SNF Australia

SNF vs BASF, Australian Court Order clarifying Rheomax® ETD Tailings patent

May 3, 2013SNFAUS-AdminNews

Last month BASF issued a widely circulated news release concerning the result of a long running dispute between SNF and BASF concluded in the Australian High Court in March 2013.

SNF was very concerned that this news release was misleading and deceptive and in breach of the Australian Consumer Law as it falsely represented that BASF had valid, current and enforceable patents in Australia for BASF’s Rheomax® ETD products and processes and that if third parties used SNF’s products for such processes they would infringe those patents.

SNF issued urgent Federal Court proceedings against BASF seeking

  • declarations that the news release was misleading and deceptive and in breach of the Australian Consumer Law
  • injunctions restraining BASF’s conduct
  • orders requiring BASF to publish corrective advertising; and
  • damages

A temporary injunction was consented to by BASF on 23 April 2013 and the matter was fixed for an urgent trial.

The trial commenced on 1 May 2013 but was settled with BASF giving undertakings to the Court which are recorded in the attached Court Orders. The effect of the undertakings recorded in the Orders is that it has been acknowledged by BASF and made absolutely clear that:

1. The innovation patents which were the subject of the proceedings which were concluded in the High Court proceeding expired on 7January 2012, and are only enforceable for conduct up to 7 January 2012 and not conduct after that date;

2. BASF has no other current registered patent for its Rheomax ® ETD (Enhanced Tailings Disposal) method in Australia;

3. BASF does have pending, but unregistered, patent applications for Rheomax ® ETD (Enhanced Tailings Disposal) method which are opposed by SNF.


Download attached copy of the Australian Federal Court Order

SNF (Australia) receives NSF Certification

March 19, 2013SNFAUS-AdminNews

SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd has received NSF Certification for polydadmac’s manufactured at its facility at Lara, Victoria.

SNF (Australia) can provide full range of NSF approved flocculants and coagulants used in the treatment of drinking water as per the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines outlined by National Health and Medical Research Council.

The details for the NSF Certified products manufactured by SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd can be seen at

SNF Capacity Expansion Press Release

January 10, 2013SNFAUS-AdminNews

SNF thanks Ride to Conquer Cancer sponsors

August 31, 2012SNFAUS-AdminNews

SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd would like to take the opportunity to thank all its sponsors for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, particularly our corporate sponsors

Hodder-Logistics        ASCC


Gordan Mackay                            Insight


Biocentral                      LBW                       UES


CJ Dollan

BKM Engineering

Integrating sustainability into your business

August 8, 2012SNFAUS-AdminNews

A critical step of any business strategy is to take action. SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd tackled traditional work practices to drive through a series of logistics and environmental improvements that are delivering surprisingly significant bottom line benefits.

Attached below is a Case Study revealing our motivation and experiences in integrating sustainability

Ride to Conquer Cancer – SNF Australia donation pledge

July 31, 2012SNFAUS-AdminNews

SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd has put together a team to ride in this years Ride to Conquer Cancer. Russell Schroeter, Daan Loohuys, Doug Abbott, Gemma Hensel and Matt Brennan will be TEAM SNF.

Each team member is required to raise $2500.00 to be able to take part in the 2 day, 200km ride in scenic Victoria.

The contributions to the team can be made by visiting the link below.


If you have already made a donation, we thankyou very much and your donation will be included in the above pledge.