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Asia Plantation Capital Expands its Horizons at the Annual General Meeting

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning plantation management company Asia Plantation Capital held its Thailand Annual General Meeting on Friday, 21 October 2016, at the Renaissance Bangkok, Thailand.

Asia Plantation Capital’s Thailand Annual General Meeting 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Asia Plantation Capital’s Thailand Annual General Meeting 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Asia Plantation Capital is delighted to announce that despite the slowdown in global economic activity, its revenues grew 6% in Thailand and similarly increased by around 4.5% in Singapore in FY2015.

Addressing the crowd of 300 Thailand-based plantation owners and stakeholders, Mr. Barry Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer of the APC Group, opened the AGM by detailing how the company expanded its horizons with exponential growth throughout 2016, despite facing several challenges. Mr. Rawlinson also spoke about the ongoing effects of climate change in the agriculture sector, and how the company has worked tirelessly to address the relevant issues and mitigate the negative effects.

Asia Plantation Capital remains steadfast to its ethos of ‘holistic sustainability’. Throughout 2016, the company has embraced programmes and directives that are more than mere Corporate Social Responsibility projects, ensuring that equal care, consideration and encouragement are given to all members of staff — from top and middle management all the way through to plantation workers and their families.

Jinda Tonkhambai outlined the details of past projects, as well as those that have been carried out over the last year, from which many local communities have benefited. Asia Plantation Capital’s projects have focused on local infrastructure – such as schools and places of worship – improving the lives of all the people who live in and work around the company’s areas of operation.

Three 4th year students from the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, were also presented with scholarships at the meeting, comprising the payment of tuition fees of up to THB 150,000 over the course of four years.

Asia Plantation Capital presenting scholarship awards to students of Kasetsart University.
Asia Plantation Capital presenting scholarship awards to students of Kasetsart University.
In light of the company’s ongoing expansion and the additional plantations that are needed to meet the growing demand for products, Phanitta Matwangsaeng from General Administration, updated attendees on the processes and due diligence carried out prior to the purchase of land. Technical details, such as the land designing process, plot diagrams, water systems, and tree management systems, were also further explained by architect, Phoom Matwangsaeng.

Nadiah Abdullah, Operations Manager, presented the significant milestones that have been reached this year on behalf of Asia Plantation Capital Berhad (APCB) – the Malaysian arm of the APC Group – with the emphasis placed on the major joint ventures that have been entered into, as well as the breakthroughs that were made in research and development.

The factory – the largest agarwood distillery in Southeast Asia – now sees some new manufacturing processes, as well as an expanded nursery facility and a laboratory with state of the art equipment to monitor oil quality and production methods.

One of the most significant achievements for APCB has been the recent recognition and unconditional approval of its products by the SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) which is Malaysia’s equivalent to the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore), and the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) in the UK.

Experts in the field, Robin Jewer – Agricultural Director, and Boonchuay Jomkhamsee – Forestry Specialist, provided information on the current state of Asia Plantation Capital’s plantations that were affected by excessive rainfall, along with the measures that were taken to deal with erratic weather patterns. For example; all company plantations now manage the risk by using rain gauges and moisture measuring metres to ensure that a tree has access to just the right amount of water. This in turn, significantly reduces water usage, as well as the power that is required to pump water.

Special Scientific Advisor and Associate professor, Dr Pakamas Chetpattanondh, from the Prince of Songkla University, also presented the audience with her ongoing research on the medicinal and healing benefits of Oud oil – specifically regarding its anti-ageing properties and its potential efficacy in treating various forms of cancer.

Described as ‘the miracle plant’, Asia Plantation Capital is now heavily invested in bamboo as another ‘agrocrop’ in which the group of companies perceives a great deal of potential. As yet another part of the group’s commitment to securing innovative, sustainable, commercial solutions and new technologies, it is supporting Boo-Tex™, which is developing a new range of luxury bamboo fabrics for the fashion and sportswear industries. Mr Roger Hargreaves, Chairman of Asia Plantation Capital Thailand, took the opportunity to update the attendees on the exciting developments in the sector and provided a comprehensive overview of the ever-expanding commercial bamboo landscape.

The audience was also given updates on French, niche, luxury perfume house, Fragrance Du Bois, by Clotilde Antoine, Brand and Retail Manager. The young and innovative brand scaled new heights this year with new partnerships being forged, and openings in Paris, Hong Kong, Milan, Marbella, and its very own European flagship boutique in Geneva.

Additionally, the brand also decided to widen and augment its portfolio of products with the introduction and launch of an alcohol-free ‘Lite Attars’ collection and ‘Nature’s Treasures’ – an original collection of hand-blended, non-Oud based perfumes, using only natural ingredients of the finest quality.

Fragrance Du Bois’ luxurious ‘pop up’ display at the Annual General Meeting.
Fragrance Du Bois’ luxurious ‘pop up’ display at the Annual General Meeting.
Asia Plantation Capital also announced that it will be entering into exclusive ‘off-take’ agreements with Fragrance Du Bois and a to-be-announced beauty and personal care company – ultimately increasing the demand for the Oud supplied by Asia Plantation Capital, and further securing the end market for Asia Plantation Capital produced agarwood products.

It was also revealed during the meeting that the Asia Plantation Distilleries ‘super distilleries’ are expected to be fully operational by the year 2020.

In his closing speech, APC Group’s CEO, Barry Rawlinson said, “2016 has been an exceptionally good year for all of us at Asia Plantation Capital, as we have reaped the rewards that have accrued from the ‘hard yards’ and the long hours we have put in. Despite the challenges we have faced, we have managed to ensure that performance, growth and momentum across all regions have been maintained.”

Rawlinson concluded, “On behalf of the company, I would like to thank all our stakeholders, shareholders and every member of staff for their contribution and support. These are exciting times for our company, and you can rest assured that as stakeholders, we have your best interests in our hearts and minds, as well as at the forefront of each and every decision that we make.”

Notes for Editors

For further information, please contact:
Zaahira Muhammad
Senior PR & Marketing Executive
Email: zaahira@asiaplantationcapital.com
Office: +6012-203-5344

Samantha Tham
PR & Marketing Executive
Email: samantha.tham@asiaplantationcapital.com
Mobile: +65-9144-0933

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital Berhad in Malaysia is currently investing heavily in the Malaysian plantation sector, developing new plantations and factories for the production of agarwood (gaharu) and other associated products for international export markets. The company is further strengthening its presence in Malaysia by moving its headquarters to downtown Kuala Lumpur, a year after opening Southeast Asia’s biggest agarwood processing factory and distillery in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The Asia Plantation Capital Group is a multi-award-winning sustainable plantation operator and management company, with projects across four continents, and a global workforce in excess of 2,000. A market leader in the industry, its Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of leading academics from various countries (China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates), who have, between them, developed and patented industry-leading technologies and systems.

With a focus on commercial plantation projects and vertically integrated businesses that offer a combination of commercial, environmental and community benefits, Asia Plantation Capital has created a successful and dynamic ‘triple bottom line’ company.

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November 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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ICBCCSI Launches the ETF Tracking The S&P China 500 Index on the Borsa Italiana

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-First UCITS ETF in Italy to provide access to all China equity share classes
HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited (“ICBCCSI”) today announced the launch of the UCITS ETF tracking the S&P China 500 Index listed on the Borsa Italiana.

In July, ICBCCSI and WisdomTree entered into a global product partnership in which the companies can jointly launch, market and distribute ETFs tracking the S&P China 500 Index around the world.

The S&P China 500 Index uses a rule-based process to measure the world’s second largest economy and equity market. The index captures the key characteristics of the total Chinese equity market –including A-shares and H-shares, and other international listings — by using predominantly large and liquid securities. The use of a sector-based stock selection process then allows the index to reflect the sector allocation at the broad China index level. This methodology allows the index to be more reflective of the evolution of the Chinese economy than other equity indices, which may be limited in the share classes that they include.

Laura Lui, Head of Index & Quantitative Investment of ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) commented:

“The global product partnership between ICBCCSI and WisdomTree will bring significant opportunities to both of our companies. WisdomTree has an established presence in the ETF world and an impressive track record as an ETF issuer. This complements ICBCCSI’s in-depth understanding of the Chinese markets, as jointly we bring to investors pioneering solutions for diversified, transparent and efficient tools for accessing China opportunities. We are excited about the listing of this ETF on Borsa Italiana.”

Nizam Hamid, WisdomTree’s ETF Strategist in Europe, said:

“Market access to Chinese equities has long been an issue for investors and the creation of a UCITS ETF that covers all the relevant share classes in a single product brings substantial benefits. It represents a cost effective means of allocating to a broad index whilst removing the operational and administrative burdens often associated with accessing A-shares. The collaboration with ICBCCSI means that European investors have a transparent and liquid single product to invest in China.”

“As the largest global resource for essential index-based concepts, data and research, S&P Dow Jones Indices is committed to developing transparent benchmarks that deliver insights into the performance of Chinese equities, an increasingly important market segment for international investors,” said Alex Matturri, Chief Executive Officer at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “We are pleased to have licensed the S&P China 500 Index to WisdomTree and ICBCCSI.”

State Street Bank S.A. in Luxembourg has been appointed to provide fund administration and custody services for the Luxembourg domiciled ETF.

Disclaimer

The S&P China 500 Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Co., Ltd. (ICBCCSI), © 2016 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. S&P, SPDR and S&P 500 are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a division of S&P Global (“S&P”). DOW JONES is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”). These trademarks together with others have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Redistribution, reproduction and/or photocopying in whole or in part are prohibited without written permission. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P or their respective affiliates (collectively “S&P Dow Jones Indices”) do not have the necessary licenses. All information provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices is impersonal and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties. Past performance of an index is not a guarantee of future results. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, and their respective affiliates (“S&P Dow Jones Indices”) nor their third party licensors make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices nor their third party licensors shall have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein.

Notes to Editors

About ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Company Limited is the joint venture between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Credit Suisse. The firm is one of the largest asset managers in the Mainland China. Since establishment in 2005, the firm has upheld the philosophy of “Value Creation through Prudent Investing”. As of the end of June 2016, the firm has approximately 550 employees and RMB1trillion assets under management, providing first-class investment management and advisory services for over 15.3 million institutional and retail clients.

About WisdomTree Europe Ltd.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada (collectively, “WisdomTree”), is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. Through WisdomTree Europe Ltd, it sponsors WisdomTree UCITS ETFs and BOOST short and leverage ETPs. WisdomTree currently has approximately $38.8bn (as of 30 September 2016) in assets under management globally. For more information, please visit http://www.wisdomtree.com.

WisdomTree® is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

ICBCCSI Media Contact
ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Co. Ltd.
+852-3975-3675
enquiries@icbccs.com.hk

Source: ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited

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November 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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Senjo Group Locates New Global Headquarters in Singapore

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04 Nov 2016
PR Newswire Asia
The Group Has Also Appointed Gavin Lock as Its New Chief Operating Officer and Sam Evans as Its VP of Business Development and Head of Ventures

SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Senjō Group, a privately held investment firm, unveiled today its new global headquarters in Singapore. The leading financial technology investor has leased the entire 56th floor of One Raffles Place in Singapore’s Central Business District.

Established in 2015, Senjō Group was first set up as a holding company for a portfolio of payments and financial technology companies with operations spanning Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. This growing portfolio of companies operate across payments processing, cross-border remittance, foreign exchange, trade finance, e-commerce, mobile payments, commodity trading and factoring — functions split between Senjō‘s core business units: Payments, Commerce, Ventures, Trading and Finance.

“Senjō offers deep operational expertise across e-commerce, payments, technology and corporate finance. Our strategy has always been to invest in profitable financial technology firms with high growth potential in Asia and around the world. Our goal is to build a world-class financial technology group, and to do that we need the right space,” said Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce, Senjō Group, “Singapore has established an enviable position as a leading Asian financial technology centre with an exciting innovation eco-system, a great talent pool and fantastic infrastructure. It also boasts a business-friendly environment so it was therefore an obvious winner when considering locations for new headquarters for our global operations.”

Senjō invests in both start-ups and established companies that are profitable and scalable, as well as partnering with companies who are looking to benefit from its global footprint, financial support and operational expertise. Senjō aims to increase its portfolio significantly over the coming years.

“Our mission is to make commerce better, faster, easier. All our portfolio companies are dedicated to identifying and addressing inefficiencies — in transactions and payments, e-commerce, financial markets and trading — to create value for our customers, our partners and our shareholders,” added Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce, Senjō Group. “Senjō‘s management team has had significant experience in the acquisition, operation, and growth of financial technology companies, and we’re very well equipped to continue operating in this space.”

The Group’s commitment to expanding their business is also reflected in recent executive appointments: Gavin Lock joins as Chief Operating Officer and Sam Evans joins as the Vice President of Business Development and Head of Ventures. Lock has had over 20 years of global experience working in both technology and communications sectors, and he has held primarily executive roles in strategy, M&A and management consulting. He joins from Accenture, where he was Senior Manager/ Principal of Strategy Consulting. Evans brings over 30 years of experience from the financial technology and payments industries, where he has held positions in business development, sales and general management, with familiar names such as Unilever, First Data and Sun Microsystems.

In addition to the new Singapore headquarters, Senjō also has regional offices in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Luxembourg and the UK, and operations in most major markets.

About Senjō Group

Senjō Group is a leading privately-held investment company, specialising in providing innovative and disruptive solutions in global electronic payments, trade finance and e-commerce.

Established by experienced payments and corporate finance experts, they are redefining investment in financial technology by combining financial capability with operational experience.

Overseen by an international advisory board, their strategy is to build a world class portfolio of high-growth, cutting-edge companies that profit from the convergence of technology and global payments. Their proposition is further strengthened by an emphasis on intra-group collaboration and innovation.

Headquartered in Singapore, Senjō has a network of regional offices in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Luxembourg and the UK, and operations in most major markets across Asia, Europe, North America and Africa.

To learn more about Senjō Group please visit: http://www.senjogroup.com

Contact Information:
Senjō Contact:
reception.hq@senjogroup.com

For Media Enquiries:
Ena Yow, Cognito APAC
ena.yow@cognitomedia.com/ senjogroup@cognitomedia.com
Tel: +65 6221 7310

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November 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm

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WGSN Launches WGSN Insight for Consumer and Market Intelligence with Futures Summit to Bring Content to Life

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MELBOURNE, Australia/PRNewswire/ — WGSN, the global trend authority, released WGSN Insight, a dedicated resource for trends across consumer insights, retail strategy, marketing and innovation. With the launch, WGSN has invested in a global editorial team who will focus exclusively on building content and expertise for the product.

More than 1000 executives attended the Futures Summit in May to get actionable insights from WGSN trend experts.
More than 1000 executives attended the Futures Summit in May to get actionable insights from WGSN trend experts.

The content strategy was specifically designed to help customers bridge the gap between reacting to today’s market and staying focused on future innovation. Reports will be published on everything from generational attitudes, consumer insights, retail strategy and marketing, to innovation, culture, technology, social media and regional specific analysis.

The content will include bite-sized updates and thought starters, alongside in-depth white papers, videos and podcasts. “Clients from across industries tell us they struggle to keep up with the consumer,” says Kevin Silk, Managing Director, WGSN. “With our heritage in fashion and lifestyle trends, global network of experts and proven methodology for forecasting, we are perfectly placed to help them navigate this challenge,” he adds.

“Our experts are on the ground around the world researching, interviewing and investigating to bring these reports to our clients. Whether you work in innovation, hospitality, beauty, advertising or design, WGSN Insight will make you more informed about the world tomorrow,” says Carla Buzasi, Global Chief Content Officer.

To help bring WGSN Insight to life, WGSN will host their Futures summit in Sydney and Melbourne on 15 and 18 November respectively. For the first time, Carla will host both WGSN Futures summits in Australia.

Lorna Hall, Head of WGSN Insight, will offer a commercial perspective on the latest retail and marketing strategies, while Andrew Grill, Global Managing Partner from IBM Social Consulting, will discuss the impact of major social influencers in Melbourne.

These keynotes will be followed by dedicated creative sessions where Greer Hughes, WGSN Mindset Senior Consultant and Yianni Giovanoglou, Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand will present key trends for womenswear and menswear respectively.

Attracting more than 1,000 attendees season after season, WGSN Futures allows industry members to connect with each other and WGSN members. Check out highlights from the last edition of WGSN Future Australia: https://youtu.be/kV2KLafSius

“The WGSN team deliver a wealth of insight and information in a digestible format. More and more forward thinking leaders are using the event as an opportunity to come together as a team off-site. Collectively as a team they interpret the content on the day, generating tangible commercial ideation to take back to their business,” says Lisa Ramsay, WGSN Regional Director- Asia Pacific.

Limited tickets are still available. For registration details on WGSN Futures summit, visit: https://lp.wgsn.com/futures-australia-2016

About WGSN

WGSN (www.wgsn.com) is the world’s leading trend authority for creative thinkers in over 94 countries.

Our services cover consumer insights, fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics, crowd-sourced design validation and expert consulting. We help drive our customers to greater success. Together, we Create Tomorrow.

WGSN is part of WGSN Limited, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Instock, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN Styletrial and WGSN Mindset our bespoke consultancy services. WGSN is owned by Ascential plc, a leading international media company that informs and connects business professionals in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services. http://www.ascential.com

Contact:
Patricia Wong
Email: patricia.wong@wgsn.com
Tel: +61-3-9534-3900

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Source: WGSN
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November 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm

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Pharma in Indonesia: Competing for Higher Margins

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JAKARTA /PRNewswire/ — IPMG members – including Novartis, Merck, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer – have invested more than USD $1 billion in Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry over the past few years, particularity for the construction of factories and clinical research (source: AmCham Indonesia).

Bayer
Bayer
An example is Bayer, which recently invested 8.1 million euros in the expansion of its factory in Cimanggis (West Java). This factory produces multivitamins and medicines, about 75% of which is exported to 26 countries.

Concurrently, Indonesia’s largest pharmaceutical company, Kalbe Farma, is shifting from being a maker of generic drugs to a high-tech pharma developer. Besides producing cancer drugs, Kalbe has been investing in R&D on stem cell therapies. Significantly, a lack of generic substitutes in these fields in Indonesia implies no government-set price ceilings, and therefore these products offer higher margins.

In fact, there are more than 200 drugmakers in Indonesia, most of which produce only low-margin generics. While they control 95% of the market by volume, they have a combined 75% share in value terms. Therefore the few multinationals operating in the country have been able to make more profits because of their focus on high-value products.

Such activities are taking place while Indonesian President Joko Widodo is pushing its universal health care program to cover the country’s projected population of 270 million by 2019, a leap from the 170 million currently covered. This year for the first time, government expenditures on health care reached the legally mandated 5% of the state budget. Health care spending is expected to grow 12% every year through 2020.

To join the discussion on all developments in this industry sign up for CPhI South East Asia and its LinkedIn group. CPhI is the must-attend pharma event in Indonesia comprising of a trade show and state of the art conference where the regional industry meets to leverage connections, knowledge and insight to spur business. Launched 6 years ago, the next edition takes place during 22-24 March 2017 at JIExpo in Jakarta. Workshops and exhibitors’ presentations will add into the mix, and will complement the 3 days together with a business matchmaking platform.

Contact:

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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Source: CPhI South East Asia

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November 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm

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WGSN Launches WGSN Insight for Consumer and Market Intelligence with Futures Summit to Bring Content to Life

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MELBOURNE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — WGSN, the global trend authority, released WGSN Insight, a dedicated resource for trends across consumer insights, retail strategy, marketing and innovation. With the launch, WGSN has invested in a global editorial team who will focus exclusively on building content and expertise for the product.

More than 1000 executives attended the Futures Summit in May to get actionable insights from WGSN trend experts.
More than 1000 executives attended the Futures Summit in May to get actionable insights from WGSN trend experts.

The content strategy was specifically designed to help customers bridge the gap between reacting to today’s market and staying focused on future innovation. Reports will be published on everything from generational attitudes, consumer insights, retail strategy and marketing, to innovation, culture, technology, social media and regional specific analysis.

The content will include bite-sized updates and thought starters, alongside in-depth white papers, videos and podcasts. “Clients from across industries tell us they struggle to keep up with the consumer,” says Kevin Silk, Managing Director, WGSN. “With our heritage in fashion and lifestyle trends, global network of experts and proven methodology for forecasting, we are perfectly placed to help them navigate this challenge,” he adds.

“Our experts are on the ground around the world researching, interviewing and investigating to bring these reports to our clients. Whether you work in innovation, hospitality, beauty, advertising or design, WGSN Insight will make you more informed about the world tomorrow,” says Carla Buzasi, Global Chief Content Officer.

To help bring WGSN Insight to life, WGSN will host their Futures summit in Sydney and Melbourne on 15 and 18 November respectively. For the first time, Carla will host both WGSN Futures summits in Australia.

Lorna Hall, Head of WGSN Insight, will offer a commercial perspective on the latest retail and marketing strategies, while Andrew Grill, Global Managing Partner from IBM Social Consulting, will discuss the impact of major social influencers in Melbourne.

These keynotes will be followed by dedicated creative sessions where Greer Hughes, WGSN Mindset Senior Consultant and Yianni Giovanoglou, Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand will present key trends for womenswear and menswear respectively.

Attracting more than 1,000 attendees season after season, WGSN Futures allows industry members to connect with each other and WGSN members. Check out highlights from the last edition of WGSN Future Australia: https://youtu.be/kV2KLafSius

“The WGSN team deliver a wealth of insight and information in a digestible format. More and more forward thinking leaders are using the event as an opportunity to come together as a team off-site. Collectively as a team they interpret the content on the day, generating tangible commercial ideation to take back to their business,” says Lisa Ramsay, WGSN Regional Director- Asia Pacific.

Limited tickets are still available. For registration details on WGSN Futures summit, visit: https://lp.wgsn.com/futures-australia-2016

About WGSN

WGSN (www.wgsn.com) is the world’s leading trend authority for creative thinkers in over 94 countries.

Our services cover consumer insights, fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics, crowd-sourced design validation and expert consulting. We help drive our customers to greater success. Together, we Create Tomorrow.

WGSN is part of WGSN Limited, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Instock, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN Styletrial and WGSN Mindset our bespoke consultancy services. WGSN is owned by Ascential plc, a leading international media company that informs and connects business professionals in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services. http://www.ascential.com

Contact:
Patricia Wong
Email: patricia.wong@wgsn.com
Tel: +61-3-9534-3900

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Source: WGSN
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November 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

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Independent Research Firm names Veritas Technologies as a Leader Among Information Archiving Cloud Providers in 2016

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-Veritas recognized for balancing “user productivity tools with compliance capabilities”

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, announced today it has been named by Forrester Research as a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™: Information Archiving Cloud Providers, Q4 2016 for its Enterprise Vault.cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) archiving solution. The 2016 Information Archiving Wave evaluated 13 vendors on a broad range of criteria including cloud architecture, scalability, security capabilities, user and group management, compliance and eDiscovery, supervision, file access, and data sovereignty support.

In the report, Veritas Enterprise Vault.cloud was recognized as a solution that provides document archiving for Micosoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange messages, as well as “documents from sources such as on-premises SharePoint sites or cloud-based Box.” The report also notes that “additional modules extend the core archiving capabilities, such as the Veritas AdvisorMail product for supervision capabilities, and document review is supported via Veritas eDiscovery.”

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“I believe that being a Leader in the Forrester Wave further validates the differentiated solution we have in the marketplace and the value we deliver to our customers,” said Mike Palmer, EVP and Chief Product Officer, Veritas Technologies. “We are uniquely serving the requirements of enterprise customers through the combination of cost-effective retention management, eDiscovery and compliance supervision capabilities, delivered with high performance and scalability.”

Veritas Enterprise Information Archiving solutions enable customers to:

Realize the value of the cloud: Whether it targets cloud data sources such as Office 365 email, or on-premises sources such as Microsoft Exchange, the SaaS Enterprise Vault.cloud solution helps customers consume archiving services as a low cost, predictable monthly expense.
Simplify retention management and reduce compliance risk: Enterprise Vault.cloud implements a standardized and consistent, policy-driven retention process across all data and all users that automates the work and provides proof of compliance with data preservation regulations.
Satisfy strict legal requirements: By providing a journal archiving service, Enterprise Vault.cloud meets the high bar required of highly regulated organizations by securely preserving data, guarding against data tampering, and ensuring a secure chain of custody for audit and evidential data.
Improve both IT and end-user eDiscovery productivity: provide powerful and easy to use tools to simplify legal holds and automate search and discovery processes, so that IT staff can spend less time on the task, or even enable end users to search and discover for themselves.
About Veritas Technologies:

Veritas Technologies enables organizations to harness the power of their information, with information management solutions serving the world’s largest and most complex environments. Veritas works with organizations of all sizes, including 86 percent of global Fortune 500 companies, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage. http://www.veritas.com

Media Contacts
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+65-6603-9000
veritas@text100.com.sg

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November 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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UBM Becomes Partner to SECON – South Korea’s Largest Security Trade Event

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia is proud to announce its cooperation with the Founder of Boannews Co., Ltd., Mr Jeong Sik Choi, to organise SECON (Security Exhibition & Conference), South Korea’s leading security industry tradeshow.

SECON 2017 takes place 15-17 March, Kintex Seoul, South Korea
SECON 2017 takes place 15-17 March, Kintex Seoul, South Korea
SECON 2017 takes place 15-17 March, Kintex Seoul, South Korea
SECON 2017 takes place 15-17 March, Kintex Seoul, South Korea
SECON, established in 2012, drew 320 exhibitors and 44,358 visitors to its most recent edition in March 2016. It is the only specialized and integrated commercial security exhibition in Korea, supported by relevant government ministries and more than 20 governmental and industry organisations. Taking place alongside SECON is eGISEC, a government showcase on information security.

Mr Choi also publishes Security World focusing on government-related security issues, and an online commercial security magazine (www.boannews.com), as well as run two annual information security conferences – ISEC held since 2007 gathers 4,500 delegates on cyber-security, and PIS a personal information security conference held since 2011 has over 3,000 delegates.

At the same time, Mr Choi serves as Vice-Chairman in both the Korea Association for Industrial Security and the Korea Institute of Information Security & Cryptology. In recognition of his contribution to the security industry, Choi has received citations from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2005, from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2009, and from the Korean President in 2011.

“We are delighted to become the first joint venture partner in Korea to UBM, a world-leading event organizer, to further develop and internationalise SECON.” said Mr Choi “SECON is an excellent showcase for overseas suppliers looking into the Korean market which is projected to be worth in excess of 13 trillion Korean won in 2018, and also caters to the needs of the growing number of foreign visitors sourcing Korean products for the worldwide market.”

Mr Jime Essink, President and CEO of UBM Asia, said: “UBM has vast security industry experience with its IFSEC series of shows in the United Kingdom, India and Southeast Asia. UBM will use its international networks, databases, contacts and reach in the security sector to further accelerate SECON’s growth and internationalization.”

The next edition of SECON will take place from 15-17 March 2017 at KINTEX, Seoul.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to http://media.ubm.com/social for more UBM social media options.

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November 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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Japan’s AstaReal Aims to Grow ASEAN Presence, Sets Up First Asian Branch in Singapore

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-AstaReal Pte Ltd to make astaxanthin, touted as “the number one supplement you’ve never heard of that you should be taking”, a household name throughout Asean, sees Asean as fastest growth market for AstaReal, plans for R&D collaboration in Singapore

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Japan-based AstaReal Group marks the 70th anniversary of its parent company, Fuji Chemical Industries, with the establishment of its first Asian branch outside of Japan: AstaReal Pte Ltd Singapore.

Having committed over 20 years into the research and development of astaxanthin, a naturally occurring carotenoid that is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, Fuji Chemical Industries – via the AstaReal Group – is ready to take astaxanthin direct to the consumer on a global basis via Astavita retail products to improve the health and vitality of people living in an increasingly stressful urban environment.

At the 70th anniversary celebrations held on 10th October at Toyama Prefecture in Japan, Vincent Wood, President of AstaReal Singapore, who has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering, told an audience of around 600 global employees, “With Fuji’s strong pharmaceutical heritage, I truly believe that AstaReal has an edge in the nutraceutical business model for a sustainable astaxanthin market. Today, no other astaxanthin company can say that.”

“The choice of Singapore as our first Asian base outside of Japan is to leverage the fast growing market of middle income demographic population in South East Asia for AstaReal astaxanthin products. Being closer, we can provide a faster response and better marketing support,” he added.

Mr. Mitsunori Nishida, President & CEO of Fuji Chemical Industries and AstaReal Group, said, “The savvy Singaporean consumers will allow us to hone our marketing message which in turn raises our brand profile. I hope to capitalize on this great opportunity because this region’s market size has a 600 million population and could be the fastest growth market for our entire group.”

The AstaReal Group is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices and production plants in the United States, Sweden and India. The Singapore office, which started operations in April, will support sales and marketing efforts of AstaReal astaxanthin to businesses and Astavita to consumers in the region, but Wood also added, “Singapore also has an impressive R&D hub. I have a strong intention to seek out R&D collaborations within two year’s time.”

“We definitely hope to develop our Singapore footprint into a regional one.” he said.

The Asean expansion comes after the first astaxanthin boom in the U.S., starting from 2011 after “Dr Oz Show” called it “the number one supplement you’ve never heard of that you should be taking”.

AstaReal predicts another explosive demand because of its pipeline of new clinical studies and product innovations in the next one to two years, focusing on its potential in sports nutrition and recovery, cardiovascular health and preventative health care for active aging. AstaReal is a leading authority on astaxanthin and is produces 60% of the clinical research referenced to in marketing materials on astaxanthin across the world.

About AstaReal astaxanthin:

Astaxanthin is derived from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, and emerges to protect animals against harsh environmental conditions such as UV radiation and attacks by free radicals. The consumption of this algae astaxanthin gives salmon, crabs, lobsters and flamingos their vivid pink-to-red colouration.

AstaReal® astaxanthin is the branded astaxanthin ingredient for dietary supplements, functional foods and skin care industries. It is a natural algae-based astaxanthin which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. There is over twenty years of scientific research supporting many benefits such as preventing computer-vision syndrome, reduction of sun-damaged skin, maintenance of cardiovascular health, increased muscle performance and many more. Such benefits will be marketed towards preventative medicine also known as holistic complementary medicine for active healthy lifestyles and healthy aging.

AstaReal’s production site are also FDA-inspected, cGMP certified and have Halal certification.

Interview Opportunity:

Interview opportunity with AstaReal Singapore President Vincent Wood available upon request.

For more information about the company and Vincent Wood, please click here.

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Telephone: +65 6222 1778

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November 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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Core Independent Peripherals Now Available on PIC18 Family

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-PIC18F “K40” features intelligent ADC with filtering and signal analysis capabilities ideal for touch and signal conditioning
BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — The PIC18F “K40” family of microcontrollers (MCUs) is now available from Microchip Technology Inc.[NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. The family consists of 10 new devices ranging from 16-128 KB of flash memory with package options covering 28-64 pins. These cost optimised 8-bit MCUs are the first PIC18 product family to offer Microchip’s popular Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs).

Microchip PIC18F ”K40” Family
Microchip PIC18F ”K40” Family
CIPs provide developers with the ability to accomplish tasks in hardware while freeing up the CPU to do other tasks or go to sleep. This results in reduced power consumption, allows for deterministic response time, decreased firmware development and time needed for validation. The PIC18F “K40” features the ADC with Computation (ADC2) — an intelligent Analog to Digital Converter which, independent of the core, can control data acquisition and signal analysis functions required in sensor interface applications, such as capacitive touch sensing.

The addition of CIPs to the PIC18F “K40” builds upon the legacy of the successful PIC18F “K20” family. These new devices are cost effective and offer up to 128KB of flash, 5V operation, EEPROM and extensive peripheral integration. The devices include a full complement of Core Independent Peripherals for safety critical applications (CRC / Memory Scan, Windowed Watchdog Timer, and Hardware Limit Timer), up to seven hardware PWMs and multiple communications interfaces. Additionally, the PIC18 “K40” family offers Intelligent Analog peripherals including Zero Cross Detect (ZCD), on-chip comparator and ADC2. The ADC2 handles the signal analysis functions of averaging, filtering, oversampling and automatic threshold comparison independent of the CPU.

The device is well suited for a broad range of applications and market segments including touch sensing, industrial control, consumer, automotive and Internet of Things (IoT).

“Microchip continues to expand our 8-bit portfolio with new on-chip peripherals for both the PIC® and AVR® architectures,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s 8-bit MCU division. “The PIC18F ‘K40’ family combines large memories with the Core Independent Peripherals and Microchip’s MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) to significantly reduce the product development time and improve system performance.”

For more information about the PIC18F “K40” family, visit http://www.microchip.com/K40

Development support

The new PIC18F “K40” family is supported by the Curiosity High Pin Count (HPC) board and Microchip’s established software development platforms including MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), MPLAB® IDE, XC8 Complier, and Microchip’s new cloud based IDE MPLAB Xpress.

Availability

The family is available in volume production and consists of 10 new devices ranging from 16-128 KB of flash memory. Package options range from 28-64 pins and include UQFN(4x4x0.5mm), QFN, SOIC, SSOP, TQFP, and DIP packages.

Part number

Pin count

Program flash (B)

Data EEPROM (B)

RAM (B)

PIC18F24K40

28

16 K

256

1,024

PIC18F25K40

28

32 K

256

2,048

PIC18F26K40

28

64 K

1,024

3,728

PIC18F27K40

28

128 K

1,024

3,728

PIC18F45K40

40/44

32 K

256

2,048

PIC18F46K40

40/44

64 K

1,024

3,728

PIC18F47K40

40/44

128 K

1,024

3,728

PIC18F65K40

64

32 K

1,024

2,048

PIC18F66K40

64

64 K

1,024

3,562

PIC18F67K40

64

128 K

1,024

3,562

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, the Microchip logo, MPLAB and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

For more information, please contact:
Daphne Yuen (Microchip): (+852) 2943-5115
(email: daphne.yuen@microchip.com)

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November 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm

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