VEEM Begins work on Anzac Bell

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The giant Anzac Bell, a 6.5 tonne bell to be installed into the Perth Bell Tower to mark the centenary of Anzac, is slowly becoming a reality with VEEM currently completing the 3-dimentional modelling of the ‘Frieze’ graphics that will be featured on the face of the bell.

The bell, which is expected to be cast from copper and tin, is to be funded by a Lotterywest grant and investment from a local WA businessman. Culture and Arts Minister, John Day, said that the Anzac Bell will be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere once completed and would be a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac centenary.

The bell is the first of its sort to be cast in Australia and is expected to last over 500 years.

The Perth Bell Tower is currently home to 17 bells which are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and 5 bells from the London diocese of the Church of England. These bells were gifted to Western Australia as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations in 1988.

VEEM expects the project to be completed later this year.

VEEM strengthens management team with key appointments

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VEEM has further strengthened its management team with two key appointments as it continues to grow future sales of its unique, market-leading marine propulsion and stabilisation products.

VEEM Managing Director, Mr Mark Miocevich, said the appointments added substantial experience to its global sales capability and follows the recent, successful completion of the first retrospective fitting of the VG120 gyrostabilisation unit on a 42.5 metre luxury super yacht in Australia.

Sales of VEEM’s new ship gyrostabilisers will be assisted by the appointment of Dr Steven Vidakovic as Global Sales Manager – Gyrostablisers. Steven has more than 20 years of engineering, project management and sales experience, having most recently served as Global Sales Director for Naiad Dynamics, an international supplier of marine stabiliser and ride control systems.

He previously led the management of several projects at the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc., before taking on the role of Associate Director for its Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences Global Supply Chain division. Dr Vidakovic holds a B.E. in Aeronautical and completed a PhD in Aerodynamics/Fluid Mechanics from The University of Adelaide. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration.

VEEM has also secured the services of Mr Jonathan Shaw who will take up the position of European Business Development Manager – Propulsion. Mr Shaw has a 27-year career spanning executive and manager positions in the renewable energy and marine propeller sectors.

After a decade long career building the business, Mr Shaw was appointed Group Managing Director of Teignbridge Propellers (UK), a position he held for four years. He brings extensive global market knowledge to the VEEM business. Mr Shaw holds a Bachelor of Science (Eng) in Nautical Studies and an MBA awarded by Henley Management College.

Dr Vidakovic, who will be based in Perth, will take up his responsibilities with VEEM in January 2017, while Mr Shaw, based in London, started with the Company in November 2016.

Mr Miocevich said: “The Company’s ability to attract senior employees the calibre of Steven and Jonathan is testament to the global recognition of VEEM’s suite of leading marine propulsion and stabilising products.

“These key appointments underpin the future sales growth of our unique gyrostabiliser products and the acceleration of sales of our patented VEEM Interceptor propellers and VEEM’s newly launched Conquest propellers.”

VEEM increases CNC machining capability to enable manufacture of propellers up to 4.6m in diameter

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By the middle of the year, VEEM’s arsenal of high technology machinery will have the capability to machine items up to 4.5mtr in diameter x 1.9mtr turning capacity envelope, and a 7m long x 3.6m wide x 1.9m high milling envelope.

The 6-axis CNC machine, which is currently being installed at VEEM, measures 20m long, 10m wide and 6.7m high, and weighs just over 86 tonnes!

High accuracy 6-axis CNC machining was not previously possible on propellers larger than 2.2m at VEEM, but in the next few months everything from larger VEEM Propellers to VEEM Gyro components to precise engineering work will be undertaken on the new machine, and the capacity to do larger and more varied work will also dramatically increase.

“We will see a large improvement in efficiency on the projects we already complete, hopefully by up to 30%, and because of this our overall production output can dramatically increase,” says Commercial Manager, Mike Coyle.

The installation of the CNC machine began this month with over 140m3 of concrete and 10 tonnes of steel reinforcing installed in the footing pit; a mean feat but necessary to allow the machine to remain rigid when performing work. With the bridge and columns also installed this month, the finer details like cabling and covers will be completed next and the machine will be in action very soon.