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Campari Reveals Stunning 2015 Campari Calendar Cover Image and Unveils Official Launch Date for 2015 Edition

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MILAN /PRNewswire/ — Today, Campari® proudly unveils the cover image for the 2015 Calendar, entitled ‘Mythology Mixology’ and can also confirm that the official unveil date for the next edition will be the 5thNovember 2014.

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The iconic Calendar cover image features this year’s stunning leading lady, Eva Green, wearing a beautiful custom-made red gown poised against Campari’s wheel of time. The wheel symbolises the key dates in Campari’s rich and colourful past, where 12 of its most iconic and best-loved cocktail recipes were born. Whilst these intriguing stories journey through Campari’s glorious over 150 year history to date, the collection also has a distinct contemporary feel that challenges fans to look to the future and imagine the endless possibilities for this timeless spirit brand.

Eva’s striking stance entices fans in to join her on an imaginative journey of discovery, as the dazzling heroine leads us through a contemporary reinterpretation of the brand’s history and celebrates the classic cocktail recipes that are still so popular in today’s modern world.

The Calendar was shot by the worldwide acclaimed and exhibited fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first ever woman to get behind the lens on the Campari Calendar.

The Campari Calendar, of which only 9,999 copies are printed, will not go on sale but will be distributed to friends of Campari around the world.

Campari fans can follow the journey on social media and get involved in the action at #CampariCalendar. Here, they can discover all of the Calendar imagery and will be able to watch behind the scenes footage across the Campari feeds, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

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October 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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Gulfstream Introduces New Aircraft Family

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– All-New Gulfstream G500 And G600 Optimize Speed, Cabin Comfort And Efficiency, Introduce Industry-Leading Safety Technologies

SAVANNAH, Ga. /PRNewswire/ — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

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Gulfstream announced the clean-sheet aircraft before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot mockup of the G600.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of General Dynamics’ consistent and disciplined investment in both Gulfstream’s research and development and manufacturing facilities,” said Novakovic. “The effect of that investment is manifest in the two airplanes we announced today.”

The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.

“This is another extraordinary day in the storied history of Gulfstream,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “I could not be more pleased to announce the next generation of Gulfstream aircraft. The G500 and G600 build upon the technology present in our G650 and our latest aircraft, the G650ER. Once again, our customers played a major role in the development and creation of these aircraft. The G500 and G600 continue the long Gulfstream tradition of being the first original equipment manufacturer to ensure an optimal combination of speed, range, wide-cabin comfort and fuel burn.”

Wide-Cabin Comfort
The cabins for the G500 and G600 are distinguished by their wide cross-sections, which maximize passenger comfort and aircraft performance.

The finished cabin of each aircraft, which measure 91 inches/213 centimeters wide and 74 in/188 cm tall, provide wide-cabin comfort with considerable head room and shoulder room for passengers. Carrying up to 19 passengers each, the G500 has three living areas, and the G600 has up to four, as well as an optional crew rest. Both aircraft have forward and aft lavatories and include a full-size galley that can be located in either the forward or aft portion of the aircraft. Ample storage space is also prevalent in the baggage compartment, which has 175 cubic feet/5.0 cu meters of usable volume.

Both aircraft feature an industry-leading cabin altitude of 4,850 ft/1,578 m at FL510 and 100 percent fresh air that boosts mental alertness and productivity while reducing fatigue. The quietest cabins in the industry provide an ideal environment for work-related discussion or social conversation. Large oval windows, the same size as those on the G650, allow natural light to pour into the cabins.

All-New Symmetry Flight Deck With Touchscreens And Active Control Sidesticks
Gulfstream’s revolutionary new Symmetry™ Flight Deck is the most advanced, stylish, comfortable and intuitive in business aviation. The cutting-edge technology comes in the form of active control sidesticks (ACSs), integrated touchscreen controllers, a next-generation enhanced vision system (EVS) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.

The industry-first ACSs offer enhanced safety and situational awareness over passive sticks through tactile feedback. With electronic linking of the ACSs, the pilot and co-pilot can see and feel each other’s control inputs, which helps improve pilot coordination in the cockpit.

“The active control sidesticks enable both pilots to be consistently on the same page, enhancing safety,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Engineering, Programs and Test, Gulfstream. “No other business aircraft on the market has this feature.”

Adding to the pilots’ more intuitive interaction with the aircraft are 10 integrated touchscreens, which will be used for system controls, flight management, communication, checklists and monitoring weather and flight information.

The G500 and G600 incorporate a third-generation Gulfstream EVS, the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display system and Head-Up Display II.

Similar to the G650 and G650ER, the G500 and G600 offer a full three-axis digital fly-by-wire system with benefits that include flight-envelope protection, stability augmentation, increased redundancy and reduced maintenance.

Speed is one of the biggest differentiators. The G500 and G600 can fly at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, saving operators up to an hour per flight versus flying at Mach 0.80.

The G500 and G600 are powered by versions of the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 series engine. The PW800 delivers excellent fuel efficiency, fewer emissions and engine noise, and has a 10,000-hour time between overhaul with no midlife inspection for lower operating cost.

The combination of the new PW800 engines and the Gulfstream-designed wing result in industry-leading fuel efficiency for both the G500 and G600.

Manufacturing for the G500 and G600 will be done at two new purpose-built facilities in Savannah. Gulfstream will produce the wings and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers for each aircraft.

The first flight of the G500 is scheduled for 2015. Gulfstream projects it will receive type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency in 2017 and begin deliveries in 2018.

The G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to 18 months after the G500’s, and entry-into-service is projected to be in 2019.

“The G500 and G600 are tremendous additions to our family of aircraft, filling a niche in an already extensive product line,” Flynn said. “In 2008, we introduced two game-changers in business aviation, the G650 and G280. Now, six years later, we’re introducing another pair of revolutionary aircraft, the G500 and G600. Thank you to all of our employees for making this possible. Those who build, design, develop, sell, market, service and support our aircraft — you are the best in the business.”

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,200 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G150™, the Gulfstream G280™, the Gulfstream G450™, the Gulfstream G550™, the Gulfstream G500™, the Gulfstream G600™, the Gulfstream G650™ and the Gulfstream G650ER™. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales™. The company employs more than 15,000 people at 12 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at

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Source: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

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October 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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Huf Brings New Painting Facility in Tennessee into Operation

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VELBERT, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp., a member of the Huf Group, began operation of its new paint facility in Greeneville, Tennessee (U.S.A.). The existing factory was extended with an addition of 5,300 square meters. For the purpose of process optimization, it will house automated paint application facilities, as well as plastic injection molding.

The new plant has the capacity to produce around 12.5 million door handles per year. With its five existing painting locations in Europe and China, Huf has become one of the most significant providers of painted door handles. InChina, every fourth vehicle produced there comes with Huf door handles. The new paint plant – which also offers plastic injection molding, a pressure foundry, electronics production, and assembly – means that the Huf vertical range of production on the American continent now equals that in Europe and Asia. “For around 75 years, we’ve produced door handles for the automotive industry, and in the mid-1980s, we were among the first to provide painted plastic door handles – at that point for Opel. Since then we’ve constantly expanded our knowledge of this technology, and today in Tennessee, we’ve brought one of the most modern plants into operation,” says CEOUlrich Hulsbeck.

With the new plant in operation, the Huf Group has the capacity to produce 72.5 million door handles worldwide per year for its customers in the automotive industry. “We produce door handles for vehicles from all prominent manufacturers, including brands such as Rolls Royce, Mercedes and BMW, but also for many vehicles from Ford, VW, Chrysler/ Fiat, GM, as well as Hyundai and Kia.” A further paint plant is currently being constructed in Pune, India, in order to supply automotive manufacturers there. Beginning in 2015, Huf plans to paint around 3.5 million door handles there.

About Huf Hulsbeck & Furst

Huf Hulsbeck & Furst develops and produces mechanical and electronic locking systems, door handle systems, driver authorization systems, passive entry systems, and car access authorization systems, as well as systems for tailgates and rear doors, tire pressure monitoring systems, and telematic systems.

Huf was founded in 1908 in Velbert, Germany, and it first began supplying locks and locking systems to Mercedes-Benz in 1920. Today Huf has around 7,000 employees worldwide, with locations in 14 countries. Over 400 development engineers work in offices in Germany, the U.S., Korea, Romania, India, and China. In 2013, the Huf Group achieved revenue of 1.1 billion euros.

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For further information, contact:
Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
Steeger Strasse 17 • 42551 Velbert / Germany
Ute J. Hoppe, Director Corporate Communications
Tel. +49-(0)2051/ 272-572

Source: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst

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October 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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PepsiCo Earns Red Dot: Client of the Year 2014 Honors

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— Global Food & Beverage Giant to be Feted on October 24th at Annual Gala Celebration in Berlin

ESSEN, Germany /PRNewswire/ — It’s that time of year again – October 24th, the design industry will gather to celebrate the winners of the annual Red Dot Design Awards, honoring the best and brightest companies, individuals and campaigns in international design. This year the ultimate prize for companies — “Red Dot: Client of the Year” — is awarded to PepsiCo for the corporation’s design ethos and output in 2014. PepsiCo garners nine awards total and marks the first time in Red Dot history that the “Red Dot: Client of the Year” designation will go to a non-automotive company.

PepsiCo’s success is a testament to how seamlessly the company has integrated design thinking with business know-how to craft truly next-generation marketing, communication and innovation platforms. A prime example is Red Dot winning Pepsi Spire — a portfolio of innovative equipment, which PepsiCo rolled out earlier this year, and which won for Interactive Installation. Pepsi Spire consists of a series of modern touchscreen units that allow consumers to create more than 200 customized flavors and personalized beverages in a fun and engaging environment from PepsiCo’s diverse portfolio of carbonated and non-carbonated offerings.

“For more than 100 years, PepsiCo has impressed the world with entertaining adverts, modern campaigns and unforgettable slogans. Time after time, PepsiCo showed the courage to break new ground and conquer the market in an innovative way. This continuity builds trust with consumers, customers and partners and makes PepsiCo an attractive company with foresight in the creative industry. The company won over our strict jury in several disciplines and is an excellent and deserving Red Dot: Client of the Year,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.

In all, PepsiCo has earned nine awards for:

  • Pepsi Big Bold Blue: Brand Design & Identity
  • Pepsi Big Bold Blue: Packaging Design
  • Pepsi Premium (Masstige) Aluminum Bottle Packaging Design
  • Tostitos Party Zone Spatial Communication/Event Design
  • Pepsi Spire 2.0 : Interactive Installation
  • Pepsi Iconic Refreshment: Advertising Campaign
  • Pepsi Iconic Refreshment: Posters
  • Pepsi Iconic Refreshment: Illustrations
  • Walker TigerNuts : Packaging Design

PepsiCo Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini will accept the “Client of the Year” honor on stage in the Konzerthaus in Berlin in front of more than 1,200 guests. Afterward, the Designers’ Night will take place in the E-Werk in Berlin, where the award-winners, jury members and friends of design will come together to celebrate this year’s competition and winners.

“We’re honored and thrilled to be this year’s recipients of the Red Dot: Client of the Year award,” said Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo Chief Design Officer. “Our international design team and partners from around the world work tirelessly to push the boundaries of design-led innovation, surprise and delight consumers and customers, and affect people’s lives with the products and experiences PepsiCo brings to market every day. It’s incredibly gratifying to all of us to be recognized for this work by such a prestigious organization.”

With 16 categories that range from Brand Identity and Visual Systems to Game Design and Social Responsibility every year, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design dates back to 1993. The “Red Dot: Client of the Year” title has been awarded since 2010 to companies that place a special emphasis on the skills of designers and their creative output. This is the first time that the sought-after “Client of the Year” designation, which is nominated-based by an international jury, will be bestowed on a company from the food and beverage industry, with automotive companies having a virtual stranglehold on the prize in the past. Other winners include Audi and Mercedes.

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About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit

About the Red Dot Design Award:
The Red Dot Design Award is one of the biggest design competitions. It received more than 16,500 applications from over 70 countries in 2014 alone. The “Red Dot” is established internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design and is awarded in three different disciplines: product design, communication design and design concepts. Well-known designers and design experts from across the globe are handpicked to guarantee as much objectivity as possible in the selection of the winning products, communication works or concepts.

Source: PepsiCo

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October 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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33 Billion Internet Devices By 2020: Four Connected Devices for Every Person in the World, Says Strategy Analytics

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— Internet of Things, Smart Home and Wearables Will Drive Next Growth Wave

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 12 billion internet-connected devices will be in use worldwide by the end of 2014, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. That is equivalent to 1.7 devices for every person on the planet, a ratio which will rise to 4.3 by 2020, when 33 billion devices will be in use. The report, “Connected World: The Internet of Things and Connected Devices in 2020”, quantifies the scale of the connected device opportunity across the Internet of Things (IoT), smart home, smartphones, PCs, tablets, smart TVs, internet media devices and wearable devices.

Global Internet Device Installed Base Forecast
Global Internet Device Installed Base Forecast

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  • Traditional connected devices like PCs, smartphones and tablets now account for less than a third of all connected devices in use.
  • Emerging categories alone will connect an additional 17.6 billion devices to the internet by 2020.
  • The Internet of Things is leading to rapid growth in new categories like M2M, smart objects, smart grid and smart cities.

“Back in 2007 PCs accounted for two thirds of internet devices – now it’s only 10 per cent,” notes David Mercer, Principal Analyst and the report’s joint author. “The impact of the internet on daily lives has increased rapidly in recent years. Huge growth potential still lies ahead, in terms of both the number of devices relying on internet connectivity and its geographic reach.”

“The Internet of Things has already connected five billion devices and we are only at the beginning of this revolution”, says Andrew Brown, Executive Director and the report’s joint author. “Smart cities and smart grid are just two of the ways in which the internet of things will touch everyone’s lives over the coming years and decades.”

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 Contacts:

Contacts: David Mercer, +44 1908 423610,
Andrew Brown, +44 1908 423 630,

US Contact:
Karen Donnellan, 617 614 0741,

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October 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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Siam Piwat joins giant retailers in world’s popular tourist destinations to launch Global Privilege Partnership campaign — the first of its kind in Thailand’s retail sector

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., the owner of Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Paradise Park has joined five giant retailers in the world’s popular tourist destinations: South Korea’s Lotte, Hong Kong Times Square in the People’s Republic of China, Robinsons of Singapore, Sapporo Parco of Japan and Galleries Lafayette of France; in welcoming the festive season with the launch of a massive international campaign called Global Privilege Partnership. The campaign offers local and international shoppers the ultimate shopping experiences and above average privileges, representing the first such phenomenon inThailand’s retail sector and strengthening Siam Piwat’s leadership in creating different experiences for the consumer right where the heart is.

Siam Piwat's Mayuree Chaipromprasith (center) together with representatives from Robinsons Department Store of Singapore, Lotte Department Store of South Korea and Hong Kong Times Square at the Global Privilege Partnership launch
Siam Piwat’s Mayuree Chaipromprasith (center) together with representatives from Robinsons Department Store of Singapore, Lotte Department Store of South Korea and Hong Kong Times Square at the Global Privilege Partnership launch

Mrs. Mayuree Chaipromprasith, Senior Vice President for Business Promotion, Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., said that with a strategy to position itself as thought-leader in Thailand’s retail property sector focusing on offering in our project novel concept, new retail businesses and a wide range of trendy lifestyle concepts that are the first inThailand, and some even also in the world marketing activities of Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Paradise Park are focused on creating marketing spectacles — experiences that are Thailand firsts or world-class experiences as well as above average, impressive services offering local and international visitors different experiences that are close to hearts to warrant repeated visits to Siam Piwat’s shopping venues.

First time in Thailand’s retail sector with Global Privilege Partnership

Mrs. Mayuree said, “Siam Piwat is very pleased to lead the campaign and to be trusted by the five retailers who selected Siam Piwat as their exclusive partners to represent them in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) across the borders to ensure cardholders enjoy maximum benefits. Siam Piwat sees working together in the form of partnership and collaboration as a way to develop a mechanism to stimulate more international consumer spending in Thailand. At present, the majority of visitors to Siam Piwat’s shopping venues are of the B group and higher. They have high purchasing power, love to travel, live a modern lifestyle, are into trendy innovations and expect above average services. These people are the same as the target groups of the five international partners which are South Korea’s Lotte, Hong Kong Times Square, Robinsons of Singapore, Sapporo Parco of Japan and Galleries Lafayette in France.  Therefore, the campaign is expected to attract card members of the five partners to Siam Piwat’s retail venues.  The company expects a total of 400,000 visitors a year through the campaign, which should generate THB 6 billion annually in consumer spending. The Global Privilege Partnership has the largest number of leading countries working together.  Not only will it serve to grow traffic to Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery, but it also offers value for money in terms of benefits and privileges enjoyed by members of Platinum M Card for shoppers at Siam Paragon and VIZ Card for shoppers at Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Paradise Park.  The campaign is a driving phenomenon to invigorate Thailand’s retail sector while attracting visitors to Thailand to generate consumer spending and revenues for the country.”

By offering premium privileges to Platinum M Card and VIZ Card members as well as holders of member cards issued by the five international partners, shoppers will enjoy benefits, including 5-50% discounts from more than 2,000 stores in the five popular destinations and VIP service as they would have in their countries.  Among the services are personal assistants on hand to give members tips at the partner shopping venues, welcome gifts worth more than THB 3,000 and what is a must is an Exclusive Lounge with a wide range of beverages. The campaign is available now and Siam Piwat is expected to expand it to include five more countries within 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Public Relations Department of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.
Natthanan Ussaneemas
Tel. +662-658-1000 ext. 2273

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Source: Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.

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October 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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New Holland Agriculture, a Brand of CNH Industrial, Sets New GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) Title for Most Wheat Harvested Within Eight Hours by a Combine

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— The CR10.90 combine harvester from New Holland Agriculture, a world class manufacturer of agricultural machinery, has achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most wheat harvested within eight hours. The machine, the world’s most powerful at 653 horsepower, harvested 797.656 tonnes of wheat in just eight hours.

BASILDON, United Kingdom /PRNewswire/ — A wheat field in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom set the scene for New Holland Agriculture, a brand of CNH Industrial, to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. This latest record was achieved using a CR10.90 combine harvester, a machine used for harvesting crops, which is built to literally ‘combine’ the reaping and threshing processes.

In the span of eight hours, the CR10.90 harvested 797.656 tonnes of wheat: the equivalent of some 28 articulated truck trailer loads.

Launched in July 2014, the world’s most powerful combine (with maximum power of 653 horsepower) is built at the New Holland Agriculture Centre of Harvesting Excellence in Zedelgem, Belgium. It is the world’s first Class 10 rotary combine and is equipped with Twin Rotor® technology, which was developed by New Holland 40 years ago.

On the day the record was set, the CR10.90’s average output was 99.7 tonnes per hour and peaked at 135 tonnes per hour in a crop yielding an average of 9.95 tonnes per hectare. The record was achieved using only 1.12 litres of fuel per tonne of grain harvested. The extra-long 10 metre unloading auger (used for transferring grain from the combine into a trailer) and super-fast unloading speed of 142 litres per minute made grain handling even easier. The model used to set the record was also equipped with IntelliSteer™ fully integrated auto guidance which ensures an accuracy of 1-2 centimetres. This optimises the effectiveness of the 13.7 metre 840CD draper-header, the essential part which cuts the grain and transports it into the combine for threshing.

“The Guinness World Records title has further reinforced the CR10.90 combine as New Holland’s flagship harvesting product, and cemented its position as the leading combine harvester,” said Carlo Lambro, Brand President of New Holland Agriculture, upon hearing the news.

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CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate

For more information contact:

Laura Overall

Alessia Domanico

Corporate Communications Manager

Corporate Communications Officer

CNH Industrial

CNH Industrial

Tel. +44 (0)1268 292 468

Tel: +44 (0)1268 292 992



Source: CNH Industrial N.V.

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October 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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SunEdison Renewable Operations Center Portfolio Surpasses 3 Gigawatts

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— Monitoring, Field Service and Asset Management Business Doubles in Less Than One Year; Growth Driven by SunEdison Projects and Third-Party Contracts

BELMONT, Calif., Oct  /PRNewswire/ — SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that its Global Services Division has reached an important milestone, surpassing 3 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity globally. The Global Services Division provides a portfolio of service offerings, including Asset Management, Monitoring and Operations and Maintenance. Its operations are managed out of Belmont (California), Chennai (India) and Madrid (Spain).

“2014 has been a strong year for our service business, with growth in third party clients as well as SunEdison’s own projects,” said Mark McLanahan, president, Global Services, SunEdison. “Our reputation for delivering best-in-class results and putting customers first is extending beyond our manufacturing, finance, and interconnection expertise to include long-term management relationships. We take the responsibility of ensuring plant performance and revenue management very seriously and are honored that so many customers choose to work with us.”

SunEdison Global Services uses a sophisticated platform of monitoring hardware and software tools to remotely detect anomalies in system performance and to determine the best course of corrective action. In many instances, issues can be immediately resolved through remote management. In cases that require on-site expertise, SunEdison relies on its team of highly trained field services technicians, who are experts in all facets of solar power plant operations. With over 190 technicians located on 6 continents, SunEdison has one of the largest field service teams in the industry.

Asset management, another critical function of SunEdison’s Global Services Division, is particularly important for solar investors. With the myriad of local regulations and multitude of finance structures, understanding asset performance is a complex discipline requiring a unique mix of technical, financial and solar expertise. As one of the world’s top 5 solar service companies, SunEdison asset managers are trusted by leading investment firms.

“Macquarie Infrastructure Company has made a significant investment in contracted power generation using solar PV technology, and we count on SunEdison to ensure the stable and predictable long-term returns that define this asset class,” said Bill Green, CEO MIC Renewable Energy Holdings, a division of Macquarie Infrastructure Company and SunEdison Global Services client. “We trust SunEdison to manage our five solar plants because they understand what it’s like to be an owner. They constantly deploy new tools to ensure that our plants perform well and that we receive operating data in an efficient fashion.”

The SunEdison Global Services offerings include:

  • Data Acquisition, Monitoring and Response, Field Dispatch, and Reporting
  • Field Service: preventative, corrective, and site maintenance
  • Asset/Portfolio Management: contract compliance, customer billing, accounting, treasury, warranty

About SunEdison
SunEdison is a global leader in transforming how energy is generated, distributed and owned. SunEdison manufactures solar technology and develops, finances, installs and operates distributed solar power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity and services to its residential, commercial, government and utility consumers. SunEdison also provides 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services for hundreds of solar systems worldwide via the company’s Renewable Operation Center (ROC). SunEdison has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, India and Asia. SunEdison’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol “SUNE.” To learn more visit

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October 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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Radisson Red Launches in Asia Pacific With First Hotel in China

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Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan will open in 2016

HONG KONG, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, kicks off the Asia Pacific launch of its new Radisson Red hotel brand with the signing of Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan inNortheast China. This hotel will be the first Radisson Red hotel signing in the world. The capital of Liaoning Province, Shenyang is a commercial and industrial hub known for its car manufacturing. The city is also a popular tourist destination with historical and cultural attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage sites Shenyang Imperial Palace, Fu Mausoleum and Zhao Mausoleum.

The 300-key Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan is part of a twin hotel development which includes Radisson Blu Shenyang, located in the CBD of Hunnan New District, within Shenyang National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, which is home to almost 6,000 enterprises. The hotel is surrounded by high-density commercial developments and is also close to Shenyang International Exhibition Center, the Sports Stadium and ShenyangInternational Airport, the largest in Northeast China, with connections to 70 Chinese cities and 11 international destinations. Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan is expected to open in 2016.

“The signing of Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan marks an important milestone for the Radisson Red brand, being the first in the world. We expect to see Radisson Red feature significantly in our portfolio growth in China, as well as across the region, as the brand has a strong relevance to the growing segment of millennial-minded travelers and a compelling value proposition for hotel owners and investors. Of the global target of 60 by 2020, we are confident that half of it will be in Asia Pacific. This new addition to our China portfolio further strengthens our commitment toChina. We will be growing our presence in China, from 13 hotels currently in operation to 41 within the next three years,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Radisson Red is Carlson Rezidor’s lifestyle elect brand that is targeting the fast-changing consumer demands in the world. Radisson Red introduces a new hotel concept where the focus is on design and detail, choice, personal interaction and technology. At a Radisson Red hotel, guests arrive in the Hi All Gallery where art is integrated into the overall design. The food and beverage outlets, Ouibar and the 24-hour Redeli, are connected, open and social spaces that set the scene for interaction.

Radisson Red is a non-traditional hotel brand that will deliver an upscale guest experience while offering hotel owners a lower per-key construction cost and lower operating costs than traditional upscale hotels, as a result of a multifunctional approach to design and efficient space planning. Radisson Red hotels can be new builds or conversions located in metropolitan cities, resort destinations, airports or mixed used developments in urban and suburban areas. In addition to cost-effectiveness and efficiency, the brand also offers hotel owners flexibility in terms of operating models.

“Carlson Rezidor has proven to be the right partner, delivering strong financial returns for our hotel. We are pleased to partner with them to establish the first Radisson Red in the world. We are very confident of the strong investment potential of Radisson Red. It is a forward-looking brand that caters to the new breed of global travelers. Radisson Red gives us the opportunity to capture this important and growing segment and we are pleased to have the first-mover advantage,” said Mdm Lv Li Hua, of Shenyang New Times Investment Co., Ltd, which owns Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan, as well as Radisson Blu Shenyang Hunnan.

The signing of Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan was announced during the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong, where Carlson Rezidor also showcased Quorvus Collection to potential partners. Quorvus Collection is a new generation of expertly curated luxury hotels that are inspired by the lifestyles and sensibilities of the contemporary global traveler. Quorvus Collection appeals to the young luxury consumer, the trendsetters who are socially, culturally and creatively aware, and who favor authenticity and exclusivity. Quorvus Collection hotels are distinctive, iconic properties that celebrate the culture of their location and recognize that luxury is not a pre-determined style or specification but an emotionally-driven experience. The portfolio will include historic landmark properties, contemporary residences, classic boutiques and urban retreats. The first members of Quorvus Collection are The May Fair Hotel London, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh and the Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,350 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

Contact details

Tracy Lui, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +65 9839 4095 |

Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 |

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Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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October 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

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MediaTek Launches MT6735 — Mainstream WorldMode(TM) Smartphone Platform

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-By adding CDMA2000, MediaTek accomplishes WorldMode modem capability in a single platform and meets wireless operator requirements globally; putting advanced yet affordable smartphones into the hands of consumers
HSINCHU, October 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced a new 64-bit mobile system on chip (SoC), MT6735, incorporating the modem and RF needs of wireless operators globally. By offering a unified mobile platform, MediaTek is enabling its customers to develop on the MT6735 and sell mobile devices globally, thereby creating significant R&D cost savings and economies of scale in manufacturing. The MT6735 builds upon MediaTek’s existing line-up of mainstream LTE platforms by adding the critical WorldMode modem capability.

The MT6735 incorporates four 64-bit ARM® Cortex®-A53 processors, delivering significantly higher performance than Cortex-A7 for a premium mobile computing experience, driving greater choice of smart devices at affordable prices for consumers. As projected, MediaTek sees a continued consolidation of smartphones into a very large mid-range, termed by MediaTek as the “Super-mid market”.

“The MT6735 is a breakthrough product from MediaTek,” said Jeffrey Ju, SVP and General Manager of Wireless Communication at MediaTek. “With CDMA2000, we offer global reach, driving high performance technology into the hands of users everywhere. We also strongly believe that as LTE becomes mainstream in all markets, the processing power must be consistently high to ensure the best possible user experience. That’s why 64-bit CPUs and CorePilot™ technology are standard features across all of our LTE solutions.”

“MediaTek wants to make the world a more inclusive place, where the best, fully-connected user experiences do not mean expensive,” said Johan Lodenius, Chief Marketing Officer for MediaTek. “We are committed to creating powerful devices that accelerate the transformation of the global market and strive to put high-quality technology in the hands of everyone.”

The MT6735 platform includes:

Next-Generation 64-bit Mobile Computing System

•Quad-core, up to 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processors with MediaTek’s leading CorePilot multi-processor control system, providing a performance boost for mainstream mobile devices
•Mali-T720 GPU with support for the Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs and premium graphics for gaming and UI effects
Advanced Multimedia Features

•Supports low-power, 1080p, 30fps video playback on the emerging video codec standard H.265 and legacy H.264 and 1080p, 30fps H.264 video recording
•Integrated 13MP camera image signal processor with support for unique features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), VIV (Video in Video) and Video Face Beautifier
•Display support up to HD 1280×720 resolution with MediaTek MiraVision™ technology for DTV-grade picture quality
Integrated 4G LTE WorldMode Modem & RF

•Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink)
•3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+ (42 Mb/s downlink, 11 Mb/s uplink), TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks
•CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev. A
•Comprehensive RF support (B1 to B41) and the ability to mix multiple low-, mid-, and high bands for a global roaming solution
Integrated Connectivity Solutions

•Supports dual-band Wi-Fi to effortlessly connect to a wide array of wireless routers and enable new applications like video sharing over Miracast
•Bluetooth 4.0, supporting low-power connection to fitness gadgets, wearables and other accessories, such as Bluetooth headsets
MT6735 is sampling to early customers in Q4, 2014, with the first commercial devices to be available in Q2, 2015.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True Octa-core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius®. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:

Kristin Taylor, MediaTek
2860 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95134, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886-3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

Source: MediaTek Inc.

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October 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

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