The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T02:06:41Z Now Representing Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta 2019-01-16T02:06:41Z now-representing-terry-shields-toyota-parramatta 360 PR are thrilled to announce that effective immediately they will be representing Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta. A family-owned new and used car dealership located in the heart of Auto Alley Church Street Parramatta. The team at Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta have a car for every driver in the family, from the kids first car, to eco-friendly hybrids, versatile SUVs and work vehicles. For further information, interviews, product and images or to request a test drive please contact the 360 PR team - rachel@360pr.com.au or lisa@360pr.com.au Tyre Compare Pty Ltd 2018-12-24T03:17:30Z tyre-compare-pty-ltd-1 We are Australia's most reviewed tyre website.Find the best deals local to you.  No credit card required.  Pay after fitment. Find us: https://www.tyrecompare.com.au/ Australian Auto Dealers highly concerned about margin compression and consumer confidence, according to new Cox Automotive Australia Survey 2018-11-08T22:02:58Z australian-auto-dealers-highly-concerned-about-margin-compression-and-consumer-confidence-according-to-new-cox-automotive-australia-survey Australian automobile dealers are highly concerned about margin compression and consumer confidence according to insights found in the inaugural Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index (CAADSI) released today. While they were less than impressed with trading conditions in the first six months of 2018, dealers were slightly more optimistic about the rest of the year at the time of the survey. The half yearly survey, launched by Cox Automotive in conjunction with the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA), seeks to understand dealer perceptions of current retail auto sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “strong,” “average” or “weak.” The survey also asks dealers to rate business conditions with a focus on new and used-car sales as well as parts and service. It looks at a variety of key drivers including consumer traffic, inventory levels and price pressures. Responses are used to calculate an index where any number over 50 indicates that more dealers view conditions as strong rather than weak. Key Survey Takeaways ·         Dealers responding to survey had a low to moderate reaction to the market in the first six months of the year, with an indexed score of 36. However, future projections (second half of 2018) are stronger with an indexed score of 41. ·         Customer traffic to dealerships was rated as below average with a score of 32, with 46% of the dealers who responded rating dealership traffic as ‘weak’. ·         The news doesn’t get any better with respect to dealer profitability, with more than 50% of respondents describing profits as ‘weak’ resulting in an indexed score of only 30 out of 100. Cox Automotive Australia’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Mathew McAuley, said “The poor view of the first six months was no doubt heavily influenced by a number of other factors. Surveyed dealers cite strong pressure to lower prices (index score of 80), combined with rising costs and growing inventory levels. 62% of dealers told us that the cost of running their dealership had increased since the start of the year and 42% told us their new car stock levels had increased.” One of the lowest indexed scores was in relation to the dealer’s view of the new vehicles sales environment, recording a low score of only 28. Used vehicles fared much better with an indexed score of 42 with 50% of dealers describing the used sales environment as ‘fair’ and 17% as ‘good’, which was evidenced by stable used vehicle inventory levels. Matt continued, “The survey also looks at profit levels within different departments at the dealership and we found dealers had a fairly negative view of their F&I profitability over the last six months. With an indexed score of 33, half the surveyed dealers rated F&I profitability as ‘poor’. In light of the ASIC changes to finance rules coming into play on November the first this year, this is not surprising. They did however have a far more positive view of parts (index score of 59) and service (index score of 66) which means they see the aftersales area in a far more optimistic light than the new and used car departments when it comes to delivering results to the bottom line.” Factors Holding Back Business The survey also asked dealers to rate the top factors holding back their businesses in the first six months of the year. Coming in at top spot was margin compression which 73% of responding dealers cited as the number one reason affecting their business. Consumer confidence was in second spot at 54% followed closely by rising expenses at 52%. Fourth and fifth spots were hard to split with general market conditions coming in at 51% and restrictions or mandates from OEMs at 49%. “It will be interesting to see how the top 5 compares to the survey results for the second half of the year and to track the overall sentiment figures into 2019. Working with the AADA we plan to survey dealers twice a year and we look forward to publishing more results in early 2019.” Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index Methodology   Data for the Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index research is gathered via an online survey of privately owned and publicly listed franchise auto dealers. Data is used to calculate an index wherein a number over 50 indicates more dealers view conditions as strong or positive rather than weak or negative. The H1 2018 results were based on 92 dealer respondents across the country from August 6th to August 24th, 2018.  This is the first published report.   You can download a full copy of the H1 2018 Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index here.  For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley Director of Marketing and Communications Cox Automotive Australia & New Zealand e: mathew.mcauley@coxautoinc.com.au     p: +61 3 9922 6293 | m: +61 419 333 696   About Cox Automotive (www.coxautoinc.com) Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. The global company’s 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. www.coxautoinc.com   How NOT to lose your licence this Spring Racing Carnival 2018-10-04T06:01:16Z how-not-to-lose-your-licence-this-spring-racing-carnival Having a couple of drinks and being “a little bit over” means you can still lose your driver’s licence, find your car is impounded, cop a hefty fine and have to fit an interlock device. This Spring Racing Festival do the right thing and check to make sure you are under 0.05 BAC before you get in the car and drive. It’s also advisable to check your reading the next day as many people, including high profile footballers, have been caught out with a “just over” reading more than 12 hours after their last drink. This is extremely important for P-plate drivers who need a zero reading. Determining your BAC reading before you even walk to get into your car is easy with an Andatech AlcoSense personal breathalyser. With a one-button operation, an AlcoSense breathalyser is highly accurate with a fuel cell sensor that provides in seconds a BAC reading to three decimal places and an accuracy of +/-.005%. Like they did during the AFL Grand Final weekend, Victoria Police are sure to have a blitz on, especially around the Melbourne Cup ‘long’ weekend. As part of Operation Scoreboard when the Grand Final was held, the police removed 215 drink and 194 drug drivers from the roads. All Alcosense personal breathalysers are slim and lightweight and fit into the palm of your hand. Prices start from just $219, which is a low-cost and valuable insurance policy that takes the guesswork out of knowing your BAC reading — before the police pull you over to test it for themselves. AlcoSense breathalysers come with a lifetime guarantee*. www.andatech.com.au Ends Note: BAC refers to blood alcohol concentration or blood alcohol content and describes the percentage of alcohol present in an individual’s bloodstream at a particular point in time. It is the key variable that determines whether law enforcement can legally arrest a driver for impairment. * A three-year warranty is extendable up to a lifetime as long as the unit is calibrated every six months. This is provided under the ‘AlcoSense Guarantee’, which applies to all Andatech breathalysers. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/alcosense-guarantee About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Selection of high res photos available. Ken Kroeger wins 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Pearcey Entrepreneur Award 2018-09-04T22:09:41Z ken-kroeger-wins-2018-act-chief-ministers-pearcey-entrepreneur-award The Pearcey Foundation today announced Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines as this year’s recipient of the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented by ACT Chief Digital Officer Bettina Konti, representing the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at ACS Canberra’s 25th Annual Conference. The Pearcey Award recognises entrepreneurs for taking a risk, making a difference and inspiring others in the development of the Australian information and communications technology industry. Ken Kroeger joined Seeing Machines in 2011 as CEO. As a business visionary, Ken leads technology innovation at the company and focuses on identifying potential new markets. Under his leadership, Seeing Machines has developed into a global industry leader in driver-machine interaction, focusing on computer vision, eye-tracking and intervention safety products and services. From its Canberra base, Seeing Machines serves a growing market in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and counts Caterpillar, General Motors, Emirates, Bosch, Progress Rail, Coach USA and Transport for London among its major clients. “This is a well-deserved accolade. Ken has had a massive impact on the local ICT industry since he arrived in Australia in the 1990s and founding a number of pioneering technology companies,” said Brand Hoff AM, ACT chair, Pearcey Foundation. “We’d also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the ACT Government and the Chief Minister Andrew Barr for our industry by endorsing and participating in this prestigious ICT award.” Raised in an entrepreneurial family, Kroeger’s commercial acumen was nurtured from an early age, and his understanding of computer technology was honed at the North Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada. Kroeger