Philmac Appoints new Managing Director

Philmac Update

Specialist pipe fittings , valves and industry products manufacturer Philmac has appointed Mark Nykiel as Managing Director.

After working the past 10 years along Australia’s eastern seaboard, Mr Nykiel returns to his home state to take up the reins of the Adelaide-based company.

For Mark – who was born in Port Augusta and launched his career in South Australia before moving interstate – it’s an exciting homecoming.

“I feel privileged to be joining a company with such great people and products,” he said.

“I see strong growth potential for Philmac and plenty of opportunities ahead. Despite the challenging marketing conditions facing the manufacturing sector in Australia, I’m confident that Philmac has a positive future.

“Our goal at Philmac is to deliver great products to our customers and be the supplier of choice when our customers think about connecting pipe and flow control.

“As an Australian manufacturer we must continually focus on competitive manufacturing and efficient service delivery. With a clear focus on this simple philosophy I am confident we can continue to be a market leader, headquartered right here in South Australia.”

Philmac is manufacturer and supplier of polyethylene pipe system fittings and valves to national and global markets across Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. It employs over 300 people, mostly in South Australia and has distribution centres across Australia and the United Kingdom.

Philmac’s strong reputation within the industry first attracted Mr Nykiel to the new role, through which he felt he could contribute positively to the business.

“Working in similar sectors over recent years, I was acutely aware of Philmac’s market position,” he said.

“In my first weeks in the job, I’ve been impressed with our teams’ passion for delivering high quality products to our customers and I have been impressed with the enthusiasm our workforce possesses to deliver excellence in customer service and product innovation.”

Mr Nykiel’s 20-year career extends across building products, construction materials, mining services and mineral processing. He was General Manager New South Wales for construction materials company Adelaide Brighton before joining building products manufacturer Vinidex where he worked as divisional General Manager for NSW and the Australian Head of Manufacturing. Mark has also been Executive General Manager, Manufacturing and Construction for workforce accommodation provider MAC Services as well as a Director of business consultancy group Nanross.

Since taking up the position with Philmac in early April, Mr Nykiel has been busy meeting with staff and customers.

“Customer feedback is an essential part of our business improvement, product innovation and R&D program – making sure we invest in the exact solutions our customers require,” he said.

“We need to be focused on customer solutions and improving our business in the areas that really matter. A relentless desire to improve has to be part of our culture to meet our customers’ needs and be a successful local manufacturer.

“The domestic market continues to be our primary focus while globally our long association with the United Kingdom remains important and niche opportunities continue to present elsewhere albeit with currency challenges.

“With exports, it’s about increasing our focus on markets where we have competitive advantage and can leverage the experience and product development technology we have built up in Australia.

“Our advanced facilities at North Plympton provide us with the high quality, manufacturing flexibility and R&D expertise required to meet the evolving needs of these markets.”

Mr Nykiel is now in the process of relocating from Sydney to Adelaide with his family. He is married to Margie, also originally from South Australia, and has three very active sports-mad sons. His personal interests include keeping fit enough to keep up with his boys, competitive sailing and occasionally attending the AFL where the Crows, Swans and Giants split the family allegiances.