The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for A$15 million (the Transaction). The Transaction is being conducted via a sale of the shares in EnviroSuite’s three PEC subsidiaries. On completion of the Transaction, EnviroSuite will enter into a Cooperation Agreement with ERM pursuant to which the two companies will, amongst other things, collaborate to bring a combination of EnviroSuite’s award-winning SaaS platform and ERM’s global consulting capabilities to clients across the world. All PEC staff will transfer to ERM when it acquires the three PEC subsidiaries.  The continuing EnviroSuite team will focus exclusively on the global expansion of EnviroSuite’s software service and ongoing feature development. The sale is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of various conditions, including: •      there being no material adverse change affecting PEC before completion; and •      other customary completion conditions, including landlord and key customer consents. Completion of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in late May to early June 2017.  The purchase price of $15m will be paid in cash on completion and will be subject to agreed adjustments for net debt and working capital.  EnviroSuite has agreed with ERM that it will apply $500,000 of the purchase price towards incentivising current and future leaders of PEC. Following the transaction, EnviroSuite will have a cost base that reflects a SaaS business with a focused technology team and a global sales outlook.  A detailed expense line review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the cost base remains as efficient as possible.EnviroSuite SaaS Focus The sale of PEC is a natural extension of EnviroSuite’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of SaaS monitoring and operations management services for environmental management solutions. Funds from the sale of PEC will enable the Company to further invest in sales, marketing and ongoing development of the features of the EnviroSuite software platform, to maintain its market leadership and to continue to attract highly skilled individuals and partners.  The timing of the settlement of the sale will support the recent establishment and growth of the sales and marketing teams in the USA and Europe and will add to the current sales momentum in those geographies together with Australasia. With a rapidly growing pipeline, new sales partners and recent sales in Spain, UK, USA and Mexico across a range of industry sectors and government the Company is well placed to make this transition.  ERM has an established internal structure to identify and incorporate external technologies and services into its consulting projects. This paves the way for the development of a strong working relationship with EnviroSuite. ERM has already identified a number of current project opportunities in which it intends to involve EnviroSuite’s services. Robin Ormerod, Managing Director, EnviroSuite, said, “We are thrilled to announce this transformational deal with ERM. Our market-leading consulting business becomes a valued part of a highly respected global group, offering exciting career opportunities for the team. For EnviroSuite, working with the global leader in environmental management is an exceptional distribution opportunity and one that we expect will be a game changer for our business globally.”ERM’s Chief Executive Officer, Keryn James, said, “like ERM, EnviroSuite and its Pacific Environment consulting practice has a very strong reputation for professional excellence and client service. We have pursued this acquisition with great enthusiasm and we are confident that it will provide an opportunity to expand our respective offerings to existing clients, as well as a stronger capability and track record for us to pursue new clients in key markets together.”About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software as a service platform. The EnviroSuite platform presents a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulation and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry.ENDS carbonTRACK's New Smart Meter can create Smart Electricity Grids 2017-03-15T07:36:27Z carbontrack-s-new-smart-meter-can-create-smart-electricity-grids carbonTRACK has recently been awarded an Accelerating Commercialisation grant from the Australian Government Department of Industries to bring their new Smart Meter to the Australian and International Market. carbonTRACK’s intelligent ‘smart meter’ is for electricity utilities, retailers, and consumers. It can be used to control homes, renewable energy, electrical appliances, and helps manage grid infrastructure. The Smart Meter’s accurate control reduces electricity consumption and costs to make the electricity efficient. This technology could be the key to preventing future blackouts in the grid, as well as distributing the energy in an optimal manner.. If supply of electricity fails to meet demand, blackouts occur. Blackouts negatively impact business, government, and households, and can damage grid infrastructure. carbonTRACK’s new Smart Meter solves this problem. If the supply and demand can be normalised, the electricity production infrastructure can operate in an optimal manner, and peaks and troughs can be reduced. Suppliers of electricity have very limited visibility over demand and users have no idea of its varying costs throughout the day. This market blindness has previously been unavoidable, because technology hasn't existed that provides both sides of the market with live visibility and the ability to interact and respond instantly. Electricity is something we take for granted, but the electricity sector is a complex mix of physical assets regulators and consumers. Electricity must generally be used the moment it is produced. Because of this, demand and supply are unable to interact the way they do in normal markets. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter has the ability to create smart grids. A smart grid is created through the increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid. It involves the dynamic optimisation of grid operations and resources through the development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy-efficiency resources and the deployment of `smart' technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimise the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation. “carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter lifts the curtain of ‘market blindness’ that exists between the supply side of the electricity market and the demand side.” Quote by Shavaj Kallamkote, carbonTRACK CTO Visibility is created through data collected and shared with electricity generators. This is the first step to more efficient electricity supply. This data helps to minimise the need for peaker plant infrastructure. “Peaker plants” are power plants that are fired up to supply electricity to the grid during peak demand events, such as extremely hot days during summer. Peaker-plant infrastructure accounts for 30% of electricity infrastructure assets, despite this infrastructure being used less than 10 days per year. They are incredibly inefficient, and could be blamed for the recent South Australia blackout and threatened NSW blackout. The second step is managing electricity demand by controlling non-essential household devices. This ‘behind the meter’ control of consumption gives suppliers the ability to react instantaneously when supply exceeds predictions by turning off non-essential loads such as hot water systems and pool pumps, and requesting that energy stored in batteries or self-generating enters the grid. This control has the potential to eliminate the need for peaker plants entirely and, in doing so, removing billions in electricity infrastructure costs each year. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter also helps to make better and smarter use of PV solar. Current grid architecture doesn’t adequately support end-point generation, and a lopsided adoption of solar causes grid instability issues. This is why in Southern Queensland, where residential rates of solar are in excess of 30%, two-thirds of generated solar power is at times blocked from entering the grid. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter uses predictive analysis of available solar energy using weather forecasts, and other mechanisms to assist suppliers in managing grid stability. It ensures that as much as possible solar energy is consumed where it is produced. For its entire existence, the electricity sector has been forced to tolerate efficiency losses of up to fifty percent in the transport and use of power. The cost, both financial and environmental, is much higher than they would be if demand and supply could interact and renewable energy sources could be effectively and completely integrated into the existing grid. With carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter, everyday people will save money by switching off devices when they are not needed and scheduling heavy loads, like hot water systems and pool pumps, to run at optimal times.  Grid infrastructure will also become more efficient, and greenhouse gas emissions will be substantially reduced across the entire electricity sector. The Smart Meter has the unique technical capability, and non-invasive infrastructure that has the potential to convert the electricity grid into the much-coveted and long anticipated (but as of yet unrealised) Smart Grid of the future. Accelerating Commercialisation support from the Australian Government Department of Industries will help carbonTRACK commercialise this disruptive technology for Australian and global deployment in homes and businesses to reduce electricity costs; grid infrastructure stress, and greenhouse gas emissions. It is set to generate jobs, technology expertise, and export income for Australia.   About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK is an energy management and Internet of Things (IoT) company that helps businesses and households to use less power to save money and the environment. We envision a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly, and all people have access to tools to control their energy use. Our mission is to develop intelligent energy solutions that empower people and engender sustainability through creative technologies. Facebook: CarbonTrack  Twitter: carbonTRACK_AU  LinkedIn: carbonTRACK Media Contact:                 Debra Cupitt E: M: 0488 436 719 Solar Companies Partner to Light Up the Days for TLC for Kids 2016-07-26T22:11:13Z solar-companies-partner-to-light-up-the-days-for-tlc-for-kids MELBOURNE, Australia – July 27, 2016 – A 30 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system was donated to TLC for Kids, a children's charity that provides practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families across Australia, during a fundraising event held in Melbourne on July 23.   Valued at $50,000, the solar PV system is a combined donation from three solar companies - Enphase Energy, Suntech and Living Energy. For this installation, 122 Enphase Microinverters and Suntech Tier One solar PV modules will be provided. The system will be designed and installed by Living Energy Solutions at the TLC for Kids headquarters in Brunswick West in Victoria.   When the solar PV system is commissioned in August, it is expected to provide almost 100 percent of the charity’s energy during the day. This will result in savings of up to $350,000 from power bills during the lifetime of the system’s operation allowing TLC for Kids to redirect this funding towards crucial services in over 400 children’s hospitals across Australia.   The system was donated at a fundraising event held at Progression Fitness Club owned by the Captain of Collingwood Football Club, Scott Pendlebury and his wife Alex. Collingwood players and celebrity supporters rallied behind a full day event at the club where guests had the chance to play off against Scott in a trick shot challenge to raise funds for TLC for Kids.   Enphase Energy, Suntech and Living Energy Solutions who had installed an 8 kilowatt solar PV system for Progression Fitness Club in June, rallied together to donate a system to TLC for Kids for the fundraising event.   Tim Conolan, CEO of TLC for Kids and 2014 Australian of the Year Local Hero recipient, said, “We are touched by this amazing show of generosity and would like to extend our sincere thanks to Enphase, Living Energy and Suntech. A solar system at TLC for Kids’ headquarters in Brunswick is a gift that will keep on giving. This system promises to relieve our charity of many years’ worth of power bills, meaning that hundreds of thousands in funds can be redirected to kids and families in need.”   Nathan Dunn, Managing Director of Enphase Asia-Pacific said, “Many charities across Australia, despite the the importance of their work, go completely without government support. In addition, they and forced to deal with added pressure from rising power prices which have more than doubled since 2007. Solar helps to shield these vital organisations from power price rises, and Enphase is delighted to support TLC for Kids with this donation.”   Peter Novak, National Sales Manager of Suntech Australia said, “Being a non for profit organisation, charities like TLC for Kids are exposed to the rising cost of energy. Sourcing energy from the sun will make a significant reduction to their electricity bills allowing TLC for Kids to funnel valuable donations to those that need it most.  Suntech are proud to support TLC for Kids with our donation of solar panels.   Ben Lovell, Director at Living Energy said, "We have seen the work TLC for Kids does and we couldn't be happier to support this important cause. We are a family oriented company and we recognise that nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our kids. Solar is a great way for charities to future-proof themselves for years to come, and Living Energy is privileged to be in a position to be able to give back in this way."   Rushing a sick child to hospital and enduring long-stay admissions can be a stressful, world-shattering event. TLC for Kids is a children’s charity dedicated to providing support to sick kids and their families during these challenging times. Their services are delivered swiftly and without the need to undergo lengthy processes, evaluations, interviews or waiting times.     ENDS   Note to Editor: Download a photo from the event featuring (from left to right): Jess Christiansen from Living Energy: Solar & energy efficiency, Peter Novak from Suntech, Tim Conolan from TLC for Kids, Scott Pendlebury and Andrew Kent from Enphase Energy     About Enphase Energy Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, is leading the charge to bring smart, connected solar energy to every home, business and community. The company delivers simple, innovative and reliable energy management solutions that advance the worldwide potential of renewable energy. Enphase has shipped more than 11 million microinverters, and over 460,000 Enphase residential and commercial systems have been deployed in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit   Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc.   About Suntech Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., a company incorporated in the PRC in January 2001, produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Suntech has been operating in Australia for over 15 years, is a Bloomberg New Energy Finance's tier 1 solar company, based on its bankability and has delivered more than 30 million photovoltaic panels or 9 GWs of installed capacity in more than 80 countries. Suntech's pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech's mission is to provide reliable access to nature's cleanest and most abundant energy source.   For more information visit   About Living Energy Solutions Living Energy, designs and installs tailored solutions in solar, battery storage and smart energy management that help businesses achieve optimal energy efficiency. Established in 2011 by brothers Ben and David Lovell, the company is 100% Australian owned with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne, and over 5000 installs across four states.   For more information go to   About TLC for Kids TLC for Kids is dedicated to giving practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families across Australia. As soon as the team receive a request or referral from a healthcare professional, they work swiftly to meet the needs of those people who so desperately need the help. The charity is unique in that it operates immediately and inclusively, with extremely short turn-around times and no restrictive criteria. Scott Pendlebury’s Progression Fitness Club to be one of the First health clubs in Australia to install Smart Solar and Storage 2016-07-12T21:29:17Z scott-pendlebury-s-progression-fitness-club-to-be-one-of-the-first-health-clubs-in-australia-to-install-smart-solar-and-storage MELBOURNE, Australia – July 13 2016 – Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company, announced today that its installation partner, Living Energy, has installed a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system in a fitness club owned by Collingwood Football Club captain, Scott Pendlebury.   The solar PV system was installed at the Cremorne training facility by Living Energy Solutions using Enphase Microinverters and Suntech One modules. Compelled by climate change issues and the desire for greater personal responsibility towards the environment, Pendlebury wanted to incorporate solar PV as a way of leading by example.   Spread across 450sqm, Progression Fitness Club boasts a main arena with premium Iron Edge training equipment, a 3-lane IAAF certified athletics track, boxing zone, 25-bike cycle room, heated yoga loft and designer change rooms. Led by specialist instructors, classes include HIIT Sweat, Strength, Cycle, Boxing, Yoga and Pilates.   Scott Pendlebury, partner at Progression Fitness Club and captain of Collingwood Football Club said, “From the word go, we wanted to provide a holistic health and wellness experience. Our members are driven to live fit and clean lifestyles and that extends to the environment. Now that we have our solar monitoring live on display in our lounge, the members can see what it’s generating and feel proud that their training is environmentally friendly.”   While the solar PV system currently provides more than 100 percent of the club’s daytime energy requirements, not all of their energy consumption occurs during solar hours meaning they still rely on grid power for their morning and evening classes. The installation of the modular and scalable Enphase Storage System will bring the club closer to being carbon-neutral.   Pendlebury said, “We’re extremely proud to be setting an example by being one of the early adopters of energy storage. We did our research and Enphase’s smart system was the obvious choice. When the Enphase AC Batteries are installed in August, we want the club to be energy-self sufficient but stay connected to the grid for the odd occasions when more power is needed.”   Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific said, “We are delighted to have been selected by Scott Pendlebury to help Progression Fitness Club go green. More and more Australians are seeing the benefits of smart, distributed generation. We congratulate the club on the example they’ve set and we look forward to seeing the additional benefits brought by installing the Enphase Storage System.”   Progression Fitness Club members will get a glimpse of how much solar energy has been produced throughout the day on the TV screens displaying monitoring from Enphase Enlighten™, a cloud-based platform that monitors solar generation and consumption from any web enabled device, with battery storage to be integrated from August onward.   The solar system is being included in Channel Seven’s AFL half time feature segment during the Adelaide V Collingwood game being televised nationally on July 16th. To view the performance of the Progression Fitness Club system on Enphase Enlighten, visit     ENDS   Note to Editor: 1.     A video interview with Scott Pendlebury is available here for sharing on social media and online articles. 2.     Hi-res images and Enphase product information can be downloaded here.   About Enphase Energy Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, is leading the charge to bring smart, connected solar energy to every home, business and community. The company delivers simple, innovative and reliable energy management solutions that advance the worldwide potential of renewable energy. Enphase has shipped more than 11 million microinverters, and over 460,000 Enphase residential and commercial systems have been deployed in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit   Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc. Brand-New Circular Sputtering Source released by Kurt J. Lesker 2016-06-19T07:00:49Z brand-new-circular-sputtering-source-released-by-kurt-j-lesker John Morris Group is proud to announce the official release of the Kurt J. Lesker's latest magnetron design — the Torus® Mag Keeper™ UHV compatible .  These sources have been specially designed to meet the requirements of the R&D community for a user-friendly source that fits a broad range of applications. With a quick target change feature, enhanced cooling design, low operating pressure capability, and reduced overall footprint, the Mag Keeper design is geared to provide the enhanced performance and flexibility each process requires. In addition, the source is engineered without O-rings with all ceramic insulators, making this a UHV compatible design option.  For magnetic film deposition, the Mag Keeper offers enhanced high-strength magnet options for sputtering up to 3mm thick Fe. The Mag Keeper is the standard configuration used in KJLC thin film system platforms and is offered for use in existing systems. The extensive range of mounting options allows for integration into any existing mounting requirement. New Mag Keeper sources are designed for applications such as research & development, optics, decorative, medical, and sensor design. These are in currently in stock and offered in 2”, 3” and 4” target sizes. John Morris Scientific’s factory trained staff will deliver, install and provide onsite user training. Preventative maintenance and extended warranty agreements are also available. To find out more about LABLINE sputtering systemswith Torus Mag Keeper,Please contact our team of Vacuum experts byEmail: call AUS. 1800 251 799 and NZ  0800 651 700NEW WEBSITE: LG Chem launches LG ESS Partner Portal 2016-05-31T00:19:03Z lg-chem-launches-lg-ess-partner-portal  LG Chem, a leader in energy storage solutions, today announced the launch of the LG ESS Partner Portal, an online site dedicated to providing installers and distributers with helpful information about LG Chem products. This is the first time LG Chem has launched a portal for its business partners and is driven by industry requests for further support.   The partner portal will provide partners with detailed information about energy storage solutions including product information; warranties, manuals, product images, specifications, brochures, flyers and other materials to help support all activities across residential, commercial and industrial grid and UPS applications.     “At LG Chem partners are an important part of our ecosystem hence it is crucial that we make investments to help them be successful in the storage business,” said Changhwan Choi, Manager of Australian Business Development, LG Chem. “The launch of this new portal enables installers and distributers to effectively explain and install LG Chem battery systems to the markets they operate in.”   The launch of the portal comes in conjunction with the introduction of a membership points program, LG ESS Partner Care Program. By registering with the portal distributors and installers can accumulate points in exchange for additional benefits such as price reductions and presentation materials.   “We don’t just want our customers to be successful, we want to thank them for joining the portal through a rewards program,” said Choi. “All LG Chem products are equipped with a serial code that can be entered into the portal to register the points, installers will receive points for selling LG Chem products and distributors will receive points when an installer buys our products off them. By creating the points system, we are allowing our customers to reap the benefits of all their hard work and thank them for their loyalty to LG Chem.”   For further information please visit  About LG Chem    LG Chem, Ltd. is Korea’s largest diversified chemical company which operates three main business units: Petrochemicals, IT & Electronic Materials and Energy Solution. The chemical business manufactures a wide range of products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics. It also extends its chemical expertise into high-tech areas such as electronic materials and rechargeable batteries field. Based on the many years of experience in the development and production of batteries, LG Chem is one of the world's leaders in energy storage systems. As such, the company is a primary supplier for the mobile and automotive industry around the world. Entering the business of ESS in 2010, LG Chem has constantly developed and supplied innovative solutions for the ESS market segments such as Grid, Residential and UPS. Throughout multiple production facilities and an extensive distribution network globally, LG Chem has become a global leading company.  United Technologies Acquires Commercial HVAC Business in Australia 2016-05-30T23:38:46Z 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   -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 and follow @UTC_CCS on Twitter. The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or 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 promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 METIS Time-of-Flight Momentum Microscope by SPECS 2016-05-03T11:59:54Z metis-time-of-flight-momentum-microscope-by-specs John Morris Scientific is proud to announce the METIS, a new momentum microscope developed as a collaboration between SPECS and Surface Concept. Metis is a so called Time-of-Flight (ToF) PEEM that allows image electrons to emit from a surface with lateral resolution (optical imaging) together with energy and angular dispersive measurements (ARPES). A tool for combined microscopic and spectroscopic measurements, it allows for instant collection of photoelectron spectra in the same location as seen in microscopy mode.  The newly developed and patented lens system can focus emitted electrons either with respect to the point of their lateral origin (imaging or gauss mode) or with respect to the emitted angle (momentum or PES mode). Real-space as well as k-space Imaging is possible with this machine, via on-the-fly switching. The energy dispersive element, which produces the energy spectrum for PES measurements, is the drift tube of the ToF detector section. A delay line detector collects the electrons and detects their arrival time to produce a three dimensional dataset of stacked 2D constant energy maps. The ToF design requires a pulsed light source such as a laser or a synchrotron (in special operation mode). The new lens system makes a typical manipulator obsolete since the lens can collect the complete hemisphere of ejected electrons (+/- 90° in x and y). The manipulator is replaced by a hexapod for the fine adjustment and orientation of the sample in the experiment. In contrast to classical ARPES measurements, a motorised degree of freedom for systematic measurements is, hence, no longer required. This allows an extremely compact design for easy inclusion into existing SPECS FlexMod based and custom designed experiments.  The key advantage of the METIS is the fact that measurements may be taken with high transmission, e.g. with very high intensity on a short time scale. Proving practical for experiments with very short acquisition times, such as sensitive samples (e.g. reactive surfaces or organic layers). Metis is principally designed for scientists accessing pulsed light sources and with a focus on electronic band structures; materials science, classical solid state physics and physical chemistry demanding high scientific throughput and large information depth (multidimensional measurements in energy and momentum space) on local structures on their surface will benefit from this combined spectro-microscopy tool. Read our brochure: METIS Spectrometer by SPECS To find out more about the METIS Time-of-Flight Momentum Microscope,Please contact our team of Vacuum experts byEmail: call AUS. 1800 251 799 and NZ  0800 651 700NEW WEBSITE: Power Technology Install Solar System On Remote Island In The Asean Region 2016-04-28T04:25:58Z power-technology-install-solar-system-on-remote-island-in-the-asean-region Power Technology has been operating in the solar sector for 15 years, with almost 2MW of panels supplied to residential, industrial and OEM consumers. Over the past decade there has been a rapid uptake of solar technology in the international community and this boom has led to huge advances in technology and manufacturing techniques. One area they are very keen to expand their business is in the ASEAN region, where they have recently completed a 180kW system on a very remote island in the region. This project consists of 720 panels, 6 20kW battery inverters and 30 grid inverters. This system is a fully off-grid solar installation that is powering a small village on the island. The village is a pearl farm and the power is going to benefit the entire community. This village is the first of five sites being installed by Power Technology, making a total of 1MW, consisting of 720 x solar panels, 6 x 20kW battery inverters and 30 x grid inverters. The system utilises the site’s existing generators to keep the batteries topped up if necessary. Thirty years after opening their doors Power Technology remain a leader in the design and distribution of electronic components, batteries, UPS, power systems, and renewable energy – trusted by major resellers and manufacturers throughout the country. Power Technology has strong relationships with their suppliers and work tirelessly to meet their customer’s schedule and budget – without lowering their expectation for the highest quality products. If there is a new product that will add value to a customer’s operation or a supply chain issue that is slowing their business down, Power Technology have the latest technology to effect a positive result. For more information on Power Technology please visit the website at . Look for LEYVAC to increase your vacuum process efficiency 2016-04-10T03:58:56Z look-for-leyvac-to-increase-your-vacuum-process-efficiency Looking to boost performance of the vacuum process? Dry compressing Oerlikon Leybold LEYVAC pumps deliver exceptional process reliability, solid environment characteristics plus an attractive price-to-performance ratio based upon the screw principle. LEYVAC pumps and systems offer high process throughputs and maximise your system uptime. This product line of dry compressing vacuum pumps has been developed for the specific requirements of industrial processes and coating applications in the pumping speed range of 80 to 250 m3/h. LEYVAC pumps and system combinations are robust, dependable and offer long-lasting service, plus they are particularly appropriate for the process industry, coating, solar-cell and display applications. Industrial vacuum generators of the LEYVAC line are small, compact units. They excel through long system uptimes and high process throughputs. Moreover, they offer an optimised performance for lighter gases. Low heat and noise emissions are further benefits.The simple, frame-less connection of Roots pumps via adapters expands, if required, the demand for an increased vacuum performance. Such a direct connection is possible with Roots pumps from our RUVAC WS/U 251/501 and RUVAC WH 700/702 lines. The LEYVAC product line comprises the models LEYVAC LV 80, LV 140, LV 250 and their C or CC versions. The new LEYVAC 250 significantly expands the performance spectrum of this product range with excellent energy efficiency characteristics. 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AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email: WEBSITE: Timber Supplier in Brisbane Provides the Ultimate DIY Timber Guide 2016-03-31T05:27:42Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-provides-the-ultimate-diy-timber-guide Brisbane, QLD, 31 March 2016 - There are a lot of timber suppliers in Brisbane but one in particular consistently goes out of their way to educate their customer base and make it easier for them to understand the process of selecting the right materials for the right job: Narangba Timbers. Recently, on his company blog, Narangba Timbers owner Jack Kyle provided a guide for DIY enthusiasts to help them select the right timber for various DIY projects. The guide, called “An Overview of Timber for DIY Projects,” explained the various varieties and grades of timber in “plain English” without turning it into a tech manual. It revealed an insider’s viewpoint of why certain timbers are better than others for various projects.According to Mr Kyle, “We love timber and we wanted to make it easier for DIY enthusiasts to select the right materials. We wanted them to understand the basics of which timbers work the best for which projects. But because most of the DIY enthusiasts we know would rather get busy than spend a lot of time reading, we made it short and easy to understand without a degree in physics.”The guide covers various varieties of timber. For example, varieties of engineered timber include veneers, plywood, laminated timber and reconstituted timber products. It then explains solid timber and how it is divided into softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are from the pine family. They aren’t as strong as hardwoods, aren’t as durable and don’t have the rich, dark colours that hardwoods do. However, they are the easiest timbers to work with and are appropriate for all non-structural indoor projects involving timber.Hardwoods provide more strength and durability. They also contain the grains and colours that provide the classic timber aesthetic. They are used for most structural projects, though some softwoods and engineered timber have the strength to provide structural support. Hardwoods come with four durability ratings from 1, which is the most durable, to 4. Narangba Timbers only carries hardwoods with a rating of 1 or 2.Timber decking and timber flooring are usually completed with hardwood. Merbau is a favourite for timber decking in Brisbane while many different hardwoods are used for timber flooring. Timber fencing is built with CCA treated pine or hardwood. The CCA treatment is necessary to protect against termites. It isn’t appropriate for timber decking or flooring because it can be toxic to both humans and animals with prolonged exposure. Mr Kyle concluded: “We are glad to provide our readers with a basic guide to selecting timber for their DIY projects. We have a customer service staff that we really feel is second to none in the industry and we feel it is even easier for them to give great customer service to a customer who already has access to some information before talking to them.”Narangba Timbers are the leading timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They stock timber for all projects, including timber decking, timber fencing and hardwood flooring. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, you can visit their Brisbane location, call them on (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Timber Decking Supplier in Brisbane Warns Customers: “Be Careful When Building a Timber Deck in a Bushfire-Prone Area.” 2016-03-24T04:11:32Z timber-decking-supplier-in-brisbane-warns-customers-be-careful-when-building-a-timber-deck-in-a-bushfire-prone-area Brisbane, QLD, 24 March 2016 - Timber decking is a popular DIY project in the Brisbane area and across Australia. For many Australians, there is nothing quite like enjoying BBQ and cold beverages on a timber deck. However, according to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, those who want to build a timber deck need to know if they are in a bushfire-prone area.According to Mr Kyle: “It is crucial for anyone building a timber deck to know their home’s Bushfire Attack Level. Once they know their Bushfire Attack Level, they can decide what precautions to take and what materials. If there’s one really good thing that has come out of the bushfires over the last seven years, it’s the raising of building standards in bushfire-prone areas.”The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a number that reflects the risk of a home being damaged by a bushfire. It measures the threat that radiant heat, ember attack and direct flame contact pose to a home. The most important factor in determining the BAL is the area’s Fire Danger Index. Other factors are also important, such as: the slope of the land on which the building is constructed, the buildings that are nearby and the vegetation that surrounds the dwelling.The scale for BAL is simple and takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what materials to use for a timber deck. Those whose homes are rated as “BAL Low” can use whatever materials they want with no special consideration to bushfires. Those whose homes are rated BAL 12.5-40 need to use building materials that are either bushfire resistant or non-combustible. It is also necessary to enclose the space below the timber deck to prevent ember attacks from starting a fire underneath the deck.If a home is rated as a BAL Flame Zone, every precaution must be taken to prevent combustion. The space below the deck must be closed and the materials must be non-combustible. The deck should contain steel framing and no timbers can be exposed. The decking boards should contain no gaps. Both the decking boards and the sub-floor should be made of dense timber.According to Mr Kyle: “Even with stringent standards, there are still plenty of timber decking options for homes in the Brisbane area. We are happy the standards are there because they protect homeowners and their families. I like to see homeowners build a bit above the standards. For example, merbau is a popular timber choice. It is naturally fire-resistant and makes a beautiful, solid timber deck that lasts for years. It is a great choice for most timber decks, even those that are in BAL Low zones.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Whatever you build, do it right. Keep your home and your family safe in all conditions.”Narangba Timbers is the leading supplier of timber decking in the Brisbane area. They carry a comprehensive inventory of timber for all building uses. Their customer service staff is second to none. They have a display deck on which customers can view various timbers and finishes for a timber deck. They also have a decking calculator which calculates how much timber is needed for any given project. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z 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   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      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: