The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-20T04:08:21Z Truckline to focus on facilities investment 2018-11-20T04:08:21Z truckline-to-focus-on-facilities-investment Hi There , Event Alert: Truckline Caboolture 10 year anniversary 2018-11-14T05:33:57Z event-alert-truckline-caboolture-10-year-anniversary j Truckline launches new mudguards from Australian manufacturer Truckmate 2018-09-27T05:25:50Z truckline-launches-new-mudguards-from-australian-manufacturer-truckmate Truckline launches 700 mm wide Truckmate mudguards Truckline has announced it is now stocking Truckmate’s new MG700 Mudguard. With a width of 700 mm, the new addition from Australia’s most trusted name in truck mudguards and mudflaps is the only injection moulded mudguard made to this specification in Australia. Truckmate Business Development Manager, Lee Annett, said the new product was developed to accommodate wider profile tyres, which are increasingly being used to provide greater grip and overall footprint on the road, particularly amongst European vehicles. “With increasing use of the 295 wider profile tyre instead of the 11R standard tyre, including on the new Mercedes Actros, the new MG700 mudguard prevents rubbing which in turn will prolong the life of the mudguard,” said Lee, adding the MG700 guard will cater for all makes featuring the wider profile tyres. Lee also explains that the MG700 boasts an additional 50mm internal width, which allows additional clearance on the wider profile tyres. “The MG700 features our signature ribbing which offers increased strength and dimensional stability, and combines with the additional clearance to deliver maximum spray suppression,” he said, adding the design provides similar width clearance to the European style “3 piece” mudguard seen on Scania trucks in Australia and is compatible with all truck brands. Like all Truckmate Mudguards, the MG700 product is injection moulded from the highest quality UV-stabilised, impact modified polypropylene, and the company is proud to have been manufacturing in Australia for almost 30 years. “We’re proud to be a locally-owned company and to conduct our manufacturing processes here in Australia,” said Lee. Truckline General Manager Mick Henderson said the MG700 ticks the box for Truckline for many reasons. “We’re committed to providing customers with a range of high quality products and Truckmate has been a trusted name in the industry for a long time. Truckline stocks aftermarket parts for all makes and models of truck and trailer, and the new MG700 ensures we continue to cater to requirements for European brands,” said Mick. "And the fact that Truckmate continues to manufacture here in Australia is really something to celebrate,” he added. The MG700 mudguard is 700mm wide, 610mm high and 1280mm in length. It is compatible with all the current Truckmate mudguard accessories such as Hanger Brackets, Chassis Mount Bracket Offset tubes, boss caps and reflectors and the Spacer kit. ENDS Photo Caption: Truckline introduce’s Truckmate’s new MG700 mudguard, designed for wider profile tyres. About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 65 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 23 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 77,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. Truckline partnership keeping farmers moving 2018-09-26T03:16:23Z truckline-partnership-keeping-farmers-moving DRAFT Ken Kroeger wins 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Pearcey Entrepreneur Award 2018-09-04T22:09:41Z ken-kroeger-wins-2018-act-chief-ministers-pearcey-entrepreneur-award The Pearcey Foundation today announced Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines as this year’s recipient of the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented by ACT Chief Digital Officer Bettina Konti, representing the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at ACS Canberra’s 25th Annual Conference. The Pearcey Award recognises entrepreneurs for taking a risk, making a difference and inspiring others in the development of the Australian information and communications technology industry. Ken Kroeger joined Seeing Machines in 2011 as CEO. As a business visionary, Ken leads technology innovation at the company and focuses on identifying potential new markets. Under his leadership, Seeing Machines has developed into a global industry leader in driver-machine interaction, focusing on computer vision, eye-tracking and intervention safety products and services. From its Canberra base, Seeing Machines serves a growing market in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and counts Caterpillar, General Motors, Emirates, Bosch, Progress Rail, Coach USA and Transport for London among its major clients. “This is a well-deserved accolade. Ken has had a massive impact on the local ICT industry since he arrived in Australia in the 1990s and founding a number of pioneering technology companies,” said Brand Hoff AM, ACT chair, Pearcey Foundation. “We’d also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the ACT Government and the Chief Minister Andrew Barr for our industry by endorsing and participating in this prestigious ICT award.” Raised in an entrepreneurial family, Kroeger’s commercial acumen was nurtured from an early age, and his understanding of computer technology was honed at the North Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada. Kroeger co-founded 3D-simulation and training provider Catalyst Interactive and his previous roles and experience leading companies has provided him with in-depth exposure to a wide range of industries, governments, and defence and security agencies at an international level. For more information about previous ACT Pearcey Entrepreneur Award winners, go to https://pearcey.org.au/act. Other 2018 State Awards NSW: to be presented in conjunction with ACS NSW at Sydney Startup Hub on 1 November. QLD: to be presented at a gala dinner in conjunction with ACS, AIPM, AISA, APSco, ICSC, IIBA, ISACA, ITFGC, ITSMF, SIBA and WiT on 10 October. Event details to be confirmed. SA: presented to Tony Clark of Rising Star Pictures during the ACS SA Branch Forum on 28 August. TAS: to be announced in conjunction with ACS and Tasmanian Disruptor Award finalists. Event details to be finalised shortly. VIC: awarded jointly to the co-founders of Rome2rio Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron on 28 August. WA: awarded to Dr Mark Andrich as part of the WAITTA Incite Awards on 15 June. -- About the Pearcey Foundation The Pearcey Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey. By celebrating the heroes in our industry, past, present and future, the Foundation is looking to attract and encourage young Australians into this most exciting of global high technology sectors of our nation. Web: www.pearcey.org.au Twitter: @Pearcey_org #pearceyawards #ACSCanberra LinkedIn: Pearcey Foundation #pearceyawards #ACSCanberra Smartrak & Nuonic Partnership 2018-08-28T01:02:56Z smartrak-amp-nuonic-partnership Melbourne, Australia – Industry leader in telematics, Smartrak, today announced its partnership with data analytics company Nuonic. The companies will work together to expand Smartrak’s offering to fleet customers. The partnership will provide Smartrak customers with an accurate fuel tax credit report that outlines the details of vehicle fuel consumption information. This will allow customers to submit more accurate and detailed claims to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Smartrak CEO, Troy O’Connor said Nuonic provided a data analytics service to more accurately calculate fuel tax credits. “Nuonic’s solution has been integrated with Smartrak’s fleet management solution and is available immediately to our customers. We look forward to the partnership with Nuonic and are excited about providing the most accurate fuel tax credit solution in the market to our customers,” he said. The Nuonic data analytics platform performs a detailed forensic analysis of the data gathered via Smartrak’s APIs and will  allow Smartrak customers to claim fuel tax credits for fuel used by machinery, plant, equipment, heavy vehicles and light vehicles travelling off public roads. “Many of our customers and other organisations with large fleets are currently underestimating their fuel tax credits due to lack of visibility and hard evidence. Through our partnership with Nuonic, TrakWise Prism will allow our customers to more accurately calculate their claim, ensuring they’re claiming everything they’re entitled to”, states Mr. O’Connor. Administration hours can pile up through multiple manual processes and calculations of fuel tax credits. TrakWise Prism will cut the time involved in the management and processing of fuel tax credits. Nuonic COO, Derek Hooper, said the Nuonic platform was established to provide accurate and valuable data analytics. “In teaming up with Smartrak, we look forward to combining our capabilities to deliver valuable insights to their customers, enabling them to more easily and accurately claim the fuel tax credits they are entitled to”, he said. To learn more about TrakWise Prism, the combined Smartrak/Nuonics fuel tax credit solution, visit: http://www.smartrak.com/fleet-management/fuel-tax-credits New Andatech Sentry professional baton breathalyser 2018-05-11T02:52:17Z new-andatech-sentry-professional-baton-breathalyser Leading Australian breathalyser company, Andatech, has launched a new breathalyser, Andatech Sentry, which is baton-shaped and designed for professional use. Andatech designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The Andatech Sentry breathalyser provides fast and easy testing of a person’s alcohol concentration and is particularly suited to roadside testing of drivers by fleet transport operators/drivers or law enforcement officers. The breathalyser can take 12 samples per minute and provide results up to two decimal places. It can also be used on an unconscious person to detect the level of alcohol in their breath using the breathalyser's manual sampling function. With innovative fuel cell sensor technology, the Andatech Sentry displays results numerically within five seconds. If the result exceeds the device’s set point value, the device will vibrate and sound an alarm. Features of the Andatech Sentry include: An in-built magnet so the device can be attached to vehicles when conducting tests, thereby helping to prevent damage to the unit. It can be used as a traffic baton and flashlight making it ideal for traffic enforcement officers. Manual LED lighting that offers displays in white, red, red blinking, and red/blue, which is beneficial at night. USB connectivity so it can be connected to PC software for more detailed settings. The manual sampling function allows users to detect alcohol presence in suspect drinks. The passive ‘cone-type’ blow cap can easily be replaced and washed for hygienic re-use. Subjects simply blow into the unit from 4-5 cm away to be tested. The Andatech Sentry is 276 mm long and 44.5 mm wide, comes with AA alkaline batteries and is compatible with rechargeable batteries for convenience and continuous usage. With a calibration frequency of 5,000 tests in 12 months, the 370g device (including batteries) shows the number of days and tests before calibration is required. It also has a calibration grace period that allows use past the calibration due date before the unit is locked. The Andatech Sentry has a one-year warranty and is only available from Andatech and selected third party testers around Australia. www.andatech.com.au About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech also has a distribution channel offering consumer safety products and air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ To request any of these photos in higher resolution please contact Wendy McWilliams. Coffs Harbour tow truck driver collects Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award 2018-04-22T23:20:18Z coffs-harbour-tow-truck-driver-collects-bridgestone-bandag-highway-guardian-award A quick acting Coffs Harbour tow truck driver has been awarded the Australian Trucking Association’s highly coveted Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award - recognising his efforts in saving a woman’s life in January. North Coast Towing driver Deon Atkins was presented with the accolade at the National Trucking Industry Awards Dinner in Canberra on Friday night. The ATA Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award recognises members of the trucking community who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Mr Atkins was on the Pacific Highway performing his usual duties on 17 January when he saw an accident further up the road. After arriving on the scene he immediately identified a woman slumped across her steering wheel. Following instinct and his first aid training, Mr Atkins sprang into action; leaning in the window to come to her aid by opening her airway until the ambulance arrived. “I jumped out of my truck, opened her airway and kept her breathing until the ambulance arrived. I did what anyone with my training as an ex fire fighter and first aider would do,” Mr Atkins explained following the accident.  “I reached in through the driver’s window, which was smashed, and supporting her head and neck, lifted her up into her seat so I could get the airway open.” According to responding paramedic, NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Jacinta Young, Deon’s swift action prevented the accident from resulting in a fatality. “The actions of [Deon Atkins] saved her life. By simply opening up her airway and maintaining her head in the neutral position, we have no doubt he saved her life,” she said. North Coast Towing places an emphasis on compassion and support for its customers but stresses its primary concern is safety for its drivers and customers. All drivers complete pre-start safety checks and follow all regulations and industry best practice procedures. The company conducts regular training and emotional support as well as arranging counselling following distressing incidents. Owner of North Coast Towing, Scott Waites says Deon is a model employee with a spotless driving record who has only received compliments from local police and customers since starting with the company in 2016. “Deon is a dedicated and reliable worker who often puts others before himself,” Mr Waites said. Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt is continually amazed by the selfless efforts of the trucking community. “Bridgestone takes great delight in presenting the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award in recognition of those who go well beyond the call of duty. It is astounding the lengths that these truck drivers go to driven by their instincts,” Mr Moffatt said. “Deon Atkins is another stand out of the trucking fraternity who doesn’t see himself as a hero, but has prevented the loss of a life through his quick thinking and direct actions.” Australian Trucking Association Chairman Geoff Crouch extended his congratulations to Mr Atkins. “Truck drivers like Deon Atkins and companies like North Coast Towing are a reminder of the benefit of having effective training and safety procedures in place,” Mr Crouch said. “Deon was able to call on his training, assess the situation and then perform the relevant actions – all while remaining calm and in control of the situation. “North Coast Towing and Deon prove that all trucking companies, from small operators through to major fleets have a role to play in road safety,” he added. – ENDS – For more information about Bridgestone's range of commercial products, visit www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/commercial  Big Rig Duo: GPS and Dash cam that’s rigged with all the features a truck driver needs 2018-03-28T02:16:14Z big-rig-duo-gps-and-dash-cam-thats-rigged-with-all-the-features-a-truck-driver-needs It’s not called a truckin’ life for nothing: you’re on the road for longer than the average driver, you have to think about road restrictions for your vehicle and watch out for engine noise restrictions – and all while carrying a heavy load. The new Navman Big Rig Duo has your back and front covered with an in-built dash cam and GPS in one. Developed with the help of truck drivers, it has specific navigation guidance for those driving large vehicles. “There’s really no better GPS device to guide and protect Australian truck drivers than the Big Rig Duo. Being on the road for so long, truck drivers will want to be able to defend themselves if they are ever involved in any incidences. The Big Rig Duo’s in-built dual channel enabled recording dash cam gives them the ability to prove their case when they are not at fault,” says Wendy Hammond, Managing Director, Navman Australia and New Zealand. “The Big Rig Duo is designed to be the truckie’s ultimate road companion with specifically tailored Professional B-Double Truck Mode guidance for B-doubles and HAZMAT restricted vehicles to ensure they, their load and other drivers are kept safe. It has truck specific alerts and information like Low Gear and No Engine Brake Voice Alert and Truck Specific POIs along with other great navigation features like, Live Traffic Updates in real time, Premium Driver Alerts and Spoken Safety Alerts.” Features of the Navman Big Rig Duo: Dual Channel Dash Cam: The Super 2K Full HD Dual Channel recording dash cam means drivers have an extra set of eyes on the road if any incidents do occur and a set of eyes on their load with the additional purchase of a Navman Rear Camera accessory. The high quality crash cam with rotating lens captures more detail, even in low light, to provide more crucial details when needed. Truck Specific Points of Interest (POIs) – There are over 18,000 Truck POI’s built-in to allow drivers to quickly find a rest spot or weigh station. It also lets them know very handy information such as delivery entrances and where the loading docks are. Low Gear and No Engine Brake Voice Alert If driving a Big Rig, chances are it’s carrying a big load, so greater distance is needed to stop in an emergency. The Low Gear and No Engine Brake Voice Alert notifies when there are these restrictions ahead, so truck drivers have plenty of warning to prepare (and also avoid heavy fines.) Professional truck mode The Professional B-Double Truck Mode shows the quickest way to get to the next drop off while avoiding roads with weight restrictions, HAZMAT (hazard materials) restrictions, narrow bridges or tunnels – to avoid getting jammed and finding yourself starring in a Facebook video that is viewed a million times! Tedious planning trips using road gazettes are now in the past - simply enter truck dimensions and loads, and the Navman Big Rig Duo will show routes suitable for the vehicle. Free lifetime live traffic updates Traffic updates from SUNA are updated continuously in real time on the Big Rig Duo, helping truck drivers avoid suburban traffic, as well as calculate alternative truck- friendly routes. Safety Alerts Navman’s premium driver alerts will warn when approaching potentially dangerous driving situations like sharp bends, steep inclines or declines, high wind areas, overtaking lanes or lane merges. Spoken safety alerts (speed limits, safety cameras and school zones etc) speaks out loud what’s ahead rather than simply beeping. The driver fatigue alert reminds them to take a break when they have been driving for over two hours while also guiding drivers to the closest truck stop or restaurant. The device also has ADAS safety features including lane departure alert, front collision alert that warns when driving too close to the vehicle in front and a front departure warning that warns if vehicle car in front has moved off without you noticing. Premium Guidance Features The Big Rig Duo comes with all premium guidance features found in the top of the range Navman. Landmark guidance PLUS directs drivers by pointing out objects they see through their windscreen such as the colours, names of buildings and geographical features, making navigation instructions easier to understand. Other great features include a mileage reporter to track kilometres covered and a voice destination search so you don’t always need to plug the address in by hand. The Big Rig Duo allows drivers to pair a phone via Bluetooth and talk hands free; Fuel type search to find the nearest petrol station that stocks the right fuel; multi-stop trip planner to calculate the most efficient and truck- friendly route, and there is even information on where to eat with the Zomato Restaurant Guide listing over 40,000 restaurants and food venues in cities and towns around Australia. With Lifetime Monthly Map updates, truckies can be sure all these great features have the most current information available. The Navman Big Rig Duo is available now at leading retailers with a recommended retail price of $549. It also includes a two year warranty. Full list of features: Super 2K Full HD CRASH CAM built-in rotating lens ADAS: Lane Deviation, Front collision Wide Angle Lens GPS Tagged Video Tracking 3-Axis G-Sensor Event Recording 6 Inch Touch Screen Lifetime Monthly Map Updates Professional B-Double Truck Routing (AU) Low Gear & No Engine Break Voice Alert Landmark Guidance PLUS Bluetooth Handsfree Live Traffic Updates Smart Route Spoken Street Name 3D Junction Views & Lane Guidance Smart Find Keyword Search Speed Limit Alert Spoken Safety Alerts Voice Destination Entry Driver Fatigue Alert Multi language including Chinese Mileage Reporter Zomato Restaurant Guide 3D Landmark Roadside Assist Parking Assist Rest stop Shortcuts for Trucks Trip Select Multi-stop Trip Optimisation Location Capture 2 Years Warranty For further information or a list of stockists visit www.navman.com.au or facebook.com/NavmanANZ. -ends- About Navman: Navman, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, has more than 20 years’ experience in GPS, and as such is now widely recognised as a pioneer inportable, in-car satellite devices and dash cams. Navman began life in New Zealand, specialising in marine electronics and even today software design and development is still undertaken there. Today the Navman brand is owned by MiTAC International, a leading worldwide maker of wireless communications products and one of Business Week’s top 100 Global IT companies. For more information, visit www.navman.com.au or facebook.com/NavmanANZ For further information about Navman please contact: Michelle Tan, The D’Arcy Partnership Telephone: +61 2 9281 2230 Email: michellet@darcypr.com News Release - Before you hop in your car this Easter, make sure you do this 2018-03-27T01:30:32Z news-release-before-you-hop-in-your-car-this-easter-make-sure-you-do-this In the lead up to the biggest driving weekend in Australia, automotive technology brand Navman is calling all drivers to prepare for the road ahead with the right dash-cam installed, and to play their part in reporting risky behaviour. “With more cars on the roads, drivers in a rush to get to destinations, people getting behind the wheel after having one too many or simply driving for too long, Easter is a notoriously dangerous time on the roads. Having a good dash-cam installed has never been more important. If the unthinkable happens and you are involved in a collision, it can capture the critical moments before an accident occurs to help protect you from fraudulent accident claims, road rage incidents and provide proof of who was at fault,” says Wendy Hammond, Managing Director, Navman Australia and New Zealand. She encourages Australian drivers to be good citizens and report risky driving behaviour recorded on their dash-cams. “More and more we are hearing police asking for footage from drivers. If you recorded any dangerous and irresponsible driving that could endanger lives, instead of just sharing on social media, provide the footage to the police for them to follow up.” Ms Hammond advises drivers to make sure they have the right dash cam. “Choose a dash-cam with a glass lens (rather than a plastic lens), one that records clear quality footage in bad weather and bright lighting, has GPS tracking and also check that you have a SIM card inserted - you won’t believe the number of people who missed out recording crucial evidence because they failed to do this. Alternatively get a dash-cam like MiVue 780 or MiVue 850, which will upload the footage via Wifi in the case of an incident. After all, why should you lose your no claim bonus or have to pay your excess because of someone else’s mistake? Protect yourself with the evidence you need to prove you weren’t at fault.” - ends - Navman’s MiVue 780 (RRP$249) and MiVue 850 (RRP$449) feature EZYSHARE via WIFI, that will automatically send an emergency event file to the MiVue app if connected to Wi-Fi, or simply upload footage to the app as soon as you have Wi-Fi. You can save a copy of the video on your phone immediately after an incident has happened and the Wi-Fi capabilities also make it simple to share your dash-cam’s saved videos online. About Navman: Navman, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, has more than 20 years’ experience in GPS, and as such is now widely recognised as a pioneer in portable, in-car satellite devices and dashcams. Navman began life in New Zealand, specialising in marine electronics and even today software design and development is still undertaken there. Today the Navman brand is owned by MiTAC International, a leading worldwide maker of wireless communications products and one of Business Week’s top 100 Global IT companies. For more information, visit www.navman.com.au or facebook.com/NavmanANZ For further information about Navman please contact: Michelle Tan, The D’Arcy Partnership Telephone: +61 2 9281 2230 Email: michellet@darcypr.com Bridgestone donates $50,000 to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand 2018-03-13T22:47:31Z bridgestone-donates-50-000-to-leukaemia-amp-blood-cancer-new-zealand Bridgestone New Zealand has shown its commitment to its new charity partner, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand, with the first significant contribution from its ‘Brighten Your Wheels’ campaign.   Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand CEO Pru Etcheverry was presented with a cheque for $50,049.33 by Bridgestone New Zealand Director, John Staples from the sale of specially designed, teal LBC New Zealand tyre valve caps through the Bridgestone Tyre Centre and Bridgestone Select network during November.   Bridgestone announced its partnership with LBC last year, seeing Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand aligning its charity partners on both sides of the Tasman and according to Ms Etcheverry, it is already making a significant impact.   “Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand is thrilled with how our partnership with Bridgestone is developing,” Ms Etcheverry said.   “We loved the teal valve caps and have them fitted on all of the LBC New Zealand branded vehicles as well as our personal cars. It’s a great initiative and we’re delighted by the $50,000 it has raised. It will go a long way in supporting the work LBC New Zealand does.   “This donation will go towards supporting LBC New Zealand’s new Dunedin Support Centre, which opens next month, seeing our services expand in the South Island and allowing us to work closely with local patients and their families.”   Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ supports patients and families with personalised support, providing information and education, funding research, raising awareness, and advocacy.   Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, says the donation is the first stepping stone of a long path together with LBC New Zealand.   “Bridgestone shares Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s passion for supporting those faced with the challenges of blood cancer,” Mr Moffatt said.    “This donation is a reflection of the commitment our team has for its charity partner. We’re delighted to make this $50,000 donation to LBC New Zealand and we look forward to making many more contributions in the coming years.   “In New Zealand and Australia we have teammates currently fundraising and preparing to shave their heads to support LBC New Zealand’s Shave for a Cure and our Australian charity, the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, demonstrating their commitment to the community and supporting the work of these organisations.”   – ENDS –   *Hi-res image available by contacting Tom Worsley  60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy 2018-03-08T23:03:38Z 60th-annual-good-design-awards-unveils-new-sustainably-designed-trophy Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by The Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive. The trophy will be presented to winners at the 60th annual Awards ceremony held on 17 May 2018 for the first time at Sydney Opera House. Top honours will be presented by special guest, Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon architect of the Sydney Opera House. Due to popular and last minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines. In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”. Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.” “Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say. The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Awards, a number of new awards and initiatives have also been launched to promote the value and importance of design including the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8v7krirf5xeo9e7/AABbwSP4SXjHMRozAxzlexZoa?dl=0 Good Design Awards Key Dates: 19 March 2018 Entries Close – date extended 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury 2018-02-22T00:56:45Z good-design-awards-unveils-renowned-international-design-experts-for-2018-jury Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018. For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history. Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May. Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016). The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes: Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design, Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI) Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields “2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.” “Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.” The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It isrecognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3r2tnmlzklxmak/AAARpv6RX0iPffxoEtYEclXSa?dl=0 Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website: https://www.good-design.org/good-design-awards/judges/ Good Design Awards Key Dates: 9 March 2018 Entries Close 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards Good Design Australia is an international design promotionorganisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Bridgestone and NatRoad focus on long-haul sustainability 2018-01-29T00:44:25Z bridgestone-and-natroad-focus-on-long-haul-sustainability Industry body NatRoad and Bridgestone are using their partnership to bring greater savings to members and help make the road freight industry more sustainable for business operators.   Bridgestone is offering a 10 per cent discount** to all NatRoad members across the full range of commercial tyre solutions: Bridgestone and Firestone tyres, as well as Bandag retreads, further reinforcing the company’s commitment to the transport industry.   NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark, welcomes the initiative by Bridgestone and says the partnership has proved a winner for NatRoad members so far.   “Bridgestone and NatRoad share a focus on safety, environmental sustainability, technology and promoting the industry to ensure its viability. The passion for the industry is evident by the quality, technology and offers they present to NatRoad members.” Mr Clark said.   “The ongoing discount for members directly helps operators, particularly smaller ones, to reduce operating costs. It complements the partnerships NatRoad has forged to benefit the 45,000 trucking companies throughout Australia and support the 140,000 people working in the industry.”    Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, says it is transport companies who are the beneficiaries of the NatRoad partnership.   “We’re thrilled to extend our NatRoad offer into 2018 following its success last year. The road transport industry is what keeps Australia moving and Bridgestone is proud to support NatRoad members by helping reduce operating costs,” Mr Moffatt said.   “Bridgestone is positioned perfectly to support the Australian trucking industry through its network of more than 130 commercial stores, and a further 700 affiliated service providers.   “We are dedicated to providing total tyre management solutions, from owner/operators right through to Australia’s biggest fleets. Our close relationship with NatRoad is a further demonstration of our commitment to the industry,” Mr Moffatt added.   As well as giving members access to a host of offers such as tyre deals, NatRoad also lobbies and advocates on behalf of its members to government and regulators as well as offering advice on legal and compliance issues.    For further information about Bridgestone’s Platinum Partnership or NatRoad membership benefits, visit www.natroad.com.au   **For full terms and conditions of the offer visit the NatRoad website NCH Lubrication for the Food and Beverage Industry 2017-10-23T00:44:35Z nch-lubrication-for-the-food-and-beverage-industry-1 SYDNEY, October 17, 2017 (Newswire.com) - With a growing population, food and beverage plants are under more pressure than ever to make sure their plant and equipment are operating at optimum levels. Maintenance is often seen as a routine expenditure that reduces profitability, but in reality, the cost of #downtime due to malfunction can be far higher than the price of good maintenance. The food industry in particular faces unique challenges that make equipment maintenance critical. Increased demand and narrow profit margins based on the quantity of production, new food products and tight regulations, along with the fact that two-thirds of food processing plants are more than 20 years old, mean that running an effective maintenance program is essential to a profitable operation. Preventative maintenance is the smart choice and selecting the right lubrication products is the first step in developing a great program.STEPHEN SCAHILL, COUNTRY MANAGER Within the plant itself, there are many challenges. Extreme hot and cold temperatures, sometimes within the same site, contamination often of the very product being produced, and water and steam ingress either from wash down or processes can cause huge issues. This, combined with all lubrication maintenance products used needing to adhere to all the safety food standards; means very specialised and high-quality lubrication is a must. "Preventative maintenance is the smart choice and selecting the right lubrication products is the first step in developing a great program,"says Stephen Scahill, Country Manager for NCH Australia. Lubrication has almost 100 years experience, and our extensive range of quality specialised food grade lubricants is ideally placed to offer simple solutions to some of the toughest challenges faced and provide reliable products to reduce breakdown and costs as part of an effective preventative maintenance program.