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Top Designers at APLF – MM&T’s “Live in Leather” Exhibit

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APLF – Materials, Manufacturing and Technology
31 March – 2 April 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

HONG KONG, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — An international team of designers will be at the forefront of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Materials, Manufacturing & Technology (MM&T), the world’s biggest leather fair to be held from March 31 to April 2, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Bicycle in white leather designed by Pharrell Williams
Bicycle in white leather designed by Pharrell Williams

Bicycle in white leather designed by Pharrell Williams
Bicycle in white leather designed by Pharrell Williams

Leather Skateboard by Greg Hervieux
Leather Skateboard by Greg Hervieux

Fair organiser, APLF Limited, kicks off its 30th year in the service of the global leather industries with a special display, dubbed “Live in Leather”, that will show leather-based products developed by designers eager to explore new ways of using this noble material in furniture, house ware and lifestyle products. This special exhibit is intended to inspire designers and manufacturers to creatively utilise leather as a material and to stir the interest and imagination of buyers and consumers.

Hong Kong-based French designer Laur Meyrieux has been named curator of the exhibit. Meyrieux has designed numerous projects involving brand identity, interior design and exhibition design. Her extensive client list includes Hermes in Japan and Hong Kong for exhibition and show window design, as well as the prestigious retail boutiques of Restir in Japan.

For “Live in Leather”, she has invited designers from England, France and Hong Kong to create beautiful leather design vignettes. Meyrieux will be presenting 8 of her own designs in the exhibition, including furniture and objects.

“I have long been passionate about leather – the quality and richness of this material, the wide variation of finishes and its special sense of touch. Leather has always inspired me in my projects,” said Laur, “leather is an ‘alive’ material offering variations of softness and patina to an object.”

Many other renowned designers / design studios have also confirmed their participation in “Live in Leather” including Englishman Bill Amberg. Bill designed leather goods for major brands such as Paul Smith, Donna Karan and Romeo Gigli before opening his own London store in 1996. He is noted for his interior design work, marked by the use of leather panelling, floors and furniture.

Timothy Oulton is a British furniture brand named after its founder and creative director. After leaving school at 18, Timothy Oulton began working for his father’s business, “Halo Antiques”. Timothy eventually took the helm at Halo and repositioned the company to focus on the recreation of antique pieces with a modern viewpoint. Halo recently opened a store in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Domeau & Peres is the collaborative enterprise of master craftsmen Bruno Domeau and Philippe Peres who joined forces in the early 90’s, bringing together their respective proficiency in saddling and upholstery. The Domeau & Peres furniture line is made in collaboration with established contemporary designers.

For the “Live in Leather” exhibit, Domeau & Peres will be presenting a number of interesting pieces including a bicycle in white leather designed by Pharrell Williams, a popular American singer turned fashion designer; a limited edition armchair in silver birch and leather by Nathalie Crasset, and a leather skateboard by Greg Hervieux.

Kong Kong-based designers, Stefano Tordiglione, Elsa de Dieu, Mountain Yam, and Karmen from Galaxy Tattoo, will also showcase their designs at the exhibition.

An interesting facet of “Live in Leather” is the participation of MM&T exhibitors who are providing the leathers required to create the prototypes. The leather sponsors include Atlantic Leather from Iceland, Nova Kaeru from Brazil, Zhenug-I Leather from Taiwan, Wipelli from Italy, and Leaton Leather and Fordrich Limited, both leather traders from Hong Kong. Timothy Oulton’s Halo group has signed up to provide furniture production for “Live in Leather” ‘s team of designers.

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Notes to Editors

About APLF Limited

APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About SIC Group

SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With nine shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.

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, Guzhen 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.

About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM’s Twitter.

For fair details, please contact:

Ms Perrine Ardouin, Director

For media enquiries, please contact:

Mr Mander Huang, Marketing Manager

Ms Chi-On Kwok, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building,
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2827-6211
Fax: +852-2827-7831
Source: APLF Limited

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January 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds ClearEdge Power for its Leadership in Capturing Market Share and Expanding Market Reach

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— Recent acquisition made company a fuel cell market powerhouse

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the stationary fuel cell market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ClearEdge Power with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. ClearEdge Power is driven by quality, innovation, and customer value. It has become one of the market leaders in the North American stationary fuel cell market in terms of overall growth, system efficiency, and market penetration through strategic acquisition.

ClearEdge Power’s visionary leadership propels its strong growth in the fuel cell industry. The company leapfrogged into the upper strata of the market by acquiring UTC Power in early 2013. This acquisition provided it with a technological edge, intellectual capital and more than 50 years of accrued expertise in the fuel cell market, allowing it to deliver clean and continuous power solutions.

“The acquisition helped ClearEdge Power achieve its long-term strategy and vision of offering novel products and superior customer services across end-user segments in the North American fuel cell market,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Rajalingam Chinnasamy. “It altered the company’s image as a fuel cell manufacturer for residential and small commercial end-user segments to that of a manufacturer with diverse product offerings for all end-user segments, including utilities and industrial customers.”

ClearEdge Power mastered the art of merging its smaller fuel cell systems with UTC Power’s large power fuel cell systems to offer a complete product. It also exhibited leadership and implementation excellence throughout the change management process, which is evident from its recent announcement of a number of new projects across the globe.

ClearEdge Power’s dedication to providing clean, energy-efficient, and reliable power solutions is evident in its development of the PureCell system models, which offer superior durability and operational experience. PureCell systems have product availability rates of more than 95 percent, efficiency of up to 90 percent, and 10 year stack life. PureCell fuel cell systems can follow the loads they are connected to and can be installed virtually anywhere, including on a rooftop or in a basement. Such flexibility goes a long way in helping ClearEdge Power’s fuel cell systems outperform other fuel cells and batteries.

The PureCell Model 400 system offers 400kW of power supply along with 1.5 million Btu per hour of heat at an efficiency rate of up to 90 percent, which is much higher than the 30 to 40 percent offered by traditional centralized power plants in the United States. This helps customers generate more energy from the same source at a minimal cost. By providing high efficiency, its product generates high return on investment (ROI) in a shorter payback period.

ClearEdge Power has been actively expanding its sales force to accelerate market penetration. It has attracted a number of high-profile customers, including Verizon, and recently closed a multi-million dollar project with the company to install 19 fuel cell systems across the United States.

“The company has become one of the major players in the North American fuel cell market, with an approximate share of 15 to 20 percent in 2013,” noted Chinnasamy. “Such strong growth makes ClearEdge Power a worthy recipient of the award.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies, and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.


Mireya Espinoza
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About ClearEdge Power

ClearEdge Power provides clean, distributed power systems that scale from 5 kW to multiple megawatts. As the most experienced fuel cell producer, ClearEdge Power is transforming power generation with innovative solutions that help customers reduce electricity bills, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. For more information, please visit

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January 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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LSBF in Singapore awarded with ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner Status

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Building on its successful story of academic excellence, LSBF in Singapore has been awarded with the Platinum Approved Learning Partner Status by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for its 2014 tuition. The award is the highest status granted to training providers by the ACCA and comes only two years after the inauguration of LSBF’s institute in Singapore.
The Platinum Status is the highest and most prestigious form of recognition of a tuition provider’s quality and success in teaching and supporting students throughout their ACCA qualification. With some of the country’s most experienced and renowned ACCA tutors, LSBF in Singapore has the structure and the resources to provide students with invaluable knowledge to achieve their career goals.
Having taught nearly 6,000 students since opening its doors, LSBF in Singapore prides itself for its relatively short but already very successful operations, with plenty of achievements along the way. In the last ACCA examinations, for example, 15 LSBF students have performed remarkably well and were placed first, second or third in Singapore and top 30 worldwide in nine ACCA papers. Since 2011, LSBF in Singapore has produced a total of 42 students to become ACCA Prize Winners, an award only given to the best performing ACCA candidates.
RathaKrishnan Govind, Managing Director of LSBF in Singapore, said, “Our success is down to the focus on giving students the best tutors and best classroom experience, plus the best administrative support that we possibly can – and always looking to make it even better. Receiving the Platinum Status is an achievement we are all extremely proud of and an affirmation that we are in the right direction. We are determined to continue meeting the highest possible standards and helping even more students to achieve their career goals.”
LSBF in Singapore’s quality is not only recognised by students and awarding bodies. In October 2013, for example, LSBF in Singapore emerged as one of the finalists in the Education and Training Excellence category of the 14th Annual Business Awards, one of the highest accolades in Singapore’s business community, which is organised annually by the British Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, please contact:
Jessy Chua
Marketing Manager
6580 7722
Source: London School of Business and Finance

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January 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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Sharyn Gol JSC Obtains 10 Million USD Financing from EBRD

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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sharyn Gol JSC (MSE: SHG) one of the oldest operating coal mines in Mongolia has signed a contract to receive a debt financing package of 10 million USD from EBRD. The debt financing package is to be spent for the acquisition and installation of a de-stoning plant and the upgrade and expansion of a coal enrichment and briquetting plant. These plants will supply washed coal and smokeless fuel briquettes.
The washed coal and smokeless briquettes will be supplied to industrial consumers such as smelting and cement factories, also for households for heating in city of Ulaanbaatar. The expanded facilities following completion of the first phase of the project are expected to produce over 75 thousand tons of semi-coke and briquetting products per annum.
Eric Rasmussen, EBRD Director, Natural Resources said: “We are delighted at the opportunity to be working with Sharyn Gol on this Project to improve air quality in Ulaanbaatar. We also value the Company’s commitment to make a very positive impact to the social and economic developments in the local region. We look forward to supporting the company’s strategic move into value-added clean coal products”
Sharyn Gol JSC Director James Passin said: “We are honored to receive a debt financing package from the EBRD, following deep operational, financial, legal, geological, environmental, and social due diligence by the Bank and its consultants. The long-term debt financing will enable Sharyn Gol JSC to accelerate its plans to turn its subsidiary Naco Fuel JSC into a producer of smokeless fuel for the Mongolian market. We anticipate that our products will make a material improvement in Ulaanbaatar’s air quality by the winter of 2015.”
With a financing debt package from EBRD, Sharyn Gol Mine is a step closer to become a social and environmentally friendly mine.
For further information, please contact below address:
Mrs. Otgonzul Baatar
E-mail address:
Source: Sharyn Gol JSC

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January 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Singapore Opens Door for Large-scale Film and TV Productions

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Singapore’s largest soundstages with green-screen capabilities fully operational
Full suite of digital media services from production to transmission available under one roof
Singapore has expanded the scale of its film and broadcast production capabilities with Infinite Studios going fully operational with immediate effect. The official opening was graced by Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.
The Infinite Studios building houses Singapore’s largest state-of-the-art soundstages, and brings under one roof a full suite of digital media services, from production to transmission, for the production of large-scale television, film and animation shows.
The 24,078-square metre development is strategically located within Mediapolis, Singapore’s digital media hub located in one-north, the knowledge and innovation hub in South West Singapore.
The two soundstages operated by anchor tenant Infinite Studios come equipped with green-screen capabilities, pre-visualization and stereoscopic technology, and are able to support productions that require intricate set builds and multi-cam operations and visual effects. This enhances Singapore’s ability to attract more international productions to be anchored in the country.
To date, the soundstages have been used to shoot and produce programmes such as popular Australian children’s TV show, Hi-5, as well as other television commercials and reality shows. This year, two international feature films are slated for production.
Ms Koh Lin-Net, Chief Executive Officer of Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), said, “Infinite Studios is a strong addition to Singapore’s media ecosystem. With state-of-the-art soundstages and a full suite of facilities and services available, Singapore is now well-positioned to take on larger-scale projects and produce high quality local and international productions which meet international standards. We encourage international Film and TV companies to partner with our local media industry to anchor their productions here in Singapore.”
The Infinite Studios development also hosts a vibrant media ecosystem made up of 13 top Singaporean and international media companies, including broadcast operator, Globecast Asia; channel provider Discovery Networks; Japanese game-maker Namco Bandai; global media company, Haymarket Media; and international advertising agency M & C Saatchi.
For enquiries on Infinite Studios’ soundstages, please contact:
Freddie Yeo
Chief Operating Officer
Infinite Studios
DID: +65-6559-9111
For media queries, please contact:
Priscilla Gan
Industry Communications
Media Development Authority
DID: +65-8322-0337
Annex A
List of media companies & services provided at Infinite Studios
Infinite Studios: Post-production (SFX, Audio & Video)
AMX Audiophiles: Post-production (SFX, Audio & Video)
Suite Sound: Post-production (SFX, Audio & Video)
Discovery Networks: Broadcast (TV networks/TV channel provider)
Rewind Networks: Broadcast (TV networks/TV channel provider)
Globecast: Distribution/Playout services
Arqiva: Distribution/Playout services
MP & Silva: Distribution/Playout services
Morpho Cards: Communications
Namco Bandai Studios: Games development
S Games: Games development
Haymarket media: Advertising
M&C Saatchi: Advertising
Source: Media Development Authority of Singapore

