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How Sustainable are the Resources (Fibers, Energy, Water) in Tissue paper?

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Greenpeace, WWF, Kimberly-Clark, SCA, IKEA and other sustainability experts at Tissue World Sustainability Summit in Miami on March 19-21.

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Tissue is based on a F-E-W (fibers, energy, water) resources.

Tissue paper products like bathroom and facial tissue, napkins and kitchen towels are part of an $80 billion global business which fundamentally uses three basic resources: Fibers, Energy and Water, appropriately abbreviated as F-E-W.
Sustainability is the future
Sustainability is the future

Wood fibers are by far the most important material in tissue making, accounting for around 60% of costs. Today, most of the fibers come from very responsible sources, 50% originating as primary fibers in very well-managed sustainable forests, plantations, and tree farms, and the other 50% from secondary fiber recycled from recovered paper. Water is another major natural resource used in making the tissue. The amount used and the quality of water discharged could be controversial issues from sustainability perspectives. The last important resource is the energy, which can be more or less sustainable depending on the source.

Environmental Sustainability issues like these are rapidly rising on the radar screen for consumers and NGOs, as well as retailers, distributors and manufacturers. The fact is that tissue products are mostly responsibly produced, but the raw material inputs can sometimes be controversial.

The first-ever Tissue Sustainability Summit at Tissue World Miami on March 20 in Miami Beach will discuss key questions about tissue making and sustainability, and will welcome sustainability-minded tissue professionals from manufacturers, retailers, and distributors.

Two respected sustainability advisors will lead the Summit

Five years ago Suhas Apte and Thomas Bergmark were, unbeknownst to each other, on opposite sides of a forest/wood fiber conflict that Greenpeace had catalyzed by attacking Kimberly-Clark’s Kleenex brand for what it called destruction of old growth forests. Both have served as Vice Presidents of Sustainability, Thomas at IKEA and Suhas at K-C.

During the conflict that went from 2005 to 2009 Greenpeace came to IKEA and explained their concerns. IKEA, with its top-notch environmental profile, stopped buying K-C products for several years after explaining what it expected and promising to restart K-C business when the expectations where fulfilled. Suhas came in to his role around 2009 and since then K-C and Greenpeace have established a mutually respectable relationship. And IKEA restarted buying from K-C thanks to the collaboration it established with Greenpeace.

Now both gentlemen, who until now have never met, are in different roles as Sustainability Advisors to various groups. There are perhaps no two more-appropriate people on Earth that could be chosen to lead the first-ever Tissue Sustainability Summit.

Besides the Sustainability and Environmental topics, a wide variety of other, extremely pertinent tissue subjects will also be covered as part of the World’s Largest Conference and Tradeshow for the Tissue Paper Products business. Here are a few of those topics:

The Market Balance between Big Brands and Private Labels. Why is Europe different?
New Innovations like NTT, ATMOS and ADT Tissue Making Technology
The Growing Global Trade and Imports in Tissue
New Products and Packaging Innovations
Changing Consumer Buying Habits and the Influence of E-Commerce.
and much more

For more information visit or contact us at

Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65-6592-0886
Source: Tissue World – UBM

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January 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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AMRI to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AMRI (NASDAQ: AMRI) today announced it will issue fourth quarter and full year financial results before the opening of the market on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Following the release of its results, the company will host a conference call and simultaneous audio webcast at 10 a.m. ET.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 888-401-4669 (domestic calls) or +1-719-785-1753 (international calls) at 9:50 a.m. ET and entering passcode 8013552. The audio webcast will be available live via the Internet and can be accessed on the company’s website at Replays of the audio webcast can also be accessed for up to 90 days after the call via the investor area of the company’s website at

About AMRI

Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI) is a global contract research and manufacturing organization offering customers fully integrated drug discovery, development, and manufacturing services. For over 22 years AMRI has demonstrated its adaptability as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have undergone tremendous change in response to multiple challenges. This experience, a track record of success and locations in the United States, Europe and Asia now provides our customers with SMARTSOURCING™, a full range of value-added opportunities providing customers informed decision-making, enhanced efficiency and more successful outcomes at all stages of the pipeline. AMRI has also successfully partnered R&D programs and is actively seeking to out-license its remaining programs for further development. For more information about AMRI, please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter (@amriglobal).
Source: AMRI

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January 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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CenturyLink Technology Solutions uses IO technology to open multi-megawatt data centers in Phoenix market

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– Deal expands hosting footprint of CenturyLink into new market, provides clients with capacity based on IO’s Intelligent Control® technology platform

MONROE, La. and PHOENIX, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and IO today announced a strategic agreement to expand the CenturyLink Technology Solutions colocation footprint using IO’s Intelligent Control technology platform, with initial deployments at IO Phoenix and nearby IO Scottsdale.


CenturyLink Technology Solutions, which formerly operated under the name Savvis, will enter the Phoenix market as a hosting and colocation provider, making up to 9 megawatts of additional capacity available to its clients through rapidly deployable IO technology. CenturyLink has a deep understanding of the Phoenix market, where it maintains a substantial network services business and employs more than 1,700 employees.

The IO Intelligent Control technology platform consists of IO.Anywhere® data center modules and the integrated IO.OS® data center operating system, which provides integrated control, data collection and business intelligence across data center infrastructure, IT equipment, applications and users of the data center. In the CenturyLink data center space, IO’s technology will be complemented by CenturyLink’s broad set of colocation, managed services, cloud and network offerings. Clients will also gain access to CenturyLink’s ClientConnect, an online gateway for businesses to expand their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across CenturyLink’s global data center footprint.

“CenturyLink continues to invest in expanding our global data center footprint into key markets like Phoenix and extending our hosting capabilities through new technologies like IO’s Intelligent Control platform,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “The pioneering IO technology enhances our product mix with the latest options for delivering flexible hybrid IT solutions. IO’s energy-efficient data center technology platform can be deployed just-in-time, helping us to preserve capital and enabling our clients to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.”

“With its immense global footprint, world-class data center capabilities and Savvis legacy, CenturyLink Technology Solutions is a major force in the industry,” said George D. Slessman, IO chief executive officer and product architect. “We believe CenturyLink’s substantial commitment to IO technology further validates that our Intelligent Control platform can meet the demands of large-scale, global service providers.”

“Armed with IO’s prefabricated modular technology and proprietary data center operating system, CenturyLink is rounding out its digital infrastructure offering by combining a sophisticated, agile and intuitive data center platform with its deep stack of IT services, optimizing customer scalability and management capabilities,” said Michael Levy, data centers senior analyst at 451 Research.

This strategic agreement with IO follows recent CenturyLink announcements regarding investments in its hosting capabilities, including the acquisitions of Tier 3 and AppFog and data center construction projects in Toronto and Minneapolis. CenturyLink operates more than 50 data centers worldwide, with more than 2.5 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit

About IO
IO is a global leader in software-defined data centers and has pioneered the next generation of data center infrastructure technology. IO’s integrated hardware and software data center technology platform offers enterprises, governments, and service providers an innovative way to deploy, provision, and optimize data center capacity anywhere in the world. IO technology lowers the total cost of data center ownership compared to traditional data centers, enabling dynamic deployment and intelligent control based on the needs of IT equipment and applications in the data center. For more information, visit

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Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this communication, including statements regarding the expected benefits of the acquisition such as efficiencies, cost savings, enhanced revenues, growth potential, market profile and financial strength, and the competitive ability and position of the combined company, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: the possibility that the anticipated benefits cannot be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that costs or difficulties related to integrating the companies will be greater than expected; the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel; the timing, success and overall effects of competition from a wide variety of competitive providers; the risks inherent in rapid technological change; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry; the ability of the combined company to effectively adjust to changes in the communications industry and to successfully introduce new product or service offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings; changes in our future cash requirements; and other risk factors and cautionary statements as detailed from time to time in CenturyLink’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should be aware that new factors may emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to identify all such factors nor can we predict the impact of each such factor on the acquisition or the combined company. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Unless legally required, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Source: CenturyLink, Inc.
Related stocks: NYSE:CTL

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January 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Global Music Sensation Pitbull Featuring International Superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazil’s Own Claudia Leitte as FIFA World Cup 2014(TM) Official Song

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— “We Are One (Ole Ola)” will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte on June 12, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that “We Are One (Ole Ola),” by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte, has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. The song will be performed by Pitbull, together with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo.


“I’m honored to join Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together,” says Pitbull. “I truly believe that this great game and the power of music will help unify us, because we are best when we are one.”

“I grew up in a house that loved futbol, so I am thrilled to be performing at the World Cup Opening Ceremonies with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte,” says Jennifer Lopez. “This is an amazing celebration of global unity, competition and the sport.”

“I am very happy and thrilled to represent my country at the FIFA World Cup alongside these two amazing artists who I admire and respect. I love sharing my culture and country to people through music!” says Claudia Leitte. “The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest events on the planet, and I look forward to dancing samba with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez in Brazil – we are one!”

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said, “FIFA and Sony Music are extremely excited to share the impressive talent of Claudia Leitte with the world, alongside such internationally celebrated artists as Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. In my many visits to this country I’ve seen and heard a lot about the great Brazilian music tradition and it gives me great pleasure to see a Brazilian artist at the heart of this song. I’m sure, like me, millions of football and music fans all over the world will be eagerly awaiting the song’s release.”

“We Are One (Ole Ola)” will debut later this year ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, and will be included on the upcoming “Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album™” to be released by Sony Music Entertainment.

A video for “We Are One (Ole Ola)” is also in development and will be available in standard definition as well as in 4K.

About Pitbull
Miami-native Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305 is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. An international sensation, Pitbull has #1 hits in more than 15 countries, and he has charged out of the gate this year on top, scoring the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. He gets close to 1 billion impressions per month on social media and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times; the music video for the single “Give Me Everything” has alone received over 300 million views on YouTube and Pitbull’s first #1 radio hit. His world tour sold out concerts in United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China and Japan. Pitbull’s latest album release Global Warming features massive hit singles “Feel This Moment” featuring Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party” which followed his 2 million plus selling single “Back In Time.” On November 25, 2013, Pitbull released a deluxe edition titled Global Warming: Meltdown which includes hit single “Timber” featuring Ke$ha along with 4 other brand new collaborations with Kelly Rowland, Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and Inna. Global Warming is the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Pit, which earned critical acclaim and enjoyed massive commercial success with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 19 million singles.

About Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, and entertainer who has established herself in both music and film. She is a successful recording and touring artist with record sales in excess of $75 million and a cumulative box office gross of over $2 billion. Lopez is one of the most influential female artists in history. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named Forbes magazine’s most powerful celebrity and People Magazine’s first Most Beautiful Woman in the world. Jennifer Lopez is a global icon and the ultimate triple threat.

About Claudia Leitte
Claudia Leitte is a successful Brazilian musician and superstar, recognized for her talent, performance style, innovation, and charisma. In a little over a decade, Claudia Leitte has become one of the biggest names in Brazilian music, having won major Brazilian music awards and boasting over 15 million social media followers. In 2003, Claudia Leitte began her career as the lead vocalist for a local band in Bahia, in the northeast area of Brazil and the center of Carnival, a celebration which attracts over 3 million people annually. In 2008, Claudia began her solo career with the release of her debut album entitled “Ao Vivo em Copacabana.” The live album and concert DVD filmed on the legendary Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of an audience full of over 1 million fans, was a massive success, selling over triple platinum status, and transforming Claudia in a Brazilian pop star. Her second album, “As Mascaras,” received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Album. 2012 was particularly meaningful for Leitte, with the release of her critically-acclaimed album “Negalora-Intimo.” That same year she served as a mentor on Brazilian TV show “The Voice.” Claudia recently released a new album entitled “Axemusic,” a tribute to Axe, the rhythmic style that is the basis of her musical style.

About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

About FIFA
The Federation Internationale de Football Association is the world governing body of football, comprising 209 football associations grouped into six confederations. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA’s mission is to develop the game of football at all levels, to touch the world through competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™ and to use the power and popularity of football to build a better future for the underprivileged. For the Game. For the World.
Source: Sony Music Entertainment

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January 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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Japonica Partners Releases Details on “A New Era in Sovereign Accounting” Thought Leader Symposium

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— New era sovereign accounting is one of the highest impact action items in 2014 –

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Japonica Partners (“Japonica”) releases details on “A New Era in Sovereign Accounting: Better Numbers, Better Performance” global thought leader symposium. The Symposium is to be held on February 17, 2014 at the InterContinental Hotel in London and via closed video webcast. Japonica stated:

“New era sovereign accounting is one of the highest impact action items in 2014 for all stakeholders, especially institutional investors and fiduciaries.”

The Symposium will feature two keynote speeches: (1.) A New Era in Global Sovereign Accounting: Better numbers, better performance, and (2.) New Era in Sovereign Accounting Formula for Greece. Japonica explained:

“For Greece, the new era in sovereign accounting formula is: adopting world-class GAAP now = an A+ debt-to-GDP metric less than 100% now = extraordinary growth now.”

Additionally, there will be global thought leader discussion on the following eight topics:
1. Adopting world-class accounting 5. Reflecting economic reality
2. Best-in-class financial reporting 6. Benefits to institutional investors
3. Improving decision-making 7. Rating agency responsibilities
4. Increasing accountability 8. Investment bank responsibilities

Thought leaders include: Dr. Ian Ball (Chairman, CIPFA International and former CEO of IFAC), Prof. Dr. Andreas Bergmann (Chairman of IPSASB), WP/StB Thomas Muller-Marques Berger (Global Leader for Public Sector Accounting at Ernst and Young), Dag Dyrdal (former Chief Strategic Relations Officer of NBIM), Sheila Fraser (former Auditor General of Canada), Paul B. Kazarian (Chairman and CEO of Japonica Partners), Hon. Ruth Richardson (former Finance Minister of New Zealand), and Prof. Dr. Frans van Schaik (Global Public Sector Audit Leader at Deloitte).

Institutional Investor magazine is the sole media sponsor for the Symposium.

Japonica noted:

“It is a new world in sovereign bond investing with the smartest institutional investors, rating agencies, and financial advisors encouraging sovereigns to adopt world-class GAAP.”

Japonica released details via a two-page section one centerfold notice in the January 27, 2014 Financial Times. Symposium attendance is by invitation only. Interested parties may contact the lead organizer, Japonica Partners, for an invitation. The Symposium is one event in a campaign supported by Japonica Partners to see sovereigns, especially Greece, adopt and publish world-class GAAP financial reports. Japonica’s “Greece is A+” campaign began in November with a call-to-action in major publications worldwide to public policy makers in Athens, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Washington, D.C.

Japonica Partners is an entrepreneurial investment firm that makes concentrated investments in underperforming global special situations. Japonica is not a fund, nor does it provide investment advice.

Contact: Japonica Partners, Christopher Magarian, NewEra[@], +1-401-861-6160
Source: Japonica Partners

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January 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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Gübelin Group reaffirms support for JNA Awards 2014

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Joins Rio Tinto, Chow Tai Fook, Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group and Shanghai Diamond Exchange as Partners

HONG KONG, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JNA (Jewellery News Asia) announced that the Gubelin Group, known for its fine jewellery that merges Swiss goldsmith craftsmanship with precious gemstones, and its world-renowned scientific gemstone laboratory, is returning for the second year in a row as an Honoured Partner of the JNA Awards 2014.
Raphael Gubelin, CEO and Board Member of the Gubelin Group, Switzerland
Raphael Gubelin, CEO and Board Member of the Gubelin Group, Switzerland

The Swiss-based company joins Headline Partners Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook, and fellow Honoured Partners Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group and Shanghai Diamond Exchange in supporting one of the industry’s most important and much-anticipated events. Organised by JNA, the JNA Awards honours the innovators and leaders of the international jewellery trade in manufacturing, branding, retailing, best business practice, innovation, sustainability and outstanding contribution with a focus on their contribution in Asia.

During its inaugural edition in 2012, the JNA Awards conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award to former De Beers Group Chairman Nicky Oppenheimer as recognition for his significant and fundamental contributions to the industry.

In 2013, the Awards recognised 16 recipients across 16 categories at a ceremony and gala dinner attended by over 500 industry luminaries at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. Industry pioneers Leung Sik Wah and Wallace Chan led the recipients as they were feted with the “Lifetime Achievement” and “Outstanding Contribution of the Year” awards, respectively, for their distinguished service and accomplishments.

The JNA Awards 2014 will be held on September 16, 2014 during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the world’s number one fine jewellery event.

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “We are very pleased to welcome back Gubelin’s firm support for the JNA Awards. Their deep commitment to top quality and professionalism not only brings lustre to this most anticipated event, it also strongly emphasizes the Awards’ reputation as a platform for raising the standard and quality of the jewellery and gemstone industry.”

Raphael Gubelin, CEO and Board Member of the Gubelin Group said, “We are very delighted to continue to support JNA Awards 2014. For Gubelin, the Awards marks one of the most important events of the year for the jewellery industry. It’s not only a place to meet friends and partners to strengthen relationships, but also a night where the industry’s biggest movers celebrate. And that motivates companies and their employees to constantly evolve and excel.”

Headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, Gubelin is a family-owned business now led by sixth-generation members with operations covering jewellery manufacturing and retail. It has eight boutiques in key locations across Switzerland selling jewellery and watches, and one boutique each in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong focused on selling only jewellery pieces. Last year, Gubelin enhanced its presence in Hong Kong by inaugurating its VIP Salon in Gloucester Tower at The Landmark and opening the Gubelin Academy that offers courses aimed at trade professionals, private clients and connoisseurs of coloured gemstones.

The group also operates its world-renowned Gubelin Gem Lab, one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, widely trusted on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.

For more information regarding the JNA Awards, including the full list of 2013 recipients, please visit

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA

JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone and jewellery-making equipment, and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent of the Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, a leading jeweller in the Mainland of China, Hong Kong and Macau, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011 and has become the world’s largest pure-play jeweller by market capitalisation. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index. Its principal products are mass luxury jewellery and high-end luxury jewellery products including gem-set jewellery, gold product, and platinum and karat gold product, and watch.

The Group’s iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” and long-standing history of over 80 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of its business. The Chow Tai Fook brand is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value.

The Group has an extensive retail network, with over 1,950 points of sale in more than 400 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia. It also has a growing presence in e-commerce. The Group’s vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive retail network.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Gubelin Group (

Since 1854 the name Gubelin has stood for the very highest standards in gemstones, jewellery and watches. With its selection of most sought-after timepieces and jewellery of its own design, the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, St. Moritz, Lugano and Geneva. Last November, Gubelin Jewellery established its presence in Hong Kong.

Besides the jewellery boutiques and the Gubelin Ateliers, the group also includes its newly-established Academy and its world-renowned Gemmological Laboratory. The Gubelin Gem Lab is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, relied on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres, and the Israeli diamond industry has an illustrious history dating back to the late 1930s.

IDI works for the benefit of Israel’s diamond industry in the areas of marketing and business promotion, international communications, R&D, rough sourcing, professional training, publishing and security consultancy. IDI is responsible for industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions, receptions, press conferences and other events at these fairs.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.3 KARP Group (

With over four decades of experience and expertise in the diamond trade, KARP caters to international luxury brands. Apart from being a DTC Sightholder, the group is recognised as an “institution” in the industry, using the most technologically advanced manufacturing systems in the business. KARP manufactures a huge array of products, from 0.005-carat goods to stones weighing 10 carats and above.

It excels in the production of certified fine makes, fancy-cut goods and fancy coloured diamonds. The manufacturer is one of the few companies that has achieved up to 5-micron precision in diamond manufacturing.

3.4 Shanghai Diamond Exchange

Authorized by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under closed management. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with the international practice of diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

4. About UBM Asia

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser 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 presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 60 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

For more information, contact:

UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
Source: UBM Asia Ltd

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January 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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Materialise Announces Latest Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Materialise is proud to bring the latest instalment of its Asia-Pacific regional conferences to India: Radisson Blu, Dwarka, New Delhi, 13th to 14th February 2014.

This is the latest in a series of conferences which promotes cutting-edge developments in the additive manufacturing (AM) arena. It brings together key opinion leaders and industrial experts to discuss the regional growth potential of 3D printing. The first installment, held in Malaysia on 14th June 2013, featured an exclusive 3D printed fashion show by Asia’s leading fashion icon Melinda Looi. This was followed by a strategic meeting of minds at the Belgian Embassy, Tokyo, on 3rd September 2013, which culminated in an exciting exhibition of innovative 3D prototypes including one from Toyota.

The Materialise India Conference highlights:

Advancements in Custom Device Manufacturing and “Rethinking Creative Design Learning for Additive Manufacturing” by Dr Jennifer Loy, Griffith University, Australia
Specialised tracks on Industrial Revolution 2.0 and Engineering on Anatomy with speakers from Tata Motors (India), CSIRO (Australia), Queensland University (Australia), IIT Delhi (India) and Stryker amongst others
World’s first 3D Print and Cricket Challenge


Key Decision Makers: C-belt Executives, Directors, Strategic Buyers, Development Managers
Users: Design Directors, Quality/Biomedical Engineers, Surgeons and Clinicians
Educators: Researchers, Academicians
Regional trade, official bodies and chambers of commerce

This conference is an ideal platform to exchange critical insight and draw expertise from key opinion leaders and industrial experts. To view the Event Programme, visit

To attend or for more enquiries please provide your full name, designation and organisation contact details to Miss Melissa Chong at Kindly note that conference seats are limited and will be confirmed on a first contacted, first served basis.

For more information:

Melissa Chong
APAC Marketing Manager, Biomedical Engineering
Materialise Malaysia
T: +60-3-7724-1415
Source: Materialise Sdn Bhd

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January 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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