The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-12T03:02:51Z HEARING AUSTRALIA - World-first solution for face masks effects on speech 2020-10-12T03:02:51Z hearing-australia-world-first-solution-for-face-masks-effects-on-speech The National Acoustics Laboratories (NAL) has developed a solution to a challenge faced by hearing aid users worldwide in 2020 - the impact of face mask use on their understanding of speech.  NAL, the research division of Hearing Australia, has issued recommendations for audiologists across the world on how best to adjust hearing aids to counter the effect of face masks for people who use hearing aids.  “Face masks are a powerful tool against the spread of COVID-19 but they also soften speech sounds,” says Dr Brent Edwards, NAL Director.  “NAL’s recommendations are designed to help hearing aid users worldwide communicate with people wearing masks. Now that we can share our evidence-based solution, we anticipate it will have implications nationally and internationally, which is most exciting.”  Evaluation, involving computational models of speech and hearing as well as laboratory speech tests, has proven that the adjustments help hearing aid users understand speech just as well as when the speaker is wearing a mask as when they are not. NAL’s solution details specific adjustments that can be made to any type of hearing aid to counter the effect of different types of face masks on speech sounds.  It follows extensive research into the effect of face mask use on speech understanding and how best to counter it.  Hearing Australia has already started implementing the solution in its centres across Australia and this is proving popular among its clients. “Our clients have indicated they’ve noticed a marked difference with NAL’s hearing aid adjustments. They have improved their understanding of masked speakers while having no impact on the sound of their own voice or other sounds,” says Emma Church, Hearing Australia Audiologist.  “Restoring the ability to understand speech takes the stress out of everyday tasks like shopping and attending health appointments; so we’re keen to spread the word about our solution,” says Dr Edwards.  NAL’s recommendations have been released to audiologists worldwide and detail how they can implement the adjustments to their patients’ hearing aids to allow them to better understand people wearing masks.                                                                                                               -Ends- About the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL)  NAL is the research division of Hearing Australia. Since 1947, research conducted by NAL into hearing has opened new ways to help people with hearing loss. NAL’s mission is to lead the world in hearing research and evidence-based innovation to improve hearing health and transform the lives of people with hearing difficulties.  About Hearing Australia  For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has been helping Australians rediscover the joy of sound. Its purpose is to provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians. Hearing Australia operates in 168 permanent hearing centres as well as visiting sites across Australia and is the nation’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to 26, eligible adults with complex communication needs, some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans.  New tech needed to boost rice growing water productivity by 75% 2020-10-09T20:19:39Z new-tech-needed-to-boost-rice-growing-water-productivity-by-75 AgriFutures Rice Program is reaching out to innovators across the country in search of new technologies to boost water productivity in rice growing by 75 percent within five years. With sustained drought and reduced water allocations leading to one of Australia’s smallest annual rice harvests on record, the AgriFutures Rice Program Open Innovation Challenge presents a novel opportunity for creative thinkers to contribute their ideas, wherever they are based and regardless of their industry. The Challenge is hosted on the Brightidea platform, an online system popular with many of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Bayer, Cisco, Dell and MasterCard. Impact Innovation, as the premier partner for Brightidea in the APAC region, has enabled AgriFutures Rice Program to open up the Challenge to anyone with an existing or emerging technologies that will help the rice industry significantly increase its dollar return per megalitre ($/ML) of water. “The Australian rice industry needs transformative yet competitive and sustainable solutions, so the Challenge welcomes input not just from the rice industry but also from other industries, like remote sensing technologies, water management strategies and plant genetics,” said Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle. “Crowdsourcing ideas using Brightidea’s online engagement tools means tapping into the brain power of researchers, R&D practitioners, engineers, environmental entrepreneurs and farmers all over the country and across many different industries,” Mr Ruddle said. Selected technologies or solutions may attract funding through the rice research, development and extension program, with the ultimate objective being industry-wide adoption. The Challenge is open until midnight (AEDT) Tuesday, 13 October 2020, with a shortlist of solutions to be presented to the AgriFutures Rice Program Advisory Panel in November. To register for the Challenge and submit innovative ideas, visit Ends.  Media enquiries: Brian Ruddle, Impact Innovation Group & chair of the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Panel tel. +61 1300 299 505 RICE FACTS & FIGURES - Rice is grown in more than 100 countries and sustains two-thirds of the world’s population. - Australian rice growing regions are concentrated in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys of southern New South Wales, with smaller areas in Northern Victoria and Far North Queensland. - 80% of rice produced in Australia is exported to the Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Japan and other Asian and Pacific countries. - Australian-grown rice uses 50% less water than the global average. @AgriFuturesAU, @Impactinnov, @Brightidea, #rice, #innovation, #waterproductivity New therapies for depression with Australia's Microba and Boston biotech Holobiome 2020-10-06T00:23:13Z new-therapies-for-depression-with-australia-s-microba-and-boston-biotech-holobiome A Queensland Government grant will support Boston-based Holobiome to access Microba’s world-leading technology to develop new therapies for depression. Funding from the Queensland Government’s Biomedical Voucher Program will be used to examine the impact of specific gut bacteria in laboratory models of depression, and to analyse stool in human clinical samples. The project – valued in excess of $500,000 – will support a partnership with Boston-based Holobiome, a private biotechnology company developing human-derived bacteria that target the “gut-brain-axis”, for depression and other conditions related to the nervous system. The partnership will bring Microba’s world-leading expertise in metagenomic sequencing and sophisticated bioinformatics tools together with Holobiome’s promising microbiome therapeutic pipeline in an effort to change lives on a global scale. Microba and Holobiome’s collaboration will lead the way in analysing the impact of specific bacteria on the gut microbiome (community of bacteria living in the gut) in depression. Microba CEO Blake Wills said that the combined capabilities of both companies would assist in potentially changing lives. “The high-resolution analyses using Microba’s proprietary data processing platform will explore the gut microbiome of clinical samples,” he said. “This will help to identify if specific gut bacteria are linked with depression, which has the potential to positively impact the lives of those suffering from clinical depression.” The Queensland Government will provide matched funding for this research project to enable faecal samples to be analysed in Microba’s world-leading laboratory based in Brisbane. Queensland Minister for State Development, the Hon Kate Jones MP, said that Microba’s work had been recognised at the 2018 AusBiotech excellence awards where the company was named as the Australian Emerging Company of the Year. “The Biomedical Voucher Program grant will assist the company to continue valuable work on analysis aimed at identifying links between gut bacteria and mental health conditions such as depression,” Ms Jones said. Holobiome CEO Philip Strandwitz said that this international collaboration will support advancement of their existing microbiome products in development, in addition to providing a better mechanistic understanding of the link between the gut microbiome and disorders of the brain, like depression. “Depression is a tremendous and underserved global health problem. We strongly believe that international collaborations like what we plan to do here with Microba will be essential in furthering our understanding of the disease, with the ultimate goal to create solutions for those who desperately need them,” he said. “Our work and others in the field have identified possible mechanistic links between depression and the gut microbiome. Given the need, we’re excited to have the chance to leverage our microbiome discovery platform to pursue this, and grateful to the Queensland Government for the funding.” Microba is rapidly increasing its operations worldwide, with an increasing number of active collaborations and research projects with both local and international biotechnology companies. ENDS    NASA Search and Rescue announces partnership with Australia’s leading space research centre SmartSatCRC 2020-09-08T23:36:34Z nasa-search-and-rescue-announces-partnership-with-australia-s-leading-space-research-centre-smartsatcrc Media Release 9 September 2020   NASA Search and Rescue announces partnership with Australia’s leading space research centre SmartSatCRC In a significant boost for developing Australia’s space economy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC) has announced today (NASA Media release 8/9/20) a collaboration with SmartSatCRC to advance distress-related communications and navigation technology benefitting the U.S. and Australia. The cooperation with NASA, announced by GSFC deputy director for research and technology investments Christyl Johnson, will help to build Australia’s Space industry by developing leading edge technology and expertise with the partners involved in the SmartSat project.  These include University of South Australia, Safety from Space, Myriota, Black Art Technologies, Flinders University, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.  The NASA’s Search and Rescue office is led by mission manager Lisa Mazzuca, who attended the Australian Space Forum in Adelaide with Christyl Johnson in February this year, when initial concepts of the projects were discussed “This collaboration is part of a more systematic and broader activity between NASA GSFC and SmartSat CRC and opens the door to a lot of possibilities for the Australian space community,” says SmartSat CEO and managing director Professor Andy Koronios. “We are delighted to be partnering with Goddard’s Search and Rescue office, joining their push towards the Moon and beyond.” Specifically, the SmartSat research team, led by Safety from Space’s Co-Founder Dr Mark Rice, will propose new designs for the waveform of the 406 MHz signal sent by beacons through the Cospas-Sarsat network. “These new designs will further modernize second-generation beacons, taking advantage of encoding techniques not available when the Cospas-Sarsat network was developed in the 1970s, says Dr Rice. “This will enable possibilities for new initiatives for users, emergency management professionals and first responders. “ Future phases of the SmartSat collaboration could support exploration initiatives like the Artemis missions, which will return humans to the Moon for the first time since Apollo. NASA will equip Artemis astronauts with second-generation beacons for use in the event of egress from capsule after splashdown or a launch abort scenario. The Search and Rescue team is working to extend beacon services to the lunar surface with the LunaNet communications and navigation architecture.     SMARTSAT CRC ENQUIRIES: Adj. Professor Nicola Sasanelli AM Director Communications and Outreach, SmartSat CRC 0488 565 938 |     ABOUT THE SMARTSAT CRC The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre brings together over 100 national and international partners who have invested over $190 million, along with $55 million in Federal Government funding under its Cooperative Research Centres Program, in a $245 million research effort over seven years. Working closely with the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat will make a strong contribution to the Australian Government’s goal of tripling the size of the space sector to $12 billion and creating up to 20,000 jobs by 2030. Priority industry sectors for SmartSat include telecommunications, agriculture and natural resources, transport and logistics, mining, and defence and national security. Merck Partnership Supports Australian-Developed SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccine Candidate 2020-08-28T00:44:14Z merck-partnership-supports-australian-developed-sars-cov-2-covid-19-vaccine-candidate WHAT: On 10 August, Merck Life Sciences, Managing Director, Rebecca Lee, conducted a Q&A video interview with Flinders University, Professor and Founder of Vaxine, Nikolai Petrovsky. Rebecca and Nikolai discussed the history of pandemics, COVID-19, the value of partnerships and the success of phase one clinical trials of COVAX-19®, a vaccine candidate for the fight against COVID-19. COVAX-19® is the first Australian-developed COVID-19 vaccine to pass phase one clinical trials in Australia successfully. Phase two clinical trials are set to begin in September. Sypharma, an Australian biopharmaceutical formulation company, providing contract manufacturing of COVAX-19® and Advax™ adjuvant for COVID-19 in partnership with Vaxine, an Australian biotechnology company focusing on the development of innovative vaccine technologies. Merck has a long-standing relationship with Sypharma and Vaxine for more than 10 years, supporting the manufacture of Advax™ adjuvants with manufacturing solutions, single-use, filtration products and process development expertise. Watch the video here: Video interview topics include: • The history of pandemics | time 01:08 • Consequences of pandemics now and into the future | time 03:07 • Vaxine: The development of vaccines and the opportunity presented | time 06:03 • Development and manufacturing | time 09:09 • Insect vs. mammalian | time 11:56 • Speed and cost | time 15:54 • COVAX-19® vaccine candidate for COVID-19 | time 18:23 • Completing phase one clinical trial | time 20:20 • Phase two & three clinical trials | time 21:30 • Managing safety | time 23:10 • Timeframes for clinical phase’s | time 24:20 • Vaccine approval and the regulatory environment | time 26:01 • A different approach to how we regulate and approve | time 30:05 • What has Merck allowed you to do | time 34:08 • Partnerships and solving tough scientific problems | time 36:57 • Conclusion | time 37:22 WHO: Interviewer: Merck Life Science, Managing