WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS Anthony Knoepfle ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING SERVICES (ERS) MELBOURNE After moving over from the UK, it was nice to land at a company with a family feel especially after coming from a corporate company of over 1000 employees. It also helped having another Englishman as my boss so we quickly built a rapport about “how odd Australia was” (no offence!). Chris Edwards RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MELBOURNE Travelling to India, the first time to recruit for the software positions over there, we didn’t even have a site at that stage. The second time to spend two weeks with the team training and working with them. This was an incredible experience getting to understand the Indian culture and the way things work there. 1994 Ecotech exports markets grow to include Columbia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand I was thrown in at the deep end and managed to swim through to change job roles twice in a few years. I love having such a varied job where you might be thrown something completely new anytime. I received an Ecotech performance award for the ERS websites that I built, which was a nice recognition of my work. You know you’re at a good place when your Managing Director comes around for a chat and you can pop into his office if you need! When I joined the company, the Melbourne office only had around 90 employees. In the roll-out of the Airodis software, I visited three users’ sites to install the software for them to beta-test. This gave a great insight into how other companies use our software and work differently to us. The difference I make is in the pride I have in our products, it has to be the best for us and our customers. Every day you need to ask yourself: “Would I buy this?” ” My fist day at Ecotech started with a BBQ down at Jells Park. This is the tradition in R&D and is a great way to meet, and say goodbye to people when somebody starts, or leaves the department. Nuno Rodrigues TECHNICAL SERVICE & SUPPORT MELBOURNE and Ecotech seem the best choice. Attached is my CV. Best regards Nuno Rodrigues Image by: Nuno Rodrigues Image by: Lara Nicholas At Ecotech I am a person and not a “battery engineer”! ” Kelly Hatton HUMAN RESOURCES MELBOURNE I am lucky enough to work at the front door of the recruitment process for Ecotech, so I am extremely lucky to have these proud moments all the time when I speak about Ecotech with interested applicants each day. Ecotech gives opportunities to people in different places and circumstances. I think this feeling is shared by many of ” us. For the 40 th anniversary book, I would like to share my first contact with Ecotech and Nicholas Dal Sasso’s email reply! Good afternoon Mr Nicholas Dal Sasso, My name is Nuno Rodrigues I am from Portugal, the other side of the globe. … I’m really motivated to work in an international company, Australia Dear Nuno, Thank you for your enquiry. Your resume certainly looks very interesting. Can I ask a few questions? What are your passions in your work life? What do you really enjoy doing at work? Do you have a family? I look forward to your reply. Regards, Nicholas Dal Sasso General Manager, Ecotech Pty Ltd ECOTECH : TOGETHER
OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE Synspec NETHERLANDS Our first contact was in Cyprus, where the stations were all fitted out by Ecotech and in those the Synspec BTX analyser was added. Serious cooperation started in India in 2006. We were looking for a good distributor, had checked several alternatives that were not focussed on the AQMS (Air Quality Monitoring Stations) market and choose Ecotech. Setting up of AQMS and selling them into India for a price that was worth our investment brought us into contact with Nicholas Dal Sasso, who had just taken over as Managing Director. So I had a lot of meetings with Steve Chamberlain-Ward and Nicholas in India, in some other countries, and Australia. The time difference of 10 or 11 hours made phone contact during “normal” business hours almost impossible. So, we met half way in Asia. We experienced great hospitality Down Under: Meals with the Dal Sasso family, eating out in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane. Once even at the Christmas dinner, joining the Ecotech staff on a boat trip with bites and drinks in the Melbourne harbour. And then back to Groningen, Netherlands. Titia Meuwese 40 years is a very long time, congratulations on the fantastic achievements during these years! I can look back on a small part of this period. It was in the year 2011, just a few months after I started working for Synspec, that I had the opportunity to visit the Ecotech offices in Australia for the first time, together with Titia Meuwese. At that time, Ecotech was already representing Synspec in several countries for more than five years. From all the partners of Synspec, there is no other distributor that is so far away from our company in the Netherlands. So we took the opportunity to visit not only the Ecotech headquarters in Melbourne, but also the Ecotech offices in Brisbane and Sydney. It was a very positive feeling being in Australia, as all the Ecotech colleagues were very friendly and knowledgeable. I remember being surprised on meeting one of the Ecotech colleagues who could speak the ‘Dutch’ language, which was very funny at that time. I am also looking forward to continuing the tradition of having a fruitful meeting and a great time during the biannual Synspec distributor meetings. The meeting in Bangkok has just been finished, where we were happy to meet again a great guy from Australia. The combination of the products from both our companies is a powerful one. So in the past few years we did not only meet for the supply of gas chromatograph to you, but also in various countries for joint projects or exhibitions via local distributors representing both of us. The recent developments in India, with the opening of the production facility from Ecotech in India and the incorporation of all the service and maintenance work in India within Ecotech, will give excellent opportunities for an even closer cooperation. Once again, congratulations and looking forward to meet you all again! Rens Zijlmans 27
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