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GREENTECH for its Potent Anti-dandruff Product, DANDRILYS(R)

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The company is involved in the EUREKA project that promotes strategic collaboration of industrial R&D

LONDON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent research on the natural active market for dandruff, Frost & Sullivan presents GREENTECH S.A. with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for developing DANDRILYS®. This potent, plant-based natural product mitigates scalp irritation, reduces dandruff, normalizes sebum production and subsequently, facilitates the growth of healthy hair.

DANDRILYS® is developed from the bark of Ziziphus joazeiro, an evergreen plant native to South America. The leaves and/or the bark of the plant produce abundant foam upon mixing with water. The detergency and foaming properties of DANDRILYS® have been proven to be 2.1 times higher than sodium laureth sulfate’s, a surfactant that is commonly used in shampoo and shower products. Therefore, apart from application in anti-dandruff hair shampoo, DANDRILYS® can be used for the formulation of shower and facial cleanser products.

The bark extract contains jujubosides, a type of saponin that confers foaming properties and antioxidative protection, with strengthening and revitalizing effects on the skin. Additionally, its sugar constituents comprising polysaccharides and oligosaccharides offer moisturizing and calming effects, which will lower the irritation caused by dandruff.

GREENTECH is the coordinator of the EUREKA project E! 2314 O’SCREEN, which aims to develop a comprehensive database of 30,000 plants with details of their botanical physiology, chemical constituents, and potential applications. Based on reversing the screening process traditionally used in drug discovery, the approach begins by identifying key enzymes involved in certain diseases or disorders. Following this, the project team evaluates and identifies the chemical ligands that could bind to the enzyme to modulate the pathogenesis of the pathway. Frost & Sullivan’s research shows that by using this reverse approach, substances can be extracted from the detected plant material and be sent to the early stage of R&D.

“GREENTECH’s anti-dandruff promotion strategy is based on the ability of DANDRILYS® to cleanse the scalp and hair of impurities and dandruff by preventing sebum production,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager for Health and Wellness Sandhya Kamath. “By retarding the production of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), it will inhibit the cascading reactions that trigger itchiness and inflammation.”

One of the main catalysts of dandruff is mast cells. These cells cause allergic reactions due to the crosslinking of their surface receptors, FcεRI and IgE. The interaction of mast cells with FcεRI and IgE lead to degranulation and the release of vasoactive peptides – pro-inflammatory mediators that include histamine, cytokines, and proteolytic enzymes. DANDRILYS® is an ideal antidote to this process as it inhibits the degranulation of mast cells, which prevents the subsequent release of histamine, a major mediator that causes itching.

According to the in vitro test by GREENTECH, 2 percent DANDRILYS® reduces 27 percent histamine production. Furthermore, the in vivo study of DANDRILYS® demonstrated that it reduced dandruff quantity by as much as 67 percent after the first application of the shampoo that contained 2.5 percent DANDRILYS®.

“By leveraging its comprehensive drug discovery database, GREENTECH has successfully developed an extremely efficient anti-dandruff product that is having a huge impact on the hair care segment,” noted Kamath. “Consumers have shown a marked preference for naturally-derived products in recent years; therefore, DANDRILYS® may offer an additional option of anti-dandruff actives.”

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 GREENTECH

GREENTECH: An innovative concept for the future.

Since 1992, GREENTECH has been developing and producing active ingredients from plants, algae, micro-algae and biotechnology in the cosmetic, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical fields. Present in more than 30 countries, GREENTECH has its portfolio constantly updated by innovative actives and extracts (BIOTILYS®, QT40®, SILIDINE®…).

Active ingredients from local and worldwide raw materials for local and top cosmetic companies are daily produced in our factories with guarantee of quality (pharmacy and cosmetic GMP compliance).

The R&D laboratory has got its own large database (30 000 plants – 300 000 biological molecules), uses bio-informatics for rapid and targeted development of new actives, and collaborates with scientists and specialists in international research programmes for innovation. Then, GREENTECH was the first company to supply cosmetic ingredients certified Organic by ECOCERT (France) and offers today the largest range.

Finally, for more than 15 years, GREENTECH has got close and official cooperations with local people in different countries (as Peru, Burkina Faso…) with spirit of sustainable development and trade.

About Frost & Sullivan

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

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your 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?

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Honors ArborMetrix for Pioneering the Integration of Surgical Video Analysis Capabilities into a Cloud-based Reporting and Analytics Platform

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— ArborMetrix’s platform enables providers to manage the entire healthcare spectrum, rather than just a single service line

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the acute and specialty care market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ArborMetrix, Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation Leadership. ArborMetrix’s leading cloud-based reporting and analytics platform for measuring clinical performance and efficiency in acute and specialty care now includes a breakthrough surgical video analysis tool. This innovative offering provides experts with video-based tools that enable organizations to better train and evaluate surgeons, with the ultimate goal of improving surgery outcomes for patients. ArborMetrix has already integrated the video surgery analysis capabilities into its registry solution for bariatric surgery, and is now actively rolling it out through its cancer surgery and hernia surgery registries.

ArborMetrix’s analytics platform enables both healthcare providers and payers to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based care, which has led to significant improvements in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of surgical intervention and associated specialty care. It provides benchmarks for procedures, physicians, and hospitals for use in data collection and integration, performance feedback, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) IV compliance, clinical decision support, surgeon skill ratings, and patient engagement. The platform helps to manage and maintain efficient and cost-effective clinical registries, performance measurement systems, and quality improvement programs. The cloud-based architecture of the platform allows for rapid deployment of the solution without the need for IT resources.

The comprehensive solution provides evidence-based actionable intelligence across acute and specialty care, which is the largest healthcare expenditure in the U.S. It is innovatively designed for hospital and health systems alike. Furthermore, its new performance measurement platform is designed to enhance evaluation, surgical techniques, and patient outcomes.

“This holistic approach allows ArborMetrix to be positioned in a unique niche and accelerates the movement of the healthcare system toward coordinated care, bundled payments, and value-based reimbursements,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, Swathi Allada. “As value-based reimbursement becomes the norm, the analytical technique proposed by ArborMetrix could emerge as the ideal way of improving quality, while reducing cost.”

Frost & Sullivan estimates that an average hospital in the U.S. has between 300-500 avoidable complications in general surgery per year, which costs around $11,000 per case to manage. This amount increases exponentially with multiple complications translating to nearly $4 million to $5 million unavoidable costs, for which no reimbursement is available. ArborMetrix has worked diligently on studying the market before developing its path breaking solution with far-reaching clinical and economic benefits.

In addition, extensive clinical research by ArborMetrix customers has demonstrated a remarkable return on investment (ROI) for facilities conducting multi-specialty procedures, including bariatric, oncology, hernia, and spine surgery. It helps organizations make decisions that improve surgical care, thereby increasing throughput and delivering quicker ROI. The company estimates that the average annual R&D spend over the next five years will be almost 35 percent of its revenue.

“ArborMetrix’s growth path in the U.S. market mirrors the company’s ongoing achievements, numerous early successes, and promising near-term prospects in several markets globally, including South America and Europe,” noted Swathi Allada. “The universal acknowledgment of ArborMetrix’s technology and product value validates the value proposition the company brings to the fields of acute and specialty care and the broader healthcare community as a whole.”

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 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 ArborMetrix, Inc.

ArborMetrix, Inc., located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides a unique, cloud-based platform for performance measurement and clinical intelligence in acute and specialty healthcare. Based on its industry changing econometric research, ArborMetrix solutions deliver rigorous data analysis and actionable business insight while incorporating advanced proprietary risk and reliability adjustments. With valuable insights grounded in clinical evidence, ArborMetrix clients quickly achieve quality improvements and cost savings. For more information, visit http://www.arbormetrix.com, email info@arbormetrix.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

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

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your 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?

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Mireya Espinoza
P: +1.210.247.3870
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E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Asia Pacific Focus of Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing, MRO and Airport Development

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— Fueled by national economic growth and the increasing accessibility of air transport services, the total traffic for the region will grow 6.3 percent annually

SINGAPORE, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Asia Pacific region is set to be the largest market for new commercial aircraft with orders expected to top 12,820 by 2032. This figure is significantly more than those of from Europe and North America respectively, markets which traditionally do well but have become saturated.

Subhranshu Sekhar Das, Director, Aerospace & Defense Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific said, “The popularity of cheap, short-range travel within the region is a major reason for this strong growth. Results from the recent Singapore Airshow further demonstrated this — with US$32 billion in deals, largely from emerging Asian low-cost carriers looking to meet this demand.”

Aircraft Manufacturing

The aerospace manufacturing industry is also expected to receive a boost from this. It is expected that the narrow and wide body market will generate close to US$5 trillion over 20 years, with new programs and players entering the market. The key challenge in this area will be the entry of the supply chain due to certifications.

Key players in this market include major companies such as Bombadier, Embraer and Sukhoi and emerging companies such as Regio Aviasi Industri (Indonesia), United Aircraft Corporation and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO)

Asia’s booming aviation market has also created valuable opportunities for the MRO market, with more aircraft requiring maintenance services. However, this has also led to greater challenges, especially in the area of supply chain and inventory management. To resolve this, SAP companies will need to develop specific modules for MRO operations. This follows the development of the major trends in the MRO market, according to Das.

He said, “The two key trends we see is the adoption of new business models by legacy MROs and OEMs taking on an integrator’s role to provide the after-sales services. These changes can be attributed to increasing OEM involvement and changing technologies.”

Airport Development

The Asia Pacific region is set to become the epicenter of Aviation. As early as 2009, Asia had overtaken North America to become the largest air travel market with 647 million passengers.

With this positive showing, airport development has also progressed rapidly. However, most airports in the APAC region are facing capacity constraints, a situation which is being rectified by airport expansion and construction at several major Asian cities such as Singapore and Bangkok. This move is also beneficial to consumers, as airports seek to balance the objectives of meeting capacity needs with that of an enhanced customer experience.

Chris de Lavigne, Global Vice President, Consulting Practice for Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, is optimistic about the development.

He says, “Airports are moving towards a more customer-centric focus with investments in non-aeronautical revenue generating sources such as carpark rentals, F&B outlets, retail stores and other sources of passenger entertainment.”

Airports are also looking to invest in a wide variety of areas to help them overcome various challenges that they face. These will include infrastructure development, information technology and non-aero revenue.

About Frost & Sullivan

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

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your 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?

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Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +65 6890 0926
F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

http://www.frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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SK Telecom Wins Two Prestigious Awards at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) announced that it was awarded “Outstanding LTE Contribution” and “Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s Choice’ at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014, the industry’s biggest and the most prestigious award.

Alex Jinsung Choi, Executive Vice President and Head of ICT R&D Center at SK Telecom receives ‘Outstand LTE Contribution’ award and ‘Outstanding Overall Technology – The CTO’s Choice’ at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014.
Alex Jinsung Choi, Executive Vice President and Head of ICT R&D Center at SK Telecom receives ‘Outstand LTE Contribution’ award and ‘Outstanding Overall Technology – The CTO’s Choice’ at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014.

This year, SK Telecom was recognized for its technology leadership gained through continued developments of advanced network technologies including LTE-Advanced and contribution to set the global standards for LTE and LTE-Advanced services.

‘Outstanding LTE Contribution’ recognizes the company that developed the most innovative and groundbreaking LTE technologies over the past year. This year’s recognition is meaningful in that SK Telecom received this award for two years in a row. The company received ‘Outstanding LTE Contribution’ for its ‘4G LTE with PETA Solution’ last year.

Moreover, SK Telecom was chosen as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s Choice’ award. The award, chosen by a distinguished panel of judges consisted of Chief Technology Officers of 16 mobile operators around the globe, is presented to the overall winner from six winners (‘Best Mobile Infrastructure’, ‘Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough’, ‘Best Cloud Based technology for Mobile’, ‘Best Mobile Identity, Safeguard & Security Products/Solutions’, ‘Best Solution for Growing Smaller or Independent Networks’, ‘Outstanding LTE contribution’) under the category of Best Mobile Technology.

Since launching the nation’s first LTE in July 2011 and world’s first LTE-Advanced in June 2013, SK Telecom has been constantly upgrading the quality of its LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. At present, it offers 150Mbps Wideband LTE using 20MHz bandwidth (1.8GHz band) and 150Mbps LTE-Advanced through “10MHz(800MHz) + 10MHz(1.8GHz)” Carrier Aggregation (CA). As of the end of 2013, SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers take up over 50 percent of its total mobile subscriber base.

