The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-28T12:13:05Z Cryocooler Market worth 2.94 Billion USD by 2022 2017-03-28T12:13:05Z cryocooler-market-worth-2-94-billion-usd-by-2022 The report "Cryocooler Market by Type (GM, PT, JT, Stirling, and Brayton Cryocoolers), Service (Technical Support, Product Repairs & Refurbishment, Preventive Maintenance, and Customer Training), Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", The global cryocooler market is expected to grow to USD 2.94 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.29% between 2016 and 2022. The major factors driving the growth of this market include the shortage of helium gas, growing medical & healthcare services in the developing economies.Download PDF Brochure: http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/pdfdownload.asp?id=247727537 Browse 70 market data Tables and 94 Figures spread through 159 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Cryocooler Market - Global Forecast to 2022"http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/cryocooler-market-247727537.htmlEarly buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. The military application in the cryocooler market held the largest share in 2015 The cryocooler market is application driven. This market has been segmented on the basis of application into military, medical, commercial, environmental, energy, transport, research & development, space, agriculture & biology, and others. The cryocooler market for the military application accounted for the largest share in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a significant rate between 2016 and 2022, driven by growing adoption of various cryocoolers to provide cryogenic temperatures for IR sensors in missile guidance, night vison based systems, and satellite based surveillance. The market for GM cryocoolers is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period The cryocooler market based on type is segmented into GM, PT, Stirling, JT, and Brayton cryocoolers. Among these cryocoolers, the market for GM cryocoolers is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The major reasons for the growth of this market include wide adoption of GM cryocoolers for cooling IR sensors in medical MRI systems, cryosurgeries, and cryopumps in semiconductor applications. Also, the increasing number of GM cryocooler product launches catering to diverse industry segments is further contributing to the growth of this market. The cryocooler market in North America is expected to hold the largest share of the global cryocooler market by 2022 The cryocooler market in North America held the largest share of the global cryocooler market in 2015, followed by the markets in Europe and APAC. The market in North America is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2016 and 2022. This growth can be attributed to the shortage of helium gas and growing importance for cryocoolers in proton therapy to treat cancer and high adoption of cryocoolers in missile guidance and satellite monitoring in military application. The major players in the cryocooler market are Advanced Research Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Brooks Automation, Inc. (U.S.), Chart Industries, Inc. (U.S.), Cryomech, Inc. (U.S.), DH Industries BV (The Netherlands), Janis Research Company, LLC (U.S.), RICOR – Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel), Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan), Sunpower, Inc. (U.S.), and Superconductor Technologies, Inc. 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Contact:Mr. RohanMarkets and Markets UNIT no 802, Tower no. 7, SEZMagarpatta city, HadapsarPune, Maharashtra 411013, India1-888-600-6441Email: sales@marketsandmarkets.com AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Sharp’s 8 top tips on how to use your fridge correctly 2016-06-21T05:04:25Z sharp-s-8-top-tips-on-how-to-use-your-fridge-correctly                The refrigerator is the central point in any kitchen and is also the number one source of power usage in most homes. Whether you have a modern fridge or something a little long in the tooth, there are a number of things you can do to help keep your food fresh for longer and reduce the running costs.The Sharp range of fridges are designed with one main point in mind - airflow. This is the important thing to consider when looking for a new refrigerator as effective airflow is not only good for your food but will require less constant cooling and therefore less power consumption. Each model in the Sharp range has been created with carefully considered storage solutions to provide the optimum temperature for different foods and maintain proper airflow.  However, all these great technologies are only useful when used correctly and in conjunction with knowledge on how to store certain foods and how to best avoid food waste.  With these 8 great tips from the team at Sharp Corporation of Australia, your food will last longer, your power bills will be smaller and your fridge will stand the test of time.1.    Keep meat uncut and wrapped until ready to eat. This will keep the meat fresher and avoid contaminating other food items. Once opened, place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.2.    