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VOILÀ Hotel Rewards Announces L.A. Hotel Loyalty Rewards at California’s The L.A. Hotel Downtown

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — VOILÀ Hotel Rewards (, the world’s number one independent hotel loyalty program, today announced an innovative loyalty program with the newly renovated The L.A. Hotel Downtown ( that offers free membership as well as worldwide points and travel perks.

With L.A. Hotel Loyalty Rewards, members will earn 10 VOILÀ points for every dollar they spend during qualifying stays at The L.A. Hotel Downtown and other participating VOILÀ network hotels worldwide. Points can be redeemed for complimentary hotel Award Nights, airline miles, online merchandise or even charitable donations. Additionally, members receive exclusive travel perks that may include priority check-ins, room-class upgrades, or personalized welcome amenities.

“We are excited to announce the L.A. Hotel Loyalty Rewards. We want to show our appreciation for our most loyal guests by rewarding them with travel benefits they will actually use,” said Virginia Clark, General Manager at The L.A. Hotel Downtown. “We listened and paid careful attention to what our guests wanted when we designed our new loyalty program with VOILÀ. Whenever travelers book a stay at The L.A. Hotel Downtown, they’ll earn points and have exciting ways to spend them.”

The L.A. Hotel Downtown is a newly renovated upscale, high-rise hotel located in the heart of Los Angeles near the city’s financial, entertainment, and theater districts. The hotel’s 469 generously sized and stylishly furnished rooms feature impressive floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views, large flat-screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, and marble and stone baths. On-site amenities include a bar, restaurant, heated outdoor pool, business center, over 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness center. Guests of the hotel can enjoy professional sports or premier concerts at the nearby Staples Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad and MOCA Museums, Bunker Hill, the Music Center and Grand Park are all within walking distance.

“Our goal in developing a white-labeled guest loyalty program with The L.A. Hotel Downtown was to provide guests with exposure to some of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions while earning rewards at a variety of independent hotels worldwide,” said Peter Gorla, managing director of VOILÀ Hotel Rewards. “We consider it vital to empower our partner hoteliers to know their members personally and deliver a unique customer engagement experience that exceeds their guests’ needs.”

VOILÀ, the world’s number one loyalty program for independent hotels, lets members enjoy rewards and earning opportunities at independent hotels and resorts around the globe. Instead of limiting earnings to one brand, members can travel to countless locations, stay at any participating VOILÀ hotel worldwide, and still earn points. VOILÀ points can be redeemed with a wide range of partners and for free hotel stays. Additional perks include room-class upgrades, tailored pre-arrival room preferences, priority check-in, and privileged access to hotel amenities, including the The L.A. Hotel Downtown’s fitness facility.

The L.A. Hotel Loyalty Rewards program will launch September 1st, 2016. For complete details about the VOILÀ Hotel Rewards program, please visit

About The L.A. Hotel Downtown

The L.A. Hotel Downtown is a newly renovated, modern, contemporary oasis in the heart of the downtown LA financial, entertainment and theater district. Relax in our soaring, light-filled lobby sampling a local craft beer or fine wine in BAR9. Enjoy some of the finest cuisine in LA at Ziran, which has hosted private dinners for the American Chef’s Federation and the James Beard Foundation. We are located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, less than 1 mile from LA Live, Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks, the Microsoft Theater (home of the Grammys) and the LA Convention Center. We are within walking distance to The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad and MOCA Museums, Bunker Hill, the Music Center and Grand Park. We are just blocks from some of LA’s hottest restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Please see for more information.

About VOILÀ Hotel Rewards

VOILÀ is the world’s number one loyalty program that unites hundreds of select independent hotels comprising over 30 select global hotel brands. The program first launched in 2008 and has developed a reputation among travelers who like to stay in original, up-market independent properties for its compelling promotions, ease of use and simple, quick redemption process.

VOILÀ’s co-branded, fully customized guest loyalty programs support travelers who frequent hotels and groups including Al Areen Palace And Spa, Americas Golden Tower, Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Casa Lucila, Chesapeake Beach Resort And Spa, Dakotah Lodge, Deville, Grand Beach Hotel, HB Hotels, Husa Hoteles, Icon Hotel, Inn At Fox Hollow, KC Hotels, L.E. Hotels Rewards, Lexington Rewards, LivINN Hotels, Luzeiros Hotels, Makarem Group, Matsubara Hoteis, Oro Verde, Othon, Park Perks, Parkway Plaza Hotel, Ritz Lagoa Da Anta, St Giles Hotel, St. Regis, Stand Out, Swiss International, Time Hotels, Trust Club, and Villa Morra.

VOILÀ’s points-based frequency guest program provides recognition benefits and room redemption opportunities at participating network hotels. But unlike big chain programs, VOILÀ enables independent hotel groups to maintain their branding and unique qualities. To achieve this, VOILÀ provides hotel- or group-branded solutions for our partner hotels, with VOILÀ acting as the supporting network (similar to Star Alliance or OneWorld for frequent flyer programs). VOILÀ’s global presence allows members to earn and redeem points across a wide variety of hotels and redemption partners in the VOILÀ global network.

In addition to Award Night rewards, VOILÀ’s members benefit by redeeming their points with a large number of global redemption partners, including American Advantage – Gift Card, Flying Blue – AIR FRANCE and KLM, Frontier’s EarlyReturns®, Hawaiian Miles, Regal Wings, Saga Club, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, TrueBlue, TudoAzul, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic flyingclub; charitable causes such as Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Kiva, Kula, The Children’s Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education, Inc. (C.A.R.E.); Digital Music & Games such as iTunes; and retail partners such as Amazon Europe, Gift Card (email delivery), BEST BUY, Boots, Cabelas, Canadian Tire, Debenhams, Emaar Gift Card, Facebook Gift Card, FuelCircle, MagsforPoints, Majid Al Futtaim Mall Gift Card, Mango, Multiplus Fidelidade, Options Gift Card, Overstock™ Gift Card, Shoppers Drug Mart, Ski Dubai, Smiles, Starbucks Card, Visa® Gift Card, iFly Dubai.

From the consumer’s perspective, this means members can enjoy the rich experiences and extraordinary qualities independent hotels offer while earning points and receiving benefits typically tied to big chain loyalty programs.

For more information, please visit: (participating hotels) (hotel and redemption partners) (VOILÀ-branded member website)

VOILÀ Hotel Rewards
Mr. Peter Gorla
Managing Director
Direct: +1 (949) 260-9538

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August 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

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Etiqa Sharpens its Competitive Edge in a More Liberal Insurance Market

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-Taking stock of shifting industry changes, the insurance provider now has every facet of customer information at its fingertips
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Etiqa’s recent deployment of Informatica’s customer-centric master data management (MDM) system reinforces the company’s commitment to its total customer relationship strategy and its ongoing efforts to create new market opportunities.

Having a single platform with a customer-centric view helps Etiqa attract and retain insurance customers and grow revenues – Kamaludin Ahamad, CEO of Maybank Ageas Holdings Bhd (MAHB)
Having a single platform with a customer-centric view helps Etiqa attract and retain insurance customers and grow revenues – Kamaludin Ahmad, CEO of Maybank Ageas Holdings Bhd (MAHB)
Etiqa worked closely with Informatica Partner, Emerio, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications company, on the architecture, development, management and integration of the systems onto the MDM platform. A global IT services and solutions partner and a leading system integrator in Southeast Asia, Emerio is highly experienced in implementing and integrating technology solutions across various industries.

The MDM system provides Etiqa with better control of its data, enabling the company to build a consolidated customer profile as it pursues new avenues of growth in a more open and competitive Malaysian insurance market.

“We have one platform for accessing, integrating, cleansing, and governing our customer data. This customer-centric view across general and life insurance lines of business plays a powerful role in helping Etiqa attract and retain insurance customers and grow revenues,” said Kamaludin Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Maybank Ageas Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

A multichannel provider of life and general insurance services and Takaful products, Etiqa is a subsidiary of the Maybank Group, one of Asia’s leading financial institutional groups.

With the MDM solution, Etiqa is building for the future. It has shifted from a product-centric view to focusing on a customer’s holistic relationship with Etiqa across all its businesses. This customer-centric approach gives Etiqa a 360-degree view of customer relationships with the company, as well as their interests, preferences, and activities.

Having access to accurate and enriched customer information allows Etiqa to personalise its products and price them more competitively and quickly based on an individual customer’s profile and history.

“This is a game changer,” said James Lee, Head of Channel Applications & Enterprise Architecture, Etiqa. “Besides delivering a powerful platform for MDM, we also have the flexibility to conduct data integration, profiling, migration and other processes – all within the same platform.”

In addition, the system enables Etiqa to integrate information from new channels such as social media. Information on lifestyle and other interests enhances Etiqa’s customer information base and helps identify new marketing opportunities.

Informatica’s technology leadership position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, ease of use, and straightforward deployment were some reasons why Etiqa chose Informatica MDM.

“Informatica is the provider of enterprise data integration and data management solutions to Etiqa. We are excited to have extended our technology partnership with Etiqa,” said Sivadas Ramadas, Managing Director, Informatica ASEAN. “Data powers business. With Informatica Customer MDM, Etiqa can enjoy a customer-centric view of their business to better attract, retain and grow profitable and sustainable policyholder relationships. This is Insurance Customer 360 at work.”

“Emerio understands that information management is of special concern for companies in the financial sector industry. Because of Etiqa’s position as a trusted insurer, solid data quality management and good governance were priorities right from the very start of our partnership,” said Michael Warren, Managing Director, Emerio “This MDM solution is ideal for insurance sector companies as it is built with ACORD**-compliant capabilities.”

Michael added, “Quick access to good information is important, but ultimately our customer has to be fully satisfied that such data is not only trustworthy, but remains secure at all times.”

** Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development

About Etiqa

Etiqa is a subsidiary of the Maybank Group, one of Asia’s leading financial institutional groups. Etiqa is a multi-channel distributor of Insurance and Takaful products via its 24,000 agency force, more than 27 Insurance and Takaful branches, more than 400 Maybank branches, ATMs and other third-party banks, providing full accessibility and total convenience to customers, unmatched by any other. For further information, please go to

About Emerio

Emerio, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications company is a global IT services and solutions provider focused on helping clients improve business competitiveness, efficiency and return on investment (ROI). Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Singapore, Emerio currently has over 2,200+ employees across 11 countries with delivery centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines and Thailand. Find out more about Emerio at or

About Informatica

Informatica is 100 percent focused on data because the world runs on data. Organizations need business solutions around data for the cloud, big data, real-time and streaming. Informatica is the world’s No. 1 provider of data management solutions, in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment. More than 7,000 organizations around the world turn to Informatica for data solutions that power their businesses. For more information, call +65 6396-6679, or visit Connect with Informatica at, and

Media enquiries:

Stella Lee
Senior Marketing Manager
Tel: +612 2782183

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Source: Emerio (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

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August 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

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MoneyGram Connects South Asia Community through Cricket

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Bringing our customers closer to their passion for cricket

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram, an official sponsor of all ICC Tournaments, invited Tamim Iqbal, the Bangaldeshi cricketer, to bring South Asian fans in Malaysia closer to cricket. MoneyGram customers in Kuala Lumpur will have a chance to meet the famous player in person in selected agent locations on August 7.

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Tamim Iqbal made his One Day International debut in 2007 and played his first Test the following year. He is a left-handed opening batsman and statistically the country’s most successful run scorer to date. Iqbal is also Bangladesh’s highest century maker in international matches with 14 centuries, combining all forms of cricket and the highest run scorer in T20 World Cup 2016 hosted in India.

“At MoneyGram we constantly strive to ‘bring people closer’ through reliable money transfer services which connect the whole families. As cricket plays such an important role in the everyday life of South Asian community, there is no better platform to bring t those people closer across geographies”, says Raj Dhorkay, MoneyGram’s Regional Head of Malaysia, Brunei and Indo-China. “I’m sure that our commitment to cricket had certainly helped to establish MoneyGram as a preferred brand for South Asians around the world.”

The two day program in Kuala Lumpur will start on August 6 with a press event followed by a friendly match. The winning team would be awarded with prizes handed by Tamim who will also share his coaching tips with the team members on the field. MoneyGram customers and community members would also get a chance to meet Tamim Iqbal in person on August 7, when he will be visiting selected agent locations in Kuala Lumpur. This would be a good opportunity for MoneyGram’s customers to take a picture with a renowned player and also get an autograph during the worker’s off day.

According to World Bank estimates, $15bn flowed in 2015 to Bangladesh, one of world’s key remittance markets. By bringing in the popular cricketer to Kuala Lumpur, MoneyGram continues to connect and grow its long-term relationship with South Asian community living in Malaysia.

Recently MoneyGram announced a renewal of its agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and became an official sponsor of all tournaments for an additional eight years, until 2023. The new agreement marks an extension of MoneyGram’s initial five-year relationship with the ICC that included sponsorship of the 2011 and 2015 World Cup tournaments.


About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at

Media contact:
Maria Bankiet-Kamińska
Tel: + 48 22 377 2185
Mob: + 48 885 889 696

Source: MoneyGram International

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August 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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Strengthening Victorian and Malaysian Connections

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-Comedy Festival fosters closer ties
KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — It was a night full of laughter at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival held in Kuala Lumpur and Penang recently, hosted by the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) for South East Asia.

Helen Rowell, VGBO’s Executive Director welcomed the 100-over strong crowd, “Melbourne’s arts scene is brimming with ideas and satire which transcend borders. It’s wonderful to see so many friends here.” This is the second year the VGBO is hosting the event for its Victorian Connection members.

The cream of five stand-up comedians included some of the best names in the scene, including Phil Wang (UK), Ivan Aristeguieta, Bob Franklin, Sam Taunton and Singapore’s Sharul Channa who brought non-stop laughter to the audience with their quick wit and sharp puns.

The 135-minute show took stage in all Australian city capitals, before taking its bag of tickles to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

“The comedy acts were hilarious yet able to hint at how similar we are despite our cultural differences and that at the core of it, human nature is the same everywhere. A timely reminder of why Melbourne will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Fong Wai Hong, co founder of Storehub and University of Melbourne alumni. He was also nominated as one of the top 100 influential people in Melbourne by The Age Melbourne Magazine.

I am glad to have had the opportunity to connect with our friends from Melbourne — and find others with whom we can relate common experiences,” It reminded us of our best times in Victoria, said Dr Selvakumar, an alumni from Victoria University.

“A comedy powerhouse treat from Melbourne! I was laughing from start to finish,” said Michelle Kum, an alumni from University of Melbourne who had studied and lived in Melbourne for a couple of years.

Victoria is currently the destination of choice for Malaysians furthering their academic interests in Australia. There are currently about 10,417 Malaysians pursuing their tertiary studies at Victoria’s world class universities, colleges and Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutes.

Comedians’ Profile

Sharul Channa (Singapore) is a stand-up comic with razor sharp wit. She was the hit of Comedy Zone Asia 2016 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and on the Roadshow across Australia.

Phil Wang (UK) performed on The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and appeared as a regular character in BBC3’s acclaimed new sitcom Top Coppers.

Ivan Aristegueita became a full time comedian after having a successful career as a Brew Master and Food Technologist in his home country of Venezuela. He offers hilarious observations of Australian culture.

Bob Franklin is an award-winning comedian, writer, director, author and actor. Some of his greatest comedy achievements include appearances in Please Like Me, Worst Year of My Life Again, Talking ’bout Your Generation and Thank God You’re Here.

Sam Taunton is emerging as one of the most charming acts and in-demand hosts in the country.

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About Victorian Connection – Malaysia Chapter

The Victorian Connection is a networking group that connects professional Victorian expatriates, repatriates, alumni and those interested in doing business with Victoria, Australians who live outside of Australia, as well as Victorians in Australia who are interested in export or trade.

About the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO)

Established in 2009, the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) in South East Asia is operated by the State Government of Victoria to help promote Victorian trade and investment in the region. Through a variety of programmes and business initiatives, the VGBO assists Victorian exporters and provides assistance to South East Asian regional companies and organisations to source products and services, business introductions and investment opportunities with Victoria. For information, please visit

Source: Victorian Government Business Office South East Asia
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August 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm

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FrieslandCampina Asia Wins CMO Asia Best Use of Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Award for the Second Consecutive Year

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — FrieslandCampina, one of the world’s biggest dairy companies, was announced the winner of ‘Best Use of CSR Practices’ at CMO Asia’s 6th Best CSR Practices Awards 2016 ceremony held in Singapore today. This is the second consecutive win by the Company.

FrieslandCampina Asia wins the ‘Best Use of Corporate Social Responsibility Practices’ award at CMO Asia’s 6th Best CSR Practices Awards Ceremony. This is the second consecutive win by the company.
FrieslandCampina Asia wins the ‘Best Use of Corporate Social Responsibility Practices’ award at CMO Asia’s 6th Best CSR Practices Awards Ceremony. This is the second consecutive win by the company.
The award recognises corporate sustainability and responsibility programmes that have made a positive impact on the lives of the communities in which companies operate. FrieslandCampina’s multi-stakeholder approach to its CSR programmes, combined with its aim of Creating Shared Value across the entire dairy value chain from suppliers to consumers won over the judges for demonstrating sustainability and long-term commitment and impact.

FrieslandCampina actively works with multiple stakeholders from governments to businesses and civil society through public-private partnerships and stakeholder engagement activities in all of its initiatives with the aim of addressing food and nutrition security challenges in Asia. These initiatives are driven by the Company’s “Nourishing by Nature” purpose, which is to provide better nutrition for the world, and better livelihoods for farmers now and for generations to come.

In its Dairy Development Programme for instance, FrieslandCampina works with 45,000 farmers across the region, local governments, employees and non-governmental organisations to raise the productivity, quantity and quality of milk produced by smallholder farms. These have led to increased incomes and improved livelihoods for smallholders in Asia.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Piet Hilarides, Chief Operating Officer Consumer Products Asia, FrieslandCampina, said: “Working together with our partners is integral to our CSR strategy and the way we do business.

“Via multi-stakeholder partnerships, we collaborate with and align our CSR goals with that of local governments and key stakeholders. This not only enables us to achieve food and nutrition security for the region, but also ensures that our license to operate in the countries we work in is maintained long into the future.”

The 6th Best CSR Practices Awards 2016 is presented by CMO Asia.

For more information, please contact:

Media Contacts


Ada Wong, Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Asia

T: +65-6850-7931


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Emma Thompson / Stephanie Tan

T: +65-9107-5559


About Royal FrieslandCampina

Every day Royal FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients. With annual revenue of 11.3 billion euros, FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies, supplying consumer and professional products, as well as ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers of infant & toddler nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector around the world. FrieslandCampina has offices in 32 countries and over 22,000 employees, and its products are available in more than 100 countries. The Company is fully owned by Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A, with over 19,000 member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium — making it one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives.

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About FrieslandCampina Consumer Products Asia

FrieslandCampina’s Consumer Products Asia business group consists of operating companies that are active in the consumer products segment in Asia. FrieslandCampina has acquired excellent positions in many countries with strong brands and a wide range of products. These activities have a long and rich history. The export of dairy from Western Europe began back in the 1920s. The range of long shelf life products has expanded significantly: from milk powder, condensed milk, infant and children’s nutrition to dairy drinks, yoghurts and desserts. FrieslandCampina has operating companies in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. In Asia we market brands that have acquired strong positions. Dutch Lady is legendary in Malaysia and Vietnam, Foremost is a leading brand in Thailand, Frisian Flag is widely known in Indonesia.

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August 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers Announce Merger

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-Transaction Combines Three Leading Global Providers of Container Solutions
HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — Hoover Container Solutions (“Hoover”), Ferguson Group (“Ferguson”) and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers (“CCC”), three of the leading global providers of container solutions products in the energy, petrochemical and general industrial markets, announce that they are merging to form Hoover Ferguson Group (“HFG”).

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Global supply chain solutions company, Brambles Limited, the owner of Ferguson and CCC, and First Reserve, the owner of Hoover, a leading private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy, reached an agreement on August 5, 2016 to form a 50:50 joint venture through the merger.

Hoover Ferguson Group brings together three industry-leading service providers with demonstrated commitments to world-class customer service, operational excellence and quality. The combined HFG business will provide their full range of customers with leading products and solutions through an unparalleled global network of more than 70 service centers and 550 expert team members.

The new company will have a leading market presence in every major energy basin and petrochemical manufacturing center, with more than 110,000 rental units worldwide. HFG will also be a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of a comprehensive range of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and offshore workspace and accommodation modules. This combination presents a leader in the IBC, cargo carrying unit (CCUs) and offshore modules segments by delivering a globally diverse platform providing customers with a full suite of products and services.

Donald W. Young, CEO of Hoover, will lead the new company, supported by a management team comprised of senior executives from Ferguson, CCC, Hoover and Brambles. He commented: “This strategic merger is a great opportunity for all three companies to expand complementary products and service offerings while also broadening our relationships with existing and potential customers. This will strengthen our product and service line offering worldwide. Hoover Ferguson Group combines the very best people, solutions and industry expertise which allows us to continue to provide quality products and unparalleled customer service to all of our clients.”

Neil Wizel, Managing Director at First Reserve stated: “This is a great moment for Hoover, and we are excited to continue our support of Donnie Young and his team through this transformative merger. Hoover has proven to be an accomplished operator and reliable solutions provider for its customers. We believe this merger represents an opportunity for Hoover to expand its capabilities and offerings on a global scale, and we look forward to working in partnership with Brambles to grow the combined business and further enhance the company’s offering to its customers.”

Tom Gorman, CEO of Brambles, remarked: “Brambles is excited to partner with First Reserve in the creation of HFG, a new, truly-global provider of logistics services to the oil and gas and chemical sectors. Along with industry and supply-chain expertise, the enhanced scale and strong capital structure of HFG provide it with a solid foundation from which to grow and support its customers. We expect a smooth integration of Ferguson, CCC and Hoover that reflects the close cultural fit and long history of operational excellence and customer focus.”

The merger transaction anticipates completion during October 2016, subject to regulatory clearance and the satisfaction of customary conditions. Please visit for more information.

For more information contact:

Hoover Ferguson Group


First Reserve

Joan Carter

Hoover Ferguson Group

Tel: +1 832.295.6202

Steven McGhee

Senior Director,

Global Marketing & Cross Sector Sales


Tel: +44 7831 678234

Jonathan Keehner / Julie Oakes

Joele Frank / Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Tel: +1 212.355.4449

Hoover Group, Inc. is an integrated service provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units, and other related products and services to the global energy, petrochemical and general industrial end markets. The company provides its customers with comprehensive liquid and cargo containment solutions as well as a range of complementary services including cleaning, refurbishment, remote tracking and recertification. Hoover was founded in 1911 and today has a rental fleet of over 60,000 units consisting of various chemical tanks and cargo carrying units. Hoover has been a First Reserve portfolio company since January 2015.

Ferguson Group, founded in 1976 and headquartered in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, employs [200] people worldwide and is part of the global supply chain solutions company, Brambles Limited. From its bases in the UK, Norway, Australia, Singapore, UAE and partners globally, the team provides equipment rental solutions to the oil and gas industry. Ferguson Group’s product portfolio includes offshore transportation containers, refrigerated containers (via IceBlue Refrigeration Offshore), as well as accommodation, workspace, and ancillary modules. The company is committed to providing exceptional customer service and the highest quality products designed to meet DNV 2.7-1/EN 12079 certification standards. Ferguson Group has also achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 accreditations.

CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers (CCC), part of the global supply chain solutions company, Brambles Limited, provides a complete catalyst and chemical management solution for domestic and intercontinental supply chain movements. The petroleum refining, gas processing, and petrochemical manufacturing industries face challenging regulatory, safety and cost control environments and CHEP CCC’s experience in these industries allows it to support its customers in various ways. These include the packaging and transport of hazardous and non-hazardous materials by road, rail or sea. CHEP helps the world’s largest petrochemical companies improve their cost and asset visibility.

Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB) is a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands. Brambles enhances performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. The Group’s primary activity is the provision of reusable unit-load equipment such as pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple participants throughout the supply chain, under a model known as “pooling”. Brambles primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries, counting many of the world’s best-known brands among its customers. The Group also operates specialist container logistics businesses serving the automotive, aerospace and oil and gas sectors. Brambles has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia, but operates in more than 60 countries, with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. Brambles employs more than 14,000 people and owns more than 500 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 850 service centers. For further information, please visit

First Reserve is a leading global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, the Firm has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised approximately USD $31 billion of aggregate capital since inception. Putting these to work, First Reserve has completed more than 575 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions), creating several notable energy companies throughout the Firm’s history. Its portfolio companies operate on six continents, spanning the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure. For more information, please visit:

Hoover Container Solutions
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August 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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Ayla Networks Establishes Comprehensive and Strategic IoT Relationship with Chinese Appliance Manufacturing Giant Midea Smart

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-Midea will leverage Ayla’s IoT technology and global market leadership to develop connected HVAC products and expand its reach to new geographic markets
SHENZHEN, China /PRNewswire/ — Midea, a $21 billion manufacturer of consumer appliances and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, has selected the Ayla Networks Internet of Things (IoT) platform as its overseas IoT cloud partner for all its connected HVAC products. One of China’s largest manufacturers and the #1 manufacturer in numerous market categories, Midea joins other Chinese top-10 HVAC manufacturers Hisense, TCL and Chonghong in using Ayla’s IoT technology and services for their connected products.

Ayla Networks & Midea Smart, signing ceremony site
Ayla Networks & Midea Smart, signing ceremony site
“Midea laid out its concept for the smart home a long time ago and has established Midea Smart Home Technology Co., Ltd. to focus on the development of that business,” said Li Qiang, general manager of Midea Smart Technology. “This cooperation with Ayla is a major step in the international expansion of Midea Group’s smart home business. As Midea’s third-party cloud platform partner for overseas markets, Ayla will join with Midea to create a globalized structure of intelligent services for smart homes.”

“The Ayla IoT platform now powers four of the top 10 HVAC manufacturers in China, which is powerful testimony to Ayla’s IoT leadership and market position,” said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. “Midea is an enormously successful and future-thinking enterprise, and we look forward to helping them become a dominant player in the global smart home market.”

Midea’s relationship with Ayla Networks is through its Midea Smart Technology business unit. Established in 2014 under the name of Midea Smart Living Lab, Midea Smart Technology is working to integrate all Midea technologies and products lines to become a total solution provider for the smart home industry.

Midea Smart Technology’s M-Smart System supports diversified smart products inside the nearly 50-year-old Midea Group. In addition, Midea Smart Technology is building an M-Smart ecosystem that will provide smart products and solutions to a wide range of business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprises. Already, Midea Smart Technology’s ecosystem includes Ali Cloud, Amazon, Huawei, IBM, LeTV, TCL, Tencent and Xiaomi.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks empowers leading manufacturers by simplifying the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to turn their products into smart connected systems and transform their businesses to compete in the game-changing world of connectivity. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla’s Agile IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla’s investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture and SJF Ventures. For more information, visit


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August 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore Provide Hotel Guests Free Unlimited Data and International Connectivity with the Handy Smartphone Solution

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore have equipped all guestrooms with handy, a smartphone solution that provides registered hotel guests complimentary access to unlimited 4G data, local and international calls, online city guides and ticket bookings to Singapore’s places of interest at their fingertips.

With all of Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s 1,077 rooms and Marina Mandarin Singapore’s 575 rooms now equipped with handy, guests can take their personalised smartphone out of the hotel and stay connected as they travel around and explore Singapore. They are also able to dial directly to hotels’ contact lists including guestrooms, concierge and restaurants.

Seamless connectivity is made possible through free high-speed data connectivity and unlimited local and international phone calls covering 15 countries – Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

Guests can also look forward to useful information on the latest promotional offerings in and around the city through dining and shopping guides preloaded onto the smartphones. In addition, they can navigate around Singapore with ease through built-in travel apps that include Mass Rapid Transit maps and a digital location-based city guide.

To protect guests’ privacy, each device will be restored to its factory settings upon check-out to completely clear all personal data and browsing history that may have been stored during their stay.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore are managed by Meritus Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning hotel management company that has long been established as an icon of world-class Asian hospitality in Singapore.

For more information or to book best rates, visit

Press Contacts:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
DID: +65 6831 6385

Ikram Zainy
Manager, Marketing Communications
Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
DID: +65 6831 6051

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August 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

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Australian ASX Listed Company Hazer Group Produces Synthetic Graphite with A Purity of 99% Using Natural Gas and Iron Ore

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— Hazer produces synthetic graphite of 99% purity under non-optimised conditions
— Initial non-optimised Hazer graphite characteristics show excellent characterisation comparison to high-end commercial forms of graphite such as synthetic spherical graphite used in lithium-ion batteries
— Hazer plans to implement a development and testing roadmap that initially focuses on the lithium-ion battery markets for its high-grade synthetic graphite
— Ongoing commercialisation and scale-up development is underway targeting ongoing improvement of the yield and quality of the hydrogen and graphite produced via the Hazer process
PERTH, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Hazer Group Ltd (“Hazer” or “the Company”) (ASX:HZR, HZRO) is pleased to announce preliminary characterisation results for its initial synthetic graphite production from Hazer’s development work at the University of Sydney. These results are the first to be released since Hazer established its core development operations at the University of Sydney in February. This collaboration has given Hazer access to further expertise and allowed the company to significantly bring forward the commercialisation timeline for the Hazer Process.

The Hazer Process enables the effective conversion of natural gas, and similar feedstocks, into hydrogen and high quality synthetic graphite, using iron ore as a process catalyst.

In conjunction with making key advances in its underlying scale-up process in May this year, the Company has undertaken these initial tests to demonstrate the purity and characteristics of Hazer’s graphite against that of industry grade graphite, including commercial battery grade graphite.

This characterisation and testing process is an important step before embarking on a graphite development program, as it provides the Company with critical benchmark data needed to further optimise the reaction conditions that will improve the yield and quality of the graphite.


Hazer is pleased to announce that it has produced graphite at 99% tgc (total graphite content), through initial methane decomposition and a single stage chemical purification. Importantly, the chemical purification can be undertaken without the use of hydrofluoric acid (HF). Prior to chemical purification, the graphite product harvested directly from the Hazer reactor under non-optimised conditions has tgc purity of 86%.

These results using large-scale laboratory reactors are extremely promising and provide a solid foundation for the ongoing optimisation of Hazer’s reaction conditions to enhance the yield and quality of the graphite produced.

Not only is Hazer’s graphite of high purity, when benchmarking against commercial graphite the general characteristics of Hazer graphite produced under non-optimised conditions show excellent comparison to high-end commercial forms of graphite, including primary synthetic graphite and synthetic spherical graphite, used for upper end lithium-ion batteries, and little resemblance to lower value amorphous carbon AC (Carbon Black).

Hazer’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Andrew Cornejo,

“It is promising that even under non-optimized conditions the characteristics of the graphite produced by the Hazer Process correlates well with commercially available premium graphite. These initial results show that Hazer’s graphite is highly crystalline with few defects, key requirements for high-end graphite markets such as battery applications.”


The synthetic graphite produced by the Hazer Process comes from natural gas using iron ore as a process catalyst. The use of low cost feedstocks, and the simple production of high grade graphite concentrates that can be purified to 99% tgc, gives Hazer the potential to become highly cost competitive in the premium graphite market.


These initial results are very promising and provide a solid foundation for the ongoing development within the Company’s new scaled-up laboratory, based at the University of Sydney.

Since moving into these premises, the Company has constructed and commissioned a Static Bed Reactor, enabling Hazer to assess the effect of different iron ore types and sizes on the hydrogen and graphite product quality. In addition to this reactor, construction and commissioning of a Fluidised Bed Reactor has allowed for the further scale-up of Hazer’s process. This new reactor is capable of generating up to one kilogram of graphite per day, over 3,000 times the amounts previously produced.

The Company has now set in place a development and testing roadmap that focuses on the lithium-ion battery vertical for its graphite product, as well as potential applications in other graphite markets. With additional characterisation testing currently underway, as well as further optimisation of reactor conditions, Hazer hopes to enhance the yield and quality of the graphite produced.

The Company will now start to produce graphite under optimised conditions and plans to send this graphite for independent testing at a globally recognised testing facility. Hazer also plans to develop and test small-scale lithium-ion batteries within its laboratory using synthetic graphite produced from the Hazer Process.

Work also continues towards the design and construction of a pilot plant that will be capable of producing hundreds of kilograms of combined hydrogen and graphite products per day, to be undertaken in 2017. In March Hazer signed an agreement with chemical engineering group Kemplant, who are assisting Hazer with its current scale up development and the design of this initial pilot plant to showcase the Hazer technology.

Hazer Managing Director Geoff Pocock,

“Hazer is extremely pleased with these initial results and believes this will provide a strong platform for further growth, through both optimisation of the core reaction conditions and as we undertake further application testing of Hazer’s graphite for batteries and other key graphite markets.”

Contact Person:

Michael Wills
Investor Engagement & Media Relations
Hazer Group Limited
Phone: +61468385208

See Preliminary Graphite Production Update here:

Source: Hazer Group Ltd.
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August 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

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Faraday 12.5G SerDes PHY Debuts on UMC 28HPC(U) Process

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HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — Faraday Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3035), a leading ASIC design service and IP provider, and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced the availability of Faraday’s 12.5Gbps programmable SerDes PHY IP on UMC’s 28HPCU process technology. The success of Faraday’s 12.5G SerDes PHY development marks the first in a series of joint IP porting projects on UMC’s 28nm High-K Metal Gate process nodes and beyond.

By adopting a programmable architecture that covers data transfer rate from 1.25G to 12.5G bit per second, this SerDes IP can readily support emerging 10G/1G xPON applications, which is the “last mile” broadband access through passive optical networks. In addition, the IP supports extensive interface standards ranging from SGMII, XAUI, QSGMII, USB 3.1, PCIe 3.0, NVM Express, to SATA 3 by combining respective Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) circuits. The versatility of the 12.5G programmable SerDes PHY significantly shortens customer’s SoC design cycle time on 28HPCU.

“As the complexity of SoC integration increases along advanced process nodes, high-speed SerDes PHY technology has become the crucial building block to address a broad range of high-speed I/O interfaces in SoC applications,” said Flash Lin, Chief Operation Officer at Faraday. “28nm High-K Metal Gate technology is widely recognized to be one of foundry industry’s longest node, while UMC’s 28 HPCU demonstrates superior performance over industry benchmarks. We are happy to expand on our comprehensive portfolio of 28HPCU high speed I/O IP solutions with this 12.5G SerDes, and will extend high quality service to ensure streamlined adoption of this IP solution.”

“Faraday currently supplies one of the largest silicon verified IP portfolios across UMC’s processes,” said S.C. Chien, senior vice president of IP Development and Design Support division at UMC. “Their programmable SerDes PHY is a welcome addition to our 28HPCU platform IP resources to help customers broaden their opportunities in emerging high-growth applications. We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration with Faraday for other IP and process technologies in the future.”

About Faraday Technology Corporation

Faraday Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3035) is a leading ASIC design service and IP provider. The broad silicon IP portfolio includes I/O, Cell Library, Memory Compiler, ARM-compliant CPUs, DDR2/3/4, low-power DDR1/2/3, MIPI, V-by-One, MPEG4, H.264, USB 2.0/3.1 Gen 1, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Serial ATA, PCI Express, and programmable SerDes, etc. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and Mainland China.

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About UMC

UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced IC production for applications spanning every major sector of the electronics industry. UMC’s robust foundry solutions enable chip designers to leverage the company’s sophisticated technology and manufacturing, which include 28nm gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, ultra-low power platform processes specifically engineered for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the highest-rated AEC-Q11 Grade-0 automotive industry manufacturing capabilities. UMC’s 10 wafer fabs are located throughout Asia and are able to produce over 500,000 wafers per month. The company employs over 17,000 people worldwide, with offices in Taiwan, Mainland China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at

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August 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

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