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Beautiful China 2013 – Inaugural “Lushan Impression” Art for Charity Event

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LUSHAN, China, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “Beautiful Lushan; Caring Lushan” – The inaugural “Lushan Impression” art and art sale for charity was recently held in Lushan. The event was designed to promote the scenic spot through many artistic renderings of the famed resort, allowing interested tourists worldwide to better know the exquisite area and the Chinese traditions that are part of its long history: “When disaster strikes, help comes from all sides”.

Young students display the “Love” shirts they painted to support Ya’an

Two days before the event, more than 3,000 tourists and art-lovers had already gathered at Lushan. On the last day of the event, over 600 art-lovers including students from colleges and universities as well as secondary and primary schools across China had made the trek. The secondary and primary school students included several children from orphanages as well as sons and daughters of laborers from Sichuan province working in Jiujiang city. They enthusiastically and cleverly created their own interpretations of the area’s breathtaking scenery, then attended the charity sales event in concert with workers from the Red Cross Society of Jiujiang city. The proceeds were all donated to the people of Ya’an, the area that had recently suffered an earthquake, providing funds for the rebuilding of their homes. A large number of tourists also participated in the event.

Li Xianni, a fifth-grade student from Jiujiang Binxing Primary School, enthusiastically signed up for the event after learning about it through an announcement. Li’s grandparents live in Sichuan while her parents work in Jiujiang. She said, “We should show our love to people who were harmed by the earthquake. I hope people there can keep healthy and live good lives with our limited help.” On-site tourists vied with each other to buy the students’ artistic endeavors and T-shirts adorned with hand-drawn pictures; some tourists even bought as many as six shirts. They said, “The scenery, people and the heartfelt emotion in Lushan are all so wonderful. Lushan is beautiful and so are the caring people who are here.”


Yan Jingwei
Tel: +86-150-7928-8180
Source: Lushan Tourism Co., Ltd.

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July 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts Launches in Macao

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Grand family attraction at Sands Cotai Central a first in Asia
MACAO / PRNewswire/ — The DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts officially launched Sunday at Sands® Cotai Central, offering members of the press an exclusive preview before its July 1 public opening. Supported by the Macau Government Tourist Office, the interactive and immersive experience is the result of an alliance between Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928) and DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA).

DreamWorks characters greet the excited spectators at the launch ceremony of the DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts Sunday at Sands Cotai Central. Photo courtesy: Graham Uden.

