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IQPC: China Set to Be Leader in SCADA by 2020

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2011-05-09 10:00
BEIJING, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Organized by IQPC Singapore, a survey conducted with 1, 855 respondents shows 71.2 percent of the respondents believe that China will lead the way in SCADA technologies and implementation by the year 2020.

America and Europe are tied for second place with 30.8 percent of the respondents while surprisingly other emerging markets like India and South East Asia will follow with 17.3 percent and 13.5 percent of the respondents’ votes.

Japan and Australia received 9.6 percent of the respondents vote while Korea had 3.8 percent of the respondents’ votes.

Meanwhile, half of those polled also believe that intelligent system control is one technology which will impact SCADA systems in the future. 29.6 Smart grid integration is another technology that may have a similar impact on SCADA systems. The remaining technologies receive 25.9 percent of the vote.

SCADA Spending

To address the above challenges that SCADA systems will face, respondents claim that systems upgrading (46.3%) will be where most of the spend will be by the year 2015 followed closely by system integration (44.4 %) and the research and development of technology (31.5%).

A fifth of the respondents are planning to purchase new systems while 14.8 percent of the respondents will be splashing the cash on training.

For detailed analysis or to get a full survey report on this SCADA topic, please contact Joyce Shi (65 6722 9466, joyce.shi@iqpc.com.sg) or Bryan Camoens (65 6722 9406, bryan.camoens@iqpc.com.sg ).

Held in Beijing from the 16 – 17 August, SCADA China 2011will provide a platform to examine emerging technologies in SCADA system and its applications as well as pioneer smart grid security though identity management and transaction monitoring.

Log on to http://www.scadachina.com for more details on the event. For registration, please send emails to enquiry@iqpc.com.sg or call at on (65) 6722.9388.

Media contact:

Joyce Shi
Tel: +65 6722 9446
Email: joyce.shi@iqpc.com.sg

SOURCE International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC)

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May 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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RSPO Comments on Proposed Palm Oil Labeling Bill in Australia

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2011-05-09 18:21
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

http://www.rspo.org/media/index.php

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) today released a statement of their positioning on the Truth in Labeling – Palm Oil Bill 2010 in Australia, whereby mandatory labeling of products containing palm oil has been proposed.

The purpose of the Act is to ensure that consumers have clear, accurate information about the inclusion of palm oil in foods; and to encourage the use of certified sustainable palm oil in order to promote the protection of wildlife habitats. RSPO supports the latter objective.

Darrel Webber, Secretary General of the RSPO, commented that: “However, distinguishing palm oil as the only edible oil that requires labeling implies that other edible oils do not face similar challenges. RSPO takes a strong view against this supposition as issues surrounding environmental destruction. Social concerns and wildlife conservation are prevalent across the board with cultivation of any type of monoculture crops.

“Further to this, such a labeling exercise that singles out palm oil may only serve to ostracize agricultural farmers in developing markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, South America, West Africa, etc. whose key source of income comes from palm oil. These smallholders need to be educated, guided, encouraged and inspired to adopt sustainable standards and solutions, rather than have their livelihoods affected. RSPO certification program aims to support smallholders in this light,” Webber reiterated.

He went on to say that: “The long term repercussion of this proposed Bill may decrease the demand for palm oil but will not eliminate the key reasons this proposal is aimed at addressing in the first place. This is because edible oil is a key ingredient in most consumer products. Demand would merely shift to other vegetable oils, increasing the sustainability problems connected to these other particular crops.”

An imminent development which the RSPO hopes will address some of the strategic thinking and considerations behind this proposed Bill will be the launch of the RSPO trademark, which will be stamped on product packaging and labels which contain RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in their raw material or feedstock, targeted for launch by mid 2011 this year.

The trademark will enable consumers to confirm very quickly that the products they buy contribute to sustainable production of palm oil. The trademark logo could end up on the packaging of thousands of consumer products worldwide.

“RSPO certification at the plantation level and the trademark on the end product completes the loop from upstream to downstream within the supply chain and will reflect that sustainable oil palm cultivation does not contribute to the sustained destruction of valuable tropical forests or damage the interests of people in the regions where the palms are grown,” Webber concluded.

SOURCE Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

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May 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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