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  • UAV Vision | Business In Focus Magazine
    am SLR today can shoot pictures of 24 megapixels providing such clarity that you can more or less dispense with any fancy long lenses and just blow up your picture on your PC Half or more of that pixel power is available on any decent smartphone today so could the customer not simply tape his phone to the front of his new UAV and as it were take off Not quite so simple says Mike The technical challenges revolve around finding the right balance between weight and strength environment and budget These gimbals operate in a harsh rough environment with high vibration levels and having precision optics in that sort of environment is difficult to perfect Put simply UAV Vision does not produce point and shoot cameras Our products differ from a point and shoot camera in that they can lock onto a target no matter what the aircraft is doing A good example of this is when a plane is circling the gimbal can remain completely focused on the target whereas a normal camera would not be able to do so These cameras can if you like turn their heads like a passenger in a plane instead of simply looking in the same direction as the plane is heading The company believes it has struck the right balance with its products because we can tailor our solutions to our customer needs our products can be used in a commercial environment not just military and they are developed and manufactured in Australia Sensors are bought in from approved suppliers then everything is designed in house before the cameras are manufactured and assembled within Australia Because most of the company s solutions are commercially based there are still some restrictions due to the nature of the technology some of which is highly defence sensitive but they are minimal While the company prefers to stay out of the debate over restrictions on the deployment of UAVs it believes the civil aviation authorities are taking a more relaxed attitude in Australia compared to other countries around the world The cameras are built for a life in the harsh outdoors over Australian soil and ocean We can deliver end to end ruggedised systems that can cater to our clients specific needs including PC hardware like Panasonic Tough Book explains Mike After years of experience in the industry we have been able to develop small light and stable systems and our lightest gimbal weighs only 700 grams Partly because it specialises so closely in the camera systems themselves UAV Vision can offer customers customised solutions to individual application requirements in terms of both the optical performance of the system and its housing and connections to the UAV and its electronics Mining is just one of the sectors where the company feels it could be useful to discuss requirements with the optical specialist separately from the vehicle builder something that might not occur to a miner Imagery is geo referenced in real time meaning that the

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  • Is ‘Work-from-Home’ the Future? | Business In Focus Magazine
    two years later it was down to 5 per cent Elsewhere too teleworking has been hailed as a supremely good idea for both employers and their staffs Stanford University researchers recently detailed their investigation into CTrip China s largest travel agency with 16 000 employees Its senior management were interested in allowing its Shanghai call centre employees to work from home because they perceived potential benefits from reducing office rental costs which were increasing rapidly due to the booming real estate market in Shanghai and from reducing high attrition rates But the executives worried that allowing employees to work at home away from the supervision of their team leaders would lead to a large decrease in productivity The call centre workforce was mainly younger employees many of whom might well have struggled to remain focussed working from home without direct supervision Many CTrip employees were also interested in working from home to save on commuting time and costs However they worried about the isolation of working from home and that it would reduce their chances of promotion In a nine month experiment a randomly selected group of workers stayed home The result Home working led to a 13 per cent performance increase of which about 9 per cent was from working more minutes per shift fewer breaks and sick days and 4 per cent from more calls per minute attributed to a quieter working environment Home workers also reported improved work satisfaction and experienced less turnover but their promotion rate conditional on performance fell Due to the success of the experiment CTrip rolled out the option to work from home to the whole firm and allowed the experimental employees to re select between the home or office Interestingly over half of them switched which led to the gains from WFH almost doubling to 22 per cent In Australia the government s aim to increase the take up of telework is part of its National Digital Economy Strategy which aims to position Australia as one of the world s leading digital economies The telework goal is to double Australia s level of telework by 2020 so that at least 12 per cent of Australian employees have a telework arrangement with their employers That would see this country overtake the US in the proportion of people working at home All well and good and there are useful resources for employers including an RoI calculator and employees alike at www telework gov au But given this country s geography much of it remoter even than Sweden shouldn t that 12 per cent be a lot bigger Note the canny Chinese concern about being passed over for promotion As a group of top academics at MIT observed two years ago companies rarely promote people into leadership roles who haven t been consistently seen and measured It s a familiarity thing and it s a trust thing We re not saying that the people who get promoted are stars during every crucible moment at the

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  • Free Trade and Globalisation | Business In Focus Magazine
    decision Prime Minister Tony Abbot stressed that Coca Cola Amatil was profitable and well resourced to restructure its subsidiary and save it from closure SPC later received a 22 million assistance package from the Victorian government and 72 million from Coca Cola Amatil Conditions attached to the government s co contribution include that Coca Cola Amatil would invest 78 million and that a minimum of 500 full time employees continue to be employed by SPC Ardmona for three years All payments made under the deal must also be refunded if SPC Ardmona ceases operations in Shepparton within five years but that looks very unlikely to happen In January and February following the federal government s decision not to contribute 25 million SPC Ardmona reported an amazing 60 per cent increase in the sales of peaches and pears as consumers put their dollar behind saving the company While SPC Ardmona was once struggling to survive the company has recently signed a 70 million deal with Woolworths and Managing Director Peter Kelly says he now needs more staff and 86 000 more fruit trees to meet demand Bonds was another iconic Australian company that made the headlines but there were no bailouts this time to stop the company from shutting down its sewing machines and heading overseas After Bonds moved its manufacturing operations to China Cambodia and Vietnam in 2008 there was a surprise twist when a group of ex workers got together and formed their own underwear business Entrepreneur Lisa Nouh the daughter of a former Bonds supervisor came up with the idea for Tuffys and Tuffetts underwear made for Australians by Australians The ambitious two purchased a number of ex Bonds sewing machines and phoned ex workers who were thrilled with the opportunity and started busily designing the men s and women s ranges Tuffys and Tuffetts is an Australian owned and made brand stripping underwear back to basics with cheeky patterns and bold playful colours Only the finest Australian cotton makes it into the super comfortable designs which are made in a warehouse in Arndell Park Lisa has received a 50 000 grant to improve her online only business The downsides of free trade and globalisation are realities that Australian companies large and small have to deal with While free trade and globalisation might mean that fast fashion has never been cheaper many are now beginning to question the true economic social and environmental costs of clothing that is made abroad The promise of cheap labour may be enough to entice big name brands like Bonds into manufacturing overseas but only time will tell if along with wages quality standards have also dropped Bonds may have moved its manufacturing operation overseas but they are not the first and will not be the last in the fashion industry to do so Australia loosened its grip on two of its sweetest national icons many years ago Aeroplane Jelly and Arnott s Biscuits are two true blue food manufacturers that have been

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  • The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce | Business In Focus Magazine
    individuals and organisations alike interested in nurturing business relationships between the two nations the CACC maintains relationships with senior and operational level resources of Government in both Canada and Australia and prides itself on providing access to an extensive growing network of like minded persons wishing to see even stronger trade and business connections between the two The Benefits of Membership Supported by its five levels of membership the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce also receives support from its respected corporate sponsors which are Air Canada Bombardier CAE CGI Grant Thornton KPMG O Neill Partners RBC Capital Markets Stikeman Elliott and Thomsons Lawyers For almost a decade the CACC has maintained a number of objectives in the furtherance of positive links between the two nations These are the promotion development and expansion of bilateral trade and commerce between Canada and Australia the promotion and support of investment between Canada and Australia the representation of Canadian interests in Australia and Australian interests in Canada and to maintain and foster a special relationship with Canadian and Australian Government agencies in matters relating to trade industry and commerce between the two countries Among the many ways the CACC promotes the organisation and its interests to members is through events ranging from receptions to lunch discussions to business networking panel discussions film festivals leadership forums oil and gas trade missions import export shows informative dinners and a range of unique meetings Speakers and topics chosen for members are wide ranging and always interesting this year alone has seen the CACC welcome a number of guest speakers including the Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Dr Michael Schaper Topics have addressed a number of areas from legal and technological issues in the mining industry to the Canada Pension Plan investing in Australia real estate social finance and innovation leadership Canada s oil sands health customer engagement social media mergers and acquisitions public private partnerships and much more Guest speakers have included Calin Rovinescu the CEO and President of Air Canada Jacques Demers CEO and President of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System OMERS the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull Australia s Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband and many others who have brought a wealth of information and shared their insights on a range of topics We host business to business meetings events and host prominent speaker events whether they be government or private sector comments Ms Foster We also have trade delegations high profile visitors from Canada and focus groups and forums and strong connections with target markets such as finance mining IT and so forth Canada and Australia are very similar in many ways but especially so in their key target markets We also have a very close relationship with government and private sector and recognise opportunities that arise and could be of interest Specifically the CACC works closely with the Canadian High Commission and Consulate offices in Australia as well as various consulting government groups In Canada the organisation is active

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  • Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Business In Focus Magazine
    it s no further than the US in geographical terms and communications have been improved immensely in recent years by not coincidentally airlines of the stature of Etihad Qatar Airlines and Emirates the latter of course now intimately associated with Qantas with more than a hundred flights per week from our cities to their hubs Exports to MENA have almost quadrupled albeit from a low starting point which demonstrated the potential which existed for Australia in that part of the world I think we are only scraping the surface at this point in time in terms of the size of the potential At present the biggest trading partners with Australia are the United Arab Emirates followed by Saudi Arabia which has the largest area as well as population roughly a quarter of the size of Australia and with a population just a little bit higher at 26 million Roland says the Arab world is rich in resources and has a number of other things going for it enormous budgets developing economies and an exceptionally young population More than 70 per cent of the people of Saudi for example are below the age of 29 and 40 per cent are below age 19 which clearly presents an enormous opportunity for trade relations and further engagement This young population brings a chance to flaunt Australia s education system so often criticised locally but the envy of many countries especially at the tertiary level with many world class universities There will be a continuing need for Arab countries as they develop to reach out to other nations for resources and exchanges of ideas technologies and systems The Gulf region in particular has had a focus on engaging with the rest of the world especially the West in developing the skills qualifications of their citizens reflected clearly by a number of scholarship programmes which send thousands of students abroad each year with an enormous budget explains Roland In Saudi the young people who travel to study return not only with academic qualifications but experience of exposure to an alternative environment a different society This in turn is creating a level of transformation in some of those countries which are becoming more open societies more creative and innovative as a result of these additional skills being obtained from the West But is that a welcome development After all the Saudi culture and society has always been conservative Roland says there is now plenty of evidence and a clear intent for the leadership to try to broaden the scope of society and open up to the rest of the world However successive Canberra administrations have not helped the Australian cause he believes having aligned themselves too clearly as following US foreign policies to the exclusion of Australia s own interests he believes this is also reflected in the way Australia votes at the UN Security Council He would clearly welcome a liberation and greater independence of thought at the foreign policy level By the time you

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  • Business Success Abroad | Business In Focus Magazine
    understand the cultural legal social political and business dynamics can quickly lead to disaster BAM Consultants provides the highly experienced helping hand that all companies need whatever their size to navigate the perilous path to a sustainable start up in Asia And if a company has already made a start and finds the going tough we can assess their needs and give them a hand too totally confidentially We can help identify the best locations to consider for offices warehouses and factories recommend suitable accommodation and schools for expatriate staff provide reputable legal and accounting experts to clearly explain and assist in regulatory matters H said We will also define and identify cultural and social issues that might affect your business strategy and help you to develop ways to turn these to your advantage Through our chain of associates and trusted consultants we have the local knowledge based on our combined decades of hands on experience that you need to ensure that your corporate expansion ends up on track not on the rocks BAM is based in Bangkok with representation in Hong Kong Singapore and Manila and outreach in London and Melbourne H moved to Singapore in 1979 while working in the offshore oil industry and has remained in the region ever since Working offshore for months on end while financially rewarding seriously curtailed my ability to develop other business interests he says An entrepreneur at heart he retains an interest in the oil and gas sector arranging vessel charters in the South China Sea for oil exploration projects but his interests have broadened to encompass a variety of business and career opportunities In the Philippines he ran a dive operation for tourists experiencing the uncertainties of market fluctuations politics and coups d état In Bangkok he was responsible for developing several influential regional and global industry publications He counts Thailand as a good example of a country where investors need qualified transparent guidance and advice to develop a successful business model It is a rich vibrant culture but with its language issues cultural shibboleths quixotic regulatory environment and unique corporate structures it can be a daunting prospect for start ups and brand launches Having someone on the ground that understands the issues the culture and the language who can effectively communicate the issues and suggest the solutions is a no brainer This is where BAM which provides a complete range of tailored services for international companies comes into its own H and his team have organised numerous successful international trade shows and conferences throughout Asia and beyond for the tobacco tea and coffee industries and for logistics companies H is also a sought after speaker at trade events and an experienced moderator of panel discussions He says many potential entrants to this mysterious Asian market are put off by the sheer scale of the task This is compounded by the fact that the major consultancies fail to recognise the region s inherent challenges He cites a major global carmaker

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  • Doing Business in Bangkok | Business In Focus Magazine
    for three months as a sort of preparation before on their wedding day they flew to the UK Holding the reception in the Perth airport terminal and boarding the plane last to the cheers of the rest of the passengers and crew still in full wedding dress was she accepts quite an unusual way to set off from one s home country The UK was a big adventure chosen partly for linguistic reasons it still shares some aspects of language with Oz and in part for Peter because for an architect London was the gateway for design After three years the couple returned in the mid 1990s to what Belinda describes as a culture shock Having got used to the crowded lifestyle of cramped and busy London Perth suddenly seemed sparse and empty and by comparison there was not much to do They missed the mass of events exhibitions and shows that Londoners take for granted Perth she says is a great place and has a fantastic climate but they had greatly enjoyed the UK which most people say lacks a climate and has only weather rather like Melbourne Even cold and rainy days were fun she says they were a novelty for us They stayed in Perth for nearly a decade seeing change but not at the same rate Change in Australia is not so dynamic it didn t happen overnight Initially everyone seemed to be doing and saying the same things as before we had left like we were in a time warp Gradually some things did begin to change At the time we married we had wanted to live in the inner city but in Perth no one did that We had to try to get special permissions from the city officials to convert inner city property to live in it This was backward old fashioned But now there was a positive vogue for city life Since moving to Bangkok where Peter is a business manager for the first six months he worked two weeks in Bangkok and two weeks in Perth a pioneer of long haul FIFO perhaps Belinda has been back to Perth twice and will go again soon After all it s only a seven hour flight so she feels much less away than she did in London On last year s trip she felt Perth was accepting its reality that it isn t Melbourne or Sydney and doesn t have to try to be the same as them But the café culture had spread and she was impressed at the quality and freshness of food and drink People had taken much more to eating out frequently not just on high days and holidays Although everyone warned her that service was bad because of the shortage of staff given the wages being paid in the Pilbara and other boom areas but she says it was not a problem at all unlike prices which were eye watering especially for alcohol I just couldn t believe

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  • Is Myanmar the Next Mongolia? | Business In Focus Magazine
    has an economy ballooning by 21 per cent per quarter As The Economist recently put it It is not just that Mongolia is a treasure chest of geological wealth It is slap bang next to the world s biggest and fastest growing market for most minerals Put together Mongolian supply and Chinese demand and Mongolia will be rich beyond the wildest dreams of a population many of whom a generation ago saw themselves as nomadic herders Brian Fisher an Australian economist who has conducted a study of the economic impact of OT Oyu Tolgoi or Turquoise Hill a desolate spot in the Gobi desert and the site of a massive copper and gold project says Mongolia sounds like Australia in 1930 Burma could be the same or bigger given its population is 20 times bigger especially on the infrastructure side Accordingly everyone and his missus is either there or on the way there Despite some assertions that the shyly emerging Myanmar has already been carved up between rapacious neighbours China and India it seems obvious that opportunities abound to provide alternatives and Australia should be in there pitching with the United States and the EU In Indonesia the government has set up state owned enterprises to help push the expansion of private sector companies into Burma Indonesia should be able to take up any opportunity in Burma Their current economy is like Indonesia in the 1970s said the Minister responsible Dahlan Iskan on the sidelines of a press event in March Early members of a state owned network are Bank Negara Indonesia BNI construction company PT Wijaya Karya and gas and oil company PT Pertamina a number of top executives have been in Burma for the last six months They are tasked with collecting information on how to do business in Burma so that a strategy can be devised to penetrate the market said Dahlan We are going to ensure our business in Myanmar will be safe and beneficial for both countries In a telling quote Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Logistics Sumaryanto Widayatin said Indonesia would reap benefits from Burma because the country needed infrastructure Pertamina and others had already proved their ability to contribute to development in Indonesia and could set an example for Burma BNI would help finance projects initiated by Pertamina and Wijaya Karya We have not calculated the planned investment but I can assure you that it will be very big he said We should have entered the country five years ago But again it s better late than never As part of bilateral cooperation with Burma the New Zealand Trades Enterprise Limited NZTE has been providing technical assistance to Burmese business enterprises since 2010 to help develop some sectors of the country such as milk and dairy production construction of modernised milch cow breeding farms and car production NZTE is involved with the building of an artificial beach in the country s northernmost Kachin state The project also involves investment from Japan Australia and

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