The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-04-07T03:12:30Z Worldwide licence for new UQ synthetic zeolite processing technology secured by Metalsearch (MSE) 2020-04-07T03:12:30Z worldwide-licence-for-new-uq-synthetic-zeolite-processing-technology-secured-by-metalsearch-mse Aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer, Metalsearch (MSE) has secured an exclusive worldwide licence for a unique newly developed synthetic zeolite processing technology that has the potential to significantly lower the cost of production for this widely applied input. Used in a broad range of applications including-water treatment (purification and separation), detergent builders and cracking processes in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, the 2019 global synthetic zeolite market was estimated at USD $5.64 billion 1 The Licence Agreement, from UniQuest, the technology transfer company of The University of Queensland (UQ), will see UniQuest join the MSE share register. UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering Associate Professor James Vaughan and Dr Hong (Marco) Peng developed the unique approach to manufacture synthetic zeolites from kaolin feedstock. UQ’s processing technology is a synergistic fit to MSE’s Abercorn Project, as the primary feedstock is kaolin. The Company’s Abercorn kaolin mineralisation prospect in Queensland has the potential to extract marketable volumes of higher-grade Al2O3 feedstock. Experienced former Westpac Group senior corporate banker, Peter Zardo, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MSE to drive commercialisation of the patent-pending technology and development of MSE’s Abercorn Project. The technology will potentially fast track development of the Abercorn Project, with a low capital cost to reach commercial production, utilising the company’s existing kaolin feedstock. It also provides MSE with opportunities to monetise broader application of the technology outside the company by offering a significantly lower cost method of manufacturing zeolites compared to current production processes. Under lab conditions, UQ demonstrated up to 70% reduction in energy in the thermal activation stage and up to 80% reduction in production time in subsequent zeolite precipitation steps. These results also underpin a process that could expand the application of synthetic zeolites, by reducing costs and making their unique frameworks more accessible to wider applications. The technology will allow MSE to pursue sub-licensing agreements to existing synthetic zeolite manufacturers and end users. MSE believes a materially lower cost of production for synthetic zeolites could accelerate the transition away from phosphate use to environmentally friendly detergent builders. Quotes attributable to Dr. Dean Moss, CEO, UniQuest: “UniQuest is very pleased to have partnered with MSE for this promising UQ technology. The technology used to produce the synthetic zeolite has shown potential to reduce energy consumption and time, compared to traditional methods in lab experiments. With the MSE licence in place and an associated research agreement to follow shortly, we are excited to support MSE to explore broader use across multiple industry applications and further commercialise the technology to create change.” Quotes attributable to Mr Peter Zardo, COO, Metalsearch: “It’s an exciting time to join Metalsearch with the addition of innovative new technology that has the potential to disrupt the synthetic zeolite manufacturing market. Our relationship with The University of Queensland continues to strengthen and we now have a significant opportunity to leverage our Abercorn deposit and combine it with world leading kaolin technology. We are committed to extracting the significant benefits of this opportunity and commercialising it for MSE’s Abercorn Project and broader market application. We would like to thank UQ and UniQuest for introducing this technology to MSE and enabling the licence agreement.” - ENDS - About Metalsearch Limited (MSE) MSE is an aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer listed on the ASX. The Company’s primary focus is on the development of its Queensland based Abercorn Project, a large-scale high quality kaolin prospect, and leveraging newly acquired kaolin centric technologies developed by the University of Queensland for potential commercial production of in demand compounds, including synthetic zeolites, high-purity alumina (HPA) and aluminium sulfate (ALUM). The Company also owns 100% of the Kraaipan Gold-Nickel-Copper-PGM Project in southern Botswana. There are no current activities at this site. About synthetic zeolites Synthetic zeolites are manufactured aluminosilicate minerals with a sponge-like structure (framework), made up of tiny pores that make them useful as frameworks for catalysts or ultrafine filters. They are commonly known as molecular sieves and can be designed to selectively adsorb smaller molecules or ions. The selectivity properties of different synthetic zeolites enable them to be effective in wastewater treatment applications, as detergent builders and water filters. The rise in adoption of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents in major end use industries including water treatment, chemicals and petrochemicals particularly in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America has boosted the growth of the market and this is expected to continue over the next decade. Rising environmental concerns regarding wastewater health hazards have triggered regulatory bodies across the globe to mandate the use of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents. The stringent regulatory norms specifically in the U.S. and Europe to disinfect both water and air have also been boosting the demand for adsorbents. Synthetic zeolites also play an important role as ion exchangers in many everyday dishwashing and laundry detergents, assisting to remove calcium and magnesium and soften water so they work more effectively. Synthetic zeolites are sought after as a detergent builder as they present an environmentally friendly substitute for toxic phosphates (which are banned in the USA, Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia). Synthetic zeolite is also used as a catalyst in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, in catalytic crackers to break large hydrocarbon molecules into gasoline, diesel, kerosene and waxes. In agriculture, synthetic zeolites are used in soil conditioners. Kybybolite local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T02:04:50Z kybybolite-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 2020/2021 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge (MPRC) – a 12-month program that will see up to 75 Australian farmers experience firsthand the benefits of trace mineral management at high demand production times in sheep and cattle. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. Challengers will then go into the running to win an overseas trip for two to the USA tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus a 12-month supply of Multimin. Second and third runners up will also receive six months of free Multimin. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shepard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this year’s Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local producer Brett Shepard of Kybybolite, SA participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. Brett is a fourth-generation farmer at Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East. Brett’s property is just over 1000 hectares, of which he runs 2000 commercial ewes for prime lamb production, 1300 stud ewes (Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Suffolks) and their replacement ewe weaners along with 500 young stud rams. Brett’s home block is where he concentrates on organic cropping program and produces organic golden linseed, organic matika oats and organic hay, with the occasional paddock of sub clover and lucerne hay put in on the stud block. “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett, “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Brett’s aim, participating in the Multimin Challenge, is to achieve his goal of becoming industry leaders with his ram and lamb production, Brett hopes that Multimin will assist with greater lambing percentages, stronger lambs at birth, faster growth rates and all-round stock nutrition. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac's Multimin Injection is a trace mineral top up that rapidly increases trace mineral levels in cattle and sheep for use during high demand periods. Providing selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc at strategic times of the production cycle has been shown to improve livestock health and fertility, thus optimising livestock productivity. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available along with. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see fourth-generation farmer Brett Shepard from Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East, participate and share his journey and results using Multimin. Sungrow Premium Partner – Smart Energy Answers 2020-03-24T11:59:33Z sungrow-premium-partner-smart-energy-answers Smart Energy Answers (SEA) is proud to be an authorised dealer of Sungrow inverters. The initiative will enable SEA to continue to empower households to make the transition to cleaner and more affordable energy. Our customers can also benefit from the outstanding 12-year warranty offer and have the peace of mind that they'll receive not only high-quality products but also high-quality installation services. Here we discuss the key benefits of Sungrow inverters and what makes them so unique. About Sungrow Sungrow is one of the three largest inverter manufacturers in the world. They're a leader in the research and development of solar inverters and have one of the largest dedicated R&D teams in the industry. The company has a broad portfolio range for utility-scale, commercial and residential applications. As of June 2019, Sungrow's products power installations in over 60 countries. They have also launched the world's largest inverter factory, and once fully operational, the production capacity will reach 50GW. Sungrow has an excellent reputation for service as well as quality and is one of the few inverter companies to be ranked as "100% bankable" by BloombergNEF in its latest survey. What makes Sungrow's inverters so unique? The Sungrow Diamond Inverter utilises state of the art transformerless inverter technology. Without the transformer, they are much lighter, quieter and more compact. The inverter is built to withstand Australian conditions and features a robust design made from high anti-corrosion aluminium alloy casting. It also comes with an outstanding 10-year manufacturer warranty. Sungrow's hybrid inverter, on the other hand, performs the work of a grid-tied inverter and a battery-based inverter at the same time. They're great value for money for those looking to add batteries in the future. The Sungrow inverters are also integrated with an energy management system that can monitor your household consumption. Hybrid inverters are gaining popularity as battery storage can be more cost-effective and can protect you from grid outages. SEA is looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Sungrow, and further, accelerate the growth of solar and empower people to make the switch to cleaner energy. Smart Energy Answers is Australia's leading energy solutions provider. We're Australian owned and operated with nearly a decade of experience in the solar energy field. We have completed over 3,000 residential and commercial installations, and bring together the knowledge and professionalism to deliver the highest quality energy solutions. We go above and beyond to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Contact us today on 1300 732 679 to learn more about Sungrow and other high-performance inverters. Solar Attachment Technology Now Available in Australia 2020-03-19T01:42:08Z solar-attachment-technology-now-available-in-australia (Colorado Springs, Colorado, – March 18, 2020)  S-5!, the world’s leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions, today announced it was voted best in session by attendees earlier this month at Melbourne’s Smart Energy Conference. Dustin Haddock, vice president of research and development for S-5!, presented as part of the Smart Energy Technical Workshop series facilitated by solar industry expert, Geoff Bragg, chairman of the Australian Solar Energy Industries Association and director of the Smart Energy Council.  In his technical training session, Haddock outlined the latest attachment technology for solar panels on both standing seam and exposed-fix metal roofs. He discussed the structural considerations for rooftop PV, namely load distribution and designing a PV system in a similar fashion to the roof design.  Haddock introduced S-5!’s  PVKIT 2.0, which enables solar installers to mount solar panels directly onto S-5!’s clamps and brackets. The PVKIT’s pre-assembled components reduce installation time and cost for PV mounting, eliminating the need for an elaborate rail system, while also providing better load distribution into the roof and substructure.S-5! has two main distributors in Australia. Based out of Sydney,  Rapid Systems Solutions (RSS), owned by the No. 1 Roofing and Building Supplies and  MAK Fastener Specialists, Pty Ltd., in Melbourne offer a variety of S-5! products.“We have been working with S-5! to increase awareness in the solar and HVAC market of the huge unique benefits of S-5! direct to metal roof solar, HVAC, and other device mounting solutions,” said Matt Hennessy of RSS. In addition to the competitive material costs, S-5! offers sizeable savings in labour, transport, warehousing and an average of 84% weight savings.”S-5! attachment solutions can be found on some of the world’s largest buildings such as Apple Inc.’s corporate headquarters (Apple Park) and Google’s corporate headquarters (Googleplex). And, S-5! is no stranger to Australia.The  S-5-E Mini Clamps can be found on Costco roofs in Australia and throughout the world. To date, the S-5-E Mini Clamps are securing the solar arrays on the roofs of Costco– North Lakes (QLD), Costco – Adelaide (SA), Costco – Oakdale (NSW), Costco – Marsden Park (NSW) and Costco – Casula (NSW).The S-5-E Mini is a medium-duty, non-penetrating, seam clamp featuring one setscrew. The mini is the choice for attaching rooftop accessories including solar arrays, signage, rooftop walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines and mechanical equipment."We are excited to be utilizing S-5!’s solar roof attachment solutions in Australia,” said David McDonald of MAK Fastener Specialists, a distributor of S-5! products. “We have used S-5! products on projects in the U.S.A., Ireland and the U.K., and our customers are very happy with the results."“The feedback from clients thus far has been outstanding, and we have processed a mountain of inquiries,” said Hennessy. “In HVAC and solar, S-5! will soon become the standard metal roof mounting system, just like it is in many countries around the world. Why? Because the benefits above are so compelling – this is the disruptor “aka Uber” for the metal roof mounting industry.”About S-5!Since 1992, S-5! has been the leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions. S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps attach ancillary items to standing seam and conceal-fix metal roofs without violating roof integrity or warranties. Clamps, RibBrackets™ and CorruBrackets™ are engineered for a variety of applications: fall protection and wind performance systems, satellite dishes, solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, stack/flue bracing, walkways, air con, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more. Made in the U.S.A., S-5!’s products have revolutionized the metal roofing industry and are now installed on more than 2 million metal roofs worldwide including 2 GW of PV, providing strength and longevity never before seen. For more information, visit  www.S-5.com.### We've heard of 'green-washing' but what is 'Australia-washing'? 2020-03-17T02:10:39Z we-ve-heard-of-green-washing-but-what-is-australia-washing As our nation reels from the recent national bushfire crisis and continues in drought, we are now faced with a new global threat in the form of the Covid-19 virus. Now, more than ever, Australia needs to stay local, seek local and support local, for the long-term success of our industries and the communities that thrive on these businesses.  But, what IS local?  Forget ‘green-washing’ we now have ‘Australia-washing’  Many brands manufacture products such as food and cosmetics in Australia, sending bulk offshore for packaging before returning to Australia. This, not only, sends our dollars overseas but creates a significantly more damaging environmental footprint with the additional transportation fuels required for this process.  Likewise, many brands, manufacture componentry abroad and bring into Australia for assembly to then claim an ‘Australian made’ accolade. And this isn’t where the true-blue ‘Australia-washing’ ends.  And why do they do it? It’s simple – it’s cheaper.  For decades, Australia has been held in the highest of global esteem as a clean and green nation, with purity and quality standards of manufacture. Now, with a cloud cast over many industries, consumers need to be even more discerning to determine which brands are worth their salt.  ‘Locally made’ simply put is when a business actions ALL processes of manufacture, from product conception to market delivery, within their relative geographic location.  So how do you know if your products are really local?  Ask the question: “are you 100% Australian owned, developed and manufactured?” If the answer is ambiguous, there’s probably a reason. If it’s clear, ask where geographically they are manufactured. Does it sit right with you, that your purchase price is being reinvested where it needs to? If so, you are supporting local and that’s a great choice.  THE BUBBA ORGANICS DIFFERENCE  As a proudly Australian owned and run brand entrusted to care for the most delicate of new skin, Bubba Organics is genuine about transparency. Did you know that the entire Bubba Organics range is made in Melbourne, Australia?  That’s right. EVERY bottle, EVERY label and EVERY formulation is made locally.  Not only that, Bubba Organics produces 100% organic cotton baby swaddle wraps and wash cloths and these are also locally produced in Melbourne, from locally grown, milled and spun cotton. Of course, in bringing a product like this to you, we have plenty of partners involved. In fact, at least 8 different local businesses collaborate to deliver our baby wraps and wash cloths, each with their own local community workforce and micro-economy. How locally minded is that?  The eco award-winning brand just sees this as another way to support local businesses and to reduce their carbon footprint recognising that each small act goes a long way towards protecting the future – and most importantly, the future of our precious children.  In further efforts to help protect the environment for the future, Bubba Organics:  ✓ sources Australian made recyclable bottles.  ✓ ensures formulations are both biodegradable and grey-water safe.  ✓ uses eco-friendly printing processes for labels and marketing materials. Bubba Organics use recycled paper stock, and unbleached paper packaging where possible.  ✓ uses eco-friendly manufacturing processes.  ✓ uses compostable mailing satchels for Australian direct orders.  ✓ uses recyclable packaging filler and wrap to secure product for dispatch.  ✓ produces minimal runs of labels and stock to limit wastage.  Bubba Organics understands that parents across the globe care about how things are made, where they come from and what impact they have. Choosing eco baby products is choosing to care for the planet and all its creatures. Bubba Organics is currently available online and in over 200 independently owned stores specialising in premium and sustainable lifestyle products for families.  Bubba Organics works hard to deliver natural baby products that parents can trust – and are proud of the certifications that our premium products have earned. Bubba Organics is:  ✓ Australian Made & Owned ®  ✓ A proud supporter of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc  ✓ Australian Allergy Certified ®  ✓ Australian Certified Toxic-Free  ✓ Made Safe Non-Toxic Certified™  ✓ Vegan Friendly Certified™  ✓ Cruelty-Free Certified™  Facebook / Instagram ENDS For more information, imagery or interviews contact:  Kerri Chadwick, Bubba Organics P: 0400987788 | E: kerri@bubbaorganics.com.au  Lindsay Spencer, Bubba Organics P: 0409409931 | E: marketing@bubbaorganics.com.au  ABOUT BUBBA ORGANICS:  Since its launch in early 2016, Bubba Organics has been providing Australian families with truly natural skincare products. Committed to be a brand that parents can trust – an ethically produced, Australian made skincare line genuine about transparency. Nothing hidden or harmful, just the very finest naturally sourced ingredients chosen for their proven effectiveness and suitability for extra-sensitive skin. Bubba Organics is an ECO award-winning brand and a respected name in natural baby skincare. Bubba Organics is not only a proudly Australian owned and made brand, but all products are manufactured in Victoria, supporting our local business partners at every angle. A ‘think globally, act locally’ approach that continues to resonate well with the brands discerning customer.  www.bubbaorganics.com.au Bushfire and Children’s Mental Health 2020-03-13T13:53:23Z bushfire-and-children-s-mental-health Saci Books, a little Sydney based publishing company that is passionate about giving voice to kids, has opened up space on their website and social media accounts for children to express what the bushfires mean to them.  Maíra Metelo, the founder of Saci Books strongly believes children must be heard. “I want children to have a voice, I want them to know that age doesn’t define the quality of their ideas.” She speaks with merit, her eldest son wrote a book when he was only 4 years old, she noticed that her son’s story had such incredible thinking patterns regarding complex topics like empathy and the environment that she did not flinch and decided to publish it. “I couldn’t let this one fade in time or build up on the pile of drawings and stories at our house”. Just over one year after being published, the book sells well and it gets great response from parents, educators and, most importantly, from other children.  “Bushfires Through My Heart” is the name of Maira Metelo’s new project and it is getting a heartwarming response from parents, teachers, psychologists and also the little ones. The project encourages children to send writings, poems, drawings, songs, vídeos and paintings that express what the bushfire means to them. She asks parents not to force the children to produce anything, “The most important thing is that it must come from their little hearts. The idea so far is to keep children’s stories on social media, blog and on their website. However, she hopes those stories will make it big into a hardcover book later in the year and donate the proceeds to libraries and schools affected by the fires.  The Australian bushfires this summer have caused unprecedented destruction and loss. It has left an entire nation afraid of losing all the land they have to live and produce food. They saw their fauna and flora burn with potential some extinction. Anxiety, stress, fear have walked hand in hand with gratitude to the kind and generous spirit that every day Australians and the international community has shown. However, that is not enough to heal from the loss of loved ones, from seeing fires burn your house down, from having to leave everything behind to flee from danger, see koalas burnt on the side of the road, to not be able to breathe.   How will these wounds be healed? Maíra thought that the best way she could help this crisis was focusing on the emotional health of the children who are dealing with it for the past 2 months and will continue to do for the next few years.  “I see so many people donating money and goods, so many people who live close to the fire volunteering and risking their lives that I thought the best way for me to help with my skills was through focusing on the emotional health of these children ”   Maíra has partnered with Marcela Nolasco, the founder clinical family psychologist from Little Steps Psychology in the Northern Beaches. Marcela is also using her skills and experience to assist in the recovery and wellbeing of children and families affected by the fires. Marcela recommends that offering children a safe space to play and to express their ideas through artistic mediums is a very effective way to help them heal from trauma and adversity.  “Children will be pleased to see they are not alone in their fears, in their gratitude to the fire fighters and people who helped. They will also see that their dreams and aspirations are very similar to other children’s. Creating a sense of belonging and mutual understanding can be very healing to those little hearts who had gone through crisis.” explains Marcela.   People in the urban centres are also affected, of course to a much lesser extent but the smoke, the fear for the country, the sadness for all that is happening has tarnished everyone.   The Internet has the incredible power to connect people by spreading the word beyond their local area. “We are based in Sydney and have received a lot of urban children poems and writings but we have also reached people from the affected towns in NSW and a few  from Victoria and Queensland. We want to use this tool [the internet] to make sure that this initiative reaches all communities.” The project can be accessed by the Saci Book website (https://sacibooks.com/bushfires-through-my-heart/) Facebook (/sacibooks)  or Instagram @saci.books You can find details of the medicare bulk-billed session on Little Steps website (www.littlestepsychology.com.au/bushfire-counselling-relief-nsw/) Epson Recognised as Global Leader for Engaging Its Supply Chain on Climate Change 2020-03-10T00:06:27Z epson-recognised-as-global-leader-for-engaging-its-supply-chain-on-climate-change Epson has been identified as a global leader for engaging with its suppliers on climate change, being awarded a position on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard by global environmental impact non-profit CDP. Epson has been recognised for its actions and strategies to reduce emissions and manage climate risks in its supply chain in the past reporting year. Over 4,800 companies in total were assessed by CDP and given a Supplier Engagement Rating, based on answers to selected questions about governance, targets, scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement of their response to the CDP 2019 climate change questionnaire and their overall CDP climate change score. COMPANY is among the top 3% of organisations assessed by CDP, one of almost 160 companies on the Leaderboard this year.Epson recognises climate change and global warming as the most serious issues facing the planet. In response, they are striving to achieve their Environmental Vision 2050, and will leverage their efficient, compact and precision technologies as they take aggressive measures to reduce the environmental impact of their products and business operations, and throughout their value chain.For more on Epson’s environmental initiatives go to: https://global.epson.com/SR/environment/Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust STUDENTS TO HEROES, LEADING THE CHARGE IN STOCKLAND NATIONAL BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM 2020-03-05T03:24:10Z students-to-heroes-leading-the-charge-in-stockland-national-battery-recycling-program Over 5,000 students across Australia are about to become Battery Recycling Superheroes as they take part in The Big Battery Rescue sponsored by Stockland in partnership with The National Theatre for Children (NTC). Running throughout school year 2020, students will be engaged, enlightened and electrified to take up the challenge to collect used batteries and divert them from landfill. The Big Battery Rescue is a national school challenge providing schools with a free education program alongside battery recycling buckets for every classroom and a year-round collection and recycling service. Penny Austin, Stockland Sustainability Manager, said this was the fourth consecutive year Stockland had partnered with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) to deliver new learning experiences. “Stockland is a world leader in sustainability and we’re proud to support this unique program for another year which helps to empower the next generation of innovators.” “We are very pleased to partner with The National Theatre for Children in their presentation and tour of this fun play and to support the education of the next generation.” The program kicks off with a live-in-school educational theatre performance of The Energized Guyz & The Battery Bandit by two professional performers who lead grade P-6 students on an action-packed adventure, while teaching about battery recycling, conservation and STEM! In conjunction with the live performances, the program includes student workbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, info-graphic posters and digital games and activities that align with the important educational concepts. During the year, participating schools and their students will then lead the charge to divert hazardous batteries from landfill by collecting them from home and across their community and dropping them into the school battery buckets. Every school and student will be able to measure and track their recycling effort and environmental impact. All aspects of the battery recycling program are sponsored by Stockland, negating any costs to individual schools and making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to curriculum-aligned lessons in science, literacy and the arts. Participating schools will also be rewarded for their environmental effort based on the amount of batteries recycled ranging from $200 – $1,000! “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” said NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging children. We don’t lose their attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them and this is what causes the take-up of positive action and the community wide effort around battery recycling.” The Energized Guyz & The Battery Bandit will launch its national tour as part of The Big Battery Rescue school challenge in Melbourne during the week beginning Monday 9th March 2020. More information can be found at www.BigBatteryRescue.com About Stockland Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups - owning, development and managing a large portfolio of retail town centres, workplace and logistics assets, residential communities and retirement living villages. Stockland is recognised as one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and as a Global Sector Leader by the Global Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Stockland is also an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, as recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. www.stockland.com.au About NTC NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the Australia, New Zealand and the USA. NTC works directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviours and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level. Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customisable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities. To learn more, visit www.ntccorporate.com.au  New Light Globe & Battery Recycling Service Available Throughout Australia 2020-03-04T09:39:14Z new-light-globe-amp-battery-recycling-service-available-throughout-australia As one of the industry's most respected recycling companies, Lamp Recyclers continues to innovate with a new hassle-free recycling service for batteries, light globes and fluorescent light bulbs. Available in all capital cities throughout Australia, the new pre-paid recycling service provides a convenient means of disposing of all types of light globes and fluorescent bulbs. To discover the benefits of this new recycling programme, please visit the battery recycling website today. Lamp Recyclers Address: Suite 902/65 York St, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: 1300 789 917 Website: https://www.lamprecyclers.com.au/ New Award to recognise excellence in irrigation 2020-03-04T07:46:27Z new-award-to-recognise-excellence-in-irrigation (Australia) – March 20 - The Australia and New Zealand Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, launched today by Zimmatic ANZ will celebrate excellence and recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards will offer the Irrigation Trailblazer 2020 - Supreme Award winner a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the Zimmatic team, key irrigation industry individuals and other farmers on a trip to the USA valued at approximately AUD$9,000, to learn about the latest in irrigation technology and advancements. “We are focused on partnering with farmers and this Award is an opportunity for us to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening our country’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming, says Mr. James Craft of Lindsay ANZ. Zimmatic ANZ is very pleased to announce that that Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) are partners in delivering this prestigious award. Three applicants will be shortlisted in Australia and be visited by the judging panel of irrigation and industry professionals who will provide an in-depth review of the four categories judged. “These shortlisted finalists will receive additional feedback that benchmarks them against other entrants and acknowledges where they are leading the way, said Mr. Craft.  So, the process itself will be based around fostering best practice.” Zimmatic’s intention is for the Awards to become an on-going event in the agricultural calendar. The objective is to encourage conversations about practices and technology options for farmers to improve their irrigation and water management. It’s also about giving those farmers who are doing exceptional work a platform from which to share their stories with their peers and a wider audience.  Social media around the awards will be used to broaden the conversation about sustainable irrigation and water management and provide practical information for farmers. “We believe the process will help to illustrate the value of sustainable irrigation to our communities, environment and economy. It will highlight the role irrigation plays in the production of nutritious food and sustainable natural fibre, and how it is helping our economy thrive.” The responsible and efficient use of our precious water resources is key, and the Zimmatic Trailblazer Award celebrates excellence and recognises farmers demonstrating leadership in water management and environmental stewardship. “What the judges are looking for is innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources.” - End - For information about the complete line of Zimmatic and FieldNET products and services, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer, or visit www.ZimmaticANZ.com About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com.   FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries. Stop GM Crops in SA 2020-03-04T07:33:45Z stop-gm-crops-in-sa Tucker’s Natural joins Maggie Beer, BD Paris Creek Farms, San Remo and Johnny’s Popcorn to support the moratorium that ensures GM crops are banned in South Australia.    ’GMO’s rank within the top five food concerns globally. GMO concern is even surpassing ingredient concerns such as sugar, sodium, hydrogenated oils and artificial ingredients”[1]   Sam Tucker, owner of Tucker’s Natural is calling for the South Australian Food and Beverage industry to stand up and be counted.   “This is a moment in time when as an industry we have the opportunity of guiding and protecting our State’s future against the greed and power of three very large international chemical companies that have an undesirable hold on seed markets globally[2]. The push in South Australia for GM Canola is not about improved benefits to farmers but about corporate profits.”  “This will only start with GM Canola and then it will be open the flood gates to other GM Federal approved crops including fruit and vegetables. If the World Health Organisation (WHO) dedicates a full page to GM foods and their assessment, then alarm bells should be ringing!” he said.   Steven Marshall, who is our people’s representative is bowing to voices funded by multinational chemical companies who want GM Canola. Yet the cropping report for June 2018-2019 for SA shows a 14% drop in canola planting below the 10-year average, which reflects an increase in the area planted to barley and pulses (more profitable crops) at the expense of canola. https://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/agricultural-commodities/australian-crop-report   Is Stephen Marshall appraised of the true facts? Why fight for GM Canola when there are more profitable alternatives for farmers which reflect the global consumer trend.     When Austrade details on their website-   “ With and increasing number of suppliers to choose from, global buyers are increasingly seeking out segmentation, unique product attributes and assurance of traceability…..Australian exporters supply international customers who are seeking greater differentiation and require specifications such as non-GMO, organic or a specific region.”   Then surely Steven Marshall and all other State politicians should be heeding the advice of the experts. Austrade goes on to cite a large export market for Australia.   “One country Japan relies heavily on Australia’s agricultural commodities and imports around A$697 million in grains, oilseeds and pules from Australia each year(ABARES) According to Austrade there are market opportunities in “Non-GMO grain products for both human consumption and as feedstock” https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/export/export-markets/countries/japan/industries/Agribusiness-Grains-and-pulses   Sam Tucker goes onto explain….  All Tucker’s Natural products are certified non-GM and the demand for this certification continues to grow globally.  In the US, the specialty food market requires Non-GM or Organic certification to be considered for inclusion in this billion-dollar segment.   Sadly, Labor and now a couple of key Independents have changed their dialogue in recent weeks to suggest that they will back down on maintaining the state-wide moratorium and seek only to secure this status for Kangaroo Island.    I am not sure how this rationale works? If it is such a wonderful thing, then why is Kangaroo Island exempt? The rationale for their exemption is it gives them a competitive advantage to selling internationally as non- GM Kangaroo Island crops.  They receive a premium for this.   Okay, well this applies to ALL South Australia.   If it is a strong enough argument for Kangaroo Island then it is good enough for the rest of South Australia, otherwise it is discriminating.   Don’t open the gate to GM Once the gate is opened, it can never be shut again. GMO will be here to stay and with no barriers to grow other than the Federal Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) in Canberra, who is responsible for regulating all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) through the Gene Technology Act 2000.   Unfortunately, I feel there is a general apathy in the South Australian Food and Beverage Industry who may feel it is only confined to canola.  While canola is the first crop, this can be extended into other crops as well as fruit and vegetables. It is only confined by the approvals issued by OGTR. This is not just about canola; it is about all future farming crops and produce.   Ultimately, the politicians are the ones that will vote and decide on this issue with or without our say.  We remain hopeful that fellow producers/manufacturers will voice support loudly for the moratorium on GM crops to remain in place. This will secure our global competitive advantage and ensure South Australia remains Clean and Green.     FURTHER INFORMATION Sam Tucker Owner/Founder Tucker’s Natural www.tuckersnatural.com.au sam@tuckersnatural.com.au 0417 736 522       Please act to defend SA GM-free   Keep SA GM-free till 2025 as parliament agreed. The Marshall government wants to end the GM ban.   Please send your support for GM-free crops and foods to:    Liberal SA Government: Tim Whetstone  08 8226 2931 Minister.Whetstone@sa.gov.au  ALP: 08 8237 9137 laborleader@parliament.sa.gov.au  ALP Federal : Eddie Hughes 08 8645 7800 eddie.hughes@parliament.sa.gov.au | ALP Federal: Leon Bignell  08 8384 6344 leon.bignell@parliament.sa.gov.au>  SA Best: 08 8237 9145 <bonaros.office@parliament.sa.gov.au  SA Best: Frank Pangallo  pangallo.office@parliament.sa.gov.au The Greens Mark Parnell: 08 8237 9111 parnell@parliament.sa.gov.au   Please like this: https://www.facebook.com/KeepSouthAustraliaGMFree/   [1]  13-Aug-2015 By Elaine Watson A large consumer study* from market researcher Health Focus International spanning 16 major consumer markets includes this pretty jaw-dropping statistic: 87% of consumers globally think non-GMO foods are ‘somewhat’, or ‘a lot’ healthier. HTTPS://WWW.FOODNAVIGATOR-USA.COM/ARTICLE/2015/08/13/87-OF-CONSUMERS-GLOBALLY-THINK-NON-GMO-IS-HEALTHIER    [2] https://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/food-technology/faq-genetically-modified-food/en/   Sustainability Report Delivers New Insights into the Fresh Produce Industry 2020-03-04T03:57:22Z sustainability-report-delivers-new-insights-into-the-fresh-produce-industry Sustainability Report Delivers New Insights into the Fresh Produce Industry Melbourne, Victoria: PMA Australia-New Zealand Ltd (PMA A-NZ) have released a report into the key drivers for sustainability, sustainability frameworks, sustainability best practices and identifiers of good practice in the fresh produce industry. The scan was especially focused on what is being communicated and implemented by industry, globally. The sustainability scan captures these insights from 110 businesses globally, 77 of which were from Australia and New Zealand. “This report provides a great opportunity for businesses in the fresh produce industry to start a conversation on sustainability by looking at how their peers are acting and communicating on the theme.” says Darren Keating, CEO PMA A-NZ. “Sustainability has always been hard to define for our members, but as it is such a focal topic for consumers there is an opportunity to harness this interest and share the many positive sustainability stories that exist in our supply chains. This report is an opportunity to learn from what others are doing, and start thinking about what your business is doing in relation to sustainability and how you can communicate this to your customers.” The Key findings from the scan included the following: ·         43% of companies in Australia and New Zealand made a reference to sustainability on their website. ·         In Australia 20 of the 36 companies that did not refer to sustainability on their website did identify an element of sustainability (i.e. in relation to the economy, environmental and people pillars). In New Zealand the result was 9 of 13. ·         Overall, only 16 companies in Australia (30%) and 4 in New Zealand (17%) made no direct or indirect reference to sustainability. ·         Despite economic factors being internationally recognised as a key part of sustainability, there was limited evidence of it being considered as part of companies’ approaches to sustainability. ·         For the environment pillar, the most common elements of sustainability that were referred to were land, water and waste management practices. ·         For the social pillar, food safety and quality were the most frequently referred to element, and was also the most common aspect of sustainability referred to across all companies. ·         Of the 77 companies assessed in Australia and New Zealand, four had standalone sustainability reports and one had clear evidence of where sustainability was presented in an integrated report.   A number of companies included in the scan illustrated elements of leading practice with respect to how they communicated and implemented sustainability. Key elements of leading practice identified in the scan were:   1. Communicating a clear commitment to sustainability; 2. Alignment to international frameworks; 3. Communicating the process; 4. Supply chain integration; 5. Data collection; 6. Benchmarking; and 7. Reporting.   For more information on the report, visit https://www.pma.com/global-pma/anz/news/2020/sustainability-in-fresh-produce-scan-report or email PMA A-NZ Sustainability Manager, Hannah White – h.white@pma-anz.com.   --ENDS--   About PMA A-NZ: PMA Australia & New Zealand is Australia’s largest industry association for fresh produce. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, PMA A-NZ serves members in both countries by connecting members with the ideas and people that make their problems smaller and opportunities bigger, through industry events, networking, research and resources BOC and EWM celebrate decade with Industry 4.0 events 2020-03-03T01:07:51Z boc-and-ewm-celebrate-decade-with-industry-4-0-events Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, celebrated 10 years of partnership with EWM through a series of February events showcasing the latest welding innovations to Australian fabricators and businesses. In partnership with Weld Australia, BOC customers and members of Weld Australia attended ‘Discover the Welding 4.0 revolution’ which featured live welding demonstrations by digital welding experts from EWM, a global market leader in welding technology. Tony Newnham, Head of SPW Group & BOC Welding Business said the event demonstrated how Welding 4.0 techniques can improve profitability and quality for Australian welders. “Welding technology is undergoing revolutionary change with the emergence of more automation and data exchange between machines. “Whether it’s small fabrication jobs or automated robotic applications, BOC understands the need to keep our customers up to speed on the latest developments in digital welding. These technologies are revolutionising how welders deliver quality jobs. Welding operations of all sizes can increase production efficiencies and save money. “We are delighted to have our long-standing partner EWM deliver training in Australia and demonstrate their new range of Titan welding equipment, designed to future-proof welding operations for industry 4.0.” Supervisory Board, President of EWM, Susanne Szczesny-Oßing says that shared values and BOC’s expertise has been key to the successful partnership. “BOC’s technical expertise in welding and EWM’s passion for technology are the perfect combination to help our customers on their journey through this digital revolution. “Welding 4.0 has many benefits such as increased quality welds and improved production efficiency. The customers who attended the event in Sydney got exclusive demonstrations on how welding 4.0 can help them improve efficiencies in their own welding businesses. “To date, our trusted partnership with BOC has led to almost 15,000 EWM welding machines currently being used by customers in Australia and New Zealand, and we look forward to building on this partnership in the future. “The implementation of i4.0 advanced welding technology into Australian manufacturing will deliver significant improvements in profitability, efficiency and quality, “said Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia. “Importantly, it will also make our manufacturing more internationally competitive and lead to industry growth and higher employment,” Crittenden said. New product from EWM