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Southeast Asia’s Largest Industry Gathering For Mechanical, Electrical & Engineering Professionals

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The region is set the host again its 5th edition of ASEAN M&E Show at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia from 10 – 12 June 2014. Compromising industry related exhibitions under- one- roof including TENAGA 2014, REVAC 2014, GREEN ENERGY ASIA 2014 and LIFTASIA 2014. ASEAN M&E Show 2014 will bring together over 10,000 trade visitors and 400 exhibiting companies from 50 countries/regions worldwide as well as major National Pavilions from the USA, Germany, Korea, mainland China, India, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. The event is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the latest technology and solutions to a top level audience.

The Chief Executive of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, Y.Bhg Dato’ Sri Ir. Judin Abdul Karim, strongly supports the staging of ASEAN M&E Show in Malaysia. “Construction opportunities presented by Economic Transformation Project (ETP) projects are enormous and involve large scale construction in new development sector. This has been achieved mainly through the government sponsored Economic Transformation Project (ETP). ASEAN M&E 2014 will help increase the visibility of local exhibitors and enable them to reassess the short and medium term business opportunities present challenges global economic times,” said Y.Bhg Dato’ Seri.


This is the region’s biennial must — attend show offering exhibitions, business gatherings, industry meetings, conferences and technology symposium related to the mechanical & Electrical engineering industry.

Meanwhile, the Asean M&E Forums 2014 themed ‘Modern Designs and Innovative Green Engineering Solutions for Cost Efficient Project Construction and Facility Maintenance’ will bring together the engineering and building industry to discuss key areas and modern design approaches to developing cost-efficient management and operations of properties and facilities. The ASEAN M&E Forums are CPD accredited. To book your seat, please visit or email to

One of its stronger partners, ASHRAE will be organising the ASHRAE Malaysia’s Conference themed “Built Environment for Sustainability: a Holistic Approach”. This conference will address current and future issue in the industry. Limited seats are on offer by ASHRAE Malaysia Chapter, act now!

Along with the two said conference, the TENAGA 2014 Technology Symposium and REVAC 2014 Technology Symposium would be an ideal information medium, instant reward of new innovation and technologies and solutions for the industry issues.

Those who are interested to exhibit, please contact Mr. Dzahir/ Ms. Fay at 603 2176 8788 or visit

Pre-register today at for a chance to redeem your gift exclusively from Asean M&E 2014.

Note to Editors:

1. 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, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country

2. About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print, and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

This Press Information is issued by:

UBM Malaysia
A-8-1, Level 8, Hampshire Place Office,
157 Hampshire, 1 Jalan Mayang Sari,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +6-03-2176 8788
Fax : +6-03-2164 8786

Further information on ASEAN M&E Show 2014 contact:

Mr. Dzahir (Project Manager for TENAGA & Green Energy)

Ms. Fei (Project Manager for REVAC & LiftAsia)
Source: UBM Malaysia

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April 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Smartphone innovation is slowing down, as Samsung struggles to differentiate

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— Frost & Sullivan ICT Consultant Lawrence Lundy comments on Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy smartphone and their struggle to differentiate in the market

LONDON, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Galaxy 5
While the Galaxy S5 is an evolutionary product, there is not enough in there to make people upgrade from the 4. It doesn’t push the envelope in any real way; we are in a sort of stasis now when it comes to smartphone innovation. We are going to see sustaining improvements as the market reaches maturity. That is not to say that smartphone innovation is finished, but much of the innovation is going to come from the introduction of sensors into the phone, and the improvements in software, and how the phone will interact with the range of wearable devices. The innovation will move away from hardware towards the kinds of services and platforms that are enabled on the phones. Services such as ordering taxis, mobile payments, and location-based services will add value on top of the smartphone platform.

High-end – Extreme pressure from Apple, less differentiation
In the premium segment, Samsung’s scale and supply chain strength is less of an advantage. The key to success in this segment is differentiation, and as the market has matured it is less about features and more about design and brand. As competitors such as HTC, Huawei and ZTE catch up quickly on design, brand differentiation is critical, as well as the omnipresent Apple, its success with the premium line comes down to a huge marketing budget and a huge spend across the channel.

Samsung are now completely unable to differentiate on the software side with Google driving Android consistency. 25% of Android handsets sold in China last year did not include Google services, and therefore were not as valuable to Google. The company is therefore preventing fragmentation of Android, making it even harder for Samsung to truly differentiate itself.

Low-end – BOM falling to less than $20
Margins are coming under continuing pressure and price leadership has been difficult to maintain in emerging markets with OPPO, Wiko, Micromax, all producing handsets in the $100-200 segment. The bulk of Samsung’s business, despite the high profile nature of its Galaxy line, is in the mid to low end. This is where Samsung is losing share as other cheaper manufacturers build capacity and experience, and can utilise lower labour costs. The bulk of growth in the market will come at the $200 and less price points, and these segments are simply less profitable than the high-end. For Samsung this means increasing pressure on margins.

Long-term – Value and profit will be captured higher up the stack with apps and services
A long term view would ask where does Samsung see itself in the value chain in the internet of things. Profit will be captured at the data and app layer rather than the hardware layer which is where Samsung’s competitive advantage lies. The proliferation in internet-enabled devices will offer vast hardware opportunities for Samsung, especially with its expertise manufacturing hardware such as refrigerators, washing machines, and TVs. Samsung already has the largest portfolio of hardware, and it has a huge opportunity to connect these and really add value for the customer. However, Samsung does not have the internal software and machine learning capabilities to provide best-in-class solutions in the post-mobile world.

For further information and to interview the analyst please contact Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, – Tel. +48-22-4816203

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April 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Herbalife Launches First Ever Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour

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Promoting Balanced Nutrition and Healthy, Active Lifestyle across 30 Cities by Leading Nutrition and Health Experts
HONG KONG, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Herbalife, a global nutrition company, announced the launch of its first ever Asia-Pacific wellness tour, which will see seven Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) members and its director of fitness education and visit a total of 30 cities in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in the month of April. With the rising trend of obesity and ageing, the Herbalife wellness tour seeks to present valuable insights on nutrition, healthy lifestyle and physical activity as the world’s population faces a global nutrition transition.
Mr William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific, said, “The Asia-Pacific wellness tour reflects our commitment to helping people pursue a healthy, active lifestyle with education, training and industry-leading nutrition products. With the obesity epidemic expected to get worse, we will play a more proactive role in helping people combat this health issue and live healthier lives.”
The Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) members participating in the wellness tour comprised of leading global experts in the fields of nutrition and health — Dr Julian Alvarez Garcia (sports medicine and sports physiology), Dr. Banu Cayci (obesity, exercise, antioxidants), Dr. Marco De Angelis (sports medicine), Dr. Carel le Roux (metabolic medicine), Dr. Nataniel Viuniski (pediatrician and nutritional expert), Dr. Jonathan Yarom (sports physician, preventative medicine) and Dr. Rocio Medina, vice president of worldwide nutrition training at Herbalife (nutrition and obesity). Samantha Clayton, Herbalife’s Director of Fitness, a former competitive sprinter and fitness expert will also be part of the wellness tour to educate and train Herbalife Independent Distributors and members of the public on the principles of healthy lifestyle and fitness.
The doctors will visit the cities to present at health seminars held by Herbalife on principles of better nutrition, the importance of regular physical activity and healthy lifestyle options as a way to proactively combat the obesity epidemic which is sweeping across the world, including the Asia Pacific region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1.4 billion adults were overweight and at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese, which is linked to several chronic lifestyle illnesses including diabetes and heart diseases. In Asia Pacific, the prevalence of obesity is growing fast with several countries predicted to see among the fastest growth in obesity rates between 2010 and 2020 — the obese and overweight population in Vietnam will increase by 225%, Hong Kong by 178%, India by 100%, South Korea by 80.7%, New Zealand by 52%, and Indonesia by 50%. (Source: Euromonitor International)
About Herbalife Ltd.
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife’s website contains financial and other information about the company at
Media Enquiries:
Herbalife Asia Pacific
Daliea Mohamad-Liauw
VP, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
DID: +852-3589-2643
Source: Herbalife Asia Pacific
Related stocks: NYSE:HLF

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April 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Scholastic Launches New Digital and Blended Learning Education Programs in Singapore

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— Scholastic Literacy Pro™ and Scholastic PR1ME™ Mathematics to Be Released in Multiple Markets

SINGAPORE, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the launch of two new education programs, Scholastic Literacy Pro™ and Scholastic PR1ME™ Mathematics, available for global markets. They join a rapidly growing portfolio of Scholastic educational technology and blended learning programs based on the latest research and proven successful practices and designed to help teachers worldwide raise student achievement in English literacy and mathematics.

“Scholastic, a leading innovator in U.S. education, can now support teachers worldwide to raise student achievement with these resources,” said Shane Armstrong, President, Scholastic International. “Countries all across the globe are recognizing that students need to reach ever higher standards to succeed in today’s global economy and our goal is to facilitate that growth and learning for all students. These programs provide teachers with tools and data to enable them to make informed decisions about and plan their instruction and their students’ progress, based on best practices in teaching and learning.”

Scholastic Literacy Pro is a digital reading comprehension assessment program for students from age 7 through 18. Students’ individual reading levels are determined using the LitPro Test, a computer-adaptive assessment that measures and reports on reading comprehension in Lexile® levels. Based on each student’s individual level as well as their chosen interests, Scholastic Literacy Pro provides a personalized reading list for each student that motivates them to read more and improve their performance; and enables teachers to track their progress. Several schools in Singapore are already using an earlier edition of this program — Scholastic Reading Inventory and Scholastic Reading Counts, and will be migrating to Scholastic Literacy Pro. This new edition delivers enhanced capabilities with an innovative new design and interface.

Scholastic Literacy Pro provides educators with real-time data to:

Target instruction to meet individual and group goals.
Evaluate teaching programs and monitor progress.
Forecast growth towards national and/or international standards.

Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics is a mathematics proficiency program for grades 1 through 6, which is based on the successful instructional methods of top-performing countries in mathematics. Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics is a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Singapore and incorporates the best practices of Singapore, Republic of Korea, and Hong Kong. These countries/regions have consistently been top performers in international assessments such as Trends in Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) and Performance in International Student Assessment (PISA).

Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics is based on a pedagogical approach and instructional design that:

Teaches via problem solving, helping students learn to use different strategies to arrive at their conclusions and develop confidence in approaching problems;
Develops metacognition and mathematical thinking;
Incorporates formative and summative assessment in its instructional design to help teachers guide individual students;
Incorporates professional learning into the curriculum framework for teachers to improve their practice; and
Uses technology to deliver innovative instructional content.

Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics is available in Singapore as an interactive whiteboard teacher resource. This interactive whiteboard edition provides teachers with ready lesson plans and activities for whole class teaching that:

Allow teachers to deliver high quality lessons simply by carrying out the activities and instructions;
Assist teachers to carry out whole class practice and assessment during lesson;
Includes tools for writing text or drawing diagrams on the pages to further explain the content; and
Creates interactive and enriching lessons with options to add multi-modal materials.

For more information on Scholastic Literacy Pro and Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics, contact our Singapore office: or tel: 6922 9589.

For more information about Scholastic Education, visit:

Source: Scholastic

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April 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative Presents Under the Same Sun, Opening June 13

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— Curator Pablo Leon de la Barra Investigates Contemporary Art Practices in Latin America in Exhibition of Artists from 16 Countries

NEW YORK, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — From June 13 through October 1, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will present the exhibition Under the Same Sun, which marks the second phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized by Pablo Leon de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition features works by 37 artists and collaborative duos from 16 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico (United States), Uruguay, and Venezuela. Following its presentation in New York, Under the Same Sun will travel to two additional venues.

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With a selection of nearly 50 works including installations, mixed media works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper, Under the Same Sun surveys the most significant contemporary art practices in Latin America today. This presentation is the second of three exhibitions for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

The exhibition examines the diversity of today’s creative responses to complex shared realities, which have been influenced by colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality, as well as by concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. Despite financial growth and increased stability in most of the continent over the past decade, it remains divided by social and ethnic differences and marked by political and economic shifts. Under the Same Sun presents artistic responses to the past and present that are inscribed within these contexts, and explores the possibility of the construction of alternative futures.

The artists in the exhibition are:

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1974, Philadelphia/b. 1971, Havana, Cuba)
Carlos Amorales (b. 1970, Mexico City)
Armando Andrade Tudela (b. 1975, Lima, Peru)
Alexander Apostol (b. 1969, Caracas, Venezuela)
Tania Bruguera (b. 1968, Havana, Cuba)
Luis Camnitzer (b. 1937, Lubeck, Germany)
Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico)
Alejandro Cesarco (b. 1975, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker (b. 1966, Atlanta, United States/b. 1975, Quito, Ecuador
Adriano Costa (b. 1975, Sao Paulo; Brazil)
Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico)
Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceio, Brazil)
Wilson Diaz (b. 1963, Pitalito, Colombia)
Juan Downey (b. 1940, Santiago, Chile)
Regina Jose Galindo (b. 1974, Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Mario Garcia Torres (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico)
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (b. 1965, Strasbourg, France)
Tamar Guimaraes (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Federico Herrero (b. 1978, San Jose, Costa Rica)
Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956, Santiago, Chile)
Claudia Joskowicz (b. 1968, Santa Cruz, Bolivia)
Runo Lagomarsino (b. 1977, Malmo, Sweden)
David Lamelas (b. 1946, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves (b. 1967, Los Angeles/b. 1963, Bogota, Colombia)
Marta Minujin (b. 1943, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Bogota, Colombia)
Ivan Navarro (b. 1972, Santiago, Chile)
Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico)
Amalia Pica (b. 1978, Neuquen, Argentina)
Wilfredo Prieto (b. 1978, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba)
Paul Ramirez Jonas (b. 1965, Pomona, United States)
Beatriz Santiago Munoz (b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Gabriel Sierra (b. 1975, San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia)
Javier Tellez (b. 1969, Valencia, Venezuela)
Erika Verzutti (b. 1971, Sao Paulo, Brazil,)
Carla Zaccagnini (b. 1973, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

A dynamic, customized set of audience-driven education programs, both at the exhibition venues and online, will accompany the presentation. The MAP online platform encourages a dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice in the initiative’s three regions of focus. features videos about and featuring the artists, curators, public programs, and exhibitions; access to learning tools, in-depth artist profiles, and three blog series which examine cultural production, research, and dialogue in the regions.

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a multi-year collaboration that charts contemporary art practice in three geographic regions — South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa — and encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven education programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. The initiative builds upon and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism and significantly increases the Guggenheim’s holdings of art from these dynamic communities.

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Initiative Website:
Source: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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April 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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ResMed Innovation Excellence Earns Two Red Dot Design Awards For 2014

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— Dual Win Highlights Innovation in Patient-Centric Design
SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ResMed (NYSE: RMD), an innovator and pioneer in developing products for the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions, has won two Red Dot Product Design Awards for 2014 — one for its AirFit™ P10 nasal pillows mask and one for its soon-to-be-launched Astral™ 150 life support ventilator. A repeat winner, having been recognized in 2010 for its S9™ Series, ResMed’s products have built a global reputation for their sophisticated and life-improving technology, with simple, elegant design.
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Red Dot is the world’s largest and most renowned design competition. This year, 4,815 entries were submitted by manufacturers, designers, and architects from 53 countries, with only 1,120 earning the prestigious designation.
“From our masks and positive airflow pressure (PAP) devices to our ventilators and diagnostic equipment, ResMed has a proud 25-year history of delivering innovative solutions with the patient’s comfort and well-being in mind,” said Mick Farrell, ResMed CEO. “The AirFit P10 and Astral 150 are both backed by decades of science and clinical research as we remain focused on three key goals: improving patient quality of life, preventing progression of chronic diseases, and lowering total healthcare costs.”
Launched in January 2014, the ultra-light, ultra-quiet AirFit P10 nasal pillows mask weighs just 1.6 ounces, and has only three parts, including a mesh vent called QuietAir™ that makes it 50 percent quieter than its predecessor. The AirFit P10, used in conjunction with a PAP device to treat sleep apnea, has been found by ResMed to provide patients with an average of 40 more minutes of sleep per night. Lack of healthy breathing during sleep is linked to a number of serious health conditions and is known to affect one’s overall well-being and quality of life.
The soon-to-be-launched Astral 150 life support ventilator is a small, portable, and lightweight system with extended battery life, and patient-friendly set-up and operation. These features allow chronically ill adult and pediatric patients, who would otherwise be hospitalized, to be safely treated outside the hospital for various respiratory conditions. In particular, the Astral 150 provides respiratory help for patients suffering from the effects of neuromuscular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other adult and childhood breathing disorders.
About ResMed:
ResMed changes lives by developing, manufacturing and distributing medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing, COPD, and other chronic diseases. We develop innovative products and solutions to improve the health and quality of life of those who suffer from these conditions, and we work to raise awareness of the potentially serious health consequences of untreated sleep-disordered breathing. For more information on ResMed, visit

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April 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Omnicom Launches eg+ Worldwide To Create A Leading Global Production And Implementation Group

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— E-Graphics Worldwide and Hub Plus Join to Provide Clients with Intelligent Collaboration, Custom Solutions and Strong Global Reach
NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — E-Graphics Worldwide and Hub Plus, Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) companies, today announced they have merged to form eg+ worldwide. The new company will provide a client-focused network for production and tailored implementation solutions.
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E-Graphics and Hub Plus have highly complementary capabilities and have a history of collaboration on behalf of their clients. Together, they will make eg+ a leader in harnessing the latest technologies to help global brands implement, amplify and localize creative concepts across moving image, digital and print channels. The new agency will use a proprietary technology platform that offers clients a one-stop shop for asset, workflow and project management, as well as transcreation, delivery and a tried and tested transition program.
eg+ will deliver its services globally through key offices in Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo with additional offices in China, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The eg+ offices will be supported by digital production centers in China, India, Mexico and Poland.
“With the launch of eg+, we are leveraging the very best technologies, talent and the extensive resources within Omnicom to help our clients meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse, complex, and global media landscape,” said John Wren, President and CEO, Omnicom.
The more than 1,200 implementation, technology and production specialists of eg+ will be led by Paul Hosea, as CEO Worldwide; Simon Toaldo, as President International; Mark Rhys Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer Worldwide; Myles Peacock, President, Americas and Global Client Leader; and Jason Van Praagh, Chief Technology Officer.
“New technologies and communications channels have added significant complexity in the way brand messages are delivered to consumers,” said Hosea. “Clients are seeking partners to help them transform the way they deliver these messages consistently and effectively across markets. Together, we will utilize the latest in technology and a DNA steeped in innovation to manage their messages cross-channel and around the world.”
About eg+ worldwide:
eg+ worldwide ( is Omnicom’s global implementation and production agency, providing tailored strategies and implementation for all asset production, management, distribution and ROI quantification. Dedicated to client engagement, agency integration and technological innovation, eg+ excels across channels and across borders through its diverse Centers of Excellence and has more than 1,200 production, technology and communications experts in 39 offices throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific including four digital production centers in China, India, Mexico and Poland.
About Omnicom Group:
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) ( is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations, and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
Source: Omnicom Group

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April 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Leading Jewelry Trade Platform of Eastern Europe, Near Asia and the Middle East; “Istanbul Jewelry Show” Gathered Together World Jewelry Industry for the 38th Time in Istanbul

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Ultimate Jewelry Trade Platform and the wide region’s most preffered, leading jewelry exhibition; 38th “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March organized by UBM Rotaforte with the Main Sponsorship of Turkish Economy Bank (TEB), gathered together major industry professionals from 111 countries on 20 – 23 March 2014 in 6 Halls over 60.000 square meters exhibition space at Istanbul Fair Center (CNR-Expo)

One of the leading jewelry event for the industry professionals and the leading ultimate trade event in the region, “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014 Exhibition, once again provided an ideal platform for international buyers and sellers during the four-day event for the 38th time.

Spectacular Intense Interest to the “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March

ISTANBUL, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 38th edition of “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014 brought together manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and industry professionals with a bigger selection of products including; Fine Gold Jewellery & Pearl Jewellery, Silver Jewellery, Diamond & Precious Stone Jewellery, Diamonds, Precious and Semi-Precious Stones, Pearls, Watches, Jewellery Display & Packaging Materials, Gemological Labs, Transportation, Software, Safes, Machinery, Jewellery Tools & Equipment.

“Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014

“Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014

“Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014

“Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014

1,200 exhibitors, participated from 25 countries/regions including: Turkey, Belgium, mainland China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, U.S.A., Thailand, and many other countries/regions in 6 Halls over 60.000 gross square meters exhibition space conducted new business opportunities with 26,974 top buyers and industry professionals from all over the world.

Visitor Profile

26,974 top buyers, 73.23 % from the local market and 26.77% from overseas, visited “Istanbul Jewelry Show” from across the globe including 111 countries.

The top 20 visiting countries of “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014 Edition are; Turkey, Russian Federation, Iran, Greece, Iraq, India, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Macedonia, Ukranie, Bulgaria, and Syria.

The recorded uptrend in exhibitor numbers, exhibition space, and number of visitors of “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014 from 111 countries confirms both the Fair’s international importance and also the highlights of Istanbul’s status for the jewelry trade industry globally.

Exhibitors’ Comments

“We are totally satisfied with the “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March 2014. We are also very happy with the visitor profile and buyers as well. We had good business, especially from Lebanon, Israel, and Azerbaijan countries.” Abdullah Sanli – Sade-Is / Turkey

“Our company is participating to the “Istanbul Jewelry Show” March & October Exhibitions, for a very long time. March 2014 Edition of “Istanbul Jewelry Show” is also very successful as usual. Visitor profile is very well. We have so many new business contacts during the fair and had orders mainly from Iran, Iraq, and North Africa buyers.” Helena Tas – Cetas / Turkey

“Although this is our first participation to the show, we received very good results. We get nice contacts mostly from Turkey, Iran, and Russia.” Vishal Mehta – H Dipak / Belgium

“We like the show. If I make the list of buyers, we are happy with Armenian, Russian, and Turkish buyers.” Sagar Shah – Inter Gems / Dubai, UAE

“Show is excellent. We had very good business contacts and March Edition of Istanbul Jewelry Show is very successful for our company. Our designs and product groups get attention of especially Dubai and other Arabic Countries’ buyers delegations. We made good business.” Yılmaz Tapar – Tapar Kuyumculuk / Turkey

“Istanbul Jewelry Exhibition is nice show and Turkey is a nice market. Connect with lots of European & Russian buyers.” Yogesh Kasliwal – Gemco International / India

“We are happy about buyers, especially Russian buyers are the best.” Amit – Neon Gems / India

