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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Panasonic launch new interactive whiteboard in August 2010
July 29th, 2010

The Panasonic UB-T880 Interactive Whiteboard will be launching in Australia in August 2010, and will have a raft of revolutionary new features. A durable and hard surface means the whiteboard is made to last. The built in ‘multi-touch sensors’ remove all artificial barriers and allow up to three people to work together at once, with no limitations. The interactive pen allows users to change colour, select a highlighter or an eraser with a simple twist.

Here is a full demonstration of the UB-T880′s features by Paul Osborn, Network Solutions Specialist, Panasonic UK


Jessica Watson talks about the Toughbook Laptops she used on her amazing voyage around the world
July 29th, 2010

Panasonic Australia Managing Director meets Jessica Watson to find out how she used her Panasonic Lumix products on her succesful bid to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unasissted around the world.

Prior to Jessica’s 210 day trip Panasonic Australia MD, Steve Rust, met up with her to supply her with with 4 Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 ruggedised laptops to assist in her journey. Steve recently boarded the ‘Pink Lady’ again to catch up with Jessica to see how the Toughbooks faired. She describes them as ‘completely indestructible’, even when being soaked in salt water, and used them for a wide variety of tasks on board including forecasting the weather, email, troubleshooting problems with her team, navigation and even a bit of schoolwork.


Panasonic announces support for Macquarie University environmental research and education
July 27th, 2010

Panasonic Australia has pledged $690,000 to fund environmental research and public education as part of a new Macquarie University eco initiative.

Panasonic Australia announced today it would support Macquarie University’s commitment to climate risk research and education during the next three years – including the creation of the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability. Panasonic Australia managing director, Steve Rust, said it was the single largest environmental initiative to be undertaken by the company in Australia.

“There has never been a more pressing need for cutting-edge environmental research and education and we are pleased to be able to lend our support to Macquarie University, we hope our support will assist Macquarie University in remaining at the forefront of global environmental understanding and discussion.”
Steve Rust, Managing Director, Panasonic Australia

Diagnostic pathology and medical research solutions provider named Queensland Business of the Year
July 15th, 2010

A privately-owned distributor of diagnostic pathology and medical research solutions that is growing at five times the industry rate has won top honours in the 2010 Telstra Queensland Business Awards.

Abacus ALS, formed by a merger of Abacus Diagnostics and Australian Laboratory Services in 2007, provides internationally-manufactured products for clinical diagnostics in critical care, allergy and autoimmunity, bone and mineral testing, infectious serology and life science.

“Abacus ALS should feel a great sense of pride because the calibre of the 19 finalists in this year’s Awards was very impressive, reflecting the strength of Australia’s small and medium business sector,”
Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Ambassador of the Telstra Business Awards, Ms Deena Shiff

The East Brisbane business was announced Telstra Queensland Business of the Year tonight at the 18th Telstra Queensland Business Awards after earlier winning the Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award.

Ms Shiff, said that all Queensland winners of the five Awards categories were chosen from hotly-contested fields and all had sound business strategies to continue their current growth.

Abacus Diagnostics was founded by Bruce Evans in 1998 after he identified a gap for an Australian-owned distributor of in vitro diagnostic pathology and research products in a market dominated by a few multinational companies.

A breakthrough for the business was winning a tender to provide blood gas instrumentation with PathWest Laboratories WA in 2006. Strong growth followed the 2007 acquisition of Australian Laboratory Services and the successful integration and rebranding to Abacus ALS.

From a one-person operation working out of a home study, the company now has offices in four Australian States and New Zealand and its customers include public and private laboratories, blood services and university research departments.

“Judges said Abacus ALS is a great business demonstrating excellence across all its core functions with clear strategies for achievement and a culture of strong and passionate employee engagement. It is growing ahead of its rivals in an environment and industry of substantial competitiveness and focus on procurement-driven decisions. It has an independent corporate advisory board that ensures ongoing professional governance for the business.”
Managing Director and Ambassador of the Telstra Business Awards, Ms Deena Shiff

Steve Rust said Abacus ALS was a very worthy winner of the Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award and must be commended for their efforts and creativity behind their business achievements.

“Panasonic applauds the innovative spirit, customer focus and openness to new business opportunities that Abacus ALS has demonstrated. At Panasonic we believe that an intense focus on customers is vital for success in today’s business environment.”
Steve Rust Panasonic Australia Managing Director Steve Rust

To find out more about the Telstra Business Awards, visit the official site here

See all other posts about the Telstra business awards here

Information security consultants named ACT Business of the Year
July 8th, 2010

A Deakin business that provides information security consulting and testing services for government and commercial clients has won top honours in the 2010 Telstra ACT Business Awards.

stratsec has grown from a three-person start-up in 2004 to a market-leading business with 40 employees and offices throughout Australia and in Singapore.

The business was announced as the Telstra ACT Business of the Year on the 6th July at the 18th Telstra ACT Business Awards after earlier winning the Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award.