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    For Fycompa as Treatment for Pediatric Patients with Epilepsy

    TOKYO, Apr 2, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. has announced that it has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Eisai's anti-epileptic drug (AED) Fycompa (perampanel) seeking approval for an indication expansion to cover pediatric patients with epilepsy.

    This sNDA aims to expand the indication for Fycompa in the United States, which currently covers monotherapy and adjunctive use in the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older, to also include children with epilepsy 2 years of age and older. Based on data accumulated to date, the sNDA also seeks to potentially expand the pediatric indication to include children 2 years of age and older for the treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

    Fycompa has been approved in over 55 countries in the world as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) as well as primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In the United States, Fycompa has also been approved as monotherapy use for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures).

    This application was based on the interim results of a Phase III clinical study (Study 311) as well as the results from a Phase II clinical study (Study 232). Both studies suggested the safety and efficacy of adjunctive treatment with Fycompa was similar between adult and pediatric patients.

    Study 311 evaluated the safety, tolerability and exposure-efficacy relationship of Fycompa when administered as an adjunctive therapy in children (ages 4 to less than 12 years) with inadequately controlled partial onset seizures or primary generalized tonic clonic seizures. Study 232 is evaluated the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and long-term safety of Fycompa when given as an adjunctive therapy in pediatric subjects from 2 to less than 12 years of age with epilepsy.

    Furthermore, regarding the pediatric indication for Fycompa, Eisai has received from the FDA a Written Request for pediatric studies, which means that Priority Review designation is possible.
    Fycompa is a first-in-class AED discovered at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories. It is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation associated with seizures by targeting glutamate activity at postsynaptic AMPA receptors.

    Epilepsy affects approximately 2.9 million people in the United States, 1 million people in Japan, 6 million people in Europe, and approximately 60 million people worldwide. While epilepsy affects people of all ages, incidence is particularly high among children and the elderly. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,(1) this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Eisai considers neurology a therapeutic area of focus, and together with the worldwide provision of Fycompa, seeks to further contribute to addressing the diverse needs of, as well as increasing the benefits provided to, patients with epilepsy and their families.

    About Fycompa (perampanel)

    Fycompa is a first-in-class AED discovered and developed by Eisai. With epileptic seizures being mediated by the neurotransmitter glutamate, the agent is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation associated with seizures by targeting glutamate activity at postsynaptic AMPA receptors. Fycompa is available in tablet form to be taken once daily orally at bedtime. In addition, a new oral suspension formulation has been approved and is being marketed in the United States.

    Fycompa is currently approved in more than 55 countries and territories, including Japan, the United States, and in Europe as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In addition, Fycompa has been approved in more than 45 countries, including Japan, the United States, and in Europe as an adjunctive therapy for primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older.

    Fycompa is also indicated in the United States for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) and the adjunctive treatment of PGTC in patients with epilepsy aged 12 and older. Furthermore, Eisai is conducting respective global Phase III studies for the agent in pediatric patients with partial-onset seizures or PGTC seizures and in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Additionally, a Phase III study as monotherapy for partial-onset seizures is being conducted in Japan.

    For further information on Fycompa in the United States, including Important Safety Information, please visit the Fycompa product website (https://fycompa.com).

    About Study 311

    Study 311 is a global (United States, Europe, Japan, Asia) multicenter, open-label, single-arm trial with an extension phase to evaluate the safety, tolerability and exposure-efficacy relationship of Fycompa oral suspension when administered as an adjunctive therapy in approximately 160 pediatric patients (ages 4 to less than 12 years) with inadequately controlled partial-onset seizures or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

    Following the 23 week treatment phase in which patients are titrated to receive 2 to 16 mg of Fycompa orally once-daily, long term safety will be assessed during an extension phase. In Japan, pediatric patients with partial-onset seizures will be titrated to receive 2 to 12 mg of Fycompa orally once-daily. The adverse events (>/=10% in the perampanel arms) observed in Study 311 were somnolence, nasopharyngitis, dizziness, irritability.

    About Study 232

    Study 232 was a global (United States, Europe), multicenter, open-label, long-term administration clinical study in approximately 63 pediatric patients with epilepsy (ages 2 to less than 12). The study evaluated the pharmacokinetics, safety, tolerability and efficacy of Fycompa oral suspension taken at the same time as other AEDs. Administration of once-daily Fycompa was titrated from 0.015 mg/kg to 0.18 mg/kg, and long-term safety was confirmed after 11 weeks of treatment and an extension phase (41 weeks). The adverse events (>/= 10% in the perampanel arms) observed in Study 232 were pyrexia, fatigue, vomiting, irritability, somnolence, dizziness, upper respiratory tract infection.

    About Epilepsy

    Epilepsy affects approximately 2.9 million people in the United States, 1 million people in Japan, 6 million people in Europe, and approximately 60 million people worldwide. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,1 this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Epilepsy is broadly categorized by seizure type, with partial-onset seizures accounting for approximately 60% of epilepsy cases and generalized seizures accounting for approximately 40%. In a partial-onset seizure, an abnormal electrical disturbance occurs in a limited area of the brain, and sometimes may subsequently spread throughout the brain, becoming a generalized seizure (known as a secondarily generalized seizure). In a generalized seizure, abnormal electrical disturbances occur throughout the brain, and can be followed by a loss of consciousness or physical symptoms manifested throughout the whole body.

    Accounting for approximately 60% of generalized epilepsy and approximately 20% of all epilepsy cases,(2) generalized tonic-clonic seizures are one of the most common and most severe forms of epileptic seizures as they can cause significant injury to patients from falling down suddenly, and the frequency of these seizures is the most important risk factor associated with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).(3)

    For the majority of patients, a generalized tonic-clonic seizure begins with a loss of consciousness without any prior warning symptoms and a sudden contraction of the tonic muscles, causing the patient to fall down (tonic phase). This is followed by violent convulsions (clonic phase) until the muscles finally relax, and the patient is left with a disturbance of consciousness. As this is a serious event, it is seen as a major hindrance on daily life. While the seizure generally only lasts a few minutes, the patient will often feel confused, groggy or drowsy for a short period of time before returning to normal.

    (1) "The Epilepsies and Seizures: Hope Through Research. What are the epilepsies?" National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, accessed May 24, 2016
    (2) Hauser WA, et al. Epilepsia, 34(3):453-468,1993
    (3) Shorvon S, Tomson T. "Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy." Lancet, 2011; 378:2028-2038

    About Eisai

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

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

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    Part of Tokyo ReBORN initiative in which directly managed subsidiaries tackle region-specific issues in central Tokyo

    Toyota City, Japan, Apr 2, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces plans to merge its Tokyo sales companies on April 1, 2019. The companies to be merged are TOYOTA Tokyo Sales Holdings Inc. (TSH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota, and the four TSH subsidiaries, Tokyo Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., Tokyo Toyopet Motor Sales Co., Ltd., Toyota Tokyo Corolla Co., Ltd., and Netz Toyota Tokyo Co., Ltd. Management intends to examine the details of this merger over the next year. The auto manufacturer also disclosed plans to sell Toyota Nishi-Tokyo Corolla Co., Ltd., also a wholly-owned subsidiary of TSH, to Netz Toyota Tokyo in or around September 2018.

    This merger is in accordance with the J-ReBORN plan Toyota launched in 2016. Under this plan, Toyota and its domestic sales companies aim to revitalize Japan and individual regions throughout the country, and in line with this, the company is transforming its business model. To this end, Toyota is shifting its focus from sales channels to sales regions and is looking to revise its structure and work style to reinforce cooperation with customers, local government, and other companies in each sales region, and ultimately aims to provide new mobility services.

    In central Tokyo in particular, where public transportation is firmly established, there is a shift from car ownership to car usage. Central Tokyo is also an area noted for brisk competition in the premium market, which boasts a high share of imported automobiles. Meanwhile, private car ownership remains the steadfast trend among consumers in suburban areas, including people living a car-centric lifestyle. Toyota believes that the way cars are used in Tokyo varies depending on what part of Tokyo a consumer resides. Through the integration process, Toyota will examine how to develop a structure to promote Tokyo ReBORN, which aims to undertake regional issues that are unique to the Tokyo area.

    Specifically, the new company is to be primarily comprised of a Toyota business unit, and a Lexus business unit. For the time being the four sales channels of the Toyota business will be maintained as an in-house company within the Toyota business unit. In addition, the Lexus business, whose sales companies are currently under separate management, is to be concentrated under the auspices of the Lexus business unit in the new company. Toyota's aim is to expand its share of the premium market chiefly by efficiently expanding its dealer network and by concentrating its resources. Also, by selling Toyota Nishi-Tokyo Corolla to a local company, Toyota aims to provide more localized services.

    According to Yasuhiko Sato, senior managing officer and chief officer of the Japan Sales Business Group at Toyota, "Tokyo cannot be summed up in one word, as it consists of various regions, lifestyles, and car usage." Sato believes that, "In addition to it being the largest car market in Japan, Tokyo is likely where we will see the first changes in customer needs in Japan ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Consequently, under Tokyo ReBORN, Tokyo's directly-managed dealers aim to take the lead in tackling anticipated changes in consumer demand in Japan. Under this plan, we aim to develop the best dealers in a region that is able to swiftly undertake local issues. This includes developing new dealers that make full-fledged use of the latest IT, creating joint dealers that manage cars from all channels, the launch of ride-sharing services, the provision of mobility services that will delight senior customers, and a lineup of new services that will be valued by our corporate clients."

    Sato went on to state that, "Tokyo ReBORN represents Toyota's commitment to the ongoing challenge of contributing to a car business that is both ideal and captivating."

    About Toyota

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

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

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    HONG KONG, Apr 2, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - According to South China Morning Post, Legend Holdings Corporation (stock code 03396) reports 2017 revenue was 316.3 billion yuan, up 3 per cent, thanks to subsidiaries' solid growth, writes John Cremer

    The annual results announced by Legend Holdings Corporation for the financial year ending December 31, 2017 are notable for several reasons. The figures confirm that, since listing, the company and its subsidiaries have achieved solid growth for three consecutive years, with consistent gains made in each of its business sectors.

    Importantly, though, the overall portfolio is also continuing to develop. And there is a strong sense of confidence that by implementing the right strategies and taking advantage of advances in science and technology, the company will see sustainable progress and further breakthroughs.

    The main areas, in terms of strategic emphasis, are financial service; innovative consumption and services; agriculture and food; and IT and new materials. However, the company also has a significant financial investments business, through which it has been able to find opportunities, create synergies and enhance overall performance, using what it calls "the two-wheel-drive business model".

    Thanks to all that, the results for 2017 show group revenue of 316.3 billion yuan (HK$395.45 billion), which represents an increase of 3 per cent compared to the previous year. The net profit attributable to equity holders amounted to 5.05 billion yuan, a 4 per cent increase from the previous period.

    Because of that, earnings per share came to 2.16 yuan, an increase of 5 per cent, with the recommendation of a final dividend payment of 0.27 yuan per ordinary share before tax.

    Speaking on behalf of the board, Liu Chuanzhi, chairman of Legend Holdings, confirmed that various strategic investment initiatives had been well-executed during the year and indicates that the company would continue to improve operating procedures and internal mechanisms, and would build on existing strengths.

    In particular, he added, there would be greater focus on capturing opportunities in the mainland market that results from major trends, sometimes referred to as "consumption upgrading" and the desire to experience more of the "good life".

    "We will continue to take advantage of available resources and insist on value creation in achieving our goals," Liu said, "At the same time, the company will also implement forward-looking strategies based on the need for long-term development and sustainable momentum for future growth."

    Regarding financial services, he noted that three subsidiaries had all performed well during the reporting period. Zhengqi Financial recorded a net profit of 839 million yuan, a 16 per cent increase from the previous year. Its "investment-loan linkage" business model is working effectively and should continue to prosper. Koala Technology mainly offers innovative financial services and had an operating income of 1.73 billion yuan. In turn, JC International Finance & Leasing, which was only incorporated in November 2015, reported operation income of 719 million yuan and a net profit of 180 million yuan, up 122 per cent from 2016.

    Zhu Linan, president of Legend Holdings, added: "In 2018, the group will continue reinforcing the synergy advantage of value creation and the two-wheel-drive businesses model, through clear strategy and stronger execution, to drive more strategic outcome in the future. We hope for a better return to shareholders with our more optimized investment portfolio and significant value growth."

    He added that the Group would "actively display the synergy between strategic investment and financial investments. Based on the practical experience, Legend Holdings will elevate the synergic driving model of two-wheel-drive business to strategic height, on the premise of maintain the independence of fund management, to fully release the advantages of the two major businesses, and promote business cooperation, enhance the value of the Group and investment return."

    Highlights included a joint investment with Hony Capital in Better Sun Educational Group, a leading operator of premium kindergartens in mainland China. In cooperation with Legend Capital, a separate investment was made in Eastern Air Logistics, reflecting the move towards mixed ownership as part of the reform of China's state-owned enterprises.

    In its agriculture and food operations, the company has put special emphasis on improving the quality of food for Chinese consumers. To this end, using Joyvio Group as a platform, it developed two supply chains-one for fresh fruits, the other for fresh seafood-in the course of 2017. The blueberries planted by Golden Wing Mau, a Joyvio subsidiary, also hit a record-high production volume, thereby consolidating a positon as the number one domestic brand. Elsewhere, KB Food has made strides in its animal protein related business. Qingdao Starfish, a seafood importer, processor and distributor, had also become a major exporter of Pollock. The acquisition of a 68.58 per cent stake in Nine Masters has opened up new possibilities in creating an integrated supply chain for raw ingredients and food products.

    In future, for IT-related investments, the company believes that challenges and opportunities coexist. It is also confident that Levima Group, maker of advanced materials and specialty chemicals which achieved a 4 per cent improvement for the reporting period, will see further gains in profitability and market influence.

    Liu added that results from the financial investments business had been excellent, with net profit growth of 42 per cent in 2017. There are three fund platforms-Legend Capital, Hony Capital and Legend Star-and the total fund size is now close to 110 billion yuan. The funds invest in everything from the health care sector to sports, property, overseas projects, and "red-chip return concepts".

    One objective now is to look for new opportunities in "frontier technology" and "new life" business, while balancing overall risk with fixed-income investments that offer the necessary stability.


    - South China Morning Post


     
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    Exterior of SKe-Lid
    Exterior of SKe-Lid after application of sealant (with ceramic package)
    Earlier Quartz Glass with Gold-Tin Sealant (Quartz glass after gold-tin sealing with cracks)
    Newly Developed Ske-Lid Quartz Glass Lid with Gold-Tin (Quartz glass after gold-tin sealing has no cracks)
    Controlling cracks and metallization separation in applications such as semiconductor lasers and automotive sensor devices raises productivity and reduces costs

    TOKYO, Apr 3, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Akira Tanae) announced today that Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Akira Tanae), which operates the Tanaka Kikinzoku Group's manufacturing business, began sample shipments of SKe-Lid, a newly-developed glass lid made of quartz with gold-tin (AuSn) for use with deep ultraviolet[1] light emitting diodes (LEDs).

    Deep ultraviolet LEDs are a next-generation light source expected to replace mercury lamps and have various applications including water disinfection in industry and air disinfection systems in healthcare. When used in combination with quartz glass, which has high transmissivity of deep ultraviolet wavelengths, and AuSn sealant, which has excellent airtightness and durability, however, problems with cracking of the quartz glass and metallization[2] separation can occur. These glass lids, made of quartz glass with AuSn solder, employ proprietary Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo technologies that properly control the shape and dimensions when applying the AuSn sealant to the quartz glass, making it possible to control cracking and metallization separation. Higher yields are expected to contribute to improved productivity and lower costs.

    Advantages of Ske-Lid

    - By using SKe-Lid as a cover material for quartz glass (also compatible with glass with AR codes), the transmissivity of high-output deep ultraviolet LEDs can be increased.
    - When using quartz glass with AuSn, the AuSn solder is already applied to the glass, facilitating the positioning with the ceramic package during sealing.
    - AuSn airtight sealing raises reliability and durability.
    - The use of proprietary technology controls the formation of cracks during application of AuSn to quartz glass with high transmissivity of deep ultraviolet wavelengths and ceramic package sealing.

    Because of these advantages provided by Ske-Lid, it is expected to contribute to higher productivity and lower costs of final products in the deep ultraviolet LED market, which will require higher outputs and reliability in the future. As the shift to SMD[3] proceeds and advances are made in autonomous vehicles, AuSn sealing will likely be used in semiconductor lasers, which require high reliability and durability, and devices that require transparent covering materials such as automotive sensors.

    Background to development

    As a result of the Minamata Convention on Mercury coming into effect in August 2017, development of deep ultraviolet LEDs is proceeding as a replacement for mercury lamps used for water and air disinfection.

    When deep ultraviolet LEDs are manufactured using conventional resin sealants, the ultraviolet rays cause degradation of the resin sealants, resulting in deterioration of device properties and lifespan. Also, when AuSn solder, which is highly resistant to ultraviolet rays, is used as the sealant material, cracks occur in the quartz glass and metallization separation occurs due to thermal expansion between the package ceramics, window quartz glass, and AuSn sealant, giving rise to low yields.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo adopted proprietary technologies that adequately control the shape and dimensions when applying AuSn sealant to quartz glass and successfully developed a high-quality quartz glass lid with AuSn that monitors the occurrence of cracking and produces an airtight seal. Ske-Lid was developed with cooperation from Kyocera Corporation, Yamamura Photonics Co., Ltd., and Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., which provided the glass material and ceramic package material, and CROSS OSAKA Co., Ltd., which performed the seal testing.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo will display Ske-Lid at the OPTICS & PHOTONICS International Exhibition 2018 (OPIE '18) at the Pacifico Yokohama from April 25 to 27.

    Cooperating Partners
    Kyocera Corporation: ALN ceramic package
    Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.: LTCC (GCHP TM) ceramic package
    Yamamura Photonics Co., Ltd.: Quartz glass
    CROSS OSAKA Co., Ltd.: Seal device evaluation

    [1] Deep ultraviolet: Also referred to as UVC. Has a wavelength from 250 nm to 280 nm. Has strong disinfecting effects.
    [2] Metallization: A technology for coating non-metallic surfaces with a metal. Ceramics and other materials that have been metalized form an electric circuit and are used during soldering and for different applications.
    [3] SMD: An abbreviation for surface mount device. Refers to electronic components manufactured in such a way that they can be mounted merely by soldering them to the surface of a printed circuit board. SMDs make it possible to miniaturize and increase the density of electronic components such as LED chips.

    Press release (PDF): http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/180402_EN.pdf


    Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Holding company of Tanaka Precious Metals)

    Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Akira Tanae, Representative Director & CEO
    Founded: 1885
    Incorporated: 1918*
    Capital: 500 million yen
    Employees in consolidated group: 5,120 (FY2016)
    Net sales of consolidated group: 1,064,259 million yen (FY2016)
    Main businesses of the group: Strategic and efficient group management and management guidance to group companies as the holding company at the center of the Tanaka Precious Metals.
    Website: http://www.tanaka.co.jp/english (Tanaka Precious Metals), http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en (Industrial products)
    * Tanaka Holdings adopted a holding company structure on April 1, 2010.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.

    Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Akira Tanae, Representative Director & CEO
    Founded: 1885
    Incorporated: 1918
    Capital: 500 million yen
    Employees: 2,269 (as of March 31, 2017)
    Sales: 1,059,003.329 million yen (FY2016)
    Main businesses: Manufacture, sales, import and export of precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, and others) and various types of industrial precious metals products.
    Website: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en

    About the Tanaka Precious Metals

    Since its foundation in 1885, the Tanaka Precious Metals group has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. Tanaka is a leader in Japan regarding the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, Tanaka Precious Metals has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and resources. As precious metals specialists, all Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. Besides, to make further progress in globalization, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016.

    As precious metal professionals, Tanaka Precious Metals will continue to contribute to the development of an enriching and prosperous society.

    The five core companies in the Tanaka Precious Metals are as follows.
    - Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (pure holding company)
    - Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
    - Tanaka Denshi Kogyo K.K.
    - Electroplating Engineers of Japan, Limited
    - Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K.

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

     
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    Kingsport, Tenn., USA, Apr 3, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Eastman (NYSE: EMN) is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR(R) Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continually advancing leadership in energy management throughout the company and associated communities. This marks Eastman's seventh ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award and fifth Sustained Excellence recognition. Eastman's accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

    "I'm incredibly proud of the Eastman team and their continued focus on sustainability as the company portfolio evolves," said Mark J. Costa, Eastman's Chairman and CEO. "To be a seven-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recipient is a reflection of conscious decisions and hard work by many people around the world every day."

    "The world is facing enormous complexity and challenges. We recognize that today's performance isn't sufficient for tomorrow's demands and today's resources won't sustain us into the future if we don't do something differently now," said David A. Golden, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary. "To be recognized once again as a Partner of the Year reaffirms Eastman's commitment to create significantly more value than the resources we use."

    The 2018 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon companies and organizations demonstrating continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations - representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

    Key accomplishments that led to Eastman's recognition this year include:

    - Managing energy for a one percent intensity improvement over 2016 and a 10.8 percent reduction since 2008.
    - Budgeting over $10 million and initiating more than 125 energy savings projects focused on steam and electrical systems optimization, process modification, upgraded equipment and improved lighting.
    - Solving the challenge of identifying energy projects and promoting them for funding by producing an easily accessible online energy project savings calculator which automatically captures the project in an energy project database for consideration of funding.
    - Encouraging employee engagement in energy initiatives by participating in improvement drives such as promoting ENERGY STAR's Light the Moment campaign and creating an animated video on selecting light bulbs for Energy Awareness Month.
    - Informing employees, schools and the public about saving energy, protecting the environment and ENERGY STAR through an innovative campaign, "Energy efficiency. It's only natural."

    For a complete list of 2018 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

    About Eastman

    Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

    About ENERGY STAR

    ENERGY STAR(R) is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For over 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.

    Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations - including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500(R) - rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions - all through voluntary action.

    Media Contact:
    Amanda Allman
    Eastman Corporate Communications
    aallman@eastman.com | 423.229.1025

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    Theme set as Human Centric Innovation: Co-creation for Success

    TOKYO, Apr 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that Fujitsu Forum 2018, the company's largest annual event, will be held May 17-18 at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan. This year's theme will be "Human Centric Innovation: Co-creation for Success."

    Fujitsu continues to pursue technological innovations, and through various forms of co-creation with customers, the company is generating value for the success of its customers. In this forum, Fujitsu will introduce a broad array of customer benefits and keys to project success gained through initiatives toward innovation, along with advanced technologies, that will contribute to a more prosperous future.

    Amid further advances in the digital transformations of a wide range of industries, the use of ecosystems, that generate innovation by leveraging technology and connecting insights, has become an important key to resolving many social issues. At Fujitsu Forum 2018, Fujitsu will use case studies to introduce its initiatives and their results from working together toward innovation with customers and partners.

    From the perspective of developers and engineers, Fujitsu will showcase key technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and security, as well as the cloud and other platforms underpinning them. Also in the event spotlight will be advanced technologies such as the Digital Annealer, a quantum physics-inspired computer developed with Fujitsu's proprietary architecture. Please see the official Fujitsu Forum 2018 website, which will be available starting April 11, to register for the forum in advance or to see details of the program.
    Overview of Fujitsu Forum 2018

    1. Times and Dates
    8 am - 7 pm on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, 2018
    Hours have been expanded to accommodate customers with a variety of working styles.

    2. Location
    Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    The exhibits will be in Hall E and Hall B5.

    3. Theme
    Human Centric Innovation: Co-creation for Success

    4. Expected Visitors
    18,000 (entrance is free)

    5. Seminars:

    1) Keynotes and Presentations (6 in total)

    Fujitsu will present its top executives, who will introduce the company's vision and direction, as well as thought leaders in a variety of fields from Japan and overseas who will talk about future changes and the environment facing business and society.

    2) Conferences (14 meetings in total)

    These conferences will focus on three perspectives: the digital transformation of society and the economy, the digital transformation of business, and transformation in ways of working and developing talent. The forum will welcome experts, thought leaders, and representatives of companies and organizations that are leading Japan in respective fields to speak about the latest trends and specific case studies.

    3) Partner sessions (6 programs in total)

    These sessions will present executives of Fujitsu's global strategic partners to discuss the digital transformations of customers, case studies in co-creation, and the co-creation approach of Fujitsu and its partners.

    4) Seminars, workshops, hands-on programs, and off-site tours (80 in total)

    Fujitsu will introduce solutions and initiatives that address a variety of issues facing customers and demonstrate how new ICT is put into practice, mainly through customer case studies. Fujitsu Forum 2018 has new sessions in the morning and evening periods that are useful for business, such as a leadership seminar based on the study of business administration. These sessions can be used to refresh one's mind in the morning or after work, or to increase the motivation of younger workers. There will also be bus tours, which are popular every year, to the FUJITSU Digital Transformation Center, which is a co-creation workshop venue in Hamamatsucho, and to TechShop Tokyo, a place for practicing open innovation in Roppongi. Note: Entry in to each seminar will be closed as soon as the maximum number of participants is reached.

    6. Exhibits (About 120 in total):

    1) Success Zone: Hall E

    Success scenes from co-creation will bei7ment, healthcare, open innovation, manufacturing, retailing and distribution, finance, digital marketing, transformation in ways of working and developing talent, as well as security.

    2) Technology Zone: Hall B5

    Primarily technologies that accelerate digital transformations and business optimizations will be introduced from the perspective of developers and engineers.

    Examples include the Digital Annealer, AI, IoT, and hybrid IT.

    7. Making Fujitsu Forum more fun and convenient

    Services have been prepared to make your time at Fujitsu Forum more fun and convenient. Premium services available through the Fwalker app

    By using this app to attend seminars or visit exhibit demos, users can accumulate F-coin points for use only at Fujitsu Forum, which can be used to receive special services. They can also use a variety of programs that introduce what to see at Fujitsu Forum, such as the "How to Tour Fujitsu Forum 2018" recommendation menu from thought leaders in the fields of IT, business, society, and economics, and the FUJITSU ch. Internet TV that will be broadcast during the event.

    Mobile work cafe
    To accommodate a variety of customer work styles, spaces will be prepared to enable customers to use their time effectively at the venue. Customers can join the forum in different styles, while working, enjoying light meals, or having meetings.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

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

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

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. ICT Systems Laboratories Server Technologies Lab E-mail: Retimer_ISSCC2015@ml.labs.fujitsu.com

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    TOKYO, Apr 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) and UMC Electronics Co ., Ltd. (TSE:6615) today announced that the companies reached a basic agreement on collaboration for strengthening manufacturing in the IT product field, including server, storage, network equipment. Under this agreement, UMC Electronics will acquire stocks of Hitachi Information & Telecommunication Manufacturing, Ltd. (HITM) , a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, as well as the manufacturing assets of the related manufacturing bases owned by Hitachi. In the future, Hitachi and UMC Electronics will expand this business to collaborate on the development of a new market.

    Hitachi has promoted strengthening the manufacturing structure and has provided high-quality and highly-reliable IT products for its customers. By merging its capabilities with UMC Electronics' manufacturing capabilities acquired through volume operation while continuously utilizing the manufacturing technologies, know-how and manufacturing bases that Hitachi has owned over the years, Hitachi will domestically and internationally provide a wide range of customers with high-quality and cost-competitive Hitachi-brand products as in the past, aiming for further contributions to the Social Innovation Business.

    UMC Electronics is the contract manufacturer which produces electronically controlled equipment for a hybrid vehicle's power supply system utilized at the largest Japanese automobile company for the first time. As cutting-edge EMS, it delivers a variety of products to major companies in a wide range of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment and office automation systems. As a result of this collaboration, UMC Electronics will promote manufacturing on a systems level, enabling the manufacturing, function test and shipping of large-sized systems as a completed product, in addition to electronically controlled equipment embedded in a mounting board or aluminum die casting. Under the collaboration, UMC Electronics by continuing to manufacture and provide high-quality Hitachi products and will aim to acquire new business and expand our manufacturing capacity in Japan.

    In the future, by merging high-quality manufacturing capabilities for a wide range of customers in Japan and overseas, cost competitiveness acquired through volume operation and speedy manufacturing capabilities, from parts procurement to manufacturing and shipping systems, and by establishing a new competitive manufacturing business model, Hitachi and UMC Electronics will aim for further global growth, including the data center market in which demand is rapidly expanding following IoT trends and digitalization, such as autonomous driving, robotics control and Fintech.

    About UMC ELECTRONICS Co., Ltd.

    UMC Electronics Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6615), headquartered in Saitama, Japan, is a leading contract manufacturer to Automotive, Industrial and Office automation customers. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 111,915 million yen. UMC Electronics has factories in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico as well as in Japan. The company develops and produces autonomous manufacturing systems by itself to produce the products with stringent automotive standards and it has approximately 11,600 employees worldwide. For more information on UMC Electronics, please visit the company's website at http://www.umc.co.jp/?ml_lang=en.

    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 www.hitachi.com.

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

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    Marks start of exploration into joint cooperation to achieve new mobility services

    Toyota City, Japan, Apr 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation and Park24 Co., Ltd. announce their decision to start a business tie-up for a trial car sharing service in parts of central Tokyo. To achieve a mobility society that enables every individual to experience the freedom and joy of movement, as well as safe and reliable movement, Toyota has signed an agreement for trial operation with the aim of developing a new service that leverages Toyota's Mobility Services Platform (MSPF).

    With the automotive industry in a once-in-a-century transformational period, customer needs are extending beyond traditional vehicle ownership into shared utilization such as car sharing. Based on a mutual desire to realize a mobility society that enables everyone to enjoy freedom of movement, Toyota and Park24 have been collaborating since April 2015 on trial sharing services, such as Times Car PLUS Toyota i-ROAD Drive and Times Car PLUS x Ha:mo, which are based on the concept of personal mobility. The goal is to contribute to the creation of low-carbon and comfortable cities by providing freedom of movement through the construction of a new urban transportation network.

    This current initiative is positioned as a trial that is also designed to strengthen cooperation between the two companies, with Toyota's TransLog communication-based drive recorders and both companies' car sharing devices installed in cars operated by Park24's Times Car PLUS car sharing service. Park24's car sharing service operation system will serve as the base, operated through Times Car PLUS, which operates more than 20,000 vehicles and serves 900,000 members. While this trial is expected to produce data to build and enhance the functions of MSPF, the trial will also allow Toyota and Park24 to verify proof of concept toward the realization of future mobility services, onboard terminals, and system development by utilizing the expertise of both companies. Toyota and Park24 anticipate that this trial will help lead to vehicle safety improvements, increased maintenance efficiency, and awareness of autonomous driving technology.

    Additionally, Toyota Mobility Service Co., Ltd., a company that is set to begin operations in April, is also expected to play a role in promoting this initiative. For this trial, 60 Toyota C-HR units have been designated as the vehicles for use, and the trial is scheduled for a 10-month period from June 2018 to the end of March 2019.

    Building on past initiatives, as well as the just-announced trial agreement, Toyota and Park24 aim to jointly create new mobility services and contribute to society as partners committed to effecting positive change in the future.

    About Toyota

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

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

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    - Nationwide verification testing through iPhone App -

    TOKYO, Apr 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - CMIC HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. has adopted a voice recognition solution from NEC Corporation for an iPhone App that assists in clinical trials. A pilot program for the App began in March 2018 using voice recognition technology from "NEC the WISE," a portfolio of advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies from NEC, for data entry and task tracking that involves over 50 Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) as part of CMIC's Site Management Organization (SMO) program. From April 2018, the program will be expanded to include CRCs nationwide, to validate the quality and level of workflow improvements.

    Clinical trials that are required for drug development involve the entry of massive amounts of data, including a subject's height, weight, medicines taken, lab test results, etc. Until now, this data was input by hand, and was prone to typing errors and data omission. To prevent these errors, several CRCs and their supervisors had to review and check for errors, making their job extremely troublesome.

    The voice assisted App, which has been co-developed by CMIC and NEC, is designed to reduce data entry errors or omissions. For example, the voice guidance system will prevent access to the next section until the current section has been completely filled out. In addition, for data values that are significantly different from others, a voice warning will be given to notify of the potential error.

    Going forward, CMIC and NEC aim to utilize AI in order to analyze the data that has been compiled to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical trials. Furthermore, this data and the CRCs' know-how could be combined to detect potential side effects and adherence issues of prescription drugs, and remind patients and medical professionals of such events proactively.

    About CMIC HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.

    The CMIC Group started business in 1992 as the first CRO in Japan, and the company today provides comprehensive support services for the development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing of pharmaceutical products. Also, the company operates to respond to diversifying needs by managing the Healthcare Business sector and developing and selling diagnostic pharmaceuticals and orphan drugs. The CMIC Group has developed a unique business model called Pharmaceutical Value Creator (PVC) based on its abundant accumulated experience and knowledge as a CRO pioneer. CMIC utilizes the PVC to create new value in the healthcare field. For more information, visit the CMIC Group's website: www.cmicgroup.com/e.

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

    Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

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    - Reinforce global collaboration with Hortonworks -

    TOKYO, Apr 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced the provision of a reinforced "Data Platform for Hadoop" (DPH(1)), an integrated analytics platform for collecting, storing, processing and analyzing data; and the NEC "Data Integration & Analytics Services," professional services for helping customers solve their real-world business challenges.

    In order to overcome obstacles and create new business value, businesses must collect and utilize vast amounts of data from a wide range of data sources. To do this, they need platforms that can rapidly process, combine and analyze data. NEC's DPH has already been deployed across a variety of sectors, ranging from the telecom field to finance and manufacturing, and it has achieved notable results in promoting digital transformation through new business models and product development.

    In addition to existing "Data Storage & Processing" capabilities that provide centralized management for structured and unstructured data in a common platform, NEC's reinforced DPH includes new features, such as "Data Collection" and "Data Analytics" to provide advanced analytics capabilities.

    Data Collection includes real-time, secure and easy management of dataflow design, the accumulation and storage of a wide range of data from relational databases, and streaming systems, such as sensors and logs.

    Data Analytics further enhance the value offered to customers by leveraging open-source-based analytics engines that can be integrated with cutting-edge AI technologies from "NEC the WISE" (2) in the future.

    In addition to "Data Platform Services" and "System Maintenance Services" that NEC is already providing, new "Data Integration & Analytics Services" are also being released.

    These new services can be rapidly deployed for optimizing systems in accordance with customer needs based on DPH reference architectures(3). These services will be offered through NEC's "Centre of Excellence for Analytics Platform and Solutions," which recently launched in India(4).

    NEC and its partner Hortonworks have also agreed to strengthen their collaboration in areas that include product development and sales expansion. In addition to "Hortonworks Data Platform" and "Hortonworks DataFlow," NEC will start providing all Hortonworks products and services, such as their OSS-based cybersecurity solution "Hortonworks CyberSecurity Platform" for detecting security threats in real-time. Moreover, this partnership will enable NEC to distribute Hortonworks products and services worldwide.

    (1) For more detail about the "Data Platform for Hadoop"
    https://www.nec.com/en/global/prod/slpf/product/dph/index.html
    (2) NEC the WISE is a portfolio of AI technologies developed by NEC
    (3) Reference Architecture: evaluation of use cases in order to determine beforehand which devices to adopt and how to organize them in order to optimize performance
    (4) NEC launches Center of Excellence for Analytics Platform & Solutions in India
    https://www.nec.com/en/press/201706/global_20170606_02.html

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

    Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

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    edelkrone introduces Motion BOX, an app-controlled, pocket-sized motion control system with unmatched versatility and time-lapse 2.0 features
    Orlando, FL, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - edelkrone, well-known for its premium filmmaking solutions, expands its motion control product line with the new Motion BOX. The company, which has recently ushered in a new era of time-lapse with time-lapse 2.0, now presents its most portable yet feature-packed pan&tilt head.

    With a single Motion BOX, users can easily program pans, achieve perfectly stable speeds, repeat the same shot as much as they like for visual effects, capture stunning panoramic photos or use its never-before-seen time-lapse 2.0 features. Motion BOX is wirelessly controlled by its iOS or Android app.

    Users can mount Motion BOX to newly-introduced Conversion Kits such as the Tilt Kit, Skater Kit, and Product Turntable Kit. By adding a second Motion BOX with Tilt Kit, users have the advantage of controlling pan & tilt axes together. All features like time-lapse 2.0, stop motion, 360 mode are still available. The BOXes instantly pair with each other via Bluetooth and have built-in accelerometers. When used vertically, Motion BOX adjusts itself accordingly for tilting motion.

    Motion BOX, mounted on the new Skater Kit forms the most portable app-controlled dolly on the planet. With this macro-precise setup, users can shoot captivating real-time and time-lapse videos on any smooth & flat surface. Users may use manual controls on the app and move their cameras freely or compose precise, repeatable motion by setting start & end points, speed & acceleration and convert it into time-lapse with a single tap.

    Motion BOX is especially good news for edelkrone SliderONE PRO users because it instantly pairs with SliderONE PRO to serve as its 1-axis head, making SliderONE PRO a 2-axes slider. With Motion BOX, SliderONE PRO users can achieve parallax shots and still convert their shots into time-lapse or stop motion with a single tap.

    Motion BOX is also designed to serve as a product turntable for simple, automated packshot videos and 360 degrees product photography. Product Turntable Kit comes with a baseplate, 2 pads (white matt & black glossy) and shutter release extension cable to take your product shots a step further.

    With a load capacity of 15 lb (6.8 kg) for panning, 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) with the FlexTILT Head 2, and 8 lb (3.6 kg) for tilting, Motion BOX is tiny but mighty. It only weighs 18.3 oz (520 g), can fit in your pocket and can be used directly on the ground without a tripod.

    Motion BOX has 2 ultra high-resolution encoders for ultra-precise repeatable motion and provides 360-degree rotation in as fast as 21 seconds. It has a built-in Li-Ion battery which takes only 4 hours to charge from empty and the ability to shoot up to 48 hours in time-lapse mode and up to 1 hour in active pan/tilt mode with top speed. It can also be used while charging so the users won't have to take a break from their productions!

    Motion BOX is anticipated to be shipped early May 2018 and available at the price of $299 USD. Conversion Kits have price tags starting from $69 USD up to $199 USD. Motion BOX and Conversion Kits are available to order exclusively at www.edelkrone.com.

    With the introduction of their first generation camera slider the SliderPLUS, edelkrone forever transformed filmmaking for everyday and professional videographers. SliderPLUS was the original camera slider that gave twice the amount of camera travel compared to regular sliders at its size. Today, edelkrone continues to provide unmatched filmmaking solutions by combining an ever-expanding product line with an awe-inspiring customer experience. edelkrone's DNA contains a great dedication to reinventing and delivering the best possible products while caring greatly for the World we all share.

    For more information, visit edelkrone's website at www.edelkrone.com.

    For press inquiries: http://contact.edelkrone.com

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    HONG KONG, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Entrepreneur First (EF), the leading deep technology company builder today announces plans to double down on its global ambitions by opening a new office in Hong Kong.

    On the back of its Greylock-led $12.4m funding round in 2017, EF announced that it planned to bring its pioneering "talent-first" approach to more international locations. Following a successful launch in Berlin in January of 2018, EF now is expanding its work in Asia with a location in Hong Kong. EF Hong Kong will support local entrepreneurs and those from surrounding cities. The first programme will start in July. EF has hired former Airbnb and Google exec Lavina Tien to lead its operation in the new office.

    EF's unique approach is to fund ambitious individuals "pre-company"; it backs individuals before they have a team or fully worked out idea, purely on the basis of their skills and characteristics. Its company building programmes in London and Singapore last six months - three months to support the individuals to form teams and three months to support these teams to develop their business plan and be ready to pitch for, and receive investment. Similar to the recently opened Berlin programme, the Hong Kong programme will focus on the first three months of this process. Teams that form under EF Hong Kong will be eligible to participate in its Singapore demo day and to receive investment from EF's existing fund.

    Matt Clifford, EF co-founder and CEO, said, "When we launched in Singapore two years ago, it was an experiment - did EF's appeal and programme scale globally? We now know the answer is yes and Singapore is now half our business. We're extremely excited about the opportunity to support the most ambitious individuals throughout Asia to build world-class technology companies and Hong Kong stands out as a global magnet for talent, its rapidly growing venture ecosystem, and its leading universities, such as Hong Kong University for Science and Technology (HKUST, ranked 14), the University of Hong Kong (ranked 19), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (ranked 22).

    Alice Bentinck, EF co-founder, said, "We believe that there are a handful of exceptional technologists globally who have the skills and ambition to build the next generation of breakout technology companies. We know that we will find some of them in Hong Kong, just as we have in London, Singapore and Berlin."

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    Singapore, Hong Kong, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. ("ASMPT") announced that it has completed its acquisition of 100% of the shares of AMICRA Microtechnologies GmbH ("Amicra"). Amicra is a leading supplier of high precision die bonder for the photonics and advanced packaging market. The transaction which completed on April 4th 2018 will bring about a strengthened business, well-placed to serve not only the fast growing Silicon Photonics assembly equipment market but also the wider high precision flip chip and die bonding markets.

    Headquartered in Singapore and listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, ASMPT is the world's largest back-end semiconductor equipment supplier and SMT Solutions provider. ASMPT will rename Amicra to ASM AMICRA Microtechnologies GmbH as it integrates Amicra into ASMPT's Back-end Equipment segment.

    "We are excited about this strategic investment," said Mr. Lee Wai Kwong, CEO of ASM Pacific Technology. "Amicra's sub-micron high accuracy die bonder is complementary to the Group's existing product portfolio. Amicra has a leading position in the photonics market which the Group believes is of high growth potential. I am confident that this combination will further strengthen our future growth opportunities and help to deliver even higher value-add to our customers."

    "Following our increasing penetration of markets for high precision die attach, especially in the rapidly growing area of Silicon Photonics manufacturing, it makes a lot of sense to merge with a strong strategic partner to better support our growing international customers base. With their scale and established international supply chain, sales channel and customers support capability, the merger with ASMPT will allow us to take next steps in the further development of our business. I am happy for Amicra and our customers and I am excited about the opportunity to work with the ASMPT" says Mr Rudolf Kaiser, managing director of Amicra.

    About ASM Pacific Technology
    As a global technology and market leader, ASMPT (HKEX stock code: 0522), develops and provides leading edge solutions and materials for the semiconductor assembly and packaging industries. Its surface mount technology solutions are deployed in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile communications, automotive, industrial, LED and alternative energy.

    Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1989, ASMPT is currently one of the constituent stocks on the Hang Seng Composite MidCap Index under the Hang Seng Composite Size Indexes, the Hang Seng Composite Information Technology Industry Index under Hang Seng Composite Industry Indexes, the Hang Seng Hong Kong 35 Index and the Hang Seng Global Composite Index. To learn more about ASMPT, please visit our website at www.asmpacific.com.

    About AMICRA MicroTechnologies

    AMICRA MicroTechnologies is a worldwide leading supplier of ultra-precise die bonding equipment supporting placement accuracies down to 0.3im @ 3o. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Regensburg, Germany, we provide leading-edge products and engineering services for back-end manufacturing and packaging processes to customers in multiple segments of the electronics industry. We are a market leader in the silicon photonics and fiber optics markets. Our equipment enables Die Attach and Flip Chip bonding, With particular expertise in the photonics market and servicing the rapidly growing hyperscale datacenter market.

    Amicra also offers High Speed Dispensing System, as well as offering Custom Solutions based on our technological platform. Amicra maintains a global sales and support network with representative offices throughout Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and as well, China.

    For media enquiries, please contact:
    Hong Kong
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    Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
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    Singapore, Hong Kong, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. (ASMPT) has announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) to acquire TEL NEXX, Inc. (NEXX). The deal is expected to close when approvals from the authorities have been received. The acquisition is another major step by the Group in pursuing their growth strategy of tapping onto new high growth markets and expanding their product offerings to the semiconductor advanced packaging market.

    Established in 2001, NEXX is an industry leader in the Advanced Packaging market and has strong technological capabilities in the highly specialized Electrochemical Deposition (ECD) and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) technologies. This new business acquisition will be subsumed under the Back-End Equipment segment of ASMPT.

    "This strategic acquisition complements our current offerings in Advanced Packaging applications and establishes ASMPT as a premier Interconnect Technology company, while supporting our commitment in driving innovation and delivering the highest value and innovative solutions to our customers. By combining NEXX's highly specialized ECD and PVD technologies, we see tremendous opportunity to grow our business in the Advanced Packaging market which is being driven by the dawn of the Data-Centric era." said Mr Lee Wai Kwong, CEO of ASMPT.

    "ASMPT offers an exciting opportunity for NEXX to boost and expand its product offerings in advanced wafer level packaging, ECD and PVD. TEL believes that NEXX will benefit from greater synergies with ASMPT's outsourced assembly and test customers." said Toshiki Kawai, President and CEO of TEL.

    "With the demand for semiconductor devices at a historical high, we are looking forward to an increased global customer footprint with ASMPT, as well as expanded sales and service capabilities for our customers", explains Tom Walsh, President of NEXX.

    About ASM Pacific Technology Limited
    As a global technology and market leader, ASMPT (HKEX stock code: 0522), develops and provides leading edge solutions and materials for the semiconductor assembly and packaging industries. Its surface mount technology solutions are deployed in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile communications, automotive, industrial, LED and alternative energy.

    Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1989, ASMPT is currently one of the constituent stocks on the Hang Seng Composite MidCap Index under the Hang Seng Composite Size Indexes, the Hang Seng Composite Information Technology Industry Index under Hang Seng Composite Industry Indexes, the Hang Seng Hong Kong 35 Index and the Hang Seng Global Composite Index. To learn more about ASMPT, please visit our website at www.asmpacific.com.

    About NEXX
    The NEXX Business was founded in 2001 and has developed Electrochemical Deposition (ECD) and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) processes supplying the Advanced Packaging markets. TEL acquired NEXX Business in 2012 and NEXX became a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Tokyo Electron U.S Holdings, Inc.

    For media enquiries, please contact:
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    Hitachi's First Heavy Ion Therapy System Sales Abroad

    TOKYO, Apr 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) announced today that it has received an order for a heavy ion therapy system from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (Deh-Ming Chang, MD, PhD; Superintendent) in Taiwan. The order marks Hitachi's first heavy ion therapy project outside of Japan.

    The heavy ion therapy system will include real time image gating motion management, enabling it to treat tumors in motion due to respiration and advanced spot scanning technology to irradiate even tumors with complex shapes with high precision. Particle therapy treatment planning will utilize imaging data and calculate the appropriate dose to prepare the most suitable, patient-specific treatment plans. The two-room facility, each equipped with both horizontal and vertical ports, will be installed in a new wing of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, establishing it as the first heavy ion therapy system in Taiwan.

    Founded in 1958, the Taipei Veterans General Hospital is recognized around the world as "Taiwan's leading medical center". The new facility will be the first heavy ion treatment center in Taiwan and will be located in the densely populated city of Taipei. It is intended to address the unmet demand beyond the capacity of an existing proton therapy system in a private hospital in Taiwan.

    Hitachi's particle therapy systems can be found in leading hospitals around the world. With over 16,000 patients treated to date, the systems have an excellent reputation for reliability. Hitachi's continued globalization includes the proton therapy system contracted in 2017 with the University of Navarra in Spain. Another landmark project is the Osaka Heavy Ion Therapy Center where patient treatments are scheduled to begin in October of this year. Furthermore, Hitachi has announced plans to integrate Mitsubishi Electric's particle therapy system business to further advance precision and increase value in both products and services starting with its one room proton therapy treatment system.

    As Hitachi expands its healthcare business, it will continue to accelerate the globalization of its particle therapy system business and contribute to cancer treatment around the world.

    Overview of Particle Therapy

    Particle Therapy is an advanced type of cancer radiotherapy. Protons extracted from hydrogen atoms, or carbon ions are accelerated up to 70% of the speed of light. This energy is concentrated directly on the tumor while minimizing radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue. Particle therapy improves the quality of life for cancer patients since the patient experiences no pain during treatment and the procedure has very few side effects compared to that of traditional radiotherapy. In most cases, patients can continue with their normal daily activities while undergoing treatment. Because there are fewer side effects, the use of particle therapy is expected to increase.

    Overview of Real Time Image Gating System for Particle Therapy Systems

    Real Time Image Gating Particle Therapy is a technology used to track and irradiate tumors in motion. This is accomplished by positioning a 1.5 or 2.0 mm diameter gold marker close to the tumor and establishing its location as a reference via CT. A dual-axis, orthogonal X-ray system is used with pattern recognition software to determine the spatial location of the marker due to respiration. Irradiation during treatment is performed only when the gold marker moves to within a few millimeters of the planned irradiation location. This process, when repeated, can be synchronized to the respiratory motion of the patient, thereby significantly decreasing the total irradiation volume of targets in motion. As a result, the harmful impact of irradiation to healthy tissue can be significantly reduced.

    Overview of Scanning Irradiation Technology

    Scanning irradiation technology does not scatter particle beams as with conventional particle therapy. Rather, the narrow particle beam is continually moved and paused as it irradiates entire tumor volumes. Particle beams can be aimed with high precision according to the targeted tumors, even those with complex shapes, while minimizing the impact on nearby healthy tissue.

    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 www.hitachi.com.

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

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    - 36Tbps capacity to serve bandwidth growth in Asia -

    TOKYO, Apr 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - A consortium including RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C), AARNet Pty Ltd (AARNet) and Google, together with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, and NEC Corporation (NEC: 6701) announced that the construction of the Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System (JGA) has officially commenced. The 9,500-kilometer undersea fiber optic cable system will deliver a design capacity of more than 36 terabits per second (Tbps) and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

    JGA will further enhance and contribute to the much-needed expansion of communications networks from Japan and Australia, to Asia and the United States, thereby improving network redundancy, ensuring highly reliable communications, and expanding onward connectivity options in Guam.

    RTI-C's investment in JGA will be built utilizing capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services Inc. (Japan ICT Fund), along with syndicated loans from Japanese financial institutions, including NEC Capital Solutions Limited.

    Russ Matulich, RTI-C's President and CEO, acknowledged this important milestone stating, "Hyperscale cloud providers and enterprise companies are fueling exponential data-growth between Asia, Australia, and the United States. These customers require alternative paths, enhanced quality of service, and cost-effective bandwidth solutions. By adding JGA to our existing cable investments, RTI is well positioned to serve these massive data-growth needs. JGA's unique design will also improve latency between Tokyo-Sydney, while greatly reducing provisioning timeframes. Finally, RTI is grateful for NEC and ASN's collaborative and innovative approach, making commercial service likely in late 2019."

    Chris Hancock, AARNet's CEO said, "New submarine cable systems are providing a much-needed boost to communications infrastructure into Australia. AARNet's investment in JGA complements our investment in the INDIGO subsea cable system, providing connectivity into North and Southeast Asia to meet the substantial growth in bandwidth demand for science, research, teaching and learning. This will allow Australian universities to have unconstrained access to meet the big data challenges of the future."

    JGA is being co-built by ASN and NEC. JGA South (JGA-S), the segment between Sydney, Australia and Piti, Guam, is a consortium cable including AARNet, Google and RTI-C. JGA North (JGA-N), the segment between the Minami-Boso, Japan and Piti, Guam, is a private cable with RTI-C as the sole purchaser. Both JGA-N and JGA-S will interconnect in Guam at GTA's newly built landing station.

    Philippe Piron, ASN's President said, "We are proud to work with RTI, AARNet and Google on the JGA project, which will build on ASN's state-of the art technology to further provide high-capacity connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region and the reinforcement of our local presence. This new system adds to the recent successes ASN has achieved in the region and demonstrates our commitment in supporting operators and content providers to cope with their end-users' requirements."

    Toru Kawauchi, General Manager of NEC's Submarine Network Division said, "We are honored to be selected once again by RTI-C to construct their third subsea cable. While both SEA-US and HK-G will provide horizontal East-West connectivity across the Pacific, JGA will now provide the much-needed vertical North-South connectivity, enabling high capacity communications to reach all corners. Furthermore, JGA will be the second project after HK-G to be co-financed by the Japanese government-led Japan ICT Fund, and the third project supporting RTI's investment after SEA-US and HK-G for the Japanese loan syndicate. We wish to further utilize these funds for many more cables in the future."

    About RTI-C and RTI

    RTI-C and RTI are leading independent undersea cable owners providing large-scale network solutions across a wide variety of industries including cloud companies, network operators, regional carriers, global enterprises, content providers, and institutions for higher learning. RTI-C is headquartered in the City-State of Singapore, and RTI is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. For more information, visit www.rticable.com

    About AARNet

    AARNet provides high capacity national and international telecommunications infrastructure and collaboration services for the nation's research and education sector, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. For more information, visit www.aarnet.edu.au, or contact Jane Gifford: jane.gifford@aarnet.edu.au

    About ASN

    ASN, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 600,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom applications to content provider networks, 'over the top' service provider infrastructure and offshore oil and gas applications, ASN provides all parts of global undersea transmission networks, tailored to individual customer's needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, as well as marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of cable ships. For more information, visit https://networks.nokia.com/solutions/submarine-networks

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

    Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

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    Introducing the 2018 edition of Eco Expo Asia: (From L): Victor Li, Immediate Past Chairperson of the Hong Kong Waste Management Association; Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director; Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Jason Cao, Assistant Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd; Wolfgang Ehmann, Executive Director of German Industry and Commerce Ltd
    Hong Kong's Vision for a Greener City Outlined at Luncheon

    HONG KONG, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong's vision for a "greener city" through a new wave of innovative waste management and recycling initiatives was outlined to eco-industry leaders and associations along with consul-generals and trade commissioners representing 16 countries at a networking lunch themed "Waste Less, Save More - Creating Business Opportunities" on 16 March 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The event was an introduction to the Eco Expo Asia 2018 to be held at Asia World-Expo from 25-28 October. The Expo is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

    In the welcoming speech, Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC said the "Waste Less, Save More" theme responded to strong market demand for waste management schemes and technologies.

    "Waste has become a common problem for affluent societies, with ever-growing amounts of refuse, including food, produced as a result of economic expansion," he said, explaining the pressing need for imperative measures on waste management and recycling are a "committed focus" of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.

    - Hong Kong initiatives

    In his keynote address, HKSAR Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, outlined the latest Environment Bureau waste management and recycling initiatives that could offer a glimpse into a better, greener world ahead.

    "Waste management is a major challenge for a green city," he said, as our consumption-driven lifestyles are putting enormous pressure on landfills. "Clearly, Hong Kong needs a more sustainable way to deal with waste." The Secretary for the Environment went on to explain some of the measures Hong Kong is undertaking to address these problems.

    Among the city's new initiatives is the WEEE PARK, a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment and recycling facility. It is a flagship government-funded waste-to-resources facility that officially opened on 19 March.

    Operated by a consortium formed by Germany's ALBA Group and the Integrated Waste Solutions Group, WEEE PARK is the modern face of WEEE recycling facility turning WEEE into useful secondary raw materials through a series of detoxification, dismantling and recycling processes using advanced technologies and equipment.

    Meanwhile, Hong Kong's first self-sustained sludge treatment facility, T PARK, marks a significant step forward in the city's waste-to-energy journey. Being one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the world, T PARK combines a variety of advanced technologies into a single complex and bring together sludge incinerators with power generation and desalination. To enhance public awareness of sustainable development, a wide range of educational and leisure facilities showcasing the benefits of a waste-to-energy approach in waste management are also open to the public.

    At the community level, a "Dump Less, Save More" Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme is to provide financial incentives to promote waste reduction at source and reduce overall disposal.

    In addition, Mr Wong highlighted other environmental initiatives the government is working on. Hong Kong's first organic resources recovery centre, O PARK, is a large-scale waste-to-energy facility with the major target for treating food waste generated from the industrial and commercial sectors including manufacturers, restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. Furthermore, EcoPark and the Recycling Fund are backing the recycling industry to develop enhanced technology to improve waste recovery rates.

    At the same time, a HK$300 million "Pilot Green" transportation fund supports the testing of green and innovative technologies for public transport and goods vehicles. The green bond issuance plan promotes the development of green finance in Hong Kong. Moreover, the government will enhance tax concessions for capital expenditure incurred by enterprises in procuring eligible energy-efficient building installations and renewable energy devices by allowing tax deductions to be claimed in full in one year, instead of the current time frame of five years.

    "With all these initiatives, we will make Hong Kong cleaner, and save more," pledged Mr Wong.

    - Waste management and recycling

    At a "chit-chat" panel discussion, Victor Li, Immediate Past Chairperson of the Hong Kong Waste Management Association, and Wolfgang Ehmann, Executive Director of German Industry and Commerce Ltd also examined the issue.

    Mr Li noted that waste should be considered a resource, not just waste. To capitalise on future opportunities in the sector, he said waste management should be seriously regarded as resource management:"It's just a different resource."

    He explained that Hong Kong is setting an example, sharing expertise with the Chinese mainland in addressing the challenge. "Hong Kong is energetic, agile and smart," he said. "We know how to find the world's leading experts. We are comfortable that we know what we are doing. We know this is the best way and we have the resources to spend." But the big question is "how to persuade Hong Kong companies to join our initiatives? We just have to wake up a lot of people."

    Mr Ehmann predicted that waste management and recycling was an industry set for major expansion. "It is a huge issue and challenge worldwide", he said. "Extending even beyond countries to the ocean, where revelations of giant islands of plastic waste are shocking the world."

    The Secretary for the Environment finally stressed that government efforts alone are not enough. As Hong Kong is set to become a key pillar of the Chinese mainland's Belt and Road Initiative, and the cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area seek to enhance quality living in a greener environment, he called on industry and society to work together for a more sustainable future.

    - Eco Expo Asia 2018

    Looking ahead, Eco Expo Asia 2018 in October is the region's premier business platform of its kind, which last year welcomed 335 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, and more than 14,000 buyers from 102 countries and regions, including industry leaders and members of the green tech community from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Asia and beyond.

    "Having achieved record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers last year, we have much to look forward to as we prepare for the 2018 edition," said Mr Chau. "I'm sure this year's Eco Expo Asia will once again attract plenty of buyers and suppliers from around the world to Hong Kong - to do business, network and exchange ideas on innovative green solutions," he added.

    Waste Management and Recycling is again one of the largest exhibition zones along with Water Treatment & Quality Management and Green Transportation. A Startup zone is also an ideal platform for new ventures to showcase their green innovations and solutions to potential buyers, manufacturers and investors - with young entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the globe welcome to participate.

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    Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com
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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: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
    - Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    - Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    - LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

    Contact:
    Selina Fan Tel: +852 2584 4298 Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

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    Fearless Girl
    - A collaboration between ACT Responsible and Gunn Report

    - Fearless Girl #1 campaign | BBDO New York #1 agency | BBDO Worldwide #1 network | Amnesty International #1 brand

    LONDON, Apr 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Good Report is a unique ranking of the world's best use of creative communications to promote sustainability and social responsibility to raise awareness of major social and environmental issues. It is created in collaboration between ACT Responsible, the international non-profit association and largest global source of the world's best ads on social and environmental issues, and Gunn Report, the global index of creative excellence in advertising.

    Now in its fifth year, a total of 1045 campaigns produced by 680 agencies for 850 advertisers from 80 countries were evaluated for this latest Good Report. The ranking is created by combining the industry's recognition with the performance measured by the Gunn Report, as well as the promotional effort behind the campaigns and the general public's recognition from public votes organized by ACT Responsible. There is no complicated criteria or categories, just great work for Good.

    The Good Report 2017 is made-up of 40 campaigns, of which 31 are for NGO's, institutions and foundations and 9 are for commercial brands. The top 25 agencies are made up of three independents and 22 networked agencies. In the top 20 Networks list there are three independent networks and 17 networks owned by holding companies; and the top 10 Advertisers include six NGO's/Institutions and four for-profit companies.

    Taking the top places are:

    Most successful Campaigns promoting good causes 2017
    #1 Fearless Girl, McCann New York - State Street Corporation
    #2 Switch it off, Ogilvy Germany, Berlin - Amnesty International
    #3 Meet Graham, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne - Transport Accident Commission
    #4 Evan, BBDO New York - Sandy Hook Promise
    #5 The First Braille Smartwatch, Serviceplan Germany - Dot Incorporation

    Most successful Agencies promoting good causes 2017
    #1 - BBDO New York - USA
    #2 - McCann New York - USA
    #3 - Ogilvy Berlin - Germany
    #4 - Clemenger BBDO Melbourne - Australia
    #5 - Serviceplan Munchen - Germany

    Most successful Networks promoting good causes 2017
    #1 - BBDO Worldwide
    #2 - FCB Worldwide
    #3 - McCann Worldgroup
    #4 - Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
    #5 - Young & Rubicam Group

    Most successful brands promoting good causes 2017
    #1 - Amnesty International
    #2 - WWF
    #3 - UNICEF
    #4 - Red Cross
    #5 - Greenpeace

    Act Responsible considers that advertising recognition is too often confined to its commercial side; and that the other part of its role, such as informing, raising awareness and educating, is often forgotten.

    For 17 years now, Act Responsible has collected the best ads promoting sustainability & social responsibility in order to highlight the use of creativity to raise awareness of the world's major issues. Still, hardly any specific recognition is offered to agencies that give time and talent to support the communication of public interest causes. Nonetheless, the commitment of communication professionals to these causes is fundamental; good causes need campaigns to create awareness of their existence.

    Act Responsible has created 'The Good Report' in collaboration with Gunn Report, to celebrate the wonderful work and dedication that thousands of agencies are making to support these major causes, in order to further motivate and inspire creativity as well as the continued production of new campaigns.

    "With The Good Report, ACT Responsible continues its mission of promoting, inspiring and federating the communications industry for the greater Good. We truly believe advertising has a major role in educating and promoting good to help make the world a better place and we are proud the celebrate this work every year. Producing The Good Report with the collaboration of the Gunn Report Team is a great privilege" says Herve de Clerck, ACT Responsible Dream Leader.

    "Act Responsible honours the hugely valuable job our industry does, throughout the year in countries all round the world, in multiplying the impact and effectiveness of communications for Good Causes. The Good Report adds a commendable extra dimension to their mission and we are proud to be a part of it," says Emma Wilkie, managing director of Gunn Report.

    View The Good Report 2017 list at act-responsible.org/the-good-report/

    The campaigns featured in The Good Report will be exhibited at the annual Act Responsible Expo held at the Cannes Lions 65th international festival of creativity in June.


    About Act Responsible

    ACT Responsible is a Swiss-based non-profit organization created in 2001. ACT stands for Advertising Community Together. The association mission is to federate the Advertising Communications industry around Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development and share good practices. Today, ACT Responsible has created, hand in hand withAdForum.com, a large and unique database of campaigns gathered worldwide, highlighting outstanding work and showing how the advertising industry is playing its role raising awareness on crucial issues. ACT Responsible has built a network of committed agencies, media, production companies, advertisers, institutions, NGOs and corporations all over the world, who believe responsible advertising is an essential focus of modern communications. The association is part of the United Nations Global Compact.

    About Gunn Report

    - The global index of creative, effective and media excellence in advertising

    Gunn Report celebrates award-winning qualities in advertising. It ranks the world's best creative, effective and media ideas as well as companies and countries based on their performance in the most important international, regional and national creative, media, effective and strategy awards contests to produce Gunn 100, WARC 100 and Gunn Media 100.

    The campaigns it showcases have the power to produce an immediate impact on sales and a longer-term impact on brand building. The Gunn Report's research articles further demonstrate the commercial power of creativity.

    As well as the various rankings, Gunn Report offers a library of more than 3,500 award-winning creative campaigns and a series of research studies. The Gunn Report was founded by Donald Gunn in 1999 and was acquired by WARC in 2016. Gunn Report is available online by subscription.

    Contact:
    Isabel Kurata Co-Founder Act Responsible & The Good Report +41 27 480 3045 / +33 6 0708 1207 isa@act-responsible.org Amanda Benfell Director of Communications +44 20 7467 8125 amanda@gunnreport.com

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    Shekar Khosla, Chief Commercial Officer, Kellogg's Asia Pacific and Africa is jury chair

    LONDON, Apr 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - WARC, the international authority on advertising and media effectiveness, today launches the WARC Prize for Asian Strategy 2018, a search for the best strategic ideas from Asia's marketing industry.

    Now in its eighth year, this case study competition focusing on strategic thinking is free to enter and is open to clients and agencies in any marketing discipline. There is a $10,000 Prize fund for the top winning papers that best showcase Asia's smartest marketing campaigns, highlighting breakthrough ideas from across the region.

    Lucy Aitken, WARC's case study editor says: "We want to reward strategic thinking that helps clients solve real-life problems and provides a base for future growth. The jury will be looking for case studies that show a link between the strategies and the results of the marketing activity."

    The top entries will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The Grand Prix for the best overall paper will receive $5,000 and five Special Awards, awarded at the judges' discretion, will each be presented with $1,000 in recognition of specific areas of excellence:

    The Category Disrupter Award for the best example of a brand that has successfully broken with category conventions.

    The Early Adopter Award for the best example of a brand using a new innovation, emerging tech or platform.

    The Local Hero Award for the best example of a challenger Asian brand using a smart marketing strategy to take on bigger competitors.

    The Customer Journey Award for the best example of a brand creating a compelling path to purchase.

    The Research Excellence Award for the best use of research in the development of strategic ideas.

    Shekar Khosla, Chief Commercial Officer of Kellogg's Asia Pacific and Africa, will chair the jury. He advises entrants: "Humbly pull forward an inspiring future by courageously pushing back on assumptions of the past."

    The first judges joining Shekar on the jury, which include senior marketers and strategy experts, are:

    - Richard Bleasdale, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, The Observatory International
    - Eileen Borromeo, Planning Director, McCann Worldgroup Philippines
    - Vincent Digonnet, CEO, MullenLowe Group APAC
    - Upasana Dua, Head of Strategic Planning, Y&R Indonesia Group Companies
    - Piotr Jakubowski, CMO, GO-JEK Indonesia
    - Joanne Lao, CEO, TBWA\Greater China
    - Lin Liu, Head of Strategy & Planning, Isobar China
    - Sook Ping Chow, Managing Director, R/GA Shanghai
    - Sindhuja Rai, Director of Media & Digital, Mondelez Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
    - Ida Siow, Head of Planning, JWT Singapore and Southeast Asia
    - Nathanit Tantanapornkul, Head of Strategic Planning, Publicis Thailand

    More judges will be announced shortly. Entries are now open and the deadline for submissions is 10 July 2018. The winning case studies will be published in WARC's Asia Strategy Report, showcasing the region's smartest thinking.

    More information on the WARC Prize for Asian Strategy 2018 can be found at www.warc.com/asiaprize.prize.

    About WARC

    - your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness

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

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

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

    Contact:
    Amanda Benfell PR Manager +44 20 7467 8125 amanda.benfell@warc.com

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    Malta, Apr 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The company's own capital now exceeds 50 million euros. In 2017, the number of clients has doubled. Such growth in business was prompted by rapid team expansion, launch of new cryptocurrency products and entry into new markets.

    Net growth
    Last year the total number of EXANTE clients increased by 121%, which, in absolute terms, became the most powerful boost since the company's inception. Based on the audited financial statements for the year aggregated AUM* grew by 80% as compared to 2016, marking a new record for the company. Stakeholder equity increased by 40%.

    New products
    During 2017 EXANTE launched a new line of financial products in the cryptocurrency market. Among them are XAI altcoin index fund as well as various other funds focused on popular cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Monero, Ripple, Zcash and Dash. Thanks to the dramatic growth of Bitcoin price in 2016-2017, the Bitcoin Fund launched back in 2012 again became one of the most popular products offered by the company. Another unique product launched by EXANTE in 2017 is a debit card linked to a client's brokerage account. With it investors are able to use profits gained by trading of over 100,000 financial instruments at lightning speed.

    Geographical expansion
    In addition to offices in Malta, Cyprus, Latvia and Russia, last year EXANTE opened six new offices (including partners working under EXANTE brand) - in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kiev, Warsaw and Astana. On top of that, a Kazakh company First Qazaq launched a network of partnering offices to offer financial services under its own brand with EXANTE's support.

    Public & Government Relations
    In 2017 there were more publications featuring EXANTE than in all previous years combined. The total number of press pieces mentioning EXANTE and its experts approached 360, not including company press releases published by news agencies. In addition, the 100-year anniversary paper issue of Forbes Russia featured a page dedicated to EXANTE. The company's experts joined state workgroups on blockchain and cryptocurrencies in Malta and Kazakhstan. EXANTE supports the Il-Gardina charity project launched by the government of Malta. Through various channels and activities EXANTE has directly and indirectly supported Maltese local charities to the tune of 350,000 euros. Our experts addressed the TCDisrupt conference in Berlin, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference in Malta, Baltic Honeybadger event in Riga and took part in other important international gatherings. EXANTE sponsored and judged the Warwick Investor League trading competition hosted by this top-tier British college.

    Venture investments
    To top it all off, in 2017, EXANTE has instituted its very own venture investment arm Exantech. The first startups backed by Exantech were Comino, that produces home GPU miners, and STASIS, that develops a technological platform used to create reserved cryptocurrencies. Both projects were successfully launched in the autumn of 2017. Comino miners got excellent reviews from Thenextweb, a leading European technological portal. Exantech's initial investment into Comino was $10,000,000.

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