November 20, 2012, MELBOURNE: Quadra Commodities Australia has celebrated a milestone in processing its first inventory transfers and grower payments for Australian grain acquisitions. In only its second year of operation Quadra is now buying grain directly from growers and it is on track to meet its volume targets for domestic accumulation.
The Quadra domestic grain team have rolled out the Grainsmart grain trading and inventory management system and are now liaising with grain accumulation agents Melaluka Trading daily, on new grain acquisitions directly between Quadra and Australian Growers. Quadra's grain inventory so far has been focused on wheat and barley but will widen to other commodities as the harvest campaign rolls on in Australia this season.
Quadra Commodities Australia and Melaluka Trading's Michael Fitzgerald and Simon Pritchard have formed a strong alliance - through which Quadra is marketing and posting prices daily, directly to Growers up country at more than 20 sites on the East Coast of Australia. Most of the grain Quadra owns will be acquired and stored in the private storage network.
In just 2 short years Quadra Australia has established itself as a reliable player in the Australian grain trading industry and is now building on this foundation to expand its activities into grain acquisition storage and handling.
November 5, 2012, MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cup (the race that stops a Nation) was a great opportunity for the Directors of Quadra Commodities in Australia, Andrew Jackson and Anthony Diamante to spend some time with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and discuss the state of the Australian Agricultural Industry. As guests of Emirates Airlines our Australian directors shared a few champagnes with the Honourable Kevin Rudd who during his tenure as Australia’s Prime Minister oversaw the deregulation of Australias wheat industry (via the dismantling of Australia’s single desk marketing system controlled for over 50 years by AWB). The newly deregulated market has created opportunities for new entrants like Quadra Commodities to expand its operations rapidly in the Australian market.
October 1, 2012, GENEVA: The Quadra Commodities Geneva team have moved into their definitive office in Geneva. The new office is large enough to accomodate the strategic growth plans. The office is located at Rte de Florissant 81 in the trading district in Geneva.
May 1, 2012, SINGAPORE: Quadra Commodities announces the opening of its Singapore office. Thibault Vic Dupont joins us from Touton where he has had a successful career, he is the general manager of the Quadra Singapore office. Thibault is joined by Lionel Lew and Kelvin Mah who will both be bringing their trading experience to the team. We are encouraged by the trading opportunities that Quadra Commodities is seizing in the region and the expertise we have to handle it. The office is located at 9a Stanley Road, Singapore.
July 27, 2011, MELBOURNE: Quadra Commodities is also delighted to announce that Patrick Cogswell has joined the Melbourne team as senior commodity trader. Patrick has over 10 years of experience in the Australian grain industry and financial markets. Prior to joining Quadra Commodities, Patrick was a commodity trader with AWB and Noble Grain in Australia. Prior to this Patrick was employed in the grain brokering industry. Patrick's addition to the Melbourne team will add considerable experience and depth to the Australian commodity trading platform and will assist in growing the trading activities of the group.
July 26, 2011, MELBOURNE: The Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) was held in Melbourne from 25 – 27 July 2011. The AGIC is the premier grains industry event in Australia and gathers leaders from the commercial grains sector, the production sector and other related industry sectors and government to address global commodity and consumer trends, explore technological advances and identify opportunities for the grains industry. Quadra Commodities took the opportunity to host a drinks function during AGIC in our new office to introduce members of grains industry to the Quadra Melbourne team and thank valued counterparties, customers and service providers for their goodwill and support during the start-up phase of the Melbourne office over the past few months. Attendees included representatives from Agrigrain, Allied Grain, CBH, Gavilon, Gavilon-Wilmar, Holman Fenwick Willan, Infospectrum, Lotema Grains, McDonald Pelz, Perkins Brokers and Pentarch Grains.
July 2011, MELBOURNE: Early in July Quadra Commodities saw the successful discharge of our maiden vessel charter in Australia. The vessel, Rio Tinto’s fleet panamax the MV Powhatan loaded 53,000 MT of Australia Durum Wheat in May at the Australian port of Newcastle before making the long transit to Bari, Italy via the Cape of Good Hope to deliver the wheat to Italy’s and arguably the worlds largest semolina miller Molino Casillo S.p.A. Quadra Commodities continues to grow its freight division offering services to our in house traders and third party Charterers in all sectors across the globe and partnering with quality ship owners and vessel fleet operators to deliver competitive, timely and reliable freight services and solutions.
July 4, 2011, GENEVA: Quadra Commodities is delighted to announce that Michel Roduit has joined the Geneva Chartering Team. Michel has over 35 years of experience in the freight markets. He began his career as chartering manager for several grain houses in Geneva and spent 11 years at Coprosol, 15 years at Tradigrain and 5 years at AWB Geneva. Prior to joining AWB, Michel spent 4 years at Massoel, a Swiss Ship-owning Company. Michel Roduit's addition to the team will add depth to handling the increasing volume.
May 23, 2011, MELBOURNE: Quadra Commodities is pleased to announce the opening of the Australian office at level 11, 330 Collins Street in Melbourne.
May 4, 2011, GENEVA: In early April, Quadra Commodities participated in the Sailors’ Society Asian Challenge, climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. The event was organised to raise awareness and funds for the Sailors Society, an international charity that provides a personal lifeline for seafarers throughout the world.
The Sailors’ Society exists to enrich and enhance the well-being of the world's 1.2 million seafarers, they carry out their work through a network of Port Chaplains and Seafarers' Centres across the globe. The Sailors' Society aim is to replace isolation with belonging by offering practical help and emotional support for both current and retired seafarers and their families.
This tough, demanding but exciting Charity event saw 40 teams of three people from across the global shipping industry take on the task of climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo (4,095m). The event was a resounding success despite very difficult conditions which saw unseasonal driving rain make the climb even more difficult. Notwithstanding this the Quadra team managed to place 16th overall and exceed our sponsorship target for the event.
"We greatly appreciate all of your efforts in the lead up to the event; the training you completed, your fundraising and your endurance in undertaking the challenge itself. The event was a massive physical undertaking and we hope that you were not too sore as a result" commented Jo Rich events fundraiser for the Sailors’ Society.
This inaugural event raised over USD$600,000 for the Society and planning has already commenced for the second Mt Kinabalu Challenge to be held in 2013. As supporters of the Sailors’ Society and our merchant seafarers we encourage all our colleagues and peers to consider making a financial pledge to assist the Sailors’ Society in their great work. The Societies donation details are mentioned below.
Quadra would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship and financial support for the event:
The Charterers P&I Club
Brilliant Maritime Services
Stephen Thompson and Hazel Brasington of Holman Fenwick Willan Melbourne and Sydney
Tony O’Reilly and Don Pasquariello of KPMG Melbourne
Inter-Asia Marine Transport Inc., Manila
Interocean Steamship Corporation
Quadra Team representatives: Mark De Jong, Anthony Diamante and Andrew Jackson Before the successful fundraising climb of Mt Kinabalu (4,095m), Borneo
Donations can be made to:
The Sailors' Society Donation JustGiving webpage or
Sailors’ Society: Bank of Scotland, IBAN: GB32 BOFS 1220 1210 5371 01, SWIFT: BOFSGB2LXXX, Mention: Ref 43725/1
Sailors’ Society, 350 Shirley Road, Southampton SO15 3HY, United Kingdom
A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England & Wales No 86942 at the above address.
A Charity for Merchant Seafarers. Registered in England No 237778.
“We exist to enrich and enhance seafarers’ lives throughout the world, and improve the quality of their well-being”.