As the exclusive distributor of leading German welding brand EWM, BOC now offers EWM’s new range of Titan welding equipment that features Rapid Response Control (RRC), intelligent monitoring and real-time welding data to ensure the highest levels of quality and efficiency. EWM demonstrated their new range of Titan welding equipment to BOC customers and Weld Australia members and will showcase it at a similar event in Brisbane on February 26th. EWM’s Titan welding equipment is now available in Australia. For more information ring 131 262 or visit www.boc.com.au. -ENDS- About BOC: BOC is a subsidiary of Linde plc which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see www.boc.com.au. About Linde: Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2019 sales of $28 billion (€25 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions. For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit www.linde.com Further enquiries: Cora Lanigan clanigan@primary-pr.com 0410 206 634 Sunshine Coast Chemically-Conscious Business an Entrant in 2020 The Tom Co Pitch for Purpose Initiative 2020-02-25T09:17:27Z sunshine-coast-chemically-conscious-business-an-entrant-in-2020-the-tom-co-pitch-for-purpose-initiative Queensland-based business, The Wholesome Gift Box, is passionate about making healthy, natural, and organic products accessible to women in a bid to promote holistic health and embrace chemical-free living. Sarah Watts, The Wholesome Gift Box Owner and Founder says, "We know that toxic lifestyles lead to health issues that can encompass body, mind, and spirit. And we partner with only local businesses who share and support our ethos putting the environment and our health first." As a small business currently in their start-up phase, the business promotes their brand by encouraging kindness through meaningful gifting and supporting the environment by choosing eco-friendly products. The Tom Co Pitch for Purpose initiative supports businesses who do things differently. It is back on 2020 and The Wholesome Gift Box is proud to be an entrant in this year’s competition.  According to their website, “Pitch for Purpose is specifically geared towards entrepreneurs and start-ups using business as a force for good.” This spoke to Sarah at The Wholesome Gift Box and she is delighted to have completed and submitted her application to support her vision of taking her brand into a business activation stage to harness marketing, develop products, and become an established and well-known brand that makes women’s holistic health a priority. Healthy, natural, and organic homewares, skincare, and edibles can be purchased as pre-designed or customised gift boxes through The Wholesome Gift Box’s online store. About The Wholesome Gift Box Based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, The Wholesome Gift Box curates natural, healthy, and environmentally-friendly products from other like-minded Australian small businesses to deliver tasteful, beautiful, and wholesome gifts.   https://www.thewholesomegiftbox.com.au SENEC Australia expands its operations with new GM appointment 2020-02-23T04:22:38Z senec-australia-expands-its-operations-with-new-gm-appointment A world-leader in innovative energy and storage solutions, SENEC Australia has expanded its operations by opening an office in Sydney and appointing Patrick Duignan as general manager of sales & service. The German solar battery manufacturer set up its regional head office in Perth two years ago and has been making inroads into the home, apartment and mining battery storage market since then. SENEC has just doubled the warranty for its new hybrid battery to 20 years, which alone is expected to be a major impetus for all homeowners with rooftop solar to take the next logical step and add a battery. Interestingly, in Germany more than half of PV (photovoltaic) rooftop purchases include a battery for energy storage. However, in Australia the total number of households with solar batteries is a low 8 per cent. Mr Duignan is well known in the solar industry having previously worked for Hanwha Q Cells Australia (Managing Director) and SMA Technology (Sales Manager). He has a proven track record in managing multi-million-dollar accounts and securing new business to underpin both revenue and financial success. A priority for Mr Duignan in his new role at SENEC will be to continue to build and grow strong partnerships and encourage more solar PV suppliers to take advantage of the support, training, education and technical assistance available to them from the SENEC team. "It is rare to be able to join a company that has embraced the needs of the market and developed a premium product and service solution that is tailored based on those needs," Mr Duignan said. “This, combined with the backing of EnBW and the ability to offer a 20-year warranty, makes SENEC a very strong and attractive choice for the Australian residential market. “We look forward to growing the team on the eastern seaboard with a new business development manager joining us in March.” SENEC launched its new SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery in late 2019, which offers home owners extensive benefits including 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency, even in blackouts. The combined photovoltaic inverter and battery inverter of this model delivers savings of approximately $4,000 per installation due to its simplified installation and design aggregation. 2020 Excellence Award Innovative design and engineering has seen SENEC receive the German Excellence Award 2020 in the Products and Services B2C category for its SENEC.360° solution, a comprehensive offering that enables home owners to supply themselves completely with self-generated solar power. The SENEC.360° complete solution comprises high-performance photovoltaic modules, intelligent power storage and SENEC.Cloud To Go for charging on the go. This electric mobility solution becomes part of the energy ecosystem with the SENEC.360° comprehensive package unique in the world. https://senec.com/au ends Note: Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) supplies electricity, gas, water and energy-related products and services to 5.5 million customers. It has a workforce of 21,775 and generated revenue of some 20.62 billion euros in the 2018 financial year. About SENEC: SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. The company has been repeatedly honoured by EuPD Research as a Top PV Brand Power Storage. With its sophisticated storage-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. Since March 2018, SENEC has been a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future – with the tradition of the company always focusing on the customer. SENEC Australia was established in 2017 and is based in Perth. https://www.senec.com.au/ Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Selection of high res photos available