The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. SMA supplies System Technology for the first utility-scale PV power plant in Myanmar 2018-11-06T06:24:01Z sma-supplies-system-technology-for-the-first-utility-scale-pv-power-plant-in-myanmar Minbu, November 6, 2018 – SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) will deliver 21 MV Power Station 2000SC to a 50 MW PV project in Myanmar. The largest solar power plant of the country is located in Minbu, 500km northwest from Yangon and will go into operation in spring of 2019. On the total area of 200 acres, the solar park will generate approximately 87 million kilowatt hours of clean solar power, which equates to the energy demand of about 20,000 Myanmar households. The MVPS 2000SC is a turnkey system solution equipped with 2 powerful Sunny Central 1000SC-XT inverters and a perfectly matched medium voltage solution for the grid connection. “SMA Sunny Central inverters with their proven technology and high power density are successfully in operation in numerous PV power plants worldwide. The robust central inverters undergo several demanding stress tests and are perfectly suited for all challenging climatic conditions. In the northern region of Myanmar where the PV project is located, the performance of the inverter capacity under extremely high temperaturesis of fundamental importance. Our Sunny Central inverters can address the demand with full nominal power in continuous operation at ambient temperature up to 40 °C”, said John Susa, Executive Vice President of SMA Sales North America and APAC. “SMA has achieved great success in the South East Asia region in 2018 and this project is definitely one of the milestones,” John Susa continued, “we are very proud of working with CTIEC (China Triumph International Engineering Group Co., Ltd.). The EPC has rich experience with large-scale power plant projects in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.” “Minbu Solar Park is the first large scale solar project in Myanmar, we need to work with reliable partners to ensure its success in performance,” said Ray Liu, Director of New Energy Department at CTIEC. “We know that SMA has the global experience and reliability which is necessary to minimize the risks, we chose SMA’s system technology because we were impressed by its product testing procedure and high degree of design flexibility. SMA also made a vital contribution to deliver the products within a tight construction schedule.” About SMAThe SMA Group with sales of around €900 million in 2017 is a global leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies.Intelligent energy management and digital energy solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 19 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,100patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the SDAX index.About CTIECChina Triumph International Engineering Co., Ltd. (CTIEC) is an internationalized engineering group company and a key national-level hi-tech enterprise, and is the engineering technical platform of China National Building Material Co., Ltd. CTIEC has been vigorously implementing the strategy of integration, industrialization, engineering and internationalization and rapidly developing the industries of new glass, new material, new energy and new equipment with industrial bases distributing in several provinces of China and business network spreading all over the world. Since 2003, CTIEC has been consecutively in the list of Top 50 national exploration and design enterprises, project management enterprises and national project general contracting enterprises, and appraised as Top 200 global top-level engineering design and consulting firms by American ENR. SMA Solar Technology AGSonnenallee 134266 NiestetalGermany Head of Corporate Communications:Anja JasperTel. +49 561 9522-2805Presse@SMA.de Press Contact:Adele ZhangMarketing Director, APACTel. +61 2 9491 4223Fax +61 2 9491 4290Marketing@SMA-Australia.com.au Disclaimer:This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for,acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or futuresubsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of,or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in theCompany or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be offered orsold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S.Securities Act of 1933, as amended.This press release can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented statements are statements which donot describe facts of the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. Thesestatements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of SMA SolarTechnology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time. Future-oriented statements are therefore onlyvalid on the day on which they are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements ofuncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors can lead to considerabledifferences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of thecorporation and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in publishedreports. These reports are available on the SMA website at www.SMA.de. The company accepts noobligation whatsoever to update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events ordevelopments. Is it the end of the National Electricity Market (NEM)? 2018-10-22T23:05:36Z is-it-the-end-of-the-national-electricity-market-nem Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), which has served the eastern and southern states for 20 years, may be heading towards its demise. The NEM framework has operated well over this time, but with a shift to renewables it’s increasing doubtful that the NEM is an appropriate system for the future of electricity in this country. NEM’s current objective is “to promote efficient investment in, and efficient use of, electricity services for the long-term interests of consumers”. With more than $16 billion of electricity traded annually in the NEM to meet the demand of around nine million end-use consumers, it operates on the world’s longest interconnected power system: from Port Douglas in Queensland to Port Lincoln in South Australia, a distance of around 5,000 kilometres. The NEM is involved in the price, quality, reliability and security of supply of electricity throughout these regions. To understand why the NEM may be on the way out, it’s useful to review the history of the electricity sector and the root of its problems. What created the NEM? Prior to the NEM being set up in 1998 there was a long period of inefficient government control over the electricity sector. State governments, which had built the energy infrastructure for power generation and distribution were obligated to invest in electricity generation to manage periods of exponential growth in demand. This monopoly caused a host of inadequacies that went largely ignored during high ‘growth in demand’ phases. For example, the electricity system was dominated by large investments in infrastructure. One of the consequences of this was governments would over invest in some areas to keep people employed or electoral pressures (instead of consumer interest) would drive project approvals. Poor decisions led to millions of dollars being spent too early, or worse, spent in the wrong areas entirely. Sadly, the consequences were worn by the taxpayer and consumer. In the mid 1990's a new mood in the energy market saw consumers demand change, resulting in the birth of the National Electricity Market along with the movement to privatise electricity assets. This helped to improve investment decisions and make shareholders accountable, not the consumer. For 20 years the NEM has worked successfully. However, we are now seeing another period of significant change in need and demand in the energy debate: renewables. Experts are now asking how the NEM is planning to deliver efficient investment in, and efficient use of, electricity services for the long-term interests of consumers within this new landscape. Do they have the right framework to serve the near-future consumer and sector? What created doubt in the NEM? At the core of the NEM is generation. More specifically, electricity offered into the market by power plants at a bidding price. Historically, market-set prices in the NEM have been stable due to coal-fired generators bidding at comparatively low and consistent levels. However, recently we’ve seen the rise of ‘must run’ wind and solar generation, which is offered into the market at zero cost. Add the retirement of older base-load coal and dispatchable gas-fired power plants, and we’re seeing an inevitable crusade toward renewable power. One likely outcome of this will be an increase in market volatility as prices plummet to zero at times of high solar/wind generation and spike when they are not generating. We may also be left with fewer generators offering power at a lower price resulting in a type of monopolistic market that restricts output and charges a premium to customers. Ultimately, if there’s a reduction in competitive energy to be dispatched, this is likely to result in adverse outcomes for consumers. As the percentage of renewables increases to 30 per cent, then 50 per cent and beyond, many are asking if the NEM can survive this influx of zero priced generation and the subsequent erosion of dispatchable power. It should also be noted that a fundamental element of any competitive market - of which the NEM is one - is that governments set the policies and rules but then the government stays out of its administration. Any interference is bound to undermine it. Governments are seeing energy, and electricity in particular, as an important issue the electorate expects them to act on. Most would agree they should, however, this action needs to be at a policy level, not the interventionist levels we are seeing now. These actions undermine the NEM and lead it closer to its demise. About Rod Boyte: Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd and an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod served on the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002) and has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various industry working groups. Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was at this month’s VicWater 2018 Future State of Efficiencies conference where he presented on Internalising Energy for Water Corporations. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. www.smartpowerenergy.com.au Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- National Safe Work Month: Many benefits for SMEs in outsourcing drug and alcohol testing 2018-10-04T01:55:40Z national-safe-work-month-many-benefits-for-smes-in-outsourcing-drug-and-alcohol-testing Staff working under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, not just to themselves, but their fellow workers and the organisation’s reputation. Major events, such as the forthcoming Melbourne Cup, are times when more workers test positive for drugs the next day such as MET (methamphetamine/ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and THC (marijuana). With October being National Safe Work Month, Andatech, a leading Australian supplier of drug and alcohol testing equipment and services, highlights how substance use and abuse play a significant role in work‑related injuries and fatalities. "Australian businesses are losing an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use‑related productivity issues and 7.5% of hospital morbidity is related to alcohol consumption in the workplace," said Jaka Exstrada, Business Development Manager from