Buyers’ Comments

“We are so happy with the rise of the exhibitor companies. Istanbul Jewelry Show is again organized very successfully. We made business with Sisma Machinery.” Unit Anil – Anil Gold / Turkey

“We are generally happy with your organization and fair plan is very successful. We ordered from Diamond RENE. We will also contact with some other companies after the show, too.” Ibrahim Yıldız – Safir Gold / Turkey

“We like the show. Very satisfied about the Machinery products. We give orders from Nokta Model Machinery and Tarz model.” Davydov Yuri / Russia

“Trend, Mioro ‘s new collections are so well! Exhibitors in Istanbul Jewelry Show have good quality products with nice prices.” El Mostapha Azeddine / Morocco

“Great Job! Istanbul Jewelry Show is very nice. Give orders from Kilic Alyans. Thanks a lot.” Harout Balabanian – Aleppo Jewelry / Armenia

“We made business with Arikan Watch, we will have connection with them and also with some other companies after the show, too.” Gokhan Altunkara / Turkey

“Cetas, Hemera products are fine, already give orders from them.” Rafi Istanbulli – Pronto Jewellery / Dubai, U.A.E.

“Satisfied about the products & designs, especially Arpas, Altinkum Companies.” A.Polichronis / Greece

“Fair is very good, it is nice to see new designs & new companies. We already give orders from Arpas, Kocak, and Roberto Bravo Companies.” Savic Dragan – ZLatara Rubin / Bosnia

“We are following all editions of Istanbul Jewelry Show and very happy with the show. We ordered from Melis Jewelry and Ugur Inci Jewelry.” Huseyin Unlucomert – Gencler Jewelry / Turkey
Save The Following Show Date!

39th “Istanbul Jewelry Show”; 16-19 October 2014!

Editor’s Note:

About UBM Rotaforte (

UBM Rotaforte, a joint-venture company formed by UBM Asia and Rotaforte International Fairs Inc., owns the Istanbul Jewelry Show, an international exhibition for jewellery, gems, watches, and related equipment. Now in its 29th year, the exhibition is held twice a year, in March and in October. Overall, the shows attract almost 60,000 visitors and 1,700 exhibitors, occupying net show floor space of more than 38,500 square meters. Products covered include gold, diamond, and silver jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, pearls, gold mountings, watches and clocks, machinery, tools and equipment, display units, and security devices. The business is supported by the Turkish Jewellery Association JTR, a national trade body which represents more than 1,100 jewellery companies, including the major manufacturers. UBM Rotaforte also publishes a supporting magazine RFJ (in Turkish and English) and organises Turkish jewellery pavilions at a number of third-party events in Italy-Vicenza, U.A.E-Dubai, India-Mumbai, Ukraine-Kiev, and Germany-Freiburg.

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals, and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India, and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications, and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks, and sourcing platforms. We have 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
Source: UBM Rotaforte

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April 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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TMF Group Acquires Indonesia’s Tass Axia

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LONDON and JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Execution of regional strategy provides platform for further growth

TMF Group, a leading provider of high value business services to clients operating and investing globally, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the business and assets of PT Tass Axia Solusi (“Tass Axia”), one of Indonesia’s largest providers of payroll and HR administration services.

Founded in 2004, Tass Axia has grown into a successful business, servicing a large number of multinational companies and domestic groups.

The acquisition has seen the transfer of Tass Axia’s employees, clients and new business pipeline to TMF Group, more than doubling both its Jakarta-based office’s 2013 revenues and total headcount.

The transaction marks an important step in TMF Group’s regional growth strategy, providing the business with increased market share and added operational capability to meet the growing number of multinational organisations looking to enter one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

TMF Group funded the acquisition from existing cash resources. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Vinod Kumar, Managing Director of TMF Group Indonesia, commented:

“This deal is a landmark moment in the continued execution of TMF Group’s regional strategy. The acquisition not only strengthens our position in the payroll and HR administration market, but also provides a strong platform to offer Tass Axia’s multinational client base access to our wider range of services through a single point of contact.”

Hugo van Vredenburch, Chief Executive of TMF Group, commented:

“With one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Indonesia is a key growth market for TMF Group. This transaction further bolsters our local presence and expertise, ensuring we are well-placed to meet the needs of multinational organisations as they look to expand their global footprint in search of growth.”

About TMF Group:

TMF Group is a leading global provider of high value business services to clients operating and investing globally. It focuses on providing highly specialised and business-critical financial, legal and human resource administrative services that enable clients to operate their corporate structures, finance vehicles and investment funds in different geographical locations. TMF Group has operations in more than 75 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Source: TMF Group

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April 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division to Acquire Ipreo from KKR

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NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ipreo Holdings LLC (“Ipreo”), a leading global provider of market intelligence and workflow solutions to capital markets and corporate professionals, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and by the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“Goldman Sachs”) (together, the “Sponsors”). The Sponsors are acquiring the business from affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”), who will retain a minority ownership stake in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ipreo is a leading global provider of new issuance software solutions across the equity, fixed income, municipal, and syndicated loan markets, including bookbuilding systems, roadshow & conference management platforms, and electronic document delivery. Ipreo’s extensive suite of investor relations services provides corporate clients with unparalleled cross-asset class surveillance, shareholder analysis, investor targeting, perception studies, proxy solicitation and transaction analytics. Ipreo is especially known for its Bigdough database, widely recognized as the leading source for institutional contact data and investor profiles, which is available via a suite of sophisticated CRM and prospecting applications and relied upon by both capital markets and investor relations professionals.
“Together with KKR, we have grown significantly and solidified our leadership in capital markets software, and data and analytics services. We are excited to partner with Blackstone, Goldman Sachs and KKR in our next phase of development,” said Scott Ganeles, Chief Executive Officer of Ipreo. “Our new investors bring a complementary set of experience, relationships, and in-market expertise that will help support the growth of the business and will allow us to provide our customers with accelerated access to new market-leading products.”
“The Ipreo executive team has done a remarkable job building Ipreo’s leading product portfolio and strong market position. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner alongside management, Goldman Sachs and KKR,” said Martin Brand, Senior Managing Director of Blackstone. “We look forward to working with Ipreo and positioning it for continued innovation and success.”
“Ipreo is a world-class organization, and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking is delighted to be an investor in the company. We are looking forward to helping maximize Ipreo’s growth potential alongside our new partners,” said Sumit Rajpal, Global Head of Financial Services Investing for the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division.
Over the last three years since KKR’s initial investment, Ipreo has seen tremendous growth. The company has grown revenues by approximately fifty percent, undertaken strategic acquisitions of Debtdomain and Discovery Data that have enabled it to expand its offerings to customers, established new operations with a sizable employee base in Raleigh, North Carolina, and significantly expanded its footprint globally.
Ipreo was advised by BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup. Legal counsel was provided to Ipreo and KKR by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
The Sponsors were advised by Blackstone Advisory Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Marlin & Associates; and financing for the transaction is being led by Goldman Sachs & Co. and BofA Merrill Lynch, with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets also participating. Legal counsel was provided to the Sponsors by Davis Polk & Wardwell, Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis.
About Ipreo
Ipreo is a global leader in providing market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to all participants in the global capital markets, including sell-side banks, publicly traded companies, and buy-side institutions. From new issuance through ongoing investor management, our unique solutions drive connectivity and efficiency throughout all stages of the capital-raising process. Ipreo has more than 700 employees supporting clients in every major financial center around the world. For more information, please go to
About Blackstone
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary funds, and multi asset class exposures falling outside of other funds’ mandates. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.
About the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division
The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs is one of the leading private equity investors in the world, having invested and committed approximately $45 billion of equity capital in over 650 companies globally across its corporate equity investing business. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. For more information on Goldman Sachs, please visit
Source: Ipreo

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April 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm