Introducing John Knights – Business Development Manager

John joined Calix in November 2012 as a Business Development Manager focusing on business development in building products, waste water treatment and aquaculture. John’s focus is Asia being appointed as Asia Business Manager in 2015 and has been residing in Kuala Lumpur since 2017. Business has been establish in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines . Business is now being pursed in Taiwan and India.

Originally from England, John started his career in R & D laboratories for I.C.I. After immigrating to Australia, John continued working in laboratories in Melbourne, eventually changing focus to technical chemicals sales in the 80’s with Abel Lemon and Harcross working in Vic, WA and NSW. When Abel Lemon merged with Bleakly, John was promoted to National Sales & Marketing Manager focusing on paints, inks, rubber, plastics, detergents, cosmetics and general chemicals. John then took up a similar position with HCA Colors.

Both of these positions included extensive overseas travel, particularly in Asia, Europe and the US, which enabled John to build up an extensive contact network to take up the position of Global Sales & Marketing Manager with Sang Hing Hong Chemicals, China. These network contacts and his understanding of Asian business models and skills, are now being utilised by Calix with our current expansion into Asia.

Outside of work, John enjoys reflexology, and Asia cuisine. At home, he likes to spend time cooking with his wife, especially fusion-style Asian dishes.


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