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Malaysian International Furniture Fair Announces 2017 Dates

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-Exclusive Privileges for Expanded 2018 Show at MITEC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), Southeast Asia’s largest annual industry trade show, returns fromMarch 8-11 next year and exhibitors taking part will enjoy exclusive privileges for the bigger 2018 show at the new Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud, MATRADE CEO
Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud, MATRADE CEO


The 2017 fair will be held again at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) marking the 23rd year of MIFF in business and continued growth as the region’s most prominent global furniture sourcing centre for buying professionals from 140 countries and regions.

Highlights of MIFF 2017 include the designation of its office furniture segment as MIFF Office to underline its status as the largest one-stop showroom for office furniture in the region, according to show organiser, UBM Malaysia.

In 2018, MIFF will expand by 25% to 100,000 square metres with MITEC as a co-venue with PWTC. The show is traditionally held in March. Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud, CEO of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation, welcomes MIFF’s expansion.

“MIFF is the longest serving international furniture fair and recognised as the largest furniture related industry event in the region. The MIFF brand has become synonymous with international buyers to Malaysia. MIFF has been taking place at PWTC, and for over a decade also at the current MATRADE venue, indoor and outdoor. We look forward to MIFF 2018 expanding further in March, by occupying the exhibition space at MITEC as soon as the new venue is ready,” he said.

MIFF General Manager Ms Karen Goi said with MITEC, the show will finally be able to offer larger booth space and even better facilities to exhibitors and visitors in 2018.

“As a thank-you for their continued support, exhibitors taking part in 2017 stand to receive priority in selecting their location and special booth package in MITEC in 2018. Our hard work to make the show even better every year is rewarded by the high 80% rate of returning exhibitors and very good number of first time buyers.”

MIFF achieved record sales of US$908 million this year with 500 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions, and a turnout of nearly 20,000 trade visitors. The show was also the launch platform for the UBM-Alibaba B2B strategic alliance to start a new generation of O2O (online-to-offline) trade experience for global furniture buyers.

Booking of exhibition space and more information on MIFF are available on

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About MIFF (

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

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May 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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Thailand’s First Fishermen’s Life Enhancement Centre Established in Songkhla

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SONGKHLA, Thailand /PRNewswire/ — Five state and private parties announced today that they have established Thailand’s first Fishermen’s Life Enhancement Centre (FLEC) in Songkhla.  The centre is part of the effort to tackle problem of illegal labor in fishery industry.  It will provide resources to an estimated 25,000 legal and illegal migrant workers in the province and nearby areas.

Thailand opens first Fishermen's Life Enhancement Centre in Songkhla, Thailand to provide resources to estimated 25,000 migrant workers
Thailand opens first Fishermen’s Life Enhancement Centre in Songkhla, Thailand to provide resources to estimated 25,000 migrant workers

The center has been established under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Fish Marketing Organization under Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand, Stella Maris Seafarers Center Songkhla (Baan Suksan) and Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF).

Dr.Theerapat Prayunrasiddhi, Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry, said, “The Thai government has given priority to the effort to tackle issues of forced labor and the use of illegal labor in the fishery industry. It is also committed to crack down on any illegal practices, with cooperation from all relevant parties both in government and the private sector, such as CPF. At the same time, the government also desires to upgrade living standards, particularly for migrant workers, in-line with humanitarian principles and international standards. This project is part of a broader scheme to provide more protection for legal and illegal labor seeking help and fair treatment.”

The FLEC has 5 main objectives:

1.      The formation of migrant worker volunteers’ network and building of a good environment for providing services, safeguarding and protecting anyone at risk of or affected by human trafficking.

2.      Assisting and supporting anti-human trafficking policy at the provincial and local level.

3.      Being the learning and training center for migrants’ children and families, focused on providing knowledge and working skills.

4.      Being the center for care giving, nursing and preliminary disease screening and to provide religious services for fish processing workers and families of migrant workers.

5.      Being the coordination center for the accepting of complaint reports from migrant workers on unfair treatment.

Mr. Suchat Junthalakana, Manager of FLEC and the Stella Maris Seafarers Center Songkhla, said, “the center will be the key mechanism to reinforce anti-human trafficking policy at the provincial and local level.  It also aims to help improve living standards and assist in the careers of more than 25,000 workers, including Cambodian,Myanmar and Laotian nationalities in the fishery and fish processing industry living in Muang District, as well as nearby districts. In addition, the centre will also help people who are at risk of falling into the human-trafficking cycle, migrant children and families with Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao nationalities who reside near Songkhla fishing port and nearby areas.”

“The FLEC is established to develop quality of life of legal workers and their families and illegal workers who seek help from us. The center will give them advice on labor protection and support them on working opportunities and provision of basic needs as per humanitarian principles as well as to promoting understanding on anti-human trafficking policy’, said Mr. Suchat.

The operational timeframe for the Center is set for 5 years (2016-2020). After that, the committee will review and assess the performance of project on an annual basis. The project targets to cover more than 25,000 at-risk people, divided into 5 groups consisting of 3,565 fishery and fish processing workers; 20,000 workers who are at risk of falling into the human trafficking cycle; 50 children aged 4-15 years old; 1,200 female workers and 320 young family members. Success of this project will be the model for centres at other fishing piers in Thailand.

The center’s space has 4 areas, consisting of a learning room for migrant children, a Muslim prayer room, a nursing room, and a multi-purpose room, including a coordinating center, a meeting room, and a library.

Mr. Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, CPF’s Senior Executive Vice President of CSR and Sustainable Development, said “Together with our 4 partners, CPF supports the Thai government in their fight against forced labor and human trafficking. The establishment of FLEC, following the suggestions and collaboration from both the state and civil society, is an initial step in directly addressing the challenges for victims of human trafficking in the Thai fishery industry. Moreover, it has the potential to improve living standards for the most needy fishery workers, as well as their families. At the initial stage, CPF has provided the funding to support the establishment of the center, with the hope that the successful operations of the centre will provide a blueprint for further centres in Thailandand encourage other agencies and private sector companies to join us in this project. ”

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May 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm

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Embracing the Era of Storytelling: Why Indonesian Brands Need to Start Telling A Better Story

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JAKARTA /PRNewswire/ — Driven by its vision to help and support Indonesian companies bring their brand stories to global newsrooms, PR Newswire successfully held its inaugural Media Coffee event on May 12 in Jakarta with the theme “How to Tell Your Stories to the World: Challenges of Going Global for Indonesian Communication Professionals“. The event was opened by Yujie Chen, Senior Vice President of PR Newswire, Asia Pacific, followed by three esteemed speakers: Nia Niscaya, Director of International Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Indonesia, Prita Laura, News Anchor of Metro TV, and Justin Doebele, Chief Editorial Advisor of Forbes Indonesia and Vice President of Jakarta Foreign Correspondent Club. The keynote speakers shared their insights on how Indonesian brands should strategize their storytelling to connect with global audiences. The archived video of the event is now available upon registration.

Keynote speakers (from the left): Justin Doebele, Chief Editorial Advisor at Forbes Indonesia and Vice President of Jakarta Foreign Correspondent Club, Prita Laura, News Anchor at Metro TV, Nia Niscaya, Director of International Tourism Promotion at Ministry of Tourism, Government of Indonesia, and Yujie Chen, Senior Vice President of PR Newswire, Asia Pacific.
Keynote speakers (from the left): Justin Doebele, Chief Editorial Advisor at Forbes Indonesia and Vice President of Jakarta Foreign Correspondent Club, Prita Laura, News Anchor at Metro TV, Nia Niscaya, Director of International Tourism Promotion at Ministry of Tourism, Government of Indonesia, and Yujie Chen, Senior Vice President of PR Newswire, Asia Pacific.


Partnering with Perhumas, the leading professional association for public relations practitioners, and Bubu Kreasi Perdana, one of the largest digital advertising agencies and web developers in Indonesia, the event brought together more than 80 senior communications professionals from some of the biggest brands inIndonesia to examine the current challenges and opportunities facing the profession.

Filling the Communication Gap: It is Never Too Early to Tell Your Brand Stories

With its young and tech-savvy demographic, growing middle class, thriving consumer sector, and the Indonesian government’s commitment in starting an infrastructure boom, Indonesia is an exciting growth market for foreign investors. Yujie Chen kicked off the event by giving an overview of the optimistic economic outlook in Indonesiaand why brands need to start delivering their stories to global audiences. Some of Chen’s key highlights in the presentation include:

  • According to the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer report, trust in business (71%) in Indonesia is the highest among nine APAC countries surveyed. However, Chen stated that there is still a communication gap that brands need to fill in order to build credibility and awareness among international audiences.
  • Marking its 110th anniversary, news releases still remain a powerful tool for communicators and serve as credible sources of information for media professionals and investors.
  • Adapting to the rapidly changing media landscape, news releases have evolved from mere text-onlycompany statements to engaging communication tools that allow interaction with consumers and enable lead generation.
  • Capitalizing on the fast-growing market opportunities, it is time for Indonesian brands to step up their storytelling game and strategically position their brands as the drivers of growth and leaders of innovation in order to draw more attention from foreign investors and generate international businesses.

Big Bet on the Tourism Sector: the Case of “Wonderful Indonesia”

Home to beautiful landscapes and a rich cultural heritage, Indonesia is achieving increasing growth in the tourism sector, with more than 10 million foreign visitors in 2015 and a 7.2% annual tourism growth. Nia Niscaya stated that the Ministry of Tourism has set a significant rise in target at 12 million foreign arrivals for 2016. Here are some of her key highlights on how the Tourism Ministry has successfully wooed the world with its award-winning “Wonderful Indonesia” global campaign:

  • Recognizing the positive contribution and impact of the tourism industry on the Indonesian economy, the Tourism Ministry has engaged in a full-scale strategy to run the “Wonderful Indonesia” campaign, allocating 30% of its communication budget for branding.
  • It is critical to share your brand stories and success with external audiences as it gives them confidence to trust your brand and buy your product.
  • The Tourism Ministry is adapting to the global standard in its communications efforts in order to reach a broader audiences. It is essential to forgo the business-as-usual approach and engage your audience in fresher ways.

Think like a Journalist: Be Clear, Be Timely and Highlight the Human Interest

While the proliferation of media is providing communicators more opportunities to reach and engage their audiences, the amount of noise on the Internet is creating challenges for communications professionals to make their stories stand out. As Prita Laura said in her presentation, “Every media is unique and each outlet has different needs.” The job of communicators if they want to get their stories featured is to better understand thejournalists’ needs. Here are a few tips from Laura:

  • Sending a clear message is essential when it comes to storytelling in business. Every storyteller needs to adapt to journalists’ way of thinking as well as mind-mapping.
  • Communicators need to be prepared when journalists call for an interview or do follow-ups.
  • Make sure that your news story has the following key elements: prominence, proximity, timeliness, novelty, impact, conflict, human interest, and usefulness.

What Does the International Media Want From Your Communication Outreach?

For the attendees who were interested in getting their story featured in the international mainstream press, Justin Doebele divided his presentation into two key parts: “content and access”. Here are some of his key highlights:

  • Besides the basic facts and figures, journalists also look for multimedia elements in a news story to help them engage their audiences, such as photos, videos and infographics.
  • At Forbes, journalists tend to look for F.O.B.B – First, Only, Biggest, and Best – in news writing and reporting. Indonesian brands should incorporate those key elements when crafting their news stories and pitching to journalists.
  • It is important to connect local elements and news to something global so international journalists can quickly grasp the essence of your story. For example, Taman Mini, a popular recreational spot in Jakarta, is the “Disneyland” of Indonesia.
  • Provide journalists easy access to all the key information they need to write your story.

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About PR Newswire’s Media Coffee

The goal of Media Coffee is to enable communications professionals to hear from leading media organizations on how their respective companies work, providing insight into their specialist areas, giving advice on achieving coverage and informing them on effective targeting of journalists within their sector and how to build a mutually beneficial relationship.

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PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, public relations practitioners and investor relations professionals to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry in 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to tell their stories to the world.

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May 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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Semaglutide Demonstrated Superior Glycaemic Control vs Insulin Glargine U100 in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

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ORLANDO, Fla.,  /PRNewswire/ —

This material is intended for global medical media only.

For journalistic assessment and preparation before publication.

Abstract #290

Findings from a phase 3a clinical trial for semaglutide, an investigational glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue, demonstrated that treatment with semaglutide, administered once-weekly, significantly improved glycaemic control compared to insulin glargine U100 in adults with type 2 diabetes. Results from the SUSTAIN 4 trial were presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 25th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress (AACE) in Orlando, US.[1]

The 30-week SUSTAIN 4 trial showed that, from a mean baseline HbA1c of 8.2%, adults with type 2 diabetes receiving metformin with or without sulfonylurea, achieved statistically significant and superior improvements in HbA1c reductions of 1.2% and 1.6% when treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide, respectively, vs a 0.8% reduction with insulin glargine U100 (p<0.0001 for both).[1] End of trial mean dose of insulin glargine U100 was 29 IU/day.

“Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease and many patients on insulin are still uncontrolled,” said Vanita Aroda, SUSTAIN 4 investigator and Physician Investigator at the MedStar Health Research Institute, Hyattsville, MD, US. “The results of SUSTAIN 4 are encouraging, as once-weekly semaglutide demonstrated superior glycaemic control compared to insulin glargine U100 in people that generally had a relatively long duration of type 2 diabetes.”

More adults treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide achieved HbA1c targets compared with insulin glargine U100: HbA1c <7% (57.5% and 73.3% vs 38.1%) and ≤6.5% (37.3% and 54.2% vs 17.5%).[1] Additionally, from a mean baseline body weight of 93.4 kg, adults treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide achieved statistically significant and superior reductions in mean body weight of 3.5 kg/7.72 lb and 5.2 kg/11.46 lb compared to an increase of 1.2 kg/2.65 lb with insulin glargine U100 (p<0.0001 for both).[1]

The most common adverse events observed for adults treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide were gastrointestinal (nausea: 21.3% and 22.2% vs insulin glargine U100, 3.6%; diarrhoea: 16.3% and 19.2% vs insulin glargine U100, 4.4%; vomiting: 6.6% and 10.3% vs insulin glargine U100, 3.1%). Rates of serious adverse events were comparable across treatment groups (6.1% and 4.7% vs 5.0%). Fewer adults reported severe or blood glucose-confirmed hypoglycaemia with either semaglutide dose compared to insulin glargine U100 (4.4% and 5.6% vs 10.6%). The proportion of adults treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide discontinuing treatment due to adverse events was 5.5% and 7.5% vs 1.1% for insulin glargine U100.[1]

About semaglutide

Semaglutide is an investigational analogue of native human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that stimulates insulin and suppresses glucagon secretion in a glucose-dependent manner, as well as decreases appetite and food intake.[2] Semaglutide administered subcutaneously once-weekly is in phase 3 development for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes.


SUSTAIN 4 was a randomised, open-label, multicentre, multinational 30-week trial investigating the safety and efficacy of semaglutide, administered once-weekly, vs once-daily insulin glargine (U100/mL), both added on to metformin with or without sulfonylurea in 1,089 adults with an overall type 2 diabetes duration of 8.6 years and who had not previously received any insulin-based therapies. Secondary endpoints included change in body weight from baseline after 30 weeks of treatment. The trial was conducted in Argentina, Croatia, France,Germany, India, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, UK and the US.

About the SUSTAIN clinical programme

SUSTAIN (Semaglutide Unabated Sustainability in Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes) is a clinical programme for semaglutide, administered once-weekly, that comprises six phase 3a global clinical trials encompassing more than 7,000 people with type 2 diabetes as well as two Japanese trials encompassing around 1,000 people with type 2 diabetes.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 41,600 people in 75 countries and markets its products in more than 180 countries. Formore information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube

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1. Aroda VR, Bain SC, Cariou B, et al. Efficacy and safety of once-weekly semaglutide vs once-daily insulin glargine in insulin-naïve subjects with type 2 diabetes (SUSTAIN 4). Abstract number 290. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 25th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress (AACE), Orlando, FL, US; 25-29 May 2016.

2. Nauck MA, Petrie JR, Sesti G, et al. A phase 2, randomized, dose-finding study of the novel once-weekly human GLP-1 analog, semaglutide, compared with placebo and open-label liraglutide in patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015; 39:231-241.

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May 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm

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A Revolutionary Stroke Therapy Based on Brain-Computer Interface and Neurotechnology

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SCHIEDLBERG, Austria /PRNewswire/ — Mrs. Savin suddenly suffered a stroke. It came without warning, and left her right arm completely paralyzed. After participating in recoveriX-therapy, she was soon able to move her right arm again. recoveriX uses state-of-the-art neurotechnology that leads to success even in the case of chronic disorders.

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Stroke A Widespread Disease
Every year, around 15 million people suffer a stroke. About one third of these people don’t survive. Another third suffer ongoing physical impairment. And sometimes people remain paralyzed. recoveriX re-connects brain and body. Also, when standard therapy can no longer yield any further benefit, recoveriX provides a second chance for improvement.

The Power of the Mind
A stroke might inhibit the ability to move, but not the ability to imagine movement! During recoveriX therapy, patients imagine a hand or a foot movement. A Brain-Computer Interface measures their brain activity. Virtual Reality shows the movement on the screen, which generates visual feedback in real-time. At the same time, imagined movement becomes a real movement through stimulation of the affected muscles. reocoveriX activatesmirror neurons that help the brain find new ways to perform independent movement again.

Dr. Christoph Guger: “recoveriX couples cognitive processes with movements, and this is what makes rehabilitation effective. In one case, we had a patient whose arm had been paralyzed for 4 years. After only 10 recoveriX sessions, this patient could move again.”

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recoveriX therapy is done at one of the recoveriX-gyms in Schiedlberg (Austria), in Albany (NY, USA) orBarcelona (Spain). Get more information via +43-7251-222-40-18 or

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May 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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Changing Face of Personal Protective Equipment Distribution: Rethinking Growth Opportunities and Business Models

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The evolving market dynamics will be explored in a new Frost & Sullivan’s GIL (Growth, Innovation and Leadership) briefing
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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —


Wednesday, 1 June 2016


14:00 BST


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Aparna Balasubramanian, Team Leader at Frost & Sullivan

Market commoditization, low barriers to entry and high customer price sensitivity are threatening the competitiveness of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distributors across the world. “The traditional distribution model was about inventory management, timely product delivery, and a single point of contact for sourcing,” saysAparna Balasubramanian, Visionary Science Team Leader at Frost & Sullivan. “While this remains the basis, the distribution model has gone through (and continues to go through) a transition, as there is increasing competition from several other types of companies—office supplies, e-commerce providers, and industry specialist resellers.”

Distributors constitute a key link in the PPE market as they account for 80 percent to 90 percent of PPE sales globally. In light of the rapid global expansion of PPE manufacturers and changing customer preferences, PPE distributors are pushed to adopt new, innovative business solutions that can serve customers better. This briefing outlines the various market forces that drive distributors to change their business models and explores the competitive strategies adopted by PPE distributors.

The briefing will try to answer some critical questions:

  • The landscape of the PPE industry is undergoing rapid transformation, with distributors taking a more front-line position in the value chain. Are you ready for the change?
  • Several distributors are adopting robust competitive strategies to survive in the dynamic market climate. Are you up to date with the market requirements?
  • Are you a PPE manufacturer? If so, what does the changing face of PPE distribution mean to you, and how should you position yourself?

To attend the webinar and to receive a copy of the presentation and link to the podcast, kindly your full contact details.

About Frost & Sullivan

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Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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May 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Announces Best-in-Class Companies in Japan for 2016 Japan Excellence Awards

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2016 Japan Excellence Awards to be Presented at Annual Award Banquet on June 2, 2016

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan today announced the final recipients of its annual 2016 Japan Excellence Awards on May 27, 2016. This year’s recipients will be honored during a reception to be organized on June 2, 2016 at Tokyo American Club.

Robin Joffe, Partner and President of Frost & Sullivan Japan, said that 2016 Japan Excellence Awards have identified and honored best-in-class companies that have demonstrated excellence in their respective market. “We are excited to host the annual Japan Excellence Award Banquet in Tokyo. We hope that the awards will continue to be an industry event to be looked forward to by companies based in Japan,” Joffe said.

“Frost & Sullivan endeavors to identify and spotlight companies that have delivered excellence in their respective industries. We believe it is important to highlight industry best practices and honor those who have accomplished remarkable achievements. We hope that the recognitions will spur companies to share best practices and strive for greater heights as well as help them continue to do their best in growing their business,” Joffe said.

The recipients of the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Japan Excellence Awards were selected based on in-depth research and a rigorous methodology conducted by Frost & Sullivan’s analysts. The award categories offered each year are carefully reviewed and evaluated to reflect the current market landscape and include new emerging trends.

The short-listed companies for the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Japan Excellence Awards were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators which include revenue growth; market share and growth in market share; leadership in product innovation; marketing strategy and business development strategy.

2016 Japan Excellence Award Recipients:

Recipient Company

Award Title

Shift Co. Ltd.

2016 Japan Logistics and Tagging Solutions Technology Innovation Leadership Award

Spiber Inc.

2016 Japan Advanced Biomaterials Technology Innovation Leadership Award

Chitose Laboratory Corp.

2016 Japan Clean Energy Technology Leadership Award

Euglena Co., Ltd

2016 Japan Biotechnology Visionary Innovation Leadership Award


2016 Japan Medical Service Robots Enabling Technology Leadership Award

Fujitsu Limited

2016 Japan Human-centric IoT Solutions Product Leadership Award

LAC Co., Ltd.

2016 Japan Managed Security Service Provider of the Year

Fortinet Japan K.K.

2016 Japan Network Security Vendor of the Year

NEC Corporation

2016 Japan Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award For Software Defined Network

Secure Sky Technology, Inc.

2016 Japan Growth Excellence Leadership Award for Web Application Firewall

NTT Communications Corporation

2016 Japan Unified Communication-as-a-Service Provider of the Year

Cisco Systems G.K.

2016 Japan Video Collaboration Vendor of the Year

V-cube, Inc.

2016 Japan Web Conferencing Service Provider of the Year

Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd.

2016 Japan Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award For Video Conferencing

NEC Corporation

2016 Japan Contact Center Applications Vendor of the Year

Transcosmos Inc.

2016 Japan Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year

P&W Solutions Co., Ltd.

2016 Japan Workforce Management Application Vendor of the Year

Spread Co.,Ltd.

2016 Asia Pacific Vertical Agriculture Visionary Innovation Leadership Award

Toray Industries, Inc.

2016 Asia Pacific Smart Textile Enabling Technology Leadership Award

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion
Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

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May 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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RMB Adoption Improves across India

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-SWIFT’s RMB Tracker shows that the Renminbi is the fourth most active currency for payments between India and mainland China/Hong Kong by value while the US dollar continues to dominate the corridor

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Recent SWIFT data shows that India’suse of RMB for payments in value with mainland China and Hong Kong is on the rise, but the country still shows one of the lowest RMB adoption rates among Asiancountries/regions, ranked 38th worldwide.

In April 2016, 3.8% of all payments made between India and mainland China/Hong Kong were exchanged in RMB while this was only 0.2% back in April 2014. Since 2014, the Chinese currency moved from position number six to position four for payments by value overtaking theHong Kong dollar and the British pound. The US dollar, however, continues to lead the corridor with a share of almost 80%, followed by the Indian rupee (7.2%) and the euro (6.3%).

China has emerged over the last decade to become India’s largest trading partner,” says Michael Moon, Head of Payments, Asia-Pacific at SWIFT. “As a result, RMB adoption is slowly gaining traction for payments betweenIndia and China. Over time, and in line with the growing importance of this emerging trade corridor, we expect to see greater use of the RMB between these two countries. It is an exciting time for the Indian banking community. Not only are they helping to further internationalise the RMB, but are embracing new tools to support trade growth and financial sector globalisation.”

Earlier this year, SWIFT and nine Indian banks launched SWIFT India, a joint venture that provides domestic financial messaging service for Indian banks, global banks, securities houses and corporates. SWIFT India will support growth in automation, financial message standardisation, systems and processes for all financial market participants in India. These capabilities encompass all important infrastructure enablers that can support further development of cross-border payments for India.

In April 2016, the RMB fell to position six as global payments currency by value with a share of 1.82%. The Renminbi is now trailing the Canadian dollar with a share of 1.83%, showing a minor gap between the two currencies. Overall, RMB payments value decreased by 7.73% compared to March 2016, whilst in general all payments currencies decreased by 4.60%.

RMB adoption improves across India
RMB adoption improves across India
RMB's share as an international payment currency
RMB’s share as an international payment currency

About SWIFT and RMB Internationalisation

Since 2010, SWIFT has actively supported its customers and the financial industry regarding RMB internationalisation through various publications and reports. Through its Business Intelligence Solutions team, SWIFT publishes key adoption statistics in the RMB Tracker, insights on the implications of RMB internationalisation, perspectives on RMB clearing and offshore clearing guidelines, supports bank’s commercial RMB product launches and provides in-depth analysis and business intelligence, as well as engaging with offshore clearing centres and the Chinese financial community to support the further internationalisation of the RMB.

The SWIFT network fully supports global RMB transactions, and its messaging services enable Chinese character transportation via Chinese Commercial Code (CCC) in FIN or via Chinese characters in MX (ISO 20022 messages). It offers a suite of dedicated RMB business intelligence products and services to support financial institutions and corporates. In addition, SWIFT collaborates with the community to publish the Offshore and Cross-Border RMB Best Practice Guidelines, which facilitate standardised RMB back office operations.

Please click here or here for more information about RMB Internationalisation or join our new ‘Business Intelligence Transaction Banking’ LinkedIn group.

About SWIFT India

SWIFT India Domestic Services Pvt Ltd (“SWIFT India“) is a joint venture created by SWIFT SCRL (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), the global banking cooperative, and (in alphabetical order) Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and Union Bank of India, to address domestic market needs of the Indian financial services industry. Based on proven SWIFT technology, the company provides messaging services to domestic market infrastructures, banks and corporates, enabling the financial community to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby reducing costs and risks, improving compliance and services to its customers.

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SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.

We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way.  As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies.

Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

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SWIFT does not guarantee the fitness for purpose, completeness, or accuracy of the RMB Tracker, and reserves the right to rectify past RMB Tracker data. SWIFT provides the RMB Tracker on an ‘as is’ basis, and for information purposes only. As a mere informative publication, the RMB Tracker is not meant to provide any recommendation or advice. Any person consulting the RMB Tracker remains solely and fully responsible for all decisions based, in full or in part, on RMB Tracker data. SWIFT disclaims all liability regarding a person’s use of the RMB Tracker. The RMB Tracker is a SWIFT publication. SWIFT © 2016. All rights reserved.

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Accelerate Digitization — Building a Better Connected World

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Thoughts on the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” by: Alan Marcus, Head of ICT Agenda, Member of Management Committee, World Economic Forum, and Speaker, CommunicAsia2016

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Rapid advancements in digital technology are redefining society. The plummeting cost of advanced technologies (a top-of-the-range smartphone in 2007 cost $499; a model with similar specifications cost $10 in 2015) is revolutionizing business and society. In addition, the “combinatorial effects” of these technologies — mobile, cloud, artificial intelligence, sensors and analytics, etc. — are accelerating progress exponentially. This revolution could significantly improve the quality of life of billions around the world, and technology is the multiplier.

However, with the advent of digital technologies, a number of accelerated and new market dynamics are dramatically transforming the environment in which regulatory bodies govern. While this has the potential to dramatically change their role, it also provides access to new instruments and rule-making opportunities for regulators. Here are some of these changing dynamics, as well as rule-making opportunities:

1.    Speed

The speed of innovation of digital technologies stands in stark contrast to the pace of regulation. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba rightly pointed out that “seven- to twelve-year regulatory policy timelines do not reflect the speed of the internet.” New technologies that used to have two-year cycle times now can become obsolete in six months, and the pace of change is not slowing. These technologies can be developed, deployed, and iterated faster than ever. The challenges of the digital world require the ability to answer faster than classical instruments of regulation allow.

One key area affected by the speed of innovation is the protection of consumer interests. As innovation takes place at a far greater speed than regulation can keep up with, regulatory frameworks originally put in place to protect consumers are no longer always appropriate. For example, the logistics industry alone contributes 13% to global emissions, but stakeholders need to act quickly to develop safe and trustworthy approaches to unlocking benefits from digital technologies such as drones. With the promise of reducing emissions by up to 90% and costs by 25% in last-mile deliveries, drone technology is “ready”, but regulation is not.

2.    Emergence of Business (Eco)Systems

Business (eco)systems have been described as “dynamic and co-evolving communities of diverse actors who create and capture new value through both collaboration and competition.” These networks of organizations operating across industries are enabled primarily by digital technologies, and constitute a stark departure from the siloed and self-contained organizations of the past. The emergence of these business systems gives rise to new requirements for regulation and policy; they can no longer narrowly target individual industries, but need to take into account developments of common trends and patterns across sectors.

Digital technologies have also reduced barriers to entry for traditional and non-traditional organizations, often undermining long-standing sources of product differentiation. For example, online service providers tap markets without having to build distribution networks of offices and local agents.

This changing landscape presents real challenges for regulators. Not only is the number of services and products they regulate growing, but so is the number of suppliers and consumers, increasing the complexity of the environment they govern in.

3.    Globalized Networks

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Just as it is no longer sufficient to look at policy and regulation within siloed sectors, one can no longer create policy frameworks without taking global and trans-regional developments into account. While policy will continue to be mostly created at the national level (for the near-term future, at least), globalized networks require regulators to take into account a broader and more complex scope of geographical dimensions.

One example of this phenomenon is the convergence of global supply and demand. Digital technologies know no borders, and the customer’s demand for a unified experience is raising pressure on global companies to standardize offerings. Consumers and businesses have come to expect payment systems that work across borders, global distribution, indiscriminate access and rights, and a uniform customer experience. Harmonized regulation across regions can greatly accelerate innovation and leverage existing technologies to realize these goals, while heterogeneous approaches risk stinting development.

Several ongoing regulatory changes are impacting world trade — for example, Safe Harbor, Google versus the EU Commission, and the Federal Aviation Administration and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) — and are creating challenges to national boundaries, unfair competition and consumer protection.

4.    New Business Models

It is widely recognized that digital technology is an enabler of fundamental innovation and disruption, for business and society. One of these sources of disruption is a multitude of new business models (e.g. on-demand model, access-over-ownership model). Whether it’s adaptations of existing market models or completely new models, the current regulation is still not in a position to respond to these disruptions in a timely manner.

While many of these models are sources of new value creation, income opportunities, or employment, there are also inherent risks to society. For example, who is responsible for the public health and safety of a passenger who chose a rideshare in the case of an accident? The sharing economy is just one recent example of technologies disrupting traditional business models, and there may be more disruptions ahead as entrepreneurs find new ways of meeting consumers’ needs.

For more insights on The Fourth Industrial Revolution, join Alan Marcus, Head of ICT Agenda, Member of Management Committee, World Economic Forum, at the Asia ICT Innovation Forum 2016 at CommunicAsia on 31 May 2016 at Maria Bay Sands.

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