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    Apr 07, 2015

    (6 April 2015, Singapore) – HISTORY™ Asia and Canon are embarking on a search for the next amateur photographer in the all-new season of Photo Face-Off – the first and biggest original reality competition series on the channel. After an immensely successful first season, Photo Face-Off is set to return later this year for its second season on HISTORY™ Asia. The series recorded excellent ratings within the region, winning the number one timeslot* in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

    Photo Face-Off pits amateur photographers from around Asia against renowned professional photographer, Justin Mott, in a series of photography challenges. By popular demand, Mott returns to reprise his role as Photo Face-Off’s resident professional photographer whom contestants compete against. Season 2 also sees enhanced changes to its show format with more challenging photography face-offs in store. Viewers of Photo Face-Off will also enjoy double the entertainment in one sitting with hour-long episodes in Season 2.

    Amateur photographers who aspire to battle it out in an arena of creativity and inspiration are encouraged to submit their applications via these easy steps:
    1. Log on to historyasia.com/photofaceoff
    2. Download the application form (Microsoft Word Document), fill it up accordingly and attach three personally shot photographs that best showcase photography and visual story-telling skills.
    3. Email or post your application form before 30 April 2015
    *Source: Nielsen Malaysia/Thailand; Kantar Singapore, Period: 23 Sep – 28 Oct 2014, Tuesdays, 10.30pm.

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    About HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™

    HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for entertaining hit series and revealing, award-winning event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and fascinating manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, The Vikings, Ancient Aliens, Duck Dynasty, Counting Cars, Hidden Cities Extreme and Ride N’ Seek.

    For media-related enquiries, please contact:

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    Challenges and future expansion plans of regional hospitals revealed at Hospital Design and Infrastructure Conference in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, 7 April, 2015: Integrating nursing and patient friendly design has been revealed as the top priority in designing new hospitals throughout the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new survey.

    Commissioned by Informa, the survey was conducted among architects, engineers and project heads from hospitals throughout the MENA region to identify the latest trends in the construction of medical facilities. The respondents cited patient care as number one, followed by the importance of embedding environmentally friendly and sustainable design.

    The healthcare construction industry results have been revealed ahead of the 12th edition of Hospital Design and Infrastructure, a four-day conference running from 19-22 April at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall.

    The top four challenges in building new healthcare facilities were: project management; identifying the right architects and developers; identifying medical equipment providers and planners; and licensing and accreditation.

    Air quality was deemed the most important factor when considering building new facilities, with 81% of respondents citing it, while almost half of respondents listed lighting (49%) and landscapes (48%) as contributing factors.

    A platform for interactive debate, learning and inspiration in the latest advancements and innovations in healthcare facility design and construction, Hospital Design and Infrastructure will welcome more than 20 influential healthcare speakers from across the Middle East.

    Bringing together leading healthcare regulators, operators, architects and engineers, the conference will discuss unique approaches, advancements, applications and outcomes in facility planning, design and construction to develop unique healthcare built environment processes and build state-of-the-art healthcare systems.

    The opening day of the conference will feature a key note address by Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, Director, Health Regulation Department at the Dubai Health Authority, who will discuss integrating transition planning with licensing and accreditation requirements to deliver successful and timely projects.

    Speaking before the event Dr. Al Marzouqi said: “Hospital design helps in effective delivery of healthcare and goes a long way in improving patient friendliness. With advances in design, technology and access to updated knowledge, hospital designs have advanced tremendously over the years and surveys such as this one are vital to highlight challenges and advances in hospital design.”

    Barbara Spurrier, Administrative Director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation USA said: “Our Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation is working to transform the experience and delivery of health and health care.

    “The core of our model is human-centered design to understand the needs of patients and staff as we build new services and products to meet those needs. Our health and health care infrastructure needs to incorporate a human-centered design approach so our built environments work for the people who occupy them.”

    Claude Allain, Vice President and General Manager for Johnson Controls in the Middle East, added: “The Middle East, and specially GCC countries, have emerged as leading providers of dependable, world class healthcare. This conference is providing a commendable forum for companies such as Johnson Controls to showcase technologies that enable healthcare facilities in improving patient outcomes as well as operational efficiency.

    “Johnson Controls helps healthcare facilities globally in delivering optimised patient care through its Healthcare Environment Optimization™ solutions ensuring savings and operational excellence in varied applications from ORs to central utility plants.”

    Hospital Design and Infrastructure will include workshops on evidence-based design application, lean methodologies and simulations, and the human aspect of design. A number of round table discussions will also feature with key conversations on elements to be considered in design for building healthcare facilities.

    Lydia Fowler, Divisional Director at Informa, organisers of Hospital Design and Infrastructure, said: “The survey findings have outlined pertinent challenges being faced across the region when it comes to the building of new healthcare facilities. Our conference programme has been specifically designed to address some of those challenges. It creates a platform for leading healthcare experts and industry players to come together to discuss solutions.”

    Healthcare providers participating at the conference include Al Ain Hospital, Apollo Hospitals Group, Clemenceau Medical Centre, European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture, Dubai Health Authority, Hamad Medical Corporation, Mayo Clinic Centre for Innovation, National Hospital Riyadh, Parkway Pantai, Medstar Healthcare, Tawam Hospital and Universal Hospital.

    The four-day conference is officially supported by Silver Sponsor Johnson Controls, Strategic Partner Perkins Eastman and Notebook Sponsor, nora®. For more information about Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2015, or to register, visit www.hospital-design.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter by searching for #HDIconference.

    Caption: The Hospital Design and Infrastructure conference runs from 19-22 April at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall.

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    The high cost of building such energy-efficient homes has deterred many property builders and individual home owners in the past, making “net-zero” building a niche market, but that seems to be changing.

    “Net-zero homes are going mainstream,” writes Kris Hudson in a Wall Street Journal article, Builders’ New Power Play: Net Zero Homes. As the title suggests, builders are spearheading efforts to change public perception of energy-efficient homes, from a “niche product for the affluent who can afford custom homes” to one the average home buyer would consider investing in.

    The National Association of Home Builders took the initiative in the United States with a display home featured at their International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The home was built by the trade organisation in collaboration with Blue Heron Design/Build LLC in an effort to raise awareness of the opportunities net-zero homes can offer builders.

    Although the New American Home is expected to be listed for US$2.5 million, Blue Heron says it can build similar, equally efficient but smaller “net-zero electricity homes for about $700,000”.

    The article goes on to outline some of the features of a net zero home, including:

  • A rooftop solar system to reduce dependency on grid electricity and potentially receive credit for excess electricity generated by the system
  • Spray-on foam insulation to reduce heat transfer and reduce unwanted air infiltration
  • Energy-efficient doors, windows, lighting and appliances
  • High-performance heating and ventilation systems

    However, not all builders agree that net zero homes are currently viable for the mass market. While cost can be a factor in the United States,
    Southeast Asia's tropical climate presents other challenges; heat and humidity require different solutions to extremes of heat and cold like you find in the American southwest.

    Air-conditioning alone is not an environmentally sustainable solution because of the enormous amount of greenhouse gases required to run air-conditioning units, especially in a large home.

    A properly cross-ventilated home can reduce the need for air-conditioning usage. This, combined with shading devices to prevent heat transference, can significantly reduce dependence on air conditioning. When air conditioning is needed, solar power can also be used as an alternative energy source.

    Net-Zero Living in Malaysia

    Malaysia has achieved much in the green building landscape so far, as seen in the example of Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (one of the world’s first net-zero office buildings) and the Diamond Building (Winning of the ASEAN energy award in 2012).

    Although net-zero residential developments are progressing relatively slowly in Malaysia, one interesting project is Shelter@Rainforest, a self-sustainable, zero-energy longhouse built as a family home in Sabah, Malaysia.

    The home includes a rooftop photovoltaic system and biogas units to provide energy for the running of the home, while rainwater collection units collects rainwater that is stored in cisterns which allows for basic water-related household functions.

    A large overhanging shade roof helps keep the home 8-10 degrees Celcius cooler than the outside environment, and natural ventilation is encouraged through sliding doors with slats.

    Government efforts to encourage net-zero building in Malaysia

    The Malaysian government is also doing its part to encourage net-zero living. The Sustainable Energy Development Authority ( SEDA) has approved over 2,700 applications for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) since its introduction in 2011.

    Also called the Clean Energy Cash Back scheme, the FiT scheme allows homeowners who install solar-power systems to receive money for energy generated by their solar-photovoltaic systems.

    From North America to Southeast Asia, the world is growing increasingly aware of the vital importance of finding a solution to global warming. Net-zero homes can be a part of that solution.

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    World-class celebrity chefs dish out their culinary expertise at the World Culinary Showcase at this year’s 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® and BAR at the NRA Show (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants), taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 16-19. Guest attendees will have the opportunity to learn from acclaimed chefs at the new Lakeside Center stage such as: Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, Chopped judges Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan, as well as returning favorites like Rick Bayless, Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine and more.

    “There’s always such a great energy and excitement around the World Culinary Showcase stage, but this year’s new location with Lake Michigan views as the backdrop for these entertaining chefs should really draw a crowd,” says John C. Metz, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2015 and CEO of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue, and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. “The combination of inspiration gained from these renowned chefs, insights from the over 70+ education sessions, discoveries on the show floor and more make the NRA Show 2015 a not-to-miss destination for any foodservice operator.”

    The World Culinary Showcase, running all four days of the NRA Show, will feature chefs from across the country with a wide range of culinary specialties. See here for a look at the World Culinary Showcase. This year’s talent includes:

    Rick Bayless– Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and multiple James Beard award winner; author of seven award-winning cookbooks; chef/owner of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO and Tortas Frontera; founder of Frontera Farmer Foundation to attract support for small Midwestern farms.

    Anne Burrell– Star of Food Network favorites Worst Cook in America, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef; author of Cook Like a Rockstar and Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire and Empower.

    Maneet Chauhan– Chopped judge, Iron Chef challenger, author and James Beard Award-winner; owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Elizabeth Falkner– Award-winning chef, author and James Beard Foundation award nominee; returning participant on Top Chef, Iron Chef, and Kitchen Inferno.

    Robert Irvine– Host of The Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Restaurant Express; also seen on Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, and The Next Iron Chef; author of two cookbooks Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy.

    Kristen Kish– Having worked with high-profile award winning chefs such as Guy Martin and Barbara Lynch, Chef Kish went on to win on Bravo's Top Chef becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition.

    Jehangir Mehta– Participant on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America; chef of Graffiti, Graffiti Me, and Mehtaphor in Manhattan.

    Marc Murphy– Owner and executive chef of Benchmarc Restaurants and Benchmarc Events in NYC; Chopped judge and Iron Chef America participant; official spokesperson for Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ program.

    Barton Seaver– Executive chef, fellow with National Geographic, and Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard.

    Fabio Viviani– Chef/owner of Cafe Firenze, Firenze Osteria and Siena Tavern; appeared on Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, After Top Chef; author of best-seller Fabio's Italian Kitchen.

    NRA Show 2015 will be held May 16-19 and BAR at the NRA Show will be held May 17-18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. To register, please visit Restaurant.org/Attend/Registration.

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    Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Website at www.restaurant.org.

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    SINGAPORE, April 8, 2015 – Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the 4K HDMI/IP Optical Transmission System, the world’s first system*1 enabling simultaneous transmission of 4K video, audio and 1000 BASE-T local area network (LAN) communications data over distances as long as 800 meters. Sales will begin in Japan on May 15.

    Applying its proprietary surface-emitting semiconductor laser technology called VCSEL*2, which was originally developed for color multifunction printers, Fuji Xerox has realized the 800-meter simultaneous transmission of 4K video, audio, and LAN communications data through a fiber-optic data transmission technology.

    Since 4K resolution is four times that of full high definition (full HD, or so-called 2K) and contains large volumes of data, the difficulty was in transmitting that volume over a long distance. Also, delays in transmission would occur if 4K video data with 30 frames per second were to be compressed. To meet these challenges, the 4K HDMI/IP Optical Transmission System converts high-resolution video data into optical signals without compressing it and transfers the data over a single optical cable, offering the capacity to transmit 4K video data without a single frame of delay.

    Further, the 4K HDMI/IP Optical Transmission System is designed to meet the expected growing demand for optical video transmission equipment that can simplify the construction of high-resolution video systems because the ability to simultaneously support video, audio and LAN data reduces the cost of separate wiring for data transmission over LAN.

    If used for touch panel digital signage, for example, the 4K HDMI/IP Optical Transmission System can send and receive 4K video data along with touch panel control signals via LAN, which would enable interactive video communication, serving as a novel solution that opens up new possibilities for video communication.

    Potential applications include digital signage at train stations and airports or along streets, monitoring systems within factories, tablet-based active learning at educational institutions, surgical video sharing within hospitals, and many other scenes of communication.
    With its advanced technologies, Fuji Xerox will continue to provide world-class solutions for new ways of communicating.

    *1: The world’s first 4K HDMI certified equipment that can transmit HDMI signals over distances of 800 meters while supporting LAN (1000BASE-T) communications (as of March 31, 2015, based on survey by Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.).

    *2: Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser

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    Xerox, Xerox and Design, as well as Fuji Xerox and Design are registered trademarks or trademarks of Xerox Corporation in Japan and/or other countries.

    About Fuji Xerox:
    Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution. Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form—thereby contributing to their valuable communications.

    Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 45,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries.

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    Tokyo, April 8, 2015 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that it has completed the delivery of core technical elements of the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre, which has been established within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. Full-scale operation of the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre is slated to begin in April 2015.

    The INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre is the driving force of the IGCI. Its activities cover a wide range of areas essential to the assistance of national authorities: cybercrime investigation support, research and development in the area of digital crime, and digital security. NEC has delivered a digital forensic platform and various other technical resources to help INTERPOL establish the new centre.

    NEC will showcase its broad array of advanced cyber security solutions, which have been implemented in the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre, at INTERPOL World 2015. This event is scheduled to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore from April 14 to 16, 2015. NEC will also demonstrate its latest public safety solutions, including biometrics identification technologies that have already been adopted by more than 500 customers in 40 countries and an intelligent video surveillance system.

