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Button announces environment industries mission to Europe



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M INISTER FOR f f e b

INDUSTRY, ·® &

TECHNOLOGY a n d COMMERCE

SENATOR JO HN BUTTON

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12.01AM FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER 1991 142/91

BUTTON ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENT INDUSTRIES MISSION TO EUROPE

An Environment Industries mission leaves Australia today for Europe to encourage individual collaboration with European companies, the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, Senator John Button, announced this morning.

"Numerous opportunities exist for Australian and European companies to jointly develop or market new technologies to meet the growing demand for solutions to the world's environmental problems," Senator Button said.

"The mission is to be applauded for identifying and pursuing commercial opportunities and promoting Australian capability and technology in Europe."

Representing the total Australian environment industry, the mission is being led by Mr Ray Frost of BHP Engineering. It also includes organisations such as Memtec, the James Hardie Group, ANSTO, Chemtronics and the Sydney Water Board. Details of

participants are attached.

The ultimate purpose of the mission is to foster industrial collaboration including product exports, licensing arrangements, joint ventures, and R&D collaboration. It will target those companies which would use Australia as their Asia-Pacific base, or work with Australian firms in the world's markets.

German waste management authorities and companies have expressed interest in collaborating with Australian firms to tackle the extensive environmental damage in East Germany.

"Australia's expertise in water and wastewater treatment, remediation of contaminated land and environmental monitoring complements existing German technologies, and is proof of the advanced technological capabilities of our environment industry," Senator Button said.

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Waste minimisation and recycling initiatives also will be explored. The mission specialists in this field are Cryogenic Crumb Rubber and the Resource Recycling Group.

The mission will also look at Australia's role in the Network for Environmental Technology Transfer (NETT), an electronic data base operating throughout Europe which lists companies and/or products for improving the environment.

CANBERRA Contact: Mike Roberts, Minister's Office (03) 650 9873 Brian O'Gallagher, DITAC

(06) 276 1228.

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PARTICIPANTS IN MISSION

Mr Ray Frost (mission leader) Director Technology, BHP Engineering

Mr John Morris Manager, Environment Industries Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce

Dr Brian Bolto Program Manager, Water and Wastewater Treatment CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers

Mr Andrew Denver Managing Director, Memtec Limited

Mr John Sears \

Manager, Clean Waterways Program Sydney Water Board

Dr Wally Zuk Director, Environmental Science Program Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Dr Alan Mann Managing Director, Chemtronics

Mr Geoff Gardner Manager, Cryogenic Crumb Rubber

Mr Damian Wise Director, The Resource Recycling Group Pty Ltd

Mr John Rohan Executive General Manager James Hardie Technology & Services Ltd

Mr Roger Collins General Manager, Environ Mechanical Services James Hardie Technology & Services Ltd

Mr Lance Bowen University of New South Wales

Mr Barry Greenburger Manager, Environment Systems AUSTRADE