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Supplier Insider: PremiAir Hire

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Tell us about the business?

PremiAir Hire are the equipment hire specialists of diesel and electric air compressors, dryers and filtration, skid and trailer mounted silenced generators, lighting towers, traffic management equipment and sustainable event solutions with each product offering both mine spec and non-mine spec variations. PremiAir has an on-site service division embodied by our mobile service technicians who provide scheduled servicing and 24/7 emergency breakdown response. We also have a fuel division that provides onsite diesel refuelling, whilst also servicing a range of equipment, wherever and whenever needed.

How long have you been doing business?

PremiAir Hire first commenced trading in 1994 when it was then known as PremiAir Compressor Services. 28 years on, and PremiAir Hire now has branches across the entire east coast of Australia with locations in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC and SA. 

How many people work for the business?

Across all our 13 branches, we currently have a total of 135 hardworking and dedicated employees with a wide range of technical and support backgrounds.

Describe a typical day at ‘The office’.

Servicing the needs of our customers is the number one priority, therefore there are no ‘start and finish’ times at PremiAir. We’re all there as a team until the job’s done, ensuring all customer enquiries and equipment requests are met on every occasion. Whilst we often face similar issues that any equipment supply company faces, it’s the way we tackle these issues that sets us apart. On any given day, we have BDM’s washing equipment, Technicians making deliveries and Managers sweeping the warehouse. Having employees that can easily adapt to change, prioritise work and understand our main goal is what builds team cohesion and provides opportunities for continuous growth.

What’s the best thing about the business?

PremiAir is a family-owned and operated business which has been built on the hard work of owners Peter and Carmen Xiberras, as well as the staff that has joined them on the journey. Being family-operated allows the business to remain nimble in its response to market trends, innovation, and competition.

The worst thing?

There are so many opportunities for PremiAir within our various target sectors that it is often hard to know which opportunity to focus on at any one time. So really, it’s not a bad thing, we are only limited by current resources.

What are the biggest challenges facing your business?

The obvious ones are Covid and the current shortage of suitable employees to sustain growth. We know we aren’t alone with these challenges and are grateful to our existing dedicated staff who have all gone the extra mile to allow us to maintain our existing workloads. 

What is the biggest opportunity for your business right now?

There are always new and exciting opportunities that our company is faced with daily. One of these current opportunities has been our involvement with Australia’s coal mining sector. We have been pleased with the sectors response to our innovative ideas, modern equipment and 24/7 backup support. This response has provided us with the confidence for more investment and a stronger focus in the sector.

What is the business most proud of?

Our growth. PremiAir is continuously growing and expanding as a company to ensure that we are meeting the current demands within the marketplace. We’re proud of our current progress and are eager for what the future of PremiAir looks like. 

Community or other causes close to its heart and values?

PremiAir is proud to have sponsored many events and charities including local sporting clubs, animal welfare groups and disability groups. We prefer to offer our financial and product assistance without public recognition which to PremiAir, is the true meaning of generosity.

Any funny or heartwarming stories to share?

Looking at the success of PremiAir and all its departments, you wouldn’t believe that it originally began operating in an old milking shed, located in Richmond, NSW.

Any employees that deserve a shout out?

All our employees deserve a shout out. Every individual is an important part of PremiAir and a true asset to our company. Without them, our company wouldn’t be where it is today.

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