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CPhI Announces 2014 Expert Industry Panel

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AMSTERDAM, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Panel to contribute to Pharma Insights reports and second addition of the CPhI annual report due to be launched at CPhI Worldwide 2014

Panel members for 2014:

Prabir Basu, President at Pharma Manufacturing
Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International
Hedley Rees, Managing Director at PharmaFlow Ltd
Ajaz Hussain, CSO & President Biotechnology at Wockhardt
Sam Venugopal, Director in the Healthcare Practice at PWC
William Botha, Consultant and Founder Interlean
Emil Ciurczak, President at Doramaxx Consulting
Dilip G Shah, CEO of Vision Consulting Group and a regulatory expert
Vijay Shah, COO at Piramal Enterprises and pharma business lead
CPhI Worldwide, organised by UBM Live, announces its initial line-up of confirmed expert industry panel members for 2014 – building on the huge success of the CPhI annual report launched at CPhI Worldwide in October 2013.


This year’s panel sees the return of nine thought leaders, with further members joining imminently. Additionally, this year panel members will also be utilising their market insights and analysis year-round in the CPhI Pharma Insights series, which covers individual topics and developments across the industry – including the recently launched R&D and manufacturing reports.

Expertise ranges from API and manufacturing efficiencies (Girish Malhotra) to quality systems and supply chain activities (Sam Venugopal), with insights also provided from some of the sectors’ biggest names and innovators, like Piramal’s Vijay Shah. In addition, the panel features regulatory heavyweight Ajaz Hussain of Wockhardt – renowned for coining the term PAT – who will lend his expertise on establishing and improving drug regulation. Across supply chain issues, the panel will leverage the knowledge of Hedley Rees, whilst Prabir Basu, formerly of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), will focus on the industry’s approach to innovation.

Regulatory expert, predominantly focussed on the Indian market, Dilip Shah also returns, covering the intellectual property rules around innovation.

Emil Ciurczak, also previously a member of the FDA’s PAT committee and president of Doramaxx Consulting, draws up his expertise across PAT, QbD and spectroscopy. Finally, William Botha, a respected trainer and mentor in manufacturing, is also retuning to the panel; he is fluent in FDA regulations, including GDP and GMP.

Last year’s report examined a number of major issues and developments across the industry including cost savings through QbD and PAT, to regulatory challenges from a globalised industry, right through to the effect breakthrough drugs like ADCs will have on overcoming future disease pathologies.

“Last year’s report was a huge success with our experts, providing a combined insight into the overall picture of the industry. What is interesting this year is to see the progress the industry has made, and what new problems or challenges there are. In the first annual report insights spanned a mixture of practical manufacturing improvements, like single-use reactors and continuous processing, mixed with regulatory risks and the future potential of breakthrough drugs like ADCs and supply chain issues. Everything from life-saving drugs to an open assessment of where industry risks lay, and culminating in the new business model emerging- with increased partnerships, innovation sharing and consolidation. Further, our experts offered conclusions on the necessary techniques, technologies and a simplified regulatory approach that will simultaneously increase safety and innovation,” commented Chris Kilbee, Group Director Pharma at CPhI.

The 2014 annual report will feature a collection of in-depth essays from each panel member – with experts given carte blanche to prophesize how the industry will look and operate in the future from both an economic and practical perspective. Additionally, the CPhI Pharma Insights reports contain a mixture of primary data (industry surveys) and expert comment on what these findings show about the general direction of the industry and any issues they feel need to be addressed.

CPhI is now in the later stages of assembling the panel’s full line-up and plans to announce all participants in the summer – with a few more global heavyweights expected.

Kilbee added: “I am delighted that we have been able to source so many leading figures from within the industry to take part in the panel, as collectively they bring a huge amount of experience and insight. Already the panel’s knowledge spans pharmaceutical ingredients, manufacturing processes, global supply chain issues and regulatory frameworks. One thing they all have in common is a wealth of experience across international markets and a practical approach to problem solving, which will be invaluable in postulating future market dynamics.”

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About CPhI
CPhI drives growth and innovation at every step of the global pharmaceutical supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage. Through exhibitions, conferences and online communities, CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year to network, identify business opportunities and expand the global market. CPhI hosts events in Europe, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, Istanbul, Russia and South America and co-locates with ICSE for contract services, P-MEC for machinery, equipment & technology, InnoPack for pharmaceutical packaging and BioPh for biopharma. CPhI provides an online buyer & supplier directory at
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The UBM Live annual schedule of Pharmaceutical events also includes CPhI Russia and IPhEB (16-17 April, 2014 at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex- St Petersburg, Russia); CPhI, P-MEC and Innopack South East Asia (20-22 May, 2014 at the Jakarta International Expo- Jakarta, Indonesia); CPhI Istanbul (4-6 June, 2014, at the Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre- Turkey); CPhI, Hi and Fi, ICSE, P-MEC, BioPh and LabWorld China (26-28 June, 2014 at SNIEC- Shanghai, China); CPhI South America (5-7 August 2014 at Expo Centre Norte, Sao Paulo- Brazil); CPhI, ICSE Korea (2-3 September, 2014 at the COEX- Seoul, South Korea); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC and InnoPack Worldwide (7-9 October 2014, Paris Nord Villepinte- France); CPhI and P-MEC India (2-4 December, 2014 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre- Mumbai); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, BioPh and Pharmatec Japan (22-24 April, 2015 at the Big Sight Exhibition Centre- Tokyo).
About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands, and expand their market. Through premier brands such as TFM&A, Internet World, IFSEC, MD&M, CPhI, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, Websites, and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
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May 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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Lancaster PA Native and Harvard Grad Eleanor Morris Wu Breaks New Barriers in Science and Literature in Asia

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“Losing Plum Blossom” and “Ancient Chinese Science and the Chinese I Ching and Their Relevance to the World Today” Available Now

TAIPEI, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Losing Plum Blossom”, a Novel by Eleanor B. Morris Wu and Published by BookBaby, is the Story of War, Peace and Love in the Tumultuous Asian Region in the Post War Era.

Eleanor Morris Wu

Clarissa, a Vietnam war widow from Indiana, travels to Taiwan to be in the same place where her air force pilot husband was deployed before he was shot down over China. Distraught and lonely, Clarissa falls madly in love with the handsome, charismatic half Taiwanese, half Japanese doctor, Ahmed, who is treating her for her back ailments. The son of a Japanese war criminal who was commandant of the POW camp in Taiwan during WWII, Ahmed was the victim of traumatic sexual abuse by Chinese soldiers who liberated Taiwan from the Japanese after the war and is unable to relate to women. Caught in a vortex of seemingly unrequited love, Clarissa finds solace in the attention of a glamorous American intelligence agent living in Taiwan.

“Losing Plum Blossom” by Lancaster PA native and Harvard grad, Eleanor Morris Wu, is populated by a host of unforgettable characters. Published by BookBaby, it is the not to miss novel of East meets West in the modern era.

Eleanor B. Morris Wu also narrated the intellectual processes which led her to decoding, for the first time in 3000 years, the language of the Chinese I Ching as rational and scientific. This paved the way for her to discern the secrets of the ancient Chinese science.

Once despised by the 19th and 20th century scientists, I Ching was regarded as “primitive” and “nonsense”. However, only since westerners discovered DNA in the 1950’s would they have been able to appreciate ancient Chinese science:

”After successfully decoding the I Ching language, I realized it was logical and could be used for scientific purposes. When parsed, it could even be used to calculate and explain electron exchanges on molecules on DNA double helix. Having established that, the language of the I Ching was a bone fide language of science, could I confirm that ancient Chinese science was not superstition and fortune telling, but an actual science.

“The basis of ancient Chinese science was the theory of the immutable five elements: fire, water, metal, wood and earth, equally applicable to all aspects of the cosmos determined by the theory of analogous synonyms. Long dismissed by Western scientists as ‘primitive science’ by ‘primitive people’, the discovery of DNA has necessitated that we change this opinion. DNA is composed of any number of just one single molecule composed of only five elements; carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and phosphorous. Every living thing on this planet is composed of these five elements making up the DNA molecules which determine the characteristics of all living things and give them life — from elephants to the common garden weed. Combining into more and more complex organizations, the DNA five element molecules comprise more and more complex downstream products — from elephant tusks to the human brain. But always only these five elements make up these products. Differences between them exist in an infinite number of areas by the theory of analogous synonyms. In addition to having established that, the amazing correlation of element systems of vastly different scales and functions, through both simple number count of elements and spatial topography, calls into question to the validity of Western measuring and reality assessment systems taken for granted in the West since the time of the ancient Greeks.”

The Ancient Chinese Science and the Chinese I Ching and Their Relevance to Our World Today and Losing Plum Blossom are available here.

For more information, please contact:
Eleanor Morris Wu
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May 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

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Oakwood Worldwide(R) and Mapletree Sign Multi-Billion Dollar Serviced Apartment Deal

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– Joint Venture Expected to Add More Than 100 Oakwood® Properties Globally

LOS ANGELES and SINGAPORE, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Oakwood Worldwide® and Mapletree Group have signed a corporate and serviced apartment joint venture that aims to open more than 100 new properties around the world over the next five years. Mapletree will acquire a 49 percent stake in Oakwood Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd. (“OAP”), Oakwood Worldwide’s serviced apartment business in Asia, and will target acquiring and developing some US$4 billion worth of corporate and serviced apartment assets within Asia, Europe and North America.

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The joint venture will draw on Mapletree’s expertise in Asia and Oakwood Worldwide’s strengths in Europe and North America to more than triple the number of branded Oakwood® buildings across the globe. In addition to the initial investment in OAP, Mapletree, a leading real estate development, investment and capital management company with operations across seven countries, will have an option to acquire additional interests in OAP following the successful deployment of the growth strategy.

The deal capitalizes on the extensive growth Oakwood Worldwide has experienced and the global expansion of its formidable Oakwood brand to meet growing demand for accommodations that offer the convenience and comforts of a fully furnished apartment with the amenities of a full-service hotel. Mapletree will directly acquire and develop serviced apartments under a license to use the Oakwood Worldwide brands in all markets managed by OAP outside of North America. Oakwood Worldwide will also source and manage acquisition and development deals for Mapletree within North America.

“This joint venture with Mapletree is the beginning of a new chapter in our company’s 50-year evolution,” said Howard Ruby, Oakwood Worldwide chairman, founder and chief executive officer. “As the corporate housing industry’s pioneer, we are able to leverage our rich history and experience in development and acquisition to expand our managed apartment portfolio that, together with our global supplier network, offers our clients greater choice and more customized solutions in key markets around the world.”

Oakwood Worldwide has branded properties throughout the U.S., London and in the Asia Pacific region where OAP manages the Oakwood-branded properties. These serviced apartments are located in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.

Mapletree’s Group Chief Executive Officer Hiew Yoon Khong said: “This joint venture is an important step for us in our next five-year strategic growth plan. The joint venture will help Mapletree build our operational capability in the corporate and serviced apartments sector. This sector is another key asset class which we are confident of building into a world class platform with Oakwood as a partner.”

“Oakwood’s ability to deliver consistent and exemplary customer service made this joint venture very attractive for us. This joint venture will bring together two companies with different but complementary areas of expertise — Oakwood, with its experience and track record in operating corporate and serviced apartments, and Mapletree, a group with deep real estate knowledge and expertise, as well as network and deal access in Asia. I believe that the strengths of the two groups will see the Oakwood brand continuing to be the top-rated corporate and serviced apartment operator worldwide.”

Bill Foltz, Oakwood Worldwide’s chief financial officer and architect of the joint venture agreement, commended Mapletree’s disciplined investment approach and the real estate acquisition and development expertise brought by their team.

“Mapletree saw the opportunity for investment into the corporate and serviced apartment sector and wanted a global platform and world-class brand to grow their portfolio,” said Foltz. “This was a unique opportunity for us to align with an investor who has the size and capability to allow for rapid expansion of our brand. Mapletree is a first-class organization and that’s why we knew they would be a great partner to expand our global offerings as they look to grow outside of the Asia Pacific region.”

Goldman Sachs, sole financial advisor in the transaction, was instrumental in bringing together the parties and facilitated closing the agreement in a very efficient and timely manner.

View this press release online at the Oakwood Worldwide and Mapletree newsrooms.

The Oakwood Residence Roppongi T-Cube, located in Tokyo, is part of the Oakwood Worldwide portfolio of corporate housing and serviced apartments. Similar properties will be part of the five-year expansion plan.

