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    Ariake Incineration Plant/Courtesy of Clean Authority of TOKYO
    Renovation to Extend Service Life of the 400 tpd MSW Facility

    TOKYO, Aug 31, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIEC) has received an order from the Clean Authority of TOKYO, a local government authority, to refurbish core components at the Ariake Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Plant, a municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration plant. The order is for refurbishment of stoker type incinerators(1) to extend their service life and enhance energy efficiency.

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    Ariake Incineration Plant / Courtesy of Clean Authority of TOKYO

    The Ariake WtE Plant is the first facility for which the Clean Authority of TOKYO has ordered a refurbishment of core components. The project is valued at 3,203 million Japanese yen (excluding tax), and scheduled for completion in February 2020. The plant was designed and built by MHI, and completed in December 1995. It comprises two stoker incinerators each with capacity of 200 tpd, and can generate up to 5,600 kilowatts (kW) of electricity.

    The order covers the replacement and upgrading of superannuated components at the facility, including equipment for refuse feeding, ash treatment, waste water treatment, draft fan, duct, and dust collection, as well as electric instrumentation and water supply systems. The project will also enhance energy efficiency through the use of an exhaust gas treatment system that incorporates MHIEC's proprietary technologies to lower power consumption by reducing the load of bag filters, as well as the use of high-efficiency motors and inverters. These measures will reduce total annual CO2 emissions by more than 3%.

    The Clean Authority of TOKYO was established in April 2000 to take over management and operation of waste and night soil treatment facilities from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The organization currently manages 21 plants in the city, including facilities undergoing renovation.

    Renovation and upgrades to WtE plants are increasing, aiming to extend service life as well as reduce environmental impact. The introduction of a related subsidy system in 2015 by the Japanese national government has also accelerated this trend.(2)

    MHIEC assumed responsibility of MHI's waste treatment plant business in 2008, acquiring MHI's accumulated technological development capabilities in environmental protection systems, and its abundant expertise in the construction and operation of waste management facilities both in Japan and overseas. Based on this strong track record, MHIEC is well placed to provide comprehensive solutions from plant construction to operation.

    (1) A stoker furnace is the main type of MSW incineration plant. MSW is combusted as it moves along on a fire grate made of heat-resistant castings.
    (2) This program, administered by Japan's Ministry of the Environment, promotes effective use of existing waste treatment facilities to address the issue of global warming. Local governments seeking to extend the operational life of their MSW facilities are eligible for subsidies covering one-third to one-half of project costs, depending on the degree of CO2 reduction.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
    For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: http://spectra.mhi.com.

    Contact:
    Joseph Hood, PR Manager Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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    Sharp AQUOS 8K TV (Photo shows LC-70X500 for the Japanese market)
    World's First(1) 8K-Compatible TVs and Displays Bring On-Screen Reality Closer Than Ever

    TOKYO, Aug 31, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Sharp Corporation announces the release of the AQUOS 8K Series of 8K-compatible TVs and displays, a world first(1). Positioned as the core of the 8K Ecosystem, Sharp's key medium-term strategy, these products will be released in China in October, in Japan in December, in Taiwan in February 2018, and in Europe in March 2018.

    8K is a revolutionary technology for ultra-high-definition images with 16 times the resolution of full-HD which could not be expressed with 4K images. It reproduces images at ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture. Apart from displaying TV broadcasts and other media contents, 8K will dramatically impact many aspects of our lives: medicine, business, security, signage etc.

    Sharp has been leading the industry by releasing 8K-related products in Japan. In October 2015, the company released an 85-inch 8K monitor using an 8K LCD panel, and the advanced wideband digital satellite broadcast receiver compatible with 8K ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcasts in 2016, followed in June 2017 with the release of a 70-inch 8K monitor.

    Sharp is eager to bring worldwide consumers the thrill of this revolutionary technology, and to this end it is releasing the world's first(1) 8K TV in Japan and China, and the world's first(1) 8K displays in Taiwan and Europe.

    Sharp is also complementing its 8K TVs by accelerating development of 8K broadcast receivers, 8K cameras, and other 8K products to lead the world by establishing an 8K Ecosystem.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_SharpAQUOS8KTV.jpg
    Sharp AQUOS 8K TV
    (Photo shows LC-70X500 for the Japanese market)

    About Sharp Corporation

    Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit www.sharp.co.jp

    Contact:
    Miyuki Nakayama Tokyo Public Relations and Media Liaison Office Sharp Corporation Tel: +81-3-5446-8205 Fax: +81-3-5446-8206

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    Winners of the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition awards were announced at a Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair press conference on 29 August.
    HONG KONG, Aug 31, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong is a hub of world international brands, with the perfect soil to cultivate talented designers in various areas. This was evident when the results of the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition were announced at a 29 August press conference of the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair. The winning entries showcase Hong Kong designers' craftsmanship and creativity. The annual competition reveals new talents for the industry as well as pioneering new watches and clocks trends.

    The annual competition was jointly organised by The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2017 Organising Committee, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, with an aim to enhance the design quality of Hong Kong watches and clocks, and promote their sales both locally and overseas.

    The competition is divided into the Open Group and Student Group with the theme of "Luxury Automobile" and "Future Luxury" respectively, encouraging designers to break free from design conventions and blend new elements in watches and clocks. More than 200 entries were received. The panel of nine judges from various sectors evaluated the entries based on originality and creativity, aesthetics and marketability.

    Open Group: Symbol of Speed

    Three awards were presented in the Open Group. The design by Tam Kwok Tung, entitled "Roadster," was named the champion. His piece evokes a sense of speed with its streamlined case design. The watch dial resembles a vehicle dashboard, with the crown set atop the dial's surface. The innovative design reflects the automobile theme and adopts an ergonomic approach, as the case can be turned by 45 degrees for drivers to read the time more easily while driving.

    The first runner-up went to the "Timespeed" design by Sketto Ltd. This piece used a variety of curves to bring out the speed and mechanical feel of cars. The sophisticated double dial design exemplifies the premium craftsmanship and elegance of watchmaking.

    "Speedway" by designer Wong Ting Bong was named second runner-up. Inspired by car speedometers, the watch shows time with great precision, surpassing past designs that combine the mechanics of automobiles and watches.

    Student Group: Cherish the Moment

    To inspire creativity in young people and cultivate new talents in watch and clock design, the competition's Student Group welcomes students of Hong Kong institutions. Ho Wing Ki, from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, was the group's champion. Her piece "Arche," derived from the Greek word meaning "beginning" or "origin," replaces the traditional strap with a simple bracelet, and the surface of the watch imitates the small waves caused by a slight breeze. The design concept reminds us to treasure water as the mother of life.

    Wong Chun Na, also from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, was named first runner-up. Her entry, "Mirror," shows the simple harmony of matter and nature as an alternative luxury style. The blue mirror on the watch surface symbolises water, and reflects the sky. The marble texture represents the wear and tear of rocks over time. The designer hopes the wearer can enjoy the calm of nature and a moment of "luxury" amid today's busy life.

    The second runner-up went to Chan Wai Mau from the Hong Kong Design Institute. His design "Cherish" conveys the idea that the luxury of the future lies in the present, and alludes to the shape of time, as in the theory of relativity, to stand for the present and the future. The vintage bronze material and the form of a pocket watch represents the past, reminding us to cherish the moment and appreciate what we have.

    Local Creative Forces in Full Bloom

    The three winners of the Open Group will attend a five-day study course in Japan through sponsorship by the Hong Kong Japan Business Co-operation Committee. The winning and final entries will also be exhibited at the 36th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair in Hall 1B concourse next week to showcase local designs to industry players.

    Organised by the HKTDC, the 36th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the fifth Salon de TE will be held on 5-9 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), gathering a record of over 820 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions.

    Websites
    - HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair
    - Salon de TE: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair/te
    - Description of winning entries: http://bit.ly/2wRCIW3
    - Photo download: http://bit.ly/2eGLzz9

    To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

    Contact:
    HKTDC Communication and Public Affairs Department Selina Fan Tel: +852 2584 4298 Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

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    HONG KONG, Aug 31, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Great Wall Pan Asia Holdings Limited ("GWPA" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 583.HK) achieved sound and stable development in the first half of 2017 with actively seeking breakthrough in financial services business and constantly fulfilling the objective of business diversification. For the six months ended 30, June 2017, the total assets of the Group were HK$1,834.1 million, representing an increase of 10.1% over the end of last year. Total equity was HK$1,805.2 million, representing an increase of 10.1% over the end of last year. Earnings per share was HK10.58 cents.

    For the six months ended 30, June 2017, profit attributable to shareholders of the Company was HK$165.8 million and operating profit was HK$170.3 million, as compared with the profit attributable to shareholders of HK$1,595.4 million and operating profit HK$126.8 million respectively for the same period last year. Operating profit mainly reflected an increase of 34% over the same period in the revenue of property investment business, the Company's principal business.

    The decrease in profit attributable to shareholders in the first half of 2017 was mainly attributable to gain on disposal of discontinued media business as well as other one-off profits in the first half of 2016, with a total of approximately HK$1,464.8 million.

    The Company's investment property portfolio in Hong Kong comprises certain floors of the Bank of America Tower in Admiralty, Yue King Building in Causeway Bay, Ko Fai Industrial Building in Yau Tong, Kowloon and Sea View Estate in North Point. The property investment segment is expected to continue to contribute stable rental income and profit to the Company by maintaining satisfactory occupancy rates of and income from the investment properties in Hong Kong.

    Leveraging on the licences to carry out Type 1 (dealing in securities), Type 4 (advising on securities), Type 6 (advising on corporate finance) and Type 9 (asset management) regulated activities under the Securities and Futures Ordinance ("SFO") that the Group is expected to possess by the fourth quarter of 2017 and the money lenders licence, the Group will promote the interconnection between its financing and investment business and licensed business, and establish an integrated financial service platform regarding the three major business segments, namely "securities", "corporate finance" and "asset management". Moreover, the Company will continue to identify suitable investment and business development opportunities prudently and thoroughly, to better utilise its capital to expand the scope of business, to explore potential projects and to acquire good quality assets.

    Looking forward, the management of GWPA stated that "he Company continues to develop the principal business in property investment and in the meantime, is formulating development plans and strategies to accomplish the strategic objectives of transforming the Group into a conglomerate with business in property investment and integrated financial services, and developing the Company as a major listed entity and an integrated development platform of China Great Wall Asset Management Co., Ltd. ( "GWAMC", a state-owned financial conglomerate engaged in a broad range of integrated financial services) outside Mainland China. These objectives can be acheieved by leveraging the solid foundation and strengths that GWAMC has formed in Hong Kong and Mainland China, the diversified capital market in Hong Kong and the sound financial position of the Group. The Group continues to enhance its potential long-term growth by suitable diversification of its businesses, thereby generating favourable investment returns to shareholders."



    
    
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    Paris, France and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Sep 1, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - NANOBIOTIX (Euronext: NANO - ISIN: FR0011341205), a late clinical-stage nanomedicine company pioneering new approaches to the treatment of cancer, today announces its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

    Philippe Mauberna, CFO of Nanobiotix, commented: "We are pleased with the progress made during the first half of 2017. Following the recommendation from the IDMC to continue the phase II/III trial in Soft Tissue Sarcoma, the company has also announced successful clinical results from the Phase I/II Trial of NBTXR3 in Head & Neck Cancer. The private placement completed in April 2017 enabled new investors, mainly from the US and Europe, to invest in Nanobiotix in order to support our clinical programs expansion in head and neck cancer with NBTXR3 and in the Immuno-Oncology program into patients."

    Financial highlights

    - Total revenue of circa EUR 1.9m (H1 2016: EUR 3.0m) includes re-invoicing of materials and services (EUR 59k), research tax credit (EUR 1.760k) and other subsidies (EUR 63k)
    - Total expenses are stable compared to last year (EUR 13.7m for H1 2017 vs. EUR 13.1m for H1 2016). R&D expenses amounts to EUR 7.2m on line with clinical developments activities while SG&A, at EUR 4.5m vs. EUR 3.8m for H1 2016, reflect the investment made in the market access phase
    - Headcount to support company projects has increased to 71 in June 30, 2017 compare to 63 as of June 30, 2016
    - After tax losses of EUR 12m for H1 2017 (compared to EUR 10m for H1 2016) in line with expectations
    - Cash balance as June 30, 2017 amounts to EUR 31m (H1 2016: EUR 25m)

    Financial events

    Successful completion in April 2017 of a EUR 25.1 million private placement, corresponding to 1,596,527 new shares, providing additional resources to support the Company development. This operation has provided the opportunity for Nanobiotix to welcome new shareholders from US and EU and allow existing shareholders to reinforce their current positions.

    Operational highlights

    - Recommendation of the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) to continue the ongoing phase II/III trial of NBTXR3 in Soft Tissue Sarcoma (Act.in.sarc study), based on the safety and efficacy data
    - Results of the Phase I/II head and neck cancer trial with its lead product candidate, NBTXR3, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Chicago in June. The excellent safety profile demonstrated in this elderly and frail population indicates that NBTXR3 would represent a valuable option to preserve and improve patients' Quality of Life compared to other treatments
    - Presentation of NBTXR3 preclinical data demonstrating 1) the antitumor efficacy of NBTXR3 in five different in vivo human cancer models and 2) the antitumor efficacy of NBTXR3 in combination with chemotherapy, in both in vitro and in vivo studies
    - Presentation of a first set of clinical data from its immuno-oncology (IO) program, showing the potential ability of NBTXR3 to transform "cold" tumors into "hot" tumors. The new clinical data and previous pre-clinical data indicate that NBTXR3 could play a key role in oncology and could become a backbone in immuno-oncology. NBTXR3 with radiotherapy could transform tumors into an effective in situ vaccine, opening up very promising perspectives in the treatment of local cancer and metastases
    - Appointment of Alain Dostie, a senior executive from the pharmaceutical industry, as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee operations and product commercialization

    Financial Review (IFRS)

    - The detailed Profit & Loss financial statement is laid out below:
    * Please see http://bit.ly/2wlm5k4

    Total revenue for H1 2017 amounts to EUR 1,882k (H1 2016: EUR 3,036k):

    - Re-invoicing of materials and services related to activities planned into partnership convention with PharmaEngine have been smaller than last year while no milestone payment was triggered during the period, and
    - Other revenue amounts to EUR 1,823k mainly composed of the Research Tax Credit (CIR). This amount is in slightly decreased compared to last year (-EUR 230k) as a reflection of the R&D expenses level.

    Total operating expenses as of 30 June 2017 reached EUR 13.7m (H1 2016: EUR 13.1m). In total, the stability of expenses is explained as follows:

    - Operating costs, excluding share based payments, amounted in H1 2017 to EUR 11,770k (H1 2016: EUR 11,982k), as per company expectations,
    - R&D expenses amounted to EUR 7.2m (H1 2016: EUR 8.2m), which correspond to the current level of activity of on-going clinical programs,
    - Selling, general and administrative cost expenses reached EUR 4.5m (H1 2016: EUR 3.8m) mainly due to the continuation of market access preparation, with some new recruitments and market studies activities, and
    - Shares based payment amounts to EUR 1.9m (+EUR 0.8m) because of plans allocated on the period.

    The core operating loss amounts to EUR 11.8m (H1 2016: EUR 10.1m) in line with expectations. This operating loss increase is mainly due to the decrease of revenue level.

    The total net loss amounts to EUR 12.2m.

    Cash balance as of 30 June 2017 reaches EUR 31m as per expectations.

    The half year financial report has been the object of a limited review by the Statutory Auditors. The company published full financial statements that comply with IFRS that are available on its website at www.nanobiotix.com.

    Next financial press release: revenue for the third quarter of 2017 on November 15, 2017.

    About NANOBIOTIX: www.nanobiotix.com

    Nanobiotix (Euronext: NANO / ISIN: FR0011341205) is a late clinical-stage nanomedicine company pioneering novel approaches for the treatment of cancer. The Company's first-in-class, proprietary technology, NanoXray, enhances radiotherapy energy with a view to provide a new, more efficient treatment for cancer patients.

    NanoXray products are compatible with current radiotherapy treatments and are meant to treat potentially a wide variety of solid tumors including soft tissue sarcoma, head and neck cancers, liver cancers, prostate cancer, breast cancer, glioblastoma, etc., via multiple routes of administration.

    NBTXR3 is being evaluated in: soft tissue sarcoma (STS), head and neck cancers, prostate cancer, and liver cancers (primary and metastases). Additionally, head and neck cancer and rectal cancer trials led by Nanobiotix's Taiwanese partner, PharmaEngine, are underway in the Asia Pacific region. The Company has filed in August 2016 for market approval (CE Marking) in Europe for its lead product NBTXR3.

    The Company started in 2016 a new preclinical research program in Immuno-oncology with its lead product NBTXR3, which could have the potential to bring a new dimension to cancer immunotherapies.

    Nanobiotix is listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (ISIN: FR0011341205, Euronext ticker: NANO, Bloomberg: NANO: FP). The Company Headquarter is based in Paris, France. Affiliate in Cambridge, United States.

    Contact

    Nanobiotix
    Sarah Gaubert
    Director, Communications & Public Affairs
    +33 (0)1 40 26 07 55
    sarah.gaubert@nanobiotix.com / contact@nanobiotix.com

    Noel Kurdi
    Director, Investor Relations
    +1 (646) 241-4400
    noel.kurdi@nanobiotix.com / investors@nanobiotix.com

    Media relations
    France - Springbok Consultants
    Marina Rosoff
    +33 (0)6 71 58 00 34
    marina@springbok.fr

    United States - RooneyPartners
    Marion Janic
    +1 (212) 223-4017
    mjanic@rooneyco.com

    Disclaimer

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Nanobiotix and its business. Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that Nanobiotix considers to be reasonable. However, there can be no assurance that the estimates contained in such forward-looking statements will be verified, which estimates are subject to numerous risks including the risks set forth in the reference document of Nanobiotix filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorite des Marches Financiers) under number D.17-0470 on April 28, 2017 (a copy of which is available on www.nanobiotix.com) and to the development of economic conditions, financial markets and the markets in which Nanobiotix operates. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to risks not yet known to Nanobiotix or not currently considered material by Nanobiotix. The occurrence of all or part of such risks could cause actual results, financial conditions, performance or achievements of Nanobiotix to be materially different from such forward-looking statements.

    This press release and the information that it contains do not constitute an offer to sell or subscribe for, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for, Nanobiotix shares in any country. At the moment NBTXR3 does not bear a CE mark and is not permitted to be placed on the market or put into service until NBTXR3 has obtained a CE mark.

    
    
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    - Revenue of EUR 1.4 billion, lower by (8%) at constant exchange rates and (7%) at historical exchange rates
    - Government Programs and Machine-to-Machine acceleration in the second quarter after a slow start
    - Acquisition of 3M's Identity Management Business well received by customers
    - Profit from operations at EUR 93 million, with EUR 50 million of free cash flow
    - EUR 425 million goodwill impairment charge as a result of deteriorated prospects for the removable SIM market

    AMSTERDAM, Sep 1, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 - GTO), the world leader in digital security today announces its results for the first semester 2017.

    Key figures of the adjusted income statement
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    (EUR  in millions)      H1 2017     H1 2016              A        B
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    Revenue                   1,393       1,495           (7%)     (8%)
    Gross profit                502         586          (14%)
    Operating expenses        (409)       (415)           (1%)
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    Profit from operations       93         172          (46%)
    Profit margin              6.7%       11.5%      (4.8 ppt)
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    A: at historical exchange rates
    B: at constant exchange rates
    
    Philippe Vallee, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "In the second quarter, Gemalto's year-on-year base of comparison in the US Payment business was at its most challenging level, reflecting the on-going adjustments in US EMV demand. In addition the removable SIM business deteriorated faster than we expected. As a result, the Company's first semester results were disappointing. Looking ahead, Gemalto expects to generate year-on-year stable revenue in the second semester supported by an acceleration in its Enterprise, Government Programs and Machine-to-Machine businesses leading to the outlook announced in July. The priorities that I have set for the teams are to rapidly integrate the newly acquired Identity Management Business, successfully execute the first actions of the transition plan and focus our investments on offers that are key to our clients' digital transformation."

    Full Document download: http://bit.ly/2emMunD

    About Gemalto

    Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of EUR 3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

    From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

    Gemalto's solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software - enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

    Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

    For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

    Investor Relations
    Winston Yeo
    M.: +33 6 2947 0814
    winston.yeo@gemalto.com

    Jean-Claude Deturche
    M.: +33 6 2399 2141
    jean-claude.deturche@gemalto.com

    Sebastien Liagre
    M.: +33 6 1751 4467
    sebastien.liagre@gemalto.com

    Corporate Communication
    Isabelle Marand
    M.: +33 6 1489 1817
    isabelle.marand@gemalto.com

    Media Relations Agency
    Suzanne Bakker
    M.: +31 6 1136 8659
    suzanne.bakker@citigateff.nl

    
    
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    TOKYO, Sep 1, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that a series of abstracts highlighting updates regarding its in-house discovered Lenvima/Kisplyx (lenvatinib mesylate, "lenvatinib", selective inhibitor of receptor tyrosine kinases with a novel binding mode), Halaven (eribulin mesylate, "eribulin", halichondrin class microtubule dynamics inhibitor), and E7046 (prostaglandin E2 receptor EP4 inhibitor) will be presented during the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress , taking place in Madrid, Spain, from September 8 to 12, 2017.

    At the ESMO 2017 Congress, there will be an oral presentation on the results of a health-related Quality of Life analysis of patients from a Phase III clinical trial (REFLECT/Study 304) of lenvatinib versus sorafenib for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, and a separate oral presentation on the results of an analysis of biomarkers from the same study. In addition, there will be an oral presentation on the results of the metastatic renal cell carcinoma cohort from a Phase Ib/II clinical trial (Study 111) of lenvatinib in combination with anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab.

    There are six poster presentations scheduled, including presentations on the results of a primary analysis of a Phase II clinical trial of lenvatinib in biliary tract cancer, and the results of a Phase I clinical trial of E7046.

    Eisai positions oncology as a key therapeutic area, and is aiming to discover revolutionary new medicines with the potential to cure cancer. Eisai will continue to create innovation in the development of new drugs based on cutting-edge cancer research, as it seeks to contribute further to addressing the diverse needs of, and increasing the benefits provided to, patients with cancer, their families, and healthcare providers.

    About Eisai

    Eisai Co., Ltd. (TSE:4523; ADR:ESALY) is a research-based human health care (hhc) company that discovers, develops and markets products throughout the world. Eisai focuses its efforts in three therapeutic areas: integrative neuroscience, including neurology and psychiatric medicines; integrative oncology, which encompasses oncotherapy and supportive-care treatments; and vascular/immunological reaction. Through a global network of research facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, Eisai actively participates in all aspects of the worldwide healthcare system. For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com.

    Contact:
    Public Relations Department, Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-3-3817-5120

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    High-profile Panel to Discuss Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

    HONG KONG, Sep 1, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Leaders of the watch and watchmaking industry will discuss the latest trends, challenges and opportunities they face at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, which gets underway on the opening day of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world's largest event of its kind.

    Starting at 2pm on 5 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the forum's first session, Market Updates and Industry Trends, will be followed by a second gathering about Challenges & Opportunities in Watch Manufacturing.

    Speakers offering a European market viewpoint include Patrice Besnard, Director General of France's Chambre Francaise L'horlogerie; Dr Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH; and Dr Guido Grohmann, CEO of the Federation of German Jewellery, Watches, Clocks, Silverware and Related Industries. Representing Asia's perspective will be Dae-Boong Kim, Executive Director of the Korea Watch & Clock Industry Cooperative; Ichiro Kubo, General Manager of the Japan Clock & Watch Association; and China Horologe Association Deputy Director General Hongguang Zhang.

    New smartwatch technology will be a major focus, according to Mr Kim of the Korea Watch & Clock Industry Cooperative. He said multifunction features connected to smartphones via WiFi or Bluetooth are constantly developing to provide news and investment updates, do fitness tracking, record distances and GPS locations.

    Representing the Swiss industry, Dr Pasche will explore how Hong Kong still accounts for approximately half of all Swiss watch exports. At a separate seminar, he will also discuss attempts to strengthen the Swiss brand, and how a 10 per cent slump in worldwide sales last year has prompted new regulations to restrict "Swiss-Made" labelling.

    France, the historic birthplace of the mechanical watch and clock industry, will be represented by Mr Besnard of Chambre Francaise L'horlogerie, who will discuss the revival of traditional clock designs.

    Speaking ahead of the Forum, Mr Besnard said fashion watches for women and stylish items for the young millennial market are also leading the French industry forward. He said many young brands are distributing almost exclusively online, and noted that France meanwhile is reinforcing its own national brand identity and image. The country is creating a hub of the industry around Besancon.

    "Demand for communication and data opens a new era for watches," said Besnard. "The industry has to re-evaluate this evolution, in terms of both distribution and keeping in touch with consumers. But we mustn't forget that people wear a watch all the time."

    Mr Kubo of the Japan Clock & Watch Association said it is critical to "harmonise business with social circumstances" and react to "current culture". He cited as an example how Japanese animators are creating characters, which, in an era digital technology means that "watch industrialists in Hong Kong and southern China have a wealth of ideas for collaboration".

    "In the watch industry, old technology is not taken over by new ones. Of course, scales change, but both technologies exist as valuable products," he added. "So we continue to improve on old technology, while also addressing latest developments," he said, reminding his peers it is always important to keep up with the times.

    A Guide to 'Swiss-Made'

    Essential insights into new regulations regarding the rights to using the "Swiss-Made" label will be offered at a Forum seminar called "A Guide to the 'Swiss-Made' Label" on 6 September at 11am.

    The issue is of pressing importance to low-cost manufacturers in particular, since the label now requires at least 60 per cent of the value of a watch to be made, assembled and inspected in Switzerland before it can be labelled as "Swiss". The previous labelling rule called for 50 per cent.

    In the eyes of Swiss regulators, more affordable brands producing 'Swiss-Made' watches are not upholding the implicit manufacturing standards expected of the traditional 'royalty' of watchmaking. Until now it has been entirely possible to produce a watch with an Asian case, dial, hands, crystals and strap, then purchase the movement or just some parts from Switzerland to qualify for a prestigious 'Swiss-Made' stamp on the dial.

    The new "Swiss-Made" regulation cracks down on this, requiring greater technical development in Switzerland, most contentiously the movement. With smartwatches included for the first time, significant upheaval of the industry surely lies ahead.

    At the Forum, a seminar presented by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry will involve its President, Dr Pasche, and Dr Yves Bugmann, head of the federation's legal division. Joining what promises to be a lively discussion are Pascal Winkelmann of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association, Moses Leung of The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries, Shunhua Zhu of the Shenzhen Watch & Clock Association, and Mr Zhang of the China Horologe Association.

    Fair Websites
    HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair
    5-9 September: Trade visitors aged 18 or above only (Free Admission)
    Salon de TE: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair/te
    9 September: Open to public visitors aged 12 or above (Free Admission)

    For Media:
    Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification.

    To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
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    Contact:
    HKTDC Communication and Public Affairs Department Selina Fan Tel: +852 2584 4298 Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

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    Five New Types Developed for SEC and Ion Exchange Chromatography

    TOKYO, Sep 1, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko ("SDK"; TSE:4004) will start selling next month five new types of Shodex(TM) high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) columns, namely, "GPC HK-401," "GPC HK-405" and "GPC HK-HFIP404L" packed columns for gel permeation chromatography (GPC*1: size exclusion chromatography [SEC*2] using organic solvents) as well as "OHpak(TM) LB-805" packed column for gel filtration chromatography (GFC*3: SEC using aqueous solvents) and "IEC SP-FT 4A" packed column for ion exchange chromatography*4.

    The five new analytical columns SDK developed this time feature rapider analysis and higher sensitivity, which has been desired by analytical column users. SDK will continue meeting our customers' needs by developing columns which enhances accuracy of analysis of target materials in a certain range of molecular weight, as well as those which enable analysis of hardly-soluble polymers and rapid analysis which is desired by users in the fields of medicine manufacturing and biochemistry, even with general analyzers.

    SDK will introduce the five new types of packed columns at JASIS 2017 exhibition (Japan Analytical & Scientific Instruments Show) to be held at Makuhari Messe, Japan, from September 6 through 8.

    1. Three new types in GPC HK Series for environment-friendly ultra rapid analysis

    GPC (organic SEC) is the most commonly used method for molecular weight determination of polymers. On the other hand, GPC column uses organic solvent as eluent. In 2016, aiming to realize more environment-friendly GPC column, SDK put on the market "GPC HK-404L" ultra rapid analytical column, which enabled us to shorten the analysis time to one-sixth that of conventional columns and reduce the amount of organic solvent to one-sixth. Uniform base material particles and downsizing of column enabled GPC HK-404L to achieve ultra rapid analysis with less environmental impact. Furthermore, it is not necessary to use different GPC columns for different types of solvents due to a high solvent exchangeability of GPC HK-404L columns. No analytical device for ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) is needed despite the rapid analysis achieved by GPC HK-404L. Thus, after the launch, sales of GPC HK-404L have been expanding especially in the field of analysis of polymers with molecular weight of 1 million or less, such as polycarbonate.

    1) "GPC HK-401" and "GPC HK-405" for ultra rapid analysis of polymers with specific range of molecular weight
    Following the launch of GPC HK-404L, many customers expressed their needs for more detailed analysis of polymers with specific range of molecular weight. To respond to these needs, SDK will launch two new products, namely, "GPC HK-401" and "GPC HK-405." GPC HK-401 is specialized for low molecular weight range of 100 to 1500, and suitable for the analysis of antioxidant additives contained in polymers. GPC HK-405 enables us to conduct ultra rapid analysis of polymers with molecular weight range of 1 million to 2.5 million, which is not covered by GPC HK-404L.

    2) "GPC HK-HFIP404L" for rapid analysis of hardly-soluble polymers
    GPC HK-HFIP404L, which is to be marketed this time, enables us to conduct rapid analysis of hardly-soluble polymers. Polar polymers such as nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) cannot be dissolved in ordinary organic solvents. Therefore, analysis of hardly-soluble polymers is usually conducted with general GPC device and hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) as an eluent. However, since HFIP is a highly expensive solvent, cost reduction in the analysis of hardly-soluble polymers was a problem to be solved as soon as possible. GPC HK-HFIP404L is a GPC column that enables us to shorten the analysis time to be halved, and reduce the amount of HFIP used in the analysis to one-sixth of that used in conventional analysis*5. Thus, GPC HK-HFIP404L drastically reduces costs of analysis of hardly-soluble polymers.

    2. "OHpak(TM) LB-805" MALS compatible aqueous GFC column

    SDK offers "OHpak(TM) Series" GFC columns, which are aqueous SEC columns using hydrophilic polymer base as packing material. OHpak(TM) Series have a wide variety of pore sizes to choose from, and can analyze wide range of molecular weight. "OHpak(TM) LB-800 Series" columns, which SDK started to offer in 2015, are compatible with MALS (multi-angle light scattering) detector that can measure absolute molecular weight. OHpak(TM) LB-800 Series columns feature minimum baseline noise to enable us to detect low molecular samples which were difficult to be detected with conventional columns. OHpak(TM) LB-800 Series columns are adopted by more and more users centering on the pharmaceutical industry because they make it easy for users to analyze additives to pharmaceuticals and conjugate vaccines which comprise bound proteins and polysaccharides. OHpak(TM) LB-805, which is to be launched this time, can take accurate measurement of polymers with molecular weight range of 100 thousand to 1 million*6. SDK will continue expanding the lineup of OHpak(TM) LB-800 Series columns.

    3. "IEC SP-FT 4A" column for ultra rapid analysis with cation exchange chromatography

    Ion exchange chromatography is an analysis method used mainly in the field of biochemistry to analyze proteins and nucleic acids. SDK offers a lineup of columns for analysis of proteins and amino acids with a wide variety of bases and functional groups to choose from. IEC SP-FT 4A, which is to be launched this time, has a newly developed base particle structure that enables us to shorten analysis time to one third of that achieved by our conventional rapid column*7. IEC SP-FT 4A enables us to conduct ultra rapid analysis with general HPLC devices as fast as that conducted with UHPLC. It is optimum for continuous analysis of many samples and analysis of trace compounds.

    Press release: http://www.sdk.co.jp/english/news/2017/26789.html

    Notes
    *1) GPC (gel permeation chromatography): A variety of SEC, uses organic solvents (such as tetrahydrofuran and chloroform) as eluent.
    *2) SEC (size exclusion chromatography): A form of chromatography that uses pores of packing materials to separate and analyze sample ingredients (such as proteins and synthesized polymers) according to the size of molecules (molecular weight).
    *3) GFC (gel filtration chromatography): Also a variety of SEC, uses aqueous solutions as eluent.
    *4) Ion exchange chromatography: A method to separate and analyze target materials by utilizing differences in electric charges of biomolecules such as proteins, peptides, amino acids, etc. It elutes each ingredient by gradually changing electric property of the eluent.
    *5) Comparison with GPC HFIP-800 Series columns
    *6) Comparison with OHpak(TM) LB-806 column
    *7) Comparison with IEC SP-420N column

    About Showa Denko K.K.

    Showa Denko K.K. ("SDK"; TSE:4004, US:SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. The Petrochemicals Sector provides cracker products such as ethylene and propylene, the Chemicals Sector provides industrial and high-performance gases and chemicals and high-purity gases and chemicals for the semiconductor industry, and the Inorganics Sector provides ceramics products such as alumina, abrasive, refractory and graphite electrodes and fine carbon products. Today, the Aluminum Sector provides aluminum materials and high-value-added fabricated aluminum, the Electronics Sector provides HD media, compound semiconductors such as ultra high-bright LEDs and rare earth magnetic alloys, and the Advanced Battery Materials Department (ABM) provides lithium-ion battery components. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp/english/.

    Contact:
    Public Relations Office Phone: 81-3-5470-3235

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    - Integration to enhance financial stability for global competitiveness, and ability to withstand changes in the business environment -

    TOKYO, Sep 1, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) will establish a new company in its Industry & Infrastructure (I&I) domain to integrate the manufacturing, procurement, and quality assurance functions of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, Ltd. (MHI-MS) in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd. (MHI-PPM) in Mihara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, along with the rubber and tire machinery business of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology Corporation (MHI-MT) in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, and other specified products. The new company will be established on October 1, 2017, and named "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Systems, Ltd."

    The merger into a new company will provide sufficient business scale to ensure global competitiveness, enhance financial stability and allow the company to withstand changes in the business environment, while aiming to ensure effective utilization of human assets and other management resources. Mamoru Hasegawa, an executive officer in the I&I domain, will assume the position of president of the new company, which will have around 2,000 employees at the time of its establishment.

    The MHI Group is implementing a program to expand earnings through portfolio management of various businesses and realization of group synergies. The I&I domain is pursuing restructuring and integration of small and mid-sized businesses as a strategy to strengthen these operations. This integration is part of that effort, and because the subject products have long lifecycles that make them susceptible to the broad fluctuations of economic cycles, incorporation into a single company will provide greater financial stability.

    The new company, by taking advantage of personnel exchanges, synergies in sales, technologies, and manufacturing, greater efficiency in business management divisions, and concentration of investment in growth sectors, will focus on more stable business operations by strengthening individual businesses, and cross-organizational supplementing of resources.

    Going forward, MHI will cooperate closely with the new company, and provide full support for its business development.

    Overview of the Integrated Company (at October 1, 2017)
    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_MHI9117.jpg

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
    For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: http://spectra.mhi.com.

    Contact:
    Joseph Hood, PR Manager Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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  • 09/03/17--18:00: From iPad to iPaper
  • Figure 1: Portable paper solar cells based on foldable, lightweight, transparent, conductive cellulose nanofiber paper. (Credit: CC-BY Macmillan Publishers Ltd)
    Figure 2: Cellulose, the building block of paper taken from plants, is an exciting alternative to the plastic, glass and silicon that currently make up most electronic devices. A key benefit is that it easily biodegrades in nature. (Credit: CC-BY Macmillan Publishers Ltd)
    Figure 3: An array of heterojunction bipolar transistors on a cellulose nanofiber substrate put on a tree leaf. The right image shows the red-boxed area from the left image. (Credit: CC-BY Macmillan Publishers Ltd)
    Investigation of paper-based electronics continues to advance, showing exciting signs of progress.

    Tsukuba, Japan, Sep 4, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Imagine folding up a paper-thin computer tablet like a newspaper. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but such flexible electronics are moving closer to reality, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    Paper that is transparent and conducts electricity could have widespread applications, including foldable computers, transparent touch screens, and even digital camouflage clothing.

    "With widespread and intensive efforts, low-cost and light-weight 'green' electronics fabricated on transparent nano paper substrate will provide new technologies impacting our daily life," state the review paper authors from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Cellulose, the building block of paper taken from plants, is an exciting alternative to the plastic, glass and silicon that currently make up most electronic devices, including computers and mobile phones. Cellulose is renewable, biodegradable, strong, and lightweight. For the past 30 years, scientists have considered ways to combine these properties with electronics. Significant progress has been made in the past decade to manipulate the smallest plant fibers, called "nanocellulose", for use in electronics.

    For example, researchers at Nanyang Technological University have made "nanopaper" out of nanocellulose and silver nanowires. It still conducted electricity after being folded in half 500 times. Some nanopapers have reached 90% transparency, while others are in the 80% range, similar to plastic. But, better than plastic, nanopapers degrade quickly. After metal electrodes are removed, nanopaper can be buried in soil and will fully degrade within a month. Researchers are still working on how to treat nanopapers that contain non-biodegradable materials, such as epoxy, to maintain their recyclability.

    Many challenges remain before nanocellulose electronics become widespread. Currently, it is more expensive to produce pure nanopaper than glass or plastic. Cheaper preparation and fabrication methods are needed. Ideally, a common high-speed printing process used in electronic manufacturing called "roll to roll" can be adapted for nanocellulose. Also, the hydrophilic properties of cellulose make the items easy to degrade; this is desirable when it is time to dispose of them, but not during their operational life. The authors are optimistic that if these issues can be addressed, a wide range of electronics could soon be built from plants.

    Article information:
    Shaohui Li and Pooi See Lee
    "Development and applications of transparent conductive nanocellulose paper"
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 2017; 18:1, 620-633.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14686996.2017.1364976

    For further information please contact:
    Pooi See Lee,
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    pslee@ntu.edu.sg

    Journal information
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM), http://www.tandfonline.com/stam is an international open access journal in materials science. The journal covers a broad spectrum of topics, including synthesis, processing, theoretical analysis and experimental characterization of materials. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of materials science and on issues at the forefront of the field, such as energy and environmental issues, as well as medical and bioengineering applications.

    For more information about STAM please contact
    Mikiko Tanifuji
    Publishing Director
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
    Tanifuji.Mikiko@nims.go.jp

    Press release distributed by ResearchSEA for Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    
    
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    - Applications for research and development themes related to new technologies to which precious metals can contribute to and the practical application of products close on November 30

    TOKYO, Sep 4, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Tanaka Memorial Foundation (Representative Director: Hideya Okamoto) announced that it will take applications for research themes for 2017 Precious Metals Research Grants between September 4 (Mon) and November 30 (Thurs). Applications will be accepted from Japanese educational institutions and public research institutes conducting research and development using precious metals. In this 19th year of the research grant, grants will be provided up to 5 million yen for the Platinum Award, 2 million yen for the Gold Award, 1 million yen for the Silver Award, 1 million yen for the Young Researcher Award, and 300,000 yen for the Encouragement Award.

    Applications for the Precious Metals Research Grants are open to projects in all fields related to new technology, and research and development, in which precious metals can make a contribution. Applications can be submitted through the application form on the Tanaka Memorial Foundation website (http://tanaka-foundation.or.jp) and, after strict examination, award recipients will be announced at about the end of March 2018.

    The Tanaka Memorial Foundation aims to contribute to the development and cultivation of new fields for precious metals, and to the development of science, technology and the social economy, by conducting activities that enable more people to experience a prosperous society through scientific and technological development. This program is being implemented as part of these activities to support the various challenges faced in the "new world opened up by precious metals". Tanaka looks forward to seeing the passionate research of applicants.

    Overview of the 2017 Precious Metals Research Grants

    Theme:
    - Research and development for new technologies or practical implementation of products to which precious metals can make a contribution

    Grant amounts:
    - Platinum Award: 5 million yen (1 award)
    - Gold Award: 2 million yen (1 award)
    - Silver Awards: 1 million yen (4 awards)
    - Young Researcher Awards (for researchers of up to 37 years of age): 1 million yen (2 awards)
    - Encouragement Award: 300,000 yen (several awards)
    - The grant amount is treated as a scholarship donation.
    - Each award is given to research deemed to make a particularly large contribution to commercialization and practical implementation, and awards may not be granted in some cases.

    Eligible candidates:
    - Personnel who belong to educational research institutions or public research institutes in Japan
    - Applicants belonging to research institutions in Japan are eligible regardless of whether they are based in Japan or overseas.
    - Young Researcher Awards are given to young researchers aged up to 37 years old as of April 1, 2017.

    Application period:
    - 9am, September 4, 2017 (Mon) - 5pm, November 30, 2017 (Thurs)

    Application method:
    - Enter the necessary information on the application form available on the Tanaka Memorial Foundation website (http://tanaka-foundation.or.jp) and upload details of the research (papers and supplementary material on the theme).

    Announcement:
    - Results will be announced on the Tanaka Memorial Foundation website at about the end of March 2018.
    - Tanaka will contact the award recipients directly.

    Conditions
    - Precious metals must play an important role in commercialization and/or practical implementation of the research.
    - Development related to precious metals must provide a breakthrough in the progress of the commercialization and/or practical implementation.
    - When applying with joint research, the representative should apply.
    - Students must obtain approval from the person responsible for their laboratory in order to submit an application.
    - Clearly state if the research is being performed with other precious metal manufactures (including planned).
    - Applicants may be asked to exchange information with Tanaka about product development, technology development, and guidance through the research.
    - Excludes research that has already been commercialized or for which there are such plans.
    - Excludes fundamental research such as analysis, evaluation and production technology.

    Inquiries concerning the research grant program:
    Precious Metals Research Grants Office
    Marketing Department, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
    22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6422
    TEL: 03-6311-5596 FAX: 03-6311-5529 E-mail: joseikin@ml.tanaka.co.jp
    Tanaka Memorial Foundation website: http://tanaka-foundation.or.jp

    Press release: http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/17904_EN.pdf


    Tanaka Memorial Foundation

    Established: April 1, 2015
    Address: 22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Hideya Okamoto (Senior Advisor to Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.)
    Purpose of Business: To provide grants for research related to precious metals in order to contribute to the development and cultivation of new fields for precious metals, and to the development of science, technology and the social economy.
    Areas of Business:
    - Provision of grants for scientific and technological research related to precious metals.
    - Recognition of excellent research related to precious metals and holding of seminars and other events.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.

    Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Akira Tanae, Representative Director & CEO
    Founded: 1885
    Incorporated: 1918
    Capital: 500 million yen
    Employees: 2,218 (as of March 31, 2016)
    Sales: 1,005.4 billion yen (FY2015)
    Main businesses: Manufacture, sales, import and export of precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, and others) and various types of industrial precious metals products.
    Website: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en

    Press inquiries
    Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.
    https://www.tanaka.co.jp/en/protanaka/inquiry/index.php

    
    
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    Centrifugal Chiller
    - New Site Offers Advanced Technology and Production Resources -

    TOKYO, Sep 4, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd., has relocated its air-conditioning & refrigeration (AC&R) systems operations, which covers products like centrifugal chillers and heat source controllers, from Takasago to Kobe. Operations at the new site, which will be named "MHI Thermal Systems Kobe Works", began today. The relocation is part of MHI Group's business strategy for expanding scale and earnings in its growth businesses. The Kobe region functions as a key base for MHI's Industry & Infrastructure domain, and was selected for its technology and resources which will further enhance MHI Thermal Systems' global competitiveness.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_CentrifugalChiller.jpg
    Centrifugal Chiller

    The new large chiller plant encompasses various buildings dedicated to assembly, power supply station, and trial operations, etc. Each is equipped with the latest testing equipment and can produce and assess a wide range of products. The engineering, design and service operations have been moved to new building within the same site, which was completed in March. The site also houses Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, Ltd. (MHI-MS), as well as MHI's Research & Innovation Center and ICT Solution Headquarters.

    With the solid domestic demand for centrifugal chillers in Japan, MHI Thermal Systems continues to pursue energy-saving performance, as demanded by customers, and products that adopt environmentally sound refrigerants. Overseas demand is significantly higher than in the domestic market, with continued rapid growth. This means overseas market share is being prioritized and the company aims to expand its lineup of even more competitive products. Production strategies to achieve this are to be implemented at the MHI Thermal Systems Kobe Works, as well as at overseas production bases.

    With its relocation to Kobe, MHI Thermal Systems' capabilities in thermal engineering will be further enhanced and applied to the development of advanced centrifugal chillers. This will be accomplished through integration of the expansive technologies and production infrastructure for hydraulic machinery, machinery systems, steel structure plants and intelligent transport systems (ITS) held by MHI-MS with the R&D functions of MHI's Research & Innovation Center and ICT Solution Headquarters. The new set-up will also improve MHI Thermal Systems' maintenance and after-sale servicing functions for systems after their delivery.

    MHI Thermal Systems is Japan's No.1 manufacturer of centrifugal chillers, with total orders to date for its high-efficiency systems exceeding 3,000 units. Going forward, by further enhancing its highly advanced products the company will focus on further advancing its position in the global market.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
    For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: http://spectra.mhi.com.

    Contact:
    Joseph Hood, PR Manager Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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    Figure 1: Virtualized project room concept in manufacturing
    Figure 2: Distributed data sharing technology
    Figure 3: Awareness propagation technology
    Making virtualized project rooms over networks a reality

    KAWASAKI, Japan, Sep 4, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that it has expanded its Creative Digital Space User-Interface (UI) technology(1), developed in 2015, which turns entire rooms into digital space, and has developed technology that smooths co-creation activities across multiple locations.

    Previous Creative Digital Space technology has streamlined the sharing of information amongst numerous people by enabling collaboration through connecting multiple large screens and other devices in a single location.

    When sharing data between multiple locations, however, the data is mainly stored in the cloud and not accessible concurrently. For this reason, with co-creation activities that require repeated exchanges of ideas and edits to the data, factors such as only one user at a time being able to access, external network lag and others impact the user experience, making smooth communication impossible. Now, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a distributed data sharing technology which stores data locally at each location, not in the cloud. Depending on network latency between each location, this technology only synchronizes necessary differences in data, while eliminating unnecessary data, such as trajectory data when content is moved, providing smooth data usage across multiple locations. Additionally, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed an awareness propagation technology to enable remote users to know if something is being added or changed in another location to help avoid the conflicting operations that can happen when data is freely accessed from any point, improving the efficiency of co-creation activities across multiple locations.

    With these technologies, users on the manufacturing front lines, for example, can connect with their colleagues in design locations and even overseas manufacturing bases, enabling the rapid resolution of problems through the quick sharing of data, and thereby creating a more expansive world where co-creation space can expand via networks or the internet.

    Development Background

    In recent years, with the spread of smart devices and the further development of cloud and communication technologies, it has become possible to share issues that arise in manufacturing sites or other settings through device screens, even between remote locations. This is currently limited to text and image data, however, and holding discussions with large numbers of people using a screen to share data can prove difficult.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_Fujitsu9417Fig1.jpg
    Figure 1: Virtualized project room concept in manufacturing

    The Creative Digital Space UI technology, developed by Fujitsu Laboratories in 2015, enables collaboration by linking multiple large screens and devices in one location, making it possible to efficiently share data with large numbers of people.

    In the field of manufacturing, the concept of a virtualized project room offers a way to quickly and efficiently share issues on the ground and find solutions by connecting different places, including design facilities, manufacturing facilities, both inside and outside Japan, and quality assurance departments (Figure 1). Fujitsu Laboratories has developed technology to expand its Creative Digital Space UI technology across multiple locations and make this concept a reality.

    Issues

    Technologies currently exist for sharing data between different points, including linking remote locations with video and PC screen sharing, but only one location can operate the PC at once. There are also coordination technologies that allow documents in the cloud to be simultaneously edited from multiple locations, but the user experience of the system at hand can be impacted by external network lag. It has been difficult to develop technologies that support smooth sharing and use of the same data, both within a single location and between locations, as part of co-creation activities that require repeated exchanges of views and editing of data. Also, realizing technologies that do not lead to reductions in work efficiency even in situations where it is possible to access data freely from any location and therefore operational conflict occurs as multiple users attempt to interact with the data, has proven to be a challenge.

    About the Newly Developed Technology

    Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed network technology that does not impact the user experience of a system, even when sharing the same data across multiple locations, and a user interface technology that reduces operational conflicts.

    Features of these newly developed technologies are as follows.

    1. Distributed data sharing technology offering smooth data usage

    Fujitsu Laboratories developed a distributed data sharing technology that stores on-screen movement and application data locally at each point of access, not in the cloud, and synchronizes only the necessary data for smooth operations and sharing (Figure 2). User activities in applications can be shared smoothly in real time with displays and devices in the same location between users. When sharing data with other locations, this technology offers efficient communications by leaving out unnecessary data, such as the path of something as it is moved around a screen, depending on network latency between each location. An internal field trial of this technology showed that it reduced delays in sharing data by about 90% over conditions before applying this technology, synchronizing data with a maximum of 2.1 seconds with three locations, and a maximum of 3.1 seconds with six locations, while also maintaining local data sharing at a specified level (less than 0.3 seconds), even when the number of locations increased. This meant that Fujitsu Laboratories was able to confirm the effectiveness of this technology in preventing the number of connections to other locations from affecting local response, with synchronization times fast enough to not disrupt local collaboration.

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    Figure 2: Distributed data sharing technology

    2. Awareness propagation technology lets users know operational status of distant users

    In response to the problem of conflicting operations, Fujitsu Laboratories developed an awareness propagation technology that lets users understand what remote users are doing (Figure 3). The technology notifies users what is happening at remote locations in a variety of ways, like making objects they are interacting with flash, and displaying a shadow representing the other user's position. This allows users to notice when other users are in the process of adding or changing content so that they do not interfere with the process, reducing conflicts in operation. Fujitsu Laboratories conducted internal testing using this technology involving a task of sorting photographs and handwritten notes jointly between two locations, and effectively confirmed that this technology was able to limit operational conflicts to 50% less than without using this technology (22 conflicts without this technology, 11 with), improving work efficiency by approximately 26% (the task required 329 operations without this technology, 241 with).

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    Figure 3: Awareness propagation technology

    Effects

    With these technologies, Fujitsu Laboratories was able to create a system that offers smooth, simultaneous use while limiting conflicting operations, enabling collaboration between multiple locations using multiple large screens. This not only allows for faster issue sharing and decision-making in manufacturing, for example, but also transformations in the way people work, such as in generating ideas in ordinary offices without gathering everyone together. Additionally, in educational contexts these technologies can create new styles of lessons, such as remote active learning through exchanges between schools.

    Future Plans

    Fujitsu Laboratories will deploy these technologies internally, conducting further field trials of their effectiveness in supporting idea generation, with the goal of commercializing them in fiscal 2018. Through these field trials, Fujitsu Laboratories will promote initiatives aimed at transforming ways of working and supporting knowledge creation with ICT.

    (1) Creative Digital Space User Interface technology
    "Fujitsu Develops User Interface Technology that Converts Entire Rooms into Digital Spaces" (press release, July 27, 2015): http://www.fujitsu.com/global/

    About Fujitsu Laboratories

    Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic Devices and Advanced Materials. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/group/labs/en/.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Front Technologies Laboratory E-mail: creative_space@ml.labs.fujitsu.com Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    Signing Ceremony
    Hose Handling Crane
    TOKYO, Sep 4, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, Ltd. (MHI-MS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has concluded a licensing agreement with Jiangsu Masada Heavy Industries Co, Ltd., in Jiangsu Province, China, for the manufacturing and sale of hose handling cranes and slim deck cranes for container ships. The license granted to Jiangsu Masada follows similar agreements in 2008 for deck cranes of bulk carriers and in 2012 for deck machinery and steering gears(1). This further broadening of Jiangsu Masada's product lineup will expand the market share for marine machinery utilizing MHI group technologies in China, the world's largest market for marine vessel construction.

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    Signing Ceremony

    The hose handling cranes subject to this licensing agreement comprise three series, with hoisting loads of 10 tons, 15 tons, and 20 tons, which are fitted mainly on MR tankers(2) and larger vessels. The license for the slim deck cranes for container ships is for the 45 tons series.

    This licensing agreement will allow Jiangsu Masada to offer four products utilizing MHI group technologies-deck cranes, steering gears, deck machinery, and hose handling cranes. Along with the mainstay product of deck cranes for bulk carriers, the addition of hose handling cranes for tankers and deck cranes for container ships will allow Jiangsu Masada to meet a broad range of needs.

    Jiangsu Masada was established in 2005 as a joint venture between Masada Ironworks Co., Ltd., a Japanese winch manufacturer based in Osaka, and Nantong Universal Machinery Co., Ltd., an industrial machinery manufacturer in Jiangsu, to produce marine deck equipment. Its head office is located in Nantong, Jiangsu Province. Since concluding licensing agreements with MHI for the transfer of businesses from group companies for deck cranes, deck machinery, and steering gears, Jiangsu Masada has steadily strengthened its production capacity and increased unit output. In 2019 the company plans to begin operations at new 245,000 square-meter production plant, part of a proactive strategy for further business expansion.

    The hose handling cranes are mounted on oceangoing tankers carrying oil and other liquid cargo, and are used to control hoses when connecting the land-based transfer hoses to the vessel's tank. MHI manufactured its first unit in 1974, and has since established a solid track record with hose handling cranes, earning praise from customers for high reliability, durability, and exceptional responsiveness. The 45-ton slim deck crane is mounted on small container ships to offload containers on piers that lack crane facilities. The system is more compact than conventional deck cranes to allow space for the greatest number of containers.

    Going forward, MHI-MS will maintain and develop its positive collaborative relationship with Jiangsu Masada, and conduct proactive marketing for marine machinery incorporating MHI group technologies.

    (1) Steering gears are handled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME), which granted the license to Jiangsu Masada.
    (2) Medium Range (MR) tankers of 25,000-54,999 tons deadweight (DWT)

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    Hose Handling Crane

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
    For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: http://spectra.mhi.com.

    Contact:
    Joseph Hood, PR Manager Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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    2017 WEC Round 5 Mexico
    Toyota City, Japan, Sep 4, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota GAZOO Racing suffered disappointment in the fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) despite a podium finish in the 6 Hours of Mexico.

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    2017 WEC Round 5 Mexico

    Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 TS050 Hybrid earned the team's fifth podium of the season with third place in Mexico City, but that did not mask the team's frustration at not being able to challenge Porsche.

    The #7 TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez finished fourth, with both cars one lap behind the winning Porsche #2.

    That result hurts the team's challenge in both World Championships; Toyota now trails Porsche by 56.5 points in the manufacturers' standings while the #8 drivers are 41 points off the lead of the drivers'.

    Despite using the high-downforce TS050 Hybrids, race performance was compromised by a relative lack of downforce in the thin air at 2,285 m altitude. That put both cars at a disadvantage compared to the opposition and this became evident from the start.

    In the opening stint, Mike in the #7 led the Toyota challenge from third with Sebastien close behind in fourth, but both dropped back from the leaders.

    Soon after the 90-minute mark, Sebastien took advantage of traffic to pass Mike and moved the #8 up to third, although he had a scare soon after when the #28 car hit him in a slow corner, earning the LMP2 driver a warning from race stewards.

    The half distance point was passed with Jose Maria at the wheel of the #7 and Kazuki in the #8, with both cars taking turns to hold third place as the momentum switched between the two.

    When Kamui and Anthony took their stints behind the wheel, they experienced the first full course yellow of the race, when a baseball from the nearby sports complex found its way on track with 90 minutes remaining.

    Another followed for debris with an hour remaining and, as the race entered its final 35 minutes, a few rain drops began to fall but the predicted downpour never materialised.

    In order to maximise the points total for the World Championship-chasing #8 crew, the team controlled the final stint and Kamui eased off to allow Sebastien to take the chequered flag in third despite a short fuel stop in the final minutes.

    The team does not need to wait long for the opportunity to improve on today's result, with the sixth round of the season taking place across the United States border at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on 16 September.

    Hisatake Murata, Team President:
    "It has been a very disappointing race. We came here with the target of winning and enhancing our chances in both World Championships but we could not challenge Porsche. Congratulations to them on the victory. The team, including the drivers, gave their maximum this week but we did not get the result we wanted so we must now prepare for the next race. We do not give up on our dream of winning the World Championship so we will push hard to be competitive in the next race."

    TS050 Hybrid #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez)
    Race: 4th, 239 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 3rd. Fastest lap: 1min 26.240secs

    Mike Conway (TS050 Hybrid #7):
    "We were pushing as hard as we could to stay with the leaders but we could not fight at all today which is frustrating. In the end it was just about doing the best we could and hoping for something, but no rain came and Porsche had a clean race. We will be working hard to be stronger in the next round."

    Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 Hybrid #7):
    "I did my best but unfortunately we couldn't put any pressure on Porsche today. We know our car is not optimum on this track but at the next races we should be better so we concentrate on fighting back strongly. It is a pity to miss the podium but that's racing and we are motivated to do better in Austin."

    Jose Maria Lopez (TS050 Hybrid #7):
    "In qualifying we managed a very good performance so we hoped that we could be competitive today, but we didn't have the pace. We did the best we could and did a good clean race. I am happy with my performance, as well as from Mike, Kamui and the whole team."

    TS050 Hybrid #8 (Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Race: 3rd, 239 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 4th. Fastest lap: 1min 26.445secs

    Sebastien Buemi (TS050 Hybrid #8):
    "It was a tough race. We expected it to be difficult after practice and we didn't have the speed to fight. I am happy with my driving today because I did three stints, so more than three hours. I am pleased with the reliability as well because the car ran smoothly; we were just not quick enough."

    Anthony Davidson (TS050 Hybrid #8):
    "That was a very difficult race for us. We seemed to lack downforce because we were fast on the straight but not around the corners, especially the twisty sector two. I personally struggled with the balance of the car; it felt different to what it did in free practice. So a podium for third is the best we could do."

    Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 Hybrid #8):
    "It was at least good to finish the race cleanly and be on the podium again after a difficult race for all of us. It's the first proper podium for our car since the win at Spa so that was nice. That was the maximum we could do from a tough weekend overall."

    6 Hours of Mexico result:
    1st - #2 Porsche (Bernhard / Bamber / Hartley) - 240 laps
    2nd - #1 Porsche (Jani / Lotterer / Tandy) - +7.141 secs
    3rd - #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing - +1 lap
    4th - #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing - +1 lap
    5th - #31 Rebellion (Canal / Senna / Albuquerque) - +21 laps
    6th - #36 Alpine (Lapierre / Menezes / Negrao) - +21 laps

    About Toyota

    Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by creating better products. As of the end of December 2013, Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 52 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 170 countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

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    Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR (2nd L), and Vincent HS Lo, Chairman, HKTDC (2nd R), at the Summit press briefing today. Hong Kong companies that successfully tapped into Belt and Road countries shared experiences and insight, including Rorce Au-Yeung, CEO, VPower Group International Holdings Ltd (1st L) and Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director, hpa (1st R).
    Global Government and Business Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure and ASEAN Opportunities, Bringing the Initiative "From Vision to Action"

    HONG KONG, Sep 4, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the second Belt and Road Summit will be held on 11 September (Monday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The second edition of the Summit is expected to attract more than 2,500 senior government ministers as well as key representatives of international institutions, business and industry leaders from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, the ASEAN region and other countries along the Belt and Road. The Summit is set to usher the Belt and Road Initiative into the implementation phase and help global enterprises seize related business opportunities.

    "From Vision to Action"

    Numerous projects and infrastructure construction related to the Belt and Road Initiative have been set in motion, reflecting the cooperative framework for global development taking shape and becoming a major driver for regional and global economic growth. Under the theme "From Vision to Action," this year's Belt and Road Summit will spotlight infrastructure investment and ASEAN opportunities. The Summit is expected to become an exchange platform promoting more concrete cooperation on infrastructure, commerce and trade. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR and Ning Jizhe, Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, will deliver keynote speeches at the opening session.

    Dialogue with policymakers

    Infrastructure development is a top priority among the Initiative's five key focus areas: policy coordination, investment and trade facilitation, financial integration as well as cultural and social exchange. The Initiative advocates building infrastructure such as roads, railroads and energy pipelines and opening intermodal channels through international cooperation. The goal is to promote a seamless flow of goods and optimal use of resources.

    Reflecting the fact that success of large-scale infrastructure developments hinges on policy coordination among governments, the first panel at the Summit will be "Investing in Belt and Road: Dialogue with Policymakers." The session will be chaired by Laura Cha, Chairman of Hong Kong's Financial Services Development Council, along with panellists Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR Government; Virasakdi Futrakul, Thailand's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Justyna Skrzydlo, Poland's Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Construction; and ministers from other Belt and Road countries and regions. The panellists will share insights on the infrastructure policies of various countries, enabling participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of the policy landscape for infrastructure development on the Belt and Road.

    ASEAN opportunities

    Against the backdrop of rapid regional economic growth in recent years, ASEAN nations are expected to enter into a free-trade agreement with Hong Kong in the near future, strengthening bilateral economic and trade cooperation. Keen demand among ASEAN countries for infrastructure also presents new opportunities for Hong Kong's services industries.

    The Summit has invited Bernard Chan, President of the Asia Financial Holdings Ltd, to host a session entitled "Partnerships with ASEAN: Growth through Infrastructure." He will be joined by leaders from the infrastructure sector in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and ASEAN to share their first-hand experience in investing on infrastructure projects and will discuss ASEAN opportunities. Speakers will include Keith Griffiths, founder and Chairman of Aedas; Liu Qitao, Chairman of China Communications Construction Company Ltd; Professor Frederick Ma, Chairman of MTR Corporation Ltd; Meng Fengchao, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd; Chairul Tanjung, Chairman of CT Corp; and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation.

    Infrastructure investment

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) plays a pivotal role in advancing Asian infrastructure development. The Bank is offering a new platform for supporting infrastructure projects for its 80 member economies. Hong Kong became an official member of the AIIB in June. At the keynote luncheon, AIIB Vice President and Chief Administration Officer Dr Luky Eko Wuryanto will deliver a keynote address, in which he will shed light on the AIIB's latest plans and their implications for global infrastructure investments.

    Breakout forums on financing, dispute settlement and entrepreneurship

    The Belt and Road Initiative encompasses multiple domains and the three thematic breakout forums in the afternoon will examine infrastructure investments and financing, infrastructure dispute resolution and entrepreneurship opportunities. The HKTDC and the HKMA Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO) will co-organise a breakout forum hosted by IFFO Advisor Dr Victor K Fung, inviting various key stakeholders to discuss how to capture infrastructure investment and financing opportunities through Hong Kong.

    Cross-border investment and infrastructure disputes usually arise due to differences in legal systems and business practices of various economies. Hong Kong has a pool of legal talent who can advise on the avoidance and management of legal risks at the contract negotiation stage and in the course of project implementation. Hong Kong's legal and dispute resolution professionals can also provide effective dispute resolution services. A breakout forum co-organised by the HKTDC and the Department of Justice of the Government of the HKSAR will feature a distinguished panel of arbitrators and legal professionals, who will highlight Hong Kong's key advantages in legal and dispute resolution services.

    The new platforms and markets created by the Belt and Road Initiative will open opportunities for start-ups and young entrepreneurs. In the breakout forum "Sharing by Young Business Leaders on Belt and Road Opportunities," a panel of young business leaders from Hong Kong and ASEAN countries will share their perspectives on capturing the vast business opportunities presented by the Initiative. Panellists will include Pawoot Pongvitayapanu, CEO of TARAD.com; Dato' Seri Ivan Teh, CEO and Managing Director of Fusionex, Malaysia; and Hong Kong's Glendy Choi, Executive Director and CEO of Hong Kong's D&G Technology Holding Co, Ltd; and Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director of hpa.

    Project presentations and business matching meetings

    To create more concrete business opportunities, Project Presentations & Networking sessions and One-to-One Business Matching Meetings will be organised. The presentation sessions will be organised under three themes: Transport & Logistics Infrastructure, Energy, Natural Resources & Public Utilities, and Urban Development. Project owners from the respective countries will introduce the development potential of their projects, followed by networking between participants.

    At the One-to-One Business Matching Meetings, investors will be matched with project owners based on their needs. The Summit will identify appropriate projects from the more than 100 projects submitted. At the same time, investors and project owners will be introduced to Hong Kong's services providers, bringing Belt and Road opportunities to Hong Kong's services industries.

    This year's Project Presentations and Business Matching Meetings will be attended by more than 500 project owners, investors and service providers with more than 130 investment projects.

    In addition, there will be an exhibition area at the Summit, gathering more than 30 banks and financial institutions, infrastructure-related services providers and various professional services companies. The Global Investment Zone will showcase the latest information and investment opportunities of eight economies, including Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Participants engaged in project negotiations visiting the exhibition area will find a wide range of services; from financial and advisory services as well as legal and accounting consultancies to ICT services.

    This year's Belt and Road Summit is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. The Summit is supported by a wide range of relevant sectors, embodying the key theme of the celebration events "Together, Progress, Opportunity." The Summit has invited some 40 global business leaders to serve as honorary advisors for the event. The China International Capital Corporation Ltd is the Summit's Strategic Partner, while the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd is the Diamond Sponsor.

    Members of the media interested in interviewing the speakers can fill out an interview request form and email it to billy.km.ng@hktdc.org by 7 September.

    For the latest programme and speakers list, please visit: www.beltandroadsummit.hk.

    Belt and Road Summit website: www.beltandroadsummit.hk
    HKTDC Belt and Road Portal: www.beltandroad.hk
    Photo download: http://bit.ly/2eB8Q8N

    For Media:
    Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification.

    To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

    Contact:
    HKTDC Communication and Public Affairs Department Joe Kainz Tel: +852 2584 4216 Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org Joshua Cheng Tel: +852 2584 4395 Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org Billy Ng Tel: +852 2584 4393 Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org

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    Campaigns for KFC Malaysia, Knorr, MS Limited Australia and Space/Lockhead Martin win Golds

    LONDON, Sep 4, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Campaigns for KFC Malaysia, Knorr, MS Limited Australia and Lockheed Martin have been awarded Golds in the Effective Content Strategy category of the inaugural 2017 WARC Awards, a new global competition honouring the effective use of emerging marketing disciplines.

    Judges of the Effective Content Strategy category, which rewards branded content strategies that demonstrate a business outcome and where editorial-style content is designed to win attention, praised the four Gold awarded brands for their innovative, intelligent, and demonstrably effective content efforts. The judging panel also awarded a further three Silver and five Bronze awards.

    Of the 12 winning campaigns, four hail from Australia, alongside two global campaigns, two European campaigns, and one each from China, Malaysia, UAE and USA. McCann agencies lead the way with four winning campaigns submitted by offices in Melbourne, New York and Shanghai.

    KFC Malaysia's Gold winning entry by UM Malaysia/Ensemble, employed programmatic technology to create and distribute content to millennials to launch its Hot and Cheezy burger in Malaysia.

    Charles Baker, Strategy Director, Hearts & BBDO, said: "McDonald's is the king of burgers so for KFC to make something enduring that could be fun for kids is smart. It builds preference and repeat visits."

    Knorr's global 'Love at First Taste' gold winning campaign, attracted a new generation of cooks with a social media strategy that tapped into passion points rather than pushing products. It was praised for its originality in both content and distribution, stemming from good insight.

    Jury member Nick Kendall, Founding partner, Broken, Electric Glue and The Garage Soho said of the campaign: "It showed true understanding of the role of food as a good metric for people deciding whether they like each other."

    Gold winner Space/Lockheed Martin's 'Field Trip to Mars' by McCann New York, created a VR-enabled bus for school children that showed them what Mars would look like. Unlike most VR-led campaigns, the experience was collective.

    As a result, the campaign was highlighted for its innovation by the judges, "There's innovation there which we need to be pushing when it comes to what content does for people", said judge Janisa Parag, Head of Planning at True.

    Parag also commented on non-profit MS Limited Australia's 'This Bike Has MS', a gold-winning campaign by whiteGrey Australia, which used a pushbike to describe the debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis, saying "It's a good approach for a non-profit because they usually go for the heartstrings."

    All the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, as selected by the 16-strong international jury, chaired by Alison Keith, Vice President - Global Media, Coty, are:

    Gold:

    KFC Malaysia - Stealing a burger-march on McDonald's using real-time data - Ensemble Worldwide, UM Malaysia - Malaysia
    Knorr - Love At First Taste - MullenLowe London, MullenLowe US- United Kingdom & United States
    Space/Lockheed Martin - Field Trip to Mars - McCann New York - United States
    MS Limited Australia - This Bike Has MS - whiteGrey - Australia

    Silver:

    Du - #PostWisely - Starcom - United Arab Emirates
    Ford Edge - Le Fantome - GTB - United Kingdom
    Melbourne International Film Festival - How selling future memories broke historic records - McCann Melbourne - Australia

    Bronze:

    adidas Football - Gamedayplus: the benefits of building an audience - We Are Social - United Kingdom
    Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon - Marriage in the Air - McCann Worldgroup, MRM // McCann Shanghai - China
    L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 - Laser or L'Oreal - McCann Melbourne - Australia
    Marriott Hotels - Becoming the Story - MEC - United Kingdom
    Maurice Blackburn Lawyers - Your Right Is My Right - One Green Bean - Australia

    View at www.warc.com/WarcAwards.prize the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of the Effective Content Strategy winners.

    The winners of Social Strategy will be announced on 11 September and Best Use of Brand Purpose on 18 September. The winners of all the Grands Prix and Special awards will be revealed at an event in London on 20 September. Register at content.warc.com/warc-event-warc-awards-social-purpose-content to attend.

    About WARC

    - your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness

    warc.com is an online service offering advertising best practice, evidence and insights from the world's leading brands. WARC helps clients grow their businesses by using proven approaches to maximise advertising effectiveness. WARC's clients include the world's largest advertising and media agencies, research companies, universities and advertisers.

    WARC hosts four global and two regional case study competitions: WARC Awards, WARC Innovation Awards, WARC Media Awards, The Admap prize, WARC Prize for Asian Strategy and WARC Prize for MENA Strategy.

    WARC also publishes leading journals including Admap, Market Leader, the Journal of Advertising Research and the International Journal of Market Research. In addition to its own content, WARC features advertising case studies and best practices from more than 50 respected industry sources, including: ARF, Effies, Cannes Lions, ESOMAR and IPA.

    Founded in 1985, WARC is privately owned and has offices in the UK, U.S. and Singapore.

    Contact:
    Amanda Benfell PR Manager, WARC Email: amanda.benfell@warc.com Tel: +44 (0) 20 7467 8125

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    When a specific organic compound is added to lithium salt, the molecules self-assemble to form channels through which lithium ions can move, creating an electric current.
    Solid crystals that self-assemble to form channels for an electric current could make safer batteries.

    Tsukuba, Japan, Sep 4, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Researchers have identified new solid materials that could lead to the manufacture of non-toxic lithium-ion batteries, according to a study recently published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    Batteries are made of two oppositely charged electrodes separated by a liquid, gel-like, or solid 'electrolyte' medium through which electrically charged atoms, or ions, move. In many cases, these electrolytes are toxic and flammable, so researchers have been looking for non-toxic alternatives.

    Makoto Moriya of Shizuoka University in Japan investigated molecular crystals for this purpose. To obtain the crystals he added an organic compound to lithium salt. The molecules self-assembled to form channels through which lithium ions moved, creating an electric current. Changing the crystals' structures affected their ion-conducting functions.

    Ion conductivity in these materials was not as high as in organic liquids, inorganic ceramics or glass electrolytes. But it was comparable to polymer electrolytes, which have been targeted as potential solid electrolytes.

    Also, the amount of flammable organic substances in the molecular crystalline electrolytes was lower than in polymer electrolytes and in conventional liquid electrolytes, making them a potentially safer alternative.

    Moriya found it easy to control the crystal structure of these solid materials by making alterations to their molecules. This structural versatility could prove to be a powerful tool for dramatically improving ion conductivity in these materials.

    "These observations... could open the door to the design of new solid electrolytes and thus the development of new molecular devices," Moriya concludes.

    Article information:
    Makoto Moriya
    "Construction of nanostructures for selective lithium ion conduction using self-assembled molecular arrays in supramolecular solids"
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 2017; 18:1, 634-643.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14686996.2017.1366816

    For further information please contact:
    Makoto Moriya,
    Department of Chemistry, Shizuoka University, Japan
    moriya.makoto@shizuoka.ac.jp

    Journal information
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM), http://www.tandfonline.com/stam is an international open access journal in materials science. The journal covers a broad spectrum of topics, including synthesis, processing, theoretical analysis and experimental characterization of materials. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of materials science and on issues at the forefront of the field, such as energy and environmental issues, as well as medical and bioengineering applications.

    For more information about STAM please contact:
    Mikiko Tanifuji
    Publishing Director
    Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
    Tanifuji.Mikiko@nims.go.jp

    Press release distributed by ResearchSEA for Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    
    
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    Real-time display of rescue boat and in-need pleasure craft positions
    Pleasure craft being towed by a rescue boat
    Figure: Diagram of the new BAN system implementing emergency position reporting
    Cloud-based service is critical to safe marine leisure activities

    TOKYO, Sep 5, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - The Japan Marine Recreation Association (JMRA) and Fujitsu Limited today announced the deployment of a cloud-based emergency position reporting system developed by Fujitsu for JMRA's pleasure boat rescue service, the Boat Assistance Network (BAN). The service will be offered beginning in the fall of 2017.

    When pleasure boats run into mechanical problems or other difficulties, owners can simply access the online emergency position reporting system from their smartphone or other internet-enabled mobile device, and automatically transmit the correct position of their craft to JMRA using a GPS information service. Through GPS coordinates and an automatically updated map, the rescue ship can obtain constant positional information of the help-seeking pleasure boat as it is carried along by currents and tides, to quickly reach the rescue location. Those who requested help can also get real-time map updates on the position of the rescue boat, giving them peace of mind while they wait for assistance.

    JMRA will support increased safety for pleasure craft operation using Fujitsu's cloud-based emergency position reporting system, which can be easily operated from smartphones and other mobile devices.

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    Real-time display of rescue boat and in-need pleasure craft positions

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_Fujitsu9517Pic2.jpg
    Pleasure craft being towed by a rescue boat

    Background

    In 2016, there were as many as 1,300 pleasure craft boat incidents in Japanese waters, of which about 850, or roughly 65%, needed help with relatively minor problems such as equipment failure, dead batteries, or fuel outage.

    JMRA operates a variety of businesses relating to marine leisure including BAN rescue services that are offered 24/7 to pleasure boat owners who have run into minor troubles. Since July 1992, BAN has helped over 400 boats per year (445 in 2016), contributing to safe marine recreation.

    When pleasure crafts encountered problems, there were often challenges in confirming their location. Due to the lack of reference points on the sea, and as tides and currents can carry vessels away, those requesting help had difficulties conveying their position to BAN's Rescue Operations Center. Therefore, there was a demand for a system that could enable more efficient, rapid rescues.

    About BAN's New Features

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    Figure: Diagram of the new BAN system implementing emergency position reporting

    1. Rapid rescues through accurate position information

    This system enables both the Rescue Operations Center and the rescue boats they dispatch to continually know the accurate position of those requesting help through GPS coordinates and an automatically generated map. As a result, rescuers can reach the location more quickly using the GPS information from their smartphones or other mobile devices. Because the system can share the real-time position of the rescue boat on the phones of those who request help, they can wait for rescue with peace of mind. Furthermore, the Rescue Operations Center, the rescue boat and the craft requesting assistance can all see the movements of the boats on the same map, significantly reducing time until the rescue and preventing the risks of secondary accidents such as collisions that occur while the craft drifts.

    2. Simple rescue requests from smartphones

    The service can be used both by smartphones and internet-enabled mobile phones. In case of trouble, one can easily access the emergency position reporting system on the internet, generating an urgent report to the Rescue Operations Center while transmitting necessary information including location and contact details. This will enable those requesting rescue to calmly respond to the problem and accurately convey their position, which would otherwise be difficult to determine as it may change with the current.

    Future Plans

    JMRA will further expand BAN, contributing to a safer and enriched marine recreation experience.

    Fujitsu will ensure the stable operation of this cloud-based system and continue to develop new services and information databases to support safe ship voyages.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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