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Silvio Pradella


Among Australia’s most respected construction industry identities, Silvio Pradella has carved a reputation and record for being an insightful and energetic investment heavyweight. Having completed his Civil Engineering degree in 1979 and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1992, three decade’s experience have seen Silvio develop a strategic and steady hand enabling him to guide the successful delivery of some iconic developments.

In 1989, Silvio founded and spearheaded a steel tube manufacturing business, later merging it with the tube manufacturing division of an Australian publicly listed company and forming what would become Orrcon – one of Australia’s leading steel tube and pipe manufacturers and distributors. The merged entity had 600 staff and produced pipe and tubing from half-inch hydraulic lines intended for automobile use to 18-inch diameter gas pipelines. The company was sold in 2005. Orrcon had a technology-focused sister outfit called Tube Specialists Pty Ltd that had technology agreements with companies in South Africa and South America.

Named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern Division) in 2006, Silvio has substantial experience working in manufacturing, engineering and construction having also been the managing director of the Pradella family business (see www.pradella.com.au). Silvio has been a valued member of the Brisbane City Council Urban Futures board for almost a decade and is the founding Chairman of the Lord Mayor’s Oxley Creek Task Force, established in 2007 to rehabilitate Brisbane’s major waterways. He is currently collaborating with Australia’s largest publicly listed property company, GPT, on a 50/50 joint venture that will deliver Metroplex Westgate (see www.metroplexwestgate.com.au), adding 3,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings to support growing demand. This follows the successful completion of multi award winning business park, Metroplex on Gateway, which comprises more than 2,500,000 square feet of offices warehouses and factories a stone’s throw from major transit points.

Silvio has been responsible for bolstering a number of other small to mid cap companies including a pallet racking company and steel coil painting business. He is presently actively involved in nurturing and growing two identified opportunities from start-up to full potential. These include a cutting-edge 3D print, design and manufacturing company focused on the commercial application of emerging and new technology and a Research and Development business which will add substantial value to the industries within which it operates.

Michael Larkins

Managing Director

Michael Larkins is the Managing Director and Technical Lead of FLEW Solutions Australia, providing the Technical and Operational acumen to grow the business. His focus is developing world class business processes, leadership, and project management principles within FLEW.

Michael has formal qualifications in physics, research commercialization and project management.