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High Degree of Disease Prevalence Sustains Diabetes Diagnostics Market in Europe, Finds Frost & SullivanX

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LONDON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The rising incidence of diabetes in Europe has presented the diagnostics market with significant growth opportunities. Diabetes organizations expect the patient pool in Europe to reach 64.2 million by 2030. This will increase testing volumes and thereby promote the need for diagnostic products and accessories across labs and hospitals.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, European Diabetes Diagnostics Market, finds that the market earned revenues of over $3.97 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $5.93 billion in 2018.
The proven efficacy of point-of-care testing (POCT) HbA1c and glucose tests has encouraged their adoption. In most European countries, these tests are a part of routine screening programmes.
“Doctors and diabetes specialists recommend HbA1C tests once every three months for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients,” saysFrost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst K. Srinivas Sashidhar. “Disease awareness programmes will further ensure regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.”
However, low-cost suppliers are increasingly entering the market. This leads to stiff competition and intense pressure on established manufacturers to introduce innovative, automated and efficient monitors.


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November 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: North American Military Avionics Market Fragmented by Mergers and Acquisitions

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Dynamics of market changing while living in the shadow of sequestration

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s recent research North American Military Avionics Market establishes the current and expected spending for avionics in the United States and Canada. The spending is segmented by type of aircraft and additional sub-segmentation is included by military service budget category and type of avionics.

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Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace and Defense practice ( finds that the North American Military Avionics market earned revenue of $13.48 billion in 2011 and estimates this to decline to $13.31 billion in 2017.

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“Past programs often involved completely new aircraft and avionics designs,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Wayne Plucker. “The relatively small numbers of new aircraft models will limit the number of market participants able to play a role in the development and manufacture of those aircraft.”

Most of the new programs rely on common airframes modified for specific missions.  Some of these airframes are commercial aircraft designs and use largely commercial avionics for flight avionics. However, integrated avionics will offer new opportunities for niche suppliers. Additionally, major component providers are becoming greater market forces.

Overall, the total number of suppliers in the avionics market has been declining due to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). However, these M&A have actually enhanced the competitive nature of the market. Aircraft OEMs have been more aggressively pursuing opportunities as avionics integrators, while component suppliers who often supplied stand-alone systems in the past are now providing integrated solutions.

“As a result of these market forces, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are accruing more direct avionics revenue, and Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are now major market participants,” said Plucker. “Aircraft programs are becoming more international, resulting in increasing competition for roles in the few new aircraft programs.”

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November 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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Coty Inc. And Katy Perry Announce Fragrance Partnership

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Global Beauty Leader and Multi-Platinum Recording Artist to Develop Innovative New Line of Fragrances

NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Coty Inc., a new emerging leader in beauty, announced today the signing of multifaceted singer, songwriter and entertainer Katy Perry to develop and market her own line of signature fragrances. As part of the project, Coty will also distribute the artist’s successful existing fragrance portfolio, comprised of Purr and Meow!, effective immediately.

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Perry joins Coty’s impressive list of brands that include Calvin Klein, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Playboy, among many others.

Eight-time Grammy nominee Katy Perry is one of the best-selling recording artists of this era. Her monumental album Teenage Dream, which has sold more than 5 million copies and 50 million single downloads to date, has remained in the Top 40 album charts since its release two years ago. Perry is a global superstar, touring the world with sold out arenas, including 124 live shows in her 2011 California Dreams tour. The tour is documented in this summer’s hit 3D feature “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which is already the fourth biggest music documentary of all time.

“We are thrilled to have an artist as creative and talented as Katy Perry join us at Coty,” said Renato Semerari, president, Coty Beauty. “Katy is original and daring — her unique approach to music and life will serve as the inspiration behind her innovative new scents and allow us to explore new avenues of scent creation.”

“I am honored to be working with Coty, which has produced some of my favorite fragrances,” said Perry. “I’m excited to share what’s next in my perfumed world as well as making Purr and Meow! more accessible worldwide!”

For additional information about Coty and its portfolio of fragrances, color cosmetics and skin and body care products, please visit

About Coty Inc.
Coty is a new emerging leader in beauty with net revenues of US$4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty’s product offerings include such global brands as adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.

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About Katy Perry
Katy Perry has cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of her second studio album, Teenage Dream, which debuted at #1 in 8 countries and has spent every week in Billboard’s Top 200 album sales chart since its release 2 years ago. She became the only female artist to have 5 #1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”). The recently-released special edition, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, added “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake” to Katy’s list of nine Top 40 chart-toppers (dating back to her multi-platinum debut album, 2008’s One of the Boys, which generated four hit singles: “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”). In 2011, she sold out arenas around the globe on her California Dreams Tour. The tour was the subject of this year’s 3D feature film, Katy Perry: Part Of Me, which is already the fourth biggest music documentary of all time, outpacing films from Madonna, U2, and the Rolling Stones.

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November 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

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Deutsche Post DHL and UNDP Launch the Third “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” Training in Indonesia

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New GARD trainings launched in Medan and Banda Aceh

SINGAPORE, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Indonesian government, Deutsche Post DHL and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 21 November launched a four-day “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) training programme at Polonia Airport in Medan and Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport in Banda Aceh.

The training aims to improve capacities of airport personnel so they can handle high volume of incoming goods and increasing number of passengers during the aftermath of a disaster.  Similar trainings took place in 2009 and 2011 at the Mutiara Airport in Central Sulawesi, Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in South Sulawesi, Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali and El Tari in East Nusa Tenggara.

“The Ministry of Transportation has been improving the capacity of 27 airports in various disaster-prone areas in Indonesia. In view of this, we see GARD as a very relevant training as it can help airports to be better prepared when there are disasters,” said Abdul Hani the Head of Airport Authority Region II from the Ministry of Transport.

Susanne Meier, Vice President Go Help at Deutsche Post DHL, said, “In close cooperation with DHL’s experienced aviation trainers, participants identify possible bottlenecks in their airport in the event of a disaster. The goal is to develop a plan which ensures relief goods and aid channeled through airports can reach communities quickly and efficiently.”

UNDP views GARD training as a part of its wider commitment to make disaster risk reduction ‘everyone’s business’ in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The agency has played a key role in creating the necessary institutions and laws for efficient disaster prevention and management while strengthening the capacities of communities to manage and reduce the risks of disasters in Indonesia.

“In 2010, 664 disasters occurred in Indonesia.  More than 1,700 people were killed, and almost 1.4 million were injured or reported missing.  UNDP draws on its global networks of expertise, to extend participation and investment in disaster risk reduction in Indonesia – by communities, civil society and the sub-national and national governments,” UNDP Indonesia Country Director Beate Trankmann said.

Corporate Responsibility is an integral part of Deutsche Post DHL’s business strategy and focuses on the topics protecting the environment (GoGreen), delivering help (GoHelp) and championing education (GoTeach). The GARD concept was the natural next step for Deutsche Post DHL in its commitment to humanitarian relief, which began with the Disaster Response Team (DRT) program.  The DRTs have been deployed to over 20 airports since 2005. The DRTs, which work free-of-charge and in close cooperation with the UN, help keep the flow of incoming relief goods moving at disaster-site airports.

GARD trainers and material are provided free-of-charge by DHL.  Training is organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of State-Own Enterprises through one of its subsidiaries, PT. Angkasa Pura II.  Training is funded by these two Ministries with coordination support from UNDP Indonesia.

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DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 53 billion euros in 2011.

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About UNDP

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

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November 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

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Vitasoy Shows Solid Growth in Interim Results

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Strong Foundation to Take Business Growth Forward

HONG KONG, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Financial highlights

Six months ended  30th September
HK$ Mn
HK$ Mn
Turnover 2,135 1,946 10
Gross profit 1,010 913 11
EBITDA 343 295 16
Profit before taxation 245 231 6
Profit after taxation 190 178 7
Profit attributable to equity shareholders of the Company 173 149 16
Basic earnings per ordinary share
(HK cents)
16.9 14.6 16
Dividend per share (HK cents) 3.2 3.2 0

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited (“VIHL” or “the Group”) (SEHK Code:0345), a Hong Kong-based manufacturer, marketer and distributor of non-carbonated beverages and food, today announced its interim results for the six months ended 30th September 2012.

In the first half of FY2012/2013, VIHL recorded a steady growth of 10% year-on-year in net sales to HK$2,135 million. Gross profit improved by 11% to HK$1,010 million, while profit attributable to equity shareholders increased by 16% to HK$173 million. Gross profit margin maintained at last year’s level at 47%.

“We had solid increases in both sales and profit and strengthened our market position despite headwinds including continuing cost inflation and highly competitive market landscape. Most of our operating entities delivered encouraging sales growth. Our investment plans for expanding and upgrading production capacity in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Australia have all been completed. These new infrastructures will provide the Group with a very strong foundation for future growth,” said Mr Winston Yau-lai Lo, Executive Chairman of VIHL.

Basic earnings per ordinary share were HK16.9 cents for the period. The Board of Directors of VIHL declared an interim dividend of HK3.2 cents per ordinary share (FY2011/12 interim: HK3.2 cents per ordinary share) for the six months ended 30th September 2012.

Hong Kong and Macau – Sales growth outperformed beverage industry average

The Hong Kong operation recorded a solid sales growth of 9%, comparing to the interim period last year, and outperformed the beverage industry average. Major brands including VITASOY, VITA Lemon tea, SANSUI and VITA Pure Distilled Water achieved strong year-on-year growth. Similar healthy growth trend was also recorded across all distribution channels. Aggressive marketing and promotion campaigns in the summer had effectively boosted sales while building brand equity.

New products such as VITASOY Low Sugar Melon Soymilk and VITASOY Orange Chocolate Soymilk in Tetra Brik carton, as well as VITA Honey range and VITA Smoothie in PET format were well received.

The export and Macau businesses also performed well, whereas Vitaland expanded with growing number of tuck shops and improved school contract renewals in Hong Kong.

“For the second half of the fiscal year, we will protect our leadership in the non-carbonated beverage segment while expanding our market presence in the PET plastic bottle arena. For school tuck shop business, we will stick to our strategy of profitable growth while offering the highest quality services in this sector,” said Mr Larry Eisentrager, Group Chief Executive Officer of VIHL.

Mainland China – Impressive business growth achievedwith greater distribution penetration and territorial expansion

Vitasoy China recorded a year-on-year growth of 17% in net sales to HK$700 million. The increase in sales volume allowed better production and cost efficiency at the plant level. The operation of the new Foshan plant also facilitated reduction in transportation cost. These all helped to offset the increase in agricultural material, labour and overhead costs of the operation in China, resulting in a robust improvement of 30% year-on-year in operating profit to HK$97 million.

The additional production capacity brought by the new Foshan plant has also enabled the operation to implement a “Go Deep and Go Wide” strategy to penetrate accounts and extend territorial reach to Fujian, Guangxi, Kunming and Wuhan in Southern China. In Eastern China, the operation focused on building brand awareness and enlarging market share.

“We expect the Mainland China market will remain competitive. Seasonality and higher embedded overhead costs will impact growth in the coming six months. We will focus on driving availability of our products in the South. Our plan to improve the profitability in Eastern China will be carried out by building critical mass in volume,” said Mr Eisentrager.

Australia and New Zealand – Production expansion program completedhowever,sales growth limited by operational complexity

In the first six months, Vitasoy Australia focused on completing its expansion program, which would double the production capacity. However, the operational complexity during the plant expansion project has affected manufacturing efficiency and resulted in supply constraints and lowering profitability. The operation recorded a net sales increase of 4% in local currency term. In terms of Hong Kong dollar, the sales decreased by 0.3% to HK$259 million, while the operating profit dropped by HK$5 million to HK$40 million.

During the period, the operation continued to drive category growth through media and sampling campaigns. VTASOY has regained its leadership position in the alternate milk categories across Australian major distribution channels. The VITAGO brand has become the No. 2 brand in the liquid breakfast category and successfully tapped into the on-the-go market. VITASOY CAFE FOR BARISTA soymilk continued its growth in the coffee sector.

“With the completion of the Wodonga plant capacity expansion, the business has built a strong platform for future growth as we strive to rebuild lost distribution while driving category growth.  We will also drive VITAGO in the liquid breakfast market to bring further growth to our operation,” commented Mr Eisentrager.

North America – Steady sales growth and business breakeven with manufacturing issues being resolved

The North America operation reported a 7% increase in net sales revenue to HK$231 million, in a climate of soft economic trends. Core products including tofu, pasta and Asian imported beverage all showed positive sales growth boosted by a mixed use of conventional and social media marketing programs. New products such as NASOYA Organic Black Soybean Tofu Plus and NASOYA Pasta Zero low calorie noodles series were well-received by consumers.

The operation’s efforts in resolving prior year’s manufacturing issues have brought better cost efficiency and improved margin. The enhanced production situation, together with higher sales volume and prudent cost control, have helped Vitasoy USA successfully returned to breakeven.

“We will continue to optimize manufacturing capabilities in order to meet the market demand for our products and maintain profitability. Innovative new product development will remain a key element of our business strategy. We will expand our SANSUI Tofu line into more Asian markets and explore more value-added premium products in our NASOYA tofu and pasta lines with a focus of convenience,” said Mr Eisentrager.

Singapore – Strong business supported by channel growth

Unicurd, the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Singapore, reported a solid growth of 9% in net sales to HK$41 million and 16% in operating profit to HK$3.5 million. Business in most of the sales channels, especially restaurants and supermarkets, delivered good results. All main product categories also recorded positive growth. Cost was contained by improved efficiency and effective purchasing.  Its focus in the next six months will be on strengthening distribution and rationalizing product range to enhance overall plant and workforce efficiency.


“Looking ahead, we expect the overall business environment will be shadowed by various macro-economic and cost factors. We are committed to maintain our growth momentum, building brand strength and enhancing operational efficiency to drive profitable growth for the balance of the year,” Mr Lo concluded.

About Vitasoy

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of non-carbonated drinks with a base in Hong Kong. Founded in 1940 and with production facilities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia, the United States and Singapore, Vitasoy currently provides consumers in 40 markets worldwide with over 1,000 stock keeping units. Over the years, Vitasoy has successfully established a corporate image as “the Soy Expert”. Vitasoy is a constituent stock of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (“MSCI”) Hong Kong Small Cap Index.

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November 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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Singapore Number 3 City in the World to Work In

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands /PRNewswire/ —
– Challenge for Singapore lies in the West
Coming from a 5th place in 2009, Singapore was ranked 3rd most popular city when working abroad in 2011 by the global workforce. Especially people with a Banking (10%) or ICT (11%) function are interested to work in Singapore. For the next years the challenge is to attract talent from the West, because Singapore is much more popular in Asia. These are some results from the recruitment intelligence research of Intelligence Group, based on the Global Talent Mobility Survey and published in the report ‘Singapore, star from the East’.
Singapore is preferred, but not by the West
Singapore is booming, ranked 3rd as city and 7th as country it is a popular destination for the global mobile workforce. The greater part of the potential workforce for Singapore lives in India (34%), followed by China (30%) and Indonesia (22%). Particularly, Indonesian people want to work in Singapore. They rated the country four times more popular than the global average. Results further indicated that the labor force from the West, especially from the USA and UK, are less than average interested to work and live in Singapore.
Attractive for Banking and ICT, less attractive for Pharmaceuticals
Singapore’s ambition is to become Southeast Asia’s financial and high-tech hub, which fits the profile of her global workforce potentials. When asked in which occupational area they are working, more than average answered Banking, Financial Services & Insurance and ICT. Furthermore, companies like Google, Microsoft, and HSBC are ranked as most preferred employer brands by talent that wants to come to Singapore. Besides the financial and high-tech aspirations Singapore is planning to grow in pharmaceutical and medical technology production. However, the number of people with a background in Healthcare or Pharmaceuticals among potentials is relatively small. Approaching specific target groups is recommended to attract the necessary people.
Building on two previous waves of research conducted by The Network and Intelligence Group, 162,495 persons from 66 countries participated in the Global Talent Mobility Survey 2011. More information about the study can be found on the website of the Global Talent Barometer.
The research about Singapore can be found on the website of Intelligence Group.
For more information please contact:
Geert-Jan Waasdorp
Source: Intelligence Group

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November 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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RS Components First to Launch Easy-to-use Low-cost Gadget Renesas Development Kit Across Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today announces the sale of GR-SAKURA, an easy-to-use and low-cost development kit for Gadget Renesas. Gadget Renesas is a project of Renesas Electronics Corporation (hereinafter “Renesas”) to offer a series of boards with easy-to-usecloud-based software environment for people who have no embedded programming experience as well as experienced embedded professionals to do rapid prototyping. The new GR-SAKURA is available through all RS Components Asia Pacific websites and is stocked locally for next-day delivery to most major cities in the region.

GR-SAKURA is an Arduino-compatible board based on the Renesas’ high performance, 32-bit RX63N series of microcontroller (MCU).  The entire software environment is web-based and development can be done entirely through a web browser. Built to encourage design and innovation, the board is user-friendly enough even for non-professional engineers to embark on interesting electronics projects.

The GR-SAKURA board is designed for all interest levels, from hobbyists looking to start building electronics projects to professional electronics design engineers who develop sophisticated electronics systems, such as a home server.

The two models currently available are the GR-SAKURA and the GR-SAKURA-FULL. Both models utilise the USB connection with a PC, tablet or smart phone to connect to the internet and also support Ethernet connections.  Features and specifications include:

GR-SAKURA (approximately US$49):
RX63N MCU Evaluation Board:RX63N (R5F563NBDDFP) (Operating frequency: 96MHz, Flash Memory: 1 MB, RAM: 128KB, FPU internal (floating point)) Ethernet support, USB function/host support, Digital I/O pins: 55, Analog input pins: 16, XBee™ support, JTAG support

GR-SAKURA-FULL (approximately US$65):
All the specifications of the GR-SAKURA with the addition of a pin header, LAN connector (RJ-45), DC power jack and a microSD card socket

“We are very excited about GR-SAKURA because it puts the power of a sophisticated microcontroller into the hands of engineers at a very affordable price. To complete the eco-system, we have also made programming so easy that even young engineers with almost no programming knowledge can get started with it,” said Jeffrey Soh, Director of Renesas Electronics Singapore. “We hope this will encourage more people to take up electronic design.”

“Our ability to connect and support engineers across the whole of Asia Pacific is the key reason why RS Components was selected as the online distributor for GR-SAKURA,” said CM Lim, Head of Product Marketing, Asia Pacific, RS Components.  “The product fits our mission, which is to help make it easier for engineers to create great products and to help develop the engineers of the future.”

GR-SAKURA from the Gadget Renesas series is hardware compatible with most of today’s popular electronic development platforms for hobbyists and professional engineers.  For more information about Gadget Renesas, please visit

* All product names and service names in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks belonging to each of the owners.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

About Renesas Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, Renesas Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analogue and power devices for the South, South-East Asia and Oceania markets.  In addition to device sales, the company also provides design services including reference solutions, embedded systems and tools development.

For more information about Renesas Electronics Singapore, please visit

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November 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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ConvaTec Announces 2012 Third Quarter Earnings Call

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Analyst and Investor Call to Be Held on November 29, 2012
LUXEMBOURG /PRNewswire/ — ConvaTec today announced that it will report its 2012 third quarter earnings on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Ken Berger, CEO, and Ed Borkowski, CFO, will host an analyst and investor call at 10:00 AM ET live via telephone.
To participate in the conference call within the U.S. and Canada, dial (877) 366-0267.
To participate in the conference internationally, dial (760) 666-3086.
The conference ID is 68295563.
Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The Company’s unaudited 2012 Third Quarter Report will be filed on the Company’s website prior to the call under the Investor Community tab at
For more information, please contact
About ConvaTec
ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support healthcare professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit
Investor Relations:
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November 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Pharmaceutical Market Fails to Capture $188 Billion U.S. Revenue and $564 Billion Global Revenue Annually Due to Medication Non-Adherence

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Capgemini Consulting and HealthPrize Report Reveals Key Revenue Loss Across 100 Therapeutic Areas Including Chronic Conditions such as – Diabetes, Hypertension and High Cholesterol – and Critical Conditions such as HIV, Cancer and Transplant
NORWALK, Conn. /PRNewswire/ — Capgemini Consulting, the global strategy and transformation consulting arm of the Capgemini Group, has announced the release of its study conducted with HealthPrize Technologies, “Estimated Annual Pharmaceutical Revenue Loss Due to Medication Non-Adherence.”The report provides key insights and analysis on the significant revenue loss to global pharmaceutical companies as a result of medication non-adherence.
Based on detailed review and analysis of modern claims-based adherence literature and data, the estimate of revenue lost by the U.S. pharmaceutical industry each year due to non-adherence to medications for chronic disease is $188 billion. Extrapolated to the global pharmaceutical industry, revenue losses are estimated to be $564 billion. This number is significantly higher than the $30 billion global revenue loss often quoted to date from a 2004 study1, and higher than many pharmaceutical executive estimates.
This revenue loss represents 59% of all pharmaceutical revenues, which were $320 billion in the U.S. and $956 billion globally in 2011 according to IMS, and 37% of potential total annual revenues, which would be $508 billion in the U.S. and $1,520 billion globally. While achieving 100% medication adherence is likely not possible, even a modest 10 percentage point increase in adherence could lead to a significant rise in pharmaceutical revenues, accompanied by improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare spending.
“The revenue that pharma leaves on the table due to lack of adherence to prescription medications is much higher than usually thought,” explained Thomas Forissier, Principal at Capgemini Consulting. “In addition, many people don’t realize that a 10% boost in adherence could increase revenue by much more than 10%. That 10% loss is based on the higher revenue amount that could have materialized, not on actual revenue earned.”
“Medication non-adherence is one of the most serious problems in healthcare, posing a heavy financial impact on all constituencies,” commented Katrina Firlik, MD, co-founder and chief medical officer of HealthPrize. “For insurers, employers, and patients, non-adherence significantly increases healthcare costs as a result of disease-related complications. For pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, and pharmacy benefits managers, non-adherence significantly erodes profit due to prescriptions never filled and medications not taken often enough. Given the significant potential to enhance revenue and lower cost to the overall healthcare system, programs to address medication adherence should be a top priority to the pharmaceutical industry.”
Report Highlights:
The U.S. pharmaceutical industry loses an estimated $188 billion annually due to medication non-adherence. This represents 59% of the $320 billion in total U.S. pharmaceutical revenues in 2011.
Global pharmaceutical revenue loss is estimated to be $564 billion, or 59% of the $956 billion in total global pharmaceutical revenues in 2011.
Medication non-adherence is a problem across almost all chronic conditions, not only for primary care conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, but also for such serious conditions as HIV, oncology, transplant, and glaucoma.
In the U.S. diabetes market alone, revenue loss is estimated to be $11.4 billion.
Report Access:
To download a full copy of “Annual Pharmaceutical Revenue Loss Due to Medication Non-Adherence,” please go to The report is also available on with key study findings and a central forum for discussion.
About Capgemini Consulting:
Capgemini Consulting is the global strategy and transformation consulting organization of the Capgemini Group, specializing in advising and supporting enterprises in significant transformation, from innovative strategy to execution and with an unstinting focus on results. With the new digital economy creating significant disruptions and opportunities, our global team of over 3,600 talented individuals work with leading companies and governments to master Digital Transformation, drawing on our understanding of the digital economy and our leadership in business transformation and organizational change.
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About Capgemini:
With more than 120,000 people in 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2011 global revenues of EUR 9.7 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience™, and draws on Rightshore ®, its worldwide delivery model.
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About HealthPrize Technologies:
HealthPrize Technologies provides an innovative approach to addressing the problem of medication non-adherence with an online and mobile-based program that is fun, educational and rewarding. Patients are engaged and motivated by the HealthPrize system which utilizes gaming dynamics, behavioral economics and proven concepts from consumer marketing to engage and educate patients so they start and stay on prescribed medications.
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1Datamonitor, Addressing Patient Compliance: Targeted Marketing Driving a Shift in Focus From Acquisition to Retention. August, 2004.
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Johnnie Walker Launches The Spice Road, Inspired by Travel and Made Exclusively for Travellers

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —
Johnnie Walker today unveiled the first of a portfolio of whiskies that take their inspiration from the travelling heritage of John Walker & Sons. Available only in duty free stores, Johnnie Walker The Spice Road pays a unique homage to the global travellers of today.
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The whisky of intriguing complexity, rich flavour and exceptional smoothness takes the John Walker & Sons tradition of blending for big, bold flavour inspired by influences from all over the world, into the 21st Century.
From the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world, Johnnie Walker has always pushed boundaries to discover new horizons.
From 1820, the Walker family and their agents travelled the world, navigating their way down the famous trade routes: the Spice Road of Europe and Asia; the Royal Route from Europe to Persia; and the Gold Route of the Americas and the Caribbean, in pursuit of adventures bringing both new business and rich experiences.
Their efforts ensured that, by the 1920s, Johnnie Walker had arrived in 120 countries and was being enjoyed on the great railways, luxury ocean liners and early transatlantic flights. Meanwhile, the striking image of the Johnnie Walker Striding Man was becoming an icon all over the world.
Back in London, close to the shipping houses and docks from which the Johnnie Walker agents travelled the world, Alexander Walker established the Travellers’ Room where his agents would convene to rest, talk strategy and exchange stories and samples from their travels. These colourful tales of exploration influenced the Johnnie Walker Master Blenders, who began to create different styles of whisky to reflect these exotic stories.
Today, this tradition continues as Johnnie Walker launches a range of whiskies made exclusively for travellers – the Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection.
The first three blends in the collection, collectively known as the Trade Routes Series, are inspired by the richness that could be found along the great trade routes.
The first release, Johnnie Walker The Spice Road is an evocative expression of the vibrancy, aromas and spices that the Johnnie Walker agents would have discovered in the thriving markets around Asia. It is a whisky of exceptional smoothness and rich flavour, matured in old oak casks for an intense finish inspired by spice markets, but still true to the Johnnie Walker signature style.
“We specially selected whiskies to create a bold blend of intriguing complexity inspired by the richness of this part of the world: there is a spicy zestiness on the nose, balanced by fresh citrus. The smooth, rich and honeyed flavours on the palate, warmed by cloves, ginger and vanilla sweetness, give way to a smouldering finish of the Johnnie Walker signature smoke,” commented Master Blender Jim Beveridge.
Steve White, Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East, said: “Travel is in the DNA of Johnnie Walker and it is these credentials that we feel will resonate with today’s travellers who are undertaking bold journeys of their own.
“This travel heritage and pioneering spirit of adventure makes Johnnie Walker the perfect companion for today’s travellers.”
With a recommended retail price of $43 / euro 36.90 / GBP 26, Johnnie Walker The Spice Road will be available in duty free stores in Europe, the Middle East and Australia in December. It will be available in duty free stores globally from January 2013.
The second and third releases in the Trade Routes Series – Johnnie Walker The Gold Route and Johnnie Walker The Royal Route will be available in duty free stores in 2013.
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The Johnnie Walker, Explorers’ Club Collection, The Spice Road, The Gold Route and The Royal Route words, the Striding Figure device and associated words and logos are trademarks © John Walker & Sons 2012.
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November 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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