Director, Rebecca Lee. Interviewee: Flinders University, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Founder of Vaxine, Nikolai Petrovsky. WHEN: The video interview was conducted on Monday, 10 August 2020. WHERE: The video interview was conducted over a video call. WHY: COVID-19 began as an epidemic, before making its way around the world in a matter of months and becoming a pandemic. Globally, as of 27 August 2020, there have been 24,021,218 confirmed cases of COVID-19, reported to WHO.1 Until there is an effective vaccine against COVID-19, we must continue to do the hard, tedious, work of keeping ourselves safe—by wearing face coverings, keeping social distance, regularly washing our hands, and staying home when we’re sick including getting COVID tested. HOW: For interviews or additional information, please contact Lucas Bracken, Marketing Communications, Merck Life Science, +61 (0)409 036 895 References 1. Latest data and information on COVID-19. World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard Merck operates across three business sectors – Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials. Rebecca Lee is the Managing Director of Merck Life Science. COVAX-19® vaccine candidate for COVID-19 is registered and owned by Vaxine. COVAX-19® vaccine comprises a recombinant spike protein antigen formulated with Vaxine’s proprietary Advax™ adjuvant, which drives a potent T cell and neutralizing antibody response against the target virus. About Merck Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 57,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck generated sales of € 16.2 billion in 66 countries. Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck’s technological and scientific advances. This is how Merck has thrived since its founding in 1668. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. New report showcases success of wool producers who have ditched mulesing 2020-08-26T01:33:11Z new-report-showcases-success-of-wool-producers-who-have-ditched-mulesing   New independent report Towards a Non-Mulesed Future highlights producers nationwide, using flystrike-resistant sheep instead of mulesing, are experiencing increased financial and animal welfare success. Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS state that with the viability of the genetic solution now clear, there’s never been a better time for industry to switch gears and create a roadmap to end mulesing. Country Road Group, David Jones, Target, Kmart Group, and Myer recently announced new policies to transition away from the use of mulesed wool, joining a long list of international brands doing the same. Download the report, images, statistical summary and producer case studies. August 2020 - Calls for ending the controversial practice of mulesing have re-ignited, following the launch of a new report Towards a Non-Mulesed Future by socioeconomic consulting firm BG Economics. The report highlights the success experienced by producers across the country using genetics to battle flystrike, instead of mulesing. While at least 14% of Australian wool producers no longer mules their sheep, it’s estimated more than 10 million lambs continue to be mulesed annually. Mulesing is a process unique to Australia, whereby skin and flesh is removed from around the base of a lamb’s tail, a procedure undertaken to protect them from a condition called flystrike. In turn, flystrike is exacerbated due to poor breeding choices, namely producing sheep with wrinkled skin, originally done in an effort to maximise wool cut. This new report shows that it is largely good breeding choices—genetics—that will enable industry to end its reliance on mulesing, without compromising the producers’ bottom line. Put simply, wool producers can breed plain-bodied sheep without the wrinkle that attracts flies – these sheep are resistant to all forms of flystrike protecting their whole bodies for life, and completely avoiding any need for them to undergo mulesing or any other breech modification. “Our independent survey of 97 woolgrowers and seven case studies collected data on producers who have transitioned to plain-bodied Merinos that do not require mulesing, from an operational, financial and animal welfare perspective. This provides a ‘big picture’ understanding of why and how growers made the transition,” said ​Dr Stephen Thornton, Principal Economist at BG Economics. “The results show that nearly all woolgrowers have experienced increased financial benefits and the welfare of their animals is also improved. These growers are now well positioned to meet the market in the years to come as more retailers make the decision to only stock products which use non-mulesed wool.” The report collates data from a survey of 97 Australian woolgrowers in different states, climate zones and rainfall areas, finding that overall, 77.5% completed the transition to plain-bodied Merinos (flystrike-resistant sheep) within five years and 42.7% within two years, 83.5% say transitioning to plain-bodied Merinos is not costly, 82% have experienced increased lamb growth rates. Lambing percentage is also increased significantly, 72.2% experience <=0.5% breech strike and 92.5% <=0.5% body strike, 87.6% receive a price premium for their unmulesed wool, 84.1% have experienced an increased return on investment, 86.6% would recommend to other woolgrowers to undertake the transition to plain-bodied Merinos, 91.8% believe animal welfare is improved by not mulesing sheep, and 98% say not mulesing is important for their farm’s future profitability. “The results speak for themselves. While for decades, there’s been concern around the costs of transitioning away from mulesing, and the extensive amount of time it would take, it’s now time to lay these to rest. Times have changed and producers across the country are finding it possible, and financially profitable, to end their reliance on mulesing,” says Jessica Medcalf, Head of Programmes FOUR PAWS Australia. “Lambs suffer fear and stress, as well as acute pain for up to three days after being mulesed, while their wounds take weeks to heal. Furthermore, mulesing does not provide sheep with whole body protection from flystrike.” “It’s no wonder that collectively, hundreds of thousands of people globally have voiced their concern about mulesing, a concern which is only going to grow as people are increasingly interested in animal protection, and ethical fashion,” concluded Ms Medcalf. In the absence of industry undertaking research specifically into the viability of the genetic solution HSI and FOUR PAWS commissioned the report, and it’s development was supported by a pilot group of wool producers keen to see change, for both the protection of the industry's reputation and concerns around market access, as well as for the sake of animal welfare. HSI’s Animal Welfare Program Manager, Georgie Dolphin, said, “Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS commissioned this report to better understand the realities of the genetic solution to flystrike, and the results are extremely positive. They send a clear message that using good genetics as a flystrike management solution is effective, profitable, and a welfare win for millions of sheep. By incorporating good genetics all of the wool growers surveyed have shown it is possible to end both flystrike and mulesing. It is taking time to dispel the belief that genetic traits such as low wrinkle equals low profits, however the evidence in this report makes it clear that this is certainly not the case. Importantly, the majority of producers surveyed were able to make the transition within five years. “Consumers are demanding better animal welfare and retailers such as Country Road Group, David