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WHY CHOOSE PFG GROUP?

We create durable products for harsh environments

At PFG, we all come to work every day because we want to solve the problems that enable industries to grow.

Born from the need to produce high performing and resistant sea cages for the wild Southern Ocean, PFG are leaders in the aquaculture and marine industry, underpinned by a broader industrial services capability.  Our dedicated, skilled and diverse team loves a challenge; whether it be designing and building the only vacuum-based insitu netwasher in the world, building the world’s first commercial scale rock lobster hatchery, or manufacturing another unbreakable Aquatruck.

We provide a turn-key solution to Marine farmers and associated industries. It’s for this reason we have had an outstanding record of growth in the Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Kingfish, Oyster and Lobster industries and are the largest aquaculture and marine equipment supplier in Australia. We also work with agriculture, civil works and mining sectors, replacing products traditionally made from steel with highly durable, cost-effective polyethylene (PE) as well as providing a range of products and services that benefit these industries.

Proudly a Tasmanian owned company, we have manufacturing and distribution facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe – servicing and distributing to every continent on the planet.

The PFG Group now consists of Seafarm Systems, Aquatruck, Seamaster Fishing Supplies, MIC Marine, Plastic Fabrications, Hexcyl, Life Raft Solutions and Ausfish.

PFG GROUP MANAGEMENT TEAM

Our customers first choice as the leading provider of quality solutions

Michael Sylvester

Michael Sylvester

Cheif Executive Officer

Michael leads the PFG Group of Companies and Related Entities across Aquaculture, Commercial Marine, Industrial Services and Defence. With 20 years experience in leadership roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors as an owner, contractor and consultant across manufacturing, infrastructure, engineering, project management and organisational capacity development. Michael is passionate about the role that business plays in maintaining our good communities and providing a sustainable future. Michael is a non-executive director of University Nexus Aquasciences, Hexcyl Systems and Guangzhou Australian Aquaculture Technology Partnership, he is also a board member of Lifeline Tasmania.

Jeremy Ditcham

Jeremy Ditcham

General Manager - Commercial Fishing and Marine

Jeremy heads the Commercial Fishing and Marine division at PFG, the Commercial Fishing and Marine division supplies high quality equipment and services to the commercial fishing marine operations, tourism and emergency services sectors across Australia.  Jeremy comes from a diverse background in mechanical engineering and marine industry roles, he has a passion for all things on and under water. Previously Jeremy was a mechanical engineer for Austal Ships and also worked for a dedicated marine engineering company before his move to PFG Group. He is a Committee member with Standards Australia – Lifejackets and Personal Safety Equipment for Small Craft.

Rob Miley

Rob Miley

Head of Industrial Service and Defence

Robert leads the Industrial Service and Defence Division, the division consists of technical sales managers and project engineers that deliver complex integrated solutions to SMEs, MIs, contractors and law enforcement customers. Previously General Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Defence for the Department of State Growth, he was also Managing Director of Engineering Support Services. Robert is a member of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Chair of the Tasmania Maritime Network, President of the Australian Industry Defence Network and a member of the Australian Commercial Marine Group.

David Lipscombe

David Lipscombe

Executive Manager Production & Integrated Logistics

David heads the PFG Production and Integrated logistic teams. He looks after operations and productions management, engineering and manufacturing processes and coordinates our worldwide distribution network. Previously a Production Manager at Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, he has extensive experience in Lean manufacturing, quality management, supply chain distribution and shipping logistics.

Robert Inches

Robert Inches

CFO and Director of Corporate Services

Robert takes primary responsibility for managing and reporting the company’s finances. He is a highly skilled Chartered Accountant,  financial planner and manages the company’s financial risks, financial  reporting and data analysis. Robert has a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance, his previous financial accounting and management experience includes 13 years with an ASX200 group.

Scott Parkinson

Scott Parkinson

Head of Aquaculture

Scott leads the aquaculture division of PFG, including the ground-breaking rock lobster hatchery commercialisation project. The team consists of technicians, sales managers, project managers and project engineers that design supply and install equipment to support the aquaculture industry. Scott has worked in Australian aquaculture for 30 years, in senior positions across research and development, commercial operations and sales, including as Breeding Manager for Shellfish Culture Ltd, General Manager at Australian Seafood Industries Pty Ltd and at the Department of Primary Industries. 

PFG BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Cretan

Chair and Director

James is Chair and Director at PFG. James believes business success is underpinned by clarity of purpose and goals and articulating them in simple yet compelling ways. James is also Chair of Tourism Tasmania, he is a Director at Intuit Technologies, and Director and Chair of Kriticos Nominees Pty Ltd.

Nick Burrows

Non-Executive Director

Nick is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at TasWater, an Independent Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee at Ta Ann, an Independent Non-Executive Director of Australian Seafood Industries Pty Ltd and an independent Board advisor to 2PM Services.

Michael Cretan

Director

Michael has primary focus on information management and business process engineering, together with well-rounded skills in all aspects of systems implementation, integration and operations –  Michael brings these skills to his role as a director of PFG. Michael is also Director of Kriticos Group. 

Brigid Heywood

Director

Professor Brigid Heywood (BSc) (PhD) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania. Throughout her academic and wider professional career she has always worked closely with business and industry, and is interested in enterprise and innovation as drivers to foster economic and social change.

Brian Kohl

Director

 Brian is a shareholder representative and non-executive director of PFG.  Brian’s professional career has included roles of Senior Economic Advisor to both the Labour and Greens parties.  Brian is currently the Director and CFO of one of Tasmania’s largest private equity hedge funds.

AWARD WINNING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Technology-led innovation, with continuous improvement at its core, has been a constant of the PFG Group’s culture, our work has been recognised by numerous industry awards, some are as follows: 

AIMEX Best Commercial Innovation for Aquatruck 2016

Ausmarine – Best Aquaculture Support Vessel 2016

Work Boat World – Best Survey Vessel 2015

Ausmarine Best Speciality Boat Builder 2014

Ausmarine Best Aquaculture Boat Builder 2013

Ausmarine Best Speciality Boat Builder 2012

CLIENTS & PARTNERSHIPS

 

Our mission at PFG is to drive a sustainable future by creating value for our customers through partnerships, professionalism and collaboration. We proudly partner with organisations that share our values and create opportunities for our customers.