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Vivid Sydney Soars to New Heights

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-Sky-high drone footage, sky-high aerial images, sky-high results showcase the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Vivid Sydney 2016 has wrapped up for another year. To celebrate the 23 nights of the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Destination NSW has released new drone footage that shows the festival from its sky-high best. Click here to see the vision.

Vivid Sydney 2016 - Sydney Harbour credit Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016 – Sydney Harbour credit Destination NSW

Offering a rare bird’s eye view of sparkling Vivid Sydney, viewers are taken on a journey over Sydney Harbour, through the Cathedral of Light installation in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, to Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct, Taronga Zoo.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency. The annual festival is a much-see event, attracting international artists and visitors alike.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said: “Vivid Sydney is loved by local and international visitors. Thousands of people have enjoyed this year’s highlights including theCathedral of Light, a 60 metre long light installation featuring more than 75,000 LEDs, and interactive love-o-meter, I LOVE YOU, Vivid Sydney’s most romantic installation. At Taronga Zoo, guests adored the 4.3 metre tall, interactive tiger lantern, named Jumilah after the Zoo’s female Sumatran Tiger.”

Now in its eighth year, the annual Vivid Sydney festival transforms the city skyline into a colourful canvas of light.  Art installations and breath-taking projections created by 150 artists from 23 countries around the world. In 2015 Vivid Sydney attracted 1.7 million visitors.

This year, Vivid Sydney saw more than 90 light installations and projections appear throughout the city, while 190 Vivid Music events occurred and more than 658 speakers appeared as part of 183 Vivid Ideas events.

Vivid Sydney has set a Guinness World Records title with the Dress Circle installation recognised as the world’s largest interactive display, and celebrated significant milestones with Taronga Zoo’s 100th and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s 200th anniversaries.


Media Materials: 

  •          New drone footage is available here.
  •          New aerial images available to download here.
  •          Broadcast quality b-roll footage is available here.

Notes to Editors:

Please note that final Vivid Sydney results will be announced over the coming weeks.

Vivid Sydney 2016 - Sydney Harbour bridge Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016 – Sydney Harbour bridge Destination NSW

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June 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

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Tobu Railway, Taiwan Railways Administration to Step Up Collaboration to Promote Exchanges of People

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— Tobu Railway to Issue Commemorative Tickets, Expand Ticket Exchange Program with TRA to Mark Beginning of Operation of Limited Express Ryomo Train with TRA’s Puyuma Train Exterior –

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Tobu Railway Co. will issue commemorative tickets and add another specially planned ticket to its mutual ticket exchange program with Taiwan Railways Administration (hereinafter referred to as “TRA”) on June 17 in commemoration of the start of the operation of a Series 200 train used for the Limited Express Ryomo, whose exterior has been changed to that of TRA’s Tze-Chiang limited express, “Puyuma.”


This is part of collaborative programs, including the mutual ticket exchange program, which Tobu Railway and TRA have promoted since they signed a friendship agreement on December 18, 2015.

Commemorative tickets and their mat board are printed on a single piece of hard paper shaped like the Ryomo train with the exterior of the Tze-Chiang train, and are quite unique. A picture of the train is printed on the mat board with two tickets for adults — one from Isesaki Station and one from Kuzuu Station — and a ticket for children from Akagi Station. Tobu Railway will sell 2,000 sets of the tickets for 1,000 yen (including the consumption tax) each.

Moreover, Tobu Railway and TRA will expand the mutual ticket exchange program they launched on December 19, 2015. Under the current program, passengers who have a ticket for one railway operator can receive a free ticket for the other or receive a discount on a fare of the other. Taiwanese passengers who show a ticket for TRA’s Tze-Chiang limited express at the Tobu Sightseeing Service Center at Asakusa Station can get a specially planned ticket for free or receive a discount for another kind of such ticket. The program will be expanded to cover a Tatebayashi-Ashikagashi pass exclusively for TRA passengers. With this ticket, passengers can take a round trip between Asakusa and Morinjimae stations and ride between Morinjimae and Ashikagashi as many times as they want while the ticket is effective. Tobu Railway decided to include this ticket in those subject to the mutual ticket exchange program to promote publicity of the Ryomo area popular with inbound tourists.

For the outline of the program, see the attached document.

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June 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

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Urban pest control specialist Titan Pest opens office in Yangon

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YANGON, Myanmar /PRNewswire/ — Titan Pest Management, a trusted provider of safe and effective pest management solutions, recently launched its presence in Yangon, Myanmar. Titan Pest is the first overseas subsidiary of one of the most established and reliable pest control providers in Singapore, Killem Pest Pte Ltd.

Specializing in urban pest control, Titan Pest aims to provide Myanmar customers with quality products that meet international standards, using environment-friendly chemicals and the safest, most effective pest control technology.

Titan Pest was set up by siblings Nicole Zycinski – Singh and Krystian Zycinski-Singh in February 2016 to address the increasing demand for effective pest management solutions in Myanmar’s key cities. Their customers include restaurants, hotels, residential and commercial buildings, construction sites, schools, factories, industrial warehouses, and parks and greeneries.

“We are pleased to establish our first international subsidiary here in Myanmar. Yangon, the country’s commercial capital and largest city, is in the midst of rapid urbanization. Over the next few years, there will be hundreds of homes, communities, restaurants and hotels rising as a result of the population and economic boom. Safe and effective pest management is vital to make this city truly livable for the long-term.” said Nicole Zycinski – Singh, Founder and Director of Titan Pest Management Co. Ltd.

Pests pose a serious threat to human health and economic losses to business. Globally, property damage due to termite infestation is billions of dollars. Meanwhile, rodents, cockroaches, flies and mosquitoes spread infectious diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid fever and leptospirosis.

Integrated pest management

Titan Pest offers an integrated approach to pest management. They focus on prevention and long-term reduction of pest infestation using safe, eco-friendly, least invasive and most efficient methods. Their services are divided into three broad categories: general pest control, mosquito control, and termite control.

Titan Pest conducts detailed consultation with customers, and then inspects the premises if required, before prescribing and implementing the optimal pest control solution. They also provide housekeeping advisory, mould-removal, routine inspection and training services to ensure that premises are free of all pests and thoroughly sanitized.

“Pests are not just a nuisance. They carry diseases and they are economically-destructive. Our solutions create preventative barriers so that pests do not multiply to a point where buildings are crumbling because of termite infestation or there is an outbreak of dengue,” Ms Zycinski-Singh explained.

Prevention is as important as the cure

The onset of the monsoon season in Myanmar further raises the importance of preventive pest control as part of general sanitation. “The rainy season is here and with it comes increased mosquito breeding and higher incidence of diseases like dengue. It is important to have good housekeeping to ensure all possible mosquito breeding areas are kept dry. Mosquitoes only need as little as 5mm of water to lay their eggs,” said Krystian Zycinski-Singh, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Titan Pest Management Co. Ltd.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Health reported an outbreak of dengue throughout the country in 2015, with 35,993 cases, including 120 deaths, reported as of end-September. The figures were three times higher than the previous year. In February this year, the Ministry of Health also launched a public awareness campaign about the Zika virus, which is spread to people through the bite of the Aedes mosquito that also transmits dengue.

“We are committed to partner with government and other institutions to help raise public understanding of the importance of proper pest management. Prevention is as important as the cure. There are innovative solutions and methods available that are very safe and very effective in controlling pests so they don’t harm people, businesses, and the environment,” he added.

About Titan Pest Management

Titan Pest Management Co. Ltd. Is a subsidiary of the highly successful Killem Pest Pte Ltd. based in Singapore. We are committed to working in harmony with the environment to bring integrated urban pest management solutions to our clients.

We use environmentally-friendly, low toxicity, target-pest specific pesticides and have access to a range of standard as well as highly specialised technology and equipments to ensure that we provide a service that is the most effective and least disruptive. For more information, please visit:

Media Contact:

Ko Ko Gyi
Rice Communications on behalf of Titan Pest
: +95 973-181-337 / +95 997-009-4819

Source: Titan Pest Control

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June 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

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Dragonfly Fintech Selected to Implement Payment Solution

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-Solution utilising Blockchain Technology to optimise performance and improve costs

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Singapore Dragonfly Fintech (DF), clinched a deal today to power Metro Money Exchange, a Malaysian licensed wholesale and money remittance company using the NEM’s Blockchain Technology. The payment and settlement solution will be implemented in partnership with BC Fintech Sdn Bhd, a Dragonfly system integrator.

The solution will drive the entire remittance chain, from wholesale foreign exchange to the receipt of fiat money at the recipient’s end. The remittance market in Malaysia is about $10 billion per annum.

“It is about transforming the money remittance space and repositioning the service as a platform business allowing near frictionless participation,” said Lon Wong, CEO, Dragonfly Fintech.

This solution is also applicable to banks, and they are very positive about this solution. Banks are meticulously working through their processes to ensure stakeholder concerns and needs are addressed before embarking on such a project. Dragonfly will continue to work closely with its clients in supporting their decision-making needs.

While working through the decision-making process with banks, Dragonfly is also taking a parallel approach by powering money remittance companies. Later, this can be integrated with other financial institutions into a huge ecosystem. The use of Dragonfly’s platform will ensure compliance to regulatory requirements with a more robust approach in security, efficiency, cost, and most importantly, introducing a paradigm shift in providing services.

The solution platform does not infringe into the traditional regulatory requirements such as compliance, governance, AML, and KYC. They are still very much the responsibility of the licensed entity and is business as usual. What the platform solution provides is an enablement for the licensed entity to manage all its individual customers’ transactions, leaving the licensed entity to manage the wholesale forex and treasury function separately.

The solution also allows each licensed entity to operate its services in an independent private chain. At an opportune time, these entities can opt into the ecosystem while still having the autonomy.

“We have been ahead of the pack and painstakingly designed this solution for the last 3 years. With a proven solution, we are able to demonstrate a world’s first in setting the standards right, i.e., establish one’s autonomous private chain and then integrate with the larger, massive network of financial institutions, transacting potentially hundreds of thousands of Tx/s at the system level, all on the blockchain while maintaining independence. This remittance service is only one part of a spectrum of solutions Dragonfly is providing, which includes enabling a country to issue its own sovereign digital money,” Wong said.

The impact of the services will include meaningful reduction in transaction cost, faster transactions, complete audit trail, and reconciliation of balances, thereby providing an alternative to current de facto messaging method.

At some point in time, this service will be extended downstream to include mobile payments, debit card functionality, as well as ATM functionality. This is made possible because of the ubiquity and expansiveness of the platform solution. Driven by a core blockchain solution, Dragonfly’s offer is an ecosystem for the financial system, from central banks to the consumer, coupling them seamlessly, and directly.

About Dragonfly Fintech

Dragonfly Fintech Pte Ltd is a Singapore-incorporated financial technology company. It is a pioneering leading edge blockchain platform solution provider for a financial ecosystem, including for the payment, clearing, and settlement sector. The founder is Lon Wong, a serial technopreneur, and inventor of a patent-pending fintech business method. Lon Wong is a core team member of the open source NEM blockchain technology project initiative.



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June 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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“Techsauce Summit” – The Biggest Tech Conference Phenomenon in Thailand to Happen This July

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Techsauce Summit is Thailand’s biggest international tech conference. The conference aims to attract up to 3,000 attendees and the top startup founders, thought leaders, policy makers, investors and corporate innovators from across Asia. The conference is created by Techsauceand HUBBA, Thailand’s biggest startup media and publication and community. This year it partners with Digital Ventures, the venture builder arm of SCB, one of the biggest banks in Thailand.

Techsauce Summit 2016: Asia’s Hottest Tech Conference in Thailand
Techsauce Summit 2016: Asia’s Hottest Tech Conference in Thailand

Key Highlights include:

  • For the first time in this region, world’s top 3 accelerators are on same stage – Y Combinator, Techstars and 500 Startups
  • Silicon Valley coming to Thailand! Such as Co-founder of Cruise Automation (Acquired by General Motor), Co-founder of Parse (Acquired by Facebook)
  • Good of international companies who want to enter to SEA market
  • Get first-hand tips about marketing to a SEA audience from the ‘regional unicorns’, Garena
  • The event will be attended by all the top enterprises from various industries such as Banking, Telco, Retails, Food and Agriculture as well as Thailand’s SMB founders
  • Speak to the top 100 influencers/founders/startups from the region who will be opening booths at the event
  • The top VC Speed Dating event where you get to meet up with 50 VCs
  • All-day-long schedule of in-depth discussions on the 7 Hottest Vertical Stages
  • For enterprises: a sharing of business models to achieve the best success when working with startups by Arnaud Bonzom (Director of corporation innovation 500 Startups)
  • A healthy roster of more than 50 world-class speakers
  • Unique experience with Thai hospitality, culture and smile you won’t get from a conference elsewhere
  • Most Epic After Party

The summit will be happening on July 23 – 24th (Saturday – Sunday) at the 5-star Centara Grand Convention Hall 2016 in the heart of the Bangkok Downtown.

Go to and grab your ticket or make your presence by registering for a booth or a pitch competition. Be excited about your unique tech conference experience in Thailand.

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June 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

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INEOS Styrolution Helps Seoyon E-Hwa Bring Brilliance to the Front Grill of Hyundai’s New Kia K5

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— Seoyon E-Hwa selects INEOS Styrolution Luran® S 778T (ASA) for its dimensional stability and lasting premium appearance
— Complements of its excellent adhesive properties, the polymer is an ideal substrate for hot stamp foils over intricate structures

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — INEOS Styrolution, the world leader in styrenics, has been selected by Seoyon E-Hwa as the thermoplastic supplier for the front grill on Hyundai’s new Kia K5, JFc model. Seoyon E-Hwa, a leading Tier 1 automotive molder headquartered in Korea, manufactures the front grills for Hyundai motor group (Dongfeng Yueda Kia) using one of INEOS Styrolution’s specialty styrenic grades, Luran S 778T. Offering customer’s design flexibility and lasting premium aesthetic value, this Luran S grade’s excellent adhesion properties also make it an ideal substrate for decorative foils, such as those produced by KURZ*.

Front grill of Hyundai's new Kia K5, JFc model (image courtesy of INEOS Styrolution).
Front grill of Hyundai’s new Kia K5, JFc model (image courtesy of INEOS Styrolution).

Key points:

  • Seoyon E-Hwa selects INEOS Styrolution Luran S 778T (ASA) for its dimensional stability and lasting premium high-gloss appearance: Hyundai motor group tasked Seoyon E-Hwa to build a front grill for the new K5, JFc model. The grill design is unique for Hyundai motor group, in that it possesses an intricate diamond-like appearance. Working in collaborative innovation, INEOS Styrolution helped Seoyon E-Hwa identify the right styrenic polymer that would offer the aesthetic and performance properties Hyundai motor group was looking for as the structural material of the grill and substrate for the hot stamp foil from KURZ.
    The distinctive design of Hyundai’s front grill is made possible by the strong dimensional stability and premium, high-gloss appearance of the acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) grade, Luran S 778T. The polymer’s moisture resistance further helps boost the grill’s performance in adverse weather conditions, such as rain and snow. Further benefits of Luran S 778T for car manufacturers are the ability to eliminate the need for paint by offering a luxurious, high-gloss finish for car exterior trims and housings, while a UV stabilization package ensures a superior level of gloss and color retention even after years of sun and weather exposure. The polymer’s deep black color not only enhances the grill’s premium look but also offers sustainability and cost advantages in that eliminates the need for paint.
  • Complementing its excellent adhesive properties, the polymer is an ideal substrate for hot stamp foils over intricate structures: Luran S 778T also offers a stable surface for precision foil application and adhesion. This made it possible to employ the use of a hot stamp foil produced by the decorative foil manufacturer KURZ. Unlike chrome plating, the use of hot stamp foil eliminates the need to mask the entire grill. Without the adhesive surface property of the ASA substrate, it would have been impossible to precision apply the foil to achieve the desired brilliant appearance.


The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils, stamping tools and machines for a large variety of applications for different industries.


Engineering Development Team, Seoyon E-Hwa: “As a supplier to one of Asia’s most iconic automotive brands, it is imperative we have material suppliers we can partner with to provide the right solutions for our customers. Seoyon E-Hwa has that kind of partnership with INEOS Styrolution.”

SungBeom Park, Asia Pacific Lead, Automotive, INEOS Styrolution: “Our team serving the automotive industry prides itself in working closely with customers to identify and develop the right solution for their application needs. We are very pleased that Hyundai and Seoyon E-Hwa have selected INEOS Styrolution for their front grill application.”

About INEOS Styrolution

INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.

More information:


Hui Boon Kwa
Communications Manager Asia Pacific
INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte Ltd
111 Somerset Road
#08-01/02 TripleOne Somerset
Singapore 238164
Phone: +65 69338373

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June 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

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New Streaming App Dedicated to Helping People Transform Their Health

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BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — The founders of Food Matters, Hungry For Change and FMTV have just launched a brand new App for iOS and debuted the service on Apple TV.

For those that don’t know what FMTV is, Joe Cross (Fat Sick & Nearly Dead) sums it up quite nicely: “Think of it as the Netflix® for health-related documentaries”.

Co-founder of FMTV and Food Matters, James Colquhoun says “FMTV has helped to transform thousands of people’s lives across the globe. The impact of a powerful documentary, a simple healthy recipe tutorial, online health program or an expert interview simply can’t be ignored. They are one of the quickest, easiest ways to help you change your health.

But so many of us are constantly on the go. That’s why Laurentine and I wanted to make it even easier for you to access FMTV. Now with FMTV on Apple TV, and available as an app on any iOS device, health and wellness inspiration is literally at your fingertips, 24/7!”

In 2014, FMTV revolutionized the way we learn about health and wellness with an online video streaming service. Now with over 700 films and guided video programs to follow, FMTV provides the tools you need to help take care of your health, and the health of your loved ones no matter where you are in the world!

Today’s launch of the FMTV app gives you unprecedented access to a wide variety of life-changing videos. Whether you’re travelling the world or tuning in from the comfort of your own home you can:

  • Watch documentaries that get you excited about life,
  • Create delicious, nourishing recipes with step-by-step cooking videos,
  • Revitalize with yoga or pilates classes anytime, anywhere,
  • Connect with global health experts and ask your health questions,
  • And so much more!

It’s never been easier for you to take control of your health!

The app was designed to empower you, no matter where you are in the world and has all the same features and benefits current members love, including:

  • A database of inspirational documentaries, delicious healthy recipes, yoga classes, meditations, expert interviews, and more!
  • ‘I want to’ categories, providing direct access to the wellness topics that matter to them most,
  • The ability to join “programs” exclusive to FMTV, including an exclusive 3-Day Detox, and the Total Wellness Summit, with many more programs coming soon!
  • A ‘Now Playing’ option allowing you to indulge your curiosity and be entertained by a constant stream of inspirational, thought-provoking films,
  • And the ability to manage your account, view your favorites and your usage history.

Simply download the app for free, then for only $9.99 a month (with a 7 day free trial), you’ll have access to inspirational, educational videos to ignite a powerful health revolution across the world… starting with your own personal wellness journey!

James, Laurentine and the FMTV team are dedicated to providing the best health and wellness online streaming channel on earth, curating only the best videos to help you on your health journey, and in turn, leave the world a better place than they found it.

Press play and watch your health transform.

For more information:

James Colquhoun, Co-Founder of FMTV, is available for a limited number of interviews by request. Please email Larina for availability.

Larina Robinson
(+61) 7 3040 7073

Source: Food Matters
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June 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm

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AXA Asia Reveals New 5-year Strategic Plan to Accelerate Towards over 100 Million Customers by 2030

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — At an AXA Group investor conference held today in Paris, AXA Asia revealed its ambitious strategic plan for the next five years, with the objective of growing underlying earnings by 10-12% CAGR from EUR551 million in 2015 to ca. EUR900 million in 2020.

While the insurance market in Asia is anticipated to grow 6-7%[1] per year through economic growth, closing of the savings and protection gaps and the rise of the middle class, AXA Asia’s objective is to outperform the market growth by 4-5% to achieve underlying earnings CAGR of 10-12% between 2015 and 2020 to further accelerate its contribution to the underlying earnings of AXA Group. AXA Asia’s underlying earnings grew at 17% on average and more than doubled over the 2010 to 2015 period.  In 2015, AXA Asia accounted for 25% of the New Business Value (NBV) of AXA Group, and contributed to 16% of AXA Group’s underlying earnings growth from 2011 to 2015.

Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, member of the AXA Group Management Committee and Regional Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia said, With the successful delivery of our Ambition AXA strategic plan from 2011 to 2015, AXA Asia has built a leading, diversified and profitable platform in the region. Leveraging our unique advantage as an established composite insurer covering 8 markets and 20 million customers, our focus for the next five years will be on the transformation of our entire organisation as the customer-centric insurer, enabling us to anticipate, prevent, protect and care for those we serve. This will enable us to capitalise on the region’s evolving needs and accelerate our growth during this new phase.

The objective of outpacing the market growth will be achieved through the acceleration of a number of proven key enablers including the following four:

  1. Leveraging AXA’s unique partnership portfolio
  2. Reaching new customer segments
  3. Delivering more value from AXA’s existing customer base
  4. Improving the business mix

Leveraging AXA’s unique partnership portfolio

AXA has established a proven track record of successful partnerships. Now, AXA’s Asia ambition is to further leverage these strong relationships around the region, including ICBC and Tian Ping in China, Krungthai inThailand and Bank Mandiri in Indonesia, to address a combined base of over 700 million customers in Asia.

Laurent Josi noted, In China, ICBC-AXA Life started operations in 2012 and has already become the #1 international insurer in Life & Savings[2]. However, we have enormous untapped potential ahead of us, which is to leverage the largest bancassurance deal in the world, as we currently have only reached less than 1% of ICBC’s customers in China.

Reaching new customer segments

As more and more customers in Asia will progress from the lower income segments to the developing middle class, AXA wants to grow its offering and business along with them to become their partners and a leader in the highly under-insured emerging middle class segment with a target of serving over 35 million customers in this segment by 2020.  Based on this target and customer demographics, AXA Asia will offer simple yet innovative products focusing on these specific customer needs, with the focus on the strategic markets of Indonesia, India,Thailand and the Philippines through partnerships with in particular Telcos, payment banks and retailers.  In Indonesia, AXA has already sold 1.5 million policies to emerging customers in this segment and maintains a profitable portfolio.  Going forward, AXA Asia is well positioned to capture the market potential and accompany its customers throughout their economic enrichment.

Extracting more value from AXA’s existing customer base

By deploying cross-selling initiatives across the region, AXA’s Asia ambition is to more than double the number of Life & Savings (L&S) and Property & Casualty (P&C) customers with more than one contract.  In Hong Kong, where AXA is the #1 P&C[3] insurer and #5 L&S[3] insurer in its market, there is a clear opportunity to leverage digital capabilities to deepen AXA’s engagement with its customers, as currently only 2% hold both L&S and P&C contracts.

Improving the business mix

With a continual shift of its business mix towards less interest rate sensitive and more profitable products, AXA Asia will focus on developing the Protection & Health and Unit Linked business in L&S, while in P&C, expand into more profitable lifestyle products such as Home, Travel, Personal Accident and Liability.  With a significant proportion of APE already derived from Protection & Health and Unit Linked products, AXA Asia will continue to grow the Lifestyle Premium fourfold from 2015 to 2020.  In Thailand, where AXA is the #3 L&S insurer[4] and where the market has a strong preference for Pure Savings products AXA already managed to start shifting its product mix towards more protection, thereby significantly improving the NBV margin.

Laurent Josi further commented, Off the back of clear and proven growth enablers, our strategic plan will drive AXA Asia’s objective to outpace the market.  Coupled with a strong culture of innovation and a diverse talent base, we have firm foundations to achieve our goal of serving over 100 million customers in Asia by 2030.

Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, member of the AXA Group Management Committee and Regional Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia
Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, member of the AXA Group Management Committee and Regional Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia


1. Source: Munich Re Insurance Market Outlook, AXA estimates

2. Source:  CIRC statistics as of December 31, 2015.

3. Source: For L&S, Office of Commissioner statistics as of September 30, 2015 based on gross written premium for the individual life in-force business. For P&C, Office of Commissioner statistics as of September 30, 2015

4. Source:  TLAA statistics report as of November 30, 2015.


AXA Asia is a market leading insurance player offering a differentiated composite proposition in Life and General Insurance with operational presence in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, mainland China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.   AXA Asia is part of the AXA Group, headquartered in Paris and a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management with a presence in 64 countries.   AXA Asia is committed to creating a sustainable, long-term business for our employees, customers and shareholders.  Follow us on Twitter @AXA_Asia.


The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 166,000 employees serving 103 million clients in 64 countries. In 2015, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 99.0 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.6 billion. AXA had Euro 1,363 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2015.

The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 — Bloomberg: CS FP — Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.

It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.


Certain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements that are predictions of or indicate future events, trends, plans or objectives. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements because, by their nature, they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Please refer to the section “Cautionary statements” in page 2 of AXA’s Document de Référence for the year endedDecember 31, 2012, for a description of certain important factors, risks and uncertainties that may affect AXA’s business. AXA undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

AXA Asia Contacts:

Evonne Inn:  T| 852.2154.9320  E|

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June 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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TCS Wins Major Business Process Services Award in Asia Pacific

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-Frost & Sullivan Names TCS “Asia Pacific Business Process Management Solutions Provider of the Year 2016”

SINGAPORE and MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced it has been recognized as the Asia Pacific Business Process Management Solutions Provider of the Year 2016 by Frost & Sullivan at the research firm’s annual Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Singapore.

Shuishan Lu, Industry Analyst ICT Practice – Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan: “Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is dedicated in offering service positioned to drive organizations’ business excellence, aligned to their imperatives and delivered through a comprehensive business engagement model. With a strong global delivery footprint across industries, TCS successfully differentiated itself to help customers achieve operational efficiency through automation, analytics and business process management services. This guaranteed TCS’ sustainable growth and leadership position in the BPM solutions space.”

Dinanath Kholkhar, Vice President & Global Head of TCS Business Process Services (BPS): “Being named as Asia Pacific Business Process Management Solutions Provider of the Year 2016 is a great honor and huge endorsement for the TCS Business Process Services organization. Asia Pacific is a cornerstone of our global operations, and is growing at a substantial rate – this award is a direct reflection of our commitment to innovation, driving business value and impact as well as the highest levels of quality and service to our clients around the region”.

Girish Ramachandran, President of TCS Asia Pacific: “It’s a great honor to be named Asia Pacific Business Management Solutions Provider of the Year 2016 by Frost & Sullivan, for the fourth time, in the past six years. TCS BPS operations are growing substantially in the region, and the award reflects the outstanding work we are doing for regional and global clients, serviced by our dynamic teams in Philippines, China, India and elsewhere.”

TCS has been named the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan ICT Award for Asia Pacific Business Process Management Solutions Provider of the Year Award and prior iterations in 2015, 2014 and 2012. As stated by Frost, the 2015 award was based on TCS’ commitment to innovation, business insights, and enhanced customer value.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the ICT awards recognize companies demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development their business segments, and their efforts to improve the industry as a whole. The ICT Awards are selected by a panel of 30 analysts and industry leaders.

TCS has large-scale and fast-growing Business Process Services operations in the Asia Pacific region, employing multiple thousands of employees in the Philippines, China, India and other locations, and delivering a broad range of multi-lingual up-stream services to customers in Asia Pacific and around the world.

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?


Enterprises are looking to drive sustainable growth and profitability, and stay relevant to their customers in increasingly regulated, competitive, and global markets. TCS fosters proactive and strategic partnerships with its clients to achieve these goals. Our ValueBPSTM approach helps enterprises achieve significant and sustained business outcomes by leveraging our deep domain expertise and operations redesign methodologies such as FORETM. Our approach also encompasses robotic process automation (RPA), analytics and insights, our unique IT-BPS synergy, Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) models, and business process management (BPM).  TCS’ Business Process Services include core industry-specific processes, analytics and insights, as well as enterprise services such as finance and accounting, HR, and supply chain management. Our cross-industry solutions ensure faster realization of business value. TCS has consistently been recognized as the leader in various service lines by leading analyst firms. More:

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of ITBPS,infrastructureengineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year endedMarch 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at  To stay up-to-date on TCS news in Asia Pacific, follow @TCS_AsiaPacific. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News

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June 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

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Indonesia heavy equipment industry: construction is the only positive sector

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-Sales in the construction sector rose from 30 percent as of January-March 2015 to 48 percent as of January-March 2016

JAKARTA, Indonesia  /PRNewswire/ — Falling demand for heavy equipment has resulted in a significant drop in sales. In the first quarter of 2016, sales in almost in all sectors recorded negative growth with the remarkable exception of the construction sector.

As of March 2016, United Tractors, carrying Komatsu products, is the market share leader in the domestic market of heavy equipment with 34 percent, followed by Hitachi (20 percent), Caterpillar (16 percent), Kobelco (15 percent) and other brands (15 percent). From January to March 2016, Komatsu sold only 499 units, a 35 percent decrease from the same period of last year, which saw the sale of 763 units. The largest degree of negative growth took place in the forestry and mining sectors, suffering a 58 percent and 59 percent decrease, respectively (Source: The Jakarta Post).

The data also shows that sales in the construction sector rose from 30 percent as of January-March 2015 to 48 percent as of January-March 2016. In the last few years, demand for heavy equipment in the construction sector has increased as the government’s infrastructure projects have started to kick in.

With the issuance of a related decree in 2015, imposed since March 31 of this year, heavy equipment is now categorized as a non-motor vehicle. Various businesses in construction, plantations, and ports using heavy equipment are now relieved from the many taxes generally imposed on motor vehicles. Hope also arises from heavy equipment manufacturers. Jamaludin, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Industrial Heavy Equipment (Hinabi), has welcomed the decree and hopes that it will relieve consumers in Indonesia and drive demand.

To learn more and meet the players that shape the construction industry, visit Concrete Show South East Asia inJakarta during 14-16 September 2016. The leading business event and learning platform for the Concrete and Construction Industry in South East Asia – organized by UBM – gathers over 200 companies from 28 countries which share technology, insight and create real growth opportunities for Indonesia and the region.

ABOUT the organizer
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organizer 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 31 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 21 trade publications, 18 online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

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Source: UBM

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June 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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