Enthusiastic spectators enjoy the DreamWorks All Star Parade at the official launch of the DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts Sunday at Sands Cotai Central. Beginning July 1, visitors to Cotai Strip Resorts Macao can enjoy the daily parade at Level 1 of Sands Cotai Central.
Officiating guests at the launch ceremony included Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd.; Manuel Pires, Acting Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office; and Yoshi Maruyama, Global Head of Location Based Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation.
“The DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts is a milestone development for family-friendly entertainment in Macao,” said Mr. Tracy.”Sands China remains committed to offering high-calibre, diverse entertainment options in Macao; with the DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts, we continue our commitment to the diversification of Macao’s tourism industry. It’s a great attraction for visitors of all ages, providing fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.”
“This incredible integrated resort city is a world class destination for families and the perfect place for visitors to enjoy the DreamWorks Experience,” said Mr. Maruyama. “The immersive offerings bring our characters to life and will delight fans of all ages at Cotai Strip Resorts Macao.”
Guests at the official launch ceremony were treated to a preview of some of the interactive DreamWorks Experience offers available to visitors, including watching a character parade and sampling Shrekfast – the Dreamworks-themed breakfast which will be available with hotel packages after the opening.
Among Sunday’s invited guests were approximately 250 low-income families and children with chronic illnesses from Caritas Family Service – the first members of the general public to be part of the DreamWorks Experience at Cotai Strip Resorts.
In a surprise announcement at the launch event, Sands China Ltd. and DreamWorks Animation revealed that DreamWorks Animation’s latest movie, Turbo – the story of a snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500 – will premiere at an exclusive event at the Venetian Theatre July 13.
Beginning July 1 guests and visitors can enjoy the following DreamWorks Experience entertainment:
A meet and greet with some of their favourite DreamWorks Animation characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon in a spectacular themed setting at Sands Cotai Central’s Paradise Gardens.
Guests purchasing a DreamWorks Experience package for stays at Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central can enjoy Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang! – an interactive environment where they can have breakfast with the beloved characters. Guests staying at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central on a breakfast inclusive package can also upgrade their breakfast to Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang! for HK$100*per person.
A DreamWorks All Star Parade will be held daily at Sand Cotai Central, featuring characters, dancers, and performers grooving along with visitors!
Poolside DreamWorks movie nights at both Sheraton Macao Hotel and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central every weekend.
The arrival of the DreamWorks characters represents an exciting first for Macao. Guests and visitors will have new opportunities to see and interact with well-known DreamWorks franchise characters: Po from Kung Fu Panda; Shrek, Fiona, and Puss in Boots from Shrek; Alex the lion, King Julien, and the penguins from Madagascar, and Toothless and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.
Sheraton Macao Hotel and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are each running themed DreamWorks Experience packages for stays from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2013, starting at HK$1,498*. Holiday Inn DreamWorks Experience packages include Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang!, and guests staying at Sheraton Macao Hotel on a breakfast inclusive package can upgrade their morning meal to Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang! for only HK$100* per person. In addition, DreamWorks merchandise will be available to make every guest’s DreamWorks vacation memorable.
* All rates are in MOP/HKD and subject to 5% government tax and 10% service charge. Terms and conditions apply.
About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner, and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings, and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars, and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of the The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.
Cotai Strip Resorts Macao…truly Macao Starts Here™. For more information, please visit
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team, and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 26 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.
Media contacts:
Public Relations, Venetian Macao Limited
Lily Cheng
Tel: +853 8118 2013
Lucas Chan
Tel: +853 8118 2624
Source: Sands China Ltd.

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July 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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Quintiq Appoints Liz Monahan as Global Head of Human Resources

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‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), today announced that Liz Monahan will join the company as vice president of human resources as of July 1st. Monahan previously served as senior vice president, director of HR for Homeward Residential, Inc., now Ocwen Financial Corp. Prior to this, she held similar roles with De Lage Landen, GMAC Residential and CorpTalk.

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“Liz has significant experience providing strategic HR direction and will be a big asset to Quintiq,” said Michael Coluzzi, CFO of Quintiq. “The addition of Liz to the management team will help us attract and retain talent ensuring that we continue to achieve 40% annual growth.”

“Because of its amazing team of world-class leaders, Quintiq is experiencing tremendous growth in response to increasing demand for its software across the globe,” said Monahan. “I am excited to be part of Quintiq’s momentum. I look forward to working with the team to build unifying, practical and sustainable solutions that drive organizational development.”

Monahan has led human resources and training functions for large domestic and international companies. For more than 20 years, she has worked with all levels of business to help leaders maximize their potential and improve the performance of their teams. Reporting to Coluzzi, Monahan will be based out of Quintiq’s North American headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

About Quintiq

Quintiq’s revolutionary supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O) platform enables enterprises to improve efficiency at every stage of the supply chain journey. It powers end-to-end planning and optimization of personnel, resources, and processes in a single planning environment, across all planning horizons. Many of the world’s largest and most successful enterprises rely on Quintiq to achieve their business goals, strengthen their competitive advantage, and create new revenue streams.

Established in 1997 and growing rapidly, Quintiq has a global presence with dual headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA, a global development center in Malaysia, and offices around the world. Quintiq’s software is in use at over 500 locations in 78 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit or follow Quintiq on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Press Contacts:

North America Enquiries
Jon Temerlies
Racepoint Group
Tel: +1-202-349-0859

EMEA Enquiries
Charlotte Poh
Global Marketing Communication Manager
Tel: +31(0)736910739

Source: Quintiq

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July 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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CSL Behring Presents Phase I Results From Study of Recombinant Fusion Protein Linking Coagulation Factor VIIa with Albumin (rVIIa-FP) in Healthy Volunteers

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Recombinant albumin fusion platform forms basis of innovation

AMSTERDAM, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CSL Behring today presented Phase I data of their recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor VIIa with albumin (rVIIa-FP) in healthy volunteers at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) congress in Amsterdam.


