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PR and Marketing Pros Require a Robust Tool to Maximize Communications Impact

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Media monitoring and precision media targeting remain top challenges for communicators;
PR Newswire responds with an enhanced Agility monitoring and targeting workflow platform.
PR & marketing pros don’t work in silos. They require a platform that bridges workflows

HONG KONG, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The media landscape is evolving rapidly and brand management has become complex. Conversations about brands are happening across the web on traditional media sites, as well as social networks, blogs and forums. Monitoring that chatter and managing messaging and audience engagement has become a task insurmountable without sophisticated tools that fit today’s public relations and marketing workflow.

PR Newswire’s Agility platform is a powerful tool built to evolve with the industry it serves in an agile manner that provides rapid and flexible response to the needs of customers.

“PR people don’t work in silos,” says Jason Edelboim, PR Newswire’s senior vice president of global products. “They work across different activities and different workflows in support of their campaigns and their programs.”


Agility enables users to monitor topics across the web through interactive graphs that display topics over a period of time. Social posts, news articles, blog posts and videos are streamed right into a system that allows marketing and PR professionals to immediately engage with the content and influencers.


PR Newswire’s journalist and influencer database is the most extensive in the industry and Agility’s targeting tools help users to research previous articles, social profiles and even Klout scores to help zero in on individual journalists, blogger or media outlet, then build targeted lists.


Agility allows users to easily distribute news releases and multimedia assets. Subscribers can access PR Newswire’s industry-leading content distribution network, or build customized media outreach lists, personalized with contact names to help build relationships.


The ability to demonstrate ROI is always top of mind for PR and marketing professionals and with Agility, users can prove value and understand the impact of their communications efforts with elegant reporting that compares activity, engagement metrics and custom reports can be created and shared.

“Having one tool to manage these critical communications activities cuts down the time spent going into disparate systems, so communicators can focus on their campaigns and programs,” Mr. Edelboim continued. “Agility also encourages more collaboration among the teams and individuals across an organization that are crafting messages, building media relationships and managing brands and reputation.”

China Media Monitoring (CMM) service

Li Jing, the Business Development Director of PR Newswire in Asia, said, “The Agility platform has a comprehensive media monitoring function and advanced workflow concept that answers to the demand for integrated working platform and the development pace of the public relations and communication industry. At the same time, the ability to support different languages in Asia Pacific gives us great confidence in the usage of Agility in this region.”

For China market, Li Jing said, “The China Media Monitoring (CMM) service, which was introduced to cater to the corporates’ usage habits and the media environment in China, has increased in number of subscribers for the past two years. It is also a testament to the importance of media monitoring tool in a highly fragmented media environment. Since the second half of last year, CMM has launched WeChat public account monitoring and roll out semantic analysis technology which not only expanded media coverage but also won the trust and affirmation of our many customers. With the overloading of internet information and aggravation of fragmentation, media monitoring has becoming a priority for corporates in public relations, marketing and brand management. PR Newswire will increase the development effort in media monitoring tool so as to meet the ever changing corporates’ needs.”

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To learn more about PR Newswire’s Agility platform: Click here for a demo request.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire is the premier global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, public relations officers and investor relations professionals to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry in 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

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March 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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Schindler Welcomes Solar Airplane In Myanmar On Its Journey Around The World

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MANDALAY, Myanmar  /PRNewswire/ — A new page of history is being written as the Solar Impulse 2 sets off on a 35,000-kilometer journey around the world, powered only by solar energy. Schindler, a leading global elevator and escalator provider, is one of the project’s four main partners and welcomes the aircraft as it stops over at the Mandalay International Airport in Mandalay, Myanmar, on 19th March.

The Solar Impulse 2 successfully landed at Mandalay, Myanmar in their 4th stop of the round-the-world journey.
The Solar Impulse 2 successfully landed at Mandalay, Myanmar in their 4th stop of the round-the-world journey.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard undertaking last check before taking off for the leg to Mandalay
Pilot Bertrand Piccard undertaking last check before taking off for the leg to Mandalay
Schindler and Solar Impulse both share the same goal to push the limits in the development of innovative technology to safely move people with less energy
Schindler and Solar Impulse both share the same goal to push the limits in the development of innovative technology to safely move people with less energy
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The Solar Impulse 2 is a single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber, with a 72 meter wingspan – larger than that of the Boeing 747 – for a weight of just 2,300 kg. The 17,248 solar cells built into the wing supply four electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy. During the day, the solar cells recharge lithium batteries, weighing 633 kg, that allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore to have virtually unlimited autonomy.

The aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on 9th March and will stop at 12 locations. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Solar Impulse 2 will fly across the USA stopping in three locations — Phoenix, a location in the Midwest and New York City at JFK. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over inSouthern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi. With the plane traveling at a maximum speed of 90 to 140 km/h, depending on the flying altitude, the journey will take five months to complete, including 25 days of flight time.

Schindler, which has been operating in Myanmar since 1999, is proud to participate in the project. “This is a historic moment and we are delighted to be part of a team that shares the same pioneering spirit and passion for engineering excellence, with the common objective to move people safely while using less energy,” says Jujudhan Jena, Chief Executive of Jardine Schindler Group.

As demand for mobility grows and concerns about sustainability are rising, the drive towards using clean energy from renewable sources has gained traction.  Schindler is no stranger to developing ecologically responsible products, having for decades not only designed solutions that preserve, regenerate or save energy, but also championed the now globally well acknowledged view that sustainability is a prerequisite for the future development of our modern cities.

Schindler has thus brought about many revolutionary technologies that have become trendsetters, including regenerative drives that feed electricity back to the grid, the traction media technology that allows the use of a smaller and more energy-efficient machine, and the award-winning PORT technology that optimizes passenger traffic throughout a building.

As a direct consequence of the intimate cooperation between Schindler’s engineers and the project team, a great deal of knowledge has been shared, developed and further refined. The company expects that many of the advances made in the field of energy conservation through this cooperation will find applications in its next generation of elevators.

Solar Impulse’s founders have welcome Schindler’s participation as an important illustration of how forward-looking companies are approaching sustainable development and seeing the industrial potential of using clean technology and renewable energy.

“Our partnership with Solar Impulse exemplifies our longstanding dedication to invest in clean technologies for sustainable mobility,” said Jujudhan Jena. “Just like those of the Solar Impulse team, the intensive efforts made by our R&D teams over the years have given birth to ground-breaking solutions that have redefined industry standards.”

About Solar Impulse

Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (President) and Andre Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and life force behind Solar Impulse, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without fuel or polluting emissions with which they will attempt the first solar flight around the world in 2015. Supported by four main partners including Schindler, Solar Impulse is a unique adventure aiming to put emotion back into the heart of scientific exploration. It is a vision which drives all of us to become a pioneer on a day-to-day basis.

About Schindler

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services, with 54,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler mobility solutions move one billion people every day all over the world and support sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound building transportation systems for low-rise residential buildings to commercial and high-rise towers stretching up to half a kilometer into the sky.

JSG is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in 12 countries/regions within the South East Asia region including Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore,Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. It designs, engineers, installs, maintains and modernizes all types of elevators, escalators and moving walkways as well as focuses on offering premium customer services and bringing the best-in-class technologies to the region.

Media Contact

Sherring Mak
Marketing Communications Manager
Jardine Schindler Group

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March 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

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Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference will be Organised during HNC 2015

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Talk to Chinese health industry authorities and nurture your business at HNC 2015

Join the Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference – China Market Entry Strategy for Foreign Dietary Supplements

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Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference

SHANGHAI, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From June 24-26, 2015, the Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference – China Market Entry Strategy for Foreign Dietary Supplements, will be organised during HNC 2015, the leading health expo, at SNIEC in Shanghai, China. As the organiser, UBM Sinoexpo guarantees a professional exhibition as well as a conference for peers in the global dietary supplement sector.

With the largest consumer base in the world and an expanding economy, many international health supplement companies have focused on China. The estimated 400 billion yuan (USD 65 billion) market is expected to grow by 11 percent annually by the year 2020, according to the survey of “Capturing a Share of China’s Consumer Health Market: From Insight to Action” by the Boston Consulting Group, released in February 2014.

However, recent policy changes by the Chinese government have made it more difficult for foreign companies to thrive or even survive in the market. How will international companies continue to develop in China? How can they secure opportunities in the Chinese market? HNC is familiar with the confusion felt by international companies and is willing to assist international enterprises to further develop in China and create a better environment for the Chinese health industry.

This year’s Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference will focus on these specific topics which are top concerns for international companies:

Health and dietary nutrition food import & export overview and key problems analysed
China’s nutrition and health food market analysis
Chinese functional (health) foods – Regulatory policies and development strategy
How Chinese food safety standards can be efficiently used by overseas enterprises to help them enter the Chinese market
Dietary supplements – Import and export administration systems and trends
Chinese citizens’ nutrition – Characteristics and main problems
Key analysis of product processes for international dietary supplement registration
How to establish an import path for dietary supplements
International dietary supplement registration – Procedures and notices

The Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference is co-organised by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE). CCCMHPIE is directly under the Ministry of Commerce of China and is the most influential national trade association in China, with a mission to promote international trade and cooperation in medicinal and health products.

The conference is presented by authorities from the Chinese health industry, including the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), which is directly under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, in charge of comprehensive supervision on the safety management of food, health foods and drugs; China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), a national institution to insure food safety and public health, responsible for supervising the food manufacturers and food safety from farm to table; National Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety, a national-level institution under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention with the responsibility for the study and inspection of food and dietary supplements and formulation of regulations and standards; Health Food Evaluation Center for health food evaluations and others.

The Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference aims to bring the most up to date industry news to foreign companies and assist them in further developing in China. The conference will be held on the first two days of HNC 2015, June 24 and 25. Please visit for the agenda and more information. Those pre-registering at HNC will not only enjoy a preferential price for the conference, but can become VIP visitors, receive badges in advance and enjoy extra privileges. HNC 2015 exhibitors can have even more discounts for the conference. Contact us today to reserve your space!

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March 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited Announces Annual Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2014

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —


Key financial results

  • Turnover and EBITDA increased by 6% and 17% to HK$5,838 million and HK$1,528 million respectively
  • Underlying profit attributable to shareholders increased by 57% to HK$804 million
  • Profit attributable to shareholders amounted to HK$1,146 million, after including property revaluation gains, net of tax and non-controlling interests (2013: HK$1,712 million)
  • Earnings per share and underlying earnings per share of HK$0.76 (2013: HK$1.14) and HK$0.53 (2013:HK$0.34) respectively
  • Final dividend of 18 HK cents per share, making a total dividend of 23 HK cents per share for 2014 (2013: 16 HK cents per share)
  • Shareholders’ funds as at 31 December 2014 amounted to HK$35,901 million or HK$23.67 per share (2013:HK$35,105 million or HK$23.37 per share)

Key developments

  • Our first hotel in Europe, The Peninsula Paris, opened on 1 August 2014 and has garnered a high level of acclaim from guests and from the industry
  • Progress has been made in partnership with Grosvenor to develop The Peninsula London in an exceptional location in Belgravia overlooking Hyde Park Corner
  • In January 2014 we signed a conditional shareholders’ agreement with Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. and First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd. to develop The Peninsula Yangon in the former Myanmar Railway Company headquarters building in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar
  • We have commenced major renovation projects for The Peninsula Beijing and The Peninsula Chicago, with construction of both scheduled to start in 2015












Commercial Properties




Clubs and Services












Commercial Properties




Clubs and Services







The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited today announced an underlying profit attributable to shareholders for 2014 of HK$804 million, an increase of 57% over 2013.

Mr Clement K.M. Kwok, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) commented:

“A significant milestone is reached in 2014 for the Company when, after almost 150 years of operations, we opened our first hotel in Europe, The Peninsula Paris. Since the hotel’s opening on 1 August 2014, I am delighted that it has garnered a high level of acclaim from our guests and from the industry.

“The Peninsula Paris project is a good example of our Company’s philosophy towards development. We focus on undertaking only a very small number of projects, but seek to do so as an owner-operator in exceptional locations where we believe we can create hotels that can rank among the world’s best. Being an owner, in the case of The Peninsula Paris in partnership with Katara Hospitality, means that we are able to take a long-term view on the property investment and the hotel’s operations. Our ultimate goal is to develop and hold the highest possible quality portfolio of hotel and other property assets for the long term, in order to benefit from both operational yields and asset value appreciation over time.

“In line with this objective, we are working in partnership with Grosvenor to develop The Peninsula London in an exceptional location in Belgravia overlooking Hyde Park corner, and in partnership with Yoma and First Myanmar Investment to develop The Peninsula Yangon in the former Myanmar Railway Company headquarters building in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar.

“It is an important strand of our business strategy to continually improve and upgrade our existing assets. In this respect, we have commenced major renovation projects for The Peninsula Beijing and The Peninsula Chicago, with construction of both scheduled to start in 2015, as well as a renovation of our recently acquired investment property at 21 avenue Kleber, Paris.

Mr Kwok continued: “In 2014, despite challenges to our business coming from the political uncertainty inThailand, unusually severe winter weather in the US and continued oversupply in a number of our markets, I am delighted to report a substantial increase of 57% as compared to the previous year in our underlying profit attributable to shareholders to HK$804 million. This result was achieved through the enhanced earnings of the Peninsula Hong Kong in its first full year of operations following its extensive rooms renovation project completed in May 2013, the continued improvement of the results of The Peninsula Tokyo and our overall efforts to drive revenues and contain costs around the Group.

“Our hotels division revenue increased by HK$216 million (5%) over 2013 to HK$4,260 million. The highest revenue growth was achieved by our flagship hotel, The Peninsula Hong Kong, where revenue was HK$168 million (14%) higher than 2013. The Commercial Properties Division continues to provide a stable income contribution to the Group’s earnings, counter-balancing the more cyclical nature of hotel earnings. Total revenue from this division increased by HK$95 million (12%) over 2013 to HK$901 million. The Group’s diverse portfolio is complemented by our Clubs and Services division, which reported an increase in total revenue of 3% to HK$677 million in 2014.”


HSH is committed to putting sustainability at the heart of our business model and brand. Mr Kwok explained, “Our Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020 sets out a blueprint for sustainable growth and our ambition to achieve a new level of sustainable luxury. As the first full year of our journey towards Vision 2020, our focus in 2014 was on laying the foundations for achieving our long-term goals. This involved developing action plans and implementation guides to drive success, enhancing our reporting system to track our progress, and embedding Vision 2020 into our management decision processes.”

HSH was one of the first companies in the world to comply with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 reporting standards starting in 2013 and to be verified by GRI on our report’s Materiality Disclosures. GRI is a globally-recognised best practice for sustainability reporting. HSH became part of the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for Asia (ex-Japan). This annual index run by Carbon Disclosure Project recognises the top 10% of CDP reporting companies which display a strong approach to the disclosure of climate strategy and measurement.


Looking towards 2015, Mr Kwok said: “In 2015, our operating results will be adversely affected by the partial closure of The Peninsula Beijing and the disruption to The Peninsula Chicago as a result of their renovation projects. Also, I believe that the outlook for the Hong Kong market in terms of high-end residential lettings and retail rental income is somewhat uncertain. We have experienced a mixed start to our businesses in 2015 and will have to work hard to drive revenues and contain costs across all of our operations to compensate for the earnings disruptions in Beijing and Chicago as mentioned above.

“Taking a wider and longer term view, I am optimistic that the actions we have taken over the years will result in attractive long-term growth and development for our Company. The Peninsula Hong Kong is well placed in its market following the extensive renovation project completed in 2013 and all of our three more recently opened hotels, The Peninsulas in Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, have become well established in their markets with good growth prospects. The extensive renovations in Beijing and Chicago will significantly enhance the competitiveness of those hotels and we are excited about the quality of the upcoming developments in Londonand Yangon, Myanmar. At the same time, our hotels business is well-balanced by the more stable earnings that are generated by our investment property division, particularly the Repulse Bay Complex and the Peak Complex. Our long-term growth is underpinned by a strong balance sheet comprising valuable high quality assets coupled with a low level of gearing, as well as our dedicated team of management and staff around the world.”










Consolidated hotels

The Peninsula Hong Kong




The Peninsula Beijing




The Peninsula New York




The Peninsula Chicago




The Peninsula Tokyo




The Peninsula Bangkok




The Peninsula Manila




Management fees income







Non-consolidated hotels

The Peninsula Shanghai




The Peninsula Beverly Hills




The Peninsula Paris







The Repulse Bay Complex


HK$ 583m

+ 8%

The Peak Tower


HK$ 176m

+ 12%

The Peak Tower

Sky Terrace Visitors

+ 3%

St. John’s Building


HK$ 51m

+ 11%

The Landmark


HK$ 36m

+ 0%

1-5 Grosvenor Place


HK$ 39m

+ 144%

21 avenue Kleber


HK$ 16m

+ 45%


Peak Tram


HK$ 124m

+ 2%

Peak Tram


+ 1%

Thai Country Club


HK$ 55m

– 15%

Quail Lodge & Golf Club


HK$ 117m

+ 18%

Peninsula Clubs & Consultancy Services


HK$ 171m

– 1%

Peninsula Merchandising Limited


HK$ 157m

+ 3%

Tai Pan Laundry


HK$ 53m

+ 10%

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About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development, and management of prestigious hotels and commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula Bangkok, The Peninsula Manila, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and The Peninsula Paris. Projects under development include The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 1-5 Grosvenor Place in London, UK, and 21 avenue Kleber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

For further information on this release, please contact:

Lynne Mulholland
Director, Corporate Affairs
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
Tel: +852-2840-7152
Fax: +852-2840-7567


Jackie Lam
Corporate Affairs Manager
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
Tel: +852-2840-7276
Fax: +852-2840-7514


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March 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

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RS Components Boosts Pneumatics Portfolio with Latest Innovations from SMC

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-Comprehensive selection, competitive pricing and rapid delivery by RS adds value to innovative, versatile and energy-saving SMC range

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has significantly expanded its Pneumatics, Hydraulics & Power Transmission portfolio by adding the latest innovations from SMC Pneumatics.

The rapid pace of new product introductions by SMC has added thousands of new part numbers to the RS line-up. The current range includes not only filters, regulators, lubricators (FRLs), valves, cylinders, pressure reducers, hoses and fittings for basic system design and maintenance, but also includes special products such as pressure boosters, flow switches, controllers and vacuum devices.

Recent additions to the SMC range include extremely compact SY7000 series solenoid valves, new AS series speed controllers with one-touch fittings in both metric and US imperial sizes, and extensions to the ZP2V vacuum-saving valve series adding the option of a one-touch fitting type. The latest generations deliver advantages such as greater convenience, space savings, versatility, and increased energy efficiency helping to lower operating costs and environmental impact.

RS works actively with SMC to ensure the best selection of products, and offers competitive prices with rapid delivery from stock. SMC parts are available from RS across EMEA and APAC, and from Allied Electronics inNorth America. For further information, pricing, and online ordering, please visit the website at

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

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin

RS Components on Weibo

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March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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Baselworld 2015 Opening Ceremony

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

In a grand ceremony befitting the most important event for the world’s watch and jewellery industry, Baselworld 2015 was officially opened by Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The undisputedly premier event that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry under one roof, Baselworld 2015 opened its doors today in the presence of Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. With 1,500 brands exhibiting and over 4,000 journalists from all over the world expected to attend, Baselworld 2015 will run from 19 to 26 March 2015.


Baselworld is universally recognized as THE one unmissable global event for watches, jewellery and all related sectors. Unique in uniting all key players from the world of watches and jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, pearls and machines and supplies under one roof, Baselworld draws every year 150,000 professionals to Basel who attend to feel the pulse, discover new trends and buy the latest creations from the 1,500 brands. Being at the heart of whole industry, Baselworld spreads its message throughout the entire world, reinforcing its worldwide leadership position year after year. The show untiringly defends this enviable position, moving forward every year, improving facilities and impact, and never ceasing to innovate to meet the constantly evolving requirements. According to Ms Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, “the attractiveness and buzz that this sector creates go on growing,” and equally importantly, “the attraction for consumers and the interest of the media are unceasing.”


Mr René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group, said he was honoured to have Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann open Baselworld, underlining that it showed how much value the Swiss government placed on the show and by that also on the Swiss watch and jewellery industry. He went on to say that Baselworld had experienced openings where the conditions were more favourable and the mood accordingly optimistic, “but fortunately there were never occasions when we had the impression that the watch and jewellery industry was running out of innovative ideas.”

And on that note, Mr Kamm paid a special tribute to industry legend, Mr Jacques J. Duchêne, President of the Exhibitors’ Committee, who had unexpectedly passed away just before the opening of the show. Mr Kamm highlighted many of Mr Duchêne’s excellent qualities and acknowledged that through his “indefatigable commitment” to Baselworld his “contribution to the development of the show and raising it to this standard was immense.” This year Mr Jacques J. Duchêne would have celebrated two anniversaries: his 60th attendance at Baselworld and his 20th as President of the Exhibitors’ Committee.


Basel-Stadt Cantonal Council Member, Christoph Brutschin, welcomed the guests and conveyed the best wishes of the governments of Basel-Land and Basel-Stadt. He compared the show to a watch describing it as “similar to the fabrication of a watch mechanism, a lot of thought and passion with a high standard of precision is invested in this masterpiece that is Baselworld.” Clarifying his statement in horological terms, he said, “The precise workmanship of the wide variety of cogs that are tuned to the last detail to work in harmony, makes Baselworld a top-class event.” Mr Brutschin acclaimed Baselworld for its economic importance to the region, mentioning the thousands that visit the city during the eight days and also because it generated 13,000 jobs in the region.

He too paid tribute to Mr Jacques J. Duchêne, lauding his life’s work with the words: “His passionate and generous commitment to the development of Baselworld and the watch industry marked and guided his life,” adding that Mr Duchêne “constantly sought to ensure the sustainability of Baselworld and contributed to its reputation all over the world.” Mr Brutschin ended his speech with a Jacques J. Duchêne quote: “The creative capacity of this industry is undeniable. You only have to open your eyes to see it every year.” These words comforted Mr Brutschin and strengthened his “conviction that the Swiss watch industry, clearly focused on exports, would indeed rise to the current strong franc crisis with creativity, innovation and outstanding Swiss quality.”


Rounding off the opening ceremony, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann praised watchmaking as an art, portraying it thus: “With the invention of the mechanical clock, time was, in the true sense of the word, turned into an art. An art that is driven to ever higher peaks – in precision, in technological ingenuity and in ever-evolving aesthetic forms.” As the minister responsible for the business research, innovation and labour, Mr Schneider-Ammann affirmed the importance of the industry for Switzerland by describing how it has developed into a uniquely strong economic force, which now boasts more than 500 companies that provide more than 50,000 people with a livelihood. “I am of course proud that Switzerland is one of the most important centres of art and that Baselworld celebrates this with due solemnity,” said Mr. Schneider-Ammann by way of conclusion.


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March 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

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CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions Take Nu Skin’s Data Center from Tier I to Tier III

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— Productivity Increased 41 Percent as a Result
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Nu Skin®, a billion-dollar enterprise in skin care and nutrition products, relied on Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Passive Cooling® Solutions to revitalize its undersized, undercooled and underpowered data center.

Nu Skin’s data center was small, outdated and did not have proper redundancy to back up systems. IT managers turned to Hunt Electric, a leading data/communication design build company to help them create a new data center environment fit for the company’s bright outlook. The Hunt Electric I.T.S./Data Communications Team recommended CPI’s Passive Cooling Solutions.

One of the main challenges Nu Skin needed to address was inefficient cooling and the constant change in airflow dynamics. To resolve these issues, Nu Skin tested a variety of cabinet platforms using their own equipment. CPI’s F-Series and N-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts were selected.

Nu Skin’s improved data center now averages 20kW per row, with potential of up to 50-100kW. CPI’s solutions cut downtime by 56 percent, productivity increased by 41 percent and energy consumption decreased 23 percent. Reliability also increased from a Tier I to a Tier III data center.

“CPI definitely turned the products around quickly enough for us to make good decisions and be ahead of the schedule timeline,” stated Darrin Guevara, I.T.S. Communication Division Manager for Hunt Electric.

To read the full story and get a complete list of products and accessories used to improve Nu Skin’s data center, download the case study.

About Chatsworth Products
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March 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

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Europe and Asia to Meet Within Football for Friendship International Children’s Social Project of Gazprom

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MOSCOW, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Today Gazprom, the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League opened the third season of the Football for Friendship international children’s social project.

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Several major events will be held within the project.

On April 25 all the participating countries will celebrate the International Day of Football and Friendship.

From June 4 to 7 Berlin will host an international street football tournament and the 3rd Football for Friendship international children’s forum. At the end of the event the Forum participants will visit the UEFA Champions League Final 2015 at the Berlin Olympiastadion.

The geography of the third Football for Friendship season will be considerably extended. For the first time young footballers from Asia will take part in the project, and the total number of participating countries will increase from 16 to 24, namely Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany,Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.

“Along with other social initiatives of our Company, Football for Friendship is intended to promote harmonious development of the younger generation. We want to foster children’s interest in a healthy lifestyle and an ambition for achieving results by joint efforts. The project hinges on the idea of friendship and respect to other cultures. These simple unshakable values define the social welfare. For us, Football for Friendship is a contribution to the future in the first place,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

“It is a pleasure for me to notice that this year Football for Friendship has stepped beyond Europe, and involvedChina, Japan and Kazakhstan for participation. This is one more proof that the universal human values do not have any borders and are relevant for anybody. Boys and girls, who participated in the 1st and the 2nd Football for Friendship Forums entered into the spirit of mutual respect and became ambassadors of ideas of equality and a healthy lifestyle. Their shining eyes were speaking better than words. I’m sure that young athletes, participating in the project, will do their best to make this world better,” said Franz Beckenbauer, the global Ambassador of the project.

The project is being operated globally by AGT.

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March 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

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With TradeHero and OANDA, Trading Forex Is Game On

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— TradeHero partners with OANDA to launch virtual currency and precious metal trading
— Trade 10 major currencies, gold and silver virtually

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — TradeHero, the world’s leading financial learning and stock market simulation app, has linked platforms with OANDA, a leading online forex broker and provider of innovative forex exchange services, to bring virtual currency and precious metals trading to TradeHero’s free-to-download mobile app.

Gavin Ward, Head of Greater China at OANDA
Gavin Ward, Head of Greater China at OANDA

TradeHero now draws real-time data from OANDA’s online forex trading system, which features one of the world’s largest historical, high frequency, filtered currency databases, so that users can trade 10 major global currencies, as well as gold and silver.

Dinesh Bhatia, CEO and Co-Founder at MyHero said, “TradeHero works closely with financial institutions, stock exchanges, banks and brokerage houses, leveraging our platform to educate the investor and financial community. By working with financial partners such as OANDA, we empower individuals to be a part of the multi-trillion dollar forex, metals and stock trading markets.”

According to the Bank for International Settlements, actual forex trading was a US$5.2 trillion a day market in 2013, and is forecast to grow steadily.

Gavin Ward, Head of Greater China at OANDA said, “Forex trading is traditionally driven by banks and large investment groups, and is mostly shut off to small, individual investors. From day one, OANDA was established to change that. The partnership with TradeHero opens us to millions of app users who are engaged and willing to learn the fundamentals of currency trading. Not only do end users pick up nuances of how to invest, but it also facilitates making the jump from virtual to actual trading once they have a better understanding of currencies.”

TradeHero is the number one finance app in 91 countries, and in the top 10 in 127 countries, with over 2.5 million users. It was launched as a mobile stock market simulation app that pulled data from 28 major global stock exchanges. It has now expanded to include currency and metals as separate asset classes. Both its iOS and Android versions are available as a free download, and are available in English and in Chinese. The Chinese language app has been downloaded over a million times since November 2014. It is ranked first among newly released finance apps on App Store China, and in the top 15 free Chinese-language financial apps.

Notes to Editors

  1. Currencies available to trade include the US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars, as well as Euros, the Swiss Franc and the Japanese Yen
  2. Research firm Gartner has predicted that by 2014 over 70% of Forbes’ Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application. Among these, the finance industry will be a key driver of innovation. Markets & Markets estimates the global gamification market will grow from US$421.3 million in 2013 to $5.502 billionin 2018, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 67.1%.
  3. In September 2013, MyHero raised a US$10 million Series A round, led by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers China fund (KPCB China) and IPV Capital. TradeHero’s user base has since grown eight fold year-on-year. Oanda is their latest financial sector partner. Other partners include The Singapore Exchange (SGX), financial institution PhillipCapital, financial services provider Macquarie Group and social trading company eToro.

About TradeHero

TradeHero is the world’s first social investment network. It was founded in 2012 by Singapore-based app developer MyHero. TradeHero is a free-to-download stock market and currency trading simulation app, which draws real-world data from global exchanges and data partners. Its mission is to provide a platform for traders to monetize their investment expertise, by democratizing trading in a social and gamified mobile app.

Users can compete with friends from their social networks, or on the global leaderboards with people from across the world. The app brings novice and knowledgeable traders together, allowing novice traders to subscribe for stock tips via push notifications, and top traders to earn subscription fees from followers.

Followers can subscribe, for a small monthly fee, to follow and receive trade feeds from their chosen “Heroes” via push notifications on their mobile device. These push notifications detail each Buy and Sell action of the Hero, allowing followers to receive expert trading tips and personal insight into successful investment strategies. TradeHero will share subscription revenue from followers equally with Heroes, thus allowing Heroes to monetise their trading expertise.

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OANDA Corporation transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry-leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second.

OANDA was the first online provider of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Exchange Rates® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.

OANDA has seven offices worldwide, in Toronto, San Francisco, New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo, andSydney. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

About OANDA Asia Pacific

This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Co. Reg. No 200704926K) holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore.

Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under:

© 1996 – 2015 OANDA Corporation. All rights reserved. All Registered Trade Marks used in this set of material, whether marked as Trade Marks or not marked, are declared to belong to their respective owner(s). OANDA Corporation owns Trade Marks of all its “FX” products.

For more information, please contact:

Selena Sheikh
PINPOINT Public Relations
Mobile: +65-9746-8519

For TradeHero
Prayaank Gupta
Litmus PR
Mobile: +65-9735-5899

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March 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

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EnerSys Announces John Craig Appearance on Bloomberg Worldwide

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READING, Pa., March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EnerSys (NYSE: ENS) the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announced today that John Craig, chairman and chief executive officer of EnerSys will appear on a Corporate Review Program airing on March 22, 2015 on Bloomberg Europe, Middle East and Asia at 7:00 am GMT and Bloomberg Asia Pacific at 3:00 pm HKT.

For more information, contact Thomas O’Neill, Vice President & Treasurer, EnerSys P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA19612-4145, USA. Tel: +1-610-236-4040; Web site:

EDITOR’S NOTE: EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide.  Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers.  The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

More information regarding EnerSys can be found at

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March 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

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