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Full Range of Solutions from Intel Security Available in Thailand Through Agreement with Agile Distribution

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-Using Intel Security’s solutions, Agile Distribution to help IT services providers better detect and fight cybersecurity threats for businesses of all sizes

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Intel Security has signed a distribution agreement with Agile Distribution of Thailand, a value-added regional distributor operating under the Transition Systems Group, a leading distributor of security, networking and unified communications products and solutions in Asia. This partnership agreement broadens Agile Thailand’s security solutions offering and equips its IT service provider partners with the agility to address the continually evolving cyber security needs of today’s complex, highly diversified technology environments.

In recent years, organisations are finding themselves overwhelmed by security incidents and threats that are growing more sophisticated and widespread, affecting governments, large corporations, small businesses and home users. An August 2015 report by Intel Security found that three key factors — expanding attack surfaces, the industrialization of hacking, and the complexity and fragmentation of the IT security market — have accelerated the evolution of threats, as well as the size and frequency of attacks. In fact, the report found that globally every hour, over 6.7 million attempts were made to entice customers into connecting to risky URLs, over 19.2 million infected files were exposed to customers’ networks, 7 million PUPs attempted installation or launch and 2.3 million attempts were made by our customers to connect to risky IP addresses or those addresses attempted to connect to customers’ networks.

These threat scenarios can be countered with an integrated, connected security approach that requires state-of-the art technology as well as expertise in setting up and maintaining an organization’s security posture to the most effective extent.  In this new partnership with Intel Security, Agile Thailand is committed to leveraging its channels to deliver proactive and proven solutions and services from Intel Security that help reduce risk, improve security, protect critical assets and sensitive data and help businesses achieve operational efficiencies.

“Intel Security brings its innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, its unique McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, and its intense focus on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for businesses,” said Wanrattika Ditcharoen, General Manager, Agile Distribution Thailand. “These offerings, coupled with the market knowledge, tools, programs, education, technical enablement, and marketing support provided by Agile Thailand, help position our partners as the trusted business collaborator of today’s leading enterprises.”

Thailand is a fast-growing market with an increasing demand from organisations of all sizes for cyber security solutions that minimise exposure and mitigate risk coming from cyber threats. Partnering with a focused security distributor with deep expertise like Agile Thailand allows us both to leverage opportunities and elevate our businesses to the next level in Thailand,” said Craig Nielsen, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Intel Security.

Intel Security works with companies and governments around the world to help them understand and evaluate new security technologies. Intel Security recognises that every government and citizen wants to improve the security of their data and systems, protecting them from malware and misuse, whether those are public systems and critical infrastructure or personally owned devices.

About Agile Distribution

Formed in 2014, under the umbrella of Transition Systems Group, is a value added regional distributor in Asia.

About the Holding Company: Transition Systems Group

Founded in 1999, Transition Systems Group is a leading distributor of security, networking, Unified Communication (UC) products & solutions in Asia. Transition partners with the world-class equipment manufacturers to provide resellers with the best-of-breed quality products. Transition Systems’ expertise in both security and networking solutions, coupled with its focus on excellent customer service, enablement and technical support, makes it uniquely positioned to deliver value-added services to solution providers (resellers). Transition Systems has operations in Singapore, Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

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About Intel Security

McAfee is now part of Intel Security. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, Intel Security is intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. Intel Security is combining the experience and expertise of McAfee with the innovation and proven performance of Intel to make security an essential ingredient in every architecture and on every computing platform. The mission of Intel Security is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world.

Note: Intel, Intel Security, and McAfee are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Lars Voedisch / Jacinta Paul
PRecious Communications

Source: Intel Security

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October 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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Thirty Five (35) Global and Local Strategic Leaders in Digital Industry and Startups will Gather at Indonesia’s Largest Digital Event, Indosat IDByte 2015

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-Digital Players who supported Connected e-Conomy: Facebook, Disney, Twitter, Google, Intel, Go-Jek, Bukalapak, will share their knowledge and expertise to encourage the development of Digital Ecosystems in Indonesia

JAKARTA /PRNewswire/ — Thirty five (35) speakers in digital world and startups will be headlining the biggest digital event in Indonesia, Indosat IDByte 2015, from 30th September until 2nd October 2015. The speakers represent the digital industry players which have demonstrated how Connected e-Conomy has enhanced their businesses such as: Facebook, Disney, Twitter, Google, Intel, Go-Jek, Bukalapak, and so on.

Driven by IDByte’s vision to put Indonesia on the Digital World Map, the gathering of these leading figures is expected to become an opportunity for those leaders to share their knowledge and experience that can drive Indonesian digital industry players and enthusiasts to also grow globally.

“We hope that the presence of these 35 extraordinary figures can inspire Indonesian digital industry players to grow at the global stage, so in the future they will be the ones who inspire us to grow as a nation. We also appreciate private company support such as Indosat who give its commitment and support for this event and for the growth of digital ecosystem in Indonesia,” said Shinta Dhanuwardhoyo, CEO and Founder of, initiator of IDByte and Bubu Awards.

“We are excited to help and support of Indosat IDByte in to encourage Indonesian people to become a leader in the digital world. The event shared the same aim with us, to expand the coverage and access of internet as one of the keys to improve the quality of life in Indonesia,” said Alexander Rusli, CEO of Indosat, member of Ooredoo Group.

“With the current economic situation, I believe that digital and telecomunication are the major drivers for our social and economy future. We believe that people’s creativity will further unlock Indonesia’s economic potential and helpIndonesia to grow as world’s digital hub in the region. This is what we call e-Conomy,” he added.

Indosat IDByte 2015 and Bubu Awards V. 09 carries the “Connected e-Conomy” theme which explores how all Industry in Indonesia is now connected and supporting each other through the development of Internet. Through this event, IDByte hopes to show how cross industry connection and collaboration can create a positive impact for the growth of Indonesian people.

Referring to the theme, the following is the line-up of  Indosat IDByte 2015 speakers along with the topics they will be discussing.

First Day:

Keynote Opening and “Things and Connectivity” Seminar

1.     Keynote Opening:
Shinta Dhanuwardoyo (Chairwoman IDByte)

Alexander Rusli (CEO Indosat)
Importance of Private Sector to Support the Creative Economy

2.     Harry K Nugraha (Country Manager INTEL Indonesia), Bayu Wedha (Managing Director PT. Integrasia Utama)
IOT Innovation featuring Integrasia 

3.     Handry Satriago (CEO General Electric Indonesia)
Story of How Humans Connect

4.     Daniel Tumiwa (Chairman iDEA)
How Tech Reshapes Indonesian Culture and Consumptions

5.     Tugce Ergul (Angel Labs Silicon Valley)
The First Step of Funding

6.     Bernhard Soebiakto, Chief Marketing Office Kapanlagi Network
Multi-Channel Network

7.     Felice Beckman dan Alex Beckman (SVA Technology Alliance), Yudi Wanandi (The Jakarta Post), Abraham Hidayat (SkyStar Capital) dan Fajrin (BukaLapak)
Connecticng the Indonesian Technology Ecosystem to Silicon Valley

8.     Achmad Zaky (Founder & CEO BukaLapak)
Founder and CEO Bukalapak

9.     Gautam Talwar (Vice President Partnerships Makers Studio)
Digital Video and Connected Consumer

Second Day

 “Exchange and Transaction” Seminar

1.     Erik Meijer (Strategic Brand Advisor Ooredoo South East Asia)
Mobile First Approach To Meet Indonesian Millenialls

2.     Chairil Tarunajaya (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Insights on Future e-Conomy

3.     Roy Simangunsong (Business Head Twitter Indonesia)
Social as the Platform to Exchange 

4.     Jiro Inao (JKT48 Dentsu)
Monetizing Music 2.0

5.     David Yin (Business Development Manager Google Play Apps & Games Asia Tenggara)
Running a Successful Business on Google Play

6.     Ricky Satria (Deputy Director, Bank Indonesia), Rico Usthavia Frans (Mandiri eCash) dan Niki Luhur (President Director Kartuku)
Future Payment and Currency 

7.     Samantha Chen (Regional Sponsorships Sales Manager, Manchester United Ltd)
Fan Engagement in the World of Football

Third Day

 “Connected e-Conomy” IDByte Conference 

1.     Keynote Opening:
Shinta Dhanuwardoyo (Chairman IDByte)

2.     Rudiantara (Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika), John Lagerling (Vice President Business Development Facebook), Sandiaga Uno (Board of Advisor, Asosiasi Pedagang Pasar Seluruh Indonesia) and Alex Rusli (CEO Indosat)

3.     Willson Cuaca (Managing Partner, East Ventures), Kuo Yi Lim (Managing Director, MonkHills Ventures) dan Pieter Kemps  (Vice President Sequioa Capital)
Why Invest In Indonesia 

4.     Anies Baswedan (Menteri Pendidikan)
How Tech Will Help Accelerate Indonesia Towards Excellent Education 

5.     Tri Rismaharini (Walikota Surabaya), Dhany Pomanto (Walikota Makassar), Dick Van Motman (CEO Dentsu Aegis Network SEA)
Big Bytes in Big Cities

6.     Nadiem Makarim (Founder Gojek)
Transporting Grass Root Movement For A Great Economic Growth 

7.     Triawan Munaf (Ketua Badan Ekonomi Kreatif)
Connecting Creative Economy and Technology 

8.     Brian McWilliams (Head of Analytics Disney Research Zurich)
Technology and Media  

About Indosat IDBYTE

Indosat IDByte 2015 is an event held by which has a concern for digital startups in Indonesia and supported by Indosat. IDByte is a biennial event by and was first held in 2011. IDByte previously had been successfully presenting well-known speakers from local companies such as Indosat and international companies such as Google, Facebook, Evernote, and many more.

About was founded by Shinta Dhanuwardoyo in 1996 as a web and internet development company. Until now, has developed into one of the biggest digital advertising agencies and web developers in Indonesia, and is stated as Indonesia’s Pioneer of Internet Growth. was awarded as one of Asia’s Top 100 most Innovative Companies of Red Herring, and also won the Red Herring Asia Awards and the Global Red Herring Awards.

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Kennedy, Voice & Berliner Public Relations Firm

Aria Alifie Nurfikry, Associate Consultant /  +6281513232349

Nurul Aisyah, Account Coordinator /  +6281280330020


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October 2, 2015 at 8:11 pm

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Nexen Tire Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for its New Plant in Zatec, Czech Republic

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— Nexen Tire will strengthen its presence in Europe by constructing its new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic
— The new plant is expected to increase sales in the European market and provide a stable supply of original equipment tires for global car manufacturers

SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire and tube manufacturer, held a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic, strengthening its efforts in targeting the European market, one of the biggest tire markets in the world. The company invested more than EUR829 millionto build the new plant on 650,000 square meters of land in Zatec.

On October 1, Nexen Tire held a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic
On October 1, Nexen Tire held a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic

Nexen Tire plans for the plant to be operational by 2018 and then to gradually increase its annual production capacity to over 12 million units, based on prevailing market conditions. It is expected that the new plant will create more than 1,000 jobs in the region.

“The new plant in the Czech Republic is our second manufacturing facility outside Korea, after the one in Qingdao, China. It will serve as significant momentum for the company to make another leap forward,” said Nexen Tire Chairman Kang Byung-Joong. “I think it will provide a great opportunity to become a global top player amongst the world’s tire manufacturers by strengthening our presence in the European market.”

The ceremony was attended by Nexen Tire executives, including Chairman Kang Byung-Joong and President Kang Ho-Chan, as well as Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his cabinet members. Also in attendance were Usti Governor Oldrich Bubenicek, Zatec Mayor Zdenka Hamousov, and approximately 300 guests, including European buyers, dealers, and local residents.

The construction of the new plant in Zatec was planned in order to meet the growing demands of the European market, and to ensure a stable supply of original equipment (OE) tires for global car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Renault, Skoda, SEAT, and others.

The Czech Republic is strategically located to serve as a bridge to the Eastern European market, which has been emerging as a promising market for the rest of Europe, and to provide easy access to the biggest European markets, such as Germany, France, and the UK. In addition, Zatec, where the new plant is located, features many favorable attributes, including a large stable workforce. Currently, there are approximately 30 car manufacturers within a 400 km radius of Zatec, providing Nexen Tire an optimal location for supplying original equipment tires.

In addition to the geographical benefits, proactive efforts to attract investment by the Czech Republic government played another decisive role in the construction of the new plant in Zatec.

Nexen Tire has been supplying original equipment tires for various European car manufacturers’ models, including Fiat’s 500X and Ducato, Renault’s Twingo and Volkswagen’s Caddy. The company also executes various marketing activities in order to strengthen its brand awareness and increase sales in the European market, such as signing an official sponsorship with Manchester City Football Club and participating in the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015.

About Nexen Tire
Nexen Tire, established in 1942, is a global tire manufacturer headquartered in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, and in Seoul, South Korea. Nexen Tire, one of the world’s fastest growing tire manufacturers, works with 491 dealers based in 141 countries around the world (as of July 2015) and owns three manufacturing plants – two in Korea (Yangsan and Changnyeong) and one in Qingdao, China. Another plant in Zatec, Czech Republic will be operational by 2018. Nexen Tire produces tires for passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks with advanced technology and excellence in design. The company also focuses on producing UHP tires, which are based on advanced technologies. Nexen Tire supplies OE tires to global car makers in various countries around the world. In 2014, the company achieved a grand slam of the world’s top 4 design awards for the first time amongst the various tire makers in the world. For more information, please visit

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October 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm

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Deputy Chief of Navy from Royal Malaysian Navy to Open 12th Annual Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance Conference in Kuala Lumpur in December

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Defence IQ, a Division of IQPC Asia, is pleased to announce the official endorsement and support of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) for the upcoming 12th Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference on 1-2 December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Vice Admiral Dato’ Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Haji Ahmad Baharuddin, Deputy Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will be providing the opening keynote address for the conference.

Having seen the event run in Singapore for the past 11 years, the partnership sees the international and regional event make its debut in Malaysia for the first time, with the RMN coming onboard as the host Navy for the conference.

In an official letter signed by current Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, the Admiral welcomed IQPC Asia’s proposal to host the event in Malaysia, and noted that the conference would be a good opportunity for the RMN to ‘gain knowledge and share our experiences for the good of commons amongst the maritime communities’.

We felt it was a great opportunity for IQPC to collaborate with the Royal Malaysian Navy and use this year’s conference as a regional platform for Navies and Coast Guards to come together and engage in constructive dialogue to overcome challenges in the changing maritime security environment in the Asia-Pacific region“, addsJoshua Lim, Head of the Defence and Government Portfolio at IQPC.

Alongside senior representation and participation from the RMN, the conference will also feature over 250 high-level military officers from MMEA, MIMA, and the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand,the Philippines and more. A key focus of this year’s conference would be that of promoting inter-agency cooperation and analyzing the technological capabilities and requirements of Navies and Coast Guards in the South China Sea.

Complementing the military attendees are neutral market intelligence speakers from Janes IHS and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Industry bell weathers including SAAB, Damen, Terma, GEM Elettronica, Aerodata and Indra have also already confirmed their attendance at what looks to be Asia Pacific’slargest maritime security and surveillance conference this year.

For more information on the 12th Annual Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference, or email:

About International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC)

IQPC is the world’s biggest large-scale conference company and part of the PLS group, one of the world’s leading providers of strategic business intelligence with 16 offices worldwide. Our conference divisions consistently out-perform their industry sector competitors on the quality of the events we produce and the relationships we nurture with both delegates and sponsors. To learn more visit

Contact: Dhiraj Bhanushali
Tel. +65-6722-9443

Source: IQPC Worldwide Pvt Ltd.

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October 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

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Johnson Controls and Hitachi Complete Global Air Conditioning Joint Venture

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-New products and technology partnership begins operations

MILWAUKEE and TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, (NYSE: JCI), Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. today announced the companies have completed their global joint venture agreement and will immediately commence operations of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to provide global customers with a full range of world class air conditioning products and technology.

Through the agreement, Johnson Controls has acquired a 60 percent ownership stake of the new entity, which has more than JPY350 billion in sales annually (approximately US$2.8 billion). Hitachi Appliances retains ownership of the remaining 40 percent of the company.

The joint venture has approximately 14,000 employees and 24 global locations dedicated to design, engineering and manufacturing throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. It will build on both organizations’ technology, research and development leadership, as well as expanding marketing channels.

Customers globally will now have the most diverse range of air conditioning products in the industry, including Hitachi’s world-class variable refrigerant flow systems, residential air-conditioning solutions, high-efficiency chillers and leading-edge rotary and scroll compressors — in addition to Johnson Controls’ industry leading HVAC and building automation solutions.

The joint venture’s management team will be led by Franz Cerwinka, chief executive officer, and Shinichi Iizuka, chief operating officer and president. Cerwinka has 20 years of experience with Johnson Controls, including four years in Japan as vice president of finance with the company’s automotive business and work with more than ten joint ventures. Iizuka has been with Hitachi for over 35 years, having spent eight years in India as the president ofHitachi Home & Life Solutions India Ltd. He has led Hitachi’s air conditioning business since 2013.

“We are very pleased to start operations and are anxious to serve our customers with an unmatched global network of channels and technology,” said Cerwinka. “Johnson Controls and Hitachi are a perfect match with our complementary product lines, unparalleled brands and rich 100-year histories.”

“I have spent my career with Hitachi and know that combining with Johnson Controls will propel us forward to outperform the competition,” added Iizuka. “Just as Hitachi and Johnson Controls have each made innovation the foundation of their separate success, innovation will now be the cornerstone of Johnson ControlsHitachi Air Conditioning’s success.”

Johnson Controls is a global multi-industrial company with 130 years of history in supplying heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, building controls, refrigeration and security systems for buildings. Through its Building Efficiency business, the company delivers solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs for over a million customers who are served through nearly 700 offices in more than 150 countries. Through a previous OEM agreement, Johnson Controls has already begun selling Hitachi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems in North America and recently opened a VRF training center in Dallas, Texas.

A global home appliances and air conditioning solutions provider, Hitachi Appliances, supplies high quality, efficient and reliable Hitachi’s HVAC products from residential room air conditioning to variable refrigerant flow systems, and other air conditioning equipment for commercial and industrial use. Hitachi Appliances will continue to provide Hitachi branded HVAC products in the Japanese market after this transaction.

For more information on the global joint venture agreement, please visit:

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 130,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and seating components and systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

About Hitachi Appliances, Inc.

Hitachi Appliances, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, was established in April 1, 2006, through the merger of Hitachi Air Conditioning Systems Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Home & Life Solutions, Inc. that were both wholly owned by Hitachi, Ltd.  Its consolidated sales for fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, totaled 688 billion yen (approximately $5.7 billion). The company supplies eco-friendly, comfortable home appliances and air conditioning products around the world capitalizing on its cutting-edge technologies.

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October 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm

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mCommerce Making Inroads: Asia Pacific Consumers Choosing Mobile to Click and Purchase

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-Visa eCommerce survey shows Asia Pacific consumers likely to make more online purchases though mobile devices, closing the gap on desktops

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Asia Pacific consumers are increasingly likely to make their online purchases and bill payments through mobile devices (mobile phone or tablet), rather than via desktops, according to Visa’s 2015 Regional eCommerce Monitor Survey[1] (“Survey”).

The Survey, which polled 11,760 respondents from 13 markets in Asia Pacific, found respondents reported an average 22 percent increase from 2014 in shopping via their mobile devices (mCommerce) across the region. Respondents from Indonesia (36 percent), mainland China (34 percent) and Taiwan (28 percent) reported the greatest growth in mCommerce during the year.

The rising popularity of mCommerce among Asia Pacific consumers is narrowing the gap with traditional eCommerce channels such as laptops or desktop computers across the region. In Thailand, consumers are as likely to purchase using their mobile devices as through desktops, while the mCommerce-eCommerce gap in countries such as mainland China (8 percent), Korea (9 percent) and Indonesia (9 percent) is decreasing.

Visa’s Regional Director for eCommerce, Conor Lynch said:  “The results of the 2015 Visa eCommerce Monitor Survey show that making purchases on the go through mobile devices is becoming the norm in Asia Pacific.  As consumers get more comfortable using their smart devices to research, browse and purchase, mCommerce should soon overtake traditional eCommerce habits, strengthening this channel of engagement between consumers and retailers.”

What’s in the shopping cart — travel, bill payments and movies top categories for online shopping

The Survey found that consumers in Asia Pacific choose travel, bill payments and movies as top categories for eCommerce.

Top 5 categories for overall eCommerce


74 percent


69 percent


52 percent


42 percent

Personal Electronics 

41 percent

For mCommerce, the top three categories are also fashion, bills and movies at 27 percent each.

“Across Asia Pacific, we are seeing that ticket-size, as well as the nature of the purchase, impacts how consumers purchase goods and services online. Consumers in this part of the world, are already comfortable purchasing smaller ticket-sized, everyday items by clicking the purchase button on an app or checkout button on a mobile device,” Lynch said.

Going the distance for online shopping

Another continuing trend the Survey reveals is the tendency for consumers to engage in cross-border online shopping — online shopping is diminishing borders as barriers. In particular, consumers from Singapore (77 percent),Australia and Hong Kong (75 percent) and New Zealand (74 percent), are the most likely to make online purchases from retailers abroad, well above the regional average of 55 percent. On the other hand, consumers from Japan (81 percent), Taiwan (61 percent) and Vietnam (57 percent) are more likely to shop at domestic online stores.

When shopping online with an overseas retailer, price (68 percent), access to products (60 percent), paying and delivery processes (40 percent) and reputation of products (29 percent) are key motivations for Asia Pacificconsumers.

[1] The Visa eCommerce Monitor Survey 2015 was conducted by ORC International Singapore with 11,760 consumers, aged 15 to 55 years and across 13 countries and markets – Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in May and June 2015.

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 56,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products.

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October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

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Legendary Indian Composer ILAIYARAAJA Scores Music and Songs for His First English Film

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Love and Love Only, a cross-cultural romantic drama that premiered at the San Francisco Global Movie Festival in August, features the musical score of Ilaiyaraaja, who has composed over 1,000 Indian language films. It is the first time the legendary composer has composed songs for an English language feature film.

First look "Love and Love Only" poster
First look “Love and Love Only” poster

Featuring the first Ilaiyaraaja English song and musical score, Love and Love Only is a cross-cultural romantic drama that tells the story of love between an Indian international student and a working class Australian girl. Ilaiyaraaja has composed original songs and background score for a world record of over 1,000 Indian language films. Ilaiyaraaja has also worked as a singer, conductor, songwriter, and instrumentalist, and has primarily worked in South Indian Cinema since the late 1970s. He has won four Indian National film awards for his music, and is the first Indian to compose a full symphony.

In addition to a small production crew and micro budget methodology, the film stands out with the emotional connection between the music and the scenes. According to director, writer, editor, and producer Julian Karikalanwho funded the movie himself, Ilaiyaraaja completed the entire background score in just five days. Each composition perfectly highlights the emotion and subtext of the scenes. In fact, Julian says the composer was able to write the music spontaneously as he was watching the movie. Being a film set in contemporary Australia, Ilaiyaraaja wanted an Australian singer to render the voice for his songs. Australian singer Rachael Leahcar, signed with Universal music, got the opportunity to lend her voice to Ilaiyaraaja’s first English song for an English film.

The script has received much praise so far. Richard Walter, Chairman of the University of California, Los Angelesgraduate program in Screenwriting, said, “Dear Julian, I was going to set the script aside until I had a little more time available but took a look at the first few pages and got caught up in it and read right through, no small testimony to your skill. You ask whether or not ‘this is something that the western audience would relate to’ given its cross-cultural aspects. My view is that there are only two kinds of movies: not cross-cultural romances and others but good movies and bad movies. Yours is clearly in the former category, and I say: Congratulations.”

Love and Love Only follows the story of Kris, a boy from a wealthy Indian family who goes to Australia as an international student. While there, he meets Stacey, a school drop-out with a difficult family life. Family oriented vs. individualistic culture is a prevalent theme in this love story. The film deals with the universality of human emotions and love, despite the cultural differences. It is a mainstream romance film for mainstream audiences spanning different cultures.

The movie premiered at the San Francisco Global Movie Festival in August, 2015. It was filmed in and aroundSydney, Australia and at the University of Wollongong. A scene at the Sydney Murugan Temple was shot from outside the building while the actors were performing inside, as cameras were not allowed inside. Most of the actors are newcomers to film, but are well experienced in theater. In addition to a minimal crew (never more than 10 people in a day), the female lead was chosen from a list of extras, prepared for the role, and according to the director, has surprised many with her performance. The male lead is played by Rohit Kalia, who was Mr. India Australia, in 2014.

Tait Brady, producer and distributor, said, “The script is very solid in terms of basic structure. The cross-cultural observations are astute and often amusing and the whole script has the ring of truth, no doubt due to the writer’s first-hand experience. It wouldn’t be the first Indian-Australian story filmed by any means, but as a film it would still be very different from the Indian/Bollywood productions that have used Australian locations as glossy backdrops, and aren’t really engaged in Australian life.”

The use of Western and Indian instruments is another highlight of the film’s score. In fact, Ilaiyaraaja was one of the first Indian film composers to blend Western classical music harmonies and strings with Indian film music. He is the first Asian to compose a symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Large orchestral arrangements integrate electric guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, violins, cellos, violas, base and flute. He has also used traditional Indian instruments like the Veena, Nadaswaram, and Thavil. The composer’s trademark style helps accentuate the cross-cultural theme of the movie.

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About Lens Films

Lens Films is an Australian company run individually by writer, director and producer Julian Karikalan. It’s debut project is Love and Love Only, a cross cultural romantic drama featuring the musical score of Ilaiyaraaja, a legendary Indian composer for over 1,000 Indian language films. The 100% self-funded movie is the composer’s first English-language film with his original songs. Made with a micro budget, the movie is focused on good writing and the universality of love rather than a large crew. However, the team hasn’t compromised on production values and guarantees a memorable movie experience to the audience.

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October 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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Toshiba Appoints Tatsuo Doko as new Corporate Representative – Asia & Managing Director

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr Tatsuo Doko as Managing Director of Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. Mr Doko is also the Corporate Representative – Asia, Toshiba Corporation and he will be responsible for overseeing and expanding the business in Asia and Oceania (excluding Japan, mainland China and Hong Kong). His appointment will be in effect from 30 September 2015.

Mr. Tatsuo Doko, Managing Director of Toshiba Asia Pacific Private Limited and Corporate Representative – Asia, Toshiba Corporation
“I am pleased to be leading Toshiba in this region. Toshiba Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, has 20 years’ presence in Singapore, and functions as the company’s regional headquarter to support Toshiba group companies in this region. Southeast Asia has been identified as one of Toshiba’s key growth markets and the company has a strong focus in expanding our business around the areas of social infrastructure, power systems, community solutions and industrial ICT solutions.

Apart from Southeast Asia, Toshiba Asia Pacific recently opened a Bangladesh liaison office as we expand our business territories. With a dedicated team equipped with deep expertise, we are seeking further collaborations to realise a vision where people can live better lives,” remarks Mr Doko.

Mr Doko joined Toshiba Corporation in 1980 and has over 30 years of experience in project management, strategic planning and sales. He has a number of overseas experiences including his role as President & CEO of Toshiba International Corporation in Houston, Texas. He was a Senior Fellow and General Manager, Strategic Planning Division of Community Solutions Company, Toshiba Corporation.

He is a graduate with a Master’s degree with honors in International Management awarded by American Graduate School of International Management.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 580 consolidated companies employing 199,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.6 trillion yen (US$55 billion).

To find out more about Toshiba, visit

Press Contact:
Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Corporate Communications Dept
Kaori Hiraki,
Jessica Oh,
Tel: +65 6305 5517

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October 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky (C) Inspires, Influences and Connects Women Leaders Across Asia Via Best-Practice Sharing

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-“EMBRACE YOUR INTUITION, LEVERAGE YOUR PASSION, PLAN YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS SAY 43 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AT BREAK THE CEILING TOUCH THE SKY 2015 ©” – the success and leadership summit for women from the House of Rose Professional
-“INDIA EDITION of Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky © summit in March 2016,” says House of Rose Professional Chairman and CEO

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — House of Rose Professional’s BREAK THE CEILING TOUCH THE SKY 2015 ©the success and leadership summit for women set a new milestone for enabling women to connect and learn internationally via an inspirational line up of nine discussion sessions delivered by 43 international speakers on Sept. 29 at the Mandarin Orchard in Singapore. Over 400 top women leaders from 85 global organizations attended the inaugural edition of the summit.

Part of the massive gathering of women leaders at House of Rose Professional's Break the ceiling touch the sky (c) 2015 summit. All in pink - the theme color for the summit.
Part of the massive gathering of women leaders at House of Rose Professional’s Break the ceiling touch the sky (c) 2015 summit. All in pink – the theme color for the summit.

“We are delighted that the summit was attended yesterday by a record 400 women leaders from the worlds most admired Companies for leadership including Gold Sponsors PepsiCo, FleishmanHillard, Coca-Cola, Diageo, SC Johnson & Son, silver sponsors Accenture and Shell and support sponsors Knitex Textiles, Mindware Outsourcing and Bangkok PR. Other leading supporters included P&G, Unilever, Mondelez, Microsoft, Li & Fung,A.T Kearney, Hogan Lovells, Kellogg, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, AMEX, Walmart,, Bangkok PR, Kimberly Clark,, Prudential, Dow Corning, Ascentador, Frasers Centrepoint etc.” updated Anthony A. Rose, House of Rose Professional Chairman and CEO.   

Industry Partners Singapore Council of Women’s’ Organizations (SCWO), Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Asia Pacific and The European Chamber of Commerce (EUROCHAM) Singapore placed their combined support behind the summit, enhancing participation and content. Attendees were treated to a master-class on the best practices for success and leadership for women.

“This inaugural summit was a great start to putting the importance of women issues and solutions on top of theSingapore map in terms of both breadth and depth of coverage,” shared Malathi Das, President, SCWO. She also encouraged participants toQuestion All Assumptions, there is nothing that women cannot achieve.”

“The positive impact of women in the workplace is huge. Women leaders have higher levels of social sensitivitythat has been linked to a group’s effectiveness in solving difficult problems.” commented Max Rangel, Senior Vice President, Asia, SC Johnson & Son, encouraging women to use that intuition.

“Author your own career. Start with yes. Follow your passion,” shared Joy Rice, Supply Chain Director, Global Travel and Middle East, Diageo (and Co-Chair, ECR AP).

“What does your best life look like?” questioned Gill McLaren, GM – Coca Cola Company, Singapore, Malaysiaand Brunei Region, challenging women to take a broad view of life and bravely pursue their dreams. Earlier in the day Julie Hamilton, Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, The Coca-Cola Company had reiterated, “Diversity is at the heart of our business.”

“Leverage your passion, plan and  ‘go for it’ whatever the challenges,” shared Joanne Soo, CEO, Ace Adventure, who successfully climbed Mt. Everest in 2009.

Believe in yourself and raise your hands when opportunities arise. To build high performing, sustainable and equitable businesses, we need greater participation of women (who bring leadership competencies of authenticity, collaboration and long term thinking) in the workforce,” reiterated Alex von Behr, Chief Customer Officer, Unilever.   

Speaking about the power of goals and action planning, Chester Twigg, Vice President – Customer Business Development, P&G suggested a ‘SORT’ Formula – keep the goal directional yet plans specific, identify obstacles, resources and list realistic timelines. 

Speaking about the power of mentorship, Laura Ashton, Marketing Leader at A.T. Kearney, Asia Pacific Region and Global Relationship Marketing, AT Kearney commented,  “Decide whether you need a mentor or a sponsor. Are you looking for a caring coach who will stretch you or for someone who will advocate for you and give you air cover while you deliver for them in exceptional ways? Both are important although one may be a priority.”

Anuradha Challu, Vice President – HR Core Services, PepsiCo AMEA said, “Focus on engagement versus just inclusion. A successful and joyful workplace is a function of both genders – men and women – learning to work with each other such that the best potential of each is fully leveraged.”

Lynne Anne Davis, President, Asia Pacific, FleishmanHillard suggested that leaders be more empathetic. “The power of kindness, thoughtfulness and empathy are the cornerstone of a workplace with high EQ where quality people and relationships thrive. It compels collaboration and inclusion in a high-performance culture that benefits women and men alike.

Anthony A. Rose,  House of Rose Professional Chairman and CEO, and best selling author of the book that inspired the summit (Break the ceiling touch the sky: success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women) added, “Our objective was to enable and inspire women to learn, network and achieve based on best practice sharing on success and leadership and we believe we met that objective. It was amazing to see over 85 global organizations and 400 female leaders come together at our summit. The positive feedback we have received over the last few hours has been incredible. To me, it was personally very satisfying to see so many women leaders benefit from our mission to enable people to succeed.”

Rose concluded by announcing House of Rose Professional’s plan to launch in India.

“We will take the summit to India in early 2016. We are intent to enable women in leadership where and when our impact will be most felt. March 2016 is our target date,” he added.

House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd. is based in Singapore and operates across three segments – Public Relations (PR), Publishing and People. The PR division provides customized CEO/ Corporate Reputation solutions, APEC advisory, Crisis Management, Influencer Marketing and Cross-border PR organizational framework strategy. The Publishing division provides publishing services to book projects of inspirational personalities/ CEOs. The People division provides Executive search solutions, leadership training, executive coaching and inspirational speaking.

Media contact:

Anthony A Rose
Chairman and CEO
House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd.
HP: +65 83322017

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October 2, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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Nearly 90% of Elementary Students Say Taiwan Air Pollution a Problem

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TAIPEI/PRNewswire/ —

  • Nearly nine in ten (85.6%) elementary students believe Taiwan’s air pollution “serious,” nearly a quarter (23.7%) say “extremely serious”
  • Half of elementary students know PM2.5 stands for “particulate matter,” close to 60% understand the purple flag represents the highest PM2.5 concentration
  • Taipei, Kaohsiung, New Taipei have worst air quality according to elementary students
  • Hualien, Penghu, Kinmen have best air quality according to elementary students

Take your future into your own hands. According to Taiwan’s first Survey of Elementary Students’ Awareness and Behavior with Regard to Air Pollution(1) nearly nine out of ten (85.6%) elementary students believe Taiwan has a “serious” air pollution problem, with nearly a quarter (23.7%) stating the problem is “extremely serious.” It indicates that children are caring air pollution issue, anticipating to take action to improve.

Children protect themselves by wearing gas masks from recycled materials, using their artistic skills to call on adults to show concern for air quality. This is a new trend everywhere in Taiwan
Children protect themselves by wearing gas masks from recycled materials, using their artistic skills to call on adults to show concern for air quality. This is a new trend everywhere in Taiwan

No Stranger to Air Quality Indicators, Environmental Awareness is on the Rise

Among the findings, all respondents expressed a basic understanding of air pollution, with nearly half (47.4%) of elementary students also correctly identifying that PM2.5 represents “particulate matter.” Regarding pollution levels, also nearly half (46.8%) of children correctly indicated that there are four different air quality index color codes, and instead of selecting deep red, the color most commonly associated with danger, close to six in ten (57.9%) students know that a purple flag represents the highest concentration of PM2.5.

When asked which city or county had the most serious air quality problem, 57% of students named Taipei as the worst, followed by Kaohsiung (35%) and New Taipei (30.5%)(2). By comparison, students were most confident in the air quality of Hualien (24.8%), Penghu (24.4%), and Kinmen (20%).

“It’s apparent from the survey data that elementary students are no stranger to air pollution, and that environmental awareness is widespread,” said Ching-ming James Wang, Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education Chairman and National Taiwan Normal University Graduate Institute of Environmental Education Professor. “However, the air quality issue is often overlooked and the breadth of its impact easily underestimated. Our Association believes that environmental education must begin as early as possible, to help young students establish a proper understanding of the issue. We also hope that through our cooperation with schools across Taiwan we can let those students’ voices be heard.”

Hope to Stop the Earth’s Tears, Keep Bad Air Away

Advised by Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education, FarEasTone (FET) visited 10 elementary schools across north, central, and south Taiwan, sharing evocative stories to educate 2,000 students about air quality. Working together, students created 1,000 gas masks from recycled materials, using their artistic skills to call on adults to show concern for air quality.

Children created masks of every shape and size, taking the form of warriors, robots, and transformers hoping to defeat the “bad guys” causing air pollution. Some works are particularly inspiring, including a crying Earth bristling with recycled cups and saran wrap tubes representing chimneys and smokestacks. “Air quality is getting worse and worse,” said the young artist, “and it seems that everyone needs their own gas mask in order to live a healthy life, even the Earth itself is no exception.”

Students also wrote letters to their heroes in hopes they will respond to this slow-motion crisis. In a show of youthful imagination, letters were written to singers Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai, U.S. President Barack Obama, and even fictional characters including Spider-Man and Iron Man, asking that they wear the masks to take on air pollution to make the air safe again and ensure that every breath is a healthy one. In Taipei some students wrote to Mayor Ko Wen-je, asking that he urges other cities and counties to plant more trees and avoid the destruction of nature’s way of preserving air quality. Others expressed worry that polluted air would ruin their homes, asking that everyone work together to improve air quality.

Improving Air Quality is Everyone’s Duty, 89.9% of Students Willing to Take Action

Who is responsible for improving air quality? Nearly nine in ten (89.9%) students responded that the responsibility belongs to everyone, and that they themselves are willing to lead by example. In order to prolong their hope for the future, these children will attend the world’s first Children’s Environmental Protection Summit on October 3rd, and inviting everyone to come and listen to what children have to say, as a way for the public to realize the importance of dealing with air pollution!

About Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education

The Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education was established in 2007, its mission to integrate information about the environment, ecology, and natural resources, while also providing environmental education services. Association promotional efforts encompass biodiversity, environmental education, environmental ethics, cultural ecology, ecotourism, and the dissemination of related information. The current Chairman, National Taiwan Normal University Graduate Institute of Environmental Education Professor Ching-mingJames Wang, is also Director of the NTNU Environmental Education Center. As one of Taiwan’s foremost environmental conservation scholars, Wang has a long history of research into sustainable development, exploring the relationships between society and ecological pollution while taking an in-depth multi-faceted approach to the promotion of environmental protection efforts. Wang advocates the importance of nuanced relationships between nature conservation and environmental education, which are mutual and inseparable.

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Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education
James Wang

Ogilvy Public Relations
Hiffer Wang

Ogilvy Public Relations
Han Lin

Ogilvy Public Relations
Rina Liang

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(1)The survey was conducted by market research firm Pollster on behalf of FarEasTone and advised by Chinese Association for Eco-information and Environmental Education, carried out from September 22-25, 2015, surveying fourth to sixth grade students in the Greater Taipei area and Taichung via in-person paper surveys. The effective sample size was 1,087, with a margin of error ±2.97% at a 95% confidence level.

[2]This was a multiple choice question.

Source: FarEasTone (FET)

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