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Australian steering innovation gets international interest

ONE of the world’s largest suppliers to the automotive industry has secured a key development role in an Australian innovation set to speed the introduction of electronic steering for passenger vehicles.

Engineering innovator Bishop Steering Technology Limited has granted a licence to Germany’s Robert Bosch GmbH to develop and manufacture components for the patented Bishop Torque and Angle Sensor (BTAS).

Bishop Technology Limited expects worldwide production to reach more than two million units by 2006, with production continuing to rise.

The digital torque sensor was developed in-house by Bishop Innovation Limited, another business unit of the Sydney-based Bishop Technology Group Ltd.

The joint development agreement provides for Bosch to manufacture sensor modules and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) under licence for the world automotive steering gear market. These components will then be integrated into the BTAS and then integrated into electric power-assisted steering systems.

Bishop Steering Technology spokesperson Amanda Jackson said BTAS technology was expected to debut in Europe in 2004.

Phone Amanda Jackson for more details on (02)

9491 6000 or 0407 914 233.

n Web site: www.aebishop.com



The Business News Book of Company Lists – an invaluable reference tool



THE Business News Book of Company Lists 2000 publication is now in its fifth year of production.

It has developed into one of the most valuable and authoritative sources of important data of Western Australian enterprise.

Gathering information on WA companies is a huge undertaking, involving contact with numerous companies and industry leaders.

This year’s list features a record number of industries and companies with details on approximately 650 top WA enterprises.

These cover a diverse range of companies in both the private and public sectors, as well as in specific industries.

Specific industry lists include advertising agencies, hotels and resorts, banks, exporters, public relations companies and stockbroking firms.

The easy-find index of companies and chief executives., also makes finding the company you’re looking for an easier task.

These details are available in electronic format. For $220, you can purchase all the data in the book and have it sent to you either by disk or by email.

Phone Business News on 9227 9544.



The rabbit corkscrew from Metrokane



THEY say life is too short to drink ordinary wine.

But it’s also too short to open good wine with an ordinary corkscrew. So Metrokane presents the rabbit corkscrew – faster, more efficient and definitely more fun than an ordinary corkscrew.

The rabbit pulls a wine cork in as little as three seconds. It works on all sizes and types of wine bottles, including wide-mouth bottles and those with rubber corks. It’s designed to overpower the most stubborn, hard-to-pull corks, but it can also deal gently with the fragile crumbling variety.

The handles of the rabbit are shaped ergonomically to fit snugly in your hands, with soft “grip pads” on the top handle for easy leverage. Made primarily of super-strong polycarbonate and reinforced nylon, the rabbit has 31 metal and plastic parts assembled into a powerful, high-tech tool that’s the ultimate cork-pulling machine.

For more details, call The Wine Toolbox.

* Phone: 9470 1434 or 0418 949 188



Nikon Coolpix 990 at London Court Photographics



THE Coolpix 990 introduces some amazing new features, while refining others already seen on Coolpix models.

In M-REC mode, you can control focus using five sensors (centre, left, top & bottom). As with the Nikon F5, F100 and D1 professional cameras, Dynamic AF and Single Area AF modes are available. In Single AF mode you can fix the focus in the centre, or select one of the five areas manually.

Ultra High-speed Continuous Shooting is a newly developed mode that allows you to shoot up to 80 QVGA-size (320 x 240 pixels) images in Normal compression mode, at up to 30 frames per second. This mode is ideal for analysis of all types of movement or for recording rapid growth of cultures under the microscope.

Movie Mode records up to 40 seconds of QVGA images at 15 frames per second, which is the standard Quick Time (Motion JPEG) format. Recorded files can be played back using Nikon View Ver.3 and QuickTime Ver.4 (supplied with camera).

Nikon’s EC-CF CompactFlash Memory Card series can be used, in addition to SanDisk CF cards and Lexar Media’s 4X CF cards.

London Court Photographics is at Shop 27.

* Email: LC@mail2.hwy1.com.au

* Phone: 9221 4820

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