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Qualcomm Grabs Two-Thirds of Cellular Baseband Revenue Share in Q1 2014 says Strategy Analytics

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— Spreadtrum Overtakes Intel to Capture Number Three Spot (for the Moment)

BOSTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The global cellular baseband processor market registered a modest 2.5 percent year-over-year growth to reach $4.7 billion in Q1 2014, according to Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies (HCT) service report, “Baseband Market Share Tracker Q1 2014: Spreadtrum Overtakes Intel To Capture Number 3 Revenue Share Spot.”

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As detailed in this Strategy Analytics report, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, Marvell and Intel featured in the top-five cellular baseband revenue share rankings in Q1 2014. Qualcomm maintained its baseband market dominance with 66 percent revenue share, followed by MediaTek with 15 percent revenue share and Spreadtrum with 5 percent revenue share. In Q1 2014, Spreadtrum overtook Intel to capture the number three revenue share ranking.

According to Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, “For the first time in the last three years, Intel dropped out of the top-three baseband revenue share rankings as its 2G and 3G baseband shipments declined sharply in Q1 2014. However, Strategy Analytics believe that Intel is making progress in LTE basebands and the company’s Cat 6 LTE baseband XMM 7260 has the potential to win some high profile sockets in the second half of 2014.”

According to Christopher Taylor, Director of the RF and Wireless Component service, “Qualcomm grabbed two-thirds of revenue share in the baseband market in Q1 2014, thanks to its diverse customer base and strong LTE product portfolio. Strategy Analytics calculates that Qualcomm’s LTE revenue share has now dropped to 91 percent in Q1 2014 from over 95 percent in Q1 2013. As we predicted the competition in the LTE baseband market is heating up, in particular Intel and Marvell made progress with notable LTE design-wins in Q1 2014. Strategy Analytics believes that Qualcomm has a plenty of opportunities in terms of its LTE product-mix as less than 50 percent of baseband shipments were LTE basebands in Q1 2014.”

According to Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service, “MediaTek is now quickly establishing itself as a strong number two to Qualcomm in the baseband market. However, the company currently draws most of its growth from 2G and 3G markets only. In Q1 2014, MediaTek had no share in LTE basebands and we reiterate that the company needs to ramp up its LTE efforts with its upcoming LTE slim modems and applications processors to continue its growth trajectory.”

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.

European Contact: Stuart Robinson, +44(0) 1908 423 637,
US Contact: Christopher Taylor, +1 617 614 0706,


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July 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Efficiency-improving Lubricants Gain Currency in the Slowing Australian Mining Market

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-Offering customised solutions and technical support will be crucial for lubricant suppliers to land projects

SYDNEY, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The mining lubricant market in Australia is anticipated to grow steadily over the next few years despite a slowdown in the country’s mining investment. Lubricants with higher specifications that improve productivity and efficiency will remain in demand as the mining industry shifts focus to enhanced production.

Sarah Wang, Senior Consultant, Industrial Practice, Australia and New Zealand, Frost & Sullivan
Sarah Wang, Senior Consultant, Industrial Practice, Australia and New Zealand, Frost & Sullivan

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Mining Lubricant Market in Australia, finds that the market earned revenues of $446.3 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $650.5 million in 2019. While biodegradable products are gaining customer attention, mineral oil-based products are expected to continue dominating the market in the short to medium term.

“The Australian mining sector leads the world in the deployment of advanced mining technologies,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials and Food Senior Consultant Sarah Wang. “As various mining equipment incorporate high level of automation and productivity metrics, the demand for quality lubricants will remain high.”

Price remains the first point of discussion, and pricing pressures affect revenues in a market where product differentiation is minimal. Generic types of lubricants still comprise 40 percent of the lubricants consumed in the mining sector, curbing market development. Moreover, the dominance of the market by the five largest suppliers makes market entry extremely challenging.

Manufacturers that offer products which can significantly improve the productivity of equipment will earn entry into the Australian mining sector. The consultative sales approach, combined with demonstrated substantial return on investment will further provide suppliers a key competitive edge during slow growth periods.

“Offering customised solutions and demonstration of efficiency has proven effective in winning new contracts,” noted Wang. “Being a highly specialised product group that is directly linked to operational performance and cost, technical support is highly valued by customers.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Donna Jeremiah, Corporate Communications, at, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country.

Analysis of the Mining Lubricant Market in Australia is part of the Chemicals & Materials ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Strategic Analysis of the Global Lubricant Additives Market, and Strategic Analysis of the Global Lubricant Market and the Impact of Bio-based Feedstock. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Analysis of the Mining Lubricant Market in Australia


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About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

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July 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Hosted and Cloud Based UC Set to Become the Growth Engine in the Future — Market Opportunities Worth over $ 800 Million by 2020

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— Market potential to attract new entrants and increased competition

SYDNEY, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Australian UC services market, encompassing managed services, cloud based UC and hosted UC services, grew by 8.3% despite a cautious market. Conferencing, collaboration and contact centre solutions were the main applications, generating more than 70% of revenues in the UC services market.

Audrey William, Head of ICT Research, ANZ
Audrey William, Head of ICT Research, ANZ

Uncertainty over economic conditions and the impact of Federal elections on businesses saw overall market growth rates decline from previous years. However, the market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.2% from 2013 to 2020, by when the market value is projected to double from its 2013 value.

Frost & Sullivan’s latest report, Australian Unified Communications (UC) Services Market 2014, cites that as organisations look for greater flexibility from their UC infrastructures, demand for hosted and cloud based UC solutions as well as managed services for UC will increase. This shift in demand from on-premise based solutions towards third party hosted UC solutions will be one of the key drivers for growth in the overall UC services market in Australia.

Enterprise mobility and cloud based solutions are becoming key focus areas for UC vendors and their channel partners as these two factors are significantly changing the way Australian organisations view and deploy Unified Communications (UC) solutions. With the prevalence of trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Activity Based Working (ABW), the ability to collaborate and access applications from any location and any device is becoming imperative.

Audrey William, Head of Research, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan ANZ says, “As the use of mobile devices within organisations grows, employees need the ability to collaborate from any device and from any connected location. With cloud based applications emerging as an attractive option for addressing this requisite, demand for cloud based conferencing and collaboration applications will increase.”

William says the on-premise UC market has been experiencing only moderate growth as organisations begin to closely evaluate hosted and cloud based alternatives. Although on-premise solutions still account for the majority of UC revenues, most new deployments will use a hosted model, further limiting growth in the on premise segment. “Many organisations are reluctant to continue investing in on-premise solutions, which often have multi-year contract agreements. There is a significant shift toward third-party hosted and managed models and service providers are playing an important role in the overall UC market,” William added.

Most major UC vendors have identified hosted and cloud based solutions as key components of their future growth strategy. Channel partners are also adjusting their strategy to benefit from the shift in market demand towards hosted and cloud based solutions. In addition, UC vendors and their channel partners are finding it increasingly challenging to generate growth from on-premise UC solutions. As a result, hosted and cloud based UC solutions will become the focus area for vendors and channel partners in the next few years.

In the last few years, managed services has experienced growth rates of over 10% as it serves as an interim phase for organisations moving away from an on-premise model. This allows organisations to retain endpoints and infrastructure on premises while handing over maintenance and support functions to the service provider. The significant opportunity base for providing managed services to organisations using on-premise UC makes it an attractive segment for most channel partners. Demand for managed services will be mainly driven by large organisations looking to hand over maintenance of their complex UC infrastructures as a way to reduce the load on their internal IT departments.

Cisco and Microsoft are the two main vendors in the overall UC services market. Building capabilities based on one or both these vendor solutions is often the main challenge faced by channel partners. In 2013, Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform and Microsoft’s Office 365 and Lync platforms were the main solutions deployed by organisations. However, competition from other vendors such as Avaya and Interactive Intelligence is beginning to increase as they emerge to capture a share of the UC services market. Additionally, a number of cloud-based vendors such as Google, Blue Jeans and LiveOps are also beginning to grow their footprint in the local market.

Anand Balasubramanian, Industry Analyst, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan ANZ, says “Cloud based vendors such as Google and Blue Jeans are growing their footprint in the market. Uptake of Google’s solutions was initially driven by educational institutions, but an increasing number of organisations from other industry sectors are looking for cloud based alternatives to license based on-premise solutions. Although uptake of its Gmail and Docs application is relatively low, Google continues to experience demand from small and medium companies that are looking for greater flexibility and usability.”

Telstra, Dimension Data and NEC are the major players in the Australian UC services market and possess strong vendor partnerships and the necessary reach in the local market to drive growth. While these service providers will continue to be the key players in the market, a number of global telcos and local service providers are strengthening their presence. For example, BT has been experiencing strong growth based on its conferencing and contact centre solutions and is expected to pose a greater competitive threat to the established players. Verizon and Orange Business Services (OBS) are also increasing their footprint in Australia. Local telcos such as Amcom and Optus are also building their respective portfolios to address the growing demand in the UC services market. In the next few years, competition in the overall UC services market will intensify, forcing service providers to differentiate their service capabilities to gain competitive advantage.

Frost & Sullivan Australian Unified Communications Market Report 2014, forms a part of the Frost & Sullivan Enterprise Communications Research program. All research services included in this subscription provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.


Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications Asia Pacific
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

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July 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Deutsche Telekom’s Visionary Excellence in Leveraging the Dynamics within the European Connected Living Ecosystem

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-QIVICON enables companies from different industries to converge and synchronize their products to provide sophisticated solutions

LONDON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on a recent analysis on the future of connected living by its Visionary Innovation team, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Deutsche Telekom with the 2014 European Visionary Innovation Leadership Award.

Having identified a huge white space in the connected home space, Deutsche Telekom has rightly leveraged the need for an integrated connected living platform by developing QIVICON. QIVICON is an innovative, open platform that offers a multitude of smart applications and devices across different technologies and partner companies for connected homes.

Deutsche Telekom’s vision of a future home is one that is set up and controlled through smartphones, tablets and/or PCs. The company also offers a solution that can constantly evolve with updates and find applications across the spectrum of consumer needs.

Through easy-to-use applications of partners that base their smart home offers on the QIVICON platform, customers can remotely control their devices at home, as well as receive notifications when, for example, windows are left open or the smoke alarm detects smoke emission. With QIVICON, Deutsche Telekom has developed a platform that covers areas such as energy efficiency, security and convenience in the home for people of every age group.

Moreover, a constantly growing number of additional partner companies are using the QIVICON platform to offer their Smart Home products. First starter kits from QIVICON partners have been available in Germany since the 4th quarter 2013.

Deutsche Telekom constantly reviews technologies, access and consider new devices, such as wearables/wearable devices.

“Deutsche Telekom is focussed on retaining limitless scope for gaining additional technologies, new partners and applications. All possible through USB ports on the QIVICON Home Base, the control unit in the smart home, which enables the use of dongles to tap into new wireless networks,” reports Olivia Price-Walker, Senior Consultant at Frost & Sullivan.

“Through partnerships with robust brands such as EnBW, eQ-3, Miele and Samsung, Deutsche Telekom’s QIVICON platform is accessible through different wireless protocols and seamlessly operable via partner applications,” she adds.

The functionality of the QIVICON platform is multiple and can be easily installed by the customers themselves. Deutsche Telekom designed QIVICON to engage multiple partners with their applications such as energy conservation, heating, air conditioning, climate control, domestic appliances, consumer electronics, shadowing, health and assisted living, as well as security and monitoring.

Apart from offering safe and comfortable living, QIVICON and the partner solutions allow users to optimize the electricity consumed by their electrical appliances. Frost & Sullivan’s research finds QIVICON’s features are in line with society’s increasing awareness of smart living and a technology-savvy lifestyle.

“QIVICON enables partners to provide more options to users through product differentiation, which creates an open and flexible technical solution for users,” notes Ms Price-Walker. “Strategic partnership opportunities provided by Deutsche Telekom helps partners reduce costs, and simultaneously educate society about the significance of QIVICON.”

“We are very pleased about the Leadership Award. It shows that we have selected the right approach with the multi-vendor platform QIVICON – on the one hand by technology and on the other hand by the strategy. Any company, from multinational concern to start-up, can become a partner. We currently have over 30 partner companies, by the end of the year there will be about 50. So QIVICON is already the Smart Home platform with the world’s largest number of partner companies. The result of this variety is a unique pick-and-mix Smart Home,” says Holger Knoepke, Vice President Connected Home Deutsche Telekom.

“The QIVICON platform currently exists in Germany, but we receive many international enquiries. Many companies find the German Smart Home market highly promising and are interested in becoming a partner in order to open up the German market by having their products available on the platform. But we are also negotiating with interested parties to offer the QIVICON platform and partner products internationally. The main focus of internationalisation will be on Europe, but we also see promising prospects outside of the EU. As QIVICON depends on cooperation with partner companies, we are ready to hold talks with any interested party and we are delighted with every new partnership. To keep this process as simple as possible, we have developed a special partner programme. It includes the right business model for both large companies and small start-ups,” Holger Knoepke continues.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated the understanding to leverage global Mega Trends and integrate the vision into processes to achieve strategic excellence.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 142 million mobile customers, 31 million fixed-network lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2013). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has approximately 229,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of 60.1 billion euros in the 2013 financial year – over half of it outside Germany.


QIVICON is an alliance of leading German industrial companies, initiated by Deutsche Telekom AG with the aim of promoting the field of Smart Home technology and providing solutions for customers on a multi-manufacturer basis. Together with its partners EnBW, eQ-3, Miele and Samsung, Deutsche Telekom is developing a platform that covers areas such as energy efficiency, security and convenience in the home for people of every age group. QIVICON enables appliances and functions from different brands to be combined easily in the Smart Home. More: | |

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July 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair Proudly Presents The Largest Treasure Trove of Fine Jewellery In October at Marina Bay Sands

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-More than 300 exhibitors from 30 countries to immerse visitors in infinite opulence and opportunities

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — After a successful debut in 2013, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair will be staged again from 23rd to 26th October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. As the largest fine jewellery event in the region, the four-day fair will sparkle with a stellar cast of international fine jewellery manufacturers and wholesalers displaying a stunning array of the most exquisite jewellery and finely crafted designs from the world over.

Last year, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair featured 283 exhibitors from 28 countries and attracted a total of 8,739 visitors from over 70 countries and regions, making it the biggest-scale regional show of its kind. This year, the fair is expecting more than 300 notable exhibitors from 30 countries and regions. At present, exhibitors who have confirmed their participation are from countries and regions such as BelgiumGermanyHong Kong,IsraelItalyJapanSwitzerlandTaiwanThailandUSA and Singapore. Supplying jewellery and gemstones to some of the world’s largest reputable international brands as well as jewellery chain stores, these exhibitors will present prized diamonds and pearls, precious stones and gems, rare and exquisite jewellery pieces, exceptional timepieces and other dazzling collectibles to visitors. The show will see esteemed jewellers and collectors sourcing for the most coveted jewellery and gemstones in the world.

UBM has chosen to host this fair in Singapore because of its aptitude to be the Asian city poised to have the highest number of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) by 2023 and the optimistic outlook of its jewellery market. According to JewelleryNetAsia, Asia’s prime B2B trade portal for professionals in jewellery and gem industries, jewellery sales in Singapore are expected to register an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 percent over the next three years to reach US$2.9 billion, or S$3.7 billion, in 2017.

The fair presents unparalleled opportunities for tapping into Asia’s rapidly growing jewellery market. For instance, Indonesia, one of the largest producers of white South Sea cultures pearls, is a significant contributor to the global pearl industry. Long positioned as the gemstone capital of the world, Thailand’s gemstone exports reached $757.02 million in 2013, a 23.82 percent increase over 2012’s $611.39 million.

“The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair prides itself as the most important fine jewellery fair in Southeast Asia. It presents the definite marketplace environment for buyers to acquire the best that fine jewellery has to offer. UBM is committed to serve the world’s jewellery industry by presenting vast business, trading and investment opportunities at this fair, by leveraging on our vast experience in staging blockbuster jewellery exhibitions around the world,” said Paul Wan, Managing Director, UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the event organiser.


About Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair

Exclusively endorsed by the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the largest fine jewellery event in Singapore and the region, and will see more than 300 exhibitors from 30 countries, targeting the region’s fastest growing high-net-worth population. The event is organised by UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a member of UBM Asia, organiser of the most professional international jewellery fairs globally including the world’s number one fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which attracted more than 3,630 exhibitors and over 52,000 buyers. UBM Asia also organises jewellery fairs in ShenzhenHangzhou and Shanghai in mainland China;ChennaiDelhi, Gujarat, HyderabadKolkata and Mumbai in IndiaJapanIstanbul in TurkeyTaiwan; Freiburg inGermany; and Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia.


About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland ChinaIndia and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.



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July 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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Economist Intelligence Unit Report Calls for Urgent Global Action to Combat the Growing Tuberculosis Pandemic

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — A new report on tuberculosis (TB) published today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) investigates the increasing health challenges posed by TB and calls for new ways to improve the effectiveness of the global response to this pandemic[1]. The report supported by Janssen and titled ‘Ancient enemy, modern imperative: A time for greater action against tuberculosis,‘ highlights the evolving TB crisis. It emphasises the urgent need for integrated care, harnessing innovative yet cost-effective strategies and raising the profile of TB to overcome this highly infectious, yet treatable killer.

Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary at the STOP TB Partnership explains that TB has been met with apathy: “It is like an orphan. It has been neglected even in countries with a high burden and often forgotten by donors and those investing in health interventions.”

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As a result of the need for critical change to enable more effective TB control, the report calls for new TB strategies that address current weaknesses, while leveraging successes to date. These changes include[1]:

  • Finding and treating people where they live: To identify the nearly 3 million new cases of TB every year, health systems in countries with a high TB burden need to look across the entire population. Even those countries with a lower prevalence have to find better ways of going into and working with marginalised populations.
  • Taking TB control out of existing silos: TB needs to treat the whole person, including addressing common co-morbidities such as HIV/AIDS, and co-ordinating public and private health provision.
  • Harnessing cost-effective technology: Although progress in TB remains frustratingly slow, new tools available today – both medical and non-medical such as mobile technologies and integrated databases – have the potential to transform treatment.
  • Raising the profile of TB: Perhaps most important, activists and other stakeholders must translate new global ambitions into national ones – that deploy the tools at hand with sufficient energy to make more rapid progress against this disease.

“The report calls for more attention to the basics in the battle against TB and the drug-resistant form of the disease; current efforts are insufficient and resistance is out of control. The vast majority of people with multi drug resistant (MDR) TB are not properly diagnosed or treated appropriately, and we have to recognise that MDR-TB is a real global public health emergency. Not only is the growth of drug resistance making TB control more difficult, but it is also revealing failures in basic TB control,” said Dr Neil Schluger, Chief Scientific Officer of the World Lung Foundation and chair of the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium.

If these required changes are urgently implemented this will play a key role in helping achieve the new “Post 2015 Global Strategy and Targets for Tuberculosis Prevention, Care and Control,” approved by The World Health Organization (WHO)[2]. These latest targets call for reducing the incidence of TB to below 10 cases per 100,000 population and cutting the number of deaths by 95% by 2035 – however this will require healthcare systems to make dramatic progress and for the apathy associated with TB to be extinguished.

“While efforts in the fight against TB have saved millions of lives, to control this disease effectively, fundamental changes are required. With the development of new treatments and cost-effective technologies, now is the time to make these changes so that they can be introduced responsibly and sustainably through structured health systems,” said Wim Parys, M.D., R&D Head, Global Public Health, Janssen. “We are committed to driving better health outcomes, improving the lives of TB patients worldwide and continuing to work towards a coordinated global TB control strategy that ensures treatments are available and used appropriately.”

Tuberculosis is responsible for the second greatest number of deaths from a single infectious disease, after HIV/AIDS, causing 1.3 million deaths in 2012 (2% of global mortality)[1]. Someone with active, pulmonary TB on average infects around one new person per month and in two thirds of active cases, if left untreated, TB is fatal[1]. For pulmonary TB this is usually as a result of degrading the lungs to an extent the person affected eventually suffocates to death.

Despite treatments for TB existing for nearly 70 years[3] and the WHO estimating that 22 million lives have been saved due to ongoing successful efforts since 1995[2] the report emphasises that progress has been too slow and significant weaknesses still remain. The report highlights that MDR-TB, defined as being resistant to the most powerful first-line treatments[4] have received too little attention with rates of MDR-TB continuing to make up an increasing percentage of all new TB cases across the globe, especially in central Asia and Eastern Europe.

A full copy of the EIU report and supporting materials, including static and animated infographics, are available at:

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is the world’s leading resource for economic and business research, forecasting and analysis. The EIU is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in more than 40 cities and a network of some 650 country experts and analysts worldwide. It operates independently as the business-to-business arm of The Economist Group, the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. More information is available at

About Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB)

MDR-TB is a particularly complicated form of TB characterised by resistance to at least two of the standard four-drug, anti-TB drugs.[4] Inadequate treatment allows resistant bacteria to thrive and poses a significant transmission risk to the general population.[4] Without significant public health intervention, it is estimated that more than two million people will be infected with MDR-TB strains of TB, between 2011 and 2015[5].

About Janssen and TB

Janssen has developed a new treatment for MDR-TB. The company has a global commitment to addressing diseases of high unmet need, such as MDR-TB, and to underscoring the need for improved treatment options and patient access to treatment.

About Janssen Global Public Health

The Janssen Global Public Health (Janssen GPH) group complements the groundbreaking science of the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson with innovative strategies that improve access to medicines, foster collaborations and support public health solutions to sustainably advance health care worldwide. Current areas of focus include multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB); human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); elephantiasis and river blindness; intestinal worms; and use of mobile technologies (mHealth) to improve health outcomes.


  1. Economist Intelligence Unit. 2014. Ancient enemy, modern imperative: A time for greater action against tuberculosis. Available at
  2. WHO. Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015. May 2014. Available at (last accessed June 2014)
  3. Zumla A, et al. Advances in the development of new tuberculosis drugs and treatment regimens. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2013;12:388-404. Available at accessed June 2014)
  4. Centre for Disease Control. Tuberculosis fact sheet. Available at: (last accessed June 2014)
  5. WHO. Partners call for increased commitment to tackle MDR-TB. March 2011. Available at (last accessed June 2014)


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July 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Impressions of Tokyo Station — Novelty Souvenir Collection from the Heart

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TOKYO, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tokyo Station is a transport hub which is also a unique building with a long history. It is said to be the main entrance to Tokyo, since it is mainly responsible for passenger transport within the Tokyo Metropolis. That’s not all. Tokyo Station also has a cluster of many types of restaurants and cafes, and many shops that sell varieties of confectionary delights and souvenirs, making the wait for trains a pleasant and enjoyable experience. In addition, the station is located close to department stores such as Daimaru and KITTE. One or two days to shop there is barely sufficient. The different types of stores make the station no different from a shopping street. There are always new products for shoppers straight from the heart, which can satisfy souvenir shopping needs within short-periods of time, naturally making the shopping experience here one of the main attractions of Tokyo Station.

Lovely “Tokyo Station with Mt. Fuji” designed handkerchief from “Hamamonyo”, accompanied with message card (limited availability).

Lovely penguins to take you round Tokyo

Nearly everyone familiar with Japan knows the Suica Card. The word “Suica” means “watermelon” in Japanese, and the name is an abbreviation of the phrase “Super Urban Intelligent Card”, which is an IC transport card issued by the East Japan Railway Company. After topping up, the card can be used for rides on buses or trains within the metropolitan area. Apart from transport, it can also be used at convenience stores or on vending machines. You can just tap to buy, making it very convenient. Mastery of the Suica card’s usage can make you an expert on sightseeing in Tokyo. In addition, official mascot character of penguin printed on Suica card is very popular within the Japanese people. Pensta, which is located within the Yaesu South Exit of the Tokyo Station, sells many types of lovely “Suica’s Penguin” stationery and souvenirs. Many of the products are seasonal, and can only be found at the Tokyo station. You simply can’t miss it.

The Heart of Traditional Japanese Craftsmanship

Many Japanese would compete to get their hands on high-end souvenirs from INDEN-YA*JIZAING on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, all of which would include practical items such as wallets, name card holders, and pen holders. All the products are made from the most delicate and soft portions of deerskin, and the patterns are made using traditional Japanese lacquering, on which the attention to quality and details are paramount. The longer you use them, the texture of the product would improve, plus the lacquered patterns would also give off a special gloss. The turtles, gourds, and cherry blossoms incorporated into the patterns represent “longevity” and “many descendants” in Japanese culture. With so much thought given to choosing the souvenirs, the recipient would be very happy and satisfied.

Other than souvenirs, you can get fashionable and lovely handkerchiefs from “Hamamonyo“, and Ippitsusenn writing paper (limited availability) from the Tokyo Station Gallery. You can also get “dessert vinegar” from “Su-expre-su Tokyo” and “ginger syrup” from “Ginger at Ginza“, favorites of Japanese women that comes with beauty health benefits. Let’s not forget the uniquely designed and Japanese-styled “Keishindo” senbei crackers. Tokyo station has prepared a collection of novelties and souvenirs from the heart for travelers, where its tenants are awaiting your visit from the bottom of their hearts every day.

Source: East Japan Railway Company

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July 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman Launches the Barcelona Designers’ Collective at La Roca Village, a Pop-up Boutique Showcasing Exciting New Talent

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — On 30 June, La Roca Village – a hop, skip and a jump from the Gaudi-laden, gastronomic hot spot of Barcelona – will be rousing a Mediterranean storm around nine exciting up-and-coming Spanish designers, by playing host to the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique. Carefully selected by an expert jury, these new and exciting collections will be available to buy from July to October as part of the Barcelona Designers’ Collective, which this year is in collaboration with Consorci de Comerc, Artesania i Moda – Trades, Craft and Fashion Consortium of Catalonia and the Tourism Board (ACT).

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La Roca Village is thrilled to announce that this year’s ambassador is Georgina Chapman, designer and co-founder of luxury fashion brand Marchesa – a red carpet favourite for the likes of Penelope Cruz, Rihanna,Jennifer Lopez and Blake LivelyMiss Chapman will attend the launch of the Barcelona Designers’ Collective boutique alongside the new designers and the judging panel. As part of the wider celebration, the Village will be hosting a Best of Europe brands heritage tour all summer – a chance to discover the area in the best way possible: by hopping on a classic, retro-style Martone Cycling Co. bicycle, sampling truly wonderful food and music for a fast-track taste of the Mediterranean.

La Roca Village recently celebrated the launch of its new 40-boutique extension, now home to leading Spanish and international brands including Missoni, Baldinini, Hour Passion, Oro Gold, Fossil, Becara, Aristocrazy, Wolford, Vilebrequin, Salomon and Liu-Jo. To coincide with the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week opening on 1 July, La Roca Village will offer guests a host of extraordinary experiences this summer.

About La Roca Village

La Roca Village, one of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages by Value Retail, is located around 40 minutes fromBarcelona and offers an exclusive luxury outlet shopping experience. With more than 140 outlet boutiques offering fashion and luxuries for the home, La Roca Village offers the previous seasons’ collections of a unique selection of Spanish and international brands with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, six days a week and all year round. Diesel, Escada, Furla and Hugo Boss are just a few of the international brands present, alongside boutiques of Spanish designers that include Camper, Lupo and Pretty Ballerinas. A suite of services includes the Shopping Express® daily coach services from Barcelona and the Costa Brava, Tourist Information Centre and personal shopping. With a selection of restaurants and cafes, the Village has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out. To find out more, please visit

About Chic Outlet Shopping® 

Chic Outlet Shopping® is a unique concept in outlet shopping created by Value Retail, the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations, the Collection ofChic Outlet Shopping® Villages. The Villages offer the previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round. Within easy reach of some of Europe’s favourite gateway cities – LondonDublinParisMadridBarcelona,Milan, Bologna, BrusselsAntwerpCologneFrankfurtMunich, and Suzhou in China – the Villages are defined by high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Located in regions of cultural and historic renown, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right. Value Retail’s venture – Value Retail China – to bring its distinctive Chic Outlet Shopping® concept to China saw the first Village – Suzhou Village, located in historic Suzhou, 50 miles west of Shanghai – open inMay 2014. The second Village by Value Retail China, Shanghai Village, will be located in the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone (SITRZ), which includes the Shanghai Disney Resort, and will open in the autumn of 2015. As with other members of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Collection of Villages, Suzhou Village and Shanghai Village will be defined by their offer of international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, together with an exceptional level of service, and will be the most important shopping tourism destinations in Asia.

La Roca Village
Value Retail Management La Roca, S.L. La Roca Village, Santa Agnes De Malanyanes 08430 La Roca Del Valles, Barcelona
Domicilio social: La Roca Village, 08430 La Roca Del Valles, Barcelona.
Registro Mercantil de Barcelona – Tomo 28182 – Folio 154 – Hoja B 133 012 – Inscripcion 1a – CIF B 608 55 012
TEL +34-93-842-39 00 – FAX +34-93-842-30-59 |

Sarah Bartlett
Tel: +44-1869-366-255



Source: Value Retail

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July 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

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