Andatech. "This abuse also contributes to adverse productivity outcomes such as absenteeism, lateness, a decrease in attention span, poor coordination, difficulty in comprehension and slower reaction time." Many employers who want to carry out tests but cannot justify having an in-house drug and alcohol testing regime for random testing, post-incident and emergency testing are turning to third party testing, which is becoming more readily available. This outsourced testing is more affordable and can be customised for each organisation, tailoring the level of equipment, the frequency and the volume of drug and alcohol testing to suit their requirements. "Organisations may not realise that on-site drug testing services, either urine or oral, can be set up for as little as one person per year. In addition, they can also opt for education and awareness presentations and inductions, and policy and procedure development. "Third party testing is ideal for smaller businesses who want to comply with workplace health and safety but would prefer a professional with experience in testing to undertake the tests. "The testing service can also deal with awkward situations and it doesn’t hinder relationships between employees," he said. Testing improves employee compliance One Melbourne manufacturer that commenced testing earlier this year, has seen the incidence of positive readings halved from an average of 6% to 3%. The improvement is expected to continue as staff realise they can't get away with it. The purpose of this company's testing regime is to prevent staff from arriving at work still under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they are putting themselves and others at risk from injury or worse. To this end, various types of testing is conducted including random testing and special days testing when people are more likely to give a positive result, such as the day after Melbourne Cup Day or Australia Day. Some companies also conduct pre‑employment tests, incident tests and for‑cause tests where they suspect someone may be under the influence. For companies who want to manage their own testing regime, Andatech offers urine and oral DrugSense kits that test for nine different drug types. The company also has the widest range of Australian Standard‑certified breathalysers in Australia, including AlcoSense workplace breathalysers. However, many small enterprises are now turning to third party on-site drug and alcohol services from Andatech that uses a NATA accredited lab, certified collectors/testers and offers 24/7 on-site testing in all major cities in Australia, which is crucial when emergency and post-incident testing is required quickly. www.andatech.com.au https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/about Ends Free resources for business: White paper: Developing a Drugs and Alcohol Policy: Avoiding Common Pitfalls when Including Drug & Breath Tests https://www.andatech.com.au/developing-drugs-alcohol-policy-whitepaper White paper: Drug Abuse in the Workplace: A hidden management crisis https://www.andatech.com.au/workplace-drug-abuse-whitepaper White paper: Human Factor: The Human-Technology Interface in Workplace Safety https://www.andatech.com.au/human-factor-workplace-safety-whitepaper Some more facts & figures: In its 2007 study, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council reported that 2.5% of the workforce attends work despite being under the influence of illicit drugs. Figures released by The Alcohol and Drug Foundation show that Australian businesses lose an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use-related productivity issues. According to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), most work-related accident compensation claims come from workers who are absent for 12 weeks on average. These claims have a direct and indirect cost estimated at $60 billion per year. Wheeldon through Integrity Sampling found that 300,000 workers in Australia in full-time employment, misuse drugs and alcohol at harmful levels, and that 57% of part-time and contractual staff have the same problem. 40% of the workforce population in the 35-55-year-old demographic tested positive for methamphetamine and 1 in 15 professional drivers in the State of Victoria tested positive for illicit drugs in 2016. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 9 drug groups providing error-free results. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au To request any photos in high resolution please contact Wendy McWilliams. Captions: Andatech’s AlcoSense Prodigy S workplace breathalyser with one-touch operation delivers highly accurate readings. Andatech’s DrugSense Saliva Drug Testing Kit that tests for all the main drug groups. Andatech Sentry baton breathalyser can take 12 samples per minute. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Always Prompt Services – Quick & Reliable Appliance Repairs Brisbane Service 2018-09-19T06:03:45Z always-prompt-services-quick-amp-reliable-appliance-repairs-brisbane-service Established in 2009, Always Prompt Services is one of the leading appliance repair services in Brisbane. The company is a mobile service that fixes appliances by visiting the customer’s place. Always Prompt Services aims to deliver a high level of customer satisfaction, be on time and keep the customer informed of all things concerning the repair job. Steve White, owner of Always Prompt Services says, “Our team of technicians have accumulated years of experience and are fully qualified experts on all household appliance repairs around Brisbane and beyond. Working on all brands of appliances both in and out of Warranty, we aim to save you money and time and living up to our motto.” The business services the Greater Brisbane Area from Bribie Island (North), to Gold Coast (South) and Ipswich (West), to Bayside and Coastal Islands (East). The company mobile van carries genuine appliance parts & spare parts for leading brands like Samsung, LG, Electrolux, Westinghouse, Whirlpool and more. The technician will visit your place as per the schedule and give you an estimate for the repair cost.  Whether you are in need for appliance repairs Brisbane, fridge repairs Brisbane oven repairs Brisbane you can rest assured that you’ll be 100% satisfied with the service. To back up the 100% satisfaction assurance the company offers 12 month appliance repair warranty on all spare parts fitted with some conditions though. Let there be no doubt that the company makes use of only the best and original spare parts that are sourced directly from company authorized centers. The warranty is void if during the 12 months you have some other service provider come over and repair the appliance or you have tried to fix the appliance yourself.  If you’re looking for reliable and affordable appliance repairs Brisbane, Brisbane Greater Area and beyond, then look no further than Always Prompt Services. For friendly, highly skilled technicians who provide professional and prompt service every time, give us a call today on (07)30637607 or contact us for a quote. About Always Prompt Services Always Prompt Services is a 100% Australian owned and operated appliance repairs Brisbane company that has been providing exceptional washing machine repairs, oven repairs Brisbane, dishwasher repairs and fridge repairs to customers in Brisbane since 2009.   Media Contacts: Owner - Steve White Address: Unit 40/17 Cairns Street, Loganholme 4129, QLD Phone: 07 30637607 Website: www.alwayspromptservices.com.au Always Prompt Services – Appliance Repair Service Covering of all Brisbane Area 2018-08-21T01:11:58Z always-prompt-services-appliance-repair-service-covering-of-all-brisbane-area Appliance repairs are a common need in every household these days. While new appliances are covered under manufacturer’s warranty whenever you need a repair or fixing of the appliance post the warranty period it’s the job best done by appliance repair services. All appliances be it a TV, washing machine, oven, dishwasher or microwave might need some sort of repairs after a few years. Home appliances play a huge part in making our daily lives easy and reduce the amount of time spent doing simple chores like dish washing and laundry cleaning.  Always Prompt Services is there to help with all your appliance repair needs in and around Brisbane. Always Prompt Services is a business entity belonging to Always Prompt Repairs who are among the market leaders in providing appliance repairs Brisbane. The company offers on site repair services, which means when you book an appliance repair Brisbane services with the company a team of skilled, knowledgeable and experienced repair technicians visit your place. The team carries repair tools and spare parts for all the leading brands so that customers are delivered a great service experience. No matter what the kind of appliance repair that you need done, Always Prompt Services is available 7 days a week from 7.30 AM in the morning to 6.00 PM in the evening to service its customers.   The company’s website offers an easy way to book appliance repair Brisbane services, all you need to do is visit the website and go to Book Now, fill in the contact form with details such as contact name, phone number, suburb, appliance type, preferred date and time for the visit and a little description of your needs and that’s it. About Always Prompt Repair  Always Prompt Repairs is a 100% Australian owned and operated appliance repairs Brisbane company that has been providing exceptional washing machine repair Brisbane, oven repairs, dishwasher repairs Brisbane and fridge repairs to customers in Brisbane since 2009.  Media Contacts: Phone: 07 30637607 Address: Unit 40/17 Cairns Street, Loganholme 4129, QLD Email: admin@alwayspromptservices.com.au Website: www.alwayspromptservices.com.au Always Prompt Repairs Offering 12 Month Appliance Repair Warranty 2018-07-10T05:41:03Z always-prompt-repairs-offering-12-month-appliance-repair-warranty Always Prompt Repairs is a mobile appliance repairs service that has been in the operations since 2009. The company is 100% Australian owned and operated business that repairs all kinds of home appliances from refrigerators to ovens to washing machines to dishwashers’ right at your place.  The company has years of experience in the field and brings appliance repairs solutions to users’ doorsteps. Always Prompt Repairs offers a wide range of repairs solutions for different types of appliances including fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, ovens, driers and a whole lot more. The versatile solutions of the company are ideal for products from different brands, both in and out of warranty. The quality that separates Always Prompt Repairs from other similar services is that this company has vans that are well equipment with spare parts that can fix just about any appliance needing repair. They have team of experienced technicians who can find the fault with the appliance in no time and fix it fast.  The company’s website offers an easy way to book appliance repair Brisbane services, all you need to do is visit the website and go to Book Now, fill in the contact form with details such as contact name, phone number, suburb, appliance type, preferred date and time for the visit and a little description of your needs and that’s it. A team member from their office will contact you on the given phone confirm to confirm the details following which an onsite mobile repair van and crew will visit your place on your preferred date and time to carry out dishwasher repairs, fridge repairs, oven repairs or whatever appliance repairs Brisbane service you may need. Always Prompt Repairs offers 12 month appliance repair warranty on all spare parts fitted with some conditions though. Let there be no doubt that the company makes use of only the best and original spare parts that are sourced directly from company authorized centers. The warranty is void if during the 12 months you have some other service provider come over and repair the appliance or you have tried to fix the appliance yourself.  About Always Prompt Repair  Always Prompt Repairs is a 100% Australian owned and operated appliance repairs Brisbane company that has been providing exceptional washing machine repairs, oven repairs, dishwasher repairs and fridge repairs to customers in Brisbane since 2009.  Media Contacts: Website: www.alwayspromptservices.com.au Email: admin@alwayspromptservices.com.au Phone: 07 30637607 Address: Unit 40/17 Cairns Street, Loganholme 4129, QLD Always Prompt Repair Services Launches New Offers 2018-06-13T01:46:12Z always-prompt-repair-services-launches-new-offers Always Prompt Repair Services, a noted appliance repairs in Brisbane company has launched new offers, which enable clients to get the best solutions at affordable rates. Having any kind of home appliances breaking down or not working to their optimum can be a nightmare. Today people lead hectic lives and rely on their day to day appliances to make their tasks easier. That’s why when they need repairs they want to get the job done efficiently and promptly as well. That’s where the solutions offered by Always Prompt Repair Services come into the picture. The company has years of experience in the field and brings appliance repairs solutions to users’ doorsteps. Always Prompt Repair Services offers a wide range of repairs solutions for different types of appliances including fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, ovens, driers and a whole lot more. The versatile solutions of the company are ideal for products from different brands, both in and out of warranty. Clients looking for washing machine repairs in Brisbane or any other service for that matter, can rely on the solutions offered by Always Prompt Repair Services. After all, the company has a strong team of fully licensed, well trained and experienced technicians. The office team handles the initial calls for help and makes the process completely stress free. Clients are given a clear idea of terms and conditions right at the onset so that there are no surprises at any point. The professionals working with Always Prompt Repair Services travel with a full range of appliance parts so that any related issues can be solved at the earliest. Clients are given a quote if any special parts are needed so that they know exactly what they are getting into. So confident is the company of its services that it offers a 12 month warranty to back all repairs and fitted parts. The company also offers 24 x 7 emergency service with discount offers for students and seniors, which make it the place to go to for all types of appliance repairs in the area. About Always Prompt Repairs Brisbane based appliance repairs company specializing in appliance repairs, washing machine repairs Brisbane, dishwasher repairs, fridge repairs Brisbane, oven repairs, cook top repairs and dryer repairs. We have highly skilled mobile appliance repair technicians based across all of the greater Brisbane Area.  We pride ourselves on providing the best possible service, being on time every time is just the start. Media Contacts: Website: www.alwayspromptservices.com.au Email: admin@alwayspromptservices.com.au Phone: 07 30637607 Address: Unit 40/17 Cairns Street, Loganholme 4129, QLD Maintain your electrical safety with Adelaide Test and Tagging 2018-06-08T04:57:11Z maintain-your-electrical-safety-with-adelaide-test-and-tagging Adelaide, South Australia (June 8th, 2018) - Test and Tag Adelaide businesses is required under AS/NZS 3760. Adelaide Test and Tagging offer electrical test and tagging, RCD testing & Fire equipment testing. There are many reasons for complying with the Test and Tagging standard, including keeping your customers, staff & building safe from incident. It also assists in protecting you in you need to make an insurance claim from fire or fault of a electrical items. Having a electrical safety maintenance program is a requirement to all businesses under AS/NZS 3760 & failure to do so could result in legal backlash if an incident were to occur. Thus the small investment pays for itself. Adelaide Test and Tagging provide full reporting, a certificate of compliance & notification next time your testing is due. For a free quote contact Adelaide test and tagging and a friendly team member will assist you. The contact number is 1300 311 445. Sungrow Enters Australian Storage Market and Launches Suite of Residential Products 2018-05-22T00:52:04Z sungrow-enters-australian-storage-market-and-launches-suite-of-residential-products SYDNEY, Australia., May 22, 2018 – www.sungrowpower.com.au – Sungrow Power, a company ranked in the top two solar inverter manufacturers globally by shipments according to GTM Research, today announced its Next Generation Crystal Inverter Series and the coveted PowCube Residential Energy Storage System (ESS) are now shipping in Australia. Marking the second generation in Sungrow’s product roadmap, the suite of new residential products includes single and dual maximum power point tracker (MPPT) inverters ranging from two to five kilowatts, Sungrow 4.8kW Battery which won the iF award for design, and Sungrow 5kW Hybrid Inverter which won the TUV Rheinland Quality Prize in 2016.   Passing the Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT), the NextGen Crystal Series delivers superior yield with 98% EU efficiency and leading reliability at less than 0.3% failure rate worldwide. Featuring the next generation hybrid inverter, PowCube Residential ESS offers a high performance, flexible storage solution with simple online management and smart hibernation for enhanced safety.   Benson Jiao, managing director of Sungrow Australia said, “This is a pivotal moment in Sungrow’s global expansion. Australia is a strategic market for Sungrow and we are well poised to leverage our international leadership position as we continue to build out our diversified product portfolio.”   Sungrow’s best-in-class solar technology has been well-received in the Australian market, with the company reporting record growth, going from 0-10% inverter market share between 2013 and 2015.   Russell French, Sungrow’s recently appointed director of strategy for Australia said, “There’s no doubt that Sungrow is setting a new standard for solar manufacturers to compete with. The Australian market is showing increasing demand for high quality, safe and reliable solar and storage technology that represents good value for money. What installers are telling us is that Sungrow’s products are not only priced very competitively but their performance also exceeds expectations in every respect.”   Australian installers will benefit from Sungrow’s local support, delivered through their team of around 18 staff, among the largest local presence of all inverter manufacturers. Uniquely, the company also boasts a local network of service and repairs depots around Australia.   The landmark announcement consolidates three years of development at Sungrow, with an R&D team accounting for over 35 percent of the company’s total workforce of more than 3000. The company has also invested in an in-house testing centre approved by UL, CSA, TÜV Rheinland, and TÜV SÜD. In 2016, Sungrow launched a new storage inverter factory, setting its combined annual manufacturing capacity at 18GW for PV inverters.   In 2014, the company established joint venture company, Sungrow-Samsung SDI, to provide integrated energy storage solutions for the residential, commercial and industrial (C&I), and utility markets. Combining Samsung SDI’s leading battery cell technology with Sungrow’s storage inverter product, the Sungrow-Samsung SDI joint venture has a production capacity of 3GW per month.  Sungrow Crystal Inverter Series Single MPPT Range: 2kW Inverter (SG2K-S), 2.5kW Inverter (SG2K5-S), 3kW Inverter (SG3K-S) – more information Dual MPPT Range: 3kW Inverter (SG3K-D), 5kW Inverter (SG5K-D) – more information ·       EU efficiency 98% - high AC/DC ratio ·       Stable operation over 15 years ·       Export power control from 0 - 100% ·       Active & reactive power control ·       8.5kg, plug and play design for easy installation & fast commissioning ·       Compatible with single and three-phase meters Build-in LCD screen ·       Easy wifi monitoring - web based or via app   Sungrow PowCube Residential Energy Storage System Sungrow Residential Energy Storage Battery (SBP4K8) – more information Sungrow Residential Hybrid Inverter (SH5K-20) – more information ·       One complete system & manufacturer ·       Applicable to grid-connected and off-grid PV systems ·       Reliable Samsung SDI battery cells ·       Longer lifetime due to multi-layer protection & smart hibernation ·       Supports retrofit systems ·       Wide battery storage range: 4.8 – 14.4 kWh’s ·       Remote firmware update ·       Single window for professional services ·       Aesthetic modular design and simple installation   Installer Training Installers who want to learn more about Sungrow’s NextGen technology should attend the company’s official training roadshow running from June 4th – 8th, 2018 in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Registration essential via Sungrow’s page on EventBrite.   Availability Sungrow’s NextGen Inverters and PowCube ESS are available now through authorised distribution.   About Sungrow Sungrow is a global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables with over 60GW installed worldwide as of June 2017. Founded in 1997 by University Professor Renxian Cao, Sungrow is a global leader in research and development in solar inverters, with numerous patents and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter systems and ESS for utility-scale, commercial and residential applications. With a 20-year track record of growth and success, Sungrow's products are available in over 50 countries, maintaining a market share of around 25% in Germany and over 15% globally. http://www.sungrowpower.com The ‘original & best’ Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show returns to Melbourne 2018-03-22T04:01:57Z the-original-best-australian-hi-fi-av-show-returns-to-melbourne Celebrating 20 years of organising Hi-Fi & AV Shows around the world, Chester Group has announced details of its 2018 Show in Melbourne from 19–21 October. To be held at its most prestigious venue yet, The COMO Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel in South Yarra, big names have already signed up to be at the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show with around half the space already taken. More than 200 brands are expected to be on display from exhibitors such as Yamaha, which has booked three suites, Dynaudio, Pioneer, Astell & Kern, Dali, Rega, Sonus Faber, Audio Note UK, Prism Audio and many more. Leading distributors from across Australia have suites booked including BusiSoftAV, Indi Imports, Network Audio Video, Addicted to Audio, Reference Audio Visual, Synergy Audio Visual, Krispy Audio, Absolute High End, Audio Marketing, Powermove, Sound Gallery and Audio Magic. Chester Group is a major supporter of the Australian Hi-Fi & AV industry, holding an annual Hi-Fi & AV Show in Melbourne or Sydney since 2011 and being a Platinum Sponsor of the Sound & Image Awards every year. This year, Chester Group is offering an early-bird special on all tickets: buy one get one free, whether one, two or three day passes. This will encourage new visitors and expand the audience. The 2 for 1 special can be purchased online up to 31 July 2018. Another incentive for visitors are the significant prizes on offer such as an Astell & Kern portable audio player valued at around $5000. A new experience for visitors to this year’s show will be the ability to audition the Loewe experience with the most comprehensive range of Loewe TVs including ‘the most beautiful OLED TV in the world’, the Bild 7. This uses a panel that is made by LG Display exclusively for Loewe and comes with motion mechanics, integrated soundbars and the TV’s unique user interface. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, said this year is shaping up as one of the best ever held in Australia and the Group remains committed to the industry. “The luxurious venue, the large number of significant international brands and exhibitors, the 2 for 1 offer, and the high level of prizes available will be a huge attraction for local and interstate visitors to the show,” Bird said. “Our primary focus is and always has been to ensure a strong and sustainable Hi-Fi and AV industry, which we will continue to support. “We’ve planned a significant PR and advertising campaign and, as usual, we will have wonderful entertainment that will match our previous years when we’ve had John Paul Young and Fiona Joy.” More details can be found at: www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow www.facebook.com/australianhifiavshow https://twitter.com/@HIFIAVSHOW ends About the Chester Group: Established in 2003, the Chester Group is a family business that specialises in high performance home entertainment and electronics shows held around the world. As a pioneer, it always keeps step with the industries its shows represent while also taking note of emerging markets, or those without representation. The Chester Group plays an invaluable role in the worldwide industry and is dedicated to the pleasure, opportunity and knowledge its shows bring to the thousands of visitors and industry members who attend Chester Group shows. The company’s reputation is built on selecting the very best venues, maintaining independence in the marketplace, ensuring great value for money, and creating strong partnerships with the media and exhibitors, thus making sure its shows continue to be a unique opportunity to see the very latest products. www.chestergroup.org Further enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Tel: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Jim Preece, Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show Sales Manager. Tel: 0400 808 900 E: jim@chestergroup.org Captions for two photos attached: 1) At the Australian HiFi & AV Show, one Astell & Kern portable audio player valued at around $5000 will be given away to one lucky visitor (T&C’s apply). 2) For true cinema enthusiasts, Loewe bild 7 is available in a spectacular 77-inch format with a screen diagonal of 195 cm – an exceptional cinematic experience at home. With concealed cable management, it can be rotated by 45 degrees. New Heatstrip Intense outdoor electric heaters from Thermofilm 2018-03-07T21:45:00Z new-heatstrip-intense-outdoor-electric-heaters-from-thermofilm Why sit indoors when you can be cosy and warm outside on even the chilliest of evenings? Thanks to Thermofilm Australia’s brand new Heatstrip outdoor electric heater called Intense, any outdoor area can be enhanced through the addition of silent radiant heat by this new range of portable and fixed heaters. The new and upgraded heaters are ideal for any alfresco areas, spot-heating tables and lounges, restaurants and cafés, beer gardens, balconies and patios, any entertainment areas, smoking zones, workstations and any place people want to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Like all Heatstrip heaters, Intense heaters are also very energy efficient so they are economical to operate due to the special infra-red opaque carbon filament elements. This means there’s no intense glow, just comfortable warmth. The two models in the Intense range include a slimline, portable freestanding unit and a permanent wall or ceiling mounted unit, both corrosion protected and IPX5 rated to prevent water ingress. Suitable for residential and commercial/hospitality locations the key features include: A high-output 2200W heater with new instant heat-up carbon filament elements. Attractive, all-black unit with new hexagonal grill design. In-built wheels for easy portability and storage on the portable unit. An anodised alloy casing and end caps with powder-coated grill. The Intense Heatstrip outdoor heaters will heat an area of nine square metres (9m2) in a outdoor enclosed area or five square metres (5m2) for an exposed outdoor area. When used indoors they heat an area of 14 square metres (14m2). The permanent outdoor model has flexible mounting options with a standard bracket that allows both ceiling and wall mounting, at various angles, as well as suspension by chains or wires and metal rods. An optional flush-mount kit is also available. Because of its high heat output, it is perfect for areas with high ceilings and hard-to-heat indoor and outdoor spaces. The dimensions are 1070 x 120 x 95 mm. An added benefit is that Heatstrip Intense heaters are suitable for fully exposed installations such as courtyards and patios, even in coastal areas, as they don’t need to be fully protected from the elements. The portable model has easy DIY assembly and installation and simply plugs into a normal power point. A concealed power cable ensures its sleek appearance. The Heatstrip Intense THY2200 models come with a two-year residential and one-year commercial