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    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum, Taiwan's leading tradeshow, features manufacturing technologies and comprehensive solutions in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture and livestock. Themed as "innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable," the 3rd edition of Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum will be launched at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, 2019 and co-located with Aquaculture Taiwan & Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum. The organiser UBM Taiwan targets manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers dealing with smart agriculture, recirculating aquaculture system and circular bio-economy from around the world.

    "The 2018 edition enlisted 210 exhibitors and 400 booths to attract more than 14,000 visitors from 34 countries. Compared to the previous year, the growth rate for visitors increased 20 percent," said Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan. Based upon the post-show report 2018, the top three visiting purposes are collecting market information, looking for new products and networking with suppliers; while the top primary requested products are devices with IoT technology, automatic equipment and biogas facilities. Smart, precision agriculture and renewable technology are undoubtedly the industrial trends that Asia-Pacific buyers are looking at.

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), the Asia-Pacific is suggested to focus on protecting agriculture from climate change. At present, Taiwan is well-performing and has had breakthrough results in embedding IoT and biological technology into agricultural practices. This has accelerated agricultural development and has drawn attention from ASEAN buyers. UBM Asia has therefore decided to develop a spin-off of the agricultural tradeshow in Shanghai debuting in 2019. Ms. Liu believes that the agritech exhibition will be spread to more countries in the near future. "I'm glad to see more innovative technology carried forward, so that the integration of agricultural resources can be more achievable," remarked Sabine Liu.

    UBM Taiwan is now recruiting vendors from around the world. There are currently more than 40 brand companies returning for Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum 2019 and 1,200 sqm has been taken. Companies that have confirmed participation are SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, InterHeat, JK Lighting, Hunan Green Solutions, Nabel, IDAH, Bühler from Denmark, Malaysia, Turkey, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore and more.

    Launched concurrently with Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan, the 3rd edition of Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum is supported by the Council of Agriculture, the official authority based in Taipei. The grand three-day exhibition contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes. UBM Taiwan expects to recruit advanced products to provide a better solution for food safety, food crises, and animal diseases.

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    7 January 2019 − The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The three fairs, which run concurrently from 7-10 Jan, feature some 3,000 global exhibitors and showcase a broad selection of innovative products. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), officiated at the opening ceremony this morning and delivered the opening remarks.

    The current Sino-United States trade friction has brought about uncertainty in the global economy. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Margaret Fong said: “Although the latest developments in the negotiations between the United States and Mainland China indicate that a settlement in the trade dispute is now more likely, we can still expect to see a slowdown in the growth of toy product exports in the coming year, even as the global economy continues to grow. The HKTDC will step up its efforts to support the industry in developing more diverse businesses and exploring new markets, as well as allocating resources to invite buyers from emerging markets such as ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], India and the Middle East to participate in our trade fairs.”

    Ms Fong noted that the HKTDC has organised around 125 buying missions from 65 countries and regions, comprising more than 9,200 buyers from more than 6,200 companies, to source at the three fairs.

    Smart and Educational Toys in Trend at Asia’s Largest Toys & Games Fair

    The 45th edition of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, making it the largest event of its kind in Asia, and the second-largest in the world. Six group pavilions, including Mainland China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as the “World of Toys” pavilion, featuring mainly European exhibitors, are showcasing the latest toys and games from around the world. A fair highlight, the Brand Name Gallery features about 240 renowned brands, including 4M, Hape, Ming the Minibus, Soap Studio, STEM University and Welly.

    The Smart-Tech Toys zone gathers a variety of toys and games that incorporate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), as well as those compatible with mobile apps. As educational toys exploring children’s potential continue to gain in popularity, a STREAM Toys Product Display highlighting toys related to science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and mathematics has been set up at the fair. Other thematic zones include Pet Toys, Fireworks and Kidult World – the latter showcasing toys for grown-ups such as hobby goods, magic items, action and war game items, as well as models and figurines.

    Toys Industry Conference Unveils Market Trends

    The Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference 2019 will be held tomorrow (8 Jan) to explore ways to build a bright future for the global toy sector, with industry experts including a Euromonitor analyst, a toy industry consultant and publisher from the US and a leading Hong Kong toy manufacturer coming together to examine development trends in the global market and opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Other seminars include “Smart-Tech & DIY Toys – What’s New?”, “Toy Safety & Regulations Updates”, “Toys Compliance, Testing & Certification”, “Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends” and “Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success”, featuring representatives from Guru Online and Madcradle Online.

    Concurrent Baby Products and Stationery Fairs

    The 10th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair has attracted more than 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, including those featured at pavilions from Korea, Singapore and the Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association. The debut Maternity Products zone presents a variety of pre- and post-natal essentials for mothers, while the Baby Tech zone showcases high-tech smart products. The Brand Name Gallery presents close to 50 well-known quality brands. The winning products of the Hong Kong Toys and Baby Products Awards 2019 can be viewed at the Halls 3F-G Concourse during the fairs showcasing creative designs to international buyers.

    Organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this year’s Hong Kong International Stationery Fair welcomes more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as first-time exhibitors from Australia and Malaysia. The fair is once again organised into five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office, for an easy-to-navigate sourcing environment. The “One Moment in Time” display at the entrance of Hall 5B showcases a variety of stationery that people use in different stages of life.

    The three fairs are held concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show (7-9 Jan) to provide a one-stop sourcing platform for buyers, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities. The fairs also continue to feature the hktdc.com Small Orders zone with its online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com), and on-site business-matching service to facilitate business partnerships and sourcing.

    Media Enquiries:
    Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

    Natalie Wong Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org
    Iris Chow Tel: (852) 2584 4395 Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org

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    Madrid, 3 January 2018. The countdown for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid has begun in earnest, with the 69th event taking place at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid (Hall 14.1) and at other locations in the city from January 24 to 29. Less than a month after its celebration, the details of the latest of these IFEMA-organised event, y, have been finalised. Once again, the main aim is to promote and support talent and the Spanish fashion industry.

    For six days, this new event, the biggest international reference point for Spanish design, will welcome the presentation of proposals from the most outstanding and trending creators, both the well-established and the new. January 24 will be dedicated to Samsung EGO’s young design, while from the 25th to the 29th, the programme for well-established creators will be held. The full programme of catwalks at the new MBFWMadrid edition, as well as its interesting off-site programme, will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the presentations of collections, the event programme will include other activities which will further enrich the concept of fashion from different perspectives.

    In January and July 2019
    For 2019, MBFWMadrid will maintain the same calendar schedule – January and July – which it introduced in 2018, bringing forward its usual dates within its strategy of internationalisation to avoid any coincidences with other international catwalk events and ensuring that more buyers and foreign press to attend.

    About twenty buyers and fifteen international journalists from different parts of the world who are interested in getting up-close to find out about the Spanish creators’ collections have already confirmed their attendance in January 2019.
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    Once again, the next edition of MBFWMadrid will receive significant support from the sponsoring brands. So far, 21 leading firms have confirmed their support for this year's event. Mercedes-Benz, L'Oréal Paris and Inditex are the main sponsors; Samsung, Dyson, Iberia, Royal Bliss, Cîroc, Font Vella and G.H.Mumm, sponsors, while Only YOU Hotels, Santander Bank, Silestone by Cosentino, Kaiku Caffe Latte, ESNE, Spanish Fur Association, 21 Buttons and GPS Radar are partners. Also present will be Anaconda, IED Madrid, Xyon Revolution – which will supply the shoes for the team of catwalk stewards and stewardesses – and the Rey Juan Carlos University. Fashion TV will also once again be the international television channel that will be covering the event.

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    WUHAN, China, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- "Meet in Wuhan", the online campaign launched by the Wuhan Tourism Development Committee on international social media, came to a successful end on December 25. The campaign offered overseas audiences a glimpse into Wuhan's diverse tourism attractions and cultural heritage through a series of intriguing stories presented with 3D animation techniques, setting a perfect example in marketing a Chinese tourist city to an overseas audience.

    The campaign encouraged overseas social media users to participate in a "story domino" activity by writing and sharing stories about the city of Wuhan. Those selected were reproduced in 3D animations and posted on the social media account @Visit Wuhan. The campaign was soon met with a warm response from users across the world. The "Meet in Wuhan" animated videos eventually garnered a cumulative viewership of over 7 million on Facebook and sparked wide attention on Twitter, as well as other international social media platforms.

    Based on the original stories users contributed, the Wuhan Tourism Development Committee produced videos featuring a range of Wuhan's tourist attractions, including the Yellow Crane Tower, East Lake, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Wuhan University, Guiyuan Temple and Happy Valley Wuhan. By engaging social media users in the activity and interacting with them, the campaign increased the popularity of Wuhan's social media accounts and boosted the overseas influence and awareness of Wuhan as a major Chinese tourist city.

    The "Meet in Wuhan" online campaign, which has been a huge success, presented Wuhan to global audiences as a diverse, inclusive and international city blessed with beautiful landscapes. It's also one of Wuhan's attempts to live up to its reputation as one of China's first tourist cities to "go global." In the future, Wuhan will try to design more exemplary marketing campaigns, with greater openness and flexibility to attract a larger number of foreign tourists to explore the city's stunning scenery.

    Source: Wuhan Tourism Development Committee

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    Record Attendance as Hong Kong Creativity Goes on Show

    HONG KONG, Jan 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 17th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show, the world's second-largest and Asia's largest event of its kind, drew to a successful close today. The three-day fair (7-9 Jan) attracted a record attendance of more than 23,000 visitors from about 100 countries and regions. The event ran concurrently with the eighth Asian Licensing Conference (7-8 Jan), featuring some 30 speakers from renowned brands and global licensing experts.

    Rapid Market Growth Drives Industry Forward

    Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday, HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said the shifting economics of global manufacturing have created challenges for industry players, with issues such as increasing protectionism and the transition to e-tailing leading many businesses to begin exploring licensing opportunities in a bid to move up the value chain.

    Ms Fong noted that the licensing industry has been showing an upward trend, with global sales of licensed products reaching US$271 billion in 2017, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year. The regional story was even more impressive, with sales growing by 5.8% to US$31.6 billion and accounting for 11.6% of the world total. She added that the Mainland China market showed an increase of 10.3%, topping the world growth chart and continuing to be a significant driver of the global licensing industry.

    Conference Unveils New Esports and Content Licensing Opportunities

    Nancy Jiang, General Manager, Licensing, iQIYI, said: "iQIYI started business running an online video platform. We widened our business scope to develop our own content properties and build our own licensing business out of them. Our flagship competition show - The Rap of China - features the street culture of Mainland China. It has become a cultural icon of the country and the IP is generating licensing revenue for iQIYI."

    Jai Wu, Head of LPL Merchandise & Licensing, Riot Games China, explained that Mainland China is now the largest esports market globally - and still rising. The mainland had 250 million esports users in 2018, after esports revenue totalled US$760 million in 2017. "We have launched a wide variety of licensing programmes, including comics, novels and a reality TV show. We are developing our esports business through cross-platform and cross-sector cooperation," said Mr Wu.

    DTR (Direct-to-Retail) Talk Connects Exhibitors to Retailers

    The DTR (Direct-to-Retail) Talk sessions, where successful retailers in Asia shared their IP sourcing needs and requirements for licensing cooperation, debuted at this year's conference. Amanda Yuen, Senior Manager Marketing Department Hanshin Department Store Co. Ltd, said: "Online shopping is growing fast, and in order to bring online consumers back to offline, we run activities every festive season, and cooperation with licensed characters is an effective strategy. In the past, licensing cooperation was usually led by brand owners and retailers had little say. By joining the Hong Kong International Licensing Show, we can assume a proactive role in finding partners and we have identified an interesting Hong Kong character brand for further discussion."

    European Brands Come to Tap Asian Markets

    First-time exhibitor MotoGP's Licensing Director of Commercial Department, Phaedra Haramis, said: "Licensing has helped transform our event IP into a lifestyle brand, which is more sustainable. MotoGP events are staged in different parts of the world, with a strong presence Europe, Japan and Thailand. This is my first time to take part in the show and I feel excited that it opens the door to huge licensing opportunities. Through the business-matching service, I am glad to be lined up with apparel manufacturers from Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam."

    Another debut exhibitor at the European Lifestyle Brand Forum, Chupa Chups, is a Spanish candy brand with 60 years' history. Licensing Area Manager Marta Ballesteros Codina said: "We have actively developed a cross-border licensing business for promoting the fun and playful image of Chupa Chups. Results at the show are very encouraging. We have located apparel manufacturers from Australia and Mainland China to further exploring collaboration."

    Local Creative Talents Expand Business Network

    "Amid strong competition, forming partnerships through licensing is the key to grow any business," said Victor Lam, Managing Director of Hong Kong exhibitor Active Works Company Limited. "We met with a Korean artist-cum-brand owner who was attracted to our cute Puzzle Bear IP through the show's business-matching service. As both parties have our own IPs and strong licensing and marketing teams, we could launch brand cooperation across regions. We have already had several rounds of negotiation."

    Ellen Mok, Director of MiQi which exhibited in the inaugural DLAB Hong Kong Pavilion, said: "Our brand has collaborated with some big names to roll out jewellery and chocolate collections. Through the business-matching meeting, we were paired up with an Indonesian company which would like to engage our training services, while buyers from Singapore and Malaysia are looking to become our agency in Southeast Asia."

    Concurrent Event Enriches Licensing Show

    The Asian Licensing Conference ran concurrently with the Licensing Show, giving insights into the latest industry trends, including the fast-growing Asia and Mainland China markets, content licensing, esports, and legal and operational tactics. The event attracted more than 1,300 attendees from around the world.

    Hong Kong International Licensing Show website: www.hktdc.com/fair/hklicensingshow-en
    Asian Licensing Conference website: www.hktdc.com/fair/alc-en

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Coco Yuen, Tel: +852 2584 4145, Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org
    Christine Kam, Tel: +852 2584 4514, Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    Seoul, January 10, 2019 — On December 28, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented the ‘Best Partnership’ award to The Asia Foundation for the Women’s Business Center and Incubator Project in Mongolia. KOICA President Mi-kyung Lee delivered the letter of appreciation to Kwang Kim, country representative of The Asia Foundation in Korea.

    The Women’s Business Center project, a successful public-private partnership program, began in 2016. Since it opened in Ulaanbaatar in 2016, Mongolia’s first-ever Women’s Business Center has trained over 5,000 women and developed a regular client base of 2,000 entrepreneurs. The center supports a growing number of women business owners by providing high-quality business support services and an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs.

    As the most active network of women entrepreneurs in Ulaanbaatar, the center is helping to create a vigorous ecosystem of Mongolian women entrepreneurs. Watch a short film featuring one of 28 graduates of the Women’s Business Center.

    Currently, The Asia Foundation is expanding support for Mongolian women entrepreneurs by implementing a follow-up project through Inclusive Business Solution in partnership with Korean ICT company, ‘Solutek’.

    The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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    Beijing, 11 January 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi), China’s choice sourcing platform for the global personal care industry, will return to the Guangzhou Poly World Trade Center from 26 – 28 February 2019 for its 12th edition. Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions (RSE) expects to welcome more than 25,000 trade professionals from around the world to the definitive trade event to discover the latest ingredients and breakthrough technologies, learn from prominent industry experts, and to uncover new partnerships during the three-day event.

    PCHi 2019 is set to be the largest edition ever — occupying a total exhibiting area of 40,000 sqm, a 25% increase over the previous edition. With China fast on the heels of the U.S. in becoming the world’s largest market for cosmetics[1], the annual PCHi event is of undeniable importance for businesses looking to enter the Chinese market.

    Industry Trends Take Center Stage

    Its sheer size aside, the Chinese personal care market is noteworthy for other reasons. For one, the Chinese culture presents opportunities for new product innovations, and several consumer-driven trends are unique to the market.

    PCHi 2019 will prominently feature three major trends on the exhibition floor and in the education program. These hot topics that are currently making a big impact across the country include:

    • Urbanization and increasingly digitalized lifestyles have brought about burgeoning concerns over the effects of pollution and blue light on the human body, pushing consumers to demand solutions that help them cope with these damaging effects that the modern lifestyle and its related problems have on their hair, skin, and health in general.

    • The demand for natural beauty products continues to grow as consumers become more concerned about the use of chemicals on their bodies and would rather reduce exposure or avoid them altogether. The same is observed in China but with a distinctive influence of TCM and indigenous botanicals on natural products.

    • ‘轻医美’ (Qing Yi Mei) — loosely translated as ‘light medical beauty’ procedures — is a concept that broadly refers to non-surgical, medical methods that supplement traditional surgical procedures to achieve greater results. Increasingly popular in China and within Chinese communities elsewhere in the world, these Qing Yi Mei services sit somewhere between a plastic surgeon’s practice and a regular beauty salon in terms of level of invasiveness.

    Peter LIU, PCHi Project Manager, said “As the first trade event of each calendar year for the global cosmetics industry in China, PCHi strives to facilitate the exchange of valuable industrial knowledge and offer opportunities to uncover predictive market development trends for trade professionals, regardless of their functional roles. We have worked hard to develop a robust event agenda to inspire the next wave of innovative personal care products for the industry.”

    Revitalized Learning Experience

    PCHi’s key focus on technology and innovation has cemented its reputation for the invaluable learning opportunities throughout the agenda-packed event. Attendees interested in learning more about the latest technologies, trends, and rules and regulations can do so at the PCHi Annual Industry Conference 2019 — which will present a comprehensive range of topics in a brand-new format comprising a mix of keynote and break-out sessions.

    For the first time, PCHi attendees can enjoy free access to specially curated keynote presentations in a series titled ‘PCHi Conference Plenary Talks: Trend-driven Innovations for a Smart Future’. These sessions are designed to provide attendees with an overview of the global personal care market trends and latest formulation technology, covering a broad range of highly sought-after conference topics. Held on 26 February and delivered in two languages[2] (simultaneous translation), the Plenary Talks will feature some of the world’s most authoritative marketing trends analysts, industry experts, and formulators.

    Complementing the Plenary Talks are individual Break-out Sessions that allow delegates to delve deeper into separate, elective conference tracks, such as:

    1. Cosmetics Formulation
    2. Cosmetics Efficacy Evaluation and Testing Technology
    3. Dermo-cosmetics Clinical Research & Skin Care Products Foundation
    4. Rules & Regulations
    5. Market Trends
    6. TCM Influences and Innovations in Cosmetics

    For more information about the PCHi Annual Industry Conference 2019, visit www.pchi-china.com/en/Conference/PCHi-Conference-Preview. Early-bird pricing and bulk discounts are available through 18 January 2019. Industry professionals who are keen to secure tickets for the conference may contact Ms. Serena Liu at yujia.liu@reedsinopharm.com.

    In addition to the conference, there will be a host of other free-to-attend sessions under the education program, including the PCHi x Exhibitor Talks and New Technology Sessions. These come as RSE responds to growing industry demand for more learning platforms at trade events, where attendees seek out the latest market trends and novel technology offerings to help shape their business activities for the year.

    The PCHi x Exhibitor Talks will grant visitors greater opportunities to learn more from participating exhibitors. These complimentary sessions hosted by select exhibitors will discuss hot industry topics and shed light on their latest innovations with visitors in an intimate setting.

    Various exhibiting companies will also be sharing more about their latest ingredients and ground-breaking solutions with the industry at the New Technology Sessions, held in 2 venues on the show floor.

    Visitors can also look forward to exploring the new Virtual Reality (VR) Zone, jointly put up by Symrise Shanghai Ltd and Shaanxi Sciphar Natural Products Co., Ltd., within a designated rest area. This new show feature will allow visitors to gain insights into these companies’ manufacturing processes and experience the innovative applications of VR in the personal care industry.

    Choice Sourcing Platform

    To provide an enhanced and fuss-free business networking experience at PCHi, RSE is rolling out another fresh initiative that will help bridge connections between international visitors and Chinese companies. Domestic suppliers who are ready to export their products will prominently indicate this on their booths with the brand-new ‘We Export!’ signs. This enables visitors to make swift decisions on whether to engage in further conversations, saving precious time as they navigate the exhibition.

    On the technological innovation front, exhibitors are again using PCHi as the choice platform to introduce their latest offerings to the market. There will be numerous global and Asia launches at PCHi this year — including a biofunctional ingredient that combats the effects of oxidative stress, a series of ice cream color pastes, a natural active ingredient for cell protection, an active ingredient with antioxidant and anti-aging properties, and various natural extracts with specific applications. Visitors can check out the New Products Showcase to quickly zoom in on their search, or look out for New Launch signs on exhibitors’ booths as they explore the show floor.

    Industry professionals planning to attend PCHi 2019 are encouraged to pre-register before 22 February at www.pchi-china.com/en/visitors/visitor-register.

    For more information, please visit www.pchi-china.com/en, or connect with PCHi on social media.

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    Jan 11, 2019 (China Knowledge) - U.S. gaming giants Blizzard Entertainment will be extending its partnership with Chinese game publisher NetEase after 11 years.

    Under the partnership, NetEase will keep publishing rights for Blizzard’s game titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch in China till January 2023.

    NetEase which is based in Beijing brought the first Blizzard game StarCraft 2 to China back in 2008 together with the latter’s Battle.net gaming platform and has played a profound role in popularizing the company’s games in China.

    The extension of the partnership comes as China lifts a 9-month long suspension of new game titles in the country last December. Just this week, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television released its second list of approvals consisting of 84 new games.

    This is the second list the Chinese regulator has released in 2 weeks. However, China’s gaming giants Tencent and NetEase have yet to wait for their gaming titles to be approved.

    Despite this, the new approvals are a boon to the country’s gaming industry which has seen growth stalled for most of last year following the halt of new game approvals and is good news for Chinese gaming companies.

    Titles from companies such as Tencent and NetEase will likely come in the near future as regulators review games in order of submission.

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    The Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) conducted the world’s first multi-specialty clinical trial using the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System”. More than 60 patients underwent single port robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) as part of this trial and demonstrated that multiple procedures could be performed through a single entry site. The novel system allows surgeons to reach deep spaces previously difficult to reach, like the nasopharynx and the hypopharynx, to carry out delicate procedures with precision.

    The clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use and the development for wider applications in multiple specialties. The success showcases that the clinical standard of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK is recognised internationally and supported by a solid cross-disciplinary working team, comprising of multi-specialty surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, who collaborated closely and effectively to perform and complete the clinical trial. It also reinforces the status of the Faculty as global research hub and training ground for MIS.

    All instruments are incorporated in a single robotic arm that operates through a 2.5 cm cannula

    MIS was introduced to the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK in June 1990. The aim of this surgical technology is to minimise the size of incisions, reduce trauma and pain suffered by patients, enable faster recovery and lower the risk of infection. It has become more commonly practised and advanced in Hong Kong and can be applied to the removal of gallstones, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, adrenal gland and even hepatectomy. In 2005, minimally invasive robotic surgery was introduced in the Faculty. The multiport robotic-assisted system consists of 4 arms which are used to control the surgical instruments and the endoscopic camera that are placed in the surgical field via 4 pencil-sized “keyhole” incisions.

    With the advancement of design and technology, the next generation of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system only needs a single entry site for 3 instruments and a high-definition (HD) 3D camera operated through an incision or a natural orifice which enables the 2.5 cm system cannula to go through. The instruments can reach up to 24 cm and the robotic boom can rotate 360 degrees. Trained surgeons can control the instruments at the distal tip and view the superior HD 3D image of the operating field through the endoscope via the console. These features enable surgeons to perform complicated procedures with precision in narrow workspaces.

    World’s first multi-specialty clinical trial proved the novel system is safe and feasible in performing MIS particularly through natural orifices

    The Faculty of Medicine at CUHK conducted a clinical trial from 2016 to 2017 on the feasibility and safety of the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System” in three different surgical specialties, including Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT); Urology, and Colorectal Surgery. There were no device-assisted or serious adverse events in any cases. Details are as follows:

     

     

    Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT)

    Urology

    Colorectal Surgery

    No. of cases undergoing single-port robot assisted surgery

    21

    20

    22

    Dr. Jason Ying Kuen CHAN, Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, stated, “Taking transoral robotic surgery as an example, the robotic arm of the new system allows truly minimally invasive access to previously more difficult to access sites including the nasopharynx, larynx and hypopharynx. The system makes it possible for the surgeon to better dissect critical neurovascular structures with the instruments and camera in a working space that is roughly the size of a tennis ball. We believe the advance in the technology offers a platform from which surgeons can develop novel approaches to handling cases, with minimal invasiveness, to facilitate patient recovery and minimise morbidity.”

    For Urology and Colorectal Surgery, the low external profile of this new robotic platform and the possibility of deployment through a single access site can facilitate single port transabdominal surgery such as prostatectomy and colectomy, and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) such as transanal robotic surgery. By minimising the number of external abdominal incisions, single port surgery and NOTES can theoretically reduce patient trauma, enhance recovery, and improve cosmesis. With natural orifice access (transoral and transanal), there may be no external incisions for some patients.

    Professor Simon Siu Man NG, Professor from the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, added, “Our Faculty was selected to conduct this clinical trial showcases that we are recognised globally as the pioneer in developing MIS. Our credible clinical team, involving surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses, are experienced in minimally invasive robotic surgical systems. This helps lay a strong and solid cross-disciplinary working structure to perform world-class clinical trials for the further development of robot-assisted MIS.”

    CUHK committed to enhancing medical technology and aims to be the global MIS training ground and research hub

    In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been committed to promoting innovation and technology (I&T). These extremely exciting developments include the establishment of I&T clusters on healthcare technologies, artificial intelligence and robotic technologies. In view of the potential of I&T development, CUHK has been actively involved in this process of driving innovation in medical technology through close collaborations among clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs which develops new concepts and inventions in medical technology of which medical robotics is a key element.

    Professor Philip Wai Yan CHIU, Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre (MISSC), hopes the success in the clinical trial will not only enhance and drive the development of medical engineering research, but also help the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical application in Hong Kong. Professor CHIU stated, “Our clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use. Certainly the system has a lot of potential applications in other specialties and more patients can benefit from the broader use of this robotic system.”

    To train Hong Kong, mainland and regional surgeons in the robotic system and keep them up-to-date with the other current minimally invasive surgical techniques, MISSC has been upgrading its facilities. For example, it has upgraded the system for robotic training to the currently most advanced model in clinical applications.

    Professor Anthony Chi Fai NG, Professor from the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, as well as the Robotic Surgery Training Course Director at MISSC, said, “We hope that through the advances in minimally invasive surgery facilities, we can provide an ideal training setting for medical professionals in Hong Kong and neighbouring areas, and become a minimally invasive surgery training ground and research hub in the Asia-Pacific region and at the international level.”

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    Muscat, Oman, 14 January 2019—Omanexpo, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer, has recently welcomed Andy White as its new general manager. This new milestone bolsters the pioneer company’s steadfast commitment to establish its presence and status more firmly as an emerging regional and global key player in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry.

    Mr. White is a seasoned professional in the exhibitions industry, having started his exhibitions career in 1992 with Blenheim Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, organizing events in the furniture and interiors sectors. Soon after giant organizer UBM acquired Blenheim Exhibitions, he went on to hold several senior positions across the construction and interior divisions.

    Following his 10-year tenure at UBM, he joined Clarion Events where he launched several events in the financial services market, playing a vital role in the private equity financed buyout of Clarion Events from Earls Court & Olympia in 2004.

    He was thrust into tougher environments when he took over the senior vice president reins of the construction division of DMG Events, where, over a 10-year period, he led the team that grew the division from one event, The BIG 5 Dubai, to over 16 events across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    Mr. White is looking to build Omanexpo’s long-term growth and sustainability, continuously enhance its business processes, structures, systems and resources on the back of aggressive efforts to steadily expand its event portfolio, locally and internationally.

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    His short-term plans center on attracting more international exhibitors, broadening strategic agent networks, and delivering outstanding value for customers.

    “On the home market, attracting key buyers through improved services and marketing and guaranteeing return on investment (ROI) for our exhibitors and visitors are crucial at this time. This is Omanexpo’s priority initiative as we move forward into an increasingly competitive and dynamic exhibition market and industry,” Mr. White remarks.

    Omanexpo stands as the leading event organizer in Oman. It is recognized as a professional company that organizes world-class events and major international exhibitions, which have rightfully earned their place in their respective industries.

    Through the years, it has slowly but surely established a respectable status in the market, locally, regionally and internationally. It currently has 12 active events in its portfolio.

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    Nuremberg, January 7, 2019 - The global market for technical consumer goods (TCG) exceeded the one-trillion mark for the first time in 2018 with sales of €1.01 trillion*. This is a four percent increase on the previous year. The product segments of telecommunications (+7 percent), small domestic appliances (+7 percent), consumer electronics/photo (+6 percent), and information technology/office equipment (+1 percent) all contributed to this growth in sales. Global sales from major domestic appliances, on the other hand, fell slightly by one percent.

    For 2019, GfK is expecting a two percent increase in technical consumer goods sales on the global market to around €1.03 trillion*. These are GfK's current results on the occasion of the CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

    With a sales share of 42 percent, Asia-Pacific continued to defend its position on the technical consumer goods market in 2018 as well. A further 25 percent of sales was achieved in Europe, around 20 percent in North America, seven percent in Latin America, and six percent in Middle East/Turkey/Africa.

    Markus Kick, GfK expert on technical consumer goods, explains, "Globally, technical consumer goods achieved sales of more than €1 trillion for the first time in 2018. This is a real milestone for trade and industry. The areas of telecommunications, small domestic appliances and consumer electronics proved to be the biggest drivers of sales. We are seeing a trend toward premium products in almost all segments. Consumers are also placing ever more value on connectivity and convenience. Based on this trend, GfK is also expecting solid sales growth in 2019 with an increase of two percent."

    Telecommunications: Trend toward premium devices supports developments in sales

    With a sales share of 44 percent and a volume of around €440 billion*, telecommunications is the biggest segment among technical consumer goods in 2018. Consumers now increasingly go for premium products, especially in the smartphone segment, which has enabled global sales to rise by a further seven percent. However, the market is stagnating in terms of quantities sold.

    Notwithstanding Latin America (-5 percent), sales in 2018 increased worldwide, especially in Europe (+14 percent) and North America (+12 percent). However, GfK is not expecting to see any further growth in sales in 2019, but rather stable development at the same level as the previous year.

    Major domestic appliances: Sales expected to increase again in 2019 after slight dip

    Major domestic appliances (MDA) continued to be the second-largest segment among technical consumer goods in 2018 with sales of around €177 billion*, despite a slight decrease in sales of one percent. Overall, around 17 percent of all TCG sales last year was attributed to major domestic appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washers or dishwashers.

    Currently trending are multi-function devices and connectivity - the possibility to network devices with one another or control them using a different device.
    Sales in Latin America (+6 percent), Europe (+3 percent), and Asia/Pacific (+2 percent) developed positively last year. GfK is predicting further significant global growth in sales for 2019 of six percent, which will more than compensate for the slight losses from last year.

    Information technology/office equipment: Positive impetus from Asia supports global market

    In 2018, consumers worldwide spent around €157 billion* on IT and office equipment, as well as consumables - about as much as in the previous year.
    In the IT segment, there is currently a demand for high-performance devices, especially in the gaming PC and gaming notebook segment. While sales in Latin America and Asia/Pacific rose slightly in 2018, they stagnated in Europe and fell in Middle East/Turkey/Africa as well as in North America.

    The office equipment and consumables segment recorded a positive development. Global sales in 2018 increased by three percent to around €16 billion*, with growth primarily coming from Asia, and China in particular. In 2019, however, GfK is expecting to see a global decrease in sales of around three percent in the information technology/office equipment segment.

    Consumer electronics/photo: Trend for premium smart devices

    Global sales in the consumer electronics and photo segment rose in 2018 by nearly six percent to €153 billion*. This segment alone accounts for around 15 percent of all TCG sales.

    There is also a trend for premium products in consumer electronics. High-end TV sets with screen sizes of at least 50" produced significant growth in sales. In the premium segment, OLED TV sets continue to increase in popularity. Headphones and portable Bluetooth speakers proved to be significant drivers of growth on the audio market. Sales of entertainment electronics developed particularly positively in Latin America (+24 percent). Sales in Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/Turkey/Africa increased by between four and five percent.

    The photo segment was not able to break its negative trend and lost a further five percent of sales in 2018. Globally, cameras and accessories achieved €15 billion* in sales. Positive aspects set the tone for high-end cameras. In 2019, GfK expects to see slightly less growth in sales of around four percent on the global consumer electronics and photo market.

    Small domestic appliances: Significant growth, especially in China

    Small domestic appliances (SDA) achieved global sales of around €86 billion* in 2018. This is a significant increase of seven percent. Driven by very positive demand in China, sales in Asia/Pacific increased by 13 percent overall. In Latin America, as well as in Middle East/Turkey/Africa, sales grew by ten percent, while growth in Europe was recorded at seven percent. Only in North America did sales decrease slightly, by two percent.

    Consumers are continuing to focus on the issue of "convenience". Battery-powered handheld vacuum cleaners are particularly popular right now. GfK also sees upward trends for the global small domestic appliances market in 2019, and predicts sales growth of eight percent.

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    New Africa programme to focus on youth and its engagement with heritage

    Connect and inspire African youth with the possibilities of their rich heritage. Use digital technologies, including social media, to promote heritage awareness and support creative industries. Engage heritage as an economic asset, to address poverty and unemployment among young people. These are just some of the potential directions discussed during ICCROM’s Africa Expert Meeting for Cultural Heritage Conservation, held at the Egyptian Academy in Rome from 9 – 11 January 2019.

    Fifteen professionals from 15 institutions met to discuss how best to design an impactful programme to support youth and its engagement in heritage in the African region. The Africa Expert Meeting took inspiration from the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly from the development goals for sustainable cities and communities, gender equality, decent work and economic growth. Also invoked was the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want,” which is committed to realizing Africa’s full potential in development, culture and peace.

    The event was launched on Wednesday 9 January in the presence of HE Mr Hisham Badr, Egyptian Ambassador to Italy, HE Mr Hassan Abouyoub, Moroccan Ambassador to Italy, Mr Giovanni Panebianco, Secretary-General of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MIBAC), and Dr Gihane Zaki, Director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome, together with Dr Webber Ndoro, Director-General of ICCROM.

    “Africa has the youngest population of any continent,” said Dr Ndoro, ICCROM’s Director-General. “Heritage can be for youth a source of livelihood, identity, and a stimulus for development. The input of youth needs to be clear for what our heritage is and how to take it forward.”

    Noting Egypt’s upcoming presidency of the African Union in 2019, Egyptian Ambassador Hisham Badr commented: “This meeting focuses on two important elements: culture – with all its meanings, values, messages – and youth.” He added, “Culture is a mainstay. Egypt is a nation that’s proud of its culture. In all its international relationships, in its sustainability initiatives, culture is the key.”

    “We must consider the needs and special skills of youth,” underlined Giovanni Panebianco, Secretary-General of the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry MIBAC. “Heritage conservation offers real opportunities to build a better future for Africa. Italy is aware of its role with respect to Africa, and is actively pursuing scientific and cultural cooperation in the aim of overall sustainable development on the continent.”

    “It’s time to invest in young Africans,” said Dr Gihane Zaki, Director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome. “How can we put young people forward, help them take responsibility for their heritage, with enthusiasm, energy, generosity and passion?” Dr Zaki stressed Egypt's keenness to support young people in the African continent. “I am confident that ICCROM will play a strategic role in implementing new, fresh and innovative ideas to engage young people. It’s important also to remember and appreciate women’s pivotal role in African societies."

    The three-day discussions led to definition of broad directions for a future Africa programme that aims to make African heritage attractive to young people on the continent, improving their involvement in the stewardship of heritage to ensure inclusive economic and social benefits to all generations. The proposed Africa programme includes the following objectives:

    1) Sustain economic and social development through innovation and engagement of youth and women in heritage.
    2) Increase engagement and interest of youth and women in heritage through the adoption of a people-centred approach in conservation.
    3) Strengthen institutions as dynamic, innovative, reliable and attractive resources for communities, government and the private sector.

    These objectives were presented at the event’s closing ceremony on Friday 11 January, attended Mr Giorgio Marrapodi, Director-General of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), and Mr Cléophas Adrien Dioma, Director and co-founder of the Ottobre Africano festival and representative of the African Diaspora in Rome.

    “This programme is about making heritage cool through innovative ways, and making African heritage accessible to African youth and women,” said Benis Nchang of Better Life Initiative, Cameroon and Alyssa K Barry of Senegal, young professional representatives to the meeting. “It’s about making youth proud of our African cultural heritage, and encouraging them to contribute to its conservation.”

    For his part, Dr Ndoro thanked all the meeting participants for their contributions to the discussion, as well as the ambassadors and institutional representatives present. He extended particular thanks to the Egyptian Academy in Rome for hosting the event, and called on all ICCROM’s partner institutions and Member States, both in Africa and worldwide, to support this new initiative.

    “It’s time to unlock the potential of heritage to provide a better life and livelihood to communities in Africa,” said Dr Ndoro. “Heritage is about now, about what is happening today. Youth must see the opportunities in heritage.”

    Member States represented: Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
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    The Africa Expert Meeting was held at the Egyptian Academy in Rome, by gracious invitation of its Director, Dr Gihane Zaki, also an ICCROM Council Member. The Egyptian Academy is the only fine arts academy in Rome that represents both Africa and the Arab States, and thus is a committed stakeholder in a successful Africa strategy at ICCROM.

    About ICCROM
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    About the Egyptian Academy in Rome
    The Egyptian Academy of Fine Arts in Rome is Egypt’s premiere cultural institution in Italy. It hosts Egyptian art students for study in Rome, while promoting Egyptian culture beyond its borders to a European and international public. https://www.accademiaegitto.org/

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    SINGAPORE, Jan 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - SGX Mainboard-listed Sapphire Corporation Limited ("Sapphire", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an established infrastructure design and construction group in China, is pleased to announce that the Group's 97.6% owned subsidiary, Ranken Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd ("Ranken"), has secured a EPC contract of RMB 832 million related to its PPP project in Chengdu.

    On 19 November 2018, the Group announced that Ranken and its consortium partners have secured a PPP project to carry out investment and financing, design, build, operate and transfer works ("DBFOT Works") with the Urban and Rural Coordination Work Bureau of Chengdu Wuhou District for the first phase of Wuhou District, "Liveable River Bank" project in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

    The DBFOT Works period of the PPP project is expected to be 15 years, which comprises 2 years of construction as well as the operational/management rights of the building infrastructures along the river bank for a 13-year period.

    The scope of work related to the EPC contract includes engineering, procurement and construction works associated with the water environment protection, ecological restoration, flood control measures, building infrastructures and lifestyle amenities of this PPP project.

    Recently, as announced on 30 December 2018, Ranken, being one of the consortium parties, has injected RMB 25 million in cash for a 25% equity interest in the PPP's project company, Chengdu Derun Jinlong Environmental Management Co., Ltd. ("CDJ Environmental Management Co."), which is funded through Ranken's internal resources.

    The other well-known consortium partners in the PPP project includes Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd., Chengdu Wuhou Industrial Development Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. and Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited have injected their proportionate share of the registered capital and capital reserve in CDJ Environmental Management Co..

    Focusing on a broader urban renewal effort to create a greener living environment in Wuhou District, this PPP project involves the design, build, finance and management of ecological restoration, flood control measures and building infrastructures along an 18.68 km embankment along Jiang An River, one of the key waterways in Chengdu.

    Two-Prong Business Strategy in the PPP Market Bearing Fruits

    Adopting a two-prong business strategy in the PPP market, the Group targets to be a strategic shareholder with the first mover advantage to secure the EPC contract and operations management contract related to the PPP project.

    As a testament to the Group's strategy, this EPC contract of RMB 832 million is the largest contract win in recent years. As such, the Group is expected to benefit financially from three components of this PPP project as follows:

    a. EPC contract of RMB 832 million during the 2-year construction period;
    b. Potential of recurring dividend income arising from Ranken's 25% shareholding in CDJ Environmental Management Co.; and
    c. Potential of recurring revenue from the operations management contract of the PPP contract for a 13-year period upon completion of the EPC contract

    Commenting on winning the EPC contract of its PPP project, Ms Wang Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire, said, "Recognising that China's burgeoning PPP market presents strong prospects for long term recurring revenue, we have taken the first step as a strategic shareholder with a direct investment into this PPP project in Chengdu together with other well-known consortium partners.

    Other than being a shareholder in the PPP project, we also set our sights to secure the EPC component and operational management contracts of our own PPP projects so it will be accretive to our revenue, strengthened our track record, deepen our working relationships with leading industry players in the PPP industry and further mitigate our risks.

    Moreover, working together with these leading industry players will be a positive boost to our reputation and operational experience in the water environmental industry, thereby leading to more working opportunities with major industry players in this field.

    Besides being a EPC contractor and a strategic shareholder in this PPP project, we also have the opportunity to be the manager of the new recreational amenities, F&B retail and lifestyle concepts along the river bank for a 13-year period, thereby developing our operational experience in this area and creating a new recurring revenue stream for the Group."

    Ms Wang added, "With this approach, stakeholders' interests are aligned and provides greater assurance that the PPP project can be completed successfully on time and on budget.

    We have also demonstrated that this two-prong business strategy can present us with larger EPC contracts and long-term recurring revenue related to PPP projects with minimal capital commitment."

    Established and Well-Known Consortium Partners

    A PPP project is generally defined as a long-term contract between a government agency and private organisation(s) for the construction and operation of economic and social infrastructure (such as water treatment facilities, utilities and public transport systems). The PPP model has been utilised for many public infrastructure projects and it has been used in many countries.

    The consortium partners of this PPP project include Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd., Chengdu Wuhou Industrial Development Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. and Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited.

    Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd. ("Derun Environment") is jointly established in 2015 by SUEZ, NWS and Chongqing Water Assets Management Company and it is the biggest SinoFrench investment platform in China's environment market, as well as the key investment project of SUEZ in China. Derun Environment aims to become provide systematic solutions for urban environmental problems domestically and globally. Derun Environment's total assets value has reached nearly RMB 30 billion.

    Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited is part of Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited ("BEWG"), a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 0371), is a large-scale group which provides a broad range of water services and environmental protection services in China. Currently, BEWG owns and operates a few hundred water supply plants and sewage treatment plants in China, Malaysia, and Portugal, with a total water treatment capacity of over tens of million tons per day.

    Throughout the years, BEWG was consistently awarded "China Water Service Outstanding New Enterprises", "Best Water Business Enterprises in China", and recently, BEWG has been ranked No.1 of the "Top Ten Water Enterprises with Influence in China" for the eighth consecutive year.

    This press release is to be read in conjunction with Sapphire's exchange filings on 14 January 2019, which can be downloaded via -www.sgx.com.

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    SILMO Bangkok is returning for the second edition in 2019, to bring a more comprehensive platform to the optical and eyewear industry. The first edition in 2018, SILMO Bangkok welcomed 3,750 local and international trade visitors from 42 countries. SILMO Bangkok has proven to be the trade platform for the optical community in the ASEAN region.

    Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., said “We aim to organize SILMO Bangkok as an annual event in response to the rapid change in fashion trends. This is an opportunity where optical and eyewear industry movers and shakers can explore the latest eyewear collections from various brands; get updated on industry trends; as well as seek new business partnerships. SILMO Bangkok 2019, with the theme, ‘Business Meets Fashion’, will be showcasing over 250 eyewear brands; optical lenses; optometric instruments; equipment and machinery; optical equipment; as well as product and services to operate optical shops and chain stores.”

    SILMO Bangkok 2019 will be bringing together more than 4,000 industry players from Thailand, ASEAN+6 and beyond, via a whole host of exciting activities, including:

    • SILMO Fashion Show – featuring the latest eyewear collections from global companies and brands;
    • The Village - A showcase of boutique designs by designers from around the world;
    • SILMO Academy - A knowledge platform where experts from the optical industry will share their expertise;
    • SILMO Arena - Learning hub of marketing and sales strategy tailored for optical retailers. Highlights include brand management in the digital era, integrated marketing strategies, visual merchandising; and
    • SILMO Cruise Night - The premier networking event of the year, where exhibitors have the opportunity to connect with key dealers and distributors across the region.

    SILMO Bangkok 2019 takes place from 5 to 7 June 2019, at IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please visit www.silmobangkok.com

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    The latest edition of Automotive Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) will take place from 21 – 24 March 2019 in Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Centre. As one of Asia’s leading repair and maintenance trade shows, the fair has expanded many of its special zones for 2019, and for the first time will host a new German Pavilion. The show’s latest addition will allow buyers to explore a more comprehensive exhibiting platform, and will enable them to connect with some of the most influential names in the overseas market. This year’s fair will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors across 120,000 sqm of space, covering the most recent advances in garage and collision equipment, testing, diagnostics equipment and tools, repair, car care, parts and more.

    In recent years, the automotive industry across China and throughout Asia has seen continued growth driven by the increase in automotive ownership. This trend is expected to continue rising in the coming years, which has encouraged many key players across the value chain to tap into the country’s auto market. With this, the repair and maintenance sector, in particular, is seeing more and more demand for new and innovative product ranges and services.

    This demand can be seen first-hand at the next edition of AMR, where it is forecasted that over 8,000 brands from across the world will exhibit. A number of regional and overseas participants have already confirmed their place at the show, including 3M, Akemi, Anche, Aotobacs, Atlas, Tapes, AUI, Autel, Axalta, Baozhongbao, Beiersdorf, Bost, Bright, Carbon Zapp, Celette, Christ, Corghi, Cosber, Dali, DEVILBISS, EBI, Faret, Festool, Fly-eagle, FRL, Gaither Tool, Gaochang, Giuliano, Goodlife, GSP, Guangli, Gulf,GYS, HF, Himore, Horn, Hunter, JB, JBT, JTC, Launch, Lukoil, Mirka, Monarch, Nanhua, Ominent, Oufeng, RAV, Ruiming, Saint Gobain, SAND, SATA, Sata tool, Sensen, Sicad, Sino-Italian, Snap-on, SORL, SP, Stertil, Tech, TELWIN, Tiptop, Uniler, Whale, Yokistar and ZLDC, from countries such as Greece, Italy, Korea, Malaysia and the US and more.

    In a new development for the 2019 edition, the German Pavilion will be making its debut at the fair. The area has already been highly anticipated by many buyers from the Chinese market, as it provides a one-off opportunity to meet some of the most influential European companies in the sector, including:

    * Advanced Adhesive Coatings – a dynamic supplier for innovative solutions in direct-to-plastic coating
    * B-TEC – an experienced automotive supplier with a wide range of products for paint and finishing
    * Eurolub – offers a variety of products including engine oil, gear oil, winter chemicals, rapid biodegradable lubricants, industrial lubricants and workshop material
    * Haweka – a leading company in centring and clamping systems for vehicle wheels and more
    * Herrmann Lack-Technik – specialists in workshop equipment and vehicle refinishing
    * Orap – an independent exporter of original parts and accessories that supply wholesalers, retailers and independent workshops with spare parts for Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Porsche, Opel and Smart
    * Voltronic – engages in developing and manufacturing high performance lubricants and additives
    * Weicon – producers of special adhesives and sealants, technical sprays, high performance assembly pastes and greases for production, repair, maintenance and servicing.

    Ms Fiona Chiew, Managing Director for Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing), said: “To help maximise the experience for both our exhibitors and visitors, we are excited to welcome the first German Pavilion to this year’s edition of AMR. The exhibitors in this devoted area will be able to offer insights into specific sectors of the industry such as the aftermarket, which is already a very established field in Europe. We believe that this new collaboration will complement China’s quickly growing repair and maintenance market.”

    Special zones target aftermarket developments and new energy vehicles

    This year at AMR, visitors will benefit from more strategic hall planning to provide more enhanced coverage and easier navigation across different areas of the repair and maintenance sector. Halls have been categorised into specific zones to support matchmaking for both buyers and exhibitors. These zones, which span across 20,000 sqm, include Spare Parts, Car Care and Lubricant Oil, each of which will feature special sectors to highlight the industry’s most intricate areas further. For example, the aftermarket and new energy vehicles sectors will have their own dedicated area to cover each of these specific trends.

    The growing fringe programme reflect rising trends in the repair and maintenance industry

    Away from the zone’s exhibitors, a total of over 30 fringe events will also run concurrently with the show. Here, industry experts will hold seminars, forums and other activities to reflect the current themes, latest global developments and regional trends across the industry.

    Some of the significant trends under the spotlight within the fringe programme include lubricant oils and the automotive aftermarket supply chain, the development of the repair industry under environmental policy changes, and how the automotive aftermarket is influenced by the development of new energy vehicles. Other interrelated topics will focus on the challenges and opportunities for traditional auto parts dealers, workshop profit patterns and marketing strategies for tyre shops. Participants can also attend the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Brand Festival, which is being hosted at AMR.

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    Voting is now open for the first category in the Global Tank Storage Awards. Deadline looms for remaining categories

    Six leading industry figures in the tank storage sector have been shortlisted for the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 Global Tank Storage Awards.

    All nominees have an extensive amount of experience within the tank storage sector, as well as a multitude of achievements, ranging from setting up their own companies to being at the forefront of ambitious company growth.

    This is the only category being voted on by the industry and voting will close on 1st March 2019. Nominations for the remaining award categories, which are judged by an independent panel of experts, are still being accepted until 15th February 2019.

    2019 Outstanding Achievement Award Shortlist:

  • Krien van Beck, Founder, RVB Tank Storage Solutions
  • Jerry Cardillo, President, Contanda Terminals
  • Kasper Castricum, General Manager, Arabian Chemical Terminal
  • Earl Crochet, Director of Engineering & Operational Optimisation, Kinder Morgan
  • Peter Davidson, Executive Director, Tank Storage Association
  • Phil Myers, Founder, PEMY Consulting

    The awards, which are free to enter, celebrate excellence, safety and innovation in the industry, with the award categories relating to terminal achievements, equipment innovations, ports and individual success.

    All categories except for the Outstanding Achievement Award will be judged by an independent panel of industry leaders and influencers from companies such as Shell, BP, Oiltanking, Inter Terminals, VTTI, Vopak and Koole.

    The winners will be presented on 26th March 2019 in Rotterdam. Hosted by market leading publication, Tank Storage Magazine, the gala dinner & ceremony attracts 200+ terminal professionals each year, from as far as Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, South Africa, the US and all across Europe.
    The event, which is now a fixture in the global storage calendar, includes an all-inclusive drinks reception, a three-course dinner, captivating entertainment, a casino and much more. It is an exclusive opportunity to entertain clients & reward colleagues for their hard work throughout the year.

    ‘The Global Tank Storage Awards ceremony is always exciting,’ says Sandra De Mey, Commercial Manager, North Sea Port. ‘This year we were really proud to win the Best Port Award, which has given us a significant amount of international recognition and media attention.’

    As an added benefit this year, as well as being rewarded on the night, the winners will be further highlighted in a special ‘Winners Exhibition Showcase’ at Tank Storage Asia 2019 and StocExpo Europe 2020.

    Everyone in the industry is entitled to one vote each. Read more about those who have been shortlisted and place your vote now by visiting http://www.tankstoragemag.com/awards-vote/

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    2019 Global Tank Storage Award Categories:

  • Biggest Commitment to Environmental Protection Award
  • Safety Excellence in Bulk Liquid Storage Award
  • Most Efficient Storage Terminal Award
  • Best Port Award
  • Employee of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Terminal Safety Technology Award
  • Excellence in Terminal Optimisation
  • Excellence in Environmental Protection Award
  • Most Innovative Technology
  • Best Terminal Supplier

    For more information, visit our website www.tankstoragemag.com/awards
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    15 January 2019: Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the Asia Pacific region, has announced an innovative partnership with Australia’s most-trusted charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV), to launch a pop-up sensory experience workshop.

    In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning program, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s refreshed Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

    Participants can expect an immersive experience designed to offer them the opportunity to kick-start AIME by challenging their own limits, overcoming boundaries, and discovering their hidden potential – all while being led through tasks in complete darkness by facilitators who are blind and vision impaired.

    “The Knowledge Program is all about community, diversity, innovation and inclusivity, and we’re thrilled to partner with GDV. Between us, we can highlight the extraordinary ability rather than the disability within this community and how we can learn from them.”

    “Inclusivity and accessibility must always remain top of mind in the meetings and events industry, across employment considerations and for those attending the event. By working closely with GDV, we are able to demonstrate how straightforward it is to be inclusive for the visually impaired – and not just talk about it,” said Matt Pearce, Director, Talk2 Media & Events.

    Founded by social entrepreneur Andreas Heinecke in Hamburg in 1988, Dialogue in the Dark has been experienced by more than 10 million visitors across 39 countries and employed upwards of 10,000 people with blindness or partial blindness.

    “It’s extremely rewarding seeing people’s reactions after they experience Dialogue in the Dark for the first time. Through this encounter, they often find a new appreciation of the unique skills of people with a disability, and they challenge their own personal perceptions and values. To be able to run an industry-first experience at an event founded on connections and community is really special,” said Charlie Spendlove, GM Marketing and Communications, Guide Dogs Victoria.

    Dialogue in the Dark will be held exclusively for participants at AIME 2019, running across four sessions throughout the Knowledge Program on Monday 18 February.

    Running from 18 to 20 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2019 MICE calendar and will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more details on Dialogue in the Dark, visit dialogueinthedark.com.au, or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit aime.com.au

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    HANGZHOU, China, Jan. 15, 2019 - Responsibility. Hard work. Loyalty. These are the three tenets of a good life according to Zhejiang University Associate Professor Imran Haider Shamsi; a man who embodies the university’s motto: seeking truth, pursuing innovation.

    Eighteen years at ZJU has helped to cultivate Shamsi’s talent, from undergraduate student to Ph.D. and Postdoc holder to becoming its first foreign faculty member of the Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology.

    “I was made in ZJU by ZJU and for ZJU,” says Shamsi. “I know my Pakistani ancestors and my family and my beliefs; I never lost my identity. But I have also adopted the Chinese culture with a very open heart.”

    Having embraced the opportunities offered to him as a student of ZJU, Shamsi is deeply passionate about his role as a teacher helping nurture future generations of ZJU students and he has amassed multiple awards, including first place in the 2016 National University Young Teacher’s competition. He believes ZJU, as one of China’s leading research-intensive universities, is providing a pioneering environment for the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

    Academic freedom is felt throughout ZJU and positively encourages the pursuit of interdisciplinary collaboration, the application of research to real-world problems, and the exploration of new ideas and concepts.

    It is an approach that manifests in ZJU’s International Design Institute, as its deputy director Lingyun Sun explains: “We are good at inviting professors and students from other majors to join us. We think the most creative area is where science meets art, meets design, meets engineering - these four areas coming together can provide immense opportunities.

    “Our ideas are concerned with how we can invent the future and ZJU is unique because of the environment, because of our joint institute with Alibaba (the Chinese e-commerce giant headquartered in Hangzhou) and because of the local manufacturing background. It is very interesting for us to have the opportunity to encourage students to transfer their ideas into the market.”

    The latest exhibition of ZJU design students’ work included origami robots, an electric bicycle and a technology pillow that helps users enter a shallow sleep by simulating the ‘white noise’ of nature. Additionally, a lighting product that was on show is proving a huge commercial success.

    Innovation is also evident in the teaching at ZJU and in 2018 one of its most creative and popular instructors, Weng Kai, was honoured with the Yongping Outstanding Teaching Contribution Award. Across the 14 courses per year he teaches, Weng’s classes are heavily attended, while he has also attracted 2 million registrations for his Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

    “I’m kind of a ‘wild’ teacher in that I wasn’t trained in a normal way. I graduated, thought maybe I could be good at teaching and wanted to do it,” offers Weng modestly when asked about his teaching style. “Actually, Zhejiang University has a very good tradition in how it teaches students. I graduated here, and I have the experience of the teachers here. I even use in my classes some of the examples taught to me by my teachers, so it’s like an inheritance, a legacy.”

    Weng has been at the frontline of teaching and education reform at ZJU for 23 years. He believes that the close relationship between teachers and students at ZJU is crucial to success. “The students here feel part of a big family, we are quite close.”

    Emphasising that point, Ma Keyi, an undergraduate in Chu Kochen Honours College, which is attended by the top 5% of ZJU’s students, is eager to give examples of how she has been supported in her endeavours.

    “The college provides us with a lot of resources,” she says, “I have opportunities to do research and publish papers. Meanwhile, I can do internships to gain experience and put theory into practice. If you have an idea and you want to implement it the college will help you, if you want to study abroad the college will fund it, if you want to do anything that is valuable or meaningful the college supports you and will provide the resources.”

    ZJU also has an impressive record of supporting its students to achieve success in global competitions. In 2018 the university claimed victories at the Tokyo International Choir Competition, the RoboCup and the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.

    The RoboCup - a humanoid version of football’s World Cup - was held in Montreal, Canada and offered the team from ZJU the chance to demonstrate their innovative ideas in a competition that is designed to promote robotics and Artificial Intelligence Research, as well as push advances in technologies.

    Chen Zexi, a member of the victorious team, revealed it was a surprise success: “We won the small size league. It was amazing. We won in 2013 and 2014 but this year we did not think about being champions because we were trying out new innovations. I have to give credit to the university for the great support we get and the funding.”

    ZJU’s stated aims include advancing civilization, serving and leading society, and promoting national prosperity, social development and human progress. Its policies are providing the platforms for its students and staff to excel, just as it did with Shamsi nearly two decades ago. Wherever a person comes from, and whatever their background is, ZJU is eager to guide their evolution.

    “A foreign talent should never consider themselves as a foreigner,” Shamsi says, “Instead, consider yourself as part of the society where you are and then you can contribute. Take responsibility for life, yourself, your work, your family and your organisation. Never be afraid of hard work. Show loyalty towards family, tradition, country, and the organisation you work for.

    “I will tell you a secret: Every morning when I arrive at work at ZJU, I tell myself that it was ZJU that gave me respect and honour, and with this belief I start my day. This is the love I have for this college.”

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    Email: ai_ni@zju.edu.cn
    Phone: +86-571-88206971
    Country: China
    Website: http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/

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    Aiming at a service which prevents dementia and enables a society of healthy longevity

    Jerusalem, Jan 16, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - OKI and ARC Innovation Center at Sheba (Sheba), the largest medical facility in the Middle East, have agreed to pursue research on the prevention of dementia, aiming at a society in which the elderly can remain active according to their health with a 'Very Accurate Health Score' (*1) from the results of this research.

    The agreement was concluded on January 15 in the presence of the Japan's Economic Minister Hiroshige Seko and Israel's Economic Minister Eli Cohen at the Japan-Israel Business Forum, organized by the economic ministries of Japan and Israel.

    With this agreement, Sheba will work with OKI to demonstrate the effectiveness of prevention for the risk factors of dementia by using novel approach. Sheba and OKI are also planning to conduct research in the future to analyze the relationship between big health data and measuring the quality of walking. In these studies, OKI is looking toward global application in the future by leveraging the data of various ethnicities in Israel.

    Israel has many startup companies based on advanced state-of-the-art technologies, more recently focusing on the field of digital healthcare. Sheba is also actively involved in innovation research that leverages the health examination data and medical receipt data for large numbers of patients. OKI has been strengthening its relationship with digital health-related organizations in Israel, holding a seminar in Japan for representatives of four Israeli institutions, including Sheba, on July 31 of last year.

    OKI promotes 'Yume Pro'(*2) activities to discover business opportunities and create innovation from social issues raised by SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) laid out by the United Nations. Leveraging on IoT related technologies, OKI is focusing on reducing noninfectious diseases such as diabetes and dementia through presymptomatic treatment or prevention before the onset of illness, striving to realize a society in which the elderly can remain active and flourish.

    OKI provides a 'Very Accurate Health Score' to encourage daily activities such as 'walking''sleeping' and 'eating' in the prevention of noninfectious diseases. In scoring health conditions, OKI plans to develop new services for the elderly which, according to health scores, will allow users to access various services currently restricted by 'actual age', including mortgages, life insurance, and property insurance. OKI is striving to address the challenges of a super-aging society, said to be facing Japan first, and to realize 'a society of healthy longevity'.

    *1: Very Accurate Health Score
    It represents the health condition of the person in points. Based on medical evidence, we aim for accurate things that can be utilized for credit in the financial industry.
    *2: Yume Pro
    OKI has started a companywide effort to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in 2015 through its business as a company. Therefore, OKI recruits Collaboration partners to work together to open up future of medical care.

    About ARC Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center (Sheba)

    The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is a university-affiliated referral hospital that serves as Israel's national medical center in many fields. Located near Tel Aviv, it is the most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East, renowned for its care and leading-edge medical practice. It is also a major medical-scientific research powerhouse that collaborates internationally with bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies, and a foremost global center for medical education.

    Sheba is also promoting innovation in ARC (Accelerate Redesign Collaboration) Innovation Center. The ARC's mission is to create an integration of research, medicine, industry and entrepreneurship as well as collaborate with other healthcare organizations to enable game changing innovation that would have profound impact on global health.
    About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)

    Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer in the Info-telecom field. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at https://www.oki.com/.

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    Phone: +81-3-3501-3835

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    Innovation Promotion Division, Corporate Infrastructure Group
    Phone: +81-3-3501-3821

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    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A 3-day Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2019 will be organised by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. The tradeshow will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1. UBM is now recruiting vendors from around the world to showcase intelligent, eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable technologies to help optimise and enable better decisions for aquaculture and livestock business. Stressing on the new niche market in the industries, UBM targets 350 participated exhibitors to provide diverse aquatic and husbandry farming solutions.

    Featuring technology-based and advanced legacy industrial applications, Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum is the one-of-a-kind trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region and a one-stop international B2B trading platform. The dual show has accumulated more than 30,000 professional buyers and approximately USD 35 million transactions. "The 2018 edition recruited a massive of automation manufacturing companies which had attracted over 14,000 visitors hailing from 34 countries to the show. This year, we aim to boost smart farming devices to accelerate Asia-Pacific reconversion in the fields of aquaculture and livestock and further the trends of precision agriculture," remarked Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan.

    According to Hexa Research's report, precision farming technologies is forecast to reach $43.4 billion by 2024. "We expect to increase stakeholders' awareness of technology adoption. Therefore, it is a significant stage for us to connect with suppliers of smart system for aquaculture and automation in livestock farming." UBM Asia Ltd. has a remarkable reputation for organising aquaculture and livestock expo. The series expo has expanded from Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and now Taiwan. It can be observed that UBM is eying for eastern Asian market and takes Taiwan as a superior hub to connect with nearby countries. In addition, Taiwan's renowned biotechnology, ICT and IoT is also expected to play an important role in industries.

    Several key pavilions are being planned at Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan 2019, such as genetics and breeds, circular economy, animal healthcare, smart farming management and more. Co-located with Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum, the dual show will be launched at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. Companies that have confirmed participation are SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, InterHeat, JK Lighting, Hunan Green Solutions, Nabel, IDAH, Bühler. A total of 1,300 square meters had been reserved. For more exhibitor information, please contact Ms. Sophia Lu (TEL: +886-2-2738-3898).

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    Ms. Joy Chou
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    FAX: +886-2-2738-4886

    For exhibitor inquiry, please contact
    Email: aat-tw@ubm.com

    Source: UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch

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    StocExpo Europe 2019 returns to the Ahoy in Rotterdam on 26-28 March, bringing with it the highly-anticipated and CPD-certified conference programme, which will be hosted on the show floor for the very first time. This allows for even greater access to in-depth sessions, presentations and debates delivered by over 30 industry thought leaders, such as Matthew Hudson from Shell and motivational speaker, Steven Van Belleghem. The conference will enable terminals, traders, oil majors and investors to learn from one another, share best practice and benefit from a range of networking opportunities.

    CEOs, Terminal Managers and Analysts have been lined up from companies such as Shell, Alpha Terminals and LBC Tank Terminals to speak at the conference.

    The first day of the conference will focus on current market trends, regulatory analysis and global market outlooks. Following opening remarks from the chair, Andy Inglis, Principal at Nexant, Energy and Chemicals Advisory and Jean-Baptiste, CEO at 2PR Consulting, will speak separately about how different market trends will impact on future demands for tank storage. A session on the impact of IMO2020 on global crude oil will be presented by Cüneyt Kazokoglu, Director of Long-Term Oil Service and Head of Oil Demand at FGE, while Mark Williams, Managing Director at Shipping Strategy, is also due to advise on IMO2020 later in the afternoon.

    Mike van Croonenburg, Director at Alpha Terminals, will speak about industry growth strategies in today’s challenging and competitive market conditions.

    Critical industry topics, such as IMO2020, the tank storage market in Germany, rail-based supply chain solutions for bulk liquid logistics in Europe and protecting storage tank installations in conflict zones, will be discussed by representatives from AWBP, UTV (the German Tank Storage Organisation), DB Cargo BTT and Swiss Fire, respectively.

    Day two of the StocExpo Europe conference is dedicated to discussions surrounding ‘The Terminal of Tomorrow’. This begins with a highly-anticipated keynote session from motivational speaker, Steven Van Belleghem, thought leader on customer relationships and digital marketing. The session will focus on how to win customers in a world of AI, robots and automation.

    A panel discussion featuring Shell’s Terminal Manager, Matthew Hudson, and leading experts from Siemens, Vortexa and Port of Rotterdam will then follow in the afternoon and cover how to future-proof the tank storage sector. Ilya Tillekens and Marcel Jutte of Hudson Cybertec are due to discuss securing tank terminals against cyber security threats, while advice on how to transform a port’s operational environment through digital strategies will be presented by Ronald Backers, Business Intelligence from the Port of Rotterdam. Wilfried Kleiser, Senior Project Manager at Siemens, will follow this with a session on how IoT can be used to improve efficiency at the terminal.

    Late night networking will follow the end of the speaker programme on day two of StocExpo Europe’s 15th year anniversary.

    Day three will give attendees the opportunity to learn from international markets. Peter Davidson, Executive Director at the UK Tank Storage Association and Andy Stanley, Director at RAS, will start the day off by talking about safety leadership in tank storage. Kathryn Clay, President at the ILTA, and Jeff Dewar, Senior Vice President at LBC Tank Terminals, will then each present informative sessions on the booming tank storage market in the US.

    In the afternoon on day three, Fabio Kuhn, CEO at Vortexa, will speak about the impact of new data and marketing intelligence for the storage industry, followed by presentations by representatives from Keller, Eddyfi, Brainum and Newson Gale. These include sessions on securing exploitation conditions with safe tank foundations, increasing an asset’s life cycle though an improved non-intrusive inspection (NII) programme, and understanding why static electricity is an ignition source of combustible atmospheres.

    Numerous networking opportunities will be interspersed throughout the conference, putting visitors in front of key decision makers, thought leaders and global innovators.

    Attendees of the StocExpo Europe 2019 conference will also have plenty of opportunities to visit the exhibition where over 200 suppliers from across the globe will be showing their latest innovations under one roof. In addition, the Innovation in Storage programme will be hosted on the show floor, providing insightful and free content for all visitors.

    The full details of the conference programme can be found online on the StocExpo Europe website:
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    The National Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 53rd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2019 from February 13 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), 2019, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

    With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 53rd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.
    With 2,134 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,547 booths (as of November 1, 2018) the tradeshow is expected to surpass the previous year in scale. This year, 1,526 Japanese regional product manufacturers more than last year will exhibit thanks to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 74 overseas companies from 18 countries are participating with 155 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

    As the organizer’s project, two new attractions will be introduced. In the movement of promoting an international standard- HACCP,“Food Safety and Sanitation”zone is established to aim at disseminating information on safety and safety of food supermarkets. At “Overseas foods to Japanese table”zone, several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products will be suggested to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Continuing from last year, organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket”-will be held.

    The results and solution of information gathering and research according to the theme of last year will be shown. At the theme zone “Handmade in Japan” displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan, local producers focusing on “Japan Quality” will exhibit in this zone. Japanese wines, whose display standard had been changed in October, 2018, are newly added to existing brewers- Japanese sake, shochu and craft beer. We look forward to your visit at Supermarket Trade Show 2019.

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    ◆Name:The 53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019
    ◆Date:February 13(Wed.), 14(Thu.), 15(Fri.), 2019
    10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
    ◆Venue:Makuhari Messe
    ◆Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
    ◆Organizer:National Supermarket Association of Japan
    ◆Official website: http://www.smts.jp/en/index.html
    ◆Official Support: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare / The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Agricultural Trade Office, The Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Italy Trade Promotion Section / Embassy of Canada / Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain / Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy / the Royal Danish Embassy / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / French Embassy - Business France Japan Office / Embassy of Belgium / POLISM INVESTMENT & TRADE AGENCY TOKYO OFFICE / Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo / Economic Division, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa / Trade Commission of Mexico in Japan / Taiwan Trade Center, Tokyo / Food Marketing Institute Japan

    Organizer’s Project
    Food Safety and Sanitation (Hall 3)
    This is a corner aimed at disseminating information on food safety of food supermarkets as food-related companies will introduce HACCP two years later.

    Overseas foods to Japanese table (Hall 8)
    There are many opportunities for overseas products especially which are still unfamiliar in Japan. We present several easy recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Cooking demonstration and free food sampling will be available.

    Handmade in Japan- Theme zone displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan (Hall 1)
    We will introduce the "techniques" and "sentiments" of the creators who prioritize local regions and focus on quality that respect the traditions of Japan. We propose newly adding "Japanese wines and fruit wines" to existing brewers (craft beer, sake, shochu).

    New product pickup exhibition (focused on Japanese Regional Product) (Hal 9-11, Esplanade)
    We will exhibit new products that will be displayed in the "SMTS 2019 Japanese Regional Product Zone" for each product category rather than by region, and this will be used as a tool for visitors to efficiently explore the halls.

    Future Store “NOW” - the continuous near future supermarket research (Hall 2)
    The continuous near future supermarket research gives you ideas and possible solutions toward social environment changes such as aging population with declining birthdate, decrease in population and labor shortage. Supermarkets can be one of the essential elements for vitality life and urban development support in near future.

    OVERSEAS RETAILERS PROGRAM


    A press conference for Supermarket Trade Show 2019 was held in South East Asia (Vietnam and Taiwan). In order to promote the show and entice visitors, media related to food industry and local retailers were invited. Collected local retailer surveys will be utilized to broaden overseas sales channels for Japanese products in the future. (Outsourced to The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) )


    This program broadens Japanese exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries. Overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from South East Asia are invited, and business matching meetings and consultation will be held based on pre-registration.


    This is especially optimized for overseas buyers. It will surely help the buyers to find the desired producers and they will find exactly what they are looking for.

    Business Matching @FTJ2019 [Hall 9]
    Business matching meeting with distribution buyers will be held.
    Feb.13 (Wed.) ~Feb. 15(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
    The organizer: National Supermarket Association of Japan and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Stage Programs [Hall 8 Seminar Stage]
    Feb.13 (Wed.)
    10:10a.m.~11:20a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
    Title: Impermanence in the field of distribution
    Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of National Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

    * Other specialized lectures, panel-discussion and etc. will be organized during the 3 days.
    * Free attendance
    * Pre-registration is not necessary. Please come to the venue directly.
    * Capacity: about 250

    * Each seminar will be provided with real time subtitles in English by using speech recognition technology "UD Talk". UD Talk is a communication support and conversation visualization application.

    By installing the free application UD Talk on your smartphone, you can view subtitles in nearly 30 languages other than English.

    About Organizer
    National Supermarket Association of Japan
    Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
    Tel:+81-3-3255-4825  Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
    Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association to New Supermarket Association of Japan in Sep. 2010. Renamed again to the present association name in Sep. 2018)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: 313 regular members, 940 supporting members (as of Oct. 2018)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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    The GTI Taipei Expo, which will be held on April 25th to 27th, Area A of Taipei World Trade Center, has begun its first round of booth allocation on December 7th, 2018. Up to now, there have been registrations from manufacturers such as IGS, Saint-Fun, Boller Technology, Lon Sheng, TengYun Digital Marketing, Twisting Future, Loei, ICT, Asia Amusement, Pan Asia, Feng Yung Chen (FYC), Feiloli, Bingotimes, Youal-Jifh, I-Cing, Sheng Yang, Feng Yi Fu, Feng Chen, Cheer Jingle, Chan Ming, A-Lin, Kwang Yi, Paokai, Borden, Weche, Yuan Gong, Jyuee Ang, Jin Sheng, Huai I, G-Sheen, Min Yang, YCCT, JCM, Guangzhou Cowboy, Guangzhou Huiyigu and many more. Besides, a manufacturers coordination meeting will be held on January 28 to explain the booth arrangements and exhibition notice.

    Since its first exhibition in 1993, GTI Taipei Expo has become an annual purchasing event held in the spring of the Asia Pacific region. Products on display are exciting and innovative, covering entertainment, gaming, AR/VR, online and mobile games, creating an excellent trade show platform for buyers and exhibitors, and also providing one-stop purchasing demand for visitors. GTI Taipei Expo sincerely welcomes visitors from all over the world. For more information about the expo and free accommodation, please contact us at Letitia.taiwanslot@gmail.com (Letitia) or visit www.gtimagazine.com.tw.

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    17 January 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --( ASIA TODAY )-- The official opening of Café Malaysia 2019 this afternoon marks the 3-day celebration of Malaysia’s robust coffee culture and industry, including its recent sterling successes in the international coffee scene. The launch at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) which was attended by industry leaders and key players of the coffee and tea industries, was officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Y.B. Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

    The highly anticipated annual coffee show will chart history as it hosts ASEAN’s top coffee specialists hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam from the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). They are here to announce the development of ASEAN’s very own Coffee Standards. Focusing on coffee beans cultivated in the ASEAN region, the set of Standards will boost the growth of the regional coffee industry, featuring key differentiations from existing standards which originated from the west.

    The recent string of successes in 2018 recorded by Malaysia’s very own baristas and latte artist at the World Latte Art Championship in Brazil (Irvine Quek, World Champion), the World Brewers Cup Championship in Brazil (Regine Wai, 1st Runner-Up) and the World Barista Championship in Amsterdam (Keith Koay, 10th ranking) are more reasons for celebration at Café Malaysia 2019. These successes are indicators of the growing interests in specialty coffee in Malaysia which is driven by young consumers’ appetite for the best brew. Malaysia’s achievements in the international coffee scene are also complemented with the steady rise in the number of talented young adults in Malaysia who hone their creativity and express their passion for coffee by becoming coffee artisans such as baristas, brewers, bean roasters and latte artists.

    The annual event which is also the country’s largest gathering of industry players, professional baristas and latte artists, records the participation of 180 exhibitors from 22 countries. The event showcases the latest supplies and products, an array of coffee beans and tea leaves from around the globe, equipment, machinery, accessories and technology. The comprehensive one-stop platform will also be a focal point of business opportunities as industry players will network with another in the fast-growing regional and international coffee and tea businesses. The event is projected to welcome 10,000 coffee and tea trade professionals, congress delegates, café owners.

    For visitors who are keen in acquiring knowledge on topics such as milk mixology, beverage creation, the sourcing of green coffee, herbal coffee, and how to maintain competitiveness in the business of running of a café, they will have the opportunity to attend the Café Malaysia 2019 Seminar which will take place on Friday, 18 January 2019.

    Over three days, visitors will also be able to catch the never-ending buzz at the stage area where the country’s finest baristas and accomplished latte artists will compete to clinch the top national titles at three national coffee championships namely, the 2019 Malaysia Barista Championship (MBC), the 2019 Malaysia Brewers Cup (MBrC), and the 2019 KL Coffee Club Malaysia Latte Art Championship (MLAC). Crowned champions of the respective competitions will earn the honours to represent Malaysia at the world stage.

    According to a February 2018 report on the coffee industry in Malaysia by Euromonitor International, the 2017 on-trade volume sales of coffee continued to increase. As urban and young consumers became more knowledgeable about speciality coffee, they are more willing to patronise on-trade channels such as chained cafés and specialist coffee shops to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee. Looking forward, coffee is set to record a higher volume compound annual growth rate (CAGR) than the performance seen in 2017. More players are anticipated to launch unique and premium flavours targeting different consumer segments, such as millennials and middle to high-income consumers, who demand better quality brews due to their increasing exposure to speciality coffee such as the double espresso.

    Café Malaysia 2019 will concurrently take place with the inaugural Malaysia Food Truck Congress. It will be presented on Saturday, 19 January 2019 as a business platform for key decision-makers and industry players to keep abreast of new technological improvements in the Food Truck F&B sectors, as well as to examine the latest developments and market trends. Delegates at the congress will be presented with the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and to expand their professional and business networks. Topics covered at the congress will include wholesale purchasing, marketing, licensing, food truck safety, and the fast-changing regulations of the industry.

    Another concurrent event, the second edition of the Food Truck Show, will serve as a comprehensive educational platform to discuss essential key topics pertaining to the local food truck scene such as planning, permitting, truck fabrication, food safety, production, and ideas. Industry and business professionals will also be present to exchange ideas and knowledge.

    In the recent decades, modern-style food trucks have become the preference for most food lovers around the world. Hyped by the millennials and Gen Y, the fast-growing trend of food truck has become a phenomenon here in Malaysia and the Food Truck industry has grown in visibility over the past few years. In February 2018, the industry learnt that the Government had geared up to issue around 1,000 licences to operators by the end of that year. Today, there are more than 1,000 food trucks across the country serving the increasing appetite for the popular mobile food culture.

    The Cafe Malaysia series is organised by CEMS Conference & Exhibition (M) Sdn Bhd, and is hosted by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) and the Café Owners Alliance Malaysia. MSCA is a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). The show is also endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

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    Major electronics makers are desperately seeking new production bases as the U.S.-China trade war shows no signs of abating. For many, Vietnam is the top choice, with a powerful electronics cluster taking shape in the northern part of the country. We went there to find how what’s happening.

    At the beginning of 2007, not long after Vietnam gained accession to the World Trade Organization, Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) Chairman Terry Gou set out from his factory in Shenzhen and drove through Nanning in the Guangxi Autonomous Region to Hanoi in Vietnam. (Read: Terry Gou's Secret Bases)

    He wanted to get a firsthand look at a possible cross-border transportation route in anticipation of setting up a Hon Hai assembly line in northern Vietnam, where wages were less than a third of those in Shenzhen. The factory there would be fed parts and components from the company’s plants in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.

    At the time, Gou realized that, with the drive from his plant in Shenzhen to Nanning taking 13 hours and the 300-kilometer drive from Nanning to Hanoi taking only six to eight hours, he could ship goods from the Shenzhen facility in the evening and have them in Bac Ninh just west of Hanoi the next morning, ready to be processed.

    One person familiar with Hon Hai’s operations described Gou’s thinking behind the strategic move and why he opted against southern Vietnam, where most Taiwanese were investing at the time, saying,

    “If it had been southern Vietnam, which was much farther away from China’s supply chain, the timing of the shipments would not have worked.”

    Consequently, Hon Hai bought more than 400 hectares of land in Bac Ninh that included space in the future for upstream suppliers in the supply chain. The company’s plans to build a new facility there were temporarily derailed, however, when the global financial crisis undermined the world economy in late 2008.

    Twelve years later, though the United States and China have reached a temporary ceasefire in their trade war, Taiwanese electronics manufacturers continue with plans to shift production out of China to avoid punitive American import duties, worried about lingering uncertainty over U.S.-China relations. (Read: Terry Gou’s U.S. Gambit: The Eagle Has Taken Off)

    As a result, the electronics connection envisioned by Gou more than a decade ago has blossomed.

    Hon Hai now has three factories in the northern Vietnam provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, and leading notebook assembler Compal Electronics is planning to re-launch its facility in Vinh Phuc province, northwest of Hanoi.

    Many other businesses and investors have flocked to northern Vietnam over the past three to four months, scouting the area.

    One of those that moved in was communications equipment company Wistron NeWeb Corp., which quietly rented a factory from Taiwanese company Mitac Precision Technology Corporation in the Kinh Bac City industrial park in Bac Ninh.

    “When you make products for American brands, if you deliver one to two months late, it will affect distribution in the market. Those who were in a rush decided to rent factory space to meet production needs, because buying land, building a plant and ramping up production takes at least a year. They would not have made it in time,” says the general manager of a Taiwanese company that has set up a factory there.

    We followed the same route Terry Gou did in 2007, starting from Nanning to experience this new electronics industry artery firsthand and get an understanding of the speed, scale and sustainability of this latest Taiwanese migration tide.

    Scene 1: Nanning to Friendship Pass in Pingxiang
    Core Hub of the China-Vietnam Electronics Artery

    Our vehicle left from Nanning and got on the flat and wide Nanyou Expressway, the major roadway heading toward the major border crossing near Pingxiang.

    During the trip, we saw one 45-foot container truck after another scream by a “One Belt One Road” banner.

    It took less than three hours to reach the China-Vietnam border – the Friendship Pass in Pingxiang – and line up for immigration and customs procedures to enter Vietnam. Pingxiang is the hub of this 300-kilometer-long electronics artery.

    All of the parts and components produced in China’s main electronics clusters in Chongqing, Chengdu, and the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas have to pass through here before being delivered to industrial parks in Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Vinh Phuc about 150 kilometers away to be processed.

    “Of all the land bordering checkpoints in China, Pingxiang has the biggest volume of electronics products passing through. Eight hundred cargo trucks a day deliver components to Vietnam, with each container carrying tens of millions of renminbi worth of parts,” says Catch Cheng, the 31-year-old vice general manager of logistics company Guangxi Greating Fortune International Cooperation Logis Co., Ltd.

    He has promised one of his customers – Samsung – that components manufactured in the Kunshan area near Shanghai will arrive at Samsung’s factories in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang in “72 hours, without fail,” he says.

    A native of Hunan Province, Cheng was stationed by his company in Pingxiang for three years, and he has since married a woman from the minority Zhuang people. He handles about 10,000 containers of electronics parts shipped from China to Vietnam a year, an average of nearly 30 a day.

    He said the volume of goods being transported on this major artery is growing about 20 percent a year, and he has seen many companies from Shenzhen set up logistics and trading companies over the past year in the Pingxiang customs building where he has his office.

    Scene 2: Friendship Pass to Hanoi
    A Different Look in Vietnam

    After we drove through the Friendship Pass and entered northern Vietnam, the gap in basic infrastructure between China and Vietnam became immediately apparent.

    The high-quality expressway within China’s borders narrowed into a regular two-lane dirt road.. A long line of container trucks seemed to occupy the lane, and intrepid drivers would occasionally veer into the opposite lane to pass a truck or two, often just barely averting direct collisions with oncoming traffic.

    Ultimately, it took four hours to cover the roughly 170 kilometers to Hanoi.

    When our vehicle arrived at the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park in Bac Ninh, about 30 kilometers from Hanoi, it drove into ALS East Hanoi Joint Stock Co., a customs bonded warehouse exclusively serving the electronics sector. There, 40 people work in shifts around the clock.

    The containers of electronics components shipped by Catch Cheng from China are sent to the ALS warehouse and sorted before being reshipped to electronics manufacturers in industrial parks in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang.

    “The factory that Foxconn uses to assemble Nokia phones, Fushan Technology, is right next to us, not even five minutes away,” says Tran Do Trong Khanh, ALS East Hanoi’s deputy director, in fluent English.

    ALS serves 50 electronics manufacturers who have set up factories in the area, including Foxconn and Samsung. (Read: A Threat to South Korea? Terry Gou’s American Dream)

    Compared with the one week it would take to ship the components by sea, trucking goods from Shenzhen, Dongguan or Guangzhou in Guangdong province or even from Xiamen through the Friendship Pass to Bac Ninh, Bac Giang or Vinh Phuc takes only one or at most two days.

    That’s roughly the same amount of time required for shipments within China, explaining why northern Vietnam has emerged as a dominant player in the global electronics manufacturing services market, especially as the U.S. and China continue to duke it out.

    Translated by Luke Sabatier
    Edited by Sharon Tseng

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