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Marintec South America — 11th Navalshore Surpasses the 2013 Mark and Registers more than 80% of Marketed Spaces

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In addition, the event has already confirmed 13 international pavilions, which demonstrates the interest of the international industry on the Brazilian shipbuilding industry chain

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With little more than six months ahead of the event, which will take place on August 12th to 14th in Rio de Janeiro, organised by UBM Asia, Marintec South America — 11th Navalshore has already achieved numbers only expected for April.

“Apart from a record renovation, the event is already over 80% of marketed spaces and with 13 international pavilions from countries that are considered as reference for the industry, such as Norway, Germany, and among South American countries Argentina and Uruguay have already confirmed,” highlights Renan Joel, event manager.

For over a decade boosting the shipbuilding and offshore industry, the event has become a reference and spaces available are being highly contested, especially since for 2014 there are projects being developed that will add value to the general public. “For this year we have lots of news for visitors and exhibitors, we still have great spaces available for companies wishing to exhibit, but it is better to run or the company may stay out of this edition,” adds Joel.

To Luiz Salgado, from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Brazil, who has been participating in this event six years now, a presence in Marintec South America – 11th Navalshore is important because it demonstrates that the company is growing and consolidated itself in the market. “The event’s format and the audience is the most suitable for our segment, if compared to other events,” concludes Luiz Salgado.

Overcoming regionalism and consolidating itself as a meeting point in the industry in South America

The event has been increasing the participation of international brands with each edition, in 2013 the event closed with 11 international pavilions, for 2014 the event already counts with 13 pavilions that will bring to the event technology, best practices and solutions in products and services essential to the development of the national chain.

This aspect shows that the event exceeded regionalist barriers and became the meeting point of the industry in South America, bringing together leading international and national players in one place. “Above all, it is an event that has gained international context, as it is no longer a local fair, it does not focus only on local manufacturers. The tentacles that this administration has abroad, have brought manufacturers from places that have never been present here in our market,” highlights Cesar Prata, from Abimaq.

For fair details, please contact:
Renan Joel
Event Manager
United Business Media – UBM Brazil
Al. Tocantins, 75 – 14º andar Conj. 1401 | Alphaville / SP | 06455-020
Tel: +55-11-4878-5916

For media enquiries, please contact:
Viviane Santos
Marketing & Communication Coordinator
United Business Media – UBM Brazil
Al. Tocantins, 75 – 14º andar Conj. 1401 | Alphaville / SP | 06455-020
Tel: +55-11-4878-5916

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 Twitterati.

About Marintec South America — 11th Navalshore (

The event takes place from August 12th to 14th, 2014, in the SulAmerica Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, bringing together new products and services on shipbuilding and ship repair, equipment and supplies for shipyards, as well as solutions for the oil and gas industry, Technical Workshops and Conferences.

About UBM Asia’s maritime fairs (

UBM Asia is the organiser of the biennial Marintec China, the largest and most authoritative maritime trade show in Asia, now holding the event for more than three decades. It offers an ideal interactive platform providing a holistic business experience for the maritime industry professionals by a combination of a comprehensive exhibition, authoritative conferences and seminars, and high-powered networking activities. Over 57,000 trade delegates and 1,700 companies were participating in Marintec China 2013.

Backed by the prestige of Marintec China, the team has extended its business to other territories including Russia (Offshore Marintec Russia), Indonesia (Marintec Indonesia), Brazil (Marintec South America) and Japan (Sea Japan) etc.
Source: Marintec South America

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February 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

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SK Telecom Unveils Context Platform at MWC 2014

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today introduced a new and innovative platform called ‘Context Platform’ at MWC 2014.

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Context Platform presumes what situation the user is in by utilizing smartphone’s diverse functions including camera, sensors, GPS and Wi-Fi. For instance, when a user is walking with a smartphone (embedded with the platform) in his pocket, the phone detects the user’s repeated movement and speed via its sensors and GPS, and analyzes the collected information through an algorithm to come up with the conclusion that the user is “in a walking situation.” Through repeated process of analysis, the platform becomes more smart and accurate.

In addition, based on customer’s device usage patterns involving calls, SMS, SNS, schedule, and applications, the platform can figure out his personal connections, amount of spending, and time spent on games.

Along with Context Platform, the company is showcasing ‘Life Log,’ a service developed on this platform. Life Log automatically keeps track of one’s daily lives (leisure, habit, health-related activities, etc.) and allows him to later look up past records and statistics.

Besides Life Log, Context Platform can be used to develop and offer many other services optimized for each individual’s lifestyle. For example, a user can have his T Map automatically activated right before he leaves for work; receive a list of recommended songs upon arrival at subway platform on his way home from work; and set up an alert that warns him if he is spending more money than usual.

Meanwhile, as information produced by services based on Context Platform is highly personal, SK Telecom will take all steps necessary to safeguard the information. For instance, information generated from a smartphone can only be stored in and accessed via that particular device. Also, the company is currently developing an application lock feature as well as a feature that records only preselected type of information to prevent leakage of information.

“Along with Big Data, Context Platform is an important pillar of the newly emerging field of ICT intelligence,” said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center at SK Telecom. “With Context Platform, smartphones will truly become an indispensable life partner for customers.”
Source: SK Telecom

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February 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Medical Robots Will Revolutionize Most Surgical Disciplines

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– The demand is particularly high for prostatectomy and hysterectomy minimally invasive surgeries

LONDON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Surgical robots are gaining widespread acceptance across the globe as they enhance the surgeon’s abilities in terms of surgical imaging, navigation, planning and instrument manipulation.

Market participants are conducting extensive research in this field to further strengthen the capabilities of surgeons through advanced imaging techniques, higher degrees of freedom, interactive interfaces, haptics feedback, and teleoperation. Surgical robot manufacturers are also trying to reduce the footprint of existing robotic systems and lessen the invasiveness of surgical procedures by advancing single port, natural orifice, and swarm robotic technologies.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Innovations in Medical Robotics, finds that the global surgical robotics market is top-heavy, with the leading participants having cutting-edge technologies and large patent libraries. The industry also has an abundance of smaller participants — companies, spinoffs, and research universities — who are working on innovations in medical robotics.

Surgical robotics technology is making its way into practically every major surgical discipline despite the long time-to-market caused by stringent regulatory requirements, complex manufacturing processes, and extensive R&D.

“The global demand for surgical robots is particularly high for prostatectomy and hysterectomy surgeries, as they are believed to offer greater safety, accuracy, and precision, and in turn leading to better clinical outcomes for the surgeon, patient and hospital management,” noted Technical Insights Research Analyst Geethu Roshan Verghese. “The market will continue to gradually prosper due to rising awareness, higher per capita income, and a growing aging population.”

However, the lack of randomised trials and appropriate comparison and outcome registries for robotic surgeries has raised questions regarding the efficacy of surgical robots. This will only be a restraint in the short run as robust clinical evidence to support the benefits of surgical robots — economic efficiency, improved ergonomics, and reduced surgeon fatigue — is likely to increase over the next few years. Companies within the market are also battling this issue by seeking feedback from customers, including hospitals, surgeons and patients.

“In addition to demonstrating the superior efficacy of surgical robotic technologies with the aid of positive data from long-term clinical trials, market participants must use open architecture surgical platforms to promote collaboration and innovations in surgical robotics, and pave the way for greater investment from universities and research institutions,” suggested Verghese.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please email Anna Zanchi, Corporate Communications, at

Innovations in Medical Robotics, a part of the Technical Insights ( subscription, focuses on the emerging innovations within surgical robotics for various surgical disciplines as well as the notable technology drivers and challenges that influence the dynamics of the industry. It also enlists end-user demands, developer requirements, and provides information on selected companies, universities, and research institutions that are doing commendable work in this field. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

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. 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 organization 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? Contact us: Start the discussion

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February 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Commends DecaWave for Developing a Suite of Transceiver Products that are Expanding the Application Scope of RTLS ICs

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— DW1000 is the first product with the potential to complement RFID and Wi-Fi technology in indoor tracking applications

LONDON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent research on the real time locating systems (RTLS) integrated circuit (IC) market, Frost & Sullivan presents DecaWave with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. DecaWave has developed a family of cutting-edge radio communications products known as ScenSor (seek, control, execute, network/sense, obey and respond). Its technology offers key advantages such as precision location information in line-of-sight (LOS) and non-LOS (NLOS) situations, reduced power consumption, small size, and low cost. This will open the door to ScenSor’s deployment in areas such as smartphone and wireless gateway markets, which were not possible until now.

The first member of the ScenSor family is the DW1000, a single chip wireless transceiver that is based on the ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology and compliant with the IEEE802.15.4-2011 standard. It is optimised for RTLS and wireless sensor networks (WSN) by attaching the sensors to the chip.

The DW1000 contains both the receiver (reader) and transmitter (tag) and operates remarkably well even at ranges of 100 meters line-of-sight (LOS) at 6.8 megabits per second (Mb/s), 300 meters LOS at 110 kilobits per second (kbps), and in excess of 35 meters non-LOS. Long LOS and NLOS range reduces the infrastructure required to deploy these systems and being cost efficient, they are ideal for applications in areas such as agriculture, building control, factory automation, healthcare, safety and security, warehouse, and logistics.

“Products based on the DW1000 can have significantly higher precision than other RTLS products and locate up to 11,000 assets in every 20 m cell to within 10 cm accuracy indoors,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analysts Anand Nair and Sumit Kumar Pal. “It is also immune to multipath fading that allows reliable communication in highly fading environments.”

The DW1000 has a small footprint of 6mm X 6mm 48-pin quad-flat no-leads (QFN). It also consumes very little power and can run on batteries for several years, depending on the operating mode.

One of DecaWave’s noteworthy innovations is the coherent receiver implementation, which allows increasing energy to be extracted from the received signal unlike a non-coherent implementation. This increases the operating range in NLOS conditions, thereby enabling operation indoors where there are normally many obstacles, and the LOS between the transmitter and receiver may not exist.

DecaWave employs the widely used complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) wafer technology, which aids low-cost manufacturing. As manufacturing cost is proportional to die size, DecaWave’s production costs are much lower than its competitors’.

DecaWave is currently engaged with various stakeholders across 33 industry verticals to completely realize the potential of UWB technology. UWB has the ability to distinguish between pulses arriving at the receiver directly from the transmitter as well as the pulses arriving through other non-direct paths due to reflections. This allows an accurate determination of the distance between the transmitter and receiver using time-of-flight (TOF) method, or, facilitates the use of time difference of arrival (TDOA) RTLS, both of which are better methods of RTLS than received signal strength indication (RSSI) used in narrow-band RTLS systems.

DecaWave’s chip is functionally and economically viable for use in volume and in remote locations, as it has the ability to operate on batteries or energy harvesting devices. It also avoids spectral crowding in Wi-Fi frequencies within the industrial, science, and medical (ISM) radio bands, and other narrow band signals. It does not interfere with Wi-Fi and ISM devices.

“The integration of the technology in devices such as smartphones and tablets will open up new opportunities across multiple industries in the future,” noted analysts Anand Nair and Sumit Kumar Pal in their research. “DecaWave plans to develop a full roadmap of low-cost products with enhanced features and functionalities for specialized markets such as consumer, energy, industrial, automotive and various applications in harsh environments.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that that has developed an innovative element in a product by leverage leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which in turn increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan’s 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 in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About DecaWave

DecaWave is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company developing a family of integrated circuit products called ScenSor, compliant to the IEEE802.15.4-2011 standard, which can electrically identify the specific location of any object, person or thing in an indoor environment at very competitive cost, ultra-low power and with a required level of precision never achieved before +/-10cm. With applications in diverse markets including factory and building automation, agriculture, healthcare, ePOS and retail, and warehousing, the company’s flagship DW1000 chip has garnered interest from more than 1,800 firms, research centres and individuals. DecaWave is headquartered in Dublin Ireland, with offices in France, South Korea and Taiwan, and will open a US office later this year. For more information please visit

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February 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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CRY’s Campaign to Secure Happy Childhood by Ensuring Children’s Right to Education

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NEW DELHI, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

CRY- Child Rights and You, one of India’s leading child right NGOs, through its intervention, has achieved enrollment of 425502 children in schools in the last year to ensure their secure future. This is a part of its ‘Mission Education’ Campaign which aims to enroll 503432 students in schools across their projects in India, by the end of March.

There are several reasons why children in India are out of school. Lack of schools, inadequate infrastructure, distance to schools, lack of teachers and gender discrimination are amongst the major reasons. According to the status of children report released by CRY, the national dropout rate at the elementary level is over 40%. The status of RTE survey by CRY reveals that lack of basic infrastructure is a major roadblock in children’s education. For instance, 11% schools did not have toilets and 20% had no safe drinking water.

However, with streamlined efforts, significant impact can be witnessed. Take the case of Seema. Seema had never seen the inside of a classroom, until CRY intervened. The transformation from working in a tea-stall to receiving quality education was achieved by a CRY supported project in Bihar, India. Discussion with her parents, advocating the need for educating their daughter bore fruit and Seema was enrolled in a school with dreams of becoming a teacher. In north India, 60kms from the suburban Dwarka in Delhi, CRY partners fought with local trust and authorities for months to get a school built for 213 children of the village, when there had been none.

Susan V, AGM, Global Operations, CRY, says, “When a child is able to go to school, he sets off a cycle of positive change. An educated child stays away from early marriage, avoids exploitation and becomes strong and independent. As children grow, they are able to make better choices for themselves and influence the communities they live in.”

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About CRY
CRY – Child Rights and You is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood, to live, learn, grow and play. Over 30 years CRY has partnered with NGOs, communities, government, media to help create a movement that addresses the root causes that deprive children of their rights. For more information visit us at


Manoj Sharma,
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February 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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Maxion Wheels Announces Changes to Global Leadership Team

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NOVI, Mich., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Maxion Wheels (“Maxion” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Pieter Klinkers has accepted the promotion to, and additional responsibilities of, President – Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific and Global Innovation, effective March 1, 2014.
Pieter will continue to report to Fred Bentley, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Pieter has been working with a few great mentors to further his personal development,” Bentley said. “He jump-started our focus on innovation and began bringing a small group of cross-functional employees together to lead the future of innovation within the marketplace and its application within Maxion Wheels.”
Over the past year, in addition to managing half of the Maxion Wheels business, Klinkers took the initial cross-functional group and developed the Company’s Innovation Team to focus on both short- and long-term growth for the Company. “Pieter has done a great job motivating the core group, as well as involving others throughout the business to develop a number of key initiatives with respect to growth initiatives,” Bentley said.
The Innovation Team is working on a number of key initiatives and the outcome has been an expedited process for structure, focus and growth in the organization, as well as the professional development of a number of the team’s members. The team is quickly growing and has motivated several technical, sales and business development associates to work together in the exciting process of molding the future of the business. Klinkers and the initial team will continue to invite others to participate as the structure and focus of future innovation continues to evolve.
“This is an excellent example of Pieter continuing to grow by broadening his focus, and he sets a great example for the rest of the organization,” said Bentley. “Pieter has worked tirelessly to successfully run his business while developing himself in a way that has been extremely beneficial to the Company, to his own professional growth and to many of his associates around the world. I am pleased to announce this promotion. More importantly, I am excited to have Pieter in charge of our new phase of product and process development—a phase that will continue to build on our 100-plus years of leading innovation in the wheel market.”
Klinkers will continue to maintain his primary office in Konigswinter, Germany.
Maxion Wheels is a leading worldwide producer of aluminum and steel wheels for passenger cars and light trucks. The Company has over 100 years of experience in producing wheels, and is the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, producing 65 million wheels per year. Maxion also produces steel wheels for commercial trucks and trailers, as well as agriculture and other off-highway applications. The Company has global operations with 25 facilities located in 15 countries around the world, plus three state-of-the-art technical centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia.,
Source: Maxion Wheels

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February 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hudson Furniture To Be Featured Behind the Scenes at This Year’s Oscars

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— David Rockwell and Susan Sarandon will place Barlas Baylar’s work in the Oscars Greenroom
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Hudson Furniture the NYC studio created by pioneering designer Barlas Baylar, will help shape the atmosphere of the 2014 Oscars Greenroom. The Greenroom, which provides a calming offstage refuge for Hollywood luminaries, changes with every ceremony; this year, it’s the product of a collaborative effort helmed by architect David Rockwell and actress Susan Sarandon. Hudson will contribute 25 pieces to the Greenroom, each of which was chosen for the way it balances fluid, arresting lines with intricately tooled materials (like bronze and wood) from the natural world.
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Balance is one of the things that makes Hudson’s collection so remarkable. Barlas Baylar, the driving force behind Hudson Furniture, has long been known for his ability to integrate numerous aesthetic influences in graceful, self-contained pieces. Collectors admire his work for its concurrent evocations of modernism, cubism, art deco, and high fashion. He has a talent for finding harmony in unlikely combinations, and that talent makes his vision ideal for the Oscars Greenroom—which, after all, is a place of retreat for high-profile stars on a night they’re meant to be seen.
For more information, please contact:
Daniel Milan
About Hudson Furniture. Hudson Furniture is a premier designer of custom work for architectural spaces. The designs of Barlas Baylar are internationally recognized for their uniqueness and innovative character.
Source: Hudson Furniture

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February 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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The Helicopter and Systems Market Thrives in Emerging Countries, Says Frost & Sullivan

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– New Market Insight captures investment opportunities across the global rotorcraft industry – over 46 billion dollars in emerging economies

LONDON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The helicopter industry has been marked with notable ups and downs in 2013, both requested orders in transitioning economies and terminations in the West, such as in North America, the largest helicopter market in the world. The dialogue between industry and customers is therefore becoming increasingly challenging, blurring potential opportunities for OEMs on the short and medium term.

A new Frost & Sullivan Market Insight, “Global Helicopter & Systems Market: Capturing Growth Opportunities across the Rotorcraft Industry,” highlights the progressive decrease of helicopter deliveries across Western Regions, while substantial growth is registered in Asia-Pacific, Central Asia and the Middle-East – as part of these regions’ military modernisation programmes and investments in civilian infrastructure.

“Platform deliveries in North America and Europe account for nearly 47 percent of the total units being procured in 2014 (nearly 2170 units in total) but are expected to lose at least 10 percent by 2022, whereas deliveries among other regions will represent almost 63 percent of the market in 2022 (at least 2375 new platforms to be delivered),” notes Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Alix Leboulanger. “Negative repercussions will concentrate in the military segment, the largest chunk of the helicopter market. The civilian segments, on the other hand, are expected to remain steady.”

In the context of the existing biggest helicopter fleets, North America and Europe hold the most significant opportunities when it comes to aftermarket support, with a notable CAGR of 2.59 percent in North America between 2014 and 2022. The cumulated market size across North America is expected to account for $58.05 billion, whereas European aftermarket support will reach at least $23.1 billion.

The ongoing platform renewal cycle initiated ten years ago is presently driving several opportunities among different services segments. In the light of shrinking budgets, platform retrofit is being preferred against new platform acquisition across Western military and paramilitary end users. As a result, system integration opportunities during platform upgrades are expected to rise steadily at a CAGR of 2.71 percent in North America and 4.3 percent in Europe. Both regions present an aggregated market size of $9.37 billion for 2014-2022.

On the other hand, helicopter maintenance and upgrades present interesting prospects in the medium term for new systems adoption, with avionics and mission systems. However, the line between platform acquisition and maintenance business models is becoming increasingly blurry in the Western regions, and market players are currently working on new business models options.

Emerging markets comprise significant opportunities among new helicopter procurements, with a forecast market size of $146.84 billion between 2014 and 2022 for military and civil new platform deliveries, and a related market size of $46.33 billion for service support during the same period.

Price sensitivity is one of the most significant challenges being assessed by potential buyers, closely followed by technology transfer issues. Budget constraints and foreign military sales (FMS) also trigger potential new strategies from U.S traditional FMS packages.

“The question now is to look at the current military helicopter market situation and assess how to grasp upcoming opportunities,” adds Leboulanger. “The two main strategies may be branding the offset and indigenisation promises or leveraging on FMS and loan packages for swift deployment. Both approaches might preserve leading North American and European rotorcraft manufacturers, but what would the impact be for other OEMs?”

Reinforcing bilateral trade and R&D could be one way to meet offset and foreign investment policies for emerging helicopter OEMs and system integrators. Other approaches may include implementing the theoretical concept of open innovation at the platform system level, or strengthening ties across helicopter logistic and maintenance support through common distribution channels.

If you are interested in more information on this Market Insight, please email Anna Zanchi, Corporate Communications, at

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. 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 organization 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? Contact us: Start the discussion

Anna Zanchi
Corporate Communications – Europe
P: +39.02.4851 6133
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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February 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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Portugal’s ZON OPTIMUS Selects Acision Fusion for Mobile Messaging

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Consolidated messaging platform offers richer communications and superior experience across SMS, MMS, OTT, RCS and WebRTC Services
READING, England, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Acision, the global mobile services leader, today announced that ZON OPTIMUS, a carrier for mobile services in Portugal, has selected Acision Fusion as its convergent messaging platform. As a single, cost-effective platform for SMS, MMS, IP, OTT, RCS and WebRTC services, Acision Fusion will initially provide stat-of-the-art MMS messaging to ZON OPTIMUS. However, Fusion’s comprehensive architecture paves the way for seamless integration and connectivity with all messaging channels, providing a consolidated solution for the operator’s future Rich Communication services.
“By selecting Acision Fusion, ZON OPTIMUS has extended its confidence in Acision and will benefit from the most complete messaging platform on the market today,” said a ZON OPTIMUS spokesperson. “Acision Fusion provides us with a modular architecture not only to efficiently and effectively handle a variety of messaging scenarios, including MMS, but also offers a superior messaging experience to our users, while reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and enabling new revenue streams. As a future-proof solution, Acision Fusion will provide us with a unique opportunity to provide rich, and fully transparent communications services, all from a single environment, enabling new monetiszation models and services from the Acision Cloud.”
Acision Fusion is hardware independent so can be deployed as a virtualised solution in the operator’s own data centre or, alternatively, in the Acision Cloud. Once deployed, ZON OPTIMUS will be able to easily adapt to regulatory changes, introduce value added security as well as additional privacy features across its messaging portfolio. Also, when complimented with Acision Business Tools, Acision’s centralised management and customer care solution, the platform will provide uniform reporting and management in addition to giving ZON OPTIMUS valuable business insights in network activity.
“Today it is essential for operators to deliver superior quality messaging and media content regardless of network or device, and Acision Fusion provides the best platform on the market to do this. By deploying Acision Fusion, operators like ZON OPTIMUS can provide unparalleled communication services, which not only increase customer satisfaction but also drive new revenue and profitability by stimulating service usage. Additionally, operators can continue to accommodate growing traffic streams as well as launch innovative, new services, which all in all generate revenues and boost consumer loyalty,” said Glen Murray, GMS and SVP for Europe and Russia, Acision.
From 24th – 27th February 2014, Acision will be launching a number of exciting and innovative, new services at Mobile World Congress that could transform operators’ ability to generate revenue. To showcase this, Acision are hosting visitors on stand 8.1A41 and featuring for the first time in Hall 8.1 – the App Planet – billed as “the destination to see who is creating the next big thing!”. To find out more and take the opportunity to see the next big thing from Acision, please contact
About Acision
Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless mobile engagement services that interoperate across all IP platforms and enrich the user experience creating value and new communication opportunities for carriers, enterprises and consumers across the world.
For more information, visit Acision at
ZON OPTIMUS is a telecommunications and entertainment group which offers fixed and mobile next generation solutions for Pay TV, Internet, Voice and Data to all market segments – Residential, Personal, Corporate and Wholesale. It is the leader in Pay TV, Next Generation Broadband services and Cinema Exhibition and Distribution in Portugal.
ZON OPTIMUS has 1.6 million Pay TV customers, 3.6 million Mobile subscribers, 1.2 million Fixed Voice customers and 900 thousand Fixed Broadband customers in Portugal. ZON OPTIMUS provides a service of excellence, having achieved in 2013 the title of “Best Customer Service in the World” for the second year running, awarded by one of the most prestigious entities of the industry.
ZON OPTIMUS is at the forefront of innovation, offering the most advanced products and services: the best digital cable network in Portugal; a 4G network that serves 90% of the country; the best telecommunications and entertainment integrated service in Portugal – ZON 4i; the most innovative Pay TV service – IRIS; and an advanced portfolio of integrated solutions for enterprises.
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February 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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5,500 of the World’s Best Bartenders are Cruising to Success

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MIAMI, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Cruise passengers to experience cutting-edge cocktail culture as DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ takes to the high seas with Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises
One of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions is taking to the high seas to turn floating bartenders into mixologists extraordinaire. The Diageo Global Travel team today announced the launch of the biggest ever DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ program, in partnership with four of the world’s leading cruise lines: Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
This year the program will see over 5,500 cruise line bartenders (almost 15 times the number of 2013 participants) trained in the art of mixology then whittled down to just four via a series of explosive heats. These four will go head-to-head at the glamorous DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS GLOBAL TRAVEL semi-final event in Miami, Florida on 5th June. The winner will compete at the star-studded DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year global final, pitted against bartenders from the four corners of the globe.
Managing the training program this year will be World Class Global Winner for Latin America & Caribbean 2013, Mario Seijo, supported by leading mixologists Julio Cabrera, Joseph Brooke and Michael Parish. In sessions around the world from Shanghai to Sydney and Naples to Cozumel, they will coach on board bartenders in showmanship skills and the latest cocktail-making trends such as ‘Mediterranean Mastery’ and ‘Gin and the Secrets of Distillation’ to create delicious drinks for on board guests. Pushing the boundaries of high-end cocktails, the bartenders are encouraged to innovate and experiment using some of the world’s leading collection of fine spirits: the Diageo Reserve Brands portfolio.
Following a successful partnership with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line last year, WORLD CLASS is doubling in size and welcoming Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises in 2014. DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS will elevate the craft of the cruise line bartender, revolutionise on board fine-drinking experiences and ensure these cruise lines bartenders are ahead of the latest mixology trends.
Now in its fifth year, DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS has trained over 15,000 bartenders in 50 markets worldwide, using the finest, award-winning spirits from the Diageo Reserve collection. It has been transforming the face of cocktail culture by creating new experiences for the discerning drinker around the world.
Louise Higgins, Marketing Director, Diageo GTME Western, said: “WORLD CLASS has become synonymous with creativity, style and sophistication, constantly pushing the boundaries of contemporary and experiential cocktail culture. Through DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS, the drinks industry’s largest investment in luxury drinking experiences, we are delighted to be collaborating with the best cruise lines in the industry to transform fine-drinking for holiday makers. This is our biggest year ever by some way and we are excited to see these bartenders will take their cocktail making skills to new levels in the world’s most credible cocktail competition.”
Jonathan Wilson, Vice President, Food and Beverage Services and Product Development, Princess Cruises added: “As the pioneer cruise line that broke new ground with our participation in the program in 2012 and cemented our place as the Cruise Channel winners for DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS 2013, we are absolutely thrilled to be returning for another year of participation and excellence. The influence of on-trend mixology training from accomplished celebrities of the cocktail industry has ignited a new level of passion and enthusiasm for our crew.”
