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‘EXPO Solar 2014’, A Global Photovoltaic Exhibition Targeting Asia’s Top 3 Markets, China, Japan and Korea, to be Held in Korea in September

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-Will offer a venue for direct OEM sales to markets in China, Japan and Korea

-2,000 buyers expected from Asia and the Middle East

SEOUL, South Korea, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In time for an expected era of balanced supply and demand, EXPO Solar 2014 ( offering opportunities for entry into Asia’s top photovoltaic markets, China, Japan and Korea will be held for 3 days, Sep. 17-19, at KINTEX, Korea, with around 300 companies from 20 countries participating. Around 25,000 visitors are expected including many overseas buyers.

Global Solar Buyers Gather in Korea in September, 2014
Global Solar Buyers Gather in Korea in September, 2014
EXPO Solar will offer the best opportunity for sales and consulting among such exhibitions held this year in Asia. Last year, $900 million in sales were concluded among the world’s leading photovoltaic companies attending, such as STX Solar and Hanwha Q-Cells of Korea, Schmid and RENA of Germany, Nisshinbo of Japan, Tianwei New Energy Holdings of China, and Power-One of the U.S. In particular, for the 2nd half of this year, in which the industry will be entering a new phase of growth, a large number of global solar panel and production equipment makers as well as Korea’s leaders will exhibit their products with hopes of getting a piece of the 10GW photovoltaic market in Japan.

EXPO Solar 2014 anticipates many buyers from emerging countries such as India, Jordan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as from Southeast Asia where photovoltaic power systems have been spawning lately along with buyers from more established markets such as China and America.

Seminars and conferences will be concurrently held with the PV World Forum 2014. Around 30 experts from 10 countries will give lectures on the trends/prospects of the industry for 2015 which is expected to be a banner year for the industry.

About EXPO Solar:
EXPO Solar 2014 ( is the best single-source opportunity to have access to the Korean & Asian photovoltaic market and commensurate networking with Asian players. EXPO Solar 2014 will be held September 17-19, 2014, at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX), South Korea.
For more information on EXPO Solar 2014, please visit
Source: EXPO Solar 2014 Exhibition Bureau

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April 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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Supreme Group is Part of the PUI Team Awarded Subsistence Prime Vendor – Guam Contract by DLA

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RESTON, Va., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Five-year, fixed-price contract has maximum value of USD 262.5M

Supreme Group, a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions, operating under a teaming agreement signed with Pacific Unlimited Inc, (PUI), has been awarded a five-year contract by PUI to support Subsistence Prime Vendor (SPV) operations in Guam. The United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded the contract to PUI for the supply and delivery of semi-perishable and perishable food items to the U.S. Military and federally funded customers in Guam. The fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of USD 262.5 million.

The PUI team successfully mobilized to commence operations on February 22, 2014, ahead of the initial four-month start-up period. Supreme is responsible for the procurement and the inbound supply chain elements of the operation, and utilizes a government-owned, contractor-operated facility in Guam. Most of the food will be procured in the United States, with Local Market Ready (LMR) items procured locally.

“As the primary subcontractor to PUI, Supreme has proven, once again, why we are a trusted partner in delivering outstanding results and the highest levels of service to the DLA and the U.S. Forces around the world,” said Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group. “Our proven experience in providing the highest quality products and services in remote areas around the world, combined with PUI’s extensive local expertise, helped us to secure this important contract.”

“Geographically, this is also a significant win for Supreme, as it gives us a stronger foothold in the Pacific; an area that is fast becoming an enduring and strategic location for the U.S. Government in line with the ‘Asian Pivot’ policy shift. At the same time, our operational footprint is also expanding in the area with both food and fuel-related operations that are fully scalable in case of a rapid surge in requirements,” Orenstein added.

Pacific Unlimited is a family-owned logistics company founded in 1987 and does business as Pacific Trucking Guam and Fleet Services. PUI is based in Tiyan Barrigada, Guam and specializes in trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and third-party logistics.

Supreme commenced operations in Guam in 2013 following the decision by the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) to award Supreme a five-year contract for the lease, maintenance, operation and management of the airport fuel system at the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport. The airport fuel system supports 11 passenger airlines and three cargo airlines, making it one of the busiest regional airports in Asia Pacific with more than 300 flights per week.

SPV Guam is Supreme’s third SPV program; following receipt of the SPV Afghanistan contract in 2005 and the SPV Panama contract in 2012. During this period, Supreme has received two of the DLA’s most regarded awards including the ‘New Contractor of the Year Award’ and ‘DLA Vendor Excellence Award – Large Business’.

