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Crossbridge Capital to Launch Online Investment Platform for High Net Worth Investors in Singapore

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-Leading independent wealth management firm collaborates with Pershing and Bambu to bring bespoke digital investment solution to affluent investors
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Crossbridge Capital, the leading independent wealth management firm which provides investment solutions for ultra-high net worth families, today announced plans to launch Singapore’s first digital advisory platform for accredited investors*.

The platform is being developed in collaboration with industry-leading asset management and technology firms, including Bambu and Pershing, a BNY Mellon company. Designed to deliver a premium wealth management experience, it will enable users to take control of their investments and seamlessly access and manage tailored products chosen to match their investment profile and objectives.

Established in 2008, Crossbridge Capital is an independent wealth advisor with approximately US$3 billion from entrepreneurs and families under supervision. The company is regulated in multiple markets and has offices in London, Singapore, Monaco and Malta.

“Crossbridge Capital provides independent and client-centred advice to wealthy investors, backed by access to strong partners and intelligent investment solutions. Our new digital platform will bring the same philosophy but to a wider audience. It empowers clients to utilise the latest technology to manage their investments in their own time and without the high fees of traditional operators.

“History has shown that technology can help people invest smarter. We are bringing together the human investment talent that we have in-house with the latest technology to enhance our service offering to clients and ultimately provide outperformance with lower risk,” said Tarek Khlat, Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Crossbridge Capital.

The advisory platform is being developed by B2B platform provider Bambu and will launch later this year in Singapore which will also act as a hub for future expansion into other markets. It will provide easy-to-use personalized investment solutions developed in partnership with a top tier structured investments and financial technology provider, as well as a leading global investment research company. Through carefully selected partnerships Crossbridge Capital will be able to offer highly efficient actively managed investments portfolios that are tailored to suit investors’ needs.

Additionally, clients’ assets and funds will be cleared and held with Pershing, part of BNY Mellon, one of the world’s largest custodians with US$29.5 trillion under custody**. Being a U.S.-regulated entity, Pershing offers U.S. tax reporting as part of its suite of services; this will mean that under-served U.S. expatriate investors living in Singapore will also be able to invest on the platform, in addition to other accredited expatriates and Singaporean investors.

“We are confident that our digital solution, will be very attractive for accredited Singaporean investors and U.S. expatriates in Singapore who are finding it increasingly difficult to access investment and savings products while living overseas. Our collaboration with Pershing will enable us to offer the same bespoke investment solutions to U.S. expatriates that our other high net worth clients enjoy.” said Charlie O’Flaherty, Partner and Head of Digital Strategy & Distribution at Crossbridge Capital.

“What we are bringing to the market is a digital wealth solution that is fresh, intuitive and transparent and is backed by the human expertise of Crossbridge Capital’s wealth advisers. Our aim is to demystify investing for the uninitiated and to make it hassle-free for more sophisticated investors,” added O’Flaherty, “we look forward to announcing further details in due course”.

Research by Cap Gemini shows that Asia recently eclipsed North America as the largest region for wealthy investors: now accounting for 17.4% of worldwide high net worth investors***, investors in Asia are also demonstrating a greater propensity for digital engagement when it comes to wealth management****.


* “Accredited investors” include individuals whose net personal assets exceed S$2 million or whose income in the preceding 12 months is not less than S$300,000 [Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore]

** As of June 30, 2016 [Source:

*** Cap Gemini World Wealth Report 2016

**** Cap Gemini Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2015

About Crossbridge Capital

Crossbridge Capital was launched in 2008 in London with a vision to create an independent, investment advisory that offers a fully integrated financial services platform to entrepreneurs and families in Emerging Markets worldwide. Today, backed by two of the world’s leading wealth managers as minority investors, Crossbridge Capital operates in many of the world’s leading Emerging Markets – from Istanbul to Ulan Bator, Moscow to Dodoma – supported by a team of 30 professionals in four Crossbridge Capital locations: London, Singapore, Monaco and Malta. After its successful launch in London with authorization and regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in November 2010 Crossbridge Capital, officially opened its first Asia office in Singapore after receiving approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). In May 2016 the company opened its doors in Monaco after receiving authorisation from the Commission for the Control of Financial Activities (CCAF). These signaled significant landmarks in the company’s history and set the bar for its ambitious, yet considered geographic and client engagement growth strategy.

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September 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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15 National and Regional Design Organizations from around the World to Participate in the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival, Organized Jointly by the iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural and Educational Foundation

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-Taiwan – Spotlighting Global Design
TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — The 2016 Global Talent Design Festival (GTDF) is set to take this year’s Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) to the next level of impact and importance. This second year for the GTDF, sponsored by the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation and the iSee Taiwan Foundation, promises again to showcase and promote the talents of Taiwanese creative art and design students to a worldwide audience.

Global Talent Design Festival – Key Results of Sponsoring 2015 – 2016 Taiwan International Student Design Competition
Global Talent Design Festival – Key Results of Sponsoring 2015 – 2016 Taiwan International Student Design Competition
For the first time ever, the 2016 GTDF will bring together 15 representatives from national and regional design organizations spread across five continents, transforming this year’s TISDC into the world’s largest international design competition for students. Together, the 2016 GTDF and TISDC are helping Taiwan’s design industry shine and showcasing the beauty of Taiwan for a global audience.

15 Renowned Design Organizations Gather to Discover the Beauty of Taiwan

Following the resounding success of their joint promotion of the 2015 TISDC, the iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation are expanding the scope of the 2016 GTDF.

The foundations will host 15 representatives from renowned international design organizations, including the Brno Biennale Association, Good Design Australia, INDEX: Design to Improve Life, Japan Institute of Design Promotion, Design Business Chamber Singapore, German Design Council, and others. While in Taiwan, these representatives will join 2016 TISDC finalist judging panels, exchange views with Taiwan academic organizations, and much more.

Starting in October, the 2016 GTDF will sponsor lectures by well-known local and international designers at universities nationwide, arrange various events to introduce Taiwanese culture to international TISDC participants, and help infuse state-of-the-art design perspectives into the domestic design industry.

These activities are intended to achieve the objectives of the two sponsor foundations, which include enhancing Taiwan’s position in the international design sector and promoting the inherent beauty of Taiwanese culture and heritage to the world.

The Global Design Spotlight is on Taiwan, with a Record-breaking 14,000 Entries Submitted to the 2016 TISDC

A specific objective of both the iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation in sponsoring the TISDC is to get more young people involved in design-related events and activities. This objective is being met this year in the strong increases not only in entry submissions but also in the number of countries/regions that are participating in this year’s competition.

Entries submitted to the TISDC grew steadily from 662 in 2008 to 7,984 in 2015. This year will nearly double last year’s number, with 14,858 entries already accepted for the 2016 TISDC – an 86% year-on-year increase. This strong response from student designers around the world has made the TISDC the world’s largest student design competition.

Moreover, each category of competition (Product Design, Visual Design, and Digital Animation) is seeing a strong boost in entry numbers, underscoring global design trends in favor of digital productions, clarity of message, and distinctive styling.

In terms of national participation, the TISDC has also significantly expanded from the original nine participating countries in 2008 to 69 participating countries this year. In fact, 61% of the entries for the 2016 TISDC originate from outside of Taiwan. This underscores the respect that TISDC now enjoys among design school students and related design organizations worldwide.

As part of efforts to highlight the beauty and design potential of Taiwanese culture, the iSee Taiwan Foundation is sponsoring a special category this year, entitled “New Tableware Era: The Taiwan Cutlery Design Award”. This special-category award has attracted 621 submissions from Taiwan, China, Singapore, India, Russia, Israel, and other countries. The iSee Taiwan Foundation is leveraging this award to spotlight Taiwan’s unique culinary culture and to further promote the beauty of Taiwan internationally.

About the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation

Mr. Ted Wen, the incumbent Chairman of the foundation, has declared three core principles for the foundation: Education, Innovation, and Care. Pivoted around these core values is his vision to “Nurture a warmhearted society of humanist devotion and innovative thinking.” Going forward, the four pillars of the foundation will be embedding the Chinese culture education in primary and secondary schools, enhancing career skills and teamwork mindset for vocational and college students, promoting lifelong learning in community and advocating service innovation to boost national competitiveness. While Taiwan is on its way toward a sophisticated “Service Economy”, the foundation will also continue to devote every effort to promote the four pillars with the aim to breed new service talents, enhance Taiwan’s national competitiveness, and play a key enabling role to Taiwan’s transformation.

About the iSee Taiwan Foundation

The foundation was established by Sayling Wen in 2003. Ted Wen became the Chairman in 2008, and set the Foundation’s vision as “becoming an essential portal for the world to see Taiwan” in the three core realms of culture, tourism, and innovation. The dual missions of iSee Taiwan Foundation are to successfully market Taiwan’s unique character and heritage globally and to make the world as Taiwan’s service market. The foundation focuses on exploring, integrating and promoting the culture and friendly nature of people and places throughout Taiwan, with the goal of creating more opportunities for Taiwan’s service industry.

About 2016 Global Talent Design Festival

The iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation continue to support the TISDC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. This year, their support has expanded to include the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival (GTDF). The festival offers a new and stimulating array of design-related activities, including: 1) The International Masters Joint University Forum, which will invite representatives from major design organizations worldwide to engage Taiwanese design students and faculty in topical, interactive discussions that spotlight and promote Taiwan’s service-oriented strengths; 2) The International VIP Cultural Tour program, which will take visiting design professionals who are in Taiwan for the TISDC on in-depth, topical tours of Taiwan society and culture; and 3) The Industry Joint Reception, which will highlight Taiwan’s innate elegance and beauty, which are inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the domestic design industry and the bedrock of ongoing efforts to showcase and promote Taiwan’s design strengths to a global audience.

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September 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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Stratasys Shapes What’s Next in Manufacturing at the Asia Pacific 3D Printing Forum Series

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-Unveils manufacturing technology development direction illustrating future capabilities for bigger and stronger parts in higher quality
-Annual Series of full-day conference at five locations across Asia will feature innovators, leading advocates and experienced users on latest trends, 3D ecosystem and applications
-Event agenda and registration can be found on

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Asia Pacific, subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced the host of its annual Asia Pacific 3D Printing Forum Series across five locations (Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiwan) in September, unveiling manufacturing technology development direction illustrating future capabilities that address manufacturers’ needs to rapidly produce bigger and stronger parts in higher quality. The series of events will also feature innovators, leading advocates and experienced users from key industries, including automotive, machineries, medical, education and electronics.

First started in 2014, the annual forum has offered a platform for over 3,000 users, advocates and enthusiasts in Asia to exchange insights on the transformation within the 3D printing industry and its multiple impacts towards the design, engineering and manufacturing processes. Themed “Exploring New Design & Manufacturing Solutions”, the 2016 series will bring the latest 3D printing solutions to participants, including advanced additive manufacturing technology demonstrators, desktop and production systems, materials, software and community. Specific application seminars, technical hands-on workshops and user case sharing sessions will also be conducted at the event. The full agenda can be found on

The Stratasys Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators Break Barriers in Part Performance and Production Efficiency

Announced earlier as part of Stratasys’ SHAPING WHAT’S NEXTTM vision for manufacturing, the two 3D Demonstrators, Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite, are built on Stratasys’ industrial FDM® 3D printing expertise, addressing the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, such as rapidly producing strong parts ranging from automobile armrest to an entire aircraft interior panel.

Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability, turning the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to print on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.
Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator combines Stratasys Advanced Extrusion Technologies with Siemens’ Motion Control Hardware and PLM Software, enabling precise, directional material placement for strength while reducing dramatically the need for speed-hindering support strategies through an 8-axis motion system for automated composite, lightweight part production.
“The design and manufacturing landscape has undergone radical change with the growing adoption of additive manufacturing technology. Many of our users are moving beyond rapid prototyping and integrating its various solutions to digitize their manufacturing workflows; building stronger, higher quality parts in a smarter way,” said Omer Krieger, President of Stratasys AP. “Through unveiling our manufacturing development direction, we gain an opportunity to learn from our customers and ensure their requirements are addressed, henceforth giving our customers the opportunity to incorporate our future capabilities on their strategic development plans.”

Highlighted sessions include:

Richard Hague, Professor of Innovative Manufacturing, University of Nottingham, speaking about Where 3D Printing is Heading to in Manufacturing
Grant Thomas-Lepore, Software Products & Strategy, GrabCAD, speaking about How GrabCAD Fits in the 3D Printing Ecosystem
Omer Krieger, President of Stratasys AP, speaking about Stratasys’ Role in Product Development in the Next 5 Years
Other speakers include Stratasys’ automotive solutions director, education research director, application specialists and regional technical specialists. Stratasys’ suite of professional 3D systems and MakerBot desktop 3D printers will be showcased at each venue:




Shenzhen, China

Sept 2

Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen

Tokyo, Japan

Sept 6

JR Tower, Tokyo

Shanghai, China

Sept 7

Marriott Shanghai

Seoul, Korea

Sept 9

COEX, Korea

Taipei, Taiwan

Sept 20

Taipei Aurora Plaza

Taipei, Taiwan

Sept 22

Chang Yung-Fa’s Foundation International Convention Center

Multimedia assets are available in the Stratasys newsroom.

For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing – shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility – reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable files for free designs. With more than 2,700 employees and 800 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: or, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Stratasys, the Stratasys signet, and FDM are registered trademarks of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits customers will experience from the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators, Stratasys’ expectation on the timing of availability of the technology covered by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators, the rate of adoption of the manufacturing processes contemplated by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators within the aerospace, automotive, transportation, oil & gas, medical and other industries, and any other statements relating to Stratasys’ future 3D technology and products, are forward-looking statements reflecting management’s current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys’business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that customers will not perceive the benefits of the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators to be the same as Stratasys does; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will delay the deployment of the technology covered by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators; and other risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys’ most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 21, 2016. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.

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September 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

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-Automotive giants to feature cutting-edge green vehicles
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2016 (IGEM 2016), ASEAN’s largest green technology business and innovation platform, scheduled for 5th to 8th October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, will for the first time host a dedicated Green Car Pavilion that is set to feature automotive manufacturers from around the world showcasing ground-breaking advances in the field of sustainable mobility.

Organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia (KeTTHA) and co-organised by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), IGEM’s Green Car Pavilion aims to spread awareness and understanding on the importance and urgency to transition to green transport, featuring automotive innovations from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Tesla, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Perodua, CMS Consortium (COMOS) and Sync R&D alongside the ChargEV network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

IGEM 2016
IGEM 2016
Speaking on the introduction of the dedicated Green Car Pavilion, Ir. Ahmad Hadri Haris, Group Chief Executive Officer of GreenTech Malaysia said, “With over 1 billion vehicles in the world emitting hazardous carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, the transport sector is a leading contributor to global warming and climate change. Governments and automotive manufacturers from around the world have committed to transforming the way we travel, leading to substantial developments in the global EV market with dozens of new models introduced each year to an expanding customer base.”

“IGEM has always been at the forefront of green technology showcase and this year we are proud to be hosting a dedicated zone for sustainable transport that will highlight the immense potential of these technologies to usher in a new era of sustainable transport. I thank the participating exhibitors and welcome all automotive players to participate in this unique opportunity, be this as an exhibitor or trade visitor,” he added.

While countries such as Norwary, Germany, the Netherlands and the US have been leading the sustainable transport agenda, countries across Asia and ASEAN are fast catching speed with the introduction of government-driven policies and public projects to facilitate the mass transition to greener transport. Several countries have developed roadmaps that set targets and action plans to grow their respective green transport sectors, and have further supported these directives by introducing financial incentives that make the purchasing of green vehicles more affordable for individuals.

As one such country in the forefront, Malaysia has established enabling policies and foundational initiatives to catalyse the growth of the nation’s green transport sector. In the last decade, Malaysia has exempted import and excise duties for the purchase of hybrids and EVs which has seen the number of green vehicles increase by over 50-fold to over 20,000 now. The electrification of public transport has also taken priority with electric buses, trains and car-sharing programmes now widely available and popular.

This strong-foundation has seen the variety in models of green vehicles in the country continue to climb with recent exciting introductions such as the locally produced Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid and GLC250 4MATIC, the recently introduced Mercedes-Benz C350e Plug in Hybrid, as well as the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy; all of which will be on the ground at IGEM 2016 for visitors to get up-close-and-personal with.

Commenting on their green ambitions and participation in IGEM 2016, Mr Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said, “As the inventor of the automobile, we are driven by our commitment to set new standards. Mercedes-Benz has for decades been at the forefront of developing vehicular engine technologies that have minimal environmental impact, and we have made it our ambition to combine environmental sustainability with everyday practicality. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is steadfast in continuing its legacy of bringing ground breaking vehicular technology to our discerning Malaysian customers, and we will continue to strengthen our leadership position by pushing the boundaries of innovation to deliver the cars of the future today.”

“We commend the organisers of IGEM for recognising this growing market and playing a crucial role in its popularity by establishing the Green Car Pavilion at this year’s exhibition. We look forward to being a part of this one-of-a-kind showcase that provides visitors a glimpse into the future of sustainable transport,” he added.

Alongside the global automotive players, Malaysia’s Sync R&D will showcase the country’s first locally manufactured electric bus, Electric Bus Innovation Malaysia (EBIM), which was developed over the course of four years and measures 12 meters in length with an electric driving range of 200km.

Also on display will be GreenTech Malaysia’s EV charging network, ChargEV which is Malaysia’s largest EV charging network. With over 55 charging stations all across the nation, the network offers Malaysia’s growing number of green vehicle drivers greater convenience and confidence when driving their EVs and plug-in hybrids.

Themed Green Business for Sustainability, IGEM 2016 will focus on promoting green businesses in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region, targeting RM1.5 billion in business leads with over 400 booths from 30 countries.

It will also showcase the latest technologies from the energy, building, waste and water management sectors with a dedicated solar energy zone and a Solar PV conference taking place alongside the exhibition.

In its six-year history, IGEM has generated RM8 billion in business leads, with 2015 recording the highest at RM1.98 billion. Overall, IGEM has attracted over 300,000 visitors from 50 countries including delegates, dignitaries and corporations from China, Germany, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

To find out more about IGEM 2016, visit

About the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water

The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW) (Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air – KeTTHA) was established on 9 April 2009. KeTTHA is responsible for formulating policies, establishing legal frameworks and regulating development project in the Energy, Green Technology and Water sectors which are under the purview of the Ministry.

About GreenTech Malaysia

Malaysian Green Technology Corporation or GreenTech Malaysia is an organisation under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia (KeTTHA), charged with the development and promotion of green technology as a strategic engine for socio-economic growth in Malaysia.

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September 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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How Can Design Weeks Achieve More? Global Design Leaders Explore at World Design Capital Taipei 2016 in October

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Organizers of 16 design weeks around the world come together at International Design Week Forum to build mutual support network and promote a flourishing international design industry
TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — Sixteen organizers of leading design weeks around the world will attend the International Design Week Forum, one of four Signature Events taking place in Taiwan in October as part of the World Design Capital® (WDC) Taipei 2016. The bilingual two-day forum, organized in conjunction with Taiwan Designers’ Web, will explore how design weeks can best promote the design industry and establish a global network for mutual support and exchange of resources.

International Design Week Forum Keynote Speakers (clockwise from top left): Ingrid Van der Wacht, Ben Chiu, Inthanphan Buakeow, Janson Hews, Margriet Vollenberg, Kari Korkman
International Design Week Forum Keynote Speakers (clockwise from top left): Ingrid Van der Wacht, Ben Chiu, Inthanphan Buakeow, Janson Hews, Margriet Vollenberg, Kari Korkman
The 16 participants come from the Design Junction (United Kingdom), Dutch Design Week (Netherlands), Ventura Lambrate (Italy), Helsinki Design Week (Finland), D’days (France), Design Days Mexico and Mexico Design Week (Mexico), Tokyo Design Week (Japan), Beijing Design Week (China), Business of Design Week (Hong Kong), SingaPlural (Singapore), Chiang Mai Design Week (Thailand), Sydney Design Festival (Australia), Design Days Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Holon Design Week (Israel). Also in attendance will be Ben Chiu and Timothy Liao, the CEO and Executive Director of Taiwan Designers’ Web and Taiwan Designers’ Week.

“We anticipate that this forum will represent a significant step forward for the design world,” says Ben Chiu, Executive Director of Taiwan Designers’ Web. “While design weeks have great potential to cultivate and promote local design talents, as the participants are well aware, there are also many obstacles to overcome. We hope that this exchange of ideas and experience will help us to find solutions to our common challenges in a global context.”

“The International Design Week Forum will be an opportunity to build a solid foundation for future global collaboration and sharing of resources,” says Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government. “Audience members will also gain a deep insight into the international design industry as it stands today and see how it can develop in the future.”

The second day of the forum, which will be open to the public, will be held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Tuesday, October 18, from 1.00-5.00PM. The forum will be divided into three segments: World Design Capital, Global Design Perspectives, and Asian Design Powers. The topics for discussion include how design weeks can incubate and support local design talent, how to overcome the challenges faced by design weeks, and the impact that design weeks can have in city branding. To sign up for the forum, visit:

Other major events in October include the International Design House Exhibition, which will be held at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from Thursday, October 13 until Sunday, October 30; the International Design Policy Conference on the weekend of October 15 and 16 at the Taipei International Convention Center; and the Network of Cities Meeting, an invitation-only event on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13. For more information on WDC Taipei 2016 events, visit the official website ( or follow on Facebook (

High and low res images, along with caption details and supporting documents can be downloaded here:

About WDC Taipei 2016

“Adaptive City — Design in Motion” was Taipei City’s core concept in its 2015 application to host World Design Capital 2016. How can we apply innovative “design thinking” practices to overcome the constraints that limited resources place on our city’s development, pursue continual change in our urban governance, create happiness in the lives of our citizens — providing them with a better quality of life in a more livable, forward-looking city? These are the goals for Taipei City. 2016 marks the beginning of an evolution for Taipei, where we will take advantage of the potential in change by “Engaging Communities,” “Connecting Information,” and “Revitalizing the City.” For more information on WDC Taipei 2016, visit the official website, or follow on Facebook

About World Design Capital

World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by Icsid every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design for economic, social and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led urban revitalization strategies that other cities can benefit from. Past cities to hold the WDC title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) 2014. Taipei (Taiwan) is this year’s WDC, and Mexico City has just been named WDC 2018. For more information, please visit

About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid recently approved a name change, World Design Organization, to be implemented and celebrated during its 60th anniversary in 2017. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging our more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming — World Design Capital®, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status. For more information, please visit

Media Contact

Taipei City Government Contact

Saskia Kerkvliet

International Media Liaison

+886-2-2311-7007 *406

Olivia Hsu

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office

+886-2-2720-8889 *3657

Taipei WDC Office Contact

Anne Chang

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office

+886-2-2745-8199 *410

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September 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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