Moreover, it was the world’s first to demonstrate 225Mbps LTE-Advanced via “20MHz+10MHz” CA in November 2013 and 300Mbps LTE-Advanced via tri-band (“10MHz+20MHz+ 10MHz”) CA in January, 2014. At MWC, it is demonstrating LTE-Advanced tri-band CA (“20MHz+20MHz+20MHz”).

“SK Telecom is truly honored to receive two prestigious awards – ‘Outstanding LTE Contribution’ and ‘Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s Choice’ – at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014 as they recognize our contribution to the global mobile telecommunications industry through leading network technologies. We will continue to make strenuous efforts to develop innovative technologies powerful enough to enhance the quality of people’s lives.” said Alex Jingsung Choi, Executive Vice President and Head of ICT R&D Division at SK Telecom.
Source: SK Telecom

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March 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Zinc Ahead Dominates the Medical Compliance Software Market through the Offer of a Highly Customizable Software Solution

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Zinc Ahead’s private cloud platform assures compliance, increases customers’ productivity, and rapid return on investment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the medical compliance software for life sciences market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Zinc Ahead with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership.

Zinc Ahead leads the competition on the strength of its workflow-based compliance management solution, which is highly scalable and configurable to various complex regulatory codes across the globe. With this commercially effective solution, Zinc Ahead has demonstrably been able to bring significant improvements to clients’ compliance processes, evidenced by the 70 percent increase in the approval of jobs performed using the system in a significant user base.

Zinc Ahead’s private cloud-based medical compliance software solution has three elements: Zinc MAPS — a workflow tool that aids collaboration, approval, and review of the various stages in the promotional marketing process; Zinc DAM — a digital asset management system that stores approved materials and documents; and finally Zinc Connections — the integration network that enables interaction with external systems including third-party application programming interface (API) and digital asset management (DAM) providers.

Zinc’s unified service offering is architected to be open and easy to integrate as well as fast to implement. The cloud-based collaboration platform helps life sciences companies create a fully compliant marketing material, with inputs from key stakeholders in medical, legal, regulatory, and marketing fields.

“At the heart of Zinc Ahead’s solution is its workflow-based architecture, which enables the team to review and approve the campaign management process at every step so that the internal process is in line with the external regulatory benchmarks,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shruthi Parakkal. “Zinc Ahead’s review interface can review not only e-detailing and written content, but also rich media including videos, websites, and mobile applications.”

The solution’s interface allows the users to comment simultaneously on the processes from a number of end-use systems including desktop, tablets, and mobile phones. Clients can also utilize the reference feature to hyperlink documents, claims, digital assets, audit trail, certificates, and supporting material between various projects. This ensures campaign consistency across regions and transparency within and outside the organization.

Furthermore, the solution is equipped with a dashboard that facilitates process improvement and benchmarking of best practices among peers by evaluating the number of approvals, review cycle time, efficiency of the brands, and creative agencies. Zinc MAPS, in particular, ensures complete accountability of the entire marketing process by centralizing it at a single point of control.

Another major advantage of Zinc MAPS is that it can be customized to the local, regional, and global regulatory standards including the OPDP 2253 (US), ANSM (France) and PAAB (Canada). Zinc MAPS has over 200 configuration options and sector-specific embedded workflows, which aligns the compliance process with the client’s standard operating procedures. This capability of Zinc MAPS to perform multiple configurations increases productivity and reduces time to approval, so that there are fewer changes in the internal management and re-training of the users.

Zinc MAPS has an extensive user base in Life Sciences and has been able to significantly reduce the materials cost of paper-based review by up to 75 percent and the time spent on approval by up to 57 percent, leading to proven faster time to market. Its high degree of scalability and configurability has enabled Zinc Ahead to expand its user base at a very fast rate, and with an initial software deployment time of just six weeks in many cases, Zinc Ahead delivers one of the fastest implementation capabilities in the market. As it is a private hosted cloud, the scale-up period is rapid, and clients report rapid return on investment, ranging from six months to one year.

“Zinc Ahead’s particular and sustained commitment to providing its customers with best-in-class services has resulted in revenue growth of approximately 40 percent in the past four years, and the company demonstrates considerable potential to grow further, even in a complex market,” noted Parakkal.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive beyond simply good customer service, which leads to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

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 in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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About Zinc Ahead

Committed to innovation and product excellence, Zinc Ahead is the world’s leading provider of software compliance solutions designed specifically for the life sciences industry.

Zinc’s private cloud-based collaboration software, has already transformed compliance processes in more than 100 life sciences companies in 160 countries worldwide, demonstrating rapid efficiency and cost savings.

Zinc Ahead is a privately-held company with headquarters in the UK and offices across the United States and Asia. The company is dedicated to serving the Life Sciences community by providing excellent customer service and knowledgeable business support to the 40,000 daily Zinc users in over 170 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit http://www.zinc-ahead.com

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

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your 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
Join Us: Join our community
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Contact:

Mireya Espinoza
P: +1.210. 247.3870
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E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com

Rhian Pearse
P: +44 (0)1865 398 170
E: RhianPearse@zinc-ahead.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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UBM to Launch Southeast Asia’s Leading International Beauty Trade Show In Thailand

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BANGKOK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia is pleased to announce the launch of ASEANbeauty, the only beauty trade event supported by the Thai Cosmetics Manufacturers Association. This is to be the premier international beauty trade show for South East Asia taking place in Thailand from 8-10 April, 2015 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre.

Thailand’s beauty industry is growing, fuelled by a strong economy and increasingly sophisticated consumers, including the men’s market which is proving to be particularly lucrative. With 70 million potential consumers, the market in Thailand for beauty and personal care products grew 8% in 2012. There are many opportunities for both international as well as domestic companies in this vibrant market, which values new and innovative products.

Southeast Asia is a strategic region, where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average. A wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour and regional economic integration with the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging in ASEAN countries.

ASEANbeauty will be the leading industry event where companies looking to expand in Southeast Asia will be able to build business network and gain industry insights through seminars and educational workshops.

Mrs. Ketmanee Lertkitcha, President of The Thai Cosmetic Manufacturers Association and supporting partner of ASEANbeauty, welcomes the event: “We are proud to support ASEAN beauty as the market is ready for a fair representing the Southeast Asia region. The event will be the best place not only to meet potential buyers and distributors, but also to observe trends and gather market intelligence.”

“Visitors can expect to meet over 200 leading suppliers covering personal care, skin care, hair care, nail care including cosmetics, fragrances, raw ingredients, salon supplies, natural heath products, hair products, nails and accessories from Asia and countries around the world in a truly global marketplace,” said M Gandhi, Managing Director, UBM ASEAN Business.

ASEANbeauty will take place at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre from 8-10 April 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Please visit the ASEANbeauty exhibition website at http://www.aseanbeautyshow.com for further details.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

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 Asia in ASEAN (www.ubmasean.com)

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.

For press inquiries please email Ms. Susan at nga.nguyen@ubm.com or call +66-2-642-6911 Ext. 218.
Source: UBM Asia

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March 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

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US Wi-Fi Households to Own Average of 11 Wi-Fi Devices in 2017 says Strategy Analytics

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– Wi-Fi capability now embedded in 68 percent of all Consumer Electronics devices sold in the USA, 57 percent globally

BOSTON, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global shipments for Wi-Fi enabled Consumer Electronics devices grew 19 percent year-over-year to reach 1.9 billion units in 2013 according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report, ‘Embedded WLAN (Wi-Fi) CE Devices: Global Market Forecast.’

Click here for the report:
http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=9404

4 billion Wi-Fi enabled consumer electronics devices are now in use across the world resulting in an average of 7 Wi-Fi devices for every Wi-Fi household. By 2017 over 7 billion devices will be in use globally.
Wi-Fi enabled cell phones and tablets accounted for a combined 59 percent of all Wi-Fi enabled CE device shipments in 2013 with mobile PCs the next largest category at 9 percent of shipments.
Moving forward, key growth markets for integrated Wi-Fi include digital cameras, wireless audio speakers, Smart TVs, and Digital Video Recorders.
The 802.11n Wi-Fi standard is now the baseline for low cost Wi-Fi, accounting for 84 percent of global Wi-Fi device shipments in 2013. The recently finalized 802.11ac standard is gaining traction in mobile PCs and smartphones and will start to move mainstream from 2015.

Global Shipments and Penetration of Wi-Fi Embedded CE Devices
Global Shipments and Penetration of Wi-Fi Embedded CE Devices

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David Watkins, Director, Connected Home Devices said: “Wi-Fi is now the key connectivity backbone for the distribution of digital audio and video content in the home and with the new 802.11ac standard, households will be armed with the necessary technology to support the ever growing number of IP video hungry devices.”

Eric Smith, Analyst, Connected Home Devices commented: “Wi-Fi offers consumers the convenience of a straight out of the box connectivity solution for devices such as TVs and Blu-ray players, removing the hassle of hardwiring a device to the router or worse – running unsightly cables across the living room.”

Strategy Analytics defines Wi-Fi Households as those households owning a Wi-Fi router.

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Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, market research, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. http://www.StrategyAnalytics.com

European Contact: David Watkins, +33-1-53-40-99-50, dwatkins@strategyanalytics.com

US Contact: Eric Smith, +1-617-614-0700, esmith@strategyanalytics.com

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Exploring e-Retailing in Automotive Aftermarket at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s Vision Conference

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Frost & Sullivan to present on how automotive aftermarket suppliers can move into the future through online channels

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s Aftermarket Senior Research Analyst Kumar Saha will keynote at the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s member-only Vision Conference 2014, held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. on March 25 – 26.

The Vision Conference aims to provide clarity to elements that are essential for suppliers to innovate and end up successful in the many facets that comprise the modern automotive aftermarket through the theme of “Winning in the Aftermarket… The Chase for Innovation.”

As such, Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation Senior Industry Analyst Kumar Saha will present “Winning in Emerging Channels: e-Tailing,” which will provide conference participants with tools to take advantage of the opportunities presented through online retailing of parts. This is an important trend that is expected to account for approximately 10 percent of total aftermarket revenue by 2020.

“At the very least, digitization opens up a dynamic channel of communication between suppliers, installers and end-users,” said Kumar. “On the other end, digital presence can, in theory, allow a supplier to sell directly to customers. Most importantly, e-retailing and other attendant technologies could potentially shake up an entrenched aftermarket structure.”

Kumar’s keynote will be held on March 26. For slides previewing his presentation, visit: http://bit.ly/1jAAmuL.

For more information on Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation research, please contact Jeannette Garcia, Corporate Communications, at jeannette.garcia@frost.com with your full contact details. For more information about the AASA Vision Conference, visit http://www.aasavision.org.

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AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products. It is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is a market segment of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

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Darling International Inc. Announces Results For Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2013

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IRVING, Texas, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Darling International Inc. (NYSE: DAR) today reported fourth quarter net income of $22.5 million, or $0.18 per share, and net income of $109.0 million , or $0.91 per share, for its fiscal year ended December 28, 2013. Sales and results of operations for the fourth quarter and fiscal year as compared to the same periods of the prior year are as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2013

For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reported net sales of $428.7 million as compared to $424.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The $3.8 million increase in net sales is primarily attributable to the inclusion of two months of sales from our new Canadian subsidiary, Rothsay, a full quarter of sales from our recently acquired food residuals business, Terra Renewal Services (TRS), and improved raw material volumes in both the Rendering and Bakery segments, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. However, these increases were largely offset by significant reductions in finished product prices for both fats and proteins. In the Bakery segment, we experienced a sharp decline in finished product pricing due to an unprecedented reduction in corn prices, which dropped approximately $1.76 per bushel, or 29% during the quarter on a sequential basis or $3.12 per bushel or 41% relative to the fourth quarter 2012.

Net income for fourth quarter 2013 decreased to $22.5 million, or $0.18 per share, as compared to net income of $28.8 million, or $0.24 per share, for the 2012 comparable period. The $6.3 million decrease in net income for the fourth quarter resulted from lower finished product pricing, primarily in the Bakery segment; transaction costs of $14.4 million related to the Company’s acquisition of Rothsay in October 2013 and the VION Ingredients business of VION Foods Inc. on January 7, 2014; the write-off of a $13 million bridge loan fee; and higher depreciation and amortization expenses related to a general increase in capital expenditures and the purchase accounting step-up in basis associated with the Rothsay and TRS acquisitions. These items were offset, in part, by a $27.5 million gain on a foreign exchange contract related to the acquisition of VION Ingredients; earnings resulting from the Rothsay and TRS acquisitions; and a tax benefit associated with the U.S. biofuels tax incentive. The Bakery segment was moderately protected by the Company’s corn derivatives positions for the quarter, but the impact of the Company’s raw material purchasing formulas in its Bakery segment supply contracts, which are based on the published market price of corn, significantly lagged the rapid decline of our finished product prices through the processing and sales cycles.

