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PepsiCo Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Phivang Collaboration of Farmers to Introduce a Sustainable Contract Farming Model in Vietnam

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-The tripartite agreement on contract farming is the first-of-its kind in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PepsiCo Foods Vietnam Company (PFVC) announced today that it has signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Phivang Collaboration of Farmers in Vietnam to introduce a sustainable contract potato farming model into Vietnam. The agreement will benefit around 50 small-scale farmers in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.

As part of the MOU, PFVC will agree a fixed price for the purchase of potatoes from Phivang Collaboration of Farmers at the start of each growing season.  This gives assurances to farmers that they have a buyer for their potatoes and at a price that is not subject to market fluctuations.  DARD will provide financial assistance to members of the co-operative to purchase seeds and other inputs for the growing season.  Finally, the Phivang Collaboration of Farmers will unite farmers to negotiate a secure and stable contract with PepsiCo and provide a forum for farmers to exchange growing techniques.

In addition, PFVC will provide technical agronomy support to the farmers through sharing best practice on techniques to improve yields, save water and promote sustainable agriculture.  PFVC has a proven track record of assisting farmers in Vietnam to make their crop cycles more productive.  Between 2011 and 2014, PFVC provided agronomy support to their farmers that enabled them to nearly double their average yields.

“PepsiCo is one of the world’s largest agricultural enterprises. Annually we source more than four million tons of potatoes from thousands of local farmers across the globe, and our success depends on securing sustainable supply chains for our key raw materials,” said Huy Nguyen Duc, General Manager, PepsiCo Foods Vietnam Company.  “Along with our partners, DARD and the Phivang Collaboration of Farmers, we want to use our combined experience and know-how to work with potato farmers in Vietnam and to play a positive role in the success of sustainable contract farming across Vietnam.”

“The Department for Agriculture and Rural Development believes that this agreement is mutually beneficial to all parties.  Phivang farmers are guaranteed a fair price that isn’t subject to market fluctuations for their crop and PepsiCo will receive a stable supply of potatoes,” said Mr Chau, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  “Our plan is to replicate this model throughout Lam Dong province to ensure sustainable production of potatoes, and other vegetables, and to provide security to farmers against market price fluctuations.”

PepsiCo is committed to investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, including respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where the company operates. PepsiCo calls this commitment “Performance with Purpose.”

PepsiCo is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Grow Asia’ initiative and the ‘New Vision for Agriculture’. ‘Grow Asia’ is a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth, especially focusing on smallholder farmer development, food security, and environmental sustainability of agriculture. PFVC leads the fruit and vegetable working group of ‘Grow Asia’ in Vietnam. Through this group, PFVC has been able to introduce their farmers to best practices in sustainably improving crop yields and the quality of their potatoes.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visitwww.pepsico.com.

Contacts:

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Office: +65-6361-9212
Email:
ben.eavis@pepsico.com

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October 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

How Solution Providers Can Capture the North American Terminal Automation Market

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— Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — An increase in oil and gas (O&G) production in North America is expected to spur investments in new terminal infrastructure and further enforce modernization and retrofit additions in existing chemical terminals. While the rise in brownfield projects will allow for more diversified product portfolios for terminal automation, including field devices, controllers and software, the development of greenfield terminals will boost demand for custom terminal automation systems that streamline operational activities, custody transfers and inventory management. However, the North American terminal automation market is likely to witness a slow compound annual growth of 5.5 percent from 2013-2020 as capital expenditure for automation is lower than for upstream exploration and downstream refinery operations.

Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users.
Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the North American Terminal Automation Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $110.5 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $160.4 million in 2020. The study covers solutions used to automate terminal operations in the O&G, industrial (chemical and petrochemical) and biofuel industries.

For complimentary access to more information to this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1kmKbk7.

