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“Defending Russia” Announces Another Successful Export of the Su-30SM, the World’s Most Popular Russian Aircraft

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MOSCOW, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “Defending Russia” ( is proud to confirm delivery to Kazakhstan of 4 Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM. The delivery marks the completion of the first phase of the order, which was announced in February and will see a total of 36 aircraft manufactured and exported to Kazakhstan, as the country looks to bolster its combat aircraft reserves.

The Su-30 ( project dates back to the Soviet period when, in 1988, the designing of an interceptor based on the combat trainer Su-27UB commenced. Four years later, on April 14, 1992, the first production aircraft successfully took off. Following the collapse of the USSR, however, when mass production operations slowed to a halt, the Su-30 was used mainly for testing and exhibiting at international air shows. Production of the “original” Su-30 eventually ceased, as engineers struggled to unlock the aircraft’s full potential. Work on the Su-30MK began in 1992.

In 1996 India agreed to purchase 40 Su-30MKI. The Su-30MKI was considerably different from the dual control aircraft: canards were included in the aircraft structure, the machines were equipped with advanced avionics and engines with thrust vectoring nozzle. The first flight of the Su-30MKI prototype took place on July 1, 1997. Since then, the aircraft has been modernized in Belarus and, in 2013, was sold to Angola. With orders totalling 272, the Su-30MKI now forms the core of the Indian Air Force.

Other aircraft in the Su-30 family include the Su-30MKK and the Su-30MK2, primarily intended for export to China. The first flight of the Su-30MKK was performed in 1999, with the first machines delivered to the customer at the end of 2000. The Su-30МК2, a modification of the Su-30MKK with more progressive avionics, was developed in 2002. In total, China has purchased 76 aircraft Su-30MKK and 24 aircraft Su-30MK2. Over the last fifteen years, over 500 aircraft from the Su-30 family have been exported to countries across the world, including Algeria,Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Indonesia and Uganda.

Production of the Su-30SM for the Russian Air Force has been in progress since 2012. Contracts for 72 aircraft have already been entered into and additional purchases are expected. The Su-30M2, manufactured by Komsomolsk on Amur Aviation Production Association (KAAPA), is intended to replace combat trainers Su-27UB: 20 aircraft Su-30M2 have been ordered in total. The first deliveries were carried out in 2010.

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March 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

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NCS and Capillary Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership to Pave the Way for New Technological Innovations

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SINGAPORE, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NCS and Capillary Technologies today announced an exclusive partnership to pave the way for new technological innovations concentrating on the retail markets including food & beverage (F&B), hospitality and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. The partnership will allow NCS, the leading regional information technology (IT) and communications solutions provider, to help its customers to utilise Capillary’s SaaS-based solutions to meet their business goals for the retail markets in Asia Pacific. Leveraging on SaaS-based technology, NCS is able to ensure service quality of its projects, help its customers gain operational efficiency and provide enhanced user experiences.


Commenting on this partnership, Mr Lai Weng Yew, Vice President, Business Application Services of NCS, said, “The retail industry has been growing rapidly across the globe, especially in Asia and retailers need advanced tools to optimise their ROI. NCS’ expertise in solution delivery combined with Capillary’s SaaS-based product portfolio and experiences allow us to deliver innovative solutions for our clients to reach out to their target customers.”

Technology in the retail industry is going beyond its role as just an enabler. Retailers and consumer brands across the world have been using technology innovatively to revolutionise the way they engage with their customers, leading to tangible business value such as faster growth and higher topline.

Capillary’s revolutionary customer engagement solutions and its expertise in working with the retail industry is a natural fit with NCS’s vast expertise in consumer-focused industries combined with top-notch expertise in delivering technology services to enterprise customers. Through this partnership, NCS and Capillary aim to harmonise the retail value chain for the next level of growth in areas such as e-commerce and mobile marketing.

Speaking on the partnership, Aneesh Reddy, Co-founder & CEO, Capillary Technologies, said, “We are very excited to enter into this partnership with NCS. Our next level of growth is in scaling up what we do so well and we are confident this partnership will help us get there.”

About NCS

NCS is leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider and together with SingTel under Group Enterprise, we have presence in over 20 countries located throughout APAC, Europe and the USA. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through the innovative use of technology. Our unique delivery capabilities range across consulting, development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management & solutions and portal management. We also provide mobility, social networking, business analytics and cloud computing services. For more information, please visit

For more information on Capillary Technologies, visit

Media Contact:
Wendy Tang
NCS Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6556 6930

Neha Iyer
Capillary Technologies
DID: +65 3157 6448

Source: Capillary Technologies

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March 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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IMD Business School Plans Expansion in Singapore With New Executive Learning Center

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SINGAPORE, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

New facility launch slated for May 2015

IMD, a top-ranked business school and worldwide expert in executive education, will plant deeper roots inSingapore with the opening of a new IMD Southeast Asia Executive Learning Center. The new Executive Learning Center will include state of the art teaching space, rooms for breakout discussion, dining facilities, a boardroom and IMD’s main offices in Southeast Asia.


The IMD Southeast Asia Executive Learning Center will be housed on Beach Road in the new South Beach Tower. Located in the heart of downtown Singapore, the complex has gained notary for its design by Foster and Partners that includes a unique canopy “environment filter.” Rabobank, Facebook, Sanofi, Bain & Company and De Lage Landen are just some of the companies who will also be tenants in the building.

“More than providing executive education, in our customized approach and in our high-touch engagement with clients, IMD is becoming a true partner for Asian business,” said Margaret Cording, IMD’s Regional Director inSoutheast Asia and Oceania. “By establishing a Center where discussion and learning can take place, our new facility is one of the ways we are investing in these partnerships.”

“I am extremely proud of IMD’s growth in Southeast Asia and that now our clients can choose to come to our campus in Lausanne or in Singapore,” said IMD President Dominique Turpin. “While IMD will always promise Swiss excellence, with the new IMD Southeast Asia Executive Learning Center, we look to seek deeper bonds and connections to Asian-based business leaders.”

IMD runs workshops and other development programs for companies in Singapore and across the entire region.

Matthew Mortellaro

Source: IMD International

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March 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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Global Entrepreneurship Survey Reveals Sustained Small Business Growth

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— Over half of nearly 6,000 entrepreneurs surveyed reported having created full-time jobs, increased profits and easier access to capital —
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Entrepreneur Indicator, a bi-annual survey conducted by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), revealed the latest near-term economic findings from 5,868 business owners in 46 countries. When compared to year-over-year data from the 2014 GEI, which had 5,794 survey respondents, there is an uptick in new full-time employees, entrepreneurs’ willingness to start a new business and an upward trend in fiscal mobility. The survey also reveals positive entrepreneurship trends in the U.S., where nearly half of all survey respondents reside. In 2015, 2,500 U.S. entrepreneurs participated in the survey, versus 2,711 entrepreneurs in 2014. EO member businesses average US$52.3 million in annual revenue and 240 employees. Additional survey findings include:

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In 2014, while 55% of global survey respondents reported hiring full-time (FT) employees, in 2015, 56% of entrepreneurs reported FT hiring, a one point increase. In the next six months, 66% of entrepreneurs predict increased FT hiring.
In the U.S., while 55% of 2,711 survey respondents in 2014 reported FT hiring, in 2015, 56% of 2,500 survey respondents reported FT hiring, also a one percent climb.
Globally in 2014, 33% of survey participants reported increased access to capital, compared to 36% in 2015. In the U.S., access to capital also increased by three points year over year.
When gauging economic outlook, 83% of entrepreneurs globally expect their country’s current economic environment to improve or stay the same. Regionally, South Asia (99%), U.S. (93%) and Europe/Middle East (78%) lead all regions followed by Asia Pacific (73%), Latin America/Caribbean (69%) and Canada (60%).
In 2014, while 68% of business owners worldwide reported increased revenue, in 2015, 67% reported increased revenue, a minimal drop. The U.S., among all global regions, peaked at 70% when it came to those who reported increased revenues.
In 2014, 84% of entrepreneurs globally reported a willingness to start a business. In 2015, 90% of entrepreneurs reported a willingness to start a business in the current economic environment.
To learn more about the survey, visit:

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 10,000 influential business owners in 144 chapters and 46 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit

Source: Entrepreneurs’ Organization

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March 26, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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CRY’s Campaign to Let the Girl Child Fly

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SINGAPORE, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

The Fundraising Campaign “Let Her Fly” Aims to Make Sure 3,61,612 Girl Children Across CRY-supported Projects Soar High and Realize Their Full Potential

Living in the beautiful Sundarban region of West Bengal in India, sisters Ambika and Malabika had dreams of studying and becoming a teacher and doctor respectively. Their dreams were shattered when they were forced to drop out of school owing to their father’s meager income.

CRY- Child Rights and You, a leading Indian NGO working for children’s rights in India, along with their project partner worked with the school authorities, parents and the local children’s group to resolve the issue. The girls are now re-enrolled in school and are giving wings to their dreams.

The campaign “Let Her Fly” aims to give girl children like Ambika and Malabika the opportunity that they deserve to realize their full potential. Be it right to survival, education, health, protection and overall development and growth, this campaign will ensure 3, 61,612 girl children are not deprived of their rights and given equal opportunities.

India is home to nearly 212 million girl children (0-17 years) which constitute 48% of the child population of the country. The girl child, more often than not, faces discrimination right from conception, through her childhood and all the way into womanhood. Be it the opportunity to survive, to education, healthcare and growth opportunities, girl children are neglected because of gender. The figures say it all. 56% adolescent girls (15-19 years) in Indiaare anaemic. Nearly 45% girls In India get married before the age of 18 years. Roughly 50% of all working children are girls. School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls in India is 63.5%.

Susan Varghese, Head, Global Operations, CRY, says, “CRY works across 23 states in India in over 200 districts to ensure that girl children are given their due and get equal opportunity as boys. Our approach includes community mobilization, working with authorities for on-ground implementation and encouraging participation of the girl child to make her aware of her rights. With this campaign we hope to ensure that 3,61,612 girl children across our projects get the opportunity they deserve to realize full potentials.

To know more about the Campaign please visit

For further information, please contact:
Susan Varghese,
+91 9818605343,

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March 26, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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Fi Asia-China, Hi & Ni to Open at SNIEC, Shanghai, 24-26 June 2015

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Where food, pharma & nutraceuticals meet

SHANGHAI, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — China’s leading food and nutritional ingredient show returns to Shanghai this June with more exhibitors, features, visitors, ingredients and opportunities. More than 3,500 exhibitors and over 64,000 other industry professionals will come together to focus on sourcing the latest Chinese and Pan-Asian product innovations, market trends and the latest technologies at this key industry event. Taking place from 24-26 June 2015, Fi Asia-China will be co-located with 6 other events including Healthplex and Nutraceutical China (HNC) and CPhI China, which visitors can access for free.
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Match Making

Onsite Visitors

Top exhibitors that will be ready to do business and showcase their latest products and innovations include leading companies ConTek, DuPont, Gelita, Mintel, Naturex, Neptune Technologies, Plant Lipids, POM Wonderful, The Rimfrost Group, Rousselot and many more!

Features and highlights:

Health ingredients

A key and unique area of the show is Health ingredients Asia-China, where over 90 Chinese exhibitors will be present. This area will feature key exhibitors specialising in health and nutraceutical ingredients. China is the biggest nutraceutical ingredient exporter in the world and as of January 2014, the exports were valued at more than USD 24 million with a rise of 26% against 2013. The United States, Japan and Chile are the top three export markets for China’s health ingredients and the most popular products include fish oil, beeswax, lecithin and pollen, and are currently being exported to 98 countries.

Natural ingredients

Natural ingredients Asia-China is the largest gathering of leading suppliers specialising in natural and functional food and beverage ingredients. Here, visitors can source the latest technologies and trends, staying ahead of the competition.


The two-day conference programme organised by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products, will offer expert insight in topics such as functional beverages, nutrition and health food analysis, Chinese food safety standards, import and export regulations and developments, processes for international dietary supplements and more!

Global Buyer’s Sourcing Meeting

This feature has established thousands of successful face-to-face meetings for international buyers from over 100 countries, helping them build business relationships with Chinese suppliers. You can pre-arrange one-to-one meetings with the right suppliers you need through this feature and maximise your time at the show. Held annually since 2009, the Global Buyers Sourcing Meeting is an onsite service provided at Fi Asia-China by our partner 21Food.

Mobile App

The Fi Asia-China mobile app is free to download and allows visitors to easily organise and customise their day, with all the key information available at their fingertips. Connect with exhibitors, access all on-site features, easily navigate through the 17 halls, arrange your on-site agenda, expand your professional network and engage with the 64,000+ on-site attendees to the show. The app is available from April onwards.

Co-located events

Fi Asia-China is co-located with a powerhouse of 6 other events, making it the most cost-effective one-stop shop for food ingredients industry professionals. Visit Health ingredients and Natural ingredients Asia-China, Healthplex and Nutraceuticals China, Expo Food Tec, Starch Expo and CPhI and P-MEC China and source the latest ingredients and innovations across the entire value chain over the 3 show days.

Registration is free and can be done at

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March 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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Wilspec Technologies to Exhibit at China Refrigeration Show – CRH 2015 in Shanghai

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OKLAHOMA CITY, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage (CRH) is perhaps the largest HVAC&R trade show in the world.

Checking in from Oklahoma City is Wilspec Technologies – booth Number W1E28.

CRH 2015 is April 8-10, 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China, and Wilspec will be there.

“With the increased globalization of Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps and Refrigeration, as well as the emergence of a more sophisticated, more particular consumer base in Asia, we believe participating in the CRH show is absolutely critical to our long-term success,” said Wilspec President and CEO Larry Wilhelm. “Additionally, the exhibit has increasingly been a showcase for industry innovation, and we are very excited to present our latest product development and technology to the market.”

CRH continues to be the prime platform where the latest technologies, products and services in the HVAC&R industry are showcased, where international and regional suppliers, manufacturers and distributors meet with qualified buyers, procurement directors, project managers and end-users from dynamic markets throughout the world.

CRH 2015 will feature over 50,000 attendees from over 100 companies and more than 1,200 exhibitors from 30 countries along with over 70 technical seminars over the three day run of the show.

Wilspec Technologies, Inc.
Wilspec Technologies is a global manufacturer of Pressure Switches and Sensors, Electrical Controls, and Valve and Line Components for the HVAC/Refrigeration and industrial markets.  Founded in 2000, Wilspec Technologies is a privately-held company headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, with facilities throughout North America, Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East.  The Company is dedicated to providing cost-effective, reliable products to assist customers in achieving sustainable solutions that offer innovative change in the global marketplace.

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Source: Wilspec Technologies, Inc.

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March 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

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Celine Dion Announces Her Return To The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

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— Celine’s Las Vegas Show to Resume August 27, 2015
— Tickets for 40 performances on sale Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m.
— Suggested Tweet: .@celinedion will return to @ColosseumatCP at @Caesarspalace this August. Tickets for 40 performances go on sale 3/28.

LAS VEGAS, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Celine Dion announced today that she will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 to resume her Las Vegas show, Celine. The residency, which is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment, has been on hiatus since August 2014 when Celine put her show business activities on hold to focus on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues.

“I am excited to finally tell my fans I am coming back to Caesars Palace,” says Celine. “It was Rene’s wish that I come back. While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me. I look forward to performing again for all of you starting August 27th, and more importantly having Rene there with me. Thank you for giving me this time I needed to spend with my family.”

The news of Celine’s return comes on the 12-year anniversary of her first performance in The Colosseum, when she opened the venue on March 25, 2003. Since then, Celine has performed 927 shows in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Tickets for 40 performances scheduled from Aug. 27, 2015 through Jan. 17, 2016 will go on sale to the public beginning Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The show dates are:

Aug.: 27, 29, 30
Sept.: 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 29, 30
Oct.: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10
Nov.: 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21
Dec.: 30, 31

Jan.: 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763, or online at or Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. Ticket prices are $250/$175/$140/$95/$55 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. All shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Celine at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a glamorous show featuring Celine’s biggest hits directed by famed Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich. For additional show and ticket information, visit

Celine, one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, has sold almost 250 million records during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 Felix Award (Quebec).

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegasincluding Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey (opening May 6), and Reba, Brooks & Dunn (opening June 17), and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is the producer of the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, and “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey’s new restaurant, Searsucker Las Vegas. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa and the new 75,000 square-foot OMNIA Nightclub. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcase more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visit Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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March 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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Marken Wins As Best Life Science Logistics Service Provider Second Year In A Row

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-Winner Announced at Annual BioPharma Asia Industry Event
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Marken announced today that they won the pharmaceutical clinical research industry award of Best Life Science Logistics Provider at the 5th Annual BioPharma Asia Industry Awards. The award was announced at a dinner and ceremony held in conjunction with the BioPharma Asia conference in Singapore, drawing an annual attendance of 1600.

The Annual BioPharma Asia Convention is the most prestigious regional gathering of executives, investors, and representatives from Pharma, Biotech, Contract Research, Contract Manufacturing Organizations, and Central Laboratories. The best organizations in the industry are recognized for their contributions to biopharmaceutical development in Asia. Marken competed against top global providers well-known in the industry and this win highlights the fact that Marken’s strategy to solely serve the Pharma and Clinical Research industry is appreciated and recognized by its clients.

Michael Culme-Seymour, Marken Vice President Asia Pacific Region, spoke about the back-to-back win for Marken. “It is truly an honor to be chosen by the industry to win this award again this year. Marken’s selection as the best service provider in this category speaks to the level of passion and expertise of our staff. Thank you to our Asia Pacific team members and to all of our Marken teams around the globe for their dedication and experience. Each and every day, these teams coordinate and ship sensitive and high value drugs as well as time and temperature sensitive biological samples around the world on time and within specification, across multiple time zones. We also humbly thank our clients for their vote and, more importantly, their continued partnership with Marken as the clinical logistics provider of choice. This win highlights our ongoing commitment to the bio pharma and life sciences industries. Having just opened a new office in Shanghai this week to join the existing network of facilities and depots, this has been an exciting week for us as we continue our partnership and expansion with clients in this part of the world.”

Celebrating 35 years, Marken is the world’s only Clinical Logistics Organization (CLO) solely focused on providing logistic services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device and life sciences industries. Marken has continued its expansive growth plan since winning last year and the organization now includes 580 full time employees. In addition to the recent opening of the Shanghai office, another new office will open in Philadelphia (US) in April.

About Marken
Marken is the leading global clinical supply chain solutions provider dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, supporting over 49,000 clinical investigators in more than 150 countries. Marken integrates depot and logistics into solutions that extend the reach of clinical trials to even the most remote treatment-naive geographies. Marken is 100% dedicated to the clinical research industry and a specialist in the transportation of investigational medical products and medical devices. In addition to services such as the storage and distribution of clinical trial materials and drug products to investigators or the patients directly, Marken maintains a leading position for the shipment of biological samples and offers additional services such as shipment lane qualifications as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy.

Source: Marken

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March 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital Showcases Pure Oud oil at Esxence 2015

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Fragrance Du Bois, part of the Asia Plantation Group of companies, is delighted to announce its second appearance at Esxence, the world’s foremost luxury perfume trade show. This year, Fragrance Du Bois will be bringing its showcase stand to Milan, recreating the glamour, allure, and exquisite luxury of its boutiques that are setting new benchmarks around the world.

Asia Plantation Capital Showcases Pure Oud oil at Esxence 2015
Oud perfume and woodchips showcased in the Fragrance Du Bois Flagship Boutique Store

The showcase will feature Fragrance Du Bois’ innovative ‘Oud Trunk’, and will display pure and sustainable Oud oils, all of which have been certified as to source by Asia Plantation Capital and CITES, (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna).

The oils are used in all Fragrance Du Bois’ perfume creations, and are now being supplied to an increasing number of international perfumers and cosmetics companies. These include many of the luxury brands featured in Fragrance Du Bois’ international boutiques, as well as other brands that will be in attendance at the Esxence showcase, along with the growing coterie of Gulf-based companies and royal households.

Given the high value of Oud oil – with retail prices reaching in excess of US$250,000 per kilogram for the purest examples – a staggering US$5million worth of oil will be on display at the Fragrance Du Bois stand. Suffice it to say that security will be appropriately tight.

“This year at Esxence we hope to help educate the industry into the value and importance of a certified supply chain,” said Gary Crates, European CEO of both Asia Plantation Capital and Fragrance Du Bois. “The ‘Soil to Oil to You’ story applies to all of our plantation species, and not just Oud. Currently, we produce patchouli, vetiver and rose oils, along with many other sustainable oils and resins for international markets. At Esxence this year, we are launching multiple new products, several of which are firsts for the industry. These include APC Essentials – a new division of the Group dedicated to working with large and small companies to supply them their own naturally sourced and grown products. This complements another of our initiatives, L’Essence Du Bois, which takes the form of an exclusive journey through the 52 essences of nature found in all fine fragrances.”

Crates continued, “We are also introducing a range of hand-made, bespoke, artisanal boxes that can be selected and customised for each of our fragrances, as well as a range of exquisite hand-made crystal bottles for our pure Oud oils, designed by the eminent creators of luxury crystalware, Cristal De Paris. And that’s not all,” Crates concluded. “We have also entered into a design collaboration with Swarovski for Fragrance Du Bois’ Shades and Privé range of fine fragrances, featuring a selection of bejewelled caps that can be carefully chosen by clients and tailor-made to their personal preference of the perfumes in all our boutiques.”

Oud oils produced by Asia Plantation Capital come with an unprecedented number of certifications and awards, including approval from CITES and IFRA (the International Fragrance Association), with authenticity and proof of source being further augmented by Product Safety Data Sheets and EU Import Permits.

Asia Plantation Capital is also proud to have been the recipient of a number of awards recently, being nominated as a finalist in the Sustainable Beauty Awards, a finalist in The Art and Olfaction Awards, and being named as Capital Finance International’s (, ‘Best Sustainable Forestry Management Company – Global’, for 2014. It should be noted that Asia Plantations Capital’s products are Sharia Compliant, and to ensure the company’s commitment to sustainability, it guarantees to replant a minimum of two trees for every one Agarwood tree that is harvested.

It has become clear that consumers of luxury goods across the world are becoming far more conscious and concerned with the source of the products they buy, and with, perhaps, more than 60% of the global trade in Agarwood still emanating from illegal sources, it is vital for companies involved in its use and trade to ensure that their supply chains are secure and legal.

While even current certifications do not guarantee this, with Oud now being one of the luxury oils that is most ‘in demand’ worldwide, it is essential that companies respond positively to the supply chains that Asia Plantation Capital (and only a handful of other suppliers), can provide. It has never been more important than now to accept that cost should not be a factor when illegal logging, smuggling, and environmental damage are part of the equation.

All visitors to Esxence this year will receive a warm and aromatic welcome at the Fragrance Du Bois stand, and the team there will be able to show clients the company’s extraordinary range of perfumes and back end sustainable supply chain products that help to deliver one of the world’s most sought after luxury commodities.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.


CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

For further information, please contact:

Stéphanie du Ché
PR & Media Manager Europe
Mobile: +33 616 361 108

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Office: +65 6222 3386
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March 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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