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    From now until the end of November, a series of citywide promotions will be held across Kuala Lumpur.
    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is staging the mega promotion event "In Style, Hong Kong" in Kuala Lumpur to promote Hong Kong's advantages as an international business centre and a lifestyle trendsetter. A press conference was held in Kuala Lumpur on 17 October, where Peter Wong (R), HKTDC Regional Director of Southeast Asia and South Asia and Hoh Jee Eng (L) announced details of the campaign.
    Series of Events Spotlights Hong Kong Professional Services and Branded Products

    HONG KONG, Oct 18, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is staging the mega promotion event "In Style, Hong Kong" in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to promote Hong Kong's advantages as an international business centre and a lifestyle trendsetter. By organising a series of events and engaging Hong Kong's top business professionals and leading brands, the event also seeks to strengthen collaboration between Hong Kong and Malaysian businesses and to create more opportunities.

    Peter Wong, HKTDC Regional Director of Southeast Asia and South Asia, said that the Kuala Lumpur event follows two successful "In Style, Hong Kong" campaigns in Jakarta in 2015 and Bangkok in 2016. "As the fourth-largest ASEAN economy, Malaysia has achieved steady economic growth over the past few years," said Mr Wong. "The development and consumption power of Kuala Lumpur should not be underestimated. Trade between Hong Kong and Malaysia has always been frequent. In 2016, Malaysia was Hong Kong's 10th-largest trading partner and fourth-largest among ASEAN countries. Our campaign in Kuala Lumpur focuses on promoting Hong Kong's professional services and leading brands. Our objective is to forge wider cooperation and to generate more business opportunities for both cities."

    Key events of "In Style, Hong Kong" include a symposium, an expo and gala dinner in early November, as well as a series of citywide promotion events that is currently underway until the end of November.

    Symposium to spotlight Hong Kong's world-class professional services

    The "In Style, Hong Kong" Symposium will be held on 7 November at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. HKTDC Chairman Vincent HS Lo and Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Justice, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), will officiate at the opening ceremony. Several Hong Kong and Malaysian business leaders and government officials will also speak at the event.

    The main symposium will be chaired by Professor Royce Yuen, CEO, MaLogic, who will be joined by other speakers, including Joseph Phi, President, LF Logistics; Kevin Huang, CEO, Pixels Ltd; and Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director, hpa. The speakers will examine how Hong Kong service companies can help Malaysian companies expand their business.

    Five thematic sessions will follow the main symposium:

    E-commerce Logistics
    Hong Kong and the ASEAN countries maintain close economic ties, and the HKSAR Government is actively promoting free trade agreements between Hong Kong and ASEAN. E-commerce is becoming a major component in the region's cross-border trade and is profoundly impacting the logistics industry and distribution networks. This thematic session will invite Don Nazwim, President, Malaysian Chamber of Commerce; Bobby Liu, Executive Director, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; and James Chang, Chief Crossborder Officer, Lazada Group, to examine the impact of cross-border e-commerce on logistics.

    Hong Kong is Asia's financial innovation centre with a deep pool of talent. At this session, Dato' Seri Cheah Cheng-hye, Chairman and co-Chief Investment Officer, Value Partners Group Ltd; Christophe Lee, founder, JP Asia Partners Ltd; James Philip Lloyd, Asia-Pacific Fintech Leader, Ernest & Young; Dato' Gan KC, Chairman, The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong & Macau); and Amran Hassan, Head of Innovation, Maybank Berhad, will discuss prospects in Fintech.

    Smart City Forum
    Governments around the world are pursuing smart city development, and the potential business opportunities arising from the demand cannot be ignored. This session will invite Ronald Pong, Chairman, Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum; Emil Chan, Chairman of FinTech Committee, The Smart City Consortium; Gary Yeung, Chairman, eID Committee; and Jeremy Lee, Director of CyberSecurity Solutions, APAC, Nexusguard, to examine the subject in-depth.

    Innovative Design & Marketing
    Products with creative branding and innovative designs can bring companies limitless business opportunities. Speakers of this forum include Viveca Chan, Chairman and CEO, WE Marketing Group; Cecilia Yau, Entertainment and Media Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong; Otto Ng, Design Director, LAAB and Joel Kwong, Creative Lead - Asia Pacific, Sun Mobile Communication.

    Legal Risk Management: Key to International Trade and Investment
    Hong Kong's well-established legal system and experienced legal professionals can provide legal dispute resolution services and IP protection to companies venturing into new markets. Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Justice, the Government of HKSAR, will deliver the welcome remarks at this session. Other speakers include Denis Brock, Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong, and William Wong, SC, Barrister-at-law and International Arbitrator, Chairman of the Committee on Arbitration, Hong Kong Bar Association.

    Expo presents innovative products from Hong Kong brands

    The two-day (7-8 November) "In Style, Hong Kong" Expo will be held alongside the Symposium at the same venue. The event will feature 40 exhibitors showcasing branded home electronics, gifts and premium, fashion accessories, fine jewellery and watches, as well as eco-friendly products. The Expo will offer a prime opportunity for buyers in Malaysia and neighbouring countries to source stylish products supplied by Hong Kong companies.

    Exhibiting brands include Chow Tai Fook, Chinese Arts & Crafts, ECO Concepts, HYOne, Me Too!, Prima Series, SAGA and Team Green. In addition, the exhibition will display a range of award-winning products of the Hong Kong Smart Design Awards to showcase Hong Kong's creative and design capabilities. Some 2,000 buyers and representatives, ranging from importers, distributors, retailers, brand agents, franchisees, department stores and specialty stores, are expected to visit the Expo.

    Gala Dinner promotes Malaysia-Hong Kong business networks

    A gala dinner will be held after the symposium at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, where 500 of Malaysia and Hong Kong's political, business and community leaders will gather to network.

    The HKTDC has invited Michelin Star chef Alvin Leung to create four dishes for the evening. There will also be a fashion parade showcasing batik fashion created by six Hong Kong fashion designers in a "Batik crossover" project. Participating designers include Melissa Bui, Dora Chu, Arthur Lam, Chloe Sung, Angus Tsui and Kev Yiu. Miss Hong Kong 2016, Crystal Fung, and artistes Jacqueline Ch'ng and Zoie Tam have been invited to be among the models in the fashion parade.

    In addition, the interactive gallery "A Moment in HK" will showcase the works of noted artist and photographer Simon Yam, as well as three award-winning Hong Kong photographers: Tugo Cheng, Jimmy Ho and Kelvin Yuen.

    Kuala Lumpur consumers savour Hong Kong fashion at citywide promotions

    To promote the event to Malaysian consumers, the HKTDC has launched a series of citywide promotions in Kuala Lumpur, engaging 140 restaurants and retail outlets by partnering with 30 Hong Kong and Malaysian brands to offer discounts and incentives that promote Hong Kong cuisine and lifestyle.

    Until the end of November, the HKTDC will spotlight Hong Kong's design-led products, trendy fashion and culinary experience at pop-up stores, showcases and retail stores.

    In October and November, Canton-i is offering signature Hong Kong-flavoured menus introduced by Hong Kong media celebrity Luk Ho-Ming. Kuala Lumpur consumers can pick up a copy of the "In Style, Hong Kong" Citywide Promotion coupon booklet at participating outlets across Kuala Lumpur to enjoy these offers from now until 30 November.

    In addition, the gourmet website Openrice Malaysia ( has teamed up with a number of restaurants that serve Hong Kong cuisine to offer dining discounts. Popular online retailer Lazada Malaysia will also set up a portal featuring a variety of selected Hong Kong brands.

    In the coming two months, In Style pop-up stores will be set up at two Cubix outlets, 11 MPH Bookstores, and five Parkson outlets featuring products from Hong Kong brands.

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    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: Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
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    HKTDC Communication and Public Affairs Department or Kuala Lumpur Office Angie Kong (KL) Tel: +60 12 203 6112 Email: Sam Ho (HK) Tel: +852 2584 4569 Email:

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    Conceptual image of mock-up car to be exhibited
    KARIYA, JAPAN, Oct 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation will offer immersive exhibits at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, commonly known as Tokyo Big Sight, from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, November 5.
    Conceptual image of mock-up car to be exhibited

    DENSO is committed to developing the core technologies that are required to improve mobility in the future, and had identified three priority fields: "DENSO Automated Driving," "DENSO Efficient Driving," and "DENSO Connected Driving."

    At the event, DENSO will present its vision for these key technology fields using a wireless and mobile virtual reality system and by displaying a mock-up car featuring DENSO's latest innovations. The company will hold a press conference to unveil its vision.

    Press conference details
    Date and Time: Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    Speaker: Koji Arima, President and CEO, DENSO Corporation

    DENSO will be also offering three unique and immersive experience at the event. These include:
    - A virtual reality demonstration titled "Future Tech Lab - Three Secrets of Future Vehicles" where visitors can see DENSO's latest technology developments firsthand.(1)
    - A comprehensive explanation of DENSO products that are incorporated into vehicles on the road today that cannot be seen directly via a mock-up car located at the DENSO booth.
    - TOKYO CONNECTED LAB 2017, which consists of exhibits based on the organizer's theme of this year's Tokyo Motor Show, DENSO will demonstrate its approach in the fields of connected mobility; namely, vehicles to vehicles, vehicles to people, and vehicles to society.

    DENSO Exhibit Locations

    - Tokyo Motor Show: E6203, East Hall 6
    - TOKYO CONNECTED LAB 2017: TCL05, West Hall 4

    DENSO website for Tokyo Motor Show:

    (1) The Future Tech Lab will set a limit on the number of participants for each demonstration and have height and other safety requirements. Reservation tickets will be distributed at DENSO's booth.

    About Denso

    DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions and employs nearly 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, totaled US$39.8 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to, or visit our media website at

    Sadayoshi Yokoyama, Toshiko Watanabe DENSO CORPORATION Phone: 81-566-25-5594 Fax: 81-566-25-4509

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    - Enhancing the development of next-generation Driver Status Monitor leveraging facial image recognition, and neural network technologies -

    KARIYA, JAPAN, Oct 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation, one of the world's largest automotive technology, systems and components suppliers, and Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPERI), a Silicon Valley-based technology company, announced that DENSO will start joint technology development of cabin sensing with FotoNation, an Xperi group company specializing in image recognition technologies. The partnership will help DENSO significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, an active safety product currently used in commercial vehicles. Improvements of such products also will accelerate the development of next-generation products to be used in passenger vehicles, including a system to help drivers return to driving mode during Level 3 of autonomous drive.

    This collaboration will combine DENSO's accumulated experience in improving the robustness of cabin sensing innovations and FotoNation's sophisticated facial image recognition and neural network technologies. By combining technologies of the two companies, DENSO will be able to achieve the world's most sophisticated driver status detection, which will not be affected by differences between individual faces, or by sunglasses, masks, and other facial coverings, in the vehicle cabin where environmental light changes dramatically.

    Since 2014, DENSO has provided a Driver Status Monitor for heavy trucks and large sightseeing buses. This advanced safety product uses a cabin camera to capture images of the driver and computer vision technology to detect the driver's face angle to determine the level of drowsiness. Using its proprietary algorithm to carefully analyze the driver's eye blinking, DENSO's driver status monitor can detect driver drowsiness and alert the driver when it judges the driver is distracted or falling asleep at the wheel, to help prevent traffic accidents.

    With its superior technologies, FotoNation has led computer imaging solutions integration for more than 10 years. FotoNation has maintained market leadership in the mobile image recognition segment and its technologies are installed in various devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, drones and security cameras, with approximately 25 percent of world's smartphones using its image recognition technology.

    "Understanding the status of the driver and engaging them at the right time is an important component for enabling the future of autonomous driving," said Yukihiro Kato, senior executive director, Information & Safety Systems Business Group of DENSO. "I believe this collaboration with Xperi will help accelerate our innovative ADAS product development by bringing together the unique expertise of both our companies."

    "We are excited to partner with DENSO to innovate in such a dynamic field," said Jon Kirchner, CEO of Xperi Corporation. "This partnership will play a significant role in paving the way to the ultimate goal of safer roadways through use of our imaging and facial analytics technologies and DENSO's vast experience in the space."

    Using FotoNation's facial image recognition and neural networks technologies, detection accuracy will be increased remarkably by detecting much more features instead of using the conventional detection method based on the relative positions of the eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial regions. Moreover, DENSO will develop new functions, such as those to detect the driver's gaze direction and facial expressions more accurately, to understand the state of mind of the driver in order to help create more comfortable vehicles.

    DENSO will exhibit a prototype next-generation driver status monitor at the Tokyo Motor Show from October 27 to November 5, 2017.

    About Xperi Corporation

    Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER) and its brands, DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas and Tessera, are dedicated to creating innovative technology solutions that enable extraordinary experiences for people around the world. Xperi's solutions are licensed by hundreds of leading global partners and have shipped in billions of products in areas including premium audio, broadcast, automotive, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, and 3D semiconductor interconnect and packaging. For more information, please call 408-321-6000 or visit

    About Denso

    DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions and employs nearly 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, totaled US$39.8 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to, or visit our media website at

    Sadayoshi Yokoyama, Toshiko Watanabe DENSO CORPORATION Phone: 81-566-25-5594 Fax: 81-566-25-4509

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    Fine-Comfort Ride
    Concept demonstrates further possibilities for fuel cell vehicles

    Toyota City, Japan, Oct 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched the "Fine-Comfort Ride," a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that envisions mobility in a low-carbon society with advanced utilization of hydrogen and renewable energy. The Fine-Comfort Ride proposes "a new form of the premium saloon" by employing a flexible layout unique to electric-powered vehicles and a large amount of available electric power using hydrogen as an energy source.

    Toyota pursued further possibilities of FCVs through the development of the Fine-Comfort Ride. It offers excellent environmental performance by discharging no CO2 or substances of concern (SoC) while in operation, together with the convenience of a generous cruising range with a hydrogen refueling time of about three minutes. The characteristics of the Fine-Comfort Ride are as follows:
    Fine-Comfort Ride

    - Adopts a diamond-shaped cabin that narrows towards the rear, while being wider in all dimensions from the front to the center of the vehicle, maximizing the space of the second row seats and aerodynamic performance.
    - Utilizes a flexible layout unique to electric-powered vehicles, adopts an in-wheel motor, positions the wheels at the very corners of the vehicle, and utilizes a body underside cover, thereby achieving high running stability and quietness suited to a premium saloon.

    - In adopting the concept of "wearing comfort (being wrapped in comfort)," the vehicle embodies future mobility that provides additional value other than movement to the passengers and is not simply just a "ride."
    - The Agent function and the touch display are arranged around the driver and passenger seats. The seats allow for flexible adjustment according to posture, and the displays allow the driver and passengers to freely access information. The seat layout can be flexibly adjusted, so Fine-Comfort Ride can be used as individual space or as a communication space for individuals.

    The joy of fuel cells
    - The Fine-Comfort Ride boasts quietness and smooth running and also makes full use of the large amount of electricity provided by hydrogen as its energy source. The interior features a full range of equipment, and the car can achieve a cruising range of approximately 1,000 km (JC08 test cycle).

    Toyota is expected to display the Fine-Comfort Ride at Tokyo Big Sight during the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The theme for this year's show, which runs for 12 days from October 25 to November 5(1), is "Beyond the Motor."

    (1) The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 is to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo's waterfront area from October 25 through November 5, with press days on October 25 and 26, a special-invitation day on October 26, a preview day on October 27 and general-public days from October 28 to November 5.

    To access the exclusive site for Tokyo Motor Show 2017,
    please visit

    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

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

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    Sora (concept model)
    Toyota City, Japan, Oct 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the launch of the "Sora"(1), a Toyota fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. Toyota plans to launch sales of a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    Sora (concept model)

    Toyota developed the Sora (concept model) based on the vision of an "enduring town icon" guided by two ideas: to make best use of the characteristics of the FC unit; and to enhance the comfort of passengers traveling on bus routes.

    Idea 1: Service vehicle for the entire community

    Toyota aims to create a bus that works for the world and for people, is environmentally friendly, and can contribute to communities beyond its role as a mobility service.

    - The Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV), has been adopted to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO2 emissions or Substances of Concern (SoC) emitted when in operation.

    - The Sora is equipped with a high-capacity external power supply system, providing high output and a large capacity of electricity supply (9 kW maximum output, and electricity supply of 235 kWh(2)) and can be used as an emergency power source following disasters.

    Idea 2: Universal design and function that is people-centered

    Because the bus is envisioned to be used by large and varying numbers of passengers at any given time, Toyota paid close attention to convenience, safety, and peace of mind with the aim to give all passengers a pleasant riding experience, so that they would want to ride the buses regularly.

    - Horizontal seats with an automatic storage mechanism improves comfort (first in Japan(3))
    The bus is equipped with horizontal seats with an automatic storage mechanism to provide space for strollers or wheelchairs. This provides extra seating for regular passengers when the space is not needed for strollers or wheelchairs.

    - Improved safety from bus peripheral monitoring function (first in Japan(3))
    Eight high-definition cameras fitted inside and outside the vehicle detect pedestrians and bicycles around the bus, providing a peripheral monitoring function that warns the driver with sound and images to improve safety.

    - Improved safety from acceleration control function (first in Japan(3))
    The acceleration control function suppresses sudden acceleration and enables gentle acceleration from stops, in consideration of the safety of standing passengers. Also, there is no lurching due to the lack of a need for gear shifting.

    - Improved ease of boarding and exiting through automatic arrival control(4) (first in Japan(3))
    Adoption of automatic arrival control detects the guidance line on the road surface and uses automatic steering and deceleration to stop the bus with approximately 3 to 6 cm of clearance from the bus stop, and within a range of 10 cm ahead of or behind the bus stop position. This improves boarding and exiting for passengers using strollers or wheelchairs.

    - Improved convenience through ITS Connect
    Bus transportation capability, speed, punctuality, and convenience is boosted by ITS Connect, which utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to support safe driving, together with systems that support bus convoys and that provide priority at traffic signals (PTPS(5)).


    The design pursues stereoscopic shaping that significantly differs from the hexahedron (box shape) of conventional buses. It also uses LED for the front and rear lights. Such design features make the FC bus instantly recognizable.

    Toyota plans to display the Sora (concept model) at Tokyo Big Sight during the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The theme for this year's show, which runs for 12 days from October 25 to November 5(6), is "Beyond the Motor."

    (1) Sora: an acronym for Sky, Ocean, River, Air, representing the earth's water cycle.
    (2) The power that can be supplied and the power amount may differ, depending on the performance of the power supply unit, amount of hydrogen remaining, and power consumption.
    (3) As of October 18 (according to Toyota Motor Corporation).
    (4) The bus stops without leaving a large gap between it and the bus stop.
    (5) PTPS: Public Transportation Priority Systems
    (6) The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 is to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo's waterfront area from October 25 through November 5, with press days on October 25 and 26, a special-invitation day on October 26, a preview day on October 27 and general-public days from October 28 to November 5.

    To access the exclusive site for Tokyo Motor Show 2017,
    please visit

    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

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

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    - Bringing together 1000+ top Asia focused PE, venture capital professionals and investors -

    HONG KONG, Oct 18, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The 30th Anniversary of the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum ("AVCJ Forum") will bring together over 1,000 leading industry experts and investors from 34+ countries to discuss the future of the private equity industry on 14-16 November in Hong Kong. These leaders will address some of the industry's most pressing challenges, with a focus on Asia.

    "The private equity industry globally has undergone a significant evolution in the last 30 years, and in the last decade alone we have seen it go from boom to bust and back to boom again. In terms of fundraising, valuation multiples, and leverage levels, there have been times in the last 12 months when market conditions seemed like those in the run-up to the global financial crisis," said Tim Burroughs, Managing Editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal.

    Asia has also been on a roll, with fundraising reaching an all-time high of $127 billion in 2016, driven to a large extent by a resurgence in renminbi-denominated funds, according to AVCJ Research. Nine months into 2017, the fundraising total stands at $73.1 billion. Meanwhile, investment reached $144 billion in 2016, the second-largest annual total on record. This is likely to be surpassed this year, with investments amounting to $140.8 billion announced as of September. Private equity exits came to $72.4 billion last year, another record high, while $53.4 billion has been realized so far in 2017.

    "Private equity has entered a new era in the region as global brand-name firms sit alongside a growing collection of new and established managers. With a degree of macroeconomic and political uncertainty also present in Asia, it will be interesting to hear how private equity firms are responding to these changing dynamics," Burroughs added.

    Four distinct summits -- The Investment Summit, VC Summit, PE Leaders' Summit and LP Summit -- will be hosted during the three-day event, each covering a different facet of the private equity and venture capital industry in Asia. The program combines discussions on the key themes and topics affecting the sector and deep industry knowledge from notable expert speakers, which include:

    - Christopher Ailman, CIO, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)
    - Daniel A. D'Aniello, Chairman & Co Founder, The Carlyle Group
    - Jonathan Lavine, Co- Managing Partner, Bain Capital
    - Hideya Sadanaga, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Investment Department, JAPAN POST BANK
    - Steve Byrom, Head of Private Equity, Future Fund
    - Anders Stromblad, Head of External Managers, AP2
    - Ilfryn C. Carstairs, Partner & Co-CIO, Varde Partners
    - Kurt Bjorklund, Managing Partner, Permira

    Global Limited Partners include:

    - Steve Moseley, Director of Investments, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
    - Jeremy Coller, Executive Chairman & CIO, Coller Capital
    - Dave Brochet, Managing Director, CDPQ Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
    - Marcus Simpson, Head of Global Private Capital, QIC
    - Brooks Zug, Senior Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC
    - Georg Wunderlin, CEO, HQ Capital Group
    - Sebastiaan Van den Berg, CIO & Head of Principal Investment, Sung Hung Kai
    - Juan Delgado-Moreira, Managing Director, Hamilton Lane
    - Sherry Lin, Managing Director & Asia Head, Mousse Partners
    - Josh Stern, Director, Private Investments, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    - Rakesh Saraf, Head of Private Investments, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund

    "I have been coming to the AVCJ Forum for over 20 years. The reason I keep coming back is, firstly the content is very good and secondly everyone is here, making it easy to catch up with managers, fellow investors and advisers," said Marcus Simpson, Head of Global Private Capital, QIC. The AVCJ Forum not only will offer industry professionals unique opportunities to exchange market insights, but more importantly, it celebrates the achievements of PE and venture capital industry in Asia.

    To register for the AVCJ Forum 2017, book online at or contact Anil Nathani directly on +852 2158 9636.

    About AVCJ

    AVCJ, an Acuris company, is the leading provider of Asian private equity and venture capital information and intelligence. For more than 30 years, Asia's deal-making industry has relied on AVCJ's insightful editorial coverage, reliable data, intelligent analysis and market leading conferences to conduct their day-to-day business from deal sourcing, due diligence to fundraising and exits.

    AVCJ's suite of information products has expanded from its flagship Asian Venture Capital Journal Magazine to include (Asian private equity portal), a daily e-newsletter, Chinese AVCJ, rich media and industry leading database and research services. For more information, please visit

    About Acuris

    Acuris powers business growth for financial and professional services firms worldwide. Through subscription-based digital services and a wide range of industry-leading events, we provide unique, high-value content that enables our customers to make the decisions based on high quality research and analysis. Acuris' sector specialists and expert analysts interpret data and intelligence to deliver fresh insights that create business opportunities for our customers. We're trusted by many of the world's principal advisory firms, investment banks, law firms, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporates, who rely on our brands to help them understand specialist markets.

    Founded in 2000, Acuris is a fast-growing family of information brands united by common characteristics: sector expertise, analytical skill, proprietary data and solutions that are packaged for maximum value. We have over 1,000 staff, including 500 specialist journalists and analysts, in 67 locations globally. For more information:

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    DOWSIL(TM) represents combined power of Dow and Dow Corning; customers can continue to rely on same trusted silicone technologies for facade design

    MIDLAND, Mich., Oct 18, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Dow Performance Silicones, a global business unit of DowDuPont Materials Sciences division, announces the rollout of a new product brand name -- DOWSIL(TM) -- for its heritage Dow Corning high-performance silicone-based building products. The new DOWSIL product brand name represents the combined power of Dow and Dow Corning and emphasizes longstanding global expertise in silicone technologies across dozens of industries.

    Dow Corning revolutionized the way architects and fabricators design commercial facades, with 50+ years of proven performance in Silicone Structural Glazing (SSG) and Weatherproofing Sealants (WP). Customers can continue to rely on the same trusted silicone chemistries, features and product benefits for their designs under the new DOWSIL name.

    "As we transition to the DOWSIL brand name, which blends the collective experience of long-standing, respected organizations, our performance stands and our commitment remains," said Jean Paul Hautekeer, Global Strategic Market Director - High Performance Building, Dow Performance Silicones. "We value our customers' business and look forward to ensuring a smooth brand transition for architect, fabricator and building developer partners who have relied on the design freedom of Dow Corning solutions for more than five decades."

    Through a phased implementation over the next year, Dow Corning(R) branded silicone products for building and construction will move to the new DOWSIL name. Product descriptors that are part of the product names today will remain the same. Products will be sold by Dow moving forward.

    Customers can also expect a simpler, more enjoyable online search and buying experience, driven by a new website that will replace the current platform.

    In the interim during the transition, a new integration information center is available to customers at The center provides regular updates, integration activity materials, FAQs, as well as a tool to generate a chemical equivalency certificate for specific products.

    For up-to-date integration details and information please visit, To learn more about Dow's proven high performance silicone building solutions, visit Also follow the conversation on Twitter: @DowBuilding #50YearFacades.

    About Performance Silicones

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    - Three-year plan targets more than 30% increase in unit sales and revenues
    - Operating profit margin to reach 6% or more
    - Capital expenditure and R&D investment to increase to more than 600 billion yen over the three-year period
    - Product renewal to accelerate with launch of six new models including Eclipse Cross SUV
    - Market expansion planned in ASEAN, US and China

    TOKYO, Oct 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors today launched "Drive for Growth," a three-year strategic plan to deliver sustained and profitable growth, targeting an increase of more than 30% in both annual unit sales to 1.3 million vehicles and in revenues to 2.5 trillion yen.

    Under the plan, Mitsubishi Motors aims to achieve an operating profit margin of 6% or more by the end of fiscal 2019, up from 0.3% in fiscal 2016. The plan combines a product renewal program with targeted market expansion and operating efficiency improvements.

    Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi Motors chief executive, said: "Drive for Growth is a new roadmap for Mitsubishi Motors. We will rebuild trust in our company as our highest priority, successfully launch new vehicles, and achieve a V-shaped financial recovery. These will be the foundations for our future sustainable growth, which will involve increased capital expenditure and product development spending."

    The Drive for Growth plan involves a 60% increase in annual capital expenditure to 137 billion yen in fiscal 2019 - lifting spending as a proportion of sales to 5.5% a year. R&D expenses will rise by 50% to 133 billion yen over the same period. In total, this will amount to more than 600 billion yen in investments. Even with these increases, Mitsubishi Motors will maintain financial discipline and generate positive free cash flow during the period. The company intends to establish a competitive dividend policy comparable to those of other Japanese automotive manufacturers.

    As part of its investment drive, Mitsubishi Motors plans to strengthen its four-wheel drive SUVs and pick-ups, and to launch 11 models including the XPANDER and Eclipse Cross. The product renewal program will coincide with a market expansion drive in the ASEAN region, Oceania, United States, China and Japan.

    Mr. Masuko said: "This is an ambitious program to maximize our strengths in growing product segments, especially four-wheel drive, and to pursue growth in markets where our brand has strong potential, particularly the ASEAN region. This growth program will also involve an efficient and disciplined operating structure as we continue to manage costs."

    Under Drive for Growth, Mitsubishi Motors is targeting a market share of 10% in ASEAN. Sales activities will be reinforced in the US. The company's presence in China will be strengthened with the introduction of models such as the Outlander and Eclipse Cross. And the company will invest in its sales network and product portfolio to return to profitability in Japan by the end of the plan.

    The strategic plan is based on three strategic initiatives:

    1. Product renewal: During the period of the plan, Mitsubishi Motors will launch 11 new models, of which six will be entirely new model changes - averaging two each year - while the remainder will be important updates of existing vehicles. By the end of the plan, the company expects its five best-selling global models consisting of SUV, 4WD, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to account for 70% of total sales volume. Reflecting the shift to lower emission models, the company also announced that it plans to provide electrified solutions across its core model range including an EV kei car from 2020.

    2. Focus on core markets to drive revenue growth: This year's opening of a new assembly plant in Indonesia, and the recent launch of the XPANDER multi-purpose vehicle, will drive the growth of the ASEAN business, the group's largest and most profitable operation. ASEAN volumes are expected to rise from 206,000 units a year to 310,000 units a year in 2019. Mitsubishi Motors will also launch new models to assist the turnaround of its important mini-car business in Japan. In the US, the company will improve its dealership networks, targeting a 30% increase in unit sales to 130,000 units in fiscal 2019. In China, Mitsubishi Motors will double the number of dealerships and more than double sales to 220,000 units in fiscal 2019.

    3. Cost Optimization: Mitsubishi Motors will tightly manage production costs, with a target to reduce monozukuri costs by 1.3% per year, in spite of large investments in R&D. Alongside cost management, the company will benefit from growing synergies from its membership of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Mitsubishi Motors is seeking synergies totalling more than 100 billion yen over the course of the plan, with the bulk of these to come from efficiencies in procurement and costs avoided in R&D.

    Mitsubishi Motors will contribute its expertise in PHEV technology, its capabilities in SUVs and pick-ups, and market strengths in the ASEAN region to the wider synergy program of the Alliance, which aims to double annualized synergies to more than 10 billion euros by the end of 2022.

    "We are refreshing our product line-up, investing in R&D and targeting core market growth," added Mr Masuko. "Drive for Growth will enable us to continue the transformation of the company over the next three years."

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the sixth largest automaker in Japan and the sixteenth largest in the world. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. From October 2016, Mitsubishi is one-third owned by Nissan, and a part of the Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi Alliance. For more information, please visit

    Mitsubishi Motors Public Relations Department +81-3-6852-4275

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    SINGAPORE, Oct 19, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - New Silkroutes Group Limited ("NSG") today announced that New Silkroutes Capital Pte Ltd ("NSC"), a wholly-owned subsidiary, will acquire a 66% stake in European fund manager Culross Global Holdings Limited and related companies (collectively "Culross Global") in a deal worth US$2.6 million.

    The NSG group has been restructuring, with NSC to serve as the financial 'dashboard' for the group's invested verticals, which include financials, energy, healthcare and real estate. With this acquisition, NSC will on-board essential wealth management capabilities, and be able to operate seamlessly in European time zones in key European cities. NSC will also be responsible for raising funds to support the group's investments primarily in the energy and healthcare sectors.

    "We have consistently been focused on building up the financial services capabilities of NSC," said Dr Goh Jin Hian, NSG's Group CEO. "Think of NSC as NSG's financial dashboard, through which we will raise and allocate funds to support our energy, healthcare and real estate investments and projects. Some of this financial expertise will come from Culross Global, which has a significant representation in Europe's fund management industry."

    Founded in 1992 in London and now headquartered in Malta, Culross Global is an independent, absolute-return fund manager servicing institutional and high net worth investors. With offices in London, Switzerland and Malta, and registered with the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), Culross has long experience in alternative investment products as well as foreign exchange, fixed income and equities. ( )

    Culross Global launched its first fund, a macro thematic fund, in 2000 and has since rolled out three others: the Culross Absolute Defensive Fund, the PPF II Global Macro Fund, and the Culross H Fund. All its funds focus on capital preservation and liquidity, and seek to generate absolute returns with low correlations to traditional asset classes.

    Mr Nigel Blanshard, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Culross Global, said: "Culross Global is very excited by this transaction which creates the opportunity to extend the investment reach of our European clients into Asia and at the same time brings our proven investment products within the reach of Southeast Asian and North Asian investors. Creating a bridge between these two regions to access and exchange investment opportunities is a mutually held vision and we believe that NSC is exactly the right partner for us to do this with."

    Mr Hitesh Bharkhda, CEO of Culross Global, said: "The opportunity to partner with NSG and provide our robust infrastructure in Europe and the United Kingdom for capital raising, wealth management and trading opens a new chapter of growth for our combined businesses going forward and will achieve a truly global footprint for the New Silkroutes Capital brand."

    NSG will pay US$2.6 million in cash and new shares as consideration for the acquisition, following which the target companies will operate under NSC's brand name. NSC will be one of the first Singapore-based investment companies with operating entities registered with FCA, FINMA and MFSA. Culross Global had US$2.2 million in net tangible assets and US$1.0 million in after-tax profit in the financial year ended 31 December 2016. The acquisition of Culross Global will enhance the quality of the group's earnings and strengthen its balance sheet.

    NSG and the vendors have until 19 April 2018 to complete the transaction, which is the second earnings-accretive acquisition NSG has announced this month. On 11 October 2017, it said it would acquire a 70% stake in three dental clinics in Singapore as part of efforts to expand its healthcare business. The clinics had combined earnings of about S$0.5 million in their last financial year.

    The acquisition of Culross Global is subject to certain conditions, including a satisfactory outcome of due diligence by NSG, approval from the Singapore Exchange for the listing and quotation of the consideration shares, and approval from the respective regulatory agencies.

    For further information on Culross Global, please visit

    About New Silkroutes Group Limited

    New Silkroutes Group (Reuters: NEWS.SI; Bloomberg: NSG SP) is a Singapore-incorporated investment holding company listed on the Mainboard of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (SGX). The group, through its subsidiaries and associate companies, has exposure to these key sector verticals, Financials, Energy/Resources, Healthcare and Real Estate. Please visit

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    Hitachi aims to achieve 1.5 billion euro in sales in FY2020 by contributing to improving quality of life in Italy

    Milan, Italy, Oct 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) has hosted the "Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017 Milan." The aim of the Forum is to develop and strengthen partnerships with customers as part of measures aimed at expanding the Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in Italy. By providing solutions which resolve the issues that Italy is facing, such as growing medical costs, while increasing energy efficiency and productivity and improving the efficiency of public transportation, Hitachi will strive to expand the scale of its business from the current level of 1.2 billion euro to 1.5 billion euro in FY2020.

    Italy is currently planning extensive infrastructure investments and technology innovations aimed at achieving sustainable growth. There has been a particularly strong demand to improve productivity using IoT, and to increase the efficiency of social infrastructures such as water and energy. In addition to improving both the quality and efficiency of medical services as part of measures designed to resolve increasing medical costs, the country has been facing a number of other issues, including the need to put in place highly efficient public transportation to alleviate traffic jams arising as a result of urbanization, and to reduce the environmental burden from CO2 emission volumes.

    Hitachi's Social Innovation Forum 2017 in Milan will demonstrate to customers and partners the concrete activities that it has undertaken to resolve the social issues that Italy is facing, as well as solving the customers' management issues. By promoting Collaborative Creation with customers and local partners to provide digital solutions incorporating the IoT platform "Lumada," along with the knowledge and experience that it has accumulated up to now, Hitachi will contribute to the further development of Italian society and to improving the quality of life for its citizens.

    Hitachi has been involved in business in Europe for more than 50 years, and Europe is now one of the most important strategic regions, accounting for 11% of earnings for the Hitachi Group as a whole. Hitachi's policy is to strengthen the business platform in Italy, in order to further expand business in the future with a focus on the railway, power and energy businesses in Europe.

    Hitachi's entry into the electronic component and home appliance businesses in Italy in 1981 offered the opportunity to roll out other businesses as well, including the information & telecommunication systems, healthcare, and industrial device businesses. In 2015, Hitachi acquired all shares of AnsaldoBreda, and by 2016, it had acquired over 50% shares of Ansaldo STS in the railway systems business. In 2017, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. acquired majority shares of FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A. in the storage battery business.

    In the future, Hitachi will use Lumada along with the business platforms, experience and expertise that it has cultivated up to now to create added value from device and system data and develop digital solutions with a focus on the railway systems, energy, water, and healthcare business fields.

    Comments from Hitachi President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara

    "Hitachi is striving to become an innovation partner in the IoT era, through the global rollout of Lumada, using our expertise in OT(1) and IT. We believe that it is possible to create and provide digital solutions that will resolve the issues faced by customers and by Italian society. By providing solutions that combine Hitachi's digital technologies, including IoT, robotics, and artificial intelligence, with products and systems in the railway, healthcare, and industrial device fields, through Collaborative Creation with customers and local partners in Italy, we will contribute to the further development and digitalization of Italian society."

    (1) Operational Technology

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

    Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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    Figure: Overview of solutions for NIST SP800-171 support
    Japan's first end-to-end service for security standard NIST SP800-171, from visualization of customer system compliance status to system construction, operation and restoration

    TOKYO, Oct 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited has announced the Japan launch of an assessment consulting service to help customers meet the requirements of NIST Special Publication 800-171, a publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which sets out the US security standards for nonfederal information systems and organizations handling controlled unclassified information. This consulting service, available from today in Japan, will provide insight into the status of customer systems' compliance with NIST SP800-171 security measures and will formulate policies needed to support the standard.

    The assessment consulting service will provide customers with a low-cost, rapid assessment of the state of their compliance with NIST SP800-171 security measures. Moreover, based on the results of the assessment, it will also offer everything from system integration meeting the individualized requirements of each customer, to 24/7/365 monitoring and operations of customer systems through its Fujitsu Security Solution Global Managed Security Service and system recovery in the event of an incident. This represents total support for NIST SP800-171 security measures for customer systems.

    Fujitsu will also bring its Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 into compliance with the security standards of the NIST SP800 series during fiscal 2018, offering highly secure and reliable cloud services.

    Going forward, Fujitsu will accelerate support for a variety of international rules, and for Japan's supply chain as well, will implement security measures that offer safety and stability, thus contributing to the expansion of Japanese industry in international society.


    NIST SP800-171, published by NIST in June 2015, sets out the US requirements for security measures for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) being handled by Nonfederal Organizations. There are just over 100 requirements, including technical as well as non-technical requirements.

    In recent years, there has been an accelerating movement in the US requiring NIST SP800-171 compliance, as seen, for example, when the US Department of Defense (DoD) published a notice about US defense equipment procurement(1) requiring that all Nonfederal Organizations around the world supplying defense and other equipment to the DoD support the security measure standards set out in NIST SP800-171 by December 31, 2017. Going forward, it is expected that security measures complying with NIST SP800-171 will be required not just for defense-related industries, but for other industries as well. In the same way, a movement is also expected in Japan to set up CUI protection technologies similar to those required in NIST SP800-171 in private companies, not just for companies that are in US supply chains.

    In order to comply with NIST SP800-171, however, companies may have to shoulder a significant cost and operations burden in order to set up security measures that meet the standards.

    For this reason, together with Fujitsu Research Institute and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC, on October 19 Fujitsu launched the assessment consulting service in Japan to provide insight into the status of customer systems' security measures with regard to NIST SP800-171, and to formulate measures to improve them. In addition, Fujitsu will offer total support for NIST SP800-171-compliant security measures for customer systems through its system integration handling development and its Global Managed Security Service providing operations and monitoring services, according to the needs of each individual customer.

    Features of the Assessment Consulting Service

    This service provides everything from insight into customer system's compliance with NIST SP800-171 to the formulation of policies to achieve compliance, through cooperation between Fujitsu Research Institute, which has abundant knowledge and experience from consulting on topics such as formulating business continuity plans, and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, which has experience with cutting-edge cybersecurity and can collect information on the latest developments at NIST as soon as it is available. With this service, it is now possible for customers to quickly and optimally handle such tasks as the formulation of strategy for managing resources and risks when supporting NIST SP800-171, which is difficult to handle on their own. Thereafter, Fujitsu will provide total support suited to the customer's needs, including system building, operations, and recovery support.
    Figure: Overview of solutions for NIST SP800-171 support

    Future Plans

    The launch of this solution for supporting NIST SP800-171 is the first in a series of services that Fujitsu will offer going forward, meeting the requirements set out in FedRAMP, a set of cloud procurement standards for the Japanese government currently under discussion, and supporting customers by helping Japanese businesses expand globally and ensuring safe and stable security measures in the Japanese supply chain.

    Retail Pricing and Availability

    Comment from Norihiko Shibuya, Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC

    Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting enthusiastically welcomes the launch of this service from Fujitsu Limited supporting the NIST SP800-171 cybersecurity rules, which will contribute significantly to accelerating the expansion of Japanese companies globally.

    The assessment consulting service, provided jointly with Fujitsu, will certainly enhance and support our clients' compliance with international rules and respond to as-yet unknown cyber threats, given Deloitte Tohmatsu Group's world-class know-how and experience in cybersecurity, our grasp of the latest developments at NIST, and the global Deloitte network.

    Going forward, we will continue to work with Fujitsu on initiatives that support Japanese companies with the cybersecurity they need to compete on a global stage, based on the latest information.

    (1) Notice about US defense equipment procurement
    DFARS 252.204-7012 Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting, published October 2016.

    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

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:

    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL:

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    Toyota City, Japan, Oct 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - We regret the inconvenience and concern caused to customers of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    In response to the series of announcements by Kobe Steel Ltd. regarding improper conduct related to materials used in vehicle bodies, we have been urgently investigating the impact of this matter on Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The initial phase of our investigation has been focused on the aluminum plates that were the subject of Kobe Steel's initial disclosure, on October 8, 2017, of the falsification of data related to inspection certificates.

    Although our investigation is on-going, at this juncture, we believe that the identified aluminum plates purchased both directly from Kobe Steel and via other suppliers were used in certain vehicles, primarily in the construction of hoods (bonnets), rear hatches and other components of our vehicles.

    Further, we have examined the data for the most recent three years possessed and provided by Kobe Steel and verified strength and durability of the affected aluminum plates, using the data Kobe provided that was furthest outside of Toyota's specifications. Based on that analysis, we confirmed that the materials satisfy applicable statutory standards, and our own internal standard, for key safety and durability requirements for vehicles.

    However, since the announcement by Kobe Steel covers a wide range of products, we do not regard this matter as closed, and we are continuing our efforts to identify its full impact. We are currently working to identify the impact of affected non-aluminum materials on our vehicles.

    The safety and peace of mind of our customers are among our highest priorities, and we will continue to verify the safety of these materials based on our most stringent standards.

    Again, we regret the concern caused to our customers by this matter, and we appreciate your understanding as we continue our investigations.

    Materials potentially affected by data falsification and its impact on Toyota and Lexus vehicles

    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

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

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  • 10/19/17--05:27: LEXUS Launches All-new 'LS'
  • LS 500 "EXECUTIVE" (with options)
    Flagship Sedan Symbolizes Lexus with Innovative Styling, Emotional Driving and Advanced Technologies

    - Daring coupe silhouette with a designed-to-be-driven aura achieved by use of the GA-L platform
    - Interior that fuses a driving-focused cockpit and a relaxing space suitable for a flagship sedan
    - Newly developed 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine and other new technologies for emotional yet elegant driving
    - Comfort features for distinctive Lexus Omotenashi hospitality
    - Lexus Safety System + A active safety package and other advanced safety technologies

    Toyota City, Japan, Oct 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Lexus began sales in Japan today of its all-new 'LS' flagship passenger sedan through Lexus dealers nationwide(1).
    LS 500h "version L" (with options)

    The all-new LS carries forward the LS' enduring DNA for smooth and powerful performance and exceptional quietness and comfort passed down through successive generations since the debut of the first model, which set a new standard for luxury vehicles with its debut in 1989. In addition to styling that achieves a daring coupe silhouette while preserving ample interior space, the new, fifth-generation LS offers an emotional driving experience and is equipped with numerous cutting-edge technologies, achieving monumental advances in innovation as the symbol of the Lexus brand.

    The all-new LS is priced from 9,800,000 yen to 16,800,000 yen (including consumption tax)(2).

    Main features of the all-new LS

    A daring coupe silhouette with a designed-to-be-driven aura achieved by use of the GA-L platform
    - Application of the GA-L (Lexus Global Architecture--Luxury) platform has resulted in low, poised-to-pounce styling, while large-diameter tires create a commanding presence. To produce a daring coupe silhouette that sets the new LS apart from hitherto four-door sedans, Lexus employed a six-light cabin design(3) coupled with a body form in which the fenders dynamically project from a sharp outline that flows from front to rear. Additionally, flush-surface windows, which reduce the unevenness between the side-window glass and the door frames, create a smoother and more beautiful body line.
    - The front displays a highly spatial form resulting from a low hood height and accentuated fenders and employs an elaborate yet powerful Spindle Grille and cross-cutting front bumper for a stunning stance that expresses the dignity of a flagship model.
    - The rear features a continuous form that envelops from the sides and expresses unconstraint, while a low center of gravity and a sense of width are highlighted by an overall spindle theme centered on the rear combination lamps.
    - Body colors number 13, including "Manganese Luster", which creates the impression of machined metal, and "Sonic Agate", which achieves shadows that have both vividness and depth.
    - The "F SPORT" version dons in its grille mesh and side grilles the new "F" mesh pattern, which, as the evolutionary form of the inherited Lexus vertical-pattern mesh, is being introduced throughout the Lexus brand. It also features a grille frame plated in black chrome and 20-inch aluminum wheels painted in "Dark Premium Metallic" for sporty and aggressive styling.

    Interior that fuses a driving-focused cockpit and a relaxing space suitable for a flagship sedan

    Interior styling
    - Up front, delicately refined air vents that seemingly flow all the way from the gauge display shroud on the driver's side to the full width of the passenger side create, along with other elements, the air of a broad expanse, while the styling of the lower half of the front cabin space is underlined by substantial door armrests that are visually integrated with the front seats. This contrasting yet complimentary styling of the upper and lower domains of the cabin provides a sense of both vastness and comfortable security. And, keeping the driver at the center of the design, an operational layout was conceived that minimizes changes in driver posture and line of sight, allowing the driver to focus on driving.
    - In the rear, aimed at achieving a continuous spatial realm that envelops its occupants, the door trim and outside edges of the seatbacks connect in a seamless fashion, while a sense of openness provided by leg space that is among the best in class and soft console armrests that are just as prominent as the ones in front create a relaxing atmosphere.

    Fusion of Takumi craftsmanship and advanced technologies
    - The techniques of skilled Japanese Takumi craftsmanship have been applied to the decorative finishes of the door trim. This can be seen in the use of Art Wood(4), which presents artistic touches to natural wood, Hand Pleats(5), characterized by L-shaped folds done by hand, and tempered glass that has been finished in the fashion of Kiriko (Cut Glass)(5). The result is a unique interior based on Japanese aesthetics that represents the fusion of traditional techniques and the latest production technologies.
    - Delicate touches throughout, such as in the meticulous craftsmanship applied to the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, result in an elegant finish that has a sense of depth, and a spacious and elegant atmosphere is created by ambient illumination--soft indirect lighting inspired by Japanese paper lanterns.

    Newly developed 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine and other new technologies for emotional yet elegant driving

    Along with the new LS inheriting the LS's DNA for quietness and comfort, an emotional driving experience was pursued through efforts to improve steering responsiveness and steering stability, to achieve a comfortable driving operation rhythm and to produce a comfortable acceleration sound. Specifically, in addition to using the GA-L platform, which forms the foundation of Lexus' front-engine, rear-wheel-drive lineup, a newly developed 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine and 3.5-liter V6 Multi-stage Hybrid System, both with high-level output and environmental performance, were selected as powertrains suitable for a flagship sedan.

    3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine
    - Lexus' first 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine is exceptionally quiet yet provides exhilarating acceleration based on its linear torque characteristics. Rapid combustion has been achieved by such measures as optimizing the bore-and-stroke ratio, improving air intake and strengthening airflow within the engine's combustion chambers. And world-class thermal efficiency, made possible by combining the engine with high-efficiency twin turbochargers, results in world-class thermal efficiency for high output and excellent fuel efficiency.
    - The Direct Shift-10AT automatic transmission provides world-class rhythmical gear changes due to its gear-changing speed and performance that responds directly to accelerator pedal operation, made possible by actively selecting the optimal gear by reading driver intention based on driver operation.

    3.5-liter V6 Multi-stage Hybrid System
    - The Multi-stage Hybrid System is a breakthrough technology that combines stepped gears and the Lexus hybrid system newly developed for the LC 500h luxury coupe. It provides strong driving force from low speeds for powerful performance by controlling the output of both the high-revolution 3.5-liter V6 engine and the electric drive motor. Additionally, by selecting an operating point for high system efficiency from the low-speed range to the high-speed range and, thus, expanding the range of EV driving, the system achieves both an emotional driving experience and highly fuel-efficient and pleasant cruising.
    - Adjustments in engine revolutions faithfully in line with the intentions of the driver and highly responsive motor assist are made possible by 10-gear-change control regardless of the driving situation, creating a direct acceleration sensation perfectly linked to pedal operation. The result is a new hybrid system in which engine revolutions match the feeling of acceleration for stress-free and smooth driving performance.

    GA-L platform
    - With the GA-L platform as the foundation, efforts were made to achieve the ideal inertia factor. While aluminum was extensively used, heavy components such as the engine were positioned near the center of the vehicle body and weight was distributed throughout the front and rear, with the overall aim of achieving lightness and the ideal height of the center of gravity for a sedan. Furthermore, superb steering response and maneuvering stability were achieved by placing emphasis on high rigidity, such as by increasing the torsional rigidity of the vehicle body.
    - The characteristics of the bushings used in the high-mount, multilink suspension (front) and multilink suspension (rear) developed for the GA-L platform have been improved and a newly developed air suspension has been used for superb maneuvering stability and high-quality riding comfort.
    - The quietness for which the LS is known has been further advanced by the use of, among others, a hood silencer featuring a new type of urethane material and a three-layer dashboard silencer, the optimal placement of sound-absorption and sound-proofing materials, and the use of flush-surface windows, which reduce the unevenness between the side-window glass and the door frames.

    "F SPORT"
    - To achieve driving performance that only the "F SPORT" can offer, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management integrates control of Variable Gear Ratio Steering(6), Electric Power Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering(6). In addition to use of the Lexus Dynamic Handling system(6), coordinated control of active stabilizers(7) allows enhanced integrated control of both vehicle roll and upward and downward movement. This results in a level vehicle posture and a high-quality riding comfort and provides superb steering response and peace of mind regardless of the driving situation.
    - Exclusive 20-inch ventilated disc brakes and 20-inch wheels with run-flat tires (with different sizes for the front and the rear(8) provide superb maneuvering stability.

    Comfort features for distinctive Lexus Omotenashi hospitality
    - The seats provide a refresh function(9) in the form of built-in air bladders that press on the back and thighs, with an available selection of pressing strength and patterns helping refresh the mind and body. Additionally, the rear seats come with an exclusive heater(10) that enables area-specific heating for relaxing comfort. And aiming at comfort during even long drives, while offering high-level holding characteristics regardless of the physique of the driver, a 28-way adjustable front power seat(11), for each the driver and the passenger, allows minute adjustments for optimal support.
    - In the rear, an ergonomically designed 22-way adjustable rear power seat(12) with a footrest can be minutely adjusted for a relaxing position as well as for ease of ingress and egress. Furthermore, the hitherto control switches have been incorporated into a touch-sensitive, rear multi-operation panel(13) built into the rear center armrest that includes audio, air conditioning, seat, relaxation and lighting controls with easy-to-understand graphics for a direct operational feel.
    - The Lexus Climate Concierge, which conducts integrated control of heating and cooling by detecting the body temperatures of vehicle occupants, now features infrared sensors that measure body surface temperatures in the front seats(13), as opposed to only in the left and right rear seats as was the case before, to provide the most-comfortable interior climate conditions for each vehicle occupant.
    - The electronically controlled air suspension, by raising the vehicle as much as 30 mm during ingress and egress, makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. The front seats feature easy-access buckles(13) for smooth vehicle entrance and exit by raising the receiving end of the seatbelt buckle when the door opens and lowering it once the seatbelt is fastened.
    - The Hybrid Navigation System, which features an ultra-wide 12.3-inch display, uses both onboard and data cloud-based resources for when searching for driving routes. Optimal routes for the shortest traveling time to designated destinations, based on the latest traffic information from the associated data center, are sent to the onboard navigation unit. A hybrid voice-recognition function automatically assigns recognition of verbal commands to either the onboard unit or the data cloud depending on the situation in which they are given for a more-natural operational experience. And a new-generation touch-sensitive remote control provides a high level of operability.
    - The sound system produces life-like vocals and abundant and strong bass. An optional newly developed Mark Levinson Reference 3D Surround Sound System(14) has 23 speakers, including ceiling speakers, achieving the realistic sensation of being in a concert hall.
    - In addition to a hands-free power trunk lid(11), which allows the trunk to be opened and closed even when both of the user's hands are occupied by slipping a foot underneath the rear bumper and withdrawing it, for added convenience, a shift-lever-operated, rear seat automatic reclining (rearward visibility) function(13) allows the driver to keep the eyes on the road while reclining the rear seats to expand rearward vision when the rear seats are not occupied.

    Lexus Safety System + A active safety package and other advanced safety technologies

    As a flagship pioneering a new age and aiming for the best safety performance in the world, the new LS unstintingly employs the latest in active safety technologies. Not only have improvements been made to the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and other features of the Lexus Safety System+(15) active safety package, which is based on the Integrated Safety Management Concept(16) and has a proven track record, grouped together with such are the latest active safety technologies and Lexus CoDrive, which is an advanced driving assist technology. Furthermore, a large head-up display (HUD) and a multi-information display notify the driver of assist status, making support intuitively easy to understand.

    New advanced active safety technologies

    - Pre-Collision System (with Pedestrian Alert and Active Steering Assist)(18)

    In addition to the conventional Pre-Collision System, which supports collision prevention and damage reduction through alerts, Pre-collision Brake Assist and Pre-collision Braking, the new LS is equipped with the world's first(19) large, color HUD that specifies the direction of the presence of pedestrians for more-intuitive pedestrian alerts, as well as with Active Steering Assist, which automatically controls steering and braking.

    - Active Steering Assist determines when there is a high possibility of collision with a pedestrian in the lane of travel or with a continuous structure, such as a guardrail, and if the system also determines that it is difficult to avoid a collision with brake control alone but that it might be avoided with steering control, the system assists in collision prevention or damage reduction through automatic steering control in addition to activating an alert and applying the brakes.

    Pre-Collision System

    Lexus CoDrive advanced driving assist technology that can lead to automated driving(18)

    Lexus CoDrive adds Lane Change Assist to the basic functions of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist to provide steering support that is in line with the intentions of the driver and lane-changing support on highways or motor-vehicle-only roadways. By providing seamless driving support on roads with many curves or in traffic jams, Lexus CoDrive largely decreases driver burden. It coordinates with the LS's large HUD and multi-information display to clearly notify the driver of the state of support provided.

    Lane Tracing Assist(18)

    Lane Tracing Assist provides lane-keeping support by way of steering control when Adaptive Cruise Control is in operation. In addition to lane line detection by way of a camera, tracing of the path of the vehicle ahead enables assistance even when lane lines cannot be recognized, such as in low-speed driving in congestion when there is little distance to the preceding vehicle. If the speed of entering a curve is found, based on navigation data, to be too fast, the driver is alerted by way of the LS' HUD and multi-information display, and the vehicle is automatically slowed down.

    Lane Change Assist (18)

    Lane Change Assist, which uses driver manipulation of the turning signal as a cue to activate, supports lane changes by monitoring the surrounding road environment and, at the appropriate timing, controls steering, as well as acceleration and deceleration.

    - Driver Emergency Stop Assist (coordinated with Lane Tracing Assist)(18)

    If non-operation by the driver continues during use of Lane Tracing Assist on a motor-vehicle-only roadway, Driver Emergency Stop Assist supports the driver through audio and visual alerts and gentle deceleration. It then activates the vehicle's hazard lamps and horn to alert those outside the vehicle to help prevent or reduce damage to the vehicle or to others, while slowing and eventually stopping the vehicle within its lane. After stopping, it unlocks doors and activates an automatic HELPNET connection for a rescue request, contributing to early driver rescue.

    - Two-stage Adaptive High-beam System(18)

    With eight LED lights at the top and 16 below (on each side), the Two-stage Adaptive High-beam System provides optimal lighting by way of separate on/off control of each row of LEDs, enabling finer control of light strength and distance compared to the existing LED-based Adaptive High-beam System. This allows higher frequency of high-beam driving and the illumination of road signs without blinding preceding or oncoming vehicles, thus contributing to improved nighttime visibility. It also provides excellent lateral visibility by simultaneously turning on the left and right LED cornering lamps when the vehicle is traveling at low speeds, such as during departure, thus supporting confirmation of the presence of pedestrians.

    - Front Cross Traffic Alert(18)

    To help prevent collisions at intersections, Front Cross Traffic Alert is meant to detect forward cross-traffic vehicles. It uses forward direction radar and is the first in the world(19) to alert drivers of the direction from which a cross-traffic vehicle is approaching the immediate intersection. Alerts are displayed using the LS' large HUD. If the vehicle proceeds regardless of the presence of an approaching vehicle in cross traffic, warnings are also issued by a buzzer and the LS' multi-information display.

    - Road Sign Assist(18)

    Road Sign Assist acquires road sign information using a camera and navigation maps and then displays such using the LS' HUD and multi-information display, thus reducing driver failure to recognize signs and encouraging safe driving.

    Other active safety technologies

    - Parking support brakes (stationary objects, vehicles approaching in the rear, pedestrians in the rear)(18)

    Parking support brakes in the form of low-speed braking support systems aim to prevent the various types of accidents that can occur when parking, during which considerations include moving vehicles and pedestrians, walls and other stationary objects, perimeter checks and complicated driving operations. The already commercialized Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake are meant to help reduce damage from collisions with walls and other stationary objects, as well as with vehicles approaching from the rear. Additionally, in the new LS and as a world's first(19), braking support is provided to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians behind the vehicle. In this new feature, a rear camera is used to detect pedestrians, and, in the case of a possible collision, alerts are issued and the brakes are controlled to help minimize damage.

    - Panoramic View Monitor (with side clearance view and cornering view functions)(20)

    Side clearance view and cornering view functions have been added to the Panoramic View Monitor, which supports periphery safety checks. Side clearance view produces an image on the LS' ultra-wide 12.3-inch display of the area in front of the car as if it were seen from an elevated point at the rear of the car, helping the driver confirm safety on the sides of the vehicle when passing by another vehicle on a narrow road or when moving toward the shoulder of the road to allow passage. When side clearance view is in operation, cornering view automatically produces an image of the vehicle as viewed from the rear at an angle in line with driving operation during cornering. These assist in confirming safety when making left or right turns on narrow roads and in preventing the driving up onto curbs when departing the roadway.

    - Digital Rear-View Mirror(21)

    The Digital Rear-View Mirror, which shows the image captured by a rear camera on a display in the rear-view mirror, was developed as a driving support device. Operation of a lever switches the display between optical mirror mode and digital mirror mode. In addition to making rear safety checks possible by producing an image without objects that obstruct the view, such as the heads of rear-seat passengers, etc., it contributes to helping maintain visibility at night, as well as when the rear-window sunshade is in use, and to protecting the privacy of rear-seat passengers.

    (1) The LS 500 is scheduled to start sales on December 18.
    (2) Manufacturer's suggested retail price, excluding recycling fees
    (3) Styling that features three windows on each side of a vehicle for a total of six side windows
    (4) Art Wood (Organic) is optional on the "EXECUTIVE", "version L", and "I package" grades; Art Wood (Herringbone) is optional on the "EXECUTIVE" and "version L" grades.
    (5) Optional on "EXECUTIVE" grade
    (6) Standard on 2WD versions
    (7) Standard on 2WD version of LS 500 "F SPORT"
    (8) Front: 245/45 RF20; rear: 275/40 RF20
    (9) Standard on "EXECUTIVE" grade (front/rear) and "version L" grade (front)
    (10) Standard on "EXECUTIVE" grade
    (11) Standard on "EXECUTIVE", "version L" and "F SPORT" grades
    (12) Standard on rear left seat on "EXECUTIVE" grade; 16-way adjustable power seat without footrest standard for rear right seat
    (13) Standard on "EXECUTIVE" and "version L" grades
    (14) Standard on "EXECUTIVE" grade; optional on standard specifications of "version L", "F SPORT" and "I package" grades
    (15) Standard on standard specification vehicles
    (16) The concept of integrating a vehicle's individual safety technologies and systems to provide a more-advanced level of support to drivers in all driving situations
    (17) Standard on "EXECUTIVE", "version L", "F SPORT" and "I package" grades
    (18) Road conditions, operational status and weather can lead to system non-activation.
    (19) As of October 2017 (according to Lexus survey)
    (20) Three-dimensional objects such as people and obstacles can appear differently than their actual state. Vehicle operation should be done in coordination with direct confirmation of vehicle peripheral safety and without overreliance on images shown on the display monitor.
    (21) Standard on "EXECUTIVE" and "version L" grades; optional on "F SPORT" and "I package" grades

    About LEXUS

    Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service. Lexus is the hybrid leader among luxury brands, offering hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and premier luxury. The evolution of Lexus is reflected in the progressive designs of its new vehicles. The grille, dynamic light treatments, and sculptured lines create a distinctive look of luxury for Lexus. For more information, please visit and

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    Perth, Kuala Lumpur and Ontario, Oct 19, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Australian Securities Exchange-listed food ingredient specialist Holista CollTech Ltd (ASX: HCT, "Holista") announced today that it has developed a breakthrough noodle formula certified to have a low Glycemic Index ("GI") - opening a major market for a healthier version of the staple which is vital in the global fight against diabetes and obesity.

    The noodles developed by Holista's Buffalo, New York-based U.S. subsidiary of Holista Foods Inc. ("Holista Foods"), recorded a GI reading of 38 in independent tests conducted by Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc, Toronto, Canada. The global average GI reading for noodles is 60.

    The GI reading indicates the rate in which foods containing carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels in humans, with a lower score indicating healthier food. More than 100 million adult Americans suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 11 million Canadians are living with the disease.

    The Diabetes Canada has endorsed Holista Foods' low-GI noodle formula as having met the latter's dietary guidelines. Holista Foods is allowed to display the Diabetes Canada logo on its product.

    In addition to the low GI reading of 38, each 85 gram serving of noodles contains 11 grams of protein, three grams of fibre, zero sugar, low sodium, low cholesterol and clean label ingredients (no artificial ingredients or preservatives) and cooks in just three minutes.

    Holista Foods will showcase the low-GI noodles at the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Chicago, Illinois, from October 21-24, and at the 2017 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 1-4.

    According to market research group Statista, nearly half the world's wheat is consumed as noodles, with China and Indonesia topping the list while a quarter is consumed as bread. The U.S. noodle market is worth US$270 million. The World Instant Noodles Association reports that global demand for instant noodles has declined from 106 billion servings in 2013 to 97.5 billion servings in 2016 as consumers continue to reduce the amount of processed foods, especially carbohydrates, from their diet.

    The availability of low-GI noodles will provide consumers with a healthier option that does not compromise the taste and texture of the product. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit report on "Tackling obesity in ASEAN (South-East Asian Nations)", a low-GI diet was found to be the most effective among food-based interventions.

    Holista Foods, headed by CEO, Ms Nadja Piatka, who has supplied healthier baked goods to major fast-food chains such as McDonald's and Subway, had announced in September 2016 its research efforts to develop the world's first low-GI noodles using Holista's low-GI ingredient, a patented formula that includes extracts of okra, dhal (lentils), barley and fenugreek.

    Holista, a research-driven biotechnology and food ingredients company with operations in Australia and Malaysia, said it expects to conclude the first order for its low-GI noodles by November 2017.

    In January 2016 Holista unveiled PANATURA(R)GI a patented formula co-developed with Veripan AG of Switzerland that achieved the world's lowest GI reading for clean-label flour-based bread. This product is in the late stage of commercialisation.

    Holista Foods is also researching to develop low-GI mixes for muffins, cakes, cookies and pancakes. Holista has also commenced research on a low-GI formula for sugar.

    Nadja Piatka, CEO of Holista Foods, said: "The fight against obesity and diabetes can be won with simple strategies such as empowering customers with better products. We are proud to make delicious, natural and healthier noodles widely available. In North America, there is a strong demand for noodles and healthier food options which do not compromise taste and texture. We are excited to roll-out the world's first clean label low-GI noodles in time for Diabetes Awareness Month in November, and World Diabetes Day on November 14."

    Dr. Rajen Manicka, Chairman and CEO of Holista, said: "After the global launch of our low-GI bread formula we are excited with this breakthrough for noodles, a food staple widely consumed across Asia and the world. The implications for the noodle market and for the global battle against obesity could be significant."

    About Holista CollTech Ltd

    Holista CollTech Ltd ("Holista") is a research-driven biotech company and is the result of the merger of Holista Biotech Sdn Bhd and CollTech Australia Ltd. Headquartered in Perth with extensive operations in Malaysia, Holista is dedicated to delivering first-class natural ingredients and wellness products.

    Holista, listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, researches, develops, manufactures and markets "health-style" products to address the unmet and growing needs of natural medicine. It is the only company to produce sheep (ovine) collagen using patented extraction methods, and is on track in nanonizing and encapsulating liposomes for the ovine collagen. Holista has suite of ingredients that is capable of serving the industry to provide low-GI baked products, low sodium salt, low fat fried foods and low calories sugar without compromise in taste, odour and mouth feel. For more information on Holista:

    About Holista Foods, Inc.

    Holista Foods is dedicated to developing and delivering clean label ingredients, finished food products and recipe development. The company specializes in next generation food research and development for improved taste and nutritional value.

    Under the leadership of Nadja Piatka, Holista Foods is embracing a philosophy of providing great tasting, nutritional food products that will be readily available to all consumers. Nadja's original passion of providing healthy food products to consumers has carried over to low GI food innovations for an even healthier nutritional outcome.

    Holista Foods is 74%-owned by Holista Colltech's 54%-held U.S. subsidiary LiteFoods of which it owns 53%. The remaining shares in Holista Foods are controlled by Nadja Piatka and Nadja Foods. Holista Foods, Inc. is based in Buffalo NY. For more information on Holista Foods, Inc., please visit

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    Bi-directional charger and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    TOKYO, Oct 19, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces the implementation of a 'Vehicle-to-Grid' (V2G) pilot, with the first charge point(1) already being utilized with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's in-vehicle storage batteries. Using V2G-technology, peak demand on the electricity grid can be better balanced, by allowing electric vehicles to not just take power from the grid, but also return it to the network and expect to introduce a new potential earnings model for electric drivers. MMC joins forces with NewMotion, one of Europe's largest providers of smart charging solutions for electric driving, grid operator TenneT in Netherlands, and Nuvve a worldwide leader in V2G technology and grid service deployments.

    In this demonstration, MMC will provide services for capacity reserve and balancing services(2) by utilizing charging infrastructure of NewMotion and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV parked at home or at work-place in the city of Amsterdam linked to Nuvve's Grid Integrated Vehicle platform (GIVe). There are more than 25 thousands of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs available in the Netherlands.

    In Europe, the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 has resulted in the acceleration of initiatives to facilitate a low-carbon society, including the aggressive promotion of environmentally-friendly policies aimed at achieving renewable targets. As solar, wind and other renewable sources, which are intermittent, replace fossil fuels as a source of energy and enter mainstream power grids, stabilizing the power supply also poses a challenge.

    Besides, both UK and France governments have plans to prohibit the sale of fossil fuel vehicles from 2040, and the flow of electricity is accelerating. Hence, a new mechanism to reduce the burden on charging electricity infrastructure is required.

    MMC will verify the technology of V2G through this demonstration and aim to create new value and business opportunities utilizing electric cars / vehicle storage batteries.
    Bi-directional charger and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    (1) Transmission system operators (TSOs) in Europe are required to secure a certain number of capacity reserves in order to prepare for sudden power loss or extensive blackout. Capacity reserves are procured through market transactions. The services offered on the market vary according to degree of urgency and duration of charge / discharge.
    (2) Charge points provided by multinational energy corporation Enel.

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the sixth largest automaker in Japan and the sixteenth largest in the world. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. From October 2016, Mitsubishi is one-third owned by Nissan, and a part of the Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi Alliance. For more information, please visit

    Mitsubishi Motors Public Relations Department +81-3-6852-4275

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    Universal Medical 2017 Smile Stroke Conference and the 10th Sino-U.S. Cerebrovascular Disease Forum
    HONG KONG, Oct 19, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Universal Medical Financial & Technical Advisory Services Company Limited ("Universal Medical", Stock Code: 2666.HK) held 2017 Smile Stroke Conference and the 10th Sino-U.S. Cerebrovascular Disease Forum in Tianjin during Oct 18-20, 2017. Supported by Stroke Management and Guidance Committee under NHFPC, the conference is also co-sponsored by Tianjin Huanhu Hospital and Neurosurgery Committee under Tianjin Association of Physicians.

    Numbers of reputed experts were invited to the conference, i.e., Mr. Wang Longde, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, deputy director of Stroke Committee under NHFPC and director of Stroke Management and Guidance Committee, Mr. Wang Jinhuan, deputy-director of Stroke Management and Guidance Committee, Mr. Liu Yuanli, director of Public Health School, Union Medical University, and other academic leaders from domestic and overseas institutions like Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Xuanwu Hospital, PKU People's Hospital, Fuwai Hospital, Tianjin Huanhu Hospital, NY Northwell Group as well as Houston Methodist Hospital in the U.S.. Over 500 experts from domestic hospitals had in-depth discussions on the latest research results of stroke prevention and treatment.

    Promote Stroke Projects with Key SOE

    Cerebral vascular accident, also known as stroke, ranks top in the death causes and adult disability in China. Stroke prevention and treatment has already been a major national health project which draws a lot of concern. The 2017 Smile Stroke Conference combines government and key state-owned enterprise to jointly promote smile projects all over the country.

    Mr. Wang Longde addressed the conference. He said, Stroke Committee had started stroke center establishment projects ever since 2013 and up to now, 122 Class III hospitals from over 20 provinces have been selected to be advanced stroke centers (including establishment units), which laid a solid foundation for regional stroke center network establishment. Stroke prevention and treatment, he also stated, as a long-term systemized livelihood project, has received attention and support from all walks of life. Universal Medical, as a key SOE, has taken the lead and worked hard in stroke projects for years and cooperated with Sino-U.S. Stroke Group to initiate Smile Project in 2011 to promote stroke prevention and treatment in primary hospitals. Since 2016, Universal Medical has also established China Stroke Prevention and Treatment Training Platform to introduce stroke clinical diagnosis and treatment technology, especially brought in multi-disciplinary coordination models for hospital clinical department upgrade, which indeed played a significant role in China stroke prevention and treatment development.

    Universal Medical: Ten Years of Efforts for Stroke Project

    Chronic non-infectious disease (NCD) has resulted in 85% death toll and 70% disease burden in heavily-populated China. Universal medical has been proactive in implementing national policies and stuck to its social responsibility and promise as a key SOE to make more contributions to national healthcare development.

    Along with the progress of national healthcare reform, Universal Medical has integrated national healthcare concept into corporate strategy as early as 2008. Stroke project became the most important service item of the company for its severity in morbidity, disability rate, death rate, recurrence rate as well as economic burden. Universal Medical provides integrated services to partnered hospitals including support in technology, management, training, equipment and financing for better clinical department management and multi-discipline coordination models.

    Up to now, Universal Medical has established cooperative relationship with hundreds of hospitals from over 20 provinces and finished 5 modeling centers in Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Maoming People's Hospital, Wuzhong People's Hospital, Rizhao Hospital of TCM and Ankang Central Hospital. Maoming People's Hospital, as an advanced stroke center, has been on the top 100 list of national advanced stroke centers for months during 2017.

    Mr. Guo Weiping, CEO of Universal Medical, said that in future the company would accelerate the establishment of stroke project network and medical alliance according to the long-term plan of the State Council and help achieve the goal to make stroke centers cover over 60% counties, 80% cities and 100% provinces by 2020 for better stroke prevention and treatment for Chinese.

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    HONG KONG, Oct 19, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - CASBAA, the leading Asian trade body serving the Pay-TV industry, today announced formation of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), a major initiative to coordinate industry resources in the fight against rampant content theft. It also announced the appointment of Neil Gane, an industry veteran in content protection, as the General Manager of CAP. Gane will direct CAP enforcement actions to disrupt, diminish and dismantle pirate enterprises across the region.

    The Coalition Against Piracy includes leading video content creators and distributors in Asia. Members are: beIN Sports, CASBAA, The Walt Disney Company, Fox Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association, PCCW Media, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

    John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer at CASBAA, said, "One of CASBAA's primary missions is to bring our members together to join the global fight against content theft. That's what we are doing in establishing the CAP. CAP will focus on addressing the growing threat of illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and apps, which facilitate massive piracy of movies, sports, TV series and other creative video content. This does great harm to the content creation and distribution industries in Asia, as well as the millions of people who work in the creative economy around the world".

    "The Asia Pacific region has some of the worst rates of online piracy in the world", said Gane. Formerly with the Hong Kong Police, he has worked on content protection issues for more than a dozen years. He noted that the unprecedented growth in delivery of legal creative content over global broadband networks is being undermined by a surge in the sale of TV boxes with pre-loaded infringing applications.

    Online video and broadband distribution has the potential to be a massive economic growth engine in Asia with analysts forecasting market growth of more than 20% over the next five years, benefiting consumers and creators of quality video content within Asia and around the world. But this growth potential is threatened by piracy.

    In the past two years there have been many new roll-outs of online content services across the Asia Pacific region, by existing players as well as new ones. Unfortunately, the likelihood of success for legitimate online content suppliers is severely reduced by online access to pirated content, resulting in the expectation of many consumers to get "something for nothing".

    "The prevalence of ISDs across Asia is staggering. The criminals who operate the ISD networks and the pirate websites are profiting from the hard work of talented creators, seriously damaging the legitimate content ecosystem as well as exposing consumers to dangerous malware", said Gane.

    "Current legal frameworks are not adequate to handle this newly-enabled crime", said Medeiros. "Consumers are offered huge content bundles from overseas, as if they were legal. But receiving stolen content is wrong, and the fundamental purpose of an ISD network - with an innocent-looking box as its home node - is to monetise this redistribution of content without any recompense to those who worked to produce it."

    "This is a highly organised transnational crime", agreed Gane, "with criminal syndicates profiting enormously at the expense of consumers as well as content creators".

    Mitigating the piracy threat requires international cooperation, added Medeiros, and CASBAA has established CAP to provide added support for the content and distribution companies in the world-wide fight against piracy. CAP intends to join hands with similar initiatives under way in other parts of the world, including with the newly-formed Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and in Europe where a separate coalition of broadcasters and content creators initiated by BBC and the Motion Picture Association has made great strides in information sharing and coordination.

    "We are excited about the launch of CAP in Asia to enhance collaboration between different segments of the industry - distributors, aggregators and creators - and to complement the other country specific and global initiatives in place and starting to show results. Collaboration is key and we look forward to the success of this new program", stated CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter.

    CAP will be officially launched at the forthcoming CASBAA Convention 2017, 6-8 November, at Studio City Macau, as a highlight of its robust Policy & Anti-Piracy conference track.

    About CASBAA

    Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA's members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. For more information, visit

    CASBAA Tel: +852 2854 9913

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    - Firmus is derived from the Latin word signifying Stability, Strength, and Steadfastness, which embodies the firm's fundamental characteristics
    - Firmus Capital to start operations 1 November, led by dynamic team of investment professionals with strong track record in asset management

    SINGAPORE, Oct 19, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - Lim Su Kiat, co-founder of Rockworth Capital Partners Pte Ltd ("RCP"), has formed a new investment management company Firmus Capital Pte Ltd ("Firmus Capital"), which will start operations on 1 November 2017.

    The establishment of Firmus Capital follows a shareholder-led review of RCP's investor strategy, where it was decided that a separate, independent investment management company would be set up to provide a dedicated investment and asset management platform to manage the capital of family office investors, create long-term value and better align investors' investment objectives.

    Firmus Capital, with a focus on real estate and an initial portfolio of Australian commercial assets transferred from RCP, is led by a dynamic and capable team of investment management professionals with a strong track record in investment and asset management, and deep local market knowledge of the markets it is invested in.

    Keith Ong, ex-Investment Director at RCP, is now Firmus Capital's Head of Investment Management and Capital Transactions, and he will lead the investment and asset management team in Singapore and Australia. Elicia Chua, former Finance Manager at RCP, assumes the role of Fund Controller and will support the finance reporting, treasury and tax functions at Firmus Capital.

    Mr Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Firmus Capital said, "We are excited to announce the launch of Firmus Capital, an investment management firm with a key focus on real estate. Firmus is derived from the Latin word signifying Stability, Strength, and Steadfastness; and embodies the characteristics that are relevant and true to our business. We believe that our strong investment track record and experience in managing private capital gives us a strong foundation to better meet the needs and objectives of our investors. We thank our investors and business partners for their continued support and look forward to an exciting future ahead."

    About Firmus Capital

    Singapore-based Firmus Capital is an investment management company with a key focus on direct real estate investments. Firmus Capital has an active portfolio of commercial assets in Australia including landmark properties such as Phoenix Shopping Centre. The team comprises of dynamic and capable investment management professionals with domain knowledge in real estate investments and asset management. We offer comprehensive asset and investment management solutions, working closely with our investors to provide tailored investment solutions that are aligned with their risk profiles and investment objectives across different asset classes and markets.

    Mr Lim Su Kiat, CEO of Firmus Capital, brings with him more than 15 years of experience in real estate fund management for private equity and listed REITs in Asia. Since co-founding RCP in 2011, Mr Lim raised over S$400 million in private equity from family offices and corporate investors, and invested in excess of S$800 million into retail and office real estate assets. Prior to RCP, Mr Lim was with Frasers Centrepoint Commercial, and was involved in capital market transactions in excess of S$650 million for Frasers Centrepoint Group's retail and commercial REITs. In 2006, Mr Lim joined Allco Finance Group, a Sydney headquartered integrated Investments & Funds Management firm, and was involved in direct real estate origination and capital transactions in excess of S$1.5 billion across Asia including Japan and Australia for Allco REIT, a Pan-Asian commercial REIT, on the SGX. Mr Lim started his career in real estate at Urbis, a leading Melbourne based property economics advisory firm and holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia.

    Mr Keith Ong, Firmus Capital's Head of Investment Management and Capital Transactions, has over 17 years of real estate fund management experience across various key cities in Asia and Australia. He has been actively involved in real estate investments throughout his career and has transacted in excess of US$1.7 billion across various asset classes from opportunistic to core mandates. Mr Ong was formerly the Investment Director at RCP and was involved in asset management and deal execution at ARA, Singapore's largest private equity real estate firm. Mr Ong began his career in JTC Corporation and was involved in the acquisition of industrial properties in Singapore. Mr Ong graduated from Cambridge University with a MPhil and BSc (Real Estate) (2nd Upper Honours) from National University of Singapore.

    For more information, please contact:
    Mr Lim Su Kiat
    Chief Executive Officer
    DID: +65 6709 5799

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    - Concise Presentation of Summary of Management Reforms in Recent Years and Efforts toward ESG -

    TOKYO, Oct 20, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has published its "MHI Report 2017," an integrated report that focuses on presenting MHI's approach to value creation and progress in management reform to a wide range of stakeholders including shareholders and investors in a simple format. This is based on the company's ongoing strategic restructuring of its unique diversity of business, products and human resources that it has cultivated towards diversity that more closely meets the needs of society today in the rapidly changing global environment.

    The report summarizes management reforms in recent years and MHI's vision for the future from the viewpoints of "Management Strategies," "Value Creation through Our Business," and "Corporate Governance" and includes messages from senior management.

    In April this year MHI moved from its previous four domain structure to the three domain structure of "Power Systems," "Industry & Infrastructure," and "Aircraft, Defense & Space" with the aim of promoting group synergy and accelerating reform of the commercial aircraft and commercial ship business. In light of this, the report touches on the relationship between the business activities each domain handles and the aspects of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) and discusses aiming for medium- to long-term growth while adapting to global society.

    Moreover, in order to depict the real picture of MHI's efforts to evolve into a truly global company in a more multifaceted manner, the report also includes messages based on the experiences and specialized fields of individuals on how MHI is seen from the perspective of outside directors.

    MHI will convey its value and direction to a wide range of stakeholders through the publication of this report, which covers both financial and non-financial information.

    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:
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA:

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

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    TOKYO, Oct 20, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that its Advanced Driver Assistance System Electronic Control Unit (ADAS ECU) was selected for use in Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.'s upgraded Note, which commenced sales in September 2017.

    ADAS ECUs are core products of ADAS, and feature various integrated ADAS features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning systems, all within a single controller.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems' ADAS ECU was developed based on the drive control technology accumulated through the development of the Engine Control Unit(1) first installed in Nissan's 2009 Fuga, and thereafter equipped in several mass-produced vehicles. It has been used in Nissan's Note since 2013.

    The upgraded Nissan Notes features several advanced safety technologies as either optional or standard features. These include Intelligent Cruise Control designed to mitigate the load on drivers when driving long distances on expressways, a Lane Departure Warning System (Intelligent LI) that assists drivers in returning the vehicle to its travelling lane in case of an unintentional lane departure, and a Collision Mitigation avoidance assistance for drivers who accidentally press the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. Hitachi Automotive Systems supports all these functions with its ADAS ECU.

    With the enhancement of these advanced safety technologies, Nissan Motor's upgraded Note now places in the Safety Support Car S Wide Division, the top class of a safety classification system promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

    Moving forward, Hitachi Automotive Systems will continue to support the practical application and increased adoption of ADAS-equipped vehicles produced by automotive manufacturers.

    (1) Engine Control Unit: A controller that, when controlling the engine using supporting electrical devices, comprehensively controls those parts and devices.

    About Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is engaged in the development, manufacture, sales and services of automotive components, transportation related components, industrial machines and systems, and offers a wide range of automotive systems including engine management systems, electric power train systems, drive control systems and car information systems. For more information, please visit the company's website at

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

    Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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