The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-09T01:44:56Z Claroty Unveils First Zero-Infrastructure Cybersecurity Solution to Protect Industrial Enterprises 2021-06-09T01:44:56Z claroty-unveils-first-zero-infrastructure-cybersecurity-solution-to-protect-industrial-enterprises Claroty, the industrial cybersecurity company, today announced Claroty Edge, a new, patent-pending addition to The Claroty Platform that delivers 100% visibility into industrial networks in minutes without requiring network changes, utilising sensors, or having any physical footprint. Combined with enhancements to its Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) solution – including CTD.Live, a SaaS-based deployment option, and new features for scalable deployments – Claroty now offers a complete portfolio of solutions that meet enterprises wherever they are on their industrial cybersecurity journey.“Network security in operational technology (OT) and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments means security products that can speak and understand the many proprietary industrial protocols, and provide both security operations center staff with increased visibility of the full operations and OT personnel with actionable information,” said Romain Fouchereau, research manager, European Security at IDC. “The ability to perform comprehensive network monitoring without needing to invest in extra sensors or other supporting components can help maintain system resiliency, especially in large, highly distributed organisations.”As there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all industrial network, organisations require cybersecurity solutions that can evolve with their objectives, without burdening their infrastructure or personnel with unnecessary hardware, complex configurations, lengthy deployments, or steep learning curves. The new and enhanced Claroty Platform achieves this by giving customers faster, easier, more-flexible paths to achieve the industrial cybersecurity objectives that are most important to them.“The recent cyber incidents with Colonial Pipeline and the Oldsmar, Florida water supply have underscored the need for asset owners and operators to mature their cybersecurity programs and make ‘eyes wide open’ decisions about the risks to their critical and vulnerable assets,” said Grant Geyer, chief product officer of Claroty. “Cyber risks to industrial control systems have consequences not only for the organisation, but also for public safety and the global supply chain, so every industrial enterprise has an obligation to start their cybersecurity journey. With Claroty’s enhanced platform, organisations can take advantage of the capabilities that are right for their needs today, and can evolve as the threat landscape changes and their cybersecurity programs mature.”Key Features and FunctionsWith these new additions and enhancements, The Claroty Platform has evolved to reveal, detect, protect, and connect any deployment structure, at any scale, in rapid time: Claroty Edge is the industry’s first zero-infrastructure industrial cybersecurity solution, functioning as a highly flexible edge-data collector to deliver 100% visibility in minutes, with a simple, easy setup and absolutely no network footprint. It equips customers to discover a complete OT, IoT, and IIoT global asset inventory, as well as identify and manage the vulnerabilities and risks affecting those assets.Claroty Edge is an optimal entry-point for those who are just beginning their industrial cybersecurity journey, as well as an exemplary scalable solution for those expanding their existing coverage to air-gapped, remote, smaller, or differently prioritised sites.Beyond this, customers can leverage it to conduct audit requests and report compliance for industrial networks, M&A due diligence on target third-party environments, and faster and more effective incident response. CTD.Live is a SaaS-based deployment option for enterprises embracing the cloud as a core component of their industrial cybersecurity strategy. It is uniquely suited to support robust digital transformation initiatives because it is fast, scalable, and ensures CTD’s visibility and threat detection capabilities are always up to date. CTD.Live also reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating certain hardware requirements and extending inventory, risk and vulnerability, and monitoring coverage to newly added assets automatically as customer networks expand. CTD version 4.3 provides greater flexibility in how critical asset, alert, and risk data can be accessed, managed, and manipulated, both directly within CTD and via integrations with third-party SIEM providers. It includes new options for segmentation via Virtual Zones, enabling customers to further customise and fine-tune their segmentation and alerting policies for stronger, more accurate detection of risky communications and other indicators of malicious activity. Secure Remote Access (SRA): The scalability of all of these capabilities increases by combining CTD.Live with Claroty’s SRA solution, which provides internal and third-party personnel with frictionless, reliable, and highly secure access to industrial networks. Customers can also use Claroty Edge to blueprint and optimise SRA deployments, thereby reducing the time and resources required for full implementation. “We needed an OT tool that complements Claroty CTD’s real-time monitoring to reveal the unreachable blind spots in Pfizer’s main manufacturing environments. With Claroty Edge, we attained this faster than ever imagined,” said Jim LaBonty, head of global automation engineering at Pfizer. “Its unique offering and approach deliver a complete, detailed inventory of all OT and IoT assets in both integrated and standalone networks, in a matter of minutes and with a few clicks. This would have otherwise taken several weeks. Claroty Edge takes the heavy lifting out of managing the plethora of OT assets in production and empowers us to better secure our production environments.”Claroty Edge is generally available now, while CTD.Live and CTD 4.3 will be available in July 2021. To learn more about The Claroty Platform, please request a demo.About ClarotyClaroty is the industrial cybersecurity company. Trusted by the world’s largest enterprises, Claroty helps customers reveal, protect, and manage their OT, IoT, and IIoT assets. The company’s comprehensive platform connects seamlessly with customers’ existing infrastructure and programs while providing a full range of industrial cybersecurity controls for visibility, threat detection, risk and vulnerability management, and secure remote access—all with a significantly reduced total cost of ownership. Claroty is backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, with an expansive partner ecosystem and award-winning research team. The company is headquartered in New York City and has a presence in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, and deployments on all seven continents.To learn more, visit www.claroty.com. ARDEX provides innovative solution in upgrading grout packaging for customers 2021-06-06T22:05:20Z ardex-provides-innovative-solution-in-upgrading-grout-packaging-for-customers ARDEX Australia has recently launched its new and improved grout packaging for the 1.5kg and 5kg ARDEX FG 8 and ARDEX FS-DD grouts. While the packaging has improved, the trusted formula has remained the same. Extensive market research and customer feedback has led to the development of the new premium grout bags which now includes innovative features. “Innovation is at the heart of ARDEX globally, and as such, with our customers at the forefront of our mind, we redesigned the packaging to reflect this market-leading product and make it more valuable for our customers” says Product Manager, Rebecca Marman. The new zip-lock enables easy resealing thereby reducing spillage and wastage, and the flat base allows for upright display and storage. The new bags also include a clear window for easier identification of the grout colours, and a label indicating the grout colour name and number is prominently displayed on the front of the bag. To quickly differentiate between the two products, ARDEX FG 8 features a black tile design on the top of the bag, whereas ARDEX FS-DD has a white tile design. This new packaging will start to transition into stores from the 1st of April with anticipation of a complete roll-out by the end of April.       About ARDEX Australia: For more than 70 years, ARDEX has been the quality leader for an entire industry, offering engineered products and systems in the areas of: floor levelling and adhesives, tile and natural stone systems, sheet and liquid applied waterproofing membranes, general construction and decorative surfaces. For more information on ARDEX Australia, visit our website https://ardexaustralia.com/, or call us on 1300 788 780.   If you’d like more information, please contact Rebecca Marman at Rebecca.marman@ardexaustralia.com. COOL Separations, an affiliate of PROXA Water, has granted the rights to license Eutectic Freeze Crystallization (EFC) Technology to Comprimo, Worley’s sulphur technology business. 2021-05-18T03:42:57Z cool-separations-an-affiliate-of-proxa-water-has-granted-the-rights-to-license-eutectic-freeze-crystallization-efc-technology-to-comprimo-worley-s-sulphur-technology-business EFC produces clean water from industrial wastewater and can be reused on site. It reduces refiners’ costs and environmental footprint by providing low-temperature crystallization-based solutions for the separation of water and salts or heat-sensitive materials. Compared to alternative separations technologies, this provides customers with a more energy-efficient path.  When combining an EFC unit with Comprimo’s desulphurization technologies, this process eliminates gaseous and liquid sulphur emissions from the scrubber effluent and provides clean, reusable water. In addition to treating this highly contaminated effluent to recover water, the process also produces sellable salt, which can be used as a raw material for fertilizer industries.  “Our partnership with COOL Separations means we can assist our customers to not only meet their emissions targets and reduce their capital and operational costs, but also to encourage the reuse of water in industrial processes. This brings us one step closer to delivering a more sustainable world,” said Frank Scheel, Senior Vice President, Comprimo.  We are pleased that EFC technology from COOL Separations combined with Comprimo’s sulphur recovery processes can offer refiners even more from a water recovery and emissions perspective. This collaboration also endorses the viability of the EFC process under the rigorous environment of oil refiners,” said Rob van der Meij, Chief Executive Officer, COOL Separations. COOL SEPARATIONS brings the Eutectic Freeze Crystallization (EFC), Freeze Concentration (FC) and Cooling Crystallization (CC) processes to the market as ENERGY EFFICIENT methods to concentrate aqueous process streams and produce clean water (ice) and pure salt.  PROXA is a water treatment company that offers a range of water management services that cover the entire water cycle from consulting and design, research and development, engineering and construction, and plant modernisation to operational management, maintenance, repairs, after-market service, chemicals, consumables and spares. Our water management solutions are optimal, reliable and efficiently implemented, while our in-house expertise, extensive research and access to leading global technologies enable us to deliver objective solutions tailored to address our client’s unique set of needs. For all enquiries, please contact us at: Info.gh@proxawater.com Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada Portfolio to Deliver Improved Resilience, Agility and Accuracy in Industrial IoT Environments 2021-05-06T03:34:01Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-portfolio-to-deliver-improved-resilience-agility-and-accuracy-in-industrial-iot-environments SYDNEY – 6 May, 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has announced advancements to the Lumada software platform and industry solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of industrial processes. These offerings help deliver real-time, actionable insights that accelerate the ability to predict problem areas, streamline production and maintenance, and create a connected supply chain – resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, minimal revenue disruptions, and product quality improvements. Learn more about Data-Driven Industrial Solutions with Hitachi Vantara Improving manufacturing operational outcomes involves comprehensive data analysis and integration from thousands of moving parts across remote and industrial environments. Lumada is Hitachi’s digital platform that connects data, assets, and people to fuel industry innovation. It is the software foundation for Lumada Industry Solutions, that extract data-driven insight and drive better operational and business outcomes. The updated Lumada portfolio allows customers to automate tasks and make faster decisions by training data models in the cloud and deploying them to edge devices, creating actionable insights from diverse data sets at lower infrastructure cost. “Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalisation. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation,” said, Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalising future.” Delivering Deeper Insights and Faster Time to Value Hitachi Vantara is accelerating industrial digitalisation with major enhancements to data-driven offerings for manufacturing, extending AI and automation from edge to core, and delivering deep real-time insights from new combinations of data and connections. Lumada Manufacturing Insights:This industry solution delivers greater visibility across a customers' supply chain subsystems with the supply chain module’s ability to implement supply chain control tower solutions and take direct, demand-driven action.Integrating and correlating data from multiple sources– from asset health data to vibration, video, lidar and audio – to detect potential failure of a machine, manufacturers can better predict points of failure and perform preventive maintenance, reducing downtime and improving output.Also new is the ability to automate forms for digitisation of factory floor processes – a practice that is still largely done with pen, paper and spreadsheets – to establish ‘if this, then that’ protocols across manufacturing processes.Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now also available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for easier integration with Microsoft cloud environments.Smart Spaces & Lumada Video Insights:These industry solutions leverage new workflow automation within Hitachi Visualization Suite and a mobile application for improved team collaboration and incident response.An expanded Hitachi Edge Gateway portfolio includes industry-tailored and “ruggedised” versions that allow for data integration from sources such as trains, industrial spaces, or first responder vehicles and equipment, and includes higher compute power at the edge with CPU or GPU options to enable new outcomes, and make faster, more data-driven decisions.Sensor fusion creates the ability to co-analyse video, lidar, and other data to enable new use cases such as quality assurance and analysis of human-machine interaction, while improving accuracy.Lumada Edge Intelligence:Integration between the Lumada software platform and Google Cloud allows customers to speedup data preparation by adjusting resources on-demand and combining multiple data types for better insights.Updates to Lumada Edge Intelligence also simplify Machine Learning workflows by pushing models to edge devices for faster automated decision-making without reliance on point tools.New APIs for edge management and data access allow reuse of assets, gateways, and software to create integrated solutions