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    KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - SEMI, the industry association representing the global manufacturing supply chain, today announced postponement of SEMICON Southeast Asia from 8-10 May 2018 to 22-24 May 2018. The postponement is in view with the recently announced Malaysian election planned for 9 May 2018. The venue for SEMICON Southeast Asia, the newly constructed Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), remains unchanged.

    The postponement is in respect to Malaysian exhibitors and visitors to exercise their right to vote, said Ng Kai Fai, President of SEMI Southeast Asia. The decision was made in view of the election date and following discussions with SEMICON Southeast Asia stakeholders.

    "We highly value and respect the country's election process, which is very important for Malaysia and Malaysians," Kai Fai said. "We also want to ensure that SEMICON Southeast Asia achieves its primary objective of forming connections and collaborations for exhibitors and visitors, both regionally and globally. We have received very strong support from our stakeholders and are confident and reassured that this will be the largest SEMICON Southeast Asia show to date."

    For more information, please visit or contact +65 6339 6361.

    About SEMI
    SEMI(R) connects over 2,000 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies.

    Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    Please contact on behalf of SEMI:
    Acendus Communications Sdn Bhd
    - Michael Poh at +60 12 395 5202
    - Reshvinder Kaur at +60 17 275 7985

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    Facilitating the Long Term Development of "Integrated Senior Wellness Hub"

    HONG KONG, Apr 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - A leading operator of care and attention homes for the elderly in Hong Kong, Pine Care Group Limited ("Pine Care Group" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 1989.HK), is pleased to announce that Patina Wellness Limited ("Patina Wellness"), a joint venture of the Group with Utopia Limited, has entered into a tenancy agreement with Everhost Limited ("Everhost") to lease a premises situated at 18 Junction Road, Kowloon City for setting up and operating residential care home for the elderly, clinic, service apartments, club house, and restaurant, for the long term development of "Integrated Senior Wellness Hub" of the Group.

    According to the tenancy agreement, Everhost will lease the building named "Patina" and situated at 18 Junction Road, Kowloon City to Patina Wellness for a fixed term of 10 years commencing from 1 April 2018 and up to 31 March 2028. The premises are of a total floor area of approximately 84,000 square feet.

    Having total floor area of over 80,000 square feet, the sizeable premises enable Patina Wellness to establish and operate an upscale community for the elderly, which is expected to comprise of an upscale residential care home for the elderly for residents requiring a moderate to high level of care, a multidisciplinary clinic, service apartments and clubhouse for active retirees, and a health focused restaurant.

    The long duration of the tenancy agreement of "Patina" will provide the Group with sufficient time to recuperate its initial investments and maintain stability of the business of "Integrated Senior Wellness Hub" and at the same time facilitate the Group to formulate its strategy in relation to the "Integrated Senior Wellness Hub" over a long term planning horizon.

    Mr. Yim Billy Pui Kei, CEO of Pine Care Group said, "We are always committed to provide quality services for the elderly. The tenancy of Patina facilitates us to develop the "Integrated Senior Wellness Hub" and to expand our business coverage to active seniors who require a lower level of care compared to traditional RCHE residents, while at the same time, widen the breadth of our service offerings for this emerging market segment. In the future, we will continue to improve the quality of elderly services and serve various needs of the elderly, and dedicate to the betterment of elderly."

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    Grasps Opportunities Arising from Strong Demand for Clean New Energy through a Win-win Co-operation

    HONG KONG, Apr 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Northern New Energy Holdings Limited ("Northern New Energy" / the "Group", stock code: 8246) has signed a cooperation framework agreement , via its subsidiary Hua Xia Northern Technology Development (Tianjin) Limited, with Tractebel Engineering S.A.("Tractebel" ) and Tianjin Jinre Heat-Supply Group Co. Ltd ( "Jinre Group" ) on cooperation in such areas as coal-to-gas conversion heating projects, improving the service of heating facilities and networks, energy efficiency management and construction of gas storage facilities. The Group, Tractebel and Jinre Group have agreed to jointly submit a feasible proposal regarding the scope of cooperation to relevant government agencies on or before 30 September this year. The cooperation is expected to enable the Group to upgrade its professional technologies for grasping opportunities arising from the strong demand for clean new energy in Tianjin, as well as develop into an enterprise capable of offering diverse integrated new energy services.

    Both parties that the Group signed agreement with are resourceful. With more than 150 years of experience, Tractebel is one of the world's largest engineering and consultancy companies. It provides first-class engineering and consultancy services in energy, water and infrastructure. Tractebel has its expertise extended across Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Meanwhile, as the key heat-supply enterprise in Tianjin, Jinre Group is a specialized and well-established heat-supply group, which integrated its operation as the provision of heat-supply engineering construction, centralized heat-supply management, new technology research and development as well as material supply.

    At the end of last year, the PRC government announced the "2017-2021 Winter Clean Heating Plan in Northern China", which promises enormous business opportunities to the new energy sector and benefits to the all-round development of the Group. In the long run, the Group will strive to develop its diverse integrated new energy services, expand its new energy business to cover nearby areas in the north and continue to explore opportunities of multi-lateral cooperation, so as to generate greater shareholder value.

    Northern New Energy Holdings Limited
    Northern New Energy Holdings Limited formerly known as Noble House (China) Holdings Limited, is a company listed on the GEM Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 2011 (stock code: 8246). In 2015, the Group began to develop new energy operations and R&D of related technologies, plus construction engineering business. The Group also operates restaurants, provides management services, and sells processed food and seafood. Also in 2015, the Group further diversified its business to cover also property investment.

    Media enquiries
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    Intends to Jointly Drive Development of Projects in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area

    HONG KONG, Apr 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited ("AAI" or the "Group") (stock code: 00711) announced that its controlling shareholder (including the shares directly and indirectly owned by members of the Pang family) has entered into an agreement on 23 March 2018 in relation to the disposal of 9.8% shares to SFund International Investment Fund Management Limited ("SFund International"). After the transaction completed, the Pang family will own approximately 61.8% equity interest in AAI and will remain as the Group's largest shareholder.

    Mr. Dominic Pang, Chairman of AAI, said, "Our cooperation with SFund International not only enables us to diversify the Group's shareholder base, but also allows us to capitalize on the experience and resources of SFund International in Mainland China to seize development opportunities, leading to the expansion of the Group's presence both inside and outside the country and other regions, and generate synergies between both parties. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area is one of Mainland China's major development projects, in view of the strong demand for education, elderly services and housing in the region, both parties have reached an initial agreement in which the plan will result in joint efforts to drive the development of projects in the said Area."

    The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area is one of Mainland China's key development projects following its inclusion in the government's national strategies. With AAI's experience in property development, construction and project management as well as SFund International's network and resources in the country, both parties will jointly explore the enormous infrastructure and real estate development opportunities that emerge from the Big Bay Area Project, and will evaluate opportunities in area such as international schools, elderly services, housing and residential care services.

    Founded in 2013 and led by the Guangzhou Municipal Government, Guangzhou Industrial Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. engages in businesses such as government fund management, private equity (PE) investment, venture capital (VC) and other finance platforms. Moreover, it has built a complete financial industrial chain that covers angel funds, VC investment, PRE-IPO, PIPE, M&A funds, urban development funds, government funds, Internet financing and fixed income, among other services. As at the end of 2017, it had contracted funds valued at RMB380 billion and managed actual funds worth RMB138 billion. SFund International is the international investment and financing arm shrewd in innovation of Guangzhou Industrial Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.

    Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (stock code: 00711.HK)
    Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited ("AAI") is listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under stock code 00711. It is engaged in various businesses including construction engineering and management, property development, security services and property management. With Hong Kong as its business development base, AAI is also exploring development opportunities with Asia as the main focus, as well as in overseas markets. Its subsidiary "Chun Wo" is a renowned construction contractor and property developer in Hong Kong, which enables AAI to capitalise on that company's solid construction experience and professional capabilities to seize the opportunities for infrastructure development in countries along the "Belt and Road" initiative, and, ultimately, to increase overall profitability and create higher investment value. For details, please refer to the company website:

    For press enquiries:
    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Joanne Lam (852) 2864 4816
    Cindy Lung (852) 2864 4867
    Isabel Kwok (852) 2864 4824

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    Professor K.F. Wong, Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    HONG KONG, Apr 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Cutting-edge technology solutions are changing the way we live like never before, as we prepare for a futuristic new era of smart cities. The radical shift in the urban fabric, integrating data, communications and sensors to boost the efficiency of civic operations and services was the focus of a seminar themed 'Disruptive Technology Enabling Smart City' at the 15th edition of the HKTDC International ICT Expo at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

    Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong Unveiled --

    Exploring the technology side of this year's expo theme "Smart City: The Way of the Future", the seminar organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) was moderated by Professor K.F. Wong, Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    He introduced the session praising Hong Kong's own vision for a 'Smart City'. The blueprint unveiled "embraces innovative technology for a smart Hong Kong under six key areas," he said, which included mobility, living, environment, people, government and the economy.

    The blueprint promises to "improve quality of life by changing ways of living", he said, while disruptive technologies, the theme of the seminar, will play a key role in making the vision a reality, bringing "better ways to live in this world".

    Building Smart Cities with Data Technology --

    Patrick Chan, Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud Hong Kong & Macau, explained how Alibaba's cloud-computing ecosystem, developed originally for the e-retail giant's businesses including the online payment platform Alipay, is now being commercialised for government and enterprise applications through what it brands 'ET City Brain'.

    "Data embraces all of society," he said. "The question is how smart cities can use it?" The answer is "in a multitude of ways" - from security and the environment to health systems and medical record management.

    One of the most immediate and visible benefits is traffic management alleviating traffic jams and snarl-ups in Hangzhou, the first Chinese city to embrace Alibaba's 'ET City Brain Solution'. With 8,000 traffic lights, 2,300 junctions, 11,000 taxis and 5,000 buses, Hangzhou, which also happens to be Alibaba's home, was enduring chaotic traffic when it launched Alibaba's first smart city initiative in 2016 "to make life easier and more convenient for citizens".

    Through "intelligent deployment of all available real-time traffic data", including GPS and sensors revealing traffic status, traffic light control is now adjusted to optimise efficiency. As a result, Alibaba's cloud computing ecosystem has "made every junction smarter" and "improved daily transportation for everyone" - with overall traffic movement accelerated by 11%.

    The 'ET City Brain Solution' is now on the drawing-board for Suzhou, Quzhou, Macau and even further afield in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur; with improved service applications extending from transport and public services to real estate, finance, health, e-commerce and entertainment - and even improving ways smart cities can adapt their systems to changing weather.

    "Ultimately, through merging advanced technology and data, we are helping cities to build better services, control and organisation," said Mr Chan. Alibaba is also keen to help make Hong Kong a smarter city.

    Cybersecurity Alongside Smart City Development --

    "Smart cities will bring great benefits making life easier, but before we are all connected we must think about security," cautioned Garrick Ng, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

    As the leader of Cisco's engineering strategy and operations for enterprise, commercial and service provider systems, Mr Ng noted that by 2020, there will be an estimated 30 billion 'things' connected through the internet worldwide - equivalent to four times the world's population. "This opens the door for hackers, and makes it very easy for them to get in," he warned.

    While cities are getting smarter, so are the hackers, he said: "It's a whole new world for us, but it's also a whole new world for the hackers. Hacking chaos used to happen in the movies. Now hacking is a huge industry - they are making a lot of money."

    As an example, he cited the recent 'ransomware' infecting smart TVs, when hackers brazenly telephoned users promising to unlock the block for HK$500. Victims could, of course, take their smart TVs to the manufacturer for cleaning, but they would be charged about the same amount - "with a lot more hassle". "Either way you had to pay," he said.

    In other frightening cases, he recalled a "huge attack" that brought down a large part of the United States internet for a day. It subsequently transpired that 100,000 internet devices were hijacked from the unknowing public to mount the attack. In Ukraine in 2015, 225,000 residents lost power supply for up to six hours during the freezing winter, as a result of 30 power sub-stations being disconnected by hackers.

    WannaCry ransomware claimed 300,000 victims in 150 countries, among them motoring giants like Honda, Nissan and Renault, global logistics leaders FedEx, TNT and Maersk - were effectively shut down for a day at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Hacking is simple, he said, because so few people regularly update the 'patches' and passwords on their computers and devices, it's like leaving their houses unlocked for burglars to hijack their systems for nefarious attacks.

    On the plus side, there is no turning back on smart cities, with advantages far outweighing the risks: "You can even turn up street lighting in a high crime rate area and crime drops!"

    "The world is going to be a very different place in the future," he said. "But we don't only need connectivity for smart cities. We need secure connectivity."

    Building a Next-generation Data-inspired Enterprise --

    Finally, Michael Siu, Senior Solutions Architect, Greater China, Dun & Bradstreet, updated the seminar on the "not so scary" scenario of how his company effectively manages next generation data for enterprises.

    Smart cities and enterprises depend on data, he said, and Dun & Bradstreet has been providing databases since long before the online age, since being founded in 1841 - "nearly two centuries of unlocking the truth through data".

    The New York-listed data manager today boats a database of 290 million business records, and 30,000 data sources - which makes it in demand from 90% of Forbes 500 companies.

    "We also play a vital part in maintaining Hong Kong's role as Asia's leading banking and financial centre," he said. "Data management is crucial."

    Smart City Seminar Series at HKTDC International ICT Expo -- Organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the International ICT Expo continues through to 16 April at the HKCEC, featuring more than 3,500 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions. The two fairs showcase the latest electronics, cutting-edge technology and ICT solutions from around the world. The Smart City Seminar Series features industry experts exploring such topics as Internet security, Fintech, developing smart business through IoT applications, how disruptive technology is driving smart city development, smart mobility and logistics, smart home trends and electronic ID. Event details:

    15th Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring)
    2,950 exhibitors, 24 countries and regions
    Startup Zone:

    15th International ICT Expo
    600 exhibitors,10 countries and regions
    Smart City zone:
    Startup Zone:

    HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department -
    Joshua Cheng, +852 2584 4395,
    Angela Cheu, +852 2584 4546,

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    Nicholas Yang (R), Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR, visits today's opening of the HKTDC International ICT Expo.
    The Tech Hall at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) presents a wide range of high-tech electronic products in four thematic zones: Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Virtual Reality and Wearable Electronics.
    The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) presents a robot demonstration which attracts the attention of global buyers.
    Spotlighting Leading Technology, Start-ups and Smart City

    HONG KONG, Apr 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the International ICT Expo opened today and continue through 16 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), featuring more than 3,500 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions. The two fairs showcase the latest electronics, cutting-edge technology and ICT solutions from around the world.

    The HKTDC has organised more than 180 buying missions, comprising over 13,000 representatives from 9,500 companies to visit the two fairs. They include major global importers, distributors and retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart from the United States, Canadian Tire from Canada, and Carrefour from France.

    With innovation and technology driving social development and economic growth, as well as improving quality of life, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said there is keen demand for new high-end technologies and products in the global market.

    "The Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo are both must-go annual exhibitions for the industry, which help foster many business cooperation. Since last year, the HKTDC launched a dedicated Startup zone to provide a platform for new start-ups to present ideas to global buyers and potential investors, grasping business opportunities and exploring overseas markets," said Mr Chau.

    Startup zone helps start-ups go overseas --

    Located at Halls 3FG concourse, the Startup zone gathers 110 start-ups from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States to present innovative technologies to global buyers. Some of the creative products include: a smart eyeshade with special sensors that capture the user's brainwaves during sleep and selects music to play via a mobile app based on the user's mood (Booth: 3CON-B15); a smart LED lamp with a patented air-purification technology (Booth: 3CON-B16); equipped with a 360 degrees 3D scanning feature, a printer that uses light emitted from smart devices to print 3D designs in open air, allowing users to see the printing process (Booth: 3CON-B23); and electronic socks made for babies to monitor the infant's vital signs such as blood oxygen level, heart rate and body temperature (Booth: 3CON-B18) (Zone details:

    To help start-ups gain exposure and meet potential investors, a series of start-up themed events, including Smart Launch sessions, pitching sessions, media pitch day and investment matchmaking sessions have been organised in collaboration with start-up accelerators and incubators, including Angel Investment Foundation, Backer, Hello Reporter, Hong Kong Business Angel Network, HSBC, Incu-Lab, Jumpstart magazine, Qianhai International Liaison Services, StartHub and Techstars. Sharing sessions and mentoring sessions are also being staged, where successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, start-up accelerators and incubators share entrepreneurial insights on market promotion, finding manufacturing partners, and crowdfunding.

    Asia's largest spring electronics trade fair --

    As Asia's largest spring electronics event, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) this year features some 2,950 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, with new exhibitors from Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. Key electronics production centres, including the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan, have set up group pavilions. One of the highlight zones, the Hall of Fame, is showcasing more than 605 internationally renowned brands, including Bourgini, Desay, Greatwall, HKC, Latitude, Roadrover, SKROSS and Polaroid.

    Back by popular demand, the Tech Hall returns this year at Halls 5FG with four thematic zones: Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Virtual Reality, and Wearable Electronics. Some of the latest electronic products on show include: a low temperature robot capable of operating at -40 degrees that was showcased at the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games (Booth: 5G-B27); a smart switch from a Hungarian exhibitor that can be attached to wires of electronic products, allowing users to turn off the electric supply via a mobile app (Booth:5F-F07); and Tesla (Booth: 5F-G02), which is participating in the fair for the first time to showcase their latest electric vehicles. Visitors can learn about Tesla's all-electric powertrain, Autopilot system and sustainable energy solutions. Tesla also offers test drives on a special route starting from the HKCEC.

    The Spring Electronics Fair once again is featuring the Small Orders zone, where more than 200 showcases offering about 2,000 products, are available in minimum order quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces. The zone works in synergy with the online transaction platform ( to provide a comprehensive sourcing experience for buyers.

    The HKTDC has organised a series of events during the fair period featuring industry experts discussing the latest industry development and product trends. At the "2018 Tech Trends Symposium," held on the first three days of the fair (13-15 April), representatives from renowned brands such as Microsoft, Intel, HTC, Philips Lighting, iFlytek and professors from local tertiary institutions, will examine hot topics such as applications of artificial intelligence and robotics, smart home, wearable electronics, and virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) (Event details:

    Smart City: The Way of the Future --

    Running concurrently with the Spring Electronics Fair, the ICT Expo features more than 600 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions showcasing solutions in information, communication and technologies that help enterprises to optimise operations, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

    Under the theme "Smart City: The Way of the Future," this year's Expo debuts a Smart City zone to showcase solutions for smart mobility and logistics, smart living and intelligent control system. Exhibitors include Alicloud, Cisco, Microsoft, NEC, ZTE, Hong Kong Airport Authority, members of the Smart City Consortium, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Hong Kong R&D Centre for LSCM Enabling Technologies (LSCM), Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre (APAS) and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI). The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) is also presenting the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint at the zone, mapping out Hong Kong's development plans for the next five years (Zone details:

    Exhibitors are showing a wide range of the latest technologies and solutions, including a social robot designed for the elderly with dementia or requiring companionship (Booth: 3G-B20), a smart street lamp (Booth: 3G-A08), a robotic effector system for label affixing (Booth: 3F-G08), and a palm fusion biometric access control system (Booth: 3G-B08).

    The Smart City Seminar Series features industry experts exploring such topics as Internet security, Fintech, developing smart business through IoT applications, how disruptive technology is driving smart city development, smart mobility and logistics, smart home trends and electronic ID (Event details:

    The SME IT Clinic continues to provide complimentary professional consultation services on ICT solutions to help SMEs enhance business efficiency. The winners of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018, organised by the OGCIO, are also showcasing their products and solutions at the fair.

    Enhanced fair websites to facilitate year-round sourcing --

    To encourage suppliers to use online-to-offline (O2O) promotion, the HKTDC has enhanced the sourcing function of its trade fair websites by launching the year-round "Exhibition Online" platform. Apart from featuring fair updates and the latest industry sourcing information, the platform allows suppliers to connect with worldwide buyers anytime, while buyers can source industry-specific products from dedicated fair websites. The Exhibition Online platform is an online extension of the physical exhibition to facilitate business discussions between suppliers and buyers beyond the fair period.

    The HKTDC's e-Badge initiative, which was well-received when launched last November, has been introduced at the Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo, and will gradually be introduced to most of the HKTDC trade fairs this year.

    Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
    Edition: 15th
    Fair Period: 13-16 April
    Venue: HKCEC
    No of Exhibitors: Some 2,950 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions
    Exhibition Online Websites:
    Startup Zone Website:
    Highlighted Products and Solutions:

    International ICT Expo
    Edition: 15th
    Fair Period: 13-16 April
    Venue: HKCEC
    No of Exhibitors: More than 600 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions
    Exhibition Online Websites: Smart City zone:
    Startup Zone Website:
    Highlighted Products and Solutions:

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    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
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    HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department - Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: Angela Cheu, Tel: +852 2584 4546, Email:

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    SEOUL, KOREA, Apr 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Suprema, a global leader in biometrics and security, launched the BioLite N2, a mullion-type access control and time attendance terminal featuring the world's most advanced fingerprint technology with a rugged IP67 weatherproof structure, at ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas.

    BioLite N2 is designed for both enterprise access control systems and time attendance applications, combining Suprema's industry-leading technologies with innovative features. Loaded with a powerful 1.2GHz CPU and massive 4GB memory, BioLite N2 achieves incredible matching speeds of up to 20,000 matches per second, accommodates up to 10,000 users and provides instant matching results with minimal lag time.

    For reliable operation under harsh conditions including outdoor installation or temperature extremes, BioLite N2 features a rugged IP67 structure and a class-leading operating range of -20 degrees ~ 50 degrees Celsius, or -4 degrees ~ 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The device also features an illuminated keypad and a high-contrast GUI for better visibility under various lighting conditions.

    BioLite N2 provides exceptional performance and accuracy on dry finger skin, particularly in the winter season when humidity drops. With its recent advances in image processing and sensor technology, the company's current 2nd generation fingerprint terminal yields up to 5 times greater accuracy on dry skin or under cold weather conditions than competing units (in terms of false rejection rate).

    "The new BioLite N2 is designed to provide the best reliable fingerprint matching performance in any environment, including outdoor installation and extreme weather conditions. As is common with Suprema's other 2nd generation fingerprint IP readers, BioLite N2 provides up to 200% faster matching speed than its predecessor BioLite Net, and easily outperforms competing products," said HC Kim, Director of Global Business at Suprema.

    At the show, Suprema also showcased its latest range of centralized access control devices including the CoreStation access control unit, fingerprint readers, RFID/keypad readers and the updated BioStar 2 with access management software.

    To experience the latest Suprema products and technologies, please book at the link below or visit the Suprema booth (#28065) at ISC West 2018.

    About Suprema Inc.

    Suprema is a leading global provider of biometrics and security. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema continually designs and develops industry leading products and solutions. Suprema's extensive range of portfolio includes biometric access control systems, time & attendance solutions, fingerprint live scanners, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint modules. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 130 countries and is one of the world's Top 50 security manufacturer in its turnover (ranked in A&S's Security 50, 2010-2017). For more information, please visit

    Andy Ahn Head of Marketing, Suprema Inc. Email:

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    SINGAPORE, Apr 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR's Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), today announced their collaboration to develop innovative new technologies for vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

    These predictive technologies will leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to optimize the management of Singapore's port and surrounding waters, which sees an immense volume of seaborne trade and traffic. The technologies will also be validated using real-world data to improve the forecasting of congestion and identification of potential collisions and other risk hotspots before they occur at sea.

    The research and development for these new maritime technologies has been conducted under the guidance of the Urban Computing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (UCE CoE), a public-private partnership consisting of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), SMU, and Fujitsu, that was established in 2014.

    This collaboration demonstrates the UCE CoE's continued commitment to harnessing high performance computing capabilities in the development of solutions for sustainable urban operations, offering another example of how researchers at UCE CoE are using Singapore to test-bed next generation solutions for real-world issues faced by industry and government.

    The outcomes of this research and development phase, as well as the practical knowledge and experience gained through the project trials, will be integrated into Fujitsu's future maritime solutions.


    The Straits of Singapore and Malacca comprise one of the world's busiest sea lanes. As a globally critical point of passage for seaborne commercial shipping traffic, the continuous enhancement of navigational safety in these crowded waters is a crucial goal.

    In view of this goal, the UCE CoE initiated research and development into technologies for maritime vessel traffic management in 2015, employing the diverse strengths of Fujitsu, IHPC, and SMU. IHPC contributed its capabilities in modeling and simulation, as well as probabilistic modeling and machine learning techniques, while SMU provided its expertise in large-scale multi-agent optimization models. Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. leveraged its data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies to support the endeavour.

    About the Newly Developed Technologies

    As a result of the collaboration between Fujitsu, IHPC, and SMU, several key technologies are being developed for improving the management of maritime vessel traffic. These include:

    Prediction models, such as:
    - A short-term trajectory prediction model that accurately predicts the trajectory of a vessel using machine learning and motion physics
    - A long-term traffic model that can forecast the traffic situation based on the traffic patterns of a large number of vessel types, derived from historical data

    Risk and hotspot calculation models, such as:
    - A risk calculation model that can reliably quantify the near-miss risk of a pair of vessels, by integrating various risk models (ensemble risk model)
    - A hotspot model that dynamically reveals changing risk hotspots through spatio-temporal data analysis

    Intelligent coordination models, such as:
    - A spatial coordination model that seeks to re-route vessels to avoid near-miss and collision incidents
    - A temporal coordination model that coordinates the passage timing of vessels to reduce hotspots
    - Both of the above models will support real-time decision-making to mitigate predicted risks while minimizing disruptions and ensuring smooth navigation for the vessels

    These technologies will eventually be integrated and test-bedded for their potential to enhance navigational safety, such as the ability to detect and recognise a near-miss risk prior to the event (e.g. 10 minutes beforehand) by combining short-term trajectory prediction with risk calculation. Another target is to forecast and mitigate the dynamically changing hotspot before it is generated (e.g. 30 minutes beforehand) by integrating long-term traffic forecasts, hotspot calculation, and intelligent coordination models.

    Comments from the Partners

    MPA supports the development of technologies that harness artificial intelligence to enhance navigational safety within the Port of Singapore. Under the agreement, MPA will provide data and information for further research and development and test-bedding of technologies developed by UCE CoE for application in the Singapore waters.

    "As Singapore develops future capabilities that will enhance our port operations, research and innovation will remain key to the maritime industry. As part of the recently launched Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, MPA is supportive of collaborations among local Institutes of Higher Learning and technology companies to explore new technologies that will raise the standards of navigational safety within the Port of Singapore. We look forward to further testing the research outcomes at the MPA Living Lab," said Capt. M Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), MPA.

    "A*STAR is delighted to deepen our existing partnership with Fujitsu, SMU and MPA to solve challenges faced by Singapore and other maritime nations. Such a private-public partnership model leverages capabilities from both public institutions and industry players, strengthens our collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach, and enhances our collective ability to develop innovative solutions that can meet future maritime needs," said Prof Alfred Huan, Executive Director of A*STAR's IHPC.

    "Multi-agent technology has been used extensively in coordinating the movements of unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles. In this project with MPA, SMU is breaking new grounds in research by proposing a next generation maritime traffic coordination technology that is akin to air traffic control, yet respecting major differences and constraints between air and sea navigation. With the advent of autonomous ships, this technology can potentially disrupt vessel traffic management to reduce human errors and improve navigational safety," said Professor Lau Hoong Chuin, SMU's Lab Director and Lead Investigator of the UCE CoE.

    "Enhancing navigational safety is an enormous challenge as there is no single right path for how to achieve it. That is why we value the collaboration with A*STAR and SMU to welcome bold ideas. We also appreciate the support by MPA to examine the applicability of the solutions, and this is a great match with Fujitsu's emphasis on "co-creation". We are pleased to not only contribute technologies, but also to have provided a platform to integrate and test the technologies by different parties," said Shoji Suzuki, Corporate Executive Advisor, Fujitsu Laboratories. "Fujitsu aims to contribute to enhancing the navigational safety of the Port of Singapore with the technologies proven through the collaboration."

    (1) The Straits of Singapore and Malacca comprise one of the world's busiest sea lanes. At any given moment there are about 1,000 vessels in the Singapore port, with a ship arriving to or leaving Singapore once every 2-3 minutes. Source: MPA

    About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
    The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. As a Science and Technology Organization, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by contributing to societal benefits such as improving outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For more information on A*STAR, please visit

    About the Singapore Management University (SMU)
    A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU's mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. Home to over 10,000 students across undergraduate, postgraduate professional and postgraduate research programmes, SMU is comprised of six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

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

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

    A*STAR Senior Officer, Corp Comms T: +65 6826 7654 E: Fujitsu Ltd. Public Relations T : +81-3-3215-5259 U:

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    SINGAPORE, Apr 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc., the global leader in delivering cyber security as a service (C-SaaS) to the fleet market, took home top honors at CyberTech Asia 2018. The judges awarded Trillium with the grand prize after learning about SecureIoT, the company's comprehensive cybersecurity suite and innovative cyber-security as a service business model (C-SaaS).

    "The complexity of cyber issues across the world requires not only the latest technologies, but also a combination of best practices and innovative business models to address the unique set of security challenges faced by different countries and sectors," said Amir Rapaport, Founder, Cybertech Asia.

    "Trillium's innovative solution demonstrates an interesting interplay between the commercial problem-solving strategies and solutions for the global cyber threat to boost efficiency and bring about broader social benefits."

    CyberTech is the premier series of cybersecurity events, bringing the latest innovations in the field to center stage at various venues across the globe. Cyber technology pioneers from the world of financial technology, critical infrastructure, energy and big data went head-to-head at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

    The panel of judges comprised of industry experts, executives and venture capitalists declared Trillium the winner during the awards ceremony that concluded the event.

    "Being recognized at an event in a city-state that puts such a high priority on societal security is a great honor. The CyberTech community's show of support for our fight against IoT cybercrime is further evidence that our multi-layered security and C-SaaS strategy are the optimal solution for our partners in the fleet and transportation sectors," David Uze, CEO and President of Trillium, commented at the conclusion of the event.

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure provides a multi-layered solution for hardening connected and autonomous vehicles against cyber-attacks. Trillium's SecureIOT platform provides authenticated operational and threat management data from fleet vehicles that preserves privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of data at rest and in motion. Value-added service providers rely on secure and authentic data from Trillium for digital forensics, UBI, preventive maintenance, telematics, car sharing and other services. The company operates design centers and fleet security operation sites in Silicon Valley, Detroit, Brno, Ho Chi Min City and Tokyo. For further information, please visit

    Trillium Secure, Inc. products and services are marketed under the Trillium, SecureIoT, SecureCAR, SecureIXS, SecureOTA and SecureSKYE trademarks.

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    More than doubles the accuracy of structure detection in medical images

    TOKYO, Apr 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of AI technology that uses deep learning to detect objects(1), even in cases when only a small amount of data is available for learning.

    In recent years, there have been efforts to automate tasks in a variety of fields. In the medical field, for example, there has been a desire to use AI to automate such tasks as detecting objects, including anomalous spots, in the analysis of diagnostic images. It is typical to utilize deep learning in object detection, which involves identifying specific structures in a diagnostic image, but in order to produce accurate results, tens of thousands of images with correct data are necessary. However, since correct data can only be created by doctors with expert knowledge, it has been difficult to obtain the images in such huge volumes.

    Now, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology (patent pending) that takes the object location estimates produced by the object detection neural network and makes them into a reconstruction of the original image. Then, by assessing the difference between the original input image and the reconstructed image, it can create large volumes of correct data where the position of objects has been accurately estimated. This raises the level of accuracy in object detection. Fujitsu Laboratories has collaborated with the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University and applied the newly developed technology to the detection of bodies called glomeruli (singular glomerulus) in kidney biopsy images. The results of an evaluation showed that in an experiment using 50 images with correct data and 450 images without correct data, compared with existing training methods using only the same number of images with correct data, the accuracy of the new technology had more than doubled, under the stipulation of an oversight rate of less than 10%.

    Developmental Background

    Expectations have been increasing for the automation of tasks using AI in a variety of fields in recent years. Fujitsu Laboratories has been conducting a joint research with the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University(2), and one of those initiatives has been research into supporting the diagnosis of kidney disease using AI. In the medical field, there is a diagnostic test that checks the number and status of structures called glomeruli, which handle the filtration of blood. The test uses images taken in a microscope of a slice of a kidney extracted in a procedure called a kidney biopsy. It is widely known, however, that there are large variations in the time required for the task of finding glomeruli while the image is enlarged, and in how the observer evaluates the condition of the bodies, even among experts. This has created a demand for an accurate, automated count of the number of glomeruli and diagnosis.


    To automatically extract data for possible glomeruli from images, it is necessary to identify the locations of the glomeruli from the images provided, and deep learning is widely known as a method for identifying the locations and types of objects in images. For this training method, it is essential to have large volumes of images along with information on the locations and types of objects in the images (correct data). However, it has previously been difficult to prepare large volumes of correct data, because it must be created by doctors with specialized knowledge.

    About the Newly Developed Technology

    Now, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a partially trained object detection technology that is capable of training a deep neural network to identify objects using a large volume of images without correct data and a small volume of images with correct data.

    In order to increase images with correct data, one might consider a method that increases the amount of images in the face of large volumes of image data, by having the neural network estimate object locations and supplementing them as correct data. Neural networks that have been trained on small amounts of correct data, however, have a problem unique to object detection, in that they face difficulty in estimating the location of an object in precisely the same place as it is in reality. Therefore, if the data from this imprecise estimation is used to further train the model, accuracy will be undermined.

    In response, Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed technology to evaluate the degree to which the output location estimate is correct, by using the estimated results of the detection neural network as a key to reconstruct the original image using a neural network for reconstruction. Because images reconstructed from incorrect location estimates will not match the original image, by comparing the two images, it is possible to evaluate the accuracy of an estimate location. By repeatedly conducting estimations and reconstructions on large volumes of images in this way, Fujitsu Laboratories has made it possible to increase the amount of correct data while also gradually approaching a state in which the model produces correct location estimates, thereby increasing accuracy.


    In joint research with the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University, this technology was applied to the detection of glomeruli in kidney biopsy images. The research compared an existing object detection neural network trained using only 50 images with the correct data, with this technology, trained using those same images and an additional 450 images without the correct data. The results showed that, stipulating an oversight rate of less than 10%, similar to that of human evaluators, this technology achieved an accuracy of 27%, more than double that of the existing technology. This means that, where a single image might have an average of 22 glomeruli, this technology reduced the candidate locations needed to be searched due to the above stated oversight rate to 77, reducing post-processing costs. By increasing the accuracy of glomerulus detection and reducing the number of candidate locations, it is expected to accelerate the research of kidney diseases and the development of the diagnosis system based on glomeruli detection.

    Future Plans

    Though its joint research with the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University, Fujitsu will endeavor to realize the quantitative evaluation method of kidney by applying the new detection technology of glomeruli. This technology is not only applicable to specific applications such as kidney biopsy images, but also to object detection more broadly, in fields lacking in images with the correct data. For example, the company envisions the technology to be applied to a broad range of areas beyond healthcare, such as in detecting defective products using images from production lines, identifying anomalous locations from diagnostic images using a variety of sensors in infrastructure facilities, and creating lists of materials to be used from architectural blueprints. Fujitsu Laboratories aims to deploy this technology during fiscal 2018 as a learning model construction technology supporting Fujitsu's Zinrai Platform Service, which makes AI technology available through APIs.

    (1) Deep Learning
    One of the major artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Fujitsu has applied for approximately 140 patents related to deep learning, both inside and outside Japan.
    (2) Joint research with the Gradual School of Medicine at Kyoto University
    "Kyoto University and Fujitsu Launch Joint Research Project to Advance Medicine through the Use of AI,"

    About Fujitsu Laboratories

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

    About Fujitsu Ltd

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

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

    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Artificial Intelligence Laboratory E-mail: Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL:

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    - Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEVs, Outlander PHEVs and battery charging units to be used by the Da Nang City government in electric vehicle emissions reduction study
    - Plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle technologies well suited for Vietnam's environmental programs to reduce air pollution caused by transportation
    - Da Nang aims to transform into an 'Environmental City' by 2020, a goal which Mitsubishi Motors' clean automotive technologies can help achieve

    TOKYO, Apr 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced today the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Industry and Trade People's Committee of Da Nang City (DOIT) and celebrated the handover of a series of new electric vehicles (EVs) in the City of Da Nang, Vietnam.

    Today's event follows the conclusion in January of an MOU through which Mitsubishi Motors and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade committed to explore how best to promote the use of EVs in the country.

    In a ceremony taking place today, Mitsubishi Motors will provide two i-MiEV pure EVs, together with a further two Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid EVs and two quick battery charger units to DOIT.

    These vehicles will enable Mitsubishi Motors and the DOIT to study how EVs can reduce CO2 emissions and utilize popular sightseeing locations, specifically around Da Nang City and the Hoi An World Heritage site.

    Vietnam is seeking ways to reduce CO2 emissions and to produce cleaner air and greener cities. Da Nang City launched an Environment City Plan in 2008, with the aim of transforming itself into an Environmental City by 2020.

    Today's ceremony marks an important milestone in Da Nang City's efforts to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the Environment City Plan, specifically the goal of tackling air pollution caused by transportation.

    Mitsubishi Motors, a global leader in plug-in hybrid EVs, continues to work to expand the use of EVs across the ASEAN region. Mitsubishi Motors has over 150,000 electric and plug-in hybrid EVs on the road today (of which 144,000+ are Outlander PHEVs), and its continued investments in PHEV and EV technologies mean this number is set to increase.

    Since it first entered the Vietnamese market in 1994, Mitsubishi Motors has been committed to the development of the domestic auto market, and this new partnership with Da Nang City reflects its support for Vietnam's transition to a mature, low carbon economy.

    About Mitsubishi Motors

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

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

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    Panzhuang's ASP and Production Volume Continue to Rise;
    Pilot Production at Mabi Further Expands in Preparation for Commercial Development

    HONG KONG, Apr 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - AAG Energy Holdings Limited (HKEX stock code: 2686) is pleased to announce that its operations for the three months ended 31 March 2018 continued their strong performance in the first quarter of 2018.

    Dr. Stephen Zou, Chairman and Executive Director of AAG Energy, said, "In the first quarter of this year, AAG Energy sustained the strong momentum of 2017 as its business and operations remained sound. A remarkably consistent growth in the average selling price and production volume was recorded at Panzhuang. As the leading independent coalbed methane ("CBM") producer in China with high productivity and a sound financial condition, AAG is expected to prosper in line with the rising demand in the natural gas market of China. We are fully prepared for further expansion of production at Panzhuang and commercial development at Mabi."

    Key Quarterly Highlights:
    - HSE continues to outperform the target with zero injury in 2018Q1

    - Panzhuang Gas Average Sales Price ("ASP") increased to 1.57 RMB per cubic meter ("rmb/m3") (a 20% increase over Panzhuang's 2017 ASP of 1.31 rmb/m3 and a 24% increase over Panzhuang's 2017Q1 ASP of 1.26 rmb/m3)

    - AAG's gross daily production for 2018Q1 achieved 2.04 MMCM per day ("MMCMD") (Panzhuang 1.79 MMCMD, Mabi 0.25 MMCMD), an 18% increase compared to the average daily production of 1.72 MMCMD in 2017 (Panzhuang 1.57 MMCMD, 14% increase; Mabi 0.16 MMCMD, 54% increase) or a 29% increase compared to the average daily production of 1.58 MMCMD in 2017Q1 (Panzhuang 1.45 MMCMD, 24% increase; Mabi 0.14 MMCMD, 80% increase)

    - Panzhuang drilled 13 SLH wells and 1 PDW well in 2018Q1, and 5 wells were put into production during the quarter

    - 24 PDW wells in Mabi completed fracture work and altogether 56 wells were put into pilot production in 2018Q1

    For details, please refer to the announcement:
    and you can also find the document on the announcements page of our website:

    About AAG Energy Holdings Limited (HKEX stock code: 2686)
    AAG Energy Holdings Limited is an international energy company and the leader in China's CBM exploration and development sector. It focuses on developing and optimizing the value of unconventional gas resources to supply clean energy to the Chinese economy. AAG Energy's key operating assets, Panzhuang and Mabi concessions, are located in the Southwestern part of Qinshui Basin, which boasts the largest proved CBM geological reserves of any basin in China. AAG Energy's Panzhuang concession in partnership with China United Coalbed Methane Corporation Ltd., is the most commercially advanced Sino-foreign CBM asset in China and the first Sino-foreign CBM cooperative project to have entered full-scale commercial development and production. The Project has a designed annual production capacity of 500 million m3. AAG Energy's Mabi CBM Project in partnership with PetroChina received preliminary ODP Phase I approval from NDRC in November 2013. The designed production capacity of Mabi Phase I is 1 billion m3 per year. With proven ability to commercialize CBM and a highly-respected management team, the Group has attracted support from leading international and Chinese investors including Warburg Pincus, Baring Private Equity Asia, Chinastone and Ping An. For further details, please visit

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    Enlarged exterior view of the metal mesh film with a single-sided, dual-layer wiring structure for use in touch sensors
    Rendering of a representative final product using a single-sided, dual-layer structure mesh film (a bendable smart device)
    Cross section view of the metal mesh film with a single-sided, dual-layer wiring structure for use in touch sensors
    New technology is expected to enhance image quality, reduce thickness, increase flexibility, and improve durability of smart phone touch panels and other products

    TOKYO, Apr 17, 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 Precious Metals manufacturing business, discovered a single-sided, dual-layer wiring structure for metal meshes[1] used in touch sensors and a method of manufacturing the structure and has commenced development for commercial application. This technology will contribute to higher image quality, thinner devices, increased flexibility, and improved durability of smart phone touch panels and other applications.

    Touch panels normally have a structure made from two sensor substrates - an X sensor substrate and a Y sensor substrate. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo discovered a technique for forming both the X sensor and Y sensor wiring on a single layer flexible substrate. The discovery was based on the results of research conducted by Professor Tatsuo Hasegawa, Principal Research Manager at the Flexible Electronics Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Development was consigned to Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo under the Joint Industry-Academia Practical Application Development Project (NexTEP). The discovery was made by applying the metal mesh wiring technology developed under consignment from April 2014 to September 2017 and forming overlapping silver nano-ink wire circuity on one side of the film (creating a single-sided, dual-layer metal mesh film). As a result, only one sensor substrate is needed. This will contribute to reducing costs as well as improving touch panel image quality and making panels slimmer. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo also discovered a transparent (conducting) electrode formed by etching[2] indium tin oxide (ITO), which is commonly used in current touch panel sensors, on a glass substrate and created a structure expected to improve bending strength (increased flexibility) that even metal mesh films cannot withstand as well as a method of manufacturing this structure.

    Features of the New Technology

    - Single-sided, dual-layer structure contributes to slimness and improved bending strength (improved flexibility).
    - By using a low temperature sintered silver nano-ink[3] and an SuPR-NaP technique[4] for pattern formation instead of etching, fine wires less than 4 um (2 um - 4 um) can be formed.
    - Long films can be produced using a roll-to-roll process.[5]

    As a result of these advantages offered by this product, application in high-end smart phone touch panels, which are expected to shift to bendable displays, and uses and applications in the flexible electronic device market, which is projected to grow, are expected.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo's Metal Mesh Film Printing Technology

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo's metal mesh film printing technology can create fine wires thinner than 4 um. This is accomplished by applying low-temperature sintered silver nano-ink that can be formed into wires on PET film, which is not heat resistant, and fluoropolymer on a PET film or second substrate, causing adsorption and sintering of silver nano-ink on a fluoropolymer surface activated by irradiation with deep ultraviolet light, and using a SuPR-NaP (Surface Photo-Reactive Nanometal Printing) technique. In addition, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo established a manufacturing process for the fine-wire film using a roll-to-roll processing method. This makes possible bulk printing of metal mesh films with mixed patterns ranging from several microns to tens of microns, sensor units, and frame parts. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo is currently offering samples of metal mesh films with standard specifications (4 um, single-sided, single-layer structure) and is conducting research and development with the aim of providing sample shipments of single-sided, dual-layer structure metal mesh films in the future.

    Background to Development

    High-end smart phones with foldable displays and other components are expected to appear in the marketplace starting 2019 to 2020, and there is a need to create thinner and highly durable flexible touch panels.

    Currently, high-transparency, projection-capacitive[6] type touch panels with multi-touch functionality (detection of multiple points) are commonly used in smart phones. Because of the high transparency and for considerations of mass production, the touch sensors in projection-capacitive type touch panels generally use transparent electrodes made from indium tin oxide (ITO) etched into a glass substrate. Research is currently being conducted, however, to find replacements for ITO because of difficulties reducing prices in the future and environmental concerns raised by waste liquids generated during the etching process. In addition, ITO has high electrical resistance and is weak when bent making large and flexible panels difficult, and consequently, it is not suitable for the future smart phone market.

    Accordingly, companies are developing sensors for touch panels using metal meshes, and they are already in use in some touch panel displays and PCs. The most common wire width of metal meshes currently in use is 3 um to 7 um, and the wiring portions are within the range of human vision, posing an issue regarding widespread use in smart phones and other devices that are used at close distances.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo achieved fine wire formation smaller than 4 um, which was thought to be difficult, by adopting a low-temperature sintered silver nano-ink and a SuPR-NaP technique. In addition, by using this technique with a roll-to-roll format, mass production using bulk printing of sensor units and frame parts as well as cost reductions will be possible. By using the wiring technology discussed above, the outlook for single-sided, dual-layer wiring structure metal mesh films for use in touch sensors is now positive, and contributions to further development in the market for next-generation bendable and foldable smart phones that consumers want as well as the market for flexible electronic devices can be expected.

    Reference: Results of Single-Sided, Dual-Layer Structure Metal Mesh Film Bending Tests

    The resistance of the metal wires after the bending test tended to increase overall, but the degree of the increase in the resistance value of the metal wire on the two-sided structure second electrode surface (bottom side) was conspicuous. Also, even when the wire width on the test prototype was changed to 1 um, 2 um, or 5 um, the two-sided structure was weak when bent, and it was determined that the single-sided, dual-layer structure is resistant to bending deformation.

    [1] Metal mesh:
    A wiring format in a grid pattern that uses silver or copper for sensor wires rather than etching with indium tin oxide. When forming wires on the micrometer level, a surface with a photosensitive material applied is irradiated in the pattern, resulting in the formation of a pattern according to the areas that were irradiated in those areas that were not irradiated (photolithography technology), and as a result, it is believed that reducing costs with this technology would be difficult.
    [2] Etching:
    Also referred to as chemical cautery. Two types, wet etching and dry etching, are used, and both are used to remove unneeded thin film in order to form wiring on a printed circuit board.
    [3] Low-temperature sintered silver nano-ink:
    Proprietary Tanaka Kikinzoku specialty silver nano-ink that is sintered at temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius. Includes a high concentration of silver nanoparticles with diameters in the range of 10 nm to 100 nm (1 nanometer equals one-billionth of a meter).
    [4] SuPR-NaP technique:
    A technology for forming wires where a substrate (PET film, etc.) with a water repellent fluoropolymer applied is irradiated with deep ultraviolet light and silver nano-ink reacted with silver nanoparticles is chemically absorbed and the silver nanoparticles also adhere to one another.
    [5] Roll-to-roll process
    A production process where circuits are printed on a film substrate wound into a roll and the roll is rewound. This method allows for high-efficiency production of electronic devices.
    [6] Projection-capacitive type
    Formed from an insulating film, an electrode layer below the film, and a substrate layer on which the controller IC is mounted. Numerous electrode patterns are formed on a glass, plastic, or other substrate using transparent electrodes and other such components on the insulating film and the electrode layer below it.

    Press release (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: (Tanaka Precious Metals), (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.

    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.

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    LONDON, Apr 17, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - On February 20, 2018, the Company announced that the United States Supreme Court ruled in its favor in Reese vs. CNH Industrial N.V. and CNH Industrial America LLC. The decision allows CNH Industrial to terminate or modify various retiree healthcare benefits ("Benefits") previously provided to certain UAW Union represented Company retirees. CNH Industrial has determined to modify the Benefits provided to the applicable retirees to make them consistent with the Benefits provided to current eligible CNH Industrial retirees who had been represented by the UAW.

    The Benefits modifications are estimated to result in a reduction of the plan liability by approximately $500 million to $550 million, realizing a corresponding pre-tax income. The actual adjustment to the liability will be finalized using current market assumptions on the applicable measurement date (expected to be in the second quarter, once the retirees have been formally advised). Under U.S. GAAP, this pre-tax income will be amortized from equity to the income statement over approximately 4.5 years. Under IFRS, this pre-tax income will be recorded in the second quarter of 2018 in its entirety.

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

    Corporate Communications

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    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
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    LONDON, Apr 17, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) has published the following presentation and podcast to the Investor Relations section of its corporate website ( "Adoption of New Revenue Recognition Standard (ASC 606), New Retirement Benefits Accounting (ASU 2017-07), and Other Financial Presentation Changes".

    In fiscal year 2018, CNH Industrial will adopt updated FASB accounting standards for revenue recognition (ASC 606) and retirement benefits accounting (ASU 2017-07) for U.S. GAAP reporting purposes.

    These new standards will be adopted on a retrospective basis, and are not estimated to have a material impact on our consolidated revenues, net income, earnings per share and net industrial debt. As a result, starting with the first quarter of 2018, all current periods, and historical financial information will be presented on a recast basis, when the Company reports its quarterly earnings.

    The presentation includes preliminary and unaudited recast financial statements for fiscal year 2016 and 2017, including 2017 by quarter, to provide full comparability for the historical periods, as well as the illustration of certain new non-GAAP financial measures that the Company intends to adopt starting from the first quarter of 2018.

    Please visit: for the full presentation and podcast.

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

    Corporate Communications

    Investor Relations



    This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
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    TOKYO, Apr 17, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it is updating its GS21 series of mainframe products, launching the super-scale Fujitsu Server GS21 3600 model group and the medium-to-large-scale Fujitsu Server GS21 3400 model group, with sales beginning today in Japan. At the same time, Fujitsu is also launching Fujitsu Software GSS21sx V20, with support for the new models and enhanced support for connections with open systems. The CPU performance of the new models has been improved by up to about 20% compared to the previous models, while the space required for the equipment has been reduced by up to about 40%.

    This improves the consolidation and expandability of the systems, enabling them to support the expanded data volumes that accompany the advance of digitalization. In addition, the new models feature enhanced security, including systems to prevent unauthorized access when managing mission-critical systems, supporting their use for next-generation mission-critical systems in facilities such as datacenters. In order to meet the mainframe continuity needs of customers, Fujitsu has also updated its medium-to-long-term roadmap, guaranteeing continued availability and upgrades for mainframes even into 2030 and beyond. These products will be exhibited at Fujitsu Forum 2018, which will be held May 17-18 at Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

    Features of the New Products

    1. Improved performance

    CPU performance has been increased by up to approximately 20% compared to previous models, and with a multi-cluster system, transaction processing performance has been improved by reducing the number of times a system needs to access the System Storage Unit (SSU). This enables these systems to support the increases in data volumes that accompany digitalization.

    2. Enhanced security, connection with open systems, and saving installation space

    These systems not only include remote access functionality, enabling open systems to access the mainframe database, as standard in the basic software, but also are capable of transferring up to 280 GB of data at once, on the XSP(1) OS, through an enhanced file transfer functionality. In addition, in the SVPM console(2), it is possible to detect and prevent unauthorized access through user privileges and operation log management. With the GS21 3400, it is now possible to mount two clusters in a single chassis for a multi-cluster system, which can reduce installation space by up to about 40%. Moreover, with an all-in-one model(3), it is possible to mount peripheral equipment(4) inside the chassis as well, saving installation space.

    Medium-to-Long-Term Roadmap

    Even today, mainframes are an indispensable part of a mission-critical environment. Fujitsu has set a new product roadmap, under which it will continue to provide products through 2030 and beyond, meeting the needs of customers who need to continue to utilize mainframes, as well as customers who are working to create new services by combining mission-critical systems with digital technology.

    Sales Target

    Fujitsu aims to sell 800 units across all mainframes worldwide during the three years from fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2020 (Fujitsu's fiscal year ends March 31).

    (1) XSP Short for OSIV/XSP, an operating system for medium-to-large-scale mainframes
    (2) SVPM console A console sub-system that handles operations, configuration control, and monitoring for multi-cluster systems
    (3) All-in-one model A model limited to a single cluster. Planned for launch in the second half of fiscal
    (4) Peripheral equipment Disk storage equipment, tape equipment, and console equipment

    About Fujitsu Ltd

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

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

    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL:

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    TOKYO, Apr 17, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Lexus International today announced the Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award 2018--Testing Hypotheticals by Extrapolation Factory (Christopher Woebken, Elliott P. Montgomery)--leading this prestigious international event to a pinnacle of excitement. Lexus Design Award 2018 drew a record 1319 entries from 68 countries under the theme of "CO-".

    Lexus passionately believes in the power of design to change the world. This is why Lexus nurtures and celebrates up-and-coming designers who harness the power to shift perspectives, communicate ideas and stimulate the imagination to shape a better future.

    "This year's winner permeates the current thinking about the role of design in our evolving and technologically shifting societies. Products played less of a role, and design education/teaching and thinking are at the forefront. How citizens and designers interact with products, processes and future is increasingly critical to mediating this influence of design in our increasingly future-orientated and technologically evolving world. The chosen design shows methods and techniques for engaging the public and designers in role playing possible futures and negotiating the influences of our technological world." said David Adjaye, Lexus Design Award 2018 judge and architect.

    Elliott P. Montgomery of Extrapolation Factory commented, "It was truly fantastic, and the experience was incredible to have worked with our mentors Formafantasma. We could not have done this without the support of Lexus."

    Since 2013, the Lexus Design Award has supported the next generation of designers from around the world. For our sixth year, 2018, the Award's theme is "CO-", a Latin prefix meaning with or together. Lexus believes that great design can ensure the harmonious coexistence of nature and society. In that sense, "CO-" is an approach that allows the brand to explore its true potential and that of the environment by creating new possibilities through collaboration, coordination and connection.

    From among the wealth of "CO-" design submissions, our elite judging committee has selected 12 finalists, four to be prototyped and eight to be shown as display panels. These will be revealed to the international design community at Lexus' "LIMITLESS CO-EXISTENCE" exhibition, held 17-22 April 2018 in the Cavallerizze in Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci during Milan Design Week, the world's supreme design event.

    For this exhibit, Lexus has called upon Japanese architect Sota Ichikawa to be the overall concept space designer. In the main installation, Ichikawa has used innovative methods to represent the ultimate experience of LIMITLESS CO-EXISTENCE. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, earlier introduced at the North American International Auto Show, is also featured using Ichikawa's unique method.


    Following the strong engagement of the public wins the Lexus Design Award displays in the past, Lexus has create the "LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018 PEOPLE'S CHOICE" allowing even more interaction than ever before. The winner is determined by votes cast on the website from 16 to 21 April and announced on 23 April.

    About LEXUS

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

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

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    Arun Sudhaman, SABRE Awards
    LONDON, Apr 17, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - WARC, the international authority on advertising and media effectiveness, has partnered with The SABRE Awards, the world's leading celebration of public-relations excellence, to showcase award-winning PR-led case studies from around the world.

    Close to 800 proven examples (from 2016 to 2018) of big brand building ideas, creative content and strategic reputation management programmes that impact the bottom line, are being added to WARC's site - 360 new SABRE Awards case studies have been added to date, and a further 400+ will be published on in the coming weeks.

    The PR case studies span all industry sectors - from business and industrial to pharma - and are from global companies including Airbnb, Axe, Diageo, Google, Nestle, McDonalds, Nike, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Microsoft, PayPal. The award-winning papers can be searched by reputation management, rebuild trust and crisis communications.

    David Tiltman, head of content, WARC, comments: "Our annual global reports such as the WARC 100 ranking for effectiveness and our Cannes Creative Effectiveness Analysis have shown the increasing importance of PR as a channel for ad campaigns.

    "The blurring lines between PR and marketing are driving PR firms to compete with other disciplines, from ad agencies and digital specialists to management consulting firms - and vice versa. As such, we are delighted to partner with The SABRE Awards to expand our offering as these PR-led case studies will provide strategic insights best practice and inspiration for all types of agencies and brand owners alike."

    Arun Sudhaman, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Holmes Report - organiser of the SABRE Awards, added: "Public relations has become the critical platform by which organizations build trusted relationships. Faced with an industry in disruption, we see huge value in making available these award-winning PR-led campaigns to the wider industry through WARC."

    The SABRE award-winning papers will complement the existing 25,000 plus advertising case studies, best practices, data analysis reports, news articles and opinion pieces available on

    In addition to its own content, WARC features content from more than 50 respected industry sources, including The Advertising Research Foundation, Cannes Lions, Effie Worldwide, Association of National Advertisers, ESOMAR, 4A's, IPA and DMA to provide the industry with valuable insights and unrivalled content across all sectors and media channels.

    More information on WARC, the international marketing intelligence service, and The SABRE Awards, the world's largest PR awards programme recognising superior achievement in branding and reputation in North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, South Asia and Africa can be found at

    About WARC

    - your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness 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.

    Amanda Benfell PR Manager +44 20 7467 8125

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    jury chair Claudia Willvonseder, IKEA
    LONDON, Apr 17, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Campaigns for Audi, Deutsche Telekom, eBay, Guinness, Microsoft, Pantene and Reebok, are among the 19 campaigns from around the world that have been shortlisted for the WARC Awards' Effective Use of Brand Purpose category - a search for marketing initiatives that have successfully embraced a brand purpose and achieved commercial success as well as a benefit for a wider community.

    The panel of 17 brand purpose judges ( chaired by Claudia Willvonseder, Chief Marketing Officer, IKEA, has selected for the shortlist three Global, three US and three Indian campaigns as well as campaigns from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Irish Republic and United Kingdom.

    The shortlisted entries are:

    Girls Do(n't) Fight - Reebok - McCann Worldgroup India - India
    Helping India cope with the death of cash - Paytm - One97 Communications - McCann Worldgroup India - India
    Rescue Rashie - Westpac - Westpac Banking Corporation Australia - Saatchi & Saatchi - Australia
    The Vaseline Healing Project - Vaseline - Unilever - BBH New York - United States
    Sea Hero Quest - Deutsche Telekom - Saatchi & Saatchi London - Global
    Beautiful Lengths - Pantene - Procter & Gamble - MediaCom Connections Israel - Israel
    #MakeWhatsNext in STEM - Microsoft - m:united//McCann - Global
    The doll that chose to drive - Audi Spain - Volkswagen Group Espana Distribucion - Proximity Barcelona - Spain
    Lifehackers - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC) - Copiloto - Peru
    An ocean of good - Aquaguard - Eureka Forbes - Triton Communications - India-
    A beacon of light in the dark - Guinness - Diageo - AMVBBDO - Irish Republic, United Kingdom
    This is what happens when pimps and whores become marketers - Libresse/Bodyform - Essity - AMVBBDO - Global
    Doritos Mystery: Challenging a generation - Doritos - PepsiCo - AlmapBBDO - Brazil
    Real People Make a Real Difference - eBay - Interfuse Communications - United Kingdom, United States
    Cook with Her - Puck - Arla Foods - FP7/DXB - Saudi Arabia
    People with Determination - Emirates NBD - FP7/DXB - United Arab Emirates-
    Touch - Johnson's Baby - Johnson & Johnson Indonesia - BBDO Indonesia - Indonesia
    The El Paso Story - Prudential Financial - United States
    Gender Violence - Tecate - Heineken - Nomades - Mexico

    To see the shortlisted case studies in the Effective Use of Brand Purpose, please view at With judging ongoing, the shortlisted papers in the Effective Innovation category are already released. The Effective Content Strategy and Effective Social Strategy shortlists will be announced shortly.

    The annual WARC Awards scheme is a global search for next-generation marketing effectiveness. It is free to enter and there is a $40,000 prize fund for the winning papers spread across the four categories, each one with its own high calibre judging panel and set of Special Awards.

    About WARC

    - your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness 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.

    Amanda Benfell PR Manager +44 20 7467 8125

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    HONG KONG, Apr 17, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited ("Jacobson Pharma" or the "Group"; Stock Code: 2633), a leading company engaged in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of generic drugs and proprietary medicines, is pleased to announce that Jacobson Pharma ranked no.1 in the category of Hong Kong Best Small-Cap Company in the "Asia's Best Companies Poll 2018" conducted by FinanceAsia, an authoritative financial magazine in Asia.

    Mr. Derek Sum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jacobson Pharma, said, "We are very proud of being ranked no.1 of the Best Small-cap Company and gain strong recognition in the investment community. This is also a clear acknowledgment of our dedication to excellence in all aspects of corporate management and corporate governance. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all investors and analysts who have cast their vote for Jacobson Pharma for their ongoing support and solid confidence in the Group's bright prospects.

    Looking ahead, the management team will continue to strive for a healthy business momentum and realize the growth strategies in line with our original plans and schedule. We will continue to take a measured and disciplined approach to R&D investment as well as expand our footprint in certain strategic markets in Asia with a view to creating sustainable value for our shareholders".

    Jacobson Pharma reported sound financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2017, with the Group's revenue increasing by 29.1% to HK$743.0 million. Profit attributable to the shareholders of the Group surged by 40.6% to HK$80.3 million.

    Asia's Best Companies Poll 2018, held for the eighteenth consecutive year, is conducted by the leading regional financial publication FinanceAsia. All of the awards were nominated and voted by institutional investors or analysts from across Asia. Investment professionals are requested to rank companies in key categories, including corporate governance, investor relations, commitment to dividends, etc.

    For more details about the Asia's Best Companies Poll 2018 results, please visit:,investors-vote-best-managed-companies-in-hk-china-taiwan.aspx

    About Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (Stock Code: 2633)
    Jacobson Pharma is the largest generic drug company in Hong Kong with over 30% share of the total generic drug market for each year since 2012. The Group's proprietary medicines, notably being Po Chai Pills, Tong Tai Chung Woodlok Oil, Ho Chai Kung Tji Thung San, Contractubex Scar Gel Doan's Ointment, Flying Eagle Wood Lok Medicated Oil, Saplingtan, Shiling Oil and Col-gan Tablet have been widely recognised by the market. Jacobson Pharma has been a constituent stock of MSCI Hong Kong Micro Cap Index since 1 June 2017. For more details about Jacobson Pharma, please visit the Group's website:

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