Compared to other components in the O&G and chemical value chain, growth of automation in terminals lags behind as customers do not have a clear-cut business case to justify return on investment. A key area that solution providers can potentially target is data management for business applications, as otherwise, maintaining a local server at terminals incurs high costs.

“The advent of cloud-based technologies provides end users a cost-effective way to monitor business applications such as certification, transaction management and loading operations while still using an on-premise model for mission critical applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Senior Research Analyst Rahul Vijayaraghavan. “Therefore, the software and services market is expected to offer greater opportunities than the commoditized hardware segment as end users look to outsource their in-house engineering capabilities.”

To keep pace with this trend, solution providers are improving after-sales support and adding new rail and pipeline management tools to its existing software platforms. Custom-specific applications for varying terminal requirements are also making inroads in the market.

In addition, the integration of rail loading and unloading operations at the terminal, which includes utilizing various components such as real-time locating systems, global positioning satellites, ocular character recognition, and radio frequency identification, will become a standard in terminal automation systems.

“The North American terminal automation market is moving toward integrated packaged solutions that cater to application-specific requirements of terminal end users,” noted Vijayaraghavan. “Centralized control and operations of all activity inside the terminal will improve efficiency and further strengthen the grounds for automation uptake in North American terminals.”

Analysis of the North American Terminal Automation Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of Global Automation and Control Systems (ACS) Market in the Upstream Oil and Gas (O&G) Industry, Automation Opportunities in the United States for the Upstream Tight Oil Market, Changing Tides in Offshore Oil and Gas Production: Subsea Automation Opportunities at the Ocean Floor, Automation Modernization Opportunities in the US Refinery Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Analysis of the North American Terminal Automation Market
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E: ariel.brown@frost.com

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August 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Frost & Sullivan: Increased Conventional and Unconventional O&G Explorations Drive New Investments in Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market

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— Brand awareness campaigns and training programs on the applications of positive displacement pumps are vital for market success

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina /PRNewswire/ — Strong investment in the oil and gas (O&G) and petrochemical industries in Latin America is fueling the demand for positive displacement pumps in the region. The development of the infrastructure and food and beverage manufacturing industries to meet the accommodation and consumption needs of the expanding population, is also adding momentum to the market.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $464.5 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $626.7 million in 2020. Although Latin America’s gross domestic product is expected to decelerate to an average of three to four percent, the demand for positive displacement pumps will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4 percent mainly due to new applications in the O&G and petrochemical industries. The study covers rotary, reciprocating and peristaltic pumps.

“With the mining industry in Latin America garnering major interest from state governments and international companies, opportunities for positive displacement pump manufacturers are also emerging in this space,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research Analyst Aida Paola Conti.

However, the price sensitivity of end users and their limited awareness on the advantages of positive displacement pumps and alternative technologies have been major obstacles to market development. In addition, the unstable economic condition in some leading Latin American countries has dampened consumer confidence and led to project delays. Along with the expected decrease in foreign direct investment, these factors are challenging positive displacement pump manufacturers.

“In this scenario, successful brand awareness campaigns are critical to gain market acceptance and differentiate products from the competition,” stated Conti. “Training programs on the current and new applications of positive displacement pumps are also important to attract end users across Latin America.”

For more information on this study, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, atfrancesca.valente@frost.com.

Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Sanitary Pump Market in the Food and Beverage Industry, Global Pumps Market in the Chemicals Industry, Pumps and Valves in the North American Shale Industry, and Global Metering Pump Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us:     Start the discussion

Join Us:           Join our community

Subscribe:       Newsletter on “the next big thing”

Register:         Gain access to visionary innovation

Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market
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Contact:
Francesca Valente
Corporate Communications — Latin America
P: +54-11-4777-5300
F: +54-11-4777-5300
E: francesca.valente@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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July 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

CNH Industrial Inaugurates New Agricultural Equipment Manufacturing Complex in China

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— CNH Industrial celebrated today the opening of its new manufacturing complex in Harbin, in Heilongjiang Province. It is the largest agricultural equipment production plant in Northeast China and will produce a complete line of products under its Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands to support the Country’s agricultural needs, and the full cycle of corn, wheat, soybean and hay production.

