Boss Design task chair set to revolutionise office seating

Renowned for its pioneering advances in office furniture design, Boss Design continues to innovate with the unveiling of Trinetic at Clerkenwell Design Week – a unique task chair that incorporates a brand new type of movement to create a superior and completely natural user experience. With tangible ergonomic and commercial benefits, Trinetic will be the benchmark against which future task chairs are compared.

Trinetic has no manual user adjustments. Instead, it uses three independent pivot points that combine to create a chair that ‘follows’ rather than resists the user. This promotes better support through a wide range of body movements, and has been proven to increase contact with the user’s body through the full length of the seat and back surface compared to traditional synchronised mechanisms. This provides greater comfort and encourages a more dynamic user experience.

Boasting a sophisticated and refined aesthetic, Trinetic is built around an aluminium cradle, which can be finished in a wide array of styles. It can be supplied in any combination of mesh, fabric or leather seat and backrest, together with a choice of four and five-star base options. It is ideal for those who want a task chair, but can also be specified as a touchdown work, meeting or conference chair.

Commenting on this groundbreaking development, Mark Barrell, Design Director at The Boss Design Group says: “Trinetic is set to revolutionise office task chairs as we know them, and represents a significant investment for our company.

“There are many ergonomic benefits to the product: improved contact and support; better pressure distribution and a better fit for a broad range of user shapes and sizes, without placing the emphasis on the user to make any adjustments. The absence of a lockable backrest also encourages users to remain dynamic; avoiding static postures – the primary cause of musculoskeletal stress,” adds Mark.

He continues: “Commercially, Trinetic also demonstrates tangible advantages by reducing the need for training – a significant financial burden to clients and manufacturers alike – as this model has no manual user adjustments. Instead, the Trinetic video can be uploaded onto our clients’ intranets in order to educate users of the product’s benefits.”

Trinetic is visually and functionally unique, and is the perfect chair to facilitate flexible working. The product is certified as a task chair against EN 1335 Part 1 and ISO 9241, as well as being accredited with FIRA’s ‘Ergonomic Excellence’ Award.

For further information contact Boss Design Headquarters: +44 (0) 1384 455570 or Boss Design London Showroom: Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7253 0364. Alternatively, visit



Industry leaders delivering the answers to effective energy management at this year’s showcase event

In a sector marked by volatile pricing, changing regulatory frameworks and increasing financial and security risk, it is necessary for the industry to come together to safeguard and ensure the future of energy & resource efficiency, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group.

With policy change amass and technological advances in abundance, there is now even more reason to visit RWM in 2016. This year the event, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13-15 September, promises to stimulate and attract the attention of the broadest cross-sector audience at the international showcase of resource and waste management innovation, RWM 2016 and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewables Event and the Water Event.

The Energy Event

Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Energy Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13th -14th September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for major energy users, it is also a key date in the calendar for decision makers as they grapple with energy supply, energy security and energy management concerns. The event is a key place for visitors to understand the latest policies, compliance requirements and find the latest technologies to drive a reduction in energy costs and improve their sustainability performance. Building on last year’s success, the Energy Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development.

Apart from policy changes, there are also a number of issues which seem to be challenging the sector, including energy security which remains a thorny issue for UK businesses. With an early capacity auction anticipated in the winter of 2017/18, and energy suppliers not being allowed to delay payments, businesses could face higher than anticipated energy bills next year. But what will the implications be for your business?

The show has two premium content hubs, Energy Leaders Theatre and the Energy Information Theatre. Key discussions from Keith Brierley, Environment and Business – Senior Advisor, Environment Agency, Maria Spyrou, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, Marks and Spencer and Charlotte Calloway, Energy & Environment Analyst, Whitbread are just a small sample of the speakers at this year’s show. In addition, a keynote speaker from National Grid, Paul Lowbridge, will participate in a panel discussing – demand-side response, could capitalising on energy opportunities be the answer to the energy trilemma. A full speakers program is due to be released shortly.


RWM 2016, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from 13th to 15th September, is the largest event in the UK for the waste and resource efficiency sector, with plenty on show for the quarrying, recycling and bulk materials handling industries.

The three-day exhibition, organised in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), also provides a strong conference programme taking place across the Circular Economy Connect, Energy from Waste and Local Authority theatres. There are numerous networking opportunities for RWM’s visitors and exhibitors.

All the plant and equipment for the waste and recycling industry

Throughout the exhibition, machinery and equipment designed to help keep materials in the loop and retain the value in resources will be centre-stage, as well as handling and logistics solutions that minimise the environmental impact of recycling. RWM has always dedicated a large part of the show to machinery, equipment, handling, logistics, recycling and reprocessing, and energy recovery. New technologies are coming to market throughout the year, and RWM provides the platform to market them to the right audience.

Circular Economy Connect Theatre

The Circular Economy Connect Theatre which is sponsored by Ricardo-AEA, with industry partners, Suez and Viridor, promises to be a key point for exploring how the principles of circular economy can be applied at an organisational or process level. Throughout the event there will be panel discussions on extended producer responsibility and designing out waste to enable greater resource productivity. Speakers in this theatre include: Kyle Wiens, CEO,  iFixit, Tristram Stuart, award-winning author, speaker and campaigner. Ichin Cheng, director and co-founder, Sustainable Innovation Lab and advisor to EC Horizon 2020 and Dr Greg Lavery, Director, rype office.

Energy from Waste Theatre

The Energy from Waste Theatre is the central hub for key industry players to debate, discuss and share insights on the future of energy from waste. Featuring speakers from Nandos, the Environment Agency, ESA & a case study from Lakeside EfW Plant. With new policies introduced into the sector, the theatre will provide further clarity for industry influencers on the role energy from waste plays in the long term. It will also provide businesses with insights on how to improve their bottom line.

Local Authority Theatre

Influencers within the industry will debate, discuss and share what waste strategy works best in a local authority when stringent measures are in place, in 2016 and beyond. Discussions will include topics such as waste crime, 2020 recycling targets, food waste collections and driving behaviour change. Speakers from Devon County Council, Keep Britain Tidy and LARAC will feature on this theatre along with Keynote, Linda Crichton, from WRAP.

Make sure you attend the co-located events; The Energy Event, The Water Event, The Renewables Event and RWM in September. It is the only place four industry leading events combine under one roof.


One training solution but not a one-size-fits-all approach

In the complex and hectic world of FM, busy managers seek a simple and efficient solution to sourcing the full training provision for their entire workforce. With such a wide range of courses available, finding the right options (at the right price) can be challenging.

Many busy organisations who need to ensure all staff are competent in their specific job role, rely on brokers to manage their full training requirement. But providing a complete training solution brings its own challenges, so how can you be sure that your broker fully understands the needs of your business and each of your employee’s competencies? Not to mention their suppliers’ competencies and methods of quality control?

Following our recent acquisition of SERAC UK, we are rolling out our own “one stop shop” to some of our multi – sited customers who require a consistent and efficient training service across multiple UK sites. In our experience, to be effective, the appointed training supplier must always be prepared to learn and invest time in integrating with your business. When it comes to training, relevance is key – one size does not fit all.

We believe it’s most vital that the coordinators who arrange training for your business have a comprehensive understanding of any training courses or qualifications offered. Always ask how they achieve this and how this is fed through to your teams.

We’ve prepared a quick fire checklist of must-ask questions when recruiting a training provider:

  • What systems do you use?
  • What are your quality control methods for those systems and processes?
  • What accreditations or standards do you work to and what accreditations do you yourselves hold?
  • How often do you complete supplier audits and what are your methods of association with a provider?
  • How will our business work with you and what are the communication channels?
  • How will you demonstrate visibility of learner outcomes?
  • What methods of evaluation do you use and how are the results reviewed and actioned?
  • Why do you feel that you are the best provider for our business?
  • Who will manage and coordinate our training requirements? (always aim for a small pool of contacts but more than just one; this can limit your service provision)
  • Commercials – check costs, terms and conditions, invoicing and the release of certification

A good provider should be able to answer all these questions and give you confidence that your business’ unique needs will be met, if not exceeded.

With competence now a real priority for businesses and managers already struggling for time in busy working days, the right provider can make all the difference.

For more information on Mentor’s complete training, qualification and assessment solution, please call 01246 555222.



£5,000 and Paid Apprentice up for grabs to the Ultimate Tradesperson

IRWIN®’s Ultimate Tradesperson Competition Calls on Outstanding Tradespeople to Nominate Themselves, Friends and Colleagues for the 2016 title

IRWIN® Tools, innovation experts in the hand tool and power tool accessories industry for over a century, has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson.

IRWIN is on the lookout for trade professionals – joiners, electricians, plumbers, metal workers and mechanics to nominate themselves or colleagues and share their stories of when they have gone above and beyond to get a job done, no matter how big or small.

Tradespeople worldwide rely on IRWIN for superior performance on the job and now IRWIN wants to celebrate the UK and Ireland’s best. The successful candidate will receive a year’s paid apprentice for 2017, £5,000 (€6,440) to help build their business and a range of IRWIN products including IRWIN’s new Pro Comfort Screwdrivers, WeldTec™ Circular Saw blades and VISE-GRIP® cutting pliers.

The winner will be announced at the Build Show on the 18th and 19th October at the NEC in Birmingham.

Ahead of the 2016 winner being crowned, between June to October a monthly winner will receive a prize package bursting with IRWIN tools to the value of £660 (€851) as well as an all-expense paid trip for two to the Build Show to the value of £850 (€1095).

The competition now in its second year gives IRWIN the opportunity to recognise the positive difference tradespeople are making to the UK and Ireland. IRWIN spokesperson Amber Popowicz, Senior Brand Activation Manager explains: “We established Nominate a Tradesperson to find tradespeople who through their skills and dedication make a real difference. This could be a tradesperson who has shown their commitment to instilling their skills in the younger generation by working with apprentices or someone who always goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional client service.”

2015 Winner, Stacey Greenwell, from Stoke-on-Trent added, “When I began my career over 15 years ago I never thought I would become the UK’s Ultimate Tradesperson. I started buying uninhabitable derelict properties and renovating them to provide affordable housing to help my local town. It’s been such an experience to have won and it’s been great to have been recognised by such a long-standing company like IRWIN.”

To nominate yourself, a friend, a colleague or family member who you think deserves the recognition of UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson, and to find the full terms and conditions of this promotion visit:


Red is the colour – Virgin Trains choose Colani toilet seats for on-board refresh

Virgin Trains have chosen a vibrant red Colani toilet seat from Pressalit Care for their fleet of East Coast Mainline trains.

Matching Virgin Trains distinctive corporate colours, the Colani toilet seat offers a range of special features that makes it the ideal choice for on-board installation where comfort is a chief consideration.

Andrew Lowndes of Pressalit Care says, “Always seeking to enhance their customer experience, Virgin Trains are implementing a £21m refurbishment of their East Coast Mainline trains. This includes a refresh of the on-board toilet facilities, for which they have selected the Colani toilet seat for its comfort and stability.”

Pressalit Care’s Colani toilet seat has a number of specially designed features for user comfort. Stabilising buffers are fitted at the front of the rim, while a cross bar hinge along the back creates a secure seating position. The ergonomic curved bowl of the toilet seat features raised side edges for added strength.

The Colani toilet seat is produced from thermoset plastic with stainless steel strap, in red, as well as blue, white and anthracite.

As with all Pressalit Care products, the Colani toilet seat has been tested to the highest degree, statically up to 375kg. or email


Chubb Protects New £450 Million University Campus

Chubb Fire & Security Limited has won a competitive tender to protect students, staff and property from fire by supplying thousands of portable fire extinguishers to Swansea University’s new £450 million Bay Campus. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The new campus, a 65-acre site on the seafront at Neath Port Talbot, includes the Great Hall, which contains a £32 million 700-seater auditorium and arts centre, halls of residence, academic faculties and a library. It was opened in September 2015 and accommodates more than 1,500 students.

In winning the tender, Chubb is providing more than 4,000 portable fire extinguishers, supported by a four-year maintenance contract. Chubb also retained the existing contract for maintaining the extinguishers at the University’s Singleton Campus.

Philip Moremon, compliance officer at Swansea University, said, “Because of the size of the new campus, it made sense to review our existing relationships and put the entire University’s fire extinguisher contract up for tender.

“At both campuses, delivering quality products, providing value for money and reliability were three important factors when we selected a new supplier, and Chubb met all of these requirements.”

Chubb will install the Good DesignTM award-winning range of Chubb FX extinguishers and then provide an annual inspection of each building, equipping new university sites as development continues to 2020.

“Chubb is responsive and easy to work with, its engineers specified and installed the equipment quickly and efficiently with no problems, despite the strict time constraints due to the deadline opening of the campus to students,” Moremon concluded.

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Kingdom officers win Security Officer of Distinction Awards

Kingdom is absolutely delighted to report that two of their officers have won awards at this year’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

Kingdom officers James Kelly MBE and Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach were among only 13 award winners from across the whole of the UK. These two officers are part of a very select and elite group, and Kingdom is immensely proud of both of them. Only one other security company had two award winners.

To be considered for an SIA ACS Pacesetters Award, the security officers have to be nominated by the client for whom they are contracted, and this then endorsed by Kingdom (their contracting company), with the ultimate winners then being selected by a panel of judges with wide experience in the industry.

James (Jim) Kelly MBE was nominated by our client, Grosvenor Estates. For over 15 years Jim has been the Senior Security Officer for Hammerson leading a team of eight officers. The team currently support a prestigious multi-tenanted office – 10 Grosvenor Street. Jim was nominated for a number of outstanding activities, not least of which was his endeavours in saving the lives of two members of the public. On the first occasion, an elderly man collapsed outside the building and James undertook resuscitation until the emergency services arrived. On the second occasion a window cleaner fell four floors onto a marble surface when he failed to connect his safety equipment properly whilst undertaking abseiling as he cleaned the internal windows in the atrium. Jim administered emergency first aid until the emergency services arrived. His actions were later commended by the emergency services. Our picture shows John Legge collecting the award on behalf of Jim who was unable to attend in person. John has worked with Jim for over 15 years.

Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach was nominated by Fran Beasley, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hillingdon. In January this year Greg was working in the CCTV Control Room at Hillingdon Council when he effectively prevented a serious assault using a combination of his local knowledge, CCTV Systems, effective communication and physical fitness.  Greg’s actions provided the police with a description of the offender, and along with CCTV footage which further supported the verbal statements,  were sufficient to enable a successful arrest. The offender has since pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Jim and Greg were presented with their awards at the third ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Lunch, which took place at the Royal Windsor Racecourse on Tuesday 24th May 2016. The event was attended by both representatives from the security industry and also clients and, of course, the security officers nominated to receive the awards themselves. The presentations were made by Mr Vernon Rapley, Security Director at the V&A Museum, who also gave an interesting speech on his experience in the field of history and art and the crimes committed by individuals against museums.

Commenting on the awards, Kingdom’s CEO Terry Barton BA Hons said: “For our colleagues to receive recognition and win this award is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the quality of the people Kingdom employ. We are extremely proud of Jim and Greg and I thank them personally for their excellent work and for representing the Kingdom brand in such a fantastic light.”

Kingdom is a member of ACS (Approved Contract Scheme) Pacesetters. Membership is made up of contract security guarding companies who are in the top 15% of the benchmarking and achievement levels set by the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme. Companies have to submit themselves to an annual inspection by one of five appointed UKAS inspection bodies.

To achieve ACS accreditation, companies must achieve a satisfactory score of at least zero. All members of ACS Pacesetters have achieved a minimum score of +128 points, with the current maximum score being +174 points. Kingdom achieved a score of +161 following their last audit in September 2015, putting them in the top 5% of ACS accredited security companies in the UK. As there are currently 790 contract security guarding companies who have achieved ACS accreditation, only a total of 119 companies are eligible to join. ACS Pacesetters says the following about these 119 companies: “These companies, both national and regional, have proved they are market leaders in the security guarding industry and are therefore capable of providing an excellent standard of service to their clients and a high degree of care for their employees. As a client, it makes sense to include companies in the top 15% of the ACS scoring system when compiling your tender list.”

About Kingdom

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.


A Euro Vision: What Brexit could mean for planning and building projects

With the European Union (EU) Referendum looming, the potential implications and debates surrounding the two choices – whether to stay or go – are becoming increasing visible to the British population. A departure from the EU will result in the UK making its own amendments to laws previously imposed by EU directives. And it’s not just about controlling its borders and the migration of workers allowed to live and work in the UK, but it also concerns EU legislation, environmental regulation and changes to funding that could affect how planning and building in the UK will be undertaken for years to come.

The option to vote on the UK’s membership of the EU has been on the political radar for years. Events following the referendum date (Thursday, 23 June 2016) will mark new beginnings for the UK, regardless of the outcome. Parties backing the ‘In’ campaign champion that the UK needs the EU. The EU is good for trade, the free movement of people to live and work, and the skills, culture and diversity of being part of the European family. But with Britain’s credit rating currently scored at AA+ with a stable outlook, could it also be that the EU needs the UK? Not least because an exit from the European Union could hurt the credit ratings of other EU countries with close trade or financial links to Britain – including Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Ireland. Furthermore, an ‘Out’ victory could subsequently see Scotland leaving the UK and potentially encourage other smaller countries and regions to seek independence. If the UK does exit the EU and continue to prosper, other countries may follow suit and negotiate leaving the EU too. Should the UK vote to leave, the so-called Brexit terms would define how aspects of life, such as planning and housebuilding, would be affected.

The Need to Build

When it comes to housebuilding needs in the UK, what impact could Brexit potentially have? In broad and simple terms, a drop in EU migration to the UK could reduce the need for new houses to be built. This would lead to a reduction in housebuilding, which in turn could slow or even stall economic growth and result in potential redundancies from building firms. Any adverse economic conditions in the wake of Brexit, affecting multi-million pound industries such as construction, could make the UK increasingly susceptible to economic instability. It could also cause a fall in property prices. For example, accountancy specialists have indicated that 66% of real estate experts think Brexit would damage overseas investment in London’s property market. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also warned that the unknown outcome of the upcoming referendum and soaring house prices, often far outpacing wages, are threats to Britain’s successful economic recovery. IMF’s managing director Christine Lagarde has stated that a vote for Britain to leave the EU would leave ‘no winners’ and that the negative effects of the impending vote are already being felt.

On the flipside, in the event of Brexit, housing need assessments could become more accurate, flexible and reliable. If the UK was able to closely control immigration from other EU member states – by creating its own rules as part of a wider policy of restricting entry into the UK – it could reduce the potential for inaccurate forecasting of housing needs and other demographics affected by increased population, such as infrastructure or health matters. But as MP Chris Grayling acknowledges, building on the scale recommended by the EU Commission to match demand, due to immigration into the country, would fundamentally change the ‘nature and character’ of the UK.

Planning for the Future

The EU affects many aspects of our lives, including having a direct impact on UK planning policy. For example, in 2015, the European Commission used the terms of the EU Stability and Growth Pact 2010 to recommend that the UK took steps to increase housing supply and also called for reforms to the National Planning Framework. Outside the EU, the UK would be able to control its own laws and requirements, matching them directly to UK, rather than EU requirements.  As an example, the UK could review the way EU environmental regulations are applied. For planners Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) are the result of EU directives from Brussels applied to UK law. EIAs look at the anticipated measureable effects on the environment of proposed developments or projects, while a SEA is a systematic decision support process that ensures environmental and other sustainability aspects are considered effectively in policy, planning and programme making.

However, many UK infrastructure projects, which are often directly linked to housing needs and population fluctuation, are also part-funded by the EU at various stages of their development. Depending on the degree of the UK exit from EU legislation, this could result in major changes in the way large UK infrastructure projects are implemented and financed. And even the Europe-wide transport network could be redrawn to bypass the UK, should UK legislation no longer be compatible with the EU. Brexit would also terminate the UK’s membership of the European Investment Bank (EIB), which would affect future infrastructure plans. In the last three years, the EIB has invested approximately £16 billion in UK projects, including funding the £280 million expansion of facilities of University College London, and a £700 million contribution towards the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The UK is among the largest shareholders in the EIB and benefits significantly from its funding – in 2015, EIB lending in the UK reached a record amount of €7.77 billion.

There are many huge question marks about how UK and EU will look following the referendum and only time will tell how it will fully impact the building and planning sectors. However, at iApply, we will be watching closely to see how things unfold, and we will keep you up-to-date on the impact the ultimate decision has.  For further information on how iApply can support you, visit


HWM unveils new corporate identity

Evolution into multi-utility company prompts rebrand

HWM has unveiled a new corporate identity to reflect its evolution into a multi-utility monitoring and telemetry company.

HWM’s primary focus for more than 30 years has been clean water and network distribution system monitoring. But in recent years the company has expanded into new sectors such as gas, water and electricity meter consumption; gas network monitoring; and sewer, river and flood monitoring.

Explaining the reasons behind the company rebrand, Director of Sales and Business Development Mike Tennant said: “The rebrand gives a clear identity to each of our business sectors and is designed to make it easier for multi-industry customers to find solutions for their applications.”

HWM’s new website streamlines the company’s product range into five groups: water networks, wastewater, gas networks, AMR and facilities. The website can be found at

HWM’s customers include major UK utility providers and facilities managers. The company is a framework supplier for most UK water companies and many commercial organisations.


CDS Announce their New Launch of Transparent OLED Displays: LucidVue

Crystal Display Systems are introducing a game changer in Transparent display technology: The LucidVue!

Inspire, Engage and entertain your audience with a whole new genre of transparent Display systems.

Based on Transparent OLED (‘TOLED’ Organic Light Emitting Diode) Technology, this is an inspiring evolution in display principles which eliminates the need for display lighting and showcase box. This development in technology creates so many more options for you to innovate in a world of display!

The LucidVue can dramatically improve brand impact, astound your guests / customers, help you to set yourself apart from the competition or inspire the next generation. Possible applications for this amazing new technology include; Retail Promotion, Hospitality, Exhibitions, Museum and Entertainment, Digital Signage and many more!

CDS’s Technical Director: “This new genre of technology adds a further dimension to our transparent display offering, giving some real benefits for high end applications that require an emissive display, it will complement our existing range T-LCD panels ”, says Tony Large.

Their TOLED displays are currently available in a 55” module & utilise the very latest production techniques, this self-emitting display enables a crisp image while also offering a high transmittance rate of around 45%.

The self-emissive pixels contain 4 sub pixels, Red, Green & Blue for generating outstanding vibrant colours, and the final sub pixel (which would typically be black) is now clear, facilitating the transparency.

Poly-silicon TFTs act as the switching method for the Active Matrix of OLED generating a sumptuously rich colour palette of over 1 Billion Colours, with a 180 degree viewing angle in both Vertical and horizontal planes, delivering a mind blowing visual to even a large audience.

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