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For further information, interviews, product and images or to request a test drive please contact the 360 PR team - rachel@360pr.com.au or lisa@360pr.com.au Good Infrastructure Makes Everything Easier For Everyone 2019-01-10T00:26:45Z good-infrastructure-makes-everything-easier-for-everyone Cash for Scrap cars in Sydney has recently spoken about the evolution of the car removal industry with respect to the availability of multiple platforms that are available to pay customers immediately after a transaction. The industry has been rapidly rising throughout the second half of this decade, and happily so. The industry has proven to be a boon to the landfills that were being constantly filled with metallic waste. An actual upside to the emergence of the scrap car removal industry is that it has become an unpredicted, yet essential part of the circular economy. All of their car’s parts are being reused and recycled by Cash for Car Scrap.A spokesperson from the company mentioned that the company was grateful for the development in banking as it had made their work much easier for them. Bank payments are a handy solution to the recurring issues that occur with transactions with customers. “The customers find it extremely convenient as well, and it’s much faster for us these days than it used to be. With our prompt services, faster banking only enhances our performance. It’s looking better!” said the spokesperson from Cash for Car Scrap. Sydney-siders are increasingly moving towards owning private transport and buying more vehicles. There has been a major increase in cars on the streets of Sydney in the past decade and has resulted in an increase in the number of cars being sold as well. With more of the youth following the ‘Sell your car in the 5th year”, car buyers are targetting them as well. “Initially people would only sell a car when they thought it wasn’t as functional anymore. Now they sell it whenever they want to because of the multitude of car buyers in the market. They know it will sell.” says Jeff from Cash for Car Scrap. Cash for Car Scrap has been functional in Sydney for the last 6 years. In these 6 years, the company claims to have scrapped or recycled about 5000 cars every year. They have also mentioned an obvious increase in the number that they deal with every year. With a better set of infrastructure and an increase in the number of prospective buyers, the industry expects even better opportunities in the future. They also have more expectations from the development of infrastructure in ways that make it even easier for them to function. According to a recent encounter with Cash for Car Scrap, they seem to be expecting to expand their business with the hope of more facilities in the near future. For further media information visit: http://www.cashforcarscrap.com.au/ Cash for Car Scrap is one of Sydney’s oldest car removal service that has a been inclusive of accepting all vehicle categories to recycle. They offer services in Sydney as well as the surrounding suburbs. They have been responsibly taking care of abandoned car towing, accidental car removal and recycling of such cars and car parts whenever necessary. They also deal in trucks, vans, SUVs, utes, 4 wheel drives and many more types of vehicle categories. Tyre Compare Pty Ltd 2018-12-24T03:17:30Z tyre-compare-pty-ltd-1 We are Australia's most reviewed tyre website.Find the best deals local to you.  No credit card required.  Pay after fitment. 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It is ideal for transaction sizes from $100 to $10,000,000 or more. Now, for the first time, merchants and online marketplaces in Australia have the ability to tap into the security and power of Escrow.com, ensuring safe transactions for buyers and no chargebacks, ever, for sellers. “Escrow.com has already made a name for itself in other markets, delivering unprecedented safety and security for online transactions, thanks to the escrow process, which sees funds kept in trust until all involved parties are satisfied with the deal,” said Escrow.com General Manager Jackson Elsegood. “With the launch of Australian Dollar capability, buyers and sellers in Australia can now make the most of what this escrow process has to offer.” Escrow.com’s Australian Dollar launch comes just weeks after the launch of Escrow Offer, the easiest way to introduce the power of price negotiation into online platforms. This followed the release of Escrow Pay, which lets businesses integrate the protection provided by the powerful Escrow.com API directly into their websites, mobile apps and online marketplaces. Payments Australia Pty Ltd (trading as Escrow.com) provides the escrow service in Australia, Australian Financial Services Licence No. 501215. Any advice provided is general in nature and does not take individual circumstances into account.  