The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-09-26T04:23:36Z BOC South Pacific appoints Michelle Blume to Head of Human Resources 2018-09-26T04:23:36Z boc-south-pacific-appoints-michelle-blume-to-head-of-human-resources-1 Sydney, 26 September 2018: BOC, A Member of the Linde Group, a leading gases and engineering company, today announced the appointment of Michelle Blume to Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific. A dedicated HR and business leader with a career at BOC spanning over two decades, Michelle has excelled in various HR, customer and finance roles including her most recent position as General Manager Remuneration & HR Systems. As Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific, Michelle will lead HR for BOC across the region, including its subsidiaries Elgas and the South Pacific Welding Group. John Evans, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said Michelle’s passion for coaching and leadership development, as well as her deep understanding of the employees across the South Pacific region, will deliver great value to the HR team and overall business. “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the Regional Executive Board and look forward to working with her as we focus on building capability and driving collaboration across our workforce.” “Her broad range of skills in finance, leadership, change management and HR – and ability to understand people and their abilities has made her a trusted leader. This was recognised last year when she was appointed as a Trustee Director on the BOC Super Trustee Board.” Michelle Blume, Head of Human Resources, Region South Pacific said it is an honour to lead the wider HR team which covers the full range of HR services from diversity and talent management, right through to HR operations and superannuation. “My key focus is to work with the business to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees can reach their potential,” said Michelle. “By continuing to develop the skills in our people needed for our future workforce, engaging our employees and setting them up for success, we will continue to be an employer of choice.” Michelle Blume is a Trustee Director on the BOC Super Trustee Board. A certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Michelle is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and qualified practitioner in DISC, Myers Briggs (MBTI) and human synergistic tools (LSI, LI & OCI). BOC to collaborate with CSIRO on revolutionary $3.4m hydrogen project 2017-08-22T03:03:22Z boc-to-collaborate-with-csiro-on-revolutionary-3-4m-hydrogen-project-1 Sydney, 22 August 2017: BOC, a member of The Linde Group, one of the world’s leading gases and engineering companies, will support CSIRO during its $3.4 million ammonia to hydrogen cracking and membrane purification project that is set to revolutionise the global supply chain for hydrogen. As part of a recently signed collaboration agreement, BOC will contribute in-kind gas products, equipment and technical expertise worth in excess of $100,000 for the two-year project now underway at CSIRO’s test site in Pullenvale, Brisbane. BOC will supply ammonia, which will be cracked and purified into pure hydrogen by the modular membrane technology unit developed by CSIRO. BOC engineers will also assist with compressing the hydrogen and storing it in special cylinder packs, then distributing it to customers on the Australian east coast for use in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. General Manager Hydrogen Alex Dronoff says BOC is proud to be working with CSIRO researchers as they take a significant step forward in hydrogen technology, paving the way for a renewable hydrogen export market that could meet rising demand in emerging markets Europe, Japan and South Korea. “As the only global organisation with expertise and technology that covers the entire hydrogen supply chain, BOC and The Linde Group are committed to working with Australian researchers and industry to help advance the global transition towards clean hydrogen for mobility and energy. “We look forward to sharing our extensive experience with CSIRO as they enter the final development stages of the membrane technology device – providing advice on generation and storage, right through to transportation and refuelling of hydrogen-powered vehicles.”       CSIRO Energy Director Karl Rodrigues is excited by the growing global momentum to develop hydrogen energy systems, and the potential for a hydrogen export industry to benefit Australia. “We’re pleased to be partnering with industry – including BOC – and look forward to applying CSIRO innovation to facilitate the creation of new low emissions energy markets." Dronoff adds the CSIRO project is a vital technology breakthrough that complements much of the pioneering work that The Linde Group has been driving for decades. “With more than 150 fuelling stations built worldwide and over 1.5 million refuelling operations completed, Linde is continuously working on the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure. In August 2016 Linde launched BeeZero, the world’s first hydrogen-powered carsharing service – and is a joint partner of the Energie Park Mainz project that produces and stores renewable hydrogen for mobility applications generated by electrolysis through wind energy at a grid-relevant scale. “With this CSIRO technology, it will be easier and faster to replicate this success on an even larger scale. We are certainly excited by the significant role that Australia will play in making renewable hydrogen a fuel of the future.” For more information on the CSIRO project, click here.    -  ENDS  -   About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group 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 www.boc.com.au   About Linde: In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com John Evans appointed Managing Director BOC South Pacific 2016-11-01T23:50:42Z john-evans-appointed-managing-director-boc-south-pacific Sydney, 2 November 2016: Leading gases and engineering company BOC today announced the appointment of John Evans as Managing Director, BOC South Pacific.   The 30-year industry veteran has a deep understanding of the BOC business after leading its subsidiary Elgas, Australia’s largest LPG marketer and importer.   John’s key priorities will be safety, customer experience and driving the diverse BOC business across its key markets in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.   “BOC has a huge range of products and services, an extensive supply network and some of the best technical experts and engineers in the world,” said John. “We need to refine our organisation to support constantly changing markets. We are also innovating service models – from digital and online solutions, to a more agile retail network.   “I look forward to working with our customers, industry and governments to ensure critical energy supplies and to foster a more research and scientific based economy.”   John Evans is the Vice Chairman of the Gas Energy Association and Head of the BOC Regional Executive Board. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.   -ENDS-  About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group 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 www.boc-limited.com.au.  About Linde: In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.944 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.co Opening of $40 million BOC CO2 plant in Marsden Point boosts national gas supplies 2016-02-02T00:32:05Z opening-of-40-million-boc-co2-plant-in-marsden-point-boosts-national-gas-supplies Leading gases and engineering company BOC today opened its new $40 million CO2 capture and purification plant at Refining NZ’s Marsden Point oil refinery, ensuring long-term CO2 reliability and supply for its growing customer base in the food processing, beverage, wine, meat and dairy industries. Colin Isaac, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said the new plant can purify up to 50,000 tonnes of food-grade liquid CO2 annually and features innovative technology that allows the leading industrial gas supplier to exceed internationally recognised food and beverage standards. “BOC is proud to have expanded our local supply capability of CO2, an essential gas used across many New Zealand industries from drink carbonation in the beverage industry, to modified atmosphere packaging and chilling for the food industry. “This new plant has significantly increased our CO2 capture and purification capability and storage capacity in New Zealand, allowing us to meet future increases in CO2 demand and providing reliability of supply to large volumes of CO2 to customers in high consumption industries such as the major dairy export market.” Underpinned by a long-term agreement with Refining NZ exceeding 15 years, BOC will purify the CO2 byproduct from the oil refining process into food-grade CO2 at its processing plant. “BOC has operated in New Zealand for more than 100 years and understands the importance of investing in local partnerships and infrastructure to ensure we meet the needs of our customers long into the future. This new plant demonstrates a strong commitment from BOC and our long-term partner Refining NZ to deliver innovative solutions that supports growth in the New Zealand economy.” Sjoerd Post, Refining NZ Chief Executive Officer described the opening of the BOC plant opposite the refinery as a “win-win” for New Zealand business. “Taking a by-product to use as an essential feed-stock is a significant growth opportunity for manufacturers and exporters. At the same time it creates a revenue stream for Refining NZ independent of refining margins and the exchange rate. “We’ve worked closely with our colleagues at BOC to make this a reality and are delighted to finally see the CO2 plant up and running,” he said. BOC raises the bar with new F3VIPR cylinder range delivering ultimate convenience and portability for welding industry 2015-11-23T07:05:11Z boc-raises-the-bar-with-new-f3vipr-cylinder-range-delivering-ultimate-convenience-and-portability-for-welding-industry-1 Sydney, 23 November 2015: Leading gases and engineering company BOC today announced its latest innovation for the welding industry with the launch of the new F3VIPR, 33 litre high pressure cylinder with in-built variable integrated pressure regulator (VIPR).   Kyle Scott, Business Manager Specialised Manufacturing, said BOC’s technical experts are committed to raising the bar in cylinder technology and are proud to be delivering unique design features that provide enhanced convenience and safety for its customers.   “The F3VIPR range provides busy welders and manufacturers with an all-in-one cylinder solution that improves productivity by eliminating hassles associated with acquiring, fitting and maintaining a separate regulator. Usage can also be tracked with a content indicator showing the amount of gas left.   “With safety as our number one priority, we have enhanced portability by making the F3VIPR shorter than a G or G2 cylinder, with a handle to assist with trundling, allowing for better manoeuvrability around workshops and sites.   “The 300 bar high pressure has also allowed us to increase gas content in most F3VIPR shielding gas traffics compared to existing G size cylinders with up to 13 percent content increase on our 065G ARGOSHIELD® Universal.”   BOC has invested significantly in upgrading its cylinder fleet with more than 550,000 new cylinders introduced over the past five years and has a $15 million world leading cylinder testing facility at its Sydney Operations Centre.   The F3VIPR is now available in 18 of BOC’s ARGOSHIELD®, STAINSHIELD®, ALUSHIELD® and Argon gas mixtures and is compatible with a Standard 5/8” fitting, which means it will work with existing hoses and connections. Available now at BOC Gas & Gears across Australia or online at www.boc.com.au.  BOC and Qenos deliver Australian-made ethylene to LNG Export sector 2015-11-18T00:29:00Z boc-and-qenos-deliver-australian-made-ethylene-to-lng-export-sector BOC, leading gases and engineering company, and Qenos, Australia’s exclusive manufacturer of polyethylene, have shipped the first refrigerant grade ethylene to the major LNG plants in Queensland and the Northern Territory in a partnership that will significantly reduce reliance on ethylene imports.   As part of the ten-year multimillion dollar sourcing agreement, ethylene, traditionally manufactured by Qenos to produce polyethylene for the plastics industry, is now available for large scale LNG export plants and will be delivered across the nation by BOC.   Colin Isaac, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said securing a domestic source of ethylene through its partnership with Qenos will provide greater supply security to the multi-billion dollar Australian LNG export industry. It will also cut delivery time for ethylene significantly as previous supplies of ethylene were shipped from Northeast Asia.    “BOC is proud to be supporting Australia’s local manufacturing and export industries by delivering Australia’s only locally-produced ethylene, a refrigerant required for the ongoing operation of these major LNG export plants.   “We are investing heavily in both local plant and local partnerships to enhance our supply capability. This minimises reliance on imports while increasing reliability of supply to Australia’s growth industries in oil and gas where significant quantities of industrial and specialty gases are required.”   Jonathan Clancy, Qenos Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman said: “This collaboration brings together two significant industry capabilities that recognise BOC’s expertise in marketing and distribution of industrial gases, and the technical and manufacturing excellence Qenos provides in the production of ethylene.”“It is a classic example of how Qenos ingeniously transforms Australia’s natural resources to add value to the domestic supply chain.”BOC funded the investments in the supply chain including the Qenos upgrade to the bulk ethylene filling bay at its Altona site to allow BOC tankers to fill and transport to its Dandenong site. BOC also increased capability at its Dandenong site to enable filling of ethylene into special shipping containers for delivery to customer sites.    Ethylene is an essential refrigerant for large scale LNG plants. It is used to liquefy natural gas through successively cooled heat exchangers. The LNG is then pumped into insulated storage tanks where it remains until shipment.   Other products that BOC supply to the LNG industry include refrigerants, nitrogen for purging, compressed gases and safety equipment.   BOC has significantly increased its domestic production and supply capability of industrial gases for the oil and gas sector with $100 million invested in Perth and Karratha production facilities, the opening of a $200 million micro-LNG plant and infrastructure in Chinchilla Queensland in 2014 and a $65 million upgrade to its Dandenong Air Separation Unit and LNG facilities in 2010. Planning is currently underway for a new investment in Sydney that will expand BOC’s scientific gas production capability.     New graphic auto-darkening high impact helmet provides ultimate protection for welding and grinding 2015-10-12T05:17:00Z new-graphic-auto-darkening-high-impact-helmet-provides-ultimate-protection-for-welding-and-grinding Sydney, 12 October 2015: Leading safety and industrial equipment specialist BOC today announced the newest addition to its Weld Guard™ protective products range with the launch of the new Weld Guard™ high impact helmet for welding and grinding.   The new auto-darkening helmet, with stand-out graphic design, gives welders the flexibility to work with different processes such as MMA stick welding, MIG/MAG and TIG welding (above 20 amps), offering variable controls that rapidly adjust the shade from light to dark within three milliseconds.   Joe Martinez, Safety Products Manager at BOC explains the new Weld Guard™ helmet offers high protection and is an affordable option that can save users both time and money by welding and grinding with one helmet.    “This Weld Guard™ helmet allows users to conveniently switch from welding to grinding mode for pre and post welding clean ups. The new shell design offers full coverage and is high impact resistant to give the user maximum protection,” said Mr Martinez.   “It is also lightweight and comfortable for a full day’s work and allows magnifying lenses to be fitted, as an optional extra, giving clarity for near sighted welders.”   The Weld Guard™ high impact helmet comes with a two-year conditional warranty and is now available to purchase from BOC Gas & Gears across Australia and online at www.boc.com.au. The full Weld Guard™ protective products range includes helmets, gloves, jackets, aprons and other accessories. New EWM Xnet welding software launches in Australia 2015-06-25T23:35:08Z new-ewm-xnet-welding-software-launches-in-australia Gases and engineering company BOC has today announced the new EWM Xnet welding monitoring software is now available in Australia for use on selected EWM welding machines. The Xnet welding workshop monitoring software solutions allows companies to record and track data from each of their welding machines in real-time, also giving them access to all historical weld information. The Xnet software is available for use with all EWM high-performance welding machines.   Patrick Fenemor, BOC Application Sales Engineer explains as the exclusive distributor of EWM welding products in Australia and New Zealand, BOC is pleased to be offering businesses a user-friendly factory software that gives workshops the ability to connect and track performance of all their EWM welding devices in one centralised hub.   “Users can easily identify inefficiencies in welds and when maintenance of welding machines needs to occur – ultimately helping them make savings and improve productivity. Each machine can be connected via WIFI or LAN cable to the centralised hub, giving each welding machine its own IP address. Xnet also lets users monitor each machine’s wire and power consumption in real-time.   “Consumption data recorded by EWM Xnet gives users a breakdown of how much wire and power is being used by each machine daily, weekly and monthly, as well as how many hours each machine is being used and on standby - allowing companies to accurately identify the volumes of consumables used on a project, how long a machine is on for and also how long it is not being used” said Mr Fenemor.   “Xnet also gives welders a true and complete record of what volts, amps and program they are using, ensuring that the integrity and compliance of the weld is maintained. Xnet is also able to calculate heat input in real-time to make sure that finer grain steel welds retain their strength even after the weld is made.” added Mr Fenemor.   Companies using Xnet are able to easily access historical welding data to prove that welds produced are meeting industry regulations and standards.   To experience the Xnet software solution for yourself, please feel free to contact your territory manager Richard Fowles on +61(0)2 8874 4772.   BOC is the exclusive distributor of EWM products in Australia.                                                                             -ENDS-   About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group 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 www.boc.com.au   About Linde: In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655 bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com BOC and Viridian Glass extend partnership for another decade 2015-06-25T23:31:17Z boc-and-viridian-glass-extend-partnership-for-another-decade Gases and engineering company BOC and Viridian Glass, a division of CSR Building Products, today completed an extension to their long-term partnership after the companies signed a new 10-year supply agreement that will secure the ongoing compressed air, hydrogen and nitrogen gas requirements of Viridian’s Dandenong site, the only float glass manufacturing facility in Australia.   As part of the new agreement, BOC’s nitrogen generator plant in Dandenong, which is connected to Viridian’s site through a pipeline, has received a significant upgrade with capacity increasing by 20 percent to directly support Viridian’s growing production needs.   Hugh Jones, Tonnage Account Manager said BOC is pleased to be supporting Viridian to implement innovative supply solutions that will help keep its manufacturing operations competitive in the global glass manufacturing market.   “BOC and Viridian have worked together in Dandenong for more than 40 years, serving the production demands of the float glass industry in Australia since 1974. This new agreement strengthens our partnership and shows the confidence that both our companies have in the local manufacture of float glass which relies heavily on the reliable supply of nitrogen gas.”   Warren Seal, Viridian’s Supply Chain General Manager said securing long-term supply agreements for its hydrogen and nitrogen gas requirements is critical for Viridian to meet growing demand from the construction market.   “Securing long-term supply arrangements is a key step to improve the efficiency and productivity of our Dandenong facility.  This is a world class site providing enhanced customer service through specialised architectural glass products, shorter lead times relative to imports and extensive product warranties which it can support as the only float glass manufacturer in the region.”   As part of the agreement, BOC will also supply hydrogen from its Altona site and air supplied through an onsite compressor which is vital for the heating and cooling of glass production.   -ENDS-   About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group 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 www.boc-limited.com.au   About Linde:In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.047 bn (USD 17.9 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,591 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.linde.com.   About CSR Limited:CSR Limited is a leading building products company in Australia and New Zealand which manufactures and supplies products including Gyprock™ plasterboard, Bradford™ insulation, Cemintel™ fibre cement, Monier™ roof tiles andViridian™ glass in addition to joint ventures including Boral CSR Bricks and Rondo roll formed steel products.  CSR is also a joint venture participant in the Tomago aluminium smelter, located near Newcastle, NSW www.csr.com.au   BOC Helium floats giant balloon for star research 2015-05-21T00:01:08Z boc-helium-floats-giant-balloon-for-star-research All eyes were on the neutron star Vela Pulsar last week when the Australian Balloon Launching Station at Alice Springs Airport, successfully launched a colossal research balloon filled with 1,830 cubic metres of BOC Helium into the sky to observe the star located 1,000 light years away from Earth.   Expanding to nearly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and weighing more than 1,500 kilograms, the balloon with its scientific equipment spent the day in the Earth’s stratosphere measuring high-energy gamma rays from the Vela Pulsar before safely landing in central Queensland near Longreach.   Melissa Webber, BOC Scientific Specialist says extensive planning and testing was undertaken by BOC to ensure the helium requirements were met for this highly complex and innovative research project.   “Our network of specialists were very focused on delivering this helium with pinpoint precision. After producing the helium at our Darwin plant, it was transported to our Sydney operations centre where we filled and tested the helium to ensure purity levels above 99.995 percent and correct pressures. We then transported a trailer with 12 helium tubes manifolded together to Alice Springs.”   Associate Professor Ravi Sood, Director of the Australian Balloon Launching Station explains the successful inflation of the balloon depended greatly on BOC’s ability to supply helium at very specific pressures and purity.     “The high purity helium provided by BOC helped ensure minimal moisture in the balloon which is very important as it reaches temperatures of -80 degrees. This was essential as helium with lower purity levels and more moisture can condense at low temperatures resulting in mission failure.   “A high level of detail and careful calculations were also required to ensure the starting pressure from its manifolds and tubes were accurate when transferring the helium into the balloon. This was achieved with precision and we are very pleased this collaboration resulted in a successful research mission.”   Research collaborators at Kobe, Nagoya and Sydney Universities are currently analysing the data obtained from the Vela Pulsar, which is expected to increase scientific knowledge of high-energy gamma rays polarisation in collapsed stars.   BOC is the only producer of helium in the southern hemisphere with a Helium Plant in Darwin that provides a valuable source of helium to many innovative projects across the country. The Australian Balloon Launching Station at Alice Springs has completed more than 130 successful balloon missions since 1975. Scan, tap and order with new BOC mobile app 2015-05-04T23:12:04Z scan-tap-and-order-with-new-boc-mobile-app Gases and engineering company BOC has unveiled its innovative new BOC Scan to Order Mobile App for iOS and Android that will allow customers to order their gas cylinders, equipment and safety products more quickly by scanning the product barcode using a mobile phone.   Daniel Whittle, BOC eChannel Manager said the App integrates BOC’s extensive cylinder and product barcoding system, and offers a unique all-in-one mobile solution for busy customers working in fast-paced industries including trades, manufacturing and construction.   “BOC is pleased to expand our eChannel services with the BOC Scan to Order Mobile App as it supports the growing needs of our customers who are operating more frequently through mobile phones - whether it’s banking and invoicing, to ordering new products and workwear.   “When a customer needs to reorder their gas, they can simply use the App to scan the barcode of any BOC cylinder which will automatically load the product into a secure shopping cart. They can then adjust the refill and return quantities before completing the order. This barcode scan function also extends to other BOC equipment and safety products,” said Mr Whittle.   The App can also be used to browse pricing and order from the entire BOC product range containing thousands of gas, equipment and safety products.   The BOC Scan to Order Mobile App can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App store or Google Play store. It will be showcased at BOC’s stand 4720 at National Manufacturing Week in Melbourne 26-29 May 2015. Cool initiative encourages NZ businesses to hand in unwanted refrigerants 2015-04-22T21:13:51Z cool-initiative-encourages-nz-businesses-to-hand-in-unwanted-refrigerants BOC together with Recovery Trust and Patton Ltd is encouraging New Zealand businesses to think sustainably this year by safely disposing of their unwanted refrigerants.   Jamie Burley, General Manager, Sales New Zealand explains that BOC is proud to be partnering with the Recovery Trust and Patton to increase the number of regional collection points offered through the annual Refrigerant Recovery Program this year.   “We are excited to be part of this nationwide initiative which offers businesses the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted refrigerant gases particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which can be ozone-depleting if released in the atmosphere,” said Mr Burley. “Many older refrigeration and air conditioning units still contain these gases so it’s vital they are destroyed when a unit comes to the end of its life.   “This year, as well as being able to drop off used refrigerants at a number of permanent Patton locations, businesses will be able to drop off cylinders at several of our BOC Gas & Gear stores in Whangarei, Gisborne, Napier, Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru and Dunedin.”    Recovery Trust has now collected and destroyed over 310,000 kilograms of unwanted refrigerants saving over 420,000 tonnes of ozone and reducing the build-up of greenhouse gases by up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.   “We encourage any profession from refrigeration and air-conditioning specialists to supermarket operators and mechanics to drop off their unwanted refrigerants to their local collection point. Both Patton and BOC will accept approved cylinders and containers with quantities above 10 kilograms at no charge to the participant,” added Mr Burley.   BOC’s first collection has kicked-off at Whangarei Gas & Gear located at 54 Rewa Rewa Road, Whangarei and will conclude 27 April 2015. A full-list of collection points can be found here: www.refrigerantrecovery.co.nz/news.html MAPAX LD: fresh solution for the packaged goods industry 2015-03-24T03:40:08Z mapax-ld-fresh-solution-for-the-packaged-goods-industry Gases and engineering company BOC has today launched its new MAPAX® LD leak detection technology at AUSPACK in Melbourne, an innovative solution for the packaged goods industry that offers high-speed and non-destructive in-line leak detection.   Jon Hawton, Market Manager, Food & Beverage Bulk Gases explains that MAPAX® LD uses hydrogen as the detection gas and detects faulty packages which can be removed from production chain more quickly and easily.   “This globally patented technology uniquely allows 100 percent of packages to be tested in a non-destructive manner which can prolong shelf-life. This is particularly important in the food industry. Previously production pauses and visual or water testing could only test the integrity of random samples of packages,” said Mr Hawton.   Leakage and failure often occurs when food packages are not all fully hermitically sealed.  This can be due to poor sealing or physical damage such as pinholes, or when product gets caught in the seal and can lead to loss of shelf life, damaged products or poor appearance and therefore spoilage.   MAPAX® LD is used on modified atmosphere production lines for a wide range of packaged goods. It allows all products to be tested and individual defective items to be removed. This reduces spoilage and minimises environmental impact, because only the leaking packs need to be destroyed instead of the entire batch.   “If only random checks are applied, this means that when a leak is found, the whole batch produced since the last check either has to be repackaged, disposed of or even recalled. MAPAX® LD can help companies reduce these inefficiencies and keep production costs down,” added Mr Hawton.    MAPAX® LD can be seen in action at BOC’s stand at the AUSPACK exhibition at Stand 548.    The MAPAX® LD is now available throughout Australia and New Zealand. For more information please contact Jon Hawton jon.hawton@boc.com or Steve McLoughlin steve.mcloughlin@boc.com