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Celebrating World Habitat Day with Borneo Blitz Build 2014

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Procter & Gamble among volunteers to construct homes for low-income families in Sarawak.


KUCHING, Malaysia, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Procter & Gamble (P&G) Malaysia employees, along with other volunteers, built houses for low-income families at the Borneo Blitz Build 2014. The 6-day build initiative, organised and led by Habitat for Humanity Malaysia — Kuching Affiliate from 14th to 19th of September 2014, saw the construction of 14 houses on a piece of donated land at Jalan Stephen Yong, together with access to sanitation facilities and clear water supply.

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P&G volunteers transporting bricks to build walls on site

The build took place before World Habitat Day on the 6th of October 2014. This day, designated by the United Nations, falls on the first Monday of October every year. Since its inception in 1985, World Habitat Day annually recognises the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter and catalyses efforts to end poverty housing worldwide.

“P&G truly admires the endeavours by Habitat for Humanity Malaysia and its Kuching affiliate. P&G Malaysia celebrates World Habitat Day through our involvement in the Borneo Blitz Build this year. It was an impressive feat and we are extremely honoured to be a partner of Habitat for Humanity, not only locally but globally,” said P&G Communications Leader for Malaysia and Singapore, Zulhaimi Abdul Hamid who attended the build.

Procter & Gamble’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity on a global scale contributes funds for the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. Malaysia is one of these countries where P&G and Habitat for Humanity come together to reach out to the local communities in need of home and shelter.

This is P&G Malaysia’s second foray with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia this year through its corporate social responsibility campaign, Hulurkan Harapan or “Giving Hope”. Hulurkan Harapan aims to reach out a helping hand to those in need through donations and employee volunteerism. Last year, P&G employees repaired six houses and built one house at an Orang Asli settlement in Kampung Paya Lebar, Sungai Lui, Selangor. P&G has to date, donated RM160,000 towards both these projects.

David Kiu, president of Habitat for Humanity Malaysia – Kuching Affiliate, greatly appreciated the sight of people from all walks of life building houses together alongside the home owners — the husbands and wives of the partner families.

“Volunteers from as far and wide as the United States and New Zealand, both young and old, participated in the blitz build. It was humbling to see that people would leave their own homes behind and travel such a great distance to build homes for others. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in this build. We hope that the Borneo Blitz Build 2014 has helped raise further awareness about the challenges that some families face and will encourage more people to donate to and volunteer for our programs,” said an elated Kiu.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organisation which strives to create housing that is sustainable and affordable for those living in poverty. Their objective is to eradicate poverty housing worldwide with the belief that everyone is entitled to a safe place to call home. Impoverished families are assisted in the renovation of their existing homes or the building of a new one through donations and volunteerism.

As part of the campaign, P&G partnered with Ta Kiong supermarket at The Spring, H&L and EMART, when it invited consumers to help raise further funds for Habitat for Humanity Malaysia – Kuching Affiliate via the purchase of their favourite P&G products from 20th August 2014 to 30th September 2014. For every RM10 spent on P&G products, 10sen will be donated towards Habitat for Humanity’s cause. The cheque for the proceeds will be presented later this month.

“Through Hulurkan Harapan and our products, we hope to continue to provide the comfort of a home for more low-income Malaysians. The support of consumers for our brands and subsequently our fundraising programmes means a lot to us in championing this cause,” added Zulhaimi.

About Procter & Gamble

Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands including Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Rejoice, Olay, Gillette, Oral-B, Duracell, Downy, Ambi-Pur, Clairol Herbal Essences, Febreze, Dynamo, Fab, Pampers and Whisper. P&G operates in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Habitat for Humanity Malaysia

Habitat for Humanity Malaysia is part of the global non-profit housing organization Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat for Humanity Malaysia works with partners, volunteers and families to build and repair homes in semi-urban and rural areas. It also conducts a financial education program and organizes community development activities.

Since 1998, Habitat Malaysia has served more than 200 families through its resource centre in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching and Kota Kinabalu affiliates, and engaged more than 300 international and local volunteers. For more information, to donate or volunteer, please visit or follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @HFHMalaysia.

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October 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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Rosewood Beijing Opens Today

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-Contemporary yet timeless sanctuary is first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® China property

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Rosewood Beijing opens today, signaling the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® ultra-luxury brand in Asia.  The 283-room hotel, located at the core of Beijing’sCentral Business District (CBD) of Chaoyang, opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, is a true reflection of Beijing, a city where ancient meets modern.

Rosewood Beijing's Jiao Tu (Sons of Dragon) Sculptures
Rosewood Beijing’s Jiao Tu (Sons of Dragon) Sculptures

“This hotel was envisioned as an unconventional haven and a distinctively different hotel encounter,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.  “We want to provide sophisticated guests the ease they feel at home, yet also a place where they can create their own journey to experience the authentic and unexpected Beijing.”

A Sense of Place® in Beijing

Rosewood Beijing brings to Asia the collection’s A Sense of Place® philosophy which was interpreted by the hotel’s designer, Stewart Robertson of BARstudio.  The guest experience subliminally mirrors the ageless Chinese concept of journey and welcome:  travellers arriving at imposing city gates and passing through fine gardens, engaging with hospitable hosts, before finally, as though symbolically ascending through a classic Chinese mountainscape, arriving at a private, relaxing retreat.

At Rosewood Beijing, this concept is first encountered with the imposing, bronze Jiao Tu (Sons of Dragon) sculptures which stand on either side of the entrance and act as the hotel’s guardians.  Guests drive up to a foliage-filled courtyard, the only one of its type in the capital, which acts as a buffer from the frenetic activity outside.  Rosewood Beijing in fact offers more landscaped outdoor space than any other Beijing luxury hotel, with terraces, gardens and balconies integrated into many areas of the hotel.

Contemporary, Timeless Art

Guests enter via a soaring, three-storey-high lobby featuring striking art and calligraphy inspired by Chinese poetBei Dao’s Rose of Time.  The artwork throughout the hotel — from ink-brush painting to photography, mixed-media to sculpture — is a reminder that Beijing is the artistic centre of China.

“Our artistic journey reveals the many diverse elements of Beijing and Chinese cultural legacies, but revitalised and reinterpreted for modern audiences,” says hotel Managing Director Marc Brugger.  The hotel’s ongoing art programme will continue to nurture emerging artists and showcase established talent.

Residential Styled Guestrooms

Guestrooms, each measuring at least 538 square feet (50 square metres), are amongst the largest in the city.  Soft-touch bed linens, marble-tiled bathrooms with bespoke bath products, fine furnishings with subtle colour palettes and gentle mood lighting all contribute to the serene residential feel.  This is complemented by carefully selected art pieces and books on Chinese art, architecture and customs, echoing the brand’s signature A Sense of Place®.

Culinary Journeys

Culinary innovation is a hallmark of Rosewood Beijing, with six sophisticated restaurants and lounges presenting cuisines from across China and around the world.  The House of Dynasties evokes the exquisite dining experience once reserved for Beijing’s emperors, including luxurious private dining suites.  Inspired by a rustic Chinese village, Country Kitchen specialises in Northern Chinese comfort fare, including traditional wood-roasted Peking duck, hand-pulled noodles and dumplings.  RED BOWL stylish hot pot restaurant elevates the authentic cuisine from its humble origins.  Bistrot B, with the adjoining Bistrot B Lounge • Bar, is an international bistro with interactive kitchens under the charge of Chef Jarrod Verbiak, a protégé of renowned chef Daniel Boulud.  MEI comprises three stylish bars:  a cocktail bar, wine bar and whiskey bar, with live musicians, resident DJs, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Beijing skyline.

Recreation and Retreats

Rosewood’s Sense® spa brand, based on the principles of purity and authenticity, also makes its debut in Asiawith a special feature – five spa suites designed for overnight stays.  The conservatory-like, glass-domed indoor swimming pool, a first amongst Beijing luxury hotels, with its relaxation deck and lush foliage is an equally striking retreat.  Recreational facilities also include a gym and yoga studio.

The property’s exclusive Manor Club, provides an elevated level of personalisation and luxury for guests staying in hotel suites.  Complete with library, pool table and fireplace, serving a menu of cocktails and light dishes, the homey indoor/outdoor lounge is also distinguished by 24-hour butler and concierge service.

Stunning Gathering Spaces

Rosewood Beijing’s central location makes it the perfect venue for both grand corporate events and intimate soirées, with 36,060 square feet (3,350 square metres) of venue space.   A light-filled, three-storey-high pre-function space adjoins a pillar-less ballroom of 7,860 square feet (730 square metres.)  It is the first luxury hotel ballroom in Beijing to feature a connected outdoor garden for weddings and other special occasions.  In another first for Beijing, the residential-style Pavilion annex offers two combinable areas for events in the style of an elegant private home.

Special Introduction

The hotel’s “Time to Discover” opening package includes guaranteed 24-hour check-in/check-out so guests may leave the hotel on departure day at the same time they checked-in on arrival; airport limousine pick-up; complimentary consumption of all mini-bar beer and soft drinks; and breakfast at Bistrot B or in-room.  “Time to Discover” rates start from CNY2,188 for a Deluxe Room, single or double occupancy, with the option of a CNY500supplement for Manor Club executive club lounge access, excluding tax and service charge and based on availability, valid 23 October 2014 through 28 February 2015.

About Rosewood Beijing

The 283-room ultra-luxury Rosewood Beijing, located in the Chaoyang District opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, is the first China property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®.  The hotel features six restaurants and lounges including Bistrot B and Bistrot B Lounge • Bar, RED BOWL stylish hot pot restaurant, MEI bar, Country Kitchen and The House of Dynasties Chinese restaurant.  Meeting and function space, totaling 3,350 square metres, includes a pillar-less ballroom and the Pavilion residential-style event venue.  The first Rosewood Sense® spa in Asiafeatures an indoor swimming pool, gym and yoga studio.  Also debuting is the Manor Club, Rosewood’s sophisticated, exclusive access executive lounge.   RED BOWL and Sense® will open in December 2014 and MEI in March 2015.

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 19 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 10 countries.  Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities.  The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hotel de Crillon in Paris re-opening in 2015.  Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its portfolio within five years with 11 future hotels currently announced.

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October 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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On 14-16 October the Third Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo Took Place

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MOSCOW, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

More than 15,000 participants from 70 countries from all over the world gathered in Moscow to see cutting-edge technological achievements, discuss creative disruption of markets and search for promising models of leadership in the 21st century.

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The III Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo in 2014 were organized by Russia in partnership with the People’s Republic of China. On 14 October the heads of governments of the two countries held a plenary session -“The Emerging Global Innovation Map: Closing the Gap Between Countries”. International cooperation was also discussed during the event “Innovation Dialogue: Partners’ Interaction Over Innovation Policy”. A special research project “Developing the technology market: perspectives for Russia” prepared by EY and devoted to the main trends of global market development and innovative technologies and their impact on the Russian business environment was presented during the second day’s plenary session “When knowledge and technology converge: enabling cross-industry innovation”.

The business program of the Forum and Exhibition 2014 contained more than 160 events: discussions, round tables, lectures, workshops, presentations, as well as signing agreements between companies, universities, foundations, and other parts of the innovation ecosystem.

The popularity of the “Open Innovations” Forum and Expo is rising every year: there were 286 startups represented in 2013 and over 800 from 19 countries in 2014. Participants included over 2000 representatives of small, medium and large corporate businesses, representatives of 64 regions of Russia, more than 100 Russian and foreign universities, 19 international associations, and over 900 journalists. More than 10 events of the Forum’s business program were held with the participation of federal ministers and their deputies.

13000 square metres were dedicated to the Open Innovations Expo in Technopolis Moscow, where 490 companies from 15 countries were represented in 84 stands. More than 50 events took place in open presentation zones, while 110 teams presented their projects in a special StartUp-zone. The Expo was also the main venue for the Youth Program of the Forum. 32 activities for young entrepreneurs and students took place in the two stages of the Startup Discussion Zone.

The 4th Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo will take place in October 2015.


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October 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

MobileIron Secures the Personal Cloud to Solve the Most Persistent Data Loss Threat to the Enterprise

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– Granted US Patents 8,863,297, 8,863,298, and 8,863,299 for Mobile Content Security Technologies

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The personal cloud is the most persistent security challenge facing enterprises today. Employees use their own cloud apps to store and share work documents, fundamentally compromising enterprise security. MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) today shared its vision for securing business documents in the personal cloud and released the next generation of its Docs@Work secure content hub. MobileIron also announced that it has been granted three patents for content security: US Patents 8,863,297, 8,863,298, and 8,863,299 for “Secure Virtual File Management System.”

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“The personal cloud has become the center of our digital lives, and, like it or not, enterprise information now lives everywhere,” said Ojas Rege, Vice President Strategy, MobileIron. “Users demand best-of-breed mobile productivity solutions and, many times, those are actually consumer services. CIOs must implement an architecture that provides consistent security and policy across business and consumer services to enable their employees to use the tools and workflows that make them most productive.”

MobileIron Outlines the Three Phases to Secure the Personal Cloud

  • Phase 1: Personal Cloud Access: Provide native access to popular cloud-based content repositories through a secure mobile interface. Users can now search and find their content across the cloud.
  • Phase 2: File-Level Security: Establish file-level protections to ensure that enterprise information stored in the personal cloud is encrypted and cannot be accessed by unauthorized apps and users. When this phase is completed, IT will be able to create security policies that follow data wherever it lives.
  • Phase 3: Best-of-Breed Ecosystem: Enable MobileIron’s application partners to access protected cloud data when authorized. When this phase is completed, users will be able to choose the best productivity solutions for them.

Docs@Work Delivers Secure Access to the Personal Cloud
Docs@Work represents the first phase of personal cloud security. The new app expands Docs@Work access to popular cloud-based repositories and is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones.

Key enhancements in Docs@Work include the ability to:

  • Connect natively to cloud services like Box, Dropbox, Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint Online), and Microsoft OneDrive Pro
  • Search, view, download, and save documents across the user’s preferred on-premise and cloud repositories
  • Edit both locally on the device and remotely through an integrated browser

Users Demand Best-of-Breed Productivity Solutions
“In a mobile world it’s difficult for IT to define all the tools that are used by employees to be productive on mobile devices,” said Chris Hazelton, Research Director, Enterprise Mobility, 451 Research. “Among companies where IT bans the installation of consumer apps, 44% of employees have installed or are interested in installing consumer apps outside of company policies. Mobile workers want to be productive, and will download third party apps to get work done. Given this, it’s nearly impossible for IT to stop the use of consumer apps.”

Collaboration tools and data repositories will remain fragmented, and the pace of innovation is so fast that employee choice will become increasingly important. MobileIron transforms the personal cloud from an IT nightmare to a powerful tool for employee productivity.

For more details on MobileIron’s mobile content security strategy and the new Docs@Work, please visit

Forward-looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the expected launch of the next generation of the Docs@Work product as well as the expected timing and customer benefits of the product release. The success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks. Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among other things, our ability to successfully develop new solutions and enhancements and to respond promptly to rapidly evolving markets, customer adoption of our platform, defects in our solutions, and competitive developments. More information about the risks MobileIron faces is included in our SEC filings, copies of which may be obtained at or the SEC’s web site at Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release. We assume no obligation to update such statements. The information on the roadmap is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The information on any roadmap shown is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at MobileIron’s sole discretion. Future product will be priced separately. This roadmap does not constitute an offer to sell any product or technology.

About MobileIron
MobileIron provides the foundation for companies around the world to transform into Mobile First organizations. For more information, please visit

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October 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

With qualified public, Marintec South America-Navalshore confirms the maturation of Brazilian shipbuilding industry

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-The fair brought together companies, governmental, industry leaders and industry experts during three days in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 67% of the exhibiting brands have confirmed their presence at the 2015 Edition

HONG KONG, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Brazil is striding to make its naval and offshore industry a protagonist increasingly active on the international stage. Proof of this is the success of Marintec South America-11th Navalshore, an event that brought together, between 12th and 14th of August at the Centro de Convencoes SulAmerica, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), a highly qualified audience of 16,536 people, formed largely by executives with decision-making power in the segment companies.

During three days, the networking and business meetings moved exhibitors from more than 380 trademarks and 12 international pavilions, with representatives from 40 countries. “We have R$ 100 billion in planned deliveries until 2020 what made Brazilone of the main drivers of world shipbuilding. The challenge now is to strengthen the supply chain and the formation of manpower to meet this demand in the country. This is the mission that Marintec South America takes gathering the main players in the segment,” says Joris Van Wijk, Director-General of UBM Brazil, a company that promotes the fair.

Renan Joel, event Manager, draws attention to the stable scenario,Investments and orders of ships planned for the coming years provided stability for the yards to make plans. This positively impacted the entire productive chain, that firms business more safely, as it was possible to see in this edition of Marintec.” He highlights that 67% of exhibitors have already renewed the contracts and already guaranteed presence in the 2015 Edition of the fair, which will take place between days 11 and 13 of August at the same location.

Entities In the meeting, the Government and industry leaders drew a promising profile of the segment. The CEO of Transpetro, Sergio Machado, pointed out that the industry lives another step and needs to see further, “I am against the decrease of the local content requirement in the projects carried out in the country. We have to think about improving the management and reach 50% of productivity to compete internationally. We can’t stay in 10%.”

For Eduardo Vieira, CEO of the Firjan System (Federacao das Industrias do Rio), the output is to find vocations that can add value to companies and workers. “You can’t do everything. We need to prioritize and define things at which we can be better. If we focus we can expand in a million the number of jobs. We have to organize to compete and establish alliances to increase the participation of the country in the international arena,” he said.

The CEO of the Maritime Industry’s Joint Parliamentary Front of the Congress, Congressman Edson Santos de Souza (PT/RJ), believes the Government should offer this support for the segment. “The National Congress is aware of the need for having a perennial Government policy that provides sustainability to shipbuilding production chain. Brazil WINS with the growth of the industry and can extend the presence in the international market.”

“We are optimistic. We live in a scenario in which 80% of companies have a positive Outlook and a total of 51.2% have business plans, which shows a long-term vision. The country enjoys institutional arrangements among Government, businesses and universities. It’s never been spoken so much about innovation. I believe that Brazilwill soon be one of the main players in the world,” said Jorge Boeira, Coordinator of the energy Area of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI).

“There is a consensus that the segment is experiencing a positive moment for 82,000 people working in the industry. It is spectacular. Now, we need to look ahead and think about international competitiveness, how we can insert Brazil on the world stage,” said Julio Bueno, Secretary of economic development, energy, industry and services of the Government of Rio de Janeiro.

“We reaffirm our commitment to maintain the shipbuilding industry in the spotlight. This fair reflects the positive moment of the industry in Brazil. In addition to having 82 thousand direct workers involved, there is a supply chain that spans about 700 thousand employees. We want to enlarge the competitiveness and expansion of skilled labor,” said Ariovaldo Santana da Rocha, CEO of the National Syndicate of the Naval and Offshore building and repair industry (Sinaval).

Companies – Konsberg, one of the participant companies, which completes 200 years of activity this year, found at the fair a current and a future profile of the naval segment. “One of the highlights of Marintec South America is the opportunity to see many companies, as smaller shipyards, migrating to the offshore. This is a great opportunity for Konsberg to see who’s growing and has potential. We are much interested in doing business with new players and this is provided with quality by the fair,” said Pedro Dias, Director of sales and Marketing at Konsberg.

Another Exhibitor, the Brastech, brought to the Marintec its portfolio of products and services with emphasis on the rescue vessel built at the company’s shipyard in Rio das Ostras and has 73% of Local content. “The Marintec South America gives us much visibility and the opportunity to find new partners and start new projects. Furthermore we find quality suppliers that help us to cheapen our production and increase our competitiveness in the market,” said Eduardo Inacio, commercial Manager of the company.

“Marintec South America is the major fair in the market, bringing all global players. It is important to highlight that here we find not only representatives of national and multinational companies, but the professionals involved directly in the projects. It is therefore the best forum to discuss solutions and find answers and information about the segment,” said Silvio Pedro Alves, manager of Metalock Brazil, another exhibitor at the event.

“Marintec South America is our main fair. Here we find all the players in the industry and our clients. Because of this, we reserved the event to make our releases and announcements of new actions. We are presenting a ticket sizing software that can be accessed by the site,” highlighted Roxtec’s Marketing Manager, Michele Andrad.

Visitors – “I have appeared at Marintec South America to prospect new business and, consequently, to find potential clients”, said Thais Porto, Business Development of Swift Worldwide Resources. This is the average profile of visitors who participate in the fair: professionals with high qualifications in the segment who are looking for new business partners.

Another example is Amilton Couto, business analyst of Duarte Marítima. “I always visit Marintec South America and this edition was very special. I’m participating in the reactivation of a company, Duarte Marítima and started at this fair two businesses with an exhibitor that offers process management services and another that manufactures rescue vessels,” he said.

International presence reinforces positive moment of the Brazilian naval industry

The presence of international companies and representations in Marintec South America reinforces that the Brazilian shipbuilding industry scenario is calling the attention of the international market. “We enjoyed the Marintec South America to celebrate the exchange of experiences for the joint development of the two countries signed recently with the Brazilian Government. The shipbuilding industry has great importance in the consolidation of this partnership and here at the fair we found an excellent space for dialogue with representative entities and Brazilian businessmen,” said Edgardo Orteno, Secretary of industry, energy and mining of Uruguay.

Japan is also with the eyes facing Brazil. “We are an entity of rating that offers viable solutions for the shipbuilding industry. Offer fuel spending reduction and efficient operations. We want to expand our participation in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry,” said Katsutoshi Nagata, manager of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai – ClassNK.

Another power, Norway, also has an interest in the Brazilian naval market potential, as became clear in the speech of Helle Moen, Director of the Agency for Promotion of the Government of Norway (InnovationNorway),We have experience in shipbuilding and want to deepen cooperation with the Brazilian industry. It is a moment in which there is a very large competition involving players with innovative solutions that optimize the processes.Norway has much to offer.”

Chris Wall, a business analyst from UK Trade & Investment, also puts the United Kingdom en route to Brazil’snaval industry. “We specialize in high quality marine equipment, naval architecture and repair, in addition to integrated systems and electronic navigation. We have offices in Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Porto Alegreprecisely to broaden the involvement of British companies in Brazil. This is also our goal here in this edition of Marintec South America,” he said.

The neighbors Argentines believe in cooperation so that not only Brazil, but the South American countries achieve competitiveness and attract the international interest. “We want to partner not only in business, but in cooperation agreements involving innovation and technology between the Argentine and Brazilian shipbuilding,” said Juan Antonio Torresin, CEO of Astillero-service and repairs Naval Complex.

Abenav and South Korean Association sign cooperation agreement

Abenav and KITA (Korea International Trade Association), private organization to promote South Korean imports and exports, signed an agreement of intent whose goal is to encourage the exchange of knowledge and technology between enterprises of the shipbuilding industry of both countries and encourage the presence of corporations of that country in the Brazilian market.

“The South Korean supply chain is very well organized and its technological level is internationally recognized. The Brazilian industry has much to gain from a greater integration between the two countries,” said the CEO of the Abenav, Augusto Mendonca.

The General Director of KITA, Jungseok Choi, agreed with Mendonca, and was excited at the prospect of increased turnover between Brazil and South Korea, even considered the restriction of local content. “It would be a lot easier if there were no regulations and if the two countries have a free trade agreement, but the prospect is still great,” he said. According to him, South Korea owns 30% of market share of world shipbuilding industry.

Banks see consolidated shipbuilding industry and with positive prospects

The banks that finance the development of the offshore and marine industry in Brazil trace a positive profile of the segment. “It is an honor and a big responsibility for Caixa to take part in Marintec South America, an event that brings together the main players and promotes a reflection on the shipbuilding industry. We have already invested R$ 5 billion and R$ 12 billion destined for projects in the industry. We have seen a very ripe market and consolidated, with a present and active corporate governance,” said regional manager of the Caixa Economica Federal in Rio de Janeiro, Rossano Macedo.

The Superintendent of the Inputs area of BNDES, Rodrigo Barcellos, agreed, “BNDES participates in Marintec South America to reaffirm the commitment of the Bank to participate in the development of the offshore and marine industry. We are investing R$ 10 billion to boost the segment in the country. We already have five major shipyards running and two under construction. Our current challenge is to build probe ships, but I believe in the potential of our industry, which is solid.”

Increased Local content reinforces good moment of the shipbuilding industry

A sign of stability of offshore and marine industry is the consolidation of the rules of Local content (CL) between companies working in the country. In part, this is due to the attitude of the main buyer of products and services, Petrobras. “We decided that Local content is more than a legal requirement, is the company’s strategy. The contracts are already published with specific clauses of CL, including refining and gas, which would be optional,” explained Ronaldo Martins, market development manager of Petrobras.

He also stated,The tendency is to maintain the average of 55% and 65% of Local content in our projects. It is a beacon for foreign companies produce in the country and a boost for the domestic industry. We have, for example, 27 production units to be contracted between 2018 and 2030. This is a safety factor for companies to plan their business.

The Manager of Department of gas, oil and Capital goods under Order from BNDES, Luiz Marcelo Martins Almeida, stressed the importance of participation of more experienced markets in this process of consolidation of the offshore and marine industry in the country, “The foreign industry that comes to invest will be treated as a national company. Local content policies fostered national industry strategic partnerships with international partners. It has been central to meet the established goals of CL.

John Rossi, General Coordinator of Oil, Gas and Naval of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), pointed out that the domestic industry must seize the positive moment. “We have a prediction of R$ 199 billion of investment between 2014 and 2018, according to BNDES data, and of this total, more than 45% of the total amount of investments into the industry. It will be a challenge for national companies to comply with the requirements of Local content,” he said.

Daihatsu and Government of Bahia sign agreement of intentions

The Secretary of the Shipping and Port Industry of Bahia, Carlos Costa, and Daihatsu’s Director for South America, Toshimi Deguchi, signed an agreement of intent during the Marintec South America confirming the engine manufacturer’s interest in installing a manufacturing unit of 10 000 m² in the country. “We have every interest in bringing to Bahia a Daihatsu plant,” said the Secretary.

According to the Japanese company Executive, Brazil is very representative in the clients’ portfolio of Daihatsu, but demand should be more stable. “We had good orders about four years ago, but the shopping cycle in this market is too long. We are waiting for new business,” he said. Deguchi revealed that the project of a plant in Brazilcan be made possible if the demand balances in 20 thousand engines per year.

Brazilian welding also aims at international competitiveness

Orders of vessels and the strengthening of the shipyards in Brazil positively impacted the segment of welding in the Country. “We have big challenges such as the qualification of labor and meeting deadlines. We need to get rid of addictions and stay open to new procedures,” said the Manager of welding and cutting of the Brasa Shipyard, engineer Alexander Schwenck.

Brasa has currently 300 qualified welders working and delivers this month of August the FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, which received 13 modules in this step. “This was a great learning experience. The FPSOs Cidade de Marica and Cidade de Saquarema already show an evolution in relation to Ilhabela with 30% gain in time. This will lead us to international competitiveness,” he concluded.

Engineer Ubirajara Costa, of Alumaq, stated that the segment can further refine, “Managers must have knowledge of welding, to avoid problems such as rework, for example. The training is critical.

Business round bring dockyards and ship-owners of supply chain closer

Marintec South America promoted in partnership with Associacao Brasileira das Empresas de Construcao Naval e Offshore (Abenav) a business round during Marintec South America. The meetings brought together companies such as EBR, Eisa, Alianca, Vard, MRM, Sao Carlos, Brasfels, Galaxy, Web and Tek Sea.

“This fair is improving year by year. We had to extend the opening hours of the business round promoted, as 90 companies were listed to show their solutions in products and services for 11 anchors, being six shipyards. This shows a strength of the shipbuilding industry in the country and an even larger growth trend with learning and industry consolidation,” said Augusto Mendonca, CEO of Abenav.

Naval industry gains strength in the North and Northeast

The growth, of offshore and marine industry in Brazil came accompanied by a decentralization of activities. Before concentrating further South and Southeast, today gains momentum in the States of North and northeast of the country.

The Secretary of the shipping and port industry of Bahia, Carlos Costa, for example, is in Marintec South America in search of partners. “We already have participated in the event because of the great shipyard we have in the State with the capacity to produce ships and platforms. Now our focus is creating a polo of marine parts. We already have the area, which is adjacent to the Shipyard Paraguacu, and hope to find partners here,” he said.

Attract the segment of marine parts is also the goal of the Manaus Free Zone Superintendence (Suframa), who scheduled a series of presentations in the Innovation Space, a novelty of this edition of Marintec South America. “We have more than 600 companies and the experience of dealing with companies from all over the world. We offer a series of tax breaks, such as 100% reduction of ICMS, to attract companies in the industry and boost local content,” said the Executive Secretary of Economic Planning and development of the Naval Complex, Mineral and logistics of Suframa, Ronney Peixoto.

The Amazon has 80 small and medium shipyards and generates eight thousand direct and indirect jobs.

Waterways will expand the market of Amazon potassium in the Country and abroad

The 22 thousand kilometers of navigable rivers and a strategy of bimodality with railroads and highways will boost the domestic and foreign market of potassium explored in the Amazon. The statement was made by the Secretary of mining, Geodiversity and water resources, Daniel Borges Nava, during Marintec South America. “The Navy is already updating the charts to facilitate signaling and traffic and meet with demand efficiency,” said.

The mine found near the Madeira River will enter into operation in four years. “About 92% of potassium used in fertilizers industry in the country is imported and if we don’t do anything until 2019 the index may reach 100%. With the project of waterways and shafts with railroads and highways can handsets provide self-sufficiency for the Brazilian market. It is important to remember that fertilizers are part of the agribusiness supply chain, one of the vectors of our economy,” said Nava.

Another initiative commented by the Secretary from Amazon was the deployment project of a multimodal system that connects the Amazon to Peru and Bolivia and, consequently, to the Pacific Ocean. “With the waterways and the link established with these countries we weren’t so dependent on the Panama Canal,” he concluded.

About Marintec South

Main strategic meeting for the offshore and marine industry in Latin America, aimed at generating business, technology, best practices and new products and services to the entire chain of the industry, the event took place from 12th to 14th of August at the Centro de Convencoes SulAmerica, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). It was 11 thousand square meters, more than 380 exhibiting brands, 17 countries and 12 international pavilions. At the same time, Conferences were held, the launch of Innovation Space and Business Rounds.

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October 23, 2014 at 11:07 am