Keep fruits and vegetables separate as they give off different gases that can cause the other items to deteriorate3.    Evenly place food items on the shelves and do not over fill the refrigerator. This will allow the airflow to reach all items and keep the temperature consistent throughout the refrigerator.4.    Avoid washing fresh produce before storing in your refrigerator. The dampness can increase mould growth.5.    Hot food items should be cooled before storing. Storing hot foods increases the temperature in the unit and the risk of food spoilage. Ensure all cooked food is wrapped securely or placed in airtight container.6.    For best freezing, freeze small quantities of food at a time in order to freeze them quickly.7.    Store washed fresh herbs in zip lock bags and place in the freezer.8.    Keep frequently used items at the front of the shelves and easily accessible. This will reduce the loss of cool air when opening the refrigerator door.Both the SJXE624FSL and SJXE676FSL are four door fridge/freezer units with a 36 step J-Tech inverter which allow them to be lower in power consumption. They also have express freezing and extra cooling  functions together with an Ag CU Nano deodoriser filter to combat odours and bacteria leaving the interior smelling clean and fresh. For more information about Sharp fridges and other home products visit http://www.sharp.net.au/. Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T00:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ United Technologies Acquires Commercial HVAC Business in Australia 2016-05-30T22:38:46Z united-technologies-acquires-commercial-hvac-business-in-australia SYDNEY, May 31, 2016 – United Technologies has acquired the commercial HVAC product sales and commercial service divisions of AHI-Carrier (Australia) Pty Ltd, a UTC joint venture in Australia. The newly acquired organization will conduct business as Carrier Australia Pty Ltd (Carrier Australia), a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).     Carrier Australia operates in nine locations nationally and delivers a wide range of commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solutions and services. As part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier Australia will have direct access to established global Carrier operations, factories and engineering centers, leading to closer collaboration and even stronger product offerings for customers.   “We’re excited about the opportunities this will bring. For Carrier Australia, the acquisition will facilitate closer collaboration as well as more direct access to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s global resources in terms of products, engineering, sales and marketing initiatives,” said John Sherry, Managing Director, Carrier Australia.   “Our ability to offer more complete building solutions is a crucial differentiator for us, and this acquisition continues to build that capability, positioning us to even better serve our customers,” added Oon Wee Chin, President, Southeast Asia, UTC Climate, Controls & Security.   Carrier Australia will also be closely connected to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s existing local operations through Chubb Australasia, and will benefit from Chubb’s established infrastructure and presence. “The synergy with Carrier Australia strengthens the full range of integrated, innovative and sustainable building solutions for customers,” said Mark Brisson, President, Chubb Australasia.   In addition, Carrier Australia employees will have access to world-class UTC programs, such as the UTC Employee Scholar Program. “Our staff will benefit from one of the world’s most comprehensive, company-sponsored employee education programs, which offers company-paid tuition, books and fees for employees to pursue a degree of their choice, whether or not it is related to their job,” said Sherry.   The remaining residential, light commercial and Totaline parts business segments have transferred to a new entity, AHIC (Australia) Pty Ltd, which will continue to be owned by AHI-Carrier FZC.                    Carrier Australia will continue to serve customers with product and service offerings that ensure a comprehensive suite of next generation products and segment-leading solutions.   To learn more about Carrier Australia, visit http://www.carrier.com/carrier/en/au/.   -Ends-  About UTC Climate, Controls & Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.CCS.UTC.com and follow @UTC_CCS on Twitter. Engineering Solutions Queensland Enhances Project Delivery with Specialised Data Management 2016-05-24T02:00:00Z engineering-solutions-queensland-enhances-project-delivery-with-specialised-data-management SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, May 24, 2016 – Civil engineering and project management consultancy, Engineering Solutions Queensland Pty Ltd (ESQ), has increased productivity by enabling team collaboration and providing a central data repository for project-related emails and design files using 12d Synergy.   12d Synergy is a data management and project collaboration software suite for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries that solves the problems of document management and transmittals, task allocation and email tracking.  Established in 2013, ESQ formerly relied on manual processes to manage road design, earth works, drainage and infrastructure modelling projects. As its business expanded, the firm recognised the need for sharing and managing project related tasks, documents, email and data to avoid project bottlenecks.   “The team previously used their local computers to schedule and record their daily tasks, and this information was not shared,” said Mal Peaker, Design Office Manager, ESQ. “Because our Director manages most of the client liaison, a lot of important project data would sit in his inbox. That created an inefficient work system because no one would be notified of potential client or project changes unless they were copied on emails.”   With each project comprising numerous design, correspondence and data files – anything from drawings to task notes and communications – tracking the progress of jobs could no longer be accurately managed without direct and timely access to up-to-date information.   “For example, when a client called chasing information on a project, we wouldn’t always know the details behind the request because we wouldn’t have the files needed to review or an effective way of retrieving the background information,” said Peaker. “Since we are such a young company, we were looking to get a data management system so we could keep up with new demands and peak workloads by collaborating throughout the lifecycle of every project.”   Since migrating its projects and data library into 12d Synergy’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) data and project management software, ESQ has enabled a collaborative and file-sharing environment to provide its team of seven with the most up-to-date information.   Using 12d Synergy’s Outlook plug-in, ESQ has automated the filing of emails; emails are now attached directly to a job folder which all staff can view and action. ESQ has also introduced a formal documentation process with templates for fee and project proposals, as well as project assessments. Document naming conventions are enforced by the system.   These capabilities are being supported by 12d Synergy’s over-arching revision and version control, which simplifies the process of backup and audit when changes need to be made to a job. This means ESQ can quickly roll back to previous versions of designs created with a geospatial platform, such as 12d Model (also developed by 12d Solutions)   “With a comprehensive data management and collaboration system in place, ESQ is in a position to expand its business with complete control of its project designs, documents and liaison,” said Joel Gregory, General Manager, 12d Solutions. “Mal and his team have future-proofed the organisation by building a collaborative environment that allows projects to be delivered on time regardless of the location of its designers.”   ESQ’s implementation has been backed by 12d Synergy’s renowned, locally-based support through which 12d Solutions’ technical team has provided ongoing guidance to maximise the value the software delivers.  About 12d Synergy 12d Synergy is the data management and collaboration product of Australian-based Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer, 12d Solutions. 12d Synergy is designed to solve problems around tracking email correspondence, document management and transmittals, task allocation and management of geospatial data from 12d Model and other industry-standard AEC design platforms. 12d Synergy is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12dsynergy.com.  About 12d Solutions 12d Solutions is an Australian Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer founded in 1991. The company’s flagship product, 12d Model, is a powerful terrain modelling, surveying and civil engineering software package built for projects including, but not restricted to, land development, highways, mining, urban drainage and flood modelling. 12d Solutions is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12d.com.   Eaton Issues Urgent Call For A Focus On Power Management To Support Drive for Innovation During National Manufacturing Week 2016-05-08T22:03:51Z eaton-issues-urgent-call-for-a-focus-on-power-management-to-support-drive-for-innovation-during-national-manufacturing-week SYDNEY – 9 May 2016 - Budgeting for electricity, securing adequate electricity supplies and finding ways to use less power are all common topics of conversation among manufacturers when reviewing their power management requirements.  However, ensuring that the power their IT resources rely on is dependable for supporting both innovation as well as safety can sometimes be an after thought. That’s according to power management company, Eaton, which today has issued a reminder on the importance of power protection as the nation embarks on National Manufacturing Week being staged in Australia this week. Manufacturers invest large sums of money in their IT infrastructure as well as the power required to keep it functioning.  They court the investment to keep them productive and competitive.  However, leaving that infrastructure defenceless against electrical dips, spikes and interruptions is counter-productive to the business strategy at the same time as manufacturers are also seeking new ways to create product differentiation and drive innovation in the fast ramping digital economy. No manufacturer can afford to leave their IT assets unprotected from power issues and here are seven reasons why this is the case. 1. Even short outages can be trouble. Losing power for as little as a quarter second can trigger events that may keep IT equipment unavailable for anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. And downtime is costly.  2. Utility power isn’t clean. In practice, electrical power can vary widely enough to cause significant problems for IT equipment. According to current U.S. standards, for example, voltages can vary up to 8.3 percent from absolute specifications. That means that utility services promising 208-phase voltage may actually deliver 191 to 220 volts.   3. Utility power isn’t 100 percent reliable. In the U.S., in fact, it’s only 99.9 percent reliable, which translates into a likely nine hours of utility outages every year. 4. The problems and risks are intensifying. Today’s storage systems, servers and network devices use components so small that they falter and fail under power conditions earlier-generation equipment easily withstood. 5. Generators and surge suppressors aren’t enough. Generators take time to startup, therefore there is a loss of AC power until the generator comes on-line, (typically 10 seconds), and they provide no protection from power spikes and other electrical disturbances. Generators however, are used to provide AC power during long utility power outages. Surge suppressors help with power spikes but not with issues like power loss, under-voltage and brownout conditions. 6. Availability is everything these days. Once, IT played a supporting role in the enterprise, but now it’s absolutely central to how most companies compete and win. When IT systems are down, core business processes quickly come to a standstill. 7. Availability is everything, but power costs must be managed. The cost of power and cooling has spiraled out of control in recent years. Data centre managers are typically held responsible for achieving high availability while simultaneously reducing power costs. Highly-efficient UPS systems can help with this goal, and products are available today that were not an option even a few years ago. Gordon Makryllos, ANZ Managing Director, Eaton, said, “To compete in today’s global economy, manufacturers need to have a power strategy which not only supports safety and collaboration, but one which can  provide a key platform for driving operational efficiency, agility, innovation and customer reach.   “National Manufacturing Week is an ideal time for Australia’s manufacturers and their supply chain partners to consider the following questions when it comes to power management: ·       Can a power outage occur tomorrow?  ·       Do we have any protection against a power outage?  ·       What safety risks could occur as a result of the power outage?  ·       What would be the cost in loss of production as a result of the power failure?  ·       How would our customers be impacted?  ·       What are the consequential losses incurred when experiencing ‘downtime’? ·       Impact of energy consumption on operating costs? ·       Do they have visibility of their entire IT infrastructure? ·       Are they getting real time information from their systems?  ·       Do they have enough uptime to implement the contingency plan? “Power Management technology will continue to develop throughout 2016 finding smarter ways to physically integrate the system into facilities and the software within manufacturers’ business systems. The upcoming election is also set to provide for greater clarity and stability on government energy management policy which has been ambiguous for a number of years. The greater certainty will allow manufacturers to place a renewed focus on power management plans and execute pending projects.” #### Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.  Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of US$20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit http://www.eaton.com/ Retriever Prepare Automates Pre-Planning for Field Technicians to Finish the Job the First Time 2016-04-06T21:34:50Z retriever-prepare-automates-pre-planning-for-field-technicians-to-finish-the-job-the-first-time Sydney, NSW April 7, 2016 – Retriever Communications, a global provider of mobile workforce automation, today announced Retriever Prepare, a project management solution that integrates with in field scheduling and mobile delivery, to help businesses provide a seamless experience from the initial work order appointment booking right through to the on-site project completion. Created for telecommunications, utilities and a range of other industries that manage multi-stage work orders/projects, Retriever Prepare improves efficiency and productivity by eliminating the need for manual or excel-based pre-planning processes that often result in disconnect between customers, appointment makers, dispatchers and field technicians. Retriever Prepare serves as an additional module to Retriever’s current mobile field worker management Barking Suite Solutions. End-user friendly and practical, specific features included: Appointment Management • User friendly web portal to manage customer appointment slots • Information about technician (including sub-contractors) availability and schedule coordination integrated into appointment management solution • Easier scrutiny of organizational compliance • Mobile Apps to allow easy input from field workers regarding availability and certification Job planning • Manage tasks requiring completion prior to job commencement (e.g. pre-scope inspections or parts order) • Management of job planning processes for improved productivity and higher quality outcomes • Track and record all pre-job task activities, access full audit history Retriever’s industry partner ISGM, a provider of integrated workforce management solutions and a co-author of Retriever Prepare, will deploy the new solution later this year for clients where it will deliver higher quality outcomes.  . “Current pre-planning processes can be costly and disjointed at a systems level. This new approach is holistic by enabling a seamless workflow from first customer touch to delivery and completion of the service,” said Jonathan Field, CEO of ISGM. “Retriever’s Prepare is another piece in solving the field service puzzle,” said Mary Brittain-White, CEO, Retriever Communications. “We are offering businesses a pre-planning automation solution that is configurable so technicians arrive at a customer or asset site, with the right equipment and armed with the information needed to finish the job the first time.” To learn more about Retriever visit http://retrievercommunications.com About Retriever Communications Retriever Communications has been providing field force automation technology internationally since 1996. Privately-held with corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia and North American headquarters in Houston, Texas. Retriever’s wireless field solutions improve productivity and automate data collection processes for companies with field operations - operators to service companies in energy, petroleum, and utility industries. Retriever Communications is a Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award winner in the category of Industrial Mobility and Gartner Field Service Management Magic Quadrant participant. About ISGMISGM is a leading Australian services company providing advisory and workforce management services through its strategy, systems and operations capabilities with annual turnover approaching A$500 million and a workforce of over 4,500 people. The business was founded in 2010 with the objective of establishing a better, more productive service delivery model for companies to engage their own or an outsourced workforce to deliver last mile services. Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T22:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T00:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T06:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T00:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here. WMC PR promotes two new ‘carbs by numbers’ recipe books 2016-02-01T04:53:29Z wmc-pr-promotes-two-new-carbs-by-numbers-recipe-books Boutique Melbourne PR agency, WMC Public Relations < www.wmcpr.com.au > has just completed the successful launch of two new recipe books written by Sandra Dunbar and Meg Pell who live on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne. Both women are successful business owners and have partnered together to publish a series of cook books where high carb foods are substituted with natural ingredient combinations. Their first book, carbs by numbers recipe options - 15g carbs or less per serve was published in mid 2015. A second book, carbs by numbers - low carb recipe options - Christmas was published in December and a third book is already in the pipeline and due for release in a few months. A feature of the beautifully presented and easy to use cook books is an extended nutritional panel for every recipe that covers energy ─ kilojoules and calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, sugars, dietary fibre, vitamin C, total vitamin A, sodium, potassium, calcium and iron. The book makes carb-conscious meal planning easy. For example, four seed crackers (1g) with guacamole (1g) followed by pork and sage rounds with cauliflower mash (4g) and finishing with tiramisu (7g), adds up to a meal of just 13g of carbohydrates. The books comes with a full colour photograph per recipe and includes options that many low-carb followers may not expect to find such as crunchy granola, Japanese pancakes, tiramisu, pizza and chocolate cake. The recipes are also gluten free. There’s a good cross section of hot and cold recipes, vegetarian and non vegetarian, and all are family-friendly. All the ingredients are readily available at supermarkets. The wonderful food styling and photography was by Georgia McDermott. The books are available from all good bookstores and from the online store at www.carbsbynumbers.com CEO concerns over global economy deepen 2016-01-28T23:05:52Z ceo-concerns-over-global-economy-deepen Three fifths of global CEOs believe continuing economic uncertainty will lead to compromises in the ability of their organization to maintain high standards, threatening trust in their business and the companies they supply.  Independent research[1] commissioned by BSI, the business standards company, explores the top threats to organizational resilience[2], with macroeconomic uncertainty ranked top ahead of disruptive competition and information security. The 120 CEOs polled from around the globe, reveal how fragile modern operations with global supply chains are. Two thirds (64%) of bosses admit that the concept of organizational resilience is inconsistently understood across their business, despite 70% believing it to be vital to the long-term viability of their operation. Encouragingly 28% of CEOs are confident they secure an advantage in the market from organizational resilience, almost half (49%) claiming it enhances their company’s reputation and 39% suggesting it has improved their organization’s competitiveness through quicker and better targeted responses to opportunities. The research also found that North American firms are more than twice as likely as European firms to have boosted the quality of their products and services through organizational resilience, something that is most commonly held back by short-term financial thinking, a lack of skills and a failure to focus on the management of resilience. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “CEOs may become so risk averse that they’re not only missing out on opportunities, but potentially undermining the long-term resilience of their organizations. Leaders need to have confidence in the ability of their team to remain agile and adaptive, while maintaining robust processes in the face of uncertainty. Ultimately today’s challenging conditions offer an opportunity to forge stronger team dynamics and delivery.” Product quality control scandals at more specialist organizations/suppliers have led to serious repercussions for the firms they supply.  For example, Honda was recently forced to recall almost 25 million cars due to issues with faulty airbags. The BSI research reveals the consequence of such activities and shows that the majority of firms both large and small worry about compromising standards. Just a quarter (24%) of CEOs at firms with revenues under $500 million per annum are totally satisfied with their organization’s quality control processes, while this rises to only a third (31%) at larger firms. Worldwide more than half of CEOs (52%) attributed failures in organizational resilience to a lack of skills amongst their workforce. In a signal as to the importance of the issue, more than half (57%) of CEOs take personal responsibility for driving organizational resilience across their business. Just a quarter (25%) entrusted responsibility to colleagues below C-level in their seniority. Kerr concluded: “Change must be led from the top. Organizations can be surprisingly naive, ignoring advice and best practice until they experience a setback themselves. CEO resignations aren’t just token sacrifices; they are a symptom of a wider malaise. Adapting and coping with change is a team effort, based on a culture of excellence across people, products and processes. True leaders recognize that Organizational Resilience is a strategic imperative across the whole business.” [1] Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise, Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2015 [2] BS 65000 – Guidance on organizational resilience defines Organizational Resilience as ‘the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and thrive.’  Notes to Editors: The polling was carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the BSI commissioned Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise report published in November 2015. It surveyed 411 business executives, 61% of whom were heads of departments, SVPs or CEOs. Of these, 20% represented companies more than 100 years old, and 16% worked for companies less than ten years old. One-half of these organizations had more than US$500m in annual revenue, while 10% had an annual revenue of US$10bn or more. Respondents were drawn primarily from Europe (29%), North America (30%) and Asia-Pacific (30%). For a full copy of the research, please contact the press office. About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au New ProVal Freeza-Grip Glove 2016-01-27T01:11:59Z new-proval-freeza-grip-glove The Freeza-Grip with brushed acrylic lining offers outstanding warmth for the wearer working in cold indoor/outdoor areas. Combined with its sandy foam nitrile palm and polyester outer the glove provides excellent grip and dexterity. Level 4 resistance to convective cold under EN511 Gloves Giving Protection From Cold  (where 4 is the highest). Conveniently packaged on informative hangsell cards for retail display. Features:* Hangsell packaging* Polyester outer* Keeps hands warm* Excellent grip and dexterity* Brushed acrylic lining* Sandy foam nitrile palm* Reusable and washable Applications:* Cold storage areas* Coolrooms* General warehouses* Outdoor work in cold weather conditions