The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-05-28T00:49:24Z Ionmax ION50 at Andatech Provides Powerful Humidification for Better Health 2015-05-28T00:49:24Z ionmax-ion50-at-andatech-provides-powerful-humidification-for-better-health Melbourne, Australia – May 28, 2015 – Andatech director, Irwandy Tan, today announced the release of the highly anticipated Ionmax ION50 Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, proudly declaring that a percentage from each purchase of the ION50 will be donated to charity.   “In the winter months when our heaters are on, it’s common to see a lot of side effects from air that is too dry, such as cracked lips and skin and blocked nasal passages,” said Tan.  “A humidifier like the ION50 is a real asset in winter to help alleviate these symptoms, but year-round it can also help relieve asthma, allergies and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.” The Ionmax ION50 is a high efficiency humidifier inside a compact and lightweight design - powerful enough to change the humidity levels in large rooms and living areas and yet light enough to move anywhere in the home or office. With state-of-the-art features, adjustable mist control and generously sized water tank, the ION50 replaces valuable humidity that’s lost through heating, while its powerful design allows for a 360-degree mist rotation, resulting in better humidity levels for every home. Excess heat removes much needed moisture from homes, inevitably drying out the house and the people that live in them. An abundance of dry air can reduce the body’s ability to cleanse itself, affect lung and sinus function and in some consumers, increase chances of a respiratory illness. As a new addition to the Andatech Ionmax family, the ION50 humidifier will enable consumers to control the humidity and air quality in their homes, resulting in better health not only for the house, but the family inside as well. Availability With every order of the Ionmax ION50 humidifiers, consumers have the opportunity to donate a percentage of the purchase to selected charity foundations. The Ionmax range is available for purchase online at Alternatively, consumers can call Andatech in Australia on 1300 800 200 or worldwide on +613 8877 0700.About AndatechAndatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards Certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health and safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. Andatech Unveils the Ionmax ION681 Dehumidifier 2015-05-26T23:23:52Z andatech-unveils-the-ionmax-ion681-dehumidifier Melbourne, Australia – May 27, 2015 – Irwandy Tan, director of Andatech, today unveiled the newest addition to its line of premium products, the Ionmax ION681 Compact Dehumidifier.  “Winter in Australia this year will be extra wet and the combination of wet weather, closed windows and poor ventilation can easily result in mould, mildew, condensation and damp problems for households,” said Tan.  “People with mild damp problems and mildew in their homes will find the compact ION681 dehumidifier really helpful in making winter a lot more comfortable.” Power combined with a compact and lightweight design, the Ionmax ION681 dehumidifier reduces air humidity and slows the growth of mould spores and mildew, creating the perfect living environment. Less moisture results in a better night’s sleep and a drier environment that preserves furnishings and décor. The compact dehumidifier also aids in drying clothes more efficiently indoors. A built-in humidistat and auto off feature ensures the correct humidity level is maintained without monitoring. Featuring the same impressive styling and efficiency that made Ionmax’s two other desiccant dehumidifiers top picks by CHOICE consumer magazine, the ION681 was built to excel.  With a re-usable air filter, large capacity water tank and an energy usage rating that won’t break the budget, the ION681 dehumidifier is the perfect, environmentally friendly solution for protecting any home this winter.  Availability  The ION681 is available for order online at Alternatively consumers can call Andatech in Australia on 1300 800 200 or worldwide on +613 8877 0700. About Andatech Andatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards Certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable occupational health and safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. New Zealanders Using Big OE To Save Indigenous Wildlife in Africa 2015-05-26T21:00:16Z new-zealanders-using-big-oe-to-save-indigenous-wildlife-in-africa   Young New Zealanders are increasingly using their big OE to help wildlife conservation according to the founder of the International Working Holidays (IWH), the specialist overseas employment agency.  So popular are its overseas wildlife conservation projects that IWH has now added FreeMe, an African suburban animal rescue and rehabilitation programme to the range of volunteer adventures on offer to New Zealanders.  Vicki Kenny, IWH chief executive says that the organisation has been offering African Volunteer Adventures for over a year and has seen a huge amount of interest from young New Zealanders wanting to help with and learn about wildlife conservation. IWH works with TB-free lion breeding programmes, rhino and elephant projects as well as other accredited African wildlife conservation organisations.  She adds: `Our African Adventures have been so popular. In the first month alone we had more than 400 enquiries. Since then, it’s far exceeded our expectations. We’re hearing from a wide variety of young New Zealanders, but particularly those who are considering careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing or zoology and animal husbandry. But it’s not all about the big animals, such as lions, elephants and rhinos.’ FreeMe is a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg. It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realised that there was not enough organised care for indigenous wildlife. Vicki explains: ‘Each year thousand of birds, mammals and reptiles living in Johannesburg gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap. New Zealand volunteers can learn about the specialised treatment from experts and help with care and rehabilitation of some amazing wildlife until they can be released. Many of them will bring that experience back to New Zealand where it may help improve our own conservation management.’ FreeMe assignments are available as two, four, six or eight week options. Volunteers taking longer options are offered various certified courses, which are aimed at helping prepare them for careers in animal care. These include: Orientation, feeding and cage care – given on arrival Clinic Skills – after 3 weeks on the project Animal First Aid – after 6 weeks on the project Ad Hoc Specialised [seasonal] courses: Bat Care, Bird Care and many more 
 Vicki Kenny says: ` Travelling to and finding volunteer projects in Africa is a big adventure, but a lot of people do need expert help in finding the right placement. We make it easy to organise and find the perfect volunteer holiday so you can experience a life changing adventure overseas, safely and legally.’   Further information: Vicki Kenny, IWH: 027 670 9968 Peter Boyes, BPR: 0275 540 500 Councils working on Major Energy Efficient Street Lighting Projects to save thousands in Energy Costs 2015-05-26T12:26:01Z councils-working-on-major-energy-efficient-street-lighting-projects-to-save-thousands-in-energy-costs Street lighting is perceived as the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from local government, typically accounting for 30 to 60 percent of greenhouse emissions. With Electricity and Carbon costs posing a huge challenge and Street Lighting, in particular, costing at least $400 million per year, local governments throughout Australia are turning towards energy efficient street lighting such as LEDs to replace old inefficient and expensive technology. From a financial perspective, switching to LED street lighting is expected to save Australia’s local councils up to $87 million and prevent 720,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, according to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA). Even though councils have had a wide variety of lighting forms to choose from, LED has emerged as the favourite. Having a lifespan of 20 years, LEDs are seen as the lighting technology of the future providing better direct lighting, low glare and expected to save around 77 percent of the energy use compared to traditional street lighting. Not only will LEDs spark a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases as well as energy and maintenance costs, they are also expected to play a role in improving safety outcomes for drivers and pedestrians. Throughout Australia, there is somewhat of an energy efficiency revolution occurring with over 60 Australian councils including Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart currently in the rollout process or having completed bulk lighting changeovers. The energy efficiency revolution in Australia is gearing full-speed ahead and in early April 2015 the 200,000th energy efficient street light was changed over. A case in point is the Lighting the Regions Project, a collaboration between 16 local government bodies across North, West and Central Victoria and two leading sustainability alliances to create the largest street lighting partnership project in Australia. Through education and engagement with regional people, this project aims to create more energy efficient and sustainable communities and is expected to pull together the expertise, resourcing and financial resources required to take energy efficiency to the next level.  The Lighting the Regions is just one such example of the energy efficient street lighting revolution that is happening across Australia. There are similar projects being undertaken across the other states with the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (SSROC) Street Lighting Improvement Program in NSW, the Ipswich Street Lighting Retrofit Project in QLD, the Hobart and Glenorchy Street Lighting Replacement Project in Tasmania, to name a few. Find out more on the progress of these street lighting projects in addition to other interesting topics covering lighting design for precincts, recreational facilities and much more at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit to be held on the 8 & 9 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The national event endorsed by the City of Melbourne draws over 150 lighting industry experts who will discuss strategies and new technologies for public lighting retrofits aimed at reducing energy consumption and costs. The Summit has established itself as the leading lighting event in the region focusing on street, urban and public lighting. The 2014 Summit witnessed the participation of over 40 councils from all over Australia committed to the deployment of innovative, intelligent and energy-efficient lighting initiatives throughout the country. The 2014 Australian Smart Lighting Summit was a huge success and the general feedback was that participants appreciated the interactive nature and ability to talk and engage with a vast array of stakeholders. Ian Dryden from the City of Melbourne said “The Smart Lighting Summit's been fantastic. I've been really impressed with the fact that we've ended up with so many people, and a really diverse range of people, and I find with these things that you learn so much from the actual audience." "The summit was excellent. I particularly like that we had lighting manufacturers; people installing large-scale lighting; lots of questions from the floor and a fair bit of interaction. It’s really important to get different views with different ideas about how things should run or what the right types of technology are. This is the first of these events we've had in Australia. Sponsors have come on board, manufacturers, councils, there's been a great response and if it was to run again we'd love to be involved." commented Paul Brown from Ironbark Sustainability For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, please visit About Expotrade Expotrade, the organisers of this Summit have developed an array of top quality B2B events, delivering some of the largest conferences and summits in the infrastructure, banking and finance, information technology, sustainability, lighting and energy sectors. For more information, visit Andatech Adds the Ionmax ION450 Air Purifier to its Premium Products 2015-05-26T00:13:42Z andatech-adds-the-ionmax-ion450-air-purifier-to-its-premium-products Melbourne, Australia – May 25, 2015 – Director of Andatech, Mr. Irwandy Tan, today announced the release of the newest addition to the Andatech Ionmax family, unveiling the superior air purification system the Ionmax ION450 Premium Home Air Purifier. “With allergies in Australia on the rise, it’s only logical to start by looking at the air quality in our homes,” said Tan.  “We spend 90 per cent or more of our time indoors and indoor pollution may be unnoticeable, but it can really aggravate some allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis and asthma. The Ionmax ION450 air purifier's comprehensive five-level filtration removes allergens from indoor air to help alleviate allergic symptoms among sufferers.” This state-of-the-art system is comprised of five levels of filtration to achieve maximum efficiency. Combined with a superior design that matches any décor, the purpose built filtration system targets 99 per cent of particles, bacteria and mould spores, while neutralising unpleasant and toxic odours, making it one of the most powerful air filtration systems available. The Ionmax ION450 air purifier comes equipped with the power to purify areas small and large, ideal for not just the home but also for clinics, classrooms, and offices. Featuring multiple fan speeds, near silent operation, automatic timer and a family-friendly touch panel, the ION450 air purifier makes the perfect addition to any home.  Availability The ION450 along with the other members of the Ionmax family are available for purchase online at Alternatively consumers can call Andatech in Australia on 1300 800 200 or worldwide on +613 8877 0700.About AndatechAndatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards Certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health and safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. Andatech Announces Release of Three new Products for Health and Wellness 2015-05-26T00:08:21Z andatech-announces-release-of-three-new-products-for-health-and-wellness Melbourne, Australia – May 19, 2015 – Andatech director, Irwandy Tan, today announced the anticipated and exciting release of three new Ionmax products.  Facilitating better health for consumers, the ION450 Premium Home Air Purifier, the ION681 Compact Humidifier, and the ION50 Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier are the perfect addition to any home. “With these three new products, we’ve taken into consideration all our customers’ feedback on functionality, design and usability and made several huge improvements,” said Tan.  “We’re very proud of these three new releases and we’ve already seen a lot of interest in them from our customers and our resellers, especially now with allergies in Australia on the rise.” The Ionmax ION450 Premium Home Air Purifier features five levels of filtration with the ability to reduce 99% of bacteria and odours, tied together inside a stylish and premium design. Its combination of filters help to remove hair, pet dander and dust from the air, along with smoke, pollen, bacteria and mould spores. It neutralises odours that include smoke, gasses and volatile organic compounds (VOC's). The Ionmax ION681 Compact Dehumidifier offers power and energy efficiency inside a lightweight and compact model. Its range of functions allow it to efficiently remove excess moisture from the air as well as help dry laundry indoors, making it the perfect household helper. The Ionmax ION50 Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier replaces valuable humidity that, especially in winter, is easily lost through heating. Its lightweight, and powerful design allows for a 360-degree mist rotation, resulting in better humidity levels for every home. Australia is undergoing significant environmental changes, resulting in increased air quality concerns and allergic reactions in individuals who previously had none. These new additions to the Andatech / Ionmax family will enable consumers to control the humidity and air quality in their homes, reducing symptoms from bacteria- and allergen-related illnesses, leading to better health and wellness. With Australia having one of the highest allergy and hay fever rates in the world, the Ionmax products come as a welcome relief. Availability The Ionmax range is available for purchase online at Alternatively consumers can call Andatechin Australia on 1300 800 200 or worldwide on (613) 8877 0700. About Andatech                                                                  Andatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australians Standards certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health & safety technologies throughout Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. Stainless Steel Supplier in Perth: “Stainless Steel Restaurant Equipment Should Last a Lifetime.” 