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Indian Business Confidence Falls to Pre-Modi Level

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-Production Lowest Since July 2013

MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — Sentiment towards the current business environment and expectations for the future are now both back to pre-Modi levels in a blow to the government as it completes its first year in office.

The MNI India Business Sentiment Indicator, a gauge of current sentiment among BSE listed companies, fell by 2.5% to 62.3 in May from 63.9 in April. The fall in business sentiment left it at the lowest level since April 2014 and in hand with declines in output and orders points to a significant deterioration in business activity. Overall sentiment has reacted positively to the two cuts to benchmark interest rates this year from the Reserve Bank ofIndia, although their impact has proved temporary.

Companies reported a significant weakening in both domestic and export orders. New Orders fell sharply to 57.1, the lowest since May 2013, while Export Orders declined to 53.6, the weakest since June 2013. The recent weakening of the rupee has yet to have any impact on overseas demand. In contrast, firms saw the weakness of the currency as a negative with adverse implications for business in May. The indicator which measures the Effect of the Rupee Exchange Rate fell to a four-month low of 45.2 in May, with companies concerned about the increased cost of imports.

Input Prices increased to 58.6 in May from 55.9 previously, the highest since October 2014 and look to have troughed in February. So far, weak demand and competition have kept Prices Received capped although firms’ expectations for the future have been rising in recent months.

Production declined to a near two-year low in May and evidence from the survey suggested that Narendra Modi’sambitious “Make in India” project is failing to get off the ground. Manufacturing companies were the least ambitious about their future production plans in May, posting the fifth consecutive decline.

Commenting on the latest survey, Chief Economist of MNI Indicators Philip Uglow said, “The May report confirms that the trend in business activity is down with overall sentiment, output and orders all continuing to fall from the Q4 peak. Along with the continued soft official data on production and exports, and the low level of inflation, we expect the RBI to decrease rates further at the June 2 monetary meeting.”

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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 Borse 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.

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May 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

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POSCO E&C to be Funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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— FCO highly rated the low-carbon eco-friendly technology of POSCO E&C’s proposal of the “Development of the Optimized Zero-energy Building Design”
— The project will be implemented by March 2016 with the cooperation of the University of Cambridge

SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — Back in February, POSCO E&C (CEO Hwang Tae Hyun) proposed a plan to design buildings that minimize energy loss and self-produce energy using sunlight and geothermal heat (titled “Development of the Optimized Zero-energy Building Design”), for which the company was selected in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Global Prosperity Fund Programme for the Sustainability segment.

As a result, POSCO E&C will implement the project along with the University of Cambridge by March 2016, during which they will receive research funding that amounts to a total GBP15,000 (approximately 25 million KRW).

POSCO E&C’s proposal was selected because the FCO highly rated the potential of the design plan for contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, as well as the level of excellent eco-friendly technology that will be applied.

The FCO founded the Global Prosperity Fund Programme in 2011 and has since managed it as a means to globally develop the fields of regulatory reform, low carbon, health, IT, anti-corruption, world economic policies and future cities. It aims to support the conditions for research in Openness, Reputation, Sustainability and Opportunity. In particular, it has selected about 15 organizations in Korea per year, such as government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and research centers.

The “Net Zero Energy Building” proposed by POSCO E&C refers to a building that minimizes energy loss due to thermal insulation materials and double glazed windows, and independently resolves air conditioning and heating as well as power supply using renewable energy, such as geothermal heat or sunlight. The combined results of consumed energy and generated renewable energy of the building amount to a state of net zero.

Based on this funding, POSCO E&C will present a commercialization model for low-carbon, net zero energy buildings, and ultimately contribute to greatly reducing global climate change through its eco-friendly technology.

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May 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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Merck Serono Supports 7th International Thyroid Awareness Week to Unmask Hypothyroidism

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DARMSTADT, Germany, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Hypothyroidism is a disease affecting millions which often goes unrecognized
Symptoms of hypothyroidism often mistaken for other diseases

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, today announced the support of 7th International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW). This year´s campaign launched today for ITAW is aimed at alerting millions of people across the world that they could be unknowingly living with a debilitating and potentially fatal condition. The condition called hypothyroidism affects just under 4% of the general population, however the prevalence is estimated to be much higher. Hypothyroidism occurs due to an under-active thyroid gland, which fails to produce enough thyroid hormones (thyroxine and triiodothyronine).[1],[2]

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Low levels of these hormones can cause slowing of heart rate, feeling tired and physically cold, having trouble with constipation.[1] Depression and weight gain are also very common symptoms.[1] In addition, fertility can be adversely affected.[3] An underactive thyroid gland, when left untreated, can in extreme cases eventually lead to coma and even death.[1],[4]

The new campaign is supported by Merck Serono together with Thyroid Federation International (TFI), and will run during International Thyroid Awareness Week, which takes place from May 25 to 31, 2015. The campaign is entitled HYPOTHRYOIDISM – UNMASKING THE CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS.

Ashok Bhaseen, President of Thyroid Federation International, said: “Thyroid disease is very common with an estimated 300 million currently affected and 1.6 billion people at risk of thyroid conditions globally. It is estimated that over 50% of those affected could be unaware of it.”

He added: “The thyroid is a small organ, but it has a big impact. Hypothyroidism causes a great deal of suffering with many people just putting up with the symptoms. I personally welcome this awareness campaign to shine a light on hypothyroid disease and reduce the unnecessary suffering that too many are enduring every day.”

Part of the campaign will emphasize that recognizing hypothyroidism is difficult because the symptoms can be easily explained away or be masquerading as another disease.[4]

Thyroid disorders are ten times more common in women than in men[5] and there are certain times in a woman’s life that make her more vulnerable to thyroid disorders,[1] such as during pregnancy[6],[7] and menopause.[8]

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of hypothyroidism to encourage people to recognize the symptoms and seek medical help.

Meeta Gulyani, Head of Strategy and Global Franchises at Merck’s biopharmaceutical division Merck Serono said: “Merck Serono is delighted to be part of the International Thyroid Awareness Week which is now an established and highly regarded global awareness campaign endorsed by the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the European Thyroid Association (ETA), the Latin American Thyroid Society (LATS) and the Chinese Society of Endocrinology (CSE).”

“Our mission at Merck Serono is to transform lives through medical science and patients’ needs are central to all we do. We are proud to be raising awareness of hypothyroidism in this campaign with the aim of reducing suffering for many people,” she added.

The initiatives website has been updated with this year´s campaign and provides further information on thyroid diseases in general including hypothyroidism

About Thyroid Federation International (TFI)

Thyroid Federation International first convened in Toronto at the 11th International Thyroid Congress in September 1995. Diana Meltzer Abramsky, who in 1980 founded the Thyroid Foundation of Canada in Kingston, Ontario Canada, first advocated the vision of a world thyroid patient organization to deal with the problems of thyroid disease in a global perspective. Since then the Federation has grown to include thyroid organizations in many parts of the world, including Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. TFI is an independent, worldwide network of patient-support organizations. The Federation works together for the benefit of those affected by thyroid disorders by providing information and raising awareness, by encouraging and assisting the formation of patient-oriented groups, and by working closely with the medical professions. TFI has a Medical Advisory Board, which consists of some of the most eminent thyroid specialists in the world. For more information, please visit

About Merck Serono

Merck Serono is the biopharmaceutical business of Merck. With headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck Serono offers leading brands in 150 countries to help patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, endocrine and metabolic disorders as well as cardiovascular diseases. In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates as a separately incorporated subsidiary of Merck Serono.

Merck Serono discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines of both chemical and biological origin in specialist indications. We have an enduring commitment to deliver novel therapies in our core focus areas of neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.

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Merck is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has six businesses – Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Merck Millipore and Performance Materials – and generated sales of around € 11.3 billion in 2014. Around 39,000 Merck employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70% interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company operates as EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials.


1. British Thyroid Foundation. Your Thyroid Gland. Available at: Last accessed March 2015.

2. Aoki Y, et al. 2007. Serum TSH and total T4 in the United States population and their association with participant characteristics: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2002). Thyroid. 17(12):1211-23. doi: 10.1089/thy.2006.0235.

3. British Thyroid Foundation. Hypothyroidism. Available at: Last Accessed March 2015

4. Garber JR, et al. 2012. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults: Cosponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Thyroid Association. Available at: Last accessed March 2015.

5. British Thyroid Association. 2006. UK Guidelines for the Use of Thyroid Function Tests. Available at: Last accessed March 2015.

6. National Women’s Health Resource Center. 2006. Thyroid Disorder and Women. Available at: Last accessed March 2015.

7. The Endocrine Society. Management of Thyroid Dysfunction During Pregnancy and Postpartum: an Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 97: 2543-2565, 2012.

8. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 2013. Thyroid Hormone Missing from Menopause Discussion for Millions of Women. Available at: Last accessed March 2015.
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May 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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Global Distribution Agreement with Chauvin Arnoux Extends Reach of Electrical Test and Measurement Portfolio Offered by RS Components

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-Agreement delivers broader customer access to professional electrical measurement instrumentation

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand ofElectrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has signed a global distribution agreement with Chauvin Arnoux, a specialist in electrical test and measurement equipment, which extends the scope of the partnership to all markets in the Asia-Pacific and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

Notching up more than a century of history in measurement technology, Chauvin Arnoux designs and manufactures a range of measurement instrumentation for a broad spectrum of applications in the electronics and electro-technical sectors. Products stocked by RS Components include portable hand-held multimeters, testers, analysers and oscilloscopes; as well as energy meters, power monitors and digital transducers to measure, test, record, count and monitor MV/LV electric networks in switchboard operation, industrial installation, or utilities, for example.

“The global breadth of the RS distribution network is a compelling reason to extend our partnership, and will give to our customers complementary access to our products in these regions,” said Pascal Derive, Chauvin Arnoux.”RS is well-recognised as a reliable source for electrical test and measurement equipment, and this successful relationship will continue to drive growth, and make it quicker and easier for customers around the world to buy our measurement products.”

Chauvin Arnoux has a substantial share of mind in our customers’ choice for electrical test and measurement equipment,” said Valerie Ramon, Global Head of Electrical Test & Measurement at RS. “This agreement will extend the excellent engagement we have had in selected European markets to span the entire EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, increasing accessibility to these products for our customers globally.”

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
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Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

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Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65- 6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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May 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm

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FC Bayern Munich Launches Exclusive Flagship Store on Tmall Global to Offer Official Merchandise to Chinese Fans; DHL eCommerce Provides Integrated End-to-End Logistics Services for FC Bayern Munich’s Online Flagship Store

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HANGZHOU, China /PRNewswire/ — FC Bayern Munich is collaborating with Tmall Global, an overseas platform and an extension of Alibaba Group’s B2C Tmall business in China, and DHL eCommerce — part of DHL, the world’s leading logistics company — to launch an official FC Bayern Munich online flagship store ( for consumers in China. With the new online store, over 90 million Chinese fans will now be able to purchase official fan merchandise from the world’s leading football team and enjoy a premium shopping experience. For the first time, fans can now order a FC Bayern Munich jersey with their favorite player’s name and also purchase a variety of fan merchandise ranging from genuine apparel for men, women and children, as well as other unique goods including traditional German and Bavarian products of the football team.

DHL eCommerce Provides Integrated End-to-End Logistics Services for FC Bayern Munich’s Online Flagship Store in China
DHL eCommerce Provides Integrated End-to-End Logistics Services for FC Bayern Munich’s Online Flagship Store in China

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Executive Board Chairman of FC Bayern Munich, said: “We are delighted to be launching our official FC Bayern Munich flagship store on Tmall Global today. I am glad that we will be moving closer to our huge Chinese fan base. Making our fan merchandise accessible is crucial to connect with our fans inChina.”

Jorg Wacker, Executive Board Member Internationalization and Strategy of FC Bayern Munich, added: “Chinacontinues to be our key focus market and plays an important role in our internationalization strategy. For our market entry in China, Tmall Global is the best platform since many of our fans already use the platform today. Together with our strategic partner DHL, we will ensure a fast delivery. This store is a big first step in expanding our touch points with our Chinese fan base and we will interact with our fans even more during our Audi Summer Tour China in July this year.”

Jeff Zhang, President of China Retail Marketplaces of Alibaba Group, added: “FC Bayern Munich, as one of the first football clubs launching their exclusive online flagship store on Tmall Global, will greatly reflect the diversity of brands and goods on the platform. This is a very important step to our European strategy and we will continue to bring premium goods, as well as focus on various interactive entertainment and cultural industries to comprehensively globalize the platform. By leveraging Alibaba’s 350 million users across our China retail platforms, it will help FC Bayern Munich gain easier access to their 90 million Chinese fans within China.”

FC Bayern Munich is the world’s biggest football club with over 255,000 members and also one of the most successful having won 5 Champions League Titles, 3 Club World Cup trophies as well as 25 national championships. DHL, as strategic partner of FC Bayern Munich, will leverage its international logistics and e-commerce expertise to help build the club’s global merchandise business amongst its over 400 million followers worldwide. The six-year partnership between DHL and FC Bayern Munich sees DHL as its exclusive logistics partner and full service provider for international e-commerce starting in China in 2015 with a planned roll-out across Asia-Pacific. DHL eCommerce will manage many aspects of FC Bayern Munich’s merchandising in Chinaworking with Tmall Global on product listing, order management, fulfillment of orders, local distribution and returns, local customer service and market entry support.

Thomas Kipp, CEO of DHL eCommerce, said: “There couldn’t be a better opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in e-commerce such as fulfillment and end-to-end delivery than launching the online flagship store of the world’s biggest football club, FC Bayern Munich, on the world’s biggest marketplace in China. We also have the added bonus to work even more closely with Tmall Global, China’s leading online retail platform. Just like FC Bayern Munich, DHL is constantly striving to improve on our services and to perfect our game to build even more loyalty with our end consumers.”

FC Bayern Munich is also planning to return to China for a summer tour in July 2015. The team will play three games: in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The trip will be the second time that the Bundesliga champions spend part of the summer in China, following a five-day visit in July 2012. Prospective details for 2015, alongside three games in eight days, include a training camp and PR events.

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About Tmall Global
Launched in February 2014, Tmall Global ( is an overseas platform and an extension of Alibaba Group’s B2C Tmall business, which enables overseas merchants to enter China’s online retail market. Merchants can join Tmall Global using the business licenses of their home country or region and conduct businesses from overseas without the need for physical operations within China. International brands on Tmall Global benefit from the exposure to the hundreds of millions of visitors on Taobao Marketplace and Through Tmall Global, Chinese consumers have access to a variety of branded products sourced and fulfilled from overseas countries outside of China.

About FC Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich is one of the most successful clubs in world football. It has a proven track record of developing world-class players and competing in the highest echelons of world football. The current and record German Bundesliga champion has won all international and national titles, including 5 Champions League and 3 Club World Cup trophies as well as 25 national championships. In the 2012/2013 season, FC Bayern Munich was the first German team (and seventh in history) to win the “treble” (national championship, national cup and UEFA Champions League) and topped this by adding the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup later in 2013. The club currently has 6 world champions and key players on the German national team – more than any other club. The club is owned by its 255,000+ members and is therefore the biggest club in the world. Since 2005, FC Bayern Munich plays their home matches at the world-renowned 75,000-seat Allianz Arena, which is sold out every game.

From an economic perspective, FC Bayern Munich is the most sustainable club in the world. It has been profitable every year for the past 22 years and generated revenues of €529M in the fiscal year 2013/14. The club maintains close and long-term relationships to its 27 current partners, of which most are global brands and market leaders in their respective industries.

With more than 400 million followers worldwide, FC Bayern Munich is one of the strongest brands in world football.

About DHL
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.

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May 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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Aquarama and Pet Asia – Last-Minute Update

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — It is now in the final few days before Aquarama, the ornamental aquatic industry’s premier biennial event, opens its doors to the trade and public…followed a day later by its sister — but independent — show, Pet Asia.

As expected, all the established and well-loved Aquarama favourites have been retained for this latest edition. However, complacency is a word that doesn’t exist in the Aquarama vocabulary! The team is always alert to market trends and developing ‘hot’ issues, and take appropriate steps to bring these to the event. It is also always on the lookout for ways to reach new audiences, exhibitors and visitors.

