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Samsung Heads Asia’s Top 1000 Brands for Second Year

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Campaign Asia-Pacific launches Asia’s Top 1000 Brands report 2013

HONG KONG, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Samsung has claimed the number one spot in the Campaign Asia-Pacific 2013 Asia’s Top 1000 Brands report, the biggest and most influential survey of the brands that consumers most value in the region.

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Celebrating 10 years of the region’s definitive brand study

It marks the second consecutive year that Samsung has clinched the coveted top spot, signalling that the Korean brand has cemented its appeal among Asian consumers.

Other brands to appear in the top five are Apple, Sony, Nestle, and Panasonic, respectively.

In its tenth year running, the 2013 report is based on a survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific and global information and insights provider Nielsen. It targets consumers in 12 key regional markets across Asia-Pacific: Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The survey revealed that Samsung has gained ground across the region over the past 12 months. It claimed top spot in eight of the 12 markets: Singapore, mainland China, India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Last year Samsung was the top brand in five markets (South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia).

Apple is the top brand in two markets – Japan and Australia. Sony also takes the number one spot in two markets – Vietnam and Taiwan.

For the past 10 years that Campaign Asia-Pacific has run the survey, Samsung has successfully manoeuvred to gain traction across the region. In 2004, Samsung ranked 17th in the survey. It has since steadily climbed through the rankings, and last year overtook Sony to claim the top spot for the first time.

Brand trends in 2013
As one of the region’s most anticipated and bespoke top of mind brand study, the survey covered 14 major products and services categories across a total of 73 sub-categories.

The ranking of the brands were ascertained based on responses to questions that asked the respondent to name the best brand that comes to their mind in a category. The results are then weighted to reflect the age, gender and monthly household income representative of the general population.

Aside from identifying the top brands, the study also features experts’ analysis, which helped identify key trends that are affecting brands in the region, and in individual markets.

Consumer electronic brands continue to dominate across the region, taking the top three spots in six markets. Notable exceptions were seen in Australia, which included Nestle in third place; mainland China, which placed Nestle third; India had Nestle third; Taiwan placed Chanel second; Indonesia had Nestle second; and Vietnam placed Nestle second.

Luxury brands, which have held sway over Asian consumers in recent years, did not enjoy the same level of positive movement as last year’s survey. The rankings of Chanel, Gucci and Prada remained unchanged.

Meanwhile, Dolce & Gabbana dropped 102 places, Armani moved down nine places, Hermes seven places, and Louis Vuitton six places. Notable movers up include Versace (moving up 30 spots), Ralph Lauren (moving up 15 spots), Bvlgari (moving up nine spots), Christian Dior (moving up five spots) and Burberry (moving up one spot).

Domestic brands are gaining prominence across the region, although there is still a long way to climb to rival their global counterparts. Nine of the top ten climbers this year were homegrown brands: 17 Tea (up 224 spots), Aeon (up 179 spots), Mizuno (up 167 spots), The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (up 164 spots), Saizeriya (up 163 spots), Sapporo (up 157 spots), Gusto (up 150 spots) Doutor (up 136 spots), Kuroneko Yamato (up 129 spots).

Methodology
The Asia’s Top 1000 Brands study is based on a survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific and global information and insights provider Nielsen. The survey was conducted online in 12 markets: Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A total of 400 respondents were surveyed in each market, bar India and mainland China where 800 and 1,200 respondents were surveyed respectively. Quotas were based on age, gender and monthly household income to be representative of the population. Brands are ranked according to the responses to the two questions:

Question 1: “When you think of the following category, which is the best brand that comes to your mind? By best, we mean the one that you trust the most or the one that has the best reputation in this category.”

Question 2: “Apart from the best brand that you entered, which brand do you consider to be the second best brand in the category?”

Nielsen covered 14 major categories (alcohol, financial services, automotive, retail, restaurants, food, beverage, consumer electronics, computer hardware, computer software, courier services, media and telecommunications, travel and leisure, and household and personal care) and 73 sub-categories.