co-founded 3D-simulation and training provider Catalyst Interactive and his previous roles and experience leading companies has provided him with in-depth exposure to a wide range of industries, governments, and defence and security agencies at an international level. For more information about previous ACT Pearcey Entrepreneur Award winners, go to https://pearcey.org.au/act. Other 2018 State Awards NSW: to be presented in conjunction with ACS NSW at Sydney Startup Hub on 1 November. QLD: to be presented at a gala dinner in conjunction with ACS, AIPM, AISA, APSco, ICSC, IIBA, ISACA, ITFGC, ITSMF, SIBA and WiT on 10 October. Event details to be confirmed. SA: presented to Tony Clark of Rising Star Pictures during the ACS SA Branch Forum on 28 August. TAS: to be announced in conjunction with ACS and Tasmanian Disruptor Award finalists. Event details to be finalised shortly. VIC: awarded jointly to the co-founders of Rome2rio Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron on 28 August. WA: awarded to Dr Mark Andrich as part of the WAITTA Incite Awards on 15 June. -- About the Pearcey Foundation The Pearcey Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey. By celebrating the heroes in our industry, past, present and future, the Foundation is looking to attract and encourage young Australians into this most exciting of global high technology sectors of our nation. Web: www.pearcey.org.au Twitter: @Pearcey_org #pearceyawards #ACSCanberra LinkedIn: Pearcey Foundation #pearceyawards #ACSCanberra This Luxury Travel Company is Shaking up the Industry with Supercars & Michelin Stars 2018-08-23T06:29:43Z this-luxury-travel-company-is-shaking-up-the-industry-with-supercars-michelin-stars From jetting to exotic islands, finding tranquility on luxury cruises, to adrenalin filled adventure tours across Europe to the Americas, my wife and I had started to believe that we had seen the best of everything. That was until we heard about an exclusive event held by Ultimate Driving Tours – called Beautiful Cars & Michelin Stars. Boasting a fleet of supercars, an adventure on the backroads of France, esteemed culinary experiences at Michelin Star restaurants and accommodation at lavish, luxury hotels, I thought to myself “what a glamourous way to explore France’s best wine regions – time to fly and experience the amazing!”. Driving the most spectacular and renowned roads of the Beaujolais, Burgundy and Champagne regions, we experienceding the best offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and many other famous marques. Each night we would stop at ornate chateaus, or luxury hotels and swap the car keys for champagne, before an unforgettable Michelin Starred meal. One day we were in a striking 12-century castle, the next we were in one of the finest luxury residences in Paris. We felt like royalty! We began in Lyon, where food meets culture at Paul Bocuse’s iconic 3 Michelin Star L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. 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Ultimate Driving Tours was born from a passion for all things motor-related. That, and an appreciation for the finer things in life. From Europe to the Americas and Australasia, for the last ten years, we’ve created bucket-list motoring tours and events, as part of an all-encompassing luxury travel experience. Don’t miss out – live your trip of a lifetime today! Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2018-08-02T22:34:10Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-6 One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, August 9 at 6:00pm AEST. The auction is a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will kick off with around 100 late model prestige and elite vehicles offered for sale to members of the public. Interested car buyers shouldn’t miss this chance to buy a prestige vehicle at a great price. While a 2 door high performance sports car might not suit your lifestyle, Manheim’s prestige auction always features a great range of premium and luxury hatches, sedans, wagons and 4 wheel drives. It’s a great opportunity to pick up any style of luxury vehicle with a wide range of late model, low km cars including Ferrari, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Some of the stand out vehicles include – ·         2012 Ferrari 458 Italia 2D Cabriolet – in sleek white, this is one powerful car ·         2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class C217 AMG S63 2D Coupé – low km’s and all the added features ·         2014 BMW M4 F82 2D Coupé – showing a very low 667km on the clock and showcasing a gold exterior ·         2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence – station wagon luxury with low km’s and great features ·         2010 Audi R8 4.2 FSI V8 Quattro – all class in a sleek black   Anthony Poci, General Manager for Manheim in Melbourne, said “Our latest Prestige auction has a great line up of outstanding vehicles on offer and we expect huge public interest in our prestige auction on August 9. We have some stand out vehicles including a Ferrari 458 Italia and an Audi R8.” Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate fleets and include a number of highly sought after repossessions. Prospective buyers can view content of the featured cars on Manheim’s Facebook page. The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Ave, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles during the weekdays leading up to the auction. All vehicles are listed on the Manheim website, with detailed information, photographs and online catalogues available for viewing. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online. To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712. Ends/.. For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au     About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au)   As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives.   Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au Cash for Cars Businesses and the Environment 2018-07-02T11:55:46Z cash-for-cars-businesses-and-the-environment Auto Wreckers are on a quest to cleanse the City of Perth of all kind of metallic rust on four wheels that is lying around.Rusty, flooded, broken, derelict, unwanted scrap cars are wanted in our wrecking yard. They will even come to you, free of charge to get rid of that weight on wheels.  But thats not all, They will even pay you Australian dollars for that scrap car, in cash and the same day. You might be not aware, but you are actually helping the environment. Instead of selling it, their teams can wreck it, and each part of it would be made into cash.  The unwanted parts would be properly recycled with all standards, so no harm will come to the environment There was time when the unlicensed Auto Wreckers in Perth were using this type of business for all kind of shady things. But new laws are in place. The Victorian Government has find this an issue when more than 5000  vehicles were stolen last year. And 60% of them were never recovered. Even the newer ones were sold for parts to illegal cash for cars or car removal businesses. Unlicensed businesses at this point are searched for and fined  $31,000 and for some, it is safer to sell your junk car. The advice here is to look for licensed Local Businesses that can buy your old car for money. But do research first. What is Cash for Cars service? If you have a rusty old french automobile lying in your backyard, there are actually companies out there that can buy it.  However, the price for that vehicle would be lower than the regular advertising on Gumtree. This is because someone might love that car, but it would take you months to sell it. What the wrecking yard do is buying your car for cash, and most of the time it is within the same day! What is Car Removal Service? Car removal service once was just a service where someone with truck comes to remove that junk car and you pay for it. But the times have changed and because of the competition this service is now mostly Free, and it is combined with the Cash for Cars service where you benefit even more. What is Wrecking Yard? It is an area where the cars, trucks, vans, 4x4 are brought and salvaged for useful parts. The whole process is mostly done in a safe way because of the standards safety setup by these companies. The environment is safer, and parts are reused if there is a need. Having all these standards set in place, along with the Free Documentation, Free Cash Quote's and same day removals, there are legal companies like https://orientalcarremoval.com.au are paying you Cash for Cars in Perth without a hassle but they also care about the environment.  "My old Ford was dying in the backyard for 12 long years. I always thought these things are pricey, but when i finally got rid of it, i got paid cash for it, the same day!" said Jack, a recent customer at Oriental. Bridgestone backs Western Sydney University in USA Solar Challenge campaign 2018-04-30T22:13:58Z bridgestone-backs-western-sydney-university-in-usa-solar-challenge-campaign Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand has thrown its support behind Western Sydney University’s American tour, which will see them tackle two solar car events in July – the Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge. The leading tyre company will supply the Western Sydney Solar Car Team with ‘Ecopia with ologic’ tyres for its ‘Unlimited 2.0’ solar car, which was designed and developed at the university’s Kingswood campus. Western Sydney Solar Team the first ever Australian team to embark on the Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge following a sixth place finish in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – the world cup of the solar car community. “We’re very excited to the first Australian team in the history of the event. We think we’re going to go okay. We’re very confident in the pace of our car and the strength of our team,”   said Western Sydney Solar Team Manager, Saami Bashar “With Bridgestone's support, we're very excited to be pushing our design to the limit in our first international race. A labour of love for the past three years, our car is held to the bitumen by four small patches of rubber, and we wouldn't trust any other brand to deliver the required performance,” he added. The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track based competition taking place at Motorsport Park Hastings, Nebraska from 10-12 July, ahead of the 1,700 mile (2,700km) American Solar Challenge from Omaha, Nebraska to Bend, Oregon from 14-22 July. Bridgestone’s support of Western Sydney University is in line with Bridgestone’s global ‘Our Way to Serve’ CSR initiative which focusses on mobility, people and the environment. “Bridgestone is thrilled to be able to support Western Sydney University as it takes on these two events in America. They have already proved that Australian ingenuity, design and engineering is alongside the world’s best in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and we are delighted these bright young minds are so passionate to take it further,” said Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt. “Bridgestone’s ‘Our Way to Serve’ initiative emphasises supporting youth, the development of sustainable mobility and environmental stewardship. Our support of Western Sydney Solar Team, as well as our title sponsorship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, is a fantastic way to encourage development in all three areas,” he added. Bridgestone’s Ecopia with ologic tyres aim to reach new levels of efficiency and meet the changing needs of cars as electric vehicles rise in popularity. The bi-annual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, held over 3,000km from Darwin to Adelaide, serves as research and development for new Ecopia products such as the EP500 fitted to BMW’s small electric car, the i3. – ENDS – For more information about Bridgestone's Ecopia range, visit www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ecopia Media images and video available by contacting Tom Worsley. News Release - Before you hop in your car this Easter, make sure you do this 2018-03-27T01:30:32Z news-release-before-you-hop-in-your-car-this-easter-make-sure-you-do-this In the lead up to the biggest driving weekend in Australia, automotive technology brand Navman is calling all drivers to prepare for the road ahead with the right dash-cam installed, and to play their part in reporting risky behaviour. “With more cars on the roads, drivers in a rush to get to destinations, people getting behind the wheel after having one too many or simply driving for too long, Easter is a notoriously dangerous time on the roads. Having a good dash-cam installed has never been more important. If the unthinkable happens and you are involved in a collision, it can capture the critical moments before an accident occurs to help protect you from fraudulent accident claims, road rage incidents and provide proof of who was at fault,” says Wendy Hammond, Managing Director, Navman Australia and New Zealand. She encourages Australian drivers to be good citizens and report risky driving behaviour recorded on their dash-cams. “More and more we are hearing police asking for footage from drivers. If you recorded any dangerous and irresponsible driving that could endanger lives, instead of just sharing on social media, provide the footage to the police for them to follow up.” Ms Hammond advises drivers to make sure they have the right dash cam. “Choose a dash-cam with a glass lens (rather than a plastic lens), one that records clear quality footage in bad weather and bright lighting, has GPS tracking and also check that you have a SIM card inserted - you won’t believe the number of people who missed out recording crucial evidence because they failed to do this. Alternatively get a dash-cam like MiVue 780 or MiVue 850, which will upload the footage via Wifi in the case of an incident. After all, why should you lose your no claim bonus or have to pay your excess because of someone else’s mistake? Protect yourself with the evidence you need to prove you weren’t at fault.” - ends - Navman’s MiVue 780 (RRP$249) and MiVue 850 (RRP$449) feature EZYSHARE via WIFI, that will automatically send an emergency event file to the MiVue app if connected to Wi-Fi, or simply upload footage to the app as soon as you have Wi-Fi. You can save a copy of the video on your phone immediately after an incident has happened and the Wi-Fi capabilities also make it simple to share your dash-cam’s saved videos online. About Navman: Navman, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, has more than 20 years’ experience in GPS, and as such is now widely recognised as a pioneer in portable, in-car satellite devices and dashcams. Navman began life in New Zealand, specialising in marine electronics and even today software design and development is still undertaken there. Today the Navman brand is owned by MiTAC International, a leading worldwide maker of wireless communications products and one of Business Week’s top 100 Global IT companies. For more information, visit www.navman.com.au or facebook.com/NavmanANZ For further information about Navman please contact: Michelle Tan, The D’Arcy Partnership Telephone: +61 2 9281 2230 Email: michellet@darcypr.com Bridgestone donates $50,000 to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand 2018-03-13T22:47:31Z bridgestone-donates-50-000-to-leukaemia-amp-blood-cancer-new-zealand Bridgestone New Zealand has shown its commitment to its new charity partner, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand, with the first significant contribution from its ‘Brighten Your Wheels’ campaign.   Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand CEO Pru Etcheverry was presented with a cheque for $50,049.33 by Bridgestone New Zealand Director, John Staples from the sale of specially designed, teal LBC New Zealand tyre valve caps through the Bridgestone Tyre Centre and Bridgestone Select network during November.   Bridgestone announced its partnership with LBC last year, seeing Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand aligning its charity partners on both sides of the Tasman and according to Ms Etcheverry, it is already making a significant impact.   “Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand is thrilled with how our partnership with Bridgestone is developing,” Ms Etcheverry said.   “We loved the teal valve caps and have them fitted on all of the LBC New Zealand branded vehicles as well as our personal cars. It’s a great initiative and we’re delighted by the $50,000 it has raised. It will go a long way in supporting the work LBC New Zealand does.   “This donation will go towards supporting LBC New Zealand’s new Dunedin Support Centre, which opens next month, seeing our services expand in the South Island and allowing us to work closely with local patients and their families.”   Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ supports patients and families with personalised support, providing information and education, funding research, raising awareness, and advocacy.   Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, says the donation is the first stepping stone of a long path together with LBC New Zealand.   “Bridgestone shares Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s passion for supporting those faced with the challenges of blood cancer,” Mr Moffatt said.    “This donation is a reflection of the commitment our team has for its charity partner. We’re delighted to make this $50,000 donation to LBC New Zealand and we look forward to making many more contributions in the coming years.   “In New Zealand and Australia we have teammates currently fundraising and preparing to shave their heads to support LBC New Zealand’s Shave for a Cure and our Australian charity, the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, demonstrating their commitment to the community and supporting the work of these organisations.”   – ENDS –   *Hi-res image available by contacting Tom Worsley  60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy 2018-03-08T23:03:38Z 60th-annual-good-design-awards-unveils-new-sustainably-designed-trophy Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by The Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive. The trophy will be presented to winners at the 60th annual Awards ceremony held on 17 May 2018 for the first time at Sydney Opera House. Top honours will be presented by special guest, Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon architect of the Sydney Opera House. Due to popular and last minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines. In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”. Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.” “Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say. The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Awards, a number of new awards and initiatives have also been launched to promote the value and importance of design including the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8v7krirf5xeo9e7/AABbwSP4SXjHMRozAxzlexZoa?dl=0 Good Design Awards Key Dates: 19 March 2018 Entries Close – date extended 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury 2018-02-22T00:56:45Z good-design-awards-unveils-renowned-international-design-experts-for-2018-jury Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018. For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history. Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May. Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016). The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes: Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design, Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI) Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields “2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.” “Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.” The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It isrecognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3r2tnmlzklxmak/AAARpv6RX0iPffxoEtYEclXSa?dl=0 Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website: https://www.good-design.org/good-design-awards/judges/ Good Design Awards Key Dates: 9 March 2018 Entries Close 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards Good Design Australia is an international design promotionorganisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Bridgestone and NatRoad focus on long-haul sustainability 2018-01-29T00:44:25Z bridgestone-and-natroad-focus-on-long-haul-sustainability Industry body NatRoad and Bridgestone are using their partnership to bring greater savings to members and help make the road freight industry more sustainable for business operators.   Bridgestone is offering a 10 per cent discount** to all NatRoad members across the full range of commercial tyre solutions: Bridgestone and Firestone tyres, as well as Bandag retreads, further reinforcing the company’s commitment to the transport industry.   NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark, welcomes the initiative by Bridgestone and says the partnership has proved a winner for NatRoad members so far.   “Bridgestone and NatRoad share a focus on safety, environmental sustainability, technology and promoting the industry to ensure its viability. The passion for the industry is evident by the quality, technology and offers they present to NatRoad members.” Mr Clark said.   “The ongoing discount for members directly helps operators, particularly smaller ones, to reduce operating costs. It complements the partnerships NatRoad has forged to benefit the 45,000 trucking companies throughout Australia and support the 140,000 people working in the industry.”    Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, says it is transport companies who are the beneficiaries of the NatRoad partnership.   “We’re thrilled to extend our NatRoad offer into 2018 following its success last year. The road transport industry is what keeps Australia moving and Bridgestone is proud to support NatRoad members by helping reduce operating costs,” Mr Moffatt said.   “Bridgestone is positioned perfectly to support the Australian trucking industry through its network of more than 130 commercial stores, and a further 700 affiliated service providers.   “We are dedicated to providing total tyre management solutions, from owner/operators right through to Australia’s biggest fleets. Our close relationship with NatRoad is a further demonstration of our commitment to the industry,” Mr Moffatt added.   As well as giving members access to a host of offers such as tyre deals, NatRoad also lobbies and advocates on behalf of its members to government and regulators as well as offering advice on legal and compliance issues.    For further information about Bridgestone’s Platinum Partnership or NatRoad membership benefits, visit www.natroad.com.au   **For full terms and conditions of the offer visit the NatRoad website Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens blooms in annual awards 2017-12-08T06:25:57Z bridgestone-select-windsor-gardens-blooms-in-annual-awards North Eastern Adelaide store Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens has been awarded the top honour in Bridgestone’s annual MasterClass awards, claiming the title of National Franchise of the Year.   The MasterClass awards recognise the highest standards and consistency across a store’s operations, sales process, sales achievement and customer service.    As well as the top honour, Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens was also inducted into Bridgestone’s prestigious Chairman’s Club – an elite group of Australia’s highest performing retailers – and named the South Australia/Northern Territory regional winner.   “I’m ecstatic. I haven’t won anything before so to be named National Franchise of the Year is very exciting,” said Phil Burdon, Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens franchisee.   “This recognises the hard work of my team, and the fantastic job my manager Aaron Conrad and the whole staff puts in on a daily basis. My wife Jodie and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”   Mr Burdon believes customer service is key to a successful business, along with following Bridgestone’s MasterClass program.   “People shop for people, not for stores. They go back to places where they receive high levels of customer service,” Mr Burdon added.   “This accolade is definitely a team effort, from my staff right through to the great people at Bridgestone. It’s a great business to be involved with.”   According to Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, the Windsor Gardens store is worthy of the accolades, along with all of the state winners.     “The Bridgestone MasterClass awards recognise the stores in our network that continually put in the hard work to go the extra mile and I congratulate the entire team at Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens,” Mr Moffatt said.   “Phil and Jodie Burdon, along with their team, are an asset to the Bridgestone Select network and are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and expert advice. We’re thrilled to recognise the commitment of this great store and award them with National Franchise of the Year.   “Each year our MasterClass program highlights the strength of our Bridgestone Select and Bridgestone Service Centre networks and we take great delight in commending all of our winners throughout Australia on their ongoing efforts to ensure Bridgestone remains the market leader.”   Congratulations to the following Bridgestone Select franchises on being named state winners: NSW/ACT        Bridgestone Select Coffs Harbour - Ashley & Fiona McDougall QLD                 Bridgestone Select Harbour Town - Gary & Kayleen Swift SA/NT              Bridgestone Select Windsor Gardens - Phil & Jodie Burdon VIC/TAS           Bridgestone Select Moonah - Peter & Roslyn Killick WA                  Bridgestone Select Busselton - Jason & Shontelle Bowman   Congratulations to the following Bridgestone Service Centre state winners: NSW/ACT        Bridgestone Service Centre Thornton – Ashley & Fiona McDougall QLD                 Bridgestone Service Centre Bundaberg East – Steven & Georgia Bennier SA/NT              Bridgestone Service Centre Victor Harbor – Phil & Deb Smedley VIC/TAS           Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool - Peter Baulch & son Jamie Baulch WA                  Bridgestone Service Centre Bullsbrook – Ryan & Natasha Lancaster   Commercial Business Retail Dealer of the Year winner:  Bridgestone Service Centre Thornton – Ashley & Fiona McDougall