Rea re­mains hum­ble

Boyne Smelters GM re­ceives busi­ness award

The Observer - - NEWS - MATT HAR­RIS matthew.har­ris@glad­sto­neob­

BOYNE Smelters’ vi­sion to be op­er­at­ing be­yond 2030 looks to be in safe hands if it main­tains the in­no­va­tion that led to its recog­ni­tion at last week­end’s Best in Busi­ness Awards.

Boyne Smelters Lim­ited won the In­no­va­tion Award at the awards, and gen­eral man­ager Joe Rea picked up the Busi­ness Leader Award.

Mr Rea was quick to heap praise on his team when asked about his in­di­vid­ual award.

“Any award that I get is re­ally the smelters’ at the end of the day. It’s a cer­tainly a priv­i­lege to lead and a priv­i­lege to work here,” he said.

“It’s very hum­bling that out of 27 peo­ple nom­i­nated for that award to be se­lected is truly an hon­our.

“The peo­ple at BSL make it easy for me to do what I’m do­ing.”

The long-stand­ing GM said the In­no­va­tion Award gave him the great­est sense of pride.

“The great thing about the In­no­va­tion Award is we’ve been faced with ex­tra­or­di­nary high elec­tric­ity prices so one of the things we’ve been able to do is work out how to use less elec­tric­ity to make alu­minium,” Mr Rea said.

“What we’ve been able to do is mod­ify the re­duc­tion line cells in lines one and two, which is re­ally 1970s tech­nol­ogy, and we’re now get­ting that to run at 90 per cent of the cur­rent tech­nol­ogy.

“It’s like get­ting a 1978 Holden and mod­i­fy­ing it or mak­ing it run like a 2016 Holden, so it’s just phe­nom­e­nal.

“It’s a proudly Aus­tralian thing to do when our backs are against the wall, to come out swing­ing and cre­ate some­thing that de­ter­mines our own destiny.

“We’re ex­tremely proud that for nearly 40 years we’ve been adding value to Aus­tralian nat­u­ral re­sources to strengthen the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing for young Aus­tralians.

“For us to find ways to con­tinue to do that is fan­tas­tic.”

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA031118BIBAWA

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Boyne Smelters Lim­ited gen­eral man­ager Joe Rea won the Busi­ness Leader Award, with BSL tak­ing out the In­no­va­tion Award.

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