WE HAVE A PASSION FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS 2012 Ecotech acquires Alstom’s chemistry and environmental business Jessica Pekin MARKETING MELBOURNE Tim Sallai was baffled as to why I wear ponchos on a regular basis at Ecotech. He was actually convinced that I had a contract with South America in promoting ponchos in Australia. When Tim finally asked me whether it was true, I reluctantly answered no, I just like wearing ponchos. This conversation made me laugh, but also rethink my wardrobe. Image by: Lara Nicholas ECOTECH MONITORING SOLUTIONS HYDERABAD ECOTECH INDUSTRIES INDORE Image by: Peter Mullins Image of: Ecotech Monitoring Solutions Lara Nicholas FIELD SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE MELBOURNE In early November 2015, I was asked a simple question, “Would you be interested in working in India for three to six months?” Outside I was all calm and professional, but inside I was already packing my bags and standing on the doorstep of the Taj Mahal. It was a massive logistical undertaking by everyone involved to supply parts and consumables for over a hundred instruments. With the direct support of Hemal Bavishi, James Agius and the Operations Manager in India, Anuj Bhargava and almost everyone else I have leaned on along the way (a massive shout out to Rhys Evans)… I say thank you for making me look good. I joke, but the support I have received from production through to engineering and the Friday night and Saturday emails and chats with Michael Dickon and Chris Edwards were greatly appreciated. We started with a plan to visit all five regions and provide hands on training to the senior technical staff and also the station operators on a full EC9800 series annual maintenance and a full Serinus series annual maintenance. What that turned out to be was five to six people travelling to meet me at a station and then for the next week we literally pulled it apart and put it back together again. Each day we would litter the floor with tools and parts and our shoes (to keep it nice and clean). For those of us who are technicians and engineers, the enthusiasm to learn and get their hands dirty was matched with the satisfaction of taking something that was broken and making it work again. Even if this was the first time seeing or doing something, everyone had that shine in their eye like, “I can do this. Let’s pull it apart and see” and so I was at home with my type of people. There’s still so much to do, but I am confident Ecotech Monitoring Solutions can be a leader in air quality data and the world is watching with interest to see what India can achieve. ECOTECH : TOGETHER
HAIR RAISING MOMENTS Anthony Knoepfle ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING SERVICES (ERS) MELBOURNE The first time I went to do a site visit was up at Olympic Dam with Marios Foukaridis. I flew up in the “Vomit Comet” and you could still smell it! I was awed by the vast red landscape as far as the eye could see. My first glimpse of the Outback! On arrival, I was greeted by unbelievable persistent flies, heat and humidity. I spent an afternoon with Marios performing maintenance and it was a real eye opener to the hardship of a technician’s job. I salute you all! Neil O’Grady FIELD SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE PERTH I was with Ecotech less than a year when I took up the post of manning our Karratha office (1525 km by road north of Perth). Not being familiar with the region, I didn’t realise it was one of the most cyclone active areas in the world and sure enough I arrived in the middle of cyclone season. Within a week of starting my new role and getting my head around the various challenges, a red alert for an imminent cyclone was announced. I had been advised to stock up on water, canned food, batteries and to take shelter in the bathroom of the house during the most severe part of the storm. Needless to say I survived unscathed, but it was an eye opening experience to the unique challenges of working in the region and the importance of being prepared. Chris Fowler SYSTEMS MELBOURNE The testing room had an air conditioning problem and I was asked to have a look and see what could be wrong. So with some quick planning by myself and others we set up the following “Funny Moment at Ecotech”. I got into the roof to have a look and called the Testing Manager at the time (Peter Saro) to come to the ladder. With everyone watching, including the “Boss”, I said to Peter, “I found your problem” and at the perfect moment saying “it’s an injured rat” then throwing a “fake” rat like thing at him with everyone watching. He actually went near white and almost ran out into the street with fear! Now that was funny! Well we thought so. Peter wasn’t impressed. And yes we did find the problem with the air conditioner. A bit of laughter for all on the day. Including Peter in the end. Image of: Peter Saro OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE Hugo Tillquist SWEDEN In the beginning of the early ‘70s Dr Nils Oleinikoff, founder of Oleico AB, became one of the first international distributors for Monitor Labs (ML), manufacturer of gas analysers based in San Diego, USA. Another of the pioneer distributors for ML was Mr Robert Dal Sasso founder of Ecotech. Nils and Robert immediately established a deep and long relationship based on personal trust and friendship that still is the key foundation today for us. Nils also introduced the manufacturer of particle analysers, Rupprecht & Patashnick, to Robert Dal Sasso in late ’80s. When ML decided to change the process of manufacturing gas analysers and split into two different locations in early ‘90s, Ecotech picked up this opportunity for the Asian/Australian region and have successfully maintained the manufacturing as well as development of new generations of gas analysers with highest quality since then. It is very hard to find a company like Ecotech who is so committed to the importance of our mutual success. Even though we as a company have been facing challenging decisions in the past, honouring the long relationship has always been the most important factor for us and we are proud to be a part of the Ecotech family. Note: After Hugo Tillquist AB acquired Oleico AB in 2014, the company merged into the structure and added a new business area named Environmental Techniques. We salute Ecotech on this milestone and look forward to working with you in the future! Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurray! Keisokuki JAPAN Our company was the Japanese general agency of Monitor Labs, but we became Japanese general agency of Ecotech in 1999. After that, in 2000, an international conference was held in Melbourne. It was a nice and memorable conference. We wish you continued success! 53
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