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Frost & Sullivan: Government Investments in Infrastructure Stokes Demand for Thermoset Resins in South Africa and Kenya

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— Market will mirror growth seen in the paints and coatings, construction chemicals and composites markets

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The frenzied pace of infrastructural developments in South Africa and Kenya is growing the market for thermoset resins in both countries. Significant government investment, especially in low-cost housing, road and other non-domestic structures, has given a boost to the paints and coatings, construction chemicals and composites markets. These markets, in turn, have raised the demand for thermoset resins.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Thermoset Resins Market in South Africa and Kenya, finds that the market earned combined revenues of $280.8 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $339.4 million in 2017. South Africa accounted for 97.5 percent of the total sales and Kenya, the remaining 2.5 percent.

“Although South Africa’s economic growth has slowed, a $360 billion government infrastructural development plan is likely to keep its thermoset resins market afloat till 2030,” says Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Industry Analyst Dilshaad Booley. “The growth rate in Kenya is expected to be much higher, as the country is sorely lacking in modern infrastructure and is aggressively pursuing its development goals in line with its vision of becoming a middle-income nation by 2030.”

South Africa has adequate resources to supply almost 90 percent of its thermoset resins demand domestically. Its local refineries are the most efficient in Africa, with an average utilisation capacity of 85 percent. Although this insulates the market from import price fluctuations, the country’s escalating production costs are exposing it to competition from cheap imports. The government can attempt to stave off this challenge by imposing higher import tariffs and companies can utilise energy more efficiently during the manufacturing process.

Kenya, on the other hand, imports almost all of its thermoset resins and is vulnerable to constant currency volatility and high transport costs due to poor rail and road conditions. However, this is being remedied by the government’s investment into the sector.

“Rail transport is performing at 10 percent of its capacity due to the deterioration of infrastructure and operational inefficiency in Kenya, resulting in higher thermoset resins prices,” explains Booley. “South Africa, meanwhile, is threatened by imports from China, which is able to manufacture and trade products at lower costs due to economies of scale, lower labour costs and preferential trade tariffs.”

Kenya can lower the prices of thermoset resins and increase local manufacturing through proper maintenance and better infrastructure, with longer rail networks from the ports. In South Africa, overcoming soaring energy costs is key to making locally produced products price competitive with imports. Local content policies in both countries will also aid the usage of thermoset resins in their respective domestic markets.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an email to Samantha James, Corporate Communications, at samantha.james@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

Analysis of the Thermoset Resins Market in South Africa and Kenya is part of the Chemicals & Materials (http://www.chemicals.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: South African Green Materials Market for Construction as well as Cable Manufacturing Materials Market, An Analysis of the Thermal Insulation Materials Market of South Africa and Nigeria, Global Lubricant Market and the Impact of Bio-based Feedstock, and The Impact of Biotechnology: from GM Crops to Cheese. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Analysis of the Thermoset Resins Market in South Africa and Kenya
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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 organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

Contact:
Samantha James
Corporate Communications – Africa
P: +27 21 680 3574
F: +27 21 680 3296
E: samantha.james@frost.com
T: @FrostSullivanSA
http://www.frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm

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IBS Unveils New Monthly Subscription Price Model with No Lock-in Period

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— Mid-market Distribution Companies Reduce Financial Commitment and Gain an Easy Way to Deploy Best-of-Breed Supply Chain Solutions

SOLNA, Sweden, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain solution provider, today announced a new monthly subscription price model that gives companies an easy and commercially risk-free way of deploying its supply chain solutions.

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IBS is a trusted industry leader of ERP and WMS distribution software, renowned for consistently improving operational efficiencies and business performance for mid-market companies challenged by the complexities of managing distribution.

The full suite of IBS software, including IBS Enterprise (ERP), IBS Dynaman (WMS), IBS Bookmaster and IBS Sales & Operations Planning, is now available for deployment under a new monthly subscription price model – via the cloud, but also on-premise, as required.

Under the new monthly price model, companies face no lock-in period, nor any long-term commitments to the software and services.

“Over the last few years, our company has renewed its focus on delivering value to distributors in their quest to hone their supply chains and realize greater business benefits,” said Scott Brown, Executive Vice President of Global Cloud and Customer Support Services. “IBS wants to facilitate options for customers and make it easy for them to experience the productivity gains that IBS offers. Our goal is to build long-term value for customers and remove barriers to entry.”

“Omni-channel retailing and multi-channel collaboration are two key capabilities that could benefit from easier ways to procure and consume supply chain software,” said Steve Banker, Service Director for Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group. “As the differences between B2B and B2C supply chain models fade, IBS’ new subscription model is set to take cloud services to their next logical level.”

Among the advantages of the new subscription model is single tenancy in the cloud. Month-to-month subscribers will not be forced to share cloud resources in a multi-tenant cloud services model but will enjoy the same benefits as companies with long-term IBS contracts.

IBS customers also control their upgrade paths or can delegate IBS to manage those requirements. The month-to-month subscription model includes all of the following elements:

Software license
Maintenance and support services
Professional services for implementation
Applications upgrades
Deployment in the cloud and associated services

Monthly fees are available from US$99 per user per month and include all of the above elements.

IBS applications are now far more affordable yet still deliver benefits such as lower IT cost through fixed monthly fees, reduced business risk, faster time to value and greater flexibility – combined with the advanced functionality of the IBS industry-leading ERP and Supply Chain solutions.

About IBS
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as Galexis, Sigma, Rexel, Maxell, GE Lighting, Marangoni, WorldPac, MacFarlane Group, Scholastic Editions, Fidelitone, Totes Isotoner, Volvo, Goodyear, Skil, Oriola, Inotech and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency.

For more information, please visit http://www.ibs.net
Source: International Business Systems

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March 6, 2014 at 11:43 pm

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Dramatic changes in Network, Media and Industry Competition by 2020 predicts Strategy Analytics

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Flexibility, Efficiency, and Cloud could solve Service Provider Data Cost/Revenue dilemma as IoT transforms industries

BOSTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy Analytics anticipates dramatic changes across both fixed and mobile platforms in the Communications Networks, Content and Technology markets by 2020. The fuel for continued innovation will be ever faster, more agile, ubiquitous, virtualized networks and cloud services alongside pervasive energy sensors and ad hoc networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

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The Strategy Analytics report, “2020 Vision: Predictions for Communications Networks, Content and Technology,” highlights that operator consolidation will result in a maximum of three players in a given market as network sharing becomes commonplace.

Click here for the full report: http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=9392

Network architectures built on software-defined networking (SDN) and hybrid self-optimizing networks (SON) will be the norm. Next Generation network technology will become fluid as 5G services emerge.

“These new network architectures will help to ‘close the scissor gap’ as falling costs per GB align with the rate of revenue per GB decline. Revenue per GB fell more than twice as fast as costs between 2010 and 2013, but rates of change could equalize towards the end of this decade,” noted Sue Rudd, Director of Wireless Networks and Platforms.

Spectrum will still be king for operators, but it will be harder to keep exclusive control of spectrum real estate as new licensing paradigms take hold.

“5G networks will still be in their infancy in 2020, but the small number of early commercial networks will be in Asia-Pacific that will dominate the first wave again,” noted Phil Kendall, Executive Director of Wireless Operator Strategies.

Talking about the impact of IoT, Andrew Brown, Executive Director Enterprise Mobility and M2M commented, “The realization of the third industrial revolution will be driven by Cloud computing, Big Data analytics and the consumerization of business services. IoT developments and M2M will create new partnerships with disruptive new business models.”

IoT’s success will depend on ubiquitous energy harvesting and ad-hoc sensor networks. These developments will be under way by 2020; and will eventually transform industrial processes, consumer applications, healthcare and government.

Strategy Analytics 2020 vision includes additional insights for Mobile Devices, Media and Home Entertainment.

About Strategy Analytics
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

US Contact:
Sue Rudd, +1 617 614 0709, Srudd@strategyanalytics.com

European Contacts:
Phil Kendall 44(0) 1908 423 620, pkendall@strategyanalytics.com
Andrew Brown 44(0) 1908 423 630, Abrown@strategyanalytics.com

Asia Contact:
Guang Yang, +86 1380 137 2507 gyang@strategyanalytics.com
Source: Strategy Analytics

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March 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds RedLine for Distinguishing Itself in the Fresh Produce Market by Offering an Integrated Solution for Growers and Shippers

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— RedLine’s ability to tailor solutions to customer’s immediate requirements, plus its strategic partnerships, have resulted in RedLine’s market-ready acceptance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the top 25 game changers in the food and beverage industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes RedLine Solutions with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Fresh Produce Traceability Company of the Year. RedLine Solutions has leveraged its understanding of whole-chain traceability in the fresh produce market to develop easy-to-use systems and processes for growers, packers, and shippers. It stands out from the competition for not only helping customers comply with food safety regulations such as the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but also for enabling economic inventory solutions that support quality and freshness in products.

Beyond PTI compliance, RedLine’s integrated solution offering allows for management of customer packing and warehouse operations using software and systems that are specific to tracking source lots and optimizing inventory control in the fresh produce sector. The company’s experience in barcode, radio-frequency identification (RFID), wireless, and mobile installations provides customers with the flexibility to access vital supply chain information in a streamlined fashion.

At a time when some solution providers are moving toward developments for retailers, RedLine Solutions is focusing on developing solutions for the grower-shipper level. Its robust solution helps users assess their current situation and recommends solutions that offer significant operational improvements based on the present market requirements. It makes available similar solutions at the packaging shed, equipping value-chain participants with the source lot and pack lot to create a tight trace-back link to the food origin.

“RedLine’s solution effectively addresses the issues associated with identifying the source of spoiled or damaged produce, saving time and costs for stakeholders along the entire value chain,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sonia Francisco. “This methodology has several advantages such as reducing cost pressure on the grower, sustaining consumers’ confidence in the fresh produce, and enabling retailers to ensure continuous commodity flow.”

Meanwhile, RedLine Solutions has formulated several strategic partnerships with both software and hardware solution providers to cater to its customers’ diverse requirements. For instance, the company’s partnership with Compu-Tech, Inc. has extended its application scope in automating inventory and mobilizing warehouse management for produce growers and shippers.

Further, to strengthen its compliance with regulations and improve whole-chain efficiency, RedLine Solutions has collaborated with providers such as Honeywell, Motorola Solutions, and Zebra Technologies in the produce segment and RedBeam, Inc. and IntelliTrack in the inventory management segment. Its recent partnership with Junction Solutions has allowed it to eliminate the manual link between field labeling and the companies’ mainline enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

“In the fresh produce sector, growers are located in areas with limited connectivity and infrastructure support further limiting utilization of various traceability and compliance software solutions. RedLine Solutions resolves such challenges by combining on-premise and hosted solutions,” noted Francisco. “Its customer-centric vision enables them to accommodate various models that improve control and management of data, ensuring customers have access to data both online and offline.”

RedLine Solutions’ expertise in traceability solutions, coupled with their foundation capabilities to translate data into actionable insights that customers can leverage, has set it apart in the competitive fresh produce market.

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

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

About RedLine Solutions

RedLine Solutions is the leader in providing produce companies inventory and traceability- solutions that are compliant with industry and Federal requirements and effectively manage traceability throughout their operations. RedLine Solutions brings the right combination of innovative technology, industry knowledge, and top-notch service that drive efficiency, achieve new levels of inventory visibility and worker productivity.

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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mobrien@redlinesolutions.com
+1.408.562.1700
RedLine Solutions
2000 Wyatt Drive, Suite 11
Santa Clara, CA 95054

http://www.redlinesolutions.com
http://www.redlineforproduce.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Commends Sprint for Leading the Mobile and Wireless Sector in Environmental Responsibility

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— Rapid population growth, economic development, urbanization, and industrialization contribute to a wide range of environmental challenges in today’s business environment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on independent analysis of the mobile and wireless market, Frost & Sullivan is proud to present Sprint with the 2014 North American Green Excellence Award. Sprint has clearly demonstrated corporate social responsibility by promoting conservation, re-use, recycling processes, and global sustainability standards across the organization, as well as propagating such internal best practices along the value chain.

Sprint has emerged as an industry leader with respect to green initiatives and consistently shows a commitment to conducting business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. It firmly believes that a company is much more than the products and services it sells, and an organization has to constantly consider the impact it has on the environment, the people and the communities it serves.

“Sprint was a pioneer in establishing a long-term vision for more environmentally responsible mobile devices, and created a set of rigorous environmental specifications for their device manufacturers,” said Frost & Sullivan Mobile and Wireless Communications Global Director Brent Iadarola. “Not only this, it also made it a priority to efficiently manage resources used in its business operations to reduce their own environmental footprint. For example, Sprint committed to reduce GHG by 20 percent, and increase its use of renewable energy from today’s 5 percent, to 10 percent by 2017.”

With more than 38,000 outside vendors, Sprint’s supply chain management accounts for a large portion of their environmental footprint. As such, the company is aiming to have 90 percent of their suppliers, based on sourceable spend, meet their social and environmental criteria. To date, 79 percent are already up to speed.

“In addition to advocating environmentally responsible products and operations, Sprint also enabled customers to reduce their own environmental footprint through Sprint services and solutions,” said Iadarola. “Smart grid initiatives, fleet management solutions, eBilling, m-payments, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and green applications are all real-world examples of how Sprint customers are able to significantly enhance their productivity, while simultaneously and conveniently reducing their own environmental impact as they conduct daily activities.”

The company also launched new sustainable packaging to further aid waste-reduction efforts, which reduced Sprint’s packaging by 60 percent in volume, and 50 percent in weight. Additionally, programs such as the Sprint Buyback and Sprint Project Connect provide customers with credit for eligible wireless devices (including those from other carriers). Due to these efforts, Sprint is significantly progressing toward their goal to collect nine phones for reuse and recycling for every 10 phones they sell by 2017.

“Sprint’s products, operations and customers reflect and uphold a strong obligation to lessen the impact of their business on the environment and enhance quality of life for current and future generations,” concluded Iadarola. “Its proactive actions to preserve natural resources, reduce waste, and strengthen a green supply chain support their position as a clear leader in environmental responsibility.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrated excellence in developing and offering innovative product, service, or technology solutions that aggressively embrace environmental stewardship. This award recognizes the company’s inordinate efforts and focus on advancing the cause of long-term sustainability.

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

About Sprint

Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at http://www.sprint.com or http://www.facebook.com/sprint and http://www.twitter.com/sprint.

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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E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 6, 2014 at 11:13 pm

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CATV Infrastructure Amplifier Market will reach $225 Million, says Strategy Analytics

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CATV Infrastructure Amplifier Market will reach $225 Million, says Strategy Analytics

— Data demand and new architectures will drive growth

BOSTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With CATV and broadband services becoming integral parts of service providers bundles, network infrastructure is evolving rapidly to keep up with growing demand. The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technology (GaAs) service forecast and data model describes trends and forecasts for semiconductor-based amplifier building blocks used in the evolution of hybrid fiber coax (HFC) and fiber-based networks.

To keep up with data increases, the number of homes served per node will decrease. This will increase the number of nodes and node amplifiers.
Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) will remain the technology of choice for the amplifier building blocks, but gallium nitride (GaN) will see the fastest growth
The size of the population, along with aggressive efforts to deploy CATV and broadband services will propel the Asia-Pacific region to account for more than 50 percent of the revenue generated by the amplifier building blocks
The new features allowed by the DOCSIS 3.1specification will enable the HFC network to evolve to meet the growing data and services demand.

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“Driving fiber deeper into networks stands as a competitive threat for semiconductor-based amplifier building blocks,” observed Eric Higham, Director of the GaAs service. “The recent ratification of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, which allows more bandwidth, different upstream and downstream frequency splits and more efficient data transmission will ensure that the HFC network architecture keeps pace with consumer demands.”

“This segment was one of the first commercial markets to adopt GaN technology,” added Asif Anwar, Director for ADS. “While GaAs will still figure prominently, the performance advantages of GaN will make this the fastest growing technology for the amplifier building blocks.”

The CATV infrastructure amplifier building block forecast and data model details the market outlook for various amplifier building blocks used in different locations in the network architecture. It also segments shipments by function, process technology and geography. For further details, see:

CATV Infrastructure Amplifier Market: 2013 – 2018 https://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=9411
CATV Infrastructure Amplifier Market Forecast: 2013-2018 https://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=9417

About Strategy Analytics

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: Asif Anwar, +44(0)1908-423-635, aanwar@strategyanalytics.com
US Contact: Eric Higham, +1-617-614-0721, ehigham@strategyanalytics.com
Source: Strategy Analytics

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March 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Greener Retail Facilities and Redevelopments Create Opportunities for FM Providers

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— Construction of green shopping centers and redevelopment of existing outlets will enable FM providers to offer integrated services

SYDNEY, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The mature, yet highly fragmented Australian facilities management (FM) market for retail, wholesale and warehousing is likely to find new opportunities in the trend toward more sustainable facilities and redevelopments or extensions. While new construction activity remains subdued, the opportunity to offer bundled or integrated services represents a significant untapped market.

Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of Facilities Management in Retail, Wholesale and Warehousing — Australia, finds that market revenues are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 0.8 percent over the period 2012 to 2019.

In 2012, 35 percent of FM services were outsourced and the remaining 65 percent, delivered in-house. Of the outsourced services, only 9 percent was estimated to have been delivered as an integrated facilities management (IFM) solution, while 91 percent was delivered as ‘other services’ (70 percent provided as single FM services and 30 percent as bundled FM services).

The FM market, like many others, has benefitted greatly from Australia’s stable economic climate. While several economies in Europe and North America declined during the global downturn, Australia became even more prominent. Its retail market’s forecast growth rate of 2.9 percent in 2012-2013, although modest, is still higher than Europe’s or North America’s.

“FM providers will be able to extract greater benefit if they are successful in altering the perception among large shopping center owners that the operations and maintenance of the shopping center is ‘core business’,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Director, Ivan Fernandez.

As the state of the shopping center directly translates into higher rents and profits for building owners, they look to manage FM services in-house and outsource only single FM services (cleaning, security services, repairs).

Retaining FM in-house is also a cost-cutting measure, with some shopping mall owners reducing cleaning hours by as much as 20 percent. Added to this, the growing popularity of online shopping is reducing floor space and the requirement for certain FM services; but on the other hand, it also increases the need for services such as storage, logistics and delivery services.

“Another new trend that is influencing the FM market is the mushrooming of green buildings,” noted Fernandez. “The sustainable management of these buildings will present FM providers with opportunities to strategise and innovate their offerings.”

Market participants will look to optimize energy use and make efficient use of materials, transport, cleaning, water use, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) or insulation. These market trends are expected to drive demand for FM services for larger facilities through integrated service offers.

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

Strategic Analysis of Facilities Management in Retail, Wholesale and Warehousing — Australia is part of the Building Management Technologies (http://www.buildingtechnologies.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Total Facilities Management Market in Australia, Strategic Analysis of the Facilities Management Market in the Healthcare Sector in Australia, and Non-Residential LED Market in Asia-Pacific. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

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

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your 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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Strategic Analysis of Facilities Management in Retail, Wholesale and Warehousing — Australia
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Contact:
Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications — ANZ
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com
http://www.frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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RS Components introduces Panasonic POSCAP and OS-CON capacitors offering low ESR and extended life capabilities across a broad range of applications

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New capacitors from Panasonic Industrial Devices provide high reliability and efficiency in small volume and low profile packages
SINGAPORE, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking two new low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) polymer capacitors from the Panasonic Industrial Devices range. POSCAP™ and OS-CON™ offer reliable, efficient, long lifetime solutions for digital and telecommunications applications, and meet the growing demand for energy reduction in industrial equipment and automotive systems.
Panasonic POSCAP available on RS Components Website
Panasonic POSCAP available on RS Components Website
POSCAP is a solid chip capacitor with a sintered tantalum anode and a highly conductive polymer cathode. Its low impedance and low ESR (down to 5 milliohm) enable excellent performance at high frequency while maintaining a low profile and a high capacitance range. The device offers excellent noise-absorption characteristics, and provides high heat resistance, spanning a wide temperature range of between -55 degrees Celsius and +125 degrees Celsius.
OS-CON capacitors available on RS Components Website
OS-CON capacitors available on RS Components Website

OS-CON capacitors available on RS Components Website
OS-CON capacitors available on RS Components Website
OS-CON is a solid aluminium capacitor containing highly conductive polymer electrolyte material. OS-CON offers low ESR, excellent noise reduction capability and frequency characteristics. In addition, OS-CON has a long life span of up to 30 years, and can operate efficiently at even the lowest temperatures due to the solid electrolyte. OS-CON and POSCAP are suitable as a smoothing, backup and bypass capacitor in a wide range of applications.
The Panasonic POSCAP and OS-CON capacitors are available to order direct from RS stock for same-day despatch.
About Panasonic
From capacitors, through batteries, to robots – the Europe-wide sales of a broad range of industrial products form the core business of Panasonic Industrial Europe. The group comprises the continental European company Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Europe GmbH with its headquarters in Hamburg, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Europe (UK) GmbH located in London and Panasonic Energy Europe NV established in Brussels. In just two years after its incorporation on 1st April 1998, the company established its growth-oriented course. Some 300 people are employed in the Sales, Marketing and Support Divisions.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP 1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
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Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65- 6347-2355
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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March 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

TECHNICAL INSIGHTS – Frost & Sullivan: Boom in Smart Pills Will Reach a New Peak by 2018-2020

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— Technological advances in minimally invasive and remote controlled devices drive the market

LONDON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The increasing need for convenient diagnostic and accurate therapeutic tools is driving innovation in smart pills. While certain smart pill applications, such as imaging and sensing, have been successfully commercialized, others like drug delivery and surgery are yet to be proven clinically. There is also commercialization preference and focus on wireless capsule endoscopes and ingestible sensors for internal signs monitoring.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com), Innovations in Smart Pills, finds a clear trend towards minimally invasive and remote controlled devices for diagnosis and therapy. Smart pills are widely used for gastrointestinal imaging too, replacing invasive endoscopes. Advancements in enabling technologies, such as wireless communications, remote patient monitoring, and miniaturization, will widen smart pill applications.

“The smart pills industry is likely to experience a burst of new products in the next five to seven years, offering tremendous potential for collaboration between the industry and academia,” said Technical Insights Research Analyst Bhargav Rajan. “While overarching product designs developed by the industry can lead to breakthrough products such as capsule endoscopes, it is by leveraging ideas from basic and applied sciences at universities and research centers that product differentiation and value enhancement can be achieved.”

Being a nascent market there is a need to build confidence among the stakeholders – patients, physicians, researchers, investors and regulatory agencies. Measures like strategic and business partnerships as well as scientific and clinical education will help win the trust of regulatory authorities, investors and users.

In addition, it is imperative that companies take advantage of the government funding available to universities and small businesses. This is especially vital owing to the uneven distribution of venture capital investment, which prevents start-up companies from developing into formidable players.