A perfect example of a combination of all the above is the introduction of the world of public aquaria to Aquarama 2015 –  a perfectly logical move, since the ornamental aquatic industry supplies both the home and public aquaria sectors.

Conscious of this duality, Aquarama set up a Public Aquaria Committee and its members have come up with a really exciting and relevant programme of activities, which will highlight and reinforce the links between the two components of this spectrum, as well as forge new agreements, collaborations and understanding. This specially devised programme will include features, such as a Round Table Discussion and a Public Aquaria Seminar, where topics ranging from sustainable harvesting for both industries, to artificial insemination of sharks and rays, will be addressed by an international panel of top experts.

Away from public aquaria, the Aquarama ever-popular and universally respected competitions welcome a colourful newcomer: the Crystal Bee Shrimp Competition. Launched in recognition of the ongoing interest in these tiny jewels, this will be a ‘micro’ competition of ‘major’ beauty proportions. Being the first staging of this new competitive element, the limit of entries was set at 40. It was therefore hugely encouraging to find that the period for registering entries had to close early because the target was met with more than one month to go.

This high level of demand for space also occurred with regard to several other categories, among them Betta, Guppy (Trio) and Dragon Fish, all of which had to close early. And the good news continues, because the ever-popular Farm Visits were also fully booked and the Trade and Public Seminar programmes are full to the brim as well.

Moving away from aquatics to pets in general, Pet Asia is, once again, being held alongside, but independently from, Aquarama, with its own programme of activities. This show will open one day after Aquarama, i.e. on Friday, 29 May, and will last for three days, complimentary to all trade and public visitors.

Highlights well worth noting are: Day 1 – Pet Style Grooming Examination and Dog Grooming Examination; Day 2 – Dog Obedience Competition; Day 3 – National Rabbit Show, Fancy Rabbit Show and Cavy (Guinea Pig) Show.

Fuller details of all the above activities, plus others related to both events, may be found on their respective websites: and

For media information, please contact:

Joelle Quah
Senior Marketing Executive
UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6592 0888 ext 897

About UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd. (

A member of the UBM Asia Group of Companies, we organise events and conferences in a variety of industries, including aquatic and pet, cruise tourism, information technology, jewellery, paper and nonwovens, etc. The company stages leading events in its targeted industries across the world, attracting quality exhibitors, trade visitors, conference attendees and speakers from all over the world. These events are important business platforms where our customers can meet and network with their new and existing business partners face-to-face.

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print, and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, and from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,600 staff members in 31 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and to work effectively and efficiently in their respective markets.

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May 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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8 Securities Launches Japan’s First Robo-Advisor Service for Millennials

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — 8 Securities, a leading mobile trading & investing service in Asia, today announced the launch of Japan’s first robo-advisor service. 8 Now! is a simple way for individuals to create and automate a professionally designed global portfolio at a fraction of the cost of banks and investment advisors.

8 Now! Japan's first robo-investing service
8 Now! Japan’s first robo-investing service

“8 Now! is the first investing service in Japan that was built specifically for young people who value mobility, simplicity and low cost,” said Iimori Nobofumi, President of 8 Securities in Japan.

In what is sure to be a disruptive move in Japan’s highly conservative financial services industry, customers can begin investing in a global portfolio with as little as $88 and only a 0.88% service fee. Investors have the freedom to buy and sell their portfolio at no cost.

Japan is experiencing one of the largest generational shifts of wealth in history. Japan possesses $17 trillion in investable assets. However, the Millennial generation are being grossly underserved by Japan’s banks, said Mikaal Abdulla, CEO of 8 Securities. “While older investors may prefer to use a bank or traditional advisors, the next generation of wealth in Japan will be managed on a smartphone,” he went on to say.

How it works

Investors complete a short online survey to assess their investment time horizon and objectives.

Investors are immediately presented with a personalised global portfolio of exchange traded funds. The portfolio is designed and optimised by Morningstar Investment Management.  Morningstar has over $170 billion in assets under advisement and operations in 27 countries.

The investor chooses the amount they want to invest, starting from as little as $88.

The portfolio is automatically optimised and rebalanced based on changing economic conditions.

The performance of the portfolio can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The only fee is an annual 0.88% of the total portfolio size. There are no commissions, management fees or hidden charges that are common with traditional advisors. There are no entry or exit penalties and investors can sell or buy more at anytime.

About 8 Securities

8 Securities is the next generation mobile trading & and investing service in Asia. It serves a large customer base and holds over US$800,000,000 in assets. The 8 Securities group has licensed offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. 8 Securities designs and develops its own proprietary technology. The 8 Securities group was founded byMathias Helleu and Mikaal Abdulla. Prior to starting the company they managed E*TRADE across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India and Canada.

For any questions regarding this release, please contact:
Nicole Lau, +852 2693 8888  /

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May 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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Novogen to Present at Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — US-Australian drug discovery and development company, Novogen Limited (ASX:NRT; NASDAQ:NVGN), announced today that it will present at the Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015, being held in New York on May 29, 2015. The venue is the Lennox Hill Hospital, East 76th St, Manhattan.

The Brain Tumor Biotech Summit brings together the nation’s top cancer specialists, biotechnology companies, the pharmaceutical industry and the investment community to promote innovative new therapies for brain tumors.

The Brain Tumor Biotech Summit is sponsored by The Brain Tumor Biotech Center at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Voices Against Brain Cancer.

Novogen has been invited to present at this prestigious event because of its recent collaboration with the Feinstein with the objective of bringing the drug candidate, TRXE-009, into the clinic as a treatment for both adult and pediatric brain cancers.

Novogen Group CEO, Graham Kelly PhD, will be reviewing the status of the TRXE-009 program and the data in support of the Company’s belief that this molecule represents a major new initiative in the search for an effective chemotherapy approach to both primary and secondary brain cancers.

About TRXE-009

TRXE-009 is a small molecule cytotoxic. It belongs to the super-benzopyran family of compounds that express pan anti-cancer activity through disruption of the cancer cell’s capacity to maintain trans-membrane electron potential in vital structures such as mitochondria. TRXE-009 shows strong anti-cancer activity in animals against a variety of cancer phenotypes including melanoma and prostate and on that basis is being brought into a first-in-man study in 2016 for solid cancers. However, it also shows strong cytotoxicity against cancer cells of neural origin including glioblastoma, medulloblastoma and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, leading to a parallel program designed to optimise the drug formulation to ensure maximum access of the drug candidate to tumors within the brain.

About Novogen

Novogen is a public, Australian-US drug development company whose shares trade on both The Australian Securities Exchange (NRT) and NASDAQ (NVGN). The Novogen group includes US-based, CanTx Inc, a joint venture company with Yale University. Novogen has two drug technology platforms yielding drug candidates that are first-in-class with potential application across a broad range of degenerative diseases. In the oncology field, the ultimate objective is to see both drug technologies used in combination as first-line therapy across most forms of cancer, with the objective of preventing tumor recurrence. This objective is based on a strategy of achieving comprehensive destruction of the full hierarchy of cells within a tumor with the super-benzopyran technology platform killing the tumor-initiating cells and the anti-tropomyosin technology, combined with vinca alkaloids, to deliver a potent chemical debulking effect on their daughter cells.

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About Voices Against Brain Cancer

Voices Against Brain Cancer’s (VABC) mission is to find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness, creating a brain cancer and tumor community, and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in motion for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer and brain tumors. Currently, these grants are being funded at numerous esteemed institutions including: Baylor University, Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard, Brain Tumor Biotech Center /Feinstein Institute / North Shore LIJ Health System, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Central Brain Tumor Registry Of The United States, Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia,  Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Dana Farber / Harvard, Duke, The Feinstein Institute / North Shore LIJ Health System, Harvard, Hofstra / North Shore LIJ School Of Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Lenox Hill Hospital / North Shore LIJ Health System, Long Island Brain Tumor Center, NY, Lurie Children’s Hospital / Northwestern, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Rush University, Stony Brook University, University Of California Davis, University Of California Irvine, University Of California Los Angeles, University Of California San Diego, University Of California San Francisco, University Of Chicago, University Of Michigan, University Of Pittsburgh, University Of Texas San Antonio, University Of Virginia,Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest, Washington University, Yale and more.

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About the Brain Tumor Biotech Center

The Brain Tumor Biotech Center is an interactive hub for scientists, clinicians and biotech companies in the neuro-oncology space to join forces and accelerate the delivery of novel drugs to patients living with brain tumors.

John A. Boockvar, MD, and Marc Symons, PhD, are both Co-Directors of the Brain Tumor Biotech Center.

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About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 10 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. It is also recognized nationally as a leader maternal/child health and offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties.  For more information, go

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Executive Chairman & CEO

Novogen Group 


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Novogen cannot and does not give any assurance that the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement will actually occur and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results, actions, and developments may differ materially from those expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors.

Novogen does not undertake to update or revise forward- looking statements, or to publish prospective financial information in the future, regardless of whether new information, future events or any other factors affect the information contained in this announcement, except where required by applicable law and stock exchange listing requirements.

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May 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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The Race Towards a Healthier Workforce Starts Today for More Than 1000 of the World’s Leading Employers

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MELBOURNE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — The days of employers ‘doing wellness’ to employees are over. The future lies in working with staff to help them take personal responsibility for their health.

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Unilever, Lockheed Martin and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are just a few of the 1200+ organisations taking part in a global initiative that puts healthy employees squarely at the centre of successful business.

Today (27 May) is the day that workplace health and performance experts Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) launch this year’s 100-day program to hundreds of thousands of employees and their companies around the world.

Flick Harris, Total Reward and Performance Management Lead – Asia Pacific at Lockheed Martin, says: “GCC ties in perfectly with our health and wellbeing strategy for Asia Pacific and provides the added bonus of teamwork and engagement across sites and countries in our region. It’s easy to implement and well supported.”

Now in its 12th year, the comprehensive GCC program tackles the three major lifestyle-related risk factors that can affect employee performance and productivity: insufficient physical activity, poor diet and lack of sleep. To date, the initiative has helped improve the performance and resilience of close to two million people across every industry in 185 countries.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is also among the impressive roster of respected employers joining the GCC this year, with more than 25,000 RBS employees set to cross the starting line on 27 May. John Hayes, Head of Workplace Services at RBS, says: “GCC’s approach to employee health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, is a great match with ours at RBS. This challenge brings people together into teams to work collectively to be more active, eat healthily and sleep better, so that they feel more energised and resilient. It’s a natural fit and we can’t wait to see the results.”

A 2014 pre-event survey* of participating employees revealed that the need for successful wellbeing initiatives in the modern workplace has never been higher:

  • 61% reported unhealthy dietary habits
  • 80% were sedentary (didn’t achieve 10,000 steps per day)
  • 36% were stressed at work
  • 59% had high blood pressure
  • 36% had high cholesterol

Sandy Zornek, Unilever’s Director of Benefits in North America, praised the program’s solutions to the physical and mental health challenges listed above, saying: “Movement, nutrition, mind-set and proper recovery are all essential. GCC lets us raise awareness and support each other in taking steps in the right direction.”

The 2015 challenge unveils a new and improved experience for participants. GCC now integrates leading names in the wearable technology space — including Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin — into the program’s flagship 100 Day Journey around the world, the virtual event that sees a global community of participants aim to take a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.

A sleep app that allows employees to monitor the quality of their rest has also been developed to address the growing issue of fatigue in the workplace, with participants reporting that, on average, the app’s insights helped increase their sleep by 45 minutes per night.**

GCC’s founder, Glenn Riseley, says: “The organisations that are bringing the GCC to their employees this year are making a sound investment for their shareholders by improving their workforce’s engagement and performance. Even more importantly they are creating a legacy for their people by putting them on the path to longer, healthier, happier lives.”

*Source: GCC pre-event survey data (207,324 participants) . 2014. Data independently verified by Northeastern University, Boston. 

** Source: GCC Insights Global Sleep Report. Based on 10,717 participants who started GCC Sleep and completed the GCC Sleep Survey. 2015. Verified by Dr David Batman, Chief Medical Officer.   

Media enquiries

For more information, contact Glenn Riseley, Founder and President at +61-418-567-561

About GCC

GCC works with businesses all over the world to improve the health and performance of their employees.

Over the past 12 years, our program has transformed the cultures of thousands of the world’s leading organisations and changed the lives of close to 2 million employees across 185 countries.

Our scientifically developed, independently proven program takes employees on a journey that fundamentally improves their relationship with exercise, nutrition and sleep, and instils in them a new sense of personal responsibility, self-belief and resilience.

In other words, we deliver a simple and effective solution that optimises a business’s most valuable asset — its people — and ensures they arrive each day in the right physical and mental shape so that they are fully engaged and ready to take on the world.

Source: GCC

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May 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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Discover All Testing Standards Information of IoT at Bureau Veritas Booth in COMPUTEX Taipei 2015

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TAIPEI/PRNewswire/ — Bureau Veritas is pleased to announce that it will sponsor and participate in COMPUTEX Taipei, an annual IT sector event. The largest ICT trade-show in Asia and the second largest in the world, it will be hosted from 2 June to 6 June 2015. Bureau Veritas sincerely welcomes you to visit its booth at Nangang Exhibition Hall.

“The Internet of Things”, “Mobile applications”, and “Cloud technology and services” are the three main themes for COMPUTEX 2015. Moreover, wearable technology is also expected to be a hot trend in 2015, and in order to offer a closer look at this growing trend, COMPUTEX will premiere the “Wearable Technology” area in 2015. However, these new applications of IoT (Internet of Things) are strictly required to comply with regulatory standards from various countries in the world to protect users’ healthy and safety. Bureau Veritas has played an important role for the issuance of type approval certificates for Electrical and Electric products for many years, and has foreseen the trend, as many items will be connected by the internet in coming years. Therefore, Bureau Veritas strategically and actively expands its IoT related test capacities with the most adequate professional competences to quickly and accurately satisfy the market’s demand for clients’ products by strictly following regulations from every country.

To echo the IoT theme of COMPUTEX Taipei and to demonstrate its concept, Bureau Veritas’ booth will simulate the scenarios as a testing chamber for IoT related products in order to create a better understanding for all exhibition attendees regarding how Bureau Veritas guards the rights of consumers with its comprehensive service moreover, for the purpose of supporting the building up of a better mobile lifestyle for consumers. During the exhibition show period, several interactive games will be organized for visitors to learn more about Bureau Veritas’ services as well as IoT related product knowledge and participants will all receive Bureau Veritas’ unique company gifts.

Come and visit us at our booth and discover Bureau Veritas’ “One-Stop” and comprehensive testing and certification services for Wireless Devices!!

Booth Information

Booth Name: Bureau Veritas Group
Booth No.: M1235
Venue: Nangang Exhibition Hall, 4F, Taipei, Taiwan (Map)


Since 1981, COMPUTEX TAIPEI progresses as the world ICT grows and transforms. Every year, top ICT elites, innovators and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world gather to showcase the most advanced and innovative ICT products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors. COMPUTEX TAIPEI is now Asia’slargest and the world’s second largest ICT show.

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About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Founded in 1828, the group has more than 65,500 employees in more than 940 offices and 340 laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performances by offering innovative services and solutions in order to ensure that their products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environment protection and social responsibility.

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About Bureau Veritas Consume Products Services, Electrical and Electronic Business Line (Bureau Veritas CPS E&E

Bureau Veritas Customer Products Services Division Electrical & Electronic Business Line provides comprehensive certification & testing solutions for electrical and electronic products. Our “one-stop” approach helps clients shorten the time to market for their products. We have complete testing service and capacity including : Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC),  EMC Smart Grid, Safety, RF, Telecom, GCF/PTCRB, Wi-Fi, OTA, Battery, Photovoltaic (PV inverter), Digital TV & Broadcasting, NEBS, Railway Electronic Devices, Eco-design of ErP and power consumption. Our business involves in different industries: IT Equipments, Audio Video products, Mobile device products, communication products, wireless Products, Household Products, Battery Products, Power Supply Products, Lighting Products and Industrial, scientific and medic devices, Photovoltaic inverter.


Press Contact 

Vicky Chen (BV CPS E&E)                    Dennis Lee (BV CPS E&E) 

Source: Bureau Veritas, Consumer Products Services, Electrical & Electronic Business Line, Taiwan Branch

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May 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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