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Stratasys 3D Printing Technology Empowers Tool & Mold Manufacturer to Gain Repeated Business

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Minimized production time with accurate and durable end parts for aerospace industry

Western Tool & Mold purchased Fortus Production System to further extend and complement the manufacturing process

HONG KONG, May 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that Western Tool & Mold had decided to purchase its second Fortus 3D Production System from Stratasys in its continued effort to minimize production time and improve resource management with accurate and durable end parts for the aerospace industry.

End Cap – 3D printed aerospace components

End Cap / Upper Pelmet – 3D printed aerospace components
Western Tool & Mold (WTM) specializes in tooling fabrication and injection molding of engineering grade resins, producing a wide range of products including aerospace components. WTM purchased its first Stratasys Fortus 400mc Production System, three years ago to make parts for aircraft interiors. Most of these parts are made with Stratasys ULTEM 9085, a Fused Deposition Molding (FDM) thermoplastic that complies with applicable government regulatory requirements for the aerospace industry. ULTEM 9085 is a strong, lightweight material that is heat resistant, flame-retardant, and offers full FST (flame, smoke and toxicity), ideal for aerospace applications.

“Manufacturing process, particularly in the aerospace industry, is an ongoing challenge,” said Collin Wilkerson, Managing Director of Western Tool & Mold. “Aircrafts placed on an assembly line need parts instantly. Receiving the parts on time is critical as penalties are placed if deadlines are missed. Stratasys 3D printing technology saves time, giving us the power to produce parts to quickly provide solutions to our customers’ problems, meeting immediate needs with accurate and durable end parts.”

Integrating Stratasys 3D printing technology into the scope of service to customers has proved to be a successful added revenue stream for WTM with 100% customers returning to manufacture additional parts, using the Fused Deposition (FDM) Fortus 400mc Production System. WTM has recently made an additional purchase of a second Fortus machine – Fortus 900mc – to further extend and complement existing manufacturing processes.

“Costs saved by customers could be used for tooling. 3D printing is not cutting income from our tooling and injection molding business. Rather, it enables us to become a better supplier to our customers,” Wilkerson further commented.

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May 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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“Rubber Duck @ Harbour City” Wins “VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award” from ICSC

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HONG KONG, May 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — To bring surprises and joyful experiences to shoppers continuously, Harbour City has organized different types of Mega events. “Rubber Duck @ Harbour City” is one of the signature events last year that became the talk of the town throughout Hong Kong and around the world. Besides the extensive local and overseas media coverage, Rubber Duck also received a great response on various social media platforms.

Rubber Duck in Harbour City

Ms Yen LENG, the Executive Director of Harbour City Estates Limited, received the award on behalf of Harbour City in the ceremony held in Las Vegas

Harbour City has been chosen by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as the ICSC VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award winner

ICSC VIVA Best-of-the-Best (Evolving Marketing) trophy
“Rubber Duck @ Harbour City” also won many local and overseas awards. Harbour City has just been chosen by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as the ICSC VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award winner in the marketing category for the “Rubber Duck @ Harbour City”, which is the 15th award received by this Campaign. Ms Yen LENG, the Executive Director of Harbour City Estates Limited, received the award on behalf of Harbour City in the ceremony held in Las Vegas on May 18, 2014 (Sunday).

Harbour City is the FIRST shopping mall in Hong Kong to win this international award. The “VIVA” in the VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award represents Vision, Innovation, Value and Achievement. The Award honors and recognizes the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide. Shortlisted campaigns include gold award winners of ICSC Shopping Center Award competition in other regions (including Canada, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Middle East). “Rubber Duck @ Harbour City” was the shorlisted campaign for Asia-Pacific region as it received 2 Gold awards in “Public Relations & Events” and in “Social Media” Category in the 2013 ICSC Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards.

“This center is an exceptional example of an innovative marketing campaign that merges both traditional and digital marketing. With their ‘Rubber Duck @ Harbour City’ campaign, this center showed how to bring an idea to life,” said Michael P. Kerchval, president and CEO for ICSC.