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January 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

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“2014 Taiwan Jewellery and Gem Fair” Now Open for Booking!

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TAIPEI, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch, and co-organised by the Taiwan Jewelry Industry Association and the Taipei Jewelers’ Association, Taiwan’s largest professional jewellery trade exhibition, the Taiwan Jewellery and Gem Fair, is now accepting bookings for 2014.
National Pavilions
National Pavilions

2013 Fair on-site
2013 Fair on-site

2013 Fair on-site
2013 Fair on-site

Ring of floral motif design: cabochon icy jadeite, diamonds, and emerald green jadeites, from Top Kang Jewellery
Ring of floral motif design: cabochon icy jadeite, diamonds, and emerald green jadeites, from Top Kang Jewellery

Following the debut edition of the fair in 2013, the exhibition has received wide acclaim and strong support from the jewellery industry in Taiwan. Over 70% of the exhibitors expressed their intent to participate again this year, with many requesting to expand their booth space. From this overwhelmingly positive response, it can be judged that the Fair brought extensive business opportunities for the exhibitors.
The 2013 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair, which extended over 3,100 square meters of exhibition net space with 330 booths, successfully attracted 210 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions with over 6,362 buyers from 31 countries and regions.
The 2014 Taiwan Jewellery and Gem Fair will be held on 21-24 November at Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 1. The Fair will again be sectored by country and group pavilions, such as Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Fair will showcase the greatest products range from quality loose stones, mountings and raw materials to fine jewelleries.
During the last event, jewellery retailers from Taiwan expressed tremendous interest in jewellery tools and machinery. For that, the Organiser will be actively recruiting companies of related field to satisfy such demand in the coming year.
In addition, the Fair is dedicating a “Splendid Area” in which the products and booth designs will be exclusive. Exhibits in the “Splendid Area” will feature spectacular jewelleries and gems such as the rare melopearl ring with diamonds worth over US$ 300,000 as well as custom-made antique royalty jewelleries, to name a few.
Aside from the gorgeous pavilions, the Fair will also be hosting a variety of events such as professional seminars, an international jewellery design competition, and a jewellery show. These events are certain to draw industry buyers’ attention.
The Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair is the only international platform in Taiwan available for buyers to trade, network, conduct market research and more at one stop. It is now open for bookings, join us and explore the blossoming jewellery market in Taiwan!
About UBM Asia Ltd. (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in all of the major countries across Asia. It has over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications and on-line media. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser, it stages market-leading events in numerous industries across the region. In the jewellery market, it organises several jewellery exhibitions including the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which is the largest jewellery event in the world.
Further details on exhibiting please contact:
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Room 306, 3F, No. 51, KeeLung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11052, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898
Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
Contact: Ms. JoJo Lee
Source: UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch

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January 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

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