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Anheuser-Busch InBev Statement Regarding SABMiller plc

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BRUSSELS /PRNewswire/ — Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) notes the announcement made by SABMiller plc. AB InBev confirms that it has made an approach to SABMiller’s Board of Directors regarding a combination of the two companies. AB InBev’s intention is to work with SABMiller’s Board toward a recommended transaction.

There can be no certainty that this approach will result in an offer or agreement, or as to the terms of any such agreement.

A further statement will be made as appropriate.

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”), AB InBev must, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 14 October, 2015, either announce a firm intention to make an offer for SABMiller in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer for SABMiller, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline will only be extended with the consent of SABMiller and the Takeover Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the Code, AB InBev confirms that, as at the date of this announcement, it has 1,608,242,156 ordinary shares without face value in issue and admitted to trading on Euronext Brussels (ISIN: BE0003793107). AB InBev has an American Depositary Receipts (“ADR”) programme for which The Bank of New York Mellon acts as depositary. Each ADR share represents one AB InBev ordinary share. The ADRs are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ISIN: US03524A1088).

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Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Code (the “Code”)

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel’s website, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel’s Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.




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About Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). It is the leading global brewer and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years and our portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers. This includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; international brands Beck’s®, Leffe®, and Hoegaarden®; and local champions Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Modelo Especial®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Cass®, and Jupiler®. Anheuser-Busch InBev’s dedication to quality goes back to a brewing tradition of more than 600 years and the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium, as well as the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, with origins in St. Louis, USA since 1852. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser-Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 155 000 employees based in 25 countries worldwide. In 2014, AB InBev realized 47.1 billion USD revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company Bringing People Together For a Better World. Learn more at, at or on Twitter through @ABInBevNews.

The enclosed information constitutes regulated information as defined in the Belgian Royal Decree of 14 November 2007 regarding the duties of issuers of financial instruments which have been admitted for trading on a regulated market.

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September 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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SI Group Announces Global Brand Transformation

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — SI Group, a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions, announced today the implementation of a global brand transformation. The rebranding launch represents the convergence of SI Group’s rich history and tradition with a modern aesthetic that includes a new logo.

With more than a century of innovation and success, the distinctive new look is reflective of emerging global workforce trends. “SI Group employees are energetic and passionate about creating solutions that address complex modern global challenges, like population growth, fuel efficiency, environmental preservation and energy conservation,” said Deb Patterson, Vice President of Human Resources. “The enhanced brand unifies the values of both our existing and future talent pool.”

“The world is changing and we’re evolving with it,” said Frank Bozich, SI Group President and Chief Executive Officer. “This rebranding effort is part evolution, part revolution, and aligns with our culture for attracting talented employees who will continue our legacy for providing solutions and value to our global customers.”

Originating from The Schenectady Varnish Company established in 1906, the SI Group name was created in 2006 to reflect the changing scope of an ever-growing worldwide marketplace. Today, SI Group includes 20 sites in 10 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, China, England, France, India, Korea, Singapore, South Africa andSwitzerland, with more than 2,700 employees.

About SI Group

SI Group is a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions that are critical to the quality and performance of countless industrial and consumer goods. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, SI Group is a family-owned company with over 2,700 employees worldwide. SI Group operates 20 manufacturing facilities on five continents with $1.6 billion in annual sales. SI Group is The Substance Inside. For more information, visit

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SI Group, Inc.

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September 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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Finesse Solutions and Corning Life Sciences Highlight Collaboration at CellWorld2015

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.,/PRNewswire/ — Finesse Solutions, Inc., a leading manufacturer of measurement, single-use and automation solutions for life sciences process applications, announced a collaboration with Corning Life Sciences.

The collaboration pairs Corning’s novel CellCube® adherent culture system with the Finesse G3Lab Universal Controller. The CellCube System is designed to reliably distribute nutrients and oxygen with low differential gradients across all cells to more closely simulate in vivo conditions. This provides an ideal environment for attachment cell culture applications. The G3Lab Universal has been developed by Finesse as a versatile control and automation platform capable of supporting a wide range of industry leading bioreactors for both labscale and cGMP production settings.

The single-use flow path, manufactured by Corning, will combine CellCube holders with Finesse single-use TruFluor pH and DO flow-through sensors as well as utilize the Finesse 3L SmartVessel as an oxygenator for the system. This integrated approach will allow users to rapidly install a complete, pre-sterilized flowpath with integrated measurement.

“This collaboration highlights the flexibility of the Finesse Universal Control platform, fully leverages our upstream single-use sensor portfolios and aligns with our strategic goal of partnering with innovative solution providers in the cell therapy area,” added Dr. Mark Selker, CTO of Finesse Solutions.

The G3Lab Universal Controller with CellCube will be a key feature of the technology workshop at CellWorld2015 held September 21-22 in San Francisco, CA. For more information visit the event site:

About Finesse Solutions, Inc.

Finesse Solutions, based in California’s Silicon Valley, provides intelligent bioprocess management solutions. Our mission is to empower our clients with innovative single-use sensors, bioreactors, controllers and software for both upstream and downstream processes. In addition to our own products, we are the only supplier with integration expertise offering clients the independence to select any preferred supplier of key unit operations.

About Corning Life Sciences

Corning ( is a leading innovator in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries, including life sciences, where Corning’s trusted products are used to accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing.

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September 17, 2015 at 7:15 pm

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French TV Channel D17 Cements Audience Engagement Strategy

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

Unveils new audience app powered by Kantar Medias SyncNow technology

French music television channel D17 has enriched the viewing experience for its audience with a new app that forms a major element of its second screen strategy.  ‘D17 Connect’ feature synchronises content between the main and companion screens and is powered by Kantar Media’s SyncNow technology.


Kantar Media’s SyncNow service makes smart devices, including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs, ‘content aware’ so that material being watched on the main screen can be supplemented with relevant and synchronised content on the mobile device.

Using Kantar Media’s SyncNow technology, D17 App with Connect feature identifies the TV programme being viewed on the main screen and simultaneously delivers related material to the device, regardless of time-shift and distribution delays.  The personalised content, which includes recommendations, playlists, quizzes, contests and biographies of artists, provides an additional viewing dimension for D17’s audience, which is primarily ‘GenY’ (males and females between 15 and 25).

“Kantar Media’s SyncNow technology lets us bridge the gap between the television and mobile device as audiences increasingly engage with both simultaneously.  Making this all-important link allows us to maintain maximum audience engagement before, during and after the content is aired,” explains Nicolas Delloye, head of digital at D17.  “This personalised content enriches the TV viewing experience and is therefore a core element of our audience engagement strategy.”

Jean-Michel Masson, Global Director of Watermarking Solutions at Kantar Media comments: “D17’s audience engagement strategy illustrates its forward-thinking approach and we are proud that it has selected SyncNow to facilitate this through its audience app.  Using SyncNow will allow D17 to connect TV viewing and online interaction, thereby driving new audience targeting opportunities through the second screen.”

SyncNow can also be used by advertisers to enhance existing marketing campaigns.  Synchronising their TV advertising strategy with the app helps to engage directly with an identified audience, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the campaign.

Kantar Media has extensive knowledge of the TV-synchronised app market, working with broadcasters and content providers including Channel4 in the UK, TF1 and M6 in France, RTL in the Netherlands and Belgium, NPO in the Netherlands, La3 and DeAgostini in Italy, Kanal D in Turkey, Wowow in Japan, TVB in Hong Kong and Warner Bros in the US.

About Kantar Media

Kantar Media is a global leader in media intelligence, providing clients with the data they need to make informed decisions on all aspects of media measurement, monitoring and selection.

Part of Kantar, the data investment management arm of WPP, Kantar Media provides the most comprehensive and accurate intelligence on media consumption, performance and value.

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September 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm

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Philips and Dutch Radboud university medical center introduce first diabetes prototype app with integrated online community to empower patients and enhance continuity of care

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— Next generation virtual community connects consumers to healthcare providers and allows them to share both consumers’ personal health data and healthcare organization’s clinical data
— Via mobile app, patients can track blood glucose levels, insulin use, nutrition, physical activity, mood and stress and get data-driven feedback and coaching guidance* at home and on the go
— Built on the Philips cloud-based HealthSuite digital platform and the Salesforce App Cloud; unveiled at Dreamforce 2015 in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO and AMSTERDAM, /PRNewswire/ — Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) and Netherlands-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) today introduced a connected digital health prototype that enables people living with diabetes and their health care providers to make more confident care decisions while managing the complexity of diabetes self-care.

The system, consisting of a mobile patient app and online community, is the first to collect and connect data from electronic medical records, multiple personal health devices – including wireless glucose meters and activity monitors – and patient self-reported data. Via a smartphone or tablet, the app gives patients continuous access to important parameters such as blood glucose levels, insulin use, and nutrition and provides coaching guidance* at home and on the go. The secure online community is where enrolled patients and healthcare professionals can interact via private messaging or shared posts within a healthcare organization’s clinical guidelines. In this way, patients can get feedback from their care team using the combined data and can easily share experiences with fellow patients, clinicians and caregivers.

The collaborative prototype development among Philips, Radboudumc and Salesforce is available in pilot release by the end of year, with plans to introduce similar connected care solutions addressing other chronic conditions.

Supporting a critical population with a complex condition
Diabetes is a prevalent, chronic condition that is costly in terms of human suffering and global healthcare spending1with nearly 400 million people worldwide living with the disease2. It is often associated with a variety of other chronic diseases. On average, people with diabetes make up to 180 decisions3 about their health every day, collecting and evaluating valuable information on personal and medical factors from blood sugar levels to exercise to food choices. The care team of people living with diabetes can add up to more than 10 different types of care providers4. This makes living with diabetes complex to self-manage and for many also very stressful.

“I am excited that we are providing people with diabetes the tools to connect all of their relevant health data and devices. Our system allows sharing of data and experiences in one community, where they can collaborate with fellow patients and their care teams in a secure environment,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services, Philips. “There is a growing need for solutions that enhance self-management and continuity of care for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes to reduce health deterioration, re-admissions and mortality rates. This system has been designed by patients for patients and is enabling fully integrated health management and care delivery in a new, connected, efficient and highly patient-centric way.”

“We want to encourage and support people to take full command of their disease by providing them with the right decision tools. This fits in our mission towards patient-centered participatory health care at Radboudumc,” saidCees Tack, Professor in internal medicine at Radboudumc. “Empowering patients to be true partners in their own health care by giving them access to their data and by facilitating collaboration is the key to driving change across populations,” Lucien Engelen, Director REshape Center at Radboudumc added. “By collaborating with Philips, we’re creating the digital framework necessary to make data actionable and transform how patients engage with their caregivers and social community.”

Enabled by the HealthSuite digital platform
The system is built on the Philips HealthSuite digital platform and its new CareCatalyst. This platform securely connects devices and collects, integrates and analyzes patient data from connected consumer and medical devices, electronic medical records, and personal health data. Via this open digital platform, self-measurement sources and overall functionality can easily be extended as new digital health consumer measurement technologies become available. CareCatalyst is a digital toolkit that makes it easy for health systems, institutions and care providers to utilize the power of the HealthSuite digital platform in dedicated localized solutions.

Philips Personal Health Programs to stay healthier and help prevent illness
Further delivering on its commitment to support people throughout the full continuum of health, Philips also recently introduced the first in a series of personal health programs that empower consumers to stay healthier and help prevent illness. Each health program comprises connected health measurement devices, an app-based personalized program and secure, cloud-based data analysis built on the HealthSuite digital platform. Philips personal health programs will empower individuals: to measure vital signs to understand how lifestyle choices affect their body; to set goals and monitor their progress; and to stay motivated with intelligent programs, developed with leading doctors and psychologists, responding to individual progress and making personalized recommendations.

The diabetes prototype system will be presented live by Jeroen Tas and Lucien Engelen at the Dreamforce 2015 conference taking place in San Francisco, Sept. 15-18. For updates on further developments, and follow the #DF15 conversation at @PhilipsLiveFrom.

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About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 106,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

About the HealthSuite Digital Platform
The HealthSuite digital platform is an open IT infrastructure that supports the secure collection of data related to a person’s health and lifestyle, allowing for integration and analysis of this data. The platform enables Philips propositions that connect health measurement devices with cloud-based data analysis to provide actionable app-based personal health and clinical programs, fueling collaboration between consumers, patients and caregivers in the broadest sense. Based on user-friendly and comprehensive data feedback, consumers, patients and caregivers can make more confident health and lifestyle-related decisions.

About Radboud University Medical Center
Radboud University Medical Center is an institute for patient care, research and education & training, located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Our mission is to have a significant impact on healthcare. We aim to be a frontrunner in the development of innovative, sustainable and affordable healthcare. By offering excellent quality, participatory and personalized healthcare, operational excellence and sustainable networks. Our almost 10,000 employees and over 3,000 students do their utmost every day to make a positive contribution to the future of healthcare and medical sciences.


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September 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm

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Royal Thai Army places additional order for STARStreak Air Defence Missile Systems

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Thales announced today at DSEI that it has signed a multi-million pound contract with DataGate in Thailand to supply the Royal Thai Army with the STARStreak air defence missile system.

This contract follows on from Thailand’s initial purchase of STARStreak in 2012.

The system comprises STARStreak missiles, the world’s fastest very short range air defence (VSHORAD) missile and Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML).  The LML tripod-based system allows swift deployment of STARStreak missile to deal with attacks from low-level fighter aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and attack helicopters. The system plays a key part in the air defence forces continued commitment to protecting the Kingdom of Thailand.

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales in the UK, said: “STARStreak is the leading VSHORAD system in the world today, enabling nations to protect key assets against both emerging and established threats. We are honored to continue to serve the Royal Thai Army as a key supplier for Thailand’s advanced air defence capability.”

Stephen Phipson CBE, UK Trade & Industry, Defence Services Organisation, said: “I very much welcome the decision by the Royal Thai Armed forces to reiterate their commitment to the STARStreak air defence system.”

STARStreak can be seen on display at DSEI on the Thales stand (S6-110).

Notes to editors

The STARStreak missile operates at a speed in excess of Mach 3 to defeat fast-moving threats and those with short unmasking times. The three-dart ‘hittile’ configuration maximises lethality and the highly-accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of low-signature targets and is immune to all known countermeasures.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of EUR13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

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September 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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Fueled by Innovative, New Solution, JDA Positioned as a Leader in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Management

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-Latest report joins several other Gartner Magic Quadrants focused on supply chain naming JDA a leader in 2015

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Today JDA Software Group, Inc. announced that it is has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant dedicated to Merchandise Assortment Management. This most recent “Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Management Applications (MAMA)” report joins a number of other Gartner Magic Quadrant reports focused on merchandising and supply chain where JDA has been named a JDA in 2015.

Gartner’s MAMA Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. In the Merchandise Assortment Management Leaders’ Quadrant, JDA has been placed the furthest along the completeness of vision axis. JDA believes this positioning along the completeness of vision axis is a testament to the momentum behind the company’s recently unveiled Retail.Me solution.

JDA Retail.Me leverages the science of big data to deliver intelligent, customer-centric retail planning through insights and recommendations aligning product selection, pricing, promotions, inventory placement and fulfillment decisions with the behaviors of retailers key customer segments. Retail.Me makes it easier for retailers to achieve profitability in today’s complex omni-channel world by leveraging detailed transaction data to pinpoint consumer preferences, and using those insights to decrease carrying costs, lost sales and markdowns.

These capabilities are presented via an innovative, industry-first image and infographic-based user experience which supports real-time collaboration and intuitively blends the art of retail with big data identified customer centric insights. Retail.Me is designed and built for the Google Cloud Platform which directly benefits users of JDA’s Merchandise Planning & Assortment Management solutions by delivering the flexibility and ease of access required in today’s fast-paced, volatile “always-on” retail environment. This value is driven using rapid, incremental onboarding, continuous upgrades and unmatched scalability and affordability.

To learn more about Retail.Me click here.

“We feel the fact that Gartner has positioned JDA as a Leader in several Magic Quadrant reports for 2015 devoted to merchandising and supply chain reflects the depth and breadth of JDA’s end-to-end planning and execution solutions, as well as the value we have added for customers across many functional areas,” said Wayne Usie, senior vice president of retail, JDA Software. “Our balanced investment strategy has allowed JDA to offer powerful capabilities in diverse areas including merchandise assortment management, sales and operations planning, transportation management, supply chain planning and warehouse management. In every one of these areas, customers have leveraged JDA functionality to transform their businesses, seamlessly manage the customer purchasing journey and significantly improve their financial results. This recent recognition inspires everyone at JDA as we strive to continue adding value and helping customers deliver their plans.”

Following is a brief overview of the “Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Planning Applications,” where JDA has been positioned as a Leader:

Market Definition/Description

According to Gartner, “Retailers’ typical assortment rationalization routines rely on statistically driven methodologies to improve category performance. This has led directly to the narrow and bland product assortments offered by many retailers today that are failing to delight customers. Retail customers who are enabled by technology have increased options  literally at their fingertips  that make a customer-centric focus a necessity for retailers. Cloud, mobile, social and big data must be harnessed to deal with the complexity of sourcing, developing products and services, and the deployment of inventory as demanded by the customer. Assortment management applications must support advanced analytics that harness the power of big data, process automation that enables business users to leverage technology, and the flexibility of SaaS and cloud-based solutions to ensure the most up-to-date science.”1

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About JDA Software Group, Inc.

At JDA, we’re fearless leaders. We’re the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail, omni-channel and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Our unique solutions empower our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve collaboration so they can deliver on their customer promises every time. Using JDA, you can plan to deliver.

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September 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

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BTS Announces Brand Relaunch, Debuts New Logo and Visual Identity

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STAMFORD, Connecticut /PRNewswire/ — BTS, a leading global professional services firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, today announced the launch of its new brand, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and visual identity that signifies its growth and focus on the people side of strategy execution.

“The launch of our new brand kicks off a new era at BTS that speaks to who we are as a company and is a direct reflection of the value we deliver to our clients  dynamic, multi-dimensional, modern and bold,” said Henrik Ekelund, president and CEO, BTS Group AB. “We are proud that our brand will now illustrate how far BTS has come in its 30-year history. We’ve evolved from a small business simulation company in Sweden to a global firm serving a wide range of our clients’ strategy execution and talent development needs.”

BTS services span the employee lifecycle from assessment centers for talent selection and development to strategy alignment and execution initiatives, and from business acumen, leadership and sales training programs to on-the-job business simulations and application tools.

The new logo maintains the iconic BTS delta, signifying the change and transformation the firm brings to clients, but does so in a modernized, fresh way. The three vibrantly colored discs that make up the triangle represent the three pillars of effective strategy execution  alignment, mindset and capability  and show the dynamic, lively nature of BTS’ work. These discs can be moved around, embodying the flexibility and high degree of customization that BTS offers to meet client needs.

This emphasis on the client is the essence of the new BTS tagline “Strategy made personal” and byline “We create powerful experiences that help leaders build the future of their business.” Says Henrik Ekelund, CEO, “It says a lot about us and what we do and, importantly, it signals to clients what we can do for them.”

Saffron Brand Consultants, a global strategic brand consulting and visual communications firm, served as the agency of record for BTS in the brand development process.

The launch celebrates the culture of innovation built over the company’s 30-year history. For more information on the BTS Brand Launch, visit Blog Announcement or

About BTS

BTS is a global professional services firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with some 450 professionals in 32 offices located on six continents. We focus on the people side of strategy, working with leaders at all levels to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver results. At our core, we believe people learn best by doing. For 30 years, we’ve been designing fun, powerful experiences™ that have profound and lasting impact on people and their careers. We inspire new ways of thinking, build critical capabilities and unleash business success. It’s strategy made personal.

We serve a wide range of strategy execution and talent development needs. We partner with nearly 450 organizations, including over 30 of the world’s 100 largest global corporations. Our major clients are some of the most respected names in business: AT&T, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, Google, GSK, HP, HSBC,, Telstra, and Unilever.

BTS is a public company listed on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange and trades under the symbol BTS B.

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September 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

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ChemCaper, world’s 1st Chemistry RPG at Tokyo Game Show ’15

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Together with partner Artoncode Indonesia, boutique educational game developer ACE EdVenture Studio will showcase their first game, ChemCaper – Petticles in Peril, at the Tokyo Game Show from September 17th – 20th.

Chemcaper was developed as part of ACE EdVenture Studio's mission to reinvent education, to move education towards a new learning paradigm
Chemcaper was developed as part of ACE EdVenture Studio’s mission to reinvent education, to move education towards a new learning paradigm

Artoncode Indonesia, platinum partner of Bandai Namco, Inc. and backed by Indonesian information giant Emtek, is setting up shop at booth 4-N02, under the Indonesian Games Studio Pavilion in the Asia New Stars Area.

As the world’s first Chemistry role playing game, ChemCaper is set to change the learning landscape for students all over the world. Being the only game to truly bridge the gap between education and entertainment, ChemCaperhas created waves across the world in a segment of the industry still almost entirely unexplored.

Heralded as one of the games to look out for at Google I/O ’15 in San Francisco, news of ChemCaper’s current beta version has been picked up by more than 800 media outlets with Yahoo Finance, CBS and Gamasutra among them.

ChemCaper was chosen as a Google I/O ’15 feature because its combination of educational and entertainment value is set to reinvent education. Concepts such as covalent, ionic and metallic bonding are encountered and learned through gameplay. Kids will battle various foes with the help of their faithful Petticles, which are creatures formed via chemical bonding. Learning comes full circle with each Petticle demonstrating unique traits representing real life particles. Additionally, students will learn how to separate compounds, refine fluids, and sieve through precious metals in various mini games that will introduce students to the kinds of Chemistry apparatus used in laboratories.

About ACE EdVenture Studio

A boutique educational game developer working to merge education with entertainment, ACE EdVenture Studio has its sight set on making history through reinventing education for the 21st century. For more info, please visit

About ChemCaper

ChemCaper is the world’s first Chemistry RPG. It elevates learning Chemistry into the digital realm, brings the fascination with the subject onto your screens and takes the dread out of studying it. Petticles in Peril isChemCaper’s first act of five and forms the prologue of the series, which ultimately aims to cover the basic high school Chemistry syllabus. To see more, please visit

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September 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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Thales announces order for ForceSHIELD Integrated Air Defence system and STARStreak missiles for Malaysian Armed Forces

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

Thales announced at DSEI that it has signed a contract with Global Komited, a company within The Weststar Group, to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system.

In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications.

The STARStreak missiles and launcher systems are manufactured in Thales’s facility in Belfast and the CONTROLMaster by Thales in France. This significant purchase by the Malaysian Armed Forces will increase jobs in Belfast and develop high value added jobs and skills set in Malaysia through a programme of technology transfer.

The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.

The STARStreak missile utilises the proven principle of ‘high velocity’ to defeat threats with short unmasking times.  The three-dart configuration maximises lethality and the highly accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of small signature targets.

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK, said: “I am delighted that another country has decided to buy ForceSHIELD.  This latest-generation sensors to effectors solution will give Malaysia a world class, cutting edge capability.  Increasing our export sales is a key part of Thales’ growth strategy and today’s news marks another milestone.”

“I am delighted that Westar and Thales have agreed to work together to supply the STARStreak missile system to the Malaysian Armed Forces. This is an excellent example of companies sharing technology to support the ongoing modernisation of the country’s Armed Forces. I very much value our Defence relationship with Malaysia and look forward to working with their government and Armed Forces as part of our enduring Defence cooperation.” saidPhilip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK.

Notes to editors

Thales’s ForceSHIELD solution is based on customising and combining a range of product lines such as radars, communications, engagement and fire control systems, launchers and missiles to meet front-line users’ needs.  This approach provides highly-effective capabilities for its customers to meet the increasing array of asymmetric and conventional air threats in today’s security environment.

The CONTROLMaster200 comprises the latest generation solid-state radar, capable of detecting and tracking 200 targets simultaneously out to ranges up to 250km. It incorporates the CONTROLView engagement control system that evaluates threats, assigns weapons, and coordinates combat management activity – enabling complex and critical decisions to be made faster and with greater precision and security.

The RAPIDRanger is a unique lightweight vehicle-based launcher and fire control system, which can be integrated into a network-enabled force structure and coordinated with a variety of Command and Control systems. Equipped with the STARStreak high-velocity missile, RAPIDRanger has the ability to defeat a wide variety of air threats, including ground attack aircraft, pop-up Attack Helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and cruise missiles.

The LML NG system can be based on a tripod or vehicle mount and supports swift deployment of STARStreak with 24hr capability. It provides two missiles, which are ready to fire, and allows the system to deal with saturation air attacks and provides a complimentary surface to surface capability. The man-portable system is designed to suit a wide range of missions from lightweight rapid reaction roles to air droppable operations.

The STARStreak missile operates at a speed in excess of Mach 3 to defeat fast-moving threats and those with short unmasking times.  The three-dart ‘hittile’ configuration maximises lethality and the highly-accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of low-signature targets and is immune to all known countermeasures.

About Global Komited

Global Komited is a specialised vehicle and defence equipment engineering division of The Weststar Group. A key industry player, Global Komited extensive activities encompass the design, engineering, customization, fabrication and supplies of specialised vehicles as well as military equipment

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Press Contacts

Thales, Media Relations. Land & Naval Defence
Sonia Le Guevel
+33 (0)1 57 77 91 60

Thales, Media Relations. UK
 Adrian Rondel
+44 (0) 7971 414 052

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September 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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