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Quill City Mall Shop & Dine Fiesta Mall Announces Fiesta Winners

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KUALA LUMPUR /PRNewswire/ — Quill City Mall is pleased to announce the winners for theShop & Dine Fiesta! Congratulations Abang Zulkipli on winning the BMW 218i Active Tourer!

Dato Ar.Michael Ong, Executive Director, Quill Group of Companies with Abang Zulkipli & family, the winners of the BMW218i Active Tourer.
Dato Ar.Michael Ong, Executive Director, Quill Group of Companies with Abang Zulkipli & family, the winners of the BMW218i Active Tourer.

Quill City Mall would also like to congratulate the other 39 lucky winners on winning a 55″ Curve TV & Home Theatre, AEON Cash vouchers, Fridge, Tablet, holiday package, a 48″ TV & Home Theatre System, On the 6thVouchers and other attractive prizes in the Shop & Dine Fiesta!

The Shop & Dine Fiesta, which ran from October 2015 till March 2016 was a shopping and dining celebration in conjunction with the first Anniversary of Quill City Mall, where customers spent a minimum of RM150 in 2 accumulated receipts, entered the contest and stood a chance to win the Grand Prize of a BMW 218i Active Tourer!

“As you can see, Quill City Mall, officially launched in January 2015 is a rich blend of shopping and dining in a wonderfully designed and exhilarating setting that enhances the pleasure of shopping, dining and urban living inKuala Lumpur. The upscale yet accessible Quill City Mall, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, includes offerings that fit every lifestyle. This 8-level retail space has been designed to create a modern destination for people to meet, gather and socialise.” says Dato’ Michael Ong, Executive Director, Quill Group of Companies.

Bolstered by the success of the Shop & Dine Fiesta, he continues, “We launched the Shop & Dine Fiesta in conjunction with the first anniversary of Quill City Mall, this was our way of saying thank you to our loyal patrons and partners.  We organised many online and offline activities around the contest including selfie contests and performances. The response to the Fiesta has been over whelming with thousands of customers participating in the contest and the selfie contests and attending the performances and activities. Given how successful the Fiesta was, we are already planning another exciting activity, so follow us on social media to know the latest”.

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Source: Quill City Mall

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March 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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Taiwan’s CATCHPLAY Launches Next-Generation Video-On-Demand Services

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-Partnerships with StarHub and Telkom Indonesia also announced

TAIPEI  /PRNewswire/ — Taiwan’s leading independent film distributor and digital content aggregator launches the CATCHPLAY On Demand service today, with a special focus on movies. It is also announcing its partners in two additional Asia-Pacific markets – StarHub Singapore and Telkom Indonesia – which will have associate services launching in the second quarter of 2016.

Taiwan’s CATCHPLAY Launches Next-Generation Video-On-Demand Services
Taiwan’s CATCHPLAY Launches Next-Generation Video-On-Demand Services

Mr. Harvey Chang, Chairman of CATCHPLAY Group, says, “In recent years, CATCHPLAY has quietly and purposefully expanded its business from theatrical distribution to film financing and production, aggregating digital content for many leading digital platforms and the operation of our own movie channel. Today we launch our new digital platform that extends the services we provide to movie lovers. With this new platform, we can better contribute to the health and vitality of the region’s content industry.”

According to Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report 2015, more than half of Taiwan consumers watch digital streaming content daily, averaging 7.8 hours each week. Although this is 13% higher than the current global average, which has doubled to 6.0 hours since 2011, it reflects the broader worldwide trend in digital media consumption. With today’s announcements, CATCHPLAY maintains its position at at the vanguard of this major shift in consumer trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tailored Content Born from a Passion for Movies

CATCHPLAY On Demand features not only movies from NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney and various independent studios in Hollywood, but also Asian and Chinese-language films. Compared to other services, Taiwan audiences will enjoy a greater diversity of content and a higher ratio of new releases. Mr.Timothy Chen, Chairman of CATCHPLAY, says, “We are focusing on both the quality of the content and the quality of the viewing experience; for example, we know that audiences will not accept advertisements interrupting our movies. With these two priorities, we will attract and retain the most loyal consumers.” Ms. Daphne Yang, Chief Executive Officer of CATCHPLAY, says, “According to our research, 60% of Asia-Pacific consumers primarily switch to paid on-demand services for movie content; and 80% of that revenue is for new releases. In other words, new movies are the core content, representing 48% – almost half – of audience’s monetizable attention. This perfectly aligns with the direction of our new service that focuses on the best and most diverse new movies for theTaiwan market and our regional partners.”

A Platform for Movie Lovers Made by Movie Lovers

Since its launch in 2007, CATCHPLAY has emerged as the most cutting edge film company in the Taiwanentertainment industry, with an understanding of not only consumer viewing patterns but also the role of innovation in creating successful digital video platforms. Ms. Daphne Yang, Chief Executive Officer of CATCHPLAY, says, “Our team is simply a bunch of film buffs who know what functions to provide, what information to display, and what interface to design so as to create the best online movie service for other movie lovers. We believe that existing online video services have only brought the physical DVD rental experience to the Internet, ignoring the discoverabilities and the role that social networking can play on an online platform.” CATCHPLAY On Demand provides a one-stop shop for movie related content in more than 320 genres/categories with links to extensive movie-related information – including personalized recommendations – on multiple screens. Version 2.0, currently in development, will add much anticipated cross-device social networking capabilities to the already provided mobile applications, website and TV apps allowing users to not only watch movies but also connect with their friends on the Service from any internet-connected digital devices.

Free Registration; Flexible Payment Options; All-You-Can-Eat Library Option

The all new CATCHPLAY On Demand offers multiple payment methods and pricing options:

  1. Movie Fans: Free sign-up, requiring no credit card to register, that includes one free movie from a curated selection each month for as long as the Service is there. Additional movies can be rented individually forNT$60 (US$1.85), with newer releases priced at NT$80 (US$2.47).
  2. Movie Lovers: A paid subscription for NT$250 (US$7.72) per month, inclusive of two free movie rentals, freely chosen by the consumer in addition to unlimited views of the Service’s complete library for free. A discount of 15% also applies to additional rentals by monthly subscribers who want to rent more new releases.

New movies and library are added to the service every week to ensure the region’s best selection.

Asia-based Global Platform for the Movie Lovers

While wholly developed in Taiwan, CATCHPLAY On Demand has already attracted recognition in the region. Ms.Daphne Yang, Chief Executive Officer of CATCHPLAY, says, “We understand that there are no geographical borders when establishing an Internet service platform. Furthermore, without the support of a large consumer base, we would not be able to invest the resources that are necessary to create a world-class service. Therefore, for the past 18 months, we have been meeting with major media players in the region’s key markets while developing the Service platform. Today we proudly announce our first two partners.”

CATCHPLAY On Demand is launching today in Taiwan with guests from StarHub Singapore and Telkom Indonesia in attendance: Mr. Tan Tong Hai, Chief Executive Officer of StarHub; Mr. Joddy Hernady, who heads content business of Telkom Indonesia; and Mr. Jemy Confido, VP in Sales and Marketing of Telkom Indonesia. Mr.Tan Tong Hai says, “StarHub has been looking for a partner that can effectively aggregate blockbuster movies from around the world, including Asia. With the partnership with CATCHPLAY, we will soon be able to deliver the best and latest movies to delight our customers. We are now working with CATCHPLAY to create the best viewing experience that will be seamless across our cable TV, IPTV and OTT platforms.” Telkom Indonesia is the leading telecom group in Indonesia with over 150 million subscribers, with its number of IPTV and fiber broadband users growing rapidly at a rate of 2 million per year. Mr. Joddy Hernady says, “Compared to other OTT content providers, we like the CATCHPLAY On Demand content offering and user experience very much. We will officially provide the service in the second quarter of this year to our IPTV, fiber broadband, and mobile subscribers.”

Maximizing the Value of Great Content Globally

Since its founding in 2007, CATCHPLAY has acquired an unequalled library of movie titles in Taiwan and has invested in several high-profile film productions. In 2014, CATCHPLAY co-financed Taiwanese period dramaParadise in Service, which opened the 2014 Busan International Film Festival, and 20 Once Again, the officialChina remake of South Korean blockbuster Miss Granny. In 2015, CATCHPLAY co-financed Hollywood directorMartin Scorsese’s historical epic Silence, which was the first international high profile film with its cinematography 100% done in Taiwan. CATCHPLAY is also the only Taiwan company to invest in films from the top six Hollywoodstudios, including The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell by New Regency.

CATCHPLAY On Demand Features

  • Cinema that Opens 24-7
  • Over 1,000 movies right from the start including new releases and classic films updated weekly.
  • One-Stop Movie Service
  • Want more than just the movie? Get the latest news, behind the scenes, awards won, the real story behind the script, and more movie secretes that you never knew for movie lovers.
  • Discovery Beyond Expectations
  • Personalized information based on the viewer preferences, perform IMDB-like searches by film or by actor, and discover the extended world of great films beyond your expectations.
  • 320 Categories to Pick From
  • In addition to the editor’s choice and featured list of movies, Rotten Tomato, IMDB rating, and movie scores, there are 320 unexpected categories to choose from. Preview each movie for five minutes to easily find the one you want to watch.
  • Seamless Viewing Across Screens
  • Digital video service across browsers and devices on the smart phone, tablet, computer, and TV with synchronized tracking to seamlessly jump between different screens and enjoy your movie without interruption!

About CATCHPLAY

  • Founded in 2007
  • Distribution rights to 2,200 domestic and international titles
  • Annual distribution: 20-30 theatrically, 100 on DVD and digital platform
  • Largest digital video partner for major telecom providers and cable TV operators
  • Vertical integration of the entire industry chain: Investment, joint-production, theatrical release, DVD release, digital content provider, digital platform development and operation, digital movie channel operation

 

Year

Milestones

2007

January: CatchPlay was founded with Mr. Timothy Chen as the Chairman to focus on online gaming peripherals and paid online video.

August: Launched the “NT$39 Online Rental” service.

2008

January: Invested in theatrical and DVD releases in Taiwan.

May: Launched the “DVD Home Cinema” with 800 independent rental stores in Taiwan.

Distributed 12 films theatrically and 16 titles on DVD.

2009

May: Jointly produced Hesher, produced and starred by Academy Award winner Natalie Portman.

June: Introduced online rental service with 7-Eleven’s 4,800 stores in Taiwan.

June: Launched the VOD service on Chunghua Telecom’s MOD service.

Distributed 45 films theatrically and 100 titles on DVD.

2010

July: Provided SVOD monthly service to CNS Group’s bbTV.

August: Distributed film The Expendables.

October: Secured SVOD deal with KBro and secured content licensing deal with FarEastone.

December: Distributed film Three Idiots that went on to be the longest theatrical run and achieved highest box office for Indian films in Taiwan for the last ten years

s   Distributed 122 films theatrically and 160 titles on DVD.

2011

Jan-Feb: Distributed films The King’s Speech, The Fighter, and Barney’s Version that won 4 awards at the 68th Golden Globe and 6 awards at the 83rd Oscars Academy.

July: Launched online ticketing service with 7-Eleven ibon kiosks to become its largest ticketing window.

September: Provided Internet TV tie-in service for Sony TV.

Distributed 136 films theatrically and 250 titles on DVD.

2012

January: Distributed films The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Midnight in Paris, W.E. that won 4 awards at the 69thGolden Globe, Best Actress and Best Original Script at the 84th Oscars Academy.

January: Offered preliminary VOD service for Samsung Smart TV.

March: Mr. Harvey Chang, Chairman of CATCHPLAY Group; Ms. Daphne Yang, Executive Director coming onboard.

March: Distributed The Hunger Games grossing NT$150 million and three consecutive weeks at the top of box office in Taiwan.

June: Change of management with Executive Director Daphne Yang overseeing all business and operations of Catchplay as Chief Executive Officer of the Catchplay Group as well.

August: Launched copyright lawsuit against film agent, ending the relationship with film agents to directly deal with studios.

Distributed action blockbuster The Expendables 2.

October: Awarded preliminary injunction in US court to continue to fight for the movie rights for Taiwanese consumers.

Distributed 68 films theatrically and 120 titles on DVD and digital platform.

2013

January: Launched CATCHPLAY HD Movie Channel for Chunghua Telecom’s MOD service and Kbro’s cable TV, launched MyVideo for Taiwan Mobile and film service for FarEastone as CATCHPLAY to become the major provider for digital content.

February: Distributed films Silver Linings Playbook, The Impossible, Mirror Mirror, Kon-Tiki to win 11 nominations at the Oscars.

July: Distributed first animation film Escape from Planet Earth with Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao as the voice talent.

October: Awarded rights to 950 films in US court from film agent.

November: Distributed first Hong Kong film Rigor Mortis to gross NT$50 million in Taiwan.

December: CATCHPLAY HD Movie Channel reached half a million subscribers in Taiwan with digital revenue experiencing exponential growth.

Distributed 24 films theatrically and 115 titles on DVD and digital platform.

2014

January: Distributed films The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, Nebraska to win 13 nominations at the Oscars Academy.

February: The Wolf of Wall Street grossed NT$130 million in Taiwan.

September: Made first investment in Mandarin speaking film Paradise in Service to be selected as the opening film at Busan Film Festival.

Distributed 25 films theatrically and 100 titles on DVD and digital platform.

2015

January: Co-produced 20 Once Again with CJ Entertainment to gross $380 million RMB in China.

January: The first ever Taiwanese company to invest in the movies of the top six Hollywood studios, including 2016-2017 blockbusters such as The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell from New Regency Productions under the 21st Century Fox parent company.

March: Co-financed and assisted for famed Hollywood director Martin Scorsese to shoot his historical epic Silence in Taiwan, completed in 3.5 months and became the first international film to be shot entirely in Taiwan.

CATCHPLAY HD Movie Channel subscribers with Chunghua Telecom and Kbro exceeded 800,000.

May: Established subsidiaries AsiaPlay Inc. and AsiaPlay Taiwan to develop and operate and international OTT entertainment content service across Asia.

October: Signed with major Hollywood studios NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Disney to provide their content for the digital platform in Taiwan and upcoming Asian markets.

November: Signed multi-year deal with FarEastone to include CATCHPLAY’s content from Hollywood and Asian studios for the 200,000 subscribers of FET’s VOD service.

Distributed 20 films theatrically, including Our Little Sister, Woman in Gold, Burnt, Secret in Their Eyes and 120 titles on DVD and digital platform.

2016

Jan-Feb: Distributed the Catchplay invested film The Revenant to gross NT$120 million in Taiwan, US$450 million worldwide, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 12 nominations and 3 awards at the Oscars Academy.

March: CATCHPLAY On Demand officially launched in Taiwan, simultaneously announced partnerships with StarHub for Singapore and Telkom Indonesia to launch CATCHPLAY On Demand within the second quarter in Singapore and Indonesia.

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20160322/8521601898

Source: CATCHPLAY

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March 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

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Accountants Need to Master the Art of Conversation

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The “professional skills” of communication, empathy and preparedness to challenge are increasingly as important to accountants as technical skills, according to a new Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) report, produced as part of the joint venture between the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

The study, called “Finance business partnering: the conversations that count” found that the insights generated by accountants to help business decisions are as likely to originate from conversations with colleagues as from analysing accounts. Equally, the ability of the accountant to be effective depends as much on his or her networking and communication skills as it does on technical expertise.

Peter Simons, head of future of finance research at CIMA said: “Today’s businesses and public sector bodies are drowning in data, and due to the internet and disruptive technologies they face unprecedented competition. As a result, good decision-making has never been more crucial, and the role of the finance business partner has never been more essential.”

“But while accountants need technical expertise, they also need to communicate well enough to gain influence within the business. For this reason, one of the report’s key findings was that modern-day accountants need to view people skills as one of the most important tools of their trade”, Simons added.

The study was based on 25 interviews and roundtables with senior executives globally. It looked at the skills needed to be a finance business partner – a finance professional positioned to work closely with colleagues across the business to help them improve decision making and business performance.

The report concludes that finance business partners’ work can be divided into four topics – examining how a business generates value; “horizon scanning” and developing the firm’s business model for the long-term; analysing the inputs needed for the business to perform; and selecting the most appropriate data to be used by management.

Peter Simons said: “We all know that decisions can be subject to bias. Finance business partnering improves decision making by ensuring that management’s choices are informed by the most relevant information, have been analysed in advance, and that the long-term stewardship of the organisation has been considered. This can mean the difference between an organisation that thrives and one that falls by the wayside.”

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M. +6012-5023-985
E. chan.siewlian@cimaglobal.com

Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
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March 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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ICONSIAM Unveils Thailand’s Greatest Property Endeavour – Stunning Attractions Packed into One of the World’s Most Glamorous Lifestyle, Retail and Residential Developments

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— Reinforces Bangkok’s stature as a ‘world-best’ destination
— Expands with additional US$110 million investment; increases land size

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Mrs. Chadatip Chutrakul, a director of ICONSIAM Co., Ltd., the owner of the sensational new 750,000-square metre, US$1.6 billion riverside landmark development project under the same name, today, gave a first look at its retail and lifestyle components and the array of attractions integrated into the much anticipated project that is set to become one of the most exciting destinations in the world when completed in late 2017. The unveiling was conducted at an evening of spectacular presentations attended by more than 1,500 people and ending with a river cruise in front of the ICONSIAM site.

The attractions include two of the world’s most glamorous retail complexes with a gross floor area (GFA) of 525,000 square metres (sqm). The offerings include a complete range of products and services from more than 500 retailers from around the world, as well as 100 new-to-Thailand restaurant brands, including a 3-Michelin star restaurant. There is also a magnificent rooftop garden with open-air dining facilities overlooking the Chao Phraya River; an 8,000 sqm area dedicated to food, fashion and handicraft specialties from all corners of Thailand;Thailand’s first global standard multi-purpose auditorium for meetings, concerts and shows and seating for 3,000 people; Thailand’s first world-class museum complex; a US$11.5-million water-fire-sound-and-light feature that isSouth East Asia’s most dazzling and longest at 400 metres; and a riverside park and event plaza of 10,000 sqm.

“ICONSIAM is a project of ‘firsts’ and ‘bests’. Nothing has ever been built in Thailand that combines so many world-class features, and with so many of them being done for the first time in Thailand and even inAsia. We’re creating a must-visit destination that will be a magnet for the country and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a day from around the world and from around Thailand,” said Mrs. Chutrakul.

“ICONSIAM also illustrates our belief in collaboration with tenants, communities, and other stakeholders, and we have closely integrated them into our project so that they may all prosper with us,” she said.

ICONSIAM also includes two luxury waterfront residential condominium buildings of 70 and 50 floors, one of which carries the Mandarin Oriental Residences brand.

Mrs. Chutrakul informed that ICONSIAM, in response to strong tenant interest, is expanding its land size by an additional hectare, and has increased its total investment by a further US$110 million.

Among the ICONSIAM highlights unveiled is a stunning 25,000 sqm glass pavilion that forms a part of the retail and lifestyle complex. Called ‘ICONLUXE’, the super-luxury pavilion is built with specially commissioned ‘ultra-transparent’ glass that is pleated and wrapped around several stand-alone mansions creating buildings within a building and a nirvana of luxury with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, in fashion, jewellery and watch-making.

“The ‘pleated’ glass facade has been a huge technological challenge, but it has resulted in a mesmerisingly beautiful pavilion that will be an enchanting riverside landmark for anyone cruising along the river,” Mrs. Chutrakul said.

ICONSIAM’s piling and basement were completed last year, with project completion scheduled for end-2017.

ICONSIAM is being developed by Siam Piwat, the owner and operator of prestige retail developments such as Siam Center and Siam Paragon; MQDC, the owner and developer of luxury quality residential and mixed-use projects; and multi-national conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group.

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Source: ICONSIAM Co.,Ltd.

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March 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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Asia’s Longest Running Event for the Water and Wastewater Industry to Create New Insights and Opportunities

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Over 800 companies taking part in the region’s leading international water management trade show

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  /PRNewswire/ — UBM, the organisers of the region’s leading international event for water and wastewater management — ASIAWATER 2016 announced plans of various initiatives taking place during the 9th edition of the event in April. The event aims to to address key industry issues such as Non-revenue water and water resources management, tariff setting, pricing and policy making, and other relevant topics on wastewater management. ASIAWATER 2016 which is supported by Department of Water Supply (JBA), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) and National Water Services Commission Malaysia (SPAN) will comprise of an exhibition, conference and seminar all held from 6 – 8 April atKuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Asia's Longest Running Event for the Water and Wastewater Industry to Create New Insights and Opportunities
Asia’s Longest Running Event for the Water and Wastewater Industry to Create New Insights and Opportunities

 

The event this year will showcase an exhibitor line up of over 829 companies featuring Actuators, Filters, Fittings, Meters, Pipes, Pumps, Tanks, Valves, Water Treatment and much more. The conference which is supported by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage under the direction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia will include key themes encompassing a wide range of thought-provoking papers delivered by an international panel of experts. The opening keynote for the conference this year will be presented by Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Environment , Dato’ Sri Dr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jafaar on Water Security and Sustainability. As part of the conference visitors can also expect to hear from speakers from other countries around the region presenting country reports on their water and waste water management strategies. The event will also host over 50 free to attend technical seminars by companies participating at the event.  The event will be officiated by the Honorable Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili said: “I am pleased that ASIAWATER 2016 has once again returned to Malaysia where it has proven to be an invaluable platform that brings together the central government, industry and the consumers to exchange ideas and experiences and obtain the latest technological advances in water supply, wastewater treatment and sanitation. Finally, I encourage all industry players and professional to use this opportunity provided by ASIAWATER 2016 to reinforce their skills and professionals development. Together, let us join hands to conserve this precious gift of life — water through excellence and innovation in water management.”

ASIAWATER, the longest running and leading trade event for the water and wastewater industry is supported by major industry associations and government bodies including Southeast Asian Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA), Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA), Singapore Water Association (SWA), Persatuan Perusahaan Air Minum Indonesia (PERPAMSI), Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA), Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and The Institute of Chemical Engineers Malaysia (IChemE).

About ASIAWATER Expo & Forum (www.asiawater.org)

ASIAWATER Expo & Forum, the longest running and leading trade event for the water and wastewater industry. It is held biennial in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has continued to prove to be a one-stop regional hub and recognised by the most respected industry professionals. The event offers a stream of business opportunities while at the same time developing Asia’s water infrastructure.

About UBM Asia — the show organiser (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

For media enquiries please contact Simon Yau at simon.yau@ubm.com or call +603 2176 8788

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Source: ASIAWATER 2016 Expo and Forum
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March 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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Medical Departures Secures Series A Investment of USD2.5 million – to Expand Its Medical Service Marketplace

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BANGKOK  /PRNewswire/ — Medical Departures, the medical service marketplace that helps patients find, compare and book medical appointments around the globe announces the completion of USD2.5 million Series A financing. Singapore based venture capital fund DMP led the round with Hubert Burda Media, CyberAgent Ventures and OPT SEA participating.

Founder and CEO Paul McTaggart says: “The funding will be used to accelerate the growth of   Medical Departures in key destinations such as Southeast Asia. We will use these funds to build what has made us successful to date; making it easy and safe for patients to find high quality global medical care for less, and to assist doctors/dentists/hospitals to promote their world class medical treatment to the planet.”

Patients travel globally for their medical treatment for two main reasons: access to a greater selection of high quality medical treatment or savings on their medical treatment of 30-70% compared to their hometown.  Due to the increasing affordability of global travel through low-cost airlines more & more patients are choosing to travel outside their home country for medical care.  The combined market size of the healthcare market is estimated atUSD4.7 trillion with the global medical care market estimated at USD55 billion growing at an estimated 15% annually[1].

Mark Suckling, Principal at DMP, commented: “Technology start-ups focused on the healthcare industry in Asiahave seen a lot of investment in recent years. Medical Departures is tackling a unique opportunity  helping overseas patients benefit from excellent and affordable medical services available abroad. Medical Departures plans to continue to expand the range of clinics and procedures it offers, both in Southeast Asia and other regions, which already include Latin America. We look forward to working with the Medical Departures team to support their ambitious plans to become a global player in this business.”

Medical Departures helps patients book their next global medical visit by comparing photos, prices, real patient reviews, videos & medical certifications online 24/7. Patients have become accustomed to the convenience and transparency of booking hotels, airfare & restaurants online and now they are booking online medical appointments in increasing numbers globally.

Founder and CEO Paul McTaggart says: “Ultimately, Medical Departures represents the globalization of healthcare.  No longer will local healthcare be the only option available to us: we now have a whole planet of high quality doctors and dentists to choose from!”

About Medical Departures

Medical Departures was established in 2014 and has helped 50,000+ global patients find quality medical care at prices they can afford with its simple, online platform. Medical Departures offers patients over 5,000+ doctors & dentists in 33 countries to choose from.

Medical Departures leverages disruptive technology to connect patients with global physicians, surgeons, clinics and hospitals. Medical Departures operates two websites to empower global healthcare patients: medical treatments – Medical Departures (www.medicaldepartures.com), dental treatment Dental Departures (www.dentaldepartures.com).

About DMP

DMP focuses on investment in emerging markets that have recently joined the global digital transformation process. Specifically, DMP looks at the development of the consumer internet and its supporting infrastructure.

CyberAgent Ventures

CyberAgent Ventures invests in internet-related businesses with 160+ portfolio companies globally, actively partnering entrepreneurs from the beginning of their fledgling business and beyond.

About Hubert Burda Media

Hubert Burda Media is a leading European media company. Originally a magazine publisher, today it has become a major investor into digital business models globally. With over 8,000 staffs employed in 12 countries, Burda has a strong international presence.

OPT SEA

OPT SEA is an Asian arm of OPT Group, leading digital advertising agency based in Japan offering inbound internet and marketing services for tourists visiting Japan, as well as investment activities and new business expansion.

Media Contact:
Neil Walker
neil.walker@medicaldepartures.com
Tel: +66-845-593-853

[1] http://www.patientsbeyondborders.com/medical-tourism-statistics-facts

Source: Medical Departures Inc.
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March 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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Achieving Better Sales Results with Artificial Intelligence Technology

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-Matt Michalewicz of Complexica Pty Ltd, a sponsor company at the marcus evans CMO Summit 2016 (http://www.cmoanzsummit.com/MattMichalewiczInterview), on using software robots to make better sales and marketing decisions.
-Interview with: Matt Michalewicz, Managing Director, Complexica Pty Ltd

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — “Sales and Marketing departments can dramatically improve the effectiveness of telesales operators, in-field sales reps, promotions, and campaigns by utilising technology based on the latest advances in artificial intelligence,” comments Matt Michalewicz, Managing Director, Complexica Pty Ltd. “These days, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) need to understand customers at a very deep level, and provide the right information, offers and price to them,” he adds.

Complexica Pty Ltd is a sponsor company at the marcus evans CMO Summit 2016, taking place in the Gold Coast, Australia, 15 – 17 August.

What is “Larry, the Digital Analyst”? How can CMOs utilise Larry for different marketing initiatives?

Larry is a software robot comprised of smart algorithms that automate complex analytical tasks, thereby helping companies sell more products and services, as well as reduce labour costs — in other words, Larry provides automated answers and insights that help CMOs make better decisions.

Could this revolutionise the role of Sales and Marketing?

Absolutely. Advances in artificial intelligence can dramatically improve the profiling and targeting of customers, the messages and offers delivered to them, and the pricing provided, all of which translates into an improved business result. CMOs should look at these new approaches as many sales and marketing functions can now be done cheaper, better, and faster than in the past.

How does it help Sales and Marketing departments achieve their goals?

To sell more, at a higher margin, CMOs need to understand their customers at a deeper level than ever before. This has traditionally been done through static, high-level segmentation models that use internal data sources. Larry, on the other hand, augments internal data sets with publicly available external data to create richer and deeper customer profiles, which are then clustered into micro segments. This allows for personalised pricing, offers, and insights that are far more accurate and granular.

CMOs and sales departments both want to know who to target, when, how, and with what offer. Larry automates the generation of these answers.

You consider delighting customers a marketing objective. How can it be done?

By educating customers and providing them with information that will help them succeed. That is how you delight a customer.

For example, if you are a sales representative who sells alcohol, instead of going to each store and trying to push a product, you can say: “Did you know that in this suburb in the last six weeks, red wine sales are up 12 percent driven by the Shiraz category? Within that category, these are the four best-selling wines and your store does not carry any of them. Your competitors down the street are offering these wines and they are flying off the shelves at the moment.”

For sales reps visiting 20 stores a day, this is a value-adding insight that their customers will appreciate, which would have been nearly impossible to generate in the past because of the granularity and personalisation required.

Finally, what marketing trends should we expect in the coming few years?

In Marketing, the biggest trend is personalisation. Customers want personalised products and services and they want them “on-demand”. This is what is driving Software-as-a-Service, Uber and the analytics push, because providing personalisation to thousands or millions of customers simultaneously requires a large-scale analytical capability across very large data sets in complex business environments.

Author: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division
Email: press@marcusevanscy.com

About the CMO Summit 2016

The seventh annual CMO Summit is the premium forum bringing elite buyers and sellers together. The Summit offers chief marketing executives and agencies and consultants an intimate environment for a focused discussion of the key new drivers shaping the marketing agenda.

For more information please send an email to SitiK@marcusevanskl.com or read more herehttp://unbouncepages.com/cmoanz/prnasia/

Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

About Complexica Pty Ltd

Complexica is an Australian company specializing in Artificial Intelligence software that can help your organisation sell more products and services, and reduce labour costs and headcount.

The company’s flagship product — “Larry, the Digital Analyst” — can help organisations improve topline growth, expand margins, build stronger relationships with customers, maximise the return on sales and marketing initiatives, and increase productivity metrics.

www.complexica.com

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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SitiK@marcusevanskl.com

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March 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

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CityButler: A personal Guide to Ensure the Best City Experience

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-ButlerTech launches a new app, CityButler, offers travellers a comprehensive city guide featuring handpicked recommendations for hotels, restaurants, spas, tour operators, shops, attractions, events, hairdressers, healthcare centres and more.

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Global travel tech company, ButlerTech, today announces the launch of new travel app, CityButler; a comprehensive destination guide.

By featuring only handpicked, top quality businesses, retailers and attractions, CityButler offers a unique guide for travellers looking to get the best possible experience from their city exploration.

The app is designed with the traveller in mind, allowing users to easily navigate and book activities or services in the chosen city. On selecting a category, the user can view ratings of each business as well as reviews of their services. From local SIM cards to transport and excursions, the app also allows users to seamlessly order or book anything they might need during their city stay in clear and simple steps.

“Every business, attraction, tour operator, retailer or service provider that features on the CityButler app has been handpicked by our local experts to ensure each traveller can plan and enjoy the best possible city experience,” saidMike Mazza, CEO and Founder of ButlerTech Group. “Should any user need help or additional advice during their city stay, there is also a support chat section to message one of our assistants. Travellers can now rely on one single app for everything they might need during their city visit.”

Utilising geo-location, the CityButler app enables users to locate nearby businesses. Users can also tailor the app to their interests by selecting a calendar of relevant events or by browsing the top picks in the city, such as best restaurants or night spots, to bookmark interests and create a ‘Favourites’ list.

Currently, CityButler features eight cities; Bangkok, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Pattaya, Phuket, Singapore andSydney. Further destinations in Asia, Europe and the USA are to be added in the coming months including Hong Kong,Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Milan, Rome and Chiang Mai. ButlerTech aims to populate the app with 100 worldwide destinations within its first year of inception.

Following launch, CityButler will enhance the app by offering additional services including online bill payments, insurance purchases and daily deals for consumers.

CityButler is now free to download in the App Store and is available to use on desktop via www.citybutler.co. The Android and tablet versions will be available by the end 2016.

About ButlerTech:

ButlerTech is a global travel tech company dedicated to transforming tourism and hospitality experiences through digital innovation.

2016 sees the launch of two ButlerTech products; destination guide application, CityButler, and pioneering virtual concierge application, ButlerPad.

CityButler is a comprehensive destination guide application, offering curated lists and independently developed reviews of local businesses, retailers and attractions (merchants). Much more than a mere guide, CityButler is the first app in the world that allows users to browse, communicate, and book directly with local merchants, including hotels, tour operators and tourist sites, restaurants, spas, retailers, dental and healthcare centres, hairdressers, etc.

Designed for hotels & resorts worldwide, ButlerTech has also recently launched ButlerPad; a market leading concierge app that delivers a slick digital guest experience. The app streamlines enquiries, requests and bookings with all hotel departments as well as with local merchants in the hotel’s vicinity, from any location and at any time before, during and following a hotel stay.

Butlerpad requires zero investment on the part of hotels and what’s more, offers a newly created revenue stream to hotel partners in the form of a share of the commission from bookings or purchases made via the app with external merchants.

Headquartered in Singapore, ButlerTech also has offices located in Thailand, Hong Kong, United Kingdom andAustralia.

For more information, visit butlertech.co, butlerpad.com and citybutler.co

About Mike Mazza

Mike Mazza is the founder and CEO of the ButlerTech Group, and the brainchild behind CityButler, a destination guide application for travellers. Mike started his first dot com business back in 1995, and has continued to follow his passion as a serial entrepreneur in the Internet realm for the past 20 years. He founded the ButlerTech Group late last year to tap on the ever-growing demand from the millennial travel.

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March 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

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Dematic Acquires NDC Automation

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, today announced the acquisition of NDC Automation, a leading provider of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and software in Australia and New Zealand. NDC Automation will operate under the trade name NDC Automation for a transition period locally, and globally as Dematic, and will continue to deliver the highest quality AGV solutions for Dematic customers.

Ulf Henriksson, Dematic President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of NDC Automation, which enhances our ability to design, deliver and deploy global AGV solutions that move, store and/or retrieve goods.”  Henriksson continued, “The NDC portfolio expands upon an existing portfolio that will dynamically optimise the movement of raw materials or finished goods as they move throughout a facility, including software that provides real-time information addressing material flow metrics.”

Headquartered in Australia, NDC Automation has been providing AGV solutions for companies located inAustralia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. The company has pioneered major advances in the areas of safety and vehicle navigation for its customers.

Glen Borg, Dematic CEO ANZ/ASEAN commented, “This acquisition further enhances our offerings to the global marketplace, complementing our storage equipment and logistics IT technologies and providing our customers with expanded flexible, scalable and modular solutions.”

“The NDC Automation team is excited to join the Dematic organisation and leverage our technology, deep breadth of experience and provoking thought leadership in the area of goods transportation,” stated Tommy Eklof, NDC Automation CEO. “We look forward to offering our combined technology solutions to create competitive advantage for the Dematic and NDC customer base.”

About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 5,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 4,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Press Contact:
Carole McCormick
Marketing Communications Manager ANZ/ASEAN
carole.mccormick@dematic.com
+61-2-9486-5463

Source: Dematic Pty Ltd

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March 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

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Brightcove Expands Industry-Leading Video Ecosystem to Deliver Better Business Results

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-Enhanced CMS Integrations Streamline Video Publishing and Accelerate Time-to-Live

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, today announced that it has further expanded its industry-leading video ecosystem with enhanced Video Cloud integrations to content management systems (CMS) relied upon by media companies, marketers, and enterprises. Using Brightcove’s updated integrations for Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), Drupal, and WordPress, organizations are able to tie video content into existing publishing workflows, streamline collaboration between content owners, content contributors, and web publishers, and accelerate time-to-live. These integrations also incorporate Brightcove’s latest CMS APIs for easy customization by developers, and support the Brightcove Player Version 5 to deliver a responsive, HTML5 experience.

Video Expands Across the Digital Landscape

Comprehensive, enterprise-wide video workflows are critical for media companies, marketers, and enterprises as they increase their delivery of video content. Media companies seek to improve their editorial workflows to speed time-to-live and grow revenue. Streamlined workflows are important to marketers who want to accelerate marketing and sales efforts with video. In addition, these CMS workflows support the growing number of enterprises that deploy video to educate and engage employees across different locations.

Scalable CMS Publishing with Video Cloud

Gartner projects, “By 2018, 75% of workers at large organizations will interact with various kinds of video more than three times daily.” [Source: Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Video Content Management, February 26, 2016]

To facilitate these interactions, CMOs and CTOs are turning to best-of-breed technology platforms that integrate easily. By connecting to the leading CMS platforms, Brightcove allows organizations to seamlessly incorporate video into their technology stack to streamline their existing web workflows and accelerate the publishing process. This effective combination of people, process, and technology allows for fewer support resources, simplified workflows, improved business efficiency, faster time to deployment, and greater ROI.

Brightcove offers more than 10 integrations to content management systems. The most recently updated integrations include:

  • Adobe Experience Manager 6.x and CQ5.x
  • Drupal version 7 and 8
  • WordPress 4.x

With the recent update of these CMS integrations, Brightcove continues to expand its industry-leading video ecosystem built around Video Cloud. A critical component of the modern technology stack, the Brightcove online video platform provides the foundation for organizations to deliver differentiated video experiences that result in better business results.

Supporting Quotes:

“Time Inc. is leveraging Brightcove’s Drupal connector to extend the video publishing workflow to web producers across many of Time Inc.’s iconic brands. The ability to access video assets from within Drupal has reduced the time it takes our producers to make video content available to our audiences,” said Sheila Colbert, Executive Director, Video, Time Inc.

“Across industries, companies are consolidating technology investment around a set of industry standard platforms that provide core business functionality, connect seamlessly to their technology stack, and when needed, offer specialization through a reliable ecosystem of point solutions. Today, Brightcove offers the essential platform for the modern IT stack to create video experiences that add business value and drive revenue. Using these latest CMS integrations, enterprises can scale workflow to engage all parts of their organization to unleash the power of video,” said Caren Cioffi, SVP and GM, Digital Marketing.

Source: Brightcove

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March 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

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