Oakwood Worldwide®, based in Los Angeles, Calif., is the leading global provider of corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions through its two well-known brands, Oakwood® and ExecuStay®. Both brands provide move-in-ready furnished housing designed to meet the needs of business travelers on long- and short-term assignments. Oakwood® has access to the largest selection of housing options and a presence in all 50 United States and more than 70 countries. ExecuStay is the preferred corporate housing partner of Marriott® International and is the only corporate housing brand where guests can earn Marriott Rewards® points for stays at any ExecuStay location in the U.S.
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Mapletree is a leading Asia-focused real estate development, investment and capital management company headquartered in Singapore. Its strategic focus is to invest in markets and real estate sectors with good growth potential in Asia. By combining its key strengths as a developer, an investor and a capital manager, the Group has established a track record of award-winning projects in Singapore and delivered consistent and high returns from across various real estate classes in Asia.
As at 31 March 2014, Mapletree owns and manages S$24.6 billion of office, logistics, industrial, residential and retail/lifestyle properties. Currently, it manages four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and five private equity real estate funds, which together hold a diverse portfolio of assets in Singapore and throughout Asia. The Group has also established an extensive network of offices in Singapore, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam to support its regional expansion. Mapletree’s property portfolio includes award-winning projects in Singapore such as the VivoCity, Mapletree Business City, and Tata Communications Exchange as well as mixed-use developments in the region such as Future City and Nanhai Business City in China.
For more information, please visit
Source: Oakwood Worldwide

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May 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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Bond No. 9 launches its newest beach scent, Shelter Island

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First the Hamptons. Then Montauk and Sag Harbor. And at last comes Shelter Island, Bond No. 9’s Summer ’14 beach scent (an astonishing marine oud).The East End is now fully perfumed.
NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At Bond No. 9, we always know when summer’s ahead. That’s when we introduce a new New York beach-centric scent. Summer 2014 is no exception—and as in the past, we’re deriving our inspiration from the East End. You know. Those two spits of precious, all but priceless land and shoreline which literally jut out like direction pointers from the easternmost end of Long Island into the North Atlantic. Also referred to as the North and South Forks, this is the fabled, sought-after terrain where untold numbers of Manhattan denizens choose to occasionally (and amazingly) relax on July and August weekends. We’ve already done eaux de parfum for the ultra-stylish, see-and-be-seen Hamptons; the still somewhat funky former fishing outpost of Montauk; and the quaint village of Sag Harbor, which retains its old-fashioned charm.

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Shelter Island, 27 square miles located sandwiched between the North and South Forks, complete with a sizable nature preserve, meandering creeks, wandering deer, and Queen Anne and Colonial Revival mansions, is our Summer ’14 beach scent, on counter Memorial Day. It’s a magical place, unique in many ways. For one thing, everything is slow-paced on this island.

Shelter Island, the scent, has a delightful magic of its own. The world’s first marine oud, it is a revelation. A jaunty, sparkling-clean, decidedly unisex, quietly daring blend of oud—the precious and seductive Eastern-world hardwood that has recently become a mainstay in Western perfumery—with algae extract, a savory and energizing nautical note. Like Shelter Island itself, it hints of nonchalant exotica. The starter notes are fresh and sparkling citrus zest and freshly ground black pepper; together they deliver a decided punch. Then comes a segue into seemingly contradictory mid-notes: soft and beckoning white lilies accompanied by bracing and briny algae extract. Imagine a garden by the sea. That’s the effect here. And for the kicker: Oud, combined with another iconic wood note, sandalwood, as well as amber, myrrh, and musk—all of them reliable base notes that add warmth to Shelter Island’s aquatic flavor. But it’s oud above all that provides Shelter Island’s unique flavor.

With the bottle design, shipshape simplicity is served. One side of the Bond No. 9 superstar bottle proudly displays jaunty deep blue and white stripes. (How often do you see stripes in perfume bottle decor? How about hardly ever?) Turn the bottle over, and, the design reverses to pristine all-white. Shelter Islanders will appreciate the spare-ness of it all.

About Bond No. 9 New York: In business for ten years, Bond No. 9 is an edgy downtown perfumery, committed to designing artisanal scented evocations of the neighborhoods and streets of New York—from Riverside Drive to Chinatown to Coney Island. Bond No. 9 has a dual mission: To restore artistry to perfumery, and to mark every New York neighborhood with a scent of its own. Each fragrance represents a specific downtown, midtown, or uptown locale or a city-wide sensibility.
Shelter Island arrives on counter: Memorial Day. Price: 100ml, $260; 50ml, $195
Source: Bond No. 9 New York

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May 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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OANDA Exchange Rates Powers Global Business

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E-businesses, accounting firms, and tax authorities trust OANDA’s robust, reliable, and compliant currency exchange data

SINGAPORE, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, is pleased to introduce a refreshed version of its authoritative Exchange Rates for Business service. Leveraging arguably the world’s largest and most accurate database of currency rates, OANDA Exchange Rates provides businesses across all industries with automated global exchange rate information for corporate planning, finance, and e-commerce systems.

Easily integrated with most enterprise resource planning (ERP) and management software suites including Oracle, NetSuite, PeopleSoft, Microsoft Dynamics, and SAP, OANDA’s Exchange Rates database enables businesses to book daily international transactions, conduct month-end reporting, and perform expense reporting. Fully automated and without any human intervention, Exchange Rates is audit compliant.

“Whether your customer is a global corporation, or a single consumer living on the other side of the world, having access to audit compliant and automated currency information provides a tremendous business advantage,” said Trevor Young, Vice President of Product Management, OANDA Corporation. “By leveraging the power of OANDA Exchange Rates, businesses that operate in multiple geographies save time and money across business processes, increasing their bottom line in import and export.”

OANDA’s Exchange Rates provides businesses with unlimited data for 190 currencies dating back to January, 1990. It delivers rates in several different data formats (JSON, XML, and CSV) that are recognized by most ERP, accounting, and finance packages. It provides daily average, high and low bid and ask rates, midpoints, as well as weekly and monthly averages.

“We are the currency authority for the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, as well as various tax authorities, and financial institutions worldwide; leading software providers trust OANDA Exchange Rates, and several globally recognized companies include our offering in their e-commerce platforms — none of that is by accident,” said Ed Eger, President and CEO, OANDA Corporation. “Currency data is our legacy business. We were among the first to make comprehensive currency exchange information available over the Internet in 1995 and we continue to be a leading online provider for currency exchange information.”

For a free trial and more information, please visit Follow OANDA on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. The company’s many awards attest to the power and flexibility of its trading platform. In 2013, OANDA was honoured with nearly a dozen awards, including Best Trade Execution Provider, Best Retail Trading Platform and Best Mobile Trading Platform by International Finance Magazine; as well as Best Value for Money by Investment Trends in each of the U.S., UK, and Asia Pacific markets.
OANDA was also amongst the first online providers of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Rate® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.
OANDA has seven offices worldwide, in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Singapore and Tokyo. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA).
About OANDA Asia Pacific
This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore. Co Reg No. 200704926K. Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals, and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under:
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May 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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Netcomm Wireless Signs Distribution Agreement with Kanematsu Communications, Japan

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SYDNEY, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) today announced the signing of a wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) distribution agreement with Kanematsu Communications Limited, wholly owned by Kanematsu Corporation (8020:JP). Kanematsu Corporation is one of Japan’s largest trading companies with 41 global offices, 113 affiliated companies and a market capitalization of USD $657 million as of the end of March 2014. Kanematsu Communications is the distributor for Japan’s major telecommunications carriers including NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI.

The distribution agreement involves the delivery of wireless M2M products to Kanematsu Communications’ major export and telecommunication carrier customers. With the expansion into the Japanese market, NetComm Wireless is set to open a branch office in Tokyo to support market development within the region.

The partnership marks NetComm Wireless’ entry into the Japanese M2M market which is seeing rapid growth as carriers accelerate the deployment of economical M2M solutions designed to connect and control assets such as vending machines, parking stations, Point of Sale terminals, digital signage, security systems and medical equipment throughout Japan.

The information and communication technology (ICT) industry is the largest industry sector in Japan with its market value expected to double from USD 1.2 trillion in 2011 to 2.4 trillion by 2020[1]. Much of this growth will be driven by the uptake of wireless M2M communications as Japanese network operators develop partnerships with foreign device manufacturers to provide domestic and export customers with cost-effective M2M solutions.

“This partnership strategically positions NetComm Wireless’ M2M products in the Japanese market and presents tremendous new expansion and growth opportunities for the company as Japanese carriers focus on offering economical and efficient M2M solutions for domestic and international asset management,” said Mr David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

“Japan leads technological innovation in terms of electronics and national connectivity, and is now on the cusp of significant M2M growth. Our relationship with NetComm Wireless will play an important role in our strategy to capitalise on Japan’s rapid M2M market growth in partnership with our carrier and enterprise customers,” said Mr Koji Nishimaki, Corporate Officer & General Manager of Corporate Sales Division, Kanematsu Communications.

NetComm Wireless’ M2M devices meet the requirements of wireless M2M communication to effectively address the need for reliable and cost-effective communications. The industrial-strength devices also feature an open Linux (non-proprietary) platform with Software Development Kit (SDK) to enable custom M2M application (App) development for specific business requirements.

Enquiries to: Yumi Bondy, NetComm Wireless, Head of Marketing
Phone: +61 2 9424 2542 or email:
About Kanematsu Communications Limited
Kanematsu Communications Limited drives the expansion of corporate activities and mobile communication solutions. As a leading Japanese provider of mobile-related services, Kanematsu Communications proposes innovative solutions in the mobile network community by making use of the expertise acquired through partnerships with all Japanese carriers. At the dawn of the full-fledged mobile business era, mobile communication innovator — Kanematsu Communications — brings change and innovation to the business scene in Japan by proposing corporate mobile solutions.
About NetComm Wireless
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For over 32 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is arespected global providerof 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s diverse home, business and industrial broadband applications and designed to optimise the performance of global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm visit:
[1] Japan IT Week, Spring 2014
Source: NetComm Wireless
Related stocks: Australia:NTC

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May 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

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Indian Corporate Communication and PR Industry to meet in May in Mumbai

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MUMBAI, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In four weeks, Fleishman Hillard, MSL, Hill + Knowlton, Ketchum, Ogilvy PR together with industry professionals from Coca-Cola India, Tata Sons, Novartis India, Flipkart, Avantha Group, Myntra, Spice Global, GVK Power and Infrastructure will be meeting other Corporate Communication & PR enthusiasts at Corporate Communication Summit, 2014 scheduled for 29-30 May at Novotel Hotel, Mumbai, India.

In the last year alone we have witnessed a surge of change within the communications space. Social media channels use is ubiquitous, while smartphone and tablet adoption growth continues to exceed forecasts. We are experiencing a new ‘always on, always consuming, always sharing’ era of communications, and this brings great opportunity for public relations and communications firms that are moving alongside or ahead of these trends.

What has been the reason behind this shift?

The dramatic shifts in behaviours among consumers and other stakeholders in the way they learn about and share information about products and services, particularly through social media channels and mobile messaging apps, demands that the PR and corporate communications industry make fundamental changes to its policies and approaches in order to remain relevant to brands. Organisations are now looking at hiring skilled professionals who know the trends of the business and can take the business’s face value to a greater extent.

Matching the “New Rules in an Old Game”, UBM is coming up with a 2-day technical awe-inspiring workshop series called Corporate Communication Summit, taking place on 29-30 May in Mumbai.

This unique event has received a lot of interest and has already confirmed corporate experts as workshop leaders from companies like Coca-Cola India, Tata Sons, Novartis India, Flipkart, Avantha Group, Myntra, Spice Global, GVK Power and Infrastructure and PR leaders like Don Anderson, Fleishman Hillard, Jaideep Shergill, MSL Group, Radhika Shapoorjee, Hill & Knowlton, Jamie Moeller, Ogilvy PR and many more.

It has certainly shaped up to be a must attend event for all Communication and PR professionals across industries. Find out more about Corporate Communication Summitat

This event will feature in-depth discussions and case study presentations around Reputation Management best practices, effectively managing Crisis Communication, adopting Change Management and exploring digital & Online PR. Successful case studies across industries such as FMCG, electronics, financial services, energy, technology, timber, telecommunications, chemical, defence and brewing industries and many more would be discussed.

An important addition to this event is “Tales from Corporate” which will allow the corporates to talk about their experience in communicating to the stakeholders and media during complex situations and connect with the audience on their day-to-day challenges. Apart from the learning sessions, UBM has organised “Pecha-Kucha” event for PR agencies to position their practices in the most creative manner – Display 20 slides for 20 seconds each with exquisitely matched words and images and help the audience choose the best PR partner they want to work with.

The industry certainly appreciates such knowledge forums for exchange of ideas, expertise and networking. For further information please contact the organizers on +91 (022) 6172 7001

About UBM India

UBM India is India’s leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We at UBM India, provide the industry with the platform that brings the world’s buyers and sellers together through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. Enabling trade across multiple industry verticals, UBM India hosts over 20 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences every year, across the country. UBM India, a UBM Asia Company, has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. 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 South East Asia. For further details please visit the UBM India website,

Suvidha Shetty +91 (0)22 6172 7001
Source: UBM India

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May 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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Congress City Vienna: More Events Than Ever in 2013

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VIENNA, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Vienna’s 2013 congress report contains first-rate results: Over 3,000 congresses and corporate events, and – for the first time ever – over a half a million delegates represent a new record.

In the year 2013, 501,337 delegates (+1% on 2012) attended 3,389 congresses and corporate events in Vienna, 13 more than the previous year. Nevertheless, the resulting 1,401,888 bednights fell short of the preceding year’s exceptionally high level (-8%). The national value-added generated by the Vienna conference industry contributed 832.17 million euros to Austria’s gross domestic product, securing 16,000 year-round jobs in the process. In total, Vienna recorded around 12.7 million visitor overnights in 2013. Congress tourism accounted for 11% of this amount.

The latest statistics published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in 2013 confirmed Vienna as the world’s No. 1 destination for international congresses in 2012 for the eighth time in succession. “Vienna’s success as a congress metropolis is based on many different factors,” according to Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner. “Meetings in the Austrian capital are optimally supported by municipal and academic facilities, and with 24 licensed certification agencies for Green Meetings, Vienna has already demonstrated vision with respect to environmental sustainability, and the city’s growing importance as a Central European hub is proving a valuable asset. Besides, new hotel projects in the up-market segment coupled with the redevelopment of the area around the new Main Station are generating sustainable impetus.” The Vienna Meeting Planners’ Guide provides information on Vienna’s congress infrastructure – the latest edition is also available as an app for the iPad for the first time. Further information:


Vienna Tourist Board
Isabella Rauter
Tel.: +43-1-211-14-301
Source: Vienna Tourist Board

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May 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized’s Candy Crush Saga Dominates Total Time Spent on Mobile Games, but neck-and-neck race with Zynga in Total Sessions.

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— Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix sheds insights on usage patterns of major Android game publishers.

BOSTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — According to the most recent data from Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix platform,, the maker of Candy Crush Saga, is comfortably ahead of others in total time spent on gaming. Across all of its titles, the publisher collectively occupies 26 percent of the total time spent on gaming activities on Android smartphones in the US.

Android Game Publisher Share by Total Time Spent and Android Game Publisher Share by Total Sessions – Source: AppOptix by Strategy Analytics, Inc.
Android Game Publisher Share by Total Time Spent and Android Game Publisher Share by Total Sessions – Source: AppOptix by Strategy Analytics, Inc.
In terms of total sessions, i.e., the number of times the app has been engaged, Zynga with its broad portfolio of 20-plus titles, closes the gap with and comes in at a close second.

The analysis is based on over one million individual gaming sessions across 1200-plus Android smartphone users in the US during Q1 2014.


Despite expanding the saga franchise to additional titles, Candy Crush Saga accounts for more than two-thirds of the activity in the portfolio.

Zynga has just one title – Words With Friends – in the top 10 apps based on time spent however, its vast app portfolio, ranging from Zynga Poker to CastleVille, augments the total gaming sessions as a whole for the publisher.

SuperCells two titles, Hay Day and Clash of Clans have generated significant activity among Android users in its first two quarters since appearing on Android. Both titles are featured in our top 10 game titles.

Electronic Arts, while its storied console titles such as FIFA and Madden generated interest among core enthusiasts, its pure-play mobile offerings such as “The Simpsons Tapped Out” are the ones that show broad appeal across the user base.

Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said: “Gaming as a category, occupies 13% of the time spent across all activities in Q1 2014. Based on our analysis, a typical user engages with gaming apps 17 minutes per day. Our data suggests, the current market dynamics is a zero-sum game, where time spent on a new title is likely to come at the expense of another title.”

Barry Gilbert, Vice President, said: “Unlike other categories such as social and messaging, where a handful of apps completely dominate the segment, the games category is characterized by a fragmented set of apps. AppOptix data suggests publishers are under constant pressure to develop new titles to stay relevant in capturing user attention.

AppOptix provides a robust set of tools, including dashboards, reports, and leading analyst insights on device brands, operators, models, apps, and consumer behavior.

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. AppOptix is the firm’s telemetry offering which observes mobile behavior on smartphones and tablets using opt-in panels. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.
US Contact:
Barry Gilbert, +1-617-614-0701,
Bonny Joy, +1-617-614-0708,
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Source: Strategy Analytics

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May 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) teams up with CyberSource to enhance online merchant payment services

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— ACB adopts CyberSource’s fraud management tool and global payment gateway solution

— This partnership will support ACB’s drive towards market leadership in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CyberSource, a Visa company (NYSE: V), and one of the world’s largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced a partnership with one of Vietnam’s largest privately-held banks, Asia Commercial Bank (ACB). This partnership will enhance the bank’s capabilities in processing both local and global online payments.

The agreement allows ACB to deploy CyberSource’s global payment gateway solution and fraud management tool, Decision Manager. This will help significantly expand the array of payment services available to the bank’s merchant customers.

ACB offers diversified bundled products across consumer and corporate banking, including more than 25 online features for consumers and 30 for enterprises. These include card payment services, payment and account management, as well as global remittance services.

Vietnam’s total eCommerce sales hit US$700 million by the end of 2012, of which 11.8 percent was conducted via non-cash transactions[1]. Growth projections for the Vietnamese eCommerce market remain robust, with total eCommerce sales in the country expected to reach US$1.3 billion by 2015[2]. However, the sector is still relatively young, with a small group of acquiring banks serving a burgeoning number of eCommerce merchants.

“We see vast potential in Vietnam’s eCommerce market. Our customers’ trust is our top priority, and CyberSource is the chosen partner due to its expertise and state-of-the-art technologies in fraud management and payment processing. CyberSource’s global payment gateway solution and Decision Manager tool will enable us to process payments more securely and effectively for our customers, helping us establish our market leadership in the growing eCommerce market in Vietnam,” said Le Quang Khanh, Bankcard Centre Director, ACB.

Today, ACB maintains an active approach in Vietnam’s push towards a cashless society by boosting customer confidence in card usage as well as online transactions.

CyberSource Decision Manager features the World’s Largest Fraud Detection Radar, and provides a comprehensive platform to pinpoint fraud faster, more accurately and with less manual intervention, by screening inbound orders against data and correlations from more than 60 billion transactions that Visa and CyberSource process annually. Every transaction is analyzed by over 260 detector tests and time-tested statistical risk models, which can be further localized by region.

“Many leading financial companies around the world work with CyberSource to enable their payment and fraud management strategies. We are pleased to be providing ACB with the payment management platform it needs to expand its business by enabling eCommerce merchants to transact easily and securely, worldwide,” said Chew Ann Wee, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CyberSource.

About CyberSource
CyberSource, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa Inc., is a payment management company. Over 400,000 businesses worldwide use CyberSource and Authorize.Net brand solutions to process online payments, streamline fraud management, and simplify payment security. The company is headquartered in Foster City, CA and maintains offices throughout the world, with regional headquarters in Singapore, Tokyo, Miami/Sao Paulo and Reading, U.K. CyberSource operates in Europe under agreement with Visa Europe. For more information, please visit
About Asia Commercial Bank (ACB)
Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) is one of Vietnam’s largest privately-held banks. Established in 1993, the bank provides both personal and business banking services, which include loans, cards, treasury services and remittance services. For more information, please visit
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Lara D’Souza / Felicia Ang
Ying Communications
+65-9622-7065 / +65-9113-9636 /
[1] Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam eCommerce Report 2012
[2] Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam eCommerce Report 2012
Source: CyberSource
Related stocks: NYSE:V

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May 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

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