The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-09T21:05:23Z Epson and Elephantech Forge Capital and Business Ties 2019-12-09T21:05:23Z epson-and-elephantech-forge-capital-and-business-ties Epson has agreed to invest in printed electronics startup Elephantech Inc., and the parties have entered into a partnership agreement that includes the supply of inkjet printheads. Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing and electroless copper plating. The company uses a proprietary manufacturing method in which metal materials are printed only on the required areas of a board surface and then grown using plating technology. This method, which is shorter than a conventional lithographic FPC production process, offers benefits in the form of lower environmental impacts, lower manufacturing costs, and shorter lead-times. One of Epson's strategies under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision is to accelerate growth by taking maximum advantage of its existing assets and by engaging in collaboration and open innovation. In inkjet, Epson is seeking more open innovation opportunities and is expanding external sales of printheads based on its PrecisionCore technology.  The partnership with Elephantech, which has a large potential customer base, is a specific example of this. Epson expects the collaborative partnership with Elephantech to accelerate the use of inkjet printheads in industrial applications such as printed electronics, a priority area for Epson. Moving forward, Epson will create new markets by aggressively pursuing opportunities to provide inkjet printheads and related information for a wider range of printing applications.Elephantech, with funding from Epson, is on a mission to make the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies.  Toward this end, it is expanding its inkjet-printed FPC manufacturing operations and creating markets by developing a broader range of applications for its technology, such as technology for forming wiring patterns on 3D plastic objects and the printing of biomaterials. Elephantech CEO Shinya Shimizu said, "The environmental impact of global manufacturing continues to grow and is set to exceed the level that the earth can absorb, making it harder and harder to claim sustainability. I believe that additive, inkjet-based manufacturing processes in which material is printed only where it is needed will become the global standard in manufacturing, replacing existing subtractive processes in which material that is not needed is removed and disposed of. We have and will continue to lead a technology revolution toward low-waste manufacturing processes." Epson President Minoru Usui said, "We at Epson are committed to playing a central role as an indispensable company in making the world a better place, and toward that end, we are creating new value that can help solve societal challenges and achieve sustainability. Innovations in manufacturing processes using Epson's inkjet printheads, which have competitive edge in terms of printing performance, environmental performance, and ink compatibility, are a core part of our strategy. The collaboration with Elephantech in printed electronics is an extremely important first step toward reaching our goal of driving innovation in global manufacturing by creating new, more compact, inkjet-based production processes that have a lower environmental impact." The investment of capital in Elephantech will have a negligible effect on Epson's financial results. VRG Joins M-Files Global Partner Program 2019-12-03T08:24:30Z vrg-joins-m-files-global-partner-program Singapore - 4 December 2019: VRG, a Singapore-based e-Regulatory technology, consultancy and services provider for the Life Sciences industry, today announced that it has joined the global partner program of M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company. VRG’s core competencies are Enterprise Content Management, e-Regulatory systems and Regulatory Operations. Its focus is the Asia-Pacific region. They will leverage M-Files intelligent information management to help APAC customers modernize their information management practices. By transitioning from managing content and information using archaic, network folder-based approaches to a contextual, AI-enhanced and repository-neutral paradigm, these businesses can improve efficiency and workflow, eliminate information silos, maximize information reuse and avoid redundancy, conflicts and data loss.   "Our customers have unique content management needs. The repository-neutral and metadata-driven approach of M-Files will help our customers unify information across the enterprise based on context.  Additionally, M-Files is exceptionally well-suited to address the compliance and infrastructure change management requirements that characterize the Life Sciences industry," said Eric W Vestal, Founder and CEO of VRG. "The configurability and workflow capabilities of M-Files, coupled with its intuitive and user-friendly interface allows our customers to address challenges fast, without disturbing existing processes and to enjoy high adoption rates among their staff."   "We are pleased to partner with VRG to help Life Sciences organizations undergo strategic transformations and build new business models that allow them to scale and deliver greater value to their customers," said Johanna Juhola, Channel Account Manager at M-Files. "M-Files solutions enable Life Sciences organizations to automate and track processes, ensure consistent product quality and reduce regulatory risk."    About VRG VRG Pte. Ltd. (VRG) is a consultancy providing services and technology-enabled solutions for the Life Sciences and Engineering. Headquartered out of Singapore, their mission is to assist Life Sciences and Engineering companies of APAC in integrating enabling technologies through client-oriented services while maintaining a sensitivity for the costs of change.   VRG’s alliance consulting model provides highly experienced, industry recognized experts with deep subject matter expertise in science, engineering and technology with business know-how and client-oriented mindsets to support each client engagement.  VRG’s core services include Content Management, Regulatory Operations and Regulatory Submission Management, Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Project Management, and e-Regulatory solutions (systems integration, including cloud technology). VRG has established partnerships with six global or regional technology and consulting leaders.  For more information on VRG visit   About M-Files and the M-Files Partner Program M-Files provides a next generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Thousands of organizations in over 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including SAS Institute, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, Thyssenkrupp and NBC Universal. For more information, visit   M-Files provides a broad spectrum of business opportunities for value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators and consulting services companies in a variety of industries and market segments. The company is committed to providing its partners with the resources and support needed to drive new license and subscription renewal revenue, as well as deployment and integration services to maximize profitability, develop expertise and build stronger customer relationships.     Mark Ackroyd weighs in on an ever-changing mining industry 2019-12-03T04:16:51Z mark-ackroyd-weighs-in-on-an-ever-changing-mining-industry Salomae Haselgrove, Editor for Australian Mining Magazine writes. Mark Ackroyd has observed significant change in the mining industry and equipment sectors during the past two decades since founding National Plant & Equipment, part of the National Group, in 1997. Starting with a single bulldozer, Ackroyd has consistently grown his operations, diversifying and building complementary entities and verticals to establish a business empire. He has become a key industry player, with the National Group now one of Australia’s most well-known heavy earthmoving equipment businesses, renting equipment to Tier 1 mining companies such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Fortescue Metals Group. During his career, Ackroyd has experienced record-breaking industry highs and economic downturns, in which only the adept have survived. Ackroyd has overcome various challenges and managed to experience organic growth even during downturns. He has become highly regarded for being on the pulse of industry trends and foreseeing emerging market opportunities. When asked how he has climbed the ladder from a sole operator, to a privately-owned business competing against large industry players, Ackroyd explains his ability to pick market trends, to adapt to industry forces and to never give up regardless of the challenges faced have ensured ongoing success and longevity. Since the economic downturn of earlier this decade, Ackroyd has seen the market move from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) producing large volumes of equipment to many OEMs  significantly reducing production. Now the market is experiencing significant growth, largely due to the rise of resource prices, a weaker Australian dollar with a record low cash rate and an increase in demand from China. OEMs have responded by ramping up production, but with large heavy earthmoving equipment taking as long as 18 months to produce, Tier 1 miners looking to increase production in line with the rise of resource prices and demand are finding it hard to keep up. According to the September 2019 Resources and Energy Quarterly report, Australian resource exports appear likely to hold up in 2019–20, even in the face of volatile commodity markets. The global economy is forecast to grow by 3.2 per cent in 2019 and by 3.5 per cent in 2020 and 2021, creating various opportunities. Higher export volumes and a lower than expected Australian dollar are likely to see Australia’s resource and energy export earnings set a new record of $282 billion in 2019–20. The depreciation of the Australian dollar will help counter the impact of escalating US-China trade tensions, with Australia benefitting from an investor flight to safety. But trade tensions between the US and China represent one of the largest risks to this outlook. To put it into perspective, Australia is the second largest exporter of thermal coal in the world, with 208 million tonnes (worth $26 billion) exported last year. About 20 per cent went to China, illustrating the importance of the country’s mineral and resource exports. National Group’s equipment largely services coal and iron ore. Australia’s iron ore export earnings are expected to reach $81 billion in 2019–20, driven by higher prices. Australia’s metallurgical coal export volumes are forecast to grow from 183 million tonnes in 2018–19 to 198 million tonnes by 2020–21, reflecting production growth from restarts and new capacity in the Bowen Basin, a key mining region in which the National Group has a large presence. Australia’s thermal coal export earnings reached a record $26 billion in 2018–19. Strong growth in export earnings has primarily been driven by high prices in 2018 and a high contract price settled for 2019–20. Although Australia is largely impacted by Chinese demand, the global political climate could also create opportunities. For instance, possible implications of ‘Brexit’ for Australia’s trade with the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). The UK’s decision to leave the EU (known as Brexit) has presented great uncertainty and unique challenges. However, Australia should be encouraged that the UK has signalled it is willing to enter into new trade partnerships following its departure from the EU, with Australia well positioned to redefine and expand Anglo-Australian trade and investment relationships. Although the global economy largely impacts the mining industry as a whole, there are factors under our control, such as productivity, that are increasingly important. Looking ahead, Ackroyd anticipates that companies will make changes to keep up with the ever-evolving industry, from their response to global markets, the equipment and technology they introduce, and how their decisions impact productivity and therefore profitability. “It’s not only the equipment that is changing, but also the way in which companies are acquiring it,” Ackroyd explains. More companies are looking towards long-term hire or rent-to-buy options rather than purchasing machines, a trend Ackroyd notes has grown in the past few years. “The cost of heavy earthmoving equipment is extremely high and therefore requires a significant amount of capital expenditure,” Ackroyd says. “The volatility of the mining industry and the constant shifting resource prices can pose significant risks for mining companies. “Therefore, hiring mining equipment can reduce exposure to industry forces and help mitigate these risks for them.” In addition to cutting costs, renting equipment also gives companies more flexibility to keep up with the industry as it grows and changes. “Hiring equipment can enable a company to re-allocate available resources and more easily react to market trends as they occur,” Ackroyd says. “Having more liquidity enables a company to invest in other areas of their business that can realise further opportunities and therefore increase their bottom line.” Ackroyd has witnessed this firsthand, with National Group’s renting arm, National Plant & Equipment, expanding its fleet to over 300 machines, including excavators, dump trucks, dozers, graders, loaders, compactors, water trucks, service trucks and floats. Technology and how it will impact the industry and those who work in it, is another major talking point surrounding mining and equipment that Ackroyd monitors. Despite technology’s ability to create a safer, more efficient and more sustainable mining environment, some workers remain apprehensive about what an automated future will look like. Innovative practices are helping shape the future of the mining industry and will be a key driver towards a sustainable future. Automation is gaining ground and will have a large impact on mining companies, their equipment and their employees. However, Ackroyd believes miners shouldn’t worry about their jobs, but instead be prepared to evolve their skillset along with the industry as it continues to change. Ackroyd has watched this play out at Wolff Mining, a company that became part of the National Group this year. Wolff continues to transition workers from machine cabins by up-skilling them so they can instead work from a control room. “As automation increases, this will have an impact on mine site staff,” Ackroyd says. “Wolff for instance, enables one operator to control up to four dozers from a control room. “However, this does not mean the other three workers are now out of a job; their roles will simply change shape. “Automation will open up new opportunities for workers to up-skill into new areas of the industry, whilst giving them greater safety going forward.” Semi-autonomous, or driverless dozers are a big win for safety, allowing workers to operate from a safe and remote location. Wolff’s work in optimising semi-autonomous tractor system technology is a world-first application into a mining production environment. Ackroyd sees the application of this technology becoming more widespread throughout the industry in the future. With technological change in mining inevitable, Ackroyd tips drones and remote control operations to be the next big innovation to watch. “In the future, there will be a need for more remote control operators and safety staff to oversee fully automated operations,” Ackroyd says. “Automated technology will become more standard on new equipment that will further enable mining companies to utilise this technology to increase productivity, efficiency and safety.” To view more news articles from the National Group go to  Contact Us For more information on this or any other news story, or to request a more detailed interview with the Managing Director of the National Group Mark Ackroyd, contact our Marketing Executive's Lee Edmondson or Kain Ford on or 1300 096 618. Natural Disaster = No Exhibition stand 2019-12-03T03:49:13Z natural-disaster-no-exhibition-stand What would your brand do if your exhibition stand builder could not build your stand the day before bump in?   Set up trestle tables and some brand coloured table clothes?   Not with Expo Centric.   Our client, Allianz, was looking forward to showing at COBA at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. Everything was booked, confirmed, and staff were on their way.   Bump in was to begin early Saturday morning. The exhibition truck was packed with the Allianz stand and commenced it's long journey up the coast on the Friday night all as planned.   Unexpectedly, 3 hours into the 10 hour journey, the truck had to make a full stop. To it's dismay, the devastating and unfortunate bush fires throughout NSW and QLD caused road closures. All road access was blocked and the truck driver had no way of reaching the exhibition destination.   For most exhibiting companies this may very well have been the final stop (and for some it actually was.) The natural disaster would have impacted exhibitors from showcasing their brand and presence at the upcoming event.   Nevertheless, Allianz teamed up with Expo Centric and were determined to achieve a positive outcome. Failure wasn't an option, Expo Centric had to do everything in their power to deliver a flawless exhibition stand in time for the show opening.   Expo Centric staff, both on site and back in the office, worked long and hard Friday night through to Saturday. ·      New exhibition drawings were developed ·      Replacement frames were organised with friendly suppliers in QLD ·      New graphics were ordered by a QLD printer and rush printed ·      All the new elements were delivered on site to the GCCEC ·      On site staff worked over time to ensure the stand was completed before opening   The end result:The Allianz stand was built and signed off by the client before the show opening and attendees wouldn't of even imagined the great lengths Expo Centric had gone to.   What could have happened: Like other exhibitors who faced the same situation, they may have had to resort to trestle tables and brand coloured table clothes.   The team at Expo Centric are highly dedicated and determined to provide our clients with the utmost customer service. They go above and beyond and strive to deliver on the brand experience that is promised to our clients, not even a natural disaster will hold them back!     About Expo Centric: Expo Centric design and build integrated communication structures for trade shows, interiors, specialty retail spaces and museums. Their goal is to create high-impact experiences that break through the clutter of everything competing for your visitor's attention. As a full-service exhibit house, they offer design consultation, custom design and construction, total graphics production, multimedia, all animations, and storage facilities.  MP Insurance Brokers & Honan Insurance Group Asia announce new partnership to benefit Malaysia marketplace 2019-12-02T01:11:30Z mp-insurance-brokers-amp-honan-insurance-group-asia-announce-new-partnership-to-benefit-malaysia-marketplace Honan Insurance Group Asia (Honan) and Kuala Lumpur headquartered MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd have joined forces in a new business that will give the venture an immediate and significantly heightened presence in the Malaysian broker insurance marketplace.   The new business will be known as MP Honan Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd and will be dedicated to providing clients with tailored insurance solutions to address and manage their individual and business risk protection needs.     Commenting on behalf of Honan, CEO Mr. Andrew Fluitsma said, “We are excited by the opportunity to partner with MP Insurance Brokers.   “The combination of their knowledge of the Malaysian marketplace combined with our global resources and access to World Broker Network (WBN) – the world’s largest structured network of independent local brokers – will give MP Honan Insurance Brokers significant capacity to offer an enhanced and broader service offering”. Ms Saw Kheng Lay, CEO of MP Insurance Brokers said, “Partnering with Honan was an easy undertaking as their approach to the provision of the highest standards of client service and managing risks strongly reflected and aligned with both our culture and core values”.   “In addition, it’s an important step forward for our business and demonstration to clients of our commitment to delivering service and capacity by providing the latest personalised solutions to help them manage and address a wide range of risks in a rapidly changing and highly complex commercial environment”.   MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd was established in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength as a broking house managed by a team of industry professionals with a track record in the delivery of quality services to clients.  The company is also acknowledged for its global approach to finding solutions for local situations – including a number of strategic alliances that are of benefit to clients. Honan Insurance Group is a leading national Australian broker with over 55 years’ experience and a committed presence in the Asian marketplace with offices in Singapore and Malaysia.   Honan takes immense pride in its reputation as a dynamic specialist insurance broking business providing the highest standards of professionalism and service to clients.  The group is also acknowledged for its in-depth experience in Employee Benefits and through its WBN affiliation with access to 1500 professionals in over 100 countries.    Ms Saw Kheng Lay and Mr. Andrew Fluitsma concluded, “The new partnership will be of immense benefit to Malaysian businesses through the provision of value-added benefits and competitive insurance solutions tailored to each client's individual business requirements.   “We are confident MP Honan Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd will grow its presence in the Malaysian marketplace and look forward to realizing our strategic and growth aspirations”.   Issued jointly by Honan Insurance Group  & MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd           Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri,            Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                                 Mobile:                      +61 412 112 545                                                 Email:                  The Best Computer Repair in Burpengary 2019-11-27T04:26:35Z the-best-computer-repair-in-burpengary Fixing your computer problems on your own can be a tedious task, especially when you’re no computer expert. Thanks to Zoo Computer Repairs a.k.a. PC Repairs Northlakes, you no longer have to fix these problems on your own. Zoo Computer Repairs has been offering its services all over Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, and Redland Bay. Our services are offered all week long from 7am to 10pm. Our services are also available on holidays, no additional fees! Zoo Computer Repairs Burpengary consists of computer specialists who have received training from large computer repair companies. Faulty hardware? Malfunctioning software? Network configuration? We assure you that our technicians here at Zoo Computer Repairs will get the job done. We also work across different platforms and computer brands. All services are offered at an affordable price. Don’t hesitate to drop by or give us a call if you have any inquiries! M. A. Crossing Plumbing Committed to Providing the Best in Plumbing Service in Logan 2019-11-25T04:39:15Z m-a-crossing-plumbing-committed-to-providing-the-best-in-plumbing-service-in-logan Cross Plumbing is an Australian owned family business that has been in service for 37 years. The firm is also known as M.A. Cross Plumbing after the name of its owner Michael Cross. With 37 years in service the plumbing service has been able to understand the needs of local customers and common plumbing issues that generally crop up in their area of service. With Christmas approaching and the Australian summers well and truly set in Cross Plumbing is renewing their commitment to providing customers the best in plumbing services. Cross Plumbing is now available for service on Sunday’s in run up to Christmas.  Cross Plumbing is able to take any plumbing job! Be it plumbing installation, drain cleaning, repairs, roofing and guttering, rainwater tanks, toilet systems and taps or anything else. You can be rest assured of top quality plumbing services at all times. Crossing Plumbing is the best plumber in Logan as the firm are members of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland. Michael Cross, Owner of Cross Plumbing says, “We are licensed plumbers and drainers, we can supply environmentally sustainable plumbing and drainage solutions from the household to commercial properties. Our business has undertaken Green Plumbers training in water audit assessments for residential and commercial properties, waste water management and solar hot water systems. We are also experts in new homes and renovations.” The plumber Logan is also skilled in roofing, gutter systems, and leaf free gutter guards. The options eliminate the unpleasant task of cleaning the gutters, while ensuring that water is directed away from foundations and basements. Rain water runoff that falls close to the home can result in cracking and heaving that’s expensive to repair. M.A. Cross Plumbing offers free, no obligation quotes for plumbing-related needs to get drains and toilets flowing freely. The company is a one-stop resource for eco-friendly and cost effective solar hot water systems, along with roofing and gutters that aid in preventing damage to basements and foundations. About M.A. Cross Plumbing Michael Cross is able to assist you with products and solutions that best fit your needs. We are fully qualified trades people and we are here to offer you sustainable solutions while delivering quality workmanship and expert advice. We’ve been a member of the Master Plumbers Association for more than 30 years. We were sponsors of the first Sustainable House Brisbane built at Seventeen Mile Rocks in 2007. SOTA LED International is the Home of Economical Beacon Lighting 2019-11-23T04:56:49Z sota-led-international-is-the-home-of-economical-beacon-lighting Safety is a major concern for homes and businesses, particularly when guests arrive or employees are working late. SOTA LED International has one of the largest selections of indoor and outdoor LED options that can cut costs by up to 80 percent over traditional bulbs. Beacon lighting Hobart can be used to highlight an area in a room, as accent lighting for landscape features, and on buildings in a wide range of wattages to accommodate any need. Bulbs are available for a cozy spotlight over a table to higher wattages when used outside to light walkways, entrances and all types of structures. The LED lights emit as much illumination as traditional lighting, but use far less electricity. The LED bulbs at SOTA LED International quickly pay for themselves in savings and last an average of 50,000 hours. There’s no need to worry about constantly dragging out a ladder and changing difficult to reach bulbs. Home and business owners that have changed to LED bulbs wonder why they didn’t make the transition sooner. Unlike some other countries that have repealed environmentally friendly mandates for using LED bulbs, the lighting shops Hobart is committed to reducing clients’ carbon footprint. It doesn’t matter whether home and business owners are seeking desktop lamp lighting or floodlights, the company has a solution. There are dozens of light types for outdoor use that encompasses flood and tunnel lights, bay and high bay lights, and those for balustrades and battens. Lighting products also includes Led strip lighting, switchable and dimmable bulbs, and Bluetooth, along with those that are clear, warm white, gold and ‘firework’ styles. SOTA LED International owner, Jamie Chilcott, offers a price match guarantee if clients can find the same bulb at a lesser price. The lighting experts are committed to reducing carbon emissions by up to 400 percent. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to begin accomplishing that goal is through LED lighting. About SOTA LED International SOTA LED International is the leading supplier of premium LED lighting products to consumers and businesses in Australia. Stocking only the latest technology, along with our exclusive patented energy efficient designs, we are confident that when it comes to choosing a quality lighting provider, we are unmatched. We operate to international lighting standards, ensuring that you only receive the highest quality products. Nearly 90 percent of Australian companies have sights set on artificial intelligence investment, IFS study reveals 2019-11-20T00:47:30Z nearly-90-percent-of-australian-companies-have-sights-set-on-artificial-intelligence-investment-ifs-study-reveals-1 Sydney, November 20, 2019 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces the findings of a global research study into the attitudes and strategies towards artificial intelligence (AI) among business leaders. The study polled 600 business leaders in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and the US and a broad spectrum of industries involved with their companies’ enterprise technology including enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and field service management (FSM). Key findings: About 90 percent of respondents (Australia and globally) reported at least some plans to implement AI in various parts of their business. Inventory planning and logistics was the most commonly reported area of investment in Australia with 54 percent planning AI projects (39 percent globally), while customer relationship management (CRM) was second at 46 percent (39 percent globally). Globally, industrial automation was the most common area of AI investment at 45 percent (28 percent in Australia). When asked how they plan to use AI, 57 percent in Australia (61 percent globally) said they expected it would help them make existing workers more productive. Less than half, 39 percent in Australia (48 percent globally), said they would use AI to add value to products and services they sell to customers. About 29 percent in Australia (18 percent globally) said they would proactively use it to replace existing workers. While a majority of respondents anticipated productivity increases from AI, only 21 percent in Australia (29 percent globally) anticipated AI would lead to a reduction in headcount in their industry. To manage this, 57 percent of Australian respondents (56 percent globally) stated that society could best prepare by changing educational programs to prepare workers to make direct use of AI tools to increase their own productivity. Another 29 percent (23 percent globally) said they expect the market to create new jobs for people displaced by AI, while 11 percent (15 percent globally) suggested a shortened 30-hour work week. “AI is no longer an emerging technology. It is being implemented to support business automation in the here and now, as this study clearly proves,” IFS VP of AI and RPA Bob De Caux said. “We are seeing many real-world examples where technology is augmenting existing decision-making processes by providing users with more timely, accurate and pertinent information. In today’s disruptive economy, the convergence of technologies such as AI, RPA, and IoT is bolstering a new form of business automation that will provide companies that are brave enough with the tools and services they need to be more competitive and outflank larger competitors.” An early adopter of industrial automation solutions that make use of robotics to transform its business strategy is leading North American packaging manufacturer Cheer Pack, who deployed a fleet of AI-powered autonomous vehicles to robotise material movements in its US factory and has already seen strong returns on the investment. Cheer Pack Director of IT, Alex Ivkovic noted, “We expect the costs savings to be over 1.5 million US dollars per year. In addition, each and every employee will be re-tasked to a higher-skilled position helping us with our labour shortage.” Bob De Caux concluded, “The findings of the study and the real-world scenarios being realised at our customers point to the conclusion that the time is right for companies to reap both business and financial benefits from technology automation. Falling for the hype of AI is easy, but success requires disruption to existing business models. The technologies themselves are not a panacea, nor are they a universal solution to any problem. However, with the right data model and viable use cases, AI can support improved productivity and deliver significant benefits to both operations and the wider business. AI will be used by the vast majority of organisations in some form in the near future, extracting real value from intelligent processes, for the long-term.” Download the complete IFS study, “How are Companies Planning to Adopt Artificial Intelligence and Adjust to Resulting Disruptive Change”, here. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at Follow us on Twitter: @ifs Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: Mining industry super duo prove job sharing’s a win-win 2019-11-15T05:26:12Z mining-industry-super-duo-prove-job-sharing-s-a-win-win Brisbane, 13 November 2019. Part time work. Work from home days. Job Sharing. Flexible working arrangements are on the rise in Australia … and they’re here to stay. But many Australian employers, particularly large organisations, are hesitant or struggle to implement job sharing. Citing concerns such as lowered productivity, lack of supervision and feelings of unfairness among other employees, as well as IT security, possible impacts on customer service and the implications of flexible working on team dynamics. Catherine and Kristy are set to prove them wrong. Catherine and Kristy have been job sharing since 2017. As part of Australia’s rising share of part time workers (31% in 2018, up from 25% in 1998), they’re on the leading edge of the flexible working arrangements wave. And they’re on the leading edge of how to make job sharing really work. ‘From day one, everything we did, said or delivered was from ‘us’’, says Catherine. ‘We trust each other. If we didn’t, this relationship definitely wouldn’t work!’ Both Kristy and Catherine were working in the mining industry in senior roles, Kristy as a Project Management Office (PMO) Lead and Catherine as a Senior Advisor Project Finance, when they met. Like many women, they were reluctant to return to full time work after having families, but they also didn’t want to lose the careers they had worked so hard to obtain. When Kristy was approached for a job-sharing role, she accepted on the condition she could work with Catherine. So, what makes it work? ·      They have a professional charter. ‘We understand who our customer is, we know our expectations, we provide service and we are reputable’, say Catherine and Kristy. ·      They have systems in place to ensure that to do items are carried over and prioritised as needed. ·      They respond as one. They use a single mailbox so that all work items and necessary emails can be actioned by either one of them. ·      They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And the benefits to both themselves and their employer have been more than they could even have imagined. Rather than being less productive, their mining employer now has the benefit of a larger range of skills across two people, as well as a ‘get the job done’ mentality which far exceeds the average worker who generally has a five-day work week to accomplish projects. When either Kristy or Catherine take annual leave, there is still a person available who understands what is necessary for the role and is able to manage things while the other is away. Plus, they keep each other accountable. ‘Our output is far higher with much greater visibility than with your average full-time worker, but without the need for management micromanaging’, Catherine adds. ‘In fact, our management is absolutely speechless by how successful our job share has been.’ Of course, job sharing has had benefits for Catherine and Kristy as well, allowing them time with their families, while still maintaining their careers. It’s also given them the flexibility to follow other passions in their lives. In this case, those passions are in the form of a children’s design and décor shop, Homely Creatures. In fact, Homely Creatures is actually their second job share as they own and run it together. ‘We were looking for a gap in the children’s industry, something that we could feel good about aligning ourselves with’, Catherine says. ‘The opportunity to buy Homely Creatures arose and we decided it was a risk worth taking!’ Kristy and Catherine are passionate about bringing awareness and hope to others that may want to job share, as well as educating companies about the benefits and the process that can make job sharing a true success. Catherine says, ‘I have heard so many men and women complain about how hard it is to find part time work or a company that is willing to discuss job sharing opportunities with them. So many just find it too difficult.’ ‘The job sharing arrangement is still very immature within our company, but we are determined to help move it out of our department and into the global company and then out of the company into other companies in Australia’, Kristy adds. ‘Job sharing allows valuable workers who may only want or be able to do part time work back into the workforce. It makes us smarter and stronger as a whole. And it brings more skills and opportunities to businesses as well’, Kristy says. About Catherine and Kristy: Catherine Goos grew up on a cattle crop farm in Central Queensland riding dirt bikes and sliding down the banks of a clay dam. She relocated to Brisbane (a long time ago!) and now calls New Farm home. She started her working life in the tourism industry, but it wasn’t long before she jumped ship for the finance world. She has a passion for interior design, renovating homes and her family, including husband Kris and three-year-old son, Jack. Kristy Wong was born in Adelaide but made her way to Darwin via the middle of Australia, living in an underground house in Coober Pedy as well as Alice Springs. She came to Brisbane for university and this is where her love of technology was born. Her first ‘real’ job was at the Queensland Police where she started as a Graduate Database administrator but quickly moved up the corporate ladder to senior positions, including Quality Assurance Officer and Project Manager. This sent her to her current role in the mining industry. Kristy also has a passion for supporting families with premature babies, as her and her husband Ivan’s own twin girls were born in 2016 at only 27 weeks and 6 days.     *Catherine and Kristy are available for interviews.* Media enquiries Kristen Lowrey M 04 1286 4088 E Other enquires Homely Creatures M 0417 892 283 (Kristy) M 0418 735 550 (Catherine) E or visit the website,             China Customs adopts GTIN reporting function in single window declaration system 2019-11-14T02:17:16Z china-customs-adopts-gtin-reporting-function-in-single-window-declaration-system Imports and exports to China will be streamlined using Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) thanks to a resolution by Chinese Customs. The General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) rolled out a GTIN reporting function for its single window declaration system on 1 August 2019, marking a significant step toward adopting GS1 barcodes in customs clearance. The decision comes in response to recent rapid growth in cross-border trade, both in type and volume. Improving the efficiency of supervision and customs clearance has become a significant challenge for customs agencies around the world. There is great interest in the role GTIN can play to meet these growing needs. Global Trade Item Numbers are the numbers used to create barcodes within the GS1 system, the system used on consumer products globally. The system is administered by GS1, a group of member organisations operating in 114 individual countries. Customs agencies all over China have implemented GTIN declaration for the single window system and enterprises can enjoy an intelligent auto-fill feature by using GTIN. This simplifies and speeds up the declaration process and improves accuracy. "Declaration by GTIN" provides a convenient and fast method for enterprises to complete the declaration form "within a second" through intelligent autofill, instead of the normal manual entry previously required by China Customs. Based on the recently established GTIN information database, which covers multi-dimensional commodity information, including ingredients, brand, specification, country of origin, uses and other critical business information, an imported or exported product can be automatically identified and its declaration elements such as classification, country of origin and specification can automatically appear in the "single window" system as long as its GTIN is provided and related product information has been populated in the database. "This is great news for all GS1 Australia members trading with China," said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia's Head of Customer Engagement and Business Development. "GS1 standards and data can be leveraged for faster clearance and shorter cycles. GS1 Australia continues to work with Australian agencies in adopting similar approaches locally." According to a customs specialist at Taicang TuoHai Customs Clearance Co Ltd, an experienced customs broker of infant formula milk powder, it is very difficult for them to complete the declaration form due to the complexity and terminology of ingredients which amount to six or seven on average, and sometimes more than ten in a single product. From now on, once a GTIN has been entered and confirmed, all its ingredient information will enter the system immediately. In addition, the system has a batch import function for product series, which greatly improves efficiency. About GS1 Australia GS1 Australia is the Australian member of GS1, a not-for-profit global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used supply chain standards in the world and a leader in facilitating efficient international business. GS1 Australia currently serves 22 industry sectors and supports more than 20,000 members nationally to improve supply chain efficiency and cost effectiveness by adopting best practice GS1 global standards. For more information visit or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter Media Enquiries: If you wish to interview Marcel Sieira, please contact: Caterina Slade Marketing Program Manager GS1 Australia T: (03) 9550 3415 or 1300 227 263 E: Welders Run A 43% Increased Risk of Lung Cancer. 2019-11-12T22:45:00Z welders-run-a-43-increased-risk-of-lung-cancer The employer has the primary responsibility to ensure that welders, as far as reasonably practicable, are not exposed to health and safety risks whilst performing their job. The employer can achieve this by introducing engineering or administrative controls such as extract ventilation and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as welding powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR). 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume Based on the 2017 IARC reclassification of welding fume and the more recent 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, all employers of welders should consider reviewing their risk assessments for welding activities and revise where necessary their control measures to protect those undertaking welding activities. If you want to learn more about the 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, Australian Welding Supplies have just released their 2020 Welding Fume Update.  The paper takes a closer look at the 2019 statistical study on welding fume which concluded that welders run a 43% increased risk of lung cancer when compared with those who have never welded or been exposed to welding fume. The welding code of practice  The Welding Code of Practice released by Safe Work Australia stipulates that employers ‘must ensure that air monitoring is carried out to determine the airborne concentration of a substance or mixture at the workplace to which an exposure standard applies if: - you are not certain on reasonable grounds whether or not the airborne concentration of the substance or mixture at the workplace exceeds the relevant exposure standard or - monitoring is necessary to determine whether there is a risk to health (1)’. Australian & New Zealand Work, Health and Safety Laws Under both the Australian Work, Health and Safety Laws and the New Zealand Health and Safety at Work Regulations, a person who directs the carrying out of work (eg. employer) at a workplace must provide PPE to workers carrying out work unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking, like a labour-hire company. As an employer, once you have selected the appropriate PPE ‘you must provide the worker with information, training, and instruction in the proper use and wearing of that PPE’ (1). Proper guidance should be given on the storage of equipment and care and maintenance guidelines should be clear and adhered to. Where to from here? For help on selecting suitable respiratory protection for your specific welding application, or training and instruction on the proper use, fitting, or care and maintenance of your welding PPE, please contact AWS or use the links below. Download the 2020 Welding Fume Paper Here References 1) Welding processes code of practice, Safe Work Australia, May 2018 I Own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air. How do I upgrade to the NEW Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet? 2019-11-11T00:01:21Z i-own-a-3m-speedglas-9100-fx-air-how-do-i-upgrade-to-the-new-speedglas-g5-01-welding-helmet By now you’ve likely heard about the new 3M Speedglas Heavy Duty Respiratory Welding Helmet G5-01. If you are one of the tens of thousands of Australian or Kiwi welders who own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air and would like to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet, you have TWO options:   1.      Keep your Adflo PAPR and Upgrade Your Head-Top Only The most economical way to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet is by hanging onto your existing Adflo PAPR and simply upgrading your head-top. The 3M Speedglas G5-01 Upgrade Kit comes with the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Flip-Up Welding Helmet and the new Speedglas G5-01 Welding Lens with True-View and Variable Colour. Simply attach the helmet to your existing Adflo PAPR and you can benefit from all the features of the New 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet including climate control, larger welding lens with a shade 14, larger grinding visor, narrow more streamlined design, TrueView and Variable Colour, Bluetooth Connectivity and a number of configurable extra protection and lighting options. 2.   Upgrade Your Complete System The second option is obviously to upgrade your complete kit. The new 3M Speedglas G5-01 comes with a heavy-duty Adflo PAPR which gives you approximately 12 hours of battery life. If you’d like to take advantage of the configurable task light then we recommend this heavy duty battery option, as the task light draws its power from the Adflo battery. The complete kit also comes with the new 3M Speedglas Heavy-Duty Carry Bag to protect the welding helmet and respiratory system in between uses.   To Upgrade Your Speedglas FX Air Click Here High Density Shelving Systems Now Available! 2019-11-07T04:43:16Z high-density-shelving-systems-now-available Brice Australia now brings a new shelving system by Tonon to the Australian market. Italian designed and manufactured, Tonon produce high density modular shelving systems that have been crafted to maximise space utilisation. Tonon’s shelving system is suitable for use in cool rooms, supermarkets, commercial kitchens, restaurants, butcher’s shops, poultry shops, delicatessens, and various other food and hospitality settings. Tonon’s modular shelving system is 100% customisable. Using 3D imaging of the customer’s facility, Tonon can manufacture the ideal shelving system. Some of the key advantages of this shelving system are: manufactured from food grade materials, antibacterial and hygienic compliant shelving, made from recyclable materials, easy to assemble and setup, easy to clean and caters to room temperatures ranging between -30o C and +90o C. This makes the shelving system ideal for food preparation facilities that rely on clean and food-friendly storage equipment that can store various produce of differing types, sizes and weights. The shelving system is self-supporting and does not need to be secured to floors or walls. This inherent feature minimises installation time, simplifies assembly, promotes customisation and suits owners or tenants who want to limit modifications to their premises. Corner configurations can also be installed to maximise space usage by using corner brackets instead of frames which securely lock into neighbouring shelves. Depending on the space of the room, up to 90% of the room can be utilised with Tonon’s shelving system. Accessories available with Tonon’s shelving system include: dividers, colour coded racks, fall arresting bars, additional supports for heavier items and assorted brackets. About Brice Australia Established in 1939, Brice Australia serve the commercial and domestic food and hospitality industries in Australia with user-friendly, reliable and quality food-preparation equipment. From small hands-on equipment through to fully automated process-line equipment, Brice Australia can satisfy any sized business with effective food preparation solutions. The company has partnered with prestigious manufacturers in Europe to provide the Australian market with some of the highest quality, elegantly refined and superior performance equipment available. Brice Australia stock slicers, food processing equipment, mixers, meat processing equipment, light kitchen equipment, ovens, grills, manual wrappers, vacuum packers, weighing scales, access control systems and shelving. All products have been crafted to achieve maximum benefit to the user to help minimise downtime, improve productivity and satisfy common operational requirements. For more information, please visit: Rizing, LLC: Thirteen Countries, One Company, One System, With SAP® SuccessFactors® 2019-11-05T03:18:09Z rizing-llc-thirteen-countries-one-company-one-system-with-sap-successfactors SYDNEY, November 1, 2019 – Rizing, LLC, is pleased to announce its go live with SAP SuccessFactorsEmployee Central in 13 countries. The journey is about more than technology; it’s about the consolidation of multiple SAP solutions and platforms into one centralized system. Rizing has the capabilities of a much larger firm and the personal touch of a neighborhood corner store. In tandem with the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central go live, Rizing is consolidating its multiple brands into one brand: Rizing. Rizing Chief Executive Officer Mike Maiolo says, “Rizing is experiencing a revolution with SAP cloud solutions that enable the type of business transformation that was once only the domain of the largest enterprises. SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is allowing our firm to operate as one company with the best software in the world for Human Resources.”   GLOBAL BUSINESS CHALLENGES SOLVED IN THE CLOUD   The challenges Rizing faced were the ability to have a clear line of sight to talent across 13 countries in three regions. Rizing incorporated four acquisitions across the globe over one year, resulting in multiple systems and processes across the business. Rizing needed to create alignment, a common vision and shared values. Furthermore, data integration and tracking were necessary to meet compliance and reporting mandates and to attract and retain talent that fit the core competencies and culture of Rizing.   “We are honored to accompany Rizing on their journey as they look to create one brand and one vision for their growing organization, with a consistent employee experience across the globe,” said Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors. “With SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, Rizing can now truly put people at the center of their business by using technology to automate and streamline key HR processes and engage its global workforce in new and meaningful ways.” SAP SUCCESSFACTORS IS POWERING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AT RIZING   SAP was selected because the flexibility of its cloud solutions meets Rizing’s needs for scalability as the company continues to grow. The ability to achieve an expeditious implementation, minimize maintenance and deliver ongoing innovation with the software were key criteria. These qualities of an HR system will allow Rizing to focus more time and attention on their core business: that is, their commitment to provide best-in-class solutions to meet global client demand for consulting, implementation services and innovative products.   SAP SuccessFactors allows Rizing to go beyond simply managing headcount. By adopting and deploying end-to-end processes for recruiting, onboarding and continuous performance management and development, Rizing is able to create a workforce experience for its managers and employees that is intuitive, engaging and consistent. This is essential with a workforce that is spread across many different locations and often not tied to a corporate office. Furthermore, with SAP SuccessFactors serving as a single source for accurate employee data, Rizing is also able to implement a single sign on (SSO) approach to company systems, simplifying and securing the management of user records, but also creating a more enjoyable experience for employees.  In the future, Rizing will introduce analytics using Lyra, Rizing’s proprietary application, in order to achieve a more complete, real-time picture of employee engagement and the effectiveness of current HR programs.   Katie Obi, Chief HR and Transformation Officer at Rizing says, ““Our business is a people business. We need an inspired and engaged workforce and this begins with knowing who we are. Who is our talent? Do we have the right skills to meet our current and upcoming business and customer needs? How do we effectively manage and develop our people to be the best they can be? How can we find more people that fit Rizing's culture and growth objectives? These are the questions that the integrated SAP SuccessFactors suite is helping us address.” HCM SUITE SUCCESS: SAP SUCCESSFACTORS INTEGRATED FOR SUCCESS   “SAP SuccessFactors will enable Rizing to have an integrated view of each employee from day one through various aspects of their career development, and help us achieve a competitive edge,” says Mike Maiolo, Rizing’s Chief Executive Officer. “As one company, with one system, we can maximize our talent across all lines of business and geography – which is a win-win for employees and for Rizing.” For more information, press only:  Contact Sherryanne Meyer, Rizing Corporate Communications Director,    About  Rizing   Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., USA,  Rizing  is a privately held multinational company leading the development of the intelligent enterprise through our portfolio of services that includes Human Capital Management expertise for SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP HCM; SAP Enterprise Asset Management and SAP Consumer Industries. Rizing provides consulting and support services, SAP Partner Managed Cloud payroll and our proprietary apps leveraging the SAP Cloud Platform to Fortune 500 and small and medium enterprises.  For more information, please visit or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400,