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Destination NSW provides a taste of Summer with new flyover footage of Sydney’s famous beaches.

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — This Summer, more than 10 million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney to make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events.

Over the six month period of October – March Sydney will receive 18 million visitors, with 10 million of these expected to visit during Summer*.

Last year, Summer-loving tourists stayed around 29.2 million nights during the three months of the popular, warm season.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said: “Summer is an absolutely magical time to visit Sydney and make the most of the city’s famous coastal lifestyle with more than 90 beaches on offer.

“Last Summer, we welcomed more than 9.2 million visitors who spent more than AU.9 billion in Sydney, meaning tourists are taking advantage of the endless entertainment, dining and major event options after a day on the beaches.

“From a day at the Test at the historic SCG to a ride on one of Sydney’s iconic ferries, summer is an exciting, vibrant and beautiful time in Sydney, and we look forward to more visitors from near and far over the next few sunny months.”

The top activities for visitors to Sydney are eating out, shopping, sightseeing, and attending events. To help plan holidays, Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency, has developed a list of some of the top things to see and do whilst in town this Summer.

Where to eat: 
Waterside dining is one of Sydney’s essential experiences. Visit LuMi Bar & Dining in Pyrmont for a two-hatted meal, and enjoy Turkish meze treats at Anason in Sydney’s newest waterfront development, Barangaroo. Head to Paddington’s newest restaurant, Fred’s, and head to the Light Brigade Hotel just down the road for a rooftop beverage. When in Western Sydney, book at meal at Vela Dining & Bar along the Parramatta River, or enjoy the 180-degree river views on the deck at Port Bar. For a truly iconic experience, enjoy a sunset drink at Opera Bar, along the Sydney Opera House promenade, looking at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Where to shop: 
Sydney is a hotspot for shopping that caters to lovers of high-end fashion, international labels and local, boutique designers. Visit hundreds of stores in Sydney’s iconic Queen Victoria BuildingThe Strand, bustling Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney which is full of luxury designer brands. For a boutique outdoor shopping experience, spend some time in Paddington exploring Oxford StWilliam St and the popular Intersection, known for its collection of Australian designers.

Sightseeing musts: 
The world famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Manly are all absolute musts, especially for first-time Summer visitors. A walk around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Centennial Parklands and visits to Taronga Zoo, SeaLife Manly and Sydney Aquarium are also popular.

Events to plan around: 
Sport fans, culture lovers, and history buffs are taken care of in Sydney’s Summer calendar. The Coates Hire Sydney 500 car racing (2-4 December 2016), the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (from 3 January 2017), APIA International Sydney tennis tournament (8-14 January 2017), HSBC Sydney 7s rugby fix (3-5 February 2017) and Australian Open of Surfing (25 February – 5 March 2017) are all on offer. For celebrity spotters, the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel will see the stars of Australian film and television walk the red carpet in Sydney (7 December 2016) and is a great excuse to frock up. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives will feature cutting-edge technology that reveals the secrets of mummies from the British Museum in a world premiere exclusive at the Powerhouse Museum (from 10 December 2016). Sydney Festival runs for just over three weeks (7-27 January 2017) and offers hundreds of ticketed and free events including The BeachNUDE LIVE, and Symphony Under the Stars. Finally, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day are incredibly special times to be in Sydney to enjoy the fanfare and fireworks.

Visit for more information, travel package and booking information.  

Summer talking points:

10 million visitors is more than double the population of New Zealand of approx. 4.5 million, and equivalent to:

  • 20,661 Qantas A380s full of passengers (based on 484 passengers per flight. Click here for reference).
  • 8,695 of the largest Freshwater Class Ferries, full of passengers
  • 217 Sydney Cricket Grounds, at full capacity
  • More than the number of cars that drive over Sydney Harbour Bridge every 60 days
  • 44 times the number of English words in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Media Materials:

  • B-roll footage of Sydney beaches and icons is available to download here.
  • Snapshot of Sydney beaches from the Sky footage, captured by drone and from a helicopter, is available to download here.
  • A highlights reel of upcoming Summer events is available to download here.
  • An image gallery of new Sydney in Summer aerial shots is available to download here. Please note: the mandatory credit for all images is included in the image’s file name.
  • Click here to download all media materials via Dropbox.

Notes to Editors:

*Based on Tourism Research Australia data, with further modelling from Destination NSW based on annual travel trends.

Data sources: Destination NSW has modelled the likely visitation figure for the Summer period of December to February with data from Tourism Research Australia, National Visitor Survey data, a combination of International Visitor Survey data, and Australian Bureau of Statistics Overseas Visitor figures and arrivals data.

Summer definition: Summer data refers to the season of Summer which runs in Australia from December to February each year.

Share your favorite NSW experiences with Destination NSW by tagging #ilovesydney and #NewSouthWales.

For more information on experience, attractions and accommodation in Sydney and NSW, go to and

About Destination NSW

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020. Visit for more information.

SOURCE: Destination NSW

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December 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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F&L Asia Announces Inaugural Asia-Pacific Fuel and Lubricant Industry Awards

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-Nominations now open for “F&L Person of the Year” and “Product Development of the Year”

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — F&L Asia Ltd. is excited to announce the inaugural F&L Awards, presented in conjunction with F+L Week 2017, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore from March 7-10, 2017.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 F&L Awards, which celebrate continuous product and service innovation, technology leadership and outstanding results.

The F&L Awards are an opportunity to not only recognise individual people’s achievements, but to also highlight the positive contribution they are making to the Asia-Pacific F&L industry,” says Vicky Villena-Denton, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of F&L Asia, the major industry publisher in the region that puts on the quintessential yearly conference.

If you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Fuels & Lubricants industry, or for setting the standard in product innovation and creativity, then I encourage you to put their name forward,” she says.

Nominations for the 2017 F&L Awards close on December 31, 2016. You may submit your nominations via email at: or tweet us at: @fuelsandlubes.     

The winners will be formally recognised at F+L Week 2017 for their tremendous achievements during the Appreciation Dinner on March 9, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore. They will also be showcased in Fuels + Lubes Online and featured in Fuels & Lubes International magazine.

For more information on F+L Week 2017 and the F&L Awards visit

Awards Categories:

One of F&L Asia’s missions is to identify emerging trends and market developments in the Fuels & Lubricants industry. Accordingly, we are proud to announce the awards categories for the 2017 Awards.

Product Development of the Year”

The “Product Development of the Year” award recognises innovation in the Fuels & Lubricants industry, encompassing significant improvements to products and related processes rendering the product more efficient and providing improved ecological use.

To nominate a product, please submit a 500-word description of the product and an explanation why the product should be considered for this award.

The product must be new to the market as of January 1, 2016.

Entries may include either a consumer product or an intermediate product.

Asia-Pacific F&L Person of the Year”

The “Asia-Pacific F&L Person of the Year” recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to the Fuels & Lubricants industry in Asia. The nominee may come not only from the oil and additive industries, but also from other stakeholders like OEMs, users, regulatory agencies or non-governmental organisations.

To nominate an individual for this award, please submit a 500-word description of the individual and an explanation of the individual’s contribution and why he or she should be considered for this award.


F+L Week is the premier event for the Fuels, Lubricants, Base Oils and Additives industries in Asia-Pacific. F+L Week is the convergence of the annual Fuels & Lubes Asia Conference and the Asia-Pacific Base Oil Conference and is the flagship knowledge-sharing forum in the region. It offers the perfect opportunity to discuss and debate the latest industry shifts and provides an exceptional networking platform to consolidate business connections.

The event, organised by Hong Kong-based F&L Asia Ltd., the industry’s leading publisher in the region, is the industry’s must-attend annual event in Asia. F+L Week is the only annual conference in Asia-Pacific with a high level of technical content on the subject of transport fuels, lubricants, base oils and additives.

Registrations for the conference are now open. To register or to get more information visit


F&L Asia Ltd. has been providing world-class fuel and lube industry news and events since 1995. The publication company provides media services to some of the biggest names in the industry and each year produces F+L Week, the industry conference and exhibition premier event.

Unparalleled thought leadership, stringent content quality standards and uncompromising journalism (gathering facts directly from the frontline, including from its permanent bases at the heart of the strategic Asian region) are some of F&L Asia’s core strengths and the reason why it retains an unchallenged “first with the latest” position.

F&L Asia’s diverse portfolio of unique and powerful lead-generation tools fulfils the needs of hundreds of fuels and lubes operators of all sizes, all disciplines from around the world. This empowers it to increase its brand awareness and establish, promote and nurture fluid industry connections globally.


Vicky Villena-Denton
F&L Asia Ltd.
22/F., 3 Lockhart Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone (Hong Kong): +852 3183 4143

For more information, please, visit the website:

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Source: F&L Asia Ltd.

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December 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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Proficio Announces Aggressive Asia Pacific Expansion

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-Cybersecurity service provider raises US$12M to accelerate growth

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Proficio, an award-winning provider of managed detection and response (MDR) services, has raised $12 million in a round of funding led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., a leading alternative investment firm. Proficio will use this investment to expand its global geographical presence and introduce new cybersecurity platforms and services.

“We are impressed by Proficio’s growth, customer adoption, and innovative managed detection and response services,” said Nate Locke, a partner in the growth private equity group at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, who will join Proficio’s board of directors as part of this financing. “Proficio is changing the way organizations meet their IT security and compliance goals by providing the most advanced cybersecurity solutions without the cost and complexity of acquiring sophisticated software or operating a 24×7 Security Operations Center on their own.”

Proficio is one of the fastest growing managed security service providers in North America with over 100 percent year-over-year revenue growth in its ProSOC service for the last three years. The company has established a strong customer base in key markets, such as financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare, and was one of the first MSSPs to establish a next-generation security operations center (SOC) in Singapore. Proficio was named winner of the Singapore CIOHONOUR Award® in the Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) category for enterprise security in 2016. Proficio will continue to invest in Singapore and Australia and plans to expand its operations and partnerships into Hong Kong and South Korea during the first quarter of 2017.

“We are excited to be growing our presence in the Asia Pacific market to include sales and security operations in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea,” said Tim McElwee, co-founder, president and chairman of the board of Proficio. “We will continue our focus on delivering innovative solutions that help our customers protect, detect, and respond to cybersecurity threats. In the first half of 2017, we plan to introduce new services and platforms leveraging advanced analytics, threat intelligence, and orchestrated incident response.”

“M1 is partnering with Proficio and offering their managed detection and response services as part of our family of enterprise-grade cyber security solutions,” said Mr. Alan Goh, Chief Information Officer, M1 Limited. “Proficio is a leader in their market and we have also selected them to provide cyber security services to help protect our own corporate data and networks. With the strategic location of their next-generation security operation center in Singapore, we have a closer understanding of the local threats our customers can be exposed to. We are pleased Proficio is continuing to invest and grow in Singapore and throughout the region.”

Asia Pacific enterprises are increasingly under threat from a range of cyber attacks and security has become very important consideration for businesses when it comes to assessing their technology partners,” said Alex Tok, Managing Director, Proficio Asia Pacific. “Our ProSOC service is supported by an exceptional team of security professionals providing our customers with unparalleled threat visibility and cyber security protection.”

About Proficio

Proficio is an award-winning provider of managed detection and response services. Its innovative approach to managed security service delivery is changing the way organizations defend against advanced threats, achieve regulatory compliance, and prevent security breaches. Proficio’s ProSOC service provides highly accurate, 24×7 security monitoring and alerting, advanced threat detection, and automated response services. Proficio is the trusted managed security service provider for some of the world’s leading utility, healthcare, industrial and consumer-focused organizations. To take your security to the next-generation, visit Join the conversation with Proficio’s security leaders at TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Media contact:

Czarina Cabuyadao
The Hoffman Agency
+65 6361 0260


Source: Proficio

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December 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

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NTU and Stratasys 3D Print Operational Drone with Embedded Electronics Using Aerospace-grade Material

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-First fully functional quadcopter 3D printed in ULTEM™9085 aerospace-grade material with electronics embedded was created in a single production step

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have 3D printed a ready-to-fly drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material.