warranty. They are available from Bunnings, heating specialists and outdoor lifestyle stores. RRPs are: * Heatstrip Intense portable electric heater: $699 * Heatstrip Intense wall / ceiling mounted electric heater: $499 www.HEATSTRIP.com.au Ends About Thermofilm Australia: For 30 years Thermofilm Australia has designing and manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products for the residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning HEATSTRIP heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, and Envirotouch energy saving timer switches. Thermofilm will continue to maintain its position as a market leader in heating products by listening to its customers and focusing on continuous improvement and innovative product development. Thermofilm has been awarded the "Manufacturer of the Year" by the Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Similarly, the HEATSTRIP® range was awarded the coveted Australian Business Award for Product Value. General enquiries to Tel: 03 9562 3455 and info@thermofilm.com.au www.thermofilm.com.au Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Thermofilm Australia, 17 Johnston Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175 by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588. or Greg Trezise, National Sales Manager, Thermofilm Australia. Tel: 03 9562 3455 (switch) or 0402 127 375. To request high res photos please send an email to Wendy McWilliams. SMA supplies 1.2 GW inverter power for utility scale PV projects in Australia 2017-11-24T03:04:36Z sma-supplies-1-2-gw-inverter-power-for-utility-scale-pv-projects-in-australia Sydney, November 21, 2017- SMA Australia has signed contracts for the supply of more than 1.2 gigawatt inverter power for more than 20 utility scale PV projects in Australia in 2017. The capacity of the projects ranges from 10 megawatt to 270 megawatt. All PV power plants will be built using SMA’s Medium Voltage Power Station (MVPS) and the SMA Power Plant Controller offering flexible farm control. Due to its perfectly matched components, the fully tested container solution MVPS is perfectly suited for the projects. It reduces transport, installation and operating costs thanks to its unique power density and compact design.   “2017 represents a ground breaking year for solar farm development in Australia, thanks to improved economic factors and pervasive market interest”, said John Susa, Executive Vice President of SMA Sales North America/APAC. “We are extremely proud to announce that our Medium Voltage Power Station and the SMA Power Plant Controller have been selected for several large scale PV projects funded by the Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in Australia this year. This success has been achieved by working closely with different developers and EPCs. In addition, we were successful in securing contracts for delivering Sunny Central inverters, MVPS and the SMA Power Plant Controller for another nine utility-scale PV projects. We feel honoured to become part of the booming utility market in Australia with our best-in-class turnkey container solution MVPS and we expect an even better performing 2018 in front of us.”   ARENA has been playing a vital role providing bridge funding for projects that will make large-scale solar photovoltaics more competitive. ARENA has funded twelve large scale solar farms across Australia this year through a competitive process that is expected to result in almost 500 MW power generation. The twelve PV power plants in the Large Scale Solar (LSS) Program range from 10 MW to 110 MW and are located in Queensland (six plants), in New South Wales (five plants) and in Western Australia (one plant). The projects are expected to unlock almost $1 billion of commercial investment and boost regional Australian economies.   SMA has had a presence in Australia for 10 years and offers solutions for centralized and decentralized PV power plants as well as for residential PV applications and PV hybrid projects. The local team consists of over 40 skilled engineering, sales, marketing and service staff. SMA Australia has sales personnel across the country and a strong product distribution network with national coverage. SMA regularly hosts customer training events, manages service requests and responds to technical enquiries. Besides, SMA experts provide support with planning and design, engineering and project management as well as installation and commissioning, which enables SMA with a unique market position in the solar industry.     About SMA The SMA Group with sales of around €1 billion in 2016 is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self-consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 20 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 900 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is currently the only company in the solar industry that is listed in the TecDAX index.   Press Contact: Adele Zhang Marketing Director, APAC Tel. +61 29491 4223 Marketing@SMA-Australia.com.au   This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or future subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This press release can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented statements are statements which do not describe facts of the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time. Future-oriented statements are therefore only valid on the day on which they are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements of uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors can lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of the corporation and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA website at www.SMA.de. The company accepts no obligation whatsoever to update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events or developments.