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Prestigious SSON Excellence Awards Comes to India

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) recently announced that it will be bringing its prestigious SSON Excellence Awards to the India region in December 2011.

Celebrated around the globe, these awards recognise those organisations that demonstrate leading best practices while generating measurable results in the core competencies of shared services and outsourcing.

Commenting on these awards, SSON Asia Programme Director, Sarah Ye stated, “Centres in India have long been viewed as leaders in the strategy and execution of a shared service or outsourcing solution, and the Excellence Awards will give these centres an opportunity to get the recognition that they deserve, on a global platform.”

Organisations that have won these awards previously include Diageo, Shell, Siemens and Infosys.

This year, the Excellence Awards also include a special category which is determined by the public. The Personal Contribution to the Industry Award is unlike the other award categories which are subject to a peer-based judging faculty. Instead, the shared services & outsourcing community are invited to nominate candidates for this award.

SSON’s Global Head of Events, Emma Beaumont went on to say “Since this category is designed to recognise an individual’s influence over the entire community, it no longer makes sense to limit the voting to only a few. We anticipate a lot of nominations in the coming weeks.”

The India Awards will be presented during the Shared Services & Outsourcing Week India in Bangalore, on 6th December.

For more information, visit: or contact Nena Ganesan by email with subject “SSON India Awards” or by calling +65-6722-9388.

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October 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) Line-Up Unveiled

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PULAU DUYONG, Malaysia, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa will be the centre of attention when it becomes the host venue for the sixth edition of the Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) from the 7th – 10th October 2011. The annual championship will see eight local sailing teams vying for the sole chance to represent Malaysia at the Monsoon Cup, which will take place from 22nd – 27th November 2011 at the same venue in Terengganu.

Preparations underway at the Malaysian Match Racing Championships. Kuala Terengannu, Malaysia. 5 October 2011 - Photo by Gareth Cooke,Subzero Images

Defending MMRC champion, Jeremy Koo, leads the line-up with high hopes of retaining his title with yet another coup. Having skippered his team to victory last year, Koo is confident that his past experience will come in handy in improving his performance this year. He said, “Everyone is a potential match for us. We do not take anyone for granted.”

After losing his title to Koo and dropping to 3rd place last year, 2009 MMRC champion, Hazwan Hazim is back with a vengeance with a new sponsor and a new tactician. He said, “Our main strategy is to lead from the start, apply some tactics and cover our opponents.” He hoped that his new teammate, Nik Ashraf Qaedi, who is well-versed in tactical planning, would give him the advantage he needs.

Winner of the 2008 MMRC, Nurul Ain Md. Isa, is also back by popular demand. Three years ago, Nurul won the MMRC together with Hazwan Hazim and has not competed in the event since her last victory. But a new sponsorship from Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, spearheaded by the General Manager, Abdul Shaheed Yusof, saw her jumping at the chance to outshine her male rivals.

The Malaysian Armed Forces are also confident that their two teams, MAF1 and MAF2 will do well as they have been consistently showing up in full force since the inception of the MMRC in 2006. The two teams have taken to sparring with each other to rack up practice hours and boost their confidence.

Mohd Affendy, who is also the General Manager of the Malaysian Yachting Association, leads family team, Team Affendy. The experienced skipper has participated in many matches including the Malaysia Challenge, Raja Muda Regatta, Royal International Regatta, King Cup, Top of the Gulf, Sail the Gulf, Straits Singapore Regatta, and many more. According to Affendy, the key to success is not in winning only but bringing up the sport of sailing.

Another family team, Melaka Negeriku Sayang, sees Ahmad Khairulhafiz Ahmad Khmbali and his children hoping for an opportunity to qualify for the Monsoon Cup. No stranger to match racing, Ahmad previously raced in last year’s MMRC but didn’t qualify for a placing. He hoped that his over 10 years experience in sailing and competing will help him clinch the championship and bring pride to his beloved hometown.

For Mohd Romzi Muhamad, good teamwork and consistent technical practices are the key factors for competitive success. His obsession towards sailing began when he was still in primary school and led him to compete globally in Japan, Korea, China, France, Doha and USA in the dinghy classes. His team of national sailors is all set to conquer the MMRC for the very first time.

All the action begins tomorrow, with remaining teams arriving at Pulau Duyong for registration and training.

The Asian Match Racing Championship will follow the Malaysian Match Racing Championship from 12th -15th October, with both winners automatically securing a spot at the Monsoon Cup, which is the final leg of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour circuit held from 22nd – 27th November, at the same venue in Terengganu.

MMRC Line-up

  1. Jeremy Koo – Koo Racing Team (Selangor)
  2. Mohd Afendy Abdullah – Team Afendy (Kedah)
  3. M. Zaidi Pardi @ Mat Amin – MAF1 (TLDM)
  4. Masyuri Rahmat – MAF2 (TLDM)
  5. Mohd Romzi Muhamad – Putra Sailing Team (Malaysian Yachting Association)
  6. Hazwan Hazim – Permai Hotel Match Racing Team (Perak)
  7. Ahmad Khairulhafiz Ahmad Khmbali – Melaka Negeriku Sayang (Malacca)
  8. Nurul Ain Md. Isa – Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team (Perak)

For more information, please contact:

Audrey Lakai
Communications Department
World Match Racing Tour


SOURCE Monsoon Cup

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October 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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Amid Global Economic Uncertainty, Kimberly-Clark Professional* Helps Companies Identify Link between Cost Efficiency and Environmental Performance

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Kimberly-Clark Professional Hong Kong’s Second Annual Corporate Sustainability Forum Brings Experts Together to Discuss Sustainable Supply Chain Opportunities

HONG KONG, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Hong Kong-based companies continue to face pressure to meet the Environment Bureau’s carbon intensity reduction targets, while at the same time maintaining financial stability amid global economic uncertainty. This twin challenge facing global and local enterprises was top of mind at Kimberly-Clark Professional’s (KCP) Second Annual Sustainability Forum, held in Hong Kong today.

Kimberly-Clark Professional*, the business-to-business arm of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB), today brought together over 35 local and international corporations to share solutions and best practices on how companies can meet dual environmental and economic objectives. A key area, often overlooked, is cost saving opportunities in the supply chain.

“Business and environmental objectives are not mutually exclusive. In fact, solutions to environmental challenges often result in significant cost savings, particularly in the supply chain,” said Chloe Hui, General Manager of KCP Hong Kong. “By investing in more sustainable products and solutions, KCP helps our customers meet their financial and environmental goals, through operational efficiencies and waste reduction.”

Some of the best practice case studies shared at the KCP Sustainability Forum supported this claim. Since 2010, Hong Kong Aircraft & Engineering Co. Ltd. (HAECO) worked with KCP to lower environmental impact and cut costs by switching over from conventional rags to KCP’s disposable wipers. The impact was dramatic.

The simple switch of reducing the use of rags by 33% and replacing them with wipers resulted in a 24% reduction in tonnage and a 20% reduction in volume of waste to landfill. At the same time, HAECO reduced its total rag/wiper expenditure by 6% of its total cost (including materials, labor, and disposal costs). This was primarily due to a 90% reduction in costs associated with waste disposal.

In another case, Swire Pacific Group switched from conventional multi-folded towels to KCP AIRFLEX* Hand Roll Towels at four of its Hong Kong properties. The result was equally impressive. The Swire Properties achieved a reduction of 194,400 poly wrappers and a reduction of approximately 9,000 paper cartons, which translates to an 80% reduction in trees consumed.

KCP partners with NGOs like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Greenpeace to ensure that KCP products minimize their impact on forests, which are critical to controlling climate change through the absorption of carbon dioxide. Compared to conventional towels, KCP reduces the amount of fibre needed to make towel products by up to 17% through KCP’s innovative AIRFLEX* technology. With an addition of FSC-certified SCOTT(R) Hand Roll Towels, KCP provides solutions for companies that are struggling to find ways to reduce their environmental impact through smarter procurement purchases.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional is an indispensable business partner, delivering leading-edge health, hygiene and productivity solutions that provide tangible value every day, everywhere. Kimberly-Clark Professional is committed to reducing environmental impact at every stage in a product’s life cycle with its Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow program. Known for innovative, quality solutions for away-from-home washrooms, “clean” and “industrial” manufacturing environments, the global brands of Kimberly-Clark Professional include Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, KleenGuard and Kimtech. Headquartered in the USA, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s four business segments. Kimberly-Clark Professional has been operating in Hong Kong for 19 years, and can be visited on the web at

About Kimberly-Clark

Every day, 1.3 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world’s population – trust Kimberly-Clark’s brands and the solutions it provides. The company’s well-known brands and businesses include Huggies, Kotex, Kleenex, Andrex and Scott, Kimberly-Clark Professional and Kimberly-Clark Healthcare. Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in many parts of the world, including Hong Kong. It employs nearly 56,000 employees world-wide.

Kimberly-Clark Hong Kong is a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB), a Fortune 500 company. To learn more about the company’s brands and businesses globally, please visit

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SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Professional

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October 10, 2011 at 10:06 am