utilising existing infrastructure. “Meat & Livestock Australia has been collaborating with Hitachi Vantara on a number of digital projects over the past five years leading up to our latest project, the Connected Beef Supply Chain Control Tower,” says Dr. Nigel Tomkins, program manager, grassfed productivity at Meat & Livestock Australia. “Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Manufacturing Insights has allowed our industry to integrate both sensor and system data to provide insights across the supply chain—this has led to improved productivity and quality outcomes. We look forward to leveraging the capabilities of the Supply Chain Control Tower even further—gaining insight on factors impacting supply and consumer demand.” “Our industry is experiencing rapid digitalisation and a distinct increase in the pace of business. This underscores the need for more agility and predictability in everything we do and what we deliver to our customers,” says Petra Sundström, VP & Head of Digital Offering, Sandvik Rock Processing at industrial manufacturer Sandvik. “We’re collaborating with Hitachi to innovate our business models. With Lumada Manufacturing Insights, we are now able to offer predictive maintenance as a service--delivering the outcomes our customers are looking for in this digital era.” “For manufacturers to get real end-to-end benefits from data-driven solutions, it’s important to focus not only on the obvious areas of production. Other data sources and solutions beyond the factory floor should also be looked at. For example, use video analytics to study material flow from receiving dock to warehouse to shop floor; use lidar to monitor employee movements from a safety perspective. There are so many ways to use this technology, and the applications become more apparent as the team familiarises with the sensors and analytics,” says Allen Ahlert, senior director, Engineering with Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. which leverages Lumada solutions at its 352,000 sq. ft manufacturing and supply facility in Norman, OK. “Hitachi Vantara has been able to approach this holistically beyond what point solutions can do to create comprehensive, rich insights across facilities and processes.” Availability These updates are now available worldwide from Hitachi Vantara and select partners. Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now available on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Marketplace. Additional Resources Web Page: Industry Solutions - ManufacturingBlog: You Need To Go Digital. Now.Blog: Manufacturing Success Through Data-Driven OperationsBlog: Improve Collaboration and Intelligence with Smart SpacesBlog: Smarter Manufacturing and Smart Spaces Start With Intelligence at the Edge2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms  Connect With Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. ### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. CircleSource closes talent gap between SMEs and big business 2021-04-28T22:51:08Z circlesource-closes-talent-gap-between-smes-and-big-business-1 Small and medium enterprises can now attract the best Australian specialists for outsourced expertise, thanks to a new online marketplace that connects businesses (buyers) to expert service providers (suppliers) within minutes.The CircleSource digital platform focuses on Australian specialists nationwide, to support Australian experts and Australian businesses; allowing both parties to communicate directly online and in-person offline.The platform’s interactive map even lets you search by location, streamlining your search to your local area – particularly useful for organisations looking to build their community.CircleSource is co-founded by Andrew Jarvis and Andrew Jackson, who built their decades-long careers in corporate HR, across numerous industry sectors; experiencing first-hand the need to engage external specialists at different stages throughout their journeys.Today, small businesses employing 0-19 staff make up 97.4% of all Australian businesses, and a whopping 62.8% of Aussie businesses are non-employing (sole traders). And as the number of independent contractors in the gig economy continues to grow rapidly, Jarvis says now is the time for SMEs to harness the full benefits of sourcing external specialists via a robust system. “We know that external specialists inject much-needed fresh thinking and expert skills into organisations. It can save costs and increase productivity.“But for too long, SMEs have been disadvantaged by the lack of resources and governance protocols to source the best people, relying heavily on personal networks and referrals or online search,” he said.CircleSource removes this disadvantage, giving SMEs easy access to competing on a level playing field as big business; by providing a sophisticated enterprise business management tool that cuts inefficiencies.“Everything from the job brief, listing and bidding to communication, proposal review and data reporting, can be managed on the one dashboard.”“Depending on how the individual business operates, there can be between 40%-70% cost savings in time and effort,” said Jarvis, who highlighted the fact that there is absolutely no cost to the buyer to use the platform. Suppliers only pay a one-off fee (which is capped) if they win a job. Buyers and suppliers want transparencyResearch, both academic and through CircleSource’s own market surveys, reveals that independent specialists want platforms that are truly transparent – no hidden costs such as fees for membership and lead generation; no barriers to buyer/supplier communication; and openness around how jobs get awarded.As Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor at Yale School of Management explains in an interview published in Deloitte Insights, it matters a lot that people feel they understand how it all works, especially in the business side of things – where the money goes, how jobs get assigned – and that they feel fairly treated. “At least right now, on a lot of these platforms, there is a sense of a lack of transparency or at worst, a sense of potentially being manipulated by the platform where gig workers feel the design is pushing them, but it’s for the benefit of the organisation, not the individual,” she said.Jarvis: “Exactly why we built CircleSource on our core values of transparency and trust. To move beyond a financial transaction marketplace, into an ecosystem where real connections, relationships and collaborations grow. To deliver great outcomes for all parties in terms of quality, time and cost.”For buyersSign up for free and start searching for all suppliers on the platform. There are no barriers to reading their full profiles.You can follow them or mark them as favourites until you are ready to engage them.Create your job, post to the open market or directly invite selected suppliers and communicate directly via live chat.You can also invite experts from outside of the platform to bid at the same time.Receive notifications each time there is an action on the job.It is 100% free for buyers. Suppliers will only pay a fee of 7.5% of the agreed value of the job, capped at a maximum of $1250 if their proposal is accepted. No job, no fee – if you do not win a job, you pay nothing.Once a job is completed, you can choose to recommend a supplier and leave a written endorsement. It is how suppliers trend in CircleSource and appear higher in searches.You can manage all jobs in one dashboard and build your network of inner-circle suppliers for future engagement.For suppliersSign up for free and start searching for all jobs on the platform. There is no lock-in contract to participate.Showcase your expertise for free, to attract leads from companies outside of your usual business networks.Communicate directly with buyers to ask questions, discuss details and share information. There are no barriers to communication.No job, no fee. There is no limit on how many jobs you can pitch for.Only pay a fee of 7.5% of the agreed value of the