Michael Flesch, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line: “At Norwegian Cruise Line, we have seen incredible success with The DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS program and look forward to continuing our participation once again this year, on an even broader level. The program allows us to provide excellent training, elevate our mixology and, ultimately, further enhance our guests’ on board experience.”
“Royal Caribbean International is glad to be part of DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS mixology program,” said Brian Abel, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Royal Caribbean International. “The program will help enhance the on board beverage experience and deliver the WOW to our guests like never before. It will help showcase our talented bartenders and beverage staff, as well as their individual creativity and skill in serving delicious cocktails to guests on a Royal Caribbean vacation.”
“Celebrity Cruises’ collaboration with DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS is an incredible opportunity to showcase the progressive and award-winning beverage program guests can enjoy while sailing on board our modern, luxurious ships,” said Chanelle Duarte, manager of Beverage Development, Celebrity Cruises. “Working with WORLD CLASS will also enhance our bar experience through specialized training emphasizing innovation and impeccable service – two hallmarks of a Celebrity Cruises vacation experience.”
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Throughoutthe program, WORLD CLASS bartenders are trained using the collection of fine spiritsfrom the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio – JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ BlendedScotch Whisky, JOHNNIE WALKER® PLATINUM LABEL™ Blended Scotch Whisky, JOHNNIEWALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ Blended Scotch Whisky, The SINGLETON™ Single MaltScotch Whisky, CIROC® Vodka, KETEL ONE® Vodka, TANQUERAY® No.TEN™ Gin, DONJULIO® Tequila, ZACAPA® Rum, Bulleit® Bourbon, and Talisker Single Malt ScotchWhisky.
DIAGEORESERVE WORLD CLASS is transforming fine drinking experiences and cocktailculture around the world and in the home. The industry’s largest, most credibleinvestment in the luxury on trade, it discovers the next generation ofbartending talent who set the latest mixology trends and bring these to thebest bars worldwide. At the core is an outstanding, global training program andinternationally recognized platform that elevates the craft of the bartender andbuilds careers in the industry culminating in an annual luxury landmark weekwhere the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year is announced. Launchedin 2009, over 15,000 bartenders have been inspired and educated in the craft ofmixology using the finest spirits in the DIAGEO RESERE collection. Apartnership and collaboration with gurus, media, partners and owners, DIAGEORESERVE WORLD CLASS is widely recognized as a mark of sophistication anddistinction of international fine drinking culture by bartenders and customers alike.
Asan extension of the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS training program, in 2011 Diageolaunched the Diageo Bar Academy in Asia Pacific, the region’s largestbartending course accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET),which has trained 27,000 bartenders todate.
WORLDCLASS is brought to you by thelargest spirits company in the world with an award-winning collection of luxuryspirits, including: JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ Blended ScotchWhisky, JOHNNIE WALKER® PLATINUM LABEL™ Blended Scotch Whisky,JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ Blended Scotch Whisky, TheSINGLETON™ Single Malt Scotch Whisky, CÎROC® Vodka, KETEL ONE®Vodka, TANQUERAY® No.TEN™ Gin, DON JULIO® Tequila, ZACAPA®Rum, Bulleit® Bourbon, and Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Allwords and associated logos are trade marks © DIAGEO 2014.
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February 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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