    For more details regarding NEC’s exhibits, please visit
     http://www.nec.com/en/event/iw2015/

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    About INTERPOL World 2015
     https://www.interpol-world.com/

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    PUNE, India, Apr 8, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - LinguaNext Technologies today announced that its language platform Linguify.S is now an SAP-endorsed business solution for all countries worldwide. SAP will continue to develop localized versions for selected on-premise or cloud solutions, while LinguaNext will offer complementary solutions for product and language combinations not covered by SAP.

    Linguify.S makes no changes or modifications to the underlying SAP(R) software or application databases. Instead, language conversion is handled externally at the display level, with all screen output translated in real time using a customized in-memory dictionary. This allows customers to run a single language instance of an SAP application across multiple regions, with users in each country selecting their preferred display language from a drop-down menu.

    Solutions endorsed by SAP SE are complementary to SAP software offerings, have been specifically integrated with SAP solutions and tested by SAP, and provide additional choices and flexibility for businesses running SAP software.

    "Companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of providing their staff, their partners and customers in each country with business applications in their native language," says LinguaNext CEO and co-founder Jagdish Sahasrabudhe. "Surveys clearly show that employee productivity and customer engagement levels are much higher when user interfaces and e-commerce platforms are provided in the local language of the country."

    Added Sahasrabudhe, "The LinguaNext solution dramatically reduces the cost, complexity, deployment and time to market of local language enablement of business applications. We are delighted to have received this global endorsement from SAP, the world's leading provider of enterprise application software."

    Said VR Ferose, managing director, SAP Globalization Services, "As the SAP solution portfolio continues to expand and customer demand for local language increases, we have been looking at innovative new ways to deliver local language that will complement SAP's own efforts and give our customers more choice. Having endorsed the LinguaNext solution two years ago for selected markets and solutions, we felt very confident expanding the partnership to markets and products worldwide."

    About LinguaNext

    LinguaNext is a market leader in enterprise application language management and is transforming the way global corporations, software application vendors and leading system integrators address multi-language and local language support for information technology systems. With a roster of over 200 global customers, LinguaNext is fast becoming the standard language platform across a wide range of vertical markets. LinguaNext's innovative technology-based solutions enable enterprise, mobile or cloud software systems to work in any language, with zero changes to the underlying application code or database. This approach helps reduce complexity, lower costs and deliver fast time to usability for IT systems. LinguaNext is headquartered in Pune, India and is funded by Helion Venture Partners.

    About SAP-Endorsed Business Solutions

    SAP-endorsed business solutions are complementary to SAP software offerings, have been specifically integrated with SAP solutions and tested by SAP, and provide additional choices and flexibility for businesses running SAP software. SAP-endorsed business solutions are offered by SAP partners.

    For more information, please contact:

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    Exhibitors and visitors applauded the show’s professionalism and importance within the South China region
    Insightful fringe programme covered wide spectrum of industry sectors

    The sixth edition of the SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou successfully concluded one of its most comprehensive editions to date, showcasing a wide variety of products from robotics to machine vision, sensor and measurements, connectivity systems, drive systems and control technologies. Held from 9 – 11 March 2015 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, the fair welcomed 483 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions, who utilised 40,000 sqm of exhibition space to display their latest solutions and products.

    A large portion of the world’s top brands in automation technology development could be found throughout the fair’s four halls. Some of the brands in attendance this year included Siemens, Phoenix Contact, Turck, Balluff, Murrelektronic, Rittal, Sanyo Denki, Elco, P+F, Beckhoff, Lti, Wago, Banner, Moons, Nachi, Yaskawa, Epson, GSK, Estun Robotics, Cognex and more. Additionally, during the three-day show, manufacturers represented a large portion of the Guangzhou show where attendance totalled 39,055 visitors from 40 countries and regions. Also, a total of 138 domestic and international delegations from Midea, Gree, TCL, Faw-Volkswagen, Honda, BYD and others attended, affirming the importance of SPS - Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou to the industry’s growth.

    Mr Louis Leung, Deputy General Manager of Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, one of the organisers of the fair said: “With automation technology being one of the main focuses for China’s manufacturing industry, the Guangzhou show’s significance has never been greater. We are delighted to have gathered an astounding group of industrial automation experts and suppliers from around the world to showcase their state-of-the-art products. Through my interactions with the exhibitors, they were generally pleased with the high number of decision-making contacts they were able to make through the show, while visitors praised the exceptional quality of solutions on display. Overall, I am pleased the fair has become one of the must-attend annual events for the industry.”

    Exhibitors and visitors applauded the show’s professionalism and importance within the South China region

    With the continuous growing demand for higher precision, energy conservation and uniform quality dictating the goals of China’s manufacturing sector, the Guangzhou show’s significance has never been greater. Both new and returning exhibitors saw the fair as an effective platform for business expansion in China.

    Nachi (Shanghai) Co Ltd, a first-time exhibitor to the fair from Japan, attended in order to expand its company brand and promote its range of industrial automated robotic arms. Mr Liu Xiao Bing, Deputy General Manager, Master Sales Director from the company commented: “I am pleased to report that our exhibition results are very promising as there were large numbers of professional buyers at our booth. Surprisingly, most were very knowledgeable with the products we have on display. This translated into an abundance of business opportunities for our company within South China. Overall, the Guangzhou show is a success for our company.”

    For loyal exhibitor from Germany, Phoenix Contact (China) Holding Co Ltd, the fair provided a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the growing manufacturing markets in South China. Ms Cherry Wang, Event Management Manager of the company, expressed: “Over the years, the Guangzhou show has made a name for itself for being one of the most important automation events for our company in South China. The fair has evolved closely with the industry trends, and is also a reputable platform for us to expand our client base and create new opportunities for various business applications. Overall, we are satisfied with visitor flow and positive contacts as well as feedback we have acquired at the show.”

    Another long-term exhibitor returning this year was Wago Electronic (Tianjing) Co Ltd. Ms Li Xia, Marketing Services Department Manager for the firm shared the same sentiments. She said: “SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou is one of the best industrial automation fairs within South China regions. With the show being held early in the calendar year, it is an ideal time to promote our newest products and corporate branding. In the many years of our participation, we have witnessed constant improvements in quality and size, these are also the core reasons that draw us back to the show every year.”

    Visitors were impressed by the prominent brands presented, and the diversity of products and technologies displayed at the fair. With such a wide range of automation solutions on offer, they were given the chance to source products and technologies for all areas of their business.

    First-time visitor Mr Tanel Lillesaar, Board Member for Baltkilp Electrical Cabinets Assembly from Estonia, commented: “I came to the Guangzhou fair to source local suppliers for electrical cabinets, switchboards, sensors and connectors, and terminals. I was not only delighted to see leading brands including Siemens, Turck and others but was also able to connect with a number of suppliers onsite. For us, we value product quality over cost and the products on display are of high quality. With that being said, I really look forward to visiting the show again next year.”

    Returning visitor, Mr Wan Jinhua, Project Director of Research and Development Center for Guangdong Siwun Logistic Equipment Co Ltd, expressed: “I returned to the 2015 show to source for the latest machine vision and robotic technology that can be implemented by my company’s existing production line. By attending the fair, I was able to get a better understanding of the technology development as well as the market trend. Like every year, I was able to source for new suppliers and business partners. I will most definitely be back again next year.”

    Insightful fringe programme cover wide spectrum of industry sectors

    In order to address some of the most pressing issues within the automation industry, while providing insight to upcoming trends and recent innovations, a series of seminars, forums and product presentations were held concurrently with the 2015 show. With over 100 sessions taking place, discussion topics were designed once again with the support of the AMA Association for Sensors Technology, Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Sercos, and other domestic industry associations including the Guangdong Automation Association and the Guangzhou Automation Association.

    Mr Tingqi Wang, Product Manager of Schmersal Industrial Switchgear (Shanghai) Co Ltd, held a presentation on the “Application of Sensor Positioning and Measuring Technology Industry”. Sharing his experience during his presentation, he mentioned: “The presentation was a fruitful experience for us and provided a platform to directly communicate with fellow industry players. Through this interactive platform, I got a better understanding of the challenges they faced while at the same time provide them with instant feedback. Overall, I am very satisfied with the outcome of the seminar.”

    Ms Qinfang Jin, Technical Support Manager of Greater China at Festo (China) Ltd, gave an insightful presentation on Industry 4.0 and her firm. Representing one of the world’s leading firms specialising in the field of innovative automation technology, she said: “The well-thought-out seminars are extremely worthwhile, bringing mutual benefits to attending industry experts and enterprises. Additionally, the quality of visitors was high, as a majority of them raised a number of challenging questions on our products. All in all, I think this was a successful event and I was glad to be a part of it.”

    Returning attendee, Mr Bo Wu, Manager for Technical Support Department of Microview Science and Technology Co Ltd, was appreciative of the wealth of information the show’s concurrent event offered to industry professionals. He noted: “Our company specialises in researching and developing frame grabber boards, high-speed and high-resolution cameras and I am here to get a better idea of the latest technological advancements for industrial cameras. Of all the seminar topics, I was most interested in the “Detect Mark Beyond Your Imagination” presentation by SICK. The concurrent events are not only informative but also present a good platform for business interactions.”

    SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporation, Guangzhou Overseas Trade Fairs Ltd and Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. The associate sponsors are Guangdong Automation Association, Guangzhou Automation Association and the Guangzhou Institute of Scientific Instrument.

    The next edition of SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou will take place from 8 – 10 March 2016 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China. For more information about the show, please visit www.spsinchina.com, or email sps@china.messefrankfurt.com.

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    Asia Cold Chain Show is the first show in Bangkok as it is the World’s Biggest Marketplace for Boundless Business Benefits-Thailand, situated at the centre of ASEAN region is the commercial hub of processing food, horticulture, fish & meat and the biggest exporter to rest of the world.

    Asia Cold Chain Show 2015 is the three-day international exhibition and conference covers the entire value chain of cold logistics operations. The latest equipment and technology of Cold Transport, Refrigeration, Temperature Control, Storage & Distribution segments, IT solutions, material handling equipment would be on display.The event will cater to the cold storage infrastructure, refrigerated transport and temperature controlled logistics in ASEAN countriesand would offer its attendees unlimited business opportunities and technological know-how – all at one place.

    Manch Communications after organising successful exhibitions and conferences in India, South Africa and Turkey is now focusing on the emerging market of Thailand. “The idea of ACCS is to bring together all stakeholders of cold logistics industry on one platform for knowledge and technology transfer. Thailand’s burgeoning economy is currently witnessing a tremendous growth in processed food, horticulture, sea food & meat industries and a rise in need for temperature controlled logistics, storage and transport services has been observed. Also, its location and visitor friendly atmosphere made us decide quickly on the destination of first edition.”, said AnujMathur, Managing Director, Manch Communications, India.

    Thailand has an export driven economy that grew at 6.5%by 2012and expected to grow in the coming years as well. “According to industry experts, the next ten years will be golden for cold chain industry of ASEAN nations. Our vision is to make Asia Cold Chain Show, ASEAN’s largest cold logistics event.” addedMathur.

    “We have been getting a lot of support from Thailand industry and we deemed it fit to organize a gathering of industry stakeholders to gather more support and suggestions onthe organization of cold chain show in Bangkok. We have invited all key cold chain players to the forum as well as key buyers to network as well as discuss the current industry status.”,concluded Mathur.

    Asia Cold Chain Show is scheduled for 22nd to 24th July at Impact Exhibition & Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Scientific Committee Announces the Recommendations for the 15th edition of Dubai Derma

    Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 9th of April, 2015: The fifteenth edition of the Dubai Derma Conference and Exhibition concluded today after three days of tremendous success marked by 10,000 visitors and participants. The exhibitors of Dubai Derma assured that they are pleased with their participation this year and already reserved their space for next year.

    Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman of Dubai Derma Conference and Exhibition said: “Cosmetic and medical equipment companies benefit greatly through their participation in Dubai Derma, especially with the increasing number of participants and visitors every year. We are very pleased with the great feedback we received from our exhibitors this year, who have assured their participation in Dubai Derma next year, but with bigger spaces. The exhibition area next year will be increased by 2 halls, as more and more companies are showing their interest to be part of this leading event in the field of laser and dermatology.”

    Dubai Derma exhibition has witnessed this year the participation of 375 companies specialized in dermatology, laser, and phototherapy treatments. The largest local stand at Dubai Derma was for AMICO, Medica, and Kalium, while L’oreal exhibited with the largest international stand and the largest country pavilion was for South Korea.

    From his side, Dr. Hassan Galadari, Head of Scientific Committee of Dubai Derma Conference & Exhibition expressed his optimism and trust that the international society will vote in favor of Dubai to host the upcoming World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), slated to be held in 2019. The final verdict will be announced in two months’ time. Dr. Galadari explained that the WCD has never been organized in the MENA region before, and so he is hoping to bring it for the first time to our region, as he believes that Dubai is the perfect hub for such a global scientific gathering. Dr. Galadari urged all the participants and attendees to vote in favor of Dubai to host the 24th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in 2019.

    The scientific committee for Dubai Derma announced today the recommendations for the fifteenth edition of the Dubai Derma Conference. Dr. Ibrahim Galadari, Chairman of the Dubai Derma Conference and Professor of Dermatology at the UAE University announced:

    • The scientific committee decided to allocate three different halls for concurrent sessions that will be about different medical aspects of dermatology, the pediatric aspect of dermatology, and the cosmetic aspect of dermatology.

    • Dedicating a full day to discuss critical medical cases in dermatology, and that comes after the success of this year’s case report presentation and competition that were presented by 20 medical centers from different parts of the world. First place winner in the competition was from Saudi Arabia, and the 2nd place was for a participant from Egypt and the 3rd place for a participant from Kuwait.

    • Pre-conference courses will continue with more improvements in the scientific program.

    • Improving the exhibition to attract more companies showcasing latest equipment, advanced medical treatments, and products.

    • The International Society of Dermatology (ISD) will hold the fifth Continental Congress of Dermatology, for the first time in the MENA region, in conjunction with Dubai Derma, which proves the growing importance this event has become a leading event in the field of dermatology and laser.

    Moreover, Dubai Derma has become a leading event in the Middle East Region, and it competes with similar events in Europe and the US. It is dedicated to practitioners, specialists, manufacturers and distributors in the field of dermatology, skin care, and laser. This important annual event in the field of dermatology and laser treatment in the region, showcases the best practices in dermatology science and the latest technology in skin care through specialised exhibition, lectures, courses and workshops.

    Dubai Derma is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, and it is held in cooperation with the International Academy of Medical Specialization, GCC League of Dermatology and the Pan Arab League of Dermatology, and supported by the Dubai Health Authority. The event is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - member of INDEX Holding.

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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th of April 2015: On the sidelines of their participation in Dubai Derma 2015, Lumos Technology Co. Ltd. (Lumos) of Taiwan signed an exclusive distributorship agreement today with INDEX Trading & Investment, a member of INDEX Holding, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre to introduce a new high technological electronic solution: “X-Loupe Portable Microscope series” in the UAE and the Qatari market.

    The agreement was signed by Mr. Steve Yang, Vice President of Lumos Technology and Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice Chairman & CEO of INDEX Holding. The agreement entitles INDEX Trading & Investment to be the exclusive distributor of “X-Loupe Portable Microscope series” to be used in the fields of aviation & aerospace, marine industry, bio-medical, research labs, government and oil industry in the UAE and Qatar.

    Commenting on the agreement Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice - Chairman and CEO of INDEX Holding said: “We are excited about introducing X-Loupe series to the UAE & Qatar market as the product proved to be of high versatility and cost-effectiveness offering an easier workflow to meet the requirements of professionals.”

    Eng. Anas Al Madani added: "Our goal will continue to be introducing high quality innovative products to our local, regional, and international clients, and to supplement these efforts, INDEX will always be working on constructive partnerships and agreements with worldwide topnotch companies.”

    From his side Mr. Steve Yang, Vice President of Lumos Technology said: “It is our great honor to have this opportunity to work with INDEX Trading & Investment. X-Loupe series product had already been introduced to many countries, such as the United States, UK, Japan, France, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, and China, and we are very positive about introducing this high-end technology to the gulf market.”

    Lumos Technology has chosen Dubai Derma Conference & Exhibition to announce the introduction of the X-Loupe series to the UAE market as the device has several medical uses in the field of dermatology, such as observing the degree of skin keratinocytes, determining the extent melanocytes degradation, inspecting skin cancer, and diagnosing scalp conditions.

    INDEX Trading & Investment (ITI) commenced its operations in 1983. ITI provides exclusive partnerships which allow their partners to make strategic and profitable investment in specific sectors, as well as bring business opportunities and returns to their partners.

    Lumos Technology Co. Ltd. (Lumos) was founded in 2004, Lumos Technology Co., Ltd. was initially focused on the development of digital optical and image processing equipment, and is currently focusing on the development and application of the main product “X-Loupe Portable Microscope Camera“ series, with which users can observe extremely tiny details that can't be done by naked eyes. It enhances the ability for micro products’ research & development, design & manufacturing, inspection, quality control, assembly, and precision observation.

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    SHENYANG, China, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) ("NF Energy" or the Company), a leading energy saving service solutions provider for China's power, petrochemical, coal, metallurgy, construction and municipal infrastructure development industries, announced today that it has recently signed a $98,000 sales contract with the Chifeng Xincheng Thermal Power Corp., a subsidiary of China Power Investment Corporation (CPIC), in connection with a new 2 x 300 MW power plant.

    The sold equipment includes 2 sets of DK943X-25C electric vacuum butterfly valves. The order is anticipated to be delivered in July this year.

    CPIC is one of the top five electricity producers in China. Since its establishment in 2006, the Company has supplied its flow control products to major thermal power plants and hydraulic power facilities of the top five electricity producers.

    The Company plans to further penetrate into the traditional power generation facility retrofit market as well as new power plants with cutting edge technologies. The first quarter of 2015 has seen the Company enter into contracts of $0.5 million with power producer clients including Jinghai Coal Gangue Power Co. Ltd, Jilin Baicheng Power Co. and Wuhu Electric Power Company.

    About NF Energy Saving Corporation

    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ:NFEC) is a China-based provider of integrated energy conservation solutions utilizing energy-saving equipment, technical services and energy management re-engineering project operations to provide energy saving services to clients. The Company's customers are mainly concentrated in the electrical generation (large-scale thermal power generation, hydroelectric power, and nuclear power), water supply, and heat supply industries. The majority of revenues are from energy efficient flow control solutions including equipment and energy efficiency project services. For more information, visit  http://www.nfenergy.com.

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    It is not without reason that Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum can be seen as the pioneer of vacuum technology: For 165 years, the company Leybold, located at Cologne, Germany, has developed and supplied vacuum pumps, systems, standardized and customized vacuum solutions and after sales services for a wide range of industrial and research-based applications.

    In these fields of industry, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum offers low, medium, high- and ultrahigh vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, measuring gauges and instruments, leak detectors, valves and fittings, as well as consulting and engineering for complete vacuum solutions with a broad portfolio for specific customer applications.

    Heritage for Innovative Development
    The foundation stone was laid in 1850: In this year, the company’s founder Ernst Leybold officially took over this enterprise as his own, paving the way for a comprehensive industrial use of vacuum technology. Even after selling the company again in 1970, his vision remained. One of the most important mile stones in the company’s history is the development of the molecular pump by physicist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaede.

    100 Years Diffusion Pumps
    The name of the physicist is also relevant for another very successful pumping type, still being used in effective applications: for 100 years, the diffusion pump has been almost irreplaceable for many high-vacuum processes. With this principle, mixing of the jet and the gas to be evacuated is effected by diffusion of the gas into the jet stream. Modernization of diffusion pumps offer a high potential for energy saving, as in metallurgical applications of vacuum furnaces.

    80 Years Rotary Vane Pump TRIVAC B
    The success story of the oil sealed rotary vane pump TRIVAC B started 80 years ago. These general purpose pumps are used in a high variety of vacuum technology applications and are proving their efficiency in industrial production as well as in research, generating pressures in the low and medium vacuum range, as well as backing pumps in combination with other types such as Roots pumps, diffusion pumps, turbo-molecular pumps or cryo pumps.

    In the TRIVAC pump series, operating according to the rotary vane principle, the oil in the pumping chamber serves as sealing, lubrication and cooling. An advantage of the pump is the easy handling of disassembling and assembling. Applications for these models are found mainly where increased performance and a wide range of accessories are required.

    25 Years of Oerlikon Leybold Dresden
    Not only Leybold Headquarters is celebrating an anniversary: Since 1990 the Dresden location of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is integrated into the high technology field of applications with innovative cryo technology. Well-renowned semiconductor companies and research institutes such as the Fraunhofer, Helmholtz- and Leibnitz-Institutes stem from the Silicon Saxony area. As almost every research and industrial area uses vacuum today, the customer proximity of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is a decisive advantage – the more as Dresden is the pivot point and center of competence for European after sales services for the entire vacuum pumps range. Major applications of cryogenic technology include aerospace, where rocket elements, satellites, space shuttle items or space station parts are tested in large space simulation chambers.

    „Due to this positive development and long standing expertise, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum disposes of the most elaborated technological know-how of application and processes“, explains Dr. Martin Füllenbach, CEO Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum. „As pioneers of vacuum technology for Process Industry, Coating applications, Analytical methods and applications in Research and Development, we belong to the three largest suppliers in the world. We are proud to assist our customers as specialist already in the early consulting phases of new applications and processes. With our ample after sales services and our local footprint we consider ourselves as reliable partners for our customers”.

    The specialists are needed when it comes to the development of application and customer specific systems for vacuum generation and processing gas management. The 165-year-long success story of the company will certainly be expanded by further chapters.

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    Dates for China’s leading and most international trade event for household products and accessories – Interior Lifestyle China – have been confirmed, with the fair to take place from 17 – 19 September 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Last year’s event saw the largest turnout of buyers in the fair’s history, with 21,773 visitors from 60 countries and regions attending – a 28 percent increase on the previous year.

    According to Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this growth in the visitor figure confirms the huge potential in the domestic market. “Interior Lifestyle China is the country’s only fair that targets the mid-range and high-end sectors of the market, and such large growth in buyers proves that current demand in these areas is very strong. What’s more, all the economic indicators point to this continuing in 2015 and beyond.”

    The high-end of the Chinese market is also where overseas brands can have a real impact, as underscored by one of last year’s exhibitors. “We’ve had around four times more growth in China than we expected,” explained Anthony Anderson, International Sales Director of German cookware supplier WOLL. “We’re growing very fast and this is our biggest growth market, and the high-end market here will continue to grow for sure.”

    Consumer goods market in China experiencing huge growth

    As China’s middle and upper classes continue to expand, retail sales of consumer goods are growing at an exceptionally fast pace. Sales in the first half of 2014 grew by 12.1 percent, and with a reported 642 million Internet users in the country last year, online retail sales expanded by a staggering 48.3 percent from January to June 2014.

    Gift, home accessories and household products sectors show much promise

    China’s gift industry continues to remain an important part of the economy. Annual sales in this market equate to around USD 123 billion, of which individuals account for 66 percent and organisations 34 percent. In 2014, a report by the Beijing Institute of Industry Information identified a number of trends in China’s gift market. Among these was the rising importance of green or eco-friendly gifts as consumers become more concerned about product safety. Another trend noted was that of joint marketing to target the promotional gift sector, where a gift producer partners with another enterprise that then offers a gift to consumers purchasing its products. Artistic gifts were also mentioned in the report, with cultural characteristics, artistic value and the brand of the gift starting to become important to Chinese consumers.

    Meanwhile, China’s home accessories market is taking off as home renovations become more commonplace and consumers strive for a better quality of life at home. Unlike in the past, consumers are now willing to spend more on home accessories including furnishings, textiles, collectibles, lighting, and flower and plant decorations. A 2013 ChinaIRN.com study stated that consumers are beginning to focus on the functionality of home accessories as well as how they look. The study also mentioned the importance of eco-friendliness, as well as the trend towards natural-looking products, such as those made of timber, wicker, reed and bamboo. Lastly it emphasised the significance of brands in this sector, and noted that popular fashion brands are now expanding into home accessories, and that this is resonating well with consumers.

    The household products market in China is going through a number of changes, with the Research Center for Direct Selling reporting a shift from conventional products to personalised products, from foreign-led investment to joint ventures, from a focus on urban areas to a balance between urban and rural, from traditional sales channels to multi-channels, and from a regional market focus to the national market. Furthermore, according to PRnews.cn, creative household items, which include items such as hardware, electronics, home appliances and gifts, have a lot of potential in China, particularly online.

    Interior Lifestyle China 2015 is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd. For more information about the fair, please visit  www.il-china.com.

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    London, 10 April 2015: Easyfairs has acquired Tank Storage Forum. The acquisition includes Tank World Expo, which takes place on 13-14 April 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    This latest development follows the recent acquisition of Tank Storage Magazine and is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to deepen its support of the bulk liquid storage market, and reinforces Easyfairs’ position as owner of the world’s largest portfolio of tank storage events. Tank World Expo joins the expanding list of Easyfairs’ events that already take place in the key storage hubs and strategic ports of Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Singapore, Hamburg and Rotterdam.

    "The acquisition of Tank Storage Forum, and more specifically Tank World Expo, is an exciting and strategically important step not just for Artexis Easyfairs but for the industry too," said Matt Benyon, Managing Director, Easyfairs UK & Global.

    "The tank storage sector is developing at such a rapid rate and we want to ensure that we stay at the very forefront of it. The Easyfairs vision is to serve the tank storage community globally and provide a 360 degree reference source for the market. That means offering a world class event in all of the major locations where the industry needs to congregate. This latest addition illustrates our genuine commitment to do just that."

    Upon selling to Easyfairs, Alex Williamson, Managing Director at Tank Storage Forum Ltd, said: “Tank World Expo has received exceptional support since launching in Dubai in 2013 as the dedicated congress and exhibition for the Middle East tank storage market. With their sector expertise and global network of tank storage exhibitions and contacts, Easyfairs are ideally placed to meet the needs of our clients in the region and to accelerate the growth and development of the show.

    “The Middle East is one of the most exciting and vibrant regions for the tank storage industry, with continued large scale investments, so it’s an exciting time for the industry. We look forward to the continued growth and success of Tank World Expo under Easyfairs' leadership.”

    Matt Benyon concluded: “Tank World Expo is a fantastic, highly respected and influential event, so we’re absolutely thrilled to have acquired it. It’s an exciting time to be part of the tank storage industry and we are utterly committed to developing and supporting both the show and the industry as a whole.”

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    Eight products have received 2015 TaiSPO Excellence Awards. The winning products, which range from fitness equipment to socks and swimming goggles.

    Fitness equipment winners included Dyaco and its rehabilitation treadmill, sold under its Spirit Medical Systems brand.

    Johnson Health Tech won for its Matrix T7xi treadmill, featuring an interactive console with FitTouch technology.

    Greenmaster Industrial impressed the jury with the Naples Elite, a seated elliptical trainer designed to avoid knee joint damage.

    Gee Hoo Industrial Corp., the company behind the Body Charger brand, won for its GB 7005 Mini Recumbent Cross Trainer – a compact product that can be used as either an elliptical cross trainer or a recumbent bike.

    Perseidas Enterprise won for its 5 kg (11 lb.) barbell bumper plate. The jury said its combination of durable rubber and plastic made for quality ergonomics.

    Bodyorbit, which won an award last year for its Wonder Core aba sculpting system, received another All Star honor for the Wonder Core Smart, a smaller sibling to the Wonder Core that is meant for sit-ups, push-ups, scissor kicks, ab-tucks, and bicep and tricep exercises.

    The jury also liked First Rank’s Saeko Blade swimming goggles. Their wide panoramic lenses still fit tightly on the wearer’s face.

    Titan Sport Tech, which won two awards last year for its technical sports socks, bagged another all Star honor for its lateral motion sports socks for racquet sports.

    Three companies won TaiSPO Merit Awards : G-Sol Technology for its GPS Golf Expert Watch; Ming Train for its multi-functional fitness equipment; and Fu-Teck for its Rolling Buttocks Shaper.

    The TaiSPO All Stars – Innovation’s stage of Excellence Competition is organized by the Department of Industrial Technology at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Taiwan Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and the Taipei Sporting Goods Association.

    The Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center manage the competition.

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    The size of the annual Taipei International Auto Parts & Accessories Show (Taipei AMPA) hit a new high this year as the exhibition has taken place in conjunction with other four related trade fairs, boosting its visibility.

    The Taipei AMPA, which kicked off at Exhibition Hall 1 and the Nangang Exhibition Hall of the Taipei World Trade Center, ran through April 11 along with four other exhibitions to expand the scale of the trade show to that of a "mega show" this year.

    The four other exhibitions were the Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show, the Taiwan International Motorcycle Show, the Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show, and the Tuning & Car Care Taiwan Show.

    The number of exhibitors at the five trade shows rose about 4 percent from a year earlier to 1,401 firms from Taiwan and abroad, while the number of booths also rose 4 percent year-on-year to 3,816.

    Amid rising interest in the Taipei AMPA and the four other trade fairs, both the exhibitor and booth figures for the 2015 show hit record highs.

    Among the 1,401 exhibitors, a total of 205 came from abroad, adding that several foreign countries such as China, Thailand and Malaysia have set up special pavilions.

    According to the Taiwan Transportation Vehicle Manufacturers Association, exports of Taiwan-made auto parts for 2014 totaled US$6.64 billion, up 4.96 percent from a year earlier.

    Meanwhile, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association said that the association will organize delegations to visit Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Iran and China later in the year to seek business opportunities overseas.

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    As China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy and its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiative gather steam, Taiwanese companies are likely to benefit from the immense surge in construction projects anticipated throughout Asia, according to Taiwan-based institutional investors.

    The Asia Development Bank has estimated that annual demand for capital to fund basic infrastructure investment among governments in Asia will reach US$730 billion by 2020.

    China International Capital Corp., the largest investment banking and research firm in China, said it anticipates that Beijing will pour more than US$1.65 trillion into its "one belt, one road" strategy over the next decade, much of which will flow to neighboring nations in Asia.

    Meanwhile, the prospects of Taiwanese companies such as Asia Vital Components Co., and Power Mate Technology Co. have risen in the eyes of investors as they are deemed to be companies well-positioned to reap rewards as the Beijing-led initiatives take shape.

    Taiwan's Asia Vital Components Co., a thermal solution provider in 2011 acquired a 45 percent stake in a subsidiary company formed with China's China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. Local institutional investors are expecting the company to benefit from expected growth in demand for high-margin railway heat dissipation and electrical products including power resisters, water-cooled transformers and rackable connectors.

    Power Mate Technology Co., a power supply company, secured a role in China's railroad equipment supply chain in 2010 after its electronic equipment products received EN 50155 standard certification for railway applications. Since its founding, Power Mate's products have been used in a number of demanding industrial applications including medical, weaponry, solar power and automobiles. The company is an original design manufacturer, and markets products under the brand name P-Duke.

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    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - With lower taxes as a result of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Vietnam inked with Australia, Chile, China, India, Japan and Korea, imports of industrial machinery and manufacturing equipment to Vietnam is expected to rise in 2015.

    In January 2015, Vietnam's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased about 67 per cent to US$663 million from the same period last year. A total of 44 FDI projects were registered, with 19 new projects breaking ground in the same month. One of the investment sectors identified was manufacturing, which attracted about US$605 million.

    As more foreign companies look to tap on Vietnam as an export production base, the local community as a consequence is spurred to accelerate its move up the value chain by upgrading current production capabilities with high end technologies.

    "Vietnam's manufacturing industry has transformed and expanded in recent years due to opportunities presented as a result of its healthy labour pool and flow of foreign investment. Now, there is a rise in demand for high quality manufacturing tools and solutions which can help local companies increase their productivity and reduce cost in order to stay ahead of the evolving business climate, says Mr. William Lim, Project Director for MTA VIETNAM from the show's organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services.

    "MTA VIETNAM is specifically tailored to meet this critical demand, by providing manufacturing professionals in Vietnam an established business platform to source for the latest technologies and best-selling products available in the global marketplace. In addition, the event also offers value-added seminars for the industry to discuss pertinent issues, trends and developments," he adds.

    MTA VIETNAM2015: Showcase of advanced manufacturing solutions from around the world

    Since 2005, MTA VIETNAM has played a pivotal role in bridging the international manufacturing industry and Vietnam market. The 2015 edition is expected to open with more than 280 international and local companies from 19 countries and regions, including 11 international groups from Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

    An impressive number of industry's biggest international brands have confirmed their return to MTA VIETNAM to bring forth a myriad of manufacturing equipment and supplies that meet the critical needs of the local manufacturing players. They include Amada, Bystronic, Carl Zeiss, DMG MORI, Dine, Haas, Hurco, Guehring, Mazak, Mitutoyo, Mori, Nikon, Sandvik, Sodick, Studer, TRUMPF and many more.

    Positive feedback from participants a clear sign of MTA VIETNAM's strong relevance

    Many exhibitors were impressed with the progress made by the manufacturing industry. Remarking on last year's show, Dr Hans-Peter Laubscher, Managing Director-Asia Pacific of TRUMPF Pte Ltd said, "As Vietnam has moved towards the production of high quality and competitive products for both domestic and international markets, factories here are embracing advanced technology which is very necessary to achieve this. MTA VIETNAM - as the key technology platform in Vietnam - plays an important role in this. I am very pleased that the industry recognises our strong technology. The quality of the enquiries we have received so far has been excellent."

    Visitors were impressed with the level of knowledge and technologies presented.

    "MTA VIETNAM is a must-attend event of our company. We came to source for grinding stones and welding machines, and found many suppliers whose products are suitable to our manufacturing such as Hydro-tek (compressing equipment) and Guhring. We also made many new contacts from the exhibition. We will definitely be back for the next edition," said Mr. Le Nguyen Hoa, Purchasing Manager from An Lac Car Mechanics Factory.

    Another repeat visitor, Mr. Nguyen Nhu Trung, Chief of Technical Department from Juki Vietnam commented, "Juki Vietnam is a repeat visitor to MTA VIETNAM. The exhibition is very diversified and has showcases of many machines that are suitable to our business. We usually purchase machines and equipment from Japan and CNC machines from USA. We will come back for the next show."

    MTA VIETNAM2014 saw more than 11,000 trade attendees comprising of visitors, exhibiting staff, members of the press, seminar speakers and delegates. This included 295 group delegations encompassing more than 1,322 group visitors.

    Event at a glance:

    MTA VIETNAM2015

    Exhibition: MTA VIETNAM2015
    Incorporating: Metrology Vietnam 2015, ToolTec Vietnam 2015, SubCon Vietnam 2015, Automation Vietnam 2015, WeldTech Vietnam 2015
    Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)
    Address: 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
    Date: 7 - 10 July, 2015 (Tues - Fri)
    Time: 0900hrs - 1700hrs
    Website:  http://mtavietnam.com/en/home/
    Visitor Registration:  http://mtavietnam.com/pre-reg/

    About MTA VIETNAM

    MTA VIETNAM was first launched in Ho Chi Minh City in 2005 and the show has since grown to become Vietnam's most comprehensive manufacturing solutions trade event, featuring at least 80 per cent overseas exhibitors in all its editions. Highlighting the latest technologies, products and solutions in precision engineering, machine tools and metalworking from around the world, MTA VIETNAM2015 connects the industry with global movers and shakers in manufacturing. MTA VIETNAM is organised by Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd and co-organised by VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd.

    About Singapore Exhibition Services (SES)

    Singapore Exhibitions Services organises a portfolio of international tradeshows serving the Communications, Engineering, Machinery and Lifestyle industries. Our events consistently attract a high level of overseas participation with foreign exhibitors accounting for almost 80% of the show floor. We are a member of Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, a global network with over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit  www.sesallworld.com.

    Contact:

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    Nathalie Ngo
    Public Relation & Conference Executive
    Singapore Exhibition Services, Vietnam Representative Office
    Tel: (+84) 8 3930 7618 (Ext: 107)
    Email: nathaliengo@vietallworld.com

    Rest of the world
    Juliet Tseng
    Assistant PR Manager
    Singapore Exhibition Services

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    Email: Juliet@sesallworld.com

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    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - The 8th edition of Food&HotelVietnam will see the introduction of two new international group pavilions from Poland and Spain. With a presence of 353 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions, Food&HotelVietnam2015 offers industry professionals from Vietnam and the surrounding regions a unique platform to source from market leaders of the international food and hospitality industry.

    In addition to the new entrants, returning group pavilions from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and USA will make up the total of 13 international group pavilions.

    To make a first great impression, the Spain pavilion, led by The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) will bring a total of 17 companies who are the leaders in Spain's food and hotel supplier and service industries. In Food&HotelVietnam2015, Spain Pavilion promises to showcase their latest products: Canned Fruits and Vegetables, Cheese, Cured Meat Products and Sausages, Fresh Meat and Offals, Fresh juices, Concentrates and Nectars, Iberico and Serrano Ham, Olive Oil and other Oils, Olives, Vinegar, Wine and Liquors without alcohol to Vietnam and the region.

    Commenting on their inaugural participation at Food&HotelVietnam2015, Mr. Jose A. Bretones, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Spain, Economic And Commercial Office says: "Food and beverage industries in Spain follow a very strong development the recent years leading us to expand Spain product images to the world. In 2015, we will organize 12 Official Pavilions in the most relevant food and wine trade fairs of the world and Food&HotelVietnam2015 is one of them. This is also the first time we join in Food&HotelVietnam. This event has been in Vietnam for eight editions and become an important channel for international companies to connect with the local market".

    Besides Spain, Poland is also a new pavilion to Food&HotelVietnam series. Organised by Union of Producers and Employers of Meat Industry (UPEMI), Poland Pavilion will showcase their main products: high quality European pork and beef.

    Korea Dairy Industries Association from South Korea will bring to Food&HotelVietnam2015 their major products: milk and dairy products from South Korea while Meat&Livestock from Australia brings the world-famous meat products from their homeland.

    Recognising the immense business potential the food and hospitality industries in Vietnam and its surrounding regions has to offer, top international brands will have a prominent presence at the event. Returning exhibitors such as Yu Ai Food Industries, Q'son, Winterhalter and Ocean Glass, alongside high range of first-time exhibitors, will bring with them a myriad of food and drink and hospitality equipment and supplies for the growing IndoChina market. Not to be outdone, big name local exhibitors with significant presence include, New Viet Diary, Tan Nhat Huong, Minh Long 1, Viet Hotel Solutions, Dan&Dan, Charles Wembley (S.E.A.) and Sunshine Food Group.

    "Once again, the strong increased participation from major international players edition after edition signals the confidence in our marketplace and good opportunities in the food and hospitality sector of Vietnam and its surrounding regions. Food&HotelVietnam stands firm in its position as the premier gateway for international brands to enter the Vietnam market, and over the years, we have also broadened our reach to the IndoChina market as well, which bodes very well for the event," says Mr. BT Tee, Deputy Chief, Vietnam Representative Office, Singapore Exhibition Services, the organiser of Food&HotelVietnam2015.

    Workshop and Seminar highlights at Food&HotelVietnam2015

    Addressing the current hot topic industry issues in Vietnam, the Food Safety and Franchising seminars will be a key inclusion at Food&HotelVietnam2015.

    Spread across three days, the seminars and workshops at the event include "Food Safety in Commercial Kitchens: An ISO 22000:2005 Approach for Practisioners" seminar - Lean Six Sigma Network; and the "Itinerary For Franchise Seminar Cum Franchisors Presentations and One-to-One Meeting Workshop" - ASIAWIDE Franchise.

    There will also be a Barista training series with three workshops: "5 Simple Secrets to a Better Coffee", "Advanced Espresso crafting Techniques", "Hand Brew Workshop". The workshops will be led by three reputed trainers from the region: Mr. Darren Chang - Coffee consultant and trainer, Mr. Danny Pang - SCAE Authorised Trainer since 2009, and Mr. Tony Tan - Specialty Coffee roaster, Barista Trainer since 2009. All of the speakers have strong experience in being judges for many international barista competitions. The three workshops are designed for all level of barista, from the beginners to advanced level with valuable experience from the foreign trainers. To ensure the quality of the workshops, the seats are limited to 10 persons each.

    Exciting Barista and Culinary Competition at Food&HotelVietnam

    The Vietnam Barista Competition is back for its fourth edition, and continues to be the premiere platform for local baristas to showcase their expertise and creativity and fight for the title of Vietnam's top barista. The competition is organised by Singapore Exhibition Services with the support of SCAE Singapore Chapter. The champion will represent the country to compete in the FHA Asia Barista Challenge held in April 2016, Singapore.

    Organised by the Saigon Professional Chefs Guild, the Vietnam Culinary Challenge has been recognised by Vietnam's culinary community as an important arena for chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills and techniques. This year's theme will focus on food from Indochina and is expected to attract talented chefs from Vietnam and around the region. In addition to the individual competition, the event this year has been expanded to include a regional team competition. Current registered teams are from Malaysia (3 teams), Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

    Food&HotelVietnam2015 will be held from 21 to 23 April at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center.

    Additional Information:

    Food&HotelVietnam2015 at a glance

    Date: 21 - 23 April, 2015 (Tues - Thurs)
    Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)
    Address: 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward,
    District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Opening Hours: 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs
    Admission: Business and trade professionals only

    About Food&HotelVietnam

    Food&HotelVietnam, Vietnam's premier food and hospitality sourcing and networking trade event, features at least 70 percent of overseas exhibitors in all its editions. Since its first edition in 2004, the event is now in its 8th showing, and will bring industry professionals in Vietnam high quality equipment, services and solutions currently available in the global marketplace. Food&HotelVietnam is organised by Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd with local organiser VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd. In the previous edition in 2013, the event attracted more than 12,000 attendees, including some 100 group delegations from Vietnam and its neighbouring regions.

    Media contacts

    Vietnam
    Nathalie Ngo
    Public Relation & Conference Executive
    Singapore Exhibition Services, Vietnam Representative Office
    Tel: (+84) 8 3930 7618 (Ext: 107)
    Email: nathaliengo@vietallworld.com

    Rest of the world
    Patricia Yee
    PR Executive
    Singapore Exhibition Services
    Tel: +65 6233 6637
    Email: patricia.yee@sesallworld.com

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