CSL Behring, in collaboration with its parent company, CSL Limited (ASX: CSL), is developing rVIIa-FP, a novel therapy to treat hemophilia A and hemophilia B patients who have inhibitors (antibodies that develop in response to treatment with other clotting factors that prevents those treatments from working) as part of the PROLONG 7- FP clinical study program. The objective of the clinical program is to demonstrate that an extended half-life rVIIa-FP will result in a requirement for fewer doses while providing adequate therapeutic response in patients with hemophilia A and B with inhibitors.

“Our goal is to pioneer therapeutic solutions that address real unmet needs in the hemophilia community,” said Dr. Debra Bensen-Kennedy, Global Therapeutic Head of Clinical Research and Development at CSL Behring. “With our recombinant albumin fusion technology, we believe we have an innovative and promising approach that may yield long-acting therapies with the potential to truly advance hemophilia treatment.”

About the Phase I study
The study enrolled a total of 40 healthy male volunteers between 18 and 35 years of age, who were dosed in five consecutive dose cohorts (140, 300, 500, 750 and 1000 microgram /kg). In each cohort, six participants were randomized to a single dose of rVIIa-FP and two to placebo. All participants received anticoagulation with oral vitamin K antagonist to reach an international normalized ratio (INR) between 2 and 3 prior to dosing with rVIIa-FP or placebo.

About rVIIa-FP
rFVIIa is an activated form of factor VII and can bypass the need for factor VIII or IX in people with hemophilia who have developed inhibitors to clotting factor concentrates to restore factor VIII or IX. Preclinical studies have confirmed that CSL Behring’s rVIIa-FP has favorable pharmacokinetic properties compared with the existing recombinant FVIIa product. Significant increases in half-life have been observed with CSL Behring’s rVIIa-FP across all animal species. The use of a bypassing agent with an extended half-life could offer significant benefit to those affected by hemophilia A or B with inhibitors and may offer patients the opportunity to be treated less frequently than with the currently available product.

About Hemophilia
Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles and joints. In nearly all cases, it affects only males. The disease is caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins known as factor VIII or IX. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia A affects approximately 1 in 5,000 to 10,000 people. Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX. Hemophilia B affects approximately 1 in 25,000 to 50,000 people. The recommended treatment for patients who are factor deficient is to treat by replacement factor therapy. The incidence of inhibitors in individuals with hemophilia A is estimated to be 33 percent and 1 to 6 percent in patients with hemophilia B.

About CSL Behring
CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide.

CSL Behring therapies are used around the world to treat coagulation disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema and inherited respiratory disease, and neurological disorders in certain markets. The company’s products are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic diseases in the newborn. CSL Behring operates one of the world’s largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL Limited (ASX:CSL), a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Sheila A. Burke, Director, Communications & Public Relations
Worldwide Commercial Operations
CSL Behring
610-878-4209 (o)
484-919-2618 (c)
Source: CSL Behring

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July 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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Wealth Environmental Protection (WEP) Receives 2013 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award

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SHANGHAI, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan, the world’s leading growth partnership company presents the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year in Chinese water treatment market to Guangdong Wealth Environmental Protection Co., Ltd. (hereafter “WEP”), for its excellent performance and outstanding contribution in water purifying agents, especially in the field of inorganic polymer flocculants. This is another professional recognition WEP has received this year in environmental domain after joining forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as strategic partner of Champions of the Earth — the UN’s flagship environmental award.

“WEP is one of the few companies that have a long-range strategic view in Chinese water purifying agents market. It has already held the leading position in this industry through constant investment in R&D and accomplishment of whole industrial chain layout ahead of other peers.” Said Arden Dai, Executive Director at Frost & Sullivan, “Driven by its successful corporate strategy, WEP has demonstrated an outstanding growth track, which is much faster than the industry average. In addition, WEP has set a prominent example for Chinese enterprises in corporate social responsibility (CSR), and successfully established a long-term strategic partnership with UNEP. In light of all these accomplishments throughout the years, WEP is considered the worthy recipient of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award in Chinese water treatment chemicals market.”

