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Rally Software Expands Global Reach with Singapore Office

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– Second Asia-Pacific Office Delivers Agile Software Development Solutions to Customers Worldwide

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rally®, a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development, today announces the opening of its Singapore office. Rally’s continued expansion in the Asia-Pacific region builds upon the successful office opening in Melbourne, Australia in 2012.

Rally’s newest office makes its award-winning Agile solutions and training services even more accessible to customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The Singapore office is part of the company’s strategic plan to serve a global customer base by providing direct access to Agile transformation services and solutions to meet growing adoption levels.

“We welcome Rally as our new Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) member. The Singapore Government identified software development as one of three key areas of engagement for increasing productivity,” said SiTF Executive Director, Ho Se Mun. “As one of the global leaders in Agile software development, we hope Rally will help grow Singapore into a dynamic innovation hub in the Asia-Pacific region and facilitate access to Agile software development solutions and expertise in the global marketplace.”

“In the past year, we’ve been pleased to witness the growing demand large enterprise companies in Asia have expressed for Agile software development solutions and services,” said Tim Miller, Rally’s CEO. “Rally’s expansion in Asia-Pacific and other high-growth international markets will help customers worldwide improve the software that runs their businesses.”

Rally is sponsoring and/or presenting at two upcoming events in Singapore:

Craig Langenfeld, Technical Account Manager at Rally, is presenting “Project Management in an Agile World. What Changes, What Stays the Same?” on Wednesday, October 9 at the PMI Singapore Regional Symposium 2013. Craig will discuss how Agile Project Management practices are changing the game for any company that relies on quality software either as its business or to run its business.
Rally is a title sponsor of the first-ever Agile Singapore Conference, November 7-8. Agile Singapore 2013 features talks, experiential workshops and other learning activities that will accommodate seasoned practitioners as well as those new to Agile software development.

Bryan Tan, Rally’s regional VP of Asia, will manage the Singapore office. He will be responsible for further building Rally’s market access and customer relationships. Tan previously held positions with Saba Software and SAP.

Rally has eight locations worldwide with its headquarters based in Boulder, Colo. Rally is currently hiring for positions in Singapore, Amsterdam, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States. To view and apply for open positions, visit Rally’s Career Page (

About Rally

Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development. The Rally Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by closely aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, increasing transparency and automating manual processes. Companies use Rally to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve productivity and more effectively adapt to rapidly changing customer needs and competitive dynamics.
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September 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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IBC 2013 – At the Edge of Innovation, Sagemcom, One of the Worldwide Leaders in Broadband Technology, Demonstrates Live 4K TV and Multi-Device Content Redistribution

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ — Sagemcom paves the way to tomorrow’s television, and showcases during IBC in Amsterdam Ultra-HD television, advanced video content redistribution and next-generation wireless transmission. These innovations are combined to enable the operators to deliver a performing and secure multi-screen multi-device superior viewing experience to their subscribers.
Sagemcom demonstrates, at IBC, live Ultra High Definition Television, on a platform able to deliver extremely sharp pictures and smooth motion, with a resolution up to four times higher than standard High Definition. The platform supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), thus allowing operators to optimize the bandwidth required to broadcast their content.
Sagemcom also showcases next-generation video gateways, acting as video server redistributing High Definition content within the home, on any connected device, such as client STBs, tablets or smartphones – without any compromise on the quality of the viewing experience, thanks to a multi HD transcoder embedded in the digital core chipset of the product.
The platform, powered by an ARM chipset and running a software suite developed by Sagemcom, will be deployed before year-end, and will deliver a highly secured content redistribution, thanks to the integration of a complete CAS-to-DRM management solution, granting an optimal protection of content owners’ assets.
Sagemcom relies on its proven expertise on Wi-Fi, including latest 802.11ac, to deploy the latter in the coming weeks on its products. The next-generation STBs embed this wireless solution, in dual concurrent configuration, that allows the operators to propose a smooth, reliable, performing and wireless High Definition TV distribution at home.
Sagemcom, leader on the connected home market, shows its innovative abilities and one of its trademark: bring on time integrated solutions addressing its consumers’ needs.
According to Olivier Taravel, Sagemcom’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Digital Set-Top Box Unit, “Sagemcom proves its capacities to develop, integrate and deliver to the operators the latest innovations that will outline the television of tomorrow”.
About Sagemcom
French high-technology group with an international dimension, Sagemcom operates on markets of broadband (digital home, digital set-top box, broadband and residential terminals), telecom and energy (telecommunications infrastructure, smartgrid and metering), and management of documents (printing terminals, software and solutions, digital production workflow).
With a turnover of about 1.3 billion Euros, Sagemcom employs 4 600 people on five continents; already a European leader in most of its key markets, Sagemcom aims to become a world leader in high added value communicating terminals.
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September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

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Global Hotel Prices Rise to Levels Not Seen Since 2006

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LONDON, Sept. 10, 2013/PRNewswire/ —

Hotel prices increase by two per cent through first half of 2013, now approaching the same level as before the financial crisis, according to the latest Hotel Price Index

The average price of a hotel room around the world rose by two per cent during the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period the previous year, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI). The rise, although relatively small, maintained a trend of slowly increasing rates seen since the start of 2010, with average prices now close to their 2006 levels, before the global financial crisis began.

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Set at 100 in 2004, the HPI tracks real prices that hotel guests actually paid for their accommodation around the world. The Index for the first six months of 2013 stands at 111, eight points lower than its peak in the same period of 2007 and just eleven points higher than at its launch.

Latin America registered its strongest result for more than two years with a seven per cent increase in hotel prices. Helped by the strengthening US economy, North America and the Caribbean outperformed the global average with increases of three per cent and five per cent respectively.

In the Pacific, the slump in the Australian mineral resources industry led to a fall in the number of business travellers in Western Australia particularly and weaker hotel price growth of one per cent. With the Eurozone only just officially out of recession, hotel prices in Europe and the Middle East remained sluggish, also recording a one per cent gain.

David Roche, President, said: “There is no doubt that European hotel prices have been some of the most badly affected since the economic fallout in 2008/2009. The fact that the Eurozone recorded growth for the first two quarters of 2013 is evidence that the economic crisis is easing, although not yet completely over. Many of the destinations worst hit by the downturn have seen hotel prices stabilise, with some experiencing healthy rises.”

Asia was the only region to see a fall in prices by two per cent in the first half of 2013. Individual cities in the region performed well but the depreciation in value of the Yen and the Rupee, coupled with a fall in the number of inbound visitors to China contributed to this result. However, outbound travel from China has not yet been impacted by slowdown in the country’s economy and continued to boom.

“Another phenomenon impacting global hotel prices is the huge and rapid rise in number of Chinese international travellers,” said David Roche. “China has officially become the world’s largest outbound tourism market with an estimated 83 million overseas trips made by Chinese citizens, according to the China Tourism Academy 2013 report. The UN World Tourism Organization also announced that Chinese travellers spent US$102 billion on international tourism in 2012, 40% more than in 2011, overtaking the more established tourism markets of Germany and the USA. International travel remains an aspiration for many, especially younger travellers with the disposable income to travel abroad.”

For more information and a full complimentary copy of the report, please contact:

About is a leading online accommodation booking website with approximately 220,000 properties around the world through the Expedia group network, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Through its industry-leading loyalty programme Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

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September 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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Ecobuild Southeast Asia: Inspirational concepts and solutions drive Green Building

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Realising the importance of green environment, Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and built environment is here to provide solutions that help increase efficiency and quality while reducing the operation costs to the Architectural, Building and Construction industry. Held together with Green Build AsiaEco Light Asia and Solar Asia, the geo-adaption Ecobuild Southeast Asia will commence atPutra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 – 19 September 2013.

Picture courtesy of Ecobuild UK
Picture courtesy of Ecobuild UK
Picture courtesy of Green Build Asia 2012
Picture courtesy of Green Build Asia 2012

Show highlights include:

  • 250 exhibitors from 22 countries
  • International Sustainable Infrastructure and Built Environment Conference 2013– high- powered presentations that helps provide multiple environmental solutions.
  • Technical Seminars – showcase of latest environmental products and technology to trade
  • Debate Sessions – listen and engage with top global industry leaders i.e. BRE, Fosters and Partners,Carbon Trust and many more.

Ecobuild Southeast Asia has received extraordinary support from key industry players including Ministry of WorkMinistry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA)Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and many more. Also, the all-electric, zero emission Nissan LEAF will serve as the official transport mode during event.

We are very excited to be able to showcase our Nissan LEAF at the Ecobuild Southeast Asia this year as it is very much relevant to our commitment to the importance of reducing our carbon footprint through zero- emission transportation,” said Mr. Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of Edaran Tan Chong Motor.

For more information, please visit

Notes to Editors:

1. About UBM Asia (

UBM Asia is part of UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

2. About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print, and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,500 staff in more than 40 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently

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September 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

MER Group Telecom Division Announces its New and Expanded Solution Portfolio

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HOLON, Israel, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MER expands into software solutions focusing on the Digital Economy evolution and its supporting communication infrastructure

MER Group (C. MER Industries Ltd.), the world leader in digital communication infrastructure for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), today announced its latest solution portfolio from its newly established Telecom Division. The portfolio was designed to address critical MNO needs in the rapidly evolving digital economy.


The new portfolio includes Mobile FinaGate, a comprehensive Mobile Finance Services (MFS) solution with dedicated money capabilities; m-Power, an end-to-end MVNO enablement solution for MVNOs, MNOs and SIs; CrossTalk, a robust M2M solution for a range of market verticals and applications; a Near Field Communication (NFC) solution for contactless payments; and a smart ticketing solution for public transport. These solutions will be showcased at the upcoming AfricaCom show in Cape Town, South Africa during November.

“Rather than focusing on issues, we are focusing on the growth opportunities in the Telecom industry,” says Oz Ovady, CEO of the Telecom Division at MER Group. “This growth revolves around the increase in data consumption and the ubiquity of the mobile device. Consumers are deriving more value from features, functionality and applications. This drives higher traction in vertical markets such as mobile payments, healthcare which, in turn, gives rise to Smart Cities. Consequently, we have designed our portfolio to support MNOs in securing a leading position in the digital economy ecosystem,” he said.

The Mobile FinaGate is a secure, end-to-end financial services solution. It provides banks, mobile operators and other financial institutions with a full MFS solution together with secure budget management with full transparency, dedicated money for the correct dispersal of funds and enables the rapid implementation of new products and services.

m-Power is a powerful end-to-end solution that enables leading MVNOs, MNOs and SIs to simplify and streamline their operations in competitive markets, seamlessly adapting to their changing marketing and sales strategies. m-Power enables MNOs to capitalize on the untapped wholesale opportunity. It supports SIs in leveraging their assets to realize new revenues and offers solution and business model flexibility while providing short time to revenue.

MER Group Telecom Division provides a unique solution for the NFC eco-system. This solution is based on strong partnerships with market leaders for Point of Sale (POS), mobile marketing platform providers, Trusted Service Managers (TSM) and Secure Element (SE) manufacturers. The offering includes an off-the-shelf UICC-based wallet applet, middleware for Android and iOS and a white label wallet application.

CrossTalk is a robust M2M solution based on MER’s award winning enablement platform. CrossTalk enables MNOs to deliver a comprehensive turnkey solution to a range of market verticals and applications such as agriculture, security, water & energy, asset tracking, asset management, mobile parking management, toll roads and more. It enables businesses to discover new market opportunities and realize revenue streams and supports customers in addressing growing compliance and sustainability requirements.

The division has expanded its portfolio with a field-proven, next generation solution for public transit operators. The solution, comprising of smart devices and complementary software, is a comprehensive end-to-end system for the management and control of ticketing as well as on-board solutions such as Wi-Fi connectivity. The solution can be delivered as a full turnkey integration project that includes hardware and software components, installation, implementation, maintenance and support services.

The new portfolio, together with Telecom Division’s existing, field-proven infrastructure and fiber solutions combined with the group’s security and CleanTech solutions, provide national and local governments with comprehensive, robust and interconnected solutions designed to optimize urban systems for future growth in a new economic environment and ultimately assist them in their quest to become a smart and sustainable city.

About MER Group

Established in 1948, the MER Group maintains a diversified portfolio of over a dozen subsidiaries focusing on three main sectors – telecom, security and cleantech – while investing in other areas including satellite communications, biotechnology and materials science. Publicly traded (TASE: CMER) since 1992, MER Group has a substantial global footprint with approximately 40 offices around the world employing over 1200 people. For more information visit

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Nir Flatau
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MER Group
Telecom Division
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September 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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New Reporting Guidelines For Case Reports Presented At The Congress On Peer Review And Biomedical Publication And Published In Seven Medical Journals

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PORTLAND, Oregon /PRNewswire/ — David Riley, MD, Editor in Chief of Global Advances in Health and Medicine,presented the CARE (CAse REport) guidelines at the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication in Chicago, sponsored by the BMJ and JAMA, today. These guidelines are also being simultaneously published in seven medical journals. The CARE guidelines, in development since 2011, improve the transparency and accuracy of published case reports and offers the possibility that clinical practice and research receive early signals of effectiveness, adverse events, and costs. The guidelines are available at
Historically, case reports have been written without the benefit of standardized reporting guidelines. They are often inconsistent and insufficiently rigorous. Guidelines improve the accuracy and transparency of written case reports, providing information from the “real world” practice of healthcare delivery. In the past year alone, more than 66,000 case reports were published in journals indexed by the US National Library of Medicine and 27,000 case reports are searchable in the Cases Database from Biomed Central. In medical journals, dominated by clinical trials and systematic reviews, case reports provide important information about the care of individual patients.
Currently, patients have tools to manage their personal health records and investigate potential treatment options. Practitioners and patients alike are now able to push and aggregate information from patient encounters and health histories into consolidated profiles. Case reports are medical narratives that offer a framework for the early evaluation of signals of effectiveness, adverse events, and cost.
“Systematically written case reports contain information that improves the practice of evidence-based medicine–when care improves, patients are better served,” according to Dr Riley.
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Phone: +1-981-205-7515

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September 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Extends Early Bird Registration Discount through September 20th

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– Early-bird savings of $100 off conference delegate registrations

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific has extended the early-bird discount of $100 off delegate badge registration until September 20, 2013. The world’s only annual cruise industry event focused on the entire Asia-Pacific region is scheduled for October 9-10, 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Online registration is available at

The standard delegate registration includes two-day admission to the exhibition hall, all conference sessions including the State of the Cruise Industry in Asia plenary session, admission to the Welcome Reception and a complimentary issue of Seatrade Cruise Review.

The conference program, led by some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and respected voices, will explore the revenue outlook throughout the region, including the incredible growth in passenger source markets for cruises and worldwide destinations, and the staggering opportunity in the ship refurbishment and repair sector.

The Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference and tradeshow is the main gateway for early adapters and trailblazers into the burgeoning Pan-Asia cruise market.

For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For more information, visit or contact Intercruises

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request amedia registration online or contact Jennifer Rosen.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-609-759-7604,

Social Media
Additional news, information and announcements about Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific are available at Find Cruise Shipping on Facebook, on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is jointly organized by UBM Live and UBM Asia in partnership with Seatrade.

The Cruise Shipping Portfolio
The Cruise Shipping Portfolio organized by UBM Live includes Cruise Shipping Miami, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific and Seatrade Med. Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the world’s premier annual event for the global cruise industry, featuring a three-day exhibition and four-day conference that draw more than 11,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 130 countries.

About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community –
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst SeatradeInsider provides daily cruise news online at
Source: Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific

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September 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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The Leading International Maritime Trade Fair Opens in December

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HONG KONG, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — More than 100 guests, including representatives of media, consulates and exhibitors, attended Marintec China’s first press conference on 6 September 2013.

Marintec China 2013’s first press conferenceLeft to right: Professor Zhang Shengkun, Madam Yuan Jiarong and Mr Michael Duck
Marintec China 2013’s first press conferenceLeft to right: Professor Zhang Shengkun, Madam Yuan Jiarong and
Mr Michael Duck
Left to right: Professor Zhang Shengkun, President of Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers, Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd
Left to right: Professor Zhang Shengkun, President of
Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers,
Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd

Marintec China 2013, will be held from 3-6 December 2013 in Shanghai, has been organised successfully in Shanghai for over 30 years, and is now recognised as the largest maritime event in Asia. Industry leaders and professionals from the maritime industry will gather at this significant biennial maritime event from around the world.

Under the influence of the global financial crisis, the maritime industry is facing a challenging circumstance. While Marintec China 2013 received tremendous support from loyalty exhibitors, exhibition space stretched to over 70,000 square metres which take up six halls (Halls W3 to W5; N1 to N3). Space is almost fully booked. As of the present time, exhibitors are coming from 29 countries/regions; these are Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, mainland China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan region, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom. There are 16 national and regional pavilions from Austria, mainland China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan region, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“When we face such enormous challenges, it’s important to maintain confidence and keep a high profile,” said Mr. Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd. “Marintec China offers the most outstanding opportunity for showcasing new technologies, demonstrating innovation and meeting the leaders of our industry.”

