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UL Releases New Whitepaper, Offers Training on PLC Updates: Programmable Logic Controllers and IEC 61010-2-201

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., /PRNewswire/ — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science organization, released a whitepaper on Programmable Logic Controllers and the impact of IEC 61010-2-201, as well as related training, to support product designers and compliance engineers in meeting upcoming new certification requirements.

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The free whitepaper, Programmable Logic Controllers and IEC 61010-2-201, provides an overview of PLC requirements as presented in IEC 61010-2-201 and the technical changes that PLC manufacturers must address in the certification process for new and modified PLC designs.  Download now at:

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) – introduced in the late 1960s – have become essential to the operation of all types of production equipment, especially in industrial facilities. Recently, global PLC requirements have been harmonized to reduce the regulatory compliance burden on manufacturers. The technical requirements were harmonized in the 2013 publication of IEC 61010-2-201 Part 2-201. Effective April 2016, IEC 61010-2-201 will serve as the basis for PLC certification.

To augment the new PLC whitepaper, UL also offers a training course designed for PLC product designers and regulatory compliance engineers. The course covers the key elements of UL61010-1 and the major differences between UL508 and IEC 61131-2, including:

  • Differences between UL 508 and IEC 61131-2 | between UL 508 and IEC 61010-1,-2-201
  • How the transition to IEC 61010-2-201 affects existing certified products and new product submittals
  • Specific clauses in IEC 61010-2-201 Part 1: General requirements
  • Specific clauses in IEC 61010-2-201 Part 2: Particular requirements for control equipment
  • How the combination of UL and IEC requirements could help in international certification
  • End use applications certified to IEC 61010-2-201

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About UL
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit

CONTACT: Dagmar Ebaugh
Global Public Relations & Social Media Manager
UL Commercial & Industrial
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November 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

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Maestro Zubin Mehta Returning to Singapore by Popular Demand

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-Renowned Maestro leads the 110 member Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a return engagement performance in Singapore as they both celebrate their 80th year

SINGAPORE, /PRNewswire/ — Highly regarded and acclaimed classical music conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta, with the inspiring 110 member Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will be performing at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Thursday, 7th January 2016.

The concert will celebrate both Maestro Mehta’s 80th birthday and the 80th season of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A mesmerising programme of classical masterpieces with French, Russian and German origins, considered the greatest works of the respective Composers, are the perfect compositions for this auspicious double celebration.

Bestowed with the title of Musical Director for Life by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro’s sold-out performance here in 2014 was attended by members of parliament and dignitaries including Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and the Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, Madam Yael Rubinstein.

Maestro Zubin Mehta’s premier performance in Singapore was at the Victoria Concert Hall in 1984 with the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew a guest in the audience.  Maestro remembers the occasion well as he recalls:

“I spoke to the former Prime Minister about building a larger concert hall in Singapore at the time,” remarked Maestro. “Now there is the Esplanade Concert Hall and it will be the first time conducting the Israel Philharmonic in this wonderful venue.”

Maestro is known for his technique and a conducting style often described as impassioned, forceful and flamboyant.

We eagerly await his return to Singapore in January 2016 and can be assured of being enchanted by this tireless legendary master.


Maestro Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra through a repertoire to be savoured:

Beethoven’s Leonore Overture 3 ~ Ravel’s La Valse ~ Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 “Pathetique”.

The one-night only performance is two hours, inclusive of a 30-minute intermission.

“We look forward to receiving Maestro Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra once again to Singapore inJanuary 2016,” enthused Michelle Sassoon, COO of SunVic Productions Pte Ltd, the official organiser for Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. “With an inspiring story to share, both the young and old can learn so much from the Maestro himself.”


Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Date & time: 7 January 2016, Thursday 7:30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Price: S$450, S$350, S$250, S$150 & S$90 (excluding booking fees)
Book: Tickets can be purchased through

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Maestro Zubin Mehta is widely regarded as one of the finest conductors in the world. He is known for his technique and a conducting style often described as impassioned, forceful and flamboyant.

Born in Bombay in 1936, Mehta had conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras by the age of 25. In 1981 he was awarded the title of Music Director for Life by the Israel Philharmonic and has since conducted the orchestra in over 3,000 concerts with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, and the late Isaac Stern. He is also Honorary Conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Among his extensive list of awards are the Vienna Philharmonic’s ring of honour the Nikisch Ring, bequeathed to him by the late legendary conductor Karl Bohm, the Tagore Award for cultural harmony bestowed upon him by the Indian Government, and the Praemium Imperiale awarded by the Imperial family of Japan. In 2011 he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He has devoted much of his energy to fostering young musical talent and is co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai where children are educated in western classical music. He is also Honorary President of The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv where the best young musicians are trained for professional careers.


In the same year Maestro Zubin Mehta was born, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman who foresaw the Holocaust and persuaded 75 Jewish musicians from the major European orchestras to emigrate and form their own orchestra. This became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1948. In its relatively short history, the orchestra of 110 members, each personally chosen by Mehta, has emerged as a world-class ensemble. It is highly regarded and performs at cultural centres and prestigious festivals around the world.


SunVic Productions was established in 1990 and headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Malaysiaand Indonesia. During the halcyon decade of the 90’s, SunVic Productions was the leading regional entertainment promoter directly responsible for the growth of the live entertainment scene, bringing “A-List” bands, music superstar performers and theatre productions to Asia for concerts and performances.

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November 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki and Mundipharma Announce Partnership in GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) Setting Style

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-The 23-time WTA tournament winner joins Mundipharma family as its newest ambassador for the BETADINE(R) range of products

SINGAPORE, /PRNewswire/ — Mundipharma today unveiled international tennis star Caroline Wozniacki as the new brand ambassador forBETADINE®, the trusted name in homes and hospitals for antiseptic liquids, creams, sprays and ointments. Ms. Wozniacki will be the face of a new BETADINE® integrated marketing communications campaign that will be launched in selected emerging markets within Mundipharma’s network over the next 12 months.

International Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki unveils the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) title for the largest tennis ball mosaic by Mundipharma on 30 October 2015
International Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki unveils the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) title for the largest tennis ball mosaic by Mundipharma on 30 October 2015

“As a world-class athlete who never gives up and battles her way through the pain to victory on and off the court, Caroline perfectly embodies the BETADINE® vision of protecting people in the global fight against infection, while promoting healing and wound care,” said Raman Singh, President, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, andAfrica, Mundipharma. “This partnership is a continuation of Mundipharma’s commitment towards building greater awareness around the importance of protecting our health and preventing infection in our daily lives.”

BETADINE® products have been used and are trusted as an antiseptic for more than 50 years and consistently demonstrate strong efficacy against high strain viruses. Over the last 5 decades, BETADINE® formulations featuring povidone iodine1,2,3, a broad spectrum antimicrobial, have shown to be rapidly effective across various tough virus strains including those causing pandemic outbreaks2,3,4,5,.

“Tennis is one of the most physically demanding professional sports with a long season on tour, which makes it critical for professional tennis players to have an effective daily regime against infection and injuries,” said Ms Wozniacki. “BETADINE® has been a trusted partner in my personal journey, and I can’t wait to share how the products can help prevent and protect against infection.”

In commemoration of their new partnership, Mundipharma invited Ms Wozniacki to help unveil a new tennis-related GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title of the world’s largest tennis ball mosaic. 16,000 tennis balls in different colours were carefully connected to form a giant image of children at play, with each tennis ball representing the life of a child under the age of five that can be saved each day. This is the goal that UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has been working tirelessly to achieve.

Mr Singh also commented: “This new world record is a symbol of Mundipharma’s commitment to improving access to healthcare in our global communities and our support for UNICEF and its commendable vision of promoting the rights and well-being of every child.”


  1. Ripa S et al. Clinical Applications of Povidone-Iodine as a topical antimicrobial. In Handbook of topical antimicrobials Industrial Applications. Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2002
  2. Shiraishi T.  Nakagawa Y. Evaluation of the bactericidal activity of povidone-iodine and commercially available gargle preparations. Dermatology, 2002;204 Suppl 1:37-41
  3. Ito H, et al. Dermatology 2006;212(suppl 1):115-118
  4. Ito H, et al. Japan Chemotherapy Association Review. 2005;5320-22
  5. Sriwilaijaroen W, et al. Virology Journal 2009;6:124 5. Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings.October 25, 2002 / 51(RR16);1-44

For further information please contact:

Stephenie Vasko
Communications Director – Asia, Latin America & Middle East
PH +65-6303-9732

About Mundipharma

The Mundipharma network of independent associated companies consists of privately owned companies and joint ventures covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. These companies are committed to bringing to patients the benefits of pioneering treatment options in the core therapy areas of oncology, pain, respiratory and rheumatoid arthritis.


The BETADINE® (Povidone Iodine) range of products is trusted in hospitals around the world for over 50 years to prevent and treat infections. It is an important first line of defence against topical infection. A trusted brand among consumers at home to treat small wounds and grazes, sore throats, feminine infections and to stop minor problems from escalating into big issues. Povidone-iodine, the key active ingredient of BETADINE®, kills a broad range of bacteria, viruses and fungi including antibiotic resistant strains2 that cause infections, makingBETADINE® a powerful antiseptic. BETADINE® has four main categories of products in Wound Care, Feminine Care, Throat / Oral Care and Infectious Disease to meet the varying needs of our customers.

®: BETADINE® is a registered trademark of Mundipharma

Left to right: International Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) Adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi, Mundipharma President, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, Raman Singh
Left to right: International Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(TM) Adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi, Mundipharma President, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, Raman Singh

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November 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm

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Accenture Targets AOTMP Efficiency First® Solution Certification

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-Global Technology Leader Recognizes Value in Telecom Best Practices Certification

INDIANAPOLIS, /PRNewswire/ — AOTMP is pleased to announce the participation of Accenture in the Efficiency First® Vendor Solution Certification Program.

The Program will assess and evaluate Accenture’s patented capabilities, solution delivery and client experience practices as the organization strives to align its solution capabilities with the Efficiency First® Framework, a standard for driving technical, financial and operational efficiency across enterprise fixed and mobile telecommunications environments.

Their participation in the Efficiency First® Vendor Solution Certification Program serves as an outward symbol of its commitment to excellence and desire to provide unparalleled solutions to their clients and the telecom marketplace. Certification will be awarded upon meeting or exceeding top tier performance requirements.

“Accenture’s commitment to utilize the Efficiency First® Framework to benchmark its telecom expense management services will allow them to validate the value they deliver to clients,” said AOTMP SVP of Efficiency First® Adoption, Timothy C. Colwell. “By aligning its solutions with the Efficiency First® Framework, Accenture will strengthen its position as a leader in the global market where enterprises are increasingly requiring certification from their vendors.”

“This certification affirms Accenture’s capability expertise in Telecom Expense Management and provides an insight into how Accenture’s TEM services can help our experts improve their skills, systems and processes,” stated Mafi Caringal, Global TEMPO Delivery Lead of Accenture Operations – Infrastructure Services.

AOTMP is an information services company that helps organizations take their fixed and mobile environment to a greater level of performance and helps telecom vendors achieve excellence in creating value for their clients. Using information and analytics to drive efficiencies, performance and productivity, business solutions are based on their patented Efficiency First® Framework.

Our mission is to drive adoption and utilization of industry standards and best practices through the Efficiency First® Framework to create a high-performing telecom management ecosystem. For more information,

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 336,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. For more information, visit

Lori Wildman

Marketing Manager, AOTMP
Tel: +1.317.275.7206

Source: AOTMP

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November 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm

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Semantic Scholar Utilizes Artificial Intelligence Methods to Transform Scientific Search for Computer Scientists

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-First AI-Based Scientific Search Engine Speeds Research Process

SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ — The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) today officially launched its free Semantic Scholar service, which will allow scientific researchers to quickly cull through the millions of scientific papers published each year to find those most relevant to their work. Leveraging AI2’s expertise in data mining, natural-language processing and computer vision, Semantic Scholar provides an AI-enhanced way to quickly search and discover information. At launch, the system searches over three million computer science papers, and will add scientific categories on an ongoing basis.

Semantic Scholar's modern interface helps computer science researchers find relevant research papers in seconds.
Semantic Scholar’s modern interface helps computer science researchers find relevant research papers in seconds.

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“No one can keep up with the explosive growth of scientific literature,” said Dr. Oren Etzioni, CEO at AI2. “Which papers are most relevant? Which are considered the highest quality? Is anyone else working on this specific or related problem? Now, researchers can begin to answer these questions in seconds, speeding research and solving big problems faster.”

With Semantic Scholar (, computer scientists can:

  • Home in quickly on what they are looking for, with advanced selection filtering tools. Researchers can filter search results by author, publication, topic, and date published. This gets the researcher to the most relevant result in the fastest way possible, and reduces information overload.
  • Instantly access a paper’s figures and findings. Unique among scholarly search engines, this feature pulls out the graphic results, which are often what a researcher is really looking for.
  • Jump to cited papers and references and see how many researchers have cited each paper, a good way to determine citation influence and usefulness.
  • Be prompted with key phrases within each paper to winnow the search further.

How Semantic Scholar works

Using machine reading and vision methods, Semantic Scholar crawls the web, finding all PDFs of publically available scientific papers on computer science topics, extracting both text and diagrams/captions, and indexing it all for future contextual retrieval. Using natural language processing, the system identifies the top papers, extracts filtering information and topics, and sorts by what type of paper and how influential its citations are.  It provides the scientist with a simple user interface (optimized for mobile) that maps to academic researchers’ expectations. Filters such as topic, date of publication, author and where published are built in. It includes smart, contextual recommendations for further keyword filtering as well. Together, these search and discovery tools provide researchers with a quick way to separate wheat from chaff, and to find relevant papers in areas and topics that previously might not have occurred to them.

Semantic Scholar builds from the foundation of other research-paper search applications such as Google Scholar, adding AI methods to overcome information overload.

Said Etzioni, “Semantic Scholar is a first step toward AI-based discovery engines that will be able to connect the dots between disparate studies to identify novel hypotheses and suggest experiments that would otherwise be missed. Our goal is to enable researchers to find answers to some of science’s thorniest problems.”

About AI2

AI2 was founded in 2014 with the singular focus of conducting high-impact research and engineering in the field of artificial intelligence, all for the common good. AI2 is the creation of Paul Allen, Microsoft cofounder, and is led by Dr. Oren Etzioni, a renowned researcher in the fields of AI and search. AI2 employs more than 35 top-notch researchers and engineers, attracting individuals of varied interests and backgrounds from across the globe. AI2 prides itself on the diversity and collaboration of this team, and takes a results-oriented approach to complex challenges in AI.

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Hamilton McCulloh, GreenRubino

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November 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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Consumer Interest in Telematics Services Shows Strong Increase

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-Value proposition for OEMs Strong for Services which Need Vehicle Connection

BOSTON, /PRNewswire/ — A new report from the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics ( has found that overall consumer interest for in-vehicle telematics services has rebounded after levelling-off in 2014. In particular, interest remains robust for services which provide immediate help in time-sensitive emergency situations such as remotely unlocking a vehicle or stolen vehicle assistance. Respondents from the US and China, premium vehicle owners, and younger age groups were found to show interest in slightly greater numbers; overall however, strong interest in telematics was found across all regions and demographics.

Strategy Analytics surveyed consumers in the US, Western Europe, and China regarding their interest in telematics and remote vehicle management services such as stolen vehicle assistance, remote diagnostics, and teen driving alerts. Interest in most telematics services has increased sharply since 2014 and was found to be highest among premium vehicle owners for many services. Age group differences were mixed, but interest in many services showed a slight downward trend as age increased. Although consumer interest in teen driving alerts was modest, it was lower than interest in all other telematics services evaluated, especially in the US andEurope.

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Derek Viita Senior Analyst and report author commented, “Interestingly, consumer willingness to pay a monthly fee for a package with all of the telematics services described in this survey was quite high, especially at price points below $20 in the US and EUR6 in Western Europe. Strong value was placed on services which provide the perception of increased safety and security; the high percentage of consumers willing to pay for these remote vehicle management services reflects this tendency.”

Continued Viita, “Unfortunately, with the proliferation of the smartphone, many consumers already have (and pay for) access to many services similar to those included in this survey. As such, OEMs often struggle to retain consumers in subscription-based telematics and remote vehicle management services.”

Chris Schreiner, Director, IVX added, “Despite this issue, SA has proved that consumer interest in telematics services is present in a big way. The value proposition for OEMs is especially strong for services which can only be provided via a vehicle connection – such as tracking a stolen vehicle, or remote diagnostic services.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.

About In-vehicle UX

The In-vehicle UX group forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within in-vehicle, mobile device, connected home and media & services research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.

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US Contact: Derek Viita, +1 617 614 0772,

European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44 (0)1908 423 669,

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November 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

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Strategy Analytics: The Mobile Enterprise Business Applications Market Will Top $40.5 Billion in 2015 and Grow to $63.0 Billion by 2020

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-Mobile, Social business, Cloud, and Big Data/Analytics Saw Increased Influence and Impact on Mobile Business Apps Adoption

BOSTON, /PRNewswire/ — 2014 saw continued growth in the mobile enterprise business software market. According to Gina Luk, Senior Analyst of Mobile Workforce Strategies, and author of The State of the Mobile Enterprise Business Application Market, the increase in the mobile workforce is radically changing the way the business serves and interacts with its customers. “There is tremendous pressure on businesses to make workers more productive,” Luk said, noting, “throughout 2015 companies rolled out new Mobile, Social, Cloud and Bid Data Analytics-based business applications to help deal with changing customer, employee, and partner expectations.” As the corporate workforce becomes increasingly mobile, the IT department’s role has unquestionably transitioned from a control to an enablement function. “Both of these issues create a lot of opportunity and the need for new software and processes,” she added.

Other key highlights from the Strategy Report:

– Organizations mobility deployments are increasingly sophisticated, many have already deployed at least one mobile application in the organization.

– SMS is still one of the key dominant forms of mobile enterprise applications, however operator SMS and MMS revenue declined further during 2014 as data-enabled business mobile phone users continued to turn to ‘free and feature rich’ over-the-top (OTT) IM services.

– Enterprises are more receptive to employees bringing their own personal devices into the work environment and synching them with the enterprise back-end applications and work processes. Consumer demand for ubiquitous communications and OTT IM are higher than ever and are also having an impact with BYOD growth.

– Business process applications such as sales force automation (SFA), field force automation (FFA) and other customer relationship management (CRM) applications (marketing/analytics, contact center, industry specific apps) have the second highest use overall among mobile workers; while supply chain management, procurement, production and operations, and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications (human resources, accounting, and payroll) have the lowest use overall among mobile workers.

The mobile enterprise business application market Strategy Analytics cover consists of collaboration/productivity (text messaging, image messaging, email & calendaring, productivity/content authoring, instant messaging/presence, and conferencing), and business process (CRM and ERP) applications.

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.

Contact: Gina Luk, +44(0) 1908 423 632,

US Contact: Phil Hochmuth, +1 617 614 0774,

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November 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

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ICON Strengthens Its Leadership Team in Asia Pacific with Two Key Appointments

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-Mary Pan is new VP of Asia Pacific and Hiroshi Ichikawa leads ICON’s operations in Japan

DUBLIN, /PRNewswire/ — ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced two new leadership appointments to its Asia Pacific operations.  Mary Pan has been appointed Vice President, Asia Pacific, where she will lead ICON’s continued growth and expansion in the region. Hiroshi Ichikawa has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of ICON’s operations in Japan.

Mary brings to ICON over 15 years of global pharmaceutical and clinical development expertise with a strong track record in Asia. Mary joins ICON from Becton Dickinson, a leading medical technology company, where she was head of strategy and innovation in Asia. Prior to that Mary was Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, for ClinTec International. Mary has also held senior medical affairs and clinical development roles in Crucell (Johnson & Johnson) and Pfizer. Mary holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology and an MBA from Brown University and has a Law degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Hiroshi Ichikawa joins ICON with 30 years of CRO and pharmaceutical industry experience in Japan. Prior to ICON, Ichikawa-san was Executive Vice President and Senior Director of the Regulatory Science Department at A2Healthcare Corporation, an ITOCHU company. Ichikawa-san was also President and CEO of Asklep Inc. following its acquisition of  PPCJ Corporation, a CRO he founded in 2008. Ichikawa-san also spent 16 years in leadership positions with CMIC Japan and was Project Leader for the Clinical Development Division of Sankyo. Ichikawa-san holds a Masters in Veterinary Medicine from Yamaguchi University.

Commenting on the appointments, Dr. Nuala Murphy, President, ICON Clinical Research Services, said: “Asia-Pacific continues to be an important region for our clients and we are committed to growing our presence and enhancing our capabilities in the region. I’m delighted to welcome Mary and Ichikawa-san to the leadership team in Asia. Their strong knowledge of the Asian clinical development landscape, coupled with their demonstrated leadership in growing successful operations in Asia, will be invaluable as we look to expand in this important region.”

ICON provides a full range of clinical development services to support global and pan-Asian trials. ICON operates from 22 offices in Asia-Pacific and employs over 2,600 professionals in the region. ICON’s presence and capabilities in Japan, in particular in oncology, were strengthened in 2014 through the acquisition of Aptiv Solutions, which included Japanese CRO, Niphix.

About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development – from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. With headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, ICON currently, operates from 81 locations in 37 countries and has approximately 11,300 employees.

Further information is available at

ICON Media Contact

Crystal Chan
ICON Clinical Research HK Ltd

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and information currently available, including current economic and industry conditions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or actual results, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those stated in this press release. The forward-looking statements are subject to future events, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements, including, but not limited to, the ability to enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships, manage the opening of new offices and offering of new services, the integration of new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as economic and global market conditions and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, all of which are difficult to predict and some of which are beyond our control. For these reasons, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. The word “expected” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in SEC reports filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, which are available on the SEC’s website at

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November 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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Cashmere World 2015 Boutique Tradeshow Proves Fruitful

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HONG KONG, /PRNewswire/ — Taking place for the fourth time at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cashmere World concluded last week on a high note as exhibitors and buyers praised the 2015 edition as one of the most fruitful yet. The fair is a boutique trade show dedicated exclusively to cashmere and fine fibres. It is run alongside Fashion Access  Spring Summer season.

Check out the highlights of Cashmere World 2015
Check out the highlights of Cashmere World 2015

Cashmere World attracts a large number of qualified, experienced buyers who appreciate the focused, concise character of the trade show. “We rapidly found the material we were looking for to make our cashmere women coats,” said Snitseruk Kirill Nicol, Official Buyer of Cashmere Moscow.

Reciprocally, exhibitors were impressed by the value of the visitors who attended their booth: “I ran out of name cards in no time. The overall quality of buyers is quite high and well-focused,” said Leo Li, Sales Manager of Yaqi Cashmere, Inner Mongolia.

Apparently, the global economic slowdown has not affected trading procedures at Cashmere World.

Business discussion between exhibitor and trade buyer
Business discussion between exhibitor and trade buyer

“Two clients who visited our booth today placed orders, which is a good outcome,” Pramod Satyal, Director of Nepalese Samanta Pashmina said.

“I received an order for 10 tons of cashmere yarn and made some good connections with major brands from Hong Kong and the UK,” reported Anna Ariunjargal, Vice Director of Ulemj Cashmere, Mongolia.

One of the trade show’s highlights was the presence for the first time in Cashmere World’s history of the International Alpaca Association (IAA), a private non-profit organisation that represents the commercial alpaca textile sector and promotes the use of alpaca at both national and international level. Alpaca fibre is comparable with cashmere and mohair in terms of fineness, softness and versatility. The IAA booth which exhibited two major Peruvian brands, SOL Alpaca of the Mitchel Group and Kuna of Incalpaca attracted a lot of attention from buyers and visitors, according to Cesar Lutgens, President and Executive Director of IAA.

Another rising star of the show was yak fibre, which was featured by several brands, including Myak and Erdenet. While Myak combines the best of both worlds by getting its raw material from Tibet and processing it in Italy, Erdenet gets its raw material from Mongolia and processes it in the country in a typical vertical control of the quality. Yak fibre is known for its warmth, lightness and softness and is increasingly used for garments, homeware as well as for technical apparels.

Exhibitor from the Nepal Pavilion
Exhibitor from the Nepal Pavilion

While Cashmere World represented most of the countries producing fine fibres, Nepal was particularly featured thanks to the support of the International Trade Centre, a multilateral agency that facilitates the internationalization of SMEs and of the Nepal Pashmina Industries Association (NPIA). Altogether, eight exhibitors from Nepal, including three starring the newly launched Chyangra Pashmina quality brand mark, demonstrated that despite the violent earthquake that stroke the country last spring, Nepal’s cashmere industry is bearing well.

Cashmere World Forum 2015
Cashmere World Forum 2015

This year’s fringe programme included a well-attended and highly informative Forum that took place on the first day of the exhibition. Under the theme, “In Praise of Lightness”, topics ranged from demand and supply to retail strategies and new technologies applied to fine fibres and were debated by experts from across the world. The Forum kicked off with a buoyant keynote introduction by industry veteran and Fenix Group’s President and CEO,Anthony Keung, whose experience in manufacturing, trading and retailing of knitwear spans more than 40 years.

During the Forum, Olivier Guillemin, Designer and Creative Director of Intercolour, unveiled the 2016-2017 Cashmere Colour Trends, an enchanting and colourful reference of tales and legends exclusively developed for Cashmere World.

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Notes to Editors

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 31 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the

world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiorganise 20 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to for more UBM social media options.

About China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA), China (

The China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products was established in September 1988. It has industry development as well as regulatory responsibilities, helps to implement policies and serves as a bridge between the industry and the government. At present, the chamber has 5,000 corporate members across the country, with 43 national-level sub-chambers covering all agricultural products. The Cashmere Sub-Chamber is one of these and has a history of more than ten years. Major members include the top 15 organisations which form the core of China’s cashmere industry and whose export accounts for half of the national total.

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Ms. Perrine Ardouin, Event Director

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Ms. Chi On Kwok, Assistant Marketing Manager

Ms. Kennise Pang, Marketing Communications Executive

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November 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Ageas Asia Net Profit Rises 64% Significantly Supported by Solid Business Growth

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Ageas Announces 9 month results 2015 (Note 1) — Asia Financial Highlights

Group inflows (at 100%) rose 17%
Continued strong operating performance in Non-Life
Life results impacted by lower capital gains and by equity impairments in Q3

  • Profit
    • Insurance net profit up by 6% to EUR 613 million, with Asia and Non-Life business as main contributors, further supported by positive foreign exchange rates
    • Life net profit impacted by impairments as a result of turbulent equity markets in the 3rd quarter and lower capital gains year to date
    • Group net profit at EUR 599 million; General Account net result of EUR 14 million negative
  • Inflows
    • Group inflows (at 100%) at EUR 22.8 billion, up 17% (11% positive foreign exchange impact)
    • Group inflows (Ageas’s part) grew 11% to EUR 10.4 billion (8% positive foreign exchange impact)
    • Life inflows up 21% to EUR 17.9 billion and Non-Life up 5% to EUR 4.8 billion (both at 100%)
  • Operating Performance
    • Combined ratio improved to 95.1% versus 99.6% supported by all consolidated entities
    • Operating Margin Guaranteed at 80 bps versus 98 bps
    • Life Technical Liabilities of consolidated entities at EUR 73.6 billion (- 2% vs. the end of 2014)
  • Balance Sheet
    • Shareholders’ equity up to EUR 10.9 billion or EUR 51.12 per share
    • Insurance solvency I  ratio at 231% and Group solvency at 232%
    • General Account net cash position at EUR 1.4 billion

Continued solid growth in inflows in both Life and Non-Life in Asia

  • Ageas Asia’s net profit at EUR 222 million vs. EUR 135 million (+64%) of which EUR 45 millionoriginated from its Hong Kong operations
  • Asia’s inflows at EUR 12.8 billion vs. EUR 9.0 billion (+43%)
    • Hong Kong’s inflows increased by 18% to EUR 404 million (-3% at constant exchange rates), coming from both new business regular premiums (18%) and renewal business (30%).
    • Mainland China’s inflows increased to EUR 9.4 billion (+51% and +26% at constant exchange rates), with new business premiums up 48% to EUR 4.8 billion. The bank channel and the agency channel both contributed to this growth.
    • Thailand’s Life inflows were up 33% (+14% at constant exchange rates) to EUR 1.7 billion. Life new business premiums rose 18% to EUR 738 million. Non-Life inflows were up 30% (+11% at constant exchange rates) to EUR 221 million across all business lines with substantial growth in both Motor (+32%) and Personal Accident (+50%).
    • Malaysia’s Life inflows increased 4% (equal at constant exchange rates) to EUR 431 million. Non-Life inflows amounted to EUR 483 million (+12% or +8% at constant exchange rates)
    • India’s inflows were EUR 143 million (+53% at constant exchange rates)
  • Strong solvency in Asia (including non-consolidated operations) at 301%

Announcing the 9 month results 2015, Gary Crist, Chief Executive Officer of Ageas Asia commented:

“Ageas Asia’s 9 months 2015 results were marked by a very solid set of figures, with both net profit and inflows significantly up compared to last year. Total net profit in Asia amounted to EUR 222 million, an increase of 64% compared to the same period last year. Profits in Life insurance are up 74% year-on-year and Life inflows are up 45% to EUR 12.1 billion, with non-consolidated partnerships taken at 100%.  Both Life and Non-Life inflows continued to report strong growth in new business and renewal premiums especially in Mainland China and Thailand. India’s growth in the bank channel further contributed to the increased gross inflow. The Non-Life business saw strong growth in all business lines.”

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1. All 9 month 2015 data are compared to the 9 month 2014 figures unless otherwise stated.

Source: AGEAS

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