Harbour City’s creativity and execution helped spread joy around the city by inviting a gigantic inflatable rubber duck exhibition to Hong Kong. To raise the online presence of Harbour City locally and internationally, the center invited internationally acclaimed artist Florentin Hofman to exhibit his masterpiece, a 16.5 meter large rubber duck at Victoria Harbour. With Victoria Harbour as its giant bathtub, the rubber duck was literally a maritime art exhibition, attracting global media coverage, and further establishing Harbour City as the destination in Hong Kong . The integrated campaign increased mall traffic, and achieved the goal of bringing joy and happiness to the city. “Rubber Duck @ Harbour City” has won local and overseas awards including 4 awards in Hong Kong, 2 awards in mainland China, 8 awards in Asia-Pacific and 1 international award.

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May 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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Consumer Advocate Group Finds Colored and Limbal Ring Contact Lenses Differ on Quality

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SINGAPORE, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The quality and safety of many of the most popular brands of colored and limbal ring contact lenses sold in Japan and Asia Pacific have been called into question by The National Consumer Affairs Center (NCAC) of Japan in a report just issued. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is pleased with the findings that attest to the quality and safety of its 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ and ACUVUE® 2 DEFINE®.

In fact, the report entitled “Safety of Color Contact Lenses” highlighted that 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lens and ACUVUE® 2 DEFINE® Brand Contact Lenses had no color pigment on the surface of its lenses. The report stated that some manufacturers inaccurately claim “no pigment on the surface” of their lenses when in fact they do. The report also stated that where and how these pigments are embedded has been a key source of claims from various manufacturers.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ and ACUVUE® 2 DEFINE® contact lenses are designed and manufactured to the same high safety and performance standards as used across its entire clear contact lens range. The proprietary BEAUTY WRAPPED IN COMFORT™ Technology protects eye health as the colorants are embedded between two thin, transparent layers of lens material and prevents the pigment from reaching the surface.

The 57-page NCAC report co-sponsored by the Japan Ophthalmological Association (JOA) and the Japan Contact Lens Society (JCLS) focused on two areas primarily: product attributes and side effects. Issues raised by the NCAC report ranged from lenses being out of specification for base curve or diameter; lenses being too thick and potentially affecting oxygen transmissibility to pigment found on the surface of lenses; and side effects like corneal swelling. In the report, 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ is the “one brand” referred to when it stated: “Except for 1 brand, eye complications (corneal edema, corneal staining, or conjunctival staining), which require medical treatment or contact lens wear suspension (Efron grade 3, 4), were observed.”

It concluded with four “demands” to manufacturers to improve their products and services by: 1. meeting their product specifications; 2. improving contact lens design for such things as pigment on the surface of the lens; 3. avoiding misleading, difficult to understand advertising and 4. making patient literature available. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is confident that it already meets these demands.

The NCAC said the report had been sent to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).

The report advises consumers to visit their eye care professional for regular eye exams and to consult on their correct usage and choice of colored contact lenses. As a leading healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will continue its efforts to encourage consumers to go see their eye doctors for regular eye exams and educate them about safe usage of contact lenses.

Kathy Park, Area Vice President Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care said, “Patient safety is our top priority and consumers and eye care professionals must feel confident in the contact lenses that they prescribe or wear on a daily basis.”

“We have built rigorous quality checks into our processes to produce contact lenses that meet carefully controlled standards before leaving our manufacturing facilities. We trust this report will assure consumers that they can feel very confident when they, or their eye care professional, continue or choose to use our 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™.”

1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ is a leading brand of contact lenses in South Korea, China, Singapore and Taiwan. They first debuted in 2004 in South Korea, launched in Japan a year later and are currently available in most Asian countries. There are three variations available in Asia called Accent, Vivid Style and Natural Shine™. They were designed to enhance the natural appearance of the iris and give it more definition, dimension and brightness without changing the color of the eye.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is committed to creating life-long solutions to vision care needs. Since the ACUVUE® Brand made its debut in 1987 as the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, the company has repeatedly brought innovative, quality, and scientific advancements to the industry. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company has some 3,000 employees worldwide.
National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan
More information about the NCAC and its report can be viewed at:
Asia Pacific
Melissa Tyndale-Biscoe
+61 417 234 078
Olivia Kim
+82 2 20943504
Johnson & Johnson Pte Ltd
No. 2 International Business Park, The Strategy,
Tower One, #07-01, Singapore 609930
Source: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Asia Pacific

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May 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

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