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New Report Explores How Multi-sector Collaboration and Business Can Accelerate Food and Nutrition Security Outcomes in Southeast Asia

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— Roundtable of more than 20 cross-sector stakeholders identifies three key recommendations for systems change to accelerate progress on food and nutrition security
— Multi-sector actors identify need to coordinate efforts to build and scale solutions
— Opportunities abound for non-traditional actors of the food value chain to play a role

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Businesses, governments and civil society need to forge trust, find alignment and foster collaboration and coordination to secure the future of food and nutrition, as food systems inSoutheast Asia and the world hang in delicate balance.

FrieslandCampina and Forum for the Future launch new food and nutrition security report
FrieslandCampina and Forum for the Future launch new food and nutrition security report

The conclusion comes from a new report by Forum for the Future and FrieslandCampina, “Addressing food and nutrition security through partnerships and strong business leadership, launched today. The Report was produced in consultation with representatives from the entire food value chain, including agri-food multinational companies, crop producers, financial institutions, retailers, academia, nutritionists, and international and non-governmental organisations. For the first time, non-traditional stakeholders such as logistics and packaging companies were also invited to participate in the conversation.

The Report is being published when more than 60 million people will join the consuming class in ASEAN over the next five years, placing greater demands on food and resources[1]. By 2030, the world needs to produce 50% more food for a rapidly growing population with a shrinking agricultural workforce and depleting natural resources[2]. At the same time, society has to grapple with the dual burden of malnutrition.

This presents a complex systemic challenge, where multiple solutions from multiple stakeholders are required up and down the food value chain. The Report calls for collaboration and alignment among these stakeholders to build on what is already happening. One of the key goals is to find a good practical place to start and pursue a wider systems approach.

Piet Hilarides, Chief Operating Officer, FrieslandCampina Asia said: “As a leading global dairy co-operative, we work with farmers and other value chain partners in Southeast Asia to provide high-quality, sustainable milk and dairy products to our consumers.

“We are mindful that we are on the cusp of a new era and there is an urgent need to take action. We have a responsibility to lead the industry, to be part of the solution to our future’s food and nutrition security, and are proud to have commissioned this report to accelerate efforts in achieving food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia.”

In May 2015, FrieslandCampina and its partner, Forum for the Future, convened a roundtable comprising of 21 stakeholders from agri-food multinational companies, crop producers, retailers, financial institutions, logistics, packaging, academia, nutritionists, and international and non-governmental organisations in Singapore. Together, the group identified four key areas where businesses can and are already acting on food and nutrition security that can be scaled up:

  • Agricultural sustainability — Enabling sustainable production with improved land management, biodiversity conservation and strengthening the livelihoods of farmers.
  • Supply chain infrastructure — Identifying areas of waste, inefficiency, bottlenecks as well as opportunities to act through the entire food supply chain in the region.
  • Product innovation for nutrition — Ensuring the development of healthier products and improving access to more affordable staple and locally grown fresh produce.
  • Promoting healthier eating and lifestyle choices — Shifting consumer behaviour so that consumers can purchase healthier foods, live more active lifestyles and reduce food waste.

To further accelerate progress in these areas, the group offered three main recommendations for systems change on food and nutrition security:

  1. For businesses and groups of businesses working on smallholder agricultural sustainability to coordinate their efforts.
  2. For businesses in logistics, packaging and information and communications technologies (ICT) to work with those in the food supply chain to optimise efficiency and reduce waste.
  3. For companies, government bodies and NGOs to create a shared approach to engaging the consumer on better diet and lifestyle choices.

The group recognises that these are merely the start of a conversation, and the challenges, solutions and recommendations warrant further investigation. The next steps include eliciting feedback on where the greatest potential and appetite for collaboration is in the region and developing the recommendations with the key stakeholders and experts who would need to be involved.

FrieslandCampina and Forum for the Future invite all interested stakeholders to get in touch if they are interested in working together to see business accelerate scale in better food and nutrition security outcomes in Southeast Asia.

Ariel Muller, Director, Asia Pacific, Forum for the Future, said: “This report truly affirms and underscores the ability of multi-stakeholder partnerships to address complex sustainability challenges, and we believe that together we can reimagine the value created across food networks and restore resilience within the system.

“We hope that this report brings about meaningful and credible contributions to strengthen and advance food and nutrition security outcomes in Southeast Asia.”

Mr Hilarides added: “Food and nutrition security is a complex issue; no one entity can solve this global problem on its own. The roundtable highlighted that a collective effort among different players is necessary in order to bring about change. Innovation will be the core driver to leverage entrepreneurial mindsets in order to find success in scaling up and accelerating solutions.

“We intend to share this report widely and invite any business involved in the food value chain in Southeast Asia to use this material to explore food and nutrition security, and find a way to contribute to it — in a way that builds, rather than duplicates, what is already happening.”

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About Royal FrieslandCampina

Every day Royal FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients. With annual revenue of 11.3 billion euros, FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s five largest dairy companies, supplying consumer and professional products, as well as ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers of infant & toddler nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector around the world. FrieslandCampina has offices in 32 countries and almost 22,000 employees, and its products are available in more than 100 countries. The Company is fully owned by Zuivelcooperatie FrieslandCampina U.A, with 19,487 member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium making it one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives.

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About FrieslandCampina Consumer Products Asia

FrieslandCampina’s Consumer Products Asia business group consists of operating companies that are active in the consumer products segment in Asia. FrieslandCampina has acquired excellent positions in many countries with strong brands and a wide range of products. These activities have a long and rich history. The export of dairy fromWestern Europe began back in the 1920s. The range of long shelf life products has expanded significantly: from milk powder, condensed milk, infant and children’s nutrition to dairy drinks, yoghurts and desserts. FrieslandCampina has operating companies in mainland China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong andthe Philippines. In Asia we market brands that have acquired strong positions. Dutch Lady is legendary in Malaysiaand Vietnam, Foremost is a leading brand in Thailand, Frisian Flag is widely known in Indonesia.

About Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is a sustainability non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve complex challenges. We aim to transform the critical systems that we all depend on, such as food and energy, to make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century. We have 18 years’ experience inspiring new thinking, building creative partnerships and developing practical innovations to change our world. We share what we learn from our work so that others can become more sustainable.

Our mission is to create to a sustainable food system that gives everyone access to healthy, nutritious food whilst protecting and restoring the natural environment. We believe that sustainable nutrition is a hugely powerful guiding principle for accelerating overall progress on our food system challenges. We work to create change in the food system in three ways: by rethinking how value is created across food networks, by reconnecting people with their food, and by restoring resilience within the system. Through our partnerships and multi-stakeholder alliances we develop practical solutions to deliver the scale of change we need. Forum for the Future is a non-profit company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales.

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June 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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PolyU Global Student Challenge Comes to a Fruitful Close

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) 2015 has come to a fruitful close.

University division winners
University division winners

The Final competition was held on 24 June on PolyU campus, with six finalist teams competing in the University Division and another six teams in the Secondary School Division. These aspiring young people presented their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges comprising of renowned entrepreneurs, business executives, school principals, university professors and venture capitalists from Hong Kong and overseas.

After rounds of keen competition, the Gold Award of the University Division went to two teams – the team ClubQnect of The University of New South Wales, Australia and White Light Medical of John Hopkins University,United States. ClubQnect is a free to download “social ticketing” mobile platform that facilitates interactions between event goers, prospective event goers and event organisers. Not only does it allow a person to invite friends to different events, it gives users clear visibility when their friends purchase a ticket to any event. Users can purchase tickets on their phone and create groups of friends to attend events together for discounts and special offers. The mobile platform enables ticket re-selling and gifting, thereby minimizing ticket scalping.

White Light Medical is a medical device startup that develops a low-cost and smarter pedicle probe, AccuSpine, for accurate placement of pedicle screws in spinal fusion surgery. The self-contained device combining mechanical, electrical, and computational systems aims to reduce screw breach rates, operating room time, and radiation exposure, and therefore limit the cost of the procedure while enhancing safety for both patients and surgeons.

As for the Secondary School Division, Colyton Grammar School of the United Kingdom snatched the Gold Award (Team name: Salus). Their product – StopAid is a device to alert car drivers to keep a safe “stopping distance” with vehicles ahead in order to improve road safety.  Infrared lasers are mounted in the front headlights to gauge the distance between the car and vehicles ahead.  A red light warning will be shown on a dashboard monitor if the distance between cars is below a safe level. The red light will be off until a safer distance is reached. Although this feature is common in new cars, StopAid targets second-hand cars which lack advanced safety features.

GSC is an international business case competition launched by PolyU in 2009 as a major initiative to embrace internationalization, innovation and entrepreneurship. Run for the fourth time, this year’s GSC has attracted 130 teams from secondary schools and universities from 22 countries and territories (Secondary School Division: 65; University Division: 65). A total of 54 teams with more than 200 contestants were sponsored to Hong Kong for the Semi Final and Final from 20 June to 26 June.

PolyU President Professor Timothy W. Tong said, “Apart from providing students with a valuable opportunity to unleash their innovation and entrepreneurship potential, GSC helps develop their international mindset or global perspective, which is a sustainable competitive advantage in the global economy. Participants in this week meet up with peer groups from all over the world, thus opening their eyes and minds to different value, culture and systems.”

The judging panel of GSC 2015 was composed of a total of 30 Semi-Final and 10 Final judges with diverse experience coming from all over the world, all of them being renowned academics and senior executives in their respective fields. In addition, 8 overseas academics from globally renowned institutions were invited to play the role of international advisors as well as judges to provide top tips for students preparing for the Challenge and add international dimensions to the judging mechanism of the competition.

The business proposals were grouped by the sub-themes of Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Environment and Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility / Social Enterprise. Winners of Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commendation Awards as well as the Theme Award and Best of the Best Elevator Pitch Award for each division were selected and announced last night at the Gala Ceremony. All winning teams were presented with a trophy and cash prizes, and each individual team member received a certificate.

GSC participants were able to get a taste of life at PolyU. They resided at the Student Halls of Residence and visited PolyU’s eight Faculties and Schools, accompanied by PolyU Student Ambassadors. Company visits, as well as sharing sessions conducted by young entrepreneurs and PolyU students on business startups were also arranged. They also enjoyed cultural and heritage tours to local attractions.

The GSC was made possible due to the generous support from The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong for sponsoring this Challenge. The Challenge was also supported by The Mira Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair.

GSC 2015 List of Awardees

University Division

Gold Award

The University of New South Wales, Australia (Team name: ClubQnect)

Johns Hopkins University, United States (Team name: White Light Medical)

Bronze Award

National University of Singapore, Singapore (Team name: Sorgen)

Commendation Award

National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan (Team name: LITHOMATIC)

Secondary School Division

Gold Award

Colyton Grammar School, United Kingdom (Team name: Salus)

Silver Award

Anglo Chinese School (International), Singapore (Team name: Stockholderz)

Bronze Award

St. Georges School, Canada (Team name: The Dragons)

Commendation Award    

Renaissance College, Hong Kong (Team name: Project O2)

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June 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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Supermicro Announces Open Source Solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ceph and OpenStack at Red Hat Summit

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— Industry’s Broadest Portfolio of Infrastructure Building Block Solutions Combined with Red Hat Open Source Software Technologies Enable Innovation in Enterprise and Cloud Scale Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing announces new initiatives with Red Hat to deliver Open Source optimized solutions across its portfolio of computing and storage platforms. Supermicro’s expanding range of Red Hat solutions will support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for open hybrid cloud and enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures. Supermicro’s solutions leverage Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platforms to offer a fully integrated, optimized foundation for building OpenStack cloud infrastructure with maximized performance, scalability and security. Supermicro’s solutions optimized for Red Hat Ceph offer durable, software-defined, scale-out storage platforms in 1U/2U/4U/42U form factors and are designed to maximize performance, density, and capacity. Combined with Supermicro’s server management software and global support services, customers worldwide have access to a new, comprehensive suite of highly scalable, end-to-end infrastructure solutions that deliver maximum value and dependability with lowest overall total cost of ownership.

“Supermicro’s server, storage, and networking solutions are redefining the formula for efficient, scalable computing,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our model of providing the widest selection of platforms in Ultra, TwinPro, FatTwin, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, and SuperBlade with dedicated server management software and global support services offer maximum flexibility for configuring exactly the best cloud-scale infrastructure solutions. Combined with our innovations in Green Computing and expanding Red Hat initiatives, we are unrivaled in the industry with best-in-class open source solutions that offer the highest levels of performance, per watt, per dollar for lowest overall TCO.”

“Red Hat is a driving force behind adoption of open source technologies that power the majority of Fortune 500 companies,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat. “Collaboration with Supermicro will benefit our partners and any sized business, enterprise or cloud scale environment with a wider range of platforms and services optimized to provide high performance, density and flexibility for an increased ROI.”

Supermicro SuperServer® Solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platforms

1U/2U Ultra SuperServers – Performance, Flexibility, Scalability and ReliabilityDual Intel® Xeon®

  • E5-2600 v3 (up to 36 cores and 160W TDP), 3TB DDR4 2133MHz in 24x DIMMs, 2.5″ hot-swap NVMe SSD 2x in 1U, 4x in 2U, SATA3 and SAS3 12Gb/s support, up to 8x PCI-E 3.0 slots in 2U, 10GBase-T and 10G SFP+ support, IPMI 2.0 + KVM with dedicated LAN, redundant Titanium level high-efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies

2U TwinPro™ (2-node), 2U TwinPro²™ (4-node) SuperServers

  • Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 (up to 36 cores and 145W TDP), up to 1TB DDR4, 2133MHz LRDIMM in 16x DIMMs, PCI-E 3.0 x16, PCI-E 3.0 x8 LP (2U TwinPro™), and “0 slot” flexible rear expansion for add-on card solutions such as PCI-E SSD, 10GbE with SFP+, or GPU/Xeon Phi; 10GBase-T, InfiniBand, or Gigabit Ethernet networking options; up to 4x NVMe and 8x SAS3 12Gbps 2.5″ hot-swap SSDs per node; co-processor support (2U TwinPro™); IPMI 2.0 + KVM with dedicated LAN; SATA DOM power connector; TPM 1.2 header; and redundant Titanium Level high-efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies

4U FatTwin™ – High-density 8/4/2 hot-plug node SuperServers

  • Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 (up to 36 cores and 145W TDP), up to 1TB DDR4 2133MHz Reg. ECC in 16x DIMMs, PCI-E 3.0, up to 8x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays per U in 4U 4-node or up to 6x double-width NVIDIA® GPU/Intel® Xeon® Phi Coprocessor per node in 4U 2-node configuration NVMe, SAS3 12Gbps, SATA3 6Gb/s, GbE, 10GBase-T, IPMI 2.0 with KVM over dedicated LAN, redundant Titanium Level high-efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies.

3U MicroCloud – 24/12/8 hot plug node SuperServers

  • Nodes support Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2/v3, Intel® Atom™ processor C2750 SoC (20W, 8-Core), E3-1200 v2/v3/v4 family, Intel® 4th/5th Gen Core™ socket H3 from 13W to 84W, AMD Opteron™ 3000 series (3300 ready) processor, 8/4-Core; Socket AM3+, up to 256GB LRDIMM, 128GB RDIMM, up to 2133MHz DDR4 ECC or up to 64GB DDR3 VLP ECC UDIMM 1600MHz support, 2x 3.5″ hot-swap SATA3/SAS, 2x 2.5″ SATA3 HDD/SSDs or 2x 3.5″ SATA3; optional kit for 4x 2.5″ SATA (2x SATA3 + 2x SATA3) HDDs, Low-profile PCI-E x8 expansion support, IPMI 2.0 with KVM over dedicated LAN, redundant 1620W Titanium Level high-efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies

6U MicroBlade – Powerful, flexible and extreme-density, all-in-one total system that features 112/56/28 hot-swappable MicroBlade server nodes

  • Supports DP/UP Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3, E3-1200 v4, D-1500, or Intel® Atom™ C2000 processors, and up to 4 HDDs/SSDs and a SATADOM per server. MicroBlade enclosure can incorporate up to 2 Chassis Management Modules, and up to 4/2x 10/2.5/1/GbE SDN switches for efficient, high-bandwidth communications. It can incorporate up to 8x redundant (N+1 or N+N) 2000W/1600W Titanium/Platinum Level high-efficiency (96%/95%) power supplies with cooling fans

3U MicroBlade – New, powerful, flexible and extreme-density, all-in-one total system that features 56/28/14 hot-swappable MicroBlade server nodes

  • Supports Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3, E3-1200 v4, D-1500, or Intel® Atom™ C2000 processors, and up to 4x HDD/SSDs and 1x SATADOM per server. MicroBlade enclosure can incorporate 1 Chassis Management Module, and up to 2x 25/10/2.5/1GbE SDN switches for efficient, high-bandwidth communications. It also features up to 4x redundant (N+1 or N+N) 2000W/1600W Titanium/Platinum Level high-efficiency (96%/95%) power supplies with cooling fans

7U SuperBlade® – Maximum density, affordability, reduced management costs, lower power consumption, optimal ROI, and high scalability

  • Supports Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3, up to 6x DIMM slots, 1TB LRDIMM, 512GB RDIMM or 128GB UDIMM, 2x Intel® Xeon Phi™ or NVIDIA® Tesla Kepler K10X/K20M/K40M/K20X/K80; GRID K1/K2 (GPU Blade), up to 3x hot-plug NVMe + 3x hot-swap SAS3 12Gb/s HDDs or 6x Hot-swap 2.5″ SAS3 HDD Bays (StorageBlade), 4x QDR (40Gb) InfiniBand or 10GbE mezzanine HCA, Platinum Level high-efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies with cooling fans

Supermicro Scale-Out Storage Solutions Optimized for Red Hat Ceph

Supermicro’s next generation X10 Storage Servers optimized for Ceph feature the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processor family and utilize best of breed components available in form factors from 1U to 4U. The solutions offer high storage density coupled with up to 96% power efficiency providing real-world advantages in both procurement and operational costs for deployments of all sizes.

SYS-6018R-MON2 – 1U/4-bay dual processor server with dual SFP+ 10G LAN
MON2 is a general purpose 1U server populated with CPU and memory to excel at cluster monitor and management roles. Supermicro MON hardware configurations are also a great fit for RBD and Swift gateways. A minimum of 3x systems are required to form a Ceph cluster quorum.

SSG-2028R-OSD072P – 2U/12-bay with 6TB/7k SATA drives and 1x NVMe (12+1)
OSD72 is a flexible 72TB server with a single processor installed, a great choice for throughput optimized configurations. A second processor can be installed for deployment in IaaS environments.

SSG-6048R-OSD216 – 4U/36-bay with 6TB/7k SATA drives (36+0)
OSD216 is a capacity optimized system for large block sequential applications like backup and archive. Under load it has enough hard drives to saturate the 10G client interface.

SSG-6048R-OSD216P – 4U/36-bay with 6TB/7k SATA drives and 2x NVMe SSD (36+2)
OSD216P offers the best balance of capacity and performance featuring SSDs to improve use in mixed workloads.

SSG-6048R-OSD432 – 4U/72-bay with 6TB/7k SATA drives (72+0)
OSD432 is a 432TB capacity optimized system for large block sequential applications like backup and archive.

SSG-6048R-OSD360P – 4U/72-bay with 6TB/7k SATA drives and 12 SATA SSD (60+12)
OSD360P is a 360TB capacity optimized system with SSD for OSD journaling.

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Supermicro Server Management Utilities

Server management utilities assist data center system administrators to manage hardware issues such as server availability and firmware upgrades to reduce server downtime. Supermicro has developed a multifunction suite of tools that can perform health monitoring, power management and firmware maintenance to help deploy and maintain servers in data centers. Our solutions are designed for easy automation with existing management infrastructure. Supermicro’s mobile app IPMIView is available on Android and iOS devices. For more details, please visit

Supermicro Global Service Program

Supermicro Hardware Maintenance provides flexible and customizable Service Level Agreements for remote help desk and rapid onsite support to cover Supermicro solutions that include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack and Red Hat Ceph Storage. Our Service Programs offer a 4-hour Onsite Response time option for mission-critical uptime or any tailored solution that will meet your specific business requirements. For more details, please visit

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.

Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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June 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

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International Business Systems (IBS) to be Acquired by Marlin Equity Partners

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— Leading private equity firm sees opportunities to continue company’s growth trajectory

STOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain solution provider, announced today a definitive agreement for the business to be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with more than $3 billion of capital under management. The acquisition will enable IBS to accelerate its already rapid growth rate while enhancing its commitment to customer success.

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“We are excited to partner with a premier global investment firm like Marlin because it will help us significantly increase our competitive advantage, and accelerate investment in our products and services to enhance our value creation for customers,” said Douglas Braun, CEO of IBS. “The team at IBS shares with Marlin the philosophy of delivering value to customers, and we welcome Marlin’s broad resources and industry insights. The acquisition is good news for IBS and our customers, partners, suppliers and everyone who contributes to IBS.”

IBS fits well with Marlin’s long-term investment strategy, built on partnering with outstanding management teams to strengthen companies and grow long-term shareholder value. Marlin’s investment profile focuses on established technology businesses that have a strong market presence and are looking for new ways to realize their potential. IBS management and Marlin will work together to sustain the success that IBS has already achieved and accelerate the profitable development of new markets and new products while strengthening existing customer relationships.

Shawn McMorran, partner in Marlin’s London office, said: “We are delighted to be working with IBS’ highly talented team to help grow the business organically, as well as through strategic acquisitions, and to support them in delivering world-class products and services to the company’s diverse client base. Our cultures and values are aligned and we look forward to making this a great partnership.”

About IBS

IBS is a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software to the distribution industry. IBS specializes in solving the toughest business problems in distribution, allowing companies to maximize and control lean supply chains, leverage new revenue channels and optimize existing businesses. Delivered through the cloud or as a managed service, IBS’ software suite streamlines, automates and accelerates critical supply chain processes, from inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management through warehouse operations, value-added services and demand management. Customers in over 40 countries rely on IBS’ best-in-class solutions to drive dramatic improvements in their operations and build their foundations for growth. For more information, please visit

About Marlin Equity Partners

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 90 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit

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June 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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CPI Designs Data Centre for World Class Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates /PRNewswire/ — The Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi is anticipated to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. With help from Chatsworth Products (CPI), a global manufacturer of IT infrastructure and equipment, this deluxe space has a state-of-the-art data centre ready to accommodate its technological needs for years to come.

To compete with the top hotels in the hospitality industry, Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel partnered with CPI, Atlas Telecom, a consulting and engineering firm and MultiNet Communications, a distributor of data centre solutions. Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel wanted a green, energy efficient data centre to coincide with the architectural design and sophistication.

“The aim was to provide and design a solution that could bring energy efficiency and at the same time, protect our investment for 10-15 years. Therefore, future scalability was also important to us,” stated Nabeel Siddiqi, Project Manager for Atlas Telecom.

With these goals in mind, CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions were chosen to allow cooling efficiencies in the data center to be maximised without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. This “free cooling” is achieved by properly isolating, redirecting and recycling hot exhaust air from cold supply air.

CPI’s Passive Cooling Solution was comprised of a Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Solution, complete with doors and floor ceiling kits, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, Monitored Vertical Power Distribution Units and accessories.

“It was really easy for the customer [Emirates Pearl Hotel] to evaluate the products and solutions offered in the market but working with CPI’s products at an early stage, gave a better edge in the decision process,” saidMohamed Jeelani, Managing Director for MultiNet. “CPI is well known in providing data centre solutions.”

To read more about Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel and CPI solutions, download the case study.

About Chatsworth Products
Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is a global provider of quality voice and data solutions that optimise, store and secure technology equipment, providing innovation, configurability and value. CPI operates global offices withinthe United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China, as well as manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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CPI does not accept liability for any errors or omissions and reserves the right to change information and descriptions of listed services and products.

©2015 Chatsworth Products, Inc. All rights reserved. Chatsworth Products, CPI, CPI Passive Cooling, eConnect, MegaFrame, Saf-T-Grip, Seismic Frame, SlimFrame, TeraFrame, GlobalFrame, Cube-iT Plus, Evolution, OnTrac, QuadraRack and Velocity are federally registered trademarks of Chatsworth Products. Simply Efficient is a trademark of Chatsworth Products. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.

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June 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

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‘GREEN TECHNOLOGIES OPPORTUNITIES IN VIETNAM’ – Webinar on 30th June 2015 at 3.30PM Vietnam (GMT + 8)

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HANOI, Vietnam /PRNewswire/ —

  • Exhibition: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Vietnam 2015 Expo
  • Show date: 25 – 27 November 2015
  • Venue: VEFAC, Hanoi, Vietnam

Most developing countries have abundant renewable energy resources, including solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy and biomass as well as the ability to manufacture the relatively labor-intensive systems that harness these. Collectively, developing countries have more than half of global renewable power capacity. Many renewable markets are growing at rapid rates including Vietnam.

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Renewable Energy Vietnam logo

As Vietnam is maintaining its current rate of rapid growth, the country is now facing the rising demand for power and energy in the upcoming years. The search of reliable sources for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and waste management has become a priority for the country.

The Government of Vietnam has recognised the important role of green technologies in supplying sustainable energy and recently in tackling the climate change. This includes Vietnam’s strategies and master plan with regards to the expansion of renewable energies. Vietnam is well endowed with renewable energy resources which distributed through-out the country. These resources can be exploited to meet Vietnam’s rapidly increasing energy demand as well as environmental protection. Despite the high potential, RE electricity production in Vietnam is still negligible.

The expected growth in energy consumption specifically in Asia, which to a large extent can be satisfied using renewable energies, offers promising business opportunities for foreign investment. Hence, a webinar with the topic“Green Technologies Opportunities In Vietnam will be held on the 30th June at 3.30pm Vietnam time. Organised by the EU-Vietnam Business Network, supported by UBM, this webinar is part of the Green Technologies Trade Mission to Vietnam in November 2015. The webinar is to promote sustainability related energy efficiency and also a prelude to the first edition of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Vietnam 2015 Expo.The event is scheduled to take place at VEFAC Hanoi, Vietnam from 25 – 27 November 2015. (

Some of the highlights will be topics related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and waste management. Besides, will also discuss on Vietnam’s great potential for foreign investors in clean development.Vietnam has countless clean energy resources; its abundance of stream, sources and nine main rivers givesVietnam a place among the top 14 of countries with the best conditions for conversion of hydropower into electricity.

As experts in the Clean Technology in Vietnamese market, Mr Nguyen Dang Anh Thi, consultant from International Finance Corporation, with Mrs Eliane Van Doorn, Business Development Director UBM Asean and Mrs Jana Ackermann, Deputy Director of EVBN will give presentations during the webinar in order to give first-entry information about Vietnamese market in the sector.

To attend this free-of-charge Webinar, one may register online at or contact Ms. Thanh Cao Nguyen at

RE and EE Vietnam 2015 Expo is co-located with Vietwater 2015 ExpoVietnam’s No.1 Water and Wastewater Industry Event. Apart from the detailing opportunities in emerging markets and latest innovations and technologies to be showcased by major industry players, there will be Technical Seminar sessions designed to help participants find solutions to various industry issues and challenges.

UBM is also the organizer of the globally renowned Renewable Energy series includes Renewable Energy Asia,Thailand, Renewable Energy India, Renewable Energy Myanmar, Solar Asia and Green Energy, Malaysia.

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About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kongand subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has 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.

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PR Newswire’s 3 Cs of Award-Worthy Content Marketing

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— Tips by SVP of Marketing Ken Wincko Featured in TopRank Online Marketing and Content Marketing Institute eBook

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Like your favorite movie, quality content requires the perfect combination of elements to get noticed when awards season rolls around. And while your content is unlikely to feature sought-after actors and an emotional plot full of dramatic twists and turns, there are key lessons one can apply from the film industry to help make your content the star of your marketing.

Making Content Marketing the Star of Your Marketing, from TopRank Online Marketing and Content Marketing Institute.
Making Content Marketing the Star of Your Marketing, from TopRank Online Marketing and Content Marketing Institute.

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On PR Newswire’s Beyond PR blog, Ken Wincko, Senior Vice President of Marketing at PR Newswire, discusses the 3 Cs that are sure to elevate your content from the B List and get it ready for the red carpet in no time.

“Like a great actor, effective content captivates audiences with the story being told,” he writes in Making Content Marketing the Star of Your Marketing, the latest ebook from TopRank Online Marketing and Content Marketing Institute.

To craft content that is ready for its close up, Wincko suggests following the 3 Cs. Learn how to:

  • Take cues from method actors to become a credible resource for your audiences;
  • Win big on opening weekend with compelling content that won’t flop at the box office;
  • And tell a consistent story that will keep your audiences coming back for more.

For more on the 3 Cs of Successful Content Marketing, read Content Marketing Casting Call: How to Craft Award-Worthy Content on Beyond PR here:

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PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

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June 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Boom in Connected Living Trends Spark Demand for IoT Testing and Monitoring Equipment, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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-With IoT breaking new ground, testing solution providers must bolster their portfolio through partnerships and acquisitions

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — As the trend towards connected living and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to permeate home, work and city solutions, the need to keep tabs on a myriad of connected devices will thrust the global IoT testing and monitoring equipment market into the spotlight. The incorporation of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication – central to IoT deployment – as well as modules that require less power and bandwidth will bring with it several challenges that turn into a boon for testing and monitoring vendors.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Internet of Things Testing and Monitoring Equipment Market(, finds that the market earned revenues of $346.9 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $900.1 million in 2021.

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“As the escalating number of connected devices adds breadth to the IoT concept, solutions that can proactively monitor, test and zero in on anomalies in the infrastructure will garner a sustained customer base,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement and Instrumentation Research Analyst Rohan Joy Thomas. “The incorporation of new testing and wireless standards will broaden testing requirements and further aid development in IoT testing and monitoring equipment.”

Educating end users on the importance of interoperability and the requirement for specialised testing equipment is vital for market success. Currently, the lack of end-user awareness on the need for proactive solutions stalls the large-scale use of IoT testing and monitoring equipment. End-user inability to identify the most appropriate solution from a plethora of identical systems too limits adoption.

High capital expenditure associated with procuring equipment coupled with inadequate standardisation around IoT adds to the challenge. Such concerns over high investment costs and standardisation should abate as IoT matures in the years ahead.

“Industry vendors must fill the gaps in their product portfolio in order to facilitate an open testing environment and lay the foundation for long-term growth,” concluded Thomas. “To that end, building partnerships with or acquiring participants from other industry niches will help solution providers extend their horizons in the global IoT testing and monitoring equipment market.”

Global Internet of Things Testing and Monitoring Equipment Market is part of the Test & Measurement( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Test Equipment Market for Software-defined Radios (SDRs), Global Laboratory Analytical Instrumentation Market, Global Test, Measurement, and Instrumentation Market, and Global Integrated Automotive Test Solutions and its Future. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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JNA Awards 2015 Honourees Announced

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — JNA (Jewellery News Asia), organiser of the prestigious JNA Awards, has announced the much-anticipated list of Honourees or shortlisted finalists across 15 categories for 2015. A total of 49 Honourees representing 31 companies from 10 countries/regions have been shortlisted.

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(From left) James Courage, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Albert Cheng, Managing Director of the World Gold Council, Far East; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc

The JNA Awards is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, together with Honoured Partners Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND).

The judging panel consists of five industry experts, namely James Courage, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); Albert Cheng, Managing Director of the World Gold Council, Far East (WGC); Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.

The Awards serves as an open platform that promotes and encourages the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas for the international jewellery and gemstone industry.  It continues to draw interest among companies across key markets in the trade, including dynamic enterprises from South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Vietnam that have been shortlisted for the first time. Other countries represented include Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and Thailand.

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, said, “The JNA Awards is entering its fourth year, and it is indeed very exciting for us to see such positive and enthusiastic response from the trade both in terms of entrants and quality of entries. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the judges who worked tirelessly and professionally to come up with such a stellar list of finalists.”

Letitia Chow, Chair of the JNA Awards 2015 Judging Panel, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, noted, “I have been serving as the Chair of the Judging Panel since the first year and I continue to observe an increasing high level of energy and zeal to excel and advance among the participating companies and individuals. This year, we have added a couple of criteria in the entry rules, which made room for different scale enterprises and newcomers to be qualified as Honourees. It is also encouraging to see past Recipients entering and being shortlisted for categories new to them.

“As in the past, the members of the judging panel have demonstrated dedication, professionalism and tremendous commitment during the selection process that they themselves exemplify the spirit of the JNA Awards.”

WGC’s Albert Cheng, a member of the judging panel for the fourth year, commented, “I felt the enthusiasm of the participants through their applications and success stories. I hope the Awards will continue to attract more companies from the region in the coming years. The JNA Awards is truly an excellent platform for the jewellery fraternity to have a reality check every year, benchmark themselves against their peers and learn from the industry’s best practices.”

James Courage from RJC added, “There is a strong spirit of innovation, both technical and in business approach, to meet the challenges of cost, competition and developing new designs. A positive reflection of entrants listening to consumer needs for variety in content, identifying means of purchase, gaining confidence in the product and supplier, and increasing international reach. As before, there are many clear illustrations of the importance of looking at both customer and employee relationships and retention.”

Lin Qiang of SDE said, “In my fourth year of judging, I continue to be impressed by the innovative spirit and exceptional leadership of the entrants. The quality this year made it difficult to draw up a shortlist of finalists since they have all achieved excellent results in taking their businesses to a higher level, which undoubtedly will raise the bar for future Awards. I believe that the tight competition in the JNA Awards will inspire everyone to excel and thus, drive the whole industry forward.”

GIA’s Nirupa Bhatt added, “It is a privilege to be invited back as a JNA Awards judge for the third consecutive year. The Awards brings together members of the gem and jewellery industry across the globe who are working towards the common goal of expanding and improving our industry. Award categories like ‘Sustainability of the Year’ and ‘Industry Innovation of the Year’ will continue to inspire businesses to strive for excellence. The JNA Awards has undoubtedly become an important industry event.”

Yasukazu Suwa of Suwa & Son remarked, “As a first-time judge on the JNA Awards panel, I was not familiar with most of the participants, but their eagerness to excel in business was apparent. Through their entries, I could feel and see the vitality in Asia. The unique values of these companies have made it possible for them to flourish in a growing regional economy.

“One of the challenges I faced was the broad range of companies in terms of size, which goes from less than US $1 million to US $9.9 billion in annual sales. Although the difference in scale affects many things, I had to look at the entrants’ business approach and philosophy, and judge on quality rather than quantity. I was impressed with the calibre of entrants and I found their stories very enlightening.”

The following individuals and companies have been shortlisted as Honourees for the JNA Awards 2015:

3 Decades of Excellence
Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association — Hong Kong
Jewelmer Joaillerie — Philippines
Paspaley — Australia
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd – India

Brand of the Year — Retail
Chii Lih Coral Co Ltd — Taiwan
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited — Hong Kong
The Genuine Gemstone Company — United Kingdom

Employer of the Year
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited — Hong Kong
Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd — India
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company — Vietnam
Pranda Jewelry Plc — Thailand

Industry Innovation of the Year
China Stone Ltd — Thailand
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited — Hong Kong
Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen XingGuangDa Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd — China
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd — India

Manufacturer of the Year — Coloured Gemstone Cutting & Polishing
Lorenzo Jewelry Limited — Hong Kong
RMC Gems India Limited — India

Manufacturer of the Year — Diamond Cutting & Polishing
Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd — India
J. B. And Brothers Pvt Ltd — India

Manufacturer of the Year — Gem-Set Jewellery
KGK Jewellery Mfg Ltd — Hong Kong
Lorenzo Jewelry Limited — Hong Kong
MKS Jewelry International Co Ltd — Thailand
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd — China

Manufacturer of the Year — Precious Metals-Only Jewellery
Shenzhen Cuilu Jewellery Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd — China

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year — ASEAN Countries
China Stone Ltd — Thailand
PANDORA Production Co Ltd — Thailand
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company — Vietnam

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year — India
J. B. And Brothers Pvt Ltd — India
Kashi Jewellers — India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd — India

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year — Mainland China
KGK Diamonds (Shanghai) Ltd — China
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen XingGuangDa Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd — China

Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
Golden Dew Co Ltd — South Korea
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company — Vietnam

E-tailer of the Year
KELA — China
The Genuine Gemstone Company — United Kingdom
Vaibhav Global Limited — India

Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Kiran Gems Private Limited — India
Shenzhen 3D-KET Jewellery Company Limited — China
Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen XingGuangDa Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd — China

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Mr. Kwan Sit, Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co., Ltd — China
Mr. Lei Xu, Zbird China — China

The Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be nominated by the organiser, and the announcement will be made at a later date.

This year’s JNA Awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held on Sunday, 20 September, at the Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. It is an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievement in the global jewellery trade with a focus on contributions and achievements made in the Asian region. It is a ticketed event by application only. Interested parties may submit their request by logging on

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JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516 2184

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1.      About JNA ( )

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2.      About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds ( )

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited ( )

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, one of the world’s leading jeweller and the largest in terms of sales, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index.

The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The recent acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed luxury jewellery brand, has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group has an extensive retail network comprising over 2,250 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire points of sale spanning nearly 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-Shop and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.

The Group’s sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive POS and e-tail channels.

3.      About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group ( )

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Gubelin Group ( )

Since 1854, the name Gubelin has stood for the very highest standards in gemstones, jewellery and watches. With its selection of the most sought-after timepieces and jewellery of its own design, the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, St. Moritz, Lugano and Geneva. Last November, Gübelin Jewellery established its presence in Hong Kong.

Besides the jewellery boutiques and the Gubelin Ateliers, the group has a newly-established Academy and a world-renowned Gemmological Laboratory. The Gübelin Gem Lab is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, relied on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.

3.3 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies ( )

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres and IDI works to enhance Israel’s position as a major trading and manufacturing hub.

IDI works to benefit Israel’s diamond industry in a variety of areas including:  marketing and PR, technological innovation, encouraging local manufacturing, training, and security consulting. IDI seeks out new markets for Israeli diamonds and develops existing ones.  As part of this effort, IDI organizes industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, establishing Israeli Diamond Pavilions and sponsoring events at these shows.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.4 Shanghai Diamond Exchange ( )

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.5 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited ( )

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4.      About UBM Asia ( )

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
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RS Components Introduces DesignSpark Mechanical Premium Add-on Modules for 3D Design Tool

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-Two new optional premium modules available for intuitive 3D design software, adding new functionality to make the tool more powerful to support engineers in the rapid development of product concepts

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand ofElectrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced the expansion of DesignSpark Mechanical with two new optional premium modules that significantly extend the functionality of the existing version of the tool.

RS Components Introduces DesignSpark Mechanical Premium Add-on Modules for 3D Design Tool
RS Components Introduces DesignSpark Mechanical Premium Add-on Modules for 3D Design Tool

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modelling software for engineers, DesignSpark Mechanical is an advanced 3D direct modelling tool that can be downloaded free of charge. Notwithstanding the availability of these optional premium paid-for modules, which can now be purchased from RS, very importantly the fundamental software that is available today will remain free to all users with continued support, new versions and updates from RS into the foreseeable future. DesignSpark Mechanical is a key element of the initiative by RS to provide tools for engineers that enable them to rapidly develop prototypes in the product concept design stage. For example, the software’s STL-output format enables the direct export of designs to 3D printers.

The first premium module available is DesignSpark Mechanical Exchange, which adds advanced import/export capabilities and enables the import, modification and export of industry-standard STEP and IGES file formats, which allows full exchange of design data with CAD tools such as SolidWorks, Catia, ProEngineer and AutoCAD. The module can enable engineers to integrate DesignSpark Mechanical into a product development toolchain that works across various software platforms, moving beyond concept creation to a seamless workflow for producing final designs. It means that companies can pass designs to their mechanical department or outside contractors for final design creation and manufacturing and do not have to invest in highly expensive 3D CAD licences or training.

The second premium module — DesignSpark Mechanical Drawing — adds SpaceClaim’s Associative Drawing environment, which allows the changing of designs, as well as the ability to create and modify geometry from within drawing views. It enables the creation of detailed dimensioned drawings allowing designers to move beyond concept development and the 3D printing of prototypes and on to final manufacturing. The drawing environment also provides a familiar workspace for those accustomed to working in 2D. In this environment, drawings support annotations, including geometric dimensioning and tolerances, notes and leaders, to JIS, ISO, and ANSI standards.

“The advanced capabilities of the essential and free version of DesignSpark Mechanical will meet the 3D design requirements of the large majority of users,” said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components. “However, these two premium modules will further enhance the tool and offer more functionality to highly advanced users at a very competitive price, and enable them to create a seamless concept-to-production workflow.”

These two new premium modules build on top of the latest version of free-to-download DesignSpark Mechanical. Version 2 of the software was released in December 2014 and added several features that had been requested by DesignSpark Mechanical users to enable an even better 3D design experience. These improvements include a simplified user interface and access to a new 3D catalogue allowing the rapid insertion of tens of thousands of 3D models from leading component manufacturers. Also integrated in version 2 were all the necessary RS purchasing data for fast Bill-of Materials (BOM) creation and also a QuickParts® 3D printing service, which is available via RS in conjunction with its partner 3D Systems.

The DesignSpark Mechanical Add-On modules are available for purchase on the RS site at Mechanical Exchange is priced at $795 DesignSpark Mechanical Drawing is priced at $795 and theDesignSpark Mechanical Add-On Bundle, comprising both the Exchange and Drawing modules, is priced at $995.

DesignSpark Mechanical version 2 continues to be available for free download Support can be found via the DesignSpark community

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 more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2015 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

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RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6430-3324

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

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June 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

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