job, capped at a maximum of $1250, if your proposal is accepted. So, for example, if you win a $50,000 job, the capped CircleSource fee is $1250, which is in fact only 2.5% of the engagement value.The more jobs you win through CircleSource, the higher you trend in searches of buyers looking for your expertise.Once a job is completed, you can choose to leave a written endorsement on what it was like to work with the buyer.About CircleSourceAn Australian-owned and founded business to help Aussie enterprises find and connect with a network of the best Aussie talent for service and project-based work. Our digital platform gives easy access to hundreds of qualified suppliers while generating leads for suppliers looking for work. Winner of the 2017 Westpac Business of Tomorrow award, CircleSource won investment funding at the height of the COVID lockdown and launched in October 2020.www.circlesource.com.auMedia contactPing Chewping@brightowlmarketing.com.au0439 570 789 CFOs in Global Survey Reveal Pandemic Has Fundamentally Altered How They Hire and Manage Their Workforce 2021-04-19T23:24:27Z cfos-in-global-survey-reveal-pandemic-has-fundamentally-altered-how-they-hire-and-manage-their-workforce-1 Almost all (94%) of respondents from Asia Pacific have a growth strategy involving expansion into countries where they do not currently operateEighty-three percent of Asia-Pacific respondents said the global pandemic has altered their views on hiring and workforce management, and 89 percent altered their views on a remote work model Forty-eight percent of Asia-Pacific respondents said they will attract new talent confined to where they are based while 43 percent said they will attract new talent unbound by geographic restrictions A large majority of CFOs around the world are planning to expand operations into new countries in 2021 to achieve their long-term growth strategies, according to a recent survey by CFO Research and Globalization Partners. The survey also uncovered changing perceptions about hiring and remote work because of their pandemic experiences, with respondents saying they want to attract talent that is unbound by the geographic restrictions of their company’s operating model. The February 2021 survey of chief financial officers, chief executive officers and other senior finance executives also cites a common theme that they are prioritising the need to build resiliency and although optimistic, disclose that their businesses are still stabilising and in recovery. Optimism towards organisational performance in 2021 varies across the regions. Asia-Pacific (APAC) CFOs are more optimistic about success in 2021 than their counterparts in the UK and North America. Sixty-five percent of APAC respondents indicated that they expect to exceed goals and expectations in 2021, compared to 46 percent for UK and 47 percent for North America. “The ongoing rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, investments flowing into the region, and momentum gained as companies accelerated their digital investments during the pandemic – all these are contributing to positive sentiments toward business in 2021,” said Charles Ferguson, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Globalization Partners. “With the ongoing shift in the global supply chain and a renewed focus of the US, UK and EU to grow alliances with APAC markets, there is an abundance of opportunity to expect from this region.” Key data from the survey found: CFOs are taking a global view within their hiring approaches.* Asked to describe their hiring strategy over the next 12 to 18 months as, 48 percent of APAC respondents say they will attract new talent where they are based while 43 percent say they want to attract new talent that is unbounded by the geographic restrictions of their company’s operating model.* APAC CFOs have a high degree of interest in tapping into a more cost-effective, global talent pool—a concept favoured by half of those surveyed --and capturing market share through global expansion, which is favoured by 61 percent. CFOs have altered workforce management strategies.* Seventy-four percent of the survey respondents in APAC anticipate operating remote and/ or hybrid workforce models in the next 12 to 18 months. * Eighty-three percent of executives also say the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered the way they think about hiring and workforce management and 89 percent say it altered how they consider remote employees or the work-from-anywhere model. CFOs are deeming global expansion as a top priority in the next 12 to 18 months. * “Implementing a strategy for global expansion and presence” was deemed a top priority in the next 12 to 18 months for 52 percent of APAC executives, compared to 38 percent of the EMEA executives and 36% percent of the North American executives. * Fifty-five percent of the APAC CFOs that are expecting to achieve their goals in 2021 are already engaging a global PEO, while 25 percent plan to use a global PEO within one year to support their international business strategy and 17 percent plan to engage a global PEO within three years. To download the 2021 eBook, with additional information and details of survey results across the globe, please click here: Report: CFOs See a Clear Pathway to Growth Through Global Expansion. Survey MethodologyThe survey, conducted by CFO Research of Industry Dive, polled 215 senior finance executives at companies in North America, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Europe/Middle East/Africa region. Most of the companies represented had annual revenues of $1 billion or more. About Globalization Partners Hire anyone, anywhere, quickly and easily. Use our AI-driven, automated, fully compliant global Employer of Record platform powered by our in-house worldwide HR experts. Leave the complexities of global employment to the named industry leader that consistently attains 97% customer satisfaction ratings. With Globalization Partners, you can succeed faster. Globalization Partners: Breaking Down Barriers for Everyone, Everywhere To learn more, please visit: globalization-partners.com or connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or check out our Blog. ACS Distance Education releases new Oenology (Winemaking) Course 2021-04-08T03:07:45Z acs-distance-education-releases-new-oenology-winemaking-course ACS Distance Education releases new Oenology (Winemaking) Course We are excited to announce that we have released a brand-new Oenology (Winemaking) course. This 100- hour course is a great way to understand how to make wine and the science behind winemaking. This course covers how to make different types of wines. You will also learn how to assess and analyse wine quality. You will investigate chemistry and microorganisms involved in winemaking and wine processing. Upon completion of the course, you will confidently know understand the winemaking process. The flexibility of this course gives students the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of oenology and winemaking in their own pace, in the comfort of their own home and when they like, with the support of a tutor who can help you and provide support when it is needed. This course is a fantastic addition to pair with our viticulture course for the full wine growing and wine making experience. The 100-hour Oenology course covers the following lessons:  ·         Scope and Nature of Oenology ·         Fermentation Science ·         The Winemaking Process ·         Factors affecting Grape Characteristics ·         Wine Classification ·         Sensory Science & Evaluation ·         Production of White Wine and Sparkling Wines ·         Production of Red Wines and Rosé Wine ·         Production of Spirits ·         Storage and Aging of Wines More details on this course are located here: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/oenology-winemaking-843.aspx With ACS, you are guided through the course with the assistance of your tutor and get the opportunity to practice what you are learning in a number of different ways. More information on how our courses work is https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/faqs.aspx     If you are interested in offering this course to your own students, we also offer course content licencing, for more information, https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/course-content-licence.aspx   ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence 2021-04-06T04:23:53Z acs-distance-education-releases-a-new-course-artificial-intelligence ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence We have just released a new Artificial Intelligence course that can be useful for anybody making strategic business decisions. Artificial neural networks are the building blocks of AI. The course investigates and compares human neural network with artificial neural networks. The human brain is trained to solve problems by attempting them. Similarly, AI makes use of deep learning and machine learning, while trying to resolve an issue logically in its own programming language. Learn how AI is used by businesses in marketing and customer relations. For example, AI can observe a customer’s online shopping patterns and make recommendations. The company can target market their products. Customers receive specific information and can choose the best option. AI can also be seen in industries such as horticulture and agriculture (e.g. for precision pest control), transport and logistics industry (e.g. implementing self-driven vehicles), healthcare sector (e.g. customising patient's treatment delivery). Education, leisure, environment are some other industry sectors that make use of AI. The applications for artificial intelligence are immense from agriculture, horticulture, business, automating manufacturing processes and more. During this 100 hour course you will be guided through understanding what Artificial Intelligence is and how it can be used in a business setting. Start now, learn for the future. For more information on this course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/artificial-intelligence-842.aspx   Traceability Solution Providers formalise activities to collaborate, educate and standardise 2021-04-01T01:59:05Z traceability-solution-providers-formalise-activities-to-collaborate-educate-and-standardise Representatives from eleven different solution provider organisations recently formalised their partnership into a Committee. The Traceability Solution Provider Special Interest Group (TSP-SIG) is an eco-system of like-minded solution providers with the goal of assisting government and industry in understanding and implementing traceability solutions.Australia is well-positioned to lead and leverage the next wave of transformation and innovation in global and domestic trade. This transformation is providing enormous opportunity for industry and regulatory modernisation with a goal of improved productivity, competitiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. Solution providers working with open and interoperable global data standards play a critical role in this process. ​The TSP-SIG aims to connect and share perspectives on solution requirements based on industry needs and trends. GS1 Australia will support the group by providing secretariat duties, industry insight, engaging with its membership, discussing and developing project opportunities that align solution providers with industry needs.​​The group is open to all traceability solution providers. No specific sector or industry segment is a primary focus. Instead, a holistic and whole-of-economy approach will be taken, recognising that product flows between, as well as through, domestic and international supply chains. The group is governed by a committee and three co-chairs who are​ Michael Dossor – Result Group​, Reeanjou Ram – iTrazo TraceTech​ and Luke Wood – Escavox​.Steering Committee members are: Mark Toohey – Aglive, Ilango Surendran – iFoodDecisionSciences​, Blair Kietzmann – insignia, Laszlo Peter – KPMG​, Paul Ryan – Trust Codes, Greg Calvert – Fresh Chain Systems​, Trent Munro – Matthews Australasia and Roger Meilke – 4Technology.​About the TSP-SIG: The group provides a community of interest and voice to help engage and communicate with industry and government on opportunity, needs and priorities. The objective of the TSP-SIG is to support an active ecosystem of interoperable, standards-based solutions that enhance traceability and trust in Australian and international supply chains.The TSP-SIG provides an open forum and community for discussion and engagement of like-minded and in some cases, competing providers of solutions and services. Collectively, TSP-SIG members are committed to ensuring industry chains are efficient and effective, safe, secure, and resilient, sustainable, and internationally competitive. The TSP-SIG is aligned and supports a National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group, made up of industry and government representatives, ensuring Australia remains and builds global competitiveness, economic growth, and employment opportunities.Key activities of the TSP-SIG include: Represent the interests of traceability solutions in the industry as a whole and make recommendations to the NGTAG and GS1 AustraliaAssess and learn about technological innovations and the ability for Global Data Standards to underpin their ongoing development for the benefit of all stakeholdersEngagement and events to share information about industry needs, opportunities, capabilities, and lessons learned of collective and mutual benefit to membersSuggestions and advice to industry and government regarding the benefit, potential and value of global data standards to support specific industry sectors and business use casesReview and evaluation of sector strategies, national and regional programs and projects focused on enhanced product traceability across the supply chainHelping industry and government improve business processes and solutions based on global data standards, common frameworks, and national public policyProvide technical advice, research insight and expertise concerning developments or proposed changes to GS1 traceability standards of relevance to Australian industry, sectors, or value chain segmentsDevelop strategies and process that enable ease of deployment and interaction with all stakeholders in the traceability ecosystem, from Brand and Product Owner, through all parts of Supply Chain to Consumer and CustomerSuccess criteria is identified as:Active engagement of the technical community of interestEffective representation of solutions and solution providers across multiple sectors and supply chain segmentsIncreased understanding and use of global data standards not limited to GS1 standards to support enhanced supply chains traceability, safety, resilience, and performanceEngagement of state and federal government representatives in Advisory Group activityActive management and communication of opportunities as well as technical risk to Australian industry of using proprietary vs standards-based systemsSharing and promoting leading and best industry practice and case studies published by members or others acknowledged by the TSP-SIGActive communicating with NGTAG and GS1 AustraliaendsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve supply chain efficiency, traceability and food safety across physical and digital channels in the food and beverage sector. With local member organisations in 114 countries, two million user companies and six billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes in 25 sectors across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website www.gs1au.orgMedia enquiriesRichard Jones Chief Marketing Officer, GS1 Australia. E: Richard.jones@gs1au.org New Initiative to Tackle the Growing Problem of Commercial Furniture Waste 2021-03-31T08:22:59Z new-initiative-to-tackle-the-growing-problem-of-commercial-furniture-waste On 15 March 2021, in collaboration with Edge Environment and the Global Product Stewardship Council, GECA was awarded a grant by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to tackle the issue of commercial office furniture going to landfill. The group will use the funding to design a product stewardship scheme that will help reduce the estimated 30,000 tonnes of furniture – much of it in perfectly good condition – that ends up in Australia's waste stream each year.  Announcing the funding, Minister Trevor Evans said, “The Australian Government have recently provided more than $370,000 to Edge Environment and its partners to develop, in consultation with industry, a commercial furniture product stewardship scheme. When it comes to commercial furniture, we’re talking about a large amount of both textile and plastic waste across the lifecycle of these products from storage and delivery through to the actual components in the furniture. We’re excited to get behind this new scheme which focuses on waste streams that are priorities for our government.” According to Paula Clasby, Head of Engagement & Marketing at GECA, "All of GECA's robust ecolabelling standards include product stewardship criteria, emphasising the value of decreasing contribution to landfill and increasing the reuse and recycling rate of the product at the end of its life. However, there have been many challenges when implementing best practice product stewardship here in Australia. Along with our licensees, we are thrilled at the opportunity this grant will bring to support a successful product stewardship scheme for commercial office furniture, working with all entities involved to create real impact. We're proud to be part of this collaboration and solution to induce change." Commenting on the award, Edge CEO, Jonas Bengtsson, said "We've worked on the issue of fitout waste for many years, and despite great leaps forward in diverting materials such as carpet, glass and plasterboard, furniture has remained a stubbornly hard nut to crack. With this funding, we have the opportunity to create a solution that, with the support of property companies, contractors, and furniture companies alike, with the potential to improve environmental outcomes, drive economic benefits and create hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs." John Polhill, Vice President of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Principal of Circular-e solutions commented, "Responsible commercial furniture disposal is something that government and industry has been looking to achieve for a number of years now, but in essence has been limited and fragmented. Product stewardship provides a framework to identify and address market failures and a structure whereby organisations can work collaboratively and efficiently to design a common and targeted stewardship scheme that improves the reuse and recycling of furniture from commercial properties in Australia." The project is due to kick off in April and will run until 2023.    --ENDS –  About the partners: GECA At GECA, we are a purpose-driven not-for-profit that stands for integrity, independence, and impact. Our mission is to create solutions for sustainable consumption and production. To achieve this, we offer a suite of services designed for anyone committed to continuous improvement in their sustainability, including Australia's only not-for-profit multi-sector ecolabelling program. Following ISO 14024 principles and ISEAL frameworks for global best practice in lifecycle-based ecolabelling, we've developed our rigorous voluntary standards, which are then independently assessed by our Assurance Providers. Our robust standards are relevant to critical Australian industries, and GECA is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). GECA is widely respected and recognised in Australia and globally by green building schemes, including Green Star, WELL, ISCA, NABERS, as well as many procurement channels in government, education, hospitality, business, and consumer. For more information, see https://geca.eco/. Edge Environment Established in 2008, Edge is a specialist sustainability advisory company focussed on Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Our teams are based in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. We exist to help our clients create value from tackling one of the world's most fundamental challenges: creating truly sustainable economies and societies. We do this by combining science, strategy and storytelling in a way that gives our clients the confidence to take ambitious action and do well by doing good. For more information, see https://edgeenvironment.com/.  Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) GlobalPSC is an independent, not-for-profit forum for product stewardship. Its membership spans ten countries and includes producers, product recovery organisations, NGOs and governments. For the last ten years, GlobalPSC has been researching, assessing and disseminating all stages in the development of schemes. For more information, see https://www.globalpsc.net/.  50th Anniversary: Invention of GTIN-the Number Behind the Barcode 2021-03-29T23:47:51Z 50th-anniversary-invention-of-gtin-the-number-behind-the-barcode Fifty years ago, on 31 March 1971, leaders from the biggest names in commerce came together and transformed the global economy forever by developing the Global Trade Item Number (known as the 'GTIN'). This numerical code uniquely identifies every single product and is the core of the barcode, the most important supply chain standard in history. Today, the barcode is scanned over six billion times every day and remains one of the most trusted symbols in the world.Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Australia said, "I firmly believe that the digitalisation of the GTIN is one of the most significant milestones in the life of our organisation."From the linear EAN/UPC barcode to 2DBarcodes, the need to capture more than just product and pricing information is becoming more urgent and increasingly important. In order to do this successfully we must bring industry together to collaborate and to harmonise. The journey into the future has well and truly begun."GS1 standards such as the barcode continue to help make the vast complexity of modern, global business flow quickly, efficiently and securely, simplifying all kinds of supply chain processes in almost every sector all around the world. However, as consumers demand more and better product information, it is time to bring barcodes to the next level. Developments towards next-generation barcodes (for example square barcodes like QR codes), which can hold vastly more information, should be used to empower consumers with trusted information and reshape global commerce, just as the GTIN did half a century ago.50 years agoThe 1971 historic meeting took place in New York City and included leaders from the biggest names in groceries, retail and consumer goods at the time, including Heinz, General Mills, Kroger and Bristol Meyer. The executives agreed to create a system to uniquely identify every single product, calling it the Global Trade Item Number, or GTIN. With great foresight, they believed that the GTIN could have a positive impact even beyond the grocery store - from warehouses to board rooms - and would boost speed and efficiency of transactions and processes that could transform everything from supply chains to consumer experiences. And they agreed at the meeting to continue to innovate together to create a system that would benefit businesses and consumers alike. Decades later, the BBC named the resulting outcome one of "the 50 things that made the world economy." More information and quotes are in the attached media release.TO INTERVIEW Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Australia or Marcel Sieira, Chief Customer Officer, GS1 Australia please contact: Marian Makram-Perkins, T: 03 8581 5940 E: marian.makram-perkins@gs1au.orgAbout GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 2 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website: https://www.gs1au.org/ RUD Chains achieves ISO welding certification 3834 2021-03-09T06:44:29Z rud-chains-achieves-iso-welding-certification-3834 Tuesday, March 9, 2021- Queensland based specialist materials handling manufacturer RUD Chains has successfully achieved AS/NZS ISO 3834 Part 2 certification.  ISO 3834 (Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials) specifies the quality assurance principles expected specifically for welded products globally. It is an internationally recognised quality standard for welding metallic materials by fabricators, manufacturers, constructors and maintainers. RUD Chains has achieved the highest level, Part 2 (Comprehensive). Prime contractors involved in Australian defence shipbuilding and land systems projects are increasingly requesting ISO 3834 certification as a minimum for companies wishing to work within their global supply chain. Additionally, this qualification will become the benchmark certification for many future large-scale Australian infrastructure and rail projects.   RUD has seen extensive demand for its in-house engineering and fabrication expertise in the leadup to gaining certification. This has resulted in significant investments in industry leading welding equipment, automated robotic welding and up to 500-tonne load testing capabilities. Additionally, RUD staff have obtained International Welding Engineer and International Welding Inspector qualifications to further develop internal proficiency and maximise value offered to its customers . A Commitment to Quality Assurance ISO3834 Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials continues RUD’s record of industry excellence, reflected in more than 500 international patents and a rigorous internal testing system that ensures we meet – and exceed – the Defence industry’s stringent standards. These standards and international quality systems include: ·         AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems ·         AS/NZS ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems ·         AS/NZS 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems ·         ISO-IEC 17025 Standard Applications Document for Accreditation for Testing and Calibration Facilities ·         LEEA Lifting Standards Worldwide ·         NATA – National Association of Testing Authorities Australia RUD’s Engineering Manager Matt Pauli commented, "Achieving ISO 3834 Certification demonstrates how seriously RUD takes safety and quality across all of our fabricated projects.  This certification assures weld quality to mitigate client risk and increase business productivity." RUD Backgrounder RUD Australia is part of the global RUD Group, founded in 1875. The company is an ISO9001 certified global company, manufacturing and supplying high quality round steel link chain solutions and lifting technologies to various industries.  Since 1984, RUD Australia has led the way in developing innovative chain and lifting technology design solutions for industrial applications, including the Australian Defence Force.  Our solutions include: ·         Engineering Lifting System Design ·         Load Restraint Systems ·         Lifting Point devices ·         Conveyor and Drive Technology Systems ·         Transport Maintenance and Through Life Support For more information, please visit www.rud.com.au. Data integrity critical for future of retail 2021-03-04T04:12:10Z data-integrity-critical-for-future-of-retail-1 GS1 Australia and KPMG Australia have published a Thought Leadership report, Unlocking the Value of Tomorrow’s Retail, highlighting the importance of master data in the future of retail supply chains.The new 16-page report outlines how quality, aligned master data enables the capabilities for businesses to thrive in retail’s age of information. Master data is defined as the attributes of an organisation’s products, customers and suppliers, and is a core part of business operations, providing essential information, and serving as an enabler of efficiency across many aspects of business, often in the shadows of business operation.“In tomorrow’s retail, where personalisation, speed to market and omni channel supply chains are increasingly necessary to compete, manufacturers and retailers will find increasing value in having the data integrity to enable these capabilities.”“Today there are more advanced systems in place, but there is still an underlying issue around data integrity. If your data is not good quality or incorrect, it doesn’t matter how efficient the mechanism is that you have to receive it, incorrect data is going to cause issues for everyone in downstream processes,” said Andrew Steele, Director of Retail, GS1 Australia.“The role of GS1 as we see it, is to provide open global data standards that can be used by all industry stakeholders. One person might call it a barcode number and somebody else a product number. You need to bring standardisation to the mainly conventional data fields to make it easier for people to look at. It needs to be consistent.”Quality control of products is becoming more important as the number of data fields a supplier provides to retailers has grown significantly, according to Andrew Steele GS1 Retail Director. There is no better driver of this data being important than the current COVID-19 situation. People spent a lot of time online, which offers up a good example of why quality master data is important because consumers are not physically in the store and they cannot hold the product in their hand and cannot read the product description, nutritional data, allergen declarations, and other relevant product information. Ashley Alfs, co-author of the report and seasoned supply chain practitioner, says she finds, “most businesses look for quick fixes to their problems through technology upgrades or re-orgs, but neglect the importance and value of ongoing and robust master data management (MDM). So many of the problems organisations face could be fixed or minimised by focusing on better MDM practices.”The shifting landscape of the retail industry has amplified the role master data plays and the value it can unlock. Businesses that neglect their master data will realise only after it’s too late, that quality data is no longer a competitive advantage, but an expectation.Download the report endsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 websiteFor more information: Contact: Emma Morrison, Marketing Program Manager, GS1 Australia. Tel: 0422 482 616 Email: emma.morrison@gs1au.org About KPMG AustraliaKPMG’s Management Consulting business helps clients across a broad range of industries to enhance their business and empower change for meaningful impact. Our focus is on partnering our expertise with your teams to deliver real results. KPMG’s business and capabilities continue to grow and evolve to stay ahead of the curve, bringing global best practice and local meaningful capability. For more information: Contact person: Robert Poole, KPMG. Tel: 0408057073 Email: robertpoole@kpmg.com.au Data integrity critical for future of retail 2021-03-04T02:16:10Z data-integrity-critical-for-future-of-retail GS1 Australia and KPMG Australia have published a Thought Leadership report, Unlocking the Value of Tomorrow’s Retail, highlighting the importance of master data in the future of retail supply chains.The new 16-page report outlines how quality, aligned master data enables the capabilities for businesses to thrive in retail’s age of information. Master data is defined as the attributes of an organisation’s products, customers and suppliers, and is a core part of business operations, providing essential information, and serving as an enabler of efficiency across many aspects of business, often in the shadows of business operation.“In tomorrow’s retail, where personalisation, speed to market and omni channel supply chains are increasingly necessary to compete, manufacturers and retailers will find increasing value in having the data integrity to enable these capabilities.”