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UCT Announces New 3D Printing Services Starting Q1, 2015

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-The 3D Printing Center will be based in Singapore and will service UCT customers worldwide

SINGAPORE and HAYWARD, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: UCTT), a leading developer and supplier of critical systems and subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, medical, energy and research industries, today announced the launch of its 3D Printing services through the acquisition of privately held Prototype Asia LLC and the opening of its Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore.

“Additive Manufacturing which enables the creation of three dimensional objects through successively adding layers of material, dramatically expands the scope of manufacturing and opens new realms of possibilities for industries and consumers,” said Clarence Granger, Chairman and CEO of UCT. Granger further added that “while this will have limited impact on our 2015 financial results, it is highly complementary to our existing offering and combining it with our existing contract manufacturing services will enable UCT’s customers to benefit from the latest state of the art technologies while allowing UCT to expand its market reach.”

The Singapore 3D Printing Center will support a wide array of technologies which will include high-quality stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, wax jetting and direct metal laser sintering. It will offer services and develop Intellectual Property focusing on parts optimization and re-engineering for weight reduction and material savings, enablement of custom tooling creation for manufacturing, virtual warehousing and on demand part printing for spare, rare and obsolete parts, conformal cooling, micromechanics and on-demand consumer product manufacturing.

UCT will offer 3D Printing services to customers in a wide variety of industries, including Medical, Aerospace, Computer/Electronics, Semiconductor, Consumer products and Industrial Machinery.

“We are excited to base our new 3D Printing service in Singapore where we benefit from a stable business environment, a rich pool of talent and the government’s enthusiastic support of advanced manufacturing technologies. We will start providing our services during Q12015,” said Lavi Lev, SVP UCT Asia.

About Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. is a developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, consumer, medical device, energy, industrial, and flat panel industries. Ultra Clean Technology offers its customers a complete outsource solution for a variety of complex modules ranging from liquid & gas delivery systems to turnkey system integration. Ultra Clean Technology’s customers are primarily original equipment manufacturers for the semiconductor capital equipment, consumer, medical device, energy, industrial, and flat panel industries. Ultra Clean is headquartered in Hayward, California. Additional information is available at

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.
Lavi Lev
Senior VP Business Development

Source: Ultra Clean Holdings

Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:UCTT

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November 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

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The Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 Opens Today

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-Taiwan’s Premier International Jewellery Trade Fair attracts 270 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions

TAIPEI /PRNewswire/ — Taiwan’s premier international jewellery trade fair — The Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair — will be held from 21 to 24 November in Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Centre.

Showpiece from Chii Lih Coral Co., Ltd
Showpiece from Chii Lih Coral Co., Ltd
Showpiece from Bernard Delettrez
Showpiece from Bernard Delettrez
Showpiece from Nagahori Corporation
Showpiece from Nagahori Corporation
Showpiece from Arnav Inc
Showpiece from Arnav Inc

UBM Asia successfully launched the first international B2B jewellery fair to be held in Taiwan last year, attracting 210 companies from 18 countries and regions around the world to participate in the exhibition and 6,362 international buyers, establishing a new milestone for Taiwan jewellery industry.

This year the size of the exhibition has expanded by 25%, and the show has been moved from Hall 3 to Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Centre in order to accommodate the expansion of the event. This year there are 270 companies from 25 countries and regions exhibiting in the show. There are a total of 460 booths and the total exhibition area is more than 4,600 square meters, breaking the record for a jewellery show in Taiwan.

The Fair provides the largest variety of high-end fine jewellery, high-quality gemstones, raw materials, packaging materials, manufacturing equipment and tools, technology and machinery and is expected to attract 12,000 highly-qualified visitors from around the world.

Theme pavilions – Find products with ease

To increase purchasing convenience and efficiency for buyers, the fair has added new pavilions such as the “Splendid Square,” “Packaging and Tool Section” and “Onsite Jewellery Appraisal Service” in addition to the existing “Taiwan Coral Pavilion,” “Taiwan Designer Area” and “Nine Group Pavilions.” This provides buyers with a variety of choices and improved service through comprehensive categorization.

  • Taiwan Coral Pavilion

A group of more than twenty leading local coral exhibitors, such as Chii Lih Coral, Su-Ao Coral, Jan Fu Coral, Laske Coral, Hai Shen Coral, Lucoral & Lupearl, are offering buyers Taiwanese treasures from among the large choice of loose corals and coral jewellery on the market.

  • Taiwan Designer Area

Over 40 well-known local designers are gathered in this area to display their uniquely crafted designer pieces. The designers’ area is grouped by “Taiwan Creative Jewellery Designer Association (TCJDA)” led by Ms. Yueh Yaw Wang and “Taiwan Jewellery Designer Association (TJDA)” led by Ms. Maggie Wu.