For more information see https://www.escrow.com and consider the Combined Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement, and terms and conditions. About Escrow.com Escrow.com is the leading provider of secure online payments and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet, having safely processed over US$3.5 billion in transactions. Founded by Fidelity in 1999, Escrow.com reduces the risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to buyer and seller instructions. Escrow.com is also the winner of the 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics for Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Bay Area, an award presented to a business that goes above and beyond in their business dealings with customers, other businesses and the community. Escrow.com is a subsidiary of eleven-time Webby Award winning Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by number of users and jobs posted. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN For more information, contact: Jackson ElsegoodGeneral Managerjackson@escrow.com Leon SpencerDirector of Communicationslspencer@escrow.com Vehicle Move Plans to Shake Up the Automotive Transport Market 2018-12-06T06:49:31Z vehicle-move-plans-to-shake-up-the-automotive-transport-market Vehicle Move, a leading provider in ecommerce has just introduced plans to release a version of the system that will shake up the Australian vehicle transport industry. Company representative Ben Smith has advised that the transportation industry has long required an overhaul and consumers need a better system to manage and obtain competitive pricing when it comes to transportation of our second most valuable asset, the motor vehicle. With a high end development that required over 2 years in the making, Vehicle Move is set to introduce to car boat and motorbike transport providers and offer a comprehensive membership to trial the system for free. This will allow a select number of transporters to trial the system, obtain live interstate vehicle transport leads whilst providing invaluable feedback to the development company. About the Vehicle Transport Company: The company provides consumers with competitve transportation quotes from a comprehensive list of professional car carrying companies Australia wide. Acting as a facilitator and gathering quotes in real time for the customer, making it the most recommended and simple system to connect with car carriers to meet customer requirements. Find out more info at www.vehiclemove.com.au Car Removal Company in Christchurch 2018-11-19T03:32:51Z car-removal-company-in-christchurch A car buying company that claims to be a specialist in car removal services across Christchurch, Metro Car Buyers, is now expanding to the outskirts of the city. The service has been operative in Christchurch for a long time. As part of the huge service industry, Metro Car Buyers is now upgrading their services and their service staff.One of their customer relationship managers expressed, “Our business is growing, so we need to make sure our staff doesn’t feel they have to put quantity before quality.”. Metro Car Buyers is making a sincere effort in engaging thoroughly with their employees to give them better training and to teach them the optimum use of their facilities. With the constantly growing car buying market and need for recycling services, Metro Car Buyers has identified their target audience. They cater to the majority of customers through their ‘master advertising technique’ that is the testimonials their customers provide. Metro Car Buyers has been functioning as a car removal service in areas such as Mairehau, Shirley, Dallington, Richmond, Avonside, Woodend, Waikuku and more than 70 other regions and their suburbs. Metro Car Buyers is gearing up to make a mark on the car buying market with their rapidly growing their business to other parts of Christchurch and are likely to expand to other parts briefly after their training programs. ‘We believe in the progression of the entire community and not just our business.’ said the Manager at Metro Car Buyers while talking about the training program for their employees. Metro Car Buyers also specializes in truck removal, van removal, used car buying, removal of abandoned vehicles, buying of used or scrap cars, etc. As the only premium express car removal service in Christchurch, Metro Car Buyer has also been one of those businesses that promote a sustainable environment through their free car removal service. Free towing of scrap cars or cars that have met with an accident is another one of their highly appreciated services.“I didn’t even have to move from my chair. I called, they gave me a free quote, they gave me a free pickup, they gave me all the paperwork, you guessed it! For free! And I just gave them the car keys.” - Matt from Dallington after he was asked avout his experience with Metro Car Buyers.     For further media information contact: Ilias HassaniEmail: Phone number: Metro Car Buyers is a car removal and car buying service that specializes in buying old and unwanted vehicles. Their services include van pickup, car pickup, giving cash for old or scrap cars and buying old cars for cash. They also do free car removal of abandoned cars or scrap cars. With the operating region of Christchurch, they are now expanding further to be able to reach more customers. Cost Effective Rubbish Removals in Melbourne 2018-11-19T03:07:38Z remove-your-rubbish-in-cost-effective-way-in-sydney We are a professional Rubbish Removal company in Melbourne that gives rubbish removal a fresh take. At All Trash OZ, any job, large or small is our expertise.  