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teamLabBody -3D Motion Human Anatomy- to be Released Globally on March 21

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The World’s First 3D Human Anatomy App To Reproduce The Arrangement And Movement of a Living Human

TOKYO, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TEAMLAB BODY Inc., co-founded by teamLab and Professor Kazuomi Sugamoto of Osaka University, will be releasing teamLabBody -3D Motion Human Anatomy- globally on March 21, 2013. The iPad app is the world’s first to reproduce the arrangement and movement of a living human and is available in English and Japanese.

Highlights of the app include:

Reproduces in animation the movements of the joints in a living human body in 3D — able to see the forms and movements of the 3D human skeleton from any angle and magnification.
Highly accurate 3D anatomy model created from CT and MRI scan data — able to see highly accurate reproductions of muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and bones of the human body. 825 diagrams of the human body in total are covered.
Intuitively operate from Full Body View — able to freely choose any specific body part to see, making it useful for studying the human anatomy and explaining to patients as it is easy to understand.
Usages include:

Gaining practical knowledge of human anatomy and kinematics – The forms and movements of a living human body can be seen in 3D with detailed descriptions, supporting users’ study on human anatomy and kinematics.
Treatment and surgical planning – The highly accurate 3D anatomy model is useful for orthopedists and physiotherapists.
Explaining to patients – The operation of this app is easy and the visuals are easy for patients to understand, making this app useful when explaining to patients during examinations.
About Professor Kazuomi Sugamoto

Professor Kazuomi Sugamoto created the world’s first method for analyzing 3-dimensional movements of the joints of living people in 1998. He and his team have discovered that voluntary movements of living human bodies differ from involuntary movements observed in donor bodies. For more than 10 years, the team has taken CT and MRI images, observed the arrangement and movement of every single joint, analyzed the images with computer programs, and visualized the human body.

App Information:

Name: teamLabBody -3D Motion Human Anatomy-
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Apple App Store:
Devices: Compatible with iPad2 or above
Price: US$29.99
Languages: English, Japanese
Category: Medical


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March 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

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Leather Exports to Hong Kong and Mainland China Reach Double Digit Growth Amassing HK$780 million in 2012

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Breaking previous participating records, Turkish Leather Companies Participate in Full Force at the Asia Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong
With nearly 50 leather companies led by Turkish Leather Brands (TLB), Turkey is set to impress the world with the power of its design as well as its production capabilities. In a very special project carried out by TLB in collaboration with Turkish designer Umit Unal, Turkish leather brands will be exhibiting the Turkish influence in leather to the entire world via Hong Kong.
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong and mainland China have turned to become significant platforms for the leather trade of Turkey as leather exports to the two places achieved double-digit growth again last year to a total of nearly HK$780 million (US$100 million), accounting for 7.5% of Turkey’s total leather exports.

