The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-03T10:25:33Z It’s a wrap: Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair concludes – but there’s more to come… 2018-12-03T10:25:33Z its-a-wrap-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-concludes-but-theres-more-to-come GFIA In Focus Australia, Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair has concluded after two days of conferences and seminars that attracted an impressive number of visitors. Focusing on precision agriculture and protected cropping, the event was attended by international delegates, investors and high-profile food producers who all took advantage of the opportunity to learn from a variety of industry exhibitors, educational sessions, networking events and conferences. This was GFIA’s first Australian event – and David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia describes it as a “fantastic showcase of some of Australia’s most innovative, forward-thinking exhibitors.” With innovation being a theme at the forefront of the conference, key guest speaker topics included a panel discussion led by Richard Health from Australian Farm Institute, which covered the digitalization of agriculture, and highlighted challenges and opportunities for Australia’s food and water security. Also hugely popular were a presentation on precision agriculture and the use of digital technologies on Branson Farms by Mark Branson, and a keynote speech from Tim Gentle, founder of Think Digital, which covered a range of fascinating topics, including immersive technologies in agriculture. International delegate Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Deputy General Director for Vietnamese farm group VinEco (a member of VinGroup) attended the conference to learn more about the latest trends. “I’ve seen lots of great stuff here,” she says. “I’ve been very impressed by the stands, which have showcased so much new technology and innovation, particularly in AI and automation, as well as some really valuable information on everything from irrigation systems and bio-systems to new materials and software for quality and food management. We can now clearly see how we can apply this to our systems to improve efficiencies and save on labour costs.” Beef producer and agent Henry Leonard was also full of praise for the event: “There have been some really excellent speakers, and it was incredible to learn more about some of the research currently being done in this sector. The scope and diversity of investment makes it a very exciting time for the agriculture and food production sector.” Peter Smith, Training Manager of event sponsor Agforce, says that GFIA In Focus Australia’s first event in the Australian market won’t be their last. “I see the whole concept of GFIA as having great longevity. The plan is to build on this year’s event to stage a permanent annual innovation event in Brisbane, and for this to be the biggest in Australia. There’s a great deal of scope for including other streams of ag tech, and to also branch out into other types of ag-events. We think the approach is flexible and sustainable enough to allow the event to grow in all kinds of directions.” David Stradling is similarly optimistic about GFIA In Focus Australia’s role in shaping the nation’s agricultural targets for years to come. “GFIA aims to bridge the gap between international markets and Australia tech suppliers – and in response to this year’s success, next year’s GFIA conference will include multiple excursions by key stakeholders into Australian leadership and innovation in the agriculture and food production sector. This is the next leap of the journey to support the Australian Government’s ambition to make agriculture a $100 billion industry by 2030, and we’re looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better than this one.” If you didn’t make it to GFIA in Focus Australia this year, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of 2019’s even more ambitious offering. For more information visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Agronomist Daniel Rollinson and beef producer and agent Henry Leonard GFIA in Focus Australia Conference and Exhibition Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair gets underway 2018-11-27T03:33:44Z australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-gets-underway Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA In Focus Australia is off to a flying start, with almost 2,000 registered visitors to attend the event. Aimed at helping Australian farmers and agribusinesses improve the sustainability and sophistication of food production, a number of high-profile delegates from across Asia Pacific were also present on the first day of the Brisbane-based conference, which is intended to open up new business opportunities for Australian ag-tech suppliers and investors. Kicking off the day’s events was guest speaker The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland, who welcomed attendees during the opening ceremony. In his speech, Mr Furner acknowledged the importance of the event incorporating an impressive line-up of exhibitors showcasing innovative agricultural products and services, and high-profile speakers covering a range of topics. Mr Furner was pleased to open the event and said the Queensland Government will continue to work with innovators to grow the agricultural industry. Amongst the day’s highlights, Pete Lewis, former ABC landline producer facilitated a conference on Controlled Environments & Protected Cropping, covering topics like Automation and controlled systems – while a panel of speakers debated whether indoor and controlled environments can help feed the world, and QAAFI hosted a fascinating ‘Future farming and food’ workshop. A Precision Agriculture & Smart Farming conference looked at Precision Agriculture for livestock and farm asset management, which also debated whether a lack of visibility could be costing businesses. And in some of the most exciting highlights of the day, leading-edge agtech suppliers, entrepreneurs and scientists took to the stage to present their latest innovations ­– including Ceres Tag’s live demonstration of their Smart Ear Tags, which live-streamed the location, health and behavior of 100 cattle located some 1,000km away in northern QLD. Andrew Logan, CEO of OneCrop also presented on the magic of microclimates and revealed how to create explosive yield increases using existing water and sunlight. The day also saw the launch of AgKnowledge, the country’s first agricultural startup company investor pitch platform, which brought together universities, vocational education organisations and colleges, private and public research institutions, professional services organisations, centers of agri-learning / capacity enhancement, agri-tech startup companies and agribusiness sector investors. Sales Director at One CMG Group David Stradling, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia spoke of his reaction to the day’s events. “This is the first GFIA event in Australia, and day one has already surpassed everybody’s expectations – not only from the organiser’s perspective, but also from the attendees. This exhibition and conference has shown Brisbane to be a fantastic venue for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture. We’re looking forward to seeing what the second day has in store for the event’s many delegates and attendees.” To find out more about GFIA In Focus Australia, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland (close up) David Stradling, Sales Director at One CMG Group and Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland Just days to go before the start of Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair 2018-11-19T20:00:00Z just-days-to-go-before-the-start-of-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA In Focus Australia is set to kick off in Brisbane next Tuesday – and with some of the country’s top food producers in attendance, it’s a prime opportunity for farmers, growers and agribusinesses to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture. Part of a global series of exhibition and conferences driving sustainable food production and innovation, GFIA In Focus Australia takes place at Brisbane’s Convention & Exhibition Center from 27-28 November. Leading producers Mort & Co National Feedlot, Mighty Green and Sundrop Farms are just some of the featured guests, and for Cy Kovacich, owner/manager of Mighty Green, the