We are a Rubbish Removal Service that offers: ·         Domestic / Household Waste Disposal and Collection ·         Builders Waste ·         Commercial Waste ·         Industrial Waste ·         Recycling ·         Small Demolitions Just the great service of our equipment, and our men to get your job done. Your unwanted junk is nothing to us at All Trash OZ, just the service we provide.  We offer an honest & reliable quote over the phone and through our website and guarantee there will be no hidden fees or surprises.  Just a straight up solution As experts in the industry, it is our business to help our customers to keep their costs down.  We offer rubbish removal service that is cost effective.  We assure you that we don't arrive late, and provide a thorough description of our pricing over the phone.  We also contact our customers, at least, a half hour before we arrive to ensure that they are ready to have our men get to work. We also recycle as much as possible, helping you to keep the costs of your removal down, and the environment green.  Your place will be spotless after our hire as our Melbourne rubbish men aren't just good with their muscles loading your rubbish, but also with the broom, cleaning up your rubbish area after the rubbish has been loaded.  Once your rubbish is loaded onto our truck, our men will do a thorough sweep up & blower leaving your place spotless. Web:https://melbournecarsremoval.com.au/junk-cars-removal-melbourne/ New GPS tracking system allows companies to manage assets in a smarter and more efficient way 2018-11-15T03:27:50Z new-gps-tracking-system-allows-companies-to-manage-assets-in-a-smarter-and-more-efficient-way AUSTRALIA, 15 November 2018 –Verizon Connect is expanding its fleet management system REVEAL with a solution that enables customers to manage assets in addition to their vehicles. With the new GPS tracking system for assets, companies can gain insight into the location and performance of valuable assets such as cranes, trailers and excavators. As a result, they will be able to deploy their assets optimally, plan maintenance more efficiently and help reduce the risk of theft and other types of unauthorised usage. Insight in location, usage and productivity assets Similar to the REVEAL system for vehicles, the new asset tracking system offers the ability to access data in both near real time and historically to understand where equipment is and where it has been. It is also possible to see if machinery is running and how often it is used. This gives users and managers insights into equipment utilization, and determining which assets should be moved elsewhere within the organisation or perhaps cycled out of use. Asset maintenance and control REVEAL’s asset tracking solution also offers users a variety of options to help minimise theft risk and other unauthorised usage. For example, it is possible to set up alerts that send managers a warning when equipment is turned on or moved outside of working hours – or when machinery is moved outside of its designated location. To help companies plan the maintenance of their assets more efficiently and maximise uptime, REVEAL’s asset tracking solution also enables companies to record when trailers and other equipment are due for maintenance. For each asset, the system keeps a log and alerts can be configured based on planned maintenance or predetermined options, including engine hours. One online dashboard With REVEAL, users can track all of their assets via an online dashboard. They can choose to view the status or location of one specific piece of equipment, or view all equipment at a cluster level. The solution also offers quick search and a tag-based filter option.   Global leader in fleet management solutions Jim McKinlay, General Manager, APAC, Verizon Connect: “We’re growing quickly and are expanding our services. With the launch of our GPS tracking system for assets, we’re strengthening our position in the market. Many companies in the Australian and New Zealand markets already rely on our solution to help them manage their vehicles and employees, but being able to track other valuable equipment and assets will further help them drive efficiencies, lower operational costs and improve their planning.” Verizon Connect was recently identified as the leading provider of fleet management solutions globally and in the Americas, according to the Fleet Management in the Americas – 8th Edition report from analyst firm Berg Insight. About Verizon Connect Verizon Connect is guiding a connected world on the go by automating, optimising and revolutionising the way people, vehicles and things move through the world. Our full suite of industry-defining solutions and services put innovation, automation and connected data to work for customers and help them be safer, more efficient and more productive. With more than 3,500 dedicated employees in 15 countries, we deliver leading mobile technology platforms and solutions. For more on Verizon Connect, visit https://www.verizonconnect.com/au/     First McLaren Speedtail attribute prototype, ‘Albert’ squares up to rigorous real-world testing as development accelerates 2018-11-12T02:55:02Z first-mclaren-speedtail-attribute-prototype-albert-squares-up-to-rigorous-real-world-testing-as-development-accelerates McLaren’s new ‘Hyper GT’ embarks on year-long test regime underpinning development of new centre-seat, 403km/h (250mph) hybrid Closed-facility testing of the fastest McLaren ever now underway; public road trials due to commence in December 2018 Attribute prototypes join Speedtail ‘mules’ in ongoing durability testing First attribute prototype affectionately christened ‘Albert’, in tribute to its famous McLaren F1 forebear that was designed in Albert Drive, Woking, Surrey UK First customer deliveries of McLaren Speedtail due early 2020 The first hybrid powertrain prototype of McLaren Automotive’s breathtaking new Ultimate Series flagship, the McLaren Speedtail, officially embarks this week on a year-long test regime that will underpin the development of the first McLaren Hyper-GT. The punishing test programme in the run-up to production commencing at the end of 2019 will see Speedtail prototypes running in Europe, North America and Africa, initially at bespoke automotive test facilities but later amongst traffic on ‘normal’ roads. Deployment of the first Speedtail attribute prototype marks an exciting new stage in the development of the fastest, most aerodynamic and most luxurious McLaren ever made. The prototype is officially designated MVY02* but echoing the naming of development test mules of its legendary forebear, the 1992 McLaren F1, has been christened, ‘Albert’. This is a respectful reflection not only on the name of the McLaren F1 mule ‘Albert’ but also the Albert Drive premises in which the F1 was designed. Distinguished by a unique testing livery, ‘Albert’ has a production-specification chassis and petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, as well as the unique three-seat cockpit with central driving position. As the development and validation programme progresses every aspect of the Speedtail’s performance will be honed as the full 1,050PS available to Speedtail drivers to propel the prototype to 403km/h (250mph) is used – including in high-speed trials with McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver and former IndyCar champion Kenny Bräck at the wheel. “The start of real-world testing represents a major step in the development of the McLaren Speedtail. As the first fully representative prototype, ‘Albert’ will build on the invaluable work still being put in by earlier development cars, allowing us to sign-off vehicle attributes including chassis dynamics; brake performance; damper tuning; tyres; NVH and aspects of ergonomics and comfort. With a huge amount achieved already, the McLaren Speedtail is well on the way to fulfilling its destiny as the greatest McLaren road car ever.” Ben Gulliver, Head of Vehicle Development, McLaren Automotive The central driving position and three-seat layout of the Speedtail was pioneered by the iconic McLaren F1 in 1992. This configuration is uniquely McLaren, remaining exclusive among production cars until McLaren Automotive confirmed in November 2016 that it would be reprised for the next Ultimate Series model, then codenamed BP23. The centre-seat layout of the Speedtail was first publicly demonstrated in a ‘proof of concept’ model that was simply a McLaren 720S reconfigured with a single, centrally-mounted driving seat. Four further mules followed and these will continue to be used around the world for performance and durability testing, alongside the prototype vehicles. Despite its test livery and the bodywork from the A-pillars forward, ‘Albert’ is fundamentally a Speedtail, with shape-representative body panels and dihedral doors around the unique carbon fibre McLaren Monocage core structure. The production-level specification allows Speedtail attributes to be proven in real-world conditions early in the development process, including for example ingress and egress to the three-seat cockpit. Production of the £1.75 million (plus local taxes) McLaren Speedtail is due to commence at the end of 2019, with first deliveries in early 2020. As with the McLaren F1, 106 cars will be available and all have already now been allocated to owners. Ends *The Speedtail project name MVY0 combines McLaren’s usual MV project initials with the letters Y0, which signify the lateral central point in the XYZ axis in CAD (computer aided design). Notes to Editors: A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press About McLaren Automotive: McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world. McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025. 