2015-05-25T03:48:23Z stainless-steel-supplier-in-perth-stainless-steel-restaurant-equipment-should-last-a-lifetime Perth, WA, 25 May 2015 - Stainless steel is a steel alloy consisting of at least 12% chromium and optional elements such as nickel, molybdenum and carbon. But it is the chromium that makes stainless steel an irreplaceable commodity in restaurants. Chromium interacts with oxygen in the air to create a smooth oxide coating on the surface of stainless steel. This coating provides stainless steel with its non-corrosive properties. It also makes stainless steel a surface that is “unfriendly” to bacteria. This is why stainless steel is a mandatory material for so many sanitary applications.When properly maintained, the surface of stainless steel doesn’t deteriorate with regular cleaning, providing a product that can last a lifetime. Recently Paul Bartlett, the Managing Director of Western Stainless Solutions, provided a guide to properly maintaining stainless steel restaurant equipment on his company blog. Western Stainless Solutions is a full service stainless steel supplier and fabricator in Perth. They have provided custom design stainless steel installation for countless restaurants, pubs and food manufacturing facilities in the Perth area. Mr Bartlett wanted to provide a reminder for his past customers and a guide for future customers that would enable them to keep their stainless steel restaurant equipment in perfect shape for as long as they own their business. According to Mr Bartlett:“Stainless steel is the standard when it comes to restaurant and food processing equipment. In many cases, stainless steel is mandated by various Australian and local codes. This didn’t happen by accident. It happened because stainless steel is the easiest practical building material to keep compliant with stringent sanitation standards.”Proper Maintenance of Stainless SteelStainless steel is the safest material for use in any facility where sanitation is a critical issue. Because it is such a smooth non-porous surface, it is not only unfriendly to bacteria but also easy to keep clean. In fact, using traditional cleaning methods such as abrasive cleaners or pads can damage stainless steel and the integrity of its surface.In most cases, it is recommended that only a cloth and water with a mild detergent is used on stainless steel. If it is cleaned on a daily basis and all spills are cleaned immediately, stainless steel is a “self-repairing” surface that replenishes its oxide film by the interaction between chromium and oxygen.If organic material or dirt is allowed to stay in contact with a stainless steel surface, it keeps the chromium in stainless steel from interacting with oxygen and can compromise the protective layer. According to Mr Bartlett: “The rules for proper maintenance are quite simple. Use soap and water whenever possible for cleaning. Don’t use abrasive pads or cleaners. Don’t use chlorine, including bleach. And clean it every day. If you follow these simple rules, your stainless steel surface can, indeed, last a lifetime.”Western Stainless Solutions is a stainless steel supplier in Perth. They provide stainless steel solutions for the restaurant, medical, manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, mining and water treatment industries. They are a full service manufacturer and supplier that provides bespoke solutions for a multitude of different applications. To learn more or for the full blog post on stainless steel maintenance, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: June Doggy Winery Tours 2015-05-24T23:09:39Z june-doggy-winery-tours Are you looking for a unique and interesting article for your next journalist story? Dogs are such a wonderful source of enjoyment and happiness for many people.  Gourmet Pawprints truly understands the importance of ensuring dogs are a part of our social world. That is why we created Doggy Winery Tours. Dont leave your pooch at home alone, bring them with you this weekend June is a sensational month to be out and about. Clear skies, crisp fresh air and wonderful smell of winter.Gourmet Pawprints has 3 Tours with your dog during June Doggy Hike and Lunch Tour -  5 June - Mornington Peninsula - Merricks to Red Hill. Choose a 6 or 3 km walk or just relax over a glass of wine. You are rewarded with a 2 course lunch, wine and private wine tasting at the end. Join us in Port Melbourne or Merricks, either way our dog welcoming bus will chauffeur you back to your car. Read More Gumboots Yarra Valley Doggy Winery Tour - 14 June - Explore some great wine and food destinations, relax over a 2 course lunch, private wine tasting and all the fun a pooch can handle. Our dog welcoming bus has a seat for you and a seat for your pooch. Read More Gumboots Mornington Peninsula  Doggy Winery Tour - 28 June - This region just knows how to do food and wine. Join us for a day of Food, Wine and Walks with your dog. Read More THE OZ NIGHT MARKET TO HOST MAMMOTH CAR SHOW ON JUNE 27TH 2015-05-22T08:37:23Z the-oz-night-market-to-host-mammoth-car-show-on-june-27th The Oz Night Market - South East Queensland’s largest collection of international cuisine are to host a mammoth car show on June 27th presented by N.E.M.O, BrisNightLife and VQ Australia. As a local community initiative, The Oz Night Market are committed to producing regular fun, family orientated events to be enjoyed by the community. “The Oz Night Market was created for FOOD, FAMILY, FUN, ENTERTAINMENT, so for us it’s very important to be putting on events that draw in the local community. This is going to be a great event - Bring the kids and come see some awesome cars!”said Oz Night Market creators Edmond Wong and Cecilia Yan. After just recently celebrating their One Year Anniversary, this event sets a tone for what to expect from The Oz Night Market in their second year. “The Oz Night Market has gone from strength to strength since opening and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what the market has grown into”said Edmond and Cecilia. With over 400+ cars expected to show on the night, as well as a 12 metre Sky High slide for the kids, June 27th will be a great night out for the entire family. The Oz Night Market facilitate over 1,300 people each week and provide a platform for over 60 local businesses to sell their products. The Oz Night Market is held at 139 Brisbane Road, Booval from 5:30pm - 9:30pm every Saturday evening. Interviews, images and other promotional material is available upon request.  