LEADERS IN INNOVATIVE COIR PRODUCTS

COMPANY OVERVIEW

 

Galuku is a successful international business that develops, manufactures and markets value-added coir products... More

HISTORY

 

Some 20 years ago the founder of the Galuku Group was holidaying in Sri Lanka. While traveling around the... More

WHAT IS COIR?

 

Coir is the coconut husk or the outer layer of a coconut. This brown fibrous coating protects the coconut which is used for...  More

 

 

ABOUT US

Galuku is an

Aboriginal word

for coconut;

reflecting our

proud Australian

heritage.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Galuku harnesses the potential of the amazing coconut to bring quality eco-friendly products to the world

 

Galuku provides exciting solutions for the everyday needs of business, industry and consumers by utilizing the unique qualities of the humble coconut.

 

We research, develop and design solutions for industry and consumers that are, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

We make fantastic products to grow food, clean up oil spills and for pet care, all from the coconut husk (coir).

 

Since opening our Sydney office in 1993 Galuku has rapidly grown to be a global leader in coir-based products and continues to uncover new ways to exploit coir’s amazing properties.

 

Galuku products are sold in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, China, USA, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, UK, Germany, and Holland.

 

 

Galuku Inc. includes:

 

•   Galuku International Pty Ltd – Marketing,

     sales and logistics to global markets

 

•   Galuku Pty Ltd  – Marketing, sales and

     logistics in Australia & New Zealand

 

•   American Green Ventures (US), Inc.

    Servicing the North and South

    American markets.

 

Galuku also have coir manufacturing plants in the following countries:

 

•   Sri Lanka -  Galuku Lanka Exports Pvt Ltd

•   India -          Galuku Exports India Pvt Ltd

•   Malaysia -   Galuku (M) SDN BHD

Some 20 years ago while holidaying in Sri Lanka the founder of the Galuku Group noticed mountains of discarded coir peat – the unwanted bi-product of the coconut fiber industry.  An idea germinated to utilise this waste and it grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

 

Galuku, a privately owned company was formed in 1993. After a few years of extensive research it became the world leader in the provision of innovative coir-based products.

 

Some key milestones in the journey include:

 

•   2003 – Invents a Hydroponic Container system sold as

     Easyfil PlanterBag.

 

•   2006 - Formed joint venture partnership with Sri Lankan partners,

     to create a state-of-the-art, coir processing facilities in Sri Lanka

     and India.

     •   Released first eco-friendly universal spill absorbent

     •   Company doubles production capacity to handle demand

     •   Launches CocoEarth Potting Soil in conjunction with the

         release of the rare and ancient Wollemi Pine

 

•   2007 – Establishes a new processing plant in Malaysia.

•   2008 - Launches Kitty’s Crumble, an eco-friendly kitty litter.

•   2009 - Released Kritter’s Crumble, a bedding product for

     small mammals, amphibians and reptiles

 

•   2010 – Establishes sales office in China to launch Galuku

     branded products.

 

•   2012 – Establishes American Green Ventures (US) Inc.

     •   Opened new office and headquarters in Cary, North Carolina

SOCIAL

RESPONSIBILITY

 

 

Galuku actively practices corporate social responsibility by paying fair wages as determined by the labour laws in the countries in which we operate. We also ensure a safe workplace; prohibit the use of child labour; have a small carbon footprint in our manufacturing processes; and strive to take care of the environment.

HISTORY
MANUFACTURING & DISTRIBUTION

Galuku has developed a range of unique products that enables the outer husk (coir) of the coconut to be processed and manufactured into value-added products.

 

Although the raw material used is the humble coconut, Galuku’s product range reflects extensive and sophisticated product development that ensures customers receive ready-to-use products in optimal condition.

 

As its production base is located in the tropics and subtropics where the majority of coconuts are grown, Galuku developed a sophisticated supply chain to ensure supply to its major global markets.

 

This enables the company to process some 40,000 tons of coconuts per year while delivering around the world without loss of quality. We manufacture to ISO QMS standards at modern processing facilities in India (Galuku Exports India Pvt Ltd), Sri Lanka (Galuku Lanka Exports Pvt Ltd) and Malaysia (Galuku M Sdn Bhd).

 

Galuku is expanding its current production facilities in Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia to meet market demand, with third party supply available in The Philippines and Indonesia. These countries represent 80% of the world’s 70 billion coconut raw material supply annually.

 

The products are sold in Australia and internationally through Galuku Group companies and a network of third party distributors under Galuku’s technical support.

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Galuku has a highly experienced management team including:

 

Joe Davids B.Sc

Managing Director & CEO Galuku Group

 

Galuku founder, Joe Davids, has been CEO of the Galuku Group since its inception in 1993. Joe has been the driving force behind the research and development of a range of specialized processes, machinery and technology for the manufacture of Galuku’s high quality coir-based products.

 

Joe has also been responsible for establishing the Group’s product, corporate branding and marketing strategies and has been instrumental in using his considerable computer science expertise to design and execute the Group’s online capacity and IT systems.

 

Michael Dean B. Ec

Regional Director – Asia & North America

(based in Hong Kong)

Group Chief Financial Officer

 

Currently based in Hong Kong, Michael has had over 35 years experience as a management accountant, company secretary, business consultant and entrepreneur in a wide array of industry sectors, including manufacturing, agribusiness and retailing.

 

Michael has been involved in agri-business for over 15 years and in particular the Coir industry since 2003. He brings particular expertise in the Asian and US business sectors.

 

R. John Smith

Chief Executive Officer

American Green Ventures (US) Inc.

 

John has had 30 years’ experience in the industrial sector in management accounting, process engineering and operations management. He is currently based at the company’s US headquarters in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

 

A chartered accountant by profession, John brings a broad range of corporate and financial skills including the integration of a private company operation into a public company environment and the associated financial reporting, policies, procedures and compliance.

 

Andrew Swan Dip. Hort

Director of Horticultural Sales/Technical Support

 

Andy is a founding partner of the Galuku Group and is one of Australia’s most experienced and well known growing media horticulturalists. As Director of Horticulture, Andy is responsible for the sales and technical support for the Group. He actively works within the global network of greenhouse growers and horticulture industry leaders. Along with Joe Davids, he has designed and developed the extensive range of Galuku products; in particular the patented EasyFill Planter Bag, SpillFix bio-filter blends and industrial absorbents.

 

Philip Martyn

General Manager (Asia Pacific)

 

Philip Martyn is responsible for the overall management of the horticultural operations for the company’s Australian, New Zealand and Asian Division, including China. In addition, he is responsible for the development of the expanding commercial spill solution and retail pet products markets in the region.

 

Philip is a technology sales and marketing professional with many years’ experience at a senior management level in telecommunications and the information technology industry. His areas of expertise cover business management, vendor and client management, and infrastructure and service management.

 

 

Yang Zhang M. Translation & Interpreting

Regional Manager Greater China

 

Yang joined the company in 2010 as a marketing trainee after completing university studies in translation and interpreting. Since 2012 he has worked in the fledgling horticultural business in China.

 

Yang has been responsible for a substantial increase in sales and the development of the Galuku brand in China. He has also been responsible for developing the Company’s marketing plans in China, based on expanding the use of quality growing media to meet China’s rapidly increasing demand for quality food production.

 

Simon Zuanic B. Eng.

Advisor to the Board – Corporate & Asia (Hong Kong)

 

Simon brings broadly-based corporate and international business development experience to the Company. A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from the prestigious Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK, Simon has served as CEO (Asia region) of Sindicatum Carbon Capital, a specialist developer and technology provider to climate change-related projects from 2006 to 2009.

 

Simon is currently MD & CEO of Hong Kong-based Bonaventure International Ltd and OneWater Group Ltd.

 

Jagath M Yapa

Managing Director – Galuku Lanka Exports (PVT) Ltd

 

Jagath Yapa is co-founder and Managing Director of Galuku Lanka Exports PVT Ltd and Galuku Hydroponics PVT Ltd in Sri Lanka. He is responsible for overseeing and the setting up of five coir processing facilities in Sri Lanka for the Galuku group.

 

After nearly 15 years in the coir industry, he is instrumental in delivering the quality products manufactured for the Galuku brands. He is well known and respected throughout the entire Galuku supply chain, from raw material suppliers to the end users in foreign countries.  His primary vision is to create employment and to promote the advancement of his country fellowman.

 

Jagath has won the following awards for his business acumen.

 

• Silver Award - FCCISL 2010 - Best Entrepreneur

   Large   Category N/W

• Gold Award - FCCILS 2012 - Best Entrepreneur

   Extra Large Category N/W

• Silver Award - FCCILS 2012 - Best Entrepreneur

   Extra Large Category National

 

Pravin

Managing Director – Galuku Exports India (PVT) Ltd

 

Pravin is co-founder and Managing Director of Galuku Exports India PVT Ltd in India. He is responsible for overseeing and the setting up of three coir processing facilities in India for the Galuku group.

 

Over the past six years Pravin has successfully built and developed the quality of Galuku’s Indian product. In 2009 Pravin was awarded with Best New Coir Product innovation by the Indian government for the production of Galuku’s Easyfil PlanterBags. Pravin has over 60 staff under his management.

 

Pravin has dedicated the past seven years to making Galuku a standout producer of quality coir products in India.

 

Yugeswaran Balakrishnan

Managing Director - Galuku Malaysia SDN BHD

 

Yugeswaran is co-founder and Managing Director of Galuku Malaysia SDN BHD in Malaysia. The company was formed in 2007 to research and develop new coir processing technologies that could be transferred across all existing and new Galuku processing facilities.

 

Yugeswaran, in conjunction with his team of fellow Engineers, has developed concepts, prototypes and full scale models of technology for processing, washing and drying coconut husks. In 2010 Galuku Malaysia capitalized on some of this research to help launch the Galuku Pet Litter/Bedding range of products.