“We are delighted to work with Supreme on this project as our two organizations share common goals of providing exceptional service to our customers at all times. The combination of PUI’s logistical and operational expertise and Supreme’s experience in SPV operations will ensure an efficient, cost effective, and customer focused operation for DLA troop support. We are proud to be supporting the warfighters and offering mission-critical supplies supported by the highest quality standards,” said John Limtiaco, President, PUI.

For more information about Supreme Group, visit:

About Supreme Group:

Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

Supreme offers a unique breadth of capabilities – ranging from procurement, transportation and storage through to technology and full site services. Supreme has a long history of supporting international organizations and governments. Its current clients include the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and leading military forces including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD). Over the years, the company has also partnered with many commercial clients.

The Group’s excellent reputation is built on the key strengths of delivering where others cannot; implementing rapid response solutions; and creating fully integrated supply chain solutions.

More information on Supreme Group can be found by visiting

For other information, please contact:

Carissa Crowley
External Communications Manager
Supreme Group
Business Mobile: +971(0)56-6819085 (UAE)

Victoria Frost
Director of Corporate Development, Marketing & Communications
Supreme Group
Business Mobile: +971(0)56-6832123 (UAE)
Source: Supreme Group

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April 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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AmBank Group and MetLife Partner for Better Life Assurance and Family Takaful Offerings in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AMMB Holdings Berhad’s (“AmBank Group”) wholly-owned subsidiary, AMAB Holdings Sdn Bhd, and MetLife, Inc.’s subsidiary, MetLife International Holdings, Inc. (“MetLife”), today completed the signing of a stock purchase agreement. This signing demonstrates the good and important bilateral commercial relations between Malaysia and the US, and was witnessed by YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and President of the United States of America (“US”), Barack Obama.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and President of the United States Barack Obama witnessing the signing of the stock purchase agreement between Chairman of Ambank Group and AmLife Insurance Berhad, Tan Sri Azman Hashim (L) and President of MetLife Asia, Christopher G Townsend (R) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and President of the United States Barack Obama witnessing the signing of the stock purchase agreement between Chairman of Ambank Group and AmLife Insurance Berhad, Tan Sri Azman Hashim (L) and President of MetLife Asia, Christopher G Townsend (R) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

This long-term strategic partnership aims at capturing an increasing market demand for life assurance and family Takaful in Malaysia. The signing of the stock purchase agreement will see MetLife own 50 percent plus one share in AmLife Insurance Berhad (“AmLife”) with the remaining shares to be owned by AmBank Group, and AmBank Group owning 50 percent plus one share in AmFamily Takaful Berhad (“AmTakaful”) with the remaining shares to be owned by MetLife. The total consideration payable by MetLife is RM812mil (equivalent to USD249 million) upon completion, subject to customary adjustments.

This new partnership is an example of the mutual benefit that comes from increasing business collaboration between Malaysia and the United States, which President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have pledged to continue to support and encourage.

“We are indeed very privileged to have the presence of the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Malaysia to witness this momentous signing ceremony between two very strong conglomerates, one a Malaysian and the other, from the United States. This partnership between AmBank Group and MetLife ultimately aims to enhance our value proposition to customers by meeting their evolving needs with relevant and innovative solutions, and thereby expand our market share,” said Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman of AmBank Group and AmLife Insurance Berhad.

With operations in nearly 50 countries, MetLife brings its financial strength, global reach, expertise and customer centric approach endeavoring to improve the breadth of choice and experience of Malaysian consumers while leveraging AmBank Group’s domestic insights and abilities.

Speaking about the signing ceremony, Mr. Christopher Townsend, President MetLife, Asia, said: “This partnership further advances MetLife’s strategy of expansion in high growth markets, and develops our presence in the attractive markets of South East Asia. We feel honored that President Obama and YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia witnessed this proud moment in our respective company’s histories, and we are very excited and eager to start this long-term partnership with a well-established and respected institution such as AmBank Group”.

As part of the deal, MetLife will provide significant management resources and attention to the new joint venture entities and at the same time AmLife and AmTakaful will respectively enter into exclusive 20-year bancassurance and bancatakaful agreements to provide innovative and customer centric financial planning and protection products through AmBank Group’s banking network across Malaysia.

Mr Ashok Ramamurthy, Group Managing Director, AmBank Group, said, “This partnership reaffirms the Group’s commitment and focus in delivering on our strategic agenda. We are convinced that MetLife will be an excellent strategic partner for the Group as we progress towards our vision — as Malaysia’s preferred diversified, internationally connected financial solutions group — we take pride in growing your future with us.”

