The rendering industry has led the recycling industry as we know it.
For over 200 years we have protected our environment by converting animal by-products from the human food processing industry into edible meat fractions, feed ingredients for livestock, companion animals and fish as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, edible tallow, tallow for soap, cosmetics and biofuels.
Nothing is wasted, we even return the water which represents 60% of animal bodyweight back to the environment to sustain our ecology.
The Ron Lyon Award was established by the Australian Renderers Association in December 1998 to honour the contribution by Ron Lyon to the rendering industry.
Ron began his career in the industry in 1966 working with C Piesse & Co ( a subsidary of the Craig Mostyn Group). In the 70's he transferred to Sydney to learn tallow trading under the guidance of Bert Lawson and Bob Mostyn, to ultimately become the senior tallow trader for the company. Following the sale of the company to Collier Watson (NZ) Ron transferred to Colyer Fehr, Sydney under Reg Evans.
In 1992 Ron joined Gardner Smith following their purchase of the Colyer terminal business and was appointed senior tallow trader under John Coras and Don Seaton. In late 1995 Ron was appointed Queensland state manager for Gardner Smith , a position he held until his untimely death on November 11, 1998.
Ron was highly regarded throughout the industry and it was this respect and his understanding of terminals and tallow logistics that lead to a terminal in Taiching, Taiwan being named in his honour.
Rick is an Agricultural Science graduate from Adelaide University and went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Animal Nutrition at Aberdeen University in Scotland. On his return to Australia he was employed by the Veterinary Division of Bayer Australia in 1980 as a nutritionist where his involvement with animal protein meals and fats began in pig feed concentrates and petfood. In 1984 Rick went to Canada where he completed a Ph.D at the University of Guelph before returning to Bayer Animal Health where he continued to work until 1993 when he joined Ridley AgriProducts as the Technical Manager for Ridley's Queensland operations. Rick then joined Kemin AgriFoods in 1998 as the Technical Services Manager for Australia and New Zealand, so Rick's involvement with the rendering industry has been as both a customer and a supplier, as well as directly with the Australian Renderer's Association.
Rick has atternded every symposium, except 1997, and been a member of the symposium organising committee continuously since 2007 and took un the difficult task of getting papers submitted prior to the event for each symposium since 2011. He has contributed significant effort also by being a presenter at the ARA accreditation workshops since 2000, a total of over 20 workshops.
Tim continuously served the industry as a director for 14 years, being first elected to the position in 2000.
His ability to read and decipher technical documents has been invaluable to industry. He has championed many difficult issues, not the least being the carbon tax, and gaining an understanding to advise members of the options available to offset the significant costs associated with it.
Tim is a member of the World Renderers Association executive and scheduled to assume the presdiency in 2015.
The association appointed Tim to the position of Non-Executive Tachnical Director in July 2014 to assist the directors on technical matters.
Bill commenced engineering in the late sixties and joined Keith Engineering in 1972 working in New Zealand on rendering plant installations, returning to Sydney in 1973 to work in the rendering industry to gain operational and maintenance experience on Keith equipment. In 1976 he re-joined Keith Engineering taking up the roll of Project Manager and spent many years on design, construction and installations, covering all aspects of the rendering equipment manufactured by Keith.
Bill has held the position of General Manager since 1994 overseeing the company including the redesigning and updating of equipment to maintain and meet today’s standards.
He has taken an active roll within the ARA and has offered continued support to the industry over his many years in the industry.
Paul has had a varied and distinguished career in both the meat and rendering industry working with South Burnett, Cominya, AMH, Gardner Smith, Brisbane Export Corporation and now Wilmar Gavilon.
Paul was National Vice President from 1999 to 2001 when he became National President of ARA until 2008. He forged a strong working relationship with AQIS in Canberra which has been an invaluable line of communication.
Has been actively involved in all facets of the Association's activities.
A native of New Zealand, Kevin has been involved in rendering all his working life.
He has been with Camilleri Stockfeeds since 1990 and been instrumental in that companies growth and development during that period.
Kevin has been a committed supporter of ARA activities and was a key player in the development of the Code of Practice.
Bill has been described as the clear, outspoken technical expert of the rendering industry providing reliable technical advice to the industry, individuals and companies.
He was instrumental in developing the industries code of practice which has provided both protection and a competitive advantage for our rendered products.
He has run industry workshops for over twenty years, provided auditing services and technical advice to the association and members.
The author of many articles he is both articulate and credible.