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    Sep 16, 2016

    If you are the owner of a business that is just starting out, then you know the struggles of ensuring that you are making every single cent that comes out of your pocket will count. There are a ton of things you will have to shell out cash for, and one of these things may have to be the dreaded in-person meetings and conventions. The average cost of airfare these days is not exactly friendly on the wallet, pocket, or bank account, either. According to data outlined in an article by Airlines for America, the average cost for a domestic flight per passenger was around $363.98, excluding the reservation fee and bag fee. What more would you have to spend on an international flight these days, not to mention the need for decent board and lodging?

    With that in mind, when should you bother booking a flight to another city, town, country, or even continent? When should you just convince the other person to talk about the subject over a nice cup of virtual coffee—that is, by starting up a video conference with you on a reliable web meeting software? In this article, we will give you a few reasons why you may want to hold off on buying any airfare and hotel room accommodations for certain discussions that you have to participate in.

    Book a Flight for That Meet-Up If…

    You Want to Have a Better Idea of How a Person Interacts with You.

    An article written by Caroline McMillan for the website The Muse notes that there are often subtle body movements you make that could affect how other people see you as a person. You can easily look a person up and down and make your own assessments about their personality from head to toe if you were able to see them in person.

    On the other hand, if you rely on a video call, then you will not be able to see the person’s entire body language from the waist down. In most online meetings, you only ever get to see a person from the shoulders up, depending on how they have decided to angle their camera. What if they are actually tapping their foot impatiently because they want you to stop talking already? What if they have their legs crossed because they really do not feel comfortable around you? What if they are actually just lounging around in their underwear because they cannot find any reason why they should take the extra effort of putting on some decent pair of pants? There is a lot that you will not get to see that could tell you volumes about a person’s attitude toward you, so sometimes, it can pay to shell out some cash, especially if you are going to try to seal the deal with a new client or a new business partner.

    Do Not Get on a Plane If…

    You Need a Really Quick Response to an Urgent Question That You Have

    Do you need a super quick reply to a very urgent problem? In cases like this, it will be so much easier for you to relay your message via a quick live chat, a video call, or even by leaving somebody an e-mail if it really cannot be helped. Whether you are in a pinch or want to conduct these types of calls regularly, video conferencing in business can be done over reliable platforms such as BlueJeans. It is super easy to pick up and use, which means less time wasted on troubleshooting any errors.

    Are you hoping to meet up to discuss some rather in-depth plans, instead of resolving a potential crisis? Even then, e-mail, chat, or even video calls can still do a better job than all the effort it would take to pack your bags and fly overseas. All you need to do is to make a note of what you absolutely have to tackle in your discussion, and then figure out an action plan by working together on a solution.

    In Conclusion: Do You Want a Complete Picture or Do You Just Need a Speedy Response?

    Though web conferencing software does allow you to see the other person, you will only get to see them from the waist up, which is sometimes not enough to give you a complete picture of how they are feeling about your conversation. For example, you will not be able to see if they are crossing their legs, which may imply that they are getting impatient or that they are closing themselves off from you. You will also not be able to see whether or not they bothered to put on a respectable pair of pants that day, either. For all that you know, they might actually be wearing their favorite pair of worn-out and cute pajamas.

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    Other countries have their “visions” for the economic future, Thailand uses a borrowed term from the IT sector: The country wants to become “Thailand 4.0,” which means it seeks to transform its economy into a service-based, value-creating digital one.

    This is, of course, easier said than done. In the computer world, to change or upgrade an operating system, it normally needs to be rebooted, and everything organises itself from scratch again.,

    In the case of Thailand, things are even more complex. Basically, as Investvine learned from the country’s Deputy Minister of Economy Suvit Maesincee, Thailand aims at introducing the new model to “escape the middle-income trap” and develop towards a high-income nation to “avid a lost decade.”

    To facilitate these objectives, the government officially approved the “Thailand 4.0” initiative to move the country’s economy into the digital era with an initial budget of 3.7 billion baht, or more than $100 million, acknowledging that Thailand’s industrial growth has so far passed three stages of economic evolution: Thailand 1.0 (an agriculture-based economy), Thailand 2.0 (a light industry-based economy based on assembly manufacturing) and Thailand 3.0 (a heavy industry-based economy).

    What should follow is “Digital Thailand” or “Thailand 4.0,” pushing Thailand’s economy to the next level by facilitating important sectors of the digital economy such as e-commerce, IT services, creative technology, smart systems and innovation.

    “At the current stage, Thailand is in fact facing three traps,” Suvit explains.

    “These are, besides the middle income trap, the inequality trap and the imbalance trap, and all are responsible for the many problems we are currently facing, including in politics, as well as corruption,” he adds, noting that “therefore, what we need to do is to change the engine – to enable us to walk away from a producing towards a higher-value economy with a better distribution of wealth and a more balanced society.”

    As a start, various projects are planned under the initiative, including the delivery of affordable broadband Internet access to villages nationwide, and the deployment of IT to improve public services offered by state agencies. The latter includes an attempt to consolidate government services into a single portal that comprises all state agencies.

    Further on, initiatives in the most important sectors of the Thai economy are planned, including the introduction of “smart farming” with the help of biotechnology and agritech, creative technologies in industry and manufacturing using robotics and mechatronics, better skills training to groom knowledge workers instead of blue collar labourers, support of smart enterprises and startups in fintech, e-commerce, cyber security, environmental technology and other enhanced services, as well as the development of a broader service industry with high-value services, for example in the lifestyle and healthcare sectors.

    “In fact, our service industry at the moment relies to 70 per cent on tourism. We clearly need to diversify it,” Subvit says, suggesting that the wellness and health care sector could be expanded by biomedical and other new services.

    One big obstacle on the way to Thailand 4.0, though, is the problem of a skills gap, Suvit openly admits.

    “There is actually a huge knowledge gap between Thailand and the rest of the developed world,” he concedes, adding that “our education system is very ineffective and reforms are seriously needed in order to produce more high-skilled talent.”

    In this context, an editorial in “The Nation” published on September 8 names poor English proficiency in Thailand as compared to most of its neighbours as one of the biggest problems that need to be overcome to end the country’s economic standstill. The paper cites two main reason for the issue:

    “First, we are too nationalistic. This can be seen especially among civil servants, who hide what is generally a very poor command of English behind exaggerated displays of patriotism. Some still insist that foreigners in Thailand should speak Thai. That authoritarian attitude has caused others to hide their deficiencies. They ignore the fact that few people beyond our borders can speak Thai.

    Second, many Thais simply do not understand that English is a universal language that gives its speakers an information advantage over those who have to rely exclusively on Thai media. Global news in Thai, especially on economics, is usually reported two days late, which causes errors in decision-making by those who depend on it.”

    The writer recommends that Thais “simply have to cultivate a more global mindset,” echoing Suvit’s conclusion that better education leads a more balanced society and eventually a better life fr its members.

    “Thailand’s transition over the next five years needs to address three issues: Conflict, corruption and inequality,” Suvit says, adding that “Thai people need to change from being self-centric to become socially responsible.”

    Thailand’s educational system, which is arguably stuck in the last century, in the “Thailand 4.0” concept should transform from a passive, standardised and duty-driven system to an idea- and practice-based, active and achievement-oriented system to improve human capital development in the country and create a “talent market” and eventually, and ideally, a society that is driven by “active citizens, engaged contributors and social innovators,” making it more inclusive and more innovative in the process.

    The concept has been named Pracha Rath, which means “State of the People” and describes an ideal goal for Thailand where economic and social collaboration between people and businesses – from the grassroots up to big companies – lead to a balanced and harmonic society with empowered people.

    The road towards this goal will be, not unexpectedly, rocky.

    Initial reactions to the Pracha Rath concept have been diverse. While some saw it as a god way to bring the government, the private sector and communities into collaboration, others simply called it a “daydream.”

    Moreover, the Bangkok Post in August cited a survey that most businesses in Thailand know little about the “Thailand 4.0” concept.

    The survey by a unit of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce showed that slightly more than half of 600 surveyed businesses mainly in the manufacturing and service sectors know little about Thailand 4.0. In detail, 55 per cent admitted they had little knowledge about it and only one percent responded that they knew it comprehensively. In between, 27 per cent of the respondents said they somewhat knew what it meant and 17 per cent said they knew it “pretty well.”

    Broken down, 57 per cent of the medium-sized ones said they “do not know much” about Thailand 4.0. Among the big-scale industries in the survey, 75 per cent said they understood it “moderately.”

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    Sep 17, 2016

    Singapore, 15 September 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- The third edition of Manufacturing Solutions Expo (MSE), jointly organised by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), will be held from 12 to 14 October 2016 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

    MSE 2016 is supported by government agencies and trade associations, including SPRING Singapore, A*STAR, e2i, Enterprise Europe Network, IPI Singapore, Association of
    Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME), GS1 Singapore, IPV6 Forum Singapore Chapter, Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Singapore
    Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), Singapore Logistics (SLA), Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS),
    Singapore Surface Engineering Association (SSEA) and Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS).

    Targeted at manufacturing professionals, policy makers and business owners, this event aims to showcase the latest manufacturing methods, innovative solutions, and cost effective technologies and products to meet the growing needs of manufacturing companies to raise productivity while staying competitive in a complex business landscape. MSE 2016 expects to attract 4,000 trade visitors from Singapore and around the region to establish new business partnerships, network and engage potential distribution agents with over 100 regional and international brands and business solutions across the entire manufacturing value chain from more than 20 counties. It will showcase the manufacturing value chain categorised by Digital Factory, Industrial Automation, Sustainable Environment and Supply Chain.

    MSE 2016 has garnered the support from Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) to co-locate its fifth edition of Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC) Annual Conference 2016 alongside with MSE 2016. The one-day MPTC Annual Conference 2016 is a platform for industry practitioners to view emerging models and technologies for innovation, exchange ideas and initiate collaborations and partnerships. Over 300 delegates are expected to attend the conference that focuses on productivity transformation through innovation and assist organisations to transform into innovative enterprises with improved productivity.

    Agencies and technology providers in automation, design and manufacturing including metrology, will be showcased at MSE 2016.

    The high value manufacturing solutions in the ASEAN region
    With technological environment advancing rapidly, smart manufacturing is the solution to improve productivity, efficiency and profitability and reduction in downtime, waste and
    defects.

    ASEAN’s demographic advantages and expanding market opportunities will position the region as an attractive manufacturing centre for manufacturers and investors to
    capitalize on its growth. As such, Singapore is preparing to capitalise on a more automated and connected future.

    MSE 2016 will showcase a wide range of industries to leverage like the Aerospace, Automotive, Biotechnology, Electrical and Electronics, Energy, Food and Beverages,
    Manufacturing, Medical Technologies, Healthcare, Oil and Gas, and Telecommunication.

    Besides the support from government agencies and industry associations, MSE 2016 has increased more than 30% floor space in the Singapore Pavilion, covering 600 sqm
    that comprises more than 50 Singapore companies, making it one of the largest Singapore Pavilions which MSE has organised so far. The well-received expo has the support from more than 70 companies that will be presenting over 100 international and regional exhibiting brands from 20 plus countries such as 3D Matters, ABB, CAM System, CEI, e2i, Fleximark, Hitronic, Hiwin, Indegy, Janatics Pneumatic, Keyence, LHT Holdings, Neuphonix Vision, OGP, QualityLine, Sandvik, Siemens ETA, Spectris, Stratasys, UCT Additive Manufacturing, Unitronic, Werma and many others.

    There will also be a series of interactive learning seminars and product demonstrations presenting the best practices in the manufacturing sectors where visitors can expect to
    see artefacts representing from both start-ups and other organisations. Visitors can walk through the alley of LIVE demonstrations on Additive Manufacturing and Robotics and
    experience the new paradigm for industrial manufacturing in 3D printing as well as a series of industrial and service robots that companies have successfully implemented in
    workplace to enhance productivity, profitability and time efficiency.

    In addition, visitors who are seeking for business advice can visit or schedule appointments with the Business Advisory Clinic presented by SME Centre@SMF for free
    consultations onsite. Visitors will get the latest information on incentive schemes and grants from various governmental agencies at a Government Pavilion too.

    More than 20 industry leaders will be sharing on the latest industry trends, best practices and various manufacturing technological solutions at ManuTech Xchange across the
    three-day programme tailored specially for MSE visitors.

    The exhibition is a platform for networking, thought leadership, industry collaboration and sharing of ideas. Visitors will gain new perspectives that will enable them to adapt to the fast-changing industrial environment, as well as discover new technology trends and markets, given the rising demand for fully integrated capabilities.

    Identifying business opportunities and increase company performance Co-located with MSE 2016 is a one-day seminar on The Future of Manufacturing Industry presented by Nomura Research Institute Pte Ltd (NRI) - Asia’s leading consultancy firm for Manufacturing Industry with 10,000 professionals in 38 offices in13 countries. The seminar will focus on the dynamic change in the manufacturing industry in the ASEAN landscape due to the emergence of new age technologies such as AI, Big Data and IoT.

    Delegates will learn from industry experts to develop strategies based on experience, support on decision-making with understanding on their inherent issues to form and
    execute effective measures in a harmonised manner.

    Also co-located with MSE 2016 is an insightful seminar on Green Productivity and Green Factory Seminar, presented by Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service (FTIS) with
    support from Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and Industrial Development Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan Government. The purpose of the seminar is to share the experience of Green Factory Labeling System and green technologies from Taiwan.

    For more information and registration, visit www.ms-expo.com.
    Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
    Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

    For media enquiries, please contact:
    Sphere Exhibits: Singapore Manufacturing Federation:

    Ariel Tan
    Senior Manager, Trade Marketing
    Sphere Exhibits
    DID: (65) 6590 3414
    HP: (65) 9683 1880
    Email: tanariel@sph.com.sg

    Andrew Ong
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    Singapore Manufacturing Federation
    DID: (65) 6826 3013
    HP: (65) 9695 5755
    Email: andrew.ong@smfederation.org.sg

    Vanni Cheong
    Assistant Manager
    Corporate Communications & CSR
    Singapore Press Holdings Limited
    Tel: (65) 6319 1553
    HP: (65) 9617 4713
    Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg

    Debra Toh
    Executive, Corporate Communications
    Singapore Manufacturing Federation
    DID: (65) 6826 3034
    HP: (65) 9856 3453
    Email: debra.toh@smfederation.org.sg

    - ASIA TODAY Newswire http://www.AsiaToday.com

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    KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6981) (ISIN:JP3914400001) today announced that Murata has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company with Shizuki Electric Co., Inc. This joint venture will specialize in the development and manufacturing of high temperature film capacitors (HTFC) mainly for automotive applications.

    Murata and Shizuki have started R&D and sales collaboration already some years ago, and the establishment of a joint venture is the next step to deepen the successful collaboration. By combining Murata’s deep expertise in materials technologies, resources and extensive global sales network with Shizuki’s know-how in film capacitor manufacturing this joint venture enables both companies to expand their business within power electronics for the automotive market, to further develop next generation HTFCs and to offer new value to customers worldwide.

    The new company owned 65% by Murata, and 35% by Shizuki, will be based in Akita, Japan. The start of the operations is estimated for the beginning of October 2016.

    About Shizuki Electric Co., Inc.
    Established: March 1939
    Sales: 21,728 million yen (as of March 31, 2016)
    Business: Manufacture and sale of capacitors and related equipment and facilities, electrical machinery and equipment, and information equipment.
    Number of employees: 1,295 (as of March 31, 2016)

    About Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Established: October 1944
    Sales: Consolidated basis: 1,210,841 million yen (as of March 31, 2016)
    Business: Design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components and solutions, communication modules, power supply modules, and other.

    Number of employees: 54,674 (as of March 31, 2016)

    Contacts
    Media Contact
    Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Taku Makino, +81-75-955-6786
    Corporate Communications Office
    prsec_mmc@murata.com

    - ASIA TODAY Newswire http://www.AsiaToday.com

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    Pei Wei to open in Seoul at South Korea’s biggest shopping mall with plans to open 10 more locations by end of 2017

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pei Wei Asian Diner®, the pioneering fast casual pan-Asian restaurant known for its bold flavors and affordable Asian-inspired menu, opened its first Asia location in South Korea by launching its brand at Starfield Hanam, the country’s largest shopping mall.

    Pei Wei leads the fast casual restaurant brands in the world by offering flavorful and high quality Asian dishes with daily prepared and hand-cut ingredients in a fast casual dine-in setting.

    Pei Wei is partnering in South Korea with ELX Food & Beverage, led by Chef Mr. Justin Choi. Choi will supervise the brand in the market and Pei Wei will offer its characteristic scratch and open kitchen, which allows customers to enjoy dishes made from the freshest ingredients as well as a glance into the cooking process that includes the quintessential Chinese Wok as the cooking method.

    Pei Wei is the second brand of the globally popular P.F. Chang’s Inc. who was brought by ELX F&B to the South Korea market. “South Korea’s sophisticated yet practical customers are a perfect target for Pei Wei’s simple, yet healthy and high-quality dishes,” said Kwak Ki-hoon, CEO of ELX F&B. “Through our insights and experience behind our successful launch of P.F. Chang’s, I look forward to leading local dining trends through Pei Wei’s flavorful selection and fresh offerings.”

    The company is planning to open 10 more Pei Wei locations by end of 2017 including Daejeon Galleria Department Store and Busan Seomyun Lotte Department Store.

    “We are thrilled to open our first Pei Wei restaurant in Asia and are looking forward to serving delicious food to the South Korean consumers in a modern, practical and efficient setting,” commented Steve Winters, Director of Operations for Pei Wei globally. “We believe that our partner ELX will do a fantastic job operating the brand in South Korea,” he finalized.

    The menu items that Pei Wei is introducing are the same as items popular in the U.S., including its signature Lo Mein and Quinoa & Fire Chicken, in addition to the “Wok Classics” Noodle & Rice bowl options, soups, salads and “Small Plate” offerings.

    About Pei Wei

    Founded in 2000, Scottsdale, Arizona-based Pei Wei is an Asian-inspired fast-casual restaurant that prepares each dish to order in the tradition of ancient Asian cooking methods using freshly chopped ingredients. Menu offerings include lettuce wraps, salads, sushi and Wok Classics that can be easily customized for any palate or diet, including gluten-free and vegetarian. Pei Wei, recently named a 2016 Nation’s Restaurant News’ Consumer Picks Top 10, owns and operates more than 200 restaurants in the United States, Middle East, South Korea and Airports. For more information, visit PeiWei.com.

    Contacts
    Pei Wei Asian Diner
    Cassie Cooper, 480-888-3332
    Cassie.Cooper@peiwei.com

    - ASIA TODAY Newswire http://www.AsiaToday.com

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    HYDERABAD, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (BSE: 500124, NSE: DRREDDY, NYSE: RDY) today announced that it has expanded its strategic collaboration with Amgen, one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, to market and distribute three of Amgen’s medicines in India in the therapy areas of oncology and osteoporosis. Under the terms of the collaboration, Dr. Reddy’s will commercialise XGEVA® (denosumab), Vectibix® (panitumumab) and Prolia® (denosumab) in India.

    In 2015, Dr. Reddy’s announced an initial strategic collaboration with Amgen to execute a full range of regulatory and commercial services to seek approval of and launch Amgen’s Kyprolis® (carfilzomib), BLINCYTO® (blinatumomab) and Repatha™ (evolocumab) in India. The collaboration leverages the capabilities of both companies, combining Amgen's innovative therapies with Dr. Reddy’s deep understanding of patient and physician needs in India.

    M.V. Ramana, Executive Vice President and Head of Emerging markets and India Business, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited, said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Amgen as it strengthens our constant endeavor to enhance patients’ access to novel treatment options across therapy areas. These medicines provide unique treatment options to physicians to address unmet medical need in the area of oncology and osteoporosis.”

    Penny Wan, Amgen Vice President and General Manager, Japan Asia Pacific Region, said, ”We are happy to strengthen our relationship with Dr. Reddy’s. Amgen is committed to addressing unmet medical needs of patients in India, and we are pleased with the commitment Dr. Reddy’s has demonstrated toward making our medicines available in India as quickly as possible.”

    XGEVA is a RANK ligand (RANKL) inhibitor and is approved in India for the prevention of skeletal related events in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone.

    Vectibix is an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antagonist approved in India for the treatment of adult patients with wild-type KRAS metastatic colorectal cancer (m-CRC) as first line treatment as monotherapy following disease progression, in wild type RAS m-CRC as first-line combination with FOLFOX and in second line in combination with FOLFIRI after prior treatment with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy (excluding irinotecan).

    Prolia is a RANK ligand (RANKL) inhibitor approved in India for treatment of post-menopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture and also for treatment of increased bone mass in men with osteoporosis. Often referred to as the "silent epidemic," osteoporosis is a global problem that is increasing in significance as the population of the world both increases and ages. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently identified osteoporosis as a priority health issue along with other major non-communicable diseases.

    About Dr. Reddy’s: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (BSE: 500124, NSE: DRREDDY, NYSE: RDY) is an integrated pharmaceutical company, committed to providing affordable and innovative medicines for healthier lives. Through its three businesses – Pharmaceutical Services & Active Ingredients, Global Generics and Proprietary Products – Dr. Reddy’s offers a portfolio of products and services including APIs, custom pharmaceutical services, generics, biosimilars and differentiated formulations. Our major therapeutic areas of focus are gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, diabetology, oncology, pain management and dermatology. Dr. Reddy’s operates in markets across the globe. Our major markets include – USA, India, Russia & CIS countries, and Europe. For more information, log on to: www.drreddys.com

    Disclaimer: This press release may include statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on the management’s current views and assumptions and involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. In addition to statements which are forward-looking by reason of context, the words "may,""will,""should,""expects,""plans,""intends,""anticipates,""believes,""estimates,""predicts,""potential," or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to without limitation, (i) general economic conditions such as performance of financial markets, credit defaults, currency exchange rates, interest rates, persistency levels and frequency/severity of insured loss events, (ii) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (iii) changing levels of competition and general competitive factors, (iv) changes in laws and regulations and in the policies of central banks and/or governments, (v) the impact of acquisitions or reorganization, including related integration issues.

    Contacts
    Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
    INVESTOR RELATIONS
    Saunak Savla
    Ph: +91-40-49002135
    saunaks@drreddys.com
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    MEDIA RELATIONS
    Calvin Printer
    Ph: +91-40-49002121
    calvinprinter@drreddys.com

    - ASIA TODAY Newswire http://www.AsiaToday.com

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    SEOUL, KOREA --(ASIA TODAY)-- Asia’s premier electric energy industry event, Asia Power Week, comprising POWER‐GEN Asia, Renewable Energy World Asia and the POWER‐GEN Asia Financial Forum held a press conference in Seoul on 24 August 2016 to formally showcase the 24th annual event, taking place outside of the ASEAN region for the first time in more than a decade.  

    Organised by global event expert PennWell Corporation, Asia Power Week takes place on 20‐22 September at KINTEX, Gyeonggi‐do, under the theme of “Exchanging Knowledge – Generating Solutions”, and is set to attract more than 8,000 attendees from around with the world.
       
    The press conference, hosted by Asia Power Week Director, Dr. Heather Johnstone, included a presentation on the history of PennWell, the significance of Asia Power Week to the Korean marketplace and wider Asian region, plus further information upon the content and opportunities the event provides. Alongside Dr. Johnstone was Professor Kim Hee Jip, Co‐Chairman of MOTIE’s Energy New Industry Committee and Visiting Professor at Seoul National University’s School of Engineering, remarking that Asia Power Week provides an important and timely international platform for discussions on the major issues influencing the power generation industry and importantly the future direction of the sector.

    Professor Kim stated, “The fundamental transformation in how we generate electricity will be in the forefront of the minds of attendees in the conversations, discussions and debates they will have with their peers. The challenge this presents for the industry and the energy policy‐makers should not be under‐estimated and underlines the importance of staging events such as Asia Power Week, which can bring together the key stakeholders under one roof. Here in South Korea, we have ambitious plans and are working in partnership with many of our neighbours to help transition Asia to a lower‐carbon, sustainable energy future. The Energy New Industry strategy, for example, is fundamental to our country’s energy future from
    both an environmental and economic perspective. The strategy, which will be implemented until 2030, aims to reduce carbon emissions by 55 million tonnes, establish a market for new energy businesses worth 100 trillion won and create half a million jobs.”

    Asia Power Week will provide Korean industry professionals the opportunity to meet other professionals from Europe, the US and other Asian nations, enabling the all‐important exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences. Asia Power Week also provides an opportunity for Korean companies to showcase their technological expertise to the international power community, with the event Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), KEPCO as Host Utility and Officially Supported by KOWEPO, EWP, KOEN, KOMIPO, KOSPO and KHNP.  

    The three‐day event also includes a world‐class exhibition hall boasting over 200 of the industry’s leading players from around the world, offering a vital business and networking opportunity, as well as the ability to view the latest industry technologies and developmental advancements.  

    “In recent years, we have seen the involvement of Korean companies in Asia Power Week steadily grow. Interestingly, we have seen a similar trend with several of our other POWER‐GEN events, including a Korean pavilion at our recent POWERP‐GEN Europe event. From our perspective, this is fantastic to see, and we are equally thrilled to have Doosan Heavy Industries as our Gold Sponsor of Asia Power Week. We have had the privilege of working with Doosan at our POWER‐GEN events right across the world for many years. We are also absolutely delighted that Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, Samsung Control Valve Co Ltd, and Hanwha Group’s subsidiary, Hanwha Techwin Co. Ltd are joining us this year, as well as several Korean SMEs, such as Daeyoung C&E Co. Ltd, DongHwa Entec and Hanbek Corp, and also two Korean Pavilions with both pavilions coming under the auspices of the Korea Electric Manufacturers’ Cooperative.” said Dr. Johnstone.

    Asia Power Week provides the power generation industry with a one‐of‐a‐kind event, With three unique conferences, Asia Power Week, via POWER‐GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia, brings together industry‐leading speakers to discuss both from a strategic and a technological viewpoint the key issues facing conventional power generation, including nuclear and renewable energy in the region. Added to this the POWER‐GEN Asia Financial Forum, which is a platform that brings together investors and financing institutions to discuss all‐ things to do with investing in power projects, such as funding trends in the region and new financing models.

    Dr. Johnstone concludes, “With the extensive global footprint of our POWER‐GEN brand we are able to bring a truly international audience to Asia Power Week. For example, at last year’s event in Bangkok, we had 85 different countries represented. Plus, with the event comprising of three conferences plus an high‐class exhibition floor, it enables us to reach financiers, developers, power generators and equipment suppliers to network, do business and share knowledge across the whole spectrum of the industry. We therefore look forward to welcoming the industry to KINTEX in September for what is sure to be a vital event in the power industry calendar.”

    For further information please visit www.asiapowerweek.com  

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    For further information, please contact:

    International Contact
    PennWell Corporation
    Lee Catania  
    T: +44 (0) 1992 656 647

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    SHANGHAI --(ASIA TODAY)-- China is now the second largest jeans market in the world, valued at $12 billion in 2015, while consumers’ affinity[1] for denim jumped from 39% to 63% from 2003 to 2016, Cotton Council International (CCI) and Cotton Incorporated’s 2016 Global Lifestyle Monitor Survey shows. This favourable market has attracted an increasing number of industry-leading denim suppliers to partake in the Beyond Denim hall at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2016. From 11 – 13 October, over 170 domestic and overseas exhibitors will showcase their newest denim collections in this hall alongside the debut INVISTA Pavilion in hall 7.2 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).

    Featuring five co-exhibitors, the new LYCRA® MOVES DENIM Pavilion by INVISTA will offer an interactive demonstration of INVISTA denim technologies, including LYCRA® dualFX®, LYCRA® BEAUTY and COOLMAX®, as well as the latest THERMOLITE® IR technology. What’s more, the pavilion will feature a series of performance denim and garments under three themes: Urban Noir, Earth Expedition and Reform.

    Also hosted by INVISTA is a panel discussion session titled ‘Adding Value to Denim: Why this is a win for consumers and retailers’, held on 12 October at the new seminar area Textile Dialogue (hall 6.2). This panel discussion will be moderated by the fashion media INSIDE FASHION’s Editorial Director Ms Jane Singer, and a total of four panellists will share their insights on different sub-topics, which include:

    * Consumer Insights: Me and my Denim, by Ms Jean Hegedus, Global Business Director – Denim and Wovens, INVISTA
    * Evolution of Performance Denim, by Mr Raymond Leung, Asia Pacific End Use Research Manager, INVISTA
    * The Future of Denim, by Ms Amy Wang, General Manager, Member of Board of Directors, Advance Denim
    * Stretch leads the trend, technology enhances performance!, by Mr Peter Guo, Marketing Director, Texhong (China) Investment Co Ltd

    Denim Forum illustrates the denim story legend

    The Denim Forum in Beyond Denim will be more than just a display area this year as it becomes a tour through the evolution of denim’s 200-year history. In cooperating with New York’s Museum at FIT at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the forum’s designer Doneger Creative Services is bringing the exhibition ‘Denim: Fashion's Frontier’ to the fair to tell the 200-year denim story from the 19th century till today; from workwear to high fashion. In addition, under the new concept ‘Brooklyn Today’, the newest range of denim products, trends and technology will be introduced under four themes:

    * Modern: A demanding schedule calls for all-purpose denim that is lifestyle driven. Catering to comfort, denim adopting lightweight dimension and a soft-hand feel. Performance blends/coatings, stretch, and shaping speak to versatility. Even tailored denim provides a more polished approach to dressing. A seasonless weatherproof plan also places denim at the core as a modern necessity.

    * Heritage: An all-American look evolves, with an undercurrent of pioneering Western Spirit. Authentic in feel, the selvedge denim trend captures a traditional look while updated fits and features allow it to transfer from casual to dressy. Workwear has returned, and with it a need for raw, tough, durable fabrics.

    * Vintage: With graffiti influenced paint techniques, embroidery, rips and fraying, denim has turned into a canvas on which both brands and individuals can create. DIY culture prevails, and personalized touches like pins and patches lend a creative touch to store bought and recycled pieces. Self-expression and individuality reign, inspiring street style bloggers and vintage enthusiasts alike.

    * Rebellious: The MTV generation influences denim with musical style references. A rock tough attitude is seen in treatments like acid wash, leather like coatings, bold stripes, rips and tears, zips and lace-ups. Eighties club culture and iconography add graphic impact, as does street art come to life.

    Over 170 denim suppliers feature in Beyond Denim

    After learning about the latest technologies and emerging trends & products, buyers have a wide range of more than 170 suppliers at their fingertips in the Beyond Denim hall. This includes H.W. Textile from Hong Kong, a joint-venture denim manufacturer with Japan’s Kurabo. They utilise US cotton and BCI cotton, high-performance stretch yarns and new Japanese dyeing and finishing technology in their products. The company has worked with over 70% of US jeanswear brands in the past, and is targeting the Chinese market this year. Also from Hong Kong is Super Wings who will offer products that match what they believe are the market trends this year: Tencel items to meet demand for soft-touch items, as well as recycled denim, and high-stretch denim for womenswear.

