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Materialise Expands i.materialise Online Platform through Franchise Agreement with UCT

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-Agreement Strengthens i.materialise™ 3D Printing Platform in South East Asia

SINGAPORE, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Last Thursday marked the signing of a franchise agreement between Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) and UCT (NASDAQ: UCTT), which will enable UCT to bring the i.materialise 3D Printing platform to South East Asia and further expand the reach of 3D printing into traditional manufacturing markets. The agreement was signed in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty, the King of Belgium, on the occasion of an economic mission in the region.

The franchise agreement links Materialise, a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D Printing solutions in the medical, industrial and consumer markets to UCT a global, vertically integrated contract manufacturing provider of high quality, broad-based manufacturing capabilities. The partnership enables both companies to expand the reach of 3D printing into the traditional outsource manufacturing sector.

The collaboration with UCT catapults the growth of the already successful i.materialise 3D Printing platform into South East Asia. UCT will use their Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore to bring production closer to users in the region. The service will be available in Q1, 2015.

i.materialise is dedicated to helping people to materialise their ideas, and in a way that’s what this franchise agreement is doing — giving even more creative individuals the possibility to turn their dreams into 3D reality,Wim Michiels, Executive Vice President, Materialise says. “Additive Manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize how things are designed, made and distributed, and can truly contribute to the realization of a better and healthier world. I see this collaboration with UCT as a great opportunity to bring quality 3D printing, and the benefits it enables, closer to home in South East Asia.”

Lavi Lev, Senior Vice President, UCT Asia stated “UCT strives to bring the newest manufacturing solutions to our broad base of customers. We believe offering the i.materialise 3D Printing Platform through our new and expanded Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore will offer our customers manufacturing choices previously unavailable to them. Our customers can confidently entrust their product to two companies who offer over 50 years of combined excellence and innovation. Furthermore, we are grateful to do this in a region that offers a stable business environment, a rich pool of talent and a government that enthusiastically supports advanced manufacturing technologies.

Worldwide, people are discovering the wonder of 3D printing, as well as the unique challenges and needs that come with the territory. To help these people get the most out of 3D printing, the i.materialise online platform offers an entire range of solutions and services that go beyond just the 3D printing of designs. Designers, students, inventors and everyday consumers who want to create something unique can utilize the online service to produce their own products and, if they desire, share their products with and even offer them for sale to others through the platform.

About Materialise

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise is a provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products. Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of AM since 1990, through its involvement in AM for industrial and medical applications, by providing biomedical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations and by developing unique solutions for its customers’ prototyping, production, and medical needs. For additional information, please visit:

About UCT, Inc.

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

Press contacts:


Vanessa Palsenbarg
Corporate Communications Specialist, Materialise
Phone: +32-16-39-66-37
Fax:    +32-16-39-66-00
Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MaterialiseNV

Cory Ziskind
Phone: +1-646-227-1232


Lavi Lev
Senior Vice President, Asia, UCT
Phone: +65-6755-7577 x 3130

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Source: Materialise

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December 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

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Meet the Marketing Experts at Asia’s Ultimate Digital Market Event – ClickZ Live Singapore 2014

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — ClickZ Live, a global industry leading conference series for digital marketers will kick off its final Asia conference for the year in Singapore from 2-4 December 2014. It’s global portfolio of digital marketing conferences provide unique learning and networking opportunities with over 300+ key industry players from across the globe. This year for Singapore, they include Acronym, Cisco, Ebay Enterprise, Fuji Xerox, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Resorts World Sentosa, SAP, SingTel, Uber Singapore and many more.

Marketers will have the opportunity to participate in 30 sessions across 3 days and 6 individual tracks with keynote addresses including: ‘Silence is not an option’ by Jason Oke, Red Fuse Communications and ‘Predict Better—Measuring Consumers’ Non-Conscious Responses’ by Gemma Calvert, Neurosense. There is also a unique opportunity to ‘Meet the experts’ at the Roundtable session to learn, network and share information with marketing peers and leading industry specialists. Topics include: Content, remarketing, email marketing, mobile advertising and many more!

Digital marketing isn’t easy, and often it’s incredibly challenging—especially for brands without inherent appeal or engagement. A brand may be a global leader in its industry, but how does that success translate into the digital space? The reality today is that everything is on the Internet with every category and brand showing up in search, e-commerce and in social mentions. The challenge that many brands face is being haphazardly represented by others. Jason Oke, global leader in healthcare has taken on this challenge and will be sharing his experiences on the campaigns that have won some of the top global awards in mobile and digital.

Founder of Neurosense, Gemma Calvert will be providing insights on Neuromarketing (the application of neuroscience to marketing) which allows companies to tap into consumers’ subconscious emotions and predict their behavior with much greater accuracy than relying solely on their spoken feedback. In this talk, marketers will hear from the world’s leading provider of commercial online implicit research tools and gain insight into how consumers’ non-conscious emotional responses can be captured online, quickly and cost effectively; how implicit association tests can be integrated with conventional qualitative and quantitative market research to give greater predictive accuracy.

“The definitive event for marketing practitioners, ClickZ Live Singapore will tackle the challenges in the digital revolution whilst keeping up with the pace of change in the industry. We are extremely pleased to have more than 50 expert speakers provide top strategic sessions, keynote speeches and tactical workshops this year, bringing together experts and the creme de la creme of marketing practitioners for a closed-door knowledge sharing experience.” Says Vivien Peters, Regional Director and Head of Asia-Pacific, Incisive Media.

Event details are as follows:

Date: 2-4 December 2014
Venue: Marina Mandarin Singapore

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ClickZ Live ( is a next-generation event that addresses the increasing change of pace in the digital marketing industry, to meet the diverse educational needs of today’s online marketing community.

Over the past few years, the engaging educational content that marketers have come to expect from the SES brand has expanded beyond just search marketing to include the very latest strategic and tactical thinking from expert marketing practitioners in the fields of social media, display, mobile, digital TV advertising and marketing.

For all PR related enquiries please contact:
Stephanie Zhu | Senior Marketing Executive | Incisive Media
T: + 852 3411 4903 | F: + 852 3411 4811

Source: ClickZ Live

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December 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Globe Telecom extends smartphone ownership to prepaid customers in the Philippines

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-Over 40 million prepaid customers can now purchase discounted devices and get their money back with every registration to GoGadgets

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Globe Telecom, one of the Ieading telecommunications networks in the Philippines, is extending ownership of smartphones to each and every Filipino prepaid customer with a new service that allows them to avail of handsets with discounts and get their money back with every registration to a prepaid promo of their choice.

The Philippines is predominantly a prepaid market, with over 100 million prepaid customers who purchase a prepaid SIM and top-up prepaid load to use SMS, voice, and data services.

GoGadgets is the first-of-its-kind prepaid service that allows customers to create their own prepaid bundle by choosing a gadget from a menu of discounted Android phones ranging from as low as US$60. Customers can get a Cloudfone 400dx, Samsung Trend Lite, Lenovo A536 and Nokia Lumia 635 LTE.

To complete their prepaid bundle, customers just need to choose their promo combo (texts to all networks or unlimited calls), the validity period of the promo (7, 15 or 30 days) and the registration period (6, 12, 18 or 24 months), with no need to submit any requirements. Customers can earn their money back via GCash, Globe Telecom’s mobile money service, every time they register to any GoGadgets promo, which allows them to get their devices almost free.

“Globe continues to be a trailblazer in the Philippine telecoms industry with our game-changing innovations to our customers. With GoGadgets, prepaid customers get the latest smartphones and get their money back while enjoying the flexibility of prepaid promos. For as low as US$60, prepaid customers can now own a smartphone enabling them to fully enjoy their digital lifestyle,” says Issa Cabreira, Senior Vice President, Globe Consumer Mobile Marketing.

Globe revolutionized the Philippine mobile prepaid market as it pioneered GoSAKTO, a service that allows prepaid customers to create and customize their own prepaid promos based on their budget, lifestyle and needs. Early this year, Globe won the Best Mobile Service category of the 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards by the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for the world’s 800 mobile networks. Under the said category, Globe received the Best Network-based Solution for Serving Customers Award for Globe Prepaid GoSakto: Create Your Own Promo, beating entries from telco operators worldwide such as Avea for Location-Based Push Notification Service, LG Uplus for U+Box, SpatialBuzz and Telefonica UK for the Trusted Network Programme powered by SpatialBuzz, and TurkCell for TurkCell SMS+.

The telecom company also bundled its core call and text promos with the world’s top messaging apps such as Viber, FB Messenger, Kakao Talk, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Line, enabling customers to connect with their contacts from around the world.

During the third quarter of the year, Globe Telecom’s prepaid business remained in full swing after its customer base breached the 40-million mark amidst intense competition and aggressive switching in the prepaid market.

As of end-September 2014, total prepaid base has grown to 40.7 million, up 18% from the 34.5 million customers as of the same period last year. The telco’s digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid grew its customer base to 18.9 million customers, a 12% increase from last year’s customer base of 17 million.

Globe Prepaid gross acquisitions for the first nine months of the year grew to 11.6 million or 23% higher than the acquisition level in the same period last year of 9.4 million. Coming from strong gross acquisitions, net incremental subscribers likewise improved by 109% to 1.1 million from 523,797 in the same period last year.

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Twitter: @talk2GLOBE

Source: Globe Telecom, Inc.

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December 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

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New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel to Open 2018 in Malaysian City’s Newest Landmark

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — New World Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Homesign Network to manage New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel scheduled to open in 2018. The deluxe hotel brand will make its Malaysia debut in grand style, with the hotel occupying the top floors of what will become Kota Kinabalu’s newest city icon. 

New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel - exterior
New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel – exterior

New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel will be an integral part of Skycity, a multi-purpose development comprising the hotel, grade-A offices, shopping mall and two towers of serviced suites.

Located in Karamunsing near the Kota Kinabalu city centre, the hotel is ideally located for both business and leisure.  It will be only 30 minutes’ drive to more than 10 surrounding golf courses and five minutes’ drive to the Jesselton Pier which connects to all the outlying islands.

The complex tower will become a striking landmark in Kota Kinabalu when it is completed with the hotel occupying the top 16 floors offering unobstructed views of the city, the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu.  The property will feature 400 guestrooms and suites.  The brand’s signature Residence Club Living Room will offer exclusive benefits such as complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and dedicated concierge service for Residence Club and hotel suite guests.

Dining options will include two restaurants, a lobby bar and a sky bar.  Meeting facilities will total 3,883 square metres (41,796 square feet) while recreational facilities will encompass a sky pool, spa and gym.

Sabah is an ideal location for New World Hotels & Resorts to embark on its expansion into Malaysia — not only is it amongst the top three domestic tourism markets but Kota Kinabalu is also the fastest growing Malaysian state capital,” says YB Datuk Teo Chee Kang JP, Minister of Special Tasks.

“Kota Kinabalu’s vibrancy and natural charm, as well as its easy accessibility from the key feeder markets of mainland China and Hong Kong, will set up New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel for success,” says Sonia Cheng chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, the parent company of New World Hotels & Resorts.  “We are very grateful to Homesign Network for the opportunity to introduce our ‘modern Oriental hospitality’ to local residents, domestic and international travellers.”

“We believe New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel will be the crowning achievement in our Skycity project and we look forward to working with the brand’s team to create a landmark to welcome guests to the city for years to come,” says Mr. Lee Chee Kiang, managing director of Homesign Network.

The New World Hotels & Resorts expanding portfolio includes six new China projects in Haikou (2019),Shenyang (2016), Zhengzhou (2016), Foshan (2017), Qingyuan (2017), and Langfang (2016), and the latest New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel (2018).  New World Manila Bay Hotel in the Philippines opens 1 January 2015.

New World Hotels & Resorts

Favoured by business travellers and meeting planners, New World Hotels & Resorts includes deluxe properties in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dalian, Guiyang, Shanghai, Wuhan, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila, with an affiliated hotel in Shunde.  The hotels offer a full range of relevant amenities and services, including multiple restaurants, business services, extensive meeting facilities, Residence Club executive floors and recreational options.  The New World Hotels & Resorts collection is targeted to more than triple in size in the next five years.  For further information or reservations, please contact your travel professional, visit or follow the group’sFacebook for latest news.

Homesign Network

Homesign Network Sdn Bhd is one of the fastest growing development companies in commercial, residential and real estate development in Sabah.

The company has set a pace of rapid growth which now stands with a dozen of ongoing projects in various strategic locations spanning a total development area over 3.5 million square feet.  These projects contribute to an expanded product range from affordable homes to luxurious mixed high-rise developments.

With the combined experience of its dedicated management team, Homesign Network is arguably the fastest rising star in Sabah property scene, striving to deliver quality product in building fruitful and long lasting business relationships.


Maggie Leung
Senior Public Relations Manager
T:  +852-2138-2266

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Source: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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December 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

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