The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-12T03:51:28Z Live 1-day building event: see Scandinavian 2 bed house built fast 2021-04-12T03:51:28Z live-1-day-building-event-see-scandinavian-2-bed-house-built-fast Architects, owner-builders, licensed builders and anyone looking for a new and speedy ways to build are invited to YZY Kit Homes Ourimbah Display Village on Friday 23 April 2021 between 9am–4pm to watch a live build of the two-bedroom Madeira. During this free all-day building event, attendees will see the latest addition to the display village built before their eyes. The stylish and flexible Madeira design will be built onto a prepared base by the team from Custom Creations. The build will take 4 days in total, with the framing including the walls, windows and doors completed during the live event. The roof will be installed on day 2, and during days 3 and 4 the cabin will be finished to lock up stage, ready for internal fit-outs. Building details: Madeira 2 bedroom The live build is an exciting opportunity to discover the steps involved in the speedy prefab building system that allows a quality backyard cabin to be built in a matter of days, not months. Attendees can also learn more about the materials used and how they play a vital role in minimising waste on site. As a result of the pandemic, over the past 12 months there has been a rapid increase in demand for backyard cabins as families adapt to a different way of living. As founder and director of YZY Kit Homes Lina Urbona explains, there is a huge opportunity for builders around Australia to join the network.  “Families are looking to add flexible spaces where they can work and study, but the wait lists are getting longer. Builders who join our network can tap into these enquiries instantly. And the live build demonstrates how fast and easy our kit homes are to build.” The new Madeira cabin will join 7 other display cabins at the large Ourimbah Display Village. Each is fully furnished showcasing the many design possibilities and uses for these versatile cabins. The YZY team and their builders will also be on hand to answer any questions on the day. Ms Urbona hopes the live event will help spread the word about this fast, innovative and cost-effective way to build. “With YZY Kit Homes you can complete your project in fraction of the time, at a lower cost, with the highest quality materials.”  The event will take place on Friday 23 April, 2021 at Ourimbah Display Village, 4 James Graham lane (corner of the Pacific highway), Ourimbah, NSW, between 9am and 4pm. All welcome. Leave your details in the form below to get notified of any changes. We will email or text you the updates. You can also add the event to your calendar and also follow us on Facebook. More information on the event: ArchiPro The Meet, Greet & Eat 2021 2021-03-19T02:56:15Z archipro-the-meet-greet-amp-eat-2021 Embarking on a building journey? Join us at The Meet, Greet & Eat, held at Auckland's Shed 10, May 14, for an evening of discovery and connections. For one night only in Auckland, we are hosting an exclusive architectural evening and we've invited our network of New Zealand's best architects, designers, builders and brands. With New Zealand's design community at your fingertips, you’ll have the rare opportunity to discuss your building plans with leading professionals, and with a select number of top brands that architects love to use. These brands are represented by senior experts in their businesses, who will showcase their products and share their technical knowledge. Over 1,200 homeowners and professionals attend the evening each year, making The Meet, Greet & Eat an unmissable opportunity to gain access to the brands, retailers, builders, interior designers and architects shaping New Zealand’s most iconic buildings. You’ll have the chance to ask the experts for advice and to find someone who understands your vision. Spaces are limited so click below to register your interest now, and secure your spot. We look forward to seeing you there. The Meet, Greet & Eat is brought to you by, Forté - Timber Flooring, Asahi Beer NZ. Conserve It extends Smart IoT building offering with Totem Trusted™ OT (Operational Technology) Cybersecurity Risk Management SaaS services. 2021-03-16T05:59:05Z conserve-it-extends-smart-iot-building-offering-with-totem-trusted-ot-operational-technology-cybersecurity-risk-management-saas-services Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 February 2021 – Conserve It (, is excited to announce that it has signed an exclusive Distribution partnership with Totem Building Cybersecurity LLC (Totem), Virginia, USA ( Totem is an OT systems risk management SaaS platform creator of products and services, enabling full cybersecurity assessment, remediation, operation continuity, network security, user administration and compliance monitoring for any OT system installed in global Commercial Real Estate (CRE) property portfolios. Today millions of non-residential buildings globally, contain intelligent and smart IoT OT systems including, HVAC, Lighting, Access, CCTV, Security, Fire and Safety, Vertical Transportation etc. Increasingly these OT systems and their down stream devices are accessible with remote “cloud” based applications enabling the leveraging of analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to more efficiently and effectively manage the built space for the buildings’ occupiers and owners. This represents over 10,000,000 OT systems presenting a very large cyber attack surface for bad actors. This is why there has been a rapid rise in instances of OT system cyber-attacks globally, each instance costing from 10’s of thousands to millions of USD to recover from. Totem’s products and managed services seamlessly bridge the gap between the fragmented OT systems industry and the building’s managers, users and owners Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISO). Now OT Systems vendors, contractors and managers can operate and maintain their systems in a cyber-safe Totem TrustedTM manner that conforms to internationally recognised standards such as the NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework delivering meaningful risk status ratings recognised and respected by CIOs and CISOs around the world. With Totem’s cybersecurity risk management services Conserve It will be able to empower its regional channel partners to expand their business in offering Totem Trusted managed services to both existing and new end clients. Conserve It is able to provide all the necessary local Totem training and support. “We are excited by this partnership bringing such a powerful combination to market. Conserve It’s knowledge and understanding of IoT and smart building control systems, combined with Totem’s “Trusted” approach to critical risk management in the non-residential built environment, will allow us to offer our customers a highly sought after internationally recognised cybersecurity solution,” said Chirayu Shah, Conserve It General Manager. “Partnering with Conserve It further builds upon our global route to market strategy working with the best in each global region,” said Steve Fey, Totem Building Cybersecurity CEO. “It enables more Totem TrustedTM OT systems and buildings to be delivered across an important and dynamic region of the world.” About Conserve It Conserve It is an international leader in Smart IoT Solutions, building automation and HVAC solutions, having designed the award-winning plant room optimisation solution PlantPRO and is a founding member of Project Haystack. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, the Conserve It team has a wealth of knowledge and vast experience in control and optimisation solutions that ensure central plant equipment runs efficiently, minimises energy consumption and maximises cost saving opportunities. For more information, please visit About Totem Building Cybersecurity Totem Building Cybersecurity Operational Technology (OT) risk management SaaS platform bridges the technical and cultural gap with Information Technology (IT). It is focused on the particular challenges of the global Commercial Real Estate (CRE) industry empowering OT system vendors, operators, maintenance and facility management to deliver Totem Trusted solutions and buildings. Its Totem solution and services are based upon knowledge and experienced gained, from more than 1,000 building cybersecurity risk assessment projects completed, globally, by its founders. For more information, please visit More information about Conserve It is available at Contact:Chirayu Shah General Manager, Conserve It Geotab and JESI join forces to help organisations manage the safe movement of mobile and remote workers 2021-03-10T02:34:01Z geotab-and-jesi-join-forces-to-help-organisations-manage-the-safe-movement-of-mobile-and-remote-workers Now available on the Geotab Marketplace, the JESI solution helps mitigate risk for workers by automating emergency alerts and enabling real-time responses to critical eventsAPAC 9th March 2021 - Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation and JESI, an Australian-based Global Remote Worker Management company, today announced the availability of JESI’s safety solution on the Geotab Marketplace. JESI seamlessly integrates with Geotab’s award-winning telematics solution, enabling organisations to better control risks associated with remote workers operating across multiple geographic locations and diverse work environments. Available globally, Geotab and JESI collectively deliver a scalable safety solution to help organisations with workers operating in potentially high-risk scenarios to reduce risk by automating emergency alerts and enabling real-time responses to critical events. “As a company dedicated to improving fleet safety, enabling business and fleet leaders to mitigate risk is critical, especially for those working in remote environments. By collaborating with innovative partners like JESI, we are able to help these organisations keep their employees safe through increased visibility and check-in alerts,” said Louis De Jong, Executive Vice President at Geotab. “Geotab is excited to expand our Marketplace offering to include an Australian-based company who truly understands the crucial importance of improving safety for workers in high-risk circumstances or remote locations.” Both compelling and powerful, Geotab and JESI provide organisations with a centralised dashboard to help manage people and vehicle assets together, irrespective of where they are located. More importantly, in the event of an incident or emergency, organisations have access to pertinent information with one click. “Geotab and JESI have worked together over the past 12 months to develop a solution that gives organisations a significant competitive advantage,” said Joe Hoolahan, CEO at JESI. “By offering the JESI solution on the Geotab Marketplace, we are equipping organisations around the world with the potential to help reduce employee injury or death while also saving company time, money and resources.”To learn more about JESI, visit: or email About JESI Management SolutionsJESI is a Remote Worker Management SaaS product that enables organisations to control the risks associated with a diverse workforce who operate across multiple geographic locations. JESI, Australian based is established as a leading international software solution for remote workers across a wide range of industry sectors including resources, construction, education and health. To learn more, visit www.jesi.ioAbout GeotabGeotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit and follow us @GEOTAB and on LinkedIn. Caledonia Group Embraces SugarCloud to Unify Systems and Create a Panoramic View of Customers 2021-03-08T23:46:23Z caledonia-group-embraces-sugarcloud-to-unify-systems-and-create-a-panoramic-view-of-customers SYDNEY, Australia – March 9, 2021 – As our world continues to evolve, companies are making their strides in order to get ahead of the game. Caledonia Group knows it needs a new way to look at its customer data, and they chose SugarCRM to deliver a unified cloud-based platform to reimagine its sales and marketing operations.  The Caledonia Group is an integrated industrial services provider that specialises in total access solutions, insulation and cladding which are supported by in-house design and engineering together with 3D and VR capabilities. It serves some of the biggest companies from industries in Australia such as the energy, industrial and construction sectors. “Serving some of the biggest brands in the industry, it is paramount that we are able to bring the best customer service and experience to our customers. Having a panoramic view of our customers will allow us to not only have a rounded picture of the customer, giving us the opportunity to use data to guide our marketing and sales to improve customer journeys, enhance cross channel collaboration but also better able to serve customer needs and anticipate future demand,” said Bryn Jones, Group Business Development Manager, Caledonia Group. “Bringing our team into the Cloud also means that our team will be able to enjoy seamless access to information from anywhere they have to work from. That further helps us to not only promote internal collaboration within our teams but also ensuring that our customers receive our attention anytime they need.” “Providing a single view of customers through the Sugar platform, so that companies can provide exemplary services to their customers, is one of the core values,” commented Jason du Preez, SVP and GM, Asia Pacific, SugarCRM. “We are confident that SugarCRM will be working with The Caledonia Group to create a highly efficient and effective platform and process to develop a firm foundation to create customers for life.”  An Advanced Partner of SugarCRM, CRM Online Australia worked closely with the project team at Caledonia Group throughout the discovery and implementation process providing on the ground consulting and support.  “SugarCRM has enabled us, a CRM implementation partner, to provide a very complete solution, and we’ve been able to leverage this to support Caledonia Group in achieving greater insights from their customer data. With seamless access to information from anywhere, both in the office and when mobile, the business can now collaborate in real-time, with robust processes in place to drive internal reporting. We look forward to working with Caledonia Group into the future and providing continued partnership and support, “ says Glenn Richmond, CEO, CRM Online Australia. The Caledonia Group will leverage Sugar Sell, Sugar Connect to capture, track and analyse customer data that they could use to develop relationships at every stage of their engagement with their customers. Together with Sugar Customer Journey Visual Task Manager, the Caledonia Group will further enhance their value-adding solutions and services to customers across the energy, resources, infrastructure and building sectors.   In order to bring customers onto an omnichannel customer experience journey with them, and to capitalise on what AI-enabled capabilities can offer to help predict, forecast sales and churn, the Caledonia Group will be looking at future considerations with SugarCRM’s platform. To learn more, visit STOP PRESS: Brisbane Home Show achieves record breaking results! 2021-03-04T02:35:46Z stop-press-brisbane-home-show-achieves-record-breaking-results Good news for events in Australia! We're excited to be sharing a good news story that gives all our exhibitors faith that exhibitions are well and truly attended by qualified visitors. This weekend, 17,717 visitors flooded to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for our COVID safe Brisbane Home Show. Every exhibitor had a great show, with many reporting record sales. That’s saying something for an event that’s been running for 40 years! This strong quality attendance confirms that Australians are keener than ever to attend events. As people have more freedom to move about with restrictions easing, consumer confidence and spending is on the uprise. (Read more) The attendance to our Brisbane Home Show last weekend confirms all of this. It’s time for us to get back to business! Audiences are ready to buy.Businesses that are not already exhibiting in one of our events this year should enquire about booking a stand.We look forward to welcoming Australian businesses back to our popular events to be part of the success story! 2021 HOME SHOWS 26 - 28 March @ Perth21 - 23 May @ Sydney6 - 8 August @ Perth13 - 15 August @ Melbourne10 - 12 September @ Brisbane  2021 MINDBODYSPIRIT FESTIVALS 20 - 23 May @ Sydney11 - 14 June @ Melbourne9 - 11 July @ Brisbane14 - 17 October @ Sydney12 - 14 November @ Melbourne  If you're interested in finding out more about the Home Shows or MindBodySpirit Festivals, please get in touch with us at See full release here. State Side Remediation is providing Flood Damage and Water Damage Restoration Services across Australia 2021-03-03T23:49:58Z state-side-remediation-is-providing-flood-damage-and-water-damage-restoration-services-across-australia State Side Remediation formed 10 years ago as a humble husband and wife team and have now grown to be Australia’s number one Water Damage Remediation, Flood Damage Remediation, Mould Removal, Mould Damage Restoration, Forensic Cleaning and Meth Decontamination company in Australia. Offering a vast range of services, they are your first call when it comes to decontamination or remediation of any kind. Their water damage remediation & flood damage remediation professionals are industry experts and are highly qualified, ensuring best practices are strictly adhered to. Mould removal and mould damage restoration are now also available, as well as forensic cleaning Australia and biohazard cleaning Australia. They also offer a range of high quality dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to promote healthy living environments.  State Side Remediation can provide you an estimate for mould clean up services after a mould assessment and protocol have been set by an environmental company. A protocol is an outline of how the remediation needs to be handled. You can read more about their services by visiting the links below: Water Damage Restoration Flood Damage Restoration Forensic Cleaning For Contact and Quires: Website: Email: Phone Number: 1300 581 235 Test Meth Residue in Your Property or Car with Easy DIY Meth Testing Kit Solution 2021-03-03T04:03:14Z test-meth-residue-in-your-property-or-car-with-easy-diy-meth-testing-kit-solution The problem of meth manufacturing and use in Australia is a real issue. As well as destroying lives, it is devaluing homes, properties and cars. The best way for property and vehicle owners to protect themselves from liability and financial loss is through meth residue testing. EnviroForce is a certified Australian meth testing service provider equipped with qualified professionals offering unmatched services. Enviroforce launched meth testing kits which provide immediate results and are suitable for testing properties, homes and cars or any surfaces you believe have been used to produce illicit products like Meth.  You can get buy the kits online from EnviroForce website now and get them delivered at your door step. EnviroForce meth testing kit is designed to get meth results in no time. Meth Testing Kit Shop URL:  You can read more about Meth Contamination on this website: Long-term dry hire of machinery here to stay 2021-03-01T03:19:43Z long-term-dry-hire-of-machinery-here-to-stay The growth of Australia’s mining industry has positioned long-term dry hire as a highly attractive option versus purchasing equipment over the past five years. This change in the mining industry has been driven by strategies to increase production, export volumes and bottom-line profitability. As mining fleets expand, companies that are constrained by capital availability are regularly choosing to opt for long-term dry hire over purchasing. National Group managing director, chief executive and founder, Mark Ackroyd, has witnessed this shift as his company has grown over the past 24 years. Dry hire now represents 90 per cent of National Group’s business. “Dry hire gives mining companies an option to free up capital expenditure without recording big-ticket purchases on their balance sheet,” Ackroyd tells Australian Mining. “They can continue using the equipment and give it back after 12 months, one year, two years or even more, without any ownership responsibility. “All they’re responsible for is fuel, the supply of operators and minor repairs. They can use the machine for as long as it’s required to get the job done and increase production.” It is no surprise that long-term dry hire has emerged as an appealing alternative for mining companies, given its benefits in current market conditions. National Group provides greater flexibility by offering two types of dry hire, with maintenance being an option that mining companies can choose to take onboard themselves. In this scenario, a mining company will carry out all the minor repairs and equipment services, with only the obligation of major repairs assumed by National Group. Alternatively, National Group also offers fully-maintained maintenance in which they are responsible for managing the machines onsite and conducting all equipment repairs, major or minor. This removes maintenance and safety hazards that mine site personnel may be exposed to, thereby minimising the risk for the mining company. This is also an attractive option for mine sites who do not have the resources. In both scenarios of dry hire, mining companies stand to gain from more accurate budgeting forecasts, greater flexibility and customisation of the equipment needed for their mining activities. National Group offers an extensive fleet, which includes a variety of large bulldozers, excavators and ultra-class dump trucks for dry hire. It has a fleet-wide availability of over 90 per cent, with each unit of equipment delivering up to 700 operating hours per month. “Our fleet comprises of around 300 plus units of heavy earthmoving equipment, with this number being added to weekly on average,” Ackroyd says. “We have regular interest from several Tier 1 Australian mining companies looking to hire equipment, with dozens of large and extra-large pieces of heavy mining equipment arriving soon.” Equipment such as Caterpillar 6040 excavators, Caterpillar 24 motor graders, and Caterpillar 793F trucks, are all machines being added to National Group’s line up. Ackroyd says the demand for equipment hire has increased as mining companies transition to an owner-miner approach, with commodity cycles continuing to advance. His confidence in this approach stands on the strength of the mining sector, which is the top contributor to Australia’s gross domestic product. When global uncertainty shook economies last year, Australia delivered record revenues for iron ore, gold and copper. Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals that the resources sector provided $270 billion into the economy in 2020. This represents 62 per cent of the country’s total export revenue, with iron ore exports soaring from $96 billion in 2019 to $116 billion in 2020. BHP and Rio Tinto, the world’s two largest miners, believe the strength of the iron ore market will be sustained. The companies foresee a persistent shortage in global iron ore supply, while a soaring demand for the commodity is expected to continue due to Chinese steelmaker activity. According to BHP, a National Group customer, this puts Australia in an advantageous position for its high-quality seaborne iron ore – an essential ingredient to blast-furnace steelmaking. BHP chief executive Mike Henry says that while the world is a more volatile and uncertain place today, the global economy is rebounding strongly despite the ongoing effects of COVID-19. “In steel, for example, we expect continuing strong end-use demand to underpin production of more than one billion tonnes in China for a third consecutive year,” Henry, speaking during BHP’s half-year results presentation, says. “Add population growth and further rises in living standards to this equation, and the conditions are very promising.” Ackroyd agrees that the mining sector is in a strong place and will continue to be in the next five years. “I don’t see any impending challenges in the mining industry over the next five years. It’s the number one driver of the Australian economy and a leader in the country’s COVID-19 economic recovery,” Ackroyd says. “But regardless of the positive landscape ahead, mining always comes with a certain degree of uncertainty. Dry hire allows mining companies to operate more effectively, and with greater flexibility in both good and more uncertain times.” Click here for more news from the National Group. Oper8 Pty Ltd Rebrands to Oper8 Global following successful International Expansion 2021-02-25T23:58:39Z oper8-pty-ltd-rebrands-to-oper8-global-following-successful-international-expansion-1 Brisbane, Australia, 26 February 2021 – Oper8 has today announced the next phase in the growth of Oper8 by effecting a name change that reflects our successful expansion into the global data centre, security, edge and IoT marketplace. Oper8 Pty Ltd was launched in Australia in early 2012 to focus on the delivery of operational IT services, including managed services, data centre, data storage and data communications solutions. Over the years Oper8 was able to grow and expand our business through our customer's ongoing commitment to Oper8 and our carefully chosen Key Partner products and solutions. In late 2019 we launched Oper8 Global Ltd in the United Kingdom as the first phase of expanding our services into new international regions. While timing coincided with BREXIT and the oncoming COVID-19 pandemic, the support of tireless and highly skilled teams in the Oper8 Global UK and the Oper8 (Australia) offices, and continued commitment by an enviable list of customers and key global partners to our products and solutions, drives our decision to align our business name and branding globally. Effective today, Oper8 Pty Ltd has been rebranded Oper8 Global to present a single Oper8 Global team across the APAC, EMEA and Latin America marketplace. "We are exceedingly pleased with the way the global marketplace and our Key Partners have accepted and supported Oper8's expansion into EMEA and Latin America with Oper8 Global", notes Mike Andrea, CEO, Oper8 Global, "the decision to bring the Oper8 business in Australia under the one Oper8 Global brand ensures our 'global team' delivers great customer service and solutions where our customers need them - anywhere". Our combined global team across the Australia and UK offices highlights the expanded wealth of knowledge, industry expertise and certifications to benefit our customers and their business. The rebranding of Oper8 in Australia also reflects the focus and success of Oper8 in the region with many Oper8 customer solutions being deployed across the Asia Pacific region. Oper8 Global's new office in Seventeen Mile Rocks (a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) becomes Oper8 Global's APAC Office, complementing our EMEA Office in Oxford, UK. Since inception Oper8 has built and maintains key global technology partnerships to help us deliver solutions that align with your business, technology and data security needs. The global breadth of our Key Partners has been instrumental in enabling Oper8 deliver exceptional services to our customers: Thales Security Gold Partner Winner: Thales Accelerate APAC Rising Star Award 2021 RFCode Premiere Solution Partner (Global) Joint R&D and Product Development for New Edge solutions Dell Technologies OEM Partner HPE OEM Integration Partner Equinix Silver Solution Partner Socomec Solution Partner nCipher Gold Partner Chatsworth (CPI) Solution Integration Partner   Oper8 Global’s growth also supports our partners with consistent service delivery and customer service for our mutually expanding customer base. Oper8 Global is lead through our multinational leadership team including: Mike Andrea CEO (based in Australia) Andrew Caiger Technical Director (based in UK) Nick Lovell Sales Director (based in Australia) Katrina Mallet Finance and Shared Services Manager (based in Australia) Tom Gardner Business Development Manager (based in UK)   Mike Andrea further noted “the continued market demand for data centre, security, edge and IoT capabilities that span countries, regions, and international boundaries requires global partners and solution providers like Oper8 Global to align cost effective, right-sized solutions.”   About Oper8 Global Oper8 Global Ltd, with offices in Oxford, United Kingdom (serving EMEA and Latin America), and Brisbane, Australia (serving APAC), enables custom data centre solutions with a key expertise in Edge, Modular, Security and HPC solutions. Services include Edge and IoT solutions, data protection and security, and turnkey data centre design and build including commissioning, product supply, environmental audits and operational maintenance services. Oper8 Global supports customers throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, and the Asia Pacific.  Visit Hempel to acquire Wattyl Australia and New Zealand 2021-02-19T01:43:07Z hempel-to-acquire-wattyl-australia-and-new-zealand-1 The seller is The Sherwin-Williams Company, the world’s largest paint and coatings company and headquartered in the United States. The transaction is now pending customary approval from the authorities, which is expected in the first quarter of 2021.“We are now taking the first large, visible step in our ambition of doubling Hempel by 2025, and the acquisition will have a major, positive impact on our footprint and development in our South & East Asia region,” Hempel Group President & CEO Lars Petersson says.“The acquisition is in line with our Double Impact strategy and the growth ambitions for our decora-tive and protective segments. Furthermore, the acquisition of Wattyl clearly highlights key points of the Hempel strategy: We are going for leadership positions in selected segments and geographies, and we aim to double our revenue within five years to EUR 3 billion. Doubling our revenue will allow us to double our positive impact by investing in more sustainable coating solutions, innovation and digitalisation.” For more than 100 years, Wattyl has continuously developed innovative and technologically ad-vanced, highest quality, market leading products, building an iconic, trusted brand with high con-sumer brand awareness. Their business model is similar to the Hempel company Crown Paints in the UK, with a portfolio of branded products and nearly 100 company-owned stores across Aus-tralia and New Zealand, and strategic distribution partnerships servicing the DIY and trade con-sumers. Strong platform for continuous growth“Hempel and Wattyl working together, not only within decorative paints but also within protective coatings solutions, will put us in a great position to deliver our strategic ambition, particularly in our Decorative, Infrastructure and Energy segments, through combined expertise, industry knowledge and quality products. Consequently, our expectations for Wattyl as part of our family are high, and together, Wattyl and Hempel will create a strong platform for continuous growth for our entire South & East Asia region,” says Lars Petersson. Going forward, Wattyl will still be managed by current Managing Director Matt Crossingham, who is looking forward to joining the Hempel Group and is committed to the ongoing success of the region. Matt Crossingham adds: “The entire team and I are pleased to join the Hempel family, and we are looking forward to contributing to Hempel’s growth and development – not only in Australia and New Zealand – but throughout the South & East Asia region. We will gain access to increased know-how, experience and innovation as well as a broader product portfolio, which will benefit our customers. With Hempel’s ownership, I am certain that Wattyl will raise to the next level.” Lars Petersson says: “Together with Matt Crossingham and his great team, we will focus on being the trusted partner to all our current and future customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. All of our strategic priorities are about ensuring a better end-to-end solution for our customers. Our customers will experience a continuing focus on sustainability, digitalisation and innovation.” From a branding perspective, Hempel fully recognises the strengths and attributes of the Wattyl brand. Hempel intends to invest in and further develop these attributes and use the endorsement “A part of Hempel” in branding and communication, as we see ourselves as guardians of strong brands. Fact sheet Wattyl:• Founded: 1915• Employees: 750• Revenue: EUR 150 million• Headquarters in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales • 2 factories (Kilburn, South Australia and Footscray, Victoria)• 5 distribution centres (4 in Australia, 1 in New Zealand)• Nearly 100 company-owned stores • Brands: Wattyl, Wattyl Protective Coatings Fact sheet Hempel:• Founded: 1915• Employees: 6,000+• Revenue: EUR 1.5 billion• Factories: 28• R&D Centres: 14• Segments: Decorative, Marine, Infrastructure and Energy• Headquarters in Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark Contact Sandra Baekby-Hansen, Communication ManagerEmail: sabae@hempel.comPhone: +45 2137 2985 About Hempel As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the decorative, marine, infrastructure and energy industries. Hempel factories, R&D centres and stock points are established in every region. Across the globe, Hempel’s paints and coatings can be found in almost every country of the world. They protect and beautify buildings, infrastructure and other assets, and play an essential role in our customers’ businesses. They help minimise maintenance costs, improve aesthetics and in-crease energy efficiency. At Hempel, our purpose is to shape a brighter future with sustainable coating solutions. We firmly believe that we will succeed as a business only if we place sustainability at our heart. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will strengthen our competitive position, make ourselves more resilient and reduce our risk. Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foun-dation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific purposes around the world For pictures, please visit our press room here: The Crosby Group invests in Verton Technologies 2021-02-15T06:26:57Z the-crosby-group-invests-in-verton-technologies The Crosby Group, a global leader in lifting, rigging, and load securement hardware, today announced that it has completed a significant investment in Verton Technologies (“Verton”). Australian-based Verton has developed and commercialised disruptive advancements in load orientation technology that remove the need for human held tag lines in lifting applications. These innovations play a critical role in improving the safety and productivity of global lifting operations. The Crosby Group and Verton will collaborate in the market to accelerate the adoption of this game-changing load orientation technology. By leveraging The Crosby Group’s global footprint, Verton will bring an elevated level of safety to an increasing number of workers. Robert Desel, CEO of The Crosby Group, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Verton in this rapidly growing space. This investment is a perfect strategic fit due to our common end-user base and our shared values of safety, reliability and innovation.” Verton’s solutions include Everest 6, a 20-ton load orienting spreader beam, Everest 30, a modular load orienting system for a broad range of working load limits, and Windmaster, a load orientation device for wind turbine erection. Trevor Bourne, CEO for Verton added: “With this new partnership Verton can dramatically increase the pace of innovation and the penetration of our products in the market. As a global leader with strong brand recognition, The Crosby Group creates an exciting platform for Verton’s future.” This marks The Crosby Group’s fourth transaction in the past 24 months including the acquisitions of Straightpoint, Gunnebo Industries and Feubo. About The Crosby Group The Crosby Group is a global leader in the innovation, manufacturing and distribution of products and services used to make lifting and load securement safer and more efficient, with premier brands such as Crosby, Gunnebo Industries, Crosby Straightpoint, Acco, McKissick, Crosby Feubo, Trawlex, Lebus, and CrosbyIP. With global engineering, manufacturing, distribution and operations, the company provides a broad range of products and solutions for the most demanding applications with uncompromising quality that exceed industry standards. About Verton Verton is an innovative technology firm and inventor of the world’s first remote-controlled load orientation system. This revolutionary system makes taglines obsolete, removing the need for workers to be near moving or suspended loads, keeping them out of harm’s way. Verton’s range of lifting products also integrate smart technology to facilitate more precise load placement, faster task turnover, and superior analysis and oversight of operations. The technology will greatly benefit lifting operations by moving towards `hands free` lifting and keep workers clear of potentially high-risk zones. New Soberlive unit now has facial ID to provide secure entry 2021-02-08T01:24:00Z new-soberlive-unit-now-has-facial-id-to-provide-secure-entry A new contactless and automatic device with facial recognition can become an organisation’s first line of defence in restricting employees and visitors who are under the influence of alcohol or are not authorised.Soberlive FRX from Andatech comes with an online data management system that is ideal for live monitoring of a workplace or organisation’s alcohol testing policy and provides solid record-keeping with photographic evidence of every alcohol breath test of employees, patients or visitors.Andatech’s new Soberlive FRX can be connected to any access control system, including a gate control, providing the results in less than 10 seconds. The unit also can double as an employee time attendance system logging the employee’s ID, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and time of entry.The new device can even operate when people are wearing masks, although the mask does need to be slipped down when doing the breath test.“The Soberlive FRX saves valuable time, eliminates direct physical contact and reduces the need for additional staff for the screening,” said Jaka Exstrada, Andatech’s workplace specialist.