2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, the company launched the 600LT and the McLaren Speedtail, the next Ultimate Series and McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT, of which only 106 will be produced. To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille. McLaren Group: The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive andtechnology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies. Further information: Gracia Yap PR Manager – Asia Pacific | McLaren Automotive Limited Phone: +65 6338 3700 Mobile: +65 9109 3698 Email: gracia.yap@mclaren.com DEC PR - Ashleigh Manion, Ruth Fletcher and Jordan Bishop McLaren Automotive Public Relations | Australia Phone: + 612 8014 5033 Email: mclaren@decpr.com.au Media website: cars.mclaren.press Facebook: www.facebook.com/mclarenautomotive Twitter: www.twitter.com/McLarenAuto You Tube: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv Australian Auto Dealers highly concerned about margin compression and consumer confidence, according to new Cox Automotive Australia Survey 2018-11-08T22:02:58Z australian-auto-dealers-highly-concerned-about-margin-compression-and-consumer-confidence-according-to-new-cox-automotive-australia-survey Australian automobile dealers are highly concerned about margin compression and consumer confidence according to insights found in the inaugural Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index (CAADSI) released today. While they were less than impressed with trading conditions in the first six months of 2018, dealers were slightly more optimistic about the rest of the year at the time of the survey. The half yearly survey, launched by Cox Automotive in conjunction with the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA), seeks to understand dealer perceptions of current retail auto sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “strong,” “average” or “weak.” The survey also asks dealers to rate business conditions with a focus on new and used-car sales as well as parts and service. It looks at a variety of key drivers including consumer traffic, inventory levels and price pressures. Responses are used to calculate an index where any number over 50 indicates that more dealers view conditions as strong rather than weak. Key Survey Takeaways ·         Dealers responding to survey had a low to moderate reaction to the market in the first six months of the year, with an indexed score of 36. However, future projections (second half of 2018) are stronger with an indexed score of 41. ·         Customer traffic to dealerships was rated as below average with a score of 32, with 46% of the dealers who responded rating dealership traffic as ‘weak’. ·         The news doesn’t get any better with respect to dealer profitability, with more than 50% of respondents describing profits as ‘weak’ resulting in an indexed score of only 30 out of 100. Cox Automotive Australia’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Mathew McAuley, said “The poor view of the first six months was no doubt heavily influenced by a number of other factors. Surveyed dealers cite strong pressure to lower prices (index score of 80), combined with rising costs and growing inventory levels. 62% of dealers told us that the cost of running their dealership had increased since the start of the year and 42% told us their new car stock levels had increased.” One of the lowest indexed scores was in relation to the dealer’s view of the new vehicles sales environment, recording a low score of only 28. Used vehicles fared much better with an indexed score of 42 with 50% of dealers describing the used sales environment as ‘fair’ and 17% as ‘good’, which was evidenced by stable used vehicle inventory levels. Matt continued, “The survey also looks at profit levels within different departments at the dealership and we found dealers had a fairly negative view of their F&I profitability over the last six months. With an indexed score of 33, half the surveyed dealers rated F&I profitability as ‘poor’. In light of the ASIC changes to finance rules coming into play on November the first this year, this is not surprising. They did however have a far more positive view of parts (index score of 59) and service (index score of 66) which means they see the aftersales area in a far more optimistic light than the new and used car departments when it comes to delivering results to the bottom line.” Factors Holding Back Business The survey also asked dealers to rate the top factors holding back their businesses in the first six months of the year. Coming in at top spot was margin compression which 73% of responding dealers cited as the number one reason affecting their business. Consumer confidence was in second spot at 54% followed closely by rising expenses at 52%. Fourth and fifth spots were hard to split with general market conditions coming in at 51% and restrictions or mandates from OEMs at 49%. “It will be interesting to see how the top 5 compares to the survey results for the second half of the year and to track the overall sentiment figures into 2019. Working with the AADA we plan to survey dealers twice a year and we look forward to publishing more results in early 2019.” Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index Methodology   Data for the Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index research is gathered via an online survey of privately owned and publicly listed franchise auto dealers. Data is used to calculate an index wherein a number over 50 indicates more dealers view conditions as strong or positive rather than weak or negative. The H1 2018 results were based on 92 dealer respondents across the country from August 6th to August 24th, 2018.  This is the first published report.   You can download a full copy of the H1 2018 Cox Automotive Australia Dealer Sentiment Index here.  For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley Director of Marketing and Communications Cox Automotive Australia & New Zealand e: mathew.mcauley@coxautoinc.com.au     p: +61 3 9922 6293 | m: +61 419 333 696   About Cox Automotive (www.coxautoinc.com) Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. The global company’s 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. www.coxautoinc.com   Local Business Owner WINS all expenses paid trip to the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix! 2018-10-24T01:00:11Z local-business-owner-wins-all-expenses-paid-trip-to-the-michelin-australian-motorcycle-grand-prix Sydney, NSW – October 24th 2018: Underwood, QLD business owner Deborah Anapo has won an all-expense paid trip to the MotoGP in Phillip Island, Victoria – October 26-28! The owner of Simply Beans, an award winning Boutique Coffee Roasters and Espresso Bar, entered the competition run by Cashback World and was announced as the lucky winner! The competition was open to all Cashback World Loyalty Merchants in Australia (excluding SA). Entrants had to display Cashback World merchandise on their business premises, which encourages a ‘shop local’ shopping community. It also lets shoppers know they are supporting local Australian business and can earn cashback on their everyday purchases. “Wow we are so excited to win this amazing competition. We were looking for flights and accommodation only this morning to go to the MotoGP.” – Deborah Anapo The Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is an annual motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Spectators lucky enough to have secured tickets to this year’s event, at the scenic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, will get the chance to see the likes of World Champion Valentino Rossi speed around the track.   About Cashback World: Cashback World is an internationally recognised Cashback and rewards program that operates in 47 countries, across 6 continents. They have over 120,000 Loyalty Merchants globally – both online and instore retailers – and over 9 million shoppers, who can earn up to 5% Cashback on their everyday purchases.  Cashback World has a growing presence in Australia, with over 1,300 online and offline merchants that accept the Cashback World Loyalty Card! More information can be found on their website: https://www.cashbackworld.com/au  Tritium’s World-leading Manufacturing of Electric Vehicle Chargers is Recognised with Queensland Export Awards 2018-10-11T23:01:32Z tritiums-world-leading-manufacturing-of-electric-vehicle-chargers-is-recognised-with-queensland-export-awards Brisbane, Australia – October 12, 2018 – Tritium Pty Ltd’s global success in the electric vehicle fast-charger market has been recognised with the Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year Award and the Manufacturing Export Award. The Awards were announced last night (October 11, 2018) at a gala dinner in Brisbane. As a winner of the Queensland Awards, Brisbane-based Tritium automatically progresses as a national finalist in the next Australian Export Awards. The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards acknowledge the contribution that exporting businesses make to the state’s economy through job creation and increased prosperity in the community. The Queensland Exporter of the Year Award and the Manufacturing Export Award were accepted by David Finn, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tritium. “While the Australian EV market continues to expand, global markets, particularly in parts of Europe and in the US, are far advanced and so 98 per cent of our business is exported,” said Finn. “It has been very satisfying to compete so successfully on the global stage and I thank all our team and our supporters in Australia for making this possible. 2018 has been a standout year for Tritium with: The unveiling of its world-beating Veefil-PK high-power charger which can add 150KM of range to an EV in just five minutes A major deal with the IONITY network to deliver the Veefil-PK to 100 sites across Europe. The installation of Tritium’s 50th fast EV charger in Australia - a milestone for the local EV industry Tritium EV chargers are deployed in 26 countries and in Australia alone, the company has more than 70 per cent market share. Following the successful export and installation of a dozen HPCs (High-power chargers) to a pilot site in Germany as part of the IONITY network – which aims to install 400 sites in total across Europe – Tritium was chosen by IONITY as a technology partner to supply up to 400 chargers across a further 100 sites in Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. IONITY is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group including Audi and Porsche. To cater for Tritium’s continued expansion internationally and nationally, the company is expanding its operation in Australia. “We now have more than 200 staff and counting and are expanding our Veefil-PK operations in Brisbane, as well as having offices in the US and Europe,” said Finn. “We continue to design and manufacture all our chargers in Brisbane and we’re proud to call Queensland home.” In addition to Tritium’s success in high-performance chargers, the company continues to lead the way in the 50kW DC Fast Charger market, locally and globally. Earlier this year Tritium signed deals to supply at least 40 Veefil RT-50kW DC fast chargers for the NRMA’s charging network rollout across New South Wales in Australia, and to supply 12 Veefil-RTs to NKM Mobilitas Ltd. (Mobiliti) in Hungary. ABOUT TRITIUM Brisbane-based Tritium is a technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of DC fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV). Established in 2001, to provide power-electronic systems and battery energy-storage applications, it has, since the launch of its first DC fast charger in 2014, become one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies. In just four years Tritium has developed into a leading global DC fast charging supplier, with installations in 26 countries, and it currently holds around 50% of the Norwegian market and around 15% of the wider European market for 50kW fast chargers. In 2016, the Queensland Government invested AU$2.5m in Tritium - the first company to receive investment under a Business Development Fund scheme established to encourage innovative business – and it invested a further AU$2.5m in 2018. Customers include Charge.net.nz, EDF Lumins, Fortum, Grønn Kontakt, IONITY, Proterra and Stromnetz. Tritium’s HQ and main manufacturing plant is in Brisbane, with additional sales and manufacturing facilities in its two key markets of Europe and the US. Getting Cars Ready For The Colder Months 2018-09-28T05:25:31Z getting-cars-ready-for-the-colder-months Cold weather is rapidly approaching and that means it’s time to prepare for poor driving conditions. Your car has different needs once the frigid months arrive, so now is the best time to get it ready. Car owners who take extra steps to prepare for the cold are rewarded with a more reliable vehicle (and one with a higher resale value). Prepping your car for cold weather also helps enhance your record keeping, so when your vehicle pops up on a CarVertical VIN Report, you’ll have a spotless history. Here’s a few tips to keep your car running smoothly in the cold. Consult your manual Before doing any prep work, make sure you flip through your vehicle manual and see what the manufacturer recommends. Be sure to note the suggested frequency of oil changes (the 3,000 mile rule is a myth!) and recommended tire pressure. It’s also not a bad idea to brush up on how the different heating and cooling systems work as well. Check and (if necessary) replace wiper blades You can’t drive if you can’t see! Winter precipitation like snow, sleet, and freezing rain can blot out your windshield and make it very difficult to see the road. You can scrape this stuff off before you get in the car, but what if it’s sleeting during your drive? Worn-down wiper blades won’t properly remove precipitation from your windshield, so make sure you test them and purchase new ones if needed. Most auto stores will install new wiper blades for free with purchase. Refill all fluids While your checking the wiper blades, don’t forget about the washer fluid! Or any fluids for that matter. Your car is working overtime in the cold months, so you want to make sure your have sufficient wiper fluid, coolant, and oil. You don’t want to find out you’re low on fluids when you’re stopped in the middle of the road. Test battery, check for corrosion Batteries don’t work as well in the cold and older ones quickly die out once temperatures start dropping. You don’t want to leave the office at night and start your car only to find your battery dead! Testing the strength of your battery will require a trip to a professional, but a new battery should still be inspected for corrosion. Just make sure you’re wearing gloves when you remove any corroded substances. Check tire tread and pressure Your tires will lose air consistently when its cold out, so always make sure you have a tire pressure gauge handy and check at least once a week. You can find the correct pressure amount listed on the door jam or in the owner’s manual. And don’t forget to check the treads as well! Worn-down tires and slippery roads are one bad combination. Make sure defrost and heat are in working order Before it starts getting cold, make sure your heat and defrost work properly. Cold temperatures and moisture cause windshields to become foggy very easily, so if you can’t get any heat out of your vents, you might not be able to see the road. If you aren’t getting hot air, check with a mechanic to see if your system needs to be flushed. Carry an emergency kit with you Even if you’ve been meticulous in your preparation, accidents and surprises can still happen. However, tackling the unexpected is easy if you keep an emergency kit. A good emergency kit has ice scrapers, first aid supplies, flashlights, and blankets in case you get stuck somewhere. Also, pack some sand (or even kitty litter) in the trunk - it will help you get your car free if you become stuck in snow or ice. BOC South Pacific appoints Michelle Blume to Head of Human Resources 2018-09-26T04:23:36Z boc-south-pacific-appoints-michelle-blume-to-head-of-human-resources-1 Sydney, 26 September 2018: BOC, A Member of the Linde Group, a leading gases and engineering company, today announced the appointment of Michelle Blume to Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific. A dedicated HR and business leader with a career at BOC spanning over two decades, Michelle has excelled in various HR, customer and finance roles including her most recent position as General Manager Remuneration & HR Systems. As Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific, Michelle will lead HR for BOC across the region, including its subsidiaries Elgas and the South Pacific Welding Group. John Evans, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said Michelle’s passion for coaching and leadership development, as well as her deep understanding of the employees across the South Pacific region, will deliver great value to the HR team and overall business. “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the Regional Executive Board and look forward to working with her as we focus on building capability and driving collaboration across our workforce.” “Her broad range of skills in finance, leadership, change management and HR – and ability to understand people and their abilities has made her a trusted leader. This was recognised last year when she was appointed as a Trustee Director on the BOC Super Trustee Board.” Michelle Blume, Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific said it is an honour to lead the wider HR team which covers the full range of HR services from diversity and talent management, right through to HR operations and superannuation. “My key focus is to work with the business to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees can reach their potential,” said Michelle. “By continuing to develop the skills in our people needed for our future workforce, engaging our employees and setting them up for success, we will continue to be an employer of choice.” Michelle Blume is a Trustee Director on the BOC Super Trustee Board. A certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Michelle is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and qualified practitioner in DISC, Myers Briggs (MBTI) and human synergistic tools (LSI, LI & OCI). Manheim Australia re-appointed by Suncorp as their preferred supplier of damaged vehicle remarketing services 2018-09-17T04:29:12Z manheim-australia-re-appointed-by-suncorp-as-their-preferred-supplier-of-damaged-vehicle-remarketing-services The Suncorp Group has confirmed the re-appointment of automotive auctioneering company Manheim, as their preferred supplier to dispose of their written off vehicles. Manheim has been re-appointed for a further five years on a national basis. As one of Australia’s largest general insurers, Suncorp’s contract for the disposal of damaged vehicles is one of the largest of its type in the country. The partnership will see around 50,000 salvage vehicles per year come to Manheim sites around the country including motor vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, machinery and caravans. Suncorp and Manheim have shared a 22-year service partnership which has resulted in a strong working relationship, allowing both parties to develop industry leading salvage remarketing practices. The re-appointment confirms Manheim’s ability to continue to deliver favourable results for Suncorp, evidenced by their delivery of increased salvage returns under the previous contract and their outstanding catastrophe management services which included Brisbane and Melbourne Hail events as well as the NSW floods. The confidence in Manheim has also seen partnership initiatives developed including a strong focus on removing end of life vehicles from the market through crushing as well as recycling, a move to online only sales channels and creating national access to the market of automotive recyclers. Suncorp insurance brands include Suncorp, AAMI, APIA, Shannons, CIL, Vero and many others. Manheim’s CEO, Charles Cumming, was clearly delighted by the appointment.  “To be reappointed for a further five years as Suncorp’s preferred supplier, sends a clear signal to the market about our credibility, our capability and the confidence they have in Manheim to help them deliver on their strategic objectives. We clearly understand the Australian salvage market and have worked closely with Suncorp to provide new initiatives and processes to see improved results for all the vehicles they provide us.”   Manheim are specialists in the sale of vehicles to trade and private buyers, selling on behalf of customers such as insurance companies, leasing and finance companies, local government and vehicle manufacturers and dealers. /Ends… For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au