The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-09T00:30:29Z Energy efficiency and clever design earns major industry accolade for CW-P15 2017-06-09T00:30:29Z energy-efficiency-and-clever-design-earns-major-industry-accolade-for-cw-p15 After being shortlisted as a Good Design® Selection finalist in the prestigious 2017 Good Design Awards, the Climate Wizard CW-P15 by Seeley International has achieved a major industry accolade after it was announced an award winner in the Product Design category (Commercial and Industrial) at a gala ceremony in Sydney last night. The CW-P15, which was released to market earlier this year, impressed the judging panel who commented: “Best in class energy saving coupled with good design make this a very appealing product. The fit for purpose housing makes this a truly integrated product that blends with a range of installation options.” In response to the award announcement, Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the CW-P15 has leveraged on the multi-award winning Climate Wizard pedigree to achieve a revolutionary indirect evaporative air conditioner that uses a hyper-efficient counter-flow heat exchanger to produce 100% fresh, cool, outside air, with no added moisture.  “CW-P15 overcomes the shortcomings experienced with traditional evaporative air conditioning, and offers comfort conditions that are equivalent to or better than, conventional refrigerated air conditioning – using up to 80% less energy for cooling than refrigerated systems performing the same function,” Mr Seeley said. “Our development of CW-P15 allows a broader range of commercial and industrial customers to enjoy the unrivalled benefits and innovative technology of Climate Wizard. In addition to improving the cooling performance of refrigerated equipment, it can also extend the life of existing refrigerated systems - whether it is a retrofit or new installation,” he said.   Seeley International’s commitment to ongoing product improvement and innovation extends beyond enhanced functionality, to include a number of clever external design benefits, such as a UV-proof lightweight polymer corrosion-resistant casing to perfectly complement a range of roof or building designs. In addition to offering flexible configurations across commercial and industrial applications, CW-P15 takes full advantage of environmentally friendly R-718 (water) to achieve high quality cooling at high electrical efficiencies, with no ozone depleting gases or chemicals employed in its operation. “The CW-P15 offers a long lifespan in excess of 20 years, and during that time it is not intended that any substantial renewal of major components will be required. There are no consumable items that need regular replacing - except for air filters, which can be recycled,” Mr Seeley said. “CW-P15 is made completely in-house at Seeley International’s SA-based manufacturing plant, and reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation, an active contribution to sustain local manufacturing, and ongoing employment opportunities for Australians,” he said. The CW-P15 has integrated several key maintenance and service enhancements to ensure low maintenance requirements and costs, and sets the industry benchmark when it comes to being easy to maintain through the development of new standard filters, with optional washable or disposable pleated panel filters accommodated in the one design. Similarly, clever design ensures that inverter drive motors are long life and easily accessible from front or rear of the unit, should servicing or replacement be needed. All service installation points, such as power, water and waste are easily accessible during and after installation. Other key features of the CW-P15 include: A new compact design which allows for easy side-by-side, rooftop installation, Smaller footprint and visually low profile designed to perfectly blend with a rooftop, Enhanced access and handling ensures easier installation, connection, service and maintenance, Integrated lifting points in the design, ensuring simple crane and forklift transport and installation, Direct-mount or frame-mount installation, with the ability to be mounted side-by-side on either side, with all maintainable parts accessed by the front or back of the unit, A twin fan design means CW-P15 features separate exhaust and supply channels, The design of CW-P15 allows constant supply through air conditioning systems’ low pressure ducts, New axial propeller fans, with the sickle blade / air-foil design ensuring added efficiency, Integrated air filtration systems, with options for disposable or washable box filters, Use of single phase power, rather than three phase power and Optional MagIQtouch Controller or standard MagIQcool Controllers, allowing users to set temperatures on-site or remotely. “The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program. “Good design is about making our lives better, safer and happier. It extends to everything around us – from the products we use in our daily lives and the services we interact with to the buildings we live and work in – they can all be improved through better design. That’s what lies at the heart of these awards”. Managed by Good Design Australia, the annual Good Design Awards program recognises and rewards excellence in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level. Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950's and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products, with entries undergoing an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Seeley Internation unveils world's most energy-efficient ducted gas heating range for South Africa 2017-04-13T02:09:48Z seeley-internation-unveils-world-s-most-energy-efficient-ducted-gas-heating-range-for-south-africa Seeley International has revealed plans to introduce the world’s most energy-efficient range of ducted gas heaters to South Africa as part of its ongoing commitment to domestic and commercial customers. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the new Braemar ducted gas heating range, to be unveiled at an invitation-only product viewing event later this month, provides unrivalled performance and advanced energy efficiency. “Our award-winning Braemar by Seeley International ducted gas heating range is simply the best on the market, and provides savvy consumers with a heating solution that offers outstanding energy efficiency and performance,” Mr Seeley said. “Even though South Africa may not yet have an energy-efficiency rating in place, consumers can invest with confidence knowing that our Braemar 5 star range achieves high performance scores in its category based on the Australian Standard System for star ratings,” he said.  In Australia there is an Energy Rating Labelling scheme to help customers choose energy efficient appliances. For ducted gas heaters, the star rating system has a minimum of one star and a maximum of six stars. The performance results are independently tested by the Australian Gas Association (AGA). “Our ducted gas heating range is a popular choice of heating in cooler climatic conditions in Australia, and perfectly complements Seeley International’s existing range of Breezair and Coolair evaporative air conditioning in South Africa,” Mr Seeley said. Features and benefits of the Braemar 5 star range include: ·         Flexible zoning options, which enables setting individual room temperatures, as well as flexibility to heat only parts of a home. ·         Ducted gas heating reaches desired temperatures much faster than reverse cycle systems, and remain efficient when outside temperatures drop, when compared to a reverse cycle option. ·         Comfortable air is produced, which doesn’t dry skin and eyes. ·         Heating and cooling can be conveniently controlled by the revolutionary intuitive touch screen MagIQtouch Controller, which seamlessly blends with home décor. In addition to uncompromised product quality and reliability, the Braemar ducted gas heating range is completely designed and manufactured in Australia and comes with a two-year comprehensive warranty. The new range is to be unveiled at an exclusive product viewing for clients and dealers on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Seeley International HQ in Foundersview South, Gauteng. Media wanting to attend this exclusive event should register their attendance by contacting Mr Hennie Verster, General Manager Africa Sales, on +27 11 4520394 or +27 83543 3742 or email southafrica@seeleyinternational.com About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest and most awarded air conditioning manufacturer with a history spanning more than 40 years. Renowned for ingenuity and innovation, Seeley International leads the market in the design and manufacture of air conditioning systems, with award winning brand names including Breezair, Braemar, Coolair, Convair, Climate Wizard and Coolerado. With factories in Australia and the US, as well as a strong support network across Europe, UK and Africa; customers can buy a Seeley International product with confidence, knowing that they are investing in a quality climate control solution. Seeley International never stops striving to engineer the world’s most energy efficient climate control solutions – and that commitment to excellence is at the heart of everything it does. Major contributions include developing many award winning, innovative products and achieving 11 world-firsts launched throughout its history. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Seeley International unveils innovative products 2017-03-29T05:27:48Z seeley-international-unveils-innovative-products Clever technology, smart design, energy efficiency and easy maintenance have emerged as the innovation hallmarks on display in new products unveiled by Seeley International as part of its annual winter campaign. These exciting new products include: 1.                   New 7 star equivalent TQS720 21kW ducted gas heater – which is ideally suited for medium sized homes, and partners with the Braemar TQS730 26.6kW to create a 7 star equivalent heating range to suit more installations. 2.                   New side access 4 and 5 star ducted gas heaters, 20 kW, 27.8 kW and 28 kW models -  which are designed for tight roof spaces, where access to the top of the heater is difficult. The clever design allows easy access to serviceable parts via the side of the unit. 3.                   Re-launch of the ReBuff downflow 3 and 5-star ducted gas heaters – developed as the perfect replacement for a Buffalo or other downflow heater, these 3 and 5 star downflow heaters come standard with a gas pipe for easy gas connection, and are also available with a simple flashing kit that makes it so easy to install on an existing plenum. 4.                   New VRF air conditioning range – which expands the Braemar premium refrigerated range to include mini VRF systems, heat pumps and heat recovery systems, to achieve perfect comfort in luxury homes and apartments, and commercial projects. In addition to offering flexible installation options for high ceilings and contemporary home and apartment designs, the partial load performance of the 5th generation VRF technology delivers outstanding energy-efficiency airflow performance. 5.                   New MagIQtouch Controller – now available in an all-white design to complement modern interiors, the updated touch screen controller has undergone significant improvements to the ICS electronics and zone board, to enhance reliability and product quality on all Braemar TQ heaters even further . Wireless radio frequency and the option of a Wi-Fi smartphone app will be introduced later in 2017. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, said the these new products offered customers an expanded choice and continue to deliver outstanding performance and advanced energy efficiency. “The new Braemar Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) range is perfectly suited for luxury homes and apartments, and commercial projects, and includes mini VRF, heat pump and heat recovery systems that feature high efficiency partial load performance meaning an outstanding energy-efficiency,” said Mr Seeley. Greater design flexibility has also been achieved with the introduction of the new Braemar VRF range. With twelve indoor unit options that include ceiling concealed duct-type units, ceiling mounted cassettes, wall mounted inverter split systems, floor ceiling type and wall console units, as well as outside air processing units, there is a wide range of design options. The new VRF range extends Seeley International’s current offering of refrigerated products under the Braemar brand, and complements other commercial products, including Climate Wizard and Coolerado indirect evaporative air conditioning, Braemar evaporative air conditioning, and AIRA commercial air conditioning, heating and the HCV range. “With regards to our ducted gas heating range, ongoing innovation is a critical part of our DNA.  Seeley International’s team of engineers have taken our award-winning Braemar ducted gas heating range to the next level by developing new ULPG models that better cope with propane/butane gas quality variation,” Mr Seeley said. The Braemar winter campaign includes ducted gas heating advertising featuring digital and TV advertising, as well as online video content and is set to start on 1st April. Seeley International is also offering a bonus $200 cashback on 5, 6 and 7-star equivalent heaters when purchased from selected dealers until April 30, 2017. More information about the campaign can be found at http://www.braemar.com.au/winter/ About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com 5 essentials for a summer-ready home 2016-12-27T22:30:00Z 5-essentials-for-a-summer-ready-home Australians are encouraged to think twice when it comes to preparing their home for the extreme weather conditions that lie ahead[i]. Air conditioners remain a household essential, particularly during the peak of the heat. While reverse cycle air conditioning can be one of the most efficient ways of enjoying year-round comfort, it’s important to remember there are multiple features that enable homeowners to use their air conditioners to maximise comfort whilst minimising their energy consumption. According to Fujitsu General Assist, Fujitsu’s customer service team, the most commonly asked questions revolve around usage and maintenance. A well maintained air conditioner will deliver optimum performance and efficiency. Whilst a poorly maintained air conditioning system is likely to produce inferior airflow and force the unit to work harder than it needs to. The Fujitsu General Assist team recommends the following tips to ensure Australian air conditioners are summer-ready and perform at their best: Clean the filters - Filters and indoor unit grilles collect dust over time, restricting airflow. Clean the filter using a vacuum cleaner or wash with mild detergent and warm water. Let the filter dry completely before replacing. Dust along the indoor unit grilles can also be vacuumed and wiped with a damp cloth. Have the air conditioner serviced periodically by a licensed air conditioning technician. A professional service every one to two years, depending on usage, ensures the air conditioner operates as efficiently as possible. Don’t set the temperature too low - In summer, set the temperature around 23 degrees Celsius to create a comfortable environment whilst minimising energy consumption. Use built in timers - When the mercury soars above average, use program timers to start the air conditioner on a low setting before the temperature gets too hot. Switching the air conditioner on during the hottest part of the day means it needs to exert more energy and takes longer to cool down the home. Close doors and windows whilst the unit is on - Fill small gaps and cracks around windows with sealant, and seal draughts under doors with weather strips or draft stoppers This ensures cool air remains indoors. Whether it is a whole home solution or cooling comfort for a small room, Fujitsu General has a wide range of reverse cycle air conditioning systems designed to meet the needs of any space. Enquiries: 1300 882 201, www.fujitsugeneral.com.au Media enquiries – for further information please contact: Roberta Marcroft, Write Away Communication + Events T: 02 9978 1400 | E: roberta@writeaway.com.au [i] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-01/experts-warn-against-underestimating-heatwave-threat/8081264 Aussie innovation sees Braemar SuperStealth win gold at Sydney Design Awards 2016-11-02T03:12:23Z aussie-innovation-sees-braemar-superstealth-win-gold-at-sydney-design-awards As further recognition of Seeley International’s unwavering commitment to product innovation, the Australian manufacturer has claimed yet another industry accolade for its market-leading Braemar SuperStealth after it was announced as gold winner in the Product Design category at the prestigious Sydney Design Awards today. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM said the award represented this year’s pinnacle achievement for the revolutionary evaporative cooler, which has previously won the 2016 Australian Business Awards, as well as being a Good Design® Selection winner in the Product Design category (Domestic appliances) in recognition of its reduced energy usage and noise, and its reduced impact on the environment. “It has been a remarkable year for the super energy-efficient Braemar SuperStealth and it is very rewarding to see our innovation efforts and market excellence formally recognised at the Sydney Design Awards,” Mr Seeley said. “This isn’t just a win for the Seeley International, it is also a win for Australian manufacturers, and hopefully serves to motivate every entrepreneur and innovator who is committed to making a difference and making our manufacturing sector great once again,” he said. “It is also a win for customers, because they can buy with confidence knowing that they are investing in the best product of its type anywhere in the world, which comes with the stamp of approval from a number of independent, well-regarded industry and innovation award programs.” Mr Seeley said innovation and energy efficiency continued to be two of Seeley International’s core values, and the local manufacturer and employer remained committed to developing inspirational products considered to be the gold-standard of heating and cooling solutions. “This product is the first of its kind in the world, and represents a major breakthrough for the industry because it significantly reduces impact on the environment through reduced in energy use and noise. Its patented super quiet axial fan and a high efficiency inverter motor means the Braemar SuperStealth is now up to 50% more efficient than the previous Braemar evaporative cooler, which was regarded by the industry as state-of-the-art,” he said. Braemar has been the product of choice of Australian families for more than 50 years, and with its super-quiet and super-cool technology, the Braemar SuperStealth further strengthens the brand’s reputation as the most tried, trusted and altogether innovative choice available in both Australian and International markets. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Fujitsu General awarded CHOICE Recommended on its split system air conditioners 2016-10-25T04:02:18Z fujitsu-general-awarded-choice-recommended-on-its-split-system-air-conditioners Australia’s favourite air, Fujitsu General, has earned the CHOICE Recommended badge on a range of its flagship reverse cycle split system air conditioners. Products are rigorously tested by the leading Australian consumer advocacy group, and are considered as Recommended by CHOICE when they achieve an overall score of 80 per cent or above. The qualifying Fujitsu General models and their overall scores are: The medium capacity ASTG18KMCA Lifestyle series system with an 82 per cent rating, The large capacity ASTG24KMCA Lifestyle series system with an 84 per cent rating, The large capacity ASTG30KMTA Lifestyle series system with an 84 per cent rating, and, The large capacity ASTG34KMTA Lifestyle series system with an 81 per cent rating. Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General, commented: “Fujitsu General is proud to receive this endorsement across a selection of reverse cycle split systems. It’s a reflection of a compelling offering in the market and our ongoing commitment to research and development, with products and features that perform as consumers expect them to. “The CHOICE Recommended products will be identified on our website and via point of sale material for all Fujitsu General retailers and dealers,” continued Dave Smith. The overall scores were based on ratings from four key areas: cooling efficiency, heating efficiency, airflow and yearly running cost. Enquiries: 1300 882 201, www.fujitsugeneral.com.au About Fujitsu General Australia Fujitsu General Australia is part of Fujitsu General Limited - a leading, global manufacturer of air conditioners. Proud to be ‘Australia’s favourite air’, Fujitsu General Australia has a product portfolio to suit residential and commercial applications. Rigorous research and development has resulted in an extensive range of world-class, stylish and energy efficient systems. Climate Wizard emerges as toast of the town at Wine Industry Impact Awards 2016-10-24T23:13:33Z climate-wizard-emerges-as-toast-of-the-town-at-wine-industry-impact-awards Seeley International’s multi-award winning Climate Wizard has claimed yet another industry accolade overnight when it was crowned winner of the Wine Making Award at the prestigious Wine Industry Impact Awards in Adelaide. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, said Climate Wizard was the perfect solution to offset the spiralling high energy costs associated with keeping barrel halls at ideal temperatures in the hot Australian climate, as well as greatly reducing the evaporation of wine in those same barrel halls. “Seeley International’s Climate Wizard dew-point/indirect evaporative coolers have been utilised successfully in the wine industry for a number of years, and over that time they have proven to be spectacularly successful in barrel storage areas where precise temperatures and humidity controlled environments are crucial,” Mr Seeley said. “Wineries now have the ability to control temperature and humidity of barrel halls using 100% outside air to ensure ideal rates of maturation and minimise evaporation levels of the wine,” he said. “That is great news for winemakers facing spiralling energy costs, and reducing evaporation rates helps to further strengthen their bottom line and improve the sustainability of their operations.” Mr Seeley said real-world analysis of two Climate Wizard Supercool air-conditioners in operation at one SA-based winery has shown that they use only 15% of the energy of refrigerated systems. “Climate Wizard offers great flexibility when it comes to installation, and can operate independently or interface with conventional existing building management systems,” Mr Seeley said. “South Australia enjoys a reputation the world over for producing many amazing wines, and Seeley International is delighted that our own award-winning Climate Wizard is now very much part of that global success story,’ he said. “Just as it takes time, patience and commitment to create a premium wine, it has been a similar journey in developing a premium product like Climate Wizard and its innovative indirect evaporative cooling technology. It is an honour to see our commitment to innovation, and our commitment to the Australian wine industry, recognised by this very special award win.” The awards, which are an initiative of Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), are designed to showcase business excellence and innovation in improving the competitiveness and capability of the nation’s grape and wine industry. Judging is conducted by industry experts across six key categories – grape growing, wine making, packaging, distribution and logistics, marketing and communications, and tourism. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo, Coolerado and AIRA. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Fujitsu reintroduces popular interest-free promotion and extended warranty ahead of summer 2016-10-17T01:40:28Z fujitsu-reintroduces-popular-interest-free-promotion-and-extended-warranty-ahead-of-summer Fujitsu General has reintroduced its popular Fujitsu Cool Finance interest-free promotion in time for summer. Available through eligible and finance accredited Fujitsu Authorised Partner specialists, Fujitsu Cool Finance lets homeowners enjoy the ultimate in comfort and control. The industry-leading finance initiative offers consumers no deposit and an interest-free period of five years on Fujitsu ducted air conditioning systems*. Eligible consumers must purchase their Fujitsu ducted system before 31 December 2016, and have it installed by 31 January 2017. Consumers can also enjoy a bonus two year extended warranty in addition to Fujitsu’s standard five year full parts and labour warranty. This offer is available across the full Fujitsu dealer and specialist network. Consumers must register for their extended warranty via the Fujitsu General website by 31 March 2017. “Introduced to market only last year, Fujitsu Cool Finance proved to be one of our most successful consumer promotions,” commented Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General. “With five years’ finance, no deposit and no interest, homeowners can enjoy greater comfort throughout the year while holding onto their cash over the festive season. “We anticipate this financial incentive combined with an extended warranty offer will be highly attractive to consumers and drive enquiries to our accredited Fujitsu Authorised Partner network,” continued Dave Smith. Point of sale materials and a multimillion dollar advertising campaign featuring long-term ambassador and former Australian cricket captain, Mark Taylor, will support the summer promotion across traditional and digital media platforms. Enquiries: 1300 882 201, www.fujitsugeneral.com.au *The purchase of a Fujitsu ducted air conditioning system must be purchased in an individual’s name for their own domestic residence and excludes non-residential applications. See fujitsugeneral.com.au/promotions for full terms and conditions. Media enquiries – for further information or images please contact: Roberta Marcroft or Belinda Truong, Write Away Communication + Events Ph: 02 9978 1400, Email: roberta@writeaway.com.au, belinda_truong@writeaway.com.au About Fujitsu General Australia Fujitsu General Australia is part of Fujitsu General Limited - a leading, global manufacturer of air conditioners. Proud to be ‘Australia’s favourite air’, Fujitsu General Australia has a product portfolio to suit residential and commercial applications. Rigorous research and development has resulted in an extensive range of world-class, stylish and energy efficient systems. Fujitsu General appoints Alex Elliott as state manager for Victoria and Tasmania 2016-10-10T02:27:33Z fujitsu-general-appoints-alex-elliott-as-state-manager-for-victoria-and-tasmania Australia’s favourite air, Fujitsu General, has appointed Alex Elliott as its state manager for Victoria and Tasmania. With 16 years’ experience in HVAC and consumer electronics, Alex brings extensive industry knowledge and sales experience to the role, enabling Fujitsu General to continue building its enviable, market leading position. Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General, commented: “We are excited to introduce someone of Alex’s calibre to the business. His background and broad depth of knowledge makes Alex an incredibly valuable asset to Fujitsu General as we continue building momentum in the retail, dealer and commercial spaces.” Previously, Alex spent seven years working with Panasonic Australia as the southern regional sales manager for consumer electronics and HVAC in both the retail and dealer networks, as well as three years in the position of national account manager for Panasonic New Zealand across its consumer electronics group. For enquiries within Victoria and Tasmania: 0419258398, alex.elliott@fujitsugeneral.com.au. About Fujitsu General Australia Fujitsu General Australia is part of Fujitsu General Limited - a leading, global manufacturer of air conditioners. Proud to be ‘Australia’s favourite air’, Fujitsu General Australia has a product portfolio to suit residential and commercial applications. New Breezair features now include exclusive breakthrough mini-cell Chillcel® pad technology 2016-09-28T00:01:28Z -322 The introduction of newly-developed mini-cell* Chillcel® pad technology by Seeley International across its entire Breezair range of ducted air conditioners makes it the only manufacturer able to offer evaporative cooling pads that are fully manufactured in Australia and specifically designed to maximise cooling in the harsh local climate. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, said the enhanced small cell design of the revolutionary mini cell structure is the culmination of years of development and rigorous testing, and achieves up to 21% more cooling capacity than previous models. “Australia experiences some of the harshest weather extremes found anywhere in the world, so it has been important for Seeley International to design and develop evaporative cooling pads* that deliver the best performance outcomes from some of the worst conditions in the world,” Mr Seeley said. “The new pads, which are manufactured at Seeley International’s Lonsdale-based factory in Adelaide, offer 25% more surface area and a new 4mm flute to dramatically improve cooling efficiency,” he said. “Sourcing only the best quality paper and then manufacturing the pads locally means we have complete quality control over the saturation efficiencies of our coolers – and we can accurately assess the performance of this and other innovative breakthroughs at our onsite NATA-accredited testing facility.” Mr Seeley said that another new and exciting feature introduced across the Breezair range is the external air sensor, which conveniently displays the outside temperature on an intuitive touch screen wall controller. “Not only does this technology intuitively optimise water and energy use based on outside surrounding conditions, the life of the air conditioner will be extended because it also automatically drains the water tank when temperatures are near freezing point,” Mr Seeley said. “These new features ensure Breezair customers are provided with market-leading products made from the best quality materials. Our customers can buy with confidence and know that they are supporting the creation and sustainment of Australian jobs and our local, but world-leading, manufacturing industry,” he said. To coincide with Seeley International’s newly-launched Breezair product features, the company has also unveiled a new-look Breezair website, reflecting feedback received from in-depth consumer market research. The new easy to navigate website helps consumers to better understand the advantages of choosing a Breezair evaporative air conditioner and includes a video showing how the touch screen MagIQtouch wall controller works. In addition to an easy-to-understand animated description of how an evaporative air conditioner works, the website also contains a handy visual energy efficiency tool to help consumers compare the running costs of a Breezair evaporative air conditioner to reverse cycle air conditioning. “One of the stand-out features of the updated Breezair website is the ‘help me choose’ feature. This helpful tool assists the consumer in choosing a Breezair model that is right for them,” Mr Seeley said. To view the new Breezair website visit:  http://www.breezair.com.au Interview opportunities with Mr Frank Seeley AM are available, and can be arranged by calling Adam Thomson from Leverage PR on 0430 420 120. (*patent pending) About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo, Coolerado and AIRA. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com DCM Services boosts local presence through acquisition of KD Aire (WA and SA) 2016-09-16T03:48:36Z dcm-services-boosts-local-presence-through-acquisition-of-kd-aire-wa-and-sa As part of its ongoing expansion efforts across the country, South Australian-based Design & Construct Mechanical Services Pty Ltd (DCM Services) has announced its acquisition of KD Aire mechanical services (WA & SA). The move secures a stronghold for DCM Services in the Western Australian market, and strengthens its home town presence in South Australia. DCM Services Director, Daniel Perkins, said the acquisition boosted its workforce by more than 50, to complement their existing resource base for the commercial/industrial air conditioning & refrigeration design and construct specialist. “DCM Services is a market leading, design and construct solution provider of innovative engineered HVAC mechanical services solutions, and we are very pleased to welcome the KD Aire (WA & SA) workforce into our broader team of experienced install and service technicians,” Mr Perkins said. “As we continue expanding our operations we will only align with businesses that share our commitment to high-quality project delivery, client service and satisfaction – and with more than 14 years of supporting WA customers as well as four years in South Australia, KD Aire (WA & SA) ticked all of the boxes,” he said. “This acquisition is another exciting step forward and establishes an acquisition model that can be considered as we look to opportunities along the eastern seaboard and other parts of Australian too.” Established in WA in 2003, KD Aire Mechanical provides support to Commercial, and Industrial clients and Property Managers of all sizes, as well as local government clients. “This acquisition is also great news for all existing customers, who stand to benefit from being supported by an even larger pool of experts who can deliver on all of their needs,” Mr Perkins said. “This reflects our complete confidence in the long-term prosperity of the WA market, and our commitment to being part of the local community and remaining a local employer of choice for many, many years ahead,” he said. KD Aire (SA&WA) will continue to trade under its current name, with the existing management team retained as part of the acquisition, with all other details remaining commercial-in-confidence. About DCM Services Formed in July 2012, SA-based DCM Services provides quality, innovatively engineered air-conditioning mechanical services solutions and installations to commercial and industrial clients with newly-constructed and existing buildings across Australia. Managing Director David Deane-Freeman has over 25 years' experience in the construction industry, with much of that in project management and value engineering on design and construct projects in South Australia, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.  David is also the State President of AMCA, which represents the air-conditioning and mechanical services association in South Australia. Director Daniel Perkins is a Mechanical Engineer and has been working in the HVAC and construction industry for over 18 years, and offers considerable experience in system design, estimation, value management and project management for all facets of mechanical services installations.  ### The Rabbitohs celebrates with Australia’s favourite air 2016-09-16T01:00:44Z the-rabbitohs-celebrates-with-australia-s-favourite-air On Friday 9 September 2016, Australia’s favourite air, Fujitsu General, celebrated the end of NRL South Sydney Football Club’s season with a social day filled with football inspired activities. The afternoon was a fundraiser for Fujitsu’s charity of choice, The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, which is a not for profit organisation committed to helping children in palliative care. Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General, commented: “The South Sydney Rabbitohs is one of the most popular NRL teams. The partnership Fujitsu has with the Rabbitohs has enabled the organisation to foster stronger connections with the sporting community. Fujitsu staff and customers have enjoyed meeting the team throughout the year, and the fun day was a great way to wrap up the footy season.” For a gold coin donation, Fujitsu staff participated in a series of challenges led by Rabbitohs’ players - including pass, kick and catch the ball - as well as a best dressed competition, raffle tickets and a barbeque for all to enjoy. The Sporting Chance Foundation has programs allowing palliative care children to spend as much time at home as possible by providing remote access to specialised nurse care and resources such as mobile home care units. For each Fujitsu air conditioner sold, a donation is made to the Foundation. Through these contributions and various ongoing fundraising drives, Fujitsu General has to date donated in excess of six million dollars to the charity. The event was held at the air conditioning manufacturer’s head office in Eastern Creek, New South Wales, and ended with the Rabbitohs enjoying a behind the scenes tour. MEDIA CONTACT Roberta Marcroft or Belinda Truong, Write Away Communication + Events Phone: 02 9978 1400, Email: roberta@writeaway.com.au, belinda_truong@writeaway.com.au AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z 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 New Board appointment and executive promotions strengthen growth plans for Seeley International 2016-08-25T07:05:51Z new-board-appointment-and-executive-promotions-strengthen-growth-plans-for-seeley-international Seeley International has announced three key appointments to the highest levels of the successful Australian-based manufacturer. The Board and senior executive appointments are designed to underpin expansion plans across national and global commercial and residential air conditioning and heating markets, and support its transformation into a $1 billion global company. Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM said he was pleased to welcome Howard Coombs to the Seeley International Board in the newly-created role of Executive Director Finance and Strategy. “Howard comes to the Board with an extensive background which has seen him work in very senior finance roles, including as Executive General Manager of Finance within Seeley International. His elevated role will see him work closely with the other Executive Directors and allows him to play a critical part in developing and implementing the Group’s Strategic Management Plan in the years ahead,” Mr Seeley said. “Seeley International’s rapid growth strategy has achieved significant recent expansion and acquisition across Australia and in international markets, and Howard is perfectly suited to lead the due diligence and integration of future new businesses into the broader Seeley Group under a direct reporting arrangement to Jon Seeley, Group Managing Director,” he said. “His appointment further strengthens what is already an exceptional leadership team, and commits additional resources to identifying appropriate expansion opportunities for our award-winning product and service offerings