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Transform magazine: Brand strategy in Asia-Pacific

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-Branding professionals in the Asia-Pacific region attend Transform conference and awards events

HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — There are so many components to a successful brand strategy that it can sometimes be difficult for branding professionals to ensure that they are abreast of industry trends. Meeting with peers and hearing from those who are excelling in this field provides professionals with an opportunity to stand back and get a feel for the wider market and industry trends, a conducive environment for valuable inspiration.

The Transform conference Asia-Pacific and the Transform awards Asia-Pacific on 18 November gave delegates the opportunity to, respectively, hear about award-winning brand campaigns and speak with industry peers, and to hear who the latest Transform awards winners in the region are.

The conference’s location, Hong Kong, provided an excellent example for one of the workshops, relating to international branding. As a city with a diverse population, Hong Kong can be a challenge for brands hoping to engage with both local and ex-pat stakeholders.

In other workshops, delegates discussed brand reputation, employer brand management and measuring success and return on investment. The branding professionals in attendance shared their personal experience in dealing with these professional challenges.

The first speaker of the half-day event at the Harbour Grand Hotel, Hong Kong, was Paul Tam, executive director at Hong Kong Ballet. Tam had an engaging story to tell about the artistic brand’s mission to compete on an international stage. He said how the former brand was unrepresentative of the company’s assets, and that he had wanted to raise the profile of the Hong Kong Ballet dancers to ‘stars’. The project used raw, urban photography to reposition the brand and had great feedback from its diverse and challenging stakeholders. Tam said that the new brand is a “A needle in my back“. The high standard that it sets pushes employees to perform on a higher level.

Other speakers on the day included Michelle Tan, senior manager of brand marketing at Hong Kong Tourism Board. Tan’s fascinating story told of the organisation’s decision to put experience at the heart of the Hong Kongnation brand. This sentiment was echoed by Marcus Lui, head of customer experience and design at Asia Miles, who also spoke at the event. Modern consumers tend to favour experiences over material possessions. Liu said, “It’s the memories that really count in the end.”

The day ended with the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific. Also hosted at the Harbour Grand – by comedian Ryan Hynek – the awards provided an opportunity to celebrate the great work taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. Agencies, individuals and brands came together to congratulate each other and celebrate the strength of the industry. The Grand Prix award was won by Pizza Hut and Brand Union.

The Transform awards and conferences celebrate professional, strategic branding work in four regions globally;Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia-Pacific and North America. Transform magazine is a globally-distributed magazine that covers the art of strategic branding in news and features from branding experts and industry leaders.

The winners of the Transform awards Asia-Pacific 2015 are:

The Winners
CONTENT

Best use of a visual property
Gold – HSBC NOW and MerchantCantos
Silver – M&G Stationary and Landor Associates
Silver – Pizza Hut and Brand Union
Bronze – Hong Kong Ballet and MerchantCantos
Highly commended – Cali-Mex and StartJG
Highly commended – Blackfish and MADE Creative

Best brand architecture solution
Gold – HAECO and Sedgwick Richardson
Silver – Tiger Balm and NiCE
Bronze – Nord Anglia Education and StartJG
Highly commended – Impulse and Labbrand

Best brand experience
Gold – Pizza Hut and Brand Union
Gold – Qkuts and Creativoo Creative Consultancy
Silver – Alibaba and FutureBrand
Silver – sav Hospitality and FutureBrand
Bronze – Aimer and Creative Capital
Bronze – Khmer Brewery Limited and ComZone

Best use of packaging
Gold – Pizza Hut and Brand Union
Silver – Arla Foods and Shift.
Bronze – Tiger Balm and NiCE
Highly commended – Blackstone and Brash Brands

PROCESS

Best stakeholder relations during a brand development project
Gold – Blackstone and Brash Brands
Silver – HSBC NOW and MerchantCantos

Best implementation of a brand development project
Gold – Melia Hotels International and Labbrand
Silver – M&G Stationary and Landor Associates
Silver – Tiger Balm and NiCE
Bronze – Tatts Group and Hulsbosch

Best implementation of a brand development project across multiple markets
Gold – Nord Anglia Education and StartJG

STRATEGY

Best creative strategy
Gold – Nomura and Living Group
Silver – Murata and Living Group
Bronze – Melia Hotels International and Labbrand
Bronze – sav Hospitality and FutureBrand
Highly commended – Tiger Balm and NiCE

Best brand evolution
Gold – Hong Kong Ballet and MerchantCantos
Gold – Zhao Liang Jewellery and Creative Capital
Silver – Prudential Financial and Brand Union
Bronze – Gramedia and MakkiMakki
Highly commended – Molsion and Landor Associates

Best strategic/creative development of a new brand
Gold – Cali-Mex and StartJG
Silver – Neqta Hotels and Labbrand
Bronze – Wanda Ridong Group and Brash Brands
Highly commended – Aura and Brand Union
Highly commended – Blackstone and Brash Brands
Highly commended – V8 Supercars and Hulsbosch

TYPE

Best corporate rebrand following a merger or acquisition
Gold – Hoau and FutureBrand
Silver – Jellis Craig and Traffic
Silver – Prudential Financial and Brand Union
Bronze – POSH and StartJG

Best brand development project to reflect changed mission/values/positioning
Gold – BOE and Shift.
Silver – Proactive and Cluster Creative
Bronze – Hoau and FutureBrand

Best rebrand of a digital property
Gold – Murata and Living Group
Silver – Vinson & Elkins and Living Group
Bronze – Black Crane Capital and Living Group

SECTOR

Best visual identity from a charity or NGO or NFP
Gold – Hong Kong Ballet and MerchantCantos

Best visual identity from the education sector
Gold – British Council and FutureBrand
Silver – Nord Anglia Education and StartJG

Best visual identity from the energy & extractives sector
Gold – sosoon and JungleFish
Silver – EMP and MakkiMakki

Best visual identity from the engineering & manufacturing sector
Gold – HAECO and Sedgwick Richardson
Silver – Midea SteamCube and MetaDesign China

Best visual identity from the financial services sector
Gold – Alibaba and FutureBrand
Silver – Prudential Financial and Brand Union
Highly commended – Black Crane Capital and Living Group

Best visual identity from the healthcare & pharmaceuticals sector
Gold – Proactive and Cluster Creative
Silver – Mitra Keluarga and MakkiMakki

Best visual identity from the professional services sector
Gold – McGrathNicol and Hulsbosch
Silver – Vinson & Elkins and Living Group
Bronze – CDP and FutureBrand

Best visual identity from the property sector
Gold – Dongguan Minying and Brand Union
Silver – Blackfish and MADE Creative
Silver – Blackstone and Brash Brands
Bronze – Wanda Ridong Group and Brash Brands

Best visual identity from the retail sector
Gold – Molsion and Landor Associates
Silver – M&G Stationary and Landor Associates
Bronze – Tatts Group and Hulsbosch
Highly commended – Century Wellness Centre and MakkiMakki
Highly commended – Qkuts and Creativoo Creative Consultancy
Highly commended – Yintai and FutureBrand

Best visual identity from the technology, media & telecommunications
Gold – vivo and MetaDesign China
Silver – Murata and Living Group

Best visual identity from the travel & leisure sector
Gold – Neqta Hotels and Labbrand
Silver – sav Hospitality and FutureBrand

Best overall visual identity
Hong Kong Ballet and MerchantCantos

Grand Prix
Pizza Hut and Brand Union

Contact Person:
Liz Foggitt, events and publishing manager
Phone Number: +44-20-7498-7008
Email: lfoggitt@transformmagazine.net

Source: Transform magazine (Cravenhill Publishing)

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November 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

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Winning at Booming e-Commerce Successfully

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — The 14th GS1 Hong Kong Supply Chain Management (SCM) Excellence Summit (“the Summit”), was held today in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with Gregory So, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government as the Guest of Honour.

Gregory So(middle), GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development posed for a picture with Joseph Phi (third left), Chairman of GS1 Hong Kong and speakers including Ivan Chan (first left), DHL eCommerce (Hong Kong) Ltd; Dee Dee Tsamoutalis (second left), Under Armour; Rick Ng (third right), Alibaba.com Hong Kong Ltd; John Parkes (second right), LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd and Anna Lin(first right), JP, GS1 Hong Kong.
Gregory So(middle), GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development posed for a picture with Joseph Phi (third left), Chairman of GS1 Hong Kong and speakers including Ivan Chan (first left), DHL eCommerce (Hong Kong) Ltd; Dee Dee Tsamoutalis (second left), Under Armour; Rick Ng (third right), Alibaba.com Hong Kong Ltd; John Parkes (second right), LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd and Anna Lin(first right), JP, GS1 Hong Kong.

With the theme of “Riding the Wave of E-Commerce Boom – Delivering a Seamless Customer Journey”, this year’s event is the first Summit of GS1 Hong Kong that features the overwhelming trend of e-commerce. The Summit,Asia Pacific’s premier supply chain management event, provides a unique platform for over 500 pioneering leaders and influencers from leading retailers, e-commerce platform, logistics service providers to exchange dynamic discussions and ideas on the latest trend of e-commerce. Distinguished speakers include Under Armour, Alibaba.com Hong Kong Ltd, DHL eCommerce (Hong Kong) Ltd, LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd, etc.

Joseph Phi, Chairman of GS1 Hong Kong says, “This Summit has become a key industry event as witnessed by the number of business executives, supply chain experts and IT practitioners in the audience today as well as those leading various discussions and presentations.”

This year, the Summit covers the topics that focus on four key steering forces, which are supply chain optimisation, supply chain visibility, digital consumers’ connection and building consumer trust, to help capture business opportunities and improve customer experience in the new digital era.

Mr Phi adds, “The record-breaking year of online sales in China has been bewildering. The speed at which e-commerce has grown has affected businesses and consumers but shows the way for more opportunities. More online shopping platforms are requiring the use of GS1 global standard barcodes which means better traceability, comprehensive product information and consumers can trust necessary information for product authentication. Additionally businesses can gather and retrieve data from different sources on a real-time basis and collect consumption behaviour data for evaluation.”

The First ECR Golden Circle Awards 2015 Presentation Ceremony was held during the Summit, with Legislative Councillors The Hon. Frankie Yick and The Hon. Charles Mok as award presenters. This new award programme, organised by Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Hong Kong and hosted by GS1 Hong Kong, recognises individuals’ outstanding achievement in supply chain management across Hong Kong and Greater China. This year, 12 notable achievers have received recognitions in four categories which are Supply Chain Leader, Digital Marketing Leader, Ecommerce Leader and Technology Innovation Leader.

Anna Lin, JP, Chief Executive of GS1 Hong Kong says, “Not only do all the winners have extensive experience, they have also applied innovation in their fields. We hope that this scheme, by recognising industrial leaders for their great contribution to supply chain management, can foster the experience and knowledge between individuals, and enhance the supply chain standard to the next level.”

Winners of the First ECR Golden Circle Awards 2015

Supply Chain Leader

Mr. David Kuk

Managing Director, DCH Logistics Company Limited

Mr. John Parkes

Executive Director, Global Business Development & Head of Hong Kong, LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Limited

Mr. Stephen Chan

Managing Director, Power Hub Ltd

Digital Marketing Leader

Mr. Andrew Keith

President, Lane Crawford

Mr. Chengxu Chua

Managing Director, ZALORA Hong Kong

Ms. Malina Ngai

Chief Operating Officer, AS WATSON RETAIL (HK) LTD

Ecommerce Leader

Dr. Guy Look

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director, Sa Sa International Holdings

Mr. Rick Ng

Head of Sales, Alibaba.com Hong Kong Limited

Mr. Wong Wai Kee

Chairman, Hong Kong Television Network Limited

Technology Innovation Leader

Mr. David Wong

Project Director, Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory

Mr. Kent Wong

Managing Director, Chow Tai Fook

Mr. Samuel Lau

Director, Kerry Logistics Limited

About GS1 Hong Kong
Founded by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in 1989, GS1 Hong Kong is the local chapter of GS1®, a not-for-profit, global supply chain standards organisation headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with over 110 national chapters in 150 countries. GS1 Hong Kong’s mission is to enable Hong Kong enterprises to have more efficient, visible and safer supply chains through the provision of global standards and a full spectrum of standards-based solutions and services, thus making possible business optimisation and value creation. GS1Hong Kong currently has more than 6,500 corporate members covering close to 20 industries including retail consumer goods, food, wine, healthcare, apparel, consumer electronics, logistics, information and technology.  For more information about GS1 Hong Kong, please visit www.gs1hk.org.

Media Contacts
Claire Li
Telephone: +85228639723
Email: claireli@gs1hk.org

Esther Li
Telephone: +85228639763
Email: estherli@gs1hk.org

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Source: GS1 Hong Kong
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November 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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Malaysia Open Its Doors for the Gaming Community

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-MDeC hosts South East Asia’s premier gaming event to attract developers and businesses

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) hosted Level UP KL 2015, one of South East Asia’s premier gaming conferences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Held on 18th and 19th November, Level UP KL 2015 was aimed towards bringing together prominent international and local players in the Games industry to interact, educate and share knowledge on a wide range of subjects from content development to fundraising to business development and marketing.

Group photo of cosplayers with MDeC CEO Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood (third from left), MDeC’s Director of Creative Multimedia Division Mr. Hasnul Hadi Samsudin (fourth from left) and Gamefounders Co-founder & CEO Ms. Kadri Ugand (third from right) striking a battle pose.
Group photo of cosplayers with MDeC CEO Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood (third from left), MDeC’s Director of Creative Multimedia Division Mr. Hasnul Hadi Samsudin (fourth from left) and Gamefounders Co-founder & CEO Ms. Kadri Ugand (third from right) striking a battle pose.

The two-day event organised in conjunction with the ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit attracted over 350 participants from local and international game industry. Michael Mumbauer from Sony Computer Entertainment America, Grayson Chalmers from Blizzard Entertainment, Wan Hazmer from Square Enix, and Tommy Palm of Candy Crush fame were among few of the prominent speakers present at the event.

Level UP KL 2015 is part of the ongoing efforts led by MDeC to build a world class gaming ecosystem inMalaysia. According to the SEA Game Industry Initiative report 2015 by MDeC, Malaysia is one of the nations to collaboratively work towards a formal alliance called the ASEAN Game Network Connection, dedicated to move the South East Asia game industry landscape to the next level. MDeC aims to provide a platform for the local game developers to showcase their work to more international buyers. With MDeC’s support and market access funding, local game developers will be able to bring their games to the global market once the production is completed.

“With initiatives like Level UP KL 2015, we aim to showcase the breadth of talent in Malaysia’s gaming industry. By providing access to a global network of mentors, subject matter experts and infrastructure driven by MDeC, Level UP KL 2015 was envisioned with MDeC’s goal to position Malaysia as a game development hub in Asia,” said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDeC.

Malaysia has a huge potential to be the game hub in South East Asia, with the majority of game companies (61%) involved in the industry being game developers. As South East Asia is an important region for export, games produced by game companies from within Malaysia would resonate well with other regions due its cultural and language familiarities,” said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Multimedia Division at MDeC.

Developing a robust ecosystem

MDeC is committed to drive the games development industry in Malaysia. To establish Malaysia as Asia’s game hub, MDeC partnered with GameFounders in March 2015, the first gaming startup accelerator in Europe in order to bring a regional games accelerator to Malaysia.

“By tapping into GameFounders’ network of mentors, investors and strategic partners, we will raise the bar of the whole Malaysian game ecosystem, creating long-term jobs and boosting valuable skillsets for the country,” Dato’Yasmin Mahmood added.

Gamefounders was present on the Demo Day of the Level UP KL 2015 event to share their industry knowledge and success stories. Among the successful participants of the acceleration programme include IMGNATION Studios from Brazil, a game start up that focuses on virtual reality that have already secured investment on their game.

The South East Asian games industry is currently flourishing and projected to grow by 30% between 2015 and 2018, driven by the rapid rise in internet access and ownership. This tremendous expansion of the games market provides vast opportunities for everyone involved in the industry,”said GameFounders cofounder and chief executive officer Kadri Ugand.

“We are excited about our collaboration with MDeC. By combining our global network of mentors with theMalaysia’s local talents, we aim to push the industry growth to an exciting new level,” added Kadri Ugand.

Call for entries for Cohort 2016

Given the success of the accelerator programme Cohort 2015, GameFounders have opened registrations for Cohort 2016. Game developers interested in the accelerator programme by GameFounders can now apply athttp://www.gamefounders.com. Applications close on 20th December 2015.

About Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian Government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.

In 2011, MDeC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is a vision of a fully developed sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.

Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDeC.

For more information, please visit:

www.mdec.my, www.mscmalaysia.my and www.digitalmalaysia.my

About GameFounders

GameFounders is a start-up accelerator that works only with game studios. Young game studios are selected from a global pool and relocated to the hub. The teams will go through a 3-month accelerator program of seminars, mentoring sessions, access to gaming partnership deals and introductions to all the relevant people for their game. Since 2012, GameFounders has made 28 investments from its European hub into game studios from 16 different countries.

CONTACT :
Luqman Harith
Senior Executive, Public Relations
Corporate Communications & Marketing Division
Tel : +603 -8314-1885
Fax: +603-8318-8508
E-mail: luq.harith@mdec.com.my

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20151119/8521507925

Source: Multimedia Development Corporation
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November 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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Calypso Addresses Surge in Buy-Side Use of Derivatives with Cross-Asset Portfolio & Risk Solution

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SAN FRANCISCO/PRNewswire/ — Calypso Technology, a leading provider of capital markets software, today announced it has released the Portfolio Workstation, a multi-asset solution designed specifically for the rapidly growing segment of investment managers who trade both derivatives and cash securities. The application seamlessly integrates real-time portfolio and risk management functionality with the firm’s award-winning front-to-back trading and collateral optimization platform, creating the most comprehensive solution in the industry.

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Calypso, derivatives use on the buy-side is increasing significantly. Nearly 45% of the 189 respondents reported an increase in F/X derivatives trading since 2008, and nearly 60% of that group trades daily or weekly. At the same time, the survey showed that most investment managers find the situation challenging. An overwhelming 80% of respondents said derivatives cause them concern from both a risk management and an operations perspective.

“Low yields and increased volatility have driven investment managers into sophisticated strategies that require derivatives,” said Charles Marston, Chairman and CEO of Calypso Technology. “This has put a strain on their legacy front-office systems as well as their trading infrastructure, and we feel our new solution is well-positioned to help clients address both of these critical issues.”

The Portfolio Workstation is a real-time command center that allows mangers to monitor their position values and risks, initiate trades, and perform what-if analysis. It also calculates both realized and unrealized gains/losses and allows managers to select custom benchmarks for accurate performance measurement.

The new portfolio solution is an extension of the Calypso trading and collateral optimization platform, which is used by more than 35,000 users at over 180 firms worldwide. Their trading system supports both straight through processing and exception-based workflows for all cash and derivative instruments. Their award winning collateral optimization solution allows investment managers to consolidate all available securities into a single repository, eliminating inefficient silos and reducing operational risk.

Calypso is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Trading Platforms, and the #1 selling Treasury and Capital Markets Solution for the sixth year running in the 2015 IBS Sales League Table.

About Calypso Technology, Inc.
Calypso Technology, Inc. is a leading provider of cross-asset front-to-back technology solutions for financial markets. It provides customers with a single platform for consolidation, innovation and growth. With 18 years of experience delivering software and services for trading, risk management, processing and accounting, the Calypso solution helps bring simplicity to complex business and technology challenges. Calypso solutions address needs for the capital markets, investment management, clearing, collateral, treasury and liquidity. Clients can benefit from greater efficiency, improved risk management, better allocation of capital, faster regulatory compliance, quicker time to market and reduced TCO. Calypso Technology offers solutions that improve reliability, adaptability and scalability.

Calypso is used by over 34,000 market professionals in over 60 countries representing more than 200 financial institutions across Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Calypso Technology has over 800 staff in 22 global offices, with headquarters in San Francisco, California. “Calypso” is a registered trademark of Calypso Technology, Inc. in the United States, the European Union and other jurisdictions. Other parties’ trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective owners and should be treated as such. www.calypso.com

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November 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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Fragrance Du Bois Collaborates With The French Chamber Of Commerce For An Evening Of Sensory Stimulation

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — When it comes to the art of perfumery, the French are, indisputably, leaders in the industry. Fragrance Du Bois recently collaborated with the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, to embark on an enjoyable and stimulating journey through the exquisite wonders of the fragrance world. The session, held on the 12th of November 2015 at Fragrance Du Bois’ flagship boutique inSingapore’s iconic Fullerton Hotel, was created for members of the chamber to network, and more importantly, to discover a fragrance that was perfect for them.

With the help of Fragrance Du Bois’ newly-launched aroma master kit, L’essence Du Bois, participants were able to better understand the structure and complexity of perfumes, as well as the fascinating history of fragrance, from its first appearance in our civilisation, all the way up to current trends in the modern industry.

The kit — modelled after wine tasting equipment such as ‘Le Nez du Vin’ — features 53 essential oils and ingredients found in Fragrance Du Bois’ creations, including Fragrance Du Bois’ 100% pure, sustainable Oud oil, sourced from award-winning plantation management company, Asia Plantation Capital.

Participants were treated to an exciting evening discovering the various steps in the formulation of a perfume, and exploring the various olfactory groups that go together in the composition of a beautifully crafted fragrance. Fragrance Du Bois has created its own ‘fragrance games’, to help in the process of distinguishing different scents and learning about their complementary nature, and they were particularly effective when educating participants on the differences between the 100% pure, natural organic Oud oil that Fragrance Du Bois uses in in all its creations, and the synthetic substance that many other perfume houses use. All participants heartily agreed that there was nothing quite like the real thing.

Fragrance Du Bois' dedicated consultant embarking on an enjoyable and stimulating journey through the exquisite wonders of the fragrance world, with L'essence Du Bois kit.
Fragrance Du Bois’ dedicated consultant embarking on an enjoyable and stimulating journey through the exquisite wonders of the fragrance world, with L’essence Du Bois kit.

“At Fragrance Du Bois, part of our ethos is to educate customers about our philosophy and the importance of using sustainable ingredients,” said Nicola Parker, Brand Director, Fragrance Du Bois. “Instead of inviting customers for a talk, we believe in providing a first-hand experience in niche perfumery, making it as interactive and intriguing as possible. L’essence Du Bois kit was created for just this purpose, and we believe it’s going to make quite an impact in the industry.”

The session, attended by directors and managers of various high profile companies in Singapore, was held in small groups, to create a more personal and intimate experience for the participants. Everyone received his or her own Fragrance Du Bois perfume, selected during a personal consultation session in which an in-house Maitre Parfumeur guided the individual on a journey towards a fragrance that best matched his or her personality, using olfactory immersion and a colour fragrance wheel.

“I had such a great time discovering the brand, and all Fragrance Du Bois’ creations,” commented a participant from AXA Singapore. “It was such an eye-opener. I definitely came out of the session with more knowledge about the fragrance world, as well as some bragging rights. I highly recommend the workshop and look forward to owning my very own L’essence Du Bois kit.”

Clotilde Antoine, Fragrance Du Bois' Brand Manager (left), during a fragrance consultation session with participants.
Clotilde Antoine, Fragrance Du Bois’ Brand Manager (left), during a fragrance consultation session with participants.

“The French Chamber of Commerce is delighted to establish a strategic partnership with Fragrance Du Bois,” said Anne Validire, Events & Promotion Manager, French Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.

“The evening was a great success and very enlightening. All our participants had such a gratifying experience during the session. Compared to previous networking sessions that have been held this year, I can say that this was definitely one of our most innovative and enjoyable. I look forward to our ongoing partnership with Fragrance Du Bois in the future.”

Fragrance Du Bois is a member of the French Chamber of Commerce, alongside other French, luxury brands inSingapore such as LVMH, Hermes, Chanel and Dior, to name but a few.

The L’essence Du Bois Kit is available in limited quantities, and is retailing at SGD 1,495.

Notes to Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Zureina Maidin
PR & Marketing Director, Malaysia
Email: zureina@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +6013 774 1009

Samantha Tham
PR & Marketing Executive, Singapore
Email: samantha.tham@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +65 9144 0933

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house born from the richest essences of nature, crafted by fifth generation perfumers from the 17th century French traditions of Grasse. All Du Bois fragrances are created using 100% pure, organic Oud oil and other sustainably-sourced ingredients from plantations managed by award-winning company, Asia Plantation Capital.

With flagship boutiques in Singapore and Malaysia, Fragrance Du Bois is looking forward to more developments inDubai, Hong Kong and Thailand in the coming year. Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery, all while staying true to its ethos – ‘Personal luxury with a conscience’.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002), Asia Plantation Capital is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies.

Leading the way in sustainable plantation management, Asia plantation capital works closely with, and support local communities in providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia.

To date, Asia Plantation Capital has nearly 126 plantations and agricultural projects on four continents in Thailand,Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

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Source: Fragrance Du Bois

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November 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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Jasper Investments Limited Announces New Contracts

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Jasper Investments Limited (SGX: FQ7) is pleased to announce the following developments:

Signing of Contracts relating to Vessel Management and Operations

New Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

The Company has accepted the transfer of Garnet 9 Carriers Pte. Ltd. (“Garnet 9“), a company incorporated under the laws of Singapore on 9 September 2015, for a consideration of S$1.00 being the amount of Garnet 9’s issued and paid-up share capital as at the time of transfer. Accordingly, Garnet 9 is constituted as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. As at the time of the transfer, Garnet 9 has a book value of S$1.00 with no asset or liability. Garnet 9 has been set up for the purpose of undertaking the business of managing the provision of barge transportation services. In this regard and as at the time of the aforesaid transfer, Garnet 9 has entered into a contract with an unrelated third party Chinese construction engineering company based in Zhuhai, China (the “Contract Principal“) pursuant to which Garnet 9 will manage and operate one set of tug-and-barge for the transportation of rocks and other materials for an infrastructure project in the southern region of China undertaken by the Contract Principal.

Contracts relating to Vessel Management and Operations

Following the transfer of Garnet 9 to the Company and in addition to the above-mentioned barge transportation contract, Garnet 9 has been awarded a second contract by the Contract Principal to manage and operate a second set of tug-and-barge to provide similar transportation services for the same project. In connection with and for the purposes of the two management and operations contracts which are for one-year period each, Garnet 9 has secured two sets of tugs and barges on a one-year time charter from a subsidiary of POET Investment Holdings Pte Ltd (“POET“) subject to certain conditions precedent including the re-flagging of the vessels for deployment inChina. POET is a supplier and engineer of marine equipment and vessels in Asia-Pacific. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Garnet 9 expects the first of the vessels to be deployed by the end of December 2015. POET has further granted Garnet 9 options to charter up to four (4) additional sets of tugs and barges subject to the terms of charterparty contracts to be negotiated and entered into. Garnet 9 is in advance talks with the Contract Principal for another four barge transportation contracts similar to the two contracts which have been entered into and will, subject to agreement on terms, exercise the aforesaid options to charter the additional tugs and barges from POET at the appropriate point of time.

About Jasper Investments Limited

Jasper Investments Limited (www.jasperinvests.com) is listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange since 1993. The Company and its subsidiary are engaged in the provision of vessel transport and management services.

Steven Simpson
Chairman
Jasper Investments Limited

For media enquiries, please contact:

Glenn Ow
+65-6226-2342
info@jasperinvests.com

 

Source: Jasper Investment Limited

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November 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong 10th Anniversary Celebration

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-Hong Kong’s leading boutique hotel announces the release of “Jazz at Lanson Place” CD

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong, an icon of hospitality and cool architectural style in Causeway Bay for the past decade, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of a new CD “Jazz at Lanson Place”.

133 Lounge at Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong
133 Lounge at Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong

 

Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong as an icon of hospitality and cool architectural style in Causeway Bay for the past decade
Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong as an icon of hospitality and cool architectural style in Causeway Bay for the past decade

 

Celebrating this milestone, the hotel brought together a group of talented young Hong Kong jazz musicians to record a new CD live at the hotel’s stylish 133 Lounge. The group will return to the hotel to launch the CD with a special live performance at the anniversary celebration party today. Along with cool jazz, guests will enjoy wines from 2005, the opening year of the hotel, along with a selection of “Now and Then” photographs showing Causeway Bay and the area around Lanson Place from the 1950s to the present.

Ian Brewis, General Manager of Lanson Place Hotel said, “We have tremendous pleasure and a lot of fun inproviding the opportunity for Hong Kong’s young musical talents to record live in a unique location. They are a group of young and passionate musicians who have received the very best training here and abroad, showing their enthusiasm and commitment to their craft. We hope that this is just the first step in creating an environment to foster the further growth of budding talents in the city through our regular evening jazz jam sessions.”

Lanson Place Club 133 will also be launched as part of the anniversary celebrations.  By invitation only, Club 133invites local residents and business supporters of Lanson Place to enjoy the hotel’s “Guests Only” 133 Lounge, one of the best kept secrets in Causeway Bay. The lounge has always been one of the many features of the hotel that guests have said they love the most.

Ian Brewis said, “Our guests are constantly telling us how they love the familiar calm serenity, gentle evening vibe and personal service of the 133 Lounge, as though it were their own member’s only club tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay. Those now living and working locally, as Club 133 members, can enjoy the lounge without having to stay at the hotel or be invited by a hotel guest.  We are immensely proud of what we have achieved over the past decade, with one of the highest repeat guest ratio in the city. We will continue to refine our personalised service standards, whilst connecting with and giving back to the community we serve.”

In addition to the party celebrations and community events, Lanson Place is offering a special 10th Anniversary Celebration Package including room upgrades, American Breakfast, Evening Cocktails, late check-out, and a memento gift. Guests who stay for three nights or more will also receive a complimentary half-day Hong Kong Island tour.

For more information of the latest promotions, please visit hongkong.lansonplace.com/.

About Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong

Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong combines elegance, style and convenience in equal measure. The boutique hotel is tucked discreetly away in Hong Kong’s thriving Causeway Bay entertainment and shopping hub. Its 194 rooms and penthouse suites, each with a kitchenette, demonstrate refined luxury accommodation along with the exclusivity and comfort of a private home. As the first member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Hong Kong, the hotel has been delighting guests with award-winning service and comprehensive facilities in the heart of the city for over a decade.

About Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited

Lanson Place is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wing Tai Properties Limited (Wing Tai), a publicly listed company in Hong Kong (HKEx stock code: 369). Wing Tai currently manages eleven properties (three of which Wing Tai has equity in) under the Lanson Place brand, comprising high-end serviced apartments Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Hong Kong and also a boutique hotel in Hong Kong.

Lanson Place properties are generally located in close proximity to the central business district as well as high-end shopping and entertainment areas. Lanson Place aims to offer attentive and personalised service with the convenience of a luxury hotel and the comfort and privacy of a private home.

The Group will continue to grow the Lanson Place brand as a pan-Asian brand and will continue to explore investment and management opportunities mainly in gateway cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20151112/8521507664-a
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20151112/8521507664-b

Source: Lanson Place Hotel

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