Notes to editor:

About Campaign Asia-Pacific
Campaign Asia-Pacific is a brand dedicated to the business of communications in Asia-Pacific. Published by Haymarket Media Group, the UK’s largest independently owned publishing group, it is part of a global marcoms portfolio that includes market-leading titles Campaign, Marketing and PRWeek. Campaign Asia-Pacific aims to deliver essential insights and intelligence for advertising, marketing, media and PR professionals. Across many platforms, the brand delivers deep and broad analysis of industry trends and developments. As well as a subscription-based monthly magazine, it publishes up-to-the-minute news, research and data, as well as opinions and blogs on campaignasia.com and delivers daily e-newsletters for Asia-Pacific and mainland China (in Chinese language). Campaign organises a number of conferences, awards and training programmes, as well as festivals, such as Spikes Asia, which are part of a joint-venture with Cannes Lions.

http://www.campaignasia.com/top1000

About Haymarket
The Haymarket Media Group established in 1957 is the largest privately-owned magazine publisher in the UK, and one of the fastest growing media companies globally. The principal business is centred around its consumer, business, professional and customer publications. These are complemented by digital platforms and live events, including extensive exhibitions, conferences and awards. The Group’s global expansion comes from wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and extensive licensing of key magazines to other publishers. In Asia from their offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore, Haymarket Media Ltd publish market-leading titles Campaign Asia-Pacific, Finance Asia, Asian Investor, CEI Asia Pacific and Campaign India. In addition Haymarket organise a number of the region’s leading industry awards and conferences relating to the communications and finance sectors. For more information about the Haymarket Media Group see http://www.haymarket.com.

About Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television, and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows, and related properties. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.nielsen.com.

PR Newswire is the Global News Distribution Sponsor of Asia’s Top 1000 Brands Report.

Media Contact:

David Blecken
Deputy Editor
david.blecken@haymarket.asia
+852-6012-9265
Source: Haymarket Media Asia

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July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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“When the World is in Chaos, Give Me a Hero”

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THE ONE celebrates its second year honouring the heroes of tomorrow

HONG KONG, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rotary International District 3450 continues to honour the world’s unsung heroes and healers with its life-changing International Humanitarian Award, THE ONE.

Conceptualised and founded by Immediate Past District Governor (2011-2012) David Harilela, THE ONE is dedicated to finding the hero of all heroes. Tired of waking up to news of violence, pain and suffering, Mr. Harilela was inspired to offset this negativity by drawing attention to the goodness of mankind that still exists in the world. It was the story of Dr. Hendrick Wuebben, a true angel who gave selflessly to serve the impoverished of Nambia, which drove Mr. Harilela to establish an award to honour and promote the pure goodness that continues to reside in the hearts of many. THE ONE Award seeks to find and empower people like Dr. Wuebben, unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to alleviating pain, suffering, poverty and hunger.

THE ONE was created with the intention to honour an individual who is the epitome of the compassion and selflessness that lives within us all. Inspired by the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self,” THE ONE is an individual who dedicates his or her daily life to serving others and helping those in need. Now in its second year, THE ONE has received applicants from over 20 countries thanks to a contingent of 100 global representatives in over 30 countries who scour the world to find the tomorrow’s leading humanitarians.

To celebrate its second year, THE ONE Award Gala Dinner was held on the 6th of June 2013 at The Holiday Inn Golden Mile, Hong Kong. As one of the highlights on this year’s social calendar, the gala was attended by leading members of the community and local celebrities including THE ONE Ambassador Donnie Yen Ji-Dan and his wife Cissy Wang, Michael Wong and Janet Ma, David & Mahnaz Lee, supermodel Qi Qi, former Miss Chinese International Sharon Kwok and power couple Anthony and Jocelyn Sandstrom who were MCs for the evening. The four finalists were also flown in especially for the event.

Donnie Yen Ji-Dan has served as THE ONE Ambassador since the Award’s inception in 2012. His compassion and dedication for helping Rotary International District 3450 find the heroes of our world has been instrumental to THE ONE Award’s success. Regarding his choice to become involved with THE ONE, Donnie says, “In our society, there are so many problems that we face. Having the compassion to help others around you, regardless of how wealthy you are, I believe that is what it means to be a hero.”

The winner of THE ONE award will receive US$100,000 to further their respective humanitarian cause and service projects, while the 3 remaining finalists will be awarded with US$50,000 each by our major award donor, The Peter Bennett Foundation. The winner’s reward of US$100,000 has been generously endowed by respected Hong Kong businessman and Chairman and Founder of Noble Group, Richard Samuel Elman. The winner will also receive THE ONE Trophy created especially by David Harilela and sponsored and brought to life by the artistry of Baccarat.