“Today there are more advanced systems in place, but there is still an underlying issue around data integrity. If your data is not good quality or incorrect, it doesn’t matter how efficient the mechanism is that you have to receive it, incorrect data is going to cause issues for everyone in downstream processes,” said Andrew Steele, Director of Retail, GS1 Australia.“The role of GS1 as we see it, is to provide open global data standards that can be used by all industry stakeholders. One person might call it a barcode number and somebody else a product number. You need to bring standardisation to the mainly conventional data fields to make it easier for people to look at. It needs to be consistent.”Quality control of products is becoming more important as the number of data fields a supplier provides to retailers has grown significantly, according to Andrew Steele GS1 Retail Director. There is no better driver of this data being important than the current COVID-19 situation. People spent a lot of time online, which offers up a good example of why quality master data is important because consumers are not physically in the store and they cannot hold the product in their hand and cannot read the product description, nutritional data, allergen declarations, and other relevant product information. Ashley Alfs, co-author of the report and seasoned supply chain practitioner, says she finds, “most businesses look for quick fixes to their problems through technology upgrades or re-orgs, but neglect the importance and value of ongoing and robust master data management (MDM). So many of the problems organisations face could be fixed or minimised by focusing on better MDM practices.”The shifting landscape of the retail industry has amplified the role master data plays and the value it can unlock. Businesses that neglect their master data will realise only after it’s too late, that quality data is no longer a competitive advantage, but an expectation.Download the report endsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 websiteFor more information: Contact: Emma Morrison, Marketing Program Manager, GS1 Australia. Tel: 0422 482 616 Email: emma.morrison@gs1au.org About KPMG AustraliaKPMG’s Management Consulting business helps clients across a broad range of industries to enhance their business and empower change for meaningful impact. Our focus is on partnering our expertise with your teams to deliver real results. KPMG’s business and capabilities continue to grow and evolve to stay ahead of the curve, bringing global best practice and local meaningful capability. For more information: Contact person: Robert Poole, KPMG. Tel: 0408057073 Email: robertpoole@kpmg.com.au Long-term dry hire of machinery here to stay 2021-03-01T03:19:43Z long-term-dry-hire-of-machinery-here-to-stay The growth of Australia’s mining industry has positioned long-term dry hire as a highly attractive option versus purchasing equipment over the past five years. This change in the mining industry has been driven by strategies to increase production, export volumes and bottom-line profitability. As mining fleets expand, companies that are constrained by capital availability are regularly choosing to opt for long-term dry hire over purchasing. National Group managing director, chief executive and founder, Mark Ackroyd, has witnessed this shift as his company has grown over the past 24 years. Dry hire now represents 90 per cent of National Group’s business. “Dry hire gives mining companies an option to free up capital expenditure without recording big-ticket purchases on their balance sheet,” Ackroyd tells Australian Mining. “They can continue using the equipment and give it back after 12 months, one year, two years or even more, without any ownership responsibility. “All they’re responsible for is fuel, the supply of operators and minor repairs. They can use the machine for as long as it’s required to get the job done and increase production.” It is no surprise that long-term dry hire has emerged as an appealing alternative for mining companies, given its benefits in current market conditions. National Group provides greater flexibility by offering two types of dry hire, with maintenance being an option that mining companies can choose to take onboard themselves. In this scenario, a mining company will carry out all the minor repairs and equipment services, with only the obligation of major repairs assumed by National Group. Alternatively, National Group also offers fully-maintained maintenance in which they are responsible for managing the machines onsite and conducting all equipment repairs, major or minor. This removes maintenance and safety hazards that mine site personnel may be exposed to, thereby minimising the risk for the mining company. This is also an attractive option for mine sites who do not have the resources. In both scenarios of dry hire, mining companies stand to gain from more accurate budgeting forecasts, greater flexibility and customisation of the equipment needed for their mining activities. National Group offers an extensive fleet, which includes a variety of large bulldozers, excavators and ultra-class dump trucks for dry hire. It has a fleet-wide availability of over 90 per cent, with each unit of equipment delivering up to 700 operating hours per month. “Our fleet comprises of around 300 plus units of heavy earthmoving equipment, with this number being added to weekly on average,” Ackroyd says. “We have regular interest from several Tier 1 Australian mining companies looking to hire equipment, with dozens of large and extra-large pieces of heavy mining equipment arriving soon.” Equipment such as Caterpillar 6040 excavators, Caterpillar 24 motor graders, and Caterpillar 793F trucks, are all machines being added to National Group’s line up. Ackroyd says the demand for equipment hire has increased as mining companies transition to an owner-miner approach, with commodity cycles continuing to advance. His confidence in this approach stands on the strength of the mining sector, which is the top contributor to Australia’s gross domestic product. When global uncertainty shook economies last year, Australia delivered record revenues for iron ore, gold and copper. Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals that the resources sector provided $270 billion into the economy in 2020. This represents 62 per cent of the country’s total export revenue, with iron ore exports soaring from $96 billion in 2019 to $116 billion in 2020. BHP and Rio Tinto, the world’s two largest miners, believe the strength of the iron ore market will be sustained. The companies foresee a persistent shortage in global iron ore supply, while a soaring demand for the commodity is expected to continue due to Chinese steelmaker activity. According to BHP, a National Group customer, this puts Australia in an advantageous position for its high-quality seaborne iron ore – an essential ingredient to blast-furnace steelmaking. BHP chief executive Mike Henry says that while the world is a more volatile and uncertain place today, the global economy is rebounding strongly despite the ongoing effects of COVID-19. “In steel, for example, we expect continuing strong end-use demand to underpin production of more than one billion tonnes in China for a third consecutive year,” Henry, speaking during BHP’s half-year results presentation, says. “Add population growth and further rises in living standards to this equation, and the conditions are very promising.” Ackroyd agrees that the mining sector is in a strong place and will continue to be in the next five years. “I don’t see any impending challenges in the mining industry over the next five years. It’s the number one driver of the Australian economy and a leader in the country’s COVID-19 economic recovery,” Ackroyd says. “But regardless of the positive landscape ahead, mining always comes with a certain degree of uncertainty. Dry hire allows mining companies to operate more effectively, and with greater flexibility in both good and more uncertain times.” Click here for more news from the National Group.