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    KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Basic Materials Conference: Brad Lich, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), will address the Goldman Sachs Basic Materials Conference in New York City on May 15, 2018 at 10:35 a.m. ET.

    Live Webcast: Mr. Lich's presentation will be webcast live on www.investors.eastman.com. Slides used by Mr. Lich will be available at the time of the presentation and can also be accessed at www.investors.eastman.com.

    Replay: An audio replay of the presentation will be available at www.investors.eastman.com, events & presentations.

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Greg Riddle, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    212-835-1620 / griddle@eastman.com

    Media Contact:
    Tracy Kilgore Addington, Corporate Communications Manager
    423-224-0498 / tracy@eastman.com

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    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.
    Source: Eastman Chemical Company via Globenewswire

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Lugano, Switzerland, and Iselin, NJ, United States, May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Helsinn, a Swiss pharmaceutical group focused on building quality cancer care products, today announces that the intravenous formulation of AKYNZEO(R) (a fixed antiemetic combination of fosnetupitant, 235mg, and palonosetron, 0.25mg) for injection has been launched in the United States by its U.S. subsidiary, Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S.), Inc..

    The FDA, on April 19, 2018, has approved AKYNZEO(R) IV in combination with dexamethasone in adults for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy. AKYNZEO(R) for injection has not been studied for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with anthracycline plus cyclophosphamide chemotherapy.

    Oral AKYNZEO(R) was previously approved by the FDA as a fixed combination oral agent in 2014 for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of cancer chemotherapy, including, but not limited to, highly emetogenic chemotherapy. AKYNZEO(R) is an oral fixed combination of palonosetron and netupitant: palonosetron prevents nausea and vomiting during the acute phase and netupitant prevents nausea and vomiting during both the acute and delayed phase after cancer chemotherapy.

    The bioequivalence of fosnetupitant and netupitant was demonstrated in a Phase 1 study and the safety of IV AKYNZEO(R) was established through a repeated dose safety study in cancer patients to potentially uncover adverse drug reactions that may appear during subsequent clinical practice. No anaphylactic and injection site reactions related to IV AKYNZEO(R) were reported in this study.

    A repeated dose safety study is ongoing in patients receiving anthracycline plus cyclophosphamide to further establish the safety profile in this setting.

    The prevention of CINV has significantly evolved over the past several decades. Currently the combination treatment of antiemetic medicines with different mechanisms of actions is recommended by the main international antiemetic guidelines for the prevention of CINV in most settings.

    Giorgio Calderari, Helsinn Group General Manager, commented: "Helsinn's mission is to help people with cancer get the most out of every day. We're delighted that we are now able to make this therapy available in intravenous formulation. This is an important moment for Helsinn, as it allows us to bring an additional option to patients experiencing CINV in highly emetogenic chemotherapy treatment."

    Paul Rittman, Chief Executive Officer of Helsinn Therapeutics, added: "We are delighted to launch the intravenous formulation of AKYNZEO(R) in the U.S market. One of our top priorities is to further expand the presence of Helsinn in the U.S. in order to help even more people who are suffering from the emetogenic side effects of cancer treatment."

    About Akynzeo(R)

    INDICATION
    AKYNZEO(R) (netupitant 300mg/palonosetron 0.5mg) capsules was approved October 2014 in the United States and is indicated in combination with dexamethasone in adults for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of cancer chemotherapy, including, but not limited to, highly emetogenic chemotherapy.

    AKYNZEO(R) (fosnetupitant 235mg/palonosetron 0.25) for injection was approved April 2018 in the United States and is indicated in combination with dexamethasone in adults for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy.

    Limitations of Use
    AKYNZEO for injection has not been studied for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with anthracycline plus cyclophosphamide chemotherapy.

    AKYNZEO is a combination of palonosetron, a serotonin-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist, and netupitant or fosnetupitant, substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor antagonists: palonosetron prevents nausea and vomiting during the acute phase and netupitant/fosnetupitant prevents nausea and vomiting during both the acute and delayed phase after cancer chemotherapy.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

    Warnings and Precautions
    - Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported in patients receiving palonosetron, one of the components of AKYNZEO, with or without known hypersensitivity to other 5-HT3 receptor antagonists.
    - Serotonin syndrome has been reported with 5-HT3 receptor antagonists alone but particularly with concomitant use of serotonergic drugs. Serotonin syndrome can be life threatening. Symptoms associated with serotonin syndrome may include the following combination of signs and symptoms: mental status changes, autonomic instability, neuromuscular symptoms, seizures, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Patients should be monitored for the emergence of serotonin syndrome, and if symptoms occur, discontinue AKYNZEO and initiate supportive treatment. Patients should be informed of the increased risk of serotonin syndrome, especially if AKYNZEO is used concomitantly with other serotonergic drugs.

    Adverse Reactions
    - Most common adverse reactions for AKYNZEO capsules and injection: headache, asthenia, dyspepsia, fatigue, constipation and erythema

    Drug Interactions
    - Use with caution in patients receiving concomitant medications primarily metabolized by CYP3A4. The plasma concentrations of CYP3A4 substrates can increase when co-administered with AKYNZEO. The inhibitory effect on CYP3A4 can last for multiple days
    -- Dexamethasone doses should be reduced when given with AKYNZEO. A more than two-fold increase in the systemic exposure of dexamethasone was observed 4 days after a single dose of netupitant or a single infusion of fosnetupitant
    -- Consider the potential effects of increased plasma concentrations of midazolam or other benzodiazepines metabolized via CYP3A4 (alprazolam, triazolam) when administering with AKYNZEO. When administered with netupitant, the systemic exposure to midazolam was significantly increased
    - Avoid concomitant use of AKYNZEO in patients on chronic use of a strong CYP3A4 inducer such as rifampin as this may decrease the efficacy of AKYNZEO

    Use in Specific Populations
    - Avoid use of AKYNZEO in patients with severe hepatic impairment, severe renal impairment, or end-stage renal disease
    - Avoid use in pregnancy, limited data is available, may cause fetal harm.

    For more information about AKYNZEO please see the full Prescribing Information.

    About the Helsinn Group
    Helsinn is a privately owned pharmaceutical group with an extensive portfolio of marketed cancer care products and a robust drug development pipeline. Since 1976, Helsinn has been improving the everyday lives of patients, guided by core family values of respect, integrity and quality. The Group works across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and nutritional supplements and has expertise in research, development, manufacture and the commercialization of therapeutic and supportive care products for cancer, pain and inflammation and gastroenterology. In 2016, Helsinn created the Helsinn Investment Fund to support early-stage investment opportunities in areas of unmet patient need. The company is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in Switzerland, Ireland, the U.S., Monaco and China, as well as a product presence in approximately 190 countries globally.

    For more information:

    Helsinn Group Media Contact
    Paola Bonvicini
    Group Head of Communication
    Lugano, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 (0) 91 985 21 21
    Info-hhc@helsinn.com

    For more information, please visit www.helsinn.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo.

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    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.
    Source: Helsinn Healthcare SA via Globenewswire

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    World's first blockchain-based e-Certificate of Origin [eCO] unveiled in Singapore yesterday

    SINGAPORE, May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The world's first blockchain-based Electronic Certificate of Origin [eCO] platform was unveiled in Singapore yesterday by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce [SICC] and Singapore-based cross-border solutions provider vCargo Cloud Pte [VCC].

    Developed by VCC, a 50.01%-owned subsidiary of SGX-listed DeClout Ltd., the eCO platform will vastly improve transparency, security and efficiency in authenticating trade documents. It permits instant verification of eCOs and runs on a private blockchain