“As an influential power in China’s environmental protection industry as well as the water treatment chemicals market, WEP are delighted to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan team with our excellent performance and remarkable products and services. With common value on environmental protection, we will join hands with Frost & Sullivan to resolve the environmental issues together. WEP will also continue to utilize our technical advantage and pursue the global presence and industrial dominance through international cooperation and resource allocation. We are confident to become one of the leading water companies worldwide and an ideal partner for global cooperation in water industry in the coming three to five years.” cited WEP’s President and CEO, Mr. Tan Mingzhuo.

The world is now facing severe challenge of environmental issues. WEP is committed to environmental protection. After 15 years’ efforts, WEP has now become China’s largest manufacturer of industrial wastewater purifying and sedimentation agents, and at the meantime an expert of water treatment providing one-stop solutions. In addition, WEP is the first Chinese company that supports UNEP in environmental activities.

Excellent Market Leadership
Polymeric aluminium chloride (PAC) is currently the most widely used inorganic flocculants in China. PAC is usually produced from High-performance Aluminate Calcium (HAC) powder in China, which shows a significant cost advantage compared to Europe and America using aluminum hydroxide as the main feedstock. However, a continuous rise in the price of HAC powder in China in recent years has obviously constrained the profitability of downstream purifying agents industry.

With long-term strategic vision, WEP, in advance, has established its layout throughout the whole value chain of water purifying agents through M&A. Its acquisition of HAC powder factories respectively in Shanxi and Guizhou has secured its supply of raw materials. In 2012, WEP has gained a net margin of over 20 percent, far higher than the industry average at less than 10 percent, according to Frost & Sullivan research. Currently, WEP has become the largest manufacturer of HAC powder in China’s water purifying agents industry with a nationwide influence, especially in South China. The Company is currently preparing a series of projects across the entire industrial chain. Once launched, these projects are expected to further enhance its profitability in 2013.

Outstanding Innovation Capacity
While holding the leading market position, WEP also is the pioneer in terms of R&D capability, supported by its high profitability level. WEP owns an independent R&D institute, which is quite rare in Chinese water purifying agents industry. In 2011 and 2012, WEP’s annual investment in R&D accumulated to more than RMB3 million, excluding government subsidies. Up till now, WEP has up to 20 patents and is also actively cooperating with leading universities in the field of water treatment, including Tongji University, Chongqing University, Jinan University and etc. Through such joint efforts between the Company and various colleges, WEP has further strengthened its technical advantage in the production and application of both HAC powder and water purifying agents.

Meanwhile, as the industry leader, WEP hasdedicated itself to the standardization of China’s water purifying agents industry, by engaging in the formulation of several industrial standards, including ‘Water Treatment Chemicals Coagulation – Performance Valuation Method’ and ‘Water Treatment Chemical — Aluminium Chloride’.

With its persistence in scientific research, WEP has attracted numerous technical professionals, and hence realized its commitment to make limited water resourcefully reused. Through offering professional, efficient and caring one-stop solutions, WEP’s products and services are widely praised by its clients.

Leading Growth and Awareness of Social Welfare
With cost advantages and technological innovation strengths, WEP has maintained good momentum of development. From 2009 to 2012, the company witnessed a sound expansion with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.3% in terms of revenue, again far beyond the average industry CAGR of 10-15% (Frost & Sullivan’s estimation).

WEP takes social responsibilities seriously and is among the first to practice a business model that puts social welfare before economic interests. Led by Mr. Tan, WEP has invested enormous resources into education and environmental protection, supporting many Hope Schools in Guizhou, setting up environmental scholarships with partner universities, and offering free water purifying agents for environmental emergencies. In 2013, having passed the strict inspections of UNEP, WEP has officially become the strategic partner of Champions of the Earth, the highest level award for environmental leaders by UN, as the first company in China that supports this flagship award of UN. This has fully showed WEP’s commitment to CSR and support for global environmental protection industry. Launched in 2005, Champions of the Earth has been awarded to 51 individuals or organizations recognizing their superior leadership, vision, inspiration, and action on the environment.

WEP is the first ever company from China presented the Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award in the entire environmental protection industry. The competitive strategy, innovation, profitability and CSR performance of WEP are highly valued by Frost & Sullivan as an independent third party.

About WEP
Founded in 1998, Guangdong Wealth Environmental Protection Co., Ltd. (WEP) is China’s largest manufacturer of industrial wastewater purifying agents and sediments, expert in water treatment, and integrated solution provider of environmental protection.

With 15-year accumulative efforts, WEP has always committed itself to the mission of “Let the sky be bluer, the water clearer”. WEP has established close cooperation with Chinese Academy of Sciences and other leading research institutes such as Tongji University, Chongqing University, Jinan University. WEP aims for restraining the increasingly serious water pollution and global water crisis through continuous innovation. As of 2012, WEP had owned more than 40 National Invention Patents and formulated 14 national or industrial standards of Chinese environmental protection industry. WEP has grown into a benchmark brand of Chinese environmental protection industry and taken the responsibility for guiding and accelerating its development.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best in class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best practice models to drive the generation, evaluation and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages more than 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 40offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit

Media Contact
Zhenhua Chen
Corporate Communications – China
P: +86 21 54075780 ext.8698
M: +86 1381.697.4015
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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July 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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World’s First Physical Precious Metals Exchange with Peer-to-Peer Bullion Trading Capabilities Launches in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore Precious Metals Exchange (SGPMX), the world’s first physical precious metals exchange with peer-to-peer bullion trading capabilities integrated into the trading platform, launched in Singapore today, amid Singapore’s drive to encourage gold trading in the country. As part of the launch, SGPMX also announces the entry into an MOU with Certis CISCO which will act as the custodian for bullion storage.

Certis CISCO has been providing secure and trusted storage of precious metals for renowned banks and international couriers since 1986. Storage with Certis CISCO will enable SGPMX to provide the platform for private individuals, traders and institutions to buy, sell, store and exchange precious metals including gold and silver bullion, without incurring high spread margins. The exchange allows traders to buy and sell precious metals securely and conveniently, supporting real-time transactions with internationally recognised mints. This addresses private investors’ issues with liquidity, and also eliminates the costs of assaying precious metals when traders purchase or sell the holdings.

Victor Foo, CEO and founder of SGPMX, said, “SGPMX aims to cater to the rising demand for consolidated end-to-end precious metals trading in Asia. As one of the region’s largest trading hubs and the fastest growing wealth centre in the world, Singapore is well-placed to capture 10 to 15 per cent of world trade in gold bullion in the next decade. Our platform will help address bullion trading challenges faced by personal wealth investors, traders and institutions today.”

“In recent years, industry players have opened storage vaults, started delivery services for precious metals from mints, and opened new trading desks for gold to meet investor demands. What makes us unique is that SGPMX brings together all elements under one platform, making it easy for our 11,000 and growing customer base to order, store, transport and trade physical precious metals with the same ease as trading in other financial instruments,” Foo added.

Certis CISCO will act as the custodian for all bullion products traded and stored through SGPMX platform.

Chua Chwee Koh, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Certis CISCO, said, “We are pleased to seal this MOU with SGPMX and provide our highly-secure vaults for the storage of bullion. As the largest trusted and secure logistics service for cash and valuables in Singapore, our facilities are fully insured and allocated to individual investors. Our vaults are installed with sophisticated security and surveillance system and are closely monitored round-the-clock by computerised security control systems to give full protection over stored bullion, making us the most reliable custodian for SGPMX in Singapore.”

SGPMX is privately held and independently funded. The company is fully Syariah compliant, and is compliant to regulations of the Singapore Companies Act.

Media Contacts

Jacintha Ng
The Hoffman Agency

Source: Singapore Precious Metals Exchange

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July 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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NetComm Wireless Among Best in Business

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) has been honoured in three prestigious categories of The Australian Business Awards 2013: Business Innovation; Best Industrial Product and Product Innovation.

David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless, says the business and product awards provide important recognition of the organisation’s commitment to driving innovation and advancing business efficiency, productivity and profitability through the development of highly adaptable wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies.
“It is a tremendous honour to have won The Australian Business Award for Best Industrial Product in addition to winning both the award for Business Innovation and Product Innovation for the second year running. These accolades acknowledge the continued success of our M2M innovation strategy which has enabled us to partner with global industry leaders and grow our presence in M2M markets worldwide,” he said.
Now in its eighth year, The Australian Business Awards is a highly regarded national program with an established set of business and product award categories assessing the core values of business excellence, product excellence, sustainability and responsibility. The program engages with leading corporate, government and non-government organisations across key industry segments, including financial, manufacturing, professional services, energy, telecommunications, construction, transport, healthcare, education, food services and retail. Winners of the program are publicly honoured for their industry-leading initiatives and products.
NetComm Wireless was established over 30 years ago and is today recognised as one of the world’s most innovative companies. The Australian Business Award for Innovation was won by NetComm Wireless for a second consecutive year for its successful transition from a company that transformed consumer communications into a company that is now pioneering wireless M2M communications through the development of technologies that support the remote monitoring and management of equipment and systems across diverse industry sectors in areas such as: health, retail, utilities, security, transport, meteorology and mining.
The Australian Business Award for Best Industrial Product acknowledges the unique M2M customisation capabilities of the NetComm Wireless M2M WiFi Router with Voice (NTC-40WV); and The Australian Business Award for Product Innovation recognises the groundbreaking impact of the NetComm Wireless Outdoor 3G WiFi Router with Voice (NTC-30WV) on enhancing wireless communications in weak coverage areas, both on land and offshore.
Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, The Australian Business Awards says, “NetComm Wireless is a worthy recipient and has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that stands out amongst a dynamic field of Australia’s elite.
“The Australian Business Awards recognise our most innovative organisations, their outstanding achievements and contribution to the Australian economy. The awards raise the bar across all aspects of quality management and provide organisations with ways to review their business and product performance as well as identify their core strengths,” Ms Johnston adds.
“An Australian Business Award solidifies NetComm Wireless’ place as a leader alongside our best in business. As well as achieving outstanding outcomes, the honourees have enhanced the reputation of their professions and have demonstrated their best endeavours across business, industry and the community. Australia’s modernised economy is providing a stable platform for a wide spectrum of sectors to increase their competitiveness through concerted ICT development, manufacturing innovation, a dynamic services sector, a growing knowledge economy and a world class primary sector.”
The Australian Business Awards 2013 saw one hundred winners (ABA100) announced across twenty business and product award categories. The business entries were assessed using key criteria covering planning, research and development, execution and implementation, impact and outcomes, performance management and industry contributions. The product entries were assessed using key criteria covering product features, benefits, performance and sustainability.
About NetComm Wireless
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to major telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For over 30 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is a respected global provider of 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s data-intensive home, business and industrial broadband applications and customized to optimize performance in line with global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in New Zealand, North America and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm visit:
Media contact:
Stephanie Wilson, NetComm Wireless Communications Manager
Phone: +61-2-9424-2045 or email:
Source: NetComm Wireless
Related stocks: Australia:NTC

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July 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

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Daimler Financial Services Expands Digital Services to Entire Region

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  • Daimler Financial Services Africa & Asia Pacific first to have full mobile App coverage across entire region
  • myMBFS App now available on two most dominant operating systems — iOS and Android in 12 countries
  • Over 15,000 downloads since the launch

SINGAPORE, July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Daimler Financial Services Africa & Asia Pacific (DFS AAP) has completed the roll-out of its industry-leading myMBFS App in all 12 markets in the AAP region on both iOS and Android devices.  Exclusively tailored for smartphone and tablet devices, DFS is the first captive financial services provider in the market to offer full mobile App coverage for mobile device users.

The myMBFS App is compatible with over 2,000 mobile devices in the Google and Apple store.  Jointly developed in Singapore and managed locally to ensure market-specific functionality, the App is available in both English and the local language in China, Thailand, Korea and Japan.  The myMBFS App has had over 15,000 downloads since the launch in November 2012.

Using their devices, all iPhone, iPad and Android users can now locate the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer, contact a customer service representative, customer-tailor their monthly payment plans and see current promotions from Daimler Financial Services (DFS).

“Being the first auto finance company to have App coverage across the region on both iOS and Android platforms is a hugely important milestone for us,” commented Andreas Hinrichs, Director Regional Management DFS AAP.  “Our customers can now decide how to interact with us from a variety of channels, whether it be via telephone or a showroom visit, desktop-based, through a mobile device and in the future even from the comfort of their vehicles.  Our goal is to continuously enhance customer and dealer service and interaction using cutting-edge technology.”

DFS AAP is currently working to expand the scope of its services by including a ‘myAccount’ functionality, which will allow DFS customers to manage their finance payments and accounts from anywhere at anytime.

Further information from Daimler is available at: and

About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.1 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 271,000 people; revenue totaled EUR114.5 billion and EBIT amounted to EUR8.6 billion.

Contact: Telephone:
Michael Braun +65 6849 5632
(Daimler Financial Services (AAP))
Jaime Lim +65 9489 5249
(Porter Novelli)
Source: Daimler Financial Services Africa & Asia Pacific

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July 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

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Mercuria Energy Successfully Raises USD 1,800,000,000 Revolving Credit Facility

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GENEVA, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Mercuria Energy Trading S.A. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the successful signing on July 1, 2013 of its new USD 1,350,000,000 364-day and USD 450,000,000 3-year revolving credit facilities. ABN AMRO Bank N.V., BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V., Natixis, Rabobank International, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (the corporate and investment banking division of Societe Generale) acted as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners for the facilities.

These new facilities will be used for general corporate purposes and to refinance the Company’s maturing USD 250,000,000 3-year revolving credit facility dated June 3, 2011, USD 1,700,000,000 364-day revolving credit facility and EUR 145,000,000 3-year revolving credit facility dated May 24, 2012.

The new facilities were significantly oversubscribed, 70% above the initial launch amount and subsequently increased to USD 1,350,000,000 and USD 450,000,000 respectively. The Company was able to benefit from strong market demand and improved conditions in the syndicated loan market.

Guillaume Vermersch, Group CFO, commented: “In total 48 banks committed to the facility including a number of new banks for Mercuria Energy located in North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia where our banking relationships are developing at a rapid pace. This demonstrates the robust appeal of the facility as well as the repeated confidence in the Company’s business model. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our overall banking group.”

About Mercuria Energy

Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodity trading companies. The Company focuses primarily on energy commodities, with a presence through-out the commodity value chain sustained by a balanced combination of global commodity flows and strategic assets.

In fast converging commodity markets, the Company’s expertise covers all segments of the energy complex, and now includes trading in environmental products, iron ore, freight, base metals and agricultural products. Through its trading hubs in Europe, North America and Asia, the Company has business relationships with the major producers and consumers around the world.

Mercuria Energy has consistently invested in upstream oil, gas and coal mining assets around the world and benefits from wide-ranging infrastructure capabilities, including oil petroleum products storage terminals and production assets. These investments underpin the Company’s growing presence as a major player in the global commodity markets.

Source: Mercuria Energy Trading SA

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July 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

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POWER-GEN Asia Launches Preliminary Conference Programme for Annual Gathering of Power Industry Professionals

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LONDON, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Advancing Asia’s Energy Future

2-4 October 2013
IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre

Bangkok, Thailand

POWER-GEN Asia and the co-located Renewable Energy World Asia, the region’s premier conference and exhibition for all aspects of the power generation industry, has announced the preliminary conference programme of its 21st annual gathering, hosted once again this year in Bangkok, Thailand on 2-4 October 2013.

The preliminary conference programme includes over 120 international experts presenting across 4 conference tracks, including topics focusing on strategic and technical power issues and challenges, as well as the continued growth of the renewable and alternative energy sectors.

