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Price Analysis for Competitive Telecoms Markets

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— Price benchmarking mobile and fixed service prices at a national level.
BOSTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy Analytics’ Teligen division introduces a new service for in-depth analysis of national telecoms prices. The service, called Telecoms Country Price Benchmarking compares voice and data prices from an extensive range of providers in the market, including disrupters. Users receive a comprehensive report every quarter, showing price range of each provider, top-10 list of tariff offers from each, and directly comparable results across services – fixed and mobile voice and fixed and mobile broadband. The report is accompanied by the full interactive benchmarking system that also includes all the source tariff data.
Price overview for all services and providers
Price overview for all services and providers
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Teligen Director Halvor Sannaes says: “This new service allows users to focus on their core market in a systematic and consistent way.”
And Senior Consultant Josie Sephton adds: “By addressing at least 80 percent of the market for each service, users can be confident of getting relevant coverage and meaningful results.”
Strategy Analytics’ Teligen division is the market leader in telecoms tariff information and benchmarking, working from 35 years of experience in this area.
About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, 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.
For more information please contact:
Halvor Sannaes: Telephone: +44 208 185 0401
Josie Sephton: Telephone: +44 208 185 0410
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April 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Beyond BRIC: Exploring the Next Game Changers for the NDT Industry

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– Frost & Sullivan hosts webinar discussing new growth opportunities arising from the North American oil boom and unending Middle Eastern oil supply

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

LOCATION: Online, Complimentary Registration available at

SPEAKER: Nikhil Jain, Frost & Sullivan Test and Measurement Senior Research Analyst

The North American oil boom started in 2007-2008 when an increased emphasis was laid on the development of Canadian oil sands deposits. Since 2007, approximately $111 billion have been invested in developing these deposits. In addition, the US federal government’s drive towards being a net petroleum exporter has significantly increased investment in developing infrastructure in the shale plays. With an increased pace of development of the oil sands and shale infrastructure, the oil and gas NDT inspection services market has witnessed a micro-boom.

In the Middle East, there has been a spurt in investment in developing new infrastructure over the last 2 years due to high oil prices. Some of the region’s biggest projects are being executed currently with the NDT industry a direct beneficiary of this investment.

This briefing will assess potential for growth in regions such as US, Canada, the Middle East and Africa for nondestructive test (NDT) inspection services with an overview of key regional trends, and policies, as well as competitive dynamics.

You should attend to:

Identify growth markets for the NDT industry
Learn about challenges these markets face in order to attain penetration
Understand potential opportunities for growth in these markets

As elements of growth markets for NDT inspection services will be discussed during this webinar, it will benefit the following to attend: NDT inspection service providers, NDT equipment manufacturers, and private equity and capital investment firms that are looking for sustainable investment opportunities.

“The key Mega Trend of the last decade was ‘Growth opportunities in BRIC countries.’ With growing global economic uncertainties, each of these countries has faced slowdowns in industrial growth,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Nikhil Jain. “Companies now need to look beyond BRIC and target the next game changers. Increasing investments in oil and gas infrastructure for unconventional sources, such as shale oil and gas, oil sands and newly discovered offshore reserves, will drive the global NDT inspection service industry over the next five years.”

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April 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2014 Nets More Buyers And Record Orders

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) drew more buyers and record orders at its 20th anniversary edition held from March 4 to 8.
MIFF 2014 nets more buyers and record orders
MIFF 2014 nets more buyers and record orders

