

For the PacRim Stainless 2017 recap, please click here.

Conference Sponsorship

Event sponsorship provides a one-off opportunity to showcase your company's brand and services with leading national and international stainless steel players and decision-makers.

A range of sponsorship opportunities are now available, and packages can be tailored to suit your marketing objectives and requirements.

View the PacRim Stainless 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.




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