Jones, Target, Kmart and Myer are increasingly adopting policies to source non-mulesed wool. This report shows producers can move with the times and solve an animal welfare problem without compromising profitability. As a first step, we encourage industry leaders to acknowledge that the genetic solution is the best way to manage flystrike sustainably, alongside adequate animal husbandry practices. “Plain-bodied Merinos without wrinkles are well suited to the challenging Australian climate with most growers surveyed claiming they are more drought tolerant. Unlike mulesing, breeding plain-bodied flystrike-resistant Merino sheep offers a whole body solution, providing them with life-long protection from both breech strike and body strike, a factor we encourage wool growers to consider whilst restocking their flocks in the coming months. It’s time for producers to stop breeding wrinkly sheep that are unsuited to Australian conditions and instead reap the rewards the genetic solution offers,” concluded Ms Dolphin. The producers surveyed gave a number of key recommendations for making a successful transition, including: becoming informed, by speaking to other growers who have successfully made the transition, or reading through information available, preparing yourself mentally for a ‘mind shift’ and the need to be committed to see it through, finding a stud breeder that aligns with your breeding direction, and to aim for sheep types that are all-round fit for purpose. “I welcome the independent report on sheep mulesing by the socioeconomic consulting firm BG Economics. This clearly confirms, first, that woolgrowers responding to customer demand for better animal welfare by eliminating mulesing find it profitable to do so; that transitioning to plain-bodied Merinos that don't need mulesing is achievable within five years; and moreover, that this transition is not costly, that it leads to increased lamb-growth and weaning percentages, and delivers wool price premiums whilst being integral to their increased profitability,” said Charles Massy, wool grower, BSc. PhD. OAM, and author of 'Breaking the Sheep's Back’. For more information and supporting assets please visit our resources library, containing the report, images, statistical summary and case studies.   ***   For more information, please contact: Elise Burgess, Head of Communications, FOUR PAWS Australia | | 0421225876 Georgie Dolphin, Animal Welfare Program Manager at Humane Society International | 0414869008 About BG Economics BG Economics is a socioeconomic consulting firm based in Brisbane, Australia. They specialise in analysing social issues, social policy and social programs by utilising their expertise in economic and social analysis. About Humane Society International Humane Society International is the largest international charity working for a more humane and sustainable world for animals. We are leaders in saving endangered species and their habitats and reducing cruelty in farming, trade and other industries. HSI has been established in Australia since 1994. About FOUR PAWS FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects focus on animals used for textiles, stray dogs and cats as well as pets, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. What will it take for you to trust artificial intelligence? 2020-08-17T19:47:50Z what-will-it-take-for-you-to-trust-artificial-intelligence Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to improve our society, enhance Australia’s wellbeing, improve environmental sustainability and create a more equitable, inclusive and fair society. But as we work to reshape government delivery with AI, are we asking the right questions? The role of AI, including policy implications and the nature of industry in society, is being discussed today in a live-stream event co-hosted by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).ACOLA CEO Ryan Winn said the event will feature a keynote presentation by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO and a panel discussion with ACOLA’s AI Expert Group and key Government officials leading AI implementation. “The event will give rise to further discussion on the future opportunities and challenges of AI in industry and Government operations and service delivery, and what implications this will have on society for 2030,” Mr Winn said.In his speech, Dr Finkel will pose the question: “What will it take for you to trust artificial intelligence”. "Last year, I launched ACOLA’s AI report, which serves us as a foundation for the future and is the basis of our discussions today. The report notes that there’s no magic solution to any policy challenge—least of all the innovative applications of AI. Instead, it comes back to the essential foundation of trust,” Dr Finkel said.ACOLA’s Chair and President of the Australian Academy of Humanities, Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA added that “AI and other new technologies can be poorly understood across policy makers and society, which is a barrier to their uptake. This is even though they present significant opportunities to improve the liveability, wellbeing and productivity of our cities and regions.”Mr Winn said the AI discussion was timely with a number of emerging technologies offering extraordinary opportunities for Australia. The AI report and ACOLA’s Internet of Things (IoT) horizon scanning report (to be released later this year) highlight how new technologies will improve our lives—from enabling smart transport, optimising manufacturing to improving health care."Discussions like we are having today help us all to ask the right questions that support robust yet rapid research and awareness that can see Australia embrace the opportunities AI and other new technologies offer to maintain our global competitiveness in an increasingly digitalised world,” Mr Winn said.The event will be livestreamed between 9am and 10.30am AEST. The event is open to all. A recording can be obtained on request. More information is provided below.Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan Winn, Chief Executive on 0484 814 040.The role of AI in Australia in 2030—eventThis live stream event will showcase the Commonwealth funded ACOLA AI report released in July 2019, the discussion will highlight the importance of multidisciplinary thinking, with a chance to increase productive dialogue between academia and policymakers.Panel members are:Professor Genevieve Bell AO, Director, 3A Institute, Australian National UniversityDr Simon Barry (Panellist), Deputy Director, Data 61Narelle Luchetti, Head of Division, Digital Economy and Technology, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesDavid Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, IPAA ACT CouncillorInformation about the event is available on the IPAA website. Media can register to attend.ACOLA AI reportA copy of the AI report can be downloaded from the ACOLA website. ACOLA IoT reportThe IoT report is expected to be released later this year. Information about the research project underpinning the report is on the ACOLA website. About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions.Australian Chief Scientist’s keynoteDr Finkel’s speech will be available from 0900 AEST Tuesday 19 August on the Office of Chief Scientist website. Broca Consultancy helps your business succeed using automation technology 2020-07-28T03:15:10Z broca-consultancy-helps-your-business-succeed-using-automation-technology Broca Consultancy Services was started because the founders saw that Kiwi businesses had so much untapped potential that automation technology could unlock. And they’ve been helping businesses succeed ever since. Who are Broca Consultancy? Broca’s area is a part of the brain that deals with processing speech and language. When this part of the brain is damaged, the individual knows what they want to say, but the pathway to produce the correct words is broken and they cannot articulate or express themselves. In a similar way, the founders of Broca Consultancy saw a parallel with business. The business owner knew what they wanted, but there was a gap between the visualised result and the current business trajectory. Increased costs and compliance, a competitive landscape and tough economic conditions meant the owner struggled to get from A to B. This is where Broca Consultancy and business automation come in. Step back and focus on your business It is difficult being a SME owner in NZ. Often, owners are heavily invested in the day to day running of the business. When you’re IN the business, when do you take the time to work ON the business? Broca Consultancy help you to remove the noise, step back, and see the big picture. We work with you to identify the big challenges you face; whether it’s conflicting priorities, a lack of qualitative data that means you don’t know where or how you’re losing (or making) money, or a chaotic business process. We work together to design a business process that works for you. It removes waste and defects, creating a seamless process. We identify where you can utilise robotics automation, and re-engineer a process to give you the best results in the shortest time. What is robotics process automation? RPA, or robotics process automation, is technology that is designed to mimic the actions of a human being. RPA uses software bots that are installed in the cloud or on desktop and is programmed to follow a set of rules as defined by the user or process owner. In a business, this basically applies to a wide variety of processes and tasks that humans do with a computer. There are eight wastes that RPA can assist a business to eliminate. Defects: Every business has problems with accuracy of data entry or capture. These mistakes can be costly and time consuming to resolve, as well as give a negative experience to customers. RPA takes away the risk of error. Over production: A business will always have peaks, troughs, and bottlenecks. But these can result in periods of overproduction. RPA irons out the processes to streamline production. Waiting: If there is one part of a business process that continually holds the process up, this can introduce significant delays to outputs. Especially if there’s high dependency on that action, it can lead to huge business challenges. RPA identifies the problems and helps to remove the dependency and thereby, the wait time. Unused potential: Are you, or your amazing staff, stuck doing data entry, answering phones, and running around doing tasks that are a waste of potential? RPA means regular, monotonous tasks are automated, freeing people up to contribute much more valuable work. Transportation: Do you know where your files are stored? Do you spend time looking for information? RPA automates the process of business storage, so there’s a logical flow and no wasted time looking for information and files. Inventory: Often the pain point for many businesses, end-to-end stock and inventory processes take away the problems. No guesswork, no losses, just accurate inventory management. Motion: Emails and phone calls are not the most productive way of communicating information. RPA allows for easy, painless, and highly efficient communication and information exchange. Extra processing: There are many places in a business where there is replication of information. This slows systems down and adds no value. RPA means a logical flow of data processing with no replication of processes.  It doesn’t have to cost the earth When discussing automation, many business owners think that they need to invest huge amounts of money on bulky software packages. But that is rarely the case. In fact, you may already have the software you need to implement automation. Even within the Microsoft ecosystem, there are huge amounts of functionality available. Broca aim to provide good ROI for our customers. Most pay back their investment within six to 18 months, not only making them far more profitable in the long term, but far more competitive in their market. NZ businesses are, on average, four years behind their international counterparts in terms of technology use. In that timeframe, there are huge increases in the functionality and abilities of software. It’s time for you, and your business, to step up to success. That gap between your current business and where you want it to be can be bridged with RPA technology, and Broca Consultancy. With a combination of business skills and in-depth knowledge of automation software, Broca can help your business eliminate problems, maximise efficiencies and put you on the path to success. Contact us today to find out where to start.     How a Team of Scientists are Using Videogames to Spread Science 2020-07-25T06:01:50Z how-a-team-of-scientists-are-using-videogames-to-spread-science Viewers spent over 1 million hours watching and interacting with videogame streamers on Twitch in January 2020 alone. This grew to over 1.6 million hours a month throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s this drive for engaging online content that drove Associate Professor Michael Kasumovic to do something different this National Science Week. Rather than asking people to come to a science event, Michael is bringing science to one of the most popular activities of the decade: videogame livestreams.   “With everything that’s going on in the media, I think the relationship between scientists and the general public is very strained, and it’s not something that will easily be fixed” says A/Prof Michael Kasumovic the organiser of #BatteryLow a National Science Week event that will be livestreamed for all Australian’s to watch. “People see scientists as individuals who work in ivory towers and have an agenda, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re just regular people that are interested in exploring and understanding the world.” This is why Michael thought that it would be fun to place scientists outside of their regular comfort zone and place them where the regular public – especially teens and young adults – usually reside: in front of a videogame screen. “I’ve found 15 awesome and diverse young scientists that research a whole range of topics from how economic theory can improve honeybee foraging to why it’s difficult to quit smoking, to understanding how our universe is formed.” He’s taking these young scientists, sitting them on a couch, and playing videogames with them. “The idea is that concentrating on the games will make it a relaxed experience where the scientists can chat with each other and the public.   