The deal is expected to close by the end of the month, upon which a phased and collaborative integration process will be conducted.

About AmBank Group
Established in August 1975, AmBank Group is one of the largest banking groups in Malaysia by market capitalisation and comprises AMMB Holdings Berhad (a public listed company on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad), and its major subsidiaries — AmBank (M) Berhad, AmIslamic Bank Berhad, AmInvestment Bank Berhad, AmInvestment Group Berhad, AmGeneral Insurance Berhad, AmLife Insurance Berhad and AmFamily Takaful Berhad.

The Group provides a wide range of both conventional and Islamic financing and related financial services, including retail banking, wholesale banking as well as underwriting of general insurance, life assurance and family takaful.

AmBank Group’s core philosophy incorporates a deep-seated commitment to the satisfaction of its wide range of customers, with numerous customer-focused initiatives at the heart of communication and interaction with all customer groups. The Group is committed to providing new and innovative products and services to its customers, leveraging the synergy of its strategic partnership with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), one of Australia’s leading banks.

For more information, please visit

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit
Source: MetLife

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April 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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RS Components and FCT enter global distribution partnership to deliver enhanced accessibility on interconnect offering

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Franchise agreement will ease the sourcing and purchasing experience across far-reaching markets, offering a greater diversity of FCT products for numerous applications

SINGAPORE, April 30, 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, has signed a global distribution agreement with FCT, a Molex company*, to supply the company’s popular range of D-Sub interconnect products worldwide.

This formal agreement cements the excellent relationship that has existed between the two companies for several years, and has been established to provide a more expansive service to engineers developing applications in the medical electronics, industrial, telecom and aerospace industries, among others. These customers will benefit from faster access to a broader selection of FCT parts on the RS website, with the added support of the many free online design resources offered by RS.

RS currently stocks more than 200 D-Sub, D-Sub mixed layout, and D-Sub high density connectors and accessories from FCT, and plans an expansion of the line over the coming months. All FCT D-Sub connectors, including standard, SMT, THT, crimp, and dualport versions, are available in various combinations of materials and platings. For example, shells can be supplied in a non-magnetic version made of brass plated with electroless nickel, or gold plated for use in aerospace technology and medical applications.

The D-Sub mixed layout series includes high power contacts, high voltage contacts, pneumatic contacts and coaxial contacts in various designs. The shell dimensions of the high density D-Sub series mimic those of the D-Sub connectors, with the number of contacts significantly increased.

Kevin McCormack, Global Head of IP&E at RS Components, said, “FCT has a long history of success in supplying interconnect products to diverse markets. Their decision to branch out with RS as a franchised distribution partner indicates a fresh approach to servicing customers that will make sourcing products faster and easier, bringing substantial growth opportunities to the company.”

“Signing our first high-service distribution deal with RS is a significant strategic move for FCT and signals our intention to make our products more easily accessible to a broader spectrum of customers worldwide,” said Tony Monaghan, UK sales manager for FCT. “RS has both the global structure and the market experience, plus an innovative approach to supporting customers, that will help us achieve this.”

The D-Sub product series from FCT is available to purchase direct from RS global warehouses for same-day despatch.

*FCT Electronics Group was acquired by Molex in September 2013.


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 550,000 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
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65- 6347-2355
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
RS Components on Weibo
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Electrocomponents plc
RS Components
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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April 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

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All That Matters (ATM): Bigger Than Ever In Singapore, Asia-Pacific’s Regional Entertainment & Digital Media Business Hub

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SINGAPORE, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —


All That Matters assembles a stellar roster of field-leading speakers including Akon, Black Eyed Peas, Samsung, Ogilvy, Coca-Cola, Universal Music, YouTube, Unilever, William Morris Endeavor, Maker Studios, SingTel, Glassnote Entertainment Group and many more
Music Matters, Digital Matters, Social Matters and Sponsorship Matters partnering with high-profile global brands
YouTube FanFest with HP presents the greatest line-up of YouTube stars ever to gather in Asia
With over 170 shows, Music Matters Live with HP is Singapore’s largest music festival
Collaborating with Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic for on the job, real-time training for students
Anticipated to attract over 10,000 executives and fans from all over the world, All That Matters, Asia’s only “Business2Business2Fan” experience takes place from 20-25 May at The Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore and across multiple entertainment venues including Clarke Quay and *SCAPE.

Dubbed “TED meets SXSW” by Jason Mraz, All That Matters unites B2B Music, Digital, Social and Sponsorship Matters conferences with the YouTube FanFest with HP and Music Matters Live with HP B2Fan festivals, to stimulate a week long extravaganza of business creativity. Catering to the next generation of leaders, the YouTube FanFest with HP and Music Matters with HP Academy mentors, educates and equips up-and-coming creators and musicians with tools, skills and advice.

“All That Matters will be an exciting week of events, sessions, panels and performances catering to the interests of leading business executives and fans from all over the world,” said Jasper Donat, Co-founder & CEO of organiser Branded Ltd. “All That Matters is truly a one-of-a-kind B2B2Fan pioneering industry festival delivering a 360 degree perspective of the digital media and entertainment industry in Asia Pacific and beyond.”

High-Profile Speakers

A stellar roster of speakers, each a leader in their particular field, has been assembled to lend their expertise and knowledge to this year’s event, including:

Akon, Multi-platinum International Star
René Rechtman, President of International, Maker Studios, Co-Founder BMBX Entertainment, Black Eyed Peas/BMBX
Peter Vesterbacka, CMO, Rovio Entertainment
Max Hole, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group International
Nicholas Wodtke, Vice President of Content and Services, Samsung
Olivier Carnohan, Intrapreneur – Emerging Businesses, SingTel Group Enterprise
Marc Geiger, Worldwide Head of WME Music, WME
Doug Scott, President, OgilvyEntertainment
Rieko Muramoto, Corporate Executive, Digital Business, Avex Entertainment Inc
Guy Nicolucci, Hollywood Emmy Award Screenwriter
Susana Tsui, CEO, APAC, PHD Asia Pacific
Shintaro Tabata, Executive Officer, General Manager for Advertising Business Group, LINE Corp
Daniel Glass, Founder/President, Glassnote Entertainment Group
Aseem Puri, Regional Brand Director, Unilever Asia
Michael Stevens, VSauce – 7 million subscribers on YouTube
Cara Mayega, Group Integrated Marketing Content & Connections Manager, Coca-Cola
Thomas Crampton, Global Managing Director, social@Ogilvy
Mary Megan Peer, President, Asia Pacific, peermusic
Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin
Brian Message, Chairman of the MMF and Co-founder of ATC, MMF/ATC
Benjy Grinberg, President, Rostrum Records
Ken Rutkowski, Co-Owner/Host, Business Rockstars
Shridhar Subramaniam, President, Sony Music India & Middle East
Lee Trink, President, Dare Mighty Entertainment
Thomas Dolby, Founder, Beatnik
Tom Pickett, VP of Content, YouTube
View the complete list of speakers here.

Business Matters

Into its ninth year, the award-winning Music Matters grows to three full conference days with a power attendance of business executives and now includes the Music Matters Academy, an invitation-only forum for young artists wishing to understand the business of music. Business2Fan offerings will include Music Matters Live with HP and YouTube FanFest with HP, which features the greatest line-up of YouTube stars ever in Asia.

As the world’s entertainment viewing continues to shift online, Digital Matters presented by Samsung champions all things video and is the place where the future of on-demand, online & OTT entertainment services is built.

2014 will usher in a new chapter in the history of All That Matters by integrating Social Matters and Sponsorship Matters into the week-long forum.

Following its success in Hong Kong, Social Matters debuts in Singapore in partnership with leading advertising agency network Ogilvy & Mather and explores the theme of “brands as creators”, enabling marketers to bring brands to life, using creative, shareable content.

In partnership with the newly-launched Asian Sponsorship Association, the inaugural Sponsorship Matters will be a thorough examination of the importance sponsorship holds in this age of customer engagement. A must-attend event for marketers, agency strategists, event specialists, rights holders, media planners and industry stakeholders, Sponsorship Matters will examine topical issues including integrating sponsorship into an effective marketing mix, activation strategies in different environments, measuring ROI and more.

See the full All That Matters program combining Music, Digital, Social and Sponsorship Matters.

YouTube Matters

YouTube stars are being heralded as the new Hollywood A-listers and, following on from the unprecedented success of the first ever Indian YouTube FanFest with HP which sold out within 48 hours, the YouTube FanFest with HP returns to Singapore for a second year. With over 55 million combined online subscribers, the YouTube FanFest with HP will bring together some of the biggest YouTube stars on the planet with their fans for over two days at *SCAPE!

Who will be Discovered at the Festival that Matters?

Broadcasting live to the world on YouTube for three nights (22-24 May), the largest music festival in Singapore, Music Matters Live with HP, will kick off on 21 May for four nights of sensational music and entertainment. Over 60 bands from 16 countries will perform over 170 shows, showcasing their talent and seeking discovery by the world’s music industry and Singapore’s music fans across eight venues in Clarke Quay and other venues around the city. The festival is being produced with Timbre Music Group.

Education Matters

The invitation-only YouTube FanFest with HP Academy and Music Matters with HP Academy will provide unique education opportunities for creators and budding artists, as experts from across the globe share their tips, experiences and creative insights to nurture the next generation of talent in the Asia Pacific region.

Organised by Branded and supported by The Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO), the Music Matters with HP Academy returns to give back to the music industry in Asia by helping emerging artists through a platform to learn, be seen and be heard — directly connecting with global industry experts from around the world including, Thomas Dolby, Benjy Grinberg, Daniel Glass, Brian Message and more.

“The Music Matters Academy reaffirmed my decision to pursue music in a growing and hopeful industry, instilling in me a global, business-oriented paradigm to add value to my musicianship,” said Benjamin Kheng of country-folk rock band The Sam Willows.

The YouTube FanFest with HP Academy comprises two half-day workshops designed to give creators an in-depth overview of all things YouTube. The young YouTubers will hear directly from other established YouTube creators (both local and international) and experts from the YouTube team. This is a great opportunity for creators to gather and learn from each other.

Enabling existing and future creators, both academies are supported by HP.

“We are excited that All That Matters is returning to Singapore, and with an even stronger line-up of events. This event strengthens Singapore’s reputation as a centre for entertainment and innovation, where offerings are refreshed and continuously grown in both scale and quality. Platforms like All That Matters are also valuable in our endeavours to further profile local entertainment players,” said Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, Singapore Tourism Board.

Additional information

All That Matters

YouTube FanFest with HP:
Download press release here
Watch promo at

Music Matters Live with HP:
Download press release here

All That Matters
Dubbed “TED meets SXSW” by Jason Mraz and billed as the gateway to the Asian entertainment industry, the award winning All That Matters is the only Business2Business2Fan event in the Asia Pacific that brings the entire music, social media and digital entertainment ecosystems together along with thousands of fans. Combining Music, Digital, Social & Sponsorship Matters, All That Matters is packed with thought-provoking conferences and workshops as well as inspiring talent mentoring, creative academies and networking sessions. At night, delegates and fans are entertained by some of the world’s best talent at Music Matters Live with HP and the YouTube FanFest with HP. Fully endorsed by both the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), All That Matters takes place on 20-25 May at the Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore and at a number of live music venues in the city.
Branded is a leading Asian media and entertainment events producer and connections agency and runs the award-winning Matters festival series (Music, Sports, Digital, Social Media, Sponsorship, Music Matters Live) and has successfully partnered brands with a number of the world’s top entertainment attractions including the Rolling Stones, Coco Lee, Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Cullum, James Blunt, Chicago, We Will Rock You and Walking with Dinosaurs. Branded also connects brands with content in the tech/media space and has raised many millions of dollars for the CASBAA Convention since 2003.
Media Enquiries Contact
Adela Chen
Alice Hogg
+65-6424-6377 / +65-9832-0774
Source: Branded Ltd

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April 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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bioCSL supports public health efforts in Laos with donation of more than 700,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine

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— Participation in innovative public-private collaboration helps improve vaccination infrastructure, expand patient reach in partner countries

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — bioCSL, formerly CSL Biotherapies, has announced the donation of more than 700,000 doses of its influenza vaccine to the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction, an innovative program – spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH) – that helps low- and middle-income countries reduce annual morbidity and mortality from influenza. The program helps eligible countries create or expand public vaccination program infrastructures within their borders. This year marks the second consecutive year that bioCSL has donated vaccine to the program.

“Influenza is a common viral infection that can sometimes result in serious complications,” said Marie Mazur, President, bioCSL Inc. “For this reason, it is critical that influenza vaccine is made available to everyone – especially in areas of the world where robust healthcare systems are not in place to facilitate the acquisition and distribution of vaccine. The Partnership is actively addressing this need on a large scale, and we at bioCSL are pleased to be partnering in this effort for the second year in a row by making a significant donation of our vaccine.”

Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” causes upwards of 49,000 deaths annually in the U.S., and tens of thousands more around the world, mostly among high risk populations, which can include the elderly, those with pre-existing diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and pregnant women. It is also a frequent cause of hospitalizations due to pneumonia and other life-threatening complications.

According to the CDC, research has shown that getting vaccinated is the best way for each individual to reduce the threat of contracting influenza. The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction began as a pilot program in Laos in 2011, winning the CDC Director’s Award for Innovation, and has expanded each year since, adding new partners, new countries and additional patient populations. With the effort’s significant impact, several other countries have made requests to participate.

“This year’s vaccination campaign in Laos would not be possible without the flu vaccine donations provided by private organizations,” said Dr. Joseph Bresee, Chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division. “Private donors’ contributions allow eligible countries to establish and expand their own annual influenza vaccination programs with guidance from CDC, Task Force for Global Health, World Health Organization and other public health partners. In short, vaccine donations are absolutely critical to the mission.”

According to the CDC, influenza outbreaks tend to follow regular seasonal patterns, which vary in different geographies. Flu season in Laos begins approximately in June, making the bioCSL donation especially timely, and the company notes that supplies will begin shipping soon.

About bioCSL Inc.
bioCSL Inc., located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is the United States headquarters of bioCSL. Parent company, CSL Limited, has manufactured influenza vaccine in its Melbourne, Australia, facility since 1968. CSL Limited has made a $60 million (U.S.D.) investment in plant and equipment to double capacity at its Melbourne facility, making it one of the largest vaccine manufacturing facilities in the world. CSL-branded influenza vaccines are approved in 28 countries. At bioCSL Inc., delivering vaccines is our mission, protecting lives our passion. The CSL Group, which also includes CSL Research & Development, CSL Plasma, and CSL Behring, has more than 11,000 employees globally and operates in 26 countries around the world.
Media contact:
Sheila Burke
Source: bioCSL Inc.

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April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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CPI Introduces a Comprehensive Infrastructure Solution for Today’s Intelligent Building IT Networks

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— Protect Your Cabling Investments, Minimize Floor Space

SHANGHAI, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today’s high-tech Intelligent Buildings demand quality products to support network needs at the equipment room level, using minimal floor space. Chatsworth Products (CPI), a global leader in cable management and cabinet products, now offers a complete and cost-effective Intelligent Building solution to protect telecommunications networks, lighting and HVAC controls, security and monitoring systems and more.

Made and stocked locally, with CPI’s high standard of quality, the solution includes four unique products that set the standard in reliability, efficiency and ease of use in cabling and networking applications.

CPI’s Intelligent Building solution keeps any size of equipment room organized and highly efficient, providing years of dependable service. Protect your cabling investment and minimize floor space with any or all of these top-quality CPI products:

DistributionFrame Cabinet System: DistributionFrame is a sturdy, compact and secure Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) cabinet that is designed to store network, security and building automation equipment, using a minimal amount of floor space. The cabinet’s sturdy frame supports up to 1,100 lb of equipment, as well as integrated cable access ports and lashing points that neatly organize cables. For a complete list of features and benefits, visit the product page.

Two-Post Standard Rack: CPI’s industry-leading Standard Rack is a high-quality storage solution for patch panels and network switches. The rack’s small footprint and 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) load rating make it the best choice in many telecommunications and equipment rooms where floor space is limited. Simple, lightweight and easy to assemble, this open two-post rack provides easy access to equipment and cables. For a complete list of features and benefits, visit the product page.

Momentum Vertical Cable Manager with Rings: Momentum is a simple, cost-effective vertical cable manager for use with open two- and four-post racks. It attaches to both sides of the rack, creating a simple and neat vertical cable pathway for managing cables. Rings have a flexible opening for easy addition or removal of patch cords. For a complete list of features and benefits, visit the product page.

GlobalTrac Wire Mesh Cable Tray: GlobalTrac is an economical solution for network cabling. It is easy to install, adaptable to any location and transitions seamlessly. The cable tray can be supported from the floor, ceiling or wall to match cable fill requirements. Additionally, it provides excellent bearing capacity and protection for cables. For a complete list of features and benefits, visit the product page.

CPI has more than 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing rack, cabinet and overheard tray solutions used in equipment rooms and throughout commercial buildings to optimize, store and secure network and Intelligent Building automation systems. CPI can support your building automation needs with solutions that are readily available from stock.

About Chatsworth Products
Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is a global provider of quality voice and data solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, providing innovation, configurability and value. CPI operates global offices within the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China, as well as manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.
For more information about CPI, visit
CPI does not accept liability for any errors or omissions and reserves the right to change information and descriptions of listed services and products.
©2014 Chatsworth Products, Inc. All rights reserved. Chatsworth Products, CPI, CPI Passive Cooling, eConnect, MegaFrame, Saf-T-Grip, Seismic Frame, SlimFrame, TeraFrame, GlobalFrame, Cube-iT Plus, Evolution, OnTrac, QuadraRack and Velocity are federally registered trademarks of Chatsworth Products. Simply Efficient is a trademark of Chatsworth Products. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.
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April 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

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Jedox 5.1: a New Standard in Self-service BI

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FREIBURG, Germany, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Leading European business intelligence (BI) software provider Jedox has released the latest version of its award-winning BI solution: Jedox 5.1. With corporations across the industry spectrum demanding greater speed, flexibility and automation from BI solutions, Jedox 5.1 sets a new standard in self-service BI.

Jedox 5.1 revolves around data-driven modeling, which uniquely combines the content depth of classic OLAP tools and the simplicity of state-of-the-art data discovery software. The new solution brings together the high-level planning process support and active modeling functionality of OLAP tools and the ability of data-discovery software to analyze data quickly and flexibly. By leveraging the power of data-driven modeling, users can now create an entire OLAP model with existing data at the click of a button, with the model immediately available for analysis, reporting and planning tasks.

During the design process, Jedox 5.1 stores processing logic in an import script, which means users can further edit the process and reuse it at a later date. “With a kind of rapid prototyping, Jedox 5.1 users can quickly and autonomously generate sophisticated models and test them in real-world scenarios. Users can now implement results in a more productive and efficient manner,” comments Jedox Chief Technology Officer, Matthias Kramer.

Simplifying corporate planning

Jedox 5.1 also simplifies corporate planning. The new version of the trailblazing Jedox BI solution allows users to enter planning values and complex top-down distribution rules directly into the software, select data entry options, and, if required, structure user functionality according to user groups. “One of the benefits of Jedox 5.1 is that it lets you allocate costs more specifically and compare budgets more precisely,” explains Kramer.

Furthermore, Jedox 5.1 provides new predictive analytics functionality, including forecast analysis based on the popular statistics program R. As a result, users can use inventory data to generate forecasts, timelines and other forward-looking analysis.

“We were recently voted a leading provider of self-service BI in the prestigious BARC BI industry survey. With Jedox 5.1 we’ve raised the bar and we continue to enhance our solution. This new version sets the standard for speed, ease of use and the automation of BI processes,” says Jedox CEO, Kristian Raue.

About Jedox:

Jedox press contact: Dr. Joachim Eicher. Tel: +49-761-15147-0.
Source: Jedox AG

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April 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

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Singapore’s new business formation for 1st quarter 2014 shows an 11.7% increase

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Janus Corporate Solutions has released its first quarter report for 2014 providing statistical information of business formations in Singapore.

SINGAPORE, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Janus Corporate Solutions has reported on the first quarter business formation report revealing an extremely busy business scene in Singapore, with a total of 16,190 new businesses formed. There is an increase of 14.4% against the first quarter business formations in the preceding year. The robust growth in numbers echoes the gradual recovery of the western market and the local market’s surging confidence.

Singapore, with its strong business friendly fundamentals and its strategic location amidst the burgeoning Asian markets, continues to attract foreign investors and enterprises to set up business operations in Singapore. There is a sharp spike in the number of private limited company registrations where it has increased by 10% in Q1 2014 against the previous quarter. The Year-on-Year growth rate is also significantly higher at 11.1%. 32% of the new business formed in Q1 2014 have foreign shareholders, fortifying the strong reputation of Singapore as an efficient regional hub for international businesses. Although the share of business with foreign shareholders has declined marginally, it has recorded a significant rise in terms of absolute numbers.

While new business formations continue to be predominantly from wholesale trade and financial services sectors, the new business formations in IT and the retail sector have registered a marginal growth in their shares. The government’s drive to promote productivity and innovation appears to fuel the growth in the IT sector, and the strong domestic spending of the consumers buoys the retail sector.

Commenting on the continued robust growth in business formation, Ms. Jacqueline Low, Chief Operating Officer of Janus Corporate Solutions, stated: “The significant growth, both in terms of QoQ and YoY, is in line with the gradual recovery of the global economy. The west is reversing its recessionary trend, and though marginal, the recovery is sustained and there are signs of continued growth. This recovery has increased the confidence of investors and entrepreneurs, which is evident from the sharp rise in the number of new businesses formed in the first quarter of the year. The strong support of the government is encouraging local entrepreneurship and the continued strong share of local business registration is a testament to that. Singapore is constantly reviewing its business quotient; it has an attractive tax structure, extensive trade agreements and world-class infrastructure, along with an open and resilient economy, which provide strong fundamentals for business growth. Barring any inclement economic turmoil, we remain very positive for the rest of the year.”

For the Report please refer to Q1 2014 Singapore Business Formation Statistics Report.

About Janus Corporate Solutions Pte Ltd
Janus Corporate Solutions is a leading Singapore-based corporate services firm that provides quick and cost-effective Singapore company formation, immigration, accounting and tax filing services to businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide. For more information, please visit our website:
Source: Janus Corporate Solutions

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April 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

APLF’s Materials, Manufacturing & Technology (MM&T) 30th Anniversary Comes To a Successful Close And Nets More Buyers And Exhibitors

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HONG KONG, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — APLF’s Materials, Manufacturing & Technology 30th Anniversary drew more exhibitors and buyers at its 30th anniversary edition held from 31 March to 2 April at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Brasil Beyong Concept – Graffiti on Leather
Brasil Beyong Concept – Graffiti on Leather

Brazilian Pavilion Inauguration
Brazilian Pavilion Inauguration

Business Discussion
Business Discussion

Indian Pavilion
Indian Pavilion

1,213 exhibitors from 50 countries and regions showcased their latest products at MM&T this year including 97 first-time exhibitors from Argentina, Brazil, Mainland China, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, UK and USA.

This year’s MM&T hosted a total of 18,895 visitors including 14,848 international buyers from 93 countries and regions. 8,174 buyers from outside of Mainland China and Hong Kong visited the fair this year, representing an impressive increase of 8.73% in comparison to last year. The positive outcome of the fair reinforced MM&T’s position as “The Meeting Place for the Global Leather Industry”.

Brazil was the Focus Country at MM&T this year and 38 Brazilian companies exhibited at the fair. Representatives from Brazil, supported by CICB and Apex-Brasil, presented several seminars at the Leather Forum on subjects such as traceability, environment and sustainability by leading experts from the industry. In addition, there was the Design na Pele (Leather & Design) exhibition illustrating beauty and flexibility as characteristics of leather can be brought out when in the hands of truly creative designers.

The release of the Brasil Beyond Concept also drew people’s attention at APLF MM&T, especially due to performances like live graffiti on leather articles, which took place in the Brasil Beyond exclusive stand. The new communication campaign of the Brazilian Leather Project and the launch of the new edition of Brazilian Leather Book were also some of the highlights of the nation’s participation at APLF – MM&T.

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) from India also participated at this year’s MM&T and showcased products from 57 Indian companies. A wide-range of finished Leather, leather garments, fashion accessories & small leather goods were displayed by participating companies.

What buyers said:

Billy Tapp, Justin Brands, USA: “Word of mouth drove me to attend APLF-MM&T. I was amazed with numbers of national pavilions and pleased to see all the materials and finished products displayed under one roof.”

Harvijay Bahia, Hits Exports, India: “My first visit at APLF and I am delighted to see this most universal fair with many international exhibits. I will definitely be coming back.”

Dick Hauber, Managing Director, Netraco, Amsterdam: “I have been here for 25 years and APLF is always the best place for getting inspirations for trends.”

What exhibitors said:

Fabricio Zwetsch, America Leather, Brazil: “APLF MM&T is an event that traditionally holds a very successful position in terms of business. The marketing activities as a part of the Brazil Focus Country initiative provided potential clients with more visibility and understanding of leather from Brazil. It’s a good initiative for us in order to open new markets and meet new clients”.

Toryal SA, Maximilian Christ, Uruguay: “We do sheep skin and mainly target Chinese factories at APLF. We are happy to see many relevant buyers and build up new connections.”

Jacques Rostaing, Rostaing Tannery, Vietnam: “We specialise in finished leather and mainly sell to handbags manufacturers. The Asia market is our key focus and we believe MM&T is the best platform for us to achieve this on.”

Thanate Eravaddeekul, Thai Tanning Co., Ltd, Thailand: “We have been with the Thailand pavilion for years and the prospects we find here always encourage me to come back year-on-year. Hong Kong is still the most important meeting place compared with China.”

The next edition of Materials, Manufacturing & Technology (MM&T) will take place 30 March – 1 April 2015 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit to find out more.

Notes to Editors

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

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

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

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

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

About UBM plc (

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

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

For fair details, please contact:

Ms Perrine Ardouin, Director

For media enquiries, please contact:

Mr Mander Huang, Marketing Manager

Ms Chi-On Kwok, Assistant Marketing Communications Manager

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

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April 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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