VOTE of Confidence for $3B LPG Vehicle Industry 2015-05-22T04:00:00Z vote-of-confidence-for-3b-lpg-vehicle-industry Elgas, Australia’s largest supplier of LPG and Autogas, welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement today of a $60,000 investment towards a demand study for an LPG vehicle production plant in Geelong. Cameron Ure, Elgas’ General Manager for Unigas, said the investment is the first positive signal for an industry hit by a perfect storm. “The recent Holden and Ford manufacturing closures that have shutdown Australia’s only locally-produced LPG vehicles, together with changes in government policy, have been compounded by the growth of new diesel vehicle purchases that accelerated the decline in LPG aftermarket conversion centres,” said Mr Ure. “The commitment from the Victorian Government to explore the possibility of an LPG vehicle production plant in Geelong recognises the immediate and direct economic and social benefits available from Autogas.” “On road testing and research tells us that Autogas saves motorists money and reduces emissions - all without compromising vehicle performance,” said Mr Ure. The Australian Autogas industry needs critical government support to leverage the $3 billion investment in current infrastructure and a network of more than 3,000 refuelling stations. The Victorian Government’s commitment to ascertain the economic and technology benefits of the current and future LPG vehicle market provides a new opportunity to reinvigorate a high value industry. “Not only do we have a willing industry ready to work in partnership with government to identify a future direction, Australia has an abundant supply of LPG that is immediately available to support this industry as it responds to market demand. “Reinvigorating the new and retrofitted Autogas small and heavy vehicles market in Australia will provide a significant boost to the regional skilled workforce, and reduce vehicle emissions by 15%. “We welcome the Victorian Government’s partnership with the industry to identify solutions that deliver efficient and effective economic benefits. We will work diligently to identify new innovative technologies that will deliver substantial benefits to industry and the community,” said Mr Ure. Elgas, in partnership with the Victorian Government, and strategic partnerships with Gas Energy Australia and the VACC, are committed to arresting the downturn of a significant and viable Australian industry. Elgas looks forward to the results of the Victorian Government’s study and future support from the Australian Government, as the economic opportunities are realised.Media contact: Melissa Bairstow 0421 807 669 ׀  Soft Safety, Hard Consequences 2015-05-22T03:13:51Z soft-safety-hard-consequences More countries around the globe are introducing jail time and hard consequences for those soft on safety in the workplace. Canada’s laws became stricter in 2004 while a high-profile case in the U.S. comes to trial in July. Cases involving corporate executives in Africa and Europe are also making the news this year. Canada introduced a provision in its criminal code to hold corporations liable regarding workplace health and safety in response to the deadly Nova Scotia 1992 coal mine explosion that killed 26. The bill imposes serious penalties for violations resulting in injury or death. Criminal negligence penalties have been imposed 9 times in Canada since the 2004 law was enacted. Karl-Heinz Lilgert was convicted and imprisoned for four years upon the death of two people in a ferry accident in British Columbia in 2006. Lilgert was operating the vessel when he became distracted and did not realize the vessel was off course and ran aground. Most recently, a Canadian worker was killed on January 18, 2013 from head trauma sustained while working on a forklift without fall protection.  Two company directors from New Mex Canada Inc, were given 25 day jail sentences after pleading guilty to safety violations. Upon investigation, several additional OHS violations were found in the warehouse, including failure to provide PPE and lack of training for workers. In the UK, two individuals were sentenced to jail time after a worker was fatally injured when a trench collapsed in 2010. A construction company executive was convicted of manslaughter and received over 3 years in jail.  An OHS consultant also received 9 months jail for his role in drafting work method statements and inspecting the work site. The documents drafted were not relevant to the current work site and during his two site inspections he failed to stop work when dangerous situations arose, as was his duty. In the U.S., Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, is one of two company directors who will face charges after the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster which killed 29 workers in 2010. Blankenship is believed to have violated safety protocol to increase production. David Hughert, fellow company executive, has already been sentenced to 42 months in prison.  Also in the U.S., a 2014 case brought jail time for movie director Randall Miller after he was sentenced to two years when his camera assistant died during filming due to a train accident. Six others were injured. In light of the expansion of OHS laws to include criminal prosecution of negligent managers, executives, and consultants, companies should focus on workplace safety compliance and accident prevention rather than reactionary measures.  Death and injury in work place accidents are the terrible consequence of negligence.  In addition to substantial financial cost in terms of fines and damage to company brand and reputation, executives are now facing the harsh reality of jail time for their involvement in negligent safety practices in the workplace. To keep up to date on the latest in safety, and for a free trial of our safety management software, visit By Stacey Wagner Taste trumps cheap deals as pizza-lovers go gourmet! 2015-05-21T05:12:05Z taste-trumps-cheap-deals-as-pizza-lovers-go-gourmet Queenslanders do it online, South Australians look for quantity over quality, and in New South Wales… they prefer to go gourmet! Pizza is one of the most popular takeaway foods across the world and a new survey has revealed what drives Australia’s love-affair with the tomatoey, cheesy circles – and which store we prefer to spend our hard-earned dough at. Consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue has surveyed almost 2,000 Aussies who have ordered takeaway pizza in the last three months to find out about our munching habits. Getting a pizza the action The survey found that 38% of pizza-lovers can’t resist adding extras like garlic bread, chicken bites or desserts to their order, especially those in their late 20s (50%). However, less than half of us (47%) always order from the same pizza store. “Everyone wants to get a great deal, but for most consumers it’s the taste of pizza that keeps them coming back for more,” said Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle. “If a particular chain isn’t tickling our tastebuds, we don’t mind taking our cash elsewhere. “Ordering pizza has never been so easy, and with so much competition out there, the big chains have to try harder than ever to entice us – and then keep us. There’s a reason why they often bombard you with flyers and special offer vouchers! “The pizza store that can cook up the perfect balance of fresh ideas and great-tasting pizzas – at an affordable price – will be onto a winner. Even slow delivery time could be forgiven if your overriding memory at the end of the night is delicious pizza.” Just 15% of survey respondents said they tend to order low-fat options and a whopping 44% were perfectly happy to eat a whole large pizza on their own – with men (55%) more likely than women (33%) to go it alone. One in four (25%) tend to buy the cheapest pizza available, while 28% opt for quantity over quality from their order. But that might turn into regret for some people, with one in three (33%) feeling conscious about their size or appearance after eating pizza. Pizza takes a slice out of fine dining Aussies are increasing favouring premium pizza options, the survey found. Almost three out of five (58%) adults prefer to buy from the gourmet range of offerings – up from 52% in 2014. But we still love a bargain, with just 11% spending $50 or more on their orders. “Consumers are demanding more adventurous options, so the pizza chains need to regularly refresh their menus to keep us interested – whether it’s the toppings on offer, or what they stuff in their crust!” said Mrs Doyle. “Taste is king, but no one wants to eat the same pizza every time! “As consumers, we like to try something new and tell our friends about it. The pizza chains that deliver the big ideas are the most likely to attract our attention and get us talking, but if those latest creations don’t hit the right notes, it could be for all the wrong reasons. There is a fine line between genius and madness!” Our increasing app-etite for pizza Not only do 36% of survey respondents always order pizza online, but 22% have an app to do so, with those in their 30s (35%) the most likely to order with their smartphone. “Being able to easily modify your order, search through additional extras, and even track your order’s progress as it’s prepared, cooked and delivered, have become part of the pizza-ordering experience for many people,” said Mrs Doyle. “As a result, a pizza chain’s online service has never been so important, with consumers able to take their business elsewhere in a split second if a website isn’t easy to navigate.” How Aussies eat their pizza The survey revealed some interesting variations in our pizza-eating habits across the states. Respondents in Queensland (31%) had the biggest appetite for cheap deals and were most likely to order their pizza online (47%). Those in Victoria (25%) were least likely to order online. South Australians (37%) were the hungriest for quantity over quality from their order, the most likely to eat a whole large pizza on their own (50%) and the least image conscious after enjoying their feast (26%). West Australians (57%) were the most loyal to their favourite pizza chain and most likely to have a mobile app for ordering (27%), while those in New South Wales were most tempted by additional extras (40%), the most likely to order low-fat pizzas (17%) and the biggest fans of gourmet options (64%). What we want from different pizza chains The survey also revealed some fascinating insights into which pizza chains Aussies gravitate towards depending on what – or how much – we’re hungry for. Pizza-lovers looking for cheap deals and quantity over quality were drawn to Pizza Hut more than anywhere else, while those who ordered from Eagle Boys were most likely to include extra sides. And consumers who favour gourmet options were most likely to order from Pizza Capers. Which pizza chain do Aussies rate highest? The Canstar Blue survey asked respondents to rate the pizza chain they most recently ordered from across a range of categories, including menu options, special deals, delivery, taste and value for money. Pizza Capers and Crust earned five-star ratings for taste and menu variety, while Eagle Boys and Dominos got top marks for their special offers. Eagle Boys was deemed to offer the best value for money, but for the fifth year in a row, Pizza Cappers beat the rest for overall customer satisfaction. “Those who ordered through Pizza Capers reported fresh, quality ingredients, a great variety of unique – and unusual – toppings, and quick delivery time. That’s a recipe for success in anyone’s book,” said Mrs Doyle. “It also earned several nods of recognition for its vegetarian and gluten-free options. “Consumers are increasingly demanding high-quality, premium pizzas – and Pizza Capers is leading this pizza evolution. Congratulations to Pizza Capers for another outstanding result. To top the table for five straight years is a phenomenal achievement.” Pizza Capers General Manager, Yvette Shearer, said the brand continued to put the customer first year after year, with an increased focus on operational excellence putting franchisees’ focus on customer service over the past 18 months. “The past year or so at Pizza Capers has been about reinvigorating the operational excellence of our franchises, with a renewed commitment to excellent customer service, speedy delivery times and of course high quality, generously topped pizzas that look just as good as they taste,” said Ms Shearer. “It’s fantastic that our franchisees are getting recognised for the outstanding effort they put in each and every day to every single pizza they make and customer they serve!” Ms Shearer said the awards aligned with the bigger market trend towards healthy, real food and hand-crafted, gourmet products.  “The proof just keeps on coming in – consumers are rating gourmet pizza as the most satisfying product currently on offer from quick service restaurants,” said Ms Shearer. BOC Helium floats giant balloon for star research 2015-05-21T01:01:08Z boc-helium-floats-giant-balloon-for-star-research All eyes were on the neutron star Vela Pulsar last week when the Australian Balloon Launching Station at Alice Springs Airport, successfully launched a colossal research balloon filled with 1,830 cubic metres of BOC Helium into the sky to observe the star located 1,000 light years away from Earth.   Expanding to nearly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and weighing more than 1,500 kilograms, the balloon with its scientific equipment spent the day in the Earth’s stratosphere measuring high-energy gamma rays from the Vela Pulsar before safely landing in central Queensland near Longreach.   Melissa Webber, BOC Scientific Specialist says extensive planning and testing was undertaken by BOC to ensure the helium requirements were met for this highly complex and innovative research project.   “Our network of specialists were very focused on delivering this helium with pinpoint precision. After producing the helium at our Darwin plant, it was transported to our Sydney operations centre where we filled and tested the helium to ensure purity levels above 99.995 percent and correct pressures. We then transported a trailer with 12 helium tubes manifolded together to Alice Springs.”   Associate Professor Ravi Sood, Director of the Australian Balloon Launching Station explains the successful inflation of the balloon depended greatly on BOC’s ability to supply helium at very specific pressures and purity.     “The high purity helium provided by BOC helped ensure minimal moisture in the balloon which is very important as it reaches temperatures of -80 degrees. This was essential as helium with lower purity levels and more moisture can condense at low temperatures resulting in mission failure.   “A high level of detail and careful calculations were also required to ensure the starting pressure from its manifolds and tubes were accurate when transferring the helium into the balloon. This was achieved with precision and we are very pleased this collaboration resulted in a successful research mission.”   Research collaborators at Kobe, Nagoya and Sydney Universities are currently analysing the data obtained from the Vela Pulsar, which is expected to increase scientific knowledge of high-energy gamma rays polarisation in collapsed stars.   BOC is the only producer of helium in the southern hemisphere with a Helium Plant in Darwin that provides a valuable source of helium to many innovative projects across the country. The Australian Balloon Launching Station at Alice Springs has completed more than 130 successful balloon missions since 1975. Freestyle Technology signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement to engineer IoT Smart-City applications in China with Anshan Tianhui Science & Technology. 2015-05-19T05:19:20Z freestyle-technology-signs-strategic-cooperation-agreement-to-engineer-iot-smart-city-applications-in-china-with-anshan-tianhui-science-amp-technology Tuesday 19 May 2015 Freestyle Technology today announced the signing of a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Chinese utility engineering specialist Anshan Tianhui Science & Technology.  This long-term agreement officially establishes the parties as strategic partners in the construction of large scale smart-grids for China’s gas, water & electricity utilities as well as the development of Smart-City applications to drive safe and sustainable development of China’s urban areas.  By 2020 analysts expect China to lead the world with over 400 million smart meters deployed in residential and industrial premises. This partnership will enable deep integration and intelligence from a utilities core distribution network out to the very edge of their customers premises.  It combines Freestyle’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Utility communications, distributed applications and cloud intelligence with Anshan Tianhui’s Utilities network monitoring and metering capabilities. As a sign of the significance of this agreement key representatives of the Anshan City Government and Gas, Water and Heating Utilities attended the ceremony to witness the signing. Liu, Jilong, General Manager of Anshan Tianhui was looking forward to “push the process of Smart-City construction and implement cloud big data processing [analytics] to meet the needs of safety & industry.” Anshan Tianhui is already working with over 100 gas utilities across China.  Mohan Jesudason, Chief Executive Officer of Freestyle Technology was very proud that Anshan Tianhui had chosen Freestyle’s Australian engineered communication and cloud technology to develop safe and sustainable Smart-Cities across China, stating that “it builds upon Freestyle’s IoT success with utilities in Taiwan & Korea and the Anshan Tianhui partnership marks a significant milestone as Freestyle expands across Asia.” The partners acknowledge the work of: •   David Dukes, Australian Trade Commission's (Austrade) Beijing-based Trade Commissioner who noted that “the future of smart cities in China seems assured. Some 300 cities in China have been approved to pilot a smart-city program.” •   Jia, Qing Rui Secretary of the Anshan Hi Tech Laser Industrial Park - the incubator and industrial base that has attracted over 200 technology enterprises and supports technology innovation such as the Freestyle / Anshan Tianhui partnership who spoke of the great local and international opportunity.  About Freestyle Technology Freestyle Technology specialises in applying the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to water, gas and electricity utilities across the Asia Pacific region. Freestyle’s Australian based expertise in integrating smart meters to smart grids has led to the Freestyle Microengine™ application environment enabling very low cost / low powered microprocessors to perform complex tasks as they manage ‘things’ at the edge.  Current implementations include utilities in Taiwan and Korea with a focus on advanced meter infrastructure (AMI), small data actuation and big data analytics.  Contact: Name:       Stephen Powell         Phone:      +61 3 9081 2021 Email: Web:   About Anshan Tianhui Science & Technology Anshan Tianhui Science & Technology Co. Ltd has a number of high-tech achievements in the field of urban gas / water / heating utilities, as well as Pipeline Network (SCADA) control and operations. They have partnerships with key universities and national research agencies that drives their research, design, manufacture and operations used by China based electric power, petrochemical, metallurgy, new materials, energy saving, environmental protection and other high-tech fields.  Contact: Name:        Liu, Jilong Phone:       +86 156 4128 3828 Email: Web: Aurecon goes external with global excellence awards programme 2015-05-19T01:51:16Z aurecon-goes-external-with-global-excellence-awards-programme Traditionally an internal programme, in 2015, the Aurecon Awards will be shared with external audiences via the company’s digital and social media platforms.  Now in its fifth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding team achievements in award categories that are aligned to Aurecon’s core values of: client service excellence, innovation, collaboration and diversity, safety, and benefits to communities and environments. “Every day our people and teams contribute their smarts to projects of eminence and industry renown around the world,” comments Global Chief Executive Officer, Giam Swiegers. “Sharing the Aurecon Awards with the broader industry and public is a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate the successes Aurecon has achieved in collaboration with our clients and project partners.” To participate in the programme, entrants must prepare a comprehensive tender-style submission directly responding to six judging criteria that require project teams to articulate and demonstrate how their project epitomises Aurecon’s core values. The programme’s strict submission requirements are designed to generate and foster the very best thinking, innovation, team work, client, project and community outcomes Aurecon has achieved and has to offer.“It’s such a privilege to learn about the superb projects and clever solutions our people and teams are delivering across the business,” comments 2015 Aurecon Awards Chair, Professor Kourosh Kayvani. “The Aurecon Awards give us all an opportunity to reflect and take pride in what we’ve achieved as a business and what we’ve contributed to the benefit of the communities and environments we work in.” The Awards are adjudicated by a select panel of Aurecon leaders spanning Australia, China, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East. In addition to the Aurecon Awards Judging Panel, entrants will, for the first time, be assessed by their peers for the inaugural People’s Choice Award category this year. The programme receives on average over 80 submissions per year that represent diversity across geographies, markets and expertise. Of this highly competitive field, only one project per award category is selected as a winner. “In previous years we’ve had huge scale projects with sizeable resources and budgets win category awards. In other years we’ve had small, highly niche projects take out top honours. Winning teams are those that can clearly articulate the value proposition and benefits of their projects irrespective of who their client was; the size and/or location of the project, its budget or its resources,” adds Professor Kayvani. The Awards highest and most meritorious accolade, The Professor Jakes Gerwel Award, is awarded to one of the five category winning projects following a series of rigorous presentations category award winning teams are invited to share with to the Judging Panel. The overall programme award is named in honour of Aurecon’s inaugural Global Chairman, Professor GJ (Jakes) Gerwel, who passed away in 2012. The award represents Jakes' spirit of making impactful, meaningful, visionary changes for the better of all communities. “We are delighted to share the Aurecon Awards with the public and look forward to everyone getting involved in what is a proud initiative for our business,” concludes Swiegers. Keep up to date with the programme by visiting Aurecon’s LinkedIn, Twitter,Instagram and Facebook pages.