    Chinese supplier Guangzhou Cotton Field Textile will also offer Tencel as well as Modal, cotton polyester spandex fabric plus non-stretch cotton fabrics, and are fully integrated with yarn spinning, weaving, fabric dyeing and finishing facilities. Foshan City Shunde Seborn Textile will showcase a range including Lycra, dualFX, T400, THERMOLITE, COOLMAX, Sorona, Tencel, Modal, bamboo and other high-end denim options.

    Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2016 is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre.

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    TAIPEI --(ASIA TODAY)-- Organizers of 16 design weeks around the world come together at International Design Week Forum to build mutual support network and promote a flourishing international design industry

    Sixteen organizers of leading design weeks around the world will attend the International Design Week Forum, one of four Signature Events taking place in Taiwan in October as part of the World Design Capital® (WDC) Taipei 2016. The bilingual two-day forum, organized in conjunction with Taiwan Designers’ Web, will explore how design weeks can best promote the design industry and establish a global network for mutual support and exchange of resources.

    The 16 participants come from the Design Junction (United Kingdom), Dutch Design Week (Netherlands), Ventura Lambrate (Italy), Helsinki Design Week (Finland), D’days (France), Design Days Mexico and Mexico Design Week (Mexico), Tokyo Design Week (Japan), Beijing Design Week (China), Business of Design Week (Hong Kong), SingaPlural (Singapore), Chiang Mai Design Week (Thailand), Sydney Design Festival (Australia), Design Days Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Holon Design Week (Israel). Also in attendance will be Ben Chiu and Timothy Liao, the CEO and Executive Director of Taiwan Designers’ Web and Taiwan Designers’ Week.

    “We anticipate that this forum will represent a significant step forward for the design world,” says Ben Chiu, Executive Director of Taiwan Designers’ Web. “While design weeks have great potential to cultivate and promote local design talents, as the participants are well aware, there are also many obstacles to overcome. We hope that this exchange of ideas and experience will help us to find solutions to our common challenges in a global context.”

    “The International Design Week Forum will be an opportunity to build a solid foundation for future global collaboration and sharing of resources,” says Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government. “Audience members will also gain a deep insight into the international design industry as it stands today and see how it can develop in the future.”

    The second day of the forum, which will be open to the public, will be held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Tuesday, October 18, from 12.30-6.10PM. The forum will be divided into three segments: World Design Capital, Global Design Perspectives, and Asian Design Powers. The topics for discussion include how design weeks can incubate and support local design talent, how to overcome the challenges faced by design weeks, and the impact that design weeks can have in city branding. To sign up for the forum, visit:  http://www.designersweek.tw/activity/2016/forum/index_en.htm.

    Other major events in October include the International Design House Exhibition, which will be held at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from Thursday, October 13 until Sunday, October 30; the International Design Policy Conference on the weekend of October 15 and 16 at the Taipei International Convention Center; and the Network of Cities Meeting, an invitation-only event on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13. For more information on WDC Taipei 2016 events, visit the official website ( http://wdc2016.taipei/) or follow on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/taipeidesign/).

    About WDC Taipei 2016
    "Adaptive City -- Design in Motion" was Taipei City's core concept in its 2015 application to host World Design Capital 2016. How can we apply innovative "design thinking" practices to overcome the constraints that limited resources place on our city's development, pursue continual change in our urban governance, create happiness in the lives of our citizens--providing them with a better quality of life in a more livable, forward-looking city? These are the goals for Taipei City. 2016 marks the beginning of an evolution for Taipei, where we will take advantage of the potential in change by "Engaging Communities,""Connecting Information," and "Revitalizing the City." For more information on WDC Taipei 2016, visit the official website http://wdc2016.taipei/en/, or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/taipeidesign/.

    About World Design Capital
    World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by Icsid every two years to recognize a city's innovative use of design for economic, social and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led urban revitalization strategies that other cities can benefit from. Past cities to hold the WDC title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) 2014. Taipei (Taiwan) is this year's WDC, and Mexico City has just been named WDC 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.worlddesigncapital.com.

    About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design
    The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid recently approved a name change, World Design Organization, to be implemented and celebrated during its 60th anniversary in 2017. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging our more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming—World Design Capital®, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status. For more information, please visit http://www.icsid.org/.

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    Dubai, 18 September 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- His Excellency Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development, Dubai Government, officially inaugurated the first Windows, Doors and Façades Event in Dubai.

    The exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre, running until 20 September, showcases a wide range of products for optimising energy retention and management, which comprises embedding the use of plants into the design of buildings, using minimal sliding doors, automated layered glazed panels as well as digital, interactive façades, already popular in major cities around the world.

    For the building materials market, the Middle East Facades Summit has five sessions focusing on building fire safety, cooling issues, sound optimisation, and design green principles alongside two showcase presentations of Zaha Hadid projects in Beirut and Dubai.

    One of the panel discussions on the opening day addressed how to advance green building principles from a sustainability and energy efficiency point of view, moderated by Scott Coombes, Director of AESG, the energy and sustainability consultancy.

    The expert panelists identified how different sustainability ratings systems compare, and analysed the importance of effective maintenance and property and asset management to ensure a building’s long-term operational efficiency.

    Coombes said: “The GCC façade market is growing year on year by approximately 7 per cent and is currently worth US$5 billion for the glass sector alone. There are some fascinating projects in the UAE right now, in particular in Dubai with projects such as the Expo 2020, the Dubai Water Canal and the Dubai Harbour from Emaar.

    The region’s only dedicated exhibition for the building materials market also featured 12 CPD certified workshops available for those professionals seeking further expertise in the field.

    Muhammed Kazi, Exhibition Director of Windows, Doors & Façades Event, added: “As the UAE construction industry prepares for the implementation of the new Dubai Civil Defence laws governing the health and safety of construction materials, safety-orientated solutions for windows, doors and façades will have great potential in the already burgeoning US$6.7billion GCC market.”

    Windows, Doors and Facades Event will be running at the Dubai World Trade Centre, until 20 September.

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    CHENGDU --(ASIA TODAY)-- The Chinese boom town of Chengdu is preparing to welcome the international aviation industry this weekend for the 22nd annual World Routes forum (24-27 September).

    World Routes moves to a different location every year to highlight different aviation markets. It is the only route development forum that brings together aviation professionals to discuss new air services on a global scale.

    Rapid economic growth since the 1990s has transformed Chengdu into the largest city in western China with a population of over 1.4 million. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and home to 271 Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Intel and Microsoft. Chengdu’s GDP increased by 7.9 % in 2015 to 1.08 trillion Yuan which is 1.1% above the national average.

    Chengdu was included in The New York Times’ ‘52 Places to Go in 2015’ list and it is one of China’s top ten tourist destinations. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, ancient archaeological ruins, the remains of the Old City and many other attractions drew 2.3 million overseas visitors last year.

    Economic success and a burgeoning tourism industry has led to high demand for air services. Between 2012 and 2015 Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport’s passenger numbers increased by 40% from 30 million to 42 million. During this time dozens of new international routes were launched to cities including Vancouver, Frankfurt, Doha, London, Melbourne, San Francisco, Moscow and Paris. Passenger numbers are expected to reach 47 million by the end of this year.

    The wider context of China’s investment in aviation is crucial to Chengdu’s success. The government aims to create a one trillion yuan ($153.8 billion) aviation market by 2020 and a national construction programme will increase the number of Chinese airports to 260, one of which will be in Chengdu.

    Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (currently under construction) will have the capacity to handle 40 million passengers when the first building phases are complete. It will make Chengdu the third largest aviation hub in China after Beijing and Shanghai when it opens in 2020.

    Chengdu will also benefit from President Xi Jinping’s initiative to create a modern day Silk Road through improved international transport connections. The ‘One Road, One Belt’ strategy has identified Chengdu as an important hub to improve air services to western Asian, the Middle East and Europe.

    The host of World Routes 2016, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, will show over 3,100 delegates from 230 airlines, 470 airports and 80 tourism authorities what the destination has to offer while making the case for new air services.

    Most of the world’s major airlines will be present including Air Asia, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Qantas.

    The latest challenges facing the aviation industry will be debated at the Strategy Summit conference. The high profile speakers include Peter Bellew, CEO of Malaysia Airlines; Hou Wei, vice president of Hainan Airlines and Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad.

    The Tourism Summit conference will explore how destinations can attract Chinese tourists and the changing nature of marketing. Speakers include Shanzhong Zhu, executive director of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Professor Dr Wolfgang Arlt, director of China’s Outbound Tourism Research Institute and David Scowsill, president and CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council.

    Adrian Newton, group director at UBM EMEA (the organiser of World Routes) said: “The airlines are increasingly looking east for future growth and no other country is currently investing in aviation like China. World Routes will provide a fantastic international platform to plan new air services across the globe.”

    Mr Liwei, board chairman of Sichuan Province Airport Group Co Ltd said: “Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the largest international aviation hub in central-western China with significant potential for growth.

    "We are looking forward to meeting senior decision makers from the airlines at World Routes to discuss global aviation and development strategy and share the achievement of cooperation and communication."

    More information about World Routes can be viewed at: http://www.routesonline.com/events/182/world-routes-2016/

    World Routes 2016, Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Centre, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 24 – 27 September.

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    LONDON --(ASIA TODAY)-- Since oil prices began to fall in 2015, the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector in the Middle East has been looking for ways to increase efficiency and maximise profitability of their assets. This has led to cost cutting in some areas but we are now starting to see NOCs and IOCs adapt to the low oil price landscape. One element that has helped companies to create sustainable competitive advantage and that remains a key element of any corporate strategy today is operational excellence.

    With these challenges in mind, key players are meeting in Abu Dhabi at the region’s best known operational excellence forum; OpEx MENA 2016. On the 6th and 7th December, participants will discuss best practices for creating competitive advantage and maximizing profitability of their assets. This is the fourth edition of the conference and includes presentations by leading operators SABIC, Kuwait Oil Company and Petro Rabigh as well as cutting edge consultants and service providers such as DuPont, EY, Honeywell and CISCO.

    Norm Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell High Growth Regions (Russia, Middle East and Central Asia) says “OpEx is a fantastic forum for operating companies and solution providers to interact and discuss the challenges facing the industry and work collaboratively on solutions to improve the profitability of the operating companies in the region”. Mr Gilsdorf will be sharing his knowledge at the forum on how industry leaders are transforming to gain a competitive edge.

    The ‘people’ element in operational excellence plays a very important role in successful implementation. Mark Eggleston, Director of Phillip Townsend Associates says, “personnel skills level improvement is important, especially in the MENA region. Simply investing in fancy hardware is not sufficient to operate at world-class standards”. Marcus Haddrell, Director of EY’s MENA People Advisory Services backs this up, “don’t forget the employee perspective. Operational effectiveness is driven out primarily through enhancing the motivation and output of people. Process and technology change can enable this”.

    Harnessing new tools and technologies to drive performance of new and existing assets is also a key theme of the conference with a focus on digital transformation this year. George Khoury, Industry Director – EMEA Region for Bentley Systems, one of the sponsors of the event, foresees the main trends as follows “producers will focus on leveraging investments in sensing technologies (operational technologies) and converging these with business systems (information technologies). Another trend will be producers leveraging engineering technologies such as 3D models, photogrammetry, and laser scans to increase operational performance of existing assets and engineer improvements to new and revamped assets.” Haytham Amin, Business Development Manager - Advanced Solutions at Honeywell Process Solutions added “It’s all about Digital Transformation - by leveraging the latest technological developments such as IIoT, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Cloud, Mobility, etc. you can uncover new opportunities in your organisation”.

    OpEx MENA, the ‘must attend’ industry forum for operational excellence will take place on 6 & 7 December at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

    For more information about the conference, please visit www.opex.biz or contact the organiser directly at office@europetro-me.com

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    Phnom Penh, September 19, 2016 — Yesterday, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children, a program that will develop a line of high-quality, Khmer-language storybooks. Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children addresses one of the root causes for the weak reading culture in many developing Asian countries – a non-existent or underdeveloped children’s book industry. The project in Cambodia is designed to nurture a creative class of children’s book professionals with the interest, experience, and financial incentives to publish.

    The centerpiece of the program is a series of hackathon events that connects members of the publishing community with e-book developers, the first of which was held yesterday at Impact Hub, a co-working space in Phnom Penh. The event nurtured a small yet growing number of children’s book professionals while raising public awareness on the importance of reading. Teams comprised of writers, illustrators, book designers, and coders, with guidance from Room to Read publishing experts and an editor, developed storyboards, cover art, and e-book production notes for a set of children’s books. The illustrated stories will be available in both print-ready and e-book formats that anyone can freely use and adapt.

    Attendees included His Excellency Puth Samith, Director General of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, who opened the event, and Silas Everett, The Asia Foundation’s country representative for Cambodia.

    Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children will also provide a boost to the nascent e-book industry in Cambodia. In addition to the openly licensed e-books produced out of the event series, the program builds new working relationships across the print and technology industries. Writers and illustrators will work side-by-side with coders, catalyzing new ways of approaching and developing books. According to The Asia Foundation’s Mobile Phones and Internet 2015study, the percentage of Cambodians who own at least one smartphone is 39.5%, a 51.7% increase from 2014. The rapidly growing popularity and accessibility of smartphones presents an affordable way for low-income families to access educational material as well as new market opportunities for content creators.

    The children’s books produced at the hackathon will be launched and its artwork showcased at The Asia Foundation’s Cambodia Community Art Gallery in December. The books will be presented to existing online Khmer libraries, including the Ministry of Education’s Open Education Resources Cambodia site and the Library For All digital library.

    logoSince 1954, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program has donated print books to thousands of needy educational institutions in 21 Asian countries each year. While print remains the most effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, mobile technology’s increasing affordability suggests e-books hold the promise of becoming a cost-effective, scalable model.

    Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

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    HONG KONG --(ASIA TODAY)--The ninth edition of Secutech Vietnam opens its doors and makes its debut at Friendship Cultural Palace, Hanoi today until 24 September 2016. The relocation to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City is expected to introduce international suppliers into the safety and security market in Northern Vietnam, where user demand for integrated solutions for homeland security, fire & safety and smart home continues to escalate. Over 10,000 professionals are expected to be in attendance during the 4-day show.

    The annual industry event has been renowned as an effective mix of world-class brands, innovative product launches, insightful industry forums as well as invaluable networking opportunities. In this edition, the show spans over 7,500 sqm of exhibition area to house more than 250 suppliers from 18 countries and regions, recording an approximate 80% increase in the number of exhibitors (2015: 110 exhibiting companies from 12 countries/regions). Some of the most exciting events to occur during the 2016 show include a series of product presentations from well-established international brands and domestic enterprises, such as Dahua Technology, Hikvision Digital Technology, HI SHARP Electronics, HOCHIKI, KTN, Merit LILIN, Phuc Binh, Rapidrop, Silver Sea, Takumi Safety, Techpro, Vantech and Western Digital.

    In addition to the brand showcases, four themed zones are established to assist guests in navigating the fair. They are the Security, Fire & Safety, Smart Home, and Electric & Automation zones. Besides, pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Pavilion are set to present their latest advancements that serve the local market well.

    Fire & Safety Seminar marks the 55th anniversary of the General Department of Fire Prevention & Rescue

    Not only does Secutech Vietnam connect suppliers and buyers throughout the region to stimulate trade, but also serves as a pivotal platform to help participants in envisioning and exploring the evolving market landscape.The show organisers have crafted a complementary programme to help industry players fully unlock the abundant business potential.

    Within the show’s concurrent event programme, one of the most anticipated events this year is the Fire & Safety Seminar, which also marks the 55th anniversary of the General Department of Fire Prevention & Rescue and 15th anniversary of Fire Prevention Day. Collaborating with the Ministry of Public Security and the Vietnam Fire and Rescue Police Department, this special event highlights global security trends, as well as current challenges and situations within the Fire & Safety Industry in Vietnam. Topics to be discussed this year will focus on the areas of global security trends, solutions, and applications for industrial factories and high-rise buildings.

    Another highlight is the Global Digital Security & Solutions Forum (GDSF) Vietnam. The one-day GDSF Vietnam will be held tomorrow (22 September) focusing on Trend-setting Solutions in the Upcoming Security World. Prominent speakers will share insights on hot topics such as future surveillance storage solutions, intelligent CCTV systems with video analysis and integrated HD surveillance for industrial zones.

    With eleven events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of civil security. These platforms provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in dynamic growth markets all over the world. Presently Messe Frankfurt organises events in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, South America and East Africa.

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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates --(ASIA TODAY)-- The growing and increasingly ageing population of the Middle East is contributing to the anticipated growth forecast of the region’s US$2.67 billion optical market, as demand for contact lenses and spectacles in particular rises among older consumers.

    A report conducted by global market research organisation GfK, which analysed data up to the end of 2015, found that the MENA market offers vast potential to opticians, eyecare retailers and professionals because of the expected 26% increase in regional population by 2030 compared to 2015, according to the UN World Population Prospects.

    Coupled with the advances in healthcare which are supporting an ageing population – an increase of 21% for Saudi Arabia and 24% for the UAE by 2050 – the report suggests that despite global economic difficulties and challenges, there is a positive outlook for opticians. The research has been released as hundreds of eyecare professionals prepare to take part in the 17th edition of Vision-X, the gateway to the MENA optical market, which returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 25-27 October 2016.

    Attracting more than 4,000 buyers from over 70 countries, Vision-X will showcase more than 250 brands, with dedicated areas such as the Future in Focus and Retail Theatre for business owners and managers to improve their operations, and the Vision-X Opticare Conference in cooperation with the International Association of Contact Lens Educator (IACLE) and the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (ECCO)offering eyecare professionals the opportunity to earn valuable CPD points for their practices.

    “The results of the GfK report are very promising for the growing number of optical professionals working in the MENA market,” said Trixie Loh Mirmand, Senior Vice President, Events & Exhibitions Department, DWTC.

    “While the wayfarer frames, most typically associated to the Ray Ban brand, are still the best-selling fashion frames, the rounded styles take the top spot for the best-selling new models. It is also significant to note that while 80% of Middle East opticians’ core business comes from spectacle lenses and frames, there is a growing demand here for contact lenses, specifically within the beauty sector, demonstrated by the fact 95% of UAE opticians carry the coloured and beauty contact lenses compared to only 52% of European opticians.”

    The report also underlined the opportunity for the Middle East market to become more innovative and take advantage of the opportunities e-commerce and online presences could make to annual sales. With a 52% online penetration in the Middle East, only 25% of optician outlets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are currently operating websites with online sales capabilities, representing just 92 opticians.

    In 2015, 50% of Vision-X exhibitors generated sales over US$200,000, with one of the key highlights being the sale of a unique pair of Bentley frames crafted with titanium, gold and diamond inlays to a private buyer in Dubai for AED650,000.

    This year, the organisers expect to see an influx of new exhibitors to the show this year. Notably, a country like Turkey decided to double up the number of exhibitors under the Turkish pavilion, a first for the show.

    Participants can also expect returning exhibitors from Germany, Italy, and South Korea to showcase a range of products. Additionally, many of the major brands and luxury names that dominate the industry will be displaying their latest designs.

    Visitors can expect to see the very latest in cutting-edge design, technology and innovation at Vision-X. Returning to the show this year is a host of recognised industry names including Baush & Lomb, Alcon, GKB Hi Tech, and Anesthesia USA, as well as leading fashion brands such as Future Optic, Ata Optic and Dzmitry Samal. Speakers from International Association of Contact Lens Educators and European Academy of Optometry and Optics will be among the experts addressing delegates from around the world in the Vision-X Opticare Conference, highlighting issues such as myopia, paediatrics, low vision and ophthalmic dispensing.

    Celebrating excellence in the eyewear and optical care industry, the Vision-X Vision Plus Awards returns for the third year to provide a platform for leading brands to celebrate the best in business. The ceremony takes place on 25 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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    GUANGZHOU --(ASIA TODAY)--The organisers of Asiamold – Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition, have announced the 11th edition of the fair will be held from 1 – 3 March 2017 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. The fair will be held concurrently with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF). The strategic date change aims to help industry players unlock greater business opportunities brought forth by synergistic collaboration with the industrial automation fair.

    Mr Louis Leung, Deputy General Manager of Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, commented: “Intelligent manufacturing and the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy are currently China’s main focuses for urban development, and they are critical to maintaining and improving the country’s global manufacturing competitiveness and sustaining its overall growth. Moving the show date to March and hosting Asiamold concurrently with SIAF is part of our many efforts to facilitate the current and future development of China’s manufacturing technology. Earlier this year, SIAF, spanning over 41,000 sqm of exhibition space, welcomed 521 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions. These industry players showcased a wide selection of products related to robotics, machine vision, sensors and measurement, connectivity systems, drive systems and control technologies. Sourcing these products were a record-breaking 43,907 visitors from over 40 countries and regions. In 2017, the fair expects to attract over 50,000 visitors.”

    Mr Leung also added: “As 3D printing technologies and industrial automation complement each other in various stages of product development and manufacturing, we are confident that exhibitors and visitors will benefit from the synergies created from the collaboration of the two fairs. Furthermore, we also aim to provide an inclusive platform for all sectors of the intelligent manufacturing industry in Guangzhou, one of the most influential manufacturing hubs in South China and the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone.”

    Regarded by professionals as the annual event for Asia’s manufacturing-based industries, Asiamold will showcase a comprehensive collection of supply chain and mould making solutions and technologies. Together with SIAF, the two fairs are expected to occupy 65,000 sqm of exhibition space and host over 700 domestic and international exhibitors who will showcase their latest manufacturing instruments and solutions. The fairs are expect to attract more than 65,000 professional buyers including top executives, senior management and engineers to discover the latest industry innovations and potential partnerships across the region. Apart from the exhibition, a comprehensive schedule of concurrent events will be held at Asiamold to foster technology exchange and promote networking between exhibitors and visitors. Highlighted concurrent event topics include a variety of hot-button issues affecting the mould making, 3D printing, die casting and metalworking industries.

    Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and forms a part of a series of international events including formnext powered by tct and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from 15 – 18 November 2016 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from 12 – 15 April 2017 in Tokyo.

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    SINGAPORE --(ASIA TODAY)-- Tank Storage Asia 2016, the leading event for the Asian tank storage industry, returns to The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, next week, with an expanded show floor, improved conference programme and more international suppliers than ever before.

    The show brings together the best and brightest from the Asian bulk liquid storage industry, providing the perfect opportunity for leading manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their innovative products and services to a captive audience of international buyers and decision-makers.

    Educational Content

    The Tank Storage Asia 2016 conference features over 20 global authorities from the bulk liquid storage sector. Experts from companies such as Nexant, Tri-Zen, Aurecon and API will provide visitors with an insight into the sector’s critical issues at both a local level and on a global scale.

    Clive Gibson, Vice President, Asia Energy & Chemicals at Nexant, will take a regional outlook, focusing on the key drivers for storage demand in Asia crude oil, and looking at the petrochemical trends in the region.

    Maintaining the regional emphasis will be Danial Mah, CEO of Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, who will present ‘Malaysia as Asia’s Trading Hub’. He will examine why Malaysia is perfectly suited for oil and gas trading, whilst also looking at the incentives for oil commodities traders in the area.

    China is set to be a key focus at the 2016 conference, with Ms Li Li, Head of Research Team at ICIS China, taking to the stage on day one to discuss ‘China: Good or bad timing for the crude oil storage business in the world’s top crude importing country?’ Ms Li will examine China’s trading, renting and contango; looking into its crude oil importing and storage prospects, and speaking about China’s State Petroleum Reserve Plan.

    Many of the speakers will be taking a more industry specific focus, for example, Ignatius Hwang, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs Singapore, will look at mitigating development risks for storage terminals. Eric Ho, Representative SE Asia & Australia at API, will give a policy update, focusing specifically on standards and certifications.

    Packed Exhibition Hall

    Running alongside the conference programme will be a packed exhibition hall, with over 75 leading organisations, including Colfax Fluid Handling, Concrete Canvas, Emco Wheaton, Fort Vale Engineering, Hitachi Critical Facilities Protection, Maide Machine and Siemens. Many of these will use the show to launch new products and services to the tank storage market.

    For instance, BIOex will be launching its new formula, Ecopol F3 HC. It is the first fluorine-free 3 per cent foam concentrate, suitable for use on hydrocarbon fires. It performs better than any AFFFs, is biodegradable and is exceptionally fast acting.

    Timm Elektronik will be unveiling its new Marine Grounding System, SEK-3, which offers the highest safety during the loading and unloading of vessels. It has a compact design, good visibility of status lamps, both on device and clamp, as well as a multifunctional status display.

    Acez, in partnership with Gas Clip Technologies, will be displaying the new Multi Gas Clip Infrared, a portable gas detector for combustible gases. This can run for two months without needing to be recharged and only requires calibration once a year.

    Loadtec Engineered Systems will be presenting the Loadtec Service, its new servicing company aimed at providing quality lifetime servicing and support for road, sea and marine loading and access equipment.

    If it is valves you are after head to the Zwick stand. The company will be displaying its full product ranges, including its metal-seated triple offset butterfly valves, check valves, TRI-BLOCK series and its Double Block and Bleed design.

    For more information or to register for free, please visit www.tankstorageasia.com or contact Event Director, Nick Powell, on +44 (0)20 8843 8801 or at nick@stocexpo.com.

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    Shenyang, 22 September 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- With a record attendance approaching 8,000 registered delegates from throughout China, the Shenyang New World EXPO (EXPO) opens this Saturday (24 September) hosting China’s Annual National Planning Conference 2016 (ANPC) for the 3-day event.

    Cliff Wallace, Chairman of the EXPO’s private management and operating company said, “Our professional management and operating team is enthusiastic and ready. The venue is opening 6 months earlier than planned. For this special event, the project managers, contractors, city and staff have been great in collectively meeting the challenges.”

    With 24,000 sqm of gross exhibition space and 4,000 sqm of multi-functional convention, meeting and banquet space, EXPO is Northeast China’s newest and most innovative public assembly venue. The ANPC’s delegates will gather together during the opening day’s plenary sessions in EXPO’s 20,000 square meter Hall 4.

    EXPO’s General Manager, Diane CHEN, said, “We have a strong senior management team and staff in place to meet the needs of the event which is using every square meter of EXPO’s rental space and additionally, an abundance of ancillary space within the venue, all totaling some 30,000 sqm. Also being used are approximately 16,000 square meters of space in the adjacent retail mall space and its exterior Plaza.”

    Shenyang New World EXPO (Management) Ltd. (SML) is EXPO’s private professional management and operating company. SML is a sister company to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd. SML is under contract with New World China Land (Shenyang) Ltd, the multi-use project owner which also includes 2 hotels, a massive K11 Art Mall, 3 serviced apartment towers, and 2 office towers. The project construction area is 1.4 million sqm.

    For more information, please contact:
    Cliff Wallace, cliffwallace@hkcec.com or
    Diane CHEN, dianechen@shenyangnwexpo.com

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    SHANGHAI --(ASIA TODAY)-- Paperworld China 2016 will present a showcase, “Small yet Beautiful”, a model for stationery retailers. This area aims to help retailers enhance their display thus boosting business results. Local consultant and industry’s key opinion leader, Mr Mark Yang and store designer, Mr Ding Guoji of ODS Brand Design will be there to answer queries and provide solutions that retailers encounter in daily operation during the three-day show running from 20 – 22 September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. More than 40 best-selling stationery brands in China will be on display in ”Small yet Beautiful”, such as 3M, Deli, edu3, LYRA, MAX, Pilot, Schneider, STU, Stabilo, Trodat, UHOO and Zebra.

    Hands-on experience opportunities at Creative Pavilion

    Creative Pavilion is a highlight at Paperworld China for the hobby & craft industry. The pavilion presents tools and materials that turn creativity into reality, and to ignite passion for handcrafts. Cooperating for the first time with PACC, Public Art Coordination Center from Shanghai, various exhibitors are offering hands-on experience at their booths. Visitors can enjoy patchwork, paper cutting, embroidery, stamp carving, pottery, felt wool products and more.

    Inside the Creative Pavilion is Creative Galleria, a dedicated display area for excellent handmade products. Seminars will also be conducted by experts. Prominent speakers include Mr Takada Kayobi from Japan, who will talk about the certificated qualification on Japan and China, Ms Wang Yuming from Taiwan who is going to present on flower pressing, Mr Zhao Zilong from China will talk about origami, as well as Ms Fang Peiling from Taiwan who will present on creating clay art.

    Oriental Culture Zone welcomes exhibiting regional museums

    The special zone which focuses on designs with oriental culture features, Oriental Culture Zone, receives huge support from Art Exhibitions China to gather a group of regional museums to this year’s Paperworld China. The Palace Museum (Forbidden City), Shanghai Museum, Shanxi Provincial Museum Association and Qiuci Cultural Museum are among the participating museums to showcase their collectibles and licensing products.

    In its 12th edition, Paperworld China welcomes over 420 exhibitors from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. For easy sourcing, there will be a pavilion grouped by Taiwanese exhibitors, a destined area for Asian Designers’ Alliance and regional pavilions from Ningbo, Ninghai, Xiamen, Yiwu and Zhejiang. The show is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, the China Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products & Arts-Crafts and Guangzhou Foreign Trade South China Exhibition Corp Ltd.

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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved $631 million in loans and grants to develop the first key 800-kilometer section of a planned 2,500-kilometer-long East Coast Economic Corridor that will spur development on India’s eastern coast and create seamless trade links with other parts of South and Southeast Asia.

    The Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor section of the East Coast Economic Corridor, connecting four economic hubs and nine industrial clusters, will mark the first industrial corridor developed along India’s coast. The East Coast Economic Corridor will ultimately extend from Kolkata in West Bengal in the northeast of India to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu near the southern-most point of the country.

    “By combining state-of-the-art industrial clusters, efficient transport, and reliable water and power supplies with a skilled workforce and good business policies, we expect the Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor to become a favored investment destination,” said Manoj Sharma, Principal Urban Development Specialist, in ADB’s South Asia Department. “We estimate that by 2025, annual industrial output along the corridor will increase fourfold to $64 billion from about $16 billion in 2015 if investment opportunities are maximized over the coming 10 years.”

    The Indian government is keen to encourage manufacturing, including through its “Make in India” initiative, to maintain strong economic growth over the longer term and to create productive, well-paying jobs for a labor force that is growing by around 12 million people per year. Currently, manufacturing provides around 15% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) and around 12% in Andhra Pradesh where the new corridor will be developed. India’s National Manufacturing Policy is targeting manufacturing contributing at least 25% of GDP by 2022, much the same as in the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, and Viet Nam now.

    ADB’s loans and grants comprise a $500 million two-tranche facility to build key infrastructure and a $125 million two-tranche loan to help with industrial policies and business promotion.

    There will also be a $5 million grant from the multi-donor Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund that is managed by ADB to build climate change resilient infrastructure and a $1 million technical assistance to help the Andhra Pradesh local government manage the corridor. The Indian government will provide extra funding of $215 million to the $846 million project.

    The new infrastructure will be built in the four main centers along the corridor - Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti - as well as in nearby industrial areas. It will include 138 kilometers of state highways and roads, effluent and water treatment plants, 488 kilometers of drinking water pipes, 47 kilometers of storm drains, 10 power substations, and 281 kilometers of power transmission and distribution lines.

    The program will also focus on increasing women’s participation in the industrial workforce. Skills training for 25,000 male and female workers, entrepreneurs, and students along with an investor promotion plan is expected to help develop businesses along the corridor.

    ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB in December 2016 will mark 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2015, ADB assistance totaled $27.2 billion, including cofinancing of $10.7 billion.

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    Sep 23, 2016

    SINGAPORE --(ASIA TODAY)--The latest and greatest of Singapore’s architecture and design scene will be on display with the return of Singapore Indesign on Saturday 8 October 2016.

    The 5th edition of Asia’s leading boutique design event for architects, interior designers, specifiers and design lovers to discover, share and connect will be held across major showrooms in Singapore and in a Shared Space at 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road.

    Leading names of the industry will be exhibiting at Singapore Indesign 2016, including EDL, Greenlam Laminates, Janus et Cie, Kokaine / WAAM Studio / Polybuilding, Kreon, Kvadrat, OM Furniture, Scandinavian Business Seating, Schiavello, Space Furniture, Sunbrella, Sunlight Luminaire / Louis Poulsen and ThinkPad by Luxxbox

    Visitors will get to see the world’s premier global brands up-close, enjoy inspiring product launches, including first-in-Asia debuts, experience one-of-a-kind creative installations, and connect with prominent figures of the industry.

    World-renowned, UK-based design studio Doshi Levien will be part of designer guest lineup at this year’s Singapore Indesign, while the highly popular Design Conversations also returns with a range of heated topical industry panel discussions and talks.

    At Singapore Indesign, visitors can craft their own design trail, travelling freely from one location to the next using the complimentary hop-on/hop-off shuttle buses that ply a predetermined route. Registration is free.

    The event is supported by Merx (Founding sponsor), Fritz Hansen (Silver sponsor) and Sunbrella (Silver sponsor).

    A one-day design experience like no other!

    About Indesign: The Event
    Indesign: The Event has been held annually in design hubs across the Asia Pacific for over a decade. In every city, Indesign: The Event is distinguished by a coming together of boutique commercial design houses, and leading international and regional creative figures from the architecture and design industry. Inspired by the idea that a design event should itself be highly designed, Indesign: The Event is immersive, curated and experiential.

    For more information, please contact:
    Jecinda Lee
    Events Executive, Asia
    jecinda@indesign.com.sg

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    SHANGHAI --(ASIA TODAY)-- Cinte Techtextil China will open its doors in less than one month, with a final exhibitor lineup confirmed that is one of the most diverse yet. In addition to pavilions from Belgium, Germany and Italy as well as a European Zone and Chinese regional pavilions, the Korea and Taiwan Pavilions feature some of these countries’ best technical textiles and nonwovens suppliers. With around 450 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions set to take part, and the first-time participation of the Korea Pavilion, buyers will be presented with a wider range of sourcing options at this edition.

    The organisers of both pavilions are optimistic about their industries’ chances in the near future. Korea Textile Trade Association (KTTA) report that the Korean technical textiles market is expected to continue growing at around 5% per annum for the foreseeable future. This increased demand is partly due to ‘super fibres’ such as aramid, carbon and PPS fibres they say, of which Korean producers have a price competitiveness compared to other countries.

    KTTA comment that the special products to watch out for in the pavilion this year include textiles integrated with ICT elements such as fabrics made from piezoelectric fibre which have sensing properties, as well as high visibility fabrics using LED lights and optical fibres for use in safety clothing. Other products on offer in the pavilion are fabrics for protective wear, heat & flame resistant yarn and fabrics, reflective fabrics and automotive seat fabrics.

    Two of the big names in this pavilion are Sam Hwa Machinery and Daejung Co Ltd. Sam Hwa are manufacturers of needle punching machines, as well as nonwoven complete production lines for geotextiles, automotive interiors, artificial leather and more. They currently export to around 25 countries worldwide. Daejung, meanwhile, produce high tenacity polyester (polypropylene) woven geotextiles, as well as bi-axial and uni-axial woven geotextiles made of polyester multifilament yarn, and bi-axial woven geotextiles made of polypropylene multifilament yarn.

    Taiwan exhibitors look to benefit from Mainland China’s growing demand

    True to form, the Taiwan Pavilion will be full of innovative products that their producers are well known for. According to pavilion organisers Taiwan Technical Textiles Association, Taiwan’s strong textile production base, R&D capabilities and market acumen place them in a strong position to excel in the technical textiles and nonwovens market by creating distinctive, high value adding products. In a unique position to evaluate the Mainland Chinese market, Taiwan Technical Textiles Association also report that as China continues to open up its market and welcome foreign capital to increase the country’s technical capabilities and R&D abilities, their need for technical textiles and nonwovens is growing rapidly.

    Notable exhibitors in this year’s pavilion include Mytrex which will showcase melt-blown nonwoven fabrics with sound absorption features for automobile interiors, a product that was previously used in the filter sector. Kae Hwa Industrial has further reduced the weight of its 10gsm microporous PE film for the hygiene sector, while it can also be used for packaging. F.T.C are bringing their blended flame-retardant fabrics to the fair with bacterial resistance, deodorisation, anti-static and wear-proof features. Advance Hitech Textile feature PTFE film which has a high level of impermeability making it ideal for outdoor wear, while its lifejacket fabric has European quality certification. Last but not least, Healthy Machinery have a range of machines for producing medical textiles.

    Cinte Techtextil China’s product groups include technology and machinery, woven and knitted fabrics, nonwovens, coated textiles, composites, surface and bonding techniques, fibres and yarns, and more. The fair is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA).

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    TAIPEI --(ASIA TODAY)-- The Golden Pin Design Award–an annual award organized by the Taiwan Design Center that seeks to raise global awareness for design created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities–today reveals its Design Mark recipients for 2016.

    After gruelling Secondary Selection judging rounds held in China and Taiwan, a total of 457 entries from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and England, and Switzerland have received a Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Design Mark and are now in the running for a coveted Best Design trophy.

    Contemporary ideas of refined living dominated entries from Hong Kong. For TUVE, a boutique hotel located east of Victoria Park, Design Systems Ltd used natural and relatively common materials such as concrete, galvanized steel, brass, oak, and wired glass to create a surprisingly sophisticated yet relaxing space for visitors. When homegrown jewelry brand Chow Tai Fook wanted to reach out to a younger market, Noiseless Design Limited drew inspiration from the card game poker to create a visual aesthetic that plays into the new generation’s mix-and-match approach to fashion.

    Malaysian entries typically put a twist on what could be considered traditional huaren culture, such as in Dot Creative Design’s iPack, which added an element of play to the celebratory Chinese red envelope. Among entries from Macau was a plethora of thoughtfully designed posters for cultural events, including advertising by Untitled Lab for a tenth anniversary exhibition held by Centro De Estudos Permanentes Pos-Laboral and by Bilioteca Pública de Macau for the Macau Library Week 2016.

    Among entries from China were a proliferation of unusual or highly specialized smart products for living, including Yourpet Smart Bowl by inDare Design Strategy Limited, which allows pet-parents to regulate their fur baby’s food intake via their smartphones, and Intelligent Frying Pan by Hangzhou Hotdesign Co. Ltd, which uses an app and bluetooth technology to teach users how to cook better, faster, and smarter. Ancient ideas about nature also featured heavily as design inspiration among visual communication products from the country. About Trees, an aptly named Chinese font design by Hanqingtang Design, was influenced by the rings and trunks of trees, and Book of Freedom by independent designer Sihan Chou references a story from Chinese mythology that documents the struggle of a fish adapting to the life of a bird.

    It was clear that designers in Taiwan had thought carefully about the needs of those living in local or huaren communities: located in Taipei’s sublime Mandarin Oriental Hotel, restaurant Bencotto by Tony Chi & Associates embodies the best of contemporary huaren living; leading local homewares brand JIA Inc.’s Four Seasons Glass Set, designed by astute independent Taiwanese designer Pili Wu, portrays a glass bowl set as a Chinese ink painting for the table; new packaging for the nostalgically named soy sauce brand Grandpa Sauce incorporates traditional sisal rope to instil a sense of the past; and commuter bike Pick-Up Sliders adapts European practicality for life in bustling Taiwanese cities.

    Groundbreaking concepts both large and small in scale abounded in the Spatial Design category. HEX-SYS by China-based firm OPEN Architecture is a reconfigurable and reusable building system that attempts to address the problems created by the country’s decades-old building frenzy. The Kaohsiung Public Library, a joint project by the Kaohsiung City Government and Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners, is a public building designed to economize on resources without sacrificing access to necessary public amenities or the beatification of the neighborhood in which the building sits. At the other end of the scale, Formo Design Studio in Taiwan combines a laundrette with a sleek coffee shop, ensuring laundry doers can wile away the hours in style and comfort; the facility is aptly named Travelled 9000 km.

    Overall, the 2016 entries into the Golden Pin Design Award received high praise from Secondary Selection judges. “You can really see the efforts of participants, as this year’s entries demonstrated an understanding of the importance of finding the balance between the market and huaren cultural values. In particular, spatial design entries have greatly improved, showing a balance between huaren culture elements and mainstream spatial aesthetics,” noted Shikuan Chen, Compal design director, educator, Icsid board member, and Jury Chair of the Secondary Selection judging round in Taipei.

    The Golden Pin Design Award–Taiwan’s longest-running and most prestigious design award–opened its doors to entries from and for huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities around the globe in 2014. This year sees a 27% growth in number of entries submitted into the Golden Pin Design Award: in 2015, the award received 2,360 entries compared with this year’s record-breaking 3,005 entries. Final Selection–the jury of which will be chaired by world-leading Japanese-Canadian designer Oki Sato, Chief Designer and founder of the famed Tokyo-based studio Nendo–will held in Taipei on September 28, with Best Design of the Year recipients announced on December 1 at a grand award ceremony, also held in Taiwan’s capital city.

    View the full list of Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Design Mark recipients here: http://www.goldenpin.org.tw/en/pgpnyc.asp.

    About the Golden Pin Design Award

    The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products and projects expressly created for huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market. Entries to the Golden Pin Design Award are accepted in four categories: Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Packaging Design, and Spatial Design. Entered products and projects are assessed in three stages by an expert panel of international judges. Entrants who pass the second selection will receive a coveted Golden Pin Design Award Mark–an indicator of innovation that they can use to market their product or design project. Just a small portion of these Golden Pin Design Award Mark recipients will receive a Best Design trophy in a grand award ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan in December.

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

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    Madrid, 22 September 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- The specialised FITUR HEALTH section will again be staged as part of the 37th edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR 2017, at FERIA DE MADRID, from 18 to 22 January 2017. On this occasion, IFEMA and its SPAINCARES partner are renewing their collaboration agreement for the third staging of this section, which will again occupy Hall 8 of IFEMA’s exhibition venue. The agreement was signed this morning –14 September—by the General Manager of IFEMA, Eduardo López-Puertas, and by the Vice President of SPAINCARES, Miguel Mirones.

    FITUR HEALTH is responding to an increasingly expanding industry, proof of which is the important interest it has awakened in its two previous stagings. Specifically, in 2016, it hosted 25 exhibitors, representing more than 150 health centres and businesses from within this industry, and saw the participation of 14 top-level international buyers in the B2B negotiation area and 12 conferences in its parallel programme of workshops.

    At the next staging, FITUR HEALTH will feature four areas: a display zone showcasing the most up-to-date offering in health tourism (hospitals specialising in attending to foreign patients, spas, assistance centres, specialised tour operators, insurance companies, health tourism destinations, associations oriented towards health tourism, etc.); a dedicated area for B2B meetings between supply and demand; an academic area, a space for analysis and debate with a comprehensive agenda of conferences imparted by experts in this segment. As a novelty, this third staging will see the launch of a B2C area, where a variety of demonstrations designed for the general public will be held while dynamising the FITUR HEALTH zone.

    In this regard, and as highlighted by the Vice President of SpainCares, Miguel Mirones, “Spain meets all the requirements for becoming a leading country in the field of global health tourism”. He also stressed that “this activity generates 500 million euros, a figure which is expected to double in the next few years. This is why the FITUR setting is the best meeting point for advertising it”.

    For Mirones, the Spanish nation’s commitment to new tourist segments such as Health Tourism will be crucial in improving the principal quantification magnitudes of tourism, such as its contribution to GDP.

    According to Eduardo López-Puertas, General Manager of IFEMA, “FITUR HEALTH constitutes a key segment in the diversification and specialisation of FITUR’s offer and is in line with IFEMA’s strategy of giving visibility and business opportunities to the new actors that comprise the tourism industry. In this regard, collaboration with the Spanish Health Tourism Cluster is a guarantee of success for the future development of this event, whose offer will be a valuable asset for the more than 232,000 visitors who attend the International Tourism Trade Fair”.

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    Jesús González
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    jesusg@ifema.es

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    International Press
    Tel.: 0034 91 722 51 74
    evalera@ifema.es

    Beatriz Zamorano
    Editor
    Tel.: 0034 91 722 58 43
    beatriz.zamorano@ifema.es

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    Singapore, 23 September 2016 --(ASIA TODAY)-- Vitafoods Asia, the only event dedicated to the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplement industries in Asia, drew to a successful close after two fruitful days of vibrant business networking and knowledge-sharing sessions.

    Held from 1 – 2 September at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, the annual event saw more than 160 international suppliers present their latest ingredients, innovative products, services, and equipment to a pan-Asian audience of 2,498 industry professionals. Visitors comprised individuals with a diverse range of job functions – including R&D Directors, Brand & Marketing Managers, Regulatory Affairs Specialists, Business Development Directors, Sourcing Managers, and Export Managers – representing brands such as AS Watson, Abbott Nutrition, Bayer Healthcare, DKSH, Pfizer Consumer, Vitamin Mart, YouVit, and Welltech Biotechnology.

    “With each Vitafoods event, our goal is to provide the industry with different ways to connect and do business,” commented Chris LEE, Portfolio Director, Vitafoods. “Over the years, an increasing number of companies are participating in two or more of our events to exponentially grow their networks and businesses. We’re delighted to be part of such a vibrant and thriving nutraceutical industry in Asia, and to be supporting the industry at a broader and deeper level. Visitors and distributors to our events primarily attend to source the latest ingredients and services, and to learn how to apply the hottest trends and industry knowledge to benefit their business. This year, there has been some particularly interesting discussions taking place around the increasing rise of botanicals within the region.”

    Showcasing Innovations & Enabling Conversations

    Part of Informa’s Global Health & Nutrition Network, Vitafoods Asia is one of several events that the nutraceutical industry pays close attention to each year. Into its sixth edition now, the show attracted a good mix of companies that hail from various continents and a growing pool of attendees from across the Asia-Pacific region. Exhibitors and visitors alike attested to the event’s status, attributing its success to the value it has created for their businesses.

    Returning exhibitor, Kathleen BROCK, Chief Operating Officer at America’s Naturals (USA), expressed, “Our time at Vitafoods Asia this year has been very productive, not just in terms of meeting distributors but also for sourcing ingredient suppliers. Relationships take time to develop and we’ve managed to cultivate several over our last few participations in Vitafoods Asia and Vitafoods Europe. Overall, we’re very pleased with the results and the progress that we’re making in Asia.”

    As a sourcing event, Vitafoods Asia fulfilled its fundamental role as business facilitator, through the various initiatives, platforms, and visitor attractions it provided. Attendees were treated to a plethora of new launches and inventive products from various exhibitors, collectively presented under the Inspiration Showcase, which was situated near the exhibition hall entrance.

    Visitors also remarked positively when asked about the Tasting Bar, a visitor attraction that allowed them to see, touch, and taste some of the latest functional food and beverages presented by the exhibitors. The feature area was popular with visitors because they found it novel and engaging, and also because it helped them narrow down their search for a product.

    First-time visitor Catherine GAIR, Head of Marketing for China at Pharmacare Laboratories (Australia), said, “We’re looking for ingredients for our vitamins/supplement business, and the Tasting Bar is a great idea – we tried some of the samples and took some photos there. We’re going to visit some of these exhibitors next, to learn more about what they have to offer.”

    Attendees were also invited to vote for the best tasting food and beverage in the Tasting Bar Awards. The winner for Best Tasting Food – Cosmax Bio (South Korea) – appreciated the platform as the company firmly believes that good taste in products is crucial. Laurie LEE, Material R&I/Manager, commented, “The Tasting Bar is an excellent show feature, because it allows visitors the opportunity to try out some of our dietary supplements. While the efficacy of a product is key, the taste and texture might be the all-important determining factor for consumers.”

    Similarly, the winner for Best Tasting Beverage – Chemical Resources (Chereso) from India – found that their presence at the Tasting Bar helped increase visibility for them at the show. Pawan K GOEL, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our participation in the Tasting Bar definitely helped increase the number of visitors to our booth, and we’re encouraged that our product was well received at this platform.”

    Another initiative that received positive feedback was the Hosted Buyers’ Programme, held in partnership with China Health Care Association. Both exhibitors and hosted buyers were optimistic and appreciative of the closed-door interactions offered.

    PENG Rong, Director at Hill View Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (China), said, “I heard about Vitafoods Asia through our contacts at the China Health Care Association. We’ve not attended before because we usually pay more attention to the US market. The exhibitor presentations that we’ve heard so far have been informative, and we’ll need some time to digest the information before we decide. Being part of the Hosted Buyer Programme has definitely helped us to learn more about what’s available out there.”

    Solid Content Offered at Conference & Show Floor

    A significant part of Vitafoods Asia’s appeal lay in the education opportunities it provided to attendees. Conference delegates had positive reviews for the programme and speaker line-up, which satisfied their learning needs. Ian NG, Senior Marketing Manager at Genfortune Pharmaceuticals Limited (Hong Kong), shared, “It’s my second visit to Vitafoods Asia, and I like the conference very much because of the content that it delivers. The speakers provide a good overview of the major trends and innovations across the region, and I find that helpful as I’m looking not just for more information about entering China, but I’m also keen on exploring marketing options in Southeast Asia.”

    Participating in the conference for the second time, Rachel HUANG, Sourcing Manager for Group Health & Beauty Private Label at The Dairy Farm Group (Singapore), came specially to trend-spot. She mentioned, “I’m attending the conference in order to get a good summary of industry innovations and trends. As a product developer, I’m looking specifically for relevant information that will help me plan products over the next three years.”

    First-time speaker, Dr. Mary CHONG, who teaches in Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, and also conducts research as Principal Investigator at Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR (Singapore), expressed, “I really enjoyed the networking exchanges I’ve had with members of the industry. I think there’s a good collective of organisations from all over the region here, and it looks like a great platform for academics and students to observe how the industry carries research findings through to commercial markets.”

    In addition to the conference, the sessions offered on the show floor were equally compelling. Part of the comprehensive education programme offered this year, the newly-introduced Vitafoods Asia Centre Stage and the Global Market Theatre saw more than 850 attendees devoting some time to their learning needs, across the 32 complimentary presentations and panel discussions that were delivered by a global selection of subject matter experts and key industry leaders.

    Dr. Fitri FEGATELLA, Scientist at PT. Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, revealed, “I’m here primarily as a conference delegate but I was interested to see what the exhibition had to offer. In general, I found the exhibition to be good with a lot of Asia-specific content. Onsite education platforms like the Vitafoods Asia Centre Stage and Global Market Theatre also make a good complement to the Conference.”

    New Venue for 2017

    As announced in August, Vitafoods Asia will relocate to Singapore in 2017 in order to broaden its appeal further within the Asia Pacific region and worldwide, following extensive consultation with exhibitors and visitors. Even before the sixth edition drew to a close, the industry was filled with anticipation about the show’s imminent move to Singapore.

    Arun KELKAR, Managing Director of Hexagon Nutrition (India), articulated, “I’ve been to the last five editions of Vitafoods Asia, and have also attended a few other Vitafoods events in Europe and South America in the past. I find that the show has been very beneficial for our business. The relocation of Vitafoods Asia to Singapore in 2017 is a welcome change for me as the Southeast Asian market ¬– including Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines – is really big for us.”

    Conference speaker Natasha D’COSTA, Associate Director for Food & Agriculture at Frost & Sullivan (New Zealand), stated, “I always find that the Vitafoods Asia Conference has a very nice multicultural audience mix. I hope that in Singapore, the delegate group will be even more engaging, and I look forward to being there next year.”

    The next edition of Vitafoods Asia will take place from 5 – 6 September 2017 in Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. At present, over 60% of exhibitor booth space has already been sold.

    For more information on Vitafoods Asia 2016, visit  www.vitafoodsasia.com.

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    - ASIA TODAY Newswire http://www.AsiaToday.com

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