Steber International is ahead of the curve when it comes to adapting and adopting new technology and techniques.
And it’s not just a recent reset of the company’s mission statement and goals. “As far back as 2010, we gained Bronze Status in the Sustainability Advantage Program with the then Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water”, advises Steber general manager Alan Steber.
The following year the company stepped up a gear and gained Silver Status in the same program. “Our company embraced the program by fully insulating the factory, recycling all solvents, improved compressed air lines and machinery, plus much more”, says Steber.
Fast forward to today, and Steber’s are at the forefront of innovative research and development, with programs ranging from hybrid electric-diesel boats through to autonomous vessels and even an “end-of life-cycle program” for unwanted boats that need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
All of the projects involve collaboration with a wide range of groups, including industry organisations, specialist maritime businesses and leading tertiary education institutions.
Steber International is also involved in an innovative in-house apprenticeship training program. TAFE teaching staff visit the factory each week for classroom and on-the-job practical sessions. “Video conferencing is also utilised for training purposes. Overall this project assists with regional job opportunities for our young people and helps keep Steber ahead of the game”, Mr Steber said.