Phillip Keane, NTU (Nanyang Technological University) Singapore, examining his Stratasys 3D printed quadcopter, in front of the Fortus 450mc
Phillip Keane, NTU (Nanyang Technological University) Singapore, examining his Stratasys 3D printed quadcopter, in front of the Fortus 450mc

The electronics were incorporated in the drone during the 3D printing process which employs Stratasys ULTEM™9085 — a high strength, lightweight FDM material certified for use in commercial aircrafts.

The drone is jointly developed by NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) and Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company.

How the Flight-Ready Drone was Built

The drone — a quadcopter with four rotors — was designed, 3D printed and flown by Mr Phillip Keane, an NTU PhD candidate from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who researches at SC3DP.

In 3D printing, objects are created digitally layer by layer until completion. However, embedding electronics can be a challenge, as most will not survive the high temperatures of the 3D printing process.

Commercial grade electronics were therefore modified and placed within the drone at the various stages of the printing process. They survived the high temperature printing which reached over 160 degrees Celsius, compared to the usual 80 to 100 degrees. Only the motors and the propellers were mounted after the entire chassis was completed.

Mr Keane said: “One of the toughest challenges was to find electronic components that could theoretically survive the high temperature printing process — we had to add some heat-proofing modifications to the components to ensure they could last. This involved adding new components to the printed circuit boards and also designing custom housings.”

The drone was completed in under 14 hours. During the printing, there were just three pauses for the electronics to be placed within the chassis.

“The housings which were pre-printed in ULTEM 9085 also provide a flat surface for the 3D printer to continue printing over them. I also had to deal with tight time constraints as some of the components could not survive in the heat for more than 20 minutes.”

In addition to being extremely rugged, the drone is capable of supporting over 60kg of weight suspended from its structure. Moving forward, Mr Keane said he is working on the next version of the drone which will feature better durability, lighter weight and improved flight dynamics.

Professor Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director of NTU’s SC3DP said that this is a successful example of disruptive innovation that can be achieved when researchers from academia work with industry partners.

“At NTU, we have world leading researchers with vast knowledge of materials and 3D printing processes whohave invented innovative techniques to overcome the limitations of existing technologies,” explained Prof Chua, the world’s most cited scientist in the field of 3D printing according to the Web of Science, a research database maintained by Thomson Reuters.

“Together with Stratasys’ engineers and their intimate knowledge of 3D printing, we were able to push the limits of today’s technology and print a drone that is incredibly durable and can withstand high heat.”

“This project exemplifies the power of Stratasys’ flagship Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology and perfectly demonstrates the strength of the ULTEM resin,” commented Fred Fischer, Director — Applications and Products, Stratasys Asia Pacific. “We look forward to researching, developing and unveiling more possibilities with 3D printing and materials as we work with industry partners and academia.”

ULTEM 9085 is a production-grade thermoplastic that can be 3D printed and is prized for a high strength-to-weight ratio and FST (flame, smoke and toxicity) rating, making it ideal for the commercial transportation industry, especially aerospace.

Professor Louis Phee, Chair, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a major research thrust at the school. “Being the first university in Singapore to offer an Aerospace Engineering degree programme, we have been successful in attracting the brightest students to work with our professors to push the frontiers of drone technologies to cater to Singapore’s unique needs and requirements. In the near future, I expect to see more exciting new drone technologies from NTU that will be translated into real applications.”

Media contact:

Lester Kok
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: +65 6790 6804; HP: +65 9741 5593

Alice Chiu
Marketing Communications Specialist
Stratasys Inc
Tel: +852 3944 8846

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes — the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering — and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit

About Stratasys

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 1,200 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.

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December 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

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