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Growing together: Collaborative hospital upgrade leads to new opportunities

Specfast caters to a more far-reaching portfolio of strategically distributed plastics, hardware, consumables and technical service.

As account manager at Fyshwick’s Specfast branch, Nick Worthe spends a lot of his time liaising with engineering and construction businesses in the local area.

In doing so, he assists them to navigate supply and demand of key products, identifying direct solutions to everyday and unique challenges.

Whether it’s related to mechanical services, sourcing componentry, or more complex problem-solving, his team is focused on creating a streamlined availability of parts for their clients.

“For me, it’s about seeking out and making the most of new opportunities for industrial business in the region,” he says.

“Modern fabrication and engineering bring greater efficiency and faster outcomes, but also introduce new challenges that require critical thinking and a proactiveness. This role allows me to puzzle things out and validate a new approach where improvements can be made.”

Donning their name in 1959 as the go-to fastener experts, Specfast now caters to a more far-reaching portfolio of strategically distributed plastics, hardware, consumables and technical service. Trusted by players in the mining, transport, defence and infrastructure fields, they are increasingly present in major development initiatives as a one-stop-shop for critical materials.

This has been exemplified over the last few years during a major hospital upgrade in Canberra, where a new 40,000 square metre facility will meet the demands of the city’s growing population. Construction of this building will ensure more operating rooms, treatment spaces and intensive care beds, and has already created hundreds of new jobs and upskilling opportunities for local workers.

“It’s a vital undertaking that we’re proud to be quite involved in at multiple stages of the process,” says Worthe.

“We’re working with contractors and services to ensure the smooth installation of metalworks, air conditioning, and electrical fitouts. For one particular steel business, we’ve gone the extra mile to get their product specified with locally produced construction chemicals, which is a more cost effective and higher performing solution.”

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