Asia Fresh News

Asia Fresh Stories

Archive for March 25th, 2015

PR Newswire Releases its Second White Paper Series on the Asian Media Landscape Focusing on Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia

leave a comment »

HONG KONG, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Following the successful launch of its first Asian Media Landscape Series white paper in April 2014, PR Newswire is releasing the second series of three separate white papers that focus on Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia. Guided by the same principles when launching the first series, the aim for the new white papers is to provide useful insights and information for companies and professionals who have media planning, PR and marketing responsibilities to navigate through the myriad of media channels such as print, broadcasting, online, social media, and search engines in Thailand, South Korea and emerging market, Indonesia.
PR Newswire Issues South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand Media Landscape White Paper
PR Newswire Issues South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand Media Landscape White Paper

To support the release of the second series which comes in a set of three separate white papers, a webinar will be conducted on 14 April 2015 by Helen Zhang, Senior Audience Development Manager of PR Newswire, who will provide an overview of the findings and a Q&A session will be included for participants to raise any related questions. Participants will have first access to the white paper upon registration for the webinar.

“We were very encouraged by the overwhelming response and positive feedback we received from the first series of Asian Media Landscape white papers (covering Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan). So we started the preparation for the second series at the end of 2014 and identified markets that are very important and have interesting media characteristics, but pose a challenge to decipher due to the language barrier, such as in South Korea and Thailand. Indonesia is also an obvious choice, being the next emerging market in Asia and the largest economy in Southeast Asia. We foresee a huge influx of investment going into the Indonesian market making it important for media investigation. With the opening of our Jakarta office last year and a deeper relationship with our partners in South Korea and Thailand, we really hope that we can help marketers deliver an even better message in those markets,” explained Helen.

“I am delighted with the launch of Thailand media landscape white paper, which was collaboration between PR Newswire Asia and InfoQuest. Going forward, we will work more closely with PR Newswire Asia in providing regular, accessible and valuable insight and information of the media environment in Thailand for PR, Communications and Marketing professionals who have responsibilities for this market,” said Pannee Yongpiyakul, Managing Director of InfoQuest Ltd.

Thailand: A mix of both the traditional and new media approach

With some 40 local newspapers in Thailand, the popularity of newspapers in Thailand is highest among people of working age. Television remains the most popular media outlet in Thailand and there is a steady increase in the number of Internet users, although challenges include limited Internet access, purchasing power and knowledge of and interest in technology in the provinces around Thailand. With a market share of nearly 100%, Google is the only search engine used widely in Thailand and Facebook, LINE, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are the most popular social media channels.

South Korea: A media friendly and technologically-sophisticated nation

South Korea is one of the world’s wealthiest nations and a media-friendly country. Koreans are avid users of new communication technologies and the availability and adoption of new communication devices is on par with the world’s most industrialized countries. Internet penetration in South Korea is the highest in the world and by 2020, the country’s wireless network will be upgraded to 5G, making downloads about 1,000 times faster than they are now.

Second only to China, South Korea has one of the world’s biggest blogging communities and Naver is the first and most popular search portal that uses its own proprietary search engine in the country. Kakao, equivalent to WeChat in China, is the mobile messaging app which is used by 93 percent of smartphone owners. The South Korean press benefits from the high adult literacy rate of over 97 percent, and all Koreans speak the same language although there are regional dialects.

Indonesia: Young and vibrant media landscape

As Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia has one of the best media environments among the ASEAN members. Indonesia’s vibrant and open media landscape is bolstered by its young population with half of the country’s 250 million people under 30 years of age. Television dominates Indonesia’s media landscape while the internet, with an estimated 57 percent penetration rate, has the second-largest audience. The rapidly-growing number of internet users has changed the way Indonesian audiences consume content and information. They are now avid users of online social media and Indonesia is among the biggest markets for Facebook and Twitter. Along with increasing smartphone penetration, Indonesia is one of the largest mobile ad markets by volume in the world. While newspapers are the third most popular medium in Indonesia, influential English-language media outlets are scarce.

PR Newswire will continue to develop the media landscape white paper for markets in the Asia-Pacific and will soon host its first Media Coffee event in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and potentially Indonesia. Local partnerships in these markets will be identified and established so that more relevant and local insights and techniques on media/PR communications can be shared during these workshops.

For more information, please contact the following marketing contacts in your respective regions.

Asia Pacific Marketing Team
Tel: +852-2572-8228

China Marketing Team
Tel: +86-10-5953-9598

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, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, we enable the world’s enterprises to tell their stories to the world. 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.

Photo –
Logo –
Source: PR Newswire

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Biomarker Testing Before First Line Therapy Key to Improving Survival Rates for Patients Newly Diagnosed With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

leave a comment »

BRUSSELS, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Not intended for US- and UK-based media

World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day sees launch of ‘Get Tested’ campaign
Campaign aims to improve patient awareness and understanding of RAS biomarker testing as part of a personalised cancer care plan in patients newly diagnosed with mCRC
Knowing the RAS status of a tumour can help doctors optimise a patient’s treatment
The International Colorectal Cancer Association (ICCA)* today launched a new awareness campaign ‘Get Tested’, as part of its first-ever World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day. The Get Tested campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of RAS testing in patients who are newly diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and to encourage them to discuss testing with their doctor.

The campaign is endorsed by a number of healthcare professional organisations and patient support groups worldwide, and its website provides information on mCRC and the role of biomarkers in treatment selection, as well as explaining what RAS testing is. The website also provides links to information for patients and resources from several national patient support groups.

The campaign presented a White Paper to Parliamentarians in Brussels that calls for improved access to testing for patients newly diagnosed with mCRC, and for the routine use of RAS biomarker testing before starting first line therapy in establishing a personalised cancer care plan.

“For patients newly diagnosed with mCRC, having a RAS biomarker test before starting first line treatment is extremely important,” said Professor Ciardiello, Chairman of the ICCA, President-Elect of the European Society for Medical Oncology and Professor of Medical Oncology at the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli in Naples, Italy. “RAS tests can help select the most appropriate treatment as part of a patient’s personalised treatment plan. Our campaign website gives patients more information on mCRC and RAS testing so they can better understand the options available to them and discuss these with their physician.”

Speaking at the campaign launch in Brussels, Elisabetta Gardini, MEP, Head of the Italian European People’s Party said, “mCRC is an example of where selecting a ‘personalised’, or ‘precision’, medicine approach through the use of biomarkers can potentially make a real difference to treatment success for patients. We need to rapidly reach a point where all European citizens, and those in other regions around the world, can be confident that appropriate diagnostic testing will be available following diagnosis of mCRC, wherever they are living.”

Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common in women worldwide. In 2012 more than 694,000 people died from the disease.[1] Metastatic colorectal cancer is the advanced stage of the disease, where the primary tumour in the colon or rectum has spread (metastasised) to other parts of the body, commonly the liver or lungs, making it more difficult to treat. Survival rates for mCRC are low, with only 10-12% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis.[2],[3] Recent analyses of clinical data, however, have indicated that the selection of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy, can improve survival rates for those mCRC patients whose tumours do not have RAS mutations.[4]-[9] In recognition of the advancement that RAS testing has provided for the management of mCRC, treatment guidelines have been updated in both Europe and USA to recommend that all patients with mCRC undergo a RAS mutation status test before the use of anti-EGFR therapy.[10],[11]

A biomarker test is a simple way of looking at the type and status of particular genes of interest in a cancer.[12],[13] Biomarkers have been found for many different types of cancer, including colorectal, breast and lung, and have an increasingly important role in helping physicians to tailor care and treatment for their patients – a practise termed ‘precision medicine’ or ‘personalised medicine’.[12]-[14] RAS − a predictive biomarker − is the collective name for the group of genes that includes KRAS and NRAS and can be used to help select the most appropriate therapy for an individual mCRC patient.[4]-[8]

In mCRC, RAS has been identified as a key biomarker that can help predict how well mCRC patients may respond to particular treatments, making it important to know their RAS status as early as possible. Approximately half of patients with mCRC have RAS wild-type tumours and half have RAS mutant tumours.[15]

About the International Colorectal Cancer Association

The International Colorectal Cancer Association (ICCA)* is a global initiative bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders with an interest in the management of metastatic colorectal cancer and improved patient care. The ICCA is responsible for the Get Tested campaign, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of biomarker testing in selecting treatment as part of developing a personalised cancer care plan for patients newly diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer. The Get Tested campaign is endorsed by: the Association of Patients with Oncological Diseases, Bowel Cancer Australia, Bowel Cancer UK, CHU de Rouen, Dance with Cancer, EuropaColon, European Alliance Personalised Medicine, European Cancer Patient Coalition, Global Colon Cancer Association, Institut du Cancer de Montpellier, L’Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Irish Cancer Society, Italian Federation of Voluntary Associations in Oncology and Seconda Università di Napoli. Support for the Get Tested campaign is provided by Merck Serono, Sysmex Inostics and Amgen.

For further information about RAS and the Get Tested campaign, visit:

*The ICCA is currently undergoing registration in Brussels as an International Non Profit Making Association (INPMA).


Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray F. GLOBOCAN 2012 V1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available at: Last accessed January 2015.
Sanoff HK, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26(35):5721-7.
National Cancer Institute. SEER Stat Fact Sheets – Colon and Rectum Cancer. Available at: Last accessed January 2015.
Schwartzberg LS, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2014;32(21):2240-7.
Douillard J-Y, et al. N Engl J Med. 2013;369(11):1023-34.
Van Cutsem E, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2015:33(3).
Stintzing S, et al. European Cancer Congress 2013: Abstract No:LBA17.
Ciardiello F, et al. Oral presentation at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, May 30-June 3, 2014.
Venook AP, J Clin Oncol. 2014:32:5s (suppl; abstr LBA3).
Bekaii-Saab T. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014;12(2):299-300.
Van Cutsem E, et al. Ann Oncol. 2014;25(Suppl 3):iii1-iii9.
Moorcraft SY, et al. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2013;6(5):381-95.
Ong FS, et al. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2012;12(6):593-602.
Mallman MR, et al. EPMA J 2010;1(3):421-37.
Vaughn CP, et al. Genes Chromosomes Cancer 2011;50(5):307-12.
Source: International Colorectal Cancer Association

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Posted in Healthcare

FIAMM Lead-Acid Batteries Now Available Globally from RS Components

leave a comment »

-New direct distribution agreement expands high-quality backup and storage portfolio at competitive prices

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now able to distribute attractively priced FIAMM lead-acid batteries worldwide, having established a new direct agreement with the Italian manufacturer.

FIAMM lead-acid batteries now available globally from RS Components
FIAMM lead-acid batteries now available globally from RS Components

The FIAMM range in stock now at RS comprises 23 models offering customers a selection of 6V and 12V batteries, in a range of sizes and with capacity from 1.2Ah to 70Ah. Optimised for a discharge profile of 15 minutes to 20 hours, the batteries can provide backup power for systems such as emergency lighting, signalling, security alarms or UPS. They also perform well in small traction applications, marine uses, and renewable energy storage.

The high quality units are dependable, durable, and economical to own, with design life of up to five years with float charging and controlled ambient temperature. Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) technologies, and 99% internal gas recombination, ensure safe, maintenance-free operation with no topping up required. The batteries are non-spillable, non-hazardous for transportation, and 100% recyclable.

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

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc

RS Components


Photo –
Logo –

Source: RS Components Singapore

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Demand for Financial Market Data & News Up 4.07% In 2014, Highest Since 2011 — Burton-Taylor Report

leave a comment »

— Bloomberg increases market share lead; Moody’s Analytics is fastest growing; Risk & Compliance users show highest five-year growth rate; Pricing, Reference & Valuation products continue to lead demand

OSPREY, Fla., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC, a recognized leader in information industry market research, strategy and business consulting, is pleased to announce the publication of its new report indicating the 2014 global spend for financial market data/analysis or news was up 4.07% in 2014, to reach US$26.49 billion. The 2014 growth was the strongest since 2011, in spite of the strengthening US Dollar, which could have cost the industry as much as 1.50%. At 31.99% and 25.88% respectively, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters remained the market share leaders, but the gap widened slightly between the two. FactSet moved into the industry’s third position, with USD945.5m revenue. Moody’s Analytics was by far the strongest performer, delivering 17.02% growth in 2014. At just over 6.75%, Risk & Compliance users and Investment Bankers/Corporate Financiers have been the fastest growing customer groups the past five years. Pricing, Reference & Valuation products have shown the greatest increase in demand, with an average of 8.88% per year over the same period.

The 132 page Burton-Taylor Financial Market Data/Analysis Global Share & Segment Sizing 2015 – Key Competitors 2010-14, Global Market Share 2010-14, Global Segment Sizing 2010-14, Global Product Mix 2010-14, Global User Mix 2010-14, Global Institution Mix 2010-14 report shows that Platts (15.70%), Moody’s Analytics (11.61%), Markit (9.48%), S&P Capital IQ (9.13%) and Morningstar (8.93%) delivered the highest five-year compound annual growth rates (CAGR) among market data/analysis or news vendors with at least USD200 million in global revenue. The report also indicates that the demand increased in all three major regions, the Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia.

“This was a positive sign that the industry is stabilizing and that vendors are adjusting to the new user needs and budgets,” says Douglas B. Taylor, Founder & Managing Partner of Burton-Taylor. “In the past two years, it is clear that overall industry revenue had been supported by price increases, but 2014 showed that demand has returned. Our new ‘Growth Trend’ charts make it incredibly easy to see where momentum has built within industry product or user groups.”

A free download of Burton-Taylor’s 2015 Global Market Data/Analysis Segment and Competitor Share maps, which include extracts from the report, and the table of contents, may be requested by visiting: and inputting research sample code FINMARKET2015PRN.

The Burton-Taylor Financial Market Data/Analysis Global Share & Segment Sizing 2015 – Key Competitors 2010-14, Global Market Share 2010-14, Global Segment Sizing 2010-14, Global Product Mix 2010-14, Global User Mix 2010-14, Global Institution Mix 2010-14 report may be purchased by visiting or by contacting, +1 646 201-4152.

About Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC

Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC is a recognized leader in information industry market research, strategy and business consulting. B-T Credit, Risk, Compliance, PR and Market Data share figures are seen as standards globally. Burton-Taylor clients command an estimated 80% share of global revenue in the Market Data space and include the world’s largest information companies and exchange groups, key government organizations and regulatory bodies on multiple continents, the largest advisory firms serving the industry, and more than 30 of the most active private equity and investment companies around the world…all of which use Burton-Taylor data as their industry benchmark. For more information please see:

Available Topic Expert: For information on the listed expert, click appropriate link.
Douglas B. Taylor
ProfNet –

Logo –

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

DHL Global Forwarding Appoints Stephen Ly as New Managing Director for Singapore

leave a comment »

-Stephen Ly returns to Singapore after nearly four years in the Philippines to assume his role effective from 1 March 2015

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, has appointedStephen Ly as its Managing Director for Singapore with effect from 1 March 2015. Formerly the Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Philippines, Stephen is returning to Singapore after nearly four years during which he was the Head of Customs Brokerage Services, Asia Pacific and Africa for over three and a half years.

Stephen Ly, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Singapore
Stephen Ly, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Singapore

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific said: “Asia Pacific is a key region for DHL Global Forwarding and we see tremendous opportunities across air, ocean and road freight rising from the rapid growth in intra-Asia trade. It is important for us to firmly establish our geographic footprint in Asia Pacific by building a strong leadership team in each country that we operate in. We are very excited to have Stephen lead ourSingapore operations as he brings a wealth of experience, proven track record and in-depth industrial knowledge, as well as a focus on driving success for our business.”

“As one of the most mature markets in Asia Pacific, Singapore is an important part of the DHL network, not only because of the size of the business but also the significant role which Singapore plays as a global and regional logistics hub. I look forward to working with a passionate team in order to expand and cement our leadership in the global forwarding industry,” said Stephen.

Based in Singapore, Stephen will lead and manage DHL Global Forwarding’s business activities in the country and will be responsible for driving growth in international freight forwarding, transportation, warehousing and logistics value-added services.

Stephen has been with DHL for more than 12 years, starting at DHL Express where he successfully lobbied for various legislative changes and reforms in customs regulations, as well as led the execution of Australia’s biggest change management project for DHL. He subsequently moved on to DHL Global Forwarding to head up Customs Brokerage Services for Asia Pacific in 2007 and later for Africa. During his tenure, he successfully established and spearheaded DHL Global Forwarding Customs Brokerage products across the regions. He also established the company’s first offshore center supporting operation and back office functions in Manila, Philippines.

In 2011, Stephen was appointed as the Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Philippines. During this time, Stephen was responsible for the strategic development of the country’s local business. Under his leadership, DHL Global Forwarding Philippines achieved outstanding business results with continuous year on year improvement that brought several Global and Asia Pacific CEO internal awards. Having these significant achievements, the Philippines was recognized globally as the country of the year for 2014 within DHL Global Forwarding.

– End –

DHL The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

Photo –
Logo –

Source: DHL

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Mobile Cloud Storage Services Drive Loyalty and Traffic, Not Revenues, Says Strategy Analytics

leave a comment »

— Mobile Cloud Storage Bundles Gain Traction, but Revenues to Reach Just US$ 1 Billion by 2020

BOSTON, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy Analytics’ unique combination of Supply Side, Demand Side, and Telemetry research methodologies shed unparalleled insights on industry trends, consumer attitudes and behaviors, and Telemetry insights powered by Big Data Analytics.

Logo –

Strategy Analytics’ research findings encompassing insights from three distinct, yet complementary research methodologies indicate that mobile cloud storage services are an effective tool for operators and device OEMs to manage churn and improve loyalty.

Storage services from major providers, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive and Apple iCloud, as well as Operator oriented services, are increasingly pushed as part of a device out-of-the-box experience. From an industry supply-side perspective, these services have largely turned out to be a me-too value proposition with every major operator and ecosystem player jumping into the premium mobile cloud storage fray with limited differentiation.

Nitesh Patel, Director, Wireless Media Strategies Service said “For Operators, the focus with cloud storage service should be on indirect monetization – this means rather than relying on cloud as a premium service, they should manage it effectively for reducing customer churn.”

From a demand side perspective, this echoes with the findings from Strategy Analytics’ User Experience Research team. An evaluation of 15 product attributes show that “free storage” as the top most prioirty for consumers.

Christopher Dodge, Associate Director, Wireless Media Labs , commented: “Our research suggests that consumers are agnostic to who the service provider is, but at the same time they place significant emphasis on the trustworthiness of the service, which in turn creates an opportunity for device OEMs and Operators in becoming the trusted provider of the service, through pre-installing the application on the device with free storage.”

Finally, in the third leg of the research, Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry research platform measured the impact of cloud storage applications when the service is pre-installed on the device. The study suggests that devices with pre-installed cloud services (with bonus storage) drive higher traffic/engagement among their user base.

Bonny JoyChief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms added: ” OEM partnerships with cloud storage providers are being received favorably by the end users. The AppOptix based on over one million application sessions in the US found that Dropbox on Samsung devices realize a traffc of 12.8 MB per day, the highest among major OEM brands.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.

US Contacts:

Christopher Dodge, +1 617 614 0711,

Bonny Joy, +1 617 614 0708,

European Contact:

Nitesh Patel, +44 1908 423 621,

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Modi Magic Over as Business Confidence Falls

leave a comment »

-MNI India Business Sentiment at the Lowest Level in 11 Months

MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — The MNI India Business Sentiment Indicator, a gauge of current business sentiment declined by 4.8% to 63.0 in March from 66.2 in February as growth in output and orders continued to ease.

Business confidence, which was boosted following the general election last year has gradually fallen, with sentiment now at the lowest level since April 2014, the month prior to Modi’s election. Confidence is now down 3.8% on the year and 5.7% below the average seen in 2014. In the three months to March, the MNI India BSI averaged 64.5, the lowest since the quarter ending March 2014.

The decline in confidence came in spite of the announcement of some potential positives for the economy in the government’s first full budget which included measures to boost infrastructure spending, improving the ease of doing business, increasing tax collection and curbing the black market. The decline was led by construction companies, although manufacturing and services firms also posted falls in sentiment.

Companies were also less upbeat about the next three months with the Expectations Indicator falling to a four-month low of 74.9 in March from 75.3 in February.

Growth in output and orders continued to ease in March. The Production Indicator fell for the fourth consecutive month to the lowest level since May 2014 and was 8.5% down on the year. The New Orders Indicator, which is a key signal of business demand declined for the fifth consecutive month to the lowest since June 2013.

While the rate cut in January helped boost overall business sentiment in February, there was little sign that the March cut, which came at the start of our survey period was having a positive impact yet and may take time to feed through, as for now companies reported a further weakening in their financial positions.

Commenting on the latest survey, Chief Economist of MNI Indicators Philip Uglow said, “While there are a lot of positives out there for India, our survey suggests that economic growth peaked in the second half of 2014 and has subsequently eased. Rate cuts and low inflation should help to underpin growth this year, although our latest survey cautions against getting too excited about the short-term growth outlook.”

For further information, please contact:

Naomi Pickens

Public Relations 


Editorial Content:

Philip Uglow

Chief Economist, MNI Indicators

Notes to Editors

Please source all information to MNI Indicators.

MNI India Business Sentiment is a monthly poll of Indian business executives at companies listed on BSE (formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange). Companies are a mix of manufacturing, service, construction and agricultural firms.

Respondents are asked their opinion on whether a particular business activity has increased, decreased or remained the same compared with the previous month as well as their expectations for three months ahead, e.g. is Production higher/same/lower compared with a month ago?

Diffusion indicators are then calculated by adding the percentage share of positive responses to half the percentage of those respondents reporting no change. An indicator reading above 50 shows expansion, below 50 indicates contraction and a result of 50 means no change.

Data is collected via telephone interviews. More than 400 companies are surveyed each month. The survey has been in place since November 2012.

About MNI Indicators

MNI Indicators, part of Deutsche Börse Group, offers unique macro-economic data and insight to businesses and the investment community. We produce data and intelligence that is unbiased, pertinent and responsive. Our data moves markets.

For more information, visit our website at

Source: MNI

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Enterprise Holdings and Redspot Join Forces in Australia & New Zealand

leave a comment »

ST. LOUIS, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Enterprise Holdings – the largest car rental company in the world – has appointed Redspot, Australia’s largest family-owned car rental company, as its franchise partner in Australia and New Zealand.

“We see tremendous opportunity in Australia, where the addition of a new player that’s truly focused on customer service will create healthy competition for customer loyalty,” said Peter A. Smith, Vice President of Global Franchising for Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates the National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands.

Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world – approximately 1.5 million – and a global network of more than 8,600 neighborhood and airport locations in more than 70 countries. Its Enterprise, National and Alamo brands will become operational later this year through the Redspot network at all major Australian airports, including the international gateways of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as in key city centers. New Zealand operations will come online in 2016.

Enterprise Holdings and Redspot will launch an aggressive development plan for both markets in order to meet the total transportation needs of domestic and international renters.

“This expansion is the latest milestone in our Asia-Pacific growth strategy,” Smith noted. “We’re careful to choose franchise partners like Redspot who not only have a history of success, but also share our values and commitment to customer service.”

Founded in 1989, Redspot is a leader and innovator in Australia’s car rental industry. “This partnership is a natural fit for us,” said Dan Mekler, Managing Director and founder of Redspot. “Both Enterprise Holdings and Redspot started from a single location, fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering focus on meeting customer needs. Together, we’ll continue to put travelers first, no matter what their destination is.”

This relationship marks Enterprise Holdings’ entry into the Australian and New Zealand markets. Enterprise Holdings ranks near the top of the travel industry, ahead of many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. The company’s long-term expansion strategy is focused on building a global network that delivers value, choice and outstanding customer service to business and leisure travelers.

For more information on Enterprise Holdings, visit

About Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings – the largest car rental company in the world as measured by revenue, fleet and employees – operates a global network of more than 8,600 neighborhood and airport locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. In addition, Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car-sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for $17.8 billion in revenue, employed 83,000 and operated 1.5 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal year 2014.

Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America’s Largest Private Companies. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune’s list of the 500 largest American public companies. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates more than 6,000 fully staffed offices in the U.S. – almost 70 percent more than its nearest competitor – and all located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. In addition, Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet also is one of the newest in the industry. The company’s affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental and Zimride by Enterprise. For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit

About Redspot
Redspot is a wholly Australian, privately owned and managed car rental company, which operates a network of on-airport and downtown locations across Australia. Redspot is known for its Top Dog all-inclusive car rental rate, friendly efficient service and quality fleet. For more information about Redspot, visit

This press release and car rental industry news are available in the Enterprise Holdings Press Room.

Logo –

Source: Enterprise Holdings
Related Links:

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Brands Can Now Analyze and Benchmark Many Social Accounts Simultaneously with Digimind Social Analytics

leave a comment »

SINGAPORE, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Digimind, an award-winning, global social media monitoring company, today announced the launch of Digimind Social Analytics. This comprehensive social measurement tool is the first social analytics software to analyze many social accounts in a single interface and enable easy yet powerful competitive benchmarking. Digimind Social Analytics provides an aggregate analysis of all social accounts, dynamic filters and facets to dive deep into the data for specific insights, and competitive benchmarking to let brands see how to improve market share. Recently beta tested in stealth mode by global brands like Bosch, Bugatti and leading agencies, Digimind Social Analytics is now available for the first time in all countries.

“We designed Digimind Social Analytics to meet the needs of brands struggling to manage multiple social accounts. No other tool on the market enables brands to compare and analyze more than two social accounts. With Digimind Social Analytics, brands can now easily get these insights, whether they’re managing five accounts or 50,” said Paul Vivant, Digimind CEO.

Companies on average have more than 300 brand-owned social media accounts across social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Owned media is becoming increasingly important to marketers to reach and connect with their audiences around the world, but measuring the performance all of these accounts is not easy, in particular for agencies and companies managing multiple brands in multiple countries. Digimind Social Analytics is the only tool that allows brands to look at all of these accounts in aggregate to get an accurate, real-time view of what is working best to engage their online communities.The tool’s intuitive dashboard offers multi-level analysis, competitive benchmarking, and one-click reporting capabilities, so brands can quickly get tangible insights with little to no resources or training.

“I tried many competitive products before deciding and graded them in terms of customer support, analytics module strength and ease of implementation. Digimind was the winner,” said Shikharesh Das, Managing Director at Sprintz Consulting. Brands and agencies also like to combine Digimind’s Analytics and Listening platforms to understand both their owned and earned media. “The listening module offers good insight into how, where and by whom we are being mentioned online whereas the analytics module offers an instant overview of our own social media performance such as how my channels are developing, how much content am I pushing, how is it being picked up, etc.,” said Thijs Bouwens, Media Relations and Social Media Officer at DSM.

Digimind Social Analytics Key Features & Benefits

Comprehensive Social Media Coverage – Get complete measurement and reporting for all of your social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest in one place
Social Media Account Aggregation – Evaluate all of your social channels in one interface, or drill down to analyze at a more granular level
Benchmark Analysis – Perform competitor benchmarking across all social channels in aggregate or individually
Dynamic Filtering – Analyze and benchmark social data by any brand, media type, account, or country
More Than 80 Interactive Dashboards – All accessible from one global overview interface, presenting everything in a single glance
Community, Interactions, Publications Module – Comprehensive system to understand which publications are driving the most interactions and growing communities
Watch a quick video:

Digimind Social Analytics is now available worldwide. Start a free trial today –

About Digimind

Digimind is a global social media monitoring and competitive intelligence company that provides businesses with unrivaled insights into their true standing in the market. Digimind’s proven intelligence technology has provided Fortune 500 brands around the world with critical information for their business for more than 17 years. Profitable since its founding, Digimind has a 92 percent customer retention rate and more than 100 employees across offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information, please visit Digimind at

Bonnie Bailly

Source: Digimind

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Computer

Audio Precision Supports New Loudspeaker Test Standard

leave a comment »

— Releases utility enabling APx users to perform compliance testing based upon Korea’s TTA Standard

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, today announced the availability of an application that facilitates the testing of small loudspeakers per requirements established by the Republic of Korea’s Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA). Founded in 1998, TTA is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to standardization, testing, and certification services for the information technology and communications industries in South Korea.

This application, referred to as the APx TTA Loudspeaker Test Utility, uses the Application Programming Interface (API) of AP’s popular APx audio test software to control and interact with an APx500 Series audio analyzer to verify the performance of micro and slim speakers relative to TTA’s standard number TCB-0054(00) – “TTA Verified Testing Criteria for Micro/Slim Speakers.” Tests performed by the utility include: Effective Frequency Range (EFR), Distortion and Sensitivity, Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL), and Impedance. The utility is compatible with APx500 Series audio analyzers, except the APx511, and requires software option SPK-RD, an IMP1 Impedance Fixture, a power amplifier, and a suitable measurement microphone.

“As I worked to develop Korea’s criteria for testing micro-speakers, collaborating with the market leader in audio test was a natural choice,” said Sin-Lyul Lee, Ph.D., Technical Adviser, Next-generation Sound Support Center (NSSC). “Needless to say, Audio Precision’s dedicated and thorough approach to creating the TTA loudspeaker test utility is greatly appreciated.”

“From fundamental audio testing to compliance testing for global, regional and national standards, our ultimate goal is to help engineers bring their products to market,” stated Dave Schmoldt, Audio Precision CEO. “Providing this utility in support of TTA’s micro/slim speaker standard is one more example of the AP team’s focused efforts toward achieving that goal.”

The APx TTA Loudspeaker Test Utility is available now for download by registered users of

About Audio Precision
Audio Precision is the recognized standard in audio test. Since 1984, AP has offered high-performance audio analyzer instruments and applications to help engineers worldwide design and manufacture all types of consumer, professional, and industrial audio products. For more information, visit

Eric Hodges

Written by asiafreshnews

March 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized