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Avalanche of Hip Fractures to hit Asia Warns New IOF Report

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HONG KONG, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new report published today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) warns of a dramatic rise in osteoporosis-related fractures in the Asia-Pacific region. With a projected 230% and 144% increase in those aged over 70 years and 50 years respectively, the number of hip fractures are expected to at least double by 2050. Therefore, although populations may live longer their musculoskeletal health will be seriously compromised leading to disability, loss of independence and even early death. Socio-economic costs will also soar unless healthy active ageing is encouraged.
Hip fractures, which usually occur in the elderly aged over 70, are the most serious and costly of osteoporotic fractures. Most countries in Asia have already seen a 2-3 fold increase in hip fracture incidence over the past 30 years. The trend is expected to accelerate with 50% of all hip fractures in the world occurring in Asia by 2050. By then the population aged over 50 will almost double. China and India, the most populous countries in the world, will have almost 430 million people aged 70 or over by 2050.
Aside from the high cost of acute care, approximately 33% of patients are totally dependent on caregivers in the year following the fracture, and about one in five will die within the year. Urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region is also impacting on fracture rates, which are higher in urban settings with sedentary and indoor lifestyles contributing to widespread vitamin D deficiency and poor bone and muscle health.
Will health-care systems be able to cope with the projected need for acute and long-term care following hip fractures? To reduce death and disability, hip fracture patients require timely surgery and rehabilitation. In less economically developed regions of Asia, surgical care may not be available or reimbursed. In countries such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Pakistan less than 50% of hip fractures are surgically treated. A patient who must pay out of pocket for surgery may face impoverishment or, without surgery, extreme disability.
Prof. John A. Kanis, President, IOF, stated: “Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, and timely diagnosis and treatment is of paramount importance. IOF urges governments throughout Asia to step up prevention efforts. Osteoporosis and musculoskeletal diseases should be a priority issue on national health-care agendas.”
Specifically, the IOF report urges authorities to:
Address widespread vitamin D deficiency and low calcium levels in the population.
Encourage lifestyle prevention measures such as outdoor physical activity and smoking cessation.
Reimburse treatment so that people who have osteoporosis can reduce their risk of fracture.
Provide sufficient and accessible diagnostic services.
Devote resources to developing specialty training in osteoporosis for physicians.
Establish Fracture Liaison Services in clinics to help identify and offer treatment to fracture patients.
Promote research and fracture registries to find appropriate national solutions to the problem.
Raise public awareness about the importance of exercise and nutrition, especially among the younger population.
Access the IOF Asia-Pacific Regional Audit:
http://bit.ly/1dgbkgy
Production of the Audit was supported by unrestricted educational grants from GSK, Fonterra and Servier.
About IOF
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members include 216 societies, working together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide heath care priority. http://www.iofbonehealth.org
Charanjit K. Jagait
Communications Director
Tel: +41-22-9940102
Mob: +41-79-8745208
cjagait@iofbonehealth.org
Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation

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December 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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Darling International Inc. Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

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IRVING, Texas, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Darling International Inc. (NYSE: DAR), today announced that its underwritten public offering of 40,000,000 shares of its common stock was priced at $19.00 per share. The offering is expected to close on December 18, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, Darling has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 6,000,000 additional shares of Darling common stock.

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Darling intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to pay a portion of the consideration for the previously announced acquisition of the VION Ingredients division of VION Holding N.V., which is expected to close in January 2014, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, and related fees and expenses, or for general corporate purposes if the acquisition is not completed.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and BMO Capital Markets are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering and Avondale Partners is serving as co-manager. The shares will be issued pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A preliminary prospectus supplement related to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus related to this offering may be obtained from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: 1-866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316, or by emailing prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com, from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York, NY 11717, telephone: 1-631-254-1735 or from BMO Capital Markets, 3 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, phone: 1-800-414-3627 or by emailing BMOProspectus@bmo.com.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Darling

Darling International Inc. is the largest and only publicly traded provider of rendering and bakery residuals recycling solutions to the nation’s food industry. The Company recycles beef, poultry and pork by-product streams into useable ingredients such as tallow, feed-grade fats, meat and bone meal, poultry meal and hides. The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients. These products are primarily sold to agricultural, pet food, leather, oleo-chemical and biodiesel manufacturers around the world. In addition, the Company provides grease trap collection services and sells used cooking oil collection equipment to restaurants and collects and land applies industrial residuals. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://www.darlingii.com.

{This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business, operations and prospects of Darling International and its subsidiaries and industry factors affecting them that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. These statements are identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “begin,” “look forward,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” “estimate,” “continue,” “momentum,” “project,” “plan” and similar expressions and other words referring to events to occur in the future. These statements reflect Darling International’s current view of future events and are based on its assessment of, and are subject to, a variety of risks and uncertainties beyond its control, including:

volatility of ingredient prices and their potential impact on the prices of our raw materials, our products or commodities that may be used as substitutes for our products;
our continued ability to procure good quality raw materials for our products in adequate quantities;
energy prices for natural gas and diesel fuel, on which our operations are highly dependent;
the concentration of our revenue from a limited number of suppliers and customers;
certain of our operating facilities’ dependence upon a few suppliers or a single supplier;
global trends relating to meat and poultry consumption and their effect on raw material availability and demand for feed products;
the international nature of our operations, including exchange rate and exchange control risks, general economic and political conditions, tax-related risks and export or import requirements for, or restrictions related to, our products;
the risks associated with Diamond Green Diesel Holdings LLC, our 50%/50% renewable diesel joint venture (the “Joint Venture”) with Valero Energy Corporation, including the potential for operational issues at the Joint Venture’s renewable diesel plant, particularly in the early months of operation;
changes to worldwide government policies relating to renewable fuels and greenhouse gas emissions;
costs and liabilities associated with compliance with government regulations;
the impact of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, commonly referred to as “mad cow disease,” and other food safety issues on our business, including the implementation of related laws and regulations;
the occurrence of any disease correctly or incorrectly linked to animals, such as Bird Flu;
seasonal factors and weather which can impact the quality and volume of raw materials;
potential product liability claims or product recalls;
the continued service of key personnel;
our dependence upon the continued and uninterrupted operation of a single operating facility in certain markets;
our substantial level of indebtedness following the Transactions;
our ability to incur additional indebtedness;
the possibility of increased contributions to our multi-employer defined benefit pension plans and to pension and welfare plans generally as a result of government action, particularly in our facilities outside of the United States;
the occurrence of any material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting;
any impairments in our goodwill or other intangible assets;
the impact of terrorist attacks or acts of war;
potential work stoppages at our principal operating facilities, including due to labor union or works council issues;
the outcome of litigation and other legal proceedings against us;
any third party claims of intellectual property infringement against us;
decline in consumer confidence and discretionary spending;
regulatory agency approval and the satisfaction of other conditions for such completion of the VION acquisition;
the lack of control Darling has over VION Ingredients until completion of the VION Acquisition;
uncertainty about the VION Acquisition making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers;
our efforts to effectively integrate Darling’s business with Rothsay’s business and VION Ingredients’ business;
our ability to realize growth opportunities and cost synergies as a result of the Acquisitions;
our ability to effectively manage our expanded operations following the Acquisitions;
any future acquisitions or strategic alliances; and
the successful financing and consummation of the VION Acquisition and any future acquisitions

Each of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling International, its business and the industry in which it operates are referenced from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Darling International is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update, revise or publicly release the results of any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.}

For More Information, contact:

Melissa A. Gaither, Director of Investor Relations
251 O’Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300
Irving, Texas 75038
Phone: +1-972-717-0300
Source: Darling International Inc.
Related stocks: NYSE:DAR

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December 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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Recording Artist King Charles Releases Tribute Song For Nelson Mandela

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“LOV MADIBA” FEATURES KATIE MELUA AND NOISETTES VOCALIST SHINGAI SHONIWA
LISTEN/SHARE “LOV MADIBA”: http://www.official.fm/tracks/X4W0

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — King Charles, the London-based son of a former South African student activist, has written and released “Lov Madiba” a tribute to the legacy of the late leader Nelson Mandela featuring Katie Melua and vocalist Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes.

The release follows King Charles’ touching freedom tribute to Nelson Mandela which was published six months ago on YouTube. All net proceeds of the recording will benefit the Nelson Mandela’s Children Fund, a South African-based charitable organization founded by the great leader.

King Charles was raised in the generation that benefitted from Mandela’s revolutionary work. Though he was born in West London, he grew up with a deep appreciation for Mandela’s struggle. “Nelson Mandela has always been very close to my heart because my father was born and bred in the South African farmland, was at school during Mandela’s trial and became very active at University of the Witwatersrand as president of the student union in staunch opposition to the ruling apartheid regime.” He met Shingai Shonowai in the London music scene and invited her to collaborate on the song he penned last year as a birthday tribute to Madiba. The song brought together a core group from the London scene. Studio time was donated by Ally Horn of Sarm Studios.

King Charles has earned a devoted following in the UK. He opened for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park on July 6 and played a series of sold-out concert dates last year. He released his debut album Loveblood in 2012. King Charles is also a former member of the band Adventure Playground. In 2009, he received international acclaim after winning an International Songwriting Competition in Nashville that jumpstarted his career.

But it is South Africa that has inspired King Charles to bring attention to his family’s homeland and the stories his father told about the horrors of apartheid that have resonated with him — the laws forbidding integration of races, the spies, the secret police and the resistance Mandela inspired among students like his father. “I think it one of the great privileges of our lifetime to have shared a lifetime with Mandela and I would like to do all I can to keep his legacy very active. I think there is power in singing and shouting the name of freedom, and it is a role I think I can play in a very relevant struggle.”

This is the first release of the newly-formed record label The Cherry Party, a venture with Sony Music. To purchase “Lov Madiba” and benefit the Nelson Mandela’s Children Fund, please visit:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lov-madiba-feat.-katie-melua/id780143204

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lov-Madiba/dp/B00H9802JK/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386872167&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=king+charles+love+madiba?uo=4&at=10l4Be

Video with caption: “King Charles’ touching freedom tribute to Nelson Mandela on YouTube.” Video available at: http://youtu.be/cmzUMXNeI-M

Image with caption: “King Charles ‘Lov Madiba’.” Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131212/NY32933
Source: The Cherry Party / Sony Music

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December 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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A World First: Celebrity Photographer Dominic Khoo Retires from Art to Go into Finance

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nominated against his idol Annie Leibovitz — famed for her pregnant photograph of Demi Moore — for Asia Pacific Photographer of the Year, Dominic Khoo ended his career as a celebrity photographer in 2012. After he became Singapore’s most expensive living artist, he decided to concentrate fully on his other profession: investment-grade watches.
Khoo and his friends had made money from a decade of collecting and studying watches before deciding that “It’s About Time” to start The Watch Fund. It is a world first investment-structure that allows investors to actually wear top-level watches and sell them later for a profit.
At USD$16,000,000 assets under management in six months, The Watch Fund has garnered many supporters. “It can only exist now with this concept, connections, database and execution.” says Khoo. The idea of a watch fund is not original — a watch fund was started in Luxembourg a few years ago but in that system investors only held onto a statement of investment and were not allowed to wear the watches. “We need to have a ‘fun’ fund,” says Khoo. “Money making is not enough, fun must co-exist. If I can’t wear what I spent money on, then what’s the point? We wanted to create a whole new different kind of investment system.”
The Watch Fund partners make money during win-win situations for all involved parties. Stakeholders gain access to extreme limited editions and enjoy unheard-of price advantages. The fund even offers provenance pieces — timepieces that used to be worn by royalty and historical figures, capturing great moments of human history on the wrist.
So how does The Watch Fund work? The concept can be described with the scenario of a car fund. Let’s say that you want to drive and own a super car. You invest USD$250,000 in the car fund and they only take a 5% fee, giving you immediately a car to the lines of a Ferrari or a Bentley. You speed the car away. You attend the great events. You put the top down and let the wind through your hair. The person next to you kisses you on the lips. However, one day in the future you get sick of the car. The car fund would buy it back for more than USD$275,000. You can choose to take the cash profit or reinvest it to get an even more exclusive car. Of course, such a car fund does not exist.
But the exact same concept works for The Watch Fund — and it works well. Some investors have already experienced a 15% gain in just three months. Investors are told to expect a minimum return of 20% at the end of three years daily wear — whilst also the possibility of a 400% return in a few years. “For men that understand watches and finance — this is a no-brainer. Some even say it’s too good to be true!” says certified watch expert Khoo.
Since its foundation in February 2013, The Watch Fund has become a serious player in the international investment scene. The hook is simple: Typical millionaires would end up buying 15-20 watches in their lifetime whether it is for themselves as individuals, for business associates or for loved ones. Considering that 99.9% of watches bought at retail prices would end up losing the buyer money — why not make a portion of this investment-grade? Particular watches have an annual increment of up to 15%. Khoo and his partners are connected to the highest levels of the industry and use their unparalleled network to gain access to these pieces that sometimes even money cannot buy.
Dominic Khoo is a veteran in the watch industry, having trained with the world’s biggest watch auction house Antiquorum (Geneva, 1974). Subsequently, he worked in brand management for Girard-Perregaux and wrote as a journalist for world-class watch magazines. Khoo recently started up the watch auction arm for Spink (previously owned by Christie’s), the world’s oldest auction house (London, 1666).
During his 14-year experience of watch collecting, Khoo spoke on watches for several companies like The Hour Glass, UBS and Hermes. He was also given a royal warrant for watch-related and photography services by HRH Prince Hakeem Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam. “One truth I know to exist: Guys have nothing else wearable to buy except for watches. If you know you’re going to spend the money sooner or later — you better do it early,” Khoo says referring to Warren Buffett’s regret that at eleven years old — he had started investing too late. “With the price of skilled labour only going to go up in the watch industry — top-level watches will always rarer and more expensive”, he continues.
Contrary to public belief, Dominic Khoo was the only South-East Asian watch expert even before he started photography. The passionate watch collector was given a camera on his 28th birthday to take pictures of watches. He continued to take shots of celebrities wearing watches and eventually became a famous celebrity photographer. During his seven years of photography, he has photographed more than 150 international celebrities including actors like Nicolas Cage and Tony Leung, soccer star Zinedine Zidane and the Dalai Lama. Khoo built up his career as a certified watch expert at the same time, but it was more a silent passion contrary to the big spotlights and the red carpets. “I think it’s much easier to believe a 28-year-old is a famous photographer than a trained watch expert,” he admits laughing.
Dominic Khoo founded The Watch Fund and his art gallery 28th Fevrier with serial entrepreneur Simon Poon at their black-and-white space, the “Oozi Clubhouse” near Singapore’s famous Orchard Road. The Watch Fund is based in Singapore and Hong Kong. More information on http://www.thewatchfund.com.
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The Watchfund Pte. Ltd.
6 Kay Siang Road, Singapore 248924
Phone +65-6366-4642
Mobile +65-9361-9376
pr@thewatchfund.com
http://www.thewatchfund.com
Source: The WatchFund Pte Ltd

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December 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Focus on Green Practices and Regulation Compliance Drives Water and Wastewater Treatment in Textile and Leather Industry

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Asia-Pacific offers the highest market growth potential – In North America and Europe the market share is expected to grow significantly

LONDON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rising demand for textile and leather products is lending momentum to the water and wastewater treatment market in the global textile and leather industry. The growing importance of green practices and focus on reducing overall water footprint encourages the adoption of advanced treatment technologies. In addition, the need for the modernisation and upgrade of existing treatment facilities to fulfil strict legislations fuels market revenues.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.environmental.frost.com), CEO 360 Perspective on the Water and Wastewater Treatment Market in the Global Textile and Leather Industry, finds that the market earned revenues of $584.5 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $988.2 million in 2020.

“The extremely fragmented nature of the market currently impedes the implementation of integrated and sustainable water management practices,” said Frost & Sullivan Environmental Industry Analyst Paulina Blaszczyk. “However, the end-user market is expected to undergo rapid consolidation, which will reinforce the position of large-scale manufacturers and widen the scope for the use of water-efficient treatment technologies.”

Developing regions, especially the Asia-Pacific, will witness significant growth in textile and leather production, boosting investments in the water and wastewater treatment. However, the difficulty in enforcing environmental standards could curb the true potential of the market. Additionally, water is provided at an extremely affordable price in these parts of the world, and hence, proper water and wastewater treatment is not the key focus.

“Moreover, textile and leather manufacturers in developing regions prefer traditional treatment technologies such as filtration and chemical disinfection over advanced solutions like membrane filtration, slowing overall market development,” noted Blaszczyk.

In developed regions, such as North America and Europe, which are more willing to implement solutions related to advanced treatment and water-efficiency, the market share is expected to grow significantly.

“Nonetheless, providing innovative, customised and cost-effective treatment solutions that meet quality standards and reduce energy as well as chemical consumption will be crucial to sustain growth in this market,” observed Blaszczyk. “Treatment solution manufacturers must also expand their service portfolio or look for strategic partnerships to broaden their offering and meet client demand for comprehensive solutions.”

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an e-mail to Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at chiara.carella@frost.com, with your full contact details, company name and website, city, and country.

CEO 360 Perspective on the Water and Wastewater Treatment Market in the Global Textile and Leather Industry is part of the Environmental Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Water and Wastewater Treatment Market in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, European Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment Recycling Market, and Global Water and Wastewater Filtration Systems Market, CEO 360 Degree Perspective on the Global Membrane-based Water and Wastewater Treatment Market, and Global Water and Wastewater Disinfection Systems Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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December 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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High Investment in IT Applications Drives Rack and Rack Options Market in Europe, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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Nordic countries present highest opportunity due to the growth in data centres

LONDON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The adoption of emerging technologies such as digital media and mobile computing across industries will drive the demand for data transfer and storage, and ultimately, the rack and rack options market in Europe. Increasing investments in the data centre sector, especially IT outsourcing, will add to rack and rack options sales.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.powersupplies.frost.com), European Rack and Rack Options Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $925 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $1,313.2 million in 2017. The Nordic countries present the highest growth opportunity for the rack and rack options market in the region.

“With the escalating popularity of new technologies, the demand for high-density servers and blade servers has risen significantly,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy and Environmental Industry Analyst Gautham Gnanajothi. “The ensuing advancements and innovations in products from rack and rack option manufacturers will aid market development.”

However, decline in customer spending caused by the Eurozone crisis has affected market revenues to an extent. While many countries are seeing a turnaround, consumers continue to be cautious, postponing or even cancelling certain big projects or buying standard products to reduce expenditure.

As product differentiation becomes important to gain an edge in the highly competitive market, partnerships and alliances among rack and rack options manufacturers will gain prominence.

“Ensuring energy efficiency, monitoring, and modularity while offering high-end racks with integrated active components will be crucial to taste success since end users are looking for gradual capacity expansion,” noted Gnanajothi. “Improving customer awareness on high-end racks and intelligent power will help step up momentum in this dynamic European market.”

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an e-mail to Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at chiara.carella@frost.com, with your full contact details, company name and website, city, and country.

European Rack and Rack Options Market is part of the Power Supplies & Batteries Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Idea Labs Industry Scorecard for Power Generation, Global Uninterruptible Power Supplies Market, Central and Eastern European Uninterruptible Power Supply Market, European Battery Technologies for the Telecom Market, and Data Centre Infrastructure Solutions Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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E: chiara.carella@frost.com
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December 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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Mobile Communication Predictions for 2014: A Frost & Sullivan Perspective

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Next year will be a year of evolution rather than revolution

LONDON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — European mobile network operators (MNOs) have long been trying to shape their role in a digital society. According to Frost & Sullivan predictions for 2014, the biggest opportunity for MNOs will come in re-focussing business models to truly leverage their unique position in the communications value chain: as a network provider, device channel, digital service provider and – most importantly – a trusted custodian of valuable customer data.

“One of the main trends that will continue to gather pace is machine-to-machine (M2M); more than three-quarters of European MNOs will offer M2M in 2014,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Director, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), Adrian Drozd. Increasing competitive pressure will accelerate product development and innovation in industries such as Retail and Industrial Automation as MNOs aim to capture a bigger piece of the M2M opportunity beyond more traditional Automotive and Energy applications.

2014 is set to be the year when the focus of both IT buyers and providers shifts to the Internet of Things (IoT). The explosion of IoT activity in 2014 and beyond will be driven by the nexus of low cost sensors, connectivity networks, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility. The first issues that MNOs will address will be around reliable connectivity and enterprise grade cloud computing services. Without reliability and performance qualities, IoT adoptions will be disappointing and affect the overall pace of development.

“MNOs will also make greater use of their network assets and available data to apply analytics to enhance their role as digital service providers,” added Drozd. Big Data projects are increasingly being viewed as priorities. Demand for tools that can visualize the data gathered will increase in 2014 as organizations seek to improve evidence-based decision making. “The role that MNOs can play here relates back to their network and subscriber data that can be aggregated, anonymised and overlaid with relevant datasets for new applications. Eventually, we expect certain MNOs to successfully establish themselves as trusted custodian of data,” he said.

The demand for data, particularly from mobile devices, is placing increasingly burden on existing telecommunication networks. New applications, services and new visions such as IoT are likely to exacerbate this situation. While 2014 will see continued heavy investment in 4G infrastructure to meet the insatiable demand for data, telecommunication networks need a new approach, designed around capacity, energy efficiency and cost optimisation.

“Market leaders will emerge based on their willingness to embrace and adopt innovations in their network capabilities. Through superior network quality, MNOs will be able to avoid price wars, retain customers and eventually create broad customer satisfaction,” concluded Drozd.

If you would like to learn more on Frost & Sullivan predictions 2014 in mobile communications, please contact Joanna Lewandowska or Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at joanna.lewandowska@frost.com or chiara.carella@frost.com. Please include your full contact details in the query.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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December 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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Italian 3D Printing Service Bureau Expands Direct Manufacturing With Second Fortus 900mc 3D Production System From Stratasys

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— Directly 3D printing the final part enables Spring SRL to reduce its turnaround time by 66% and costs 50% compared to traditional methods such as CNC

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, today announced that Societa Progettazione Ingegnerizzazione SRL (Spring SRL) finalized the purchase of its seventh Stratasys’ Fused Deposition Molding (FDM) 3D Printer at EuroMold 2013, through Italian reseller, Technimold.
Spring SRL with Andy Middleton, Stratasys General Manager EMEA, ringing the bell following the purchase of their seventh Stratasys FDM 3D Printer
Spring SRL with Andy Middleton, Stratasys General Manager EMEA, ringing the bell following the purchase of their seventh Stratasys FDM 3D Printer

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Following several years of utilizing Stratasys FDM technology for prototyping, Spring SRL, Stratasys’ largest Italian FDM service bureau, decided to invest in a second Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production System to support its growing demand for directly manufactured parts including jigs and fixtures, and end-use parts.

“FDM technology has always been a core part of our service offering to customers as it allows us to produce tough parts that can endure the stress of functional testing,” explains Fabio Gualdo, co-founder and CEO of Spring SRL. “We purchased the Fortus 900mc to directly manufacture parts that would be impossible to produce with traditional technology and material, such as carbon fibre. Our customers across various industries have been amazed at the quality, speed and performance of 3D printed end-use parts and this was a key part of our decision to invest further in Stratasys’ Fortus Production Systems.”

70 Percent Manufacturing; 30 Percent Prototyping
Spring SRL offers the full range of Stratasys FDM materials, including ABS M30i and PC-ISO for medical modeling. At present, the company’s activities comprise 70% Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and 30% prototype parts for functional testing in a number of industries including, racing (20%), aerospace (18%) and medical (11%). The company’s prototyping and production 3D printers are working round the clock, totaling 42,000 hours per year; combining the FDM benefits with Spring SRL’s Engineering Department of over 10 years’ experience, gained over thousands of projects.

“As in so many industries today, deadlines are becoming shorter and shorter,” explains Gualdo. “3D printing, combined with our know-how and design skills, has helped us reduce our lead time significantly as we can make several design iterations to a product quicker than we ever could with traditional manufacturing process. We have also been able to save our customers money as no tooling is required and this has strengthened our reputation as the leading Italian service bureau.”

For the aerospace and racing industries, Spring SRL uses Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology to produce a number of parts including 3D printed, end-use armrests featured in a number of airplanes and vehicles. Directly 3D printing the final part enables Spring SRL to reduce its turnaround time by 66% and costs 50% compared to traditional methods such as CNC.

“When approached to produce the armrests, we instantly knew that the ULTEM 9085 material from Stratasys, with its high strength-to-weight ratio, would be the ideal material for this project,” says Gualdo. “The high performance material enabled us to reduce the weight of traditional armrests by 60%, a crucial factor in the aerospace industry.”

Andy Middleton, Stratasys General Manager EMEA adds: “The purchase of Spring’s seventh FDM Production System demonstrates its belief in FDM and its growing viability for manufacturing. We expect to see more and more customers using our technology to enter the world of direct manufacturing as they create the factories of the future.”

For further information on Stratasys 3D Printers and materials call:
USA +1-877-489-9449
Europe/Middle East/Africa +49-7229-7772-0
Asia Pacific +852 39448888

Spring SRL, headquartered in Monteviale (VI), Italy. Spring was established in 1998 as a business venture combining its founders’ mold and component designing expertise with Prototyping technology. Spring’s business core is engineering, consisting of a professional team technically updated thanks to a policy of continuous training. Our technicians work with the aid of advanced CAD/CAM/CAE tools such as Unigraphics NX, Pro Engineer, Femap. Market interpreting capacity has brought Spring to extend its range of services, including the rapid prototyping line to meet the needs of the most demanding clients. Now with its 7th purchased, Spring SRL confirms its leading position. Online at: http://www.springitalia.com

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJetTM 3D printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1700 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements regarding Stratasys’ beliefs, intentions and expectations, including without limitation statements regarding the development and performance of our products and the potential growth of our industry and market, are forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the United States federal securities laws). The statements involve risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk and uncertainty relating to Stratasys’ ability to penetrate the 3D printing market; its ability to achieve the growth rates experienced in preceding quarters; its ability to introduce, produce and market both existing and new consumable materials, and the market acceptance of these materials; the impact of competitive products and pricing; its timely development of new products and materials and market acceptance of those products and materials; the success of Stratasys’ recent R&D initiative to expand the DDM capabilities of its core FDM technology; and the success of Stratasys’ RedEye On DemandTM and other paid parts services. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ. These and other applicable factors are discussed in this presentation and in Stratasys’ Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012, as well as other filings that Stratasys, Inc. has made with the SEC and that Stratasys Ltd. has made and will make with the SEC in the future. Any forward-looking statements included in this presentation are as of the date they are given, and Stratasys is not obligated to update them if its views later change, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Stratasys’ views as of any date subsequent to the date they are given.

Stratasys Media Contacts
USA
Aaron Masterson
Weber Shandwick
Tel. +1-952-346-6258
AMasterson@webershandwick.com Europe
Jonathan Wake/Miguel Afonso
UK Bespoke
Tel: +44-1737-215200
stratasys@bespoke.co.uk Stratasys
Arita Mattsoff / Joe Hiemenz
Stratasys
Tel. +972-(0)74-745-4000 (IL)
Tel. +1-952-906-2726 (US)
arita@stratasys.com
joe.hiemenz@stratasys.com
Asia Pacific
Stratasys AP
Janice Lai / Vicki Kei
Tel. +852 3944 8818
Janice.lai@stratasys.com
Vicki.kei@stratasys.com Japan
Stratasys Japan
Aya Yoshizawa
Tel. +81 90 6473 1812
Aya.yoshizawa@stratasys.com Korea
Stratasys AP
Jihyun Lee
Tel. +82-10-3408-1609
jihyun.lee@Stratasys.com
Brazil
Tatiana Fonseca
GAD Communications
Tel: +55-11-3846-9981 tatiana@gadcom.com.br Mexico
Patricia Tawil
IDESA
Tel. +52-55-5253-9670 ptawil@idesap.com South Africa
Alison McDonald
PR Connections
Tel. +27-(0)11-468-1192
alison@pr.co.za
Source: Stratasys Ltd.
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December 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Low-Cost Wheel End Brake Components Increasing Penetration in the Aftermarket

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— Competitive pricing and high quality products essential to win back competition from low-cost imports

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The growing Mega Trend of urbanization and the consequent increase in vehicles in operation (VIO) has culminated in more stop-and-go traffic than ever before. This has lead to higher wear and tear in wheel end brake components, creating a strong case for the class 4-8 commercial vehicle wheel end brake components market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the North American Class 4-8 Commercial Vehicle Wheel End Brake Components Aftermarket, finds that the market earned revenue of $705.8 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $906.5 million in 2019. The research covers the product segments of drums, rotors, calipers, and wheel hubs. Among these categories, pneumatic drum brakes and hydraulic brake rotors are the primary revenue drivers.

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Jeannette Garcia, Corporate Communications, at jeannette.garcia@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

Despite being at a mature phase, the class 4-8 wheel end market is expected to grow on the heels of economic recovery, CSA 2010 compliance, and tighter regulations. High standards of fleet equipment and maintenance practices are in place to minimize accidents and protect cargo. This along with an aging truck population has increased the demand for aftermarket service and maintenance.

“Technological advancements with a focus on the reduction in weight and form factor along with the advancement in the safety and durability of future wheel end components are a must,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Industry Analyst Wallace Lau. “Such improvements could also arrest the tapering of profit margins caused by the increasing instability in the price and availability of steel and other inputs.”

Domestic manufacturers will do well to factor in the total cost of ownership when designing market positioning strategies. This will enable them to account for escalating fuel prices and transportation costs and help in securing higher margins and enhanced brand value.

“Furthermore, intense market competition from low-cost imports is pressuring domestic manufacturers to lower their prices to compete over the short-term,” explained Lau. “Domestic players are expected to implement strategic plans to combat this issue using a good-better-best product portfolio to meet the unique needs of all fleet price points, age of trucks, and needs.”

These premium, yet diversified product portfolios, coupled with competitive pricing strategies, are expected to meet the challenges posed by inadequate product differentiation, high price sensitivity, and the strong purchasing power of distributors. This, in turn, will drive distribution channel revenue in the original equipment service channel.

“Pricing, most of all, is the key competitive ingredient in a mature market,” noted Lau. “Outsourcing from low-cost regions is one sure way to enhance price competitiveness. However, it is essential to enforce rigorous assurance testing to protect brand integrity.”

Strategic Analysis of the North American Class 4-8 Commercial Vehicle Wheel End Brake Components Aftermarket is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Strategic Analysis of the North American Class 8 Used Truck Market, North American Brake Pads and Shoes Aftermarket, Strategic Analysis of Exterior Mounted Accessories in the North American Light Truck Aftermarket, and Opportunity Analysis of eRetailing for Automotive Parts and Service in the North American Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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December 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

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Export-Import Bank Board Adopts Revised Environmental Guidelines to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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WASHINGTON/PRNewswire/ — The board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) today adopted revisions to its environmental procedures and guidelines governing high-carbon intensity projects, aligning the Bank with President Obama’s goal of reducing carbon pollution, while maintaining the Bank’s focus on continuing to help create and support American export-related jobs.
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“No one has been more supportive of U.S. exports and the American jobs they produce and maintain than this Bank and this board. Since 2009, we have supported nearly 1.2 million jobs.” said Fred P. Hochberg, Ex-Im chairman and president. “We can’t do it, however, without considering the environmental costs associated with transactions.”
The revised guidelines adopted today require carbon capture and storage in most countries in order to secure Bank financing for coal-fired power plants, but would provide flexibility for the Bank with respect to the important energy needs of the poorest countries in the world.
The policy revisions were drafted by Ex-Im Bank staff and reviewed extensively by exporters, the public, leading environmental groups, the Administration and other federal agencies through an extensive and transparent vetting process.
“The Bank engages in an important balancing act — in supporting our exporters, we have to weigh the potential impacts on the environment associated with our financing,” Hochberg said. “This balancing act is a Congressional mandate, is a directive in our Charter, is part of our mission and it is something we at the Bank take seriously.”
Hochberg noted that: “Our proposed guidelines would balance the Bank’s obligations to its many different stakeholders and also its efforts to support the growth of export-related U.S. jobs.”
“Without guidelines or limits, ever-increasing numbers of new coal plants worldwide will just continue to emit more carbon pollution into the air we breathe,” said Hochberg. “But America cannot do this alone. I strongly support the Administration’s efforts to build an international consensus such that other nations follow our lead in restricting financing of new coal-fired power plants.”
Ex-Im has been a leader among the world’s export credit agencies (ECAs) in adopting measures to protect the environment while financing exports.
In 1995 the Bank was the first ECA to adopt environmental procedures and guidelines governing its export financing.
In 1999 the Bank began tracking and publicly reporting projected carbon emissions produced by projects it financed. Even today Ex-Im is the only ECA that tracks and reports carbon emissions.
In 2009 the Bank approved a formal carbon policy, and in 2010 it approved supplemental guidelines for high-carbon intensity projects.
The guideline revisions approved today are not designed to impact mining projects or coal exports produced by American coal miners. Ex-Im staff have worked with other agencies to ensure that the flexibility of these guidelines would be consistent with those of other federal agencies.
In addition to approving the revisions to its environmental guidelines, the board today approved several transactions that together will support more than 11,200 U.S. export-related jobs.
ABOUT EX-IM BANK:

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.
Ex-Im Bank approved $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 – an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6.1 billion directly supporting small-business export sales – also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank’s total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit http://www.exim.gov.
Source: Export-Import Bank of the United States

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