HARBIN, China /PRNewswire/ — CNH Industrial inaugurated its new manufacturing complex built in the area of its previous assembly plant in Heilongjiang Province, China. The biggest agricultural equipment manufacturing facility in Northeast China, the complex extends over a total area of 400,000 square meters of which 116,000 are covered. The vertically integrated manufacturing complex features the latest technology in fabrication and two state-of-the-art painting facilities. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are utilized for the assembly and testing of the finished products to guarantee the highest quality standards. Within the complex is a Customer Center with a spacious showroom to support dealers. In addition a Research & Development Center with a dedicated outdoor test track opened in September 2013 and houses the engineering team tasked with designing components and adaptations for the domestic market. These facilities are complemented by the nearby spare parts depot and Training Center.

The new manufacturing plant will produce a wide range of product lines: planters, tractors, combine harvesters and corn pickers with their headers, balers and hay tools. Its production will include a complete line of equipment for the mechanization of the full cycle of corn, wheat, soybean and hay production. Among its products will be the legendary Case IH Axial-Flow combine range adapted for local conditions and Case IH corn pickers entirely developed for the Chinese market, as well as the award winning New Holland T6000 and T7000 tractor ranges and BC5000 balers.

Richard Tobin, CEO of CNH Industrial, commented, “CNH Industrial has a strong and long standing relationship with China. Through our agricultural equipment brands we have been present in this country for more than 100 years, supporting the mechanization of its agriculture and gaining leading positions in the market for high horsepower tractors, large combine harvesters, cotton pickers, sugar cane harvesters and balers. Our new manufacturing complex here in Harbin represents an investment of over USD $100 Million and its inauguration marks an important milestone that confirms our commitment to the development of Chinese agriculture.”

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

For more information contact:

Asia Pacific Press Office
Tel: +39 011 008 6346
Email: media.apac@cnhind.com

Source: CNH Industrial

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July 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Posted in Environment, Metalwork

Asian Paper is Going to Indonesia!

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The organiser of Asian Paper, UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd is answering the call to advance the show into Indonesiaas its latest addition to the portfolio, due to popular demand and strong market responses!

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Alternating its host country between Thailand and Indonesia, the 13th edition of Asian Paper is slated on 28-30 April at Jakarta International Expo (JI Expo), Indonesia, followed by Asian Paper Bangkok in 2016, which will take place on 25-27 May at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand, making Asian Paper an annual pulp, paper and board event.

With a 6% GDP growth, and 40kg of paper and board consumption per person 1annually, Indonesia ranks as the top 10 largest pulp producers and the 11th largest paper producer in the world, boasting of 80 paper and board producers and 5 pulp mills within its islands.

As the largest ASEAN pulp, paper and board event, Asian Paper Jakarta 2015 will incorporate a comprehensive range of New Product Technology (and paper machinery), and a Paper Products Fair highlighting a wide variety of paper products. Esteemed suppliers of specialty paper, packaging and board suppliers, amongst others are expected to join the extensive list of exhibitors.

Asian Paper’s highly profiled New Applied Technology (NAT) Conference will be held in parallel with the exhibition, focusing on strategic discussions on the industry’s latest technical applications. This must-attend conference provides additional platform for attendees to exchange ideas and network with industry experts from the Pulp, Paper and Board industry.

Plans for country pavilions — by China, Finland, France, India and others — to be represented at Asian Paper Jakarta 2015 are in discussion with the relevant representatives. The planning for a new Nanotechnology Pavilion is also in progress — showcasing its importance, especially in terms of revitalising the paper-making process to be effectively sustainable, amazingly durable (think antibacterial, waterproof, magnetic and even fluorescent) and bringing about multiple enhancements for people and the environment.

To top it off, Asian Paper Jakarta 2015 will also launch the Business Matching Programme, Hosted Buyer Programme, and VIP Programme as well as arrange for a Mill Visit Day to enable the fair’s attendees to reap more benefit from the 3 days event.

Exhibition space is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis. For more information on Asian Paper, please visit www.asianpapershow.com.

Website: www.ubmasia.com.sg

 

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July 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm

The Expedia group Announces Agreement To Acquire Wotif Group

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— Adds Asia-Pacific Portfolio to Collection of Travel’s Most Trusted Brands

BELLEVUE, Washington and BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — The Expedia group (NASDAQ: EXPE) today announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Wotif.com Holdings Limited (Wotif Group) (ASX: WTF), an Australian-based online travel company, for total cash consideration of A$703 million or A$3.30 per share – a premium of approximately 30% to Wotif Group’s volume weighted average share price for the five trading days leading up to and including July 4, 2014 (equivalent to US$658 million or US$3.09 per share based on July 4, 2014 exchange rates).

“Wotif Group is well positioned in the Asia-Pacific region with a portfolio of leading travel brands,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Expedia group. “This acquisition will allow both companies to continue driving growth opportunities by leveraging the unique strengths each brings to the table. Wotif Group will add to our collection of travel’s most trusted brands and enhance our Asia-Pacific supply, while Expedia will expose Wotif Group’s customers to our extensive global supply and world-class technology,” Khosrowshahi added.

Wotif Group operates online travel brands in the Asia-Pacific region including, Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology. Wotif Group recorded A$593 million in gross bookings (total transaction value) and A$76 million in revenue, in addition to generating 3.2 million room nights, during the six months ended December 31, 2013. Its multi-product portfolio focuses primarily on hotel and air, offering consumers more than 29,000 bookable properties in destinations around the world.

“Joining Expedia allows us to rapidly advance two of our strategic initiatives – strengthening offshore supply and improving our customer and supplier value propositions through enhanced technology,” said Scott Blume, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wotif Group. “We believe this will help solidify our position as the premier travel brand in Australia and New Zealand, grow our business across the Asia-Pacific region and increase our exposure and brand awareness to inbound international travellers,” added Blume.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by the shareholders of Wotif.com Holdings Limited and other customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. Subject to receipt of such approvals, the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements are based on Expedia, Inc.(“Expedia”) or Wotif.com Holdings Limited (“Wotif Group”), as appropriate, management’s expectations as of the date hereof and assumptions which are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “will,” “allow,” “believe,” “expects” or variations of such words, or similar expressions, or other comparable terminology) should also be considered forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements herein regarding the consummation and future impact of the Wotif Group transaction and other statements of Expedia or Wotif Group management’s beliefs, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. It is uncertain whether any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what impact they will have on Expedia’s results of operations, financial condition or the price of its stock. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the possibility that (i) we may be unable to obtain regulatory approvals required for the proposed transaction or may be required to accept conditions that could reduce the anticipated benefits of the transaction, (ii) we may not receive approval by the shareholders of Wotif Group, (iii) the time required to consummate the proposed transaction may be longer than anticipated, (iv) the proposed transaction may involve unexpected costs, (v) the businesses may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the proposed transaction, and (vi) the parties may be unable to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the transaction, as well as other risks and important factors detailed in our public filings with the SEC, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About the Expedia group
The Expedia group is one of the world’s largest travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:

  • Expedia.com®, the world’s largest full service online travel agency, with localized sites in 31 countries
  • Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
  • Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia
  • Egencia®, the world’s fifth largest corporate travel management company
  • eLong™, the second largest online travel company in China
  • Venere.com™, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
  • trivago®, a leading online hotel metasearch company with sites in 45 countries
  • Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of online and in-market concierge services, activities and experiences in hundreds of destinations worldwide
  • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, one of North America’s leading retail cruise vacation experts
  • CarRentals.com, the premier car rental booking company on the web.

The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market consumers through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network. For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.comor follow us on Twitter @expediainc.

Trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.  © 2014 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CST: 2029030-50

About Wotif.com Holdings Limited
Wotif Group operates leading online travel brands in the Asia Pacific region: Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology, and a network of other travel content and destination websites, such as Phuket.com and Bangkok.com. Wotif.com launched in 2000, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in June 2006 as Wotif.com Holdings Limited, trading under the ASX code “WTF”. The Company has offices in Australia, including its head office in Brisbane, with additional offices in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. For more information, visit www.wotifgroup.com.

Source: The Expedia group

Related stocks: Australia:WTF NASDAQ-NMS:EXPE

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July 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

Sasol, ENH and Eni Announce Pre-Feasibility Study for Large-Scale Gas-to-Liquids Facility in Mozambique

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JOHANNESBURG /PRNewswire/ —

 

Today, Sasol Limited (Sasol) announced a joint pre-feasibility study for a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which will be based on gas from the Rovuma Basin in Northern Mozambique. The study, which is being conducted in conjunction with Mozambique’s national oil company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and Italian multinational, Eni, will assess the viability and benefits of such a plant to the region.

The announcement comes as Sasol celebrates a decade of gas infrastructure development and value-add inMozambique, which, in turn, has contributed to the country and the region’s economic growth and advancement. Sasol’s in-country experience, an extensive market distribution footprint in the region and proven GTL expertise, place the company in a strong position to develop the country’s first GTL facility, depending on the results of the study.

Eni is operator of the block called Area 4 in the deep waters of the Rovuma Basin, which is estimated to hold up to 85 trillion cubic feet of gas.

“The proposed GTL facility firmly aligns with Mozambique’s Gas Master Plan goals, and, if successful, will go some way to accelerate socio-economic development in the country and the broader region. Our GTL aspirations highlight our commitment to partnering with the Mozambican government and Eni in the responsible development of the country’s natural resources,” said David Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Sasol Limited.

Forward-looking statements: Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements that are not historical facts and relate to analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements may also relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding exchange rate fluctuations, volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholder return and cost reductions. Words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”, “seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “endeavour” and “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there are risks that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. You should understand that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on Form 20-F filed on 9 October 2013 and in other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive; when relying on forward-looking statements to make investment decisions, you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertainties and events. Forward-looking statements apply only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Sasol:

Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 34 000 people working in 37 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, high-value chemicals and low-carbon electricity.

While remaining committed to our home-base of South Africa, Sasol is expanding internationally based on a unique value proposition.

Issued by:

Alex Anderson, Group Media Manager
Direct telephone +27(11)441-3295; Mobile +27(0)71-600-9605;
alex.anderson@sasol.com

Jacqui O’Sullivan, GM: Group Communication
Direct telephone +27(11)441-3252; Mobile +27(0)82-883-9697;
jacqui.osullivan@sasol.com

Source: Sasol

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July 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

Charity has a New Beat: Prudence Foundation Teams Up with Rock Singer Arnel Pineda for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts

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Volunteers build disaster-resilient houses at Santa Fe, Bantayan Island in March 2014 Helping someone in need makes the world a better place Donating comes from our hearts She’s Charity

Giving help and donating has never sounded this good.

HONG KONG, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prudence Foundation, the regional charitable arm of Prudential Corporation Asia (Prudential), has launched a new episode of the popular financial literacy animation Cha-Ching and a new version of its “Charity” song to raise funds for the Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief and recovery effort. The foundation has joined hands with renowned Filipino singer and American rock band Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda, who lends his soaring rock vocals to this innovative fund-raising initiative.

The new Charity song is featured in a three-minute music video with all new animation sequences featuring the relief efforts following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The music video aims to introduce children to real-life situations in which the money-smart value of donating may be practised. Pineda also appears in the new music video as an animated character.

The co-creator of Cha-Ching, Prudential’s Regional Director Sean Rach, said the choice to collaborate with Pineda on this new Charity duet was a natural one. “We are Arnel and Journey fans. With his personal and the band’s commitments to help following Typhoon Haiyan, we shared the aspiration to give back to those in need. His voice is incredible and we are very honoured that he agreed to donate his time and talent.”

Starting today, the Cha-Ching Charity music video featuring Pineda can be viewed on Cha-Ching’s interactive website (http://www.cha-ching.com) and YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/ChaChingVideos). The new Charity Song and the Cha-Ching Album featuring all songs from the 16 music videos are now available for purchase from iTunes Store. Proceeds of the song and album downloads will go to the Prudence Foundation’s Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts.

The new Charity song, a power ballad, is part of the original line-up of animated Cha-Ching music videos that aims to teach children aged seven to 12 four fundamental money smart values — Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. The Charity song highlights the choice to donate and share what we have, either in the form of money, time or basic goods, to those with less in life.

Cartoon Network will start airing the new Cha-Ching Charity music video featuring Pineda on Saturday, 12 April 2014 across Asia. It will also air on Channel V for one month.

Pineda shared, “I am honoured to partner with Prudence Foundation for this meaningful initiative. We all need to be reminded of our social obligation to share with those who have less than we do.” He added, “I am glad to play a part and hope everybody will download the song to support this worthy cause.”

Pineda became the lead singer of Journey in 2007. He has his own charitable organisation, the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc. (APFI), and recently recorded the single “Listen With Your Heart” with other famed Filipino music artists as a tribute to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and a gesture of thanks for the aid extended by over 50 countries in the aftermath of the natural disaster. Together with Journey, he has also helped give over 2 Million Meals to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Strengthening the pillars — children, education and disaster preparedness and relief

Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy highlighted, “What we are trying to achieve with the new Charity song and animated music video is a culmination of Prudence Foundation’s three main areas of focus — children, education and disaster preparedness and relief. ‘Charity’ is originally featured in the Cha-Ching series, meant to educate kids about the value of donating. What we do in our disaster preparedness and relief programmes is encapsulated in the song — we help people in need make a fresh start. This project hopes to broaden the awareness on pressing issues that we need to respond to and involves even the youngest members of our society in the movement to affect positive change in our communities.”

After Typhoon Haiyan devastated Central Philippines in November 2013, Prudence Foundation mobilised resources and pledged US$2 million to support the immediate relief and long-term recovery effort in the affected areas.

As part of this commitment, Prudence Foundation is funding the construction of 135 disaster-resilient homes for displaced families as well as 183 motorised fishing boats and 140 pedicabs to help restore normal livelihoods in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island in Cebu. In March 2014, in partnership with humanitarian organisation Habitat for Humanity, Prudence Foundation led a team of over 100 employee-volunteers from Prudential’s operations across 12 countries in Asia and the United Kingdom to build some of these houses, together with the local community.

About the Prudence Foundation

In 2011, Prudential established the Prudence Foundation to further drive its efforts in giving back to the communities in which it operates, building on its long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility. The Foundation provides a unified charitable platform for bringing Prudential’s regional community activities to a new level of strategic alignment and focus, to maximise the impact of its efforts across Asia.

Its mission is to make a lasting contribution to Asian societies through sustainable initiatives focused on the three key pillars: Education, Children and Disaster Preparedness & Relief. Under each pillar, the Foundation has regional flagship programmes as well as market specific programmes, working closely in partnership with local and international NGOs. The Foundation embodies the long-term and heartfelt commitment of Prudential’s people in Asia to provide innovative, focused, and practical support to their local communities.

For more information: http://www.prudencefoundation.com

About Cha-Ching

Cha-Ching is one of the key initiatives of the Prudence Foundation. Produced in cooperation with the Cartoon Network, the leading children’s channel in the Asia Pacific, and with the expertise of Dr. Alice Wilder, an expert in educational and child psychology, Cha-Ching takes an engaging and age-appropriate musical narrative approach to teach children about four key fundamental money management concepts — Earn, Save, Spend and Donate.

Cha-Ching is a series of three-minute animated television musical music videos for children aged seven to 12 years old that were produced by and aired over the Cartoon Network. Other elements of the programme include a website (http://www.cha-ching.com) with games and applications featuring real-life money management scenarios, online resources and activity plans which parents and teachers alike can work through with children and a mobile application for iPodtouch, iPhone and iPad users that helps children track their money cycle.

About Prudential Corporation Asia

Prudential Corporation Asia is a business unit of Prudential plc*, comprising its life insurance operations, and asset management business, Eastspring Investments. Prudential is a leading life insurer that spans 13 markets in Asia, covering Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A leading life insurer in terms of market coverage with more market leading positions than any other insurer in the region, Prudential has more than 400,000 agents and employees across the region serving over 12 million life insurance customers.

Eastspring Investments is one of Asia’s largest asset managers with operations in 11 markets and GBP60 billion in assets under management (at 31 December 2013).

*Prudential plc is listed on the stock exchanges of London (PRU.L), Hong Kong (2378.HK), Singapore (K6S.SG) and New York (PUK.N). Prudential plc is not affiliated or related in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America. For more information: http://www.prudentialcorporation-asia.com

SOURCE: Prudential Corporation Asia

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April 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Hao Hao and Xing Hui on “Pandastic Journey” with DHL

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Pandas travel from China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Chengdu, China to Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Belgium for breeding program
“Very Important Pandas” transported securely over 8 000 kilometers on dedicated DHL freighter aircraft and trucks
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, has assisted in the relocation of two giant pandas over 8,000 kilometers from Chengdu, China to Brugelette, Belgium. The female, Hao Hao, and the male, Xing Hui, both aged four, were successfully delivered via DHL’s global transportation network to their new home at the Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Brugelette, Belgium on February 23.
Mr. Michel Malherbe, Belgian Ambassador to China with Mr. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific
Mr. Michel Malherbe, Belgian Ambassador to China with Mr. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific

DHL courier carrying bamboo for Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto truck
DHL courier carrying bamboo for Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto truck

DHL truck departing with bamboo for Hao Hao and Xing Hui
DHL truck departing with bamboo for Hao Hao and Xing Hui

Mr. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific and Mr. Wu Dongming, DHL-Sinotrans Managing Director and DHL Asia Pacific Executive Vice President with kids in panda suits
Mr. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific and Mr. Wu Dongming, DHL-Sinotrans Managing Director and DHL Asia Pacific Executive Vice President with kids in panda suits

Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane I
Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane I

Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane II
Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane II

Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane III
Loading Hao Hao and Xing Hui onto DHL plane III
“Hao Hao and Xing Hui’s Pandastic Journey” started at the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Chengdu, China on February 22, and ended with a delivery to a specially constructed Chinese Garden at Pairi Daiza, Belgium the following day. The two VIPs — or Very Important Pandas — were flown from China to Belgium on a dedicated DHL Boeing 767 freighter aircraft, accompanied by a team of two animal handlers and a veterinary physician and a plentiful supply of 100 kilograms of bamboo. They were welcomed at Brussels airport by local dignitaries and children from neighboring schools, before a DHL truck took them on the final one-hour journey to Pairi Daiza.
The pandas are expected to spend 15 years at Pairi Daiza, a 55-acre garden that plays host to over 5,000 animals. With the support of the University of Ghent, a special breeding and research program has been designed for them, aimed at helping to avert the future extinction of this endangered species.
“DHL jumped at the chance to support the delivery of our two Very Important Pandas — Hao Hao and Xing Hui — from China to Belgium,” said Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Global Network Operations, DHL Express, “We have supported a number of conservation projects in recent years, including the return of nine silverback gorillas from the UK to the wild in Gabon and the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from the Australia and the US to ZSL London Zoo for a breeding program. Safely transporting these beautiful but endangered animals furthers our own commitment to supporting conservation and environmental causes around the world. Thanks to the unique challenges of planning and executing a project like this, it also gives us a great opportunity to showcase our expertise and capabilities.”
“The detailed organization of the transport of Hao Hao and Xing Hui allowed us to meet, from the operational support to the highest levels of management, a great team at DHL,” said Eric Domb, Founder and President of Pairi Daiza. “It is a real privilege to benefit from the logistics capabilities and vast experience of DHL in this extraordinary adventure for Pairi Daiza. We are confident that Hao Hao and Xing Hui are in the best hands ever. We are highly appreciative of DHL’s support for this important and historic project.”
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February 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Leading Corporations Join Forces to Tackle Freight Emissions in Asia

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global leading corporations launched Green Freight Asia, a non-profit association of manufacturers, freight logistics companies and carriers to advance green freight efforts that promote greenhouse gas- and fuel-efficient freight transportation and decrease air pollution in Asia.

Leading logistics service providers, DHL and UPS, global home furnishing retailer IKEA, and technology leaders HP and Lenovo, supported by partners, Green Transformation Lab[1] and Clean Air Asia[2], have joined together as founding members to incorporate Green Freight Asia as a non-profit association in Singapore, emerging from an informal network created in 2011 by Green Transformation Lab and Clean Air Asia, along with 25 shippers, logistics companies and carriers.

“Logistics costs as percentage of GDP range from about 14% in India and 18% in China to 24% in Indonesia, compared to about 10% in the US, Europe and Japan[3]. Fuel scarcity and rising fuel prices pose a higher risk to economies in Asia.” explained Stephan Schablinski, newly appointed Executive Director of Green Freight Asia.

Robert Earley, Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia said: “Only 9% of vehicles in Asia are trucks, but they are responsible for 54% of CO2 emissions and a similar proportion of particulate emissions. By orienting shippers, carriers and other players in the logistics industry to focus on improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions from trucks, Asian countries can help address climate change while also making their economies stronger and the air in cities cleaner.”[4]

Green Freight Asia will work with its members to develop and promote tools for measuring and reporting fuel consumption and emissions from road freight and identify what technologies and strategies will be most effective for carriers to reduce fuel consumption, such as low rolling resistance tires, equipment to reduce aerodynamic drag, alternative fuels, fleet management and driver training.

A benchmarking scheme will be developed to evaluate and recognize the sustainability efforts of manufacturing companies, freight logistics companies and carriers, and importantly, make these accomplishments visible to consumers and investors. Furthermore, a platform for sharing best practices between member companies will make it easier for others to replicate successes.

The association will also focus on working with Asian governments in developing national green freight programs

Green Freight Asia will create value for its members by helping them to achieve increased fuel efficiency that saves costs and increases business competitiveness, and to recognize the sustainability efforts that are being made, to inform consumers about members’ level of commitment to more sustainable transport — all with the objective of decreasing air pollution and GHG emissions in Asia.

Green Freight Asia is open for companies to join as members, and is also hoping to attract other partner organizations who share the same vision to enable methods and partnerships for industry to accelerate the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices across Asia.

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Visit www.greenfreightasia.org

[1] The Green Transformation Lab is a DHL-Singapore Management University collaboration
[2] Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. Independent since 2007, it is a UN-recognized partnership of nearly 250 organizations across Asia, with networks across 8 countries.
[3] Economist Intelligence Unit, ARC Advisory, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative
[4] Clean Air Asia, 2012. “Accessing Asia: Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicators for Road Transport and Electricity.” Pasig City, Philippines. http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11573
Source: Green Freight Asia

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October 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

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