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Singapore’s Vibrant Healthcare Industry an Attractive Market for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services, says Frost & Sullivan

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— Consumer demand for high-quality services bolsters innovation

SINGAPORE, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore’s private outpatient diagnostic imaging services market is receiving a huge boost from a combination of factors including a growing aged population, higher prevalence of non-communicable diseases, and the influx of medical tourists. An estimated 80 percent of the primary healthcare services in the country are provided by private practitioners and the remaining by government polyclinics. In response to the substantial opportunities, device manufacturers are focusing their efforts on developing sophisticated imaging technologies and offering quality output.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Singapore Private Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services Market (http://www.frost.com/q293927029), finds that the market earned revenues of US$127.8 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach US$273.0 million in 2019.

“With the increasing number of elderly and chronic disease patients, there is a marked shift in attitude from disease treatment to prevention,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Consultant Poornima Srinivasan.

“Both patients and healthcare givers are seeking solutions that can aid in early diagnosis and regular monitoring, which, in turn, is driving the usage of diagnostic imaging services,” she added.

However, the market is somewhat constricted by the high capital expenditure on equipment. Hospitals and laboratories are also deterred by the service and maintenance costs of diagnostic imaging products such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and Single Photon Emission CT (SPECT).

In addition, most diagnostic services, except for mammograms and colonoscopy, are not covered by the national insurance schemes in Singapore. Inadequate reimbursements tend to cause hospitals to defer their usage. Yet, consumer awareness regarding early diagnosis and intervention and the demand for low-radiation imaging equipment have made a strong case for sophisticated imaging technologies.

“The private outpatient diagnostic imaging market in Singapore is competing on technology and services rather than pricing,” noted Srinivasan.

“To retain their customer base and attract more customers, device manufacturers and service providers are aiming to invest in new technologies that can deliver more accurate results and a wider variety of tests,” she added.

Given the competitive nature of the market and end-user desire for novel, high-quality products, diagnostic imaging service providers with innovative technologies will flourish.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Melissa Tan, Corporate Communications, at melissa.tan@frost.com.

Singapore Private Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services Market is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies (http://www.medtech.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Drivers for Healthcare R&D Investment in Asia-Pacific, Technology Trends in Cardiac Imaging, Global Orthopedic Implant Market, and Multi-parameter Patient Monitoring Market in Asia-Pacific. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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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Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +65 6890 0926
F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910
F: +603 6201 7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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“Do The Dew” Goes Global

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— Mountain Dew® Reintroduces Iconic “Do the DEW” Credo with First-Ever Global Creative Featuring Scotty Lago and Sean Malto in Collaboration with Filmmaker Justin Lin

PURCHASE, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — Duct tape, matches, a skateboard and a bottle of DEW® at first glance are ambiguous on their own. However, when DEW Nation takes a second look, they see opportunities where others don’t to instigate an extraordinary, exhilarating, damn good time.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150319/183215

To illustrate this unique attribute of Mountain Dew fans everywhere, the one-of-a-kind citrus beverage is introducing “Do the DEW” – the iconic rallying cry and brand credo – as the anchor of its first-ever global brand campaign, uniting DEW Nation around the world.

“Mountain Dew is one of our billion dollar brands and one of our fastest growing global brands. It enjoys unparalleled leadership positions in countries like Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States, and is one of the few brands – in beverages and throughout the consumer goods space – that has no real competition. It is truly a category of one,” said Brad Jakeman, President, PepsiCo Global Beverages Group (@bradjakeman). “Harmonizing Mountain Dew under the first global integrated marketing campaign is part of our commitment to reinvest in our top brands, and leveraging its scale and muscle will allow us to continue to build this powerhouse brand with the same passion and authenticity that the DEW Nation has come to expect of Mountain Dew.”

The global “Do the DEW” campaign features two creative films – for traditional and digital viewing and sharing – where ordinary “ingredients” paired with a bottle of DEW create the perfect recipe for a damn good time. “Fireboard” – starring professional skateboarder Sean Malto – sparks a beach bonfire with a trick and twist. “Directions” follows Olympic snowboarder Scotty Lago and his birdseed trail from the snowy caps of Canada to a lively, mountain base bash.

“Do the DEW is more than just an advertising slogan for Mountain Dew – it represents the attitude of a community that really seeks to live life authentically,” said Simon Lowden, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Americas Beverages. “True to what DEW Nation has come to expect from DEW, we created the content for this global campaign with authenticity as our filter, and we can’t wait for our fans to have a damn good time with it.”

To bring “Do the DEW” to life in an epic way across the globe, Mountain Dew partnered with one of Hollywood’shottest directors, Justin Lin, known for his work directing The Fast & The Furious franchise and the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detective and the highly anticipated Star Trek 3.

“It was a thrill to collaborate with Mountain Dew and our collective of filmmakers in order to capture what it means to ‘Do the DEW,'” said Lin. “We really embodied that meaning in the making of this content – pushing the limits of creativity and hopefully capturing its essence for fans around the world.”

The integrated global “Do the DEW” campaign also includes a refreshed visual identity system with impactful print and out of home, as well as sharable digital content. DEW Nation can check out the work by following Mountain Dew on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in their local country and join the conversation using hashtag #DoTheDew.

Globally, Mountain Dew accounts for two of PepsiCo’s 22 billion dollar brands with Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew each generating more than a billion dollars in estimated annual retail sales in their own right. Inthe United States, Mountain Dew is a powerhouse brand that has been recognized by Beverage Digest at the #3 liquid refreshment beverage megabrand and it is the No 1. flavored carbonated soft drink.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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March 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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Anastasia at the 2015 Singapore Yacht Show

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ALBLASSERDAM, The Netherlands /PRNewswire/ —

Oceanco at the Singapore Yacht Show

Oceanco is pleased to be exhibiting at the Singapore Yacht Show from 23 to 26 April 2015. You can find us at the One 15 Marina Club, which is located in the heart of the show.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150330/736521)

The exclusive Singapore Yacht Show, which originated in 2011, has become a key-networking event attracting Asian and international business leaders. Gaining momentum every year since its inception, the organizers say that the 2015 show will be their biggest one to date.

Oceanco will display the scale models of its latest innovative projects and is also very excited to be showcasing the 75.5m (248ft) Anastasia-the largest yacht to ever attend the Singapore show. Anastasia has won a number of prestigious awards including the World Yacht Trophy for Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht over 40m and theRobb Report Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht of the Year. With her extremely distinctive elegant sweeping curves and a pair of ‘rocket’ wings atop her superstructure, this stunning motor yacht, is sure to attract a lot of attention. Designed by Sam Sorgiovanni for veteran yacht owners, she is superbly engineered and crafted with utmost attention to detail; Anastasia is the ideal yacht for coastal cruising or lengthy expeditions.

Anastasia Technical Specification

Builder: Oceanco
Exterior/Interior Designer: Sorgiovanni Designs
Length: 75.5m / 247.7ft
Beam: 13.0m / 42.6ft
Type: Steel Hull and Aluminium Superstructure
Guests: Suite, office and owner’s balcony, 2 double VIP suites, 3 double guest cabins.

http://www.oceancoyacht.com

Source: Oceanco

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March 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Commends Belden’s Comprehensive Portfolio of Connectivity and Networking Products for Signal Transmission

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— Belden’s emphasis on continuous product versatility, technology and functionalities will entrench its position in the global market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the industrial physical infrastructure Ethernet market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Belden Inc. with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership. Belden’s 100-year legacy of proven technical excellence and continuous R&D gives the company a clear strategic edge in the evolving Ethernet market.
Belden receives the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Global Industrial Physical Infrastructure Ethernet Product Line Strategy Leadership Award
Belden receives the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Global Industrial Physical Infrastructure Ethernet Product Line Strategy Leadership Award

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150327/194981

In less than 10 years, through a series of strategic acquisitions, Belden has evolved from a supplier of copper cable products to a provider of leading signal transmission solutions. This was based on a deliberate strategy to shape and advance its product portfolio through organic and inorganic growth in order to take leadership positions in its key markets. The list of its acquisitions on its path to market leadership includes:

Hirschmann Automation and Control, a leading supplier of industrial Ethernet switches and routers;
Lumberg Automation, a niche firm with expertise in compact Ethernet packaging and connectivity;
GarrettCom, an industrial Ethernet switch supplier;
Tofino Security, a leader in industrial security appliances;
Poliron, a technology and Brazilian industrial cable specialist;
ProSoft Technology, a leading developer of industrial communication solutions for automation and control applications; and
Tripwire, a leader in advanced cyber threat detection solutions.

Belden’s industrial cable division was the starting point in its journey toward becoming a global signal transmission solution provider. Its offerings include industrial data solutions that support industrial Ethernet and bus networks, as well as EIA-485 applications, instrumentation and control cables; armored cables; flexible automation cables; pan/tilt/zoom CCTV camera cables; fire alarm cables; sound (paging) cables; and switches.

“Belden has end-to-end physical infrastructure solutions to address existing networking challenges, as well as deliver the bandwidth and scalability required for future applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Deepak Achuthashankar. “Its portfolio extends from industrial networking, industrial cable, industrial connectivity, machine control solutions (MCS), and enterprise connectivity to infrastructure-related applications. The acquisition of Tripwire was the latest step in Belden’s product leadership strategy.”

One of Belden’s main areas of focus is industrial IT. In this market, Belden sells wired and wireless switches and routers, both hardware and software products, and has been the leader in adoption of Ethernet in the industrial market, while supporting a broad range of legacy protocols. Additionally, it emphasizes security as end users have begun to realize that industrial facilities and environments are subjected to the same degree of security threats as in the commercial space. Belden has particularly emphasized investments in wireless, security and embedded technologies as critical enablers for the Internet of Industrial Things (IoIT).

Belden’s development processes are finely tuned to support mission-critical applications and tailored to the unique needs of industrial customers, specifically maximized network uptime and ease of product installation and use. Furthermore, its product lines are compatible with those of any automation company; this has been made possible by its impressive in-house technical knowledge base and relentless focus on customer intimacy.

Belden also offers a variety of world-class networking services. The core components of its network services are on-site technical consultation that includes network planning, design, configuration and installation, as well as trouble-shooting, maintenance and assistance with future upgrades. This is supplemented by world-class, post-sales support.

Krishna Srinivasan, global president and managing partner of Frost & Sullivan, said, “Belden has done a remarkably good job of serving the full range of product needs of its target customers. Belden has optimized its product line by integrating all the key price, performance and feature points required in the industrial physical infrastructure Ethernet market.”

Belden is not just a supplier of signal transmission products, but a true strategic business partner delivering solutions that make end-user facilities perform more efficiently and profitably. Its global presence places it in close proximity to most of its customers and partners.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a comprehensive product line that caters to the breadth of the market it serves. The award recognizes the extent to which the product line meets customer base demands, the overall impact it has in terms of customer value, as well as increased market share.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Belden
Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at http://www.belden.com; follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

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?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

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P: +1-210-247-3870
F: +1-210-348-1003
E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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foodpanda Malaysia Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

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-foodpanda Turns 3 and Rewards Customers with Free Delivery on Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — foodpanda Malaysia started in 2012 with just 40 restaurants operating only in the Klang Valley. After just 3 years, they have expanded their operations to over 700+ restaurants covering most major cities including Johor Bahru, Penang, Ipoh, and Melaka.

foodpanda Malaysia has come a long way. From just taking orders via their website, progressing to a mobile friendly site and finally developing a mobile application. “We recognize that modern consumers are moving towards mobile technology and we want to make ordering food as seamless as just a few taps on our app,” says Sidney Ng, Country Manager of foodpanda Malaysia. “We will also be launching a new version of our app very soon that will simplify the order process.”

When asked about foodpanda’s future plans, he mentioned that foodpanda has plans to expand their current zones within the Klang Valley and start operations in Kota Kinabalu. Having partnerships with most of the major restaurants, foodpanda has no intentions to stop adding more restaurants to their platform. With the recent funding, they also intend to further develop the website, mobile application and overall operations to improve the whole user experience during the ordering process.

“We treasure our partnership with foodpanda – they have definitely improved with leap and bounds in terms of both number of orders and operation efficiency since they started,” says Billie, the owner of Puzzini Pizza – one of foodpanda’s early restaurants.

In conjunction with their 3rd anniversary, they are rewarding their customers with free delivery on 30th March 2015. Customers can also expect discounts and promotions from their partners, Zalora, Lazada and HotelQuickly on their anniversary.

About foodpanda

foodpanda group is the leading global food delivery marketplace, active in 39 countries on five continents. The company enables restaurants to become visible in the online and mobile world and provides them with a constantly evolving online technology. For consumers, foodpanda/hellofood offer the convenience to order food online and the widest gastronomic range, from which they can choose their favourite meal on the web or via the app.

Look us up at:

Website: http://www.foodpanda.my

Facebook: facebook.com/FoodpandaMalaysia

For more information on this press release, or to arrange interviews with company management, please contact:

Sidney Ng
Country Manager, Malaysia
Unit D-3A-08, Level 3A, Block D,
Southgate Commercial Centre,
No.2 Jalan Dua off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016-3062330
Email: s.ng@foodpanda.my

Trisha Ang
Marketing Manager
Unit D-3A-08, Level 3A, Block D,
Southgate Commercial Centre,
No.2 Jalan Dua off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016-7252996
Email: t.ang@foodapanda.my
Source: Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd

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March 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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MediaTek Taps Consumers for Global Naming Competition of Premium Chipsets

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-Contest will create Chinese moniker for new Helio ™ family of 64-bit True 8Core™ LTE products designed to power high-performance devices

HSINCHU /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced a Chinese naming contest for its new premium mobile processor family — Helio. Open to entrants from around the world, the competition will choose one creative winner to receive the grand prize of 1 million RMB (approximately US$161,000) for his or her winning submission. In addition, MediaTek will also choose five finalists, who will each receive 50,000 RMB(approximately US$8,000).  Contestants can submit up to three Chinese names that best exemplify the strength, performance and innovation of the new Helio chipset family. Online submission will be accepted starting April 15th at http://www.mediatek.com/event/helio_naming and winners will be chosen in early June 2015.

Helio is MediaTek’s premium mobile processor family which integrates leading heterogeneous computing technology with advanced multimedia innovations. This new processor range consists of the Helio X, a high-specification range of chips offering extreme performance, and the Helio P, a range of premium performance chips. Helio X is focused on uncompromised multimedia performance backed by highest level mobile computing, whereas Helio P provides optimal thermal efficiency and reduction of battery size, enabling the slimmest possible smartphone form factors. Both the X and P sit in the MediaTek high-end range of SoC’s.

The first smartphone SoC offering is the Helio X10, the industry’s first True 8Core™, 2.2GHz 64-bit mobile processor, which operates ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Additional features include market-leading multimedia sub-systems that support many technologies never before possible in smartphones:

  • MiraVision — A high-performance, real-time pixel processing engine which dynamically controls sharpness, contrast and color, to enhance picture quality.
  • SmartScreen — An algorithm/pixel engine that compresses and enhances individual pixels, in real-time, to make the screen brighter, allowing users to experience TV-like quality using significantly less power.
  • 120Hz display in mobile devices — 120Hz refresh rates will create a crisper, smoother image quality when moving a document or text around, i.e., a map.
  • Super slow-motion — A camera capturing 480 frames per second (fps) for 1080p Full HD videos, with playback at 1/16 speed.
  • InstantFocus — Reduces focus time by 1.5 seconds. Improves tracking to ensure you always get a clear photo and never miss a shot.

The first Helio powered smartphones will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2015.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True 8Core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot® technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius®. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit http://www.mediatek.com for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:

PR@mediatek.com

Kristin Taylor, MediaTek Inc.
+1-858-731-9270
2860 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95134, USA

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

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March 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm

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RS Components Teams Up with Big Wipes to Deliver Market-Leading Industrial-Strength Cleaning Wipes

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RS customers worldwide can now clean up quickly and safely with superior-performing Big Wipes

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has become the first global, high-service distributor to stock the Big Wipes range of industrial-strength cleaning wipes, which are specially formulated for faster cleaning and superior skin safety.

RS Components teams up with Big Wipes to deliver market-leading industrial-strength
RS Components teams up with Big Wipes to deliver market-leading industrial-strength

With their large size, specialist formula with skin conditioners, and unique high-performance fabrics, Big Wipescan quickly remove unwanted substances such as PU foam, paint, varnish, silicones, glue, oil and grease from a wide range of different surfaces. The wipe can continue cleaning even when heavily soiled, so large clean-ups consume fewer wipes. The formula is biodegradable, preservative-free and compliant with the EU Cosmetics Directive, ensuring that Big Wipes are friendly to the environment and to the user’s skin.

RS is stocking the complete Big Wipes range, which comprises Multi-Purpose, Heavy-Duty and Multi-Surface wipes in pack sizes from 80 to 240 wipes. Low alcohol content (approx 5%) means the wipes can be used anywhere without handling restrictions.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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Source: RS Components Singapore

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March 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

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Western Union Responds with Support for Relief Efforts to the Victims of Super Cyclone Pam

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — The Western Union Company today announced a multi-faceted response program that will provide support for disaster relief efforts that target the families and communities most affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. The program includes grant funding from The Western Union Foundation and a consumer no-fee* activation initiative, as well as Western Union® employee and retail Agent giving elements.

International Consumer Activation

For the benefit of consumers sending money to family and loved ones in Vanuatu, The Western Union Company activated a no-fee money transfer transaction program from participating Agent locations in Australia and New Zealand, through April 30, 2015. Consumers in these countries will need to include promotion code PAMRELIEF2015 with their transaction at retail Agent locations to utilize the no-fee offer.

The no-fee transaction program to Vanuatu is also enabled for the same time period for transfers sent fromWesternUnion.com in Australia and New Zealand respectively.  Online consumers in these countries will need to use the promotion code PAMRELIEF2015.

Furthermore, in the United States, Western Union has implemented a no-fee money transaction program from participating Agent locations for consumers sending money to Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Kiribati, through April 30, 2015. The no-fee program will also be enabled for the same time period at WesternUnion.com

“The Western Union family is committed to helping the communities we serve, and our thoughts are with the people of these Pacific Islands. The no-fee money transfers to these islands, will hopefully encourage relatives and friends living in Australia, New Zealand and the United States to provide immediate support to individuals, families and communities in the devastated islands,” said Tasko Alcevski, regional director for Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Isles, Western Union.

Philanthropic Contributions

To encourage and support additional philanthropy, through April 10, 2015, The Western Union Company will match two-for-one employee donations to the Western Union Foundation for disaster relief efforts in Vanuatu.

Western Union is also encouraging its Agents to join together in supporting relief efforts. Under the Western Union Foundation Business Partner Giving program, the Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying contributions to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted region.

“Our hearts go out to those communities across the Pacific Islands affected by Cyclone Pam,” said Patrick Gaston, President of the Western Union Foundation. “Our collective efforts with Western Union consumers, Agents, employees, and The Western Union Foundation will provide tremendous support to the New Zealand Red Cross and their efforts to provide critical services to those affected communities.”

Earlier last week, The Western Union Foundation together with two of Western Union Agents in New Zealandpledged a grant of US$20,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross to support the organization’s immediate response activities in these islands.

Wesley Rasu, CEO of the Post in Vanuatu commented, “Once again, Vanuatu Post takes pride in Western Union’s no-fee program during this major disaster caused by Cyclone Pam. The people of Vanuatu experienced one of the worst cyclones that hit most communities in Vanuatu islands. The grants donated by The Western Union Foundation together with the support from Western Union Agents and employees and the no-fee program through participating Western Union Agent locations in the United States, Australia and New Zealand will have a great impact on supporting relief efforts to affected communities and meeting the needs of the people throughoutVanuatu.”

Since its inception in 2000, the Western Union Foundation has provided financial support to more than 140 natural disasters and emergency situations in 65 countries.

* Western Union also makes money from currency exchange. No-fee or $0 fee money transfer transactions will be available from participating retail Agent locations and www.westernunion.com in United States, Australia andNew Zealand.

Due to the severity of Cyclone Pam, some Western Union Agent locations in Vanuatu may not be immediately operational or possess sufficient funds.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of December 31, 2014, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About The Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.  Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world.  Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more thanUS$101.1million in grants and other giving.  These funds have been pledged to more than 2,739 nongovernmental organizations in more than 135 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.

Source: Western Union Financial Services, Inc.

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March 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

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Verizon Ignites Innovation with Kickoff of 2015 Powerful Answers Award

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-Third annual award challenge opens for submissions today, and will award $6M to powerful technology solutions in Transportation, Emergency Response, and Internet of Things

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.  /PRNewswire/ — Expanding its ongoing commitment to innovation and social responsibility, Verizon said today it is now accepting ideas for its 2015 Powerful Answers Award program.

Now in its third year, Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award offers innovators, developers and entrepreneurs a total of $6M in cash prizes, plus the opportunity for winners to participate in an Accelerator program designed to help develop their ideas and bring solutions to market faster.

The Verizon Powerful Answers Award program seeks ideas that leverage cutting-edge technology to create solutions that deliver social good. The 2015 program is seeking ideas in three core categories, each with three subcategories:

  • Transportation: How can technology enable better, more efficient ways to reduce the complexities of transportation and distribution in the physical world?
    • Smarter Driving
    • Public Transport & Sharing
    • Logistics and Distribution
  • Emergency Response: How can technology enable first responders and emergency crews to locate and save lives faster; what solutions can improve long-term recovery for survivors?
    • First Responders
    • Search and Rescue
    • Long Term Relief
  • Internet of Things:  How can using technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT) enable new intelligent actions that will have wide-scale and beneficial impacts in the following areas?
    • Connected Health
    • Smart Cities
    • Smart Agriculture

Ideas can be submitted beginning today through June 18, 2015, at www.powerfulanswersaward.com. Submissions will be judged by panels of industry experts, and winners will be announced in late 2015.

Verizon will award cash prizes of $1 million to the top winner in each of the three core categories. The second prize winner in each category will receive $500,000 and two third-prize winners in each category will receive$250,000, for a total of $6 million.

“Verizon is committed to supporting innovation at all levels, from early stage startups to more developed companies through a variety of initiatives including the Powerful Answers Award, Verizon Ventures’ portfolio and investments, and through the Accelerator program for Powerful Answers Award winners,” said John Doherty, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Verizon Ventures. “We’ve seen previous winners enjoy great success, and look forward to the new ideas and solutions this year’s program generates.”

New Accelerator Program for Powerful Answers Award Winners Helps Get Solutions to Market Faster

The Verizon Powerful Answers Award Accelerator program at BootUp Academy, designed to strategically accelerate the growth of participating Powerful Answers Award winners, was recently launched for the 2014 winners.

The Accelerator provides 2014 winners with customized programs built to accelerate growth and drive go-to-market strategies. Based at BootUp Academy in the heart of Silicon Valley, participants embark on intensive workshops and knowledge exchange sessions that provide “best practices” in business planning, product development, UX/UI design, global go-to-market strategies, communications, financing and growth hacking. The 2014 winners in the program also have the opportunity to be connected with Verizon Subject Matter Expert Mentors, global advisors, investors, thought leaders and industry experts who can support the acceleration of their powerful answers into sustainable, meaningful companies.

To learn more about the Verizon Powerful Answers Award program or to submit your idea, please visit:www.powerfulanswersaward.com. Follow the journey with these innovators on Twitter at #VZPAA.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with more than $120 billion in 2013 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news.

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March 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

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The Redwood Group Announces Two of the Largest Private Logistics Real Estate Developments in Japan, Combined Estimated Completion Value over US$1 billion

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — The Redwood Group (“Redwood”) continued its rapid pace of expansion in the Japanese logistics real estate market with the announcement today of the closing and commencement of two new prime developments in greater Osaka, with a combined estimated completion value of over 120 billion Japanese Yen (over US$ 1 billion).

Redwood Nanko DC-1
Redwood Nanko DC-1

The two new distribution centers (DC), Redwood Nanko DC and Higashi Osaka DC, are strategically located in the bay area of Nanko Naka and inland at Fujiidera respectively, providing customers with excellent coverage to the greater Osaka market.

Given the scale of the projects, Redwood is proud to partner with financial powerhouses Diamond Realty Management (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Shinsei Bank as primary lenders.

The planned Redwood Nanko DC, will represent circa 250,000 m2 of Gross Floor Area (GFA) making it one of the largest logistics real estate developments in Japan.  Strategically located at the port of Osaka just 15-minutes drive from Osaka CBD and 40-minutes from Kansai International Airport, the two double-ramped distribution centers at Nanko are targeted for delivery in 2016 and 2018.  Redwood Higashi Osaka DC is designed as a 5-storey warehouse with a total GFA of over 150,000 m2.  Construction is to commence October 2015 and completion by end of 2016.  Its location at the confluence of the Meihan, Kinki and Hanshin highways provides excellent access to each of Osaka CBD, neighboring Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama and beyond to Nagoya.

As with all Redwood Japan projects, the construction design of both is set to best international practices, including highly efficient movement of goods with access for vehicles to each floor and a prioritization of safety and sustainability.  The developments will feature seismic resistant structures to the newest standards and back-up generators to ensure safety and security while providing business continuity to customers at all times.  With the environment as a priority, the facilities are to include water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and the installation of three of the larger rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Japan yielding a combined generation capacity up to a full 8 megawatts of clean energy for use in the metro area.

The Redwood senior management for over 15 years has been building prime distribution centers in Osaka, second only to Tokyo as the largest logistics market in Japan. With a population of circa 24 million and known as a major global manufacturing center of the electronic, machinery, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, greater Osaka has an estimated annual GDP of US$800 billion in one metropolitan area and has for centuries played a pivotal role both in Japan’s import/export and domestic distribution of goods.

Charles de Portes and Stuart Gibson (President and CEO respectively), made this joint comment: “We are thrilled to announce these developments in Kansai of significant scale.  Each is carefully located and designed to service with efficiency, safety and environmental sensitivity the logistics needs of our domestic and international clients.”

Japan Managing Director, Hideaki Matsunami and Business Development Director, Atsushi Maeda added: “Underlining the strong demand in the region, the vacancy rate for industrial and logistics properties in theGreater Osaka region is at an all-time low of 0.4% compared to Greater Tokyo of 3.8%, making it difficult for firms to find enough quality space to meet their needs.  Given the high visibility of both projects coupled with shortage of supply, we are honored that prospective tenants have been proactively contacting us about both locations.”

Redwood also commenced construction on its Chibakita DC, strategically located in Chiba Prefecture, one of the most important distribution regions in Greater Tokyo. The area is known for its industrial concentration and offers opportunities to meet rising demand for domestic distribution from both retail and e-commerce customers. The development project will have a gross floor area of 36,944 m2 built on a land site of 18,622 m2. The 4-storey build-to-suit facility for DAIWA Co. Ltd. is scheduled to be completed end March 2016.

About The Redwood Group

The Redwood Group (Redwood), founded in 2006 by Charles de Portes and Stuart Gibson, is operated by senior local professionals in Singapore, Japan and China.  Redwood, along with its significant global institutional investor partners, invests in, develops and manages logistics real estate in the largest metropolitan areas of Asiamost tied to and growing fastest with global trade.

The senior officers of Redwood, considered pioneers in the development in Asia of international investment quality logistics platforms, have executed more than US$ 5 billion of logistics real estate investments in the region since the late 90s, and several million m2 of developments and acquisitions in the product class while providing high quality distribution space for some of the largest end users and logistics service providers operating both within Asia and around the world.  Redwood is a strategic partner of the international investment firm founded and chaired by Sam Zell, Equity International.  Additional information about Redwood may be found at:www.redwoodgroup.com and about Equity International on www.equityinternational.com

Contacts

Redwood Osaka Leasing:

Masatora Matsumoto
mmatsumoto@redwoodgroup.com

Taro Inoue
tinoue@redwoodgroup.com

Redwood Investor Relations:                         

Pierre-Alexandre Humblot
phumblot@redwoodgroup.com

Redwood Corporate Media Relations:

Emma Larsson
elarsson@redwoodgroup.com

+65-6232-2109

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Source: Redwood Group Asia Pte Ltd

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March 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

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