Nominations for the award were received from Rotary’s powerful network of over 1.2 million people in countries spanning the globe from Asia to Africa. The panel of judges featured top professionals from the local community as well as journalists, professors and experts working in the micro-finance field for the third world countries. All judging was completed based on an explicit list of Award Criteria. In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must (1) provide outstanding and remarkable services to mankind, (2) demonstrate daily dedication to the improvement of mankind, (3) demonstrate a continued devotion to humanitarian efforts, (4) work to the highest standard of good, (5) act with compassion and kindness, and (6) promote integrity, goodwill and peace through his or her humanitarian efforts.

In order to ensure a fair and rigorous judging process, the Organising Committee has established a three-tiered judging system. Judges in all three panels are comprised of volunteers who have signed confidentiality agreements. The initial screening panel is comprised of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows and representatives from local and international NGOs. They are tasked with selecting the top twelve applicants that will move on to the Senior Rotarian Panel. This panel is comprised of Past District Governors of Rotary International District 3450. The top four candidates from this round advance to the Final Judging Panel which consists of significant guests both within and outside of rotary. Among the final judging panel are: Past Rotary International Director Sushil Gupta; Formerly Secretary General of the Legislative Council Secretariat, Ms. Pauline Ng; Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr. T. Brian Stevenson; THE ONE major award Donor, Mr. Peter Bennett; and THE ONE Founding Award Donor, Richard Samuel Elman.

The final four finalists, along with their inspiring stories, were revealed in May and include: Christina Noble who works in Vietnam and Mongolia; Dr. Cynthia Maung from Myanmar; Enrico Sala who works extensively in Cambodia; and Valerie Ann Taylor whose cause is in Bangladesh.

THE ONE is proud to announce Valerie Ann Taylor as THE ONE Winner 2013. A British born physiotherapist and humanitarian, Valerie Ann Taylor was granted Bangladeshi citizenship in 1998 for her 43 years of selfless sacrifice to the poor and the disabled. Appalled at the neglect and maltreatment of those who were paralysed by spinal injury or disease, Valerie established the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in 1979, where 15,000 outpatients are treated every year. CRP also works to reduce accidents and provides schooling and vocational training for patients. To empower the community, Valerie established the Bangladesh Health Professions Institute to train medical personnel.

Her compassion truly knows no bounds, as Valerie became a legal guardian to two girls, Joyti and Poppy, who had been disowned due to their disabilities. Though she is often called the Mother Theresa of Bangladesh, Valerie speaks modestly that, “I am just very simple plain old Valerie Taylor. Never in our wildest dreams would we have realized that one day we would be able to offer a service to this number of people.”

THE ONE Organising Committee traveled to Lisbon, Portugal in the end of June to promote THE ONE at the 104th Rotary International Convention. THE ONE 2014 will be held on the 14th of July, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile and applications for the 2014 Award are out now.

For more information, or to nominate a candidate, please visit THE ONE website at http://www.theonerotary3450.org.

About Rotary International & District 3450

Rotary is a volunteer organisation of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. Over 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries conduct projects to address today’s challenges — including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps about 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.

PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship programme. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rotary International District 3450, with over 80 years of history, now comprises of 66 clubs in Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. Hong Kong consists of 52 clubs (including 1 E-Club), 6 in Macau and 8 in Mongolia.

Detailed biographies of David Harilela, Richard Samuel Elman, the finalists and judging panel are also available on request.

Kindly contact Sheeva Harilela or Catherine Chan for further information and press interviews:
Tel: +852-2376-2811
Email: sheeva@dharilela.com or catherine@dharilela.com
Source: Rotary International District 3450

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July 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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5 X ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore Joins ROXY Surf Team

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — ROXY, a division of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), announces five-time Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore is joining the ROXY Surf Team. ROXY, the world’s first and leading active board lifestyle brand for women and girls, has a long history of being a pioneering force within female action sports. Stephanie is a natural fit for the ROXY brand — a world-class, trailblazing athlete, who is the only surfer to ever have won a world title in her rookie year.
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Stephanie Gilmore, 25, was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She was awarded ASP World Champion Titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Additional victories include three Hawaiian Triple Crown wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2011, she also won the prestigious ESPY Award, Female Action Sports Person of the Year, and was awarded the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year in 2010.
Stephanie’s move to the ROXY team is a natural transition for her. She has long admired ROXY’s position as both a leader and pioneer within women’s surfing. Of the announcement, Stephanie stated, “ROXY epitomizes the image and lifestyle I live, both in and out of competition. I’m excited to join forces with such an iconic brand during this powerful time in female surfing.”
The ROXY Surf Team is thrilled Stephanie will join the team. Chairman of Quiksilver, Inc., Bob McKnight, stated, “ROXY is beyond thrilled to welcome Stephanie to the Surf Team. ROXY has more world champions and more world titles than any other female brand in the industry — it is only natural that she would be a part of the world’s best female team.”
About ROXY
ROXY, a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (ZQK), is the world’s leading active women’s lifestyle company that produces sportswear, technical fitness, snow and surf apparel and equipment, footwear and accessories, inspired by the board riding culture. ROXY represents women and girls who dream big on and off the board. ROXY believes in being naturally beautiful, fun and alive, daring and confident and strives to be the most inspiring fashion and performance brand on and off the board.
Source: ROXY

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July 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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Exclusive 24-hour Priority Redemption for AirAsia BIG Shots

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AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme members to be first in line for the 2,000,000 promotional seats sale

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AirAsia BIG, the global loyalty programme of AirAsia — the World’s Best Low-cost Airline today announced the 24-Hour Priority Redemption privilege for its members known as BIG Shots. They will be the first in line from 0000hrs – 2359hrs (GMT+8) on the 7th July 2013 for the 2,000,0000 promotional seats, 24 hours ahead of the general release to the public.

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AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme members to be first in line for the 2,000,000 promo seats sale

BIG Shots will be able to redeem flights from as low as 5 BIG Points* one way on http://www.airasiabig.com and travel from 10 February – 5 August 2014 throughout the extensive AirAsia route network, which spans across 85 destinations across 20 countries.

“This is testimony to the AirAsia BIG loyalty programme’s privileges. We’re thrilled to offer our BIG Shots more value, and more extras,” says AirAsia BIG’s CEO, Alice Goh. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’.”

AirAsia BIG is free to join and BIG Shots can use BIG points to redeem for any flights on AirAsia. BIG Shots can earn BIG Points with the AirAsia and Tune Group, shop online at ShopBIG or convert their other loyalty program reward points. AirAsia BIG has over 70 regional partners, representing more than 1500 brands in the retail, financial and travel industry such as Petronas, Standard Chartered, StarHub, Bank Mandiri, K-Bank, dtac, Central Mall and many others, making it easy and fast to accumulate BIG Points.

The 2,000,000 promotional seats sale was an appreciation to AirAsia’s guest as part of the ‘high-five’ themed campaign where two million ‘high-fives’ were collected throughout the region including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore.

For more information about BIG and how to sign-up, visit http://www.airasiabig.com

*BIG Points Redemption are not inclusive of airport tax and fuel surcharge. Terms and Conditions apply.

About AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme

AirAsia BIG is the global loyalty programme of AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia.

Over 300 million BIG Points have been issued to BIG Shots across 150 countries for easy-to-redeem flight reward programs to over 85 travel destinations stretching across all ASEAN countries, China, India and Australia.

Contact information:

Media and Business Opportunities
Lily Lee
+6012-208-2859
choolian.lee@tunemoney.com
Source: Think Big Digital Sdn Bhd

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July 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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Asia and Australasia Pivot in Global Oil and Gas Game

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SINGAPORE, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

19th Asia Oil Week 2013 in Singapore reveals new business opportunities

With many countries opening new frontiers, wider business opportunities for the growing number of independents and fast-expanding state oil companies Asia and Australasia have proven themselves to be a central pivot in the global oil and gas game, which is critical to the economic future of the region. The 19th Asia Oil Week will reveal the new exploration, production and development business opportunities in this buoyant market.

The 19th Asia Oil Week in Singapore, being a landmark event for Asia’s exploration industry, brings together keynote speakers from all over the world and around 200 senior executives from super-majors, independents, government and national oil companies to interface, network and negotiate deals.

The 19th Asia Upstream Conference, on 3 and 4 October 2013 at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore, discusses Asia’s emerging frontiers and upstream potential. The key focus lies on the upstream opportunities, Gas-LNG potential, deepwater futures, government policies, new bid rounds and acreage opportunities, risks and investments, new frontier potential in shale gas/oil and CBM-CSM and Australian companies in Asia’s upstream market.

On October 2nd, prior to the conference, during the 22nd Asia Petroleum Strategy Briefing, chairman Dr. Duncan Clarke of Conference host Global Pacific & Partners provides an in-depth examination of the competitive upstream oil and gas-LNG strategies in Asian exploration and development. This briefing is the longest-running strategy briefing held in Asia and even worldwide.

“Asia’s oil and gas game is moving into new territories, with established producer countries and corporate players eyeing revised strategies. Some with global ventures in mind, others with re-discovered frontiers across this vast region, from Pakistan to New Zealand,” Clarke states. “Independents have opened new plays and state oil companies have shaped global exploration strategies, while state licensing agencies and Ministries are now seeking more exploration dollars in a globally competitive market.”

Numerous governments and leading oil/energy companies have confirmed 30-plus presentations – including from state oil/energy entities in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Timor Leste. Special foci lie on Myanmar, Southeast Asia, Australia, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, China, PNG and Thailand.

More information: http://www.globalpacificpartners.com
Source: Global Pacific & Partners

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July 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

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Mara Group Recruits Managing Director of Morgan Stanley as its Third Managing Partner

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Mara Group, a pan-African multi sector conglomerate with headquarters in Dubai, announces the appointment of Bradford M. Gibbs. Brad will serve as the third Managing Partner of the Group alongside Prashant H. Manek and Ashish J. Thakkar, and share responsibility for the operations, administration and strategy of Mara.

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Prior to joining Mara, Brad was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for thirteen years, executing mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions across a broad array of industries. He was based, at various junctures, in the New York, London, Frankfurt and Johannesburg offices. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Brad served as Head of South Africa Investment Banking and Head of EMEA Chemicals, Building Materials and Paper & Packaging.

Mara Group is a young and dynamic diversified group of companies, possessing in-depth knowledge and unrivalled expertise in Africa. Founded by Ashish J. Thakkar almost two decades ago, the Group started out as a small family business but has, since then, evolved into an international multi-sector business with operations in 26 countries, spanning four continents. Mara’s current businesses operate in a broad range of sectors including information technology (IT) services, business process outsourcing (BPO), a multi-faceted mobile-enabled online platform, agriculture, real estate, hospitality, packaging and asset management.

We are delighted to bring on board someone of Brad’s calibre and experience as our third Managing Partner. At Mara, we are continuously looking to further strengthen our management team to help lead the future growth and development of the Group”, says Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation.

Today, in addition to its core team and as part the Mara network, the Group benefits from the advice and insight of Michael Buchen and David Burlison, Managing Directors of Dhabi Holdings, as well as of Marwan Abedin; a seasoned finance and investment specialist with over 15 years of experience. Marwan also serves as the CEO of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and the Dubai Financial Support Fund (DFSF).

Contact:
Sabina Lindstedt
Group Communications Director
+971-567-798-974 or sl@mara.com

Source: Mara Group

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July 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

Shanghai Home to Bold New Children’s Book Fair to Promote Copyright Trading

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SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), to be held at the ShanghaiMart Exhibition Center from November 7 to November 9, 2013, will be ‘trade only’ for the first two days. Day 3 will be open to the public. Managed by Reed Exhibitions and supported by the General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film & Television, this event is dedicated to the copyright trading, publishing, printing and distribution of content/books aimed at 0 to 16 year-olds.
Home to more than 230 million people under the age of 16, China boasts a flourishing children’s publishing sector that is currently valued at USD $5 billion, of which USD $340 million comes from licensing. These figures illustrate why children’s books are the most dynamic, competitive and fastest growing sector in China’s publishing industry. Between 2011 and 2012 the number of children’s publications grew by 35%, with 20% of total rights sales in China’s book industry coming from this segment.
“The purchasing power of young Chinese parents is huge. Over 52% prefer buying books to borrowing them from libraries. In fact, 70% of this market segment buys books for their children on a monthly basis,” says Randy Wang, Senior Project Manager at Reed Exhibitions, the exclusive event manager of CCBF. At the same time, 90% of the children’s book content in China is imported. “Statistics from China’s biggest online book retailer, Dangdang.com, show that 80% and 90% of the top 10 children’s bestsellers in 2012 and 2011, respectively, were imported titles. While Chinese educators are expressing a dire need for new local educational materials, parents and children are expressing a clear preference for imported titles as a means of diversifying their reading lists and broadening their understanding of various world cultures.”
Mr. Wang continues, “Driven by the theme of ‘Content Without Borders’, CCBF is focused on facilitating closer interaction between local and international industry practitioners. We will be that bridge that connects publishers with copyright traders; authors and their fans. Exhibitors and visitors will, through this platform, discover a huge range of original printed and digital content — books, e-books, educational software and other edutainment products. Our hope is that they will go away wanting more and looking forward to the next CCBF.
“Having this event in Shanghai makes perfect sense. This is one of China’s busiest publishing hubs and cultural centers, as well as its innovation and financial core. The timing is particularly appropriate too, with Disneyland Shanghai opening in 2015. This will cement Shanghai’s position as China’s capital of children’s culture and entertainment.”
Asia-Pacific’s active copyright trading accounts for 20% of the global children’s book market. The launch of CCBF will do much to better serve and upgrade children’s content copyright trading in the region.
Currently, China’s leading children’s book publishers, who together dominate 70% of the local market, have committed their full participation in CCBF. However, the show will also feature a distinct international blend. Of the 200 exhibitors expected to feature at, 30% will come from outside China. Jon Malinowski, President of the Combined Book Exhibit and Founder of Pubmatch.com, will be among them. One aspect of the show, the Shanghai New Title Showcase, is a collaboration between CCBF and Combined Book Exhibit. “The showcase provides publishers, including self-publishers, with a low-cost avenue via which to explore the Chinese children’s market, and have their books front and center in one of the most active rights-buying markets in the world,” says Mr. Malinowski.
Reed Exhibitions will leverage global resources and expertise of its serial publishing events gained via the production of international event that include the London Book Fair, BookExpo America, TIBF (Tokyo), Bienal do Livro Sao Paulo and Salon du Livre, to facilitate bilateral copyright trading with China. Reed will also strive to give participants direct access to professionals at every level of trade along the entire industry chain. Through the event, participants will also be able to better access diversified content and the flourishing China publishing market.
A comprehensive collection of on-site events will run concurrent to the fair. These will include The International Children’s Book Publishing Summit, The Best Children’s Book Award, The International Children’s Publication Copyright Trade Summit, The International Children’s Book Promotion Events, the International Promotion of Chinese Children’s Literature Author Workshops and more. These collocated events and activities will do more than simply enhance the Fair’s influence over children’s reading culture, the children’s publication industry and the market. They will also provide participants with rich opportunities to significantly boost their business; amplify their brand to the market; network and source accurate information.
The CCBF will also offer unique opportunities for face-to-face interaction with popular authors, translators and illustrators. Ambitious companies will also be able to test the waters for entry into the China market through on-site sales on Day 3, which will feature members of the public. The show promises to be a dynamic presentation of children’s books and derivative products that are sure to thrill publishing professionals and enthusiastic young readers alike.
About CCBF
The China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is the only GAPP-approved event dedicated to the copyright trading, publishing, printing and distribution of content related to books for 0 to 16 year-olds. To be held in one of Asia’s major international hubs, Shanghai, from November 7 to November 9, the show will run across two trade days and one public day. It will be a dynamic presentation of children’s books and derivative products that is sure to thrill publishing professionals and young readers alike.
Backed by the country’s official publishing authorities, the event will give you direct access to professionals at every level of the trade, from along the entire industry chain, as well as to enthusiastic customers, diversified content and the flourishing China publishing market. There will also be plenty of value-laden interactive sessions on-site to strengthen your contact network and promote your brand in China. With full participation of China’s leading children’s books publishers, CCBF will definitely facilitate bilateral copyright trading with China. CCBF will also offer unique opportunities for face-to-face interaction with popular authors, translators and illustrators as well as for China market entry testing via onsite sales on the public day.
For media enquiry, please contact:
Jennifer Wang
T: +86 10 5933 9366
E: Jennifer.wang@reedexpo.com.cn
W: http://www.ccbookfair.com
Source: Reed Exhibitions (China) Co., Ltd.

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July 9, 2013 at 10:51 am

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Sequent Software Closes $12 Million in Series B Funding to Scale Commercial Deployments

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Led by SBT Venture Capital with Existing Investors Participating

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sequent Software (www.sequent.com), a leading provider of Trusted Service Manager (TSM) and mobile commerce software and services, announced today that it has closed a $12 million Series B financing. SBT Venture Capital — the venture arm of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank with more than 100 million customers — led the round with existing investors Opus Capital and Jado Investments participating. The new funding will fuel Sequent’s growth as it drives worldwide commercial deployments of its innovative TSM and wallet platform with mobile operators and card issuers including leading banks. Mircea Mihaescu from SBT Venture Capital will join the company’s board.

“Sequent’s TSM and wallet platform has been adopted and deployed by mobile network operators and card issuers around the world,” said Sequent CEO Robb Duffield. “This funding and the addition of Mircea to our board will allow us to continue to expand our team of industry experts, meet the growing market demand and scale for future growth.”

Sequent’s software and services platform enables consumers to easily and securely download payment cards and other credentials to their mobile devices. Consumers use those credentials to make payments and access information and offers from mobile network operators, retailers and financial institutions.

Sequent’s patented technology allows all cards and credentials in the secure element to work in all approved apps in all types of mobile devices. The solution unlocks new revenue potential for service providers, creates choice for consumers and empowers mobile network operators to monetize these new benefits.

“We evaluated several opportunities and concluded that the Sequent team has created the best solution in both breadth and depth for service providers as well as secure element owners,” said Mircea Mihaescu, SBT Venture Capital. “We are excited to help Sequent grow as the global leader in TSM software and services.”

About Sequent

Sequent provides a leading Trusted Service Manager (TSM) software and services platform. Sequent’s comprehensive SE-TSM Secure Element Management service supports diverse contactless security technologies while rapidly onboarding issuers and application providers. Sequent’s SP-TSM software enables banks and other service providers to provision and manage their own credentials on the secure elements of mobile phones. Sequent’s Wallet Enablement Platform makes it easy to add Near Field Communication (NFC) payments and other credentials into rich, branded consumer mobile apps. For more information, seewww.sequent.com

About SBT Venture Capital

SBT Venture Capital is managing an early-stage strategic venture capital fund focused on investing in technology innovations that have a significant impact on the financial services industry. The fund principal investor is Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and Eastern Europe, holding almost one third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets. More than 100 million individual customers bank with Sberbank and about 1 million businesses. The Bank has the largest distribution network in Russia with more than 18,000 branches, as well as subsidiaries in 20 countries including the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Contact
Kirsten Strain
Sequent
+1-650-419-2713
contactus@sequent.com

Source: Sequent Software

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July 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

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Acision’s Annual Research Reveals That Over 95% of Singaporean Smartphone Owners Use Multiple Messaging Services Today; A Clear Sign Messaging Traffic is on the Rise

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SINGAPORE, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Huge consumer demand paves way for carriers to offer consolidated richer messaging services — a single platform to reach anyone, anytime, across any network

  • 91% of Singaporean consumers surveyed use multiple messaging services every day, triggered by rich features and lower cost.
  • 97% of Singaporean Smartphone users still use and rely on SMS as a messaging service.
  • 67% state a dependency on IM / OTT services today, as well as 69% saying they still need SMS.
  • 85% are interested in an operator rich messaging service such as ‘joyn™’, if packaged at the right price.

New research from Acision, a leader in global mobile messaging, today reveals that of those surveyed almost all smartphone users (95%) in Singapore today utilise multiple messaging services, including SMS, MMS and IM/Over-the-top (OTT) applications, with most of those users (91%) stating they use multiple messaging services at least once each day.

This huge adoption of new IM and OTT messaging services is a clear indication that consumers not only crave richer messaging solutions to fulfil all their messaging needs, but also demonstrates again the fragmentation in the messaging market today.

However, when presented with information about the GSMA’s Rich Communication Service (RCS), branded ‘joyn™’ that is being rolled out by carriers globally, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed (85%), stated a strong interest in a single, unified messaging service, if packaged at the right price. This positive response to GSMA’s joyn™’ initiative represents a big opportunity for carriers to quickly deliver a ubiquitous, richer messaging experience that combines SMS, MMS, IM, social messaging, group chat, media file and video sharing, on a single platform.

Commenting on the research findings, Michael Frausing, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Acision Asia Pacific, stated: “The messaging habits of these Smartphone users combined with their interest in ‘joyn’, highlights a distinct opportunity for operators throughout the region. The chance to fast-track the deployment of a seamless rich messaging experience that works globally across all messaging communities, devices and networks is truly compelling for their customers. Today there is no single messaging service which does this. Combine this rich operator led messaging service with the analytics of user data and intelligence drawn from their networks, and operators can provide additional value to their subscribers underpinned by their own messaging platform to drive greater service monetisation and incremental revenue.”

Other key findings from the research demonstrate that of those surveyed:

  • Singaporeans use OTT messaging services over SMS include because (top three reasons):
    • The ability send a message to more than one person or a group (a rich messaging feature) – 54%
    • Cost (perception these services are free) – 54%
    • The ability to share files, images and videos (a rich messaging feature) – 51%
  • Singaporeans would use SMS instead of an OTT messaging service because (top three reasons):
    • Delivery of important messages – 48%
    • Reliability – 46%
    • Delivery of business / work related messages – 41%
  • Reliability (40%) and reach (32%) are the two main reasons which put Singaporeans’ surveyed off using OTT messaging services at certain times.
  • Not being able to share files images and video (43%) and cost (40%), are the two main reasons that put Singaporeans’ surveyed off using SMS at certain times.

These factors illustrate the main reasons for using one messaging service over another and highlights that consumers have a combination of requirements across service quality, rich messaging features and cost; which can only be met through multiple service messaging.

Mike continued: “Acision’s second edition of its annual research confirms that while OTT messaging service usage is today meeting usage levels of SMS, particularly in the Singaporean market, SMS is still regarded as a reliable service by consumers when it comes to making sure critical messages are securely delivered. This uptake in multiple consumer messaging platforms through various devices is a global phenomenon, which is not only captured in our research but across other analyst and industry data sources. Tech-savvy consumers now want something ‘extra’- which can only be achieved by using multiple services concurrently. With these new trends rapidly emerging in the market, the technology is ready now for operators to launch a single consolidated messaging platform today. A service that delivers a seamless messaging experience for users and that allows them to take back control of this messaging revolution.”

Jorgen Nilsson, Chief Executive at Acision stated, “If operators act now by launching their own rich messaging or RCS services, they can carve out a service experience which combines all consumer elements and improves user satisfaction, stickiness and incremental revenue generation through new service add-ons. Acision is poised to play a leading industry role in accelerating the delivery of rich, IP messaging services, and ensuring operators can provide a superior seamless experience for all.”

“Acision’s consolidated messaging platform, combines current capabilities with future technology, to provide a fully transparent communications service which is quick and easy to deploy, interoperates across all platforms and enables carriers to deliver on the promise of reaching “anyone, anywhere, on any device,” concluded Nilsson.

Researchers at Informa Telecoms and Media forecast that global mobile messaging revenues could grow to $195.9 billion by 2016, with messaging traffic from these new services likely to double over the next three years. Acision offers a solid portfolio of products and services to help operators adapt to the shifting messaging market and launch new game-changing services.

About Acision
As the global leader in mobile messaging, Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless messaging services, which enrich the mobile communications experience and create new opportunities for carriers and enterprises across the world. For more information, visit Acision at www.acision.com.

Acision Research
Conducted by Vanson Bourne in April 2013, the research is Acision’s second comprehensive study on the Singapore mobile messaging landscape. It is based on interviews with 500 Smartphone users in Singapore.

About Vanson Bourne
Vanson Bourne, a specialist research-led consultancy, carries out user research within a technology context. The company interviews senior decision makers from a variety of functions, across a whole range of industries, in organisations from the smallest to the largest, in markets around the globe. Vanson Bourne’s clients range from start-ups to well-known companies that need expert guidance, delivering robust and credible research-based analysis.

Source: Acision

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July 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

DuPont Narrows Scope of Patent Claim Against Heraeus

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WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Heraeus today announced important developments in the ongoing litigation with DuPont in Oregon.  The case is one of two involving patent claims by DuPont against Heraeus’ solar cell pastes. The other case is pending in Delaware.

Significantly, when faced with Heraeus’ motion for early termination of the lawsuit, DuPont was forced to narrow its claim, conceding that Heraeus’ commercially available products do not literally infringe DuPont’s patent.  DuPont’s counsel stated on the record, “We do not assert literal infringement as to any of the products that are at issue in Heraeus’ motion.  So that theory is simply not part of the case.” This means that DuPont’s allegations are now limited to a much weaker theory called the doctrine of equivalents, where the accused products do not fall within the literal scope of the patent-at-issue but are alleged to be similar enough for a finding of infringement.

While litigation is a lengthy process, and the case is not likely to be resolved soon, Heraeus believes it does not infringe any valid claim of the patent at issue.

About the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit

The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is an industry leading developer and manufacturer of silver metallization pastes for the photovoltaic industry. For over 40 years, Heraeus has built a reputation of innovation, extensive research and new product development in thick film technologies for some of the most prominent companies within a variety of industries. In the field of photovoltaics, the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit applies this history and its innovative technology to offer metallization pastes for solar cell applications. The Heraeus SOL Series of silver pastes is specially formulated to provide higher efficiencies and wider processing windows, resulting in better yields and higher output for cell manufacturers.

Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. In the financial year 2012 Heraeus generated product revenues of EUR 4.2 billion and precious metal trading revenues of EUR 16 billion. With more than 12,200 employees in over 100 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.

Source: Heraeus Photovoltaics

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July 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

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