The winner of the first biennial R.N. Windsor Award was recently announced in a presentation ceremony with the staff of Brisbane packaging machinery manufacturer Fibre King. The newly-launched award was presented to Operations Manager Paul Gunson, who has been employed at Fibre King since 1995.

The award recognises an employee of the R.L. Windsor Group of Companies whose work ethics best emulate that of the former R.L. Windsor Director, Robert Newman Windsor – namely: a focus on creating solutions; tenacity and commitment; going the extra mile; the ability to multi-skill; excellent team work and the enthusiasm to undertake any task presented.

R.N. Windsor (1926~1998) is best remembered as a foundation director who spent 57 of his 71 years at R.L. Windsor in various capacities, eventually as Chairman. His canny merger of R.L. Windsor & Son with Amcor in 1965 in a 50-50 ownership structure that lasted 21 years was pivotal to the engineering company's leadership position in the Australian packaging industry. He played a key role in the development of the Fibre King range of carton sealers and packaging equipment during the 1960's, and continued to direct the strategic relationship with Amcor until it ended amicably in 1986.

Known for his engineering skills and inventive talent, he was recognised as a quiet achiever, focused on his profession, his staff and customers. The award serves to encourage employees to follow in his footsteps. This is not so far-fetched an idea, as the company is known for its long-term staff retention. Group CEO, Earle Roberts started in the engineering department 19 years ago, and says the company's programme of educational support has been integral to his career path.

"There's no ceiling in the R.L. Windsor Group's organisational structure, which means anyone can move into management with the right amount of effort. We've expanded into Asia and our export market is steadily increasing, as are the opportunities for good people."

The R.N Windsor Award benefits its recipients with further education in a recognised training programme of their choice in order to fast track their career. Paul Gunson says he has not yet selected his course, as Fibre King and its Asian branch, Oryx Automation are busy places right now.

"One of the things I enjoy most about my work here is the variety of tasks I'm involved in – there's never a dull moment."

Specialising in the design and manufacture of end of line packaging machinery, Oryx Automation and its parent company Fibre King Pty Ltd produce case packers, palletisers, meat equipment and crate automation equipment for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, meat, fresh produce and household and personal goods industries.

For more information, contact Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Emma Townsend, on +617 3889 4400 or email



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