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    Bangkok --(ASIA TODAY)-- BMI Research, one of leading global provider of expert analysis, insights and forecasts, today announced a knowledge partnership with SETA, Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia, the world class energy conference and exhibition featuring over 10,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from worldwide, which will be held on 8 – 10 March 2017 to push SETA to sustainable Energy and low Carbon learning platform.

    The partnership between BMI Research and SETA creates a fully comprehensive cooperation that offers the deeply research of all technologies, knowledge and insights from exhibitors and speakers. This corporation will further develop SETA to the energy and low Carbon knowledge base and provide the conclusion of;

  • Energy Transition in Asia
  • How to Achieve the Low-Carbon Commitment Following the COP 21
  • Asia Energy Markets Outlook
  • What Kind of Innovation is Indispensable for Developing the Low-Carbon Technologies
  • How to Achieve Energy Efficiency in Large Cities

    On this event, Georgina Hayden, the representative of BMI Research, Head of Power and Renewable, who specializes in the Global Power and Renewables markets, focusing on energy agendas, regulatory issues and policy environments, will share her point of view for “Asia Energy Markets Outlook” session as a SETA’s speaker.

    About BMI Research

    The world is interconnected and complex. Understanding and simplifying it is difficult. At BMI Research, that challenge is what inspires us.

    Through ‘Total Analysis’, our unique, reflexive approach linking macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, we help clients gain unparalleled insight across 22 industries and 200 global markets.

    For more than 30 years, our forecasts, data and analyses have been used by multinationals, governments and financial institutions to guide critical strategic, tactical and investment decisions. Clients include a majority of Global Fortune 500 companies.

    In 2012 BMI Research purchased Espicom and have incorporated their research into our Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical & Healthcare research.

    With offices in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, South Africa and Japan, BMI Research is part of Fitch Group, which is majority owned by Hearst.

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    About GAT International Co., Ltd.

    GAT has over a decade of experience organizing meetings, conventions, and trade exhibitions in the MICE industry of Thailand. Our expertise is in project management and international networking, with the aim to provide the highest level of professional conference and exhibition services to Thai and international associations and government, non-profit and corporate organizations. Learn more about us at www.GAT.co.th.

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    Nov 27, 2016
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    SHANGHAI & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ten pre-selected Chinese female entrepreneurs pitched their businesses in the first round of The Extreme Tech Challenge competition in Beijing, China. iTutorGroup joined this event as a global anchor sponsor and partner.

    The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is one of the world’s largest startup competitions, with Sir Richard Branson as its anchor judge and CES, global consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, as a strategic partner for the semi-finals. Hundreds of startups from around the world compete to be selected into XTC Finals hosted at Necker Island on February 2, 2017 where the top three finalists get to pitch to Sir Richard Branson.

    This year’s XTC competition is the first year to open up to Chinese female entrepreneurs which brings a lot of excitement into the startup ecosystem. Jake Chan, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of iTutorGroup, who was one of the judges of XTC competition in Beijing, explains why this contest is so relevant to iTutorGroup.

    “Ever since we started our company, entrepreneurial and innovative spirit has been a crucial part of our DNA. We built this firm as a global company from day one and believe that diversity across cultures, gender, ethnicity and religion is essential to build a collaborative and innovative work environment. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to support female entrepreneurs for the sake of our society, economy and environment. At iTutorGroup, innovation, entrepreneurship and diversity are the three values we cherish and treasure the most which is why we are so eager to support initiatives like XTC.”

    Jake continues: “What strikes me at this event is the strong leadership potential I see among competing female founders. Many of them had to fight their own battles in life which is why they are so strong today. They are a great example of success and inspiration to our society and especially to young girls who have similar aspirations.”

    Among the 10 contestants, Hosby, Merak, BestSign, Next Dress and Patsnap were selected into the top five. Mid-January, judges will announce the winner of XTC China who will be eligible to go into the XTC Finals in Necker Island.

    About iTutorGroup

    iTutorGroup is the global leader in online education providing individualized, personalized learning experiences to hundreds of thousands of students and business professionals in countless subject matters through its network and sourcing of experts and teachers in thousands of centers, institutions and cities around the world. We do this by leveraging big data analytics and utilizing advanced algorithmic matching between students, classmates, teaching consultants and digital content. Since its inception in 1998, iTutorGroup has become the largest online platform driving live human-to-human interactions worldwide. iTutorGroup leads the revolution of education and live interaction with its human-to-human platform and service model. With iTutorGroup, anybody can learn anything from any device, anytime, 24-7.

    iTutorGroup's award-winning education platforms include vipabc, TutorABC, vipabc junior and TutorABCJr for English-language learning, TutorMing for Mandarin Chinese language learning, and LiveH2H - a robust, global and open platform for live interactions and experts-on-demand. To learn more about iTutorGroup and its brands, visit www.itutorgroup.com.

    Contacts
    iTutorGroup, Inc.
    Daniela Zatloukalova
    danielazatloukalova@itutorgroup.com

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    Nov 26, 2016
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    -Chengdu shows glamour in city image, high-tech industries and economic development

    CHENGDU, China, Nov. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Western China International Fair, which has been hosted 16 times in Chengdu, has become a platform for international communication and cooperation. This year's fair, which held its opening ceremony on November 3 and ended on November 14, organized 75 events related to investment promotion and trade cooperation. Regions from Sichuan province, of which Chengdu is the capital, signed deals for 836 projects at the 2016 fair with total investment valued at some 657.25 billion yuan ($96.32 billion).

    Jeong Hyeon-jun, a representative from the Korea Business Incubation Association, said that the association and South Korean exhibitors appreciated that the fair provided them with such a platform, where they found South Korean products were popular in China. Amanda Koh from Malaysian CocoScience Co said the company thanked the fair for the considerate services it provided before and during the event. Cathy Lee, a black tea exhibitor from Sri Lanka, said: "We feel the fair has become more and more international and the conference and exhibition environment is satisfying."

    The fair, held in western China's Chengdu, is not inferior to those in Beijing and East China, Lee said.

    The Chengdu Investment Presentation and International Cooperation Zone Project matchmaking event, hosted in the Tianfu New City Convention Center on November 2, was regarded as a highlight of the fair. The presentation and matchmaking activity saw the signing of 19 agreements worth 158.63 billion yuan, the fair's organizers said.

    In one of the thirteen project investment deals struck, Siemens will help Beijing-headquartered BOE Technology Group Co., a supplier of internet-of-things technology, products and services, to upgrade and reform production lines with total investment valued at 1 billion yuan.

    Six strategic cooperation agreements involving 115 billion yuan included one for an industry fund focusing on Sino-Germany (Chengdu) innovation cooperation.

    The fair invited foreign and domestic companies to learn about the economic and social development of Chengdu and potential opportunities in the city. The companies also discussed cooperation with businesses and industry associations from Chengdu.

    Local officials said the fair aimed to help Chengdu become a regional hub of the economy, science and technology, cultural creativity, foreign contact and comprehensive transport in western China.

    The first phase of the 11th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair, another important event at the Western China International Fair, was held from November 2 - 6 in the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. Its second phase took place from November 6 - 8 in Qingdao.

    Statistics showed that the first phase saw more than 150 companies from 14 European countries and more than 400 Chinese enterprises engage in more than 800 matchmaking talks.

    Source: China Council For the Promotion of International Trade Chengdu Sub-council

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    Pivotal role of competent evaluator and competent person in mining company's acquisition

    China is the leader country in extraction of gold, becoming the top gold producer since last decade. However, gold consumption in China is not yet satisfied. According to BMI Research (a Fitch Group Company), the recent China's production-to-reserve ratio for gold is 23.5%, in contrast to global usage rates of gold which is 4.9% only. The huge gap between China's domestic mineral capacity and demand would be a strong incentive for companies to invest in gold mines in China and overseas. Greater China Appraisal ("GCA"), a leading valuation firm in Hong Kong, has studied 18 Mergers and Acquisitions of Chinese gold mines in last five years, committed to building a comprehensive database for better valuation of Chinese gold mines to support the increasing demand.

    GCA has been appointed by China Mining Resources Group Limited ("China Mining", 00340.HK) recently for valuation in relation to a gold mining project company located in Shaanxi Province of the PRC. The mining licences and exploration licences application covered indicated resources of 5.92 tonnes of gold (with probable ore reserves of 1 tonne), inferred resources of 3.66 tonnes and under the Australasian JORC Code, according to the technical report prepared by SRK Consulting. An independent valuation report was issued by GCA estimating the market value of 90% equity interest of gold mining project company as at 1 June 2016 to be HK$494 million.

    Mr. John S. Dunlop, Principal Mineral Representative and Competent Evaluator of GCA said, "This was quite a complex assignment as the entity being valued had streams of revenue from various sources. In addition, it had little in the way of proved and probable ore reserves on which to base an extended life of mine production schedule."

    Mr. Max Tsang, Director of GCA said, "We observe the sustainable demand in gold mines from Chinese mining companies but we also note the increasing difficulty in completing a sizeable acquisition deal especially on illustrating project value to investors or shareholders. Since the update of VALMIN Code to 2015 Edition, we see the trend of stricter disclosure requirements to pass the reasonableness test. We were able to apply our state of the art valuation modelling skills and comparable transaction database developed over 5 years, specially designed for valuing the Chinese gold mine. Leveraging effective modelling with Mr. Dunlop's 45 years of experience in mining, our Hong Kong based technical firm is ideally positioned to further support listed mining companies or wishing to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Singapore Stock Exchange."

    About China Mining
    China Mining Resources Group Limited is principally engaged in production and sale of tea products and investment in mining companies.

    For further information, please contact mktg@gca-group.com for general enquiry or Mr. Max Tsang at max.tsang@gca-group.com for mining valuation enquiry. You may also visit www.gca-valuation.com for more details.

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    SHENZHEN, China, November 28, 2016 -- China Information Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNIT), a provider of cloud-app technologies for Internet-of-Things (IoT) platforms, digital ad delivery and other internet-based information distribution systems, today said it has signed a contract with Shenzhen Smart Elevator IoT Co., Ltd., a joint venture 10 percent owned by CNIT, for the sale of 50,000 sets of CNIT elevator IoT products. The parties also agreed to work together to reach an agreement for the sale of 10,000 CNIT cloud-based elevator ad terminals with built-in IoT capability.

    The equipment is expected to be installed over the next year in Tianjian Municipality and Guangdong Province. CNIT will receive revenue on this sale as well as additional revenue expected to result from its Yunfa Net ad content delivery, IoT-based elevator maintenance and other big data services.

    "We are excited to participate in yet another joint venture vehicle with which to market our IoT and cloud-based products," said CEO and chairman Mr. Jianghuai Lin. "We believe today's agreement will significantly increase CNIT's nationwide footprint for these popular products and services."

    "Revenue received via these Joint Venture alliances will help us turn the corner to profitability, we believe, by the middle of 2017," said the CEO.

    About China Information Technology, Inc.
    China Information Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNIT) is a leading Internet service company that provides integrated cloud-based solutions enabling innovation and smart living in the fields of new media, city safety management, education, etc.
    Through continuous innovation, CNIT is aiming to leverage its proprietary Cloud-Application-Terminal technology to level the competitive landscape in the new media industry and deliver value for its shareholders, employees, customers, and the community. To learn more, please visit  http://www.chinacnit.com.

    Safe Harbor Statement
    This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of China Information Technology, Inc., and its subsidiaries and other consolidated entities. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein, are "forward-looking statements" in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, often identified by the use of forward-looking terminologies such as "believes", "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website ( http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company and its subsidiaries and other consolidated entities or persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

    For further information, please contact:
    China Information Technology, Inc.
    Iris Yan
    Tel: +86-755-8370-4767
    Email: IR@chinacnit.com
     http://www.chinacnit.com

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    Email: jimmy@asia-irpr.com
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    Rick Eisenberg
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    Email: rick@asia-irpr.com

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    Nov 28, 2016
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    Tokyo, November 28th, 2016 - SUSS MicroTec, a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for the semiconductor industry and related markets, announces a strategic reseller partnership with Kanematsu PWS LTD., Yokohama, a subsidiary of Kanematsu Corporation, Tokyo. Under the terms of the agreement, Kanematsu becomes the exclusive distributor for the entire SUSS product portfolio in Japan.

    Effective January 1st, 2017, Kanematsu PWS LTD. will be responsible for all SUSS MicroTec related Sales and Service activities, supported by the experienced SUSS Japan Business Development & Technical Sales Support team on site.

    This new partnership will clearly stand by SUSS MicroTec's responsibility to their customers, and will enable further expansion of their activities in Japan.

    "Our main objective is the satisfaction of our customers by the means of outstanding products and reliable service. SUSS MicroTec believes that the partnership with Kanematsu will strongly contribute to meet those requirements - A win-win situation for both companies, ultimately to the benefit of our customers in Japan." says Rolf Wolf, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Service.

    SUSS MicroTec is a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for microstructuring in the semiconductor industry and related markets. In close cooperation with research institutes and industry partners SUSS MicroTec contributes to the advancement of next-generation technologies such as 3D Integration and nanoimprint lithography as well as key processes for MEMS and LED manufacturing. With a global infrastructure for applications and service SUSS MicroTec supports more than 8.000 installed systems worldwide. SUSS MicroTec is headquartered in Garching near Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit www.suss.com

    Contact:
    SUSS MicroTec AG
    Franka Schielke
    Senior Manager Investor Relations
    Schleissheimer Strasse 90
    85748 Garching, Deutschland
    franka.schielke@suss.com
    Tel.: +49 (0)89 32007-161
    Fax: +49 (0)89 32007-451
    Email: franka.schielke@suss.com

    - ASIA TODAY News Global Distribution http://www.AsiaToday.com

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    Nov 28, 2016

    Industry experts gather to discuss innovation and digital strategies in the Global Islamic Banking Market

    28 November 2016, Dubai: The 8th annual edition of World Islamic Retail Banking Conference (WIRBC) kicked off today at The Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai with the participation of over 200 delegates attending to hear what more than 40 experts in the field have to say about consumer behavior, innovations and strategies in the global Islamic banking landscape and branch development in the digital era. This gathering will bring together Global Islamic retail bankers, regulators, Shariah scholars and banking technology experts from the leading Regional and International Islamic Retail Banks to tackle the latest innovations and best offerings in financial services technology and to discuss the most sensitive issues surrounding the Islamic Retail Banking sector in the Middle East and beyond.

    Running alongside the conference is a dedicated exhibition showcasing unique solutions and services customised only for the banking industry, thus enabling the attendees to directly interact and explore opportunities and solutions for Islamic retail banking operations. The Sponsors on-board for the event included Jordan Islamic Bank, Bank of Khartoum, Infosys, Loxon Solutions, MIT Global and IE Business School and Online Business Technologies; representing the best of what the industry has to offer.

    This year’s conference will feature top industry minds and guru speakers coming together to engage in in-depth dialogues, discuss market trends and deliberate over the future of Islamic Retail Banking. The event will also offer unparalleled networking opportunities in the industry with solution providers, Islamic scholars and key Banking decision makers from Regional and International Banks such as Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreq Al Islami, Ajman Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Jordan Islamic Bank, National Bank of Oman, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Khartoum, Bakhtar Bank from Afghanistan and many more.

    A special feature of the event called the “Guru Retail Banking Panel” focused on consumer behaviour and how to achieve higher cross selling and upselling with emphasis on installing analytical CRM and achieving a 360 degree view for customers. This interactive panel was joined by Muhammed Nassir Salim, EVP and Head of Retail Operations at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Bilal Fiaz, Head of Retail Banking & Branches at Sohar Islamic Bank, Hisham Hammoud, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Ajman Bank, Dr. Muhammad Imran, Head of Muzn Islamic Banking at National Bank of Oman; Mudit Saxena, Head of Islamic Retail Banking at Commercial Bank of Dubai and Ashraf Esmael, Chief Development Officer at GroFin.

    The first day ended with Islamic Retail Banking Awards 2016, organised by Cambridge IF Analytica. The awards aim to celebrate the achievements and recognise the contribution of individuals and institutions in the Islamic retail banking and finance industry. Tomorrow, will witness relevant case-studies, intriguing panel discussions such as the Annual Open Fatwa Session, GURU IT Panel, Power Alliance Roundtable on Fintech scope for future of Islamic Banking, Smart Panel Exchange, Workshop on Islamic Retail Banking Product Development and Operational Excellence and much more.

    The 8th World Islamic Retail Banking Conference is organized by Fleming. Jordan Islamic bank is the Gold Sponsor of the event. Bank of Khartoum, has joined as a Silver sponsor. Infosys Finacle is the knowledge partner, Loxon as an Associate Partner, MIT Global as the Professional Excellence Partner, and IE Business School and Online Business Technologies as Networking Partners. The event is also supported by International Compliance Association (ICA), Bahrain Association of Banks, Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

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    Nader Muqbel
    Head of Media & PR
    Fleming.
    Tel: +971 46091564
    Mob: +971 567780799
    nader.muqbel@fleming.events

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    Nov 28, 2016
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    For Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, the design studio Form Us With Love was commissioned to design a concept for the strategic development of Greenhouse, the fair’s hall for independent, unestablished designers. Together with students from Berghs School of Communication, they developed an activity that involves a one-year mentorship program.

    “For the 2017 fair, we gave Form Us With Love a new assignment. Instead of giving Greenhouse a visual form, we wanted them to create a concept that promotes the interaction between young designers and the industry,” says Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

    A survey to Greenhouse exhibitors were sent before the 2016 fair asking about their needs, expectations and future. The responses showed that there is a gap between designers who have been active in the industry for a few years and those who are trying to gain a foothold.It also became evident that there were a lot of young designers who felt that their education was lacking in more practical matters such as business, law and production.

    During the fall, Form Us With Love worked with students from Berghs to develop an activity that takes Greenhouse to the next level. Together with the students Fredrik Nyhlén and Sarah Bengtsson from the course Strategic Design, Form Us With Love has developed an activity including a mentorship that lasts one year.

    “If we had had the opportunity to get some guidance and concrete advice or been given a push in the right direction, both in terms of the concrete side of the design profession and getting some simple tips from someone who has worked a few years in the industry, it would really have meant a lot. Instead of having to create all of our resources and experiences from scratch,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love, which exhibited in Greenhouse 10 years ago.

    Five mentors with many years of experience in the industry will be appointed for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, and they will each select a protégé the first day of the fair.

    “Even though the industry is relatively small, it is rather closed. People are not always eager to share. By drawing on the benefits of a mentorship program, we want to show the value of sharing experiences. This can make a fundamental difference for someone who is trying to make it in a new industry,” says John Löfgren.

    Greenhouse also has a new graphic profile. It was created by Filip Lindén and Joel Wennström from Berghs. Designers and design schools from all over the world are invited to exhibit at Greenhouse. A jury makes the final selections.

    FORM US WITH LOVE is a Stockholm-based design studio that for ten years has placed a focus on dialogue and relevance, and through the use of strategic design has positioned, built and nurtured the brands of tomorrow.www.formuswithlove.se

    The next Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will be held February 7-11, 2017 at Stockholmsmässan.

    For more information, please visit www.stockholmfurniturefair.com or contact:
    Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager, tel +46 8-749 43 86, cecilia.nyberg@stockholmsmassan.se
    Lotta Signeul, Press Officer, tel +46 8 749 43 36, lotta.signeul@stockholmsmassan.se

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    Leading Golf Booking Platform golfscape Releases Bookings in Multiple Languages

    by golfscape on November 2016

    For the first time, golf-enthusiasts from China and Japan can book golf tee times in over 50 golf destinations in their mother-tongue.

    Both destinations provide a huge proportion of golf tourism revenue to Western countries year-on-year. As Chinese and Japanese cultures look to spend on tourism experiences, this opens up a great opportunity for golf courses and golf destinations around the world.

    This project came about as a reaction to the high demand of Chinese and Japanese golfers arriving to the golfscape platform to book golf in Bali and around the world. It was clear customers wanted a richer experience in a language they understand. golfscape responded by focusing on the concept of making sure Japan and China could book tee times as easily as English speakers.

    The platform has been live in Asia as a beta service for the past two weeks. golfscape has generated hundreds of bookings from Asian speakers, and the feedback from both these communities has been tremendous.

    About golfscape
    golfscape is a leading worldwide golf-travel search platform, a place where people are inspired to plan and book golf direct with hundreds of top golf courses around the world.

    For more information visit golfscape at www.golfscape.com
    Press Contacts: Keesa O’Dea
    keesa@golfscape.com
    +971525020815

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    Taichung, Taiwan - Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will organize the 2017 Taipei International Cycle Show (TAIPEI CYCLE) from 22nd to 25th of March, at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall and Hall 1. As the show heads towards the 30-year milestone, the organizer will launch a series of new programs, as well as introducing new key visual identity and slogan. Registration for the TAIPEI CYCLE in 2017 has closed at the end of September. 1,100 exhibitors plan to participate in the Show, including Giant, Merida, Maxxis, Kenda, Accell Group, Pon Bicycle Group, and Shimano. TAIPEI CYCLE is one of the annual business events attracting most international participation in Taiwan, with nearly 27% of exhibitors coming from abroad. The Show will occupy 65,000 square meters in space (3,340 booths).

    The question whether TAIPEI CYCLE should move its dates has received tremendous attention. "TAIPEI CYCLE 2017 will only be held in March as usual. However, in 2018, the show will move to the end of October and early November, as the bicycle industry suggested." Mr. Peter Huang, the CEO & President of TAITRA, and Mr. Tony Lo, the chairman of Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA), answer in the pre-show press conference today.

    At today’s conference, Mr. Huang also unveils the fresh key visual identity and slogan. Red Orange in hue, it boldly signifies that Taiwan cycling industry radiates passion and vitality. With kaleidoscope as the key visual theme, it symbolizes the variety that the Show presents, as well as its connection with Taiwan cycling industry - TAIPEI CYCLE as the trade event for the industry to connect with international markets. The slogan "A New Worldview on Cycling" reinforces the positioning of TAIPEI CYCLE, for staging the latest cycling products, for understanding market trends and the future of the industry, and for stimulating interactions leading to innovative designs.

    Beside, three new programs in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Show will be launched. On March 21, one day before the 2017 TAIPEI CYCLE opens, the first-ever Demo Day will be held at a suitable setting nearby the showground, so that buyers and exhibitors will experience the functionalities of bicycles extensively, by test riding on different terrains. In addition to the return of pavilions organized by CONEBI (the Confederation of European Bicycle Industry), Business France and Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Taipei will organized the Spanish Pavilion for the first time, showcasing premium cycling products from Spain within the allotted 90-sqaure-meter space (10 booths).

    Furthermore, in order to promote innovation in the cycling industry, and to interlink global research and development strengths, TAITRA and Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA) will jointly organized the 2017 TAIPEI CYCLE design & innovation (d&i) awards, implemented by iF DESIGN ASIA Ltd on behalf of the Organizers. Placing different types of complete bicycles in one category in the past has resulted in fierce competition for awards, so 4 new categories have been established for 2017 awards: racing bikes, mountain bikes, urban bike, and special-purpose bikes. Registration is being accepted until December 30. To commemorate 30 years of TAIPEI CYCLE, TAITRA and TBA will nominate "Taiwan Cycling Person of the Year". Media dedicated to reporting the cycling industry will then select the person to be accorded with this award. The result will be announced in the opening ceremony of the 2017 Show next March.

    Mr. Tony Lo points out that the value of Taiwan complete bicycles export in 2016 so far has dropped 20%, however, the value of parts and accessories export remains stable and continues to grow. As E-bikes become even more popular in North American and European markets, the export value of Taiwan E-bikes reaches 93 million (USD), which doubles comparing with the same period last year. Furthermore, "Bike sharing system has been introduced to 8 cities in Taiwan, and we are expecting more cities to install and to encourage cycling," says Lo.

    George Chang from Chuhn Chuan Corp., the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards winner, shares his personal experience in participating the competition. He also hopes that more Taiwan products can be discovered in global markets by means of joining such events and exhibitions.

    Taiwan has long been regarded as the Cycling Kingdom, and TAIPEI CYCLE serves as the most notable platform for supplying the world with advanced complete bicycles and parts. Also, the 2017 Taipei Sporting Goods Show (TAISPO) will be held at TWTC Hall 1 & 3 during the same time as TAIPEI CYCLE, expanding exhibits on view from bicycles to indoor fitness equipment, as well as outdoors and water sports products all in one stop. Over 10,000 overseas visitors are expected to come to source for all things sports at once.

    Media Contact:
    Ms. Andrea Wu
    Tel: +886-2-2725-5200 Ext. 2863
    Email: TCSnews@taitra.org.tw

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    BANGKOK - Thai Nippon Rubber Industry Plc ("TNR", SET:TNR), a manufacturer and seller of natural-rubber latex condoms and related products, announced after the first trading day of its stock on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on 29 November its plan to enhance profit margins by marketing Onetouch-branded condoms in new markets, especially in Asia and Africa, and exploiting its advantages as Thailand's largest and the world's major condom manufacturer, with a combined installed production capacity of 1,959 million pieces per year. The company's management confirmed their ambition for leadership in the Thai and CLMV condom markets.

    Mr. Amorn Dararattanaroj, Chief Executive Officer of TNR, revealed that, after the enthusiastically welcomed initial public offering of 75 million of the company's shares (par value at THB 1 each) to institutional and retail investors at THB 16 per share during 21-23 November, the shares have become tradable on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on its first trading day of 29 November, with a ticker symbol "TNR".

    With total installed capacity of 1,959 million pieces per year, TNR is considered Thailand's largest condom manufacturer and among the world's largest. TNR has two production plants, one of which is located in Laem Chabung Industrial Estate with installed capacity of 426 million pieces per year and the other in Pinthong Industrial Estate (Chon Buri) with installed capacity of 1,533 million pieces per year. It has three core business segments: 1) Manufacture and sell condoms under the trademark "Onetouch" to the domestic and international markets, including the CLMV markets (i.e. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), Egypt, etc., through distributors and dealers; 2) Manufacture of condoms and lubricants as an OEM manufacturer for private companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Thailand and more than 100 other countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Australia and the Middle East, including the exclusive manufacture of "Playboy" condoms for United Medical Devices's global market and the supply of the same as the sole distributor in Thailand; and 3) Tender for contracts to supply high quality products that are compliant to bidding requirements for distribution by governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Thailand and aboard, in order to increase the volume and reduce the unit cost of production of condoms.

    The CEO added that, after raising capital in the stock market, TNR set the target to become the leader in own brand manufacture under the trademark "Onetouch(TM)" in Thailand and CLMV region. This strategy will increase its profit margins in the future. For Thailand, TNR set the target to raise the market share of Onetouch from the current level of 20.6% (September 2014 - August 2015) to 35% by 2020. The company will ensure its products are distributed countrywide through both modern trade and traditional trade channels, e.g. retailers, drugstores, etc. It will also conduct public relations campaigns and marketing activities to enhance brand awareness. For the CLMV markets, it will increase the number of distributors/dealers with large retail networks to ensure the products will reach the hands of all target customers. And it will introduce Onetouch products to new markets with high growth potential, especially in Asia and Africa.

    During 2013-2015, TNR posted continuous growths in sales revenue from THB 1,053.2 million, THB 1,182.4 million and THB 1,302.2 million, and in net profit from THB 96.5 million, THB 108.6 million to THB 234 million. For the first nine months of 2016, it posted a sales revenue figure of THB 934.2 million and a net profit figure of THB 158.1 million.

    "We are confident in our strong fundamentals. We not only have expertise in condom production and a large production capacity, but also place great importance on research and development of innovative products to increase product variety. In June 2016, we introduced Onetouch 003 as its thinnest condom, with only 0.03 mm to 0.038 mm in thickness, to respond to demand from middle- to high-income consumers aged 18 to 45 who prefer extra thin condoms with reasonable prices. This launch was a big success," said he.

    Mr. Manpong Senanarong, Managing Director of Kasikorn Securities Plc, as Financial Advisor and Lead Underwriter, said that the condom market's growth momentum in terms of volume and value will likely be sustained, given condom's effectiveness in prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and in birth control, and the condom industry is considered high barriers to entry by potential new players, especially from the fact that production of condoms, which are categorised as medical device, is controlled by stringent production standards. For example, most public- and private-sector tender requirements include a requirement for a tested useful product life of about five years.

    TNR is recognised over the past 22 years for quality of its natural-rubber latex condoms and related products. Both of its plants are certified for ISO9001, ISO13485, US FDA and other local and international standards, which allow it to manufacture and sell condoms to customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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    The mobile landscape is really affecting Asia – at least most parts of the continent – in more ways than one. The most active Twitter city is still Jakarta, Indonesia. Facebook is huge in different parts of South East Asia, while mobile device penetration is at its highest this year in select regions across the continent. This mobile revolution is being led by top CEOs from companies like Apple, Alphabet, and even Starbucks.

    Apple is a very interesting case. Its CEO, Tim Cook, is the idol of many of those pursuing an executive online MBA degree. In a recent release, Washington State University stated that Tim Cook is a bit different in running Apple, favoring openness instead of secrecy and focusing more on improving the mobile experience without necessarily changing it. He has also made Apple a more charitable company in recent years.

    You can learn more about The Mobile Revolution and the CEOs leading the movement from Washington State University’s complete infographic.


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    Bangkok, 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- H.E.Gen.Anantaporn Kanchanarat, Minister of Energy, Thailand, and SETA’s keynote speaker, attended “LNG Producer Customer Conference 2016” and had a meeting with H.E.Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy and Industry, Japan. The productive meeting was also attended by high level government officers from Thailand and Japan, to discuss and share the energy industry and trend in each country.

    During the meeting, H.E.Gen.Anantaporn Kanchanarat introduced SETA 2017 , the international high-profile energy exhibition and conference which originated from Thailand and also invited H.E.Hiroshige Seko to join SETA 2017 as distinguished keynote speakers, to share more information about Japan Energy market and energy policy and planning to Thailand Industrial peers.

    About SETA

    SETA is Asia’s premier sustainable energy and technology platform that brings together leaders from the public, private, civic and academic sectors to showcase and promote new technology in energy. The event is co-organised by the Ministry of Energy of Thailand and Chulalongkorn University, and endorsed by the Ministry of Science and Technology. SETA 2016 attracted more than 40 Thai and international organisations with over 5,000 participants from 41 countries!

    SETA 2017 targets to draw in over 200 exhibitors and supporting organizations from over fifty countries in business leads. Anchor highlights include new CEO Energy Forum and SETA Business Matching program.

    For more information, please visit, www.SETA.asia

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    Coco Form Studio has been given the assignment to design the Trend Restaurant at Formex using this springs three trends: Monolith Milk & Flowers and Astronautica.

    Stepping into the Trend Restaurant is like stepping into Coco Funiverse – a colorful, crackling and slightly crazy world. This is how designers Monika Holmqvist and Theresia Svanholm at Coco Form Studio have interpreted this year’s Formex theme, Nordic Space, with key words like freethinking, outer space and permissive.

    “The environment should energize people and make them happy,” explains Monika.

    Much of their inspiration has come from amusement parks around the world. “Amusement parks are really good at stimulating all of the senses” and from outer space esthetics. “We have worked a lot with materials and patterns that shimmer in a rainbow of colors, with stainless steel and perforations,” says Theresia.

    The design also simultaneously emphasizes the genuineness that is associated with craftsmanship. Both designers wanted to step away from the current industrial trend.

    “There is not one single white wall and we use colors on the surfaces that you might not expect – strong, robust colors. We love color!” declares Monika. They hope this trend will find its way into Swedish homes. Because “colors make people feel better”.

    At Formex Trend Restaurant - Nordic Space, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy their meal while being surrounded by an inspiring exhibition. The trend restaurant is specially built up to every event and an especially composed menu is created - all with the focus on interpreting the trends and the theme of the fair.  www.cocoform.se

    Formex will be held on January 18-21, 2017 at Stockholmsmässan.

    For more information, please visit www.formex.se or contact:
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    SHANGHAI --(ASIA TODAY)-- Marking its second year in the new expanded venue, the 12th edition of Automechanika Shanghai continues to grow, proving to be the ideal platform offering massive opportunities for information exchange, marketing, trading and education in the automotive world. Just the exhibition space alone has increased by 12%, from 280,000 sqm to 312,000 sqm, opening up two new halls for a total of 13 halls this year at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai held 30 November – 3 December 2016.

    An increase in exhibition space also allows for an increase in exhibitors. This year, there will be 5,756 exhibitors, an increase of 7% over last year, from 42 countries and regions filling the halls. A sizeable jump in visitors is also expected this year, with 120,000 visitors – a 9% increase – from 140 countries and regions.

    Organisers have strengthened their promotional efforts this year, which has translated to an increase in visitor numbers, farther-reaching overseas and domestic exhibitors and visitors, increased delegation groups and the quality of visitors is also higher this year, providing a greater value to the exhibitors. Seeing a significant boost in participation is visitor delegations, with about 130 taking part this year, which is a 20% increase from 2015, and 29 overseas visitor delegations are coming from 16 countries, accounting for 22% of total delegations, including three newly added countries: Brazil, Myanmar and Sweden. Delegations expanded domestically, as well. The auto market in China is undergoing significant growth and organisers have extended their reach into more areas of China this year. Thanks to the support and efforts from the local governments and industry associations, more new delegations are invited from Northwest China such as Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Southwest China, such as Yunnan and South China’s Guangxi, Guizhou and Hainan provinces. The pre-registration number also enjoyed a significant jump, by 28% this year, bringing the total number of visitors to approximately 44,000, representing 37% of total visitors.

    In addition, the Premium Buyers Club has also been expanded. In its second year, the Premium Buyers Club was organised to attract exclusive and high-level buyers from carmakers, OEMs, 1st and 2nd-tier suppliers, distributors and service providers to source at the show. The number of invited buyers has increased by 9% from 2015.

    Exhibition highlights specialised zones, including Connectivity, E-mobility & Infrastructure and Motorsport & High Performance / Wheels & Rims

    The continued success and expansion of Automechanika Shanghai has opened new options for special zones. This year, the Electronics & Systems sector is seeing particular gains, which has expanded and will fill the entirety of Hall 4.1. It is expecting a full spectrum of Electronics & Systems sector exhibitors at the show, including 1st and 2nd tier vehicle suppliers, telematics companies, mobile phone and network carriers, software developers, internet providers as well as suppliers of traffic technology who offer products and solutions for connected cars and mobility solutions for the future. Exhibiting companies in the Electronics & Systems sector include Aborn, CHINA-SHB GROUP, HuiRun, Mobiletron, Ri Yong-Jea, Wai Global, Yunyi, among others.

    The Connectivity zone within the Electronics & Systems hall will also amplify the latest trends in connectivity, alternative drives, automated driving and mobility services. Cooperating for the first time in this zone, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA) will bring approximately 20 companies to exhibit at the show. In addition to showcasing the latest trends, the zone will also include a series of events, such as seminars and various vehicle and product displays to give the visitors a comprehensive insight into the world of connected mobility.

    Located in the North Hall, the E-mobility & Infrastructure zone will occupy the entire hall – nearly tripling its exhibition space this year. The zone will showcase new energy solutions and highlight the developments in the automotive industry. The E-mobility & Infrastructure zone is not just a platform to demonstrate the latest products for new energy vehicles, but an integrated platform bringing together carmakers, manufacturers of batteries, electric controls and management systems for electric and hybrid cars, as well as renowned research institutes to collaborate and foster the development on these emerging areas. Exhibiting for the first time, Mercedes-Benz will showcase their much-anticipated E-mobility technologies and parts ordering system, alongside other key players such as APG, Potevio and VIE. In promoting the cross-industry collaboration, prestigious institutes such as China Automotive Technology & Research Center, Shanghai Power & Energy Storage Battery System Engineering Tech Co Ltd and Heifei University of Technology will demonstrate their research achievements. There will also be a series of forums and a variety of vehicles and product demonstrations onsite to enrich buyers’ experiences and knowledge of the products. A meeting between China New Energy Vehicle Electronic Power Control Industry Alliance and German Federal Association for e-Mobility (BEM) will also be held during the exhibition to exchange knowledge on the new energy vehicles industry between the two countries.

    The Motorsport & High Performance / Wheels & Rims zone makes its debut this year, as well. Located in the West Hall, it will focus on car racing and high-performance modified parts. The zone offers the latest products on display, launching of new products and networking opportunities for industry professionals. This new zone will feature a racetrack and the Volkswagen 333, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and Renault Megane will be on display.

    Within the Parts & Components sector, the Remanufacturing zone will feature the Auto Parts Remanufacturing Pavilion, co-organised by the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) from the US, China National Resources Recycling Association Remanufacture Division (CRRARD) and The Remanufacture Committee of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CPRA). It creates a distinct platform which brings together the leading companies from China and the US to network, exchange and collaborate in the Remanufacturing realm.

    Building on the success of past editions, the established Parts & Components sector continues to thrive. Making their debut at Automechanika Shanghai are ACDelco, Huf, Interstate Batteries, OLYMPUS and Potevio. Returning key players include AISIN, BAIC Group, BorgWarner, Bosch, China Changan, Continental Automotive, DENSO, Federal Mogul, Hella, Hitachi, MAHLE, NAVECO, Schaeffler, Tenneco, ZF, among others.

    In addition to the Electronics & Systems and Parts & Components sectors, the Repair & Maintenance sector has attracted over 700 exhibitors this year, including BANTAM, Baturu, Beissbarth, Bright Technology, DALI, EAE Automotive, FIX AUTO, FY-TECH, LAUNCH, Pro-max, RAV, Sankyo, SATA, SK, Snap-on, Tech, Wonder, ZONYI, among others.

    New players within the Accessories & Customising sector are AMSOIL, KYB and STP. Those returning to the show include BASF, Botny, Bullsone, Castrol, Chief, CYCLON, Dcenti, DJCORP, EUROLUB, ITW, Liqui Moly, MA-FRA, Motel, OSRAM, Pennzoil, RAVENOL, SONAX, THULE, Valvoline, among others.

    Several overseas pavilions have been organised from a total of 18 countries and regions. This brings the latest global innovations front and centre to this year’s Automechanika Shanghai. Among the pavilions, there will be two new countries represented, those of Indonesia and Morocco. Also included in the list of pavilions are Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US.

    Advanced innovations and emphasis on connected mobility are driving force in Automechanika fringe programme

    This year’s fringe programme has grown to include 56 events, which is an increase of 6% and is the largest programme to date. There will be a multitude of events covering a full spectrum of the automotive industry chain held throughout the four days. Continuing with the connectivity theme, several events within the fringe programme will be featuring events on the subject, among many other highlights, including the Connected Mobility Conference Shanghai, a unique event that is part of the Connected Mobility Roadshow three-city tour starting at Automechanika Frankfurt in Germany in September. The event will be at Automechanika Shanghai on 1 December and highlight three main themes: Connected Cars, Connected Data and Connected Customers.

    In addition, a new format of fringe programme is also being introduced this year, such as experience sharing sessions in Repair & Maintenance to promote direct dialogue opportunities between exhibitors, users and buyers. The Parts & Components and Electronics & Systems sectors are also enjoying an increased number of educational opportunities and prospects for dialogue about the future of the industry. Exhibitor events, organised by key players such as Bosch, Liqui Moly, OSRAM and other product launch events will also be held at the fairground.

    Automechanika Shanghai is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation (CNAICO). It is one of 16 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America.

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    AFECA announced the results of the 2016 AFECA Awards and the COMPUTEX team led by Mr. Walter Yeh, Executive President of TAITRA, won 1st Place of the AFECA Outstanding Trade Exhibition Awards and TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall won 2nd Place of the Outstanding Venue Awards.

    COMPUTEX is honored again this year after receiving the award in 2015. In 2016, COMPUTEX started the transformation by responding to international competition and the shift in the ICT industry to position itself to "Building Global Technology Ecosystems", focusing on the applications of Internet of Things technology, innovations and startups, business solutions, gaming and virtual reality. In addition to refreshing design of the key visual, the all new exhibition areas also create trendy forums, strengthen marketing strategies and provide innovative services and more to achieve sustainable development objectives of the exhibition, which were all well received by buyers and manufacturers.

    COMPUTEX, standing out from many participants, has won recognition from judges from Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia. Once again, COMPUTEX proved to be in the leading position of the ICT trend, enhancing the international visibility of Taiwan's exhibition industry and inspiring its international competitiveness.

    In addition, TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, run by TAITRA, won 2nd Place of the Best Venue Awards. The venue is the first exhibition hall in Taiwan to receive ISO20121 (Event Management System) and allows 10,000 people to use free Wi-Fi simultaneously. It also combines Google 360-degree indoor surround virtual tour and the introduction of innovative VR glasses for providing refreshing navigation experience.

    Global convention and exhibition industry is moving eastward and Asia has become the center of the MICE industry. AFECA held its 11th Annual Conference (AFECA AGM) on November 7th, which was sponsored by the Association of Asian Exhibition and Convention Industries (AFECA), the largest convention and exhibition industry organization in Asia. Mr. Walter Yeh, the Executive Vice President of TAITRA, also President of AFECA, was re-elected Chairman of AFECA. Mr. Chen Xianjin, Chairman of the Shanghai Exhibition Industry Association, Mr. Prapee Buri, President of the Thailand Exhibition Association and Rosalind Ng, President of the Singapore Convention & Exhibition Association served as Deputy Chairman of AFECA. Other representatives from Philippine, Malaysia, Korea, India, Indonesia, and Singapore also served as AFECA directors, developing AFECA into one of the important organizations.

    Mr. Walter Yeh was appointed as the President of AFECA in January, 2015. For the first time, he organized the Asia-wide events such as exhibitions, forums, youth competitions and exhibition awards, connecting Asia and MICE professionals from around the world. From November 7 to 8, during the Xiamen Conference and Exhibition Week, a grand AFECA annual meeting was held along with activities such as the AFECA and the Asian Youth Exhibition Competition.

    With the support from AFECA members, Mr. Walter Yeh hoped that AFECA could become a platform for exchanges and cooperation in the Asian exhibition industry, and to promote cooperative opportunities. AFECA's vision for the future will be "to learn”, “to cooperate”, “to share” and "to support”, in addition to seek cooperation with the international media to promote and strengthen AFECA as an international platform to link Asia, with the advent of the digital age.

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    HÀ NỘI — Each year, environmental pollution causes Việt Nam an economic loss of 5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) and the figure is expected to rise, said Đinh Đức Trường, deputy head of the Economics and Environment Faculty under Việt Nam’s National Economics University.

    Trường told an international workshop on Việt Nam’s economy held in Hà Nội last week that the country could soon surpass China’s 10-per cent pollution-related GDP decline.

    Violations of environmental regulations have been recorded at some 80 per cent of industrial parks in Việt Nam, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

    Firms with foreign direct investment (FDI) account for 60 per cent of the total enterprises that exceed waste discharge standards, the online Dân trí newspaper quoted the GSO as saying.

    Another study on business environmental behaviour, by the Central Institute for Economic Management, shows that 23 per cent of foreign-invested firms discharged waste exceeding the allowable standards.

    Việt Nam has signed 15 free trade agreements (FTAs), which could have negative repercussions for the environment while providing new opportunities.

    The garment and textile, steel and paper sectors, which have attracted high levels of FDI, could cause environmental pollution with several big projects from mainland China and Taiwan.

    According to Đặng Đức Anh, head of the analysis and forecast board at the Ministry of Planning and Investment, water resources, agriculture and rural development, health care and coastal areas are the most susceptible to climate change and environmental pollution.

    Việt Nam ranks 23rd among 193 countries in the Climate Change Vulnerability Index released by Maplecroft, a global risk and strategic consulting firm based in the UK. It is one of the 30 countries rated at “extreme risk” on the list.

    Although Việt Nam has not seriously contributed to global warming, it is among the 25 low and middle-income countries that release the most greenhouse gases every year.

    Việt Nam needs appropriate policies to adapt to and mitigate climate change impact and protect the environment so as to ensure sustainable development. Industries that rely on the exploitation of natural resources, especially non-renewable ones, or have low economic benefits, should be curbed.

    Anh also suggested clean energy like natural gas, bio-fuel, new and renewable energy be encouraged, while businesses release air pollutants within allowable quotas. Legal regulations on environmental protection must be overhauled with punishments strong enough to deter violations, he said. Waste release must be monitored, and the State should spend more money on environmental protection, he added. — VNS

    Photo caption / Each year, environmental pollution causes Việt Nam an economic loss of 5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP). — Photo vietnamplus.vn

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    SINGAPORE --(ASIA TODAY)-- Texcare Forum Singapore, an affiliated event of Texcare Asia, successfully concluded in the Lion City earlier this month and welcomed over 200 delegates from 11 countries and regions. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and China Light Industry Machinery Association, the forum took place from 9 – 10 November in Singapore, consisting of a full-day conference addressing the Southeast Asian market conditions and demands, as well as a factory visit to three local laundry plants.

    Mr Richard Li, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, expressed: “The Texcare Forum is an integral part of Texcare Asia, which is renowned for offering a wealth of opportunities through business networking and knowledge exchange. In the past, similar events were successfully held in Hong Kong and Macau to connect industry players and foster understanding of the two cities’ laundry markets. This year’s forum was strategically held in Singapore, a promising market landscape that benefits from rapid regional economic growth. The synergistic collaboration of both the exhibition and forum under the Texcare brand encouraged industry peers to capitalise on market opportunities and reshape the business agenda of the industry altogether.”

    Supported by the Singaporean government, the forum received the presence of Mr Lim Swee Say, the Minister for Manpower, as the Guest of Honour. He shared the current industry conditions and challenges posed by the progressive shortage in manpower and an aging workforce. The event organisation was also fostered by two Singaporean organisations, the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and the TCA Textile Care Training Centre, as well as backed by the VDMA Garment and Leather Technology from Germany. Collectively, over 200 local and international industry professionals from the equipment manufacturers, laundry and dry cleaning businesses, hotel and healthcare sectors, research institutes and public agencies were in attendance.

    Commenting on the event, Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i said, “In today's fast-changing business environment, innovative ideas to improve productivity are one of the key differentiators and catalysts to progress in a new manpower-lean landscape. Understanding the fact that SMEs are an integral part of our economy, e2i is committed to act as an enabler to assist progressive SMEs in re-designing jobs and tapping into technologies to transform. We are pleased that Texcare Forum Singapore is a truly international platform that connects us with the overseas experts, who are potentially our partners helping us take our businesses to the next level.”

    Representing the commercial laundry business in Singapore, Mr Poh Wee Yong, Asst. General Manager, Projects & Engineering in Systematic Laundry & Uniform Services Pte Ltd shared his insights on the topic of “Reinventing Laundry Business with RFID Technology”. He was impressed by the results. “It is our pleasure to give a presentation on our views at Texcare Forum Singapore, which is so well organised. Besides delivering my speech, I can learn about what is going on around Asia by meeting participants from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and around the world. The panel discussion also encourages us to set goals of what needs to be established now.” He added: “It is essential to meet a pool of suppliers since they may have different strengths. And through this forum, leading suppliers are gathered under one roof so that we can better understand how new solutions work and explore the possibility of having different systems and equipment integrated and applied in our factories. The forum is very rewarding.”

    In addition to the focus on the Singaporean market, the forum invited esteemed speakers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia to deliver the market overview of their respective countries. Mr Virgilio Sia, Chairman / CEO of Versia Corporation (the Philippines) was one of the members in the line-up. “The laundry business in my country is in an early development stage. Texcare Forum Singapore serves as a valuable chance to elaborate on our expectations, particularly from the hotel suppliers’ point-of-view, to numerous industry peers and potential partners. The event is interactive and I have had interesting conversations with many attendees who gave me feedback on my speech. As a newcomer in the industry, there is a lot for me to learn and I am glad that I have actually learnt a lot during the event,” Mr Sia remarked.

    Coupled with the forum, a mingling area was set up in the neighbouring hall to offer manufacturers and sales agents an extended sales opportunity. Long-term exhibitor at Texcare Asia, Jiangsu Sea-lion Machinery Group (Corp) from China, also signed up for this event. Mr Congxun Wu, the company’s General Sales Manager expressed: “Texcare Asia is a significant communication platform, which enables us to reach our existing partners and meet new ones. Since the exhibition takes place every two years, we are delighted that the forum is held in between each edition to help us maintain and even expand our sales network in some specific regions in Asia. During the event, I have talked to several existing local clients to learn about their feedback. It means a lot to our development and through this activity we can collect their in-depth ideas in an easy and timely manner.”

    After Singapore, Shanghai will once again become the focus of the international laundry and dry-cleaning industry as the next edition of Texcare Asia is set to commence at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. Running from 27 – 29 September 2017, the fair is expected to occupy an expansive space of 17,000 sqm, housing around 160 exhibitors from around the world.

    Texcare Asia is a biennial event organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and China Light Industry Machinery Association. It is also a sister event of Texcare International. Every four years, Texcare International – the world market for modern textile care – provides an international venue for the textile-care sector in Frankfurt, Germany. The next edition of Texcare International will be held from 20 – 24 June 2020.

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    SEOUL - Suprema, Inc., a leading global provider of biometrics and ID solutions, today announced that the company has been recognized as one of the top 50 largest security companies in A&S's 2016 Security 50 rankings. In this year's rankings, Suprema moved up in its ranking from 34th to 31st with its 2015 annual revenue of US$52.1 million. Since 2011, Suprema has been ranked in Security 50 for 6 consecutive years and is the only dedicated biometrics company in 2016 rankings.

    The Security 50 from A&S magazine is an annual rankings of public-listed physical security manufacturers around the globe solely based on their financial performance (sales revenue). On the rank, companies' business ranges from biometrics, access control, video surveillance, alarms and integrated security solutions.

    In 2016 Security 50 rankings, Suprema is the only dedicated biometrics company among the 'Access Control Product Group', and Suprema ranked 6th in Access Control rankings after multi-nationals including Assa Abloy, Allegion and Nedap.

    "We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the key players in security industry by listing our name on 2016 Security 50 rankings. This is an incredible reflection of overarching vision and innovations of our technology, products and solutions. When it comes to biometrics, the market focus is shifting from technological advances to user convenience. As credential management and interoperability became more important, we will put more effort on better delivering identity management solutions while maintain best-available biometric technologies over the competition," said James Lee, president at Suprema.

    During 2010-2015 period, Suprema has recorded vigorous growth at CAGR of 12% and the company has also achieved consistent double digit growth throughout past decade.

    About Security 50

    a&s magazine, a renowned security media, ranked global public-listed manufacturers solely by product sales revenue, gross profit, and profit margin, which were listed in their public financial reports for the 2015 fiscal year. Participants range from exclusive manufacturers to end-to-end solution providers. Again, we urge readers not to focus on the ranking of the participants, but to further explore the underlying causes for their success. For more information, please visit www.asmag.com/rankings/security50_about.aspx

    About Suprema Inc.

    Suprema is a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema continually designs and develops industry leading products and solutions. Suprema's extensive range of portfolio includes biometric access control systems, time & attendance solutions, fingerprint live scanners, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint modules. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 130 countries and is one of the world's Top 50 security company in its turnover (ranked in A&S's Security 50, 2010-2015). For more information, please visit www.supremainc.com.

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    1 December 2016 – Design and innovative technology enhance our lives and add value to business and society. The 12th edition of the HKTDC InnoDesignTech Expo (IDT Expo) opened today and continues through 3 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The Inspiration Hall (Hall 3D-E) is open to the public free of charge and showcases global designs and inventions, the latest practical technology and design solutions, as well as a range of commercial designs and branding strategy services.

    Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, said that popular products tend to involve creative design and cutting-edge technology. Therefore, companies can enhance their competitiveness by adopting new technology in this digital age. With the increasing popularity of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, the IDT Expo is launching a “AR & VR for Business Zone” this year, giving visitors a first-hand experience of their applications and providing inspiration for entrepreneurs.

    Largest-ever IDT Expo welcomes Chicago as the partner city

    A record of more than 450 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions have gathered for this year’s IDT Expo. The Inspiration Hall features global designs under the theme of “Urbanovation”, showcasing design and innovation as driving forces for the development of cities and lifestyle trends. The Inspiration Hall is displaying modern lifestyle innovations through exhibits, interactive games and data presentations under the categories of smart architecture, smart infrastructure, smart mobility and smart lifestyle. Innovative designs including the “Checkered Playroom Oasis”, designed by a team from the Department of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (booth no.: 3E-B10), Tesla Model X electric vehicle, BMW i8 hybrid electric vehicle, household robot Big-i, as well as a 3D food printer (booth venue: Hall 3E Urbanovation) are on show.

    Chicago, one of the most innovative cities in the United States with a vibrant history of design and cultural development, is this year’s partner city of the IDT Expo. The city’s unique design style is in full view under the theme of “Chicago Made”, adding a fresh creative dimension to the fair.

    A number of countries and regions with a strong design and innovation culture, including Victoria (Australia), Hessen (Germany), Bali (Indonesia), Chungnam (Korea), Mexico and Southern Sweden have also brought their innovative designs, products and commercial solutions to the expo.
    In addition, the IDT Expo features a global awards parade, presenting award-winning entries of international design competitions from the US, Switzerland, Australia and Hong Kong, such as the Spark Design Awards, to showcase how design excellence can change the world. Another thematic zone “Design Without Boundaries” is displaying designs with local flavours from 10 Hong Kong-based international designers, each aiming to tell the story of Hong Kong’s creative strengths.

    Eye-opening exhibits from Hong Kong creative talents

    Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region* once again sponsors the “Hong Kong Creative Force” Pavilion in the Inspiration Hall. The zone showcases a series of outstanding local creations, including those from the cross-discipline collaborative project “Love Seat” organised by Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA), where a number of well-known local interior designers each produce a chair from different perspectives under the theme of love. The HKIDA has also collaborated with 13 young designers in the project “Urban Oasis” to survey urban public space and add creative and eye-opening elements to these inconspicuous shared assets.

    Other exhibits include the “Urban Playroom”, which displays a series of design installations and games designed by 21 top local designers to present Hong Kong’s city life. They include award-winning entries of the HK4As Kam Fan Awards 2016, success cases of brand upgrading as well as new media promotions. The Hong Kong Maker Club also returns to the Expo to present the fruits of Hong Kong innovators, such as robots, 3D-printed prosthetics and Sophie IV solar-powered car.

    New thematic zones featuring AR and VR experience

    The Trade Hall features a number of thematic zones where one-stop commercial solutions using innovative designs and technology are on show. They cover product design, brand promotion strategies as well as the latest AR and VR promotion, providing a comprehensive platform for SMEs seeking ideas on how to transform and upgrade their business.

    The all-new “AR & VR for Business Zone” gathers 10 leading local creative media companies showcasing cutting-edge technology. The AR & VR experience area allows visitors to try out the products first-hand, including Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality technology, where users can interact with virtual objects through subtle actions such as sight, sound and gestures via built-in sensors. A number of HoloLens headsets are provided for visitors to try (booth no.: 1C-A02 &1C-A06). Graffiti artists are also showcasing their virtual creations, demonstrating how innovative technology can merge with design ideas while also engaging visitors (booth no.: 1C-B01).

    Another highlight, the “3D Printing Solutions Zone” presents the latest 3D Printing technologies, commercial application solutions, hardware support as well as on-site demonstrations, including 3D printing of precious metals, food, prosthesis and printing on various textiles. The “Global Invention Zone” features more than 100 inventions from 15 countries, presenting extraordinary innovations and IP trading business opportunities. The Chinese Innovation And Invention Society from Taiwan is leading 62 exhibitors to the Expo, and will judge their works during the fair period. The results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of 2016 Hong Kong International Invention and Design Competition on 3 December, acknowledging the achievements of inventors from around the world. Meanwhile, about 60 start-ups have converged at the “Creative and Tech Start-up Zone” to connect with potential business partners and investors.

    International creative masters share inspiration

    During the fair period, a series of thematic seminars and workshops are arranged under the thematic tracks of “Creativity for Business”, “Innovation for Business” and “Start-up Ventures”. Elite speakers from Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Hong Kong, including Tommy Li, Creative Director, Tommy Li Design Workshop Limited; Johan Persson, Founder and Creative Director, C’monde Studios Limited; Candice Chan Chao, Founder, J. Candice Interior Architects; Chester Lo, CEO of Asia Pacific, Sun Mobile Communication Limited, and Rudi Leung, Director, Hungry Digital Limited, will discuss issues ranging from brand strategies, experiential marketing, big data and innovative marketing strategies and Urbanovation.

    Another highlight of the Expo is “Get in the Ring”, a global start-up competition organised by Retro Spot, where the most promising start-ups pitch and attempt to win over a judging panel with their innovative concepts. The Hong Kong Maker Club will also organise a Robot Boxing League on 3 December (Saturday) at the Inspiration Hall. The public are invited to watch the contest. The Expo also collaborates with local illustrator Tony Electronic to bring creative and humorous designs to life using 3D printing technology.

    Held concurrently with the IDT Expo are the World SME Expo, Hong Kong International Franchising Show and Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum, covering areas of design, technology, entrepreneurship, brand promotion and intellectual property management. These parallel events will generate strong synergy to provide a one-stop value-adding solution for SMEs.

    *Disclaimer: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

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    The 15th edition of Music China attracted 1,909 exhibitors and 90,125 visitors to celebrate its anniversary and was an enormous success. The record-breaking 12% increase in visitor numbers, the growth in exhibitor numbers and the expanded exhibition space pointed out that Music China is a must-attend annual event in Asia for every person involved in the musical instrument industry.

    Business discussion, knowledge sharing, music performance and appreciation filled every corner of the four-day show from 26 – 29 October held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Delighted with the show’s result, Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd commented: “Congratulations to the successful Music China 2016. The show started in 2002 and has been developing together with the industry ever since. Whether attendees are looking for business partners, buying instruments, launching products, gaining industry knowledge or just for fun, Music China is an all-encompassing platform that can accommodate their needs and it is still developing with great potential.”

    An ideal marketing stage for branding

    C. F. Martin & Co from the US is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year. They were presenting their three key brands to dealers and customers in separate booths and a special showcase of its signature Dreadnought guitar at the show. Ms Jacqueline Renner, President for the company spoke of the result: “We have a beautiful presence at Music China to represent our brands and to demonstrate our custom shop and the special aspects of what makes Martin’s artistry so unique. We hope more musicians in China can enjoy our high-quality guitars and here is a platform to reach existing and new business partners across every part of the country.”

    Tremendous business opportunities in the Chinese market

    Many of the exhibitors are attracted to Music China because of its penetration into the Chinese market. D’Addario & Company is one such company. Mr David Via, Vice President, International Business Development for D’Addario explained: “Our industry as a whole is not growing a lot when you look at it globally, and yet China is a vibrant market that continues to develop. We see it not only in the western music and instruments, we also see the resurgence of the eastern music and culture as well. At the show you can meet a variety of people and have the opportunity to really do business with the dealers, retailers, artists as well as the consumers in China. That’s the value of Music China in the 21st century.”

    The presence of eastern traditional instruments is what makes Music China unique. One of the highlights in this sector is the invaluable zither showcased by Hong Kong Zheng Art. Mr Metric Mok, Director for the company was impressed with their first-time presence: “Our brand is new to the Chinese market and we are launching our products in this market at Music China. The show provided us a new and broad customer network not only from different cities in China such as Shanghai, Beijing, Anhui and Shenzhen, but also from Singapore and Taiwan. We only produce 80 zithers a year and all are made in Japan, basically our bookings are full. This is a great promotion opportunity for us.”

    The flourishing music education market in China has created multiple business opportunities for the publishing sector. Ms Hilary Griffin, Sales Director for Faber Music from the UK explained how it benefits their business: “We are a publishing house for education books and materials for exams like ABRSM. Since the exam is in English, the English teaching materials are very much needed and our books can help people get through the exams. We met many teachers at the show, it certainly helps us to expand our business in the huge local market which is difficult to reach otherwise.”

    An annual meeting for industry players from Asia and beyond

    Salvi Harps from Italy was impressed with the broad buyer’s diversity at the show. Mr Vincenzo Scerbo, Sales and Marketing Representative of the company commented: “We came to Music China to launch our new product the DELTA. We have been coming to Music China for a decade, so we know how important the show has always been to us. With a huge visitor flow and international buyers flocking from all over the world, this is surely the perfect place to introduce a new product. Our new instrument is practically sold out, and the fair has created many new business leads for us.”

    Buyers thrilled with product genres and observed new industry trends

    Key industry brands, as well as long-standing international pavilions from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom have brought a wide spectrum of product categories to Music China, attracting a high-level of international and Chinese buyers to source and learn the latest industry development at the show.

    Leading online retailer Amazon came with a musical instruments team representing China, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US, and. Mr Joe Franger, representing the US office explained their purpose of the trip: “We attended the Music China show to identify new selection for Amazon customers around the globe. Each country representative has specific targets but we share selection across marketplaces. Music China is a great place to explore and evaluate business partnerships which is necessary to place orders at a later date. ”

    Fringe events revealed international perspectives of music education and industry development

    The high-level industry forums held alongside the show were packed full of audience members who wanted to learn more about new business ideas and the evolving music education market from industry leaders.

    Professor Lee Higgins, President of International Society of Music Education, Director of International Centre of Community Music, St John University from the UK spoke at the NAMM CMIA Industry Forum. He was invited to share his insights in the new social music education alliance and believed that such an event at Music China is important. He explained: “Music education events like these are critical to the music community, because you’re not going to sell anything without people playing. So having these discussions and critical thinking and examining what it means to play and what it means to participate is very important for the trade show.”

    Audience members were deeply engaged in the Seminars of Technology and Innovation to learn the latest MIDI technology from industry leaders such as Apple and the MIDI Manufacturers Association. Mr Cheng Hui, Manager of TimeCode-Vision was one of the audience members and was satisfied with the seminar content. He said: “Our company is developing a new Bluetooth MIDI adaptor. What the speakers just said was inspiring for our R&D purpose. Bluetooth MIDI technology has been widely used in China, a seminar like this can help accelerate the technology development in this sector.”

    A series of master classes on different music genres for kids, adults, amateurs and professionals were conducted under the Music China Education Programme. Mr Eric Levy shared his exceptional marching drum skills in his class and enjoyed the connections with the audience, he said: “There’s a good mix in the crowd, some of them are entry level and some of them are more advanced players and they are all very enthusiastic. I am glad I can help people to learn more ways to teach.”

    Other fringe events included Global Forum on Chinese Traditional Music, All about Jazz and the Stringed and Bowed Instruments series programme. In addition, a series of live performances, entertainment and charity events were held at the show including Kids’ Music Castle and a charity campaign ‘Music Warms Our Hearts’ Care for Children with Autism, school-bands winners Aber Hallo! and The Ingredients from the SchoolJam Germany competition, Drum Circles, pCircle, plus hundreds of stars and celebrities’ performances onstage and at booths including Yamaha endorser Mr Maksim Mrvica.

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    23 winners–Taiwan 14, China 8, Macau 1–in the Golden Pin Design Award and 3 winners from Taiwan and China in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award named across four award categories: product, visual communication, spatial, and packaging design

    Today, December 1, 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- the Golden Pin award group announced its Best Design winners in two awards–the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award–in a star-studded evening ceremony in the Performance Hall of the Eslite Spectrum Songyan store at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

    In the annual Golden Pin Design Award, Taiwan led the way, taking 14 of the total 23 Best Design trophies, followed by China (8) and Macau (1). This is the third year that the Golden Pin Design Award opened to entries from beyond Taiwan, and 2016 saw a record breaking number of submissions: 3,005 design products and projects from 13 countries and regions. In some way, all of this year’s winning products and projects embody the Golden Pin Design Award’s mission: to showcase cutting-edge design specifically created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities.

    Oki Sato–founder and creative director of renowned Japanese design studio, Nendo, and Jury Chair for the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Final Selection–said in an opening speech that the level of the quality of the projects entered into the award exceeded his expectations, and that he really enjoyed the judging process, despite how painful it could seem at times. “Along the selection process, we took into consideration important elements, such as function and aesthetics. In addition to this balance, we paid attention to particular elements such as the emotion. After all, design needs to connect people to people, as well as people and space,” he explained of the 2016 jury experience.

    This year, for the first time, jurors were allowed to nominate and debate certain Design Mark recipient projects that they thought should make the Finalist cut, even if they did not make it through the initial point-allocation system. This, according to Sato, is one of the great values of the Golden Pin Design Award: “Through close examination and exploration, we’re really able to find the value of these products and projects, so I’m firmly convinced that if we keep on working on this award, in the very near future, the Golden Pin Design Award will become a globally leading design award.”

    On stage, Golden Pin Design Award Best Design winners expressed their gratitude to friends and family, colleagues and clients, teachers and mentors. Many talked of the motivation the award gave them to carry on in their chosen area of design, and some designers from abroad expressed excitement at the opportunity to come to Taipei and meet and exchange ideas with design peers from across the huaren world. Some talked about the similarity between Taiwan’s famed Golden Horse, Golden Melody, and Golden Bell Awards, which celebrate the film, TV, and performing arts community, expressing gratitude that the local design industry finally has an award of a similar calibre. Many noted that this award gives them courage that designers have the strength to revitalize traditional industries in the region.

    Also on stage tonight were the three 2016 Best of the Best recipients for another unique award under the Golden Pin banner, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award. The annual award, which offers a total of NT$900,000 (more than US$27,000) in cash prizes, encourages entrants to consider philosophies, ideologies, principles, or areas of thought attributable to huaren culture or lifestyles in their submitted concepts, as well as the Chinese concept of zhongguan (中觀). Aimed at younger or emerging designers who have yet to launch their products or projects to the market, the award acts as a litmus test for future trends in design for and within huaren communities.

    The ceremony, which was curated by innovative Taiwanese motion graphics studio, Bito, and hosted by popular local celebrity TV host Mickey Huang, was attended by members of Best Design winning and Finalist companies and studios, as well as huaren and international design world luminaries and other VIP guests from Taiwan’s political, arts, and business communities. In the middle of the ceremony, guests were treated to a stunning multidisciplinary performance in which dancers from Taipei-based Ray Dance Company moved in synchronisation with a loosely Golden Pin-themed audio visual display created by Bito.

    Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Best Design List:
    Product or Project Name
    Manufacturing Company Name
    Design Company Name
    Category
    Country/Region

    1. Tse-Xin Organic Tea Carrying Case – Taiwan Tea Series of Conservation Animals
    Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation
    3ya design Associates
    Packaging Design
    Taiwan

    2. SPACE OF UN-IMAGINABLE – ART TAIPEI 2015
    Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA)
    WOOYO
    Spatial Design
    Taiwan

    3. The Fanding Past
    Shenzhen Tiangongdangdai Culture Development Co. Ltd
    Deve Build
    Spatial Design
    China

    4. The Pictogram Design for Taiwan's 100 Tourist Attractions
    HSIN YU design studio
    HSIN YU design studio
    Visual Communication Design
    Taiwan

    5. The Little Journey In Taipei
    National Theater & Concert Hall
    SANXTIN
    Visual Communication Design
    Taiwan

    6. About Trees
    Phoenix Science Press
    Hanqingtang Design
    Visual Communication Design
    China

    7. BOK FESTIVAL
    TODOT DESIGN
    TODOT DESIGN
    Visual Communication Design
    Macau

    8. Smart Aquarium Lighting: FLAT ONE
    Unity Opto Technology Co. Ltd
    YOU HAU CO. LTD (ONF)
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    9. SAVIORE Fire Extinguisher
    SPL DESIGN CO. LTD
    SPL DESIGN CO. LTD
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    10. Pick-Up Sliders
    Lichy Enterprise Co. Ltd
    Lichy Enterprise Co. Ltd
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    11. Spiral Stool
    MisoSoupDesign
    MisoSoupDesign
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    12. ONE SHAKE
    源源鋼藝
    ndd design, Tainan
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    13. i500 Smart Projector
    BenQ Corporation
    BenQ Lifestyle Design Center
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    14. OSLO
    CHA SHUN Limited Company
    design-people
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    15. JIA Inc. The Prep, Rolling Mortar
    JIA Inc.
    JIA Inc.
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    16. Tandscape
    Shiang design studio
    Shiang design studio
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    17. Smart Door Window Sensor
    SERCOMM CORP
    SERCOMM CORP
    Product Design
    Taiwan

    18. MINI TEA SET T1
    Xiamen Pertouch Technology Co. Ltd
    BALANCE DESIGN
    Product Design
    China

    19. Recycled Concrete De-germing Trash Can
    Southwest Jiaotong University School of Architecture and Design Product Design R & D Center
    Chengdu Shayuan Industrial Design Co. Ltd
    Product Design
    China

    20. ROAD READY RENTAL LED DISPLAY
    ShenZhen Coleder Opto-electronics Co. Ltd
    LKK Design Shenzhen Co. Ltd
    Product Design
    China

    21. Handheld 3-Axis Camera Gimbal Stabilizer
    Snoppa Technology Co. Ltd
    april6th design Co. Ltd
    Product Design
    China

    22. ALL-IRIS Aroma Humidifier
    Shenzhen Stylepie Lifestyle Co. Ltd
    Shenzhen Stylepie Lifestyle Co. Ltd
    Product Design
    China

    23. Usmile U1
    Guangzhou Hao Xing Wan Technology Co. Ltd
    inDare Design Strategy Limited
    Product Design
    China

    Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2016 Best Design List:
    Product or Project Name
    Designer Name
    Category
    Country/Region

    1. HENG
    Zanwen Li
    Product Design
    China

    2. Lai Zi Na Li
    Chieh-Ying Wang and Man-Lin Wang
    Product Design and Visual Communication Design
    Taiwan

    3. 150 People’s Confessions of Faith
    ZhenQin Ji
    Visual Communication Design
    China

    The Best Design winners in both awards received a one-of-a-kind trophy designed by Loretta Hui-shan Yang and Chang Yi of the internationally renowned Taiwanese glass art brand, LIULIGONGFANG, as well as a certificate of recognition. Best Design winners in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award also received one of three cash prizes, collectively totaling NT$900,000 (more than US$27,000).

    The Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Final Selection Jury consisted of nine members (with eight judging on the day of Final Selection), including Jury Chair Oki Sato, Founder and Chief Designer of Nendo, and jurors Takeshi Yamamura, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, Waseda University; Mårten Claesson, Architect, Designer and Co-Founder, Claesson Koivisto Rune; Bi Xuefeng, Art Director, Bi Xuefeng Graphic Design Consultant; Shikuan Chen, Vice President, Corp. Experience Design Compal Electronics, Inc.; Wei-Hsiung Chan, Founder, Business Next Magazine; Taddy Ho, Director of Operating Committee, BBDO Taiwan Advertising Co.; and Cheng-Neng Kuan, Vice President, Shih-Chien University.

    For the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2016, the five Final Selection Jury members included Jury Chair Tony K.M. Chang, Regional Adviser for the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), and jurors Apex Pang-Soong Lin, Chair Professor, Department of Visual Communication Design, Asia University, and Director, Chinese Industrial Designers Association; Mårten Claesson, Architect, Designer, and Co-Founder, Claesson Koivisto Rune; Bi Xuefeng, Art Director, Bi Xuefeng Graphic Design Consultant; and Keng-Ming Liu, Creative Director, Bito.

    The Golden Pin award group is administered by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.

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    INTERNATIONAL PROJECT PR & MARKETING MANAGER

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    Cooperation on technology and infrastructure will kick start the mass deployment of the container monitoring system that the industry has been waiting for.

    SHENZHEN, China & MARSEILLES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIMC IT the smart container technology branch of the world’s largest shipping container manufacturer and TRAXENS the smart container start-up backed by CMA CGM and MSC have agreed to create a global open container monitoring market standard.

    Containers are often operated in remote areas without GSM signal and in environments with a large amount of metal and with moist saline atmosphere. They often stacked high on ships and in yards and travel to places with different regulations for radio emissions. Standardized technology in these very specific environments needs to be established and generalized.

    CIMC IT and TRAXENS will share resources and cooperate to work on establishing a market standard and promoting smart containers.

    CIMC IT and TRAXENS will continue to compete with their own smart container devices, network infrastructure and data platform however smart containers from TRAXENS will operate on ships equipped by CIMC IT and vice versa via a common low power consumption mesh radio network.

    “We are very proud to be working with the excellent people at CIMC IT” said Michel Fallah, Founder and CEO of TRAXENS. “They have been doing pioneering work in container monitoring for many years”.

    “We are looking forward working with Asian shipping lines and to extend the momentum already established in Europe by CMA CGM and MSC” added Likun Shi (Merry, Vice GM of CIMC IT.)

    An alliance will be formed by mid-2017 uniting all partners using the smart container technology. The alliance and the technology will be named by its members to better represent its open and shared nature.

    CIMC will also be integrating TRAXENS-BOX devices into newly manufactured containers for CMA CGM and MSC.

    About CIMC IT
    CIMC IT has over 10 years’ experience on smart container R&D and applications. It holds over 100 patents and software copyrights, has formulated national standards for smart containers, and has developed advanced smart and security equipment and system for different industries. Its big data platform Oneconn is a third party independent platform. It’s open and extensible for user systems, and can integrate all kinds of hardware devices, software applications and communication technologies, connect all the smart containers and other equipped assets in the world. See http://cimcssc.com  http://oneconn.com

    About TRAXENS
    TRAXENS has built the world's most advanced multi-modal container monitoring and coordination system and now deliver real data for logistics excellence to all. Its low power consumption mesh radio network TRAXENS-NET is compliant to worldwide telecommunication regulations and based on specific hardware and firmware components. It optimizes cost and performance by allowing neighboring containers to automatically interconnect. See www.traxens.com

    Contacts
    CIMC IT
    Xin Tong (Sheen), Phone Number: +86 400-660-7157
    Business Manager
    Email: cimcssc@cimc.com
    or
    TRAXENS
    Tim Baker, Phone Number: +33 685 934 134
    Director of Marketing & Communications
    Email: media@traxens.com

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    The new GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards set to foster sustainable businesses across Asia

    Singapore, November 21, 2016 – GRI and Fuji Xerox are launching the world’s first global standards for sustainability reporting, the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards), in Asia. The GRI Standards create a common language for companies to disclose non-financial information and enable companies around the world to better assess their impacts on the economy, the environment and society. Businesses can also use the GRI Standards to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Held in Singapore, the launch event was organized by GRI and Fuji Xerox, with support from Entrak and Paia Consulting.

    “Fuji Xerox is a leader in sustainability reporting, and GRI helps us to better-manage our sustainability impacts in Singapore and other countries in Asia Pacific,” said Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. “As we accelerate our growth in the region, the new GRI Standards will help us positively influence other organizations in our network – including suppliers and subsidiaries – towards a greater commitment to sustainability.”

    The GRI Standards were released in October 2016 and were developed through more than 15 years of a robust multi-stakeholder process. They feature an improved format and new modular structure, and are based on the GRI G4 Guidelines (G4) – the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting disclosures. The new GRI Standards definitively replace G4, which will be phased out by 1 July 2018. The Singapore launch event is timely, given that the Singapore Exchange (SGX) has adopted a policy that will require listed companies to either disclose sustainability information, or explain why they are not doing so. This ‘comply-or-explain’ framework will be effective on, or after 31 December 2017; depending on the companies’ financial year cycles.

    “The GRI Standards make it easier for companies to report non-financial information, by using a shared, well-understood language,” said GRI Interim Chief Executive Eric Hespenheide. “The GRI Standards are more straightforward, thereby making them accessible to potentially millions of businesses worldwide. Sustainability reporting through the GRI Standards is the best way for companies to disclose economic, environmental and social impacts, thus providing insights into its contributions – positive or negative – toward sustainable development.”

    Ms Neo said, “As the first GRI GOLD Community Member from the document management and solutions sector, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific is proud to lead this peer-to-peer driven interactive platform, to foster a community of sustainable businesses.” GRI Gold Community Members are the core players shaping the future of sustainability reporting.

    “Fuji Xerox sees corporate social responsibility as synonymous with corporate management,” Ms Neo added. “We believe that sustainability must be at the core of the business, in order for economies to thrive and businesses to succeed. Such thinking shapes the values and culture of the company as we continue to develop innovative solutions that foster sustainable economic growth.”

    The Singapore launch will feature a panel session entitled ‘Sustainability Standards and Non-Financial Information: Improving Business Decisions.’ Panelist include: Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific; Yeo Lian Sim, Special Advisor, SGX; Yvonne Chan, Director of Corporate Development, Maritime Port of Authority Singapore; and Wilson Ang, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Singapore. The session will offer a wealth of useful information on the SGX’s sustainability disclosure requirements for listed companies and explore Singapore’s current reporting landscape. The panel will also cover other topics, including the future of sustainability reporting, how sustainability initiatives can relate to corporate strategy, and how sustainability data can empower companies to make better business decisions.

    Fuji Xerox is focused on providing strategies and solutions for its customers that guarantee accurate energy reporting and monitoring, while featuring visibility data into any specific areas of high-consumption, which may then be analyzed for potential cost reductions. Additionally, features such as digitized paper documents, secure print release policy, Print-on-Demand, and configurable device power settings are able to further increase overall energy-efficiency rates, which ultimately leads to reduced impact on cost and the environment.

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    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. More information of Fuji Xerox is available at www.fujixerox.com.

    About Fuji Xerox Singapore:

    Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd is a leading provider and trusted partner for quality document services and communications, enabling people and businesses to share knowledge across all platforms seamlessly. Established in 1965, Fuji Xerox Singapore employs approximately 900 staff, including a team of industry leading professionals who support our portfolio of document management technologies, IT solutions, and customer communication services. Fuji Xerox Singapore offers a holistic ecosystem of products and solutions to enable businesses to achieve increased productivity and efficiency while deriving greater value from communications. This includes world-class office multifunction devices, cloud and mobile solutions, multichannel marketing solutions, and business process management solutions.

    At Fuji Xerox Singapore, our commitment to being a long-term investor of the community in which we operate is underpinned by the principle of ‘Enable and Empower’, focusing on youths in Singapore. Fuji Xerox Singapore is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Xerox (Japan), a joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation (75%) and Xerox Corporation of the USA (25%). To learn more about Fuji Xerox Singapore’s commitment to innovation, customer service and sustainability, please visit http://www.fujixerox.com.sg/.

    About Fuji Xerox’s Commitment to Sustainability
    Fuji Xerox published its first Group sustainability report in 2003, following GRI guidelines. Sustainability is integral to Fuji Xerox’s business growth strategy. The company’s global sustainability commitment is to reduce its regional carbon footprint across its value chain by 30 percent by 2020 and to lead its customers, partners and suppliers on sustainability issues.

    Fuji Xerox has implemented an integrated resource recycling system to reuse separate parts of an existing machine across the document management and printing ecosystem, and provides leadership to the Asia Pacific business community by engaging its customers on what sustainability and reduced carbon footprint means. Fuji Xerox became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact in 2002 and was nominated a UN Global Compact LEAD company (there are only 43 such companies throughout the world) in 2010 in recognition of the commitment of Fuji Xerox’s top management to implement corporate sustainability practice, and inspire the uptake of sustainability solutions among businesses around the world.

    About GRI
    GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.
    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.

    Press Contacts:

    May Pay
    Manager, Corporate Communications & Marketing, Fuji Xerox Singapore
    May.Pay@sgp.fujixerox.com
    +65 6761 1801

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    TAIPEI --(ASIA TODAY)-- In the morning of December 1, 2016, from 9.30-12.20, the lavish Eslite Spectrum Performance Hall in Taipei’s historic Songshan Cultural and Creative Park played host to the always eagerly anticipated Golden Pin Design Award Forum, held as a precursor to that same day’s Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Best Design Ceremony.

    The 2016 edition of the free yearly speaker series, which this year is co-organized on behalf of the Golden Pin Design Award by Commonwealth Magazine and the Taiwan Design Center, once again brought the thoughts of design world luminaries to the Taiwanese public, including Oki Sato, founder of famed Japanese design firm Nendo; Arthur Huang, Founder of Taiwan based, environmentally conscious studio MINIWIZ; Javin Mo, Founder of experimental Hong Kong design studio Milkxhake; and Mårten Claesson of multidisciplinary Swedish design studio, Claesson Koivisto Rune.

    Each year since 2014, the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Forum, which is held with the aim of deepening discussion and public understanding around the concept of huaren design, has preceded the Golden Pin Design Award ceremony where the Best Design winners in two of the yearly awards–the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award–are announced. The 2016 event opened with the four speakers talking on the influences of their respective cultures and experiences on their design practice.

    Gathered audience members were awed by a rare on-stage presentation by Oki Sato, who was also Jury Chair for the Golden Pin Design Award Final Selection in 2016. Sato rarely speaks in public; “The next time I speak will be during the Olympic Games [in Tokyo],” he humorously yet frankly announced when opening yesterday’s talk. He went on to introduce his very first project–a French restaurant located next to a city canal in Japan, which he covered entirely, inside and out, with 500 meters of canvas–noting that it was after this assignment that “for the first time in my career, this question popped into my mind… What is design?”

    Fifteen years later and he finally feels he has the answer to that question. Design, as the title of his presentation suggests, is made up of “small ! moments.” These can be found by looking at a problem, an object, a design commission from different perspectives. Taking a red chair as an analogy, he demonstrated numerous ways in which you could make a white chair appear to be, or “feel”, red: project red light onto it, place a red film in front of it, view it through a pair of red glasses… “Design can be just a minor change in life, some minor tweaking in life, to come up with a new form, a new kind of representation,” he said. “I think maybe this is what design is.”

    Miniwiz is a Taipei based, globally operating design and technology development firm that focuses on finding ways to re-engineer the copious amounts of waste we create on a daily basis into new materials and material production systems for use in clothing and wearables, buildings, and even in the aviation industry. Arthur Huang, who founded the company in 2005, followed Oki Sato onto the stage yesterday and spoke in very practical terms about the value of waste up-cycling for designers: “If we’re solving a valuable problem, then we will have clients.” For Huang, the value of having an environmentally conscious mindset toward design and materials production is not just good for the future of the planet, it is also economically viable.

    Third on stage was Javin Mo, founder of a small but mighty mobile studio called Milkxhake, who talked about his cross-cultural upbringing as a bilingual speaker in the once British-ruled Hong Kong and how that has influenced his graphic design work. “Creative design can be really casual in our daily lives, and it [my upbringing] has had a big impact on my work,” he said. Focusing on his time as creative director, editor, and marketer for Design 360°, a Guangzhou based bilingual design magazine, he discussed the evolution of the magazine from an internationally focused, China based publication to the most recent iteration: a magazine with its roots firmly grounded in Chinese culture. “360° has a unique position: to bring Eastern and Western design together,” he concluded.

    Mårten Claesson, Co-founder of Claesson Koivisto Rune and Jury Member for Final Selection in the 2016 editions of the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, was the final speaker to grace the forum stage yesterday. He candidly noted that he does not “really see that there is any clear direction” in the work of the design group to which he belongs, but he invited the audience members to see if they could find their own “red thread” as he moved through his presentation. Indeed, as showcased a selection of projects–from furniture to houses to jewelry–it initially seemed to be a somewhat disconnected portfolio. But it as it turned out, the kinship was clear all along in the title of his segment, “Simple, but Not Simplistic”, which, as Claesson pointed out while on stage, translates to letting just one idea prevail.

    Rounding up the morning event was a panel discussion moderated by Shikuan Chen, Vice President of Experience Design at Taiwan-based Compal Electronics Inc. and Golden Pin 2016 Jury Member. Titled “Ethnic Chinese & Perspective”, Chen opened the discussion by reiterating the value of the Golden Pin Design Award in Chinese-speaking, or huaren, communities: “I think the basic premise of design is communication. Designers provide these artifacts with a way to communicate with the people who use them. If I wanted to venture out into any other country in the world, I would need to speak the lingua franca. The same rule applies to design.” Other topics covered during the discussion included embracing, rejecting or accepting cultural background in design; tips and methodologies for finding inspiration; and, in response to an audience question directed at Arthur Huang, the costs associated with producing new materials from waste.

    The Golden Pin award group–which is composed of the more than three decades old Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, and the Young Pin Design Award–is the only competition in the world that celebrates designs created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, or designs that take inspiration from huaren philosophy and culture.

    The Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Ceremony also took place yesterday, with Best Design winners being named in two awards: the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award. Designers and enthusiasts interested in experiencing products and projects that are at the forefront of the huaren design movement should head to the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Winners’ Exhibition, which is on at the Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei until April 23, 2017.

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