As the company celebrates its 85th anniversary, managing director Geoff Weaver reflects on how the family business grew to become Australasia’s leading provider of trenchless pipeline solutions.
Throughout its history, Interflow has pioneered technologies and renewal methods that have been well received for their innovation.
The company was founded in 1936 by Harold ‘Bill’ Weaver, whose mission it was to support the growth of budding communities along the east coast of Australia.
Weaver and his original team at Interflow constructed water, sewerage and drainage systems for developing towns, earning him a reputation as a change maker.
His ability to identify gaps in the market and develop services to meet the needs of his customers allowed him to expand the company’s operations across the country.
Since the 30s, Interflow has been generation-led and family owned, with leadership handed down from father to son now over three generations
From proactive asset management to emergency repairs, the company is dedicated to developing bespoke solutions that satisfy its customers’ needs: robust, sustainable pipeline infrastructure that will service the growing requirements of the community for generations to come.
As early as the 1990s, interflow pioneered the use of trenchless technology to improve efficiency, reduce costs and minimise impact to the environment and community.
In 1991 – 30 years ago – the company signed its first 20-year exclusivity deal with partners in innovation Rib Loc.
Together, the companies provided hundreds of local councils and water authorities with industry-leading pipeline infrastructure services, restoring assets for an expected period of 50 years.
The companies continue to share a working relationship today.
Today, managing director and Bill Weaver’s grandson, Geoff Weaver, is responsible for the company’s operations, establishing an international foothold in New Zealand, and negotiating two twenty-year exclusive Australasian licenses for spirally wound rehabilitation products.
At 85 years, Interflow is Australia’s largest provider of Trenchless pipeline solutions, establishing itself as the preferred delivery partner within Australian markets.
Geoff Weaver said the company’s ongoing success has been guided by the core values laid out by his grandfather.
“My grandfather’s ethos was simple. He was committed to challenging the status quo and finding new and better ways to do things,” he said.
“Each generation of leadership has been responsible for refining these methods and developing new technologies to further improve the experience of our customers and communities.”
Interflow now employs over 600 people across Australasia, and the company continues to expand the range of services it provides.
“As we celebrate this incredible milestone, we look forward to the next 85 years of supporting our customers and uplifting communities with pipeline infrastructure solutions for generations to come,” Weaver added.
For more information visit the Interflow website.