Darling International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Randall Stuewe, said, “As previously reported, the Diamond Green Diesel refinery we own in a joint venture with Valero Energy Corporation commenced operations earlier in the year. During the fourth quarter, the joint venture encountered issues typically consistent with the shakedown phase for a new facility in the refining industry. However, we proved that the technology is capable of producing a high quality renewable diesel, which has been well received by the fuel market and distribution infrastructure,” continued Mr. Stuewe. “Diamond Green Diesel experienced a challenging fourth quarter related to supply chain issues typical of a startup of this magnitude. There were periods in both the third and fourth quarters when Diamond Green Diesel operated below nameplate capacity, resulting in a fourth quarter ownership position in higher priced feedstock relative to the rapidly declining fat prices that occurred during the quarter. Thus, Diamond Green Diesel was unable to benefit from the favorable market conditions that existed for inexpensive fats. Furthermore, as the EPA’s 2013 biofuels mandate was met, RIN values started to decline; however, this decline was exacerbated by the uncertainty created by the EPA’s initial proposal to hold the 2014 mandate for Advanced Biofuels and Biomass Based Diesel constant at 1.28 billion gallons. Currently, Diamond Green Diesel is operating at nameplate capacity.”

In the first quarter of 2014, we anticipate additional transaction-related costs, which are estimated to be as follows:

$27.3 million redemption premium associated with the repurchase of our previously outstanding 8.5% Notes;
Approximately $14 million to $18 million of other acquisition-related costs; and
$12.6 million foreign exchange contract loss related to the acquisition of VION Ingredients

Fiscal 2013

Darling International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Randall Stuewe, said, “Fiscal 2013 was a year of tremendous growth for the Company. We focused on strategic, long-term opportunities while managing a massively volatile fourth quarter in 2013. A sharp decline in the fats market during the fourth quarter resulted from large global crop production increases and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. government’s RFS2 mandated biofuel volumes for 2014. Our contractual market-based formulas worked, but were hard-pressed to fully protect our spread in a difficult environment of rapidly declining prices. Additionally, as we approached year end, buyers’ reluctance to purchase forward further exacerbated inventories, which increased as the market prices fell. Our protein prices followed the decline in soybean meal prices during the quarter, but have since rebounded. As expected, our Bakery segment earnings dropped with the decrease in corn prices during 2013.”

Mr. Stuewe further commented, “We closed the Rothsay transaction on October 28, 2013. Integration is going well with raw material volumes as expected. Additionally, we closed on VION Ingredients, now Darling Ingredients International, in early January, with integration going nicely and synergies being identified. Overall, in fiscal 2013 operating costs were effectively managed and a strong capital improvement program was deployed. We are excited about the Company’s global positioning and the opportunities that lie ahead with our expanded global platform.”

For fiscal 2013, the Company reported net sales of $1,723.6 million as compared to $1,701.4 million for fiscal 2012. Similar to the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter, the $22.1 million increase in sales resulted primarily from the acquisition of Rothsay and TRS and increased raw material volumes compared to fiscal year 2012. These increases were offset by declines in the finished product prices of Cookie Meal®, fats, and pet food grade poultry meal.

For fiscal 2013, the Company reported net income of $109.0 million, or $0.91 per share, as compared to $130.8 million, or $1.11 per share, for the 2012 comparable period. Similar to the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter, the $21.8 million decrease in net income for fiscal 2013 resulted from acquisition-related costs, increased SG&A costs, lower finished product pricing in the Bakery segment, the write-off of bridge loan fees, and higher depreciation and amortization costs associated with increased capital expenditures and the accounting basis step-up related to the acquisitions. These decreases were partially offset by the foreign exchange contract gain, earnings from Rothsay and TRS, higher raw material volumes, earnings from the DGD joint venture, and the tax benefit associated with the U.S. biofuels tax incentive.

Darling International Inc. is the world’s largest publicly-traded producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients creating a wide range of products and customized specialty solutions for clients in the food, pharmaceutical, pet food, feed, fuel, bioenergy, technical and fertilizer industries. With operations on five continents, the Company transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, tallow, feed-grade fats, meat and bone meal, poultry meal, yellow grease, fuel feed stocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. Value-added products include food grade fats, bone products, organic fertilizers and plasma meals. The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients. In addition, the Company provides grease trap collection services and sells used cooking oil collection equipment to restaurants and collects and land applies industrial residuals. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://ir.darlingii.com.

Darling International will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results at 8:30 am Eastern Time (7:30 am Central Time) on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America should dial 877-270-2148; international participants should dial 412-902-6510. Please refer to access code 10040827. Please call approximately ten minutes before the start of the call to ensure that you are connected.

The call will also be available as a live audio webcast that can be accessed on the Company website at http://ir.darlingii.com. Beginning one hour after its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed through March 6, 2014, by dialing 877-344-7529 domestically, or 412-317-0088 if outside North America. The access code for the replay is 10040827. The conference call will also be archived on the Company’s website.

{This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business operations and prospects of Darling International and industry factors affecting it. These statements are identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “begin,” “look forward,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “should,” “potential,” “estimate,” “continue,” “momentum” and other words referring to events that may occur in the future. These statements reflect Darling International’s current view of future events and are based on its assessment of, and are subject to, a variety of risks and uncertainties beyond its control, including the Company’s ability to successfully integrate and operate Rothsay and Darling Ingredients International, disturbances in world financial, credit, commodities, stock markets and climatic conditions; unanticipated changes in national and international regulations affecting the Company’s products; a decline in consumer confidence and discretionary spending; the general performance of the U.S. and global economies; global demands for biofuels and grain and oilseed commodities, which have exhibited volatility, and can impact the cost of feed for cattle, hogs and poultry, thus affecting available rendering feedstock and selling prices for the Company’s products; risks related to diseases of animal origin affecting markets for the Company’s products; risks associated with the renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana owned and operated by a joint venture between Darling International and Valero Energy Corporation, including possible operating disruptions and marketing challenges; risks relating to possible third party claims of intellectual property infringement; economic disruptions resulting from the European debt crisis; continued or escalated conflict in the Middle East; and the Company’s relatively high level of indebtedness, each of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling International, its business and the industry in which it operates are referenced from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Darling International is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.}

Darling International Inc.

Consolidated Operating Results

For the Periods Ended December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Fourth Quarter Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

$ Change

$ Change

Dec. 28,
Dec. 29,
Favorable

Dec. 28,
Dec. 29,
Favorable

2013
2012
(Unfavorable)

2013
2012 (Unfavorable)

Net sales $428,749
$424,915
$ 3,834

$1,723,550
$1,701,429
$ 22,121

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales and operating expenses $318,404
$314,088
$ (4,316)

$1,261,101
$1,232,604
$ (24,497)

Selling, general andadministrative expenses 45,982
38,927
(7,055)

170,825
151,713
(19,112)

Depreciation and amortization 31,713
22,413
(9,300)

98,787
85,371
(13,416)

Acquisition costs 14,114

(14,114)

23,271

(23,271)

Total costs and expenses 410,213
375,428
(34,785)

1,553,984
1,469,688
(84,296)

Operating income 18,536
49,487
(30,951)

169,566
231,741
(62,175)

Other income/(expense):

Interest expense (21,501)
(5,508)
(15,993)

(38,108)
(24,054)
(14,054)

Foreign currency gain 28,107

28,107

28,107

28,107

Other, net (928)
1,866
(2,794)

(3,547)
1,760
(5,307)

Total other income/(expense) 5,678
(3,642)
9,320

(13,548)
(22,294)
8,746

Equity in net income/loss of unconsolidated subsidiary (1,136)
(937)
(199)

7,660
(2,662)
10,322

Income from operations before income taxes 23,078
44,908
(21,830)

163,678
206,785
(43,107)

Income taxes (585)
(16,106)
15,521

(54,711)
(76,015)
21,304

Net income $ 22,493
$ 28,802
$ (6,309)

$ 108,967
$ 130,770
$ (21,803)

Basic income per share: $ 0.18
$ 0.24
$ (0.06)

$ 0.91
$ 1.11
$ (0.20)

Diluted income per share: $ 0.18
$ 0.24
$ (0.06)

$ 0.91
$ 1.11
$ (0.20)

For More Information, contact:

Melissa Gaither, Director of Investor Relations 251 O’Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300
Irving, Texas 75038
Phone: +1-972-717-0300

Source: Darling International Inc.

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