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The AGA Industry Forum held at The Dingley International on 10 December 2014 was seen as a great success.
In attendance were many key stakeholders, including many from Government Regulatory Authorities, importers/buyers, manufacturers, consumer representatives, certification bodies and delegations from Korea and China. The forum covered only two topics: Area Heaters and Gas Canisters (Canister Cookers).
The forum provided a platform for all stakeholders to express their views, exchange knowledge and learn from each other’s technical expertise.
The morning session focused on the recent NSW Office of Fair Trading Prohibition Notice regarding Area Heaters. Attendees heard from OFT, ANZBA, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and AGA . Most importantly, a Forward Plan has been formulated – NSW OFT Exemption. AGA is and will be working with all stakeholders to move forward on this Exemption Process.
The afternoon session focused on Canister (lunchbox) Cookers and Gas (Butane) Canisters. AGA has directed considerable resources into researching and laboratory testing canister cooker safety - and reported these findings during the forum. The Korean Government - through The Korean Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) - shared their in-depth research, safety trend data and policy initiatives regarding their safety issues associated with canisters cookers. Korean canister manufacturers – DAERYUK and HWASAN - showcased the patented CRV and safety valve technologies.
AGA is very appreciative that representatives from important overseas markets prominent in the manufacture and use of canisters and canister cookers made time to participate in the forum. In particular, AGA would like to thank the Korean delegations for their input (KGS, DAERYUK, HWASAN, MAXSUN, MIT, and SEYOU). AGA also acknowledges the contribution of Australian Government Regulatory Authorities (DNRM, OFT, ESV, EPD, and OTR), ANZBA, AGA members, retail chain distributors (KMART, WOOLWORTH, BUNNINGS etc), local/overseas suppliers and manufacturers (Gardensun, Sitro, AHM etc) and those who were involved but unable to present.
The following pictures are a selection of those taken at the Forum: