The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Solid 2018 for Gold Coast New Apartment Market, With a Hint At 2019’s Prospects 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z solid-2018-for-gold-coast-new-apartment-market-with-a-hint-at-2019s-prospects 2018 has been a great year for the Gold Coast new apartment market, as revealed in the latest release of the Apartment Essentials by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Gold Coast recorded 1,010 sales in 2018 – 24 per cent higher than 2017’s performance. On average, there were 252 sales each quarter, however the first three quarters showed stronger sales rates. In other years, Urbis has seen growth in the final quarter, however 2018 saw a slight fall, with 156 sales. ‘Urbis is monitoring 75 new apartment projects across the Gold Coast, a post GFC record. While the number of apartment projects has risen, the projects are generally containing less apartments than was seen in previous cycles’ said Lynda Campbell, Senior Consultant at Urbis. ‘We have seen a shift away from the mega-towers and sites with numerous buildings toward smaller boutique style apartment buildings.’ 2018 saw 33 new apartment projects launch across the Gold Coast. Two projects sold out in the quarter, bringing the annual tally to nine projects sold out and 30 per cent of this quarter’s surveyed projects are over 75 per cent sold out. The Gold Coast recorded weighted average sale prices in the low $700,000s over the course of 2018, whereas 2017 recorded low to mid $600,000s. The gradual increase in apartment prices is consistent with the higher concentration of luxury apartment projects on the Gold Coast, highlighting the move towards larger, owner occupier buildings. Southern Beaches recorded the highest weighted average sale price during the quarter ($797,500), based on 40 sales, coinciding with the precinct’s larger proportion of 3-bedroom products (23 per cent of future supply). 12 months ago, this precinct had 14 projects being actively marketed – it now has 24. ‘Apartments in this precinct tend to have larger floor plates and are suitable for owner occupiers, hence the higher price points’, Ms Campbell commented. The Gold Coast Central precinct recorded the highest sales rate with 87 sales, dominated by high rise projects and selling mainly two-bedroom, two-bathroom products. Interstate investors and owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in the quarter, with 41 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. Owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in 2018 with 38 per cent, followed closely by interstate investors 36 per cent of total buyers in 2018. 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Gold Coast’s new apartment market, with approximately 2,000 new apartments expected to launch their sales campaigns in the first half of 2019. Strong population growth and an increase in interstate migration should see demand continue into 2019. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $715,865 7 project launches in the quarter: 412 new apartments 709 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. National new apartment market set to show signs of recovery in 2019 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z national-new-apartment-market-set-to-show-signs-of-recovery-in-2019 Australia saw a lot of new things in 2018: a new prime minister, tightening lending controls, debates around housing affordability and thousands of new apartments launched across Australia. But how did each market compare and what does 2019 have in store? Urbis’ Apartment Essentials brings together the sales and supply data from five markets across the country, revealing the quarterly wins and losses in the many new apartment markets. Today’s release provides a yearly review as the fourth and final quarter brings perspective to the recently departed 2018. Sales With new stock coming in and sales experiencing speed bumps, national apartment sales as a percentage of available stock surveyed has dropped to a new low of 7.7 per cent in quarter four. Clinton Ostwald, Director at Urbis, commented, ‘we’ve seen fluctuating results around the country. In many markets, buyers are soaking up the existing completed stock as the brakes have been put on new launches. In other markets, new projects are still being launched to market, replenishing the supply and leading to steady sales. Sales rates have been dropping for the last two years, so it’s no surprise that 2018’s results were lacklustre in comparison to 2017. In Sydney, surveyed sold stock averaged 21 per cent of available supply throughout each quarter in 2017 whereas this dropped to 5.5 per cent in 2018. Melbourne and the Gold Coast followed in this same pattern with sales as a percentage of available stock dropping by around 4 per cent over the same period. Brisbane and Perth, the markets that have seen the least new stock enter, have reversed this trend and have seen slight increases in 2018. Stock It’s not the stock crisis we imagined one year ago. Lower levels of new stock entering the market has continued to replenish the slow sales throughout 2018, with 24,000 new apartments launching throughout the year. The two biggest markets saw the most impressive figures; Melbourne took the cake with over 11,244 new apartments entering the market in 2018, while Sydney placed second in the country with 4,810 new apartment launches. There was a surprising standstill in Brisbane with no new launches in the quarter, however the first half of 2019 will likely bring over 1,000 new apartment launches for the sunny city. Apartment approvals are at their lowest in the history of Urbis’ Apartment Essentials, sitting at 4,576 in quarter four 2018. With new design specifications and planning requirements in some jurisdictions, we’re likely to see this number continue to fall in 2019. In relation to the falling levels of new launches and apartment approvals, Mr Ostwald observed, ‘we need to keep an eye on supply levels as ongoing population growth, particularly on the East Coast, will quickly take up available supply. This may result in a housing supply shortage in the next 12 to 18 months as we are also seeing fewer completions in the greenfield house and land market.’ Buyer Profile It truly was a year for owner occupiers, with 46 per cent of total sales for 2018 attributed to this buyer type. Interstate investors leapt up by 10 per cent in 2018, accounting for 19 per cent of sales. Local state investors, who previously accounted for 30 per cent of the market in 2017, dropped down to 17 per cent in 2018, in line with foreign investors. Q4 2018 Apartment Essentials Snapshot 7.7 per cent of the surveyed available stock was sold in the December quarter across the five markets: Sydney (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 977 new apartments launched) Melbourne (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 2781 new apartments launched) Brisbane (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, no new apartments launched) Perth (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 464 new apartments launched) Gold Coast (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 377 new apartments launched) National weighted average sale price recorded at $705,226 for Q4 Sydney – $899,793 Melbourne – $656,739 Brisbane – $831,884 Perth – $602,524 Gold Coast – $715,032 The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – One-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments – 48% Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments – 44% Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom 53% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 41% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 66% 25% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 26% are recently built. For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Brisbane Soaking Up the Stock As New Apartment Launches Dry Up 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z brisbane-soaking-up-the-stock-as-new-apartment-launches-dry-up-1 Today, leading property experts, Urbis released their latest update of the Apartment Essentials, Australia’s most comprehensive new apartment survey. This latest release features a 2018 summary as well as a look into what 2019 has in store. The Inner Brisbane region recorded 138 sales in the fourth quarter of 2018, dropping back down after a stand-out quarter three result. There was a total of 840 new apartment sales in 2018, almost 30 per cent lower than 2017. Paul Riga, Director at Urbis, summarised, ‘the fourth quarter result was to be expected, with no new projects launching, buyers are essentially soaking up the current projects on the market’. Across Inner Brisbane, new apartment launches dropped off in 2018, down by around 35 per cent on 2017 launches. Available stock has fluctuated throughout the past two years, however after a peak in 2017 Q2 with a record 3,243 apartments available at the start of the quarter, available stock has hovered around the low to mid 2000s throughout 2018. Sales as a percentage of available stock have also dwindled, dropping to a record low of 9.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2018. The downward movement in available stock highlights the continued absorption of this product, and importantly that demand for new apartments is still present in the market. Whilst the depth of the investor market is still subdued, owner occupiers are the key target market, with many projects now boutique in nature and catering to the needs of a longer-term resident. This can be noted in the results, as despite the drop in the volume of sales, the weighted average sale price was significantly higher than 2017’s quarterly reports, indicating that the style and quality of stock currently selling has changed. Whilst the latter half of 2018 saw conservative developer activity, many developers are being buoyed by the levels of sales absorption, low vacancy rates and stable growth drivers for Brisbane. Approximately 2,000 apartments are anticipated to launch in the three quarters of 2019, and with a replenishing pipeline, it is likely to register a pick-up in sales. ‘Ultimately it will be access to finance (for buyers and developers) that will temper the inner Brisbane market in the short-term,’ said Mr Riga, ‘but the drivers of demand are there, and smart developers are already looking at opportunities for their next move’. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $831,884 48% of buyers were owner occupiers 674 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Melbourne Apartments: Posing Questions & Answers on Housing Affordabilit 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z melbourne-apartments-posing-questions-answers-on-housing-affordabilit Today, leading property consultants, Urbis released the 2018 summary for Melbourne’s new apartment market, featuring the latest results for the December quarter. The Urbis Apartment Essentials has been a trusted source of information for new apartment sales and supply for four years, using survey data and detailed research to provide an accurate look at today’s new apartment market. Urbis analysed 230 sales from a sample of 48 projects, comprising almost 10,000 apartments in Melbourne in quarter four 2018. Coupled with detailed analysis of 1,140 sales across the year, Urbis Apartment Essentials has sampled between 15 to 20 per cent of new apartment projects in the city in each quarter. Melbourne’s weighted average sale price hovered around the mid $600,000s throughout the year and recorded a weighted average sale price of $657,000 in quarter four. Despite prices appearing to hold steady at a market level, affordability is still very much in focus, with housing emerging as a core battleground in the upcoming federal election. The proportion of sales in more affordable apartments has increased, with apartments priced beneath $400,000 accounting for 12 per cent of all sales in quarter four, a stark difference to the 5 per cent recorded in 2017 quarter four. This coincided with one-bedroom apartment sales accounting for one third of sales in quarter four, having fluctuated between one quarter and a third of sales throughout 2018. Consistent with national trends, sales of two-bedroom apartments continued to make up the majority of sales in Melbourne at 60 per cent in Q4 2018 compared to 57 per cent for the full year. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments remained a buyer favourite, accounting for 44 per cent of all sales, up from 34 per cent in the third quarter. Sales of three-bedroom apartments accounted for 10 per cent of off the plan transactions. The market pivot to owner occupiers is increasingly apparent with 54 per cent of new apartments purchased throughout the year to this segment, while overseas investors dropped down from 40 per cent in 2017 to 23 per cent in 2018. Despite a series of initiatives aimed at dampening overseas investor demand and fears emerging in recent years over settlement, it is encouraging to see that major central city towers are settling as planned, with developers getting on the front foot with buyers well in advance of settlement. However, with funding challenges in both the development and purchaser markets, measures aimed at testing serviceability in the short-term risk having adverse affordability effects in the longer run. This is becoming increasingly clear as future housing supply is being held up by reduced lending and uncertainty in the lead up to the federal election. In line with the wider residential market, the pace of sales dropped in the last quarter, dipping below 10 per cent of available stock sold for the first time. That said, Melbourne has maintained a more rapid rate of sale than other Australian markets in the quarter, but also for the year, averaging 12.4 per cent of available sold per quarter throughout 2018. Amid the tougher conditions, there are projects that are managing to stand out from the crowd. Typically these are delivering either one or a combination of the following: A relatable scale, close to existing amenity and jobs, with views Precinct renewal, bringing new amenity in areas where there is limited housing supply or diversity of product Delivering client service and customisation at an attractive price point Approvals continued to decline, with just over 1,800 apartments approved in the last quarter of 2018 representing one third of the volume approved in the equivalent quarter a year earlier and well below the average quarterly volume over the last two years (5,400). In summary, while apartments present a much-needed affordable option into the housing mix, the slowdown in credit and repercussions in the wider residential market, continue to impact upon the delivery of housing in the inner city and middle ring. As population growth continues amid sound economic conditions, the stall in supply stemming from the standoff between lenders, regulators, policymakers, developers and most importantly buyers, risks accentuating the demand to supply imbalance in the medium term. This brings risks of flow on consequences to housing affordability as the market regains traction. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $657,000 14 project launches in the quarter: 2,781 new apartments 1,827 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom joins Urbis 2019-02-13T23:25:07Z renowned-urban-designer-chris-melsom-joins-urbis Urbis is thrilled to announce the Director appointment of Chris Melsom, an esteemed architect, planner and urban designer with 30+ years of experience delivering strategic urban change. Chris brings significant local and international experience to the Urbis National Design team. As an urban design specialist, Chris has worked in senior roles at HASSEL, Tract (WA) and East Perth and Subiaco Redevelopment Authorities, unlocking the potential of cities, places, and sites across Australia and South East Asia. He was recently the Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, where he also taught in the Master of Urban Planning program at The University of Western Australia before joining Urbis. With 30+ years of experience in strategic urban design, Chris brings to Urbis broad expertise in the leadership and management of multi-disciplinary design teams for large scale, complex projects. His arrival complements the National Design team’s already diverse range of skills and will cement Urbis as an industry leader in the arena of city shaping and place building. Ray Haeren, Regional Director Perth said, “We are pleased to welcome renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom to Urbis. His skills and experience will be a fantastic complement to the diverse and talented team locally, nationally and internationally. “Chris is more than a designer, he brings a strategic perspective and insight… with a grounded personality to boot,” said Ray. James Tuma, Group Director National Design added, “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Melsom to the growing international team of designers at Urbis. Chris brings a wealth of local market knowledge and a design pedigree that cements our position as the strongest urban design and strategy advisors in the West Australian market.” Carl Thompson, Director National Design said: “It’s an exciting time for Urbis in Perth. Chris has a strong urban design presence in Western Australia and South East Asia and brings both an international perspective and a deep appreciation for the local context to the table.” “Chris is a city-shaping expert of the highest calibre and we look forward to his design leadership as we continue to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” said Carl. On his appointment, Chris Melsom said, “It’s no accident that Urbis is becoming one of the leading thinkers in the urban design space, locally and abroad, combining economics, planning and a passion for creating places that really work.” “I’m looking forward to joining the bright minds of Urbis and contributing to the important goal of shaping cities and communities for a better future.” Reflecting on his career, Chris added: “The best solutions aren’t always the ones we thought we’d find. Sometimes, it’s having a good process of exploration, rigorous testing and engaging with real people that opens up all sorts of possibilities for creating more liveable and resilient outcomes.” “I think it’s fantastic that Urbis sets its sights on city-scale thinking, so that projects not only work independently to exceed our clients’ needs and aspirations, but work together to create something that enriches its context socially, culturally, economically and environmentally as well,” said Chris. “The Urbis Design team is well placed to bring together strategic planning, urban economics and design thinking for new communities, whether developing a complex urban renewal strategy, preparing a site development master plan or building an integrated landscape and built form solution.” “Having worked on large scale urban renewal and development projects internationally for over 30 years, I look forward to making the most of that background with the Urbis team in Perth,” said Chris. Department of Defence leverages Greenbox for Australia’s largest data sanitisation project 2019-02-05T04:05:49Z department-of-defence-leverages-greenbox-for-australias-largest-data-sanitisation-project Canberra, Australia – February 5, 2019 – Greenbox has completed Australia’s largest technology asset disposal for the Department of Defence, with more than 110,000 ICT devices repurposed. Greenbox manages its customers’ ICT assets end-to-end, from pre-deployment and installation, right through to critical data sanitisation and disposal to ensure sensitive information is effectively destroyed when a device is replaced. The $5 million contract was awarded to Greenbox as part of the department’s largest infrastructure program in over a decade, replacing over 110,000 mobile and desktop computers in the latest major project as well as processing another 90,000 devices including monitors, printers, networking equipment and servers. The sheer nature and volume of the initiative required a partnership that would guarantee all information remained protected and was effectively destroyed throughout the process. Greenbox was selected for this work because the company offered a value for money option and was appropriately accredited to manage over 110,000 pieces of hardware and data sanitisation while offering a transparent chain of custody for the devices. “Greenbox has provided Defence with a centralised approach to IT asset recovery by managing this large-scale project to a defined and carefully-documented standard to ensure assets were repurposed, and the data they stored was permanently destroyed,” said Shane Mulholland, Chair at Greenbox. “Our sites are designed specifically to handle these types of sensitive projects; we have the capacity to sanitise large numbers of devices simultaneously, backed by accreditations that meet Defence’s stringent cyber-security requirements. “In addition to delivering to the data security requirements for the project, our processes ensured triple bottom line sustainability, with environmental, social and financial benefits. By giving new life to the 110,000 technology assets, we kept 1,300 tons of materials out of landfill, enough to fill 80 shipping containers. Repurposing this equipment provides social rewards by making affordable equipment available to communities in need, while also delivering financial returns.” Greenbox executed the project across its high-security IT Commissioning Centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra - the latter was launched in March 2018 by the then-Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. The large-scale, purpose-built sites allow Greenbox to conduct up to 800 concurrent device wipes per facility, which reduced the overall time to complete the project. This efficiency is coupled with defence-standard security, including hardened premises and personnel who are cleared and accredited. 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. BYD’s distribution channel and expanded Battery-Box portfolio on display at All Energy Conference and Exhibition 2018-10-02T23:30:00Z byds-distribution-channel-and-expanded-battery-box-portfolio-on-display-at-all-energy-conference-and-exhibition Strong growth in ANZ Distribution channel partners locked in New compatibility with Solis Inverter BYD Co., Ltd., the world’s leading supplier of rechargeable lithium batteries, will present its extended portfolio of the successful Battery-Box lithium storage systems series (previously named “B-Box”) at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition in Melbourne from October 3rd and 4th 2018. The company’s products will feature strongly throughout the event, with several distribution and inverter-partners featuring Battery-Boxes at their stalls. This extended presence underlines the fact that BYD’s distribution network has now reached maturity in Australia, and is beginning to impact a broader range of vertical markets. The expanded product portfolio now supports even more application types of all sizes on their way to energy independence and self consumption. The Battery-Box range of products places special emphasis on deployments for off-grid applications, and is compatible with a wide variety of mainstream inverters, such as SMA, Goodwe, Victron, Sungrow and Selectronic, highlighting the range’s versatility. The company has also recently added compatibility with the Solis Inverter. “Australia is an important market for BYD, representing our second largest region by global sales. Our large representation through our partners at All Energy proves that we have now consolidated our presence in the market, and are in a position to capitalize on the exceptional growth already experienced here over the past two years,” said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Batteries. “The positive market reception of our Battery-Box storage system, which we showed at All Energy 2017, was a key motivation to grow our energy storage portfolio and regional partner network, and that move is paying off for us in Australia with ten percent growth, year-on-year.” Expanded Partner Portfolio and configuration examples support self-consumption At the event, BYD partners will showcase the expanded range of solutions in the field of inverters and present a selection of new compatible systems. They will also showcase configuration examples for the combined systems of storage solutions and inverters which demonstrate how the flexible modular storage system - in combination with proven partner solutions - can support many uses, from self-consumption through to off-grid applications. New Battery-Box LV generation After the successful introduction of the award-winning Battery-Box HV (high-voltage) lithium storage system in 2017, BYD now expands the low-voltage storage portfolio with the latest generation of the Battery-Box LV. At the company’s partner event in March 2018, the company presented the new Battery-Box LV (Low Voltage) 48 volt lithium storage system, which employs the successful modular design of the energy storage series, with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system, with one to four modules. The capacity can be scaled up to 42kWh with three systems connected in parallel. It is ideally suited for residential use. The system provides a high discharge power and higher usable energy ration than comparable systems in the market. It also employs BYD’s patented innovative connection system which allows for an extremely easy plug-and-play installation without the need to connect cables. The new generation adds an automated support for the connection of three systems to make the scaling up to 42kWh even easier. Other BYD products on display at the All energy event will include: • BYD Battery-Box LV 2.5-10 • BYD Battery-Box Pro 13.8 • BYD Battery-Box HV 6.4-11.5 Greenbox Appoints New CEO 2018-09-17T08:47:02Z 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. Tritium Signs Deal with IONITY for 100 High-Power Charging Sites Across Europe 2018-07-05T03:27:19Z tritium-signs-deal-with-ionity-for-100-high-power-charging-sites-across-europe Brisbane, July 5, 2018 - IONITY has chosen Tritium as its technology partner for the construction of 100 high-power charging sites across Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. The dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will have an average of up to six user units, each capable of delivering 350 kW of power for fast charging of modern EVs. All will be equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) used by a wide range of vehicle manufacturers. IONITY is based in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group including Audi and Porsche. “We chose to partner with Tritium because they have a world-leading technology and have shown they can develop and deliver their products quickly,” said IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch. The deal follows closely on the installation of two new sites in Germany at Tank and Rast rest stops at Brohltal East and Brohltal West. As the first sites to go live for IONITY in Europe, these two sites each have six high-power user units and form part of a planned rollout of around 400 EV charging sites across Europe. This network will ensure EV owners will always have access to a high-power charging station within 120 km. “We already have a leading position in the European fast-charging market and could see that demand was really taking off, which is one of the reasons we recently opened our new sales, testing and assembly facility in Amsterdam,” said David Finn CEO and Founder at Tritium. “This deal with IONITY shows just how fast the transition to EVs is happening.” Each of the Tritium high-power chargers on the IONITY sites will deliver up to 350 kW, which can add 150 km of driving range to an EV in just five minutes. They include Tritium’s unique and innovative liquid-cooled technology and the complete charging infrastructure is extremely compact, typically up to 50%-75% smaller than other systems on the market. BYD deliver company outlook on the Australian energy storage market, launch new Low-Voltage Battery-Box 2018-03-28T04:14:48Z byd-deliver-company-outlook-on-the-australian-energy-storage-market-launch-new-low-voltage-battery-box On March 21, BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of new energy vehicle and lithium iron phosphate batteries hosted a partner and industry event at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art to deliver the company’s overview of the global energy storage market. The roadmap for BYD’s energy storage operations within Australia also coincided with the launch of the new low-voltage (LV) Battery-Box (previously named “B-Box”) system. The New BYD Low-Voltage Battery-Box The latest iteration of the company’s Battery-Box LV offers a large leap in performance, producing between 3.5 and 14kWh based on a modular design, with exceptional depth of discharge (DOD), energy consumption, PV profile and backup functionality. Extending the battery in a parallel network can produce as much as 42 kWh. The New BYD Low-Voltage Battery-Box Launch Event “The low-voltage residential market requires flexibility, and the new Battery-Box LV is aimed firmly at providing that to Australian householders. At a competitive upfront investment, people can obtain a modular battery setup that allows for easy expansion, simple installation and is primed for use in Australia’s tough outdoor conditions,” said David Dai, BYD Battery-Box Chief Technology Officer. “There is huge potential here in Australia, and we are entering the market at a very exciting time. People are really warming to the idea of residential solar power, and governments are starting to take major steps towards a clean-energy future based around solar. BYD is excited to be a part of that,” said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Batteries. BYD has invested heavily on research and development, propelling the company’s evolution from mobile device batteries to energy storage, electric vehicles and rail transit batteries. BYD has operated in Australia since February 2017, bringing the company’s high-voltage residential energy storage system, the Battery-Box, to market via a network of local distribution partners. Having enjoyed success over the past 12 months, the company will look to gain market share and local presence in 2018, starting with an expanded product portfolio. BYD also hosted a range of partners and industry stakeholders at the event, which includes a global energy storage market overview from Annabel Wilton, Distributed Energy Analyst for Australia at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The company will also acknowledge local partners who performed well for the company in 2017, underscoring BYD’s commitment to professional training, marketing promotion and continual technical and after-sales support for the Australian market. About BYD BYD Company Ltd. is a leading high-tech multinational company based in Shenzhen, China. Since its establishment in 1995, BYD has developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming a relentless advocate of sustainable development. It has successfully expanded its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. After 23 years’ development, BYD has created a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, cutting-edge electrified transportation and a state of the art monorail – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sector. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit http://www.byd.com. Greenbox Launches Government, Defence-Certified IT Commissioning Centre in Canberra 2018-03-13T00:22:59Z greenbox-launches-government-defence-certified-it-commissioning-centre-in-canberra Canberra, Australia – March 13, 2018 – Greenbox Systems has announced the formal launch of its Canberra IT Commissioning Centre (ITCC), a highly-secure IT lifecycle services facility specifically designed for the Federal Government and Defence sectors. The new site was opened today by Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. 