We would like to thank our very own Brian Stick for his many years of service and wish him all the best for his retirement!
Brian started in 1970 at Synthetic Resins in Brisbane as a store man and worked his way into sales. Over the years he has continued his career with companies merging or joining new companies until he and his colleague Steve Burt took on the distribution of NCS Resins here in Brisbane under the company name of NCS composites.
To celebrate his retirement, we asked Brian to reflect on his working life and share with us a brief timeline of his experiences, please enjoy.
1970 | Synthetic Resins
Privately owned business with directors Bob Robinson and Keith Stewart. Started as a store man in 1970 and was promoted to internal sales in 1973. In 1975 I was appointed External Sales Person with Neil Evans as sales manager.
Ferro purchased Synthetic Resins in early 1980. Synthetic Resins was Ferro’s Queensland distributor along with Mulford Plastics.
During 1990 and 1991 I commenced a pool manufacturing business in Thailand.
Huntsman purchase Ferro in 1995. I left after 33 years of service to Synthetic Resins, Ferro and Huntsman. During the last 5 years, I was being prepared to take over as the Huntsman Technical Manger to replace Barry Hutchison – Barry was the Victorian and technical manager for Synthetic Resins and the Huntsman Composite business.
I travelled to America to be certified by American Composites Manufacturers Association on 11 March 2007. I became a certified Composite Technician as well as being certified as a Composite Instructor.
Following the sale of Huntsman Composites to Nuplex/Allnex, I did not take an offer from Nuplex for employment.
During 2008 NCS Resins SA was purchased by the US business Ferro Corporation, the new owners decided to close all NCS operations in Australia during 2009.
Steve and I decided to purchase the Brisbane operation, JW retired, Enzo Palam purchased the Victorian operation and traded as CDR Polymers.
Due to the gains in market share by NCS Resins I decided to keep the distribution rights for NCS SA registering the business NCS Composites.
Due to the business growing by the month we moved from the third-party warehouse business MJ Logistics to a larger facility at Pease Crt, Bethania.
With global supply issues increasing NCSC decided to gain distribution rights for other global raw material suppliers, at this point the business changed its name from NCSC to CFI. (Composites Fibreglass International PTY LTD).
Steve Burt retired April 2019. During my composite life, I was appointed a Board Member for Partec, Chairman Of The Board (Industry Training Council) and a Composite Australia Board Member.
I would like to thank all of my customers for the support you have given me, many of you have become dear friends to me over the years and I am very grateful.