“The wall-mounted unit is highly accurate and designed to protect the health and safety of an organisation’s employees. I expect it will become an integral part of not only offices and workplaces, but also construction sites, airlines and logistics companies where alcohol testing is conducted daily and employers are after a fast, efficient and cohesive system.” To prevent a sober buddy taking an alcohol test on someone’s behalf, the Soberlive FRX utilises facial verification three times: once before the test, once during the test when it snaps a photo of the testee, and once more after the test. The new Andatech unit has a large internal memory with the ability to store 10,000 registered faces and 2,000 test results. This can be increased to 20,000 faces and 5,000 test records per device with cloud-based storage and connection through andalink software, which bridges the Soberlive FRX with a state-of-the-art traceability system.andalink and the cloud storage is secured via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and link encryption, so everything is safely stored and available for future reference.Administrators can access the platform anywhere at any time. Multiple devices from multiple locations can be synchronised, making it ideal for remote sites as employees can take their own test without the need for someone else to administer the test. The Soberlive FRX links every test result to the registered face/user.The Soberlive FRX can be set up using three methods of connection: Ethernet, WiFi and 4G for remote sites. Highly durable, the Soberlive FRX can be used in extreme temperatures ranging from -10 to 50 degrees Celsius.“Because results from tests are recorded instantly and synched with the andalink account, administrators can conduct live monitoring of a workplace’s screening and alcohol testing policy. This provides solid record-keeping with photographic evidence of every test taken by employees and visitors,” Exstrada added.Only available from Andatech, the Soberlive FRX comes with a one-year warranty. The device has an FxCell3 fuel cell sensor for high accuracy, which can easily be replaced when required. (with @ 1 min video of it being used)endsAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech's distribution channel offers personal safety, medical devices and health & wellness products. Install new lights in 5 seconds without an electrician thanks to new product 2021-01-30T07:03:35Z install-new-lights-in-5-seconds-without-an-electrician-thanks-to-new-product MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - While most people spent 2020 in lockdown making sourdough and doing puzzles, Adam Cusick was quietly revolutionising the lighting industry (and eating sourdough).   In the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Adam created Snap Lighting - a ground-breaking innovation that lets anyone change entire light fittings in just 5 seconds, safely, without tools - something that usually takes a licenced electrician about half an hour and costs hundreds.   It works by first installing a special recessed socket that comes with your first purchase. Once the socket is installed by an electrician or handyman (similar to installing a downlight), then you are ready to instantly click in your choice of light fitting any time you like.   Look around at your lights. Wouldn’t it be great to update them in seconds?   The beauty of the design is that almost any pendant from any retailer can be converted to Snap Lighting. Using their ‘unlimited pendants’ service Snap Lighting can adapt most pendants to work with the system. So, in a way, Snap Lighting has Australia’s largest range of styles.   Swapping lights as fashion changes sounds amazing, but for some it's about avoiding the stress of choosing and committing to permanent hard-wired lights - once they’re in, you’re stuck with them! But with Snap Lighting if you choose wrong simply pop it out and exchange for a different one.   In fact, that was the main reason Adam invented Snap Lighting in the first place-   “After renovating, we didn’t like some of our new light fittings, so we had to get an electrician to change them, which was a huge hassle and more expensive than the fittings! I knew there had to be a better way” inventor and founder Adam Cusick said.   The ingenuity of the design has now been professionally recognised with Snap Lighting being selected as a finalist in the Victorian Premier's Design Awards. Winners to be announced March 2021.   If you’re building or renovating and in the market for new lights, Snap Lighting is the smart choice. Available now at -   About Snap Lighting Snap Lighting was founded and developed in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Cusick. Its primary purpose is to help people love their lighting while saving them time, money and effort. Snap Lighting products are available now at   -ENDS-       For interviews and photos contact Adam Cusick at   EDITOR’S NOTES   ●      View the Snap Lighting website here - ●      View promotional videos of the product and founder here - ●      Download bio images of Adam here - ●      Download product and logo images here - Sustainable Wastewater Systems, Rainwater Storage and Earth-friendly Foundations 2021-01-20T00:04:45Z sustainable-wastewater-systems-rainwater-storage-and-earth-friendly-foundations Informative features from New Zealand's leading architects and designers, and inspiring products from top brands, curated to improve your building journey.  Read more about Sustainable Wastewater Systems, Rainwater Storage and Earth-friendly Foundations About ArchiPro Where beautifully designed spaces begin.. Our all-in-one platform helps anyone, anywhere, planning to build or renovate, build their dream. 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