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Stratasys Introduces New 3D Printing Curriculum for Vocational, College and University Educators

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-Full-semester courses help prepare students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester, 14-week course is aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.

Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.

“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.

The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.

Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.

Completion of the beginning course should enable graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries.
Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries.
Describe the advantages and limitations of the main 3D printing technologies.
Evaluate real-life scenarios, and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology.
Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost reduction.
Discuss the economic implications of 3D printing, including its impact on startup businesses and supply chains.
Design and print objects containing moving parts without assembly.
Stratasys plans to add two sequential advanced courses under the theme “Something That Moves Something.” These courses will cover material memory, multi-material use and 3D printing for robotics applications.

Schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms. Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”

Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston also uses Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “There are going to be many instructors out there who would love to teach a course in 3D printing but who simply do not have enough time to do the detailed research and to prepare professional level presentations,” says Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak. “Stratasys has now made it much easier for any instructor to offer a college level course on the subject.”

Learn more about the courses, specific details or to download free materials, by visiting the Stratasys Educational Curriculum page.

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM(R) and PolyJet(TM) 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot, and the company operates the digital parts manufacturing service, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com.

Stratasys is a registered trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Media Contacts
Stratasys Asia Pacific
Janice Lai
Media.ap@stratasys.com
+852-3944-8888

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Source: Stratasys Ltd.

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February 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Dot Foods Selects IBS Dynaman from International Business Systems to Reduce Costs

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— Flexible, affordable yard management system allows largest foodservice redistribution company in U.S. to improve supply chain efficiencies
FOLSOM, Calif., Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain provider, today announced that Dot Foods, the largest foodservice redistribution company in the U.S., has selected IBS Dynaman yard management system tools to reduce costs in its food supply chain.

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Dot Foods, a $5.5 billion company headquartered in Mt. Sterling, Ill., offers 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and delivers them in less-than-truckload quantities to distributors in all 50 states. It selected IBS Dynaman and its customized yard management application to meet the growing needs of its nine distribution centers.

Unlike other companies, Dot Foods possesses a fleet that carries dry goods, frozen and refrigerated foods on the same truck. It also consolidates products from many suppliers into single deliveries to distributors. These unique approaches give distributors the advantage of having to make just single deliveries to restaurants in a given day, thereby reducing traffic and congestion, especially in urban areas.

“Our expertise lies in our work supplying distributors with less-than-truckload quantities so they can reduce inventory and increase turns,” said Troy Schenk, Warehouse Systems Manager at Dot Foods. “IBS is helping us realize new efficiencies with yard management tools that give us additional visibility into our operations and also reduce costs.”

IBS Dynaman’s Yard Management application is based on a state-of-the-art visualization tool that renders a customer’s dock and yard in an easy to understand, graphical representation. Users can then simply click on a truck and drag it to its destination, and IBS Dynaman will direct the yard activity, ensuring all moves are performed via direct communication with the Yard Jockey, or users can configure the advanced logic engine to initiate the best trailer moves needed to support the warehouse operation. IBS Dynaman’s Yard Management application also directs and records routine yard activities like Trailer Audits, Trailer Prep, Refer Fuel/Temperature Settings, and more.

“We are honored to add Dot Foods to our roster of premier clients making a significant impact on the supply chain,” said Tim Conroy, General Manager of the Americas, IBS. “Dot Foods brings a precision to its work supplying the food and beverage industries, and IBS Dynaman will help maximize its distribution centers.”

About IBS
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as WORLDPAC, Fidelitone, Associated Pharmacies, Inc., GILLIG, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Miele Inc., Tri Literal LLC, Mighty Auto Parts, Victory Packaging Inc. and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency. For more information, please visit http://www.ibs.net.

Source: International Business Systems

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February 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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KMC Solutions to Open Most Advanced Serviced Office in Cebu

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MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the growing BPO demand for high-quality office space in alternative locations, KMC Solutions (KMCS), the leading staff leasing and serviced office provider in the Philippines, will be opening its newest serviced office in Cebu, located in Skyrise 4 at Lahug’s Cebu IT Park (formerly Asiatown IT Park).

KMCS’ new Cebu serviced office has 252 seats, with a variety of fitouts for 1-35 employees.
KMCS’ new Cebu serviced office has 252 seats, with a variety of fitouts for 1-35 employees.
The new Skyrise 4 facility will cover over 1,150 sqm of floor area, offering 252 fully equipped seats in different fit-outs that can accommodate 4 to 35 employees. This facility will also be KMCS’ eighth serviced office in the country and its first office outside Metro Manila. The design was inspired by the Cebu lifestyle with colorful underwater themes plus will have unique design features like a green wall to help improve air quality within the office.

“We are very excited about the launch of our new facility in Skyrise 4, not just because it is our first venture outside Manila, but also because Cebu’s market for BPO office space is really promising,” says Thomas Cragg, KMCS Vice President for Sales.

“With the soaring prices of office space and labor costs in Metro Manila, locators are likely to search for more cost-effective sites that offer the same advantages. So it makes sense for us (KMCS) to expand to Cebu and answer this demand, especially now that the city is ranked by Tholons as the 8th top outsourcing destination in the world.”

Technologically advanced office space

Similar to its predecessor SM Aura, one of the largest state-of-the-art facilities in the Philippines, KMCS’ Skyrise 4 serviced office will also be among the most technologically advanced in the country.

“Our partner Dell will continue to provide the core infrastructure for our Skyrise 4 site to ensure that our Cebu clients receive the same security and network stability that our clients in Manila enjoy,” states Clinton Marsh, KMCS Chief Technology Officer, “Our leading edge of IT infrastructure and support is what will really set our serviced office apart from existing offices in Cebu.”

More offices outside Manila for inclusive growth

According to Michael McCullough, KMCS Co-Founder, the expansion to Cebu is just a part of KMCS’ efforts to help decongest Metro Manila and create inclusive growth. “KMCS is currently exploring other cities outside Manila such as Bulacan, Clark, and Davao, to assess opportunities for growth in those areas.”

“Metro Manila has become really crowded, and given its lack of infrastructure to support the growth, it is high time that we tap the next-wave cities and encourage investors to consider expanding there,” says McCullough.

“By doing this, we are not only helping improve quality of life in Metro Manila, but also creating new opportunities for Filipinos in the provinces.”

For more information on the new serviced offices, visit kmcsolutions.us.

About KMC Solutions, Inc.

KMC Solutions is the leading staff leasing and serviced office provider provider in the Philippines. Our company delivers effective business solutions through a seamless integration of services, together with our sister companies: KMC MAG Group, the country’s top real estate services firm and Kittelson & Carpo Consulting, a business consultancy firm. Since 2009, the group has assisted over 500 companies in successfully transitioning and establishing operations in the Philippines. Our firm offers a full suite of seat leasing and serviced office solutions for companies setting up operations in Metro Manila and Cebu including HR and payroll management, serviced office facility and technology management, and staffing.

KMC Solutions is founded and managed by two American IT-BPM Consultants, Gregory Kittelson and Michael McCullough, and a Philippine corporate lawyer, Amanda Rufino Carpo-Bond. Currently, KMC Solutions operates seven serviced office facilities in the country’s top 3 major CBDs: Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Ortigas.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Yves Luethi
Vice President for Marketing and Business Development
KMC Solutions
Tel: +63-2-403-5519
Email: yves@kmcsolutions.us

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Source: KMC Solutions, Inc.
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February 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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Samsonite Strengthens its Global Retail Presence with Acquisition of Travel Retail Specialist Rolling Luggage

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Samsonite International S.A. (“Samsonite” or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Rolling Luggage, one of the world’s leading airport retailers of branded luggage and travel products for business, fashion, adventure and leisure travel, from the Rcapital owned Tie Rack Retail Group for a cash consideration of GBP 15.75 million. The acquisition is part of Samsonite’s ongoing strategy to enhance and strengthen its global multi-brand retail platform, as well as gain share in the large and growing travel retail market.

“Rolling Luggage is an exciting new addition to Samsonite and is unlike any of our previous acquisitions,” said Ramesh Tainwala, Chief Executive Officer of Samsonite. “It immediately allows us to expand our footprint in the travel retail sector, an area that we see great potential for further growth. With international tourist arrivals worldwide expected to almost double by 2030, reaching 1.8 billion[1], and international tourism sales growing by more than 12% a year since 2009[2], airport retail will continue to evolve as airports become shopping destinations in their own right.”

Mr. Tainwala continued, “With the established retail and brand presence that Rolling Luggage has across some of the world’s highest-traffic airports, we see this acquisition very much as a strategic opportunity to strengthen our multi-brand retail platform, increase visibility for Samsonite products among our target consumers and drive sales by offering better product assortment within an improved in-store experience.”

Alex Willson, Managing Director of Rolling Luggage, said, “We are thrilled to be joining Samsonite. Their considerable experience in the travel luggage industry and our passion about travel are a perfect match. We will work together to continue to ensure that we provide our consumers with a diverse and compelling product offering.”

Headquartered in the UK, Rolling Luggage operates 36 airport retail locations in the UK, Europe, and Asia Pacific, including prime retail locations in Heathrow, Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt and Hong Kong airports. Rolling Luggage offers world class products which combine functionality with style that travellers can trust. Historically part of the Tie Rack Retail Group, Rolling Luggage became a standalone business following completion of an internal restructuring in April 2014.

Rolling Luggage recorded net sales of GBP 26.7 million for the year ended January 31, 2015, an increase of 11.3% from GBP 24.0 million the previous year.

About Samsonite

Samsonite International S.A. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Group”) is the world’s largest travel luggage company, with a heritage dating back more than 100 years. The Group is principally engaged in the design, manufacture, sourcing and distribution of luggage, business and computer bags, outdoor and casual bags, and travel accessories throughout the world, primarily under the Samsonite®, American Tourister®,Hartmann®, High Sierra®, Gregory®, Speck® and Lipault® brand names and other owned and licensed brand names. The Group’s core brand, Samsonite, is one of the most well-known travel luggage brands in the world.

For more information, please contact:

Samsonite International S.A.
William Yue
Tel: +85224222611
Email: william.yue@samsonite.com

Asia: Artemis Associates

Vanita Sehgal

Tel: +85228613227

Mob: +85291034626

Email: vanita.sehgal@artemisassociates.com  

Jonathan Yang

Tel: +85228613234

Mob: +85263736676

Email: jonathan.yang@artemisassociates.com      

Europe: Newgate Communications
Jonathan Clare

Tel: +442076806500

Clotilde Gros

Tel: +442076806522

Mob: +447899790749

Georgia Lewis

Tel: +442076806528

Mob: +447718619905

Email: samsonite@newgatecomms.com

[1] UNWTO
[2] http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Consumer-Business/gx-cb-global-powers-of-retailing.pdf

Source: Samsonite International

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February 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

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Globe Ties Up with Japan’s Brastel on Co-Branded Call Card

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-Japan-based Filipinos get more affordable IDD calls to Globe, TM

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Globe Telecom marked the launch of its partnership with leading Japanese telco Brastel with the introduction of their co-branded reloadable calling card. The product was developed for the 250,000 overseas Filipinos in Japan and offers calling rates to Globe and TM in the Philippinesthat are as low as half the cost of other offers in the market.

Officials in the photo, from left: Carmina Velayo-Villo - Head of Marketing for Globe International Business; Rizza Maniego-Eala, Senior Vice President for Globe International Business; Jorge Tatsuki Takata - General Manager for Carrier Operations & Support, Brastel
Officials in the photo, from left: Carmina Velayo-Villo – Head of Marketing for Globe International Business; Rizza Maniego-Eala, Senior Vice President for Globe International Business; Jorge Tatsuki Takata – General Manager for Carrier Operations & Support, Brastel

“Globe is starting 2015 with a great proposition for our kababayans in Japan whether as residents, temporary workers, students or visitors. We have forged ties with a respected company such as Brastel in order to provide Filipinos abroad with more affordable means to communicate with their loved ones back home,” said Gil Genio, Globe EVP & COO for International and Business Markets .

Japan has always been an important market for Globe because of the hundreds of thousands of Pinoys based there. This partnership with Brastel gives us an opportunity to offer good quality calls, superior rates and a widely-accessible reloadable card product available in over 44,000 outlets across the said country,” added Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe SVP for International Business.

“Since our founding in 1996, we at Brastel aim to give our customers a voice by providing them with the best packages and offers. Through our partnership with Globe, we are delighted to enable stronger connections between overseas Filipinos in Japan and their family and friends back home,” noted Wilson Kendi Kawai, Brastel CEO.

The Globe-Brastel card is available for free at Filipino stores across the Land of the Rising Sun. To make a call, dial the access number, country code, area code and phone number from any landline, mobile or payphone. Reloading the card is easy via the widely-accepted Smart Pit payment gateway at partner convenience stores such as Family Mart, Mini Stop, Circle K and Lawson. It can also be reloaded via the Brastel website using a credit card in denominations of 2,000 yen up to 10,000 yen.

For more information on the international services of Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph/international.

For more information, please contact:

Yoly C. Crisanto
Head, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
Email Address: gtcorpcomm@globe.com.ph
Globe Press Room:
www.globe.com.ph/press-room
Twitter: @talk2GLOBE │ Facebook:
www.facebook.com/globeph

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Source: Globe Telecom, Inc.

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February 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

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The Giants Open Perth International Arts Festival

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  • The people of Perth fill the streets as the Diver Giant takes his first steps through the city. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Jessica Wyld
  • Diver Giant is presented with a Message Stick, a gift from the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Toni Wilkinson
  • During a smoking ceremony by the Noongar people, the Giants' faces were painted as part of a traditional welcome. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Toni Wilkinson
  • Little Girl Giant is presented a book by the children of Perth. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Jessica Wyld

PERTH, Australia /PRNewswire/ — An audience of 1.4 million experienced The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants to the Streets of Perth, by France’s Royal de Luxe, in a three-day free spectacular to open the 63rd Perth International Arts Festival on February 13.

Visitors from around Australia and the world joined the entire city and fell in love with the 6-metre Little Girl Giant and stood in awe of the 11-metre high Diver Giant.

Over three days, the narrative wove together a commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac and the role of Australian troops in World War One, and a celebration of the Aboriginal community of Western Australia, and above all united the city in child-like wonder.

Perth Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway said: “They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a city to raise a Giant.

“Perth came together for this event and everyone embraced it. This is one of the largest examples of the extraordinary transformational quality of art.”

“It has been widely accepted that Perth will never forget the weekend that it walked with Giants.”

Thousands saw moments of beauty, humour and wonder as the Little Girl Giant started her journey on Day One. When she woke up to the sounds of Noongar women singing to her, she had the audience enthralled. On Day Two, the Diver Giant awoke and set off in search of the Little Girl Giant, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles on his quest. The day ended with an emotional reunion of the two Giants which delighted the gathered crowds. Day Three saw the Giants participate in an Anzac commemorative ceremony before sailing off down the Swan River to continue their journey.

Other highlights included the presentation of the gift of a book to the Little Girl Giant made for her by the children of Perth, part of an extensive education program to run alongside the project.

Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running international arts festival in Australia and Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Festival has developed a worldwide reputation for its excellent international program, the presentation of new works and the highest quality artistic experiences for audience. For 62 years, the Festival has welcomed to Perth some of the world’s greatest living artists.

SOURCE: PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

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February 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

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