ECOTECH : TOGETHER TOGETHER 1
In 1973, when Robert and Judy Dal Sasso started a business servicing analogue equipment and doing odd jobs in the basement of their Bulleen home in Melbourne, they knew there was more to come. And they were right. It was not long before the micro business was given the chance to develop a data acquisition system for the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and received a government grant to employ two engineers, including Robert Maxwell, who still works at the company. And the Series 8000 data acquisition system was born. Just three short years later, Ecotech was incorporated. The next 40 years saw continued growth that included winning major national and international contracts, expanding to China and India and servicing clients in some 80 countries. Testament to Robert’s leadership and ability to find the best people for the job, Ecotech has an enviable staff retention rate, and it’s not uncommon for our people to mark major personal milestones – marriages, parenthood, even grandparenthood – alongside Ecotech company milestones. Back in 1993, with a staff of about 20 at head office, I quickly got to know everyone. Little did I know that 30% of us would still be working together at Ecotech more than 20 years later! ” Grant Kassell 1976: Ecotech founded by Robert and Judy Dal Sasso 1978: Ecotech starts distributing air quality monitoring analysers 1983: Ecotech commercialises its first data logger 1989: Ecotech employs 10 staff and moves to a new building in Melbourne 1992-94: Opens branches throughout Australia, and grows export markets to include India, Mexico, Colombia, Malaysia and more 1995: Wins first contract to supply air quality data reports 1999: Manufacture of “EC9800” range begins; and Ecotech receives NATA ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for air quality and emissions monitoring systems 2006: Moves to new 4000m 2 custom-designed building in Melbourne 2007: Staff grows to more than 100 2008: Ecotech inducted into the “Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame”; Ecotech partners with Hebei Sailhero to manufacture gas analysers in China 2009: Ecotech releases “Serinus” range of ambient gas analysers; and export markets grow to include 60 countries 2011: Wins Governor of Victoria Innovation Excellence Award 2012: Acquires Alstom’s chemistry and environmental business 2013: Wins 51 st Australian Export Awards: Environmental Solutions 2014: Ecotech Industries Pvt Ltd opens in Madhya Pradesh, India; Ecotech NZ Environmental Ltd opens in New Zealand 2015: “Serinus Gas Calibrator” range launched. Ecotech Monitoring Solutions is acquired in Hyderabad, India 2016: Ecotech celebrates 40 years Ecotech now employs more than 200 people across Oceania and South East Asia. It has 53 distributors, two manufacturing facilities and ten branch offices. It operates one of the largest networks of monitoring systems in the world – more than 440 sites, real-time monitoring. Every day. And none of this would have been possible without you, the fantastic staff and partners – past, present and future. Not only have you shaped the lives of people worldwide, you have shaped Ecotech into what it is today. But as Ecotech expands it becomes even more important to stay connected with staff and distributors across several continents. This book forms a large part of the company’s aim to retain the camaraderie and sense of purpose you expect in a much smaller business. Ecotech values the personal approach of a small business, while achieving the financial stability, growth and success needed to continue to employ more people, and develop more products. Ecotech has created this book to reflect on the past, and to give voice to the memories that are now part of the company DNA and have defined corporate culture. But it also works alongside the “Vision 2025” to celebrate Ecotech’s future. You will see our 2025 vision statement reflected throughout the book. 7
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