Besides, company valuations have reduced over the past few years. Partnering with labs that have access to funds for basic and applied sciences will help secure financial support which can be leveraged into commercial products. In fact, government-sponsored research projects have given rise to formidable academia-industry research collaboration. Such research consortia are especially common in the European Union, resulting in successful spin-offs that commercialize technologies and further the scope of the smart pills.

“Smaller companies that cannot effectively translate a technology into a commercial product can also explore licensing them to companies with established solutions in the market,” suggested Rajan. “Meanwhile, new market participants can rely on technology incubators to ease their technology towards commercialization.”

Moreover, leading companies looking to enter new regions can associate with local medical device companies and take advantage of their expertise as well as established marketing networks. Europe and emerging countries in East Asia are hotbeds for investment opportunities, particularly for market entrants.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please email Anna Zanchi, Corporate Communications, at anna.zanchi@frost.com

Innovations in Smart Pills is a part of the Technical Insights subscription and provides an insight into the R&D management strategies in the smart pills industry. The research service outlines the prevalent R&D climate in the industry and attempts to shed light on different channels available for innovation and growth. Frost & Sullivan’s expert analysts also thoroughly examine wireless capsule endoscopes, ingestible sensors, drug delivery and ingestible surgical robots. Further, this study 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

Contact
Anna Zanchi
Corporate Communications — Europe
P: +39.02.4851 6133
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http://www.frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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OneSource Information Services, Inc. Changes Name To Avention, Inc.

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— First Company to Deliver on Potential of Big Data for 21st Century Business Information Solutions

CONCORD, Mass., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OneSource Information Services, Inc., a leader in transformative sales enablement and business information solutions, today announced that the company has changed its name to Avention, Inc. OneSource, previously a subsidiary of InfoGroup, was acquired 18 months ago by private equity partners GTCR and Cannondale Investments, Inc., with a vision to create a completely new approach to providing relevant and actionable business information to its clients. With the first phase of investment and transformation now complete, Avention represents the future of business information.

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Avention also announced today the immediate availability of a new application for sales, marketing and research professionals. AventionSM leverages the world’s most comprehensive database of business information and natural language processing and semantic understanding to gather, understand and interpret Big Data, delivering actionable information with pinpoint accuracy. See the latest announcement for full details.

“The dynamics and speed of business commerce today requires a different approach to gathering and interpreting business information for sales, marketing and research professionals to be truly effective at what they do,” said Jonathan A. Flatow, Avention chief executive officer. “New markets arise in which traditional identifiers like industry codes don’t exist, such as ‘fracking’, ‘cloud computing’ and ‘sustainability’ among many others, yet there is a steady stream of available related content on the web which can be harvested to vastly improve sales, marketing and research department performance and efficiency in those new markets, as well as in the more traditional markets,” said Flatow. “Anticipating the needs of our growing customer base, leveraging Big Data and other unstructured data sources must play a major role in sales, marketing and research programs. The new Avention product addresses that need.”

Effective today, Avention will be available to new customers. Current OneSource customers will be transitioned to the new Avention solution upon subscription renewals starting April 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.avention.com.

About Avention
Avention, Inc., formerly OneSource, provides real-time, actionable B2B data from the world’s most comprehensive database to deliver 21st century business information solutions. AventionSM empowers sales, marketing and research professionals with the best global B2B data available and leverages that data with its cutting-edge software. Through four key capabilities — Conceptual Search, Business Signals, Ideal Profiles and SmartLists – users find leads, market segments and the business insights that can’t be found anywhere else. Headquartered in Concord, Mass. with offices across North America, Europe and APAC, Avention has more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Visit http://www.avention.com and follow us on Twitter @AventionInc.

Media Contacts:
Emily Held
PAN Communications
Phone: 1 617-502-4300
Email: Avention@pancomm.com
Source: Avention, Inc.

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March 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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