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Filtrona Porous Technologies Launches New Website For Lymtech Scientific Brand Emphasizing Custom Cleanroom Wiping Products

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RICHMOND, Va./PRNewswire/ — Filtrona Porous Technologies announces the launch of a new website for its Lymtech Scientific brand of specialty wiping products at http://www.Lymtech.com.
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As the recently acquired nonwovens business unit of Filtrona Porous Technologies, Lymtech’s website has been upgraded with user-friendly navigational tools, improved access to technical data, and expanded information on the wide range of cleanroom wiping products offered.
The new website supports the global growth of the Lymtech brand by improving accessibility via search engine optimization and multiple language offerings. Lymtech.com is available in English, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
Visit http://www.Lymtech.com to find out how our reach is global, while our service is still personal.
Filtrona Porous Technologies is a division of Filtrona plc.
About Filtrona Porous Technologies: http://www.filtronaporoustechnologies.com/en/ A global market leading developer and manufacturer of custom fluid handling components, engineered from a portfolio of technologies that includes bonded fibre, polyurethane foam, and porous plastic. Representing leading innovations used in healthcare, consumer and industrial applications, its enabling components are found in a wide range of products from medical diagnostics tests to advanced wound care pads, inkjet printer cartridges, writing instruments and air fresheners. Customers in over 56 countries are served from six manufacturing facilities with research and development centres supporting the division globally.
About Filtrona plc: http://www.filtrona.com Filtrona plc (“Filtrona”) is a FTSE 250 company and a leading international supplier of speciality plastic, fibre and foam products with four principal operating divisions: Component & Protection Solutions, Porous Technologies, Coated & Security Products, and Filter Products. Filtrona focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, essential components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Filtrona’s global network extends to 29 countries and includes c. 4,100 employees, 34 principal manufacturing facilities, 63 sales & distribution operations and 5 research & development centres.
Source: Filtrona Porous Technologies

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February 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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FIEP calls for universal parenting education

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass./PRNewswire/ — Responding to recent horrors – the mass killing of schoolchildren in Newtown CT and the brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi India – the International Federation for Parenting Education (FIEP), based in Paris, has issued a call for universal parenting education. “The questions we ask,” say the authors of the call, “is not only, Who raised the young men who perpetrated these atrocious crimes? but, What social supports were missing from their parents’ lives that could have led them to seek appropriate help for their clearly troubled sons?”
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According to a TIME/CNN poll January 28, 2013, 37% of respondents put responsibility for gun violence on ‘ways parents raise their children’, the same percentage as those who blame ‘influences of pop culture’. Only 23% of respondents blame ‘availability of guns’.
Dr. Catherine Bernard, director of SERFAC (Chennai), Mary Crowley, OBE, president of FIEP (London), and Eve Sullivan, founder of Parents Forum (Cambridge Mass.), with decades of experience in parenting and family support, wrote this call and invite individuals and organizations in all sectors of society – business, government and nonprofit – to support it. [bit.ly/XGkgUf]
Strong and loving parent-child relationships, appropriate engagement of parents in their children’s school and social lives and family security all correlate dependably with positive behaviors in young people. “If societies want to improve parenting, they must examine and improve how they educate and support parents,” Bernard, Crowley and Sullivan assert.
Call for universal parenting education:
On behalf of parents and parenting educators around the world, the International Federation for Parenting Education calls for a new dedication by individuals, non-for-profit organisations, businesses and governments to positive support for all parents.
We renew our own strong commitment to parents and others in parenting roles on whom the children of the world depend. To counteract commercialisation of our lives, commodification of individuals and deep-rooted, pervasive violence in our communities, we must support parents in rebuilding foundations of positive values, thought and action to uphold family life, in diverse forms and across generations. Only by doing this in both policy and practice can we prepare young people for the healthy, happy and productive lives that we all want them to achieve.
– Eve Sullivan
Founder, Parents Forum
+1-617-864-3802 and cell: 1-617-233-7890
eve@parentsforum.org
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
http://www.parentsforum.org
– Mary Crowley, OBE
President, IFPE/FIEP
marycrowleyjohnson@gmail.com
London, England
http://www.fiep-ifpe.fr
– Dr. Catherine Bernard
Founder Director, SERFAC
dirserfac@gmail.com
Chennai, India
http://www.serfacglobal.org
Source: International Federation for Parenting Education

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February 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Posts Sales Record in 2012 for 4th Straight Year

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ —
Despite recession in Europe and slowing pace of sales in China, global sales were a record 8.1 million units
Strongest growth came from emerging markets and the United States
Zero-emission sales up more than 80% from 2011
The Renault-Nissan Alliance sold a record 8,101,310 vehicles in 2012, representing one in 10 new cars sold worldwide.
Calendar-year sales increased about 1% from 2011, with strong growth in emerging markets and the US, compensating for the protracted European slowdown. 2012 was the fourth straight year of sales growth for the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Renault group sold 2,550,286 units worldwide in 2012, down 6.3% from 2011. Renault group sales increased 9.1% outside Europe, thanks in part to strong growth in Brazil, Russia, and Algeria. Sales declined 18% in Europe as car sales throughout the continent dropped 8.6%.
Nissan sold 4,940,133 units, up 5.8%, setting a new calendar year record. Nissan has two markets each exceeding 1 million units: China and the United States.
AVTOVAZ sold 610,891 vehicles, down 5.5% from 2011 as a major Russian incentive program came to an end. In December, the Renault-Nissan Alliance created a joint venture to accelerate its market offensive in Russia where the Alliance sells one in three cars nationwide.
“2012 was a challenging year due to the continued decline in Renault’s historic core market of western Europe and due to political tension in China, Nissan’s top market worldwide,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Thanks to the American rebound and strong demand in emerging markets, we maintained our market share and are very well positioned in global growth markets.”
Renault group highlights
Renault’s group sales outside of Europe in 2012 set a record, climbing 9.1% to 1,279,598 units, thanks to the launch of new products and the company’s aggressive efforts to expand its strategic markets, particularly Brazil, Russia and India.
2012 marked the first time that Renault group, which encompasses the Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands, generated more than half its sales outside Europe. Group sales outside of Europe accounted for 50.2% of the total in 2012, up 7.1 percentage points from 43.1% in the previous year.
For the full release, go to: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/3774
Source: Renault-Nissan Alliance

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February 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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The First Leading Brand Collection of the Global Furniture Manufacturing Industry will be Held at FMC China 2013

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11-14 September 2013, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Woodworking Machinery, Furniture Raw Materials
SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — The FMC China exhibition has now been running for 18 years. FMC moved to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in 2011, and the increased exhibition area and visitor numbers have turned it into one of the most famous furniture manufacturing industry exhibitions in the world. This year FMC China 2013 will cover 71,000 square meters, and is expected to attract 850 domestic and overseas exhibitors.
The China Furniture Association said in 2012 that “developing China from a major furniture manufacturing country to a great powerful country” cannot be accomplished without talented furniture designers, sophisticated production equipment and raw material support. FMC China 2013, as the most professional furniture manufacturing supply platform, is responding positively to the China Furniture Association, and has specially organized The First Leading Brand Collection of the Global Furniture Manufacturing Industry in 2013 at the site of the China International Furniture Expo, in order to enhance the industry’s development.
The First Leading Brand Collection for the Global Furniture Manufacturing Industry
The First Leading Brand Collection (“the Collection”) aims to promote the upgrade of the furniture industry, to create maximum business value, and also to build the best public relations platform for furniture manufacturing enterprises. Bringing together nearly 100 furniture manufacturing new products and new technologies, along with excellent high-tech support, FMC China 2013 will provide a solid foundation to allow China to become the foremost furniture manufacturing nation.
The Collection will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (Hall E5). The total area will be 800 square meters and will feature dazzling booth designs and clear onsite signage; each exhibitor will have an exclusive booth.
Exhibits include: Furniture Hardware & Fittings, Furniture Panels & Surface Deco, Furniture Fabric & Leather, Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies, Cabinet/Wardrobe Fittings, Office Furniture Supplies & Gas Spring, Furniture Coatings, and Adhesives & Chemicals Products.
The Collection will showcase 20 high-tech groups, more than 40 international leading technologies and more than 70 leading internal technologies, as well as a number of self-developed products. The exhibitors will also be considered for the “FMC China 2013 Outstanding Brand Award” by the organizer.
Meanwhile, the Collection will bring visitors from SNIEC to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC), which will display nearly 100 kinds of new products, as well as new technologies in woodworking machinery and the furniture raw materials industry. Trade buyers will be able to take a free shuttle bus between the two exhibition sites and enjoy more chances to contact furniture manufacturing enterprises.
For FMC online pre-registration, please visit: http://www.fmcchina.com.cn/

Source: Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co. Ltd.

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February 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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Cloud 9 Welcomes Peter Tan, Ex-CEO of Burger King Asia Pacific, as Investor and Senior Advisor

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SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — YPX Cayman, the parent company of Cloud 9, welcomes the ex-CEO of Burger King for Asia Pacific, Peter Tan, to be its Senior Advisor and its latest investor.
Cloud 9, an emerging fast casual restaurant chain in China, is beefing up its management know-how by inviting luminary figures like Peter Tan to assist in growing its business.

CLOUD 9 Store
CLOUD 9 Store
Chris Tay, CEO of YPX Cayman, says, “As a company grows, and especially YPX, we need more intelligence to guide us the right way. No one or no team can be omnipresent or be a sage and maneuver perfectly at every turn of the corner of a business. So, to be able to rope in Mr. Peter Tan into our family is indeed both an honor and a privilege. A double bonus was when Peter said that he would like to be an investor in YPX. I was very thrilled when I got his blessings and agreement to help us. We are really looking forward to having Peter guide us in our path to becoming one of China’s largest local fast casual restaurant chains. His years of experience are priceless, and I am very humbled by him.”
Peter Tan says, “I am thrilled to be working with Chris and his team. The retail food space is an extremely competitive environment. Despite this, Chris’ focus and strong leadership has enabled him to not only build a strong food retail model but also an equally effective organization. With Chris’ and his team’s passion and commitment, I have every confidence that Cloud 9 will increasingly play a significant role in the food retail landscape.”

Peter Tan
Peter Tan joined Burger King in November 2005 after spending 12 years with McDonald’s Corp., where he rose to CEO of Greater China, responsible for some 75,000 people and 1,250 restaurants. Prior to that, he worked as a vice president at Citibank, which is why he likes to quip that he went from “B to B – banking to burgers.”
Tan, who fundamentally views business success as managing people effectively, hired more experienced personnel into senior level positions, worked to drive “operations excellence” at the restaurant level – everything from a well-groomed crew to a clean, inviting ambience, to a timely Whopper – and focused marketing efforts on the brand’s unique selling proposition: flame grilling.
An active Kellogg Alumni Council member who has made both financial and in-kind contributions, such as volunteering as a reunion keynote speaker, Tan received the school’s Schaffner Award in 2004 for his exceptional commitment.
About YPX Cayman
Founded in Shanghai in 2010, YPX Cayman focuses on the management of casual (F&B) chains in China. CLOUD 9, the company’s first brand, mainly focuses on the Taiwanese casual F&B and snacks segment. The brand now has more than 30 stores in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Changzhou, Hefei, etc., and continues to open new stores in China. The company’s management team, with a combined over-80 years of experience in the F&B chain management, continuously improves their standard and management level, valuing quality as their first goal. The company aims to establish a large platform in the casual F&B chain in China.
YPX Cayman recently closed its Series C round in November 2012. The investment was led by LionRock Capital, based in Hong Kong, with follow-on investments from Qiming Venture Partners and Ignition Capital. Its shareholders also include Hotung VC, Mitsui Global Investments, and several individual such as Mr. Koh Boon Hwee, Michael Feng Yun Lei and Norman Lui.
Source: YPX Cayman Holdings Co. Ltd

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February 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Thailand International Education Expo: TIEE (2013) Live + Learn in Wonderful Thailand

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BANGKOK/PRNewswire/ — With its natural splendor, the people’s hospitality, modern infrastructure, and world-class education services, Thailand has been welcoming thousands of foreign students from around the world. In fact, it has ranked among the world’s Top Ten most desirable destination for international education.
To continuously promote the country potential, the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, has collaborated with government and private sectors in organizing Thailand International Education Expo (TIEE) annually since 2003. The expo has been recognized as the center stage to display the infinite choice of international education to target audience.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 10th Thailand International Education Expo (TIEE 2013) is taking place at the Royal Paragon Hall, 5th floor of Siam Paragon Shopping Complex in Bangkok, from February 22-24, 2013. This will mark the grandest international education expo of the ASEAN region.
Under the concept, “Live + Learn in Wonderful Thailand”, TIEE 2013 features more than 200 international education institutes from around Thailand and from overseas. Being presented under one roof is a wide selection of international education programs — from pre-school to primary school onto doctoral degree. Also highlighted are popular vocational and short courses such as Thai boxing, Thai cooking, traditional massage, and aviation training, to name a few. In addition, parents and students can enjoy shopping for educational products including computer software, games, educational toys and materials, etc.
TIEE 2013 also offers great opportunities for visitors to make the best education choices through counseling service as well as the availability of in-depth information directly from representatives of those institutes. Furthermore, there will be interactive exhibitions, workshops, seminars and discussions relating to education. On main stage daily, are series of dancing, singing, and orchestra performances by talented international students.
Admission to TIEE 2013 is free. And it is open daily from February 22-24, 2013, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Royal Paragon Hall, 5th floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok. For pre-registration and more information, please contact the DITP’s office at +66 (0) 2507 8385-9, tiee@ditp.go.th or http://www.thailandeducationfair.com.
Source: Department of International Trade Promotion

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February 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

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New Findings Offer Systemic Solutions to Address Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Low- and Middle-income Countries

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GENEVA/PRNewswire/ —
The Johns Hopkins University report identifies systemic gaps in NCD research, policy and practice
Offering pragmatic actions and sustainable solutions, experts cite multisectoral cooperation as vital
Independent research project stems from IFPMA Framework for Action on NCDs, focusing on innovation, access and affordability, prevention and health education, and partnerships
Today the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise released a focused set of policy briefs that provide actionable recommendations for improving NCD policy, research and, ultimately, care. The study was commissioned by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA).
The four main NCD categories – cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes – kill three in five people worldwide. Nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
As part of momentum from the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, a working group of leading scholars[1] produced this collection of briefs: Addressing the Gaps in Global Policy and Research for Non-Communicable Diseases. Their findings provide decision-makers with five key areas for action: 1) strengthening supply chains, 2) accelerating regulatory convergence, 3) applying HIV/AIDS learnings to improve access to interventions, 4) restructuring primary care, and 5) promoting multisectoral action.
“We harnessed the direction given by UN Member States in the NCD Political Declaration as a springboard for action,” said Sir George Alleyne, former director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and co-author of one of the briefs. “Based on this direction, our work paves a way forward to achieve better health outcomes through multisectoral and intersectoralcooperation.”
Eduardo Pisani, IFPMA Director General, said, “The research-based pharmaceutical industry commissioned these briefs to generate ideas which we hope will contribute to WHO discussions and provide a path forward where our industry is best prepared to play its part with other stakeholders.”
The Johns Hopkins policy briefs can be accessed (http://www.ifpma.org/resources/publications.html).
About IFPMA
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1. Authors include: Brian White-Guay, Lisa Smith, PrashantYadav, SoerenMattke, Margaret Kruk, Felicia Knaul, Gustavo Nigenda, Sir George Alleyne, and SaniaNishtar. Jeffrey L.Sturchio and Louis Galambos served as editors.
IFPMA represents research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 1.3 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health.

Source: International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations

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February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

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