Born in July 1897, Alf trained as an industrial chemist and founded the company, Moulded Plastics Pty Limited , in 1945.
In 1944 he was elected as the first president of the
NSW Plastics Institute
. Alf played an active role in founding the
Plastics Institute of Australia
; he was elected as its second president in 1947.
Though now deceased, Alf's vision for the industry continues through his daughter, Lynette Needs, and his son-in-law, Ken Needs, who is a Director of Roblan Holdings Pty Limited .