MIFF 2014, 4-8 March
MIFF 2014, 4-8 March
The five-day show extended another solid year with estimated sales of US$892 million and a 6% jump in attendees to 19,472 visitors including 6,171 international buyers from 141 countries and regions.
The outcome underscores the continued strength and relevance of MIFF as the leading and most business results-focused global furniture trade show in Southeast Asia. It is demonstrative of the growing interest from global buyers, distributors and planners recognising the value and versatility of Malaysian-produced furniture for commercial and retail use.
The turnout of the international and local buyers has created more business opportunities to the 503 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions who packed the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) with their latest range and wide-variety of products.
In 2013, the fair attracted total 18,397 visitors from 140 countries and regions with sales of US$854 million.
MIFF 2014 was officially opened by Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Ministry Deputy Secretary-General Mr Mohd Ridzal Sheriff on behalf of his Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Visitors to the 80,000 gross square metres event included a first-time delegation from Belgium Furniture Manufacturers Association as well as trade groups from South Korea and Japan, among them was Ms Chie Kikuchi, Managing Director of Hikari Global Trading Co, one of Japan’s biggest furniture importers. (Watch Ms Chie Kikuchi:
“We have seen an increase in prices from China, so we are seeking new markets for Japanese customers. We are looking for companies in Malaysia and other Asean countries. Japan and Malaysia can collaborate in terms of design and the manufacturing of the furniture that cater to the Japanese market which is competitive and consumers are sensitive of market trends,” said Ms Kikuchi.
MIFF 2014 also hosted the 5th rendition of the MIFF Furniture Design Competition (MIFF FDC), a platform designed exclusively by MIFF to engender more creative yet commercially attractive furniture concepts to sustain future generations of Malaysian manufacturers and the industry.
The design prototypes from 10 finalists, culled from over 200 submissions, were produced with the help of MIFF exhibitors and sponsors and showcased in a specially design area at MECC, a culmination of six exciting months for the young talents who were rewarded with real-life experience and a platform to see their designs materialise in form, as well as interest from manufacturers and international buyers.
Gaining the most accolade in terms of design and marketability, the top prize was awarded to young industrial designer Francis Lye Aik Theng with XSR, a stylish light bar stool constructed from stainless steel, a mountain bike spring absorber and a thermoplastic seat. (Highlights of MIFF FDC 2014:
Datuk Dr Tan Chin Huat, Chairman of MIFF: “Within the global furniture trade network, MIFF is commonly known for our type of ‘home-style service and atmosphere meets serious furniture buyers.’ The entire team is pleased that our 20th anniversary event continued to embody our philosophy of serving our customers and industry well and with style. Of course, we are equally delighted by the speedy rebooking of exhibition space for next year’s show which takes place March 3 to 7.”
Mr Enrico G. Cleva, Architect, EC&Co. , Milan, Italy: “MIFF is one of the greatest events for business I have visited in the last few years around the world. There is a terrific energy here and the strength of the fair is the focus on trade, sales and business, this is something that is lacking in our fairs in Europe. MIFF is an excellent place for companies to do business and for buyers to source products. It will be the best gate to enter the booming Malaysian and ASEAN markets for European companies. The incredible potential of this event is in its thriving numbers, in its roots in the South East Asian economies, in the portfolio of thousands of buyers from all over the world, and finally in 20 years of success.”
Mr Helmut Merkel, Chief Judge, Furniture Excellence Award (FEA) for exhibitors: “While in the past, many exhibitors were relying on the design of successful products from the past, now we could find companies which really are looking for new paths and are on a good track. Their designs are following more the international trends.”
Visit for updates on MIFF 2015 which takes place from March 3 to 7, and to keep track of the industry and opportunities.
Notes to Editors
1. About MIFF (
Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.
2. 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 network of 30 offices and over 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.
Source: UBM Asia (Malaysia)

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April 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Tyres Set European eRetailing Market for Automotive Parts Rolling

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– Nearly 20 percent of all tyres in Europe to be sold online by 2020

LONDON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The growing influence of the internet on the auto industry can be seen in the continuous growth of the eRetailing market for automotive parts. eRetailing of automotive components has given aftermarket participants a fresh boost and presents a new sales channel dynamic enough to be in sync with evolving macro-economic conditions and also flexible enough to address customer needs by offering a personalized shopping experience.

The sale of tyres is according to Frost & Sullivan ( by far the biggest segment amongst all automotive replacement parts sold online, contributing close to 46 percent of total aftermarket eRetail revenues for auto parts in Europe and being worth EUR 2.5 billion in 2013.

“Rapid growth in online tyre retail is indicative of a shift in aftermarket consumer behaviour with respect to cost, availability and choice,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst, Anuj Monga. “The online sale of tyres currently constitutes 7.8 percent of the total tyre aftermarket. Growth in online tyre sales therefore challenges the current decline in sales, as witnessed by the broader tyre aftermarket, particularly through traditional retail channel.”

The impact of the global economic recession has been visible across all industries in Europe, with the automotive industry having been hit the hardest, a major reason for the slump in overall tyre sales.

Online tyre retail however, will constitute roughly about 20 percent of the total tyre replacement aftermarket revenues by 2020. “France, Germany and Russia are the countries leading this growth with an online tyre retail penetration of 12 percent, 11 percent and 8 percent respectively while the UK, Italy and Spain are also expected to experience strong growth,” Monga continues.

Online tyre retailers are matching service levels of traditional tyre retailers to facilitate this growth, which includes efficient tyre fitment and in most cases return of worn out tyres. While price discounts of tyres sold online is a major pull for customers, the possibility of choosing from a wide variety of make and models is also a key driver. Another area where tyre eRetailers can possibly differentiate themselves are refurbished tyres. eGommerce, an Italian startup tyre eRetailer, is already exploring this avenue. Other discounts and freebies also belong to the tried means of attracting customers to the online channel.

New market players are attracted to the market, as customers show a growing confidence in purchasing replacement tyres online. The shift in consumer attitude has lead companies to offer personalized shopping solutions, of which the ‘door-step delivery and fitment’ service is the most popular. Offering consumers a choice of tyre fitment at a location of their choice has already triggered considerable attention, with companies like Allopneus (France) leading the way in enriching the whole customer purchase experience.

In terms of revenues, German pioneer Delticom lead the market in 2013 with EUR 600 million in sales. The company has 137 online shops spread across 42 countries and a network of 35000 professional fitting garages. Other noticeable names in the tyre eRetail market are, Oxyo-Pneus, PopGom, Pneus Online, and eGommerce. These new market entrants are expected to develop new business models in the future, which will further foster growth in online business. The market is however, expected to witness significant consolidation in coming years, as companies look to gain a stronghold in this competitive environment.

Frost & Sullivan is currently researching the European eRetailing Market for Automotive Parts. If you are interested in further information on this study, please send an email to Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at, with your full contact details.

About Frost & Sullivan
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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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April 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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Unprecedented Global Recognition for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

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Voted the world’s highest-rated luxury hotel brand by ReviewPro’s 2014 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report
NEW DELHI, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has been voted the World’s Highest Rated Luxury Hotel Brand by ReviewPro’s 2014 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report. The report also ranks Oberoi Hotels & Resorts the best for guest satisfaction in service, value, hotel’s location and cleanliness.
ReviewPro, the leading provider of online social media analytics for the hospitality industry, has released its annual Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report, a study on luxury hotels and brands with the best online reputation.
The research is based on the analysis of 839,593 online guest reviews published during 2013 for the hotels that industry tracker Smith Travel Research classified as ‘luxury’. A total of 1,692 properties and 84 brands in five continents were analysed.
ReviewPro divided the study into three areas; large brands (for groups with more than 20 hotels), small brands and individual hotels. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts was rated number 1 in the ranking for large brands, with an impressive 94.7%.
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group said, “I am very proud that Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has been voted the World’s Highest Rated Luxury Hotel Brand. The award is an affirmation of The Oberoi Group’s unwavering commitment towards offering guests world-class facilities and unsurpassed service. I dedicate this award to our people who are our biggest asset and who have worked passionately to ensure our guests receive warm, personalised and caring service”.
Further notes to the Editor:
About Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts are synonymous the world over for providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency. Internationally acclaimed for all-round excellence and unparalleled levels of service, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have received innumerable awards and accolades.
A distinctive feature of the Group’s hotels is their highly motivated and well trained staff who provides exceptionally attentive, personalised and warm service. The Group’s luxury hotels have established a reputation for redefining the paradigm of luxury and excellence in service amongst hotels around the world.
About ReviewPro
For more information on Review Pro visit
For further information, please contact:
Silki Sehgal
Director – Corporate Communications
The Oberoi Group
Telephone: +91-11-2389-0505
Source: Oberoi Hotels and Resorts

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April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Prepaid FxPro Infinite MasterCard Now Available

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LONDON, April 10, 2014/PRNewswire/ — FxPro has launched its very own prepayment card. The FxPro Infinite Card is a prepaid MasterCard available in one of three currencies (EUR, USD, GBP), designed to make it easier for clients to use funds that sit in their FxPro Vault, for payments of goods and services around the world.

The FxPro Vault is the segregated depository that allows clients to easily deposit and withdraw funds across any multiple accounts they may have, keeping funds separate from the MetaTrader 4 (MT4), cTrader or FxPro SuperTrader platforms. Now clients have the added benefit of linking the funds in their FxPro Vault to their FxPro Infinite Card.

“This is yet another enhancement to our range of products and services. By giving clients the ability to directly connect their FxPro Vault with a prepaid MasterCard, we are providing them with the opportunity to instantly use the unencumbered funds in their account to pay for anything, anywhere, that accepts MasterCard. We aim to be the leading online forex trading provider in the world and in order to achieve this we believe that offering services such as the FxPro Infinite Card is essential.” Charalambos Psimolophitis, CEO at FxPro.

The FxPro Infinite Card is only available to clients of FxPro Financial Services Limited.

Notes to Media

About FxPro

FxPro is an award-winning, 100% Agency Model FX broker that has its interests totally aligned with its clients. FxPro serves clients worldwide with advanced trading tools and aims to be the leading provider of FX solutions for algorithmic trading.

FxPro UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (previously, Financial Services Authority) (registration no. 509956). FxPro Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (licence no. 078/07).

FxPro SuperTrader is only available to clients of FxPro Financial Services Limited.

Risk Warning

Trading CFDs involves a high risk of loss.

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April 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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Biosafe Achieves Full Registration in China

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EYSINS, Switzerland, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Biosafe is proud to report that it has just received the official registration of its single use disposable kits with the Chinese FDA. Following earlier approval of the Company’s Sepax cell processing machine, Biosafe is now primed to launch sales of its products in the People’s Republic of China
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Olivier Waridel, CEO of the Biosafe Group commented: “We are the only company in our field which has received CFDA approval for both its equipment and kits. We are now eager to offer our industry-leading products throughout the People’s Republic of China, having set up a Shanghai-based subsidiary in 2012 already. We have been in contact with a number of major Chinese companies and institutions, which will now be able to access our state of the art technology. We see tremendous potential both in the cord blood banking and regenerative medicine markets”.
Biosafe’s Sepax device, used in conjunction with its proprietary single use disposable kits, offers a wide range of applications in cord blood banking and in the rapidly developing regenerative medicine area. It is used in a point of care environment such as cardiovascular and orthopedic, while in biotechnology and pharmaceutical processes it provides a versatile cell processing platform. Biosafe also offers a range of complementary products, such as the recently launched Smart-Max, for the preparation of cellular products.
About the Biosafe Group
Founded in 1997 the Biosafe Group is active in the design, manufacture and marketing of automated cell processing systems. Headquartered in Switzerland and privately-owned, the Biosafe Group operates through regional subsidiaries (Geneva, Houston, Hong-Kong, Shanghai and Sao Paulo) and is present in more than 50 countries, either directly or through distributors.
For further information:
Christopher Bolton
Biosafe Group SA
Source: Biosafe Group

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April 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Groundbreaking AtomoRapid(TM) HIV selected as Finalist in 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

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SYDNEY, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the second year in a row, ide’s innovative and world-class product design has been recognised at the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA). The AtomoRapid™ HIV is one of three finalists in the In Vitro Diagnostic Products and Systems category of this year’s MDEA, the Medtech industry’s leading international awards.

AtomoRapid™ HIV is the world’s first integrated rapid HIV blood test, offering a simple, reliable solution for diagnosing HIV in the field. The new device was launched in commercially in December 2013 and represents a breakthrough for convenient in-situ testing for the disease.

AtomoRapid™ HIV is currently marketed in South Africa by ide’s product development partner Atomo Diagnostics. ide provided product design, engineering, and development services and continue to be involved in production and quality assurance for the device by manufacturing components as part of their ide Deliver service.

This is the second year in a row that ide have been recognised as ‘Suppliers to a Finalist’ in the MDEA, after the ResMed Pixi Pediatric Mask was shortlisted as a finalist in 2013.

ide Product Development Director, Richard Sokolov commented,

“ide helped found Atomo Diagnostics four years ago to create products that make blood collection and diagnostics simpler and more reliable outside of the laboratory. It’s just tremendous that our first product has made such an impact. AtomoRapid™ HIV represents a huge breakthrough in HIV diagnosis and has been enthusiastically welcomed by clinicians in South Africa since launch. The Atomo Diagnostics / ide team has worked incredibly hard to make this happen and I’m so proud to see our efforts recognised.”

“At ide we believe that with caring, creativity and grit, we can realise the hope we all have for our projects. Our journey with the AtomoRapid has really shown that this philosophy can lead to the launch of disruptive products and significant commercial success.”

Winners of the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards will be announced in New York on 11 June.

About Atomo Diagnostics

Atomo Diagnostics is an ISO 13485 medical technology company with a range of integrated and award winning products for use in rapid diagnostic blood testing. Patients rely on dependable and accurate testing and through collaborative commercialisation our AtomoRapid™ technology has been developed to meet these patient requirements, irrespective of the test.

About ide

ide are an ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified new product development group with offices in Sydney, Australia and Hershey, Pennsylvania, and contract manufacturing partners in Shenzhen, China. We provide design, engineering, new product implementation, and manufacturing management services to partners in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer industries.

For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter at @ide_group to get the latest ide news.

For press enquiries please contact:

Australia: George Sidis, +61-409-406-070
USA: Kevin Smith, +1-717-312-4307
Source: ide group

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April 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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72% of Senior Banking Professionals in Singapore Want More Leadership and Management Training

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50% predict more training hours, 30% expect increased training budget
SINGAPORE, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In a global survey of senior banking professionals, Singaporean training company Anagram Group has found that 50% of banking professionals in Singapore expect more training in 2014 than compared to 2013. 30% of respondents also expect an increase in training budgets.
The Anagram Group Banking Training Survey 2014 also found that while a big chunk of the training budget (45%) will go to regulatory and compliance training, a whopping 72% of banking professionals in Singapore would like more leadership & management training, and 57% would like more soft-skills training. However, only 10% of training budgets are currently going to each of these two areas.
Most respondents (43%) said the main benefit of additional training is improving employee efficiency; 38% say it develops under-performing staff, while 14% said it improves employee retention.
“Increased regulatory demands are forcing banks to allocate more budget to regulatory and compliance training. However, most employees are demanding for more training on how to manage, lead, and engage with colleagues and customers,” said Mark Stuart, Managing Director, Anagram Group.
“This might be due to new pressures being faced by managers in recent years as a result of relentless growth, larger and more diverse teams, and tighter budgets,” he added.
Most respondents (67%) said past training was beneficial and could be applied to their jobs. Out of the respondents who said training was not beneficial, most of the respondents (58%) said it was because they were too busy with daily work to focus on implementing new skills.
About the survey
The survey was conducted by Anagram Group from January to April 2014. A global survey of 840 banking professionals was conducted. Out of the total respondents, 220 were from Singapore.
Anagram Group provides training & communications solutions in Asia, including leadership & management courses.
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For more information and a copy of the full Singapore survey report, contact:
Liyana Stuart
Communications Director, Anagram Group
Phone: +65-3158-1265
Source: Anagram Group

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April 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Cegos Asia Pacific Survey Identifies the 2014 Workplace Learning Trends across APAC Region

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SINGAPORE, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cegos Asia Pacific, part of the Cegos Group, a worldwide leader in training and development, surveyed Managers and Learners across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to identify the current learning trends within the workplace.
Results from their findings identify the number one training motivation as soft skills for development and personal growth. The results also indicate a marked increase in blended learning as a preferred training method across the region. Learners are taking more control of their own learning by leveraging technology and tablets have become the number one device of choice for accessing online learning while mobile devices have overtaken desktops and laptops for the first time.
The results were tabulated after polling 2,796 Managers and team members (Learners) from 872 different corporate and governmental organisations, including 475 Human Resources/Training/Learning Professionals, across 6 Asia Pacific countries, about their professional training and development practices, wants & needs. GenY represented 56% of respondents.
Key highlights
Training motivation, access and provision
The number 1 training motivation across APAC is soft skills development for personal growth with “New Skills” being the primary driver for individual Learners.
1 in 5 respondents have had no training in the past 12 months.
Over 16% of those surveyed are dissatisfied with the training provided by their organisations and feel they receive insufficient focus on soft skills development to help them build new skills.
Organisational training (technical, company and product), is the one training focus provided by organisations demonstrating the imbalance of what is provided versus what is being asked for.
Majority of Learners are turning to their managers and peers for information on training, up from 31% in 2012 to 40% this year.
Training delivery methods and tools
Traditional classroom training remains the predominant training delivery method
Online Learning is the second most popular learning delivery method at 54% usage
The sharpest increase in learning method is with Blended learning moving from 39% learners experiencing it in 2012 to 43% in 2014.
The continuing rise of blended learning indicates that human interaction remains fundamental but that technology-enabled learning has a greater role to play in the mix.
Looking at the preferences of individual countries for online learning tools, there are some clear trends emerging. Indonesia (62%), Malaysia (58%) and India (52%) are the greatest users of tablets — all three countries have dramatically increased their tablet use compared with 2012’s figures.
The rise in technology led learning may also help partly explain the underlying reasons for the growing gap between learning professionals and the Learner community itself with the majority of the 475 Learning Professionals confirming they had not initiated meaningful enabled learning solutions in their organisations despite recognising the trend being evidenced in the wider market. With greater financial pressures on organisations, leveraging technology to enable greater learning provision, offers productivity and cost avoidance wins and is an obvious focus. It is clear that budget is not the big issue here.
Notable Country Specific Findings
Australia showing signs of a decrease on training and development focus
Australia remains a well-developed training market with the need to refresh existing skills, the number one driver for training this year, cited by 19% of respondents (up from 15% in 2012).
However, Australia has dropped from top to bottom position in terms of the proportion of learners undertaking training through their organisations, down from 100% in 2012 to 53% this year.
This decrease in organisational focus on training may be a blip and has, (according to those learning professionals interviewed), been impacted by economic and political constraints. That said, further market uncertainty driven by potential softening in the services, manufacturing and mining industries, may delay a rapid bounce back of training budgets and may force more learners to take greater control of their own development.
Chinese organisations more committed than ever
83% of training is funded entirely by the employer (although this figure is down from 94% in 2012). This corresponds with a dramatic shift away from self-initiated learning to employer-initiated training with only 10% of employees now initiating their training compared with 43% in 2012.
China is focusing its efforts on developing business, management and leadership skills in recognition of developing talent for competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.
Technology-led training delivery has improved significantly in China this year. Online learning is up from 16% in 2012’s survey to 45% this year and blended learning use has risen dramatically too, up from 7% to 39%.
India’s employees have had to take control
One of the standout findings this year is that organisation’s in India are failing to meet the growing training needs of their highly motivated Learners and dissatisfaction levels with training are rising.
A staggering 77% of employees have had to fund their own training to some degree.
73% of Learners now train out of office hours on working days or on days off, up from 65% in 2012.
Tablets are the number one tool for accessing online learning in India this year, up from 29% in 2012 to 52%.
Indonesia leaps ahead with tablet use
Indonesia has leaped ahead to become the greatest user of tablets for online learning in Asia Pacific, having doubled its user base from 31% in 2012 to 62% this year.
Indonesia has increased its training efforts this year with 86% of workers having been trained over the past 12 months compared with 77% in 2012’s survey. This is impressive for a country viewed as ‘developing’.
Malaysia’s Learners take on learning in their own time
This year Malaysia has seen a significant rise in training after office hours on working days, up from 19% in 2012 to 36% this year demonstrating increased employee pressure to be accountable for their training.
Malaysia’s workforce has a clear preference for using tablets for online learning and has the second highest proportion of Learners using tablets for online learning, almost doubling from 30% in 2012 to 58% this year showing a ‘leapfrog effect’.
Singapore is increasingly dissatisfied with its training
The 2012 survey noted seeds of dissatisfaction with training and this year’s survey shows the problem has become even more deeply rooted with major implications for talent management and employee retention given that Singaporean Learners are more driven by getting a new job and a pay rise than in any other country surveyed.
Online learning use is up this year from 38% to 42% and Singapore is the most mature in its use of mobile devices. Until recently that was purely for social means, but increasingly mobile devices are being applied to work and learning which can account for this increase in online learning overall.
Among the key focus areas of training in Singapore this year are product training and management training.
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Jeremy Blain, APAC Managing Director of Cegos states:
“We were keen to uncover how the learning landscape had changed since our first survey in 2012. Some key trends continue like technology-enabled learning, blended learning uptake and the huge popularity of tablets as learning tools. Our findings indicate a growing trend towards informal learning but there is a growing need for some Learning Professionals to connect with learning technology. Our survey also found that some countries are faring better than others. Indonesia is leading the way as an emerging learning economy, alongside the huge commitment to training and development now evident in China.”
About Cegos Group
Since its creation in 1926, the Cegos Group has developed into Europe’s leading player and one of the world’s top providers of professional and continuing training. Cegos currently employs 1,200 people and operates in over 30 countries worldwide through its subsidiaries and partner distributors. The Group generated sales of €168 million in 2012.
Its consultants’ expertise covers every area of skills management and development, and enables the Group to roll out large-scale training programmes worldwide.
Backed by this deep knowledge of the corporate world, Cegos trains 220,000 people around the globe every year, in open or in-house courses. The Group has a comprehensive product range ( ) that extends from off-the-shelf courses to bespoke solutions. Its ‘multimodal’ approach draws on all of the currently-available learning formats. Alone or in partnership with universities and top educational facilities, the Group also offers 90 certificate or diploma courses.
APAC Contact:
Ms. Meng Bannister
Tel: +65-9239-9802
Source: Cegos Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

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April 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm