As Chairman – Technical Committee, “National Wood Flooring Association of Australia” (15 years) and President (10 years) Mr Swindale has contributed much to the development and training of the Wood Floor Industry in Australia.
Mr Swindale has for over 50 years headed organisations specialising in the Design, Manufacture, Marketing and Installation of Parquet & Specialised Wood Floor Systems, throughout Australia.
For twenty (20) years, Mr Swindale, owned and operated throughout Australia the George Hudson Parquetry Flooring Group, incorporating the following Companies (prior to their sale to the Adsteam Group) :
As Chairman & Managing Director of the largest manufacturer/installer of parquet in Australia, Mr Swindale has largely been responsible for the widespread marketing, sale and installation of a very broad range of Parquet & Specialty Wood Floor products and systems and has personally had a major influence on the trends in style & design of Wood Flooring in Australia.
Mr Swindale has been responsible for the Design and Marketing of new Wood Floor concepts and systems which have been recognised by the awarding of an Australian Design Award.
Mr Swindale is regularly used as a Consultant to Commonwealth and State Departments, Architects, Engineers and Acoustical Engineers and Interior Designers, in the design and formulation of specifications applicable to a wide range of specialised conditions.
During the past 47 years Mr Swindale has been responsible for the Design, Manufacture, Sale and/or Installation for a great majority of the Parquet and Speciality Wood Floors installed in prime Public Buildings in all States and Territories in Australia.
Following the sale of the George Hudson Parquet Flooring Group, Mr Swindale established the following companies which he still owns and operates today:-
Mr Swindale is Chairman and Managing Director of the above Companies in Australia and as a Senior Director was responsible for the establishment of these same Companies listed above, as Joint Venture Companies in Malaysia.
Mr Swindale established the “Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Sports Hall Flooring System in Australia and Asia and has been personally responsible for the installation of over 850 major Sporting Facility installations throughout Australia, including the National Stadium – Canberra.
Mr Swindale has constructed major installation works in both Asia and the Middle East.4
Mr Swindale has travelled extensively in studying Wood Floor Systems and Methods, as used in various parts of the world, in particular Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S.A. and was the appointed Liaison Officer with America in the formation of (NWFAA) the “National Wood Flooring Association of Australia” and in forming the “International Federation of National Wood Flooring Associations”, designed to encompass 51 countries around the world in which NWFA operates.
Mr Swindale is author and publisher of the 100 page Architectural Technical Data Catalogue entitled:
Widely used throughout Australia & New Zealand as the “Bible” of the Parquet & Speciality Wood Floor Industry. This publication is used by key Engineers, Designers, Architects & other specifiers in parts of the U.S.A. & Asia.
As a Licensee of the Swiss Parquet Manufacturing Group BAUWERK AG, Mr Swindale has been schooled in Europe by Bauwerk’s extensive network of Manufacturers, Marketing and Installation Companies located throughout both Europe and North America.
Through Bauwerk’s largest licence anywhere in the world, Mr Swindale was introduced to the HARRIS Manufacturing Company of Johnstone City Tennessee where Mr Alan Harris Jr provided training and introduction to the most qualified Wood Floor Mechanics in both Canada and the U.S.A.
Among the most significant of the professional associations this formed, was a lifelong association with Mr Andy Anderson one of the oldest and most respected personalities in the American Wood Floor Industry.
Andy Anderson as the principal of the ANDERSON LADD Company is the person primarily responsible for installing Wood Floor Systems into some of the most significant public buildings in America today.
Those buildings historically include the South Bend Indiana Building in which the Spitfire Engines were made for Britain during WW11 in which Mr Anderson was responsible for hundreds of railroad cars of timber being freighted into South Bend from all over America and where Anderson made history in bringing this significant war effort building in, way ahead of schedule while establishing a unique black & white combined workforce team on this project.
The Chicago Post Office is but one of hundreds of other major projects executed by the Anderson Ladd Company whose history is still legendary in the American Wood floor Industry today.
Andy Anderson was the inventor of the ”Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Sports Hall Flooring System, for which Mr Anderson gave the rights to Swindale to operate in Australasia and elsewhere.
The rapport established between Anderson & Swindale (whom Anderson looked upon almost as a grandson) was such that Mr Anderson “authorised” Mr Swindale to establish an Australian Patent upon his invention of the “Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Flooring System in those regions in which Swindale operates.
Mr Swindale’s knowledge and expertise in a wide range of Wood Floor Systems was through the knowledge and experience and broad industry contacts established through Mr Andy Anderson and his extensive network of expert wood floor mechanics and contractors.
In Australia Mr Swindale’s knowledge, training and expertise was acquired alongside his long serving Installation Manager Mr James Rankin.
James Rankin had for many years been both Wood Floor Contractor to, and Contracts Manager for, the then George Hudson Limited’s Wood Floor Division.
James Rankin, 30 years the senior of Mr Swindale, formed a close professional relationship with Swindale that saw the George Hudson Parquetry Flooring Group, under the ownership of the Swindale family, achieve some outstanding achievements in Wood Floor Construction in many major public buildings in all Australian States.
Among the other outstanding and most well know of the George Hudson Wood Floor experts was Installation Manager Alex (Sandy) Mabberly with whom Mr Swindale also undertook installation works in both Asia and Saudi Arabia.
As a Licensed Building Contractor Mr Swindale has been personally responsible for installation of a broad range of specialised Wood Floor Systems in a range of climatic conditions that span Australia coast-to-coast and include both Asia and the Middle East.
Listed below is a broad cross section of the size and type of such installations.
We had our floating floor installed by the the team at thrust floors and had no problems it’s over 5 yrs old now and we have no complaints.