Michael wanted to reach people that don’t normally tune into science events. “These are people that love watching videogames, but what if we could get them talking and asking questions about the science these researchers do while we’re playing videogames – how awesome would that be?” You can feel Michael getting excited about the livestream as he talks about it. Michael hopes that seeing scientists as regular people, highlighting their curiosity, and demonstrating that scientists don’t know all the answers may help to repair the relationship between scientists and the public. “As a lecturer, I’m always looking for that ‘teachable moment’ – where learning can happen in the most unexpected times and places”, and videogames present such a great opportunity! The event will be livestreamed during and after school hours where Michael hopes that teachers will tune in with their classrooms and parents will sit down with their kids to share in the moment. To prepare for the event, Michael has been streaming the educational games he’s created with his Company Arludo on YouTube and Twitch over the last few months. “Being an engaging streamer is not easy, especially if you’ve been a scientist your whole life! But I wanted to try something different to engage younger generations and get them excited about learning science.” “I think it’s important to keep reaching out to the public in different ways to engage people who wouldn’t normally be interested in science.” Says Kirsten Banks, an astrophysicist and one of the scientists joining #BatteryLow. Known as @astrokirsten on Tik Tok, she’s seen her love of the universe spread to over 11,000 followers leading to more than 200,000 likes. “I think what Michael is doing is great and really different”. It’s one of the reasons that Caitlyn Forster decided to be a part of the program. “I’ve done a lot of outreach, but this is really new”. Caitlyn is the researcher exploring economic decision making in honeybees and is excited to share he research with the public in a new way. There are even scientists that don’t play any games at all like Zoe Xirocostas, a plant ecologist researching invasive species. “Michael’s assured me that the day won’t be competitive and that’s it’s a lot of fun” she laughs. “I’ve known him as a lecturer at UNSW so I’m pretty sure this will be pretty laid back.” To celebrate the event and get folks excited, Michael is highlighting a new researcher each day on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. His goal is to help the public understand why these scientists do what they do each day and what makes them interesting. Michael’s learned that amongst his 15 scientists, there are cosplayers, singers, saxophonists, artists, rock climbers and so much more. “But you’ll have to follow my socials to see which scientist does what!” laughs Michael. #BatteryLow will run online on Friday August 21st from 11:00am – 6pm. Further information on the show and the scientists can be found at Australian biotech Microba brings gut analysis to Europe with pathology leader SYNLAB 2020-07-18T01:07:41Z australian-biotech-microba-brings-gut-analysis-to-europe-with-pathology-leader-synlab The partnership will bring together the cutting-edge metagenomics sequencing and bioinformatics of Microba with the expertise of SYNLAB’s laboratory services team to deliver new gastrointestinal analysis services to their network of practising doctors and clinics. Microba was developed out of field-leading research from the University of Queensland, launching Australia’s first detailed gut microbiome analysis in June 2018.  The biotech has now assisted more than 10,000 Australians to assess their gut health individually or with an Australian healthcare professional. SYNLAB is the market leader in medical diagnostic services in Europe, with a presence in more than 40 countries across four continents. The co-delivered MyBiome gut microbiome analysis will be launched initially in two selected countries to provide healthcare professionals with access to new and actionable information on their patients’ health. Blake Wills, CEO of Microba, emphasised that the launch would expand the availability of the company’s world-leading gut microbiome analysis technology to customers in Europe, and assist Microba in their  global pursuit of driving new discoveries and improving human health. “Microba’s partnership with SYNLAB is a great example of two international forces joining together to embrace next-generation technologies and support local healthcare,” said Wills. “It will allow us to expand the reach of our technology into the European market, and bring innovation born in Australia into larger overseas markets to positively impact more lives,” he added. Microba’s award-winning proprietary Metagenomic Analysis Platform (MAP™) will be utilised to deliver the MyBiome analysis. Mr Wills said that delivering an analysis into the European market in partnership with SYNLAB allowed Microba to access large, established markets with unmet demand for comprehensive microbiome analysis services. “SYNLAB is a global leader in delivering medical diagnostic services and we are proud to be partnering to add advanced gut microbiome analysis to their portfolio, powered by Microba’s technology,” he said. Chief Medical Officer of SYNLAB Group, Dr Santiago Valor said, “We are excited to start this collaboration with Microba. SYNLAB’s commitment to medical excellence in diagnostics is underlined by complementing our test portfolio with the MyBiome analysis.” “Together we set a sign for continuous medical advancement to the benefit of patients and customers.” In addition to powering the new analysis service in Europe with SYNLAB, and a continuing partnership in the United States, Microba also works with research groups and healthcare organisations to advance global understanding of the human gut microbiome and its influence on health. ENDS    Max Kelsen Achieves AWS Machine Learning Competency Status 2020-07-07T02:56:37Z max-kelsen-achieves-aws-machine-learning-competency-status Brisbane, 7 July, 2020 – Max Kelsen, Beyond A.I., one of Australia’s leading Machine Learning (ML) solutions businesses, and an APN Advanced Consulting Partner, announced today it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) ML Competency status as part of the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognises Max Kelsen’s ability to deliver ML solutions in production on AWS, enabling customers to generate business value and increase competitive advantage. Brisbane-based Max Kelsen is only the third APN Partner in Australia to achieve the AWS ML Competency status and it is a significant reflection of the company’s investment in resources and skills made to maximise the full suite of AWS ML services. The competency has enhanced Max Kelsen’s ability to deploy industry relevant, in-production solutions for customers globally, across a wide range of industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, travel, and the public sector. Nick Therkelsen-Terry, CEO, Max Kelsen, said the AWS competency builds on the company’s history of providing solutions which help customers solve their data challenges, deploy ML and data science workflows, and offer Software as a Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) based features to enable predictive capabilities within their applications. “Achieving AWS ML Competency status demonstrates to our customers that Max Kelsen has validated expertise in ML experience on AWS,” Mr Nick Therkelsen-Terry said. “We have a proven track record of delivering game changing ML products and services for our customers.” He said. Davinia Simon, Head of Channel and Alliances in Australia and New Zealand, AWS, said, “Whether it’s improving customer experience, helping people discover entertainment easier, or predicting when maintenance is needed in industrial equipment, ML capabilities are extremely important for organisations to solve some of the toughest challenges. ML is an incredibly exciting area of emerging technology, and we are thrilled to see our APN Partners like Max Kelsen specialising in this technology to support their customers.” Max Kelsen has developed ML as a Service (MLaaS) as a joint investment approach with its customers, where both parties collaborate to build innovative solutions. Once developed, these MLaaS solutions are delivered via a consumption-based pricing model, with defined outcomes. This model can help to support organisations with capital expenditure constraints that are limited by COVID-19, while the imperative for businesses to innovate has never been greater. About Max Kelsen Founded in Brisbane in 2015, Max Kelsen (MK) is one of Australia’s leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solutions businesses. We deliver innovation which is directly linked to the generation of business value and competitive advantage to customers in Australia and globally, including Fortune 500 companies. Max Kelsen is also dedicated to reinvesting our expertise and profits to solve the challenges of humankind, focusing on Cancer Genomics, AI Safety, and Quantum Computing. Media Contact: Peter Witts. Email: Ph +61 (0) 477274412 Australian based temperature sensor manufacturer assists in times of crisis 2020-05-19T04:00:48Z australian-based-temperature-sensor-manufacturer-assists-in-times-of-crisis Australian owned temperature sensor manufacturer, Pyrosales, is operating at critical capacity during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As Australia’s longest established manufacturers of precision temperature, level and flow measurement gauges, sensors and instrumentation, as well as calibration devices, they are helping out the essential services in need. When it comes to the Australian essential services, Pyrosales has always worked with them, even before the pandemic. Assisting with supply and manufacture for the Medical Industry, the most common products are the infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of individuals in a quick and accurate manner and thermal imaging devices that can detect variations in temperature of individuals. Hospitals and private medical businesses can rely on the team at Pyrosales to supplying refrigeration temperature equipment for medicines, blood and IVF storage as well as maintaining the equipment for sterilization, and of course food temperature control. They are also working to help our aged care facilities to control the temperature of their food and medicine. Pyrosales continue to help out the essential services by ensuring food plant manufacturers have adequate thermocouples, RKC temperature controllers, temperature and pressure gauges to maintain food production. “We have solutions for businesses to monitor their employees for fever temperature. Companies are investigating new ways to measure for the virus to reduce the spread into their workplace. Pyrosales has many products to suit any businesses requirements whether it is to meet the volume of employees, their price range or on-site technology. We not only supply to the medical and industrial market, we are also seeing an increase in demand for people to use in their homes,” said our CEO, John Shanahan. With many businesses in Australia struggling in the current climate, it is positive to see an Australian owned business working not only to help those who need it but are helping boost the economy and keep people in jobs. About Pyrosales Pyrosales is Australia’s longest established and largest manufacturers of precision temperature, level and flow measurement gauges, sensors and instrumentation, as well as calibration devices. The company has developed a reputable position in Australia and internationally as a leading provider of specialist design, manufacture and repair services, especially in applications involving extreme heat conditions. Proudly Australian-owned, Pyrosales has operations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as in South America, China and the United States. The company remains a leading exporter of temperature sensors to Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, China, Belgium, Germany, Malaysia, Zambia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and South America. Pyrosales now has 28 employees, with many having been with the company for 20 years or more. Their knowledge and understanding of the customers’ requirements ensure that a solution for their temperature needs can be provided no matter the difficulty. This service to Australian Industry has both been recognised and rewarded as recipients of business awards and finalist selections: Winner - 2009 Suncorp Business of the YearWinner - 2009 Suncorp Award for Excellence in Developing an Export MarketFinalist - 2009 Australian Institute of Export - Premier's NSW Export Awards Finalist - 2018 Australian Institute of Export - Premier's NSW Export Awards ACROMAG – NEW SFF Embedded Computer Mates COM Express Type 10 CPU with Four Industrial I/O Modules for Signal Processing and Control Tasks 2020-04-23T03:22:21Z acromag-new-sff-embedded-computer-mates-com-express-type-10-cpu-with-four-industrial-i-o-modules-for-signal-processing-and-control-tasks-1 Acromag introduces a new rugged, small form factor (SFF) embedded computer system with modular I/O for signal processing, communication, and control functions. The ARCX1100 is optimised for size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) with a COM Express Type 10 CPU and four slots for Acromag’s plug-in AcroPack® I/O modules. Overall size with an integrated removable SSD bay is just 19.3 x 19.3 x 8.2 cm and 2kg. Fanless, extended temperature operation from -40 to 71°C is supported with an Intel® Atom® E3950 (Apollo Lake) processor and four AcroPack I/O modules installed. Peripherals include two RJ45 gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0, two RS232, mini DisplayPort, and audio ports, plus M.2 and SATA data storage connectors. Four 68-pin VHDCI connectors securely route field I/O to the AcroPack modules without any loose internal cables to interface a mix of analogy, digital, serial, FPGA, avionics, and other I/O signals. Designed for defence, industrial, and mobile embedded computing systems, the ARCX1100 is ideal for test & measurement, data acquisition & control, communication, avionics, simulation, and signal processing applications. The rugged design is engineered to withstand 50g shock and 5g vibration. More than 25 AcroPack modules are available to perform A/D, D/A, discrete I/O, RS232/485, MIL-STD-1553, CAN bus, Gigabit Ethernet, and other functions. Third-party mPCIe modules are supported for use in the AcroPack slots. Power is sourced from a 10-36V DC supply. A water-resistant connector cover is also available to seal and secure the cabling. Compact, rugged, and extremely versatile, the ARCX1100 provides high-performance embedded computing in a simple, affordable package. The modular design combining a low-power mini COM Express processor with up to four AcroPack I/O modules offers unprecedented flexibility and upgrade-ability without compromising reliability. AcroPack mezzanine modules improve on the mini PCI Express by adding a down-facing 100-pin connector that securely routes the I/O through a carrier card to its integrated external connectors; therefore, eliminating internal cables and metalwork modifications. Carrier cards for rackmount, field-deployable, industrial chassis, desktop, and small mezzanine computing platforms let you combine up to four I/O function modules on one computer board. More than 25 models are available for data acquisition, signal processing, test & measurement, command/control, and network communication applications. Furthermore, software tools support embedded applications running on Linux®, Windows®, or VxWorks® operating systems.   