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Sasol, ENH and Eni Announce Pre-Feasibility Study for Large-Scale Gas-to-Liquids Facility in Mozambique

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JOHANNESBURG /PRNewswire/ —

 

Today, Sasol Limited (Sasol) announced a joint pre-feasibility study for a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which will be based on gas from the Rovuma Basin in Northern Mozambique. The study, which is being conducted in conjunction with Mozambique’s national oil company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and Italian multinational, Eni, will assess the viability and benefits of such a plant to the region.

The announcement comes as Sasol celebrates a decade of gas infrastructure development and value-add inMozambique, which, in turn, has contributed to the country and the region’s economic growth and advancement. Sasol’s in-country experience, an extensive market distribution footprint in the region and proven GTL expertise, place the company in a strong position to develop the country’s first GTL facility, depending on the results of the study.

Eni is operator of the block called Area 4 in the deep waters of the Rovuma Basin, which is estimated to hold up to 85 trillion cubic feet of gas.

“The proposed GTL facility firmly aligns with Mozambique’s Gas Master Plan goals, and, if successful, will go some way to accelerate socio-economic development in the country and the broader region. Our GTL aspirations highlight our commitment to partnering with the Mozambican government and Eni in the responsible development of the country’s natural resources,” said David Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Sasol Limited.

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About Sasol:

Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 34 000 people working in 37 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, high-value chemicals and low-carbon electricity.

While remaining committed to our home-base of South Africa, Sasol is expanding internationally based on a unique value proposition.

Issued by:

Alex Anderson, Group Media Manager
Direct telephone +27(11)441-3295; Mobile +27(0)71-600-9605;
alex.anderson@sasol.com

Jacqui O’Sullivan, GM: Group Communication
Direct telephone +27(11)441-3252; Mobile +27(0)82-883-9697;
jacqui.osullivan@sasol.com

Source: Sasol

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July 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

Launch Party for the New Chloe Fragrance: Chloe Love Story

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ —

night in Paris. Sparkling lights and music. A crowd. And her.

The Coty Prestige fragrance company hosted a cocktail party on the rooftop of l’Institut du Monde Arabe to present the new Chloe Love Story fragrance to the international press, VIPs and influencers.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400575-chloe-love-story-fragrance-launch-party

Jean Mortier, president of Coty Prestige and Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, CEO of Chloe, celebrated the launch of Love Story in the company of 400 guests.

Clemence Poesy, muse for the fragrance attended the party, along with Clare Waight Keller, Chloe’s creative director and Melanie Laurent, who directed the TV spot which was revealed earlier in the evening. The ad features the song “Mi Amor” performed by Vanessa Paradis.

The rooftop of l’Institut du Monde Arabe was redecorated for the occasion in the style of the new fragrance. An immense metallic structure branded with the Love Story logo was installed for guests to share their Love Story moments.

Guests were invited to experience the new scent at a Perfume Bar showcasing the beautiful lock-shaped flacon, while Christine & The Queens performed their latest songs in an exclusive live concert. The party then moved to the beat of the fashionable DJ Nouvelle Vague.

Guests in attendance included Rachida Brakni, Maria Josee Croze, Geraldine Pailhas, Melanie ThierryKarin Viard, Anne Marivin, Hafsia Herzi, Josephine JapyJeanne Damas among others.

Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfum will be available from September 2014.

About Coty Inc.

Coty is a leading global beauty company with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty’s product offerings include such power brands as adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, Philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.

For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit http://www.coty.com.
Video:  http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400575-chloe-love-story-fragrance-launch-party

Source: Coty Prestige

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July 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

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Taipei Medical University-Taipei Cancer Center Offers a New and Noninvasive Treatment for Bone Cancer Pain

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TAIPEI /PRNewswire/ — Taipei Medical University-Taipei Cancer Center (TMU-TCC) announced today that its Taipei Cancer Center (TCC) is now offering a new technology, ExAblate, to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from painful bone metastases. Taipei Cancer Center, affiliated hospital of Taipei Medical University, sets up the first radiation oncology clinic in Taiwan opening its doors to cancer patients and offering this type of treatment.

ExAblate is an MR guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) system, which combines therapeutic acoustic ultrasound waves and continuous guidance and treatment monitoring with an MRI. “We are excited to offer our patients a new and noninvasive course of treatment,” said ProfessorJeng Fong Chiou, Vice Superintendent ofTaipei Cancer Center. “This treatment provides quick and lasting pain relief without radiation and most patients have reported pain relief within a few days,” he emphasized.

ExAblate, developed by InSightec (Israel), is the only US FDA approved MRgFUS system (2012 for the indication of bone metastases related to pain management). ExAblate treatments ensure a high rate of effectiveness with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

“Taipei Cancer Center joins other world class prestigious centers around the world who are now offering patients innovative MR guided focused ultrasound therapy for the benefit of Taiwan citizens,” said Dr. Roni Yagel, Vice President International markets of InSightec, who was present at the site inauguration. “We look forward to working with Taipei Cancer Center to lead the way to offering non-invasive solutions for a wide variety of indications,” he added.

Bone metastases occur when cancer cells spread from their primary site to other parts of the body. More than two-thirds of breast and prostate cancers, for example, spread to the bones. Pain is the most severe symptom, for which pain medications and palliative radiation therapy are the most common treatments prescribed. However, up to 30% percent of patients either do not respond to radiation therapy or are unable to undergo radiation for pain relief. The US Journal of the National Cancer Institute recently published a study confirming that MRgFUS can relieve pain and improve function in most patients with bone tumors.

For more information, please contact the Taipei Cancer Center at (02) 6636-9060, http://www.cancertaipei.tw/

The open access article may be read here.

About Taipei Medical University-Taipei Cancer Center

Taipei Medical University (TMU) is one of the largest health care systems in Taiwan and includes a medical university and three hospitals: Taipei Medical University Hospital, Wan Fang Hospital, and Shuang Ho Hospital. Altogether, the three hospitals have a total of more than 3,000 beds. Taipei Medical University established the Taipei Cancer Center (TCC) in the beginning of 2012, the first world-class cancer center in Taiwan that combines cancer research, training and clinical treatment supported by experts from Taiwan and abroad. The Center is dedicated to providing a full spectrum of services for adult and pediatric oncology patients and their families.

About InSightec

InSightec Ltd. is the pioneer and global leader in MR guided focused ultrasound technology. Founded in 1999 by GE Healthcare (then GE Medical Systems) and Elbit Medical Imaging its mission is to transform its MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) into a clinically viable technology.

Media Contacts

InSightec
Xen Mendelsohn Aderka
VP of Marketing
xenm@insightec.com
+972-4-8131309

Source: InSightec Ltd

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July 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

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Frost & Sullivan Commends Mahindra Comviva’s Unique Digital Music Solution that Manages Mobile Service Providers’ Entire Infotainment Services Portfolio

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the online retail services industry, Frost & Sullivan recognises Mahindra Comviva with the 2014 Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Mahindra Comviva revolutionised the digital music market in Africa by not only providing a superior technology platform for end users, but also managing the operator’s complete roster of music and infotainment services. Its business and marketing expertise enables mobile service providers to optimise cost structures, widen the subscriber base and ultimately, accelerate revenue growth.

Mahindra Comviva is one of the largest content aggregators in Africa; it offers an extensive digital music portfolio that comprises video, voice and text. It has collaborated with 140+ content partners, including local and international content providers/copyright bodies/local artists and production houses. These extensive partnership networks allow it to track the local content in every country it operates in.

Currently, the company owns the rights to over 1M unique music tracks in African, Arabic and international categories, and offers multiple genres in more than 36 languages. Its first of a kind infotainment portal is powered by its ‘Recommendation and Analytics Engine’, which recommends content based on the end user’s profile and consumption patterns.

“Mahindra Comviva’s infotainment portal enables subscribers to access infotainment through a single app, irrespective of the choice of bearer channel between mobile client, text and voice,” said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Industry Analyst Joanita Roos. “Furthermore, it allows customers to watch and download videos and even share and integrate content with social network websites.”

Other innovative offerings from Mahindra Comviva include ‘Hi Life’ and ‘MyTV’. These offerings add a wide range of digital apps, including TV channels, news, health, recipes and astrology over multiple channels. The portal also features artist interviews, concert dates and the number of records sold to the customer. Operators in Africa have seen more than a fourfold rise in their music services penetration and subscriber base, and a significant increase in their music revenues, after switching to Mahindra Comviva’s digital services.

To drive adoption, the company has developed innovative micro charging propositions tailored to spend patterns of multiple -segments. Consumers who cannot afford a full services bouquet have the option of a daily or a biweekly infotainment pack. Mahindra Comviva differentiates itself from its competitors by offering billing via mobile money and mobile wallet services, in addition to online payment solutions.  This method has proved to be extremely effective as a large percentage of the African population does not own bank accounts.

Mahindra Comviva not only has world-class solutions, but also has specific processes in place to streamline directional changes and geographical expansion. Whenever the company attempts to enter a new geographical area, stringent procedures are followed in order to ensure the success of the market entry.

“The company creates a complete marketing plan including planning campaigns, segmenting the market, identifying partners, managing different market participants – labels, content providers and vendors,” observed Roos. “It ensures regulatory compliance through best practices in business operations and automated content enablement platforms.”

Mahindra Comviva ensures customer value excellence, particularly in the product service value and purchase experience it offers. It guarantees implementation excellence through its superior process design, technology sophistication and company culture.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise 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 Mahindra Comviva

Mahindra Comviva is the global leader in providing mobility solutions. It is a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra and a part of the USD 16.5 billion Mahindra Group. With an extensive portfolio spanning mobile finance, content, infotainment, messaging and mobile data solutions, Mahindra Comviva enables service providers to enhance customer experience, rationalize costs and accelerate revenue growth. Its mobility solutions are deployed by over 130 mobile service providers and financial institutions in over 90 countries, transforming the lives of over a billion people across the world. For more information, please visit www.mahindracomviva.com

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.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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 organization 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?

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Corporate Communications — Africa
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E: samantha.james@frost.com
T: @FrostSullivanSA
http://www.frost.com

Sundeep Mehta
PR and Communications Manager
Sundeep.mehta@mahindracomviva.com

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July 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Frost & Sullivan Celebrates Stellar Performances across the Mobility Sector

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LONDON  /PRNewswire/ — At a banquet following its Urban Mobility 3.0 event on 25th June, during which new business models such as mobility integration and carsharing, public transport solutions, big data in automotive and autonomous driving as well as the future of eRetailing in the car industry were debated, Frost & Sullivan presented its ‘Future of Mobility’ Excellence in Best Practices Awards.

The awards acknowledge industry stalwarts as well as newly emerging and niche players for superior accomplishments in their respective domains, including a broad spectrum of segments ranging from steering systems, driver assistance systems and usage-based insurance to leasing and carsharing, among others.

Frost & Sullivan’s industry analysts chose the companies for how they responded to global mega trends, emerging technologies, changing business models, government requirements and infrastructure needs.

The ceremony brought together industry peers, who listened to Shai Agassi, Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of NEWRGY, share his perspective on the mega trends set to impact the mobility space and shape the future of mobility.

Addressing the audience of decision-makers and visionaries from a broad spectrum of industries, Gary Jeffery, Partner & Director at Frost & Sullivan, explained: “Every award that we hear about tonight is underpinned by scrupulous research across our global network of industry analysts. Our long-established awards programme recognises companies that have demonstrated a unique approach towards doing business in their respective markets. Frost & Sullivan celebrates these ideas and strategies that drive corporate growth.”

Accolades were conferred on the following ten industry leaders and innovators during last week’s black-tie ceremony at One Moorgate Place in London:

Alphabet – 2014 European Corporate Carsharing Company of the Year Award

Aras Kargo – 2014 Turkish Courier, Express and Parcel Growth Excellence Leadership Award

Audi AG – 2014 European Future of Sustainable Mobility Visionary Innovation Award

DSM – 2013 European Passenger Cars Steering Systems Customer Value Enhancement Award

LeasePlan UK – 2014 European Fleet & Leasing Enabling Technology Leadership Award

Metalysis – 2014 European Automotive 3D Printing Customer Value Leadership Award

Telematicus  – 2014 European Telematics Platform Customer Value Leadership Award

The Floow – 2014 European Usage-based Insurance Customer Value Leadership Award

Valeo – 2013 European Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Product Leadership Award

WheelRight Ltd. – 2014 European Remote Tyre Pressure Monitoring New Product Innovation Leadership Award

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.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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 organization 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
Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
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Contact:
Kristina Menzefricke
Best Practices
Frost & Sullivan
kristina.menzefricke@frost.com
P: +44 (0)20 7915 7869
www.frost.com

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July 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

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