Newsletter - May, 2010

May, 2010

Directors Message

For almost two decades SCF Group has been a pioneering logistics and storage solutions provider, placing Adelaide on the world map by developing container innovations for Australia’s top companies.

The evolution of the SCF Group has seen the company progress from humble beginnings as a start-up operation to a well-respected national enterprise, which employs a team of 50 and leases 8,500 containers to some of Australia’s most significant transport industry players.

Since our last newsletter, we have unveiled our name change and significant re-branding incorporating container design and uniforms, which signals a new phase for the SCF Group, formerly known as SCF Containers International. We launched our new look to customers and suppliers at a cocktail event on March 25 at the Adelaide Festival Centre Lyrics Room overlooking the Torrens. Please see below for some of the photos that were captured at the event.

These changes to our brand have helped to unify the company and its team members, while engaging clients with new-look container products.

Over the years we have listened to the needs of our customers and created container and logistics solutions to suit their needs, which has meant constant change and innovation. Where others may have failed or thought it was impossible, we have consistently developed products which solve problems for our clients.

SCF Group has consistently brought new designs to the market, many of which are world-leading industry innovations. June 2010 will be no different as we will prepare unveil a world-first product in our 40’ side door container.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and our clients, who are truly behind our company’s success over the past 19 years. We know that when it comes down to it you are nothing without your people and the clients who choose to do business with you in the long-term.

Richard Sykes and Lindsay Carthew


Maristar Guests from China
Richard Sykes SCF Group Director, Willam Cao and Ya Ping Jiang Maristar, Lindsay Carthew SCF Group Director
Richard Sykes Director SCF Group
Lindsay Carthew Director SCF Group
Ian Storer and Simply Containers General Manager, Kym Dunn
Lionel Edwards General Manager, Tank Containers, Jonathan Coad General Manager, Rail Containers with Steven Meseck Woolworths
Matthew Harris, General Manager Container Rooms,
Liam Cashen, Container Rooms BDM Defence Sector with Chris Burns DefenceSA and Nick Schwartz, National Operations Manger
Donaldson Walsh Lawyers

SCF Staff Get A Taste For New Branding

The SCF Group staff became contestants in a cross between "The Amazing Race" and "The Apprentice" for the soft launch of the new brand on March 20 as part of a weekend of fun and challenges to further understand the re-brand.
The InterContinental was the early morning meeting point before staff were divided into five teams and given a product they would need to launch to the marketplace. They were then sent to five mystery locations around the city and suburbs to collect the information required for their business plans.
The clues and information at each location represented a specific topic needed for their business plan. SCF Group suppliers and Directors were at each location armed with the information they would need to win. Nicknack provided the ‘vision’ component and met contestants at Light’s Vision on Montefiore Hill. Donaldson Walsh Lawyers did the ‘planning’ at Glenelg. C&PA IT met teams at Windy Point to discuss ‘systems’. Director Richard Sykes and his wife Jo covered ‘sales’ at Waterfall Gully, and Director Lindsay Carthew and his wife Pandie did ‘finance’ at the SCF Group Wingfield Depot.
Teams finished the day at the InterContinental with a barbecue on the Terrace. Winners were awarded with prizes including an extra day of annual leave for each team member for the winners of the Best Team Performance, and $1000 cash for the Overall Winners.
Individual staff were also recognised as well for the quality work throughout 2009/10.
Overall Winner: Bob Huxley
Rail Containers: Rob Kelly
Container Rooms: Matthew Harris
Operations: Nick Schwartz
Finance: Denise Baverstock
Tank Containers: Lionel Edwards
Simply Containers: David Verhoef

 Highlights from the day

Special guest judges for the day were Sam Ben Darsow (front) one of Australia’s most exciting nationally touring standup comedians and Sam Hooper (back) formerly of the hit TV series The Apprentice.

Winners Overall 

TheTransformers            L to R: Matt Harris, Shona Leigh, Jody Howlett,Chris Donnan, Neville Sykes, Brett Carthew

Winners of the Best Team Performance

Presenting their Business Plan from L to R:Lionel Edwards, Brian Whitehorn, Nick Schwartz, Kenny Kong, Joy Young, Shane Dodson

The most ‘creative’ team photo







Staff Profiles

Liam Cashen
Container Rooms
Business Development Manager
Defence Sector

After completing his schooling at Mercedes College, Liam Cashen went on to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of South Australia. Following his graduation Liam worked as a rehabilitation consultant for Personnel Placement Consultancies. There he managed the rehabilitation and return to work of injured workers, including those from the Australian Defence Force. After a couple of years in this role, Liam returned to university where he completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. He then worked as a physiotherapist for a private practice and also for three large manufacturing companies as their Injury and Rehabilitation Manager. Earlier this year, Liam decided to change career paths and has now started working for SCF Group as a Business Development Manager specialising in the Defence Sector.       

Favourite pastime - Fishing followed closely by barbecues (hopefully cooking the fish). 

Best thing about working for SCF - SCF is an exciting company to work for. It is not only a very successful company, but it continues to grow and expand into new markets. There is also a positive staff morale evident the workplace; everyone is friendly and willing to assist whenever they can. The social events and lunches aren’t too bad either.  

Favourite Food - Indian from Raj on Taj  

Best Holiday and Why? - Definitely a trip to Port Douglas last year. Lots of celebrating, good people and hot weather.  

Best movie ever seen - Any of the Naked Gun movies – Leslie Nielsen is hilarious.  

Greatest achievement in life - Captaining a Sturt Football Club side and winning the Ruth Grant award at university for graduating with the highest grade point average.

Who is your idol? - James Hird – a genuine nice guy and possibly the greatest AFL player of all time. 

Krista Muncey
Tank Containers
Operations Coordinator

I was born and raised in Brisbane. I have a younger brother and sister who are both still in school. I have spent my whole working life at the Port of Brisbane, so working at Wacol has been a big change. My boyfriend is the President of our local AFL club, so I spend a lot of my spare time watching some form of AFL game. We both love St Kilda, and have a Saints room in our house where one wall is completely red, black and white, and everything in there is Saints coloured. I love cooking, especially desserts and treats. And I love my new Beagle puppy, Jack!  

What is your favorite sport? – AFL – Go Saints!!!

What is your favorite holiday destination and why? - Thailand – we went elephant riding and white water rafting in the same day!

What is your favorite food? - Sushi

What is your favorite movie? - The Ringer

What is your favorite quote? - Ice-cream? When did we get ice-cream?

Last website you visited?

Name the most adventurous thing you have ever done? - Eating raw horse meat on our last trip to Japan! 

Previous experience in the Transport/Logistics industry? (previous job etc?) - 5yrs at P&O Empty Container Park and 2yrs at Patrick Empty Container Park

Best thing about working in the tank division? - After 7 yrs in the Container industry, it’s great to be learning something new and different! Worst thing about working in the tank division? Going from working with containers to working in one!   


Janeth Flowers
SCF Group

Financial Controller 

Janeth on Smart Money (stable name Jack) at Reynella practicing cross-country for the Reynella Horse Trials in mid March.




New Look is Simply Excellent

The new look Simply Containers Division has had a strong start to 2010. March sales increased by 35 per cent compared to February. The team is working hard to ensure sales stay strong because it means they are satisfying our customers’ needs and continually meeting their product requirements in all states.

A product that is set to take off is new to the Simply Containers range; the 20’ ToxBox with double doors. This is an exciting addition to the range and early indications are that it will be a huge success, with over half the units being sold within days of arrival. The popularity of the ToxBox range has risen as increasingly businesses need to comply with the Environment Protection Authority and Occupational Health and Safety regulations around the storage of dangerous goods.

Modifying to Meet Needs

Simply Containers is always looking for new ways to improve our offering to clients and modifying or adapting products is one approach that is taken.

Bill Pares and Brett Carthew at the Brisbane depot finished the first two modifications to ‘Rail Containers’ 20’ Side Door, converting them into dangerous goods containers for long-term hire to Santos. The end product was an excellent result and Bill and Brett should be congratulated.


Further to this, Stan Johnston, in the Perth depot also recently finished a custom modification for the CSIRO (see below). The container houses equipment valued up to a $1 million and Stan has done such a quality job that more orders have been placed, including for export overseas.

Perth Depot is on The Move

Moving day is already upon the team at Simply Containers in Perth, who are currently shifting from Hazelmere to the Perth Airport. The state-of-the-art depot will make it easier for our customers as well as the team who work there.

Customers can expect a space double the size of the current depot, which means double of the amount of containers can be stored. The new yard will bitumised, alleviating the dust and uneven surface problems that Simply Containers has faced in the past.

The staff have been looking forward to their new offices, which will be in Container Rooms. A range of Akora and Karingal Container Rooms are being used to demonstrate the diversity of what SCF Group containers can offer.

SCF Group cannot wait to be able to show customers around its new depot.

Darwin Depot Busy with Business

Simply Containers in Darwin is preparing itself for a busy few months, as the region emerges from the rainy season.

The new branding and corporate colours is making an impact on customers in the Northern Territory. The new range of accommodation buildings have arrived at Simply Containers in Darwin and are in high demand from customers. Many of the containers are being taken as soon as they are available for delivery.

The rainy season does have an impact on business in the Northern Territory but with many of the roads finally drying work is picking up. Mining, building and heavy industries are preparing themselves for the dry season as large trucks and road trains can now access outlying communities.

New Year, New Energy, New Contract

Container Rooms has started 2010 on a high with large success in custom build projects the division is even more energised for its latest project.

Ensign International has signed a contract for the manufacture and delivery of five new Remote Camps with a project total close to $5 million. The camps will need to roll out prior to the end of June, and with the support from suppliers and project managers we are extremely positive all will go as planned.

It is a great project for the Container Rooms Division as we have now worked with Ensign for more than two years through design and delivery of some exceptional products.

The team is excited and looking forward to continued work with Ensign International in the years to come.

APY Lands Project Strengthens Skills

Container Rooms has completed its project assembling workers accommodation compounds in the remote APY Lands.

The latest project had seen the installation of four workers accommodation camps for Housing SA sub contractors. Housing SA needed accommodation for sub contractors working in the remote APY Lands that provided the flexibility to move the teams regularly.

The relationship with Housing SA has only strengthened Container Rooms’ abilities as a custom container manufacturer due to the nature and remoteness of the project.

Fresh Stock in Supply

New stock is expected to arrive in the depots this month so visit the Container Rooms website and download our latest brochure.

There you will find the new, innovative designs and features Container Rooms has to offer. The V2 Akora and Karingal’s should be available from May 1. All V2 Models have been designed to include a unique recess area dedicated to the air conditioner placement. This means the client now has the option to install the air conditioner prior to shipment and not have to worry about dismantling the unit if relocation is required. The savings to say the least are massive.

Apart from the unique air conditioner recess Container Rooms has also maximised this cavity by creating an external storage area, external GPOs, provision of data cables, optimised living area and upgraded floor covering and kitchen bench tops.

Woolworths & SCF Sign Significant Contract

Supermarket giant Woolworths has chosen SCF Group’s Rail Containers division to supply both refrigerated and dry box containers.

The Rail Containers division has been busy with new build containers for Woolworths and recently completed a large production run of 48’ x 9’6” two pallet wide dry and 46’ x 9’6” refrigerated containers for the customer. The containers will be delivered to Woolworth’s in June.

This is the first time Woolworths has gone direct to a supplier rather than through a transport company, and will use the containers to service its Northern Territory stores, utilising the Adelaide to Darwin railway.

 Container Launch will be a World First

SCF Group will soon launch its newest Rail Container design, which will set a fresh standard worldwide.

The 40’ side door container will be lighter, easier to use, cheaper to maintain and satisfy a gap in the current market. SCF Group plan to launch the container in early June, with manufacturing currently keeping many in the team busy.

It is the result of several years of design work and plenty of testing to make sure SCF delivers a top quality, highly durable product to its customers.

If this product is of interest to your company please call us.

Rail Containers Makes Tracks in 2010

The Rail Containers division has completed its consolidation mode following the summer peak and review of existing stock. The team is looking forward to and preparing for container requirements for 2010 and beyond.

Furniture Removals
Sales of our 20’ Hicube furniture removal boxes are strong and anyone interested in purchasing these should contact Furniture Removals Manager Rob Kelly and he can assist with locations and availability of these excellent containers. You can contact Rob on 0401 050 270.

Bulk Containers
As the Australian economy begins to pick up again after a year in the doldrums, the division is seeing the mining sector reanimate and create strong demand for our 20’ x 9’6” smooth wall bulk container. This container is rapidly becoming the container of choice for bulk products due to its smooth wall design and flat internal surfaces. Demand for these containers is strong and growing, and Rail Containers is supplying numerous new customers throughout Queensland and Western Australia.

If any of this equipment is of interest to you please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Coad, Hamish Taylor or Bob Huxley at Rail Containers and they will be happy to assist you.

Tank Containers Sees Red

You may have already noticed the new colour scheme for Tank Containers. The red frame with the white tank is creating quite an impact but there are also some new names for our range as well.

The EcoDryTM Cement Powder Tank is primarily used for transport and storage of cement powder these tanks are designed to meet Australian and New Zealand Standards. Each unit is certified and tested to meet all appropriate compliance regulations. Some of the specifications of the EcoDryTM Cement Powder Tank include a nominal capacity of 28M3, working pressure of 0.2 MPa, maximum gross weight of 34t, tare weight of 3.9t which is ideally suited for transport or storage of most powders.

The EcoSafeTM Food Grade Tanks are used for the transport or storage of beverages and other consumable liquids and are closely monitored to ensure no cross contamination or infection will be transferred from one type of cargo to another. The EcoSafeTM Food Grade Tank comes in a variety of sizes from 10,000 to 26,000 litres, each tank is fully compliant with ISO, IMO and IMDG standards and supplied in current survey with a Marine Grade Cleaning Certificate.

Transporting Hazardous goods can be a stressful and complicated process at the best of times but the EcoSafeTM Hazardous Goods Tank makes the job easier. The EcoSafeTM Hazardous Goods Tank is approved for hazardous and non-hazardous materials and available throughout Australia.

Tank Containers have extensive, in-depth industry knowledge and experience will make the choice of tank an easy option so you know your tank is always suitable and protected properly.

And remember, the Tank Containers division services and delivers to all parts of Australia with depots in Melbourne, Darwin, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. Please call 1800 769 588 if you have any queries or visit our website for further information.

Business Development Manager Returns to Adelaide

Matthew Hancock has returned to a new role in Adelaide from learning the ropes at the Brisbane Tank Containers Division for more than seven months. He has taken on the position of Tank Containers Business Development Manager for WA, SA and NT.

Matthew comes to the new role with a great deal of experience in container sales and hires, transport and logistics. He would like to thank Lionel Edwards and the rest of the team in Brisbane for putting up with him for seven months and teaching him about the world of tanks.
If you are looking to hire or buy any tanks in Perth, Darwin or Adelaide please give him a call on (08) 8208 0936 or email

As a side note Matt’s wife Alicia is due late in May, so we wish them all the best!

Bright Sparks

We welcome any bright ideas for new products or suggestions for product improvement.

Please email us and share your thoughts.

Contact Us

Unit 3/Level 1,
1 London Road, Mile End, South Australia 5031
Phone 08 8208 0900
Fax 08 8208 0901

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Jamie Johnston
Liam Cashen
Krista Muncey
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