Mr Lemi Tolunay, Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (İMDİB) and Turkish Leather Brands (TLB) President
Turkish leather firms are expected to draw the greatest interest tomorrow at the “Asia Pacific Leather Fair” (APLF), which has been held for 29 years and deemed the most important meeting point of the industry. With 50 leather firms — 45 of them in the fully/semi-finished leather and raw materials sector, 5 in the chemicals and machinery sector — from Turkish Leather Brands (TLB) participating at APLF out of a total of 76 Turkish firms at the Fair, TLB will be leading the pack in raising the profile of Turkish leather in the world. The APLF, which is being held between 25-27 March in Hong Kong, is expected to draw 1,200 companies and 20,000 visitors. The Fair has crucial importance to demonstrate the Turkish influence in leather industry.
“Asian markets including mainland China and Hong Kong account for a significant portion of Turkey’s leather exports with 7.5%,” says Lemi Tolunay, President of Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (iMDiB) and Turkish Leather Brands (TLB). “Our leather exports to Hong Kong and mainland China grew by about 10% in 2012. Our total leather exports to both regions have reached HK$780 million (US$100 million). Our goal is to double this figure.”
In 2012, leather and leather products exported from Turkey to Asian countries amounted to nearly HK$1.3 billion (US$132 million), of which about HK$375 million (about US$48 million) was shipped to mainland China and about HK$385 million (US$49.4 million) to Hong Kong respectively, representing corresponding growth of over 10% and nearly 9% from 2011. Turkey is the fifth largest leather and fur garments supplier in the world and its leather processing industry ranked at second place in Europe. With mainland China and Hong Kong being the biggest and third biggest importers of leather and leather goods in the world, the partnership in leather trade with Turkey is expected to grow stronger in time.
Mr. Tolunay expresses his happiness with Turkey’s strong presence at this high-profile event. Noting that Turkey has taken its place among the leading countries in production and exports in the leather industry, Tolunay adds: “Today, we are an important business partner for Asia, particularly for Hong Kong, with our design capabilities as well.” Hong Kong plays a key role in the development of leather trade between Turkey and Asia.
Where leather meets design: ARTCORE
Growing luxury consumption as well as the increasing importance given to design in Asia has had a positive impact on Turkey’s authentic and stylish premium leather product exports. The ARTCORE project at the DTG booth demonstrates Turkey’s design capabilities in leather production.
Created by prominent Turkish designer Umit Unal, whose collections are admired and followed in Hong Kong and the Far East as well as other countries including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, the work will once again demonstrate the Turkish influence in leather.
With his creations sold in Asia for 13 years under the “Umit Unal” signature, the young designer’s special work for TLB is reminiscent of a lively backstage scene featuring Turkish leather and double face products. Visitors can interact with and try the products at the booth, which will also offer live photo shootings and mini shows.
Underlining their desire to explain the contributions of Turkish fashion design to the universal language, Umit Unal said: “Today, Turkey has risen beyond a successful solution partner to prominence as a country that influences the entire global leather fashion with its design capability. And we wanted to exhibit this modern and realistic attitude in design.”
Detailed information on Mosshoes Fair and TLB’s activities is available on
Turkish Leather Brands (TLB)
The Turkish Leather Brands was founded with the purpose of promoting Turkish leather brands in domestic and international markets, increasing the market and exports potential and implementing the projects to be prepared. TLB carries out its activities with the support of companies operating in the leather sector and under the coordination of the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association and Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association. TLB is responsible for organizing the activities of marketing to boost exports of Turkish leather and leather products, the footwear industry, developing the markets, creating a promotional strategy, increasing the market share of the sector across the globe, also primarily in the export markets, ensuring the image of Turkish leather is recognized all over the world, organizing permanent activities in the field of R&D, marketing, promotion and branding.
For Information:
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Alice Mok/ Cafrany Chow
Tel: (852) 2894 6317/ 2894 6379
Fax: (852) 2576 3551
Email: /
Source: Turkish Leather Brands (TLB)

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March 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

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China Yurun Food Group Limited Announces Its Annual Results Ended 31 December 2012

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Actively Optimized the Sales Structure to Resume Business Step by Step
– In 2012, the Group recorded turnover of HK$26,782 million.
– The Group’s gross profit was HK$398 million.

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — China Yurun Food Group Limited (“Yurun Food” or the “Company”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) (SEHK: 1068), a leading vertically-integrated meat-product processor and supplier in China, announced today its annual results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2012 (the “Year”).
In 2012, global economy faced severe challenges. Slowdown in China’s overall economic growth, hog price fluctuation as well as slower-than-expected recovery in consumer demand all resulted in a challenging operating environment for hog slaughtering and meat processing industry in China. Facing all these challenges, Yurun Food shall continue its strategies of proactively optimising its market and sales network, operating business with persistent commitment and implementing flexible marketing strategies. During the Year, the Group recorded turnover of HK$26,782 million. The Group’s gross profit was HK$398 million and overall gross profit margin was 1.5%.
To allow root striking of the “Yurun” brand and to build up a stronger relationship with the public, Yurun Food has endeavored to strengthen brand building and maintenance, at the same time implemented radical measures and efforts to promote food safety. During the Year, the Group has been awarded several industry awards, including: “The Most Influential Consumption Brand” at Consumer Markets 20th Anniversary Huacai Awards Presentation Ceremony. At the same time, Yurun Food was the only meat and food processing enterprise in China featured by CCTV in its special programme, “2012, Our Brand”. These showed that the Company’s brand products are well received and acknowledged by the community in China.
Mr. Li Shibao, CEO of the Group, said, “Our advantages accumulated over the years in allocation, technical advances, quality, production and network will continue to support the long-term development of the company. We have confidence in facing obstacles with courage and fully implementing the solution. Despite the current challenges, we all realize the great responsibilities on us and the obstacles ahead of us. We will do our best to overcome the short term difficulties and ultimately rebuild the public recognition and trust while resuming our business and operation quality, promoting the group’s business steadily.”
Business Review
The Group’s business is divided into upstream chilled and frozen meat and downstream processed meat products segments

As of 31 December 2012 (HK$ in millions)


Proportion to Total
Turnover* (approximately)

Upstream Chilled and Frozen Meat, inter alia:

– Chilled Pork



– Frozen Pork



– Segment Total



Downstream Processed Meat Product, inter alia:







-Segment Total



* Including inter-segment sales

As of 31 December 2012

As of 31 December 2011

Slaughtering Capacity
(million heads)



Downstream Annual Capacity
(thousand tonnes)



In 2012, under severe business environment, as high-added-value products, chilled meat and low temperature meat products continued to be the main source of income. In the second half of 2012, the slaughtering volume and gross profit margin of downstream products are recorded increase as compared to the same period last year and first half of 2012.
Faced with a difficult operating environment, exploration of new sales distribution channels plays an active role in recovery, among which, restaurant chain channels is going to be a new growth driver in our business development. In 2012, upstream segment revenue contribution from restaurant chains increased as compared to 2011. The food and beverage industry in the PRC is currently in its early stage of development. It is heading towards a rapid development of brand consolidation, with an annual growth rate of 20% or above. Yurun Food believes the current expansion will enable the Company to seize early business opportunities and may provide room for further development of Yurun Food’s products in the future.
Production Capacity
To fully capitalize business opportunities arising from industry consolidation, the Group made forward looking deployment in regions with ample hog production capacity to satisfy market demand for quality meat products. Under the principle of strict control over investment, the Group prudently adjusted its expansion rate in accordance with market changes and continued to implement the development in an orderly manner. With respect to its upstream slaughtering segment, after the new plants in provinces including Anhui, Henan, Jiangxi, Gansu and Hainan commenced operation during 2012, the upstream slaughtering capacity of the Group reached 56.65 million heads per year at the end of 2012, representing an increase of approximately 10.60 million heads as compared to that at the end of 2011. In 2013, the Group will prudently adjust its pace of expansion in line with the operations and capital. The preliminary capital expenditure plan for 2013 will be approximately RMB 1.00 billion, which will be significantly lower than 2012.
It has always been Yurun Food’s aim to deliver products of supreme quality. In 2012, as a recognition of its stringent quality control, Yurun Food received The 2nd Award for Outstanding Contribution in Food Safety and Public Health recognising its efforts in food safety and public health. Meanwhile, the Group continued to focus on product innovation and strive to enhance competitive advantages and retain its market share.
Policy Opportunities
During the Year, the Central Government of the PRC promulgated or issued more than ten new laws, regulations and notices to regulate the hog industry and promote food safety. Nine departments including the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology joined forces to check and inspect all qualified hog slaughters across the nation. As at the end of 2012, the number of hog slaughtering establishments and small hog slaughterhouses in China significantly decreased by 22.5% and 27.7% year-on-year, respectively. The number of slaughtering enterprises in China decreased 26.2% as compared to 2011. The Company believes that, along with the industry restructuring, consolidation of the slaughtering industry in China will further guarantee sustainable development of the industry and benefit leading enterprises in the industry to sustain long-term development by leveraging competitive advantages in brand building, production capacity and market allocation.
In 2012, Yurun Food remained resolutely to implement different measures for resuming normal operation when facing several challenges. Some of the important indicators including slaughtering volume and downstream gross profit margin have gradually improved. Entering 2013, the Group will strive for business resumption and profits, enhance sustainable development and maximize returns for its shareholders.
About China Yurun Food Group Limited (Stock Code: 1068)
Leveraging on its vertically-integrated business model and strategically located production plants, Yurun Food is the leading meat-processor and meat products supplier in China. With its well-established food brands, state-of-the-art production facilities and diversified distribution channels, Yurun Food will further strengthen its leading market position.
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Source: China Yurun Food Group Limited

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March 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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Program Lineup for RISI’s European Pulp & Paper Conference

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BRUSSELS/PRNewswire/ — RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announces new program updates for the 15th Annual European Pulp and Paper Conference. The European Conference, the premier event for the pulp and paper industry, will take place April 22-24, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna, Austria.
The conference will feature an impressive lineup of guest speakers representing leading companies from each aspect of the pulp and paper industry discussing challenges and opportunities they are facing. In addition, there will be RISI’s first Bio Strategy Seminar addressing the bio based economy for the pulp and paper industry.
Attendees for the conference will include executives from paper companies, merchants, pulp producers, suppliers, financial and market analysts, and other end-users.
RISI has negotiated discounted room rates at the Vienna Marriott Hotel for the 2013 conference. The discounted rates are available for a limited time, so attendees are encouraged to book their reservations early.
On April 23, the program features industry experts covering must hear topics. Speakers will include pulp and paper producers, financial analysts, associations and many more. We will also be hosting a CEO Executive Panel which will consist of a round table discussion with the region’s leading executives, including:
Peter J Oswald, CEO, Mondi Europe and International
Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Fine Paper Europe
Teresa Presas, Director General, CEPI
Thomas Ehrnrooth, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Paper Business Group UPM
Dr. Wolfgang Leitner, President & CEO, Andritz
The second day of the program on April 24, attendees will hear from RISI experts and their forecasts for specific industry sectors, including:
Kurt Schaefer, Vice President, Fiber
David Katsnelson, Director, Macroeconomics
Hannah Zhao, Senior Economist, Recovered Paper
Peter Barynin, Principal Economist, Timber Service
Ville Henttonen, Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence
John Maine, Vice President, Graphic Paper
Esko Uutela, Principal Economist, Tissue
Orifjon Abidov, Economist, European Paper Packaging
Ken Waghorne, Vice President, Packaging
On April 24, we will also be hosting our first RISI Bio Strategy Seminar at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna, Austria. You will hear from executives discussing the pitfalls, challenges, and opportunities of entering into the bio economy. The seminar will cover key areas of biomass, bioenergy, biorefining, waste to energy, and energy savings. Additionally, you will hear case studies from companies who have implemented a successful bio strategy and are beginning to reap the rewards. Topics covered in the compelling new seminar include:
The Economical Advantages of Running a Fossil-Fuel Free Pulp Mill
Processum Biorefinery Initiative, a Successful Cluster Engine to Drive Biorefinery Development Forward
Value from Biomass with Metso Processes and Technologies
RTP Green Fuel – A Growing Business Opportunity for the Forest Cluster
Conference registrations for both of these premier events are currently available at
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About European Pulp & Paper Outlook Conference (
The 15th RISI European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference will be held at the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Vienna on April 22-24, 2013. The conference will address some of the keys issues facing the European pulp and paper industry. The first RISI Bio Strategy Seminar will be held at the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Vienna on April 24, 2013. The seminar will address the bio based economy for the pulp and paper industry. More information regarding the event programs and registration details can be found at
About RISI (
Owned by UBM plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.
Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
Source: RISI

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March 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

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‘Carmen’ Lights Up Sydney Harbour!

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Fireworks lit up the Sydney skyline above an astonishing opera stage last night, as part of Opera Australia’s sensational new outdoor production of ‘Carmen’!

Sydney skyline lit up by ‘Carmen’. Opening night of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Photo: James Morgan/Opera Australia
This glittering new production brings all the drama of the world’s best-loved opera to an unrivalled watertop stage, with the iconic Sydney skyline as its backdrop. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen, running for three weeks only from 22 March – 12 April.
A huge stage measuring 32m x 24m resembles a blood-stained bullfighting ring, backed by six red Hollywood-style letters spelling out CARMEN, measuring 9m high and 25m wide – impossible to miss as they beam across Sydney Harbour.
A cast of 154 performers had four weeks to rehearse, and only seven days on the steeply raked stage. Opera Australia’s costume department has produced 284 costumes. Two cranes, each 26m high, move giant props on and off the stage throughout the production, including a life-sized tank and a truck.
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said, “This hotly-anticipated event of ours has everyone talking. From around the harbour’s edge in Sydney, you can now see the bright lights and letters of ‘CARMEN.’
“None of this would be possible without the generous support of Dr Handa and the International Foundation of Arts and Culture. We also extend our thanks to Destination NSW, with whom we are working to attract audiences from interstate and across the globe to Australia’s major events capital, Sydney, to experience this spectacular and unique opera event.”
Carmen is directed by Gale Edwards who brings this Carmen forward to mid 20th century Spain. Award-winning set designer Brian Thomson and costume designer, Julie Lynch, are responsible for the show-stopping inspired by 1950s Hollywood glamour. John Rayment’s lighting design is a spectacle of colour and movement, and Kelley Abbey’s choreography makes the dancing a standout!
Starring in this production are internationally-renowned mezzo-sopranos Rinat Shaham and Milijana Nikolic who alternate the role of Carmen. International tenors, Dmtryo Popov and Adam Diegel share the role of Don Jose and Andrew Jones and James Clayton alternate as the Toreador, Escamillo.
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TICKETS: From $79
BOOKINGS: Opera Australia: +61 2 9318 8200 /
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Source: Opera Australia

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March 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

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