event is a chance to share his experiences diversifying his sugarcane operation: “The sugar cane industry is traditionally a monoculture ­– but with margins closing up through soil stress and other issues, my focus is on optimising soil health and finding production gains and economic savings through diversification, by growing other crops like rice, beans and soy. I’m honored to be involved, and to have the chance to hopefully inspire others through discussing my own experiences.” Amongst the many innovative exhibitors showcasing the latest game-changing innovations and technology is Ceres Tag, who have announced they will be doing a live demonstration at the event, in what will be a world first for the GFIA. In the days leading up to the event, Ceres Tags will be tagging over 100 cattle in Townsville with their Smart Ear Tags, before live streaming their location, health and behaviour 1,000 kms away at the conference. Guest speaker at the opening ceremony on the 27th November will be The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland. Mark describes the event as “a brilliant opportunity for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to understand more about some of the latest innovations that can better support Australia’s agricultural industry.” Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and Educator of Think Digital will be the second guest speaker at the opening ceremony. He’ll be talking about the some of the immersive new technologies available for agriculture, including the most exciting advancement to date in the world of Virtual Reality – a VR Platform for Agriculture. “If you thought Virtual Reality is just for gamers, and Augmented Reality is to catch Pokemon Go’s, then think again,” he says. “In agriculture, immersive technologies will increase productivity, improve safety, enhance training and help you to communicate more effectively than ever before, and I’m excited to be able to unveil the details of this new technology at the conference.” For Sales Director at One CMG Group David Stradling, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia, the event looks set to be a game-changer for those involved. “We anticipate that this event will deliver huge business opportunities for ag-tech suppliers in markets expected to experience significant growth over the next few years,” he says. The GFIA are giving away 2,000 free tickets – but with only a small number left, farmers and agribusinesses are encouraged not to miss out on the chance to attend this unique mix of exhibitions, conferences, innovation sessions and educational workshops. To register your place at GFIA In Focus Australia before it begins, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 17.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and Educator of Think Digital Precision Farming Precision agriculture can revolutionise the industry, say leading experts. 2018-11-12T02:02:06Z precision-agriculture-can-revolutionise-the-industry-say-leading-experts What do data analytics and modelling, fertiliser applications, harvesting, irrigation, seeding, planting and spraying equipment, GPS systems, robotics and smartphone apps have in common? They’re all precision agriculture systems that can revolutionise various aspects of a farm's operations. And as technology evolves to keep pace with the changing needs of a business that’s worth as much as 12% of the country’s GDP, they’re poised to help transform Australia’s agricultural industry. With the Federal Government wanting Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030, a key focus for the industry is the unlocking of new technology, supported by a favourable tax and policy environment for innovation. It’s no surprise, then, that interest is firmly fixed on how producers can harness the benefits of precision agriculture to achieve everything from increased production and reduced labour costs to water savings, lower wastage and greater task automation. The breadth of available applications is huge. Whether it’s computer and mobile-based apps designed to provide real-time information relating to crop disease, or GPS mapping to better understand soil conditions, new technologies are emerging to help farmers collect data, manage risk, increase yields, save time and cut costs. As Anastasia Volkova, CEO and Founder of data analytics platform FluroSat explains, “there have been major advances in spatial and navigation technology, meaning that agriculture can increasingly be underpinned by technologies like self-driving tractors and robotics. Secondly, the ability to use proximal or remote sensing to collect information that can both inform decision-making and measure its effects is also key. And the final piece of the puzzle is machine-learning advancements, and the ability to collect data to create a highly detailed picture – which again, can have hugely beneficial implications for agriculture.” Technologies that address drought-related challenges are another burgeoning industry. Following the government’s recent plans to set up a $3.9 billion fund to support water infrastructure and drought-related projects, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) has identified a suite of new technologies that can help combat Australia’s current drought. They include a water conditioning system that enables growers to utilise supplies previously considered unsuitable, a device that continually informs farmers of flow rates and total water used, and a microclimate solution combining sensors, analytics and apps that analyses atmospheric conditions, leaf wetness, soil moisture and temperature to provide localised growing condition data. Anastasia believes there’s a strong case for embracing new technologies, especially in the face of extreme conditions. “Robustness is the key characteristic needed for agricultural systems, especially in the face of adverse weather like drought. Technologies like variable rate, advance sensing and machine learning technologies can underpin a successful solution that can mitigate the worst effects and support the industry through these types of challenges.” AgTech Cluster Leader at CSIRO Data61 Dr Peyman Moghadam agrees that new technologies are receiving a huge amount of interest currently, especially relating to drones, aerial and satellite imaging, robotic technologies, automated harvesting and precision spraying. Yet a sense of innovation fatigue is also affecting the industry, he says. “Growers are right now more interested in adapting technology to fit their existing equipment than investing in brand new assets. So what’s happening currently is a trend of retro-fitting existing assets to make them smarter. We’re not taking drivers out of the tractors just yet. Instead we’re offering smart features, retro-fitted to make lives easier, using technology like auto steering and automated harvesting, weeding and pruning, which can help reduce labour costs by as much as 30-40%.” Whether through robotics, virtual reality, AI or new automation technologies, the digitalisation of agriculture means that farmers and growers will over time be better able to increase production and yields, with fewer inputs and labour costs. As Anastasia explains, “Costs can be reduced by knowing for instance the response to nutrients in different areas of a farm, so that fertilizer use can be fully optimized. Whether it’s used for weed detection in the field, or for grading the protein content of a grain that’s about to be harvested, precision agriculture solutions can offer impressive results for farmers who are able to embrace these new technologies.” The GFIA will present the latest innovations and technologies for smart food production in the precision agriculture sector at Australia’s largest agricultural innovation event, GFIA in Focus, in Brisbane on November 27-28. Anastasia and Peyman will join a host of guest speakers discussing everything from smart irrigation and big data to robotics and Virtual Reality. To register your attendance or to find out more, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Precision Agriculture Previous GFIA Precision Agriculture Conference Protected cropping heralded as the ideal system to help supercharge Australian agriculture. 2018-11-07T06:12:11Z protected-cropping-heralded-as-the-ideal-system-to-help-supercharge-australian-agriculture ‘Sustainable growth’ is the key phrase underpinning the Australian Government’s plans to make the nation’s agricultural industry a $100 billion industry by 2030. Yet with widespread and continued drought conditions challenging these ambitious plans, growers are looking to new solutions to ensure more consistent crops and higher yields – and protected cropping is one increasingly attractive proposition. There’s no doubt that indoor and controlled environments, speed breeding and hydroponic systems are currently driving food production like never before. The Protected Cropping Industry is the fastest growing food producing sector in Australia, valued at around $1.8 billion per annum. As Vertical Farming Systems Executive Director John Leslie explains, that’s no surprise. “Australian agriculture currently has a return on investment of about 3-5%, and that’s not sufficient to attract investment into the sector,” he says. “Vertical farming removes much of the labour cost, which is the most expensive component of farming, so the ROI can be increased to 20% and upwards – and then agriculture does become an attractive investment proposition.” With a $3.9 billion fund recently set up to support water infrastructure and drought-related projects, protected cropping has never been more relevant. Controlled environment farming protects the industry from unfavourable weather conditions like drought, contributing to more consistent crops and higher yields. John sees vertical farming as the ideal solution for some parts of the industry, because the process is impervious to climate, and the dehumidification process generates a massive amount of water. “We’re actually producing water out of the air, and that makes vertical farming highly viable, even in places as arid as the Sahara desert. While vertical farming isn’t a fix-all for every drought situation, it’s another tool we can use to combat the effects ­– and it will certainly support some parts of the food supply chain and help address things like drought.” Current advancements in the technology mean that protected cropping will soon be applicable on a broader scale. John explains how his company is developing systems that will soon be able to produce animal feed and proteins. “It’s based on the same technology we’re right now using for vegetables, and over time that will begin to address the problem on a wider scale,” he says. Hydroponics is another production sector currently experiencing rapid growth – and as hydroponic grower and consultant Brian Ellis explains, it’s highly efficient in its use of inputs including water, fertilisers, labour, land and energy. “It’s possible to produce 5-10 times as much per hectare using hydroponic systems compared to growing in soil. There’s no doubt that adverse weather is impacting everyone as the climate continues to change ­– but with hydroponics you have much more control over your environment. Essentially there’s much more predictability, and less effect from extreme weather.” Brian explains how hydroponic systems use only minimal water, which contributes further to their viability. “We often only use as little as 5% of the water for re-circulated hydroponic crops, compared to growing the same crop out in the field. That gap may have closed a little with the introduction of new technologies, but it’s still nowhere close to that figure. As drought continues to affect growers, there’s no doubt that hydroponics will become even more important, and more relevant to the success of the industry.” In the face of food security and global climatic variability concerns, safe, sustainable protected cropping in the form of vertical farming, hydroponics and speed breeding could well be the way of the future. With protected-crop growers at the forefront of highly sustainable, efficient and innovative food production processes, protected cropping will increasingly help to secure a profitable and more sustainable future for Australian agriculture. The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) will present the latest innovations and technologies for the controlled environment and protected cropping sector at Australia’s largest agricultural innovation event, GFIA in Focus, in Brisbane on November 27-28. John and Brian will join a host of guest speakers discussing everything from vertical farms and greenhouses to hydroponic and aquaponic systems and much more. To register for a free entry badge or to find out more, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Previous GFIA Protected Cropping Exhibition Protected Cropping MEDIA ALERT: Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture is coming to Brisbane 2018-10-30T22:09:32Z media-alert-global-forum-for-innovations-in-agriculture-is-coming-to-brisbane Next month Brisbane will play proud host to Australia’s largest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA in Focus. (An offshoot of the internationally recognised Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture.) Scheduled for 27-28 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, this not-to-be missed event has been organized to help realise the government’s ambition for Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. Over 2,000 visitors from across Australia and the Asia Pacific will be flocking to Brisbane to see the hundreds of innovations showcased in this inspirational two-day exhibition and conference. Many of these innovations are in the areas of sustainable ag-tech across two key sectors: controlled environments & protected cropping and precision agriculture & smart farming. The implications for the industry are far reaching and are expected to drive a host of new opportunities for ag-tech suppliers, investors and food producers. GFIA in Focus Australia is proudly supported by some of Australia’s key agribusiness member organisations, including Agribusiness Australia, Queensland Farmers’ Federation, AgForce Queensland, Irrigation Australia, Growcom, Society of Precision Agriculture Australia and Northern Territory Farmers Association. Guest speaker at GFIA’s opening ceremony on the 27th November will be The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland. GFIA are delighted to have a speaker of Mr Furner’s caliber gracing the event and he is the ideal candidate to launch what will be a long-term strategy of driving innovation in Australian agriculture. GFIA would like to extend a warm invitation to media to attend this two-day event, and will, of course, provide opportunities for interviews with key event stakeholders. To confirm your media accreditation, register online here by 22rd November 2018. What: GFIA in Focus Australia When: 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Media Opportunities: Monday 27 November: 09.30-10.00: GFIA in Focus Opening Ceremony 10.00-11.00: Ribbon Cutting and Exhibition Tour 11.00-11.20: Interview with The Honourable Mark Furner MP Monday 27 November and Tuesday 28 November: Interview and photograph opportunities with: Key speakers (click here to view) Exhibitors (click here to view) David Stradling, One CMG Group Sales Director Attendee representatives For further information head to www.gifaaustralia.com Media contact: Kate Munsie, 0421 935 843, kate.munsie@c7even.com.au -ENDS- Leading agribusiness groups throw their weight behind Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair 2018-10-15T01:22:51Z leading-agribusiness-groups-throw-their-weight-behind-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair GFIA in Focus Australia is fast becoming a much-anticipated event within the agricultural community – and with some of Australia’s leading trade bodies recently announcing their commitment to the upcoming exhibition, it’s set to be one of Australia’s most exciting business-to-end-user sector trade fairs in the 2018 calendar. Nine of Australia’s key agribusiness member organisations have now pledged their support for the show, a satellite edition of a series of fairs that run internationally, driving sustainable food production and innovation. Promoting it as a great opportunity for agri-food professionals to freely attend the exhibitions and adjoining conferences, the organisations include Agribusiness Australia, Queensland Farmers’ Federation, AgForce Queensland, Irrigation Australia, Growcom, Passionfruit Australia, Queensland Olive Council, Society of Precision Agriculture Australia and Northern Territories Farmers Association. Tim Burrow, CEO at Agribusiness Australia welcomed the collaboration: “Our mantra is to advocate, to be inclusive and to spread knowledge, with the sole aim of advancing agri-business for the national good. A stronger agri-business sector benefits not only our communities, but also our nation’s financial and cultural wealth, and this event will no doubt be invaluable in creating new business opportunities, advancing knowledge and supporting greater collaboration.” For Travis Tobin, CEO at Queensland Farmers’ Federation, the upcoming fair aligns with QFF’s key strategies. “In representing the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisations, we engage in a broad range of economic, social, environmental and regional issues of strategic importance to the productivity, sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector. With our mission being to secure a strong and sustainable future for Queensland farmers, GFIA In Focus is a great opportunity to learn more about developing sustainable farming for the future.” The Australian edition takes place at Brisbane’s Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27-28 November 2018, and organisations like these, which represent tens of thousands of corporate agri-businesses, farmers and growers across the country will now be involved – a move which it’s anticipated will greatly extend the exhibition’s reach and influence. With the world’s population expected to increase from seven billion to almost nine billion by 2040, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) was born with the belief that continuous innovation in agriculture is the only way to sustainably feed us all. To support the Australian Government’s ambition to increase our agricultural output to a $100 billion industry by 2030, the Queensland Government is committed to growing agriculture as one of the ‘four pillars’ of the state’s economy. However, as David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia explained, government’s efforts alone will not achieve the target: “Unlocking agriculture’s growth potential requires a collaborative effort from all levels of government, industry, researchers and vested interest communities. In the face of continued drought and calls to raise productivity, farmers, growers and agribusinesses will increasingly need to implement more sustainable technologies.” “We see GFIA In Focus Australia as a prime opportunity for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture,” he continued. “We’re pleased to have nine of the country’s most influential agri-business member organisations on board for this unique event.” David described the exhibition as the beginning of a progressive long-term strategy to create opportunities that strengthen and support Australia’s agricultural industry. “We anticipate this event will deliver huge business opportunities for ag-tech suppliers in markets expected to experience significant growth over the next few years,” he said. The two-day show features two world-class showcases of leading-edge technology in precision and smart farming on one side of the Convention Centre’s Grand Hall, and on the other, an exhibition of suppliers in technology for controlled environment and protected cropping. The events are supported by their own dedicated conference and side-event programs, and visitors will have access across the entire event. GFIA are giving away 2,000 free tickets for November’s In Focus exhibition to food producers, policy makers and investors. Visit www.gfiaaustralia.com to register your attendance, or for further information about exhibiting at GFIA In Focus Australia. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Tim Burrow, Agribusiness Australia CEO Travis Tobin, Queensland Farmers’ Federation CEO David Stradling, One CMG Group Sales Director National Safe Work Month: Many benefits for SMEs in outsourcing drug and alcohol testing 2018-10-04T01:55:40Z national-safe-work-month-many-benefits-for-smes-in-outsourcing-drug-and-alcohol-testing Staff working under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, not just to themselves, but their fellow workers and the organisation’s reputation. Major events, such as the forthcoming Melbourne Cup, are times when more workers test positive for drugs the next day such as MET (methamphetamine/ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and THC (marijuana). With October being National Safe Work Month, Andatech, a leading Australian supplier of drug and alcohol testing equipment and services, highlights how substance use and abuse play a significant role in work‑related injuries and fatalities. "Australian businesses are losing an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use‑related productivity issues and 7.5% of hospital morbidity is related to alcohol consumption in the workplace," said Jaka Exstrada, Business Development Manager from Andatech. "This abuse also contributes to adverse productivity outcomes such as absenteeism, lateness, a decrease in attention span, poor coordination, difficulty in comprehension and slower reaction time." Many employers who want to carry out tests but cannot justify having an in-house drug and alcohol testing regime for random testing, post-incident and emergency testing are turning to third party testing, which is becoming more readily available. This outsourced testing is more affordable and can be customised for each organisation, tailoring the level of equipment, the frequency and the volume of drug and alcohol testing to suit their requirements. "Organisations may not realise that on-site drug testing services, either urine or oral, can be set up for as little as one person per year. In addition, they can also opt for education and awareness presentations and inductions, and policy and procedure development. "Third party testing is ideal for smaller businesses who want to comply with workplace health and safety but would prefer a professional with experience in testing to undertake the tests. "The testing service can also deal with awkward situations and it doesn’t hinder relationships between employees," he said. Testing improves employee compliance One Melbourne manufacturer that commenced testing earlier this year, has seen the incidence of positive readings halved from an average of 6% to 3%. The improvement is expected to continue as staff realise they can't get away with it. The purpose of this company's testing regime is to prevent staff from arriving at work still under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they are putting themselves and others at risk from injury or worse. To this end, various types of testing is conducted including random testing and special days testing when people are more likely to give a positive result, such as the day after Melbourne Cup Day or Australia Day. Some companies also conduct pre‑employment tests, incident tests and for‑cause tests where they suspect someone may be under the influence. For companies who want to manage their own testing regime, Andatech offers urine and oral DrugSense kits that test for nine different drug types. The company also has the widest range of Australian Standard‑certified breathalysers in Australia, including AlcoSense workplace breathalysers. However, many small enterprises are now turning to third party on-site drug and alcohol services from Andatech that uses a NATA accredited lab, certified collectors/testers and offers 24/7 on-site testing in all major cities in Australia, which is crucial when emergency and post-incident testing is required quickly. www.andatech.com.au https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/about Ends Free resources for business: White paper: Developing a Drugs and Alcohol Policy: Avoiding Common Pitfalls when Including Drug & Breath Tests https://www.andatech.com.au/developing-drugs-alcohol-policy-whitepaper White paper: Drug Abuse in the Workplace: A hidden management crisis https://www.andatech.com.au/workplace-drug-abuse-whitepaper White paper: Human Factor: The Human-Technology Interface in Workplace Safety https://www.andatech.com.au/human-factor-workplace-safety-whitepaper Some more facts & figures: In its 2007 study, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council reported that 2.5% of the workforce attends work despite being under the influence of illicit drugs. Figures released by The Alcohol and Drug Foundation show that Australian businesses lose an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use-related productivity issues. According to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), most work-related accident compensation claims come from workers who are absent for 12 weeks on average. These claims have a direct and indirect cost estimated at $60 billion per year. Wheeldon through Integrity Sampling found that 300,000 workers in Australia in full-time employment, misuse drugs and alcohol at harmful levels, and that 57% of part-time and contractual staff have the same problem. 40% of the workforce population in the 35-55-year-old demographic tested positive for methamphetamine and 1 in 15 professional drivers in the State of Victoria tested positive for illicit drugs in 2016. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 9 drug groups providing error-free results. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au To request any photos in high resolution please contact Wendy McWilliams. Captions: Andatech’s AlcoSense Prodigy S workplace breathalyser with one-touch operation delivers highly accurate readings. Andatech’s DrugSense Saliva Drug Testing Kit that tests for all the main drug groups. Andatech Sentry baton breathalyser can take 12 samples per minute. Make Cents not Waste! Envirobank Recycling named major network provider of container refund points for Queensland Government’s Container Refund Scheme 2018-09-28T02:14:31Z make-cents-not-waste-envirobank-recycling-named-major-network-provider-of-container-refund-points-for-queensland-government-s-container-refund-scheme SYDNEY, Australia – Friday 28 September, 2018 – Australia’s most innovative recycling company, Envirobank Recycling, announced it has been appointed by Queensland’s established Product Responsibility Organisation, Container Exchange (CoEx), as a major network provider of container collection points for the state’s Container Refund Scheme (CRS).   Envirobank will provide a minimum of 48 container collection points along the Queensland coast spanning Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Collection points will include Coles supermarket locations; community collection points with not-for-profit partners such as Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), and three large-scale automated depots for bulk processing of large quantities by businesses or community groups.    Alby Taylor, Acting Chair Container Exchange, said the criteria for selecting operators was an extensive process designed to meet customer needs.   “Our tender process generated a lot of interest from both small and large operators and in the end it came down to ensuring we provided the best service to the Queensland public.   “We have listened to the feedback from other states and in Queensland you will see a lot more mobile collections to ensure we can get to as many people as possible wanting a refund,” Mr Taylor said.   “We will have depot sites as well as bag drop options in many communities, with many operations benefiting local community groups and charities,’ he said.   The Queensland CRS, launching 1 November, has been designed to play a major role in reducing beverage container litter across the State. Drink containers are the second most commonly littered item in Queensland (after cigarette butts) with approximately 2.4 billion generated annually.  Nearly all drink containers can be recycled however most are not, ending up in landfill, or polluting the natural environment and littering streets, parks and waterways.   Under the new scheme, empty eligible drink containers with an approved refund mark can be returned to a container refund point for a 10-cent refund. Payment is made through a variety of ways including cash, retail vouchers, or digital payments such as a Scheme ID or PayPal account. Envirobank offers all payment methods at each of its sites.   Customer convenience with Coles Collection Points Collection points will be installed at Coles supermarkets and Queensland General Manager, Jerry Farrell, said the partnership was in line with the retailer’s sustainability commitments to improve recycling and reduce and divert waste from landfill.    “Coles has made a public commitment to crush waste and reduce landfill, and our partnership with Envirobank in Queensland is a great opportunity for us to work with our customers to stop empty plastic containers ending up on the streets, our waterways or in landfill.   Accessible and convenient collection points will be installed at Coles supermarkets to make it easy for our customers to return their empty containers and reap the benefits.”    Fundraising has never been so easy The scheme also offers charities, not-for-profits and community groups an avenue for significant fundraising by setting up as ‘donation sites’. Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is one organisation with clear intentions to actively benefit from the scheme announcing clubs along the Queensland coast have signed up to work with Envirobank. “Envirobank will deliver ‘donation sites’ and operate a mobile service of container refund points in select surf locations ensuring the public has even greater access to the scheme,” said Narelle Anderson, founder and managing director, Envirobank. “We’re also helping to keep the beach clean at the same time.”   Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO, John Brennan OAM, is excited by the many benefits the CRS will have and said the partnership with Envirobank will help maximise those benefits for volunteer surf lifesavers.   “We are thrilled that the Container Refund Scheme is coming to Queensland and, by partnering with Envirobank, it means that each of our 58 clubs right up and down the Queensland coastline will have the opportunity to benefit financially.  Every valid container put in a donation point at one of our clubs is a new stream of income that will be re-invested straight back into their lifesaving work in their local community. It’s a benefit to the environment, to our members and to all beachgoers across Queensland,” said Mr Brennan OAM.   According Ms Anderson, in other states where container deposit schemes are already operational, charitable donations comprise the major component of the public’s reimbursements.    “Envirobank has been a long-term network operator in the Northern Territory Scheme and it’s evident the program is much more than a litter reduction initiative,” said Ms Anderson. “With the right partnerships in place the Scheme has the potential to raise substantial funds for many charities that deliver the vital services we need in our communities.”      Ms Anderson also said her goal is to make collecting refunds super easy for the public, so they can be rewarded for the good they are doing toward protecting our environment and recycling.   “We are always dreaming up new ways to ensure people not only get convenient access to the scheme, but also choose the way they want to get their refunds,” said Ms Anderson.   – END –   About Narelle Anderson and Envirobank Recycling In 2000 Narelle became the first aboriginal woman to solely own a waste management company. A recipient of many entrepreneurial and environmental awards Narelle is a current board member of The Australian Council of Recyclers (ACOR), the peak industry body representing the recycling sector of Australia. She was also a founding board member of the Green Building Council of Australia.    Envirobank Recycling is Australia’s most innovative recycling company, combining technology with Australians’ desire to recycle. Founded in 2008 to incentivise recyclers, it specialises in large, automated, high-speed collection points. Envirobank introduced the concept of Reverse Vending Technology to Australia, operating this type of technology for more than a decade. Envirobank’s ultimate vision is to change the way Australians recycle and reward people for the good they do. For more information visit www.envirobank.com.au. Sustainable agriculture in the spotlight at Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair 2018-09-18T22:19:23Z sustainable-agriculture-in-the-spotlight-at-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair The Australian government is pushing for agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030 – and with the QLD government aiming to double the state’s food production by 2040, the leading authority on sustainable food production and agriculture is hosting an event in Brisbane designed to showcase sustainable growing practices and new agricultural technologies. The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) In Focus Australia event will take place on November 27-28. Exhibiting the latest sustainable ag-tech innovations and technology from suppliers across all types of food production, it’s set to be Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair. The event will place a particular focus on ‘growing sustainably’ and ‘unlocking new technology’, with more than 2,000 delegates expected to attend from across the Asia Pacific. Featuring two adjacent exhibitions, the first will present Controlled Environments & Protected Cropping, and the second will focus on Precision Agriculture and Smart Farming products. Within ‘Controlled Environments’, exhibitors will promote the latest greenhouses, system integrators, control systems and hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems – and the ‘Precision Agriculture’ sector will cover everything from data analytics and modeling to harvesting and irrigation equipment, seeding and planting equipment and GPS systems. A high-level conference programme will also run during the event – and for David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind GFIA In Focus, the event is “a rare opportunity to learn from agriculture food producers, policy makers and investors about the latest innovations and technologies for smart food production.” Among the confirmed exhibitors will be the creators of Ceres Tag, a new generation of smart ear tags for livestock provenance and management. CEO & Development Director David Smith described their livestock smart ear tags, which aspire to be National Traceability compliant and feature GPS positioning, movement and health monitoring abilities as a major step forward for the industry. “The benefits for Australian farmers are huge, being economic, environmental and social, and the tag can support everything from theft reduction and health and biosecurity safeguards to finance improvement, risk reduction, operational efficiency and land-use optimisation. “This event delivers an unrivalled opportunity for us to meet thousands of potential buyers of sustainable agriculture technology,” he continued. “I’m excited to exhibit at GFIA and raise awareness of our product to Australian graziers.” Also present will be multi-level indoor growing company Vertical Farm Systems, who will showcase their fully automated technology for growing commercial crops all year round, in any climate or location. Executive Director & Design Engineer John Leslie described the new system as the next generation of indoor growing solutions built for profitability more than spectacle. “Over the past 9 years we have refined the system automation to achieve the best return on investment yields we have seen in the sector. Of the 28 system sizes we supply, our smallest uses only 500 square metres of floor area, yet the 20 tons annual harvest rate is the same as 8 acres of prime agricultural land. The bioponic live microbe based growing system delivers a major reduction in water use, with zero chemicals, pest issues or crop losses, and it can be installed in very close proximity to the end user ­ – all of which is fantastic for sustainable farming.” One CMG Group Sales Director David Stradling described the significance of the event for Australian agriculture. “GFIA In Focus is intended to help Australian agri-businesses share knowledge, so we can continue to develop sustainable farming into the future. There are some incredibly innovative technologies and practices out there, and we’re excited to host what’s going to be an inspiring and highly informative event for attendees.” Don’t miss out. Visit www.gfiaaustralia.com to register your attendance. Entry is free, but there are only 2,000 tickets available. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: David Smith, Ceres Tag CEO & Development Director John Leslie, Vertical Farm Systems Executive Director & Design Engineer Greenbox Appoints New CEO 2018-09-17T07:47:02Z greenbox-appoints-new-ceo Brisbane, Australia – September 17, 2018 – Australian IT asset lifecycle management company, Greenbox Systems, has appointed Phillip Dickman as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with preceding CEO and Founder Shane Mulholland moving to the role of Executive Chairman. Greenbox manages its customers’ IT assets end-to-end, from pre-deployment and installation, right through critical data sanitisation and disposal to ensure sensitive information is effectively destroyed when a device is replaced. As CEO, Dickman will be responsible for managing Greenbox’s day-to-day operations, with a particular focus on the company’s sales strategy at a time when data security initiatives have accelerated as a result of expanding threats and government-imposed regulations. “The number of malicious and inadvertent threats to data security continues to increase, and organisations across all sectors – and especially government and large enterprise – are focused on minimising risk by protecting their assets both virtually and physically,” said Dickman. “The importance of these tactics is only compounded by initiatives such as the Notifiable Breach Disclosure (NBD) scheme and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which outline strict requirements for the way in which data is stored and handled, making accountability a top priority. “Greenbox has established a solid platform to help organisations protect sensitive information at all stages of its lifecycle – from the moment a device is installed, right through to its disposal. My objective is not only to maintain these comprehensive capabilities, but expand the company’s foothold in the Australian economy by executing on expansion targets, including partnerships with key technology vendors and systems integrators.” Dickman joins Greenbox with 20 years of experience in sales and executive leadership across the ICT and financial services industries. He was most recently National Sales Manager for Infrastructure Solutions at Data#3, a position in which he led a large team of sales executives with responsibility for working with Tier 1 vendors to jointly enable customer success. Dickman was also heavily involved in a digital start-up which went on to a successful ASX listing, and has been a key player in numerous major acquisitions at the publicly-listed technology firm, GBST. Having founded Greenbox and held the reins for 18 years, Mulholland now turns to his attention to the organisation’s long-term goals. “The combination of Greenbox’s position as a leader in IT lifecycle solutions and Phil’s extensive experience allows me to take a step back from working in the business to work on the business,” said Mulholland. “Greenbox’s continued growth is driven by a shift towards greater levels of accountability and cost efficiency around the asset lifecycle, particularly pre-deployment and end-of-use. Our strategic plan required a broadening of our product offering, and operational expansion by both organic and inorganic means. Phil’s success in driving revenues and managing mergers and acquisitions means he is ideally suited to achieve the required directives.” This change in executive leadership comes during a significant year for Greenbox. In March, it expanded its footprint with the opening of a government and Defence-certified IT Commissioning Centre in Canberra, the largest of its kind in Australia. The facility was launched by Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP (now Minister for Defence). About Greenbox Systems Greenbox is a privately-owned IT asset lifecycle management company, with high-security facilities in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. It provides the government, defence, banking and education industries with end-to-end services across the technology lifecycle, including pre-deployment, connected configuration, deployment, asset recovery and data security. Greenbox has experience in some of Australia’s largest and most complex projects with stringent security requirements, driven by robust governance, ISO-certified processes, and accredited engineers. For more information visit www.greenbox.com.au. Australian agriculture set to benefit from Brisbane innovations event 2018-09-03T01:12:54Z australian-agriculture-set-to-benefit-from-brisbane-innovations-event Brisbane will soon play host to Australia’s largest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA in Focus (an offshoot of the internationally recognized Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture), scheduled for 27-28 November this year at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Designed to support the government’s ambition for Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030, the event will promote sustainable food production in what is one of the country’s premier states for fruit, vegetable and livestock production. With the QLD government supporting the national government strategy by announcing a doubling of state-wide agricultural output by 2040, the event will showcase hundreds of innovations in sustainable ag-tech across two key sectors: controlled environments & protected cropping and precision agriculture & smart farming. More than 2,000 visitors are expected from across Australia and the Asia Pacific for the two-day exhibition and conference – and the event is expected to drive a host of new opportunities for ag-tech suppliers, investors and food producers. Exhibitors will include some of Australia’s best start-ups and innovators, who will display and demonstrate the latest solutions for sustainable agriculture. As David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind the event explained, GFIA in Focus is set to be “a great opportunity for suppliers wanting to extend their market position through direct communication with farmers, growers, agribusinesses and distributors across the region.” For agri-food producers, the event will also be an invaluable showcase for hundreds of new products designed to improve productivity. “Whether producers want to increase yields, combat pests or save water, GFIA In Focus will be a rich source of inspiration for solutions that can help improve business processes and efficiency,” Mr Stradling continued. Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk described the event as a great opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to gain information, advice and connections by hearing from industry experts across the region, while also generating $2.3 million in economic impact for the city. “This is a significant step forward in the food and beverage production industry for our city. Brisbane is a growing hub for food and agricultural technology innovation, with a reputation for high-quality, clean and green products – and our position as the closest eastern seaboard capital city to Asia provides substantial supply chain advantages within the food production industry. There really is no better place to hold this event than right here in Australia’s New World City.” One CMG Group are giving away 2,000 tickets to food producers, policy makers, scientists and investors interested in attending. To register your attendance or to find out more, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Sponsored and supported by Brisbane City Council, GFIA in Focus Australia is also proudly supported by AgriBusiness Australia, Growcom, Society of Precision Agriculture Australia, University of Queensland and Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group with James Pateras, Director at Modular Farms, Australia Previous GFIA Event Previous GFIA Event Australasian Gaming Expo amps up on Day Two 2018-08-15T06:00:00Z australasian-gaming-expo-amps-up-on-day-two Trade and technology continued to dominate at the second day of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) at ICC Sydney today. AGE uniquely draws over 200 exhibitors across three days to showcase the global hospitality and gaming industry in one place. Thousands of local and international visitors flooded the show floor to network and hear from industry experts from all sectors of gaming, hospitality and technology. The informative AGE seminar series resumed with Food, Hospitality, Service and Events in focus during the morning’s sessions. Sudhir Kale, CEO, GamePlan Consultants, discussed the topical Millennials & Generation Z, while Morgan Stewart, CEO, Club Taree and Grant Imerson, Hospitality Expert, highlighted ways for F&B operations to better connect with gaming and entertainment in their combined seminar, A Balanced Diet. Panel discussion, Spotlight on Responsible Gambling, moderated by Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council, was particularly popular amongst CEOs and club management visitors. At a time of optimism within the industry, AGE is key for networking and trade opportunities between local and international business. First-time exhibitor, Kevin Gaumnitz, Atrient, shared enthusiasm following the first day of trade, stating AGE is vital to continuing their momentum in building an international client base. Gaming Entertainment Systems (GES) launched a new product, Poker Room Bonus, at the show yesterday after 12 months of development. The technology is a full-featured, low-cost progressive system that combines table games with gaming terminals and mobile devices. Simon Witty, Gaming Entertainment Systems, shares, “The reaction at the show has been incredibly positive. We have our products in venues all over NZ and Australia and [AGE] is an opportunity to develop the good relationships we have with customers in this market.” As the largest Expo of its type in the southern hemisphere, visitors, suppliers and buyers from hotels, clubs and casinos engaged with stands spanning everything from security, POS systems and gaming machines, all the way to TAFE, interior décor selections and hospitality services. Drawing sizable crowds, food and beverage stands are presenting innovative ways for small business operators to cater for gourmet tastes with minimal infrastructure. ELAG and Electrolux are demonstrating technology to enhance speed, quality and creativity with fresh, tasty food samples flying out to visitors. Stylish options for upgrading the end-customer experience on display included bespoke pieces from Nufurn Commercial Furniture Solutions. Alfresco Spaces kept cool with their new Mist360 fan and Plant Image brought a vibrant touch of greenery to the expansive ICC Sydney Exhibition Halls. AGE will continue on Thursday 16 August with an exclusive Exhibitors Breakfast from 9:00am, where the hotly-anticipated Best Stand awards will be announced. The Pubs/Hotels Summit seminar sessions will run from 10am – 12pm. For more information or to register, visit austgamingexpo.com -ends- Notes to Editors: Complimentary media passes are available to Australasian Gaming Expo, please email AGE@zadroagency.com.au For further information please contact: Zadro Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator | tracey@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 418 874 583 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director | sammy@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 Images: Image 1: Visitors at AGE 2018 Image 2: Seminar sessions at AGE 2018 Image 3: Show floor at AGE 2018 About Australasian Gaming Expo 13 – 15 August 2019, International Convention Centre, Sydney Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 7,000 attendees across 19,000m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its type in Australia. AGE is the place to see new international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales. Australasian Gaming Expo abuzz at ICC Sydney 2018-08-14T06:41:20Z australasian-gaming-expo-abuzz-at-icc-sydney Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) opened to a enthusiastic crowd at ICC Sydney this morning, with over 10,000 attendees expected through the doors over the next three days. Now in its 29th year, AGE is the cornerstone for all suppliers and buyers working within the hospitality and gaming industry. After a welcome address from Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Australasia; Gadigal Elder Uncle Allen Madden; and Joyce DiMascio, CEO, Exhibitions and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA), the event kicked off with a sold-out exhibition floor and seminar program. Mr Ferrar presented the first seminar, ‘Australia: State of The Nation’, acknowledging the most pertinent issues and challenges facing the industry in 2018. Also speaking on the first day, Justin Baird, Managing Director of R&D, Technology and Innovation, Accenture; Neil Spencer, Managing Director, Gaming Consultants International; David Ford, Commissioner for QLD Liquor and Gaming, and more. The afternoon featured an IMGL Masterclass chaired by Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers Sydney and President, IMGL, which focused on the international and domestic legal trends for the gaming industry. Day One presented an overall sense of optimism within the industry, encouraging agility, responsiveness, innovation and engagement, framed by a globally-minded outlook to the future. Scoring in the top 15% of trade shows worldwide for visitor and exhibitor satisfaction according to a recent Explori report[1], AGE stands for future sustainability and growth of the industry. This is highlighted by its sell-out show floor, offering the latest gaming and hospitality technologies and solutions for visitors to experience. With over 200 exhibitors from all sectors of the industry, the show floor was bustling with trade and technical demos. Global innovator, Simtech Creations showcased a jaw-dropping curved LED visual display with spinning globe, changing the realities of visualisation, while nearby, local Signature Floors covered the interior and décor sectors with their cutting edge carpet designs. Vetron demonstrated their 3D Bare-Eye content development and signage solution to great effect, transforming the interactive content experience to awed visitors. Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association, tips the 2018 show to be the best yet, “AGE strives to deliver a bigger and better show year on year for all of our stakeholders. With a core focus on technology and the sustainability of the gaming industry, we believe 2018 will deliver maximum value and a truly enjoyable experience for visitors, exhibitors and sponsors.” Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council, will moderate the “Spotlight on Responsible Gaming” panel on Day Two of the show, “The panel will examine the challenges and trends in responsible gaming and provide and the purpose they serve. Responsible gambling is a somewhat contested term, this discussion will explore the important role in limiting consumption under safe thresholds.” Australasian Gaming Expo is the largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow in the southern hemisphere and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14-16 August 2018. For more information or to register, visit austgamingexpo.com Notes to Editors: Complimentary media passes are available to Australasian Gaming Expo, please email AGE@zadroagency.com.au For further information please contact: Zadro Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator | tracey@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 418 874 583 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director | sammy@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 [1] Australasian Gaming Expo Visitor & Exhibitor Feedback Survey 2017, Explori. Images: Image 1: AGE Show Floor Image 2: AGE Official Opening Address Image 3: Justin Baird, Managing Director of R&D, Technology and Innovation, Accenture Image 4: Seminar, “The Gaming Product of Tomorrow” About Australasian Gaming Expo 14 – 16 August 2018, International Convention Centre, Sydney Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees across 19,000m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its type in Australia. AGE is the place to see new international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales. Media Invite: Australasian Gaming Expo 2018 2018-08-12T21:30:00Z media-invite-australasian-gaming-expo-2018-3 Dear Editor, You’re invited to attend Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), returning for its 29th year at ICC Sydney tomorrow with its biggest and best program yet. Hosted by Gaming Technologies Australasia and Asia Gaming Brief, AGE brings together the biggest names from around the world in clubs, hotel and casinos for 3 days of seminars, exhibition and key networking events – making it the largest gaming expo in the Southern Hemisphere! If you would like a complimentary media pass, please email age@zadroagency.com.au with your name, title and publication. Program Overview Leaders of the gaming technologies industry head the world-class seminar speaker line-up, covering topics such as technologies, gaming, regulation, hospitality, customer service and the millennial market. Some presentations as part of the extended 2.5-day program include: Australia: State of the Nation - 10:30am Tuesday 14 August Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies of Australia Technological Disruption & Innovation – 10:50am Tuesday 14 August Justin Baird, Managing Director of R&D, Technology & Innovation, Accenture IMGL Masterclass - 2:00pm Tuesday 14 August Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers, Sydney; President, IMGL Millennials & Generation Z - 10:30am Wednesday 15 August Sudhir Kale, CEO, GamePlan Consultant Gaming and the Media - 3:00pm Wednesday 15 August Ben Wilson, Managing Partner, GRACosway Some key panel presentations are: The Gaming Product of Tomorrow - 11:40am Tuesday 14 August Neil Spencer, Managing Director, Gaming Consultants International (moderator) Adrian Halpenny, SVP Australia & Asia, Scientific Games Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary, Liquor, Gaming and Office of Racing NSW David Ford, Commissioner, QLD Liquor and Gaming Enter, Stage Left! – 11:00am Wednesday 15 August Terry O’Halloran, Associate – Member Insights and Gaming Specialist, Russell Corporate Advisory (moderator) Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director, ESL Australia Tim Richardson, Group Gaming Manager, Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts Andrew Kelly, General Manager, Bankstown Sports Club Coby Hindson, Owner, Game Cave Melanie Morson, Group Corporate Communications & Community Relations Manager, Castle Hill RSL Spotlight on Responsible Gaming - 14:00 Wednesday 14 August Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council (moderator) David Curry, Head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, ALH Group Natasha Mann, Executive Director, Liquor and Gaming NSW Sonja Bauer, Group General Manager Responsible Gaming, Crown Resorts How Gaming Operations Affect Pub Valuations - 10:00 Thursday 16 August Clyde Mooney, Publishing Editor, PubTIC Rob Gleeson, Head of Hospitality Advisory, Mortgages & Co Scott Robertson, Chairman, Robertson & Robertson For the full Seminar Program, visit: http://austgamingexpo.com/seminar/ We can arrange interviews with any speakers involved with AGE, either before, during or after the event. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is at the speaker’s discretion as to whether or not they would like to participate in an interview. It is expected media will mention AGE with any interviews with speakers or articles that come about from the event. Exhibition Overview The sold-out exhibition floor is set to be buzzing with over 200 exhibitors from across all sectors of the industry on show. As one of the world’s largest hospitality trade equipment exhibitions, on show will be everything from AV and staging, building services, maintenance and security systems to cash handling, membership and more. Over 50% of local and international exhibitors attend AGE to launch a new product or service, making AGE the must-attend event for the industry. New exhibitors for 2018 include Sony Video Security, LED Media, Design Choice, TransAct Technologies, Innodisk Corporation, Letizza Pizza Bases and more. Returning this year is AGE’s largest exhibitor, Aristocrat Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of gaming solutions, as well as IGT, Interblock Gaming, Scientific Games, Signature Floor Concept, Cashpoint Payment Solutions, Hennessy Handcrafted Coffee, and Alfresco Spaces Pty Ltd. View the interactive floor map here Media Information Complimentary media passes are available, please email age@zadroagency.com.au with your name, title and publication to be registered. All information for Australasian Gaming Expo can be found at: http://austgamingexpo.com/ Seminar program information is available at: http://austgamingexpo.com/seminar/ We look forward to welcoming you to Australasian Gaming Expo 2018. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help make this the best AGE experience for you. Zadro Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator | tracey@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 418 874 583 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director | sammy@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 Images 1.Ross Ferrar, Gaming Technologies Australasia 2. Exhibition Floor 3. AGE Seminars 4. IGT 5. Scientific Games 6. Darling Harbour About Australasian Gaming Expo 14 – 16 August 2018, International Convention Centre, Sydney Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees across 19,000m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its type in Australia. AGE is the place to see new international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales.