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Carlson Rezidor Continues Growth Momentum in Key Cities in Asia Pacific

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Expands India portfolio and establishes Radisson Blu Brand in Bangkok

SINGAPORE, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group adds to its Asia Pacific pipeline two new deals and opened three new hotels in popular and well-connected destinations in India, reinforcing its position as the leading international hotel group in the country. At the same time, Carlson Rezidor also celebrates the growing presence of its Radisson Blu brand, with the opening of its first Radisson Blu hotel in Bangkok, right in the heart of Sukhumvit.

“Leveraging on our 2013 successes, the first four months of this year has shown strong successes in India and Thailand. Next few months, we will continue to grow our hotel portfolio and strengthen our position in these emerging markets as well as in Indonesia and China. Today, we have 95 operating hotels and by year end, we will have more than 100 hotels in operation across the Asia Pacific region,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

New Deals:

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is a 70-key hotel close to Aligarh Railway Station, a major stop along the Delhi-Kolkata route. Aligarh is also an important business centre of Uttar Pradesh and famous for its lock industry brass hardware, sculptures and the Aligarh Muslim University. The hotel is owned by DAH Hotels Pvt Ltd and is expected to open in the second quarter of 2017.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Kharar is an 80-key hotel, located close to Chandigarh Railway Station and Chandigarh Airport, which has flights to major cities across India, where a new international terminal is under construction. The industrial hub of Mohali, the emerging pharmaceutical hub of Baddi and Chandigarh IT Park are also close by. The hotel is owned by Credo Hospitality Pvt Ltd and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.

New Hotel Openings:

Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa is a 240-key hotel, located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake in Ambamata, close to the city center and a short drive from the airport. Major attractions near the hotel include the City Palace, Udaipur Lake Palace and the shopping districts of Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle and Palace Road. Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa will be the first Radisson Blu hotel in Udaipur. The hotel is owned by Rockwood Hotels & Resorts Ltd and opened on 15 May 2014.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Bangkok is a 290-key hotel, strategically located in Sukhumvit, a bustling district home to many offices, business headquarters and retail establishments. The hotel is a short stroll from Terminal 21 and The Emporium, and is well-connected by public transport. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Bangkok is Carlson Rezidor’s first Radisson Blu hotel in the city. The hotel is owned by G&P Asset Holding Company Limited.

Radisson Hyderabad Hitec City is a 202-room hotel, located in Gachibowli, near the Hyderabad International Convention Centre and Hitec City. The hotel is also close to shopping malls, popular attractions such as the Charminar monument and Salar Jung Museum, as well as the South Central Railway station and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The hotel is owned by G. Yoganand, CMD, Manjeera Group, under the banner of Manjeera Hotels & Resorts Private Limited and will be managed by Sarovar Hotels Private Limited.

Park Plaza Zirakpur is a 100-key hotel located on Ambala National Highway 21 in Chandigarh. It is adjacent to major shopping malls and multiplexes. The hotel is also close to the industrial areas of Panchkula, as well as Panchkula Golf Course and Chandigarh Golf Course. The Chandigarh Railway Station and Mohali Railway Station are close by, and so is Chandigarh Airport, which is earmarked for expansion. The hotel is owned by Bristol Tourist Complex, Zirakpur District, Mohali.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. Carlson Rezidor plans to grow its portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.
http://www.carlsonrezidor.com
Contact details
Tracy Lui, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +65-9839-4095 | tlui@carlsonrezidor.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 | bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com
Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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May 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Singapore Marriott Hotel Introduces Stay for Breakfast Promotion with SG$1 Buffet Breakfast

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Stay at the iconic Singapore Marriott Hotel and enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast at SG$1!

SYDNEY, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Indulge in an experiential stay at any of the well-appointed guest rooms, designed with savvy travelers in mind. Featuring a classic yet contemporary style, guest rooms are fitted with luxurious amenities such as two signature 1956 leather Eames Desk Chairs, Full-HD TV, large walk-in rain showers, as well as extended vanity areas.

Strategically located in the heart of Orchard Road, the 5-star luxury hotel is linked to at least 5 shopping malls via an underpass. Rain or shine, you can always enjoy world-class retail therapy at your doorstep. With the Orchard Mass Rapid Transit station situated right under the hotel, major attractions and the rest of the island are but a train ride away!

Enhance your stay with a lavish buffet breakfast at Marriott Cafe. The restaurant offers all-day generous buffet fare under the “Freshness Redefined” concept — whereby 10 professional chefs take centre stage at the open kitchen to serve up a highly-curated menu of quality dishes from the East and West. Signature breakfast items include bread and pastries freshly baked every day, and the Singapore Chilli Crab Omelette — breakfast with a local twist!

Promotion is valid from now till 31 July 2014, Mondays to Sundays. Make your reservations on Marriott.com/sindt and quote S4B as the promotional code. For more information, please call +65 6735 5800.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information

Contact
Joe Chau
Singapore Marriott Hotel
+65 6831 4776
Joe.Chau@MarriottHotels.com
Source: Singapore Marriott Hotel

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May 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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Landis+Gyr to Further Enable Utilities with Acquisition of PowerSense

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Landis+Gyr has signed an agreement to purchase PowerSense, a Danish smart grid sensor and monitoring company with global reach to give utilities optimum distribution grid management options

ZUG, Switzerland, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, today announced that it has acquired PowerSense, a global player in smart grid technologies, and will integrate it into its portfolio. With this development, utilities the world over will benefit from a cost effective, scalable and modular solution which has already proven itself in a large roll out. This solution enables utilities to balance and better manage grids in their medium and low voltage distribution network. Further benefits include the provision of key smart grid applications sensing and secondary transformer monitoring.

PowerSense services a fast developing area of the smart grid market, sensors, which is forecast to grow significantly over the next decade across Europe, and the market shows similar potential in North America and the Asia Pacific region. PowerSense develops and produces high-quality supervision and control systems for the power distribution industry. These supervision and control systems have been designed to retrofit and digitalize existing power distribution infrastructures. This enables grid operators to meet the challenges of the future power grids, where an increasing number of distributed power generation options and unpredictable loads will drastically change the power consumption patterns.

Andreas Umbach, CEO at Landis+Gyr says, “PowerSense solutions have been tested and successfully proven in a major rollout in Australia at Ausgrid and in a number of pilot projects internationally. Their patented optical sensor technologies, as well as smart grid monitoring and controller products, perfectly complement Landis+Gyr’s portfolio. This acquisition sees the start of a powerful and attractive next generation of products, giving our customers a unique advantage to manage energy better in the fast developing world of smart grid applications.”

PowerSense’s product line has been designed for digitizing existing power distribution infrastructure, to create an end-to-end Smart Grid solution. This solution is realized by retrofitting sensors onto the existing medium and low voltage power cables, transformers and switch gear, but also by integration of already installed, electronic devices located at the substation level. When further combined with Landis+Gyr’s and Toshiba’s existing grid management offerings the product synergies become even more powerful for adopting utilities.

Jesper Klingsten Nielsen, CEO of PowerSense, says, “The PowerSense solution has been developed directly with our customers and so exactly meets market expectations. Landis+Gyr’s acquisition of PowerSense will dramatically strengthen developments in the smart grid field globally. This powerful combination will have positive impact on the smart grid space, delivering solutions which enable utility use cases, including better outage management, improved power quality and optimization of asset life.”

Since its inception in 2006, PowerSense has sold and delivered products and services to 35 utilities throughout the world, and offers solutions for a number of smart grid applications, including distribution grid management, fault management, the integration of renewable energies and power balancing technologies. Landis+Gyr plans to integrate PowerSense into its European operations.

About PowerSense

The company was spun off from DONG Energy, a Danish power utility, in 2006. It is based in Holte, near Copenhagen. The company is owned by NES partners, a private equity investor in Copenhagen and by DONG Energy. The company currently employs 16 people and their target markets are Europe and ANZ. PowerSense offers optical based medium voltage sensors and a monitoring and control system for MV/LV distribution grid management. Their in-house developed optical sensor technology is very robust, unique and patent protected in various countries.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.6 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,200 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
Source: Landis+Gyr

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May 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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CSA Group Opens Highly Advanced Medical, Industrial Products and Appliances Testing Facility in Frankfurt, Germany

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– PART OF EUROPEAN EXPANSION AND GLOBAL SERVICE OFFERINGS –

HONG KONG, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development, testing, and certification services, opened a new testing laboratory in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) on May 15. The new laboratory will specialize in testing and certification services for medical devices such as microscopes, sterilizers and electrical measuring and laboratory devices as well as industrial equipment and household appliances. Testing and certification to international standards is an important service for manufacturers wanting to gain access to global markets.

“With this new laboratory in Frankfurt, we are proud to continue our ambitious growth strategy in Europe,” said Ash Sahi, President and CEO, CSA Group. “The demand from German and other European customers for our localized testing and certification services is continuously growing. Together with our global expertise, manufacturers gain a competitive advantage through effective access to global markets.”

In 2011, CSA Group expanded into Europe with the establishment of its European headquarters in Frankfurt (Germany) and since then has accelerated its growth and will continue to expand. CSA Group’s operations in Germany also include a laboratory in Strasskirchen, which conducts testing and certification of automotive components, industrial products, radio, IT/AV, and power tools, and is also one of the biggest electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) laboratories in Europe.

“The city of Frankfurt and the Region Hessen are amongst the most dynamic economic regions in Germany and Europe, and the needs of our clients are constantly growing in the region and globally,” said Magali Depras, Chief Operating Officer, CSA Group. “We are delighted to offer new testing services for medical devices as well as industrial products and household appliances and will continue to expand our European business service offerings and global solutions.”

Today’s opening ceremony was attended by Richard Tarasofsky, ‎Commercial Councilor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy, Anja Obermann, CEO of Frankfurt Economic Development, and Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO of Hessian Agency.

CSA Group also has branch offices in Italy and The Netherlands, and testing facilities for medical and lab equipment devices in Switzerland and Turkey and employs more than 400 experts across Europe. In addition, CSA Group is planning to expand its facilities in Germany and UK over the next several years in order to meet the growing demand of clients Europe and around the world.

About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world. For more information on CSA Group, visit http://www.csagroup.org.
Contact:
Europe North America
Ute Richter Allison Hawkins
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Manager, Corporate Affairs
+49-69-97362-22 +1-416-747-2615
Ute.richter@hkstrategies.com Allison.hawkins@csagroup.org

Asia
Pino Chen
Manager, Media Relations, Asia
+86-21-5426-1199*822
pino.chen@csagroup.org
Source: CSA Group

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May 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

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