The week’s news includes cancer campaigns, autonomous pods and a failed takeover, brought to you by Diesel News.
Diesel fumes at work cause 130 lung cancer cases every year, according to Cancer Council Australia. It is highlighting cancer risks during National Safe Work Month.
Cancer Council is calling for greater cancer awareness in the workplace, following new estimates about 130 Australian workers are diagnosed each year in Australia with lung cancer as a result of work-based exposure to diesel fumes.
Terry Slevin, Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee, said an estimated 3.6 million Australians were exposed to cancer-causing agents at work, with around 5,000 cancer cases diagnosed each year as a result.
“Awareness of the risks of exposures like asbestos and UV radiation is increasing, and is reflected in gradual improvements in work safety practices,” said Slevin. “By contrast, awareness of the hazards of exposure to diesel fumes is low, especially in relation to the potential harms.”
In partnership with the McGrath Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BP has announced the launch of Australia’s Most Powerful Fuel1 as both organisations’ strive to raise funds to place another specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurse.
Australia’s Most Powerful Fuel has be rolled out across BP’s country-wide network of service stations during this week. Empowering all Australians to make a difference for those affected by breast cancer, BP is donating a portion of all fuel sales to the McGrath Foundation.
“Our support of the McGrath Foundation has been key in our business as we work together to raise vital funds for this extraordinary organisation,” said Brooke Miller, VP Sales and Marketing. “Over the course of our partnership over the last three years, we’ve raised more than $1 million to assist in placing McGrath Breast Care Nurses across the country,”.
Meanwhile over in Europe, truck component manufacturer, ZF, finally announced it was giving up in its attempt to takeover brake component supplier Haldex. ZF has withdrawn its recommended public cash offer to the shareholders of Haldex.
The offer was conditional upon being accepted by Haldex’s shareholders to such an extent that ZF would become the owner of shares representing more than 50 per cent of Haldex’s total share capital. As this condition has not been satisfied, ZF has announced it has decided to no longer pursue the offer.
A driverless pod with no steering wheel manufactured in Coventry, England has arrived for a year long stint in Australia as part of a partnership between the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and autonomous vehicle developer RDM Group.
The new autonomous pod, fresh from completing the UK’s first public autonomous trial in September, will be on display to visitors at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) held in Melbourne October 10-14.
It is the first time RDM Group has exhibited outside of Europe and underlines its intention to expand into new territories, including the Asia-Pacific market where it is already in talks with Government and Universities on providing ‘first and last mile’ transport solutions.
Delegates to the high-profile show will be able to explore the pod on the ADVI stand and talk to technical experts about the technology used and its capabilities, which include a top speed of 24 km/h off highway, an operational range of 96 km and the fact it can be built in two, four, six and eight-seater variants.