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. The Canberra ITCC – expanding Greenbox’s existing footprint in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – will provide Federal Government and Defence agencies with secure and large-scale IT services backed by Defence standards, ISO and R2 accreditations. Projects conducted through the facility will be managed by a team of 25 security-cleared specialists. Shane Mulholland, Chief Executive Officer at Greenbox, said the commissioning centre was designed to fulfil the need for specialist resources in the Canberra region, addressing the demand for scalable, security-focused lifecycle services from its target markets. “Our emphasis on the secure management of sensitive IT assets from imaging to disposal of extremely-sensitive data has generated significant interest for our services in Canberra,” said Mulholland. “We previously delivered these services via our Sydney facility, however the proliferation in both devices and data, as well as an increase in market demand made it clear we needed a dedicated site to service the nation’s capital.” In addition to its security certifications, the 1500-square-metre commissioning centre is equipped to process large volumes of devices. Not only can it store more than 1,500 pallets of equipment, but it gives Greenbox the capacity to conduct more than 2,000 Standard Operating Environment (SE) loads daily with 800 machines operating simultaneously. “The new facility is the largest IT lifecycle service centre in Australia, allowing us to deliver to the needs of large and security-sensitive organisations,” said Mulholland. “For Canberra clients, Greenbox reduces the costs and risks around the IT chain of custody. Having a local facility means that we are highly responsive and can manage all logistics and transportation in-house to the highest security standards.” The Canberra site is located at 184 Gilmore Road, Queanbeyan West. 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. Envirosuite Fast Tracks Global Growth with Odotech Acquisition 2017-12-21T08:01:28Z envirosuite-fast-tracks-global-growth-with-odotech-acquisition-1 Envirosuite Limited (ASX: EVS), the Australian-headquartered provider of the world’s most comprehensive real-time monitoring, investigative and predictive environmental management software, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Odotech Inc, the Montreal-based environmental technology company specialising in the monitoring and management of odours, gaseous contaminants and dust. Envirosuite’s acquisition will further bolster its existing technology platform offering and enable it to compete more effectively on a global scale through a product platform that will integrate the best of both organisations’ feature functionality. The addition of Odotech will add a depth of experience and expertise of industries where odour is a major cause of environmental issues and complaints. This is particularly so in the wastewater, composting, pulp and paper sectors as well as municipal services. Odotech owns a family of patents and intellectual property relating to its proprietary hardware and processes. This includes the OdoWatch platform which supports active air quality management for sites managed by industries and municipal services. Odotech has over 70 Odowatch sites worldwide. Peter White, Chief Executive Officer, Envirosuite, said, “The acquisition represents a major step-up for Envirosuite. The acquisition will further build on our strategy in environmental management best practice with Odotech providing us with expanded functionality and the potential for a material increase in our customer base as well as new strategic partner relationships to enhance our business. “At the same time, this is a strategic move to rapidly increase our worldwide footprint with an offering that will combine the best of both software platforms. Odotech’s deep odour experience will augment our existing solutions for the wastewater market. We’ll now set our sights on incorporating the complementary elements of the Odotech platform into the market-leading Envirosuite SaaS platform.” Envirosuite is already the environmental management system of choice for global mining companies like BHP and AngloAmerican, and for Thames Water, the largest water utility in Europe. The company has also recently been awarded contracts for air quality monitoring in both San Francisco and Los Angeles from the air quality regulatory bodies for those regions. Envirosuite will have its product development team based in both Brisbane and Montreal, while Odotech’s sales and support functions in Canada and Chile will integrate with the existing global Envirosuite sales and marketing team. “Together with our new colleagues from Odotech, we are committed to providing world-leading environmental management solutions to industry, community and governments and we are well placed to capitalise on the building groundswell of interest in air quality management that we are seeing across the globe," said White. About Envirosuite Limited The world gets smaller and better connected every year. As populations grow, industries and communities increasingly collide. This means regulations are only getting tighter, risks higher, and scrutiny more public. Now, thanks to social media, reputations built over years are destroyed overnight. It means getting to the source of environmental issues fast is no longer a ‘nice to have’ — it’s a must. Not knowing is no longer good enough. Envirosuite Limited (ASX:EVS) provides the most comprehensive and intuitive real-time monitoring, investigative and predictive environmental management software in the world. Built on insights from 30+ years experience in environmental consulting, Envirosuite seamlessly converts data into action, enabling real action in real-time. For company information contact: enquiries@envirosuite.com National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T19:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T19:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time.