This year’s Opening Keynote Session, taking place on Wednesday, 2 October 2013, welcomes high profile speakers, including:

  • Dr. Twarath Sutabutr, Deputy Director-General, Department of Alternative Energy
    Development and Efficiency, Thailand
  • Mr. Sutat Patmasiriwat, Governor, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thailand
  • Dr. Piyasvasti Amranand, Chairman, Energy for Environment Foundation, Thailand
  • Mr. Markus Lorenzini, Head of Energy Sector, ASEAN-Pacific Cluster, Siemens, Indonesia

On Thursday 3 October 2013 at 14:00 the Plenary Panel Discussion will take place under the topic of “Asian Power – 2020 Vision.” This plenary panel discussion brings together a group of experienced power industry professionals from a variety of disciplines, willing to share their views and speculate on how the electricity sector will meet the challenges ahead and what the industry will look like in 2020. Panellists include Robert McGregor, Managing Director, Resources & Energy Group, HSBC, Hong Kong; Colin Tam, Executive Chairman, Crystal Vision Energy Ltd, Hong Kong; Michael Thomas, Partner, The Lantau Group (HK) Limited, Hong Kong; and Wouter van Wersch, Senior Vice President East Asia Pacific & President Alstom Singapore – Alstom International / Senior Vice President Asia Pacific – Alstom Power Sales & Marketing, Alstom Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore.

In addition to the Opening Keynote and Plenary Panel Discussion, the Conference Programme will take place over the 3 days, including 6 tracks overall, running concurrently. These tracks include Trends, Finance and Planning; Environmental Challenges Fuels Options & Distributed Generation; Power Plant Technologies; Operation, Optimization & Servicing; plus 2 additional Renewable Energy World Asia Tracks. POWER-GEN Asia will also, for the first time, include an Industrial Water Day as part of its conference programme. Taking place on Thursday 3 October 2013, the Water Day will run in parallel with the other 6 conference tracks taking place as part of this year’s POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia Conference. The addition of dedicated water content is an exciting development where the latest industrial water treatments and usage will be discussed, along with addressing the latest technologies and innovations within this industry.

Conference Director, Nigel Blackaby, said, “Increasingly, renewable energy generation is becoming a high priority for governments in the region. The need for its integration into the existing generation mix, means that conferences need to address the entire spectrum if they are to serve today’s power industry. The combination of POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia certainly achieves this.”

POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia is the leading force in delivering a platform for the power industry to meet, share information on the challenges facing the power industry and discuss solutions for advancing Asia’s energy future. Attracting 7,000 delegates and attendees from over 60 countries from across South East Asia and around the world, it is the industry’s premier regional conference and exhibition dedicated to the power generation, renewable and alternative energy industries.

The POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia conference is a key forum for senior executives, industry leaders and senior engineers to discuss a range of important topics, the latest issues and solutions, in order to meet the challenge of the growing demand for electricity in the region, all under the 2013 conference theme of “Advancing Asia’s Energy Future.”

As the leading power industry event in Asia, POWER-GEN Asia is proud to receive the support of Thailand’s top industry utilities, government energy organizations and industry trade bodies for the 2013 event. Supporters currently include Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency; Ministry of Energy (DEDE).

This is complimented by the support of top industry trade bodies that include the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, the Energy Regulatory Commission, Thai Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Association, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation, Institute of Engineers Singapore, Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF), Thai-European Business Association, Thailand Environment Institute, Environmental Engineering Association of Thailand, World Alliance for Thai Decentralized Energy, Centre for Energy Environment Resources Development, Philippine Independent Power Producers Association, the Energy Research & Development Institute, International Private Water Association, Energy Research Institute, International Generator Technical Community, and the Petroleum Institute of Thailand.

In addition to the Conference, the event boasts a large and ever growing exhibition floor, demonstrating the latest and leading technologies and solutions, with POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia delivering a quality audience and experience to all who exhibit and attend, enabling high-level networking and business opportunities.

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July 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

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