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Asia’s Premier Additive Manufacturing Industry Event to Include Speakers from Philips Healthcare, Tata Technologies and NUH

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SINGAPORE, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Leading additive manufacturing experts are due to speak at Asia’s premier 3D printing summit, an upcoming two-day event dedicated to exploit the growth of additive manufacturing products and services which is worth an estimated USD$3.7 billion worldwide by 2015.

http://www.AdditiveManufacturingAsia.com

The meeting, hosted by Technology IQ — a division of global events company IQPC — will be a unique opportunity for commercial additive manufacturing end-users, vendors and service bureaus to discuss if this technology will be a sustainable production approach, as well as strategies for manufacturing lighter weight products with less raw materials and lesser cost penalties, if any.

“It has allowed us the freedom to create. We now have a greater design capability that is more cost effective and we can pass these cost savings on to our customers. Another benefit is that production is less cumbersome compared with traditional methods,” cited Harry Kleijnen, Manager Development Grids, Philips Healthcare.

Also noted by Keyur Gupte, Senior Project Manager of Tata Technologies, “We’ve reduced design iterations and this has resulted in a shorter design cycle time. And in turn, it’s a shorter time to market.”

With additive manufacturing taking centre-stage in Asia and especially so in Singapore, over 85 other commercial additive manufacturing experts from industries including medical, defense, industrial to consumer products are expected at the event; all of whom bring expert knowledge of based on hands-on experience – from process development to industrialisation for 3D printed products.

The Additive Manufacturing Asia 2014 summit will take place on 23-24 July 2014 in Singapore and special introductory rates are available for Singapore SMEs. Find out more on the event program and details, as well as registration information from http://www.AdditiveManufacturingAsia.com, via email at enquiry@iqpc.com.sg or call +65-6722-9388.

About IQPC:
For over thirty years, IQPC has helped the world’s leading corporations solve their business challenges through the sharing of practical industry solutions and global best practice. In the process, the company has built a formidable reputation for quality and value. The world’s most progressive companies have benefited from IQPC’s unrivalled global reach, which has connected international expertise with regional and local leaders.
Media Contacts:
IQPC
enquiry@iqpc.com.sg
+65-6722-9388
Source: IQPC

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May 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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Renewable Energy Asia 2014 – Asia’s Largest and Most Successful Environmental Exhibition Being Held in Bangkok This June

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BANGKOK, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Asean region comprises some of the fastest growing economies in the world today. And right now they are gearing up for regional economic integration as the ASEAN Economic Community. The AEC will be officially launched in 2015 and form the world’s third largest trading bloc – over 600 million people.

Energy consumption in the ASEAN region has been growing in tandem with economic growth. Renewable energy is now a top priority for developing ASEAN member states. With abundant RE resources the region is making renewable energy vision a reality as it employs more green activities and is part of greater regional collaboration. Members are also working to identify areas where clean and renewable energy can be deployed and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam, Group Director, UBM Asia (Thailand) said, “The region’s economic growth has also been instrumental in increasing primary energy consumption and economic and demographic trends all point to further growth, raising energy demand by half of today’s global average. In order to support this continuing expansion however, energy must be affordable. This is one of the most important realities facing the AEC today and why renewable energy will play a major part in all future growth in our region.”

UBM Asia (Thailand) is proud to again be organizing Renewable Energy Asia. The 2014 event – will be the largest Renewable Energy Technology Exhibition and Conference ever held in South East Asia.

“Clean/green technology will give entrepreneurs a competitive edge, helping reduce costs and increasing efficiency. This will further advance ASEAN as a major manufacturing hub. Renewable Energy Asia will have much of this equipment on display at the 2014 show – an event you just can’t afford to miss,” the Director added.

Renewable Energy Asia 2014 will feature 21st Century energy sources and systems along with the latest machinery, equipment and technology. Wind & Solar Power are among the many programs being featured along with Thermal, Hydro-power, Bio-mass and other green technology. REA 2014 is the only show in the region that will be attended by the world’s top 10 solar companies including; Yingli Green Energy, Jinko, JA solar, Suntech Power, Trina and Canadian Solar.

The major event will also have national pavilions featuring the latest green technology from Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, mainland China and Taiwan.

One of the highlights of the 2014 event will be the 10th International Renewable Energy Conference. The presentation will be made under the theme, “Smart Energy for Smart ASEAN” and will address global progress in the development of “smart cities/communities” based on the use of green technology for local needs in building management systems. The Conference is particularly relevant to regional urbanization. Another highlight will be the IEA Technology Platform which will hold a regional ‘How2Guide.’ The International Energy Agency (IEA) conference will focus primarily on small-scale distributed biomass power generation and the sustainability of biomass and biofuels.

Renewable Energy Asia 2014 is co-located with Entech Pollutec Asia 2014, the 24th International Exhibition of Environmental Protection and Pollution control Technology. As Asian countries grow, so unfortunately does the creation of waste and pollution. As a result, there is strong demand for technologies that can turn waste-to- energy in a fast and clean operation. Entech Pollutec 2014 will feature the latest pollution control systems and technology in this highly important area.

Also running in conjunction with the 2014 event will be; Boilex Asia and Pumps & Valves Asia. These are the top trade events of their kind in the business and specialize in industrial Boilers, Burners, Pressure Vessels, Pumps, Valves, Pipes & Fittings. With increasing infrastructure spending, growing worldwide power consumption, volatile fuel prices, new environmental regulations, and the trend towards fuel diversification this sector of the 2014 show is more relevant than ever. Boilex Asia and Pumps & Valves Asia 2014 will feature much of the essential hardware that enables Renewable Energy systems to operate efficiently and economically.

Renewable Energy, Entech Pollutec Asia, Boilex Asia and Pumps and Valves Asia 2014 will showcase the latest technologies from more than 350 world leading companies. The number of exhibitors is up more than 35% from last year and over 20,000 trade visitors from 30 countries are expected.

With almost a quarter of century of success this is the ‘must-attend’ event of the year.

The dynamic event will be held at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand from June 4-7, 2014. And you can pre-register FREE online now! Just go to: http://www.renewableenergy-asia.com

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

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 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.
Source: UBM Asia (Thailand)

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May 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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Aman Group Announces Leadership Changes

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SINGAPORE, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aman Group, the holding company of the international luxury resort collection Amanresorts, announces that its visionary founder, Adrian Zecha, has decided to step down from his position as Chairman and CEO.

Johan Eliasch, a global business leader with extensive brand-building expertise, has been appointed Chairman of the Aman Group and Vladislav Doronin, a world-class developer of high-end residential and commercial properties and the lead investor, has been appointed CEO.

“We are grateful for Adrian Zecha’s outstanding achievements and we are committed to extending his legacy to build on Amanresorts’ foundation as a luxury global resort brand,” Johan Eliasch said. “As someone who is very familiar with the distinctive Aman experience, I am excited to take on this role as Chairman.”

The Group’s new CEO, Vladislav Doronin said, “The Aman Group’s philosophy is to immerse guests in a unique and personal experience. We intend to preserve the spirit of Aman while growing the brand through future strategic development opportunities including exotic locations for which the brand is well-known as well as into major metropolitan destinations. As lead investor and CEO, I am dedicated to ensuring that the organization has the necessary resources to sustain and enhance its position as an industry pioneer. The future holds great promise for this iconic brand.”

Plans are in progress with the new management team to invest in the company’s existing infrastructure and capabilities to support the passionate Aman team in facilitating the consistent level of excellence that guides the evolution of the brand.

About Aman
Founded in 1988, Aman Group operates 26 luxury resort properties under the Aman brand in 18 countries. Each of its one-of-a-kind properties features locally-sourced materials, reflecting the resort’s natural surroundings and the traditions of local cultures in Thailand, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, USA, and Vietnam.
About Johan Eliasch
Johan Eliasch is the Chairman and CEO of Head N.V., the global sporting goods group, and is the former Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He is Chairman of Equity Partners, Cool Earth, and London Films and a Non-Executive Director of CV Starr Underwriting Agents. He is the President of Global Strategy Forum, a trustee of Kew Foundation, a member of the Mayors of London’s and Rome’s Business Advisory Councils and an advisory board member of the Centre for Social Justice.
About Vladislav Doronin
Vladislav Doronin is a world-class property developer who is the Chairman and Founder of Capital Group, which he started 21 years ago and built into one of the most successful property development companies in Russia. Capital Group’s portfolio comprises over 70 major projects with a total area of over 70 million square feet or 7 million square meters, including some of the most significant buildings in present-day Moscow: business centers, hotels, residential, retail and mixed-use complexes.
Contacts:
Aman Group
Carolyn Turnbull
65-6419-3838
cturnbull@amanresorts.com
Kekst and Company
Lissa Perlman
1-212-521-4830
lissa-perlman@kekst.com
Todd Fogarty
1-212-521-4854
todd-fogarty@kekst.com
Source: Aman Group

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May 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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Nike Sets Pace With Health and Fitness Apps says Strategy Analytics

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AppTRAX reveals Nike+ Running a Top App, But Will Shift in Hardware Strategy Pay Dividends?
BOSTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy Analytics’ Application Ecosystem Opportunities (AEO) service latest report on apps – A 2014 Vertical View of Health & Fitness Apps: Nike Still King; Yet it’s Dis-“Banding” Hardware – delves into the Health & Fitness category and how brands – Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, Puma, Asics, New Balance, Fila, and Converse – traditionally focused on sporting goods and apparel have, or some cases haven’t occupied the space.

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130207/NE56457LOGO-b

Click here for the report: http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=reportabstractviewer&a0=9606

In the ten metrics examined by AEO, Nike is ranked lower than 3rd in only two and has at least a share of the top rank in five of the eight, making Nike the top performer. Adidas and Asics’ were top performers as well. Adidas ranked in the top three in seven of the ten metrics while Asics’ contributed the most health & fitness apps.

Adam Thorwart, Strategy Analytics’ Senior Research Associate for AEO, notes that “Nike’s move away from hardware will not affect its pursuit of software dominance in the health & fitness space, but rather open doors in becoming a third party developer to other companies’ wearable devices.” 2014 iPhone AppTRAX reveals that Nike+ Running has consistently ranked in the top 300 of free apps in France and Spain.

AppTRAX: 2014 Weekly Ranking for Nike Running on iPhone
AppTRAX: 2014 Weekly Ranking for Nike Running on iPhone
David MacQueen, Executive Director, Apps & Media Research, noted that “Nike’s shift from hardware to software allows it to take advantage of the hardware being bundled with many smartphones. However, the apps were previously free and the revenues came from the company’s own hardware. This shift will require a new path to revenue generation, and if the Nike+ becomes a paid service, Nike may lose some consumers with so many free apps providing competition.”

About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. http://www.StrategyAnalytics.com
US Contact: Adam Thorwart, +1-617-614-0748, athorwart@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: David MacQueen, +44(0)-1908-423-623, dmacqueen@strategyanalytics.com
Source: Strategy Analytics

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May 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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KeyPoint Technologies Launches Adaptxt Chinese Beta

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HYDERABAD, India, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Users can now try the Chinese version of the popular keyboard and enjoy smart contextual suggestions and an enhanced typing experience
KeyPoint Technologies, an award-winning world leader in user interface technology, today announced the beta launch of the Adaptxt Chinese keyboard.

Constantly learning from the user, the Adaptxt keyboard provides accurate context-based suggestions and error correction in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese, providing an improved typing experience with minimal keystrokes. Adaptxt learns from the users as they type and provides personalized suggestion based on the particular writing style and vocabulary.

The Adaptxt Chinese keyboard supports all the most popular input methods: Pinyin, Zhuyin, Bihua and Cangjie. It also supports Fuzzy Pinyin and Quick Cangjie, thus suiting the typing style of all Chinese-speaking users and making communication more engaging. Users of Traditional Chinese can also enjoy two different regional flavours for Taiwan and Hong Kong, available as two separate dictionaries to be downloaded from the application menu.

Adaptxt supports self-composing new words and has support for abbreviation match suitable for Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie and Bihua input methods. Another major highlight is its 12-key and QWERTY layout support which offers multi-screen and multi-device compatibility, thus truly enabling cross-platform integration.

“The beta launch of Adaptxt’s Chinese keyboard marks our strategic foray into the Chinese smartphone market – the biggest smartphone market in the world. With our new keyboard we seek to redefine smart communication and offer consumers an efficient vista of communicating accurately”, said Sumit Goswami, CEO at KeyPoint Technologies. “With our keyboard, Chinese users will be able to communicate effortlessly using varied input methods and will be able to enjoy an improved typing experience.”

About Adaptxt, a KeyPoint Technologies Innovation
KeyPoint Technologies, the creator of Adaptxt, is an award-winning global linguistics innovator on the forefront of human-device interaction. KeyPoint Technologies was founded in 2004 in Glasgow Scotland, an epicenter of linguistics. The company also has offices in India, Japan, China and the U.S., and is a trusted partner for OEMs, platform providers and developers. Its revolutionary text input application – Adaptxt – represents the leading use of predictive computer input technology in the market today.
Adaptxt Chinese Beta is now available on:
Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/PR6uzW
360: http://zhushou.360.cn/detail/index/soft_id/1719785
Anzhi: http://www.anzhi.com/soft_1541817.html
Anzhuo: http://apk.hiapk.com/html/2014/04/2600235.html
More information on KeyPoint Technologies visit: http://www.keypoint-tech.com
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Adaptxt
Contact:
Juhee Bagri
Mobile :+91-9819929235
Telephone number: +91-40-40337000
Email address: jbagri@keypoint-tech.com
Source: Adaptxt; KeyPoint Technologies

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May 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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‘Path to purchase on mobile’ to take centre stage at 2014 Mobile Marketing Association Forum, Singapore

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Event to feature speakers from industry-leading brands including The BBC, Facebook, Joule, McDonald’s, Mobilewalla, Unilever and Yahoo!

SINGAPORE, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has announced the sixth iteration of the Mobile Marketing Association Forum Singapore (MMA Forum), which will bring together senior marketing executives from brands, mobile specific and digital agencies, operators, technology enablers and other stakeholders of the mobile marketing industry. This year’s event theme is ‘path to purchase’, and will see some of the industry’s leading luminaries discussing and presenting fascinating case study examples of the role that mobile plays in the path to purchase journey for consumers.

This year’s MMA Forum will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at The Grand Hyatt, Singapore. The annual event is the Asian iteration of the Mobile Marketing Association’s renowned Forums held around the world that bring together the best and brightest in the mobile marketing and advertising industry.

Sessions at the 2014 event will include a talk by Facebook Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Myungjo Choi, who will discuss how mobile has created a seismic shift in the way that people consume information; revealing the three key trends on mobile that marketers can take advantage of to reach and engage with customers. In another session, Dr. Beverly Harrison, Principal Scientist in Mobile at Yahoo Labs, will provide a glimpse into a number of advanced research projects highlighting novel ways of delivering highly personalised content to TVs, smartphones, tablets and ‘wearables’.

Commenting, Rohit Dadwal, Managing Director, Mobile Marketing Association, Asia Pacific, said: “MMAF 2014 Singapore has been developed to inspire and educate brand marketers by showcasing the innovative work and industry leading initiatives that MMA members are driving. By breaking the conversation down into mobile’s role within the path to purchase, this year’s Singapore Forum will offer attendees the learning, insight and inspiration to do more in mobile.”

Over the past few years the MMA Forum has established itself as the premier event for marketers in Asia who want to fully embrace, utilize and execute mobile marketing as an effective medium for consumer engagement. Delegates at this year’s event will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, network with peers and hear first-hand how to use the mobile channel for best effect, as part of the marketing mix.

Speakers confirmed for this year’s event, include:

Amy Chen, Director of Social Innovation & Digital Marketing, Lenovo, Mobile BU
Anindya Datta, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Mobilewalla
Andrew Knott, Vice President, Digital, McDonald’s Corporation
Daniel Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, Joule
Graham Christie, Chief Commercial Officer & Founding Partner, Big Mobile Group
Jaideep Shergill, Chief Executive Officer, India, MSLGROUP — A Division of TLG India Private Limited
Kitty Brown, Head of Audiences, BBC Global News Limited
Rahul Welde, Vice President, Media, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Turkey, Unilever
Rushit Jhaveri, Vice President, Brand Licensing, FremantleMedia, Asia
The Mobile Marketing Association Forum Singapore 2014 is sponsored by Vserv.mobi, Goldsun Focus Media, Madhouse, Mobilewalla, Yahoo!, CMO Asia, CMO Council and Digital & Direct Marketing Association Asia.

For more information about the MMA Forum Singapore 2014, including the full agenda and speaker bios, please visit the MMA Global website here.

About the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is the premier global non-profit trade association established to lead the growth of mobile marketing and its associated technologies. The MMA is an action-oriented organisation designed to clear obstacles to market development, establish mobile media guidelines and best practices for sustainable growth, and evangelise the use of the mobile channel. The more than 700 member companies, representing nearly 50 countries around the globe, include all members of the mobile media ecosystem. The Mobile Marketing Association’s global headquarters are located in the United States and it has regional chapters including North America (NA), Europe (EUR), Latin American (LATAM) and Asia Pacific (APAC) branches. For more information, please visit http://www.mmaglobal.com. For information relating to the MMA’s Mobile Marketing Forum series, please visit http://www.mobilemarketingforum.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Rice Communications on behalf of the Mobile Marketing Association
Anna Goulding / Justinian Liew
Email: anna.goulding@ricecomms.com / justinian.liew@ricecomms.com
Tel: +65-6221-8324
Source: The Mobile Marketing Association

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May 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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Sir Elton John Dazzles Crowd at Battersea Power Station

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LONDON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Battersea Power Station held its inaugural annual party last night, with Sir Elton John delivering a stirring performance to an audience of thousands beneath the famous chimneys of London’s legendary Battersea Power Station.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140430/685226-a )
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140430/685226-b )

The celebrated ‘Rocket Man’ rolled back the years, blasting through a string of classics including The One, Your Song, and The Greatest Discovery, whilst also showcasing selected tracks from last year’s critically acclaimed album The Diving Board.

The gig, inside one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks, was the focal point of the party held to thank everyone that has made the Battersea development a reality and bring together people from across the community.

Musical support came from 2013 BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell. The singer-songwriter, a confessed Elton John fanatic, performed tracks from his UK No.1 debut record Long Way Down, including top 10 UK hit Another Love.

Celebrities were out in force on the evening, including appearances from Grace Jones, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Tom Daley, Eliza Doolittle, Sharleen Spiteri, Philip Treacy, Jack Whitehall & Gemma Chan, Will Young, Lily James, Sally Greene, Theo Hutchcraft, Lorraine Pascale, Luke Evans, Luke Treadaway, Thomasina Miers, Nicky Haslam, Jade Parfitt, Ben Goldsmith, Sir David Tang, Detmar Blow, Erdem, Thom Evans, James Haskell, Patrick Grant, Alan Yentob, Lilah Parsons, Zara Martin, Diana Vickers, George Craig and David Morrissey.

Other entertainment at the star-studded event included a dazzling 4D light show on the façade of the Power Station, chronicling its history and showcasing its future. Food was supplied by London restaurants L’Anima, Benares, Brindisa and Caravan, with Veuve Clicquot and Fiji Water supplying the drinks.

Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Hosting a performance, on behalf of the shareholders and everyone that is helping restore this famous London landmark, from one of the best-loved and most-renowned British recording artists of all time at of one of the UK’s most iconic buildings was a great occasion.

“Thank you to Sir Elton John for a stunning show at our first party to celebrate the remarkable heritage of the site and recognise the efforts of so many people to create a new vibrant community at Battersea Power Station. The power is definitely back on at Battersea.”

Notes:

Website: http://www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Twitter: @BatterseaPwrStn

Source: Battersea Power Station Development Company

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May 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator(TM) Projects 18 Per Cent Year-over-Year Increase in APAC Deal Activity

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Intralinks DFI shows strong performance and year-over-year increase in APAC deal activity

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SYDNEY, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL), a leading, global SaaS provider of content management and collaboration solutions, announced today the release of the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator ™ (DFI), a unique predictor of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity.

The Intralinks DFI reliably forecasts changes in the volume of global M&A deals that will be announced in the next six months, or through the third quarter of 2014.

This quarter indicates sustained momentum in M&A activity in 2014, continuing to build on the strong levels of M&A activity seen in 2013. The latest data, compiled through the end of March 2014, shows a 16 per cent increase in year-on-year (YoY) early-stage global M&A activity, with particularly strong performance in Asia Pacific, which saw the region jump 18 per cent YoY and 10 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), with no indications that the decelerating Chinese economy is impacting dealmaking.

“Global M&A markets are healthy, maintaining high levels of activity and continued optimism among dealmakers,” said Philip Whitchelo, vice president of strategy and product marketing at Intralinks.

“Many factors are driving a highly competitive market, including a good lending environment and the need of corporations and private equity to put their money to work and buy growth. Deal volumes across the value chain are up, and we expect to see more high profile deal announcements through 2014, especially in hot sectors like technology, telecommunication, media and entertainment and consumer.”

“Deal volume throughout the APAC region in particular has been impressive, and this comes off the back of consistent year-on-year growth since Q1 2010 for the region. The data certainly points towards APAC continuing to experience strong growth over the next six months,” Mr Whitchelo continued.

Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator Highlights — Outlook for Q3 2014
The Intralinks DFI tracks global M&A sell-side mandates and deals reaching due diligence prior to public announcement, providing a predictor of future global M&A activity levels. The Intralinks DFI is based on Intralinks’ insight into a significant percentage of early-stage M&A transactions. Independent research shows that the Intralinks DFI is a reliable predictor of future changes in the number of announced M&A transactions, with percentage changes in the Intralinks DFI typically being reflected in announced deal volumes approximately six months later. Highlights from the latest Intralinks DFI include:

North America
North American levels of early-stage M&A activity grew 11 per cent YoY, sustaining some momentum. While deal volume was down 6 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), this is largely a seasonal effect and the US market remains strong.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Europe continues to perform strongly and consistently, with a 21 per cent YoY increase, paired with a 5 per cent increase QoQ. Regional instability and concerns about the Ukraine crisis aren’t dampening enthusiasm and aren’t expected to impact M&A activity, according to our survey.

Emerging Markets
Continuing a trend from 2013, Latin America deal volume increased 13 per cent YoY, but was down 10 per cent QoQ. Dealmakers in the region expressed reduced optimism about prospects for the second half of 2014.

Intralinks is also detailing results from a separate global survey that gauged sentiment on the future of the global M&A market.

Global Sentiment Survey
In March 2014, Intralinks conducted a separate survey of more than 1,000 global M&A professionals to gauge dealmakers’ sentiments and views on the M&A market. Highlights of the survey include:

Overall, 63 per cent of M&A professionals are optimistic about the current deal environment, consistent with reported sentiment from the last quarter
73 per cent predict M&A activity will increase over the next six months, consistent with last quarter and with the Intralinks DFI data
North American respondents expressed the most optimism about future deal activity in 2014, with 70 per cent expecting an increase. Latin America showed the most pessimism, with only 47 per cent expecting increased deal activity through the remainder of the year

Doubts emerged from the survey regarding deal valuation, which respondents all agreed was the greatest impediment to getting deals done. Germans in particular are also feeling pressure about energy costs for manufacturing, which 53 per cent agree make them a less attractive M&A target for international investors. In addition, 63 per cent of respondents in the UK expect a negative impact on M&A if the Scottish independence referendum were to pass.

About Intralinks Dealspace™

Intralinks is a leading supplier of solutions for managing strategic transactions. Intralinks Dealspace™, the market leading virtual data room (VDR), gives M&A professionals a complete solution to manage the full lifecycle of a deal. Intralinks Dealspace supports every step of the deal process, enabling deal teams to securely exchange data with buyers, sellers and advisors, helping speed strategic transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises and corporate restructurings. For more information about the Intralinks DFI, please visit http://www.intralinks.com/knowledge/intralinks-deal-flow-indicator.

About the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator
The Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator provides Intralinks’ perspective on the level of M&A due diligence activity taking place during any given period of time. The statistics contained in the DFI represent the volume of virtual data rooms opened, or proposed to be opened, through Intralinks or other providers for the purpose of conducting due diligence on proposed transactions including asset sales, divestitures, private placements, financings, capital raises, joint ventures and partnerships. These statistics are not adjusted for changes in Intralinks’ share of the virtual data room market or changes in market demand for virtual data room services. These statistics may not correlate to the volume of completed transactions that may be reported by market data providers and should not be construed to represent the volume of transactions that will ultimately be consummated during any period of time. Indications of future completed deal activity derived from the DFI are based on assumed rates of deals going from due diligence stage to completion. In addition, the statistics provided by market data providers may be compiled with a different set of transaction types than those set forth above.

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE DEAL FLOW INDICATOR (COLLECTIVELY THE “MATERIALS”) ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. INTRALINKS MAKES NO GUARANTEE, REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS. THESE MATERIALS ARE BASED ON INTRALINKS’ OBSERVATIONS AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF DUE DILIGENCE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE, OR PROPOSED TO TAKE PLACE, ON INTRALINKS’ OR OTHER PROVIDERS’ VIRTUAL DATA ROOM PLATFORMS FOR A LIMITED SET OF TRANSACTION TYPES. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF INTRALINKS’ BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD, NOR ARE THESE MATERIALS INTENDED TO PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR ASSURE FUTURE LEVELS OF COMPLETED DEAL ACTIVITY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY INVESTMENT ADVICE OR SOLICIT INVESTMENTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.

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Forward Looking Statements
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