Wollongong project management firm Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is proving it is not only tech companies that can grow during the COVID storm.
PPM works with more traditional industries such as mining and heavy industry and has recently opened offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. It has also launched a national water division providing clean water solutions across Australia.
Chief executive Troy McDonald said PPM had grown significantly since March 2020 and was about to employ more people as it brought new technology into Australia.
"I would say we have 15 to 20 vacancies at the moment in NSW," Mr McDonald said.
"We've been quite lucky, we have picked up quite a bit of work. We have now got a national footprint and with people not being able to move between states we are being asked if we can deliver projects in places like the Northern Territory.
"We have put on 30 people in the last six to eight months, mainly for the large projects we have picked up.
"In the last six months we have had 25 to 30 per cent growth and have a lot going on. We have just signed an agreement with an offshore company to bring new tyre recycling technology into Australia."
The company is called REVYRE and is building plants in Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
"We have just signed a commercial arrangement to develop the Australian business with them," Mr McDonald said.
"With the tyre recycling we have exclusivity for project development and the option if we want to set up the operating business in Australia."
REVYRE chief executive Shaun Zukor said PPM was chosen because it had a highly capable team involved in project management and operational capabilities.
InfraCo and Energy Estate announced the REVYRE joint venture in 2020 as a partnership dedicated to addressing the global end-of-life tyre disposal problem.
It intends to repurpose 100 per cent of tyre constituents using a highly efficient circular process with near zero emissions, no by-products and no toxic chemicals, to create new tyres.