ACROMAG is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics Australian Company Bigmate Launches “Thermy™” - Thermal Screening to Detect People with Elevated Temperatures 2020-04-02T03:54:37Z australian-company-bigmate-launches-thermytm-thermal-screening-to-detect-people-with-elevated-temperatures Brisbane, Australia –April 2, 2020 Brisbane based computer vision leader Bigmate, today announced the commercial availability of a pre-screening solution using thermal imaging, which immediately detects elevated temperatures of people entering or leaving workplaces in real time. Unique in its ability to scale, “Thermy” can be quickly and easily deployed in a wide range of facilities, including factories, territorial borders, warehouses, government and private offices, and any location where people are moving through entrances and walkways. Thermy uses thermal cameras and advanced analytics to provide a pre-screening observational solution which helps identify people who present the risk of an abnormal temperature. Persons in question could have their core body temperature validated, utilising the organisation’s normal medical and/or Operational Health and Safety procedures. Mark Shield, Bigmate’s Managing Director, said; “With Thermy, organisations can create a pre-screening detection system to identify people with skin-elevated temperatures, which in turn minimises the risk of impact to workplace environments. Keeping workers safe is what Bigmate is all about and this technology can assist businesses keep their workplace healthy and productive. We are excited that this industry leading product has been developed in Brisbane and proud we are able to do our small part at this challenging time.” Thermy is able to identify a ‘true skin view’ even when the subject may have a beard, a hard hat, or a protective suit which covers the body - or other features which often reduce the ability to take an accurate reading from traditional thermal camera-based solutions. Thermy also eliminates the problem of ‘flaring’ which occurs when an image is recorded in places of extreme temperature variation, by removing the background object from any analysis, focusing on the person. Thermy can also operate at scale, by detecting one or many people with elevated temperatures simultaneously. This is one of Thermy’s market-leading innovations. Thermy also utilises “edge” network services so it can still function if a network connection fails. Thermy is based on Bigmate’s “Warny” solution, which uses sophisticated computer vision algorithms developed over a number of years, to protect people working around dangerous machines, such as forklifts, trucks or industrial cutting machines. Warny is used by some of Australia’s leading industrial companies to detect instances of spontaneous combustion of materials, overheating of equipment and fires in the workplace. Warny features a number of globally-leading innovations. For example, it is unique in its ability to create distance measurement from one camera, through Bigmate’s industry leading software. This allows for the extremely accurate measurement of individual skin temperature, social distancing, and people counting. One of the ways in which Thermy logically extends Warny’s capabilities is by using thermal cameras, providing real time information through dashboards, hosted in Australia on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for remote viewing and trend analysis. If someone with an elevated temperature profile is identified, an alert will be sent via multiple media, aligned to the company’s workplace health and privacy policies. “Thermy is not intended to be a medical apparatus. It is observational technology but it is designed to play a critical role in helping organisations speed up their ability to protect workers and their families in the fight against highly contagious virus outbreaks such as COVID19, the everyday day flu and beyond,” said Mr Shield. About Bigmate: Established in Queensland, Australia in 1996, Brisbane based Bigmate is a business outcome focused technology and services company. Over that time Bigmate has established a proven record in the provision of critical risk management solutions using computer vision and industrial sensors. Our focus is keeping workers safe using technology, which in turn helps to drive productivity in some of Australia’s largest companies, government and local government. Bigmate is an Amazon Web Services Partner, providing Bigmate with access to AWS’ industry leading services, its scale, flexibility and speed to market. For further information or an interview please contact Peter Witts Sydney Director, Technology Navigate Communication Ph + 61 477 274 412 BOC and EWM celebrate decade with Industry 4.0 events 2020-03-03T00:07:51Z boc-and-ewm-celebrate-decade-with-industry-4-0-events Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, celebrated 10 years of partnership with EWM through a series of February events showcasing the latest welding innovations to Australian fabricators and businesses. In partnership with Weld Australia, BOC customers and members of Weld Australia attended ‘Discover the Welding 4.0 revolution’ which featured live welding demonstrations by digital welding experts from EWM, a global market leader in welding technology. Tony Newnham, Head of SPW Group & BOC Welding Business said the event demonstrated how Welding 4.0 techniques can improve profitability and quality for Australian welders. “Welding technology is undergoing revolutionary change with the emergence of more automation and data exchange between machines. “Whether it’s small fabrication jobs or automated robotic applications, BOC understands the need to keep our customers up to speed on the latest developments in digital welding. These technologies are revolutionising how welders deliver quality jobs. Welding operations of all sizes can increase production efficiencies and save money. “We are delighted to have our long-standing partner EWM deliver training in Australia and demonstrate their new range of Titan welding equipment, designed to future-proof welding operations for industry 4.0.” Supervisory Board, President of EWM, Susanne Szczesny-Oßing says that shared values and BOC’s expertise has been key to the successful partnership. “BOC’s technical expertise in welding and EWM’s passion for technology are the perfect combination to help our customers on their journey through this digital revolution. “Welding 4.0 has many benefits such as increased quality welds and improved production efficiency. The customers who attended the event in Sydney got exclusive demonstrations on how welding 4.0 can help them improve efficiencies in their own welding businesses. “To date, our trusted partnership with BOC has led to almost 15,000 EWM welding machines currently being used by customers in Australia and New Zealand, and we look forward to building on this partnership in the future. “The implementation of i4.0 advanced welding technology into Australian manufacturing will deliver significant improvements in profitability, efficiency and quality, “said Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia. “Importantly, it will also make our manufacturing more internationally competitive and lead to industry growth and higher employment,” Crittenden said. New product from EWM As the exclusive distributor of leading German welding brand EWM, BOC now offers EWM’s new range of Titan welding equipment that features Rapid Response Control (RRC), intelligent monitoring and real-time welding data to ensure the highest levels of quality and efficiency. EWM demonstrated their new range of Titan welding equipment to BOC customers and Weld Australia members and will showcase it at a similar event in Brisbane on February 26th. EWM’s Titan welding equipment is now available in Australia. For more information ring 131 262 or visit -ENDS- About BOC: BOC is a subsidiary of Linde plc which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see About Linde: Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2019 sales of $28 billion (€25 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions. For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit Further enquiries: Cora Lanigan 0410 206 634