Both domestic and international exhibitors recorded a favorable participation rate. From domestic exhibitors, we received applications not only from individual but also from state-owned exhibitors such as the Ministry of Transport, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation as well as exhibitors from Nantong Region, Zhoushan Region, and more.

“Offshore Engineering”, “Ocean Fishery” and “Maritime Safety” is going to be the highlights of this year.  The categorization this year will be more detailed. The exhibit category will be divided into 8 groups, with 112 sub-groups. Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering are the two main streams. Additionally, Ship scrapping has been newly created for shipping equipment exhibitors. This restructuring of the categorization process brings further improvement and raises the professional standard of our exhibition.

As an important part of Marintec China 2013, the Senior Maritime Forum will be held concurrently from 2-5 December 2013 at Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai.  The theme this year is “Green Technology, Transformation, and Breakthrough”. The main forum consists of six sessions covering “Marine Equipment Technology Forum”, “Keynote Speeches”, “Shipbuilding”, “Shipping and Port”, “Ocean Engineering — China Summit on International Ocean Engineering Equipment” and “Marine Finance”.

Marintec China has received full support and endorsement from over 50 senior Chinese government officials, industry and finance leaders and high-level executives from overseas trade associations and organisations will share their professional views and discuss the hottest topic in the maritime industry. It is expected that over 1500 attendees will be sharing their resources and exchange ideas and information.

The Forum will once again provide the best interactive platform for renowned speakers and attendees, to communicate with and inspire each other. It will greatly help the participants readjust their development strategy, tactics and products, upgrade their respective competitiveness, and enhance their adaptability in the Chinese market. As a result, Senior Maritime Forum offers them a golden opportunity to expand their maritime business.

The online pre-registration was officially launched in late July until 8 November 2013. Visitors can pre-register online at in order to receive admission badges prior to the show.

Speech by Mr. Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd:

Opening Speech by Michael Duck Executive Vice President, UBM Asia Ltd Marintec China 2013 Press Conference

Good morning and thank you for coming to this press conference for Marintec China 2013. I’m speaking on behalf of the co-organisers of Marintec, who are UBM Asia and the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers. We are also very happy to have the continuous, solid support of senior Chinese government officials and the leading maritime associations of China and Europe. So indeed, welcome and thank you to all of the supporters, sponsors and partners of Marintec China 2013.

Marintec China, at the SNIEC in Shanghai, is sponsored by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; the China Ministry of Transport; the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. And co-sponsored by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation; the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation; the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry and the Chinese Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers.

As everyone knows, the shipbuilding market felt a heavy impact from the global downturn. Even in the world’s leading shipbuilding nations of China and South Korea, we face huge challenges. According to Bloomberg, 38% of Chinese yards were not successful in obtaining contracts for new vessels last year. So the government’s recently announced three-year plan for our industry is most welcome and timely. By encouraging increased funding support for shipyards, the plan will build optimism, promote mergers and stimulate demand, especially from the offshore oil and gas sector.

When we face such enormous challenges, it’s important to maintain confidence and keep a high profile. Marintec China offers the most outstanding opportunity for showcasing new technologies, demonstrating innovation and meeting the leaders of our industry. With its 17th edition this December, Marintec China will once again be Asia’s most significant biennial maritime trade fair. Our show was recently named one of the top Branded Exhibitions in Shanghai and this year’s show will be bigger than ever before.

With over 50,000 visitors and 1,650 exhibitors from 87 countries in 2011, Marintec China is clearly the must-attend event for the maritime sector. This year, our exhibitors list will include all our loyal friends from Europe, the US and Asian countries as well as first-time exhibitors, including some from Australia, Iceland and India.

Once again, concurrent with Marintec China, we will host the Senior Maritime Forum. This 4-day conference brings together shipbuilding’s thought leaders at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, under the heading “Green Technology, Transformation, Breakthrough”. There will be considerable opportunities for lively discussion, as well as high-profile keynote speakers and exceptional networking. Incidentally, this year all Marintec China visitors will be able to download and use our new mobile app, which visitors can conveniently access to show news and search exhibitors’ information.

Thank you once again for joining us today and we look forward to meeting you again in Shanghai in December!

Speech by Professor Zhang Shengkun, President of Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers:

Speech by Professor Zhang Shengkun President of Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers Marintec China 2013 Press Conference  6 September 2013

Respected Mr Michael Duck, Respected Chairman, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning,

First of all, please allow me, on behalf of the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (SSNAOE), to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your dedicated support to Marintec China, and for your kind attendance to the Press Conference today. It is our expectation that through your great efforts in deepening promotion and transmitting messages, more professionals in the maritime industry, and more friends from all walks of life will be attracted to all kinds of activities of Marintec China 2013.  We would be grateful if the journalists here could cover and report the event with all the enthusiasm it deserves.

Now I would like to take this opportunity to make a brief introduction of the main features of Marintec China 2013 and the related situation of maritime industry.


Due to the continuous uncertainty of the world economy, 2013 has become a challenging year in shipping market since the outbreak of the world financial crisis. With the reference of the overall forecasts of all countries, it is expected that while remaining difficult in 2013, the global ship market as a whole tends to be stable. The world demand on new building over will exceed 80 million DWT, and the turnover of three mainstream ship types accounts for 70% of the total.

At present, China’s shipbuilding industry is working hard to readjust its industrial structures, to change the patterns of production, and to implement the transformation and upgrading towards the high added value and high-tech sectors, so as to cope with the ever-intensified international competition. The figures released by China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry show the ships completed in China from January to June this year reached 20.6 million DWT.  In the meantime, China accepted new ship orders of 22.9 million DWT, an increase of 113.2% over the same period of the previous year, of which the orders for export ships were 21.04 million DWT, an increase of 163.3% over the same period of the previous year.  By the end of June, the orders on hand were 108.98 million DWT, of which the orders for export ships amounted to 95.14 million DWT. According to the statistics from Clarkson China’s ship completion, new ship orders and orders on hand made up 39.1%, 44.2% and 43.1% of the world market share respectively.

For a long period of time, the Chinese government has been paying great attention to the development of the shipbuilding industry. The 18th Congress of Communist Party of China particularly worked out a magnificent plan for building an ocean power. The Chinese leader recently stressed that to build an ocean power is an important part of building a socialist country with the Chinese characteristics. Not long ago the State Council has unveiled “Implementation Programs on Speeding up Structural Readjustment and Promoting Transformation and Upgrading of Shipbuilding Industry (2013 — 2015)”. This is another important strategy adopted by the Chinese new government to stimulate the stable growth of the shipbuilding industry by means of readjusting the structure and pushing forward the reform.  The high value paid by the top authority of the Chinese government and the issuing of “Implementation Programs” have not only indicated the correct directions for China’s shipbuilding industry, but also boosted the international ship market to revive.

In the past few days, the State Council approved “Program on China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone”.  The construction of Shanghai Free Trade Zone will undoubtedly give great impetus to controlling the rate of decline of China’s import and export trade, stabilizing the economic development, and stimulating the financial and shipping market.

Under the above-mentioned situation Marintec China 2013, one of the world top maritime events, will surely draw the worldwide attention.


Being the important part of Marintec China 2013, Senior Maritime Forum will be concurrently held from 2 to5 December.

The Main Forum, taken place from the afternoon on 2 December to 5 December in Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, which is adjacent to Shanghai New International Expo Center, will consist of 6 sessions namely “Keynote Speeches”, “Shipping and Port”, “Shipbuilding”, “Ocean Engineering”, “Marine Finance” and “Marine Equipment Technology Forum”.  The last session is mainly open to the exhibitors, and serves as a platform for networking between the equipment suppliers, purchasers and design institutes.  In the Main Forum around 50 Chinese and overseas government officials and global maritime organizations executives, as well as the top management and experts from the famous shipping, shipbuilding, ocean engineering and finance sectors will focus on the current maritime hot issues to share their prospective and authoritative insights with the audience. (For the introduction of speakers and the titles of their presentations, please refer to the news release.).

The Technical Forum will, on the other hand, feature the future technical development, advanced cutting-edge technology and technical innovation.  The scholars and experts from the Chinese and overseas maritime industry will center on the topics such as “Development and Design of Equipment and Ship Types of  Ocean Engineering”, “Marine Equipment Technology”, “Green Technology Standards” and “Green Innovation and Development” to present their papers, and to discuss with the participants.


Presently almost all the booths in the 6 exhibition halls (W3, W4 ,W5, N1, N2 and N3) rented by the organizers with the total space exceeding 70.000 sqm have been sold out.  The size of exhibition has been stably expanded this year, setting up a new record in the history.

The recent statistics reveal that 409 local exhibitors have registered for participation.  By adding the pavilions of Ministry of Transport, China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, Nantong Area and Zhoushan Area, the total space required has exceeded the available net space of W3, W4 and W5. From 24 April all new applications have been put in the waiting list, and as of 30 August over 50 companies were in the list. We would like to take this opportunity to urge the ambitious clients to register the exhibition as early as possible for the next edition, so as not to miss the chance again.

As compared with the past, you may find some changes with respect to the local exhibitors in the recent editions of Marintec China. With the rapid increase of private and local enterprises, they, by means of participating in the exhibition either in groups or individually, have occupied around half of space allocated for the local exhibitors, and become the strong supplement to the shipbuilding “National Team” formed by China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and others.

With regards to the arrangement of the local exhibitors, W5 is mainly for the pavilions of Ministry of Transport, China State Shipbuilding Corporation and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, and W4 is mainly allocated for the pavilions of Nantong Area, Zhoushan Area and other areas. W3 features marine diesel engines, safety at sea and pelagic fishery.

Marintec China keeps improving in its specialty categorization to further raise the professional level of the show. Compared with the exhibitor’s categorization of the previous edition, more efforts have been made in Marintec China 2013 to refine the categorization into 8 main groups and 112 sub-groups. Shipbuilding and ocean engineering are the main reference for categorization, and shipscrapping is added in categorization.  Owing to the fact that many exhibitors are involved with marine equipment manufacturing and create a high demand on categorization of marine equipment.

The quantity and quality of visitors are another important factor for a successful exhibition. The on-line pre-registration system for the visitors was launched in late July. In addition to inviting the VIP guests, the organizing committee is planning to organize 100 to 120 technical teams to arrange the targeted visits of the exhibition. Therefore, high security and professional customer care are also one of the top priorities for the on-site management. The organizing committee will prepare the comprehensive plans which cope with the new situation and new requirements. The plan can make the timely and flexible adjustment and arrangement, so as to ensure a safe and high efficient Marintec China 2013.

In addition to those mentioned above, Marintec China particular emphasis on the information flow. Apart from the above-mentioned pre-registration system for the visitors, the system for the conference delegates, media and exhibitors will be open one after another. It helps the participants to register quickly, to access conveniently, to network with the organizers timely and to receive the updated show information completely.

Friends, ladies and gentlemen, I trust Marintec China 2013 will offer more business opportunities to the Chinese and overseas friends. Please allow me, on behalf of the Chinese Organizing Committee, to warmly welcome you to participate in this grand gathering of the global maritime industry, and sincerely expect you to give publicity to the glorious achievements of the Chinese maritime industry and the latest fruits of the maritime technologies the world over, as well as to promote the maritime exchanges and win-win co-operation between China and the rest of the world, to cope with the impact of the financial crisis and to push the more harmonious and stable development of the international maritime industry.

Thank you very much for your attention.

For fair details, please contact:

Stella Fung
Event Director
UBM Asia Ltd 17/F, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2827 6211
Fax: (852) 3749 7347

Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers
21/F Bo Hong Tower
495 Jiangning Road
Shanghai 200041
Tel: (86) 21 5466 0311
Fax: (86) 21 6258 1223

For media enquiries, please contact:

Carmen Choy
Senior Marketing Communications Executive
UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2827 6211
Fax: (852) 3749 7347

Fan Cheng Yang
Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers
21/F Bo Hong Tower
495 Jiangning Road
Shanghai 200041
Tel: (86) 21 5466 0311
Fax: (86) 21 6258 1223

Source: Marintec China

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September 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

MED-EL Founder and CEO Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair to Receive Prestigious Lasker Award for Development of the Modern Cochlear Implant

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INNSBRUCK, Austria /PRNewswire/ — Worldwide hearing implant leader MED-EL Medical Electronics today announced that Founder and CEO Ingeborg Hochmair, PhD, has been selected to receive this year’s prestigious Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the development of the modern cochlear implant, a device that restores hearing to individuals with severe-to-profound deafness through electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. She will share the award with Graeme M. Clark (Emeritus, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) and Blake S. Wilson (Duke University, NC, USA). This highly-respected scientific award honors scientists whose contributions have improved the clinical treatment of patients. The award ceremony will take place in New York City on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Ingeborg Hochmair, a PhD in electrical engineering, is being recognized for her early contributions to the field of cochlear implants starting with the development of the world’s first multi-channel microelectronic cochlear implant that was implanted in Vienna in 1977. This implant included a long, flexible electrode, which could, for the first time, deliver electric signals to the auditory nerve along a large part of the cochlea, the snail-shaped inner ear. With a modified version of this device, the next milestone in cochlear implant development was reached in 1979: the understanding of words and sentences without lip-reading in a quiet environment via a small, body-worn sound processor. The young recipient, a pioneer herself because she devoted much of her time to cochlear implant research, has enjoyed open speech understanding via a small processor for the past 34 years. Intense and continuous innovation followed, including the development of the world’s first behind-the-ear (BTE) cochlear implant audio processor in 1991.
The next major advancement was the development of a high stimulation rate cochlear implant designed to faithfully implement a new speech coding strategy developed by Blake Wilson. From 1994 forward, this device took its users to the next level of performance. It became the first device with which the majority of postlingually deaf adults achieved more than 50% monosyllabic word understanding within 6 months after implantation as demonstrated in a multicenter clinical trial. This meant that the majority of those implanted could now have conversations over the phone about unknown topics with an unfamiliar speaker.
Respect for the cochlea and its delicate structures have guided Dr. Hochmair´s research and development activities towards a highly flexible electrode array preserving the delicate structures of the cochlea despite deep insertion into the cochlea.
During recent years, Dr. Hochmair and Wilson have collaborated on current topics such as the benefit of bilateral implantation, combined electric and acoustic stimulation, and of cochlear implants for single-sided deafness.
The cochlear implant was, and remains, the first replacement of a human sense, the sense of hearing. Dr. Hochmair’s intellectual rigor, pioneering spirit, and life-long drive toward excellence have transformed the lives of nearly 100,000 individuals around the world.
“Many of these achievements were attained with the shared commitment of my husband and closest collaborator, electrical engineer Erwin Hochmair, and with other outstanding partners, such as basic researchers, surgeons, clinicians, coworkers at MED-EL and, ultimately, the end-users of the devices,” said Dr. Hochmair.
Together with Prof. Erwin Hochmair, Ingeborg Hochmair founded MED-EL with a vision that would ultimately bring cutting-edge applications to life in more than 100 countries. The company is privately held, and Ingeborg Hochmair remains at the helm. Being CEO of MED-EL is not simply a job for Dr. Hochmair; it is her life. Helping people overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication was a founding principle of MED-EL and remains her mission and her passion. Improving the quality of life of patients continues to be a personal and professional core value that is lived every day through her leadership at MED-EL.
Dr. Hochmair and the entire MED-EL family extend congratulations to her fellow Research Award recipients, Graeme M. Clark and Blake S. Wilson.
“I am extremely gratified that our life’s work is being recognized in such a prestigious manner,” said Dr. Hochmair.
“However, I am even more pleased that this award will raise awareness for the entire field of cochlear implants and its importance as a treatment for small children born with severe-to-profound hearing loss, up to and including older adults who lose their hearing later in life. In so many ways, our work has just begun. Technological advances have accelerated our research at an unbelievable rate. We are on the threshold of breakthroughs that would have been considered dreams not long ago. After so many years, hearing restoration continues to be a miraculous field, and I still feel a sense of urgency to help improve the quality of life of deaf people. I am honored to have been a part of the development of this life-changing innovation, and look forward to continuing our strong tradition of advancing our technological and scientific foundation in the field of hearing implants for many years to come,” she continued.
For more information about the Lasker Awards, visit
About MED-EL
MED-EL Medical Electronics is a leading provider of hearing implant systems worldwide. The company was founded by Austrian scientists and industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, who together developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977. In 1990, they laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company when they hired their first employees. To date, the privately held company now has more than 1,500 employees around the world.
The cochlear implant was and remains the first replacement of a human sense, the sense of hearing. Today, MED-EL offers the widest range of implantable solutions worldwide to treat the various degrees of hearing loss, including cochlear, middle ear and bone conduction implant systems as well as a system for combined electric and acoustic stimulation.
MED-EL’s mission is to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication and quality of life. Individuals in approximately 100 countries enjoy the gift of hearing with a MED-EL Hearing Implant System.
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Thomas Herrmann
MED-EL Medical Electronics
Furstenweg 77a
A – 6020 Innsbruck
T: +43(0)512-28-88-89-182
Source: MED-EL

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September 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

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