into lucrative national and international markets.” Mr Seeley also announced the internal promotion of Peter Gormlie as General Manager Finance and Craig Grant in the role of General Manager Information Technology (IT). “Working under the leadership of long-serving Seeley International Managing Director, Paul Proctor, Peter and Craig will be valuable additions to the senior management team, and will ensure increased focus on growing our successful global air conditioning business,” Mr Seeley said. “As General Manager Finance, Peter will be responsible for all financial services and operations across the Seeley International Group, while Craig, as General Manager Information Technology (IT), will take IT operations and services to the next level, across the organisation and its global group of companies,” he said. “Seeley International places great importance on attracting and retaining the very best people, and it is pleasing to see two such talented people elevated to these critical General Management roles.” “Seeley International is now positioned to enjoy even greater success and these three key appointments will add significant value to what is already a highly competent, dynamic and accomplished Board and senior management team.” All three started in their new roles on Wednesday 24th August 2016. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Re-invent Aussie ingenuity and stop treading water, urges Seeley International 2016-08-16T02:53:32Z re-invent-aussie-ingenuity-and-stop-treading-water-urges-seeley-international Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, has used a win for the revolutionary Braemar SuperStealth in the 2016 Australian Business Awards to urge manufacturers to commit to an ongoing program of innovation if they want to remain relevant. “Australians have had a reputation for thinking outside the square, but that now seems to have faded over time. If we want to see our manufacturing sector survive and flourish then we need to re-grasp our Aussie ingenuity and start setting the pace in what is now a highly competitive global environment,” Mr Seeley said. “We need to remember the basics of what has made our nation great. We need to embrace the notion of being a bush mechanic that has to think outside the square to get lasting results. We need to be less risk adverse and more willing to have a crack at something, and learn more from failure rather than success,” he said. “Seeley International has been in business for a long time, and we certainly haven’t always seen everything go our way, but we haven’t stopped pushing the limits or resting on our achievements because we know that as quickly as we bring a new product to market our competitors will be looking to see if they know they can copy our hard work. That’s why we are always working on over-the-horizon technologies so as always to stay ahead of the pack.” Mr Seeley said Seeley International’s win in the 2016 Australian Business Award for its super energy-efficient Braemar SuperStealth cooler demonstrates that achieving the impossible needs a mindset that embraces challenge and change. “If I had listened to those who told me that a great idea could never become a reality then I probably would never have started in business. Instead, I have surrounded myself with people who also embrace innovation and are the best in the business – and our Australian Business Awards win reinforces that great things can be achieved when an Australian company is committed to innovation as a base standard,” Mr Seeley said. “In reality, this isn’t just a win for Seeley International. It’s a win for Australian manufacturers. It’s a win for every entrepreneur and innovator who starts the day wanting to make a difference and refusing to accept the status quo,” he said. “We might have higher production costs in Australia, but we live in a great country. To compensate we have to innovate like there is no tomorrow, use world class technology and have the highest levels of automation in our production processes. Seeley International is living proof that there can be a bright future for the Australian manufacturing industry – and I challenge Australian businesses to consider whether they could be doing more across these critical areas instead of waiting for better economic conditions.” The prestigious award win for the Braemar SuperStealth follows its recent victory in the 2016 Good Design Awards, where it was announced as a Good Design® Selection winner in the Product Design category (Domestic appliances) in recognition of its reduced energy usage and noise, and impact on the environment. With a patented super-quiet axial fan and a high efficiency inverter motor, the Braemar SuperStealth is the first of its kind in the world and is up to 50% more efficient than the previous state-of-the-art Braemar evaporative cooler. Braemar has been the product of choice of Australian families for more than 50 years, and the SuperStealth further strengthens the brand’s reputation as one of the most tried, trusted and altogether innovative choice available in both Australian and International markets. The Australian Business Awards is a comprehensive national awards program recognising organisations across all industries and sectors via an established set of business and product award categories. The awards aim to identify Australia’s business, innovation and technology leaders over a broad spectrum of industries. Interview opportunities with Mr Frank Seeley AM are available, and can be arranged by calling Adam Thomson from Leverage PR on 0430 420 120. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com