  • Nine Group Pavilions

This year the fair has brought together exhibiting companies from 25 countries and regions, including Australia,Belgium, Mainland China, Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, Turkey, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand,Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates. There are nine group pavilions, includingTaiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Korea, USA, Italy, Sri Lanka and the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

Taiwan Group Pavilion

Over 130 local exhibitors will showcase a variety of jewellery and gemstones with high quality and outstanding designs, delivering the exceptional creativity of Taiwanese designs and promoting local jewellery brands to the world.

Japan Group Pavilion

Japan is famous for its delicate and elegant pearls and also its unique 360-degree pearl cutting technique. This year, Japanese exhibitors will bring a wide selection of pearls, diamond jewellery and antique jewellery. Collectors should not miss this opportunity for treasure hunting!

Korea Group Pavilion

As the “Korean Wave” in fashion continues to sweep across Asia, Korean style has become the major fashion trend. Buyers can find the latest fine jewellery, silver jewellery and mountings from Korea in this area.

USA Group Pavilion

USA exhibitors are ready to show buyers their most valuable collections of vintage jewellery. Quality rubies, sapphires, emeralds, Tahitian pearls and South Sea pearls will also be on display.

The fashion brand Ivy New York, which is popular among celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Katy Perry, will showcase their latest stunning collection at the fair.

Italy Group Pavilion

Italian exhibitors will bring fine jewellery made with a wide range and combination of corals, diamonds, pearls, precious stones and colored gemstones. The fair is delighted to feature the member of the Fendi family – Bernard Delettrez will showcase their 2015 collection called “WWW”.

ICA Group Pavilion

Leading member companies from the International Colored Gemstone Association will display a variety of loose gemstones and fine jewellery of the highest quality in the world.

Hong Kong, Thailand and Sri Lanka Group Pavilions

Hong Kong is the global jewellery trading hub, while Sri Lanka and Thailand are the main gemstone production bases of the world. Thanks to their cost advantages and geographical convenience, this area will be offering a wide range of loose diamonds, colored gemstones, exquisite diamonds and colored gemstone jewellery with competitive prices.

  • Splendid Square

Designed for high-end collectors with superb and elegant taste, the area will glow with magnificent exhibits showcasing valuable antique jewellery, high-end precious jewellery and gems from renowned suppliers around the world.

  • Packaging and Tool Section

This area features packaging and equipment to provide all kinds of jewellery display, packaging materials, jewellery tools and equipment.

  • Onsite Jewellery Appraisal Service

This booth provides an on-site jewelry appraisal service which offers buyers and collectors the opportunity to evaluate the quality of jewellery and estimate the latest jewelry market value. (Chargeable Service)

Onsite Events

Opening Ceremony

The fair has invited the Chairman of the Taipei Jewelers’ Association, Mr. Chang Gen Hung, the Chairman of Taiwan Jewellery Industry Association, Ms Ming Li Hung, the President & Chief Executive Officer of UBM Asia Ltd., Mr. Jime Essink, and other industry leaders to attend the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Fair. Organized by UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch, sponsored by Image Link Co., Ltd. TaiwanBranch and Royal Treasure Trading Limited Taiwan Branch, the Cocktail Party will be held on 21st November from 19:00 to 21:00 at TWTC Plaza.

Taiwan’s Top Cities Forum – Trends and Challenges in the Domestic Jewellery Business

Five chairmen from Taiwan’s jewellery associations and members of FGA Taiwan will share their views on developments in the Taiwan jewellery industry and future prospects at 13:30 to 15:00 today.

Innovative Metalworking Techniques, Materials and Investment Value Seminar

The seminar will be held from 15:30 to 17:00 today, given by the president of the Taiwan Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Association, Ms Jei Chih Lu, sharing innovative metalworking craftsmanship on jewellery and application of media and also providing professional opinion on jewellery investment.

Visitor’s Choice Award of 2014 International Jewellery Design Competition

Nominated designs of 2014 International Jewellery Design Competition will be displayed in the fair. Voting for Visitor’s Choice Award will commence today until the 23rd, visitors are welcomed to vote for their favorite designs at display area.

22nd-24th November




11/22 (Sat.)


Market Trends of Fancy Diamonds and Coloured Gemstones

11/22 (Sat.)


The Beauty of China Gold Inlaid with Jade Craftsmanship

11/23 (Sun.)


Tips on Buying and Recognizing Fancy Jadeites

11/23 (Sun.)


GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Quality Assurance Benchmarks

11/23 (Sun.)


Latest Trend of Jewelry Design and Branding Strategy

11/24 (Mon.)


2014 International Jewellery Design Competition Awards Ceremony – The Floral and Butterfly Themed

Dates and Opening Times

21-23 November

11:00am – 6:30pm

24 November

11:00am – 5:00pm

Free admission will be granted to visitors who present their jewellery industry business cards or official invitations together with Taiwan ID card or passport. Admission fee NT$200 will apply for public visitors. Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.

The Fair is grateful for the support of the Taipei Jewelers’ Association.


To visit, please contact: Ms. Alice Lee
For media enquiries, please contact: Ms. Jojo Lee

UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Tel: 02-2738 3898
Fax: 02-2738 4886
Notes to Editors

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnamand the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore,Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

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November 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade

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-Celebrate this Festive Season On Water with a Light-up and Parade Like No Other

SINGAPORE, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ONE15 Marina Club proudly presents the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade on the evenings of 6 and 13 December 2014 (Saturday). The event will be held the first time this year on local Singapore waters. The parade will include about 25 to 30 power and sail boats of different lengths decked in Christmas lights and decorations to the theme of A Tropical Christmas on Water. Participating boats stand a chance to win attractive cash prizes totalling over S$15,000.

The flotilla will depart from ONE15 Marina Club each night around 7.45pm to Sentosa Boardwalk, cruising along Sentosa’s coast and passing by the precinct’s various attractions including Siloso Beach, Resorts World Sentosa, HarbourFront Centre and VivoCity. At Sentosa Boardwalk, the participating boats will be judged by a panel of judges selected from the event’s sponsors between 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm each night of the parade. Based on a set of criteria, the boat with the most original and creative use of the decorations depicting this year’s theme in each of the 5 categories will win cash prizes. The event will culminate with an Awards Ceremony and Closing Party at Boaters’ Bar located at ONE15 Marina Club on 13 December 2014 to recognise all participants and the best of each of the 4 categories as well as Best of Show.

Parade participation is open to both boaters (boat dealers, charter boat operators and boat private boat owners from all Singapore Boat Marinas and beyond) and non-boaters alike. Boats are available for charter from ONE15 Luxury Yachting for those who do not own boats. There are over 28 charter yachts available to chose from that can accommodate 8 to 50 passengers, decorate them in festive lights and cruise along with catered food and drinks onboard the chartered for the festive holiday boat light parade.

Participation fee for both of the parade nights is at $100 (excluding GST) per boat, inclusive of two tickets (worth $35per ticket, excluding GST) to the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party and a starter kit of lights to kick start the boat decoration. To register a boat for the parade or to charter a boat for the Christmas Boat Light Parade, please before 20 November 2014 (Thursday). The number of participants is limited to a first come first served basis.

The event Contributing Sponsors include DBS Insignia — a strictly invite-only card that bears your personal insignia,W Singapore — Sentosa Cove and World Sport Group.  Supporting Sponsors who are also onboard with the event include well-established boat dealerships in the region — Simpson Marine and Princess Yachts Southeast Asia. Product Sponsors who will be supporting the event in kind include Nestle Singapore, Sony Singapore, Gogreen Segway® and PengWine®.

About ONE15 Marina Club

ONE15 Marina Club is the winner of several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year consecutively from 2012 – 2014, Best Asian Marina /Best Yachting Club 2009 and the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award. The Club also has the honour of hosting upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, Asia Superyacht Conference 2009 — 2011, Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2012 and 2013, the 6th Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2014 and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011 — 2014. Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE15 Marina Club and is emerging to be Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.

For more information, please email

Source: ONE15 Marina Club

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November 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Living Group, specialists in integrated branding and communications, picked up three Gold, one Bronze and two Highly Commended awards from Transform Magazine’s inaugural Asia-Pacific awards. The evening ceremony on Wednesday 19th November recognised excellence and diligence in brand development and rebranding across the region.

A vibrant rebrand for Hong Kong based law firm, Stevenson Wong & Co., saw the first Gold of the night awarded to Living Group in the ‘Best visual identity from the professional services sector’ category. Living Group created a fresh logo, refreshed colour palette and a series of bespoke illustrations to form a striking and modern visual identity, strengthening the firm’s practice and professional network in Greater China.

Among this year’s fierce competition, Living Group also proudly won Gold in the ‘Best visual identity from the technology, media & telecommunication sector’ category for its work for Murata, a global electronic giant. The project, which started in early 2014, involved the creation of visual language and logo refinement for a neater and more consistent application across all marketing materials. With the fresh and modern brand identity being rolled out, Living Group then also created and launched Murata’s new fully responsive corporate website which successfully brought in new traffic for Murata.

Taking one step further, Living Group took home Gold for their work with Gottex, a leading multi-fund investment manager, in the ‘Best visual identity from the financial services sector’ category. The project involved a rebrand with the creation of a new visual identity including a website, marketing literature and investor relations materials, as well as a library of bespoke icons to allow Gottex to stand out in the market place.

Commenting on the awards, Melanie Osborne, Managing Director of Living Group Asia, said, “With the keen competition in this region, it is crucial for marketers to be innovative and forward thinking, creating identities which cut through and differentiate them from their competitors. We are very proud to have supported a number of companies in the region to achieve this”. Living Group also received a Bronze for the Gottex project and two Highly Commended award for their work for Murata and Stevenson Wong & Co. in the ‘Best use of a visual property’ category.


About Living Group

Living Group specialises in integrated branding and communications; helping our clients in the financial, professional services, property and technology sectors to enhance their brands and marketing communications.

With offices in London, Hong Kong and New York, our global teams never lose sight of the bigger picture  the success of our clients’ business wherever they are in the world. Through our proven integrated approach, aligned with our sector specialism, we ensure that our work is engaging, relevant and most importantly, it gets results.

For more about Living Group, please visit

About Transform Awards

The Transform Awards Europe had its fifth event in April and is currently accepting entries for the sixth year. 2014 has seen the prestigious award programme expand to encompass the Transform Asia-Pacific and Transform MENA regions. The award ceremonies provide an important platform for international recognition of excellent work in brand development.

Receivers of the awards were honoured at the inaugural event in Hong Kong for producing work that is of outstanding quality. The programme honours work from the entire branding process, with trophies being awarded for visual identities, brand strategies, implementation processes and brand experiences. Last night’s Transform Asia-Pacific awards were distributed at a gala dinner at the beautiful Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong.

The Transform Awards is organised by Transform magazine, the only global magazine to cover rebranding and brand development. Published bimonthly both in print and on tablet it is essential reading for those concerned with brand strategy and creativity.

For further comment, please contact:

Melanie Osborne, Managing Director, Living Group Asia on or +852-3711-3100

Hayley Lai, Account Manager, Living Group Asia on or +852-3711-3096


Source: Living Group

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November 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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Labbrand Wins 4 Prestigious Awards at the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific 2014

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Labbrand‘s excellence in brand development and design was honoured at Transform Magazine’s inaugural Asia-Pacific awards. Labbrand won four prestigious awards across new brand development, brand architecture, packaging and visual identity categories. The company is the first and only China-originated brand consultancy to receive four major awards in Transform Awards Asia-Pacific 2014.

The awards include:

GOLD award in the Best Brand Architecture Solution category for its work with Legrand

SILVER award in the Best Visual Identity category for its work with Opple.

BRONZE award in the Best Use of Packaging category for its work with Evorie.

HIGHLY COMMENDED award in the Best Strategic/ Creative Development category for its work with ClubMed.

The Transform Awards is organised by Transform Magazine, the only global magazine to cover rebranding and brand development. 2014 has seen the prestigious award programme expand to encompass the Transform Asia-Pacific and Transform MENA regions. Receivers of the awards were honoured at the inaugural event in Hong Kong for producing work that is of outstanding quality. The programme honours work from the entire branding process, with trophies being awarded for visual identities, brand strategies, implementation processes and brand experiences. Transform Asia-Pacific awards were distributed at a gala dinner at the beautiful Excelsior Hotel inHong Kong.

According to Andrew Thomas, publishing editor of the Transform magazine, “The standard of work coming out of the Asia Pacific region is as good as any from around the world. There is much for which brand practitioners and their agencies and counsel can feel proud. We feel privileged to be a footnote in their organisations’ stories by providing a platform from which to recognise the excellence of their changing brand narratives.”

Labbrand is the only China-originated brand consultancy to receive four key awards in Transform Awards Asia-Pacific 2014. The company has helped global brands to grow in Asia-Pacific and Chinese brands to expand in international markets.

“We are very happy to be recognized by the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific,” said Vladimir Djurovic, CEO of Labbrand. “We are very honoured to work with amazing clients on great projects. This recognition is a great celebration and achievement for the on-going brand innovations happening in China, Asia and around the world.”

About Labbrand

Labbrand is a leading China-originated brand consultancy, working collaboratively with consumers & corporations to build and strengthen brands through culturally relevant actions. To achieve success and brand innovations, Labbrand seamlessly coordinates research, strategic decisions, and creative implementation.

Source: Labbrand

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November 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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Industry Leaders Analyze Disruptive Technologies Transforming Businesses at GIL 2014: Canada Think Tank

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— Frost & Sullivan’s premier GIL Global community adds Canada to its annual schedule of more than 24 events held around the world

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Canada’s key business leaders will convene at Frost & Sullivan’s inaugural Growth, Innovation & Leadership (GIL) Canada Think Tank on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at the Novotel Toronto North York Hotel. This half-day interactive event will focus on key strategies to accelerate growth and drive innovation in line with current and future needs of businesses.

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To register for the event or for more information on partnering, sponsoring, speaking or media inquiries, please visit:

Major features at the GIL 2014: Canada Think Tank –

  • Growth Success Story to be presented by Gordon Feller, Cisco’s Director of Urban Innovations
  • Interactive CEO Panel to discuss best practice business perspectives in action
  • New TechVision 2020 Keynote to identify the 50 most exciting technologies

“We’re excited to have so many talented and respected thought leaders bringing valuable perspectives on how innovation can drive success in a world that changes daily,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Vice President of Information & Communications Technologies Brian Cotton. “These insights complement the 50 plus years of experience we bring to the table to give our guests new ways to grow their businesses.”

Attendees will not only hear real-life success stories from top C-Suite executives; they’ll have the chance to fine-tune their own growth strategies during interactive workshops. This half-day event will enable leaders to identify emerging disruptive forces and leverage innovation as a resource to address them.

“GIL Global continues to be unique around the world in that it is one of the only programs existing today that not only supports organizations in meeting and achieving their growth targets today and in the future, but also supports GIL community members in growing their careers through making them stronger visionary leaders ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow,” said Frost & Sullivan Vice President and Global Head of Growth, Innovation and Leadership Brian Denker.

The power-packed agenda concludes with the ‘2014 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Reception & Gala,’ where Frost & Sullivan will recognize nearly 20 Canadian businesses among their industry’s top performers.

Frost & Sullivan’s premier community, GIL Global, is a unique network of today’s greatest visionaries, innovators and leaders and serves as a leading resource supporting CEOs and their management teams in critical decision-making, offering tools that help industry leaders achieve the three essential objectives of growth, innovation and leadership.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook via #GILCanada.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

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

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

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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November 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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Transform Awards Recognises Best in Rebranding, Brand Development and Brand Repositioning in Asia-Pacific Region

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The Transform Awards Asia-Pacific and conference recognised the best in brand repositioning, brand development and brand transformation in the region. The conference featured an examination of the sensory brand experience  including sight and sound  as well as the importance of a coherent strategy and brand name before comparing brand strategy in Asia versus Europe and the US.

The awards, which earlier this year celebrated excellence in rebranding in Europe and in the MENA region with events in London and Dubai, bestowed honours upon brands from across the Asia-Pacific region in a number of sectors, largely from the travel and tourism, financial services and retail sectors.

Repositioning a brand while changing the reputation of a product from something near-reviled to an object of luxury requires well-defined objectives and a cohesive visual and verbal identity. Transform Asia-Pacific Awards’ Grand Prix winner, purveyor of civet coffee Sijahtra, met those challenges head on. It took what was once difficult-to-impossible to sell and transformed it, through packaging, design and brand language, into a desired luxury item. Not only did that earn it the most valued title of the night, but three other gold awards as well.

Other big winners on the night were HSBC Now Asia and MerchantCantos, which revolutionised the way the HSBC brand was perceived by the internal audience, and VIV and Landor, which refocused service stations to cater to the way people interact socially with each other and with their local environments.

Andrew Thomas, founder of Cravenhill Publishing, says, “The standard of work coming out of the Asia-Pacificregion is as good as any from around the world. There is much for which brand practitioners and their agencies and counsel can feel proud. We feel privileged to be a footnote in their organisations’ stories by providing a platform from which to recognise the excellence of their changing brand narratives.”

For more information about the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific, or to enter your work into the Transform Awards Europe programme, visit or email, or call+44-20-7498-7008.

The full list of winners is as follows:


Best use of a visual property

Gold – Swire Properties and Brand Union
Silver – HSBC Now Asia and MerchantCantos
Bronze – Gottex and Living Group
Highly commended – Murata and Living Group
Highly commended – Stevenson, Wong & Co. and Living Group

Best brand architecture solution

Gold – Legrand and Labbrand

Best use of copy style/tone of voice

Gold – Sijahtra and MADE
Silver – FWD Hong Kong and Macau and Jack Morton Worldwide
Bronze – Bluewater and Rocket Content Marketing

Best brand experience

Gold – Harbour City Estates Limited
Silver – Fossil Group and StartJG
Bronze – Asian Paints and FITCH

Best use of packaging

Gold – Sijahtra and MADE
Silver – Nestle and Elmwood
Bronze – Evorie and Labbrand


Best external stakeholder relations during a brand development project

Gold – Bluewater and Rocket Content Marketing

Best internal communication during a brand development project

Gold – HSBC Now Asia and MerchantCantos
Silver – Swire Properties and Brand Union

Best implementation of brand development

Gold – VIV and Landor
Silver – Winning Appliances
Bronze – Dr Geoff Wilcsek The Oculoplastics Centre and Synsation Brand

Best implementation of brand development across multiple markets

Gold – Vietnam Airlines and JWT
Silver – Bluewater and Rocket Content Marketing


Best creative strategy

Gold – Fossil Group and StartJG
Silver – Winning Appliances
Bronze – Suning and StartJG

Best brand evolution

Gold – Winning Appliances
Silver – Fossil Group and StartJG
Silver – Suning and StartJG
Bronze – Anchor Beer and ComZone (Cambodia)
Highly commended – UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and Synsation Brand

Best strategic/creative development of a new brand

Gold – Sijahtra and MADE
Silver – Hotel Jen and fluid
Bronze – Coles and Elmwood
Highly commended – Club Med and Labbrand
Highly commended – Latitude Brokers and Unison


Best corporate rebrand following a merger or acquisition

Gold – Zuellig Pharma and StartJG
Silver – Bluewater and Rocket Content Marketing
Bronze – VIV and Landor

Best brand development project to reflect changed mission/values/positioning

Gold – HSBC Now Asia and MerchantCantos
Silver – Swire Properties and Brand Union
Bronze – Bank of Queensland and BWM

Best rebrand of a digital property

Gold – Li & Fung and Sedgwick Richardson
Silver – Anglo Chinese Group and Sedgwick Richardson
Highly commended  – MovePlan Group and 400


Best visual identity from a charity, NFP or NGO

Gold – Plastic Free Seas and Brand Union
Silver – Kely Support Group and StartJG

Best visual identity from the energy & extractives sector

Gold – VIV and Landor

Best visual identity from the financial services sector

Gold – FIF Group and MakkiMakki
Gold – Gottex and Living Group

Best visual identity from the industrial & basic materials sector

Silver – OPPLE and Labbrand

Best visual identity from the professional services sector

Gold – Stevenson, Wong & Co. and Living Group

Best visual identity from the retail sector

Gold – B&Q China and FITCH
Silver – Winning Appliances
Bronze – Fossil Group and StartJG
Highly commended – TianHe and FITCH

Best visual identity from the technology, media & telecommunications sector

Gold – Murata and Living Group
Silver – Multivision Plus and Flux Design

Best visual identity from the travel & leisure sector

Gold – SEAMARQ and Landor
Silver – Air Asia and The Partners

Best overall visual identity

VIV and Landor

Grand Prix

Sijahtra and MADE

Source: Transform magazine

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November 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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DHL Supply Chain to Invest EUR 218m In Logistics Infrastructure In China

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— Latest facility recently opened in Chengdu to support growth in Western region
— 6 additional state-of-the-art logistics facilities to be constructed by 2020
— A key element to DHL Supply Chain’s growth plans in Asia-Pacific

SHANGHAI, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Supply Chain (DSC), the world largest contract logistics provider, today announced it will commit a further EUR 113 million (RMB 0.86 billion) in China as its strategy gains traction. This is on the back ofEUR 105 million (RMB 0.8 billion) that was committed in 2013, bringing the total committed to EUR 218 million (RMB 1.6 billion). The funds will support the expansion of its network across China and in particular, six additional state-of-the-art logistics facilities scheduled for completion by 2020. The confirmed locations are Guangzhou, Hangzhou,Wuhan, Shenyang, Shenzhen and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone.

Oscar de Bok, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, said: “DHL Supply Chain is on a strong growth path in Asia Pacific. China is a key driver and our strategy is gaining traction. Regardless of location, our customers expect consistency of service delivery and operation execution. By working closely with our customers who provide us with their demand forecast, we have a clear roadmap of the locations we need to be in; as well as the level of the services required. In China alone, DSC will expand its warehouse facilities and transport capacities by 50% over the next three years.”

DSC recently opened its state-of-the art Chengdu Logistics Centre facility in western China. Located in Xindu district, the Chengdu Logistics Centre is a key strategic investment by DHL Supply Chain to support continued economic growth in the western region. The 54,000 sqm center operates scalable, repeatable solutions for multiple customers across a broad spectrum of industries including technology, consumer and healthcare; and delivers significant synergy benefits in terms of cost, quality and performance. The new facility also acts as a multi-user cross-dock to support the effective and efficient transportation of products across the Western region.

Zou Yin, Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain China said, “Helping companies navigate China’s vast geography and varied terrain to deliver their goods safely, efficiently and cost effectively has been the holy grail of the logistics industry. With the continued build out of our pan-China infrastructure, technology investments and extensive transport network, DHL Supply Chain is better positioned to contribute towards China’s goal of reducing the cost of logistics and reinforce the competitiveness of Chinese businesses. This also enables us service our multinational and Chinese customer better”

New facilities have been introduced in the Tier 1 cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, while the roll-out of DHL Supply Chain cross-docks has been accelerated across China to allow the transfer of cargo with minimal warehousing.

The world is witnessing the nascent trend of Chinese companies going global. For many, a major challenge in the globalization of their business operations is the creation of a truly lean global supply chain. DSC understands the extent of development required in Asia Pacific to support a lean global supply chain and has invested 500m Euros(RMB 3.8 billion) in the region over the last two years. This year alone, DSC added 12 new facilities, equivalent to 436,000 sqm of warehousing space and a further five more amounting to an additional 110,000sqm are planned to open in 2015.

Mr de Bok added: “Our global scale combined with our experience across all industry sectors, have enabled us to develop successful supply chain solutions for customers of all sizes, including many of the world’s leading brands and corporations. Here in the Asia Pacific, India, Indonesia, Thailand and China will drive our growth, supported by demand in the established markets of Australia and Japan. We work closely with all our customers to create sustainable competitive advantage for their businesses and we will continue to partner our Chinese customers supporting their growth and expansion by growing business globally.”


DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics Company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion Euros (RMB 420 billion) in 2013.

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November 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Huge Weekend of Entertainment at The Venetian Macao

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-Clash in Cotai II, David Tao and Big Four draw thousands of music and boxing fans to The Venetian Macao for an action-packed three days

MACAO /PRNewswire/ — The Venetian® Macao delivered one of its biggest action-packed weekends of the year this past weekend, led by Clash in Cotai II, which saw Fighter of the Decade CongressmanMANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s only eight-division world champion fight World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI.

Hollywood action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone sit with Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd., at the Clash in Cotai II at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena where Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri in their WBO world welterweight clash.
Hollywood action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone sit with Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd., at the Clash in Cotai II at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena where Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri in their WBO world welterweight clash.


Manny Pacquiao celebrates his unanimous win over CHRIS ALGIERI after their 12-round WBO world welterweight title bout as part of the Clash in Cotai II at the Cotai Arena Sunday.
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his unanimous win over CHRIS ALGIERI after their 12-round WBO world welterweight title bout as part of the Clash in Cotai II at the Cotai Arena Sunday.


A capacity crowd at the Cotai Arena cheered on the participants in Clash in Cotai II, which saw WBO World Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao successfully defend his title against American Chris Algieri.
A capacity crowd at the Cotai Arena cheered on the participants in Clash in Cotai II, which saw WBO World Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao successfully defend his title against American Chris Algieri.

The two were the headline draw in a weekend that started with Cantopop quartet Big Four playing to a packed Venetian Theatre Friday evening. They were followed by Mandopop superstar David Tao who also sang to an enthusiastic Venetian Theatre audience Saturday night.

“This incredible weekend was a clear example of Sands China’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy in action,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “Our goal is to help diversify Macaotourism through our integrated resorts, and we’ve targeted this entertainment strategy toward developing Macaointo a major entertainment hub in Asia and a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

The Venetian Macao’s latest superstar sports event, Clash in Cotai II attracted more than  13,200 ticketholders to fill up the sold-out Cotai Arena Sunday morning. The multi-bout card reached an international television audience spanning more than 80 countries, including to the U.S. via HBO Pay-Per-View and in China on CCTV5. Clash in Cotai II is the seventh boxing card brought to Macao through the collaboration of Sands China and Top Rank, which began with the April 2013 Fists of Gold, featuring Olympic champion Zou Shiming’s debut as a pro boxer.

A host of international celebrities attended Clash in Cotai II, including mega superstars Sylvester Stallone andArnold Schwarzenegger. Also watching the action in the arena were celebrities Stephen Baldwin, Ja Rule,Jermaine Jackson, Jessica Jung, Shannon Lee, Melody Thornton, Jessica C, Byron Mann, Phillip Ng, Ren Quan,Collin Chou, Ma Qinghua, Vanness Wu, Daniel Wu, Hacken Lee, Alex Thomas, Dave Chappelle, Andy On,Timmy Hung, Jimmy Hung, Edmond Leung, Norm Nixon, Janet Chau, Cung Le and Edison Chan.

Boxing fans without a ticket for Clash in Cotai II were still able to take advantage of another exciting way to enjoy the showdown live at The Venetian Macao. Every minute of the main event and undercard fights were broadcast via live closed-circuit feed to two high-energy venues – the Milan Ballroom and the Bellini Lounge.

But ahead of Sunday morning’s excitement, Cantopop stars Big Four kicked off the weekend Friday night with their concert WOW An Evening Date with Big Four at The Venetian Theatre. Composed of friends Dicky Cheung, Andy Hui, William So and Edmond Leung, Big Four thrilled their audience of fans with an enthusiastic performance. The song “Everyone Lucky” started things off, before some of their greatest hits, like “Big Four,” “Powerless to Help,” “The Pain of Men,” and “Man Should Not Make Woman Cry” kept fans asking for more.

The following night was the turn of renowned Taiwanese singer and songwriter David Tao to take the stage and deliver a Blissful Moment With David Tao. Tao got his concert underway by singing “Rain,” and kept his delighted audience going with some of his popular songs like “Who Do You Love” and “I Love You.” He also shared some of his freshest work, performing “Say Goodbye”from his new album “Hello Goodbye.”

Also on Saturday night was a Clash in Cotai II pre-fight party at Bellini Lounge hosted by legendary hip hop starJa Rule. The party went on until the early hours with revelers enjoying the special guest appearance of DJ Skee.

Sands China has already announced its next boxing event with Top Rank, Fist of Power II, which takes placeDecember 16th at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, exclusively sponsored by The Venetian Macao.

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greaterChina. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit

About The Venetian® Macao

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

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Media contact:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Mabel Wu
Tel: +853 8118 2268

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November 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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Start-Up Creates World’s Simplest Market Alert Tool

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-New App Brings Trading Back to Basics

SINGAPORE, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Local start-up Call Levels has created a mobile app that simplifies trading and investing by focusing on a single primary need — the need for investors to be alerted when their selected assets hit pre-set price levels.

The start-up’s co-founder, Daniel Chia, who was a sovereign wealth and hedge fund portfolio manager for the past eight years, created the app after realising that the complexity of existing finance and trading apps put off users who needed them most.

“It’s for part-time investors, businessmen who watch currency moves and even finance professionals themselves” says Daniel. “Call Levels keeps things simple for anyone with an interest in the markets by focusing on only doing one thing well — free, reliable, real-time price alerts.”

The app allows users to select their assets to track, set price levels with a responsive slider, and then receive push notifications when the asset prices hit the desired levels. Users can also notify friends, brokers and bankers when the Call Levels hit by adding their contact details to the app.

Call Level app users will get the most updated information reliably across multiple trading markets and stocks, with a system algorithm that scans the market every minute. Leveraging on Agile development methodology, Call Levels team and 2359 Media built the app within two months, with a system that notifies users within seconds, ensuring critical information reaches users in a timely manner.

The simplicity which Call Levels offers has received warm reception in an industry where complexity is the norm, raising USD$100,000 in funding within a month of its inception. One of the company’s angel investors, former GIC Director of Foreign Exchange, Commodities and Short Term Rates, Timothy Teo, feels the app may fundamentally change the way people trade.

“Call Levels meets a very important need for investors and traders to be informed about price levels whether for entry or exit,” says Mr Teo. “It will level the playing field for smaller players, who can now easily access customised news, views and relevant research whenever they set a price alert.”

Call Levels currently offers users real-time alerts for 930 currency pairs, gold, silver and other metals, with equities and indices to be introduced soon. There are plans to deliver market news to users over the app, customised to what assets they are tracking and where their alert levels are.

“Investors have become more self-directed, more informed and more tech-savvy these days,” says Daniel. “Even late adopters are now using technology on mobile to help them make investment decisions, but we have to make it as accessible as possible. This app helps to put critical information in everyone’s hands in real time so they can make informed decisions quickly.”

The free-to-download Call Levels app is available for Apple iOS devices on the iTunes Store. For more information, you can visit their website at

About Call Levels

Call Levels is a simple mobile-based market alert application that allows users to track and set alerts for foreign currencies, stocks and commodities of their choosing. It will also provide snapshots for quick market analysis based on the customised alerts tracked by users. The app can be downloaded for free on iOS devices from the Apple iTunes Store.

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To download Call Levels from the Apple iTunes store please go to

About 2359 Media Pte Ltd

Since 2009, 2359 Media has been helping clients define, strategize and create business value. 2359 Media is the one-stop source for enterprise applications, creating mobile, web and social experiences.

2359 Media has worked with prestigious companies and launched over 100 apps in the past five years from the banking industry – DBS, UOB, to leisure – with Sentosa, or Media with MediaCorp.

For media enquiries

Daniel Yap

Right Hook Communications

t: +65 8189 9587


Cynthia Siantar

Call Levels Pte Ltd

t: +65 8484 8685


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November 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm