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RS Components Begins Distribution of Second-generation RepRapPro Ormerod, Bringing Affordable 3D Printing Technology to Engineers Worldwide

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— RS first to supply complete kit to build new Ormerod 2 low-cost self-replicating 3D printer
— New open-source hardware design means easier assembly and performance improvements
— When combined with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software it provides a further boost to rapid prototyping for all engineers

SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of the new version of the RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer which offers extensive versatility and functionality in an easy-to-assemble kit of parts. 3D printing enables electronic and mechanical engineers to quickly and easily realise early design concepts by creating fast-turnaround prototypes, potentially saving months in the product design cycle.



The RepRapPro Ormerod 2 is a single-colour low-cost 3D printing machine that is a full open-source and self-replicating RepRap and is one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble. All the RepRapPro printers, including previous machines such as the Ormerod and Mendel, are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components.

The Ormerod 2 brings several advantages compared to its predecessor, including a much simpler and more integrated assembly with improved instructions and wiring looms for simple plugin connection and no soldering necessary.

Other improvements come in the areas of the build bed, the y-carriage design, bed probe, extruder and power supply, as well as better emissions control and software support. For example, the Ormerod 2 design offers much easier adjustment of the bed level; improved y-axis belt location and retention delivers easier adjustment of belt tension; and a new bed probe now features a four-wire differential device, as well as providing much easier access to the extruder for cleaning purposes. In addition, the power supply is now a 100-240V worldwide input power supply and is a dedicated 12V supply, rather than being an adapted supply, and is more compact with its integration into the machine with no trailing wires. EMI emissions have also been reduced, resulting from a fully shielded design that meets the Class A CE mark.

Specifications of the Ormerod 2 printer include: build volume and speed of 200 x 200 x 200mm and 1800mm/min, respectively; a deposition rate of 33cm3 per hour; accuracy and layer resolution of 0.1mm and 0.01mm, respectively; and ability to print using either PLA or ABS thermoplastic materials. The open-source software designed to run the machine is fully compatible with the original Ormerod printer and will run on a relatively low powered computer running Windows, Linux/Ubuntu or Mac OS.

The RepRapPro Ormerod 2 is shipped ready for assembly as a kit of parts containing all the required components. The complete kit includes: all printed parts; all hardware, including threaded and smooth rods, screws, nuts, washers, belts and bearings; pre-soldered and programmed electronics; MicroSD card and adapter; heated PCB build surface; motors; nozzle assembly and extruder drive mechanism; 100m of 1.75mm-diameter white PLA filament material (weighing approximately 300g); a 100-240V worldwide input power supply (plugs available for EU, UK, US and Australia); plus open-source software to run the machine including firmware for the electronics.

“The availability of the second generation Ormerod 3D printing kit and latest in a line of RepRapPro 3D printers demonstrates the significant success of its open source self-replicating concept,” said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components. “Using this exciting and low-cost 3D printing technology, in conjunction with the free and intuitive DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software and the library of 3D component models from RS, means that 3D design and rapid prototyping is becoming increasingly available to a much wider universe of designers and mechanical and electronics engineers. This can enable significant savings in product development cycles and mean much faster time-to-market.”

Like the first Ormerod, the Ormerod 2 uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process, which can build 3D objects in a range of plastics and also in a variety of colours. The process enables the creation of almost any shape that can be modelled on a computer, including some that cannot be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques. 3D printing is fast becoming an essential part of the electronic and mechanical design process. Increasing numbers of companies are beginning to see the benefits of using this technology to create quick-turn-around prototypes and save months in the design cycle. Barriers to adoption in the past have been the cost of hardware and a lack of easy-to-use design software for non-CAD specialists. However, when used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software, the Ormerod 2 3D printing kit will enable design engineers around the world to develop sophisticated concepts and products very quickly and inexpensively.

The RepRapPro Ormerod 2 is now in stock at RS Components, priced at SGD 983.36, as a kit of parts containing all the components required for full assembly.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP 1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin

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September 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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Hello Markets Integrates Hello Binary

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus  /PRNewswire/ —

Hello Markets is expanding into the global financial markets with the launch of new products.

Hello Binary is changing its name, to be known as Hello Markets. The leader in binary options white label software solutions  is expanding its business with the development of new online trading products, new technology acquisitions, and an international launch.  

What is Hello Markets?  

Hello Binary’s international expansion has led the company to open offices in Cyprus and Hong Kong, as well as developing a new full control financial solution, Hello Markets. This strategic change is a direct result of the company’s multiple acquisitions over the past six months as part of its growth strategy.“We have acquired a technology business, a regulated company, a market-maker, and an association of metal brokers in Asia,”announced Wassim Khateeb, Director of the Hello Markets office in Cyprus.

The new Hello Markets products will be available throughout 2015. They consist of a line of seven new products integrated into a single trading station. As part of its aim of increasing access to global online trading markets, Hello Markets has absorbed Hello Binary to develop a wide range of products including forex, binary options, meta derivatives, financial calendars, signal bots and social trading. Binary options and meta derivatives are already available online.

Hello Markets, formerly Hello Binary

Since 2010, Hello Binary has been shaking up the world of software solutions with its binary options online trading platform technology. This exciting new technology has been skyrocketing with annual growth of over 450% and 110 active platforms across the European, Chinese and Russian markets. Its soaring popularity and international reach has also attracted the attention of major players in the financial markets establishment. As a result, Hello Markets is launching an unprecedented upgrade that includes a realtime management interface which consolidates all financial products and services, optimises user control and boosts performance.

This complete turnkey package will shape the success of future brokers with its flexibility and customised monitoring services. Hello Markets is committed to an online platform implementation lead-time of 3 weeks, ready for trade, and an exclusive partnership system.

This technological innovation, comprised of well designed and user-friendly modules, provides online finance professionals with a full 360-degree view of their trading activities using White Label Hello Markets platforms.

Media contact: Sarah Tauber
Skype: sarah.hellomarkets

Source: Hello Markets

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September 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

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Remy Martin “290th Anniversary Coupe” Auctioned for a Record-breaking 39,000EUR for the Charity “Children in Crisis”

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COGNAC, France /PRNewswire/ — On September 18th, 2014, distinguished guests gathered at the Abbaye de Bassac, in Cognac (France) to witness the 9th edition of the Charity Gala dinner “La Part des Anges”, and a new page in the House of Remy Martin history being written. Attendees watched the breath-taking moment when the single magnum decanter, from the Remy Martin Cellar Masters’ Perpetual Reserve was revealed during a captivating auction.


Celebrating nearly three centuries of history, the “290th Anniversary Coupe” from the House of Remy Martin is a true journey through time.

The story of this coupe is unique: it is a perpetual reserve of eaux-de-vie which never runs out, sustained over the years by four generations of cellar masters.

Each one in turn carefully preserved Remy Martin’s most exceptional eaux-de-vie in a secret location, passing them on to their successor. The ” 290th Anniversary Coupe” is exclusively Grande Champagne Cognac. In line with this tradition, the remarkably talented Pierrette Trichet has perfected the collection with her own selection of eaux-de-vie, before offering it to Baptiste Loiseau, the new cellar master, who will take up the duty to protect it and enrich it. To celebrate its 290th anniversary, the House of Remy Martin chose to extract a small quantity of this perpetual reserve, testimony of this perennial transmission.

Released in a single magnum decanter, this iconic bottle of the House of Remy Martin appears in a lacquered wooden casket.

About Remy Martin

Founded in 1724, Remy Martin is the world’s leading producer of Fine Champagne Cognac. It is because Remy Martin is made exclusively with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne crus, with the greatest ageing potential, sourced from the rarest vineyards, that it delivers cognacs of such unique aromatic intensity. Centuries of perfecting the art of cognac making have resulted in spirits of unparalleled richness, flavour and complexity.

Source: Maison Remy Martin

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September 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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CoinTerra™ announces the world’s first 16nm ASIC based Bitcoin Miner – the AIRE Miner™

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AUSTIN, Texas  /PRNewswire/ — CoinTerra, the market leader in Bitcoin mining solutions today announced their next generation Bitcoin Miner – the AIRE Miner™. At an expected performance per watt of 5x the current generation miners, the 16nm ASIC based AIRE Miner is now available for limited time pre-order with expected delivery in Q1 2015.

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After a successful launch of TerraMiner IV™ Bitcoin Miner in January 2014, CoinTerra is now accepting pre-orders for their next generation of Bitcoin Miner, the revolutionary AIRE Miner.

The AIRE Miner, currently scheduled to ship to customers in Q1 of 2015 is a high efficiency Bitcoin miner based on CoinTerra’s new 16nm SHIVA™ ASIC scheduled for tape out in late September 2014.

The AIRE Miner brings to market not only significant performance improvements in a small form factor but also provides unprecedented power efficiency.

The AIRE Miner is now available for pre-order at an introductory price of $2499 per unit + S/H for a limited time. Customers can read more about the AIRE Miner specifications and place their order through

“After months of hard work we are proud to announce the technical details of our upcoming Bitcoin mining system- the AIRE Miner, based on 16nm ASIC the SHIVA. With exceptional hashing performance and power efficiency we are ready to put the power of high performance Bitcoin mining back into the hands of Bitcoin enthusiasts the world over” said Timo Hanke, CTO, CoinTerra, Inc.

For the development of SHIVA, CoinTerra put together a brand new physical design team that spent over 9 months developing and optimizing the chip design in cooperation with Global Unichip Corp®, one of the leading companies in ASIC design.

“Working with CoinTerra on their state of the art 16nm ASIC design has given us a chance to push the boundaries of modern technology and we are proud to be part of this exciting project” said Louis Lin, VP Design Service, Global Unichip Corp.

The SHIVA ASIC is scheduled to commence tape out in late September and will be one of the first commercial products utilizing 16nm technology, enabling performance improvements and power efficiency previously impossible to achieve in a Bitcoin mining ASIC.

To read more about the AIRE Miner, and place an order visit

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About CoinTerra

Founded in Austin, Texas in mid-2013, CoinTerra is currently one of the fastest-growing technology startups in the world. CoinTerra designs, produces, and operates systems that power the Bitcoin blockchain network.

CoinTerra’s state-of-the-art design methodologies and advanced architectures enable the delivery of enterprise level Bitcoin mining solutions with the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership available on the market today.

CoinTerra boasts a highly experienced engineering team of semiconductor architects and designers who have previously designed some of the world’s highest performance CPUs, GPUs, SOCs and chipsets for Apple®, Intel®, Nvidia®, Qualcomm® and Samsung®.

© 2014 CoinTerra, Inc. All rights reserved. CoinTerra, the CoinTerra logo, TerraMiner, TruePeta, AIRE Miner and SHIVA are trademarks of CoinTerra, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Global Unichip Corp™

GLOBAL UNICHIP CORP. (GUC), the Flexible ASIC Leader™, is based in Taiwan and provides a comprehensive suite of The Flexible ASIC Services™ that meet the unique business and technology requirements of today’s innovative technology company.

GUC provides an unmatched combination of advanced technology, low power and embedded CPU design capabilities and production knowhow through close partnership with TSMC and major packaging and testing companies that are ideal for advanced communications, computing and consumer electronics ASIC applications. The company has the proven ability to maximize the power/ performance sweet spot while delivering the fastest possible time-to-market. GUC’s uncompromising performance provides the absolute best power, speed, quality, yield, and on-time delivery. Our goal is to innovate and deliver world class Flexible ASIC Services that elevate IC visionaries to the next level of leadership in their markets.

Based in Hsin-chu, Taiwan GUC has developed a global reputation with a presence in China, Europe, Japan, Korea, and North America. GUC is publicly traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the symbol 3443.

Source: CoinTerra

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September 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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Affordable Housing in South East Asia

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Amidst rising population in the emerging economies of South East Asia – primarily Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines amongst others, the availability of quality housing to the people remains a big challenge for the respective governments.

Most of the leading developers in the emerging economies in SE Asia realise the latent potential of building mass housing. However, making affordable houses profitable by the use of low-cost construction technologies and getting access to easier financing structures remains the primary challenge for the developers.

Against this backdrop, IQPC is launching the Affordable Housing Asia 2014 forum from 3 – 5 December 2014 inKuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Returning from an incredibly successful series of affordable housing events in Middle East and South Africa over the last few years, the summit has been carefully designed to help developers, architects and designers to navigate the rapidly evolving SE Asian mass housing landscape to build commercially viable affordable housing projects.

Hear from experts across Asia on how to navigate myriad challenges surrounding architecture, design, project management, financing amongst other burning issues. With specific workshops on construction technologies likePrecast, Formwork and Shear wall systemsparticipants can update themselves on the latest innovations and benchmark their practices with the regional best practices.

Do not miss this opportunity to network with international and regional experts, forge new relationships andequip with knowledge and skills to drive the affordable housing projects to commercial success.

Event: Affordable Housing Asia 2014

Date: 3 – 5 December 2014

Venue: Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Contact: or +6567229388

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For more information please contact:

Laurann de Verteuil
Marketing Manager
IQPC Singapore
Tel: +6567229459

Source: IQPC Worldwide

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September 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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Korea to Hold Eco-friendly U.N. Biodiversity Meeting

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SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — South Korea will endeavor to make a meeting on an environmental convention of the United Nations, slated for late this month, eco-friendly by building convention halls using environmentally-sound materials, officials said Thursday.

  Korea to hold eco-friendly U.N. biodiversity meeting
Korea to hold eco-friendly U.N. biodiversity meeting

The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, dubbed COP 12, takes place at Alpensia resort in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers southeast of Seoul, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 17, with representatives from 194 countries in attendance.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), informally known as the Biodiversity Convention, is a multilateral treaty addressing all aspects of biological diversity including genetic resources, species and ecosystems. It is one of the three U.N. conventions aimed at protecting the environment along with the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention to Combat Desertification.

The Ministry of Environment said about 95 percent of the construction material for new convention halls will be from used and reusable products.

The ministry will also introduce IT technologies in building the venues in a bid to minimize waste.

In addition, nine knockdown mobile lavatories that are reusable will be stationed around the convention venues, it said.

An energy-saving lighting system will contribute to reducing electricity consumption and the emission of carbon dioxide.

The ministry said it will put up a large-size digital information display around the venues and provide online notifications, which will help reduce the use of paper by more than 50 percent.

A total of 16 four or eight-seat electric vehicles will be operated during the conference.

In an effort to curb the consumption of disposable products, the ministry will recommend participants to refrain from using unnecessary plastic bottles by installing drinking water facilities.

The ministry plans to provide locally-produced food to participants to reduce greenhouse gases and transportation costs and raise funds for offsetting greenhouse gases, which will be donated to -related institutions after the conference.

“We considered the current trend of large-scale international events that place importance on the environment (in preparation of the meeting),” said Kim Sang-hoon, director-general of Task Force Team.

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Source: The Korean Secretariat of the UN biodiversity Conference 2014/CBD COP12

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September 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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IO and StarHub Form Strategic Go-to-Market Technology Partnership

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-Partnership increases IO market penetration in Singapore and allows StarHub to bolster next-generation network solution portfolio

SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IO, a worldwide leader in software-defined data centre technology and solutions, and StarHub, Singapore’s fully integrated info-communications provider, today announced a strategic partnership.

Through this partnership, IO will provide StarHub with its pioneering data centre modules that allow the latter to drive higher efficiency, manage costs and increase speed to market, to meet customer requirements. Using IO’s data centre platform as one of the key building blocks in its enterprise offerings, StarHub can now offer a full suite of end-to-end enterprise network solutions integrated with “StarHub Data Centre Powered by IO”.

The additional level of security that IO is able to deliver will also benefit StarHub’s new and existing customers — such as those in the Financial Services Industry (FSI), media and IT — to which security is paramount. The data centre forms a pivotal part of StarHub’s comprehensive suite of next-generation network solutions, from connectivity, high-speed Internet, enterprise-grade security, media/video management solutions and managed network services that meet customers’ critical needs on security, scalability and speed.

IO has developed data centre modules that are integrated with the IO.OS® data centre operating system. The powerful combination, known as Intelligent Control®, enables companies to deploy a data centre at any location and analyse performance metrics across the IT equipment and support infrastructure.

This, coupled with StarHub’s enterprise solutions will offer customers superior visibility to remotely monitor and manage their network solutions via IO.OS. Customers also have access to a wide range of StarHub service dashboards, such as Low Latency Network, Managed Services, Distributed Denial of Service Protect, Content Delivery Network and Web Application Firewall.

“StarHub is one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers. We are very pleased that StarHub trusts IO Singapore to deliver the most technologically advanced data centre services and solutions to their customers. We are excited to have an industry leader like StarHub as a partner and look forward to expanding the relationship,” said Mr George D. Slessman, IO chief executive officer and product architect.

“Companies today require a non-traditional data centre solution that is able to easily scale, to rapidly support their business growth. StarHub is pleased to partner with IO to deliver a state-of-the-art, software-defined data centre solution that is highly scalable and secure, and can be deployed just-in-time to help our clients to reduce costs and operate more efficiently,” said Mr Tan Tong Hai, CEO of StarHub.

To-date, several companies in the financial, media and IT sectors are using the “StarHub Data Centre powered by IO” solution.

About IO

Founded in 2007, IO is a worldwide leader in software defined data centre technology, services and solutions that enable businesses and governments to intelligently control their information.

About StarHub

StarHub is Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G, 3G and 2G services. It also manages an islandwide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans along with a host of advanced media-rich value-added services, such as IPTV for commercial entities.

Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in ‘hubbing’ – the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and the MSCI Singapore Free Index.

IO, the IO logo and all other IO trademarks are owned by IO Data Centers, LLC and its affiliates. © 2014.

Media Contacts:

Lauren Rosenblum

Pinchian Oong
PR for IO, Porter Novelli

Cassie Fong
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Mobile: +65-9101-2211
DID: +65-6825-5165

Source: IO

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September 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Avnet Opens Asia Registration for X-fest 2014

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-X-fest technical seminars for the design engineering community to take place in 15 cities across Asia in 2014

HONG KONG, Sept.17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, a business region of Avnet, Inc.(NYSE: AVT), has announced that registration for X-Fest 2014 in Asia will open on September 9. The biennial X-fest technical workshops, which have become an important education resource for the design engineering community, will be held in 15 cities across Asia this year with seminars that offer practical, how-to training for FPGA, SoC, DSP, and embedded systems designers.

The X-fest seminar series offers free, full day, how-to training for system designers targeting Xilinx® All Programmable products. X-fest will run from September 2014 through January 2015 in 37 cities around the globe. Registration for workshops in Asia, held from Nov 4 to Dec 16 across 15 cities, will be available from Sept 9 via This year, the workshops will take place in 6 markets across the Asia, including Mainland China (9 cities), Taiwan (2 cities), Korea, India, Australia and Singapore. Avnet has created a short video to give engineers a preview of the event. The video can be viewed here:

This year’s X-fest program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx’s All Programmable devices, including the newly introduced UltraScale™ product family. Participants can choose up to four courses from any of the three educational tracks: Zynq and the Internet of Things (IoT), Design Essentials, and Techniques and Applications. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and view hands-on product demonstrations featuring real-world solutions from top suppliers including Analog Devices Inc., STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity and Texas Instruments.

“As we open registration for our 2014/2015 global X-fest seminar series, I think back to our very first X-fest program 20 years ago,” said Tim Barber, Senior Vice President, Design Chain Business Development, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “At the time, social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old and the world hadn’t even heard of a smartphone. So much has changed, but one thing that has remained constant is Avnet’s commitment to harnessing the power of our broad ecosystem of suppliers to provide engineers with the state-of-the-art products, tools and training they need to bring groundbreaking new devices to market,” he explained. “We are excited to start a new X-fest season, bringing a fresh slate of instructional programs and innovative product introductions to our customers.”

“As a lead sponsor for X-fest 2014, Xilinx is working closely with Avnet to deploy yet another successful X-fest program in the fall,” said Chris Henry, Vice President of Sales Operations at Xilinx. “X-fest is a great vehicle for thousands of design engineers to expand their knowledge of Xilinx’s All Programmable products and best in class application design.”

Due to ever-increasing demand for these practical training programs, the event has been expanded to cover more cities worldwide. To view full course descriptions, locations and registration information, visit the X-fest 2014 website.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is the leading electronics component distributor in Asia. With its regional headquarters in Singapore, the company has offices in more than 50 locations in Asia. Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia distributes semiconductors, interconnects, passive and electromechanical components to serve a wide range of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and provides associated design-chain and supply-chain services. More information is available at

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit

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In Singapore:

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Associate Director
Marketing Communications

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September 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Calibrate Recruitment rebrands as en world Australia

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-en world Australia rebrand strengthens customer service and expands executive search services into Asia-Pacific.

SYDNEY, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — en world (President: Craig Saphin) recruits specialist and managerial talent for globally minded companies from 15 offices in 8 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It has announced the rebranding of Calibrate Recruitment, which joined en world in June 2012, to “en world Australia,” effective October 1, 2014.

Headquartered in Sydney, Calibrate Recruitment has a history of more than 20 years in executive, permanent and contract recruitment services in engineering, IT and technical domains. Since joining en world, it has broadened its services to encompass sales & marketing, supply chain and Accounting and Finance recruitment.

The rebrand to “en world Australia,” demonstrates the commitment to the en world mission of “bringing the best people together” to both employers and customers in Australia. Customers will benefit from heightened services and coordinated teamwork from offices in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam(Navigos Search), and India (New Era Consultancy). en world Australia is also developing executive search services utilising shared APAC databases to facilitate the introduction of senior executives to regional level management roles

Tony Horrocks, General Manager of en world Australia, commented: “The rebranding to ‘en world Australia,’ will allow us to enhance our strong reputation, built over the last 20 years, as a preferred recruitment services firm with current loyal customers, as well as supporting customers and candidates who are interested in expanding their global reach.”

Geoff Cooper, Managing Director of en world Australia, added: “Local databases are no longer sufficient to source the best talent for regional roles. In addition to sending a unified message to our customers, the rebranding will allow us to offer more choices of services based on using the shared resources across eight countries as a single platform. We will also be expanding our successful Australian executive search offering across APAC, strengthening our ability to support our customer’s critical senior hiring needs.”

en world Australia Pty Ltd.
Level 1, 1 Chandos Street
St Leonards, NSW 2065
Telephone: +61-2-9431-6500
Facsimile: +61-2-9901-3811

Media Contact:
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September 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

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Global Diamond Demand Reaches Record Levels

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-Report highlights need for industry investment to sustain future success

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Global demand for diamond jewellery reached a record high ofUS$79 billion in 2013 according to the inaugural Diamond Insight Report, published today by The De Beers Group of Companies.

Demand is expected to continue to grow over the long-term, driven by the ongoing economic recovery in the US (the world’s largest diamond jewellery market) and the growth of the middle classes in developing markets such asChina and India. Sales of polished diamonds in the US increased seven per cent in 2013, while both India andChina have seen their domestic diamond jewellery markets grow by a compound annual growth rate of 12 per cent in local currency terms between 2008 and 2013.

The report cautions that while diamonds retain their special allure with consumers around the world, future demand levels cannot be taken for granted. The overall category is facing increasingly strong and sophisticated competition from other luxury categories, with diamonds’ share of advertising voice in the US market having reduced within its competitive set.

Global rough diamond production in 2013 increased by seven per cent in carat terms over 2012 levels to a total of around 145 million carats. However, this remains well below the 2005 peak of around 175 million carats. The report further highlights that a forecast reduction in supply from existing sources will likely not be matched by new production coming on-stream in the years ahead and diamond supply is expected to plateau in the second half of the decade before declining from 2020 onwards.

Meanwhile, as mining moves deeper into the earth and towards more remote locations, the extraction process is becoming increasingly complex and costly. The three principal input costs — labour, electricity and diesel — have all seen increases well above local inflation levels in the main diamond producing countries over the last decade and this trend is set to continue.

Substantial investment will be required in diamond production, technology and branding, marketing and retail standards if the industry is to sustain its recent levels of success into the future, the report says.

The report also reveals that:

  • China is the world’s fastest growing market for diamond jewellery sales, with the number of diamond jewellery retail doors in the country increasing by almost 30 per cent between 2010 and 2013.
  • Online has become an increasingly important channel for the diamond industry. Over one in six diamond jewellery purchases in the US was made online in 2013 and in China the internet is already used by a quarter of acquirers for research purposes before purchase.
  • Diamonds were a major contributor to the economic performance of producing nations in 2013. In Botswana, diamonds represented more than 25 per cent of GDP and over 75 per cent of overall exports, whereas inNamibia they represented eight per cent of GDP and almost 20 per cent of all exports.

Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group, said: “Consumer demand remains the one true source of value for the diamond industry. With demand forecast to increase further from 2013’s record levels, the opportunity for growth is clear. But this must not be seen as cause for complacency. The industry will continue to lose ground to other categories if it does not invest significantly in production, marketing and technology.”


The Diamond Insight Report 2014 is available for download at:

Video and audio footage of De Beers Group Chief Executive, Philippe Mellier, discussing the Insight Report is downloadable here:


De Beers is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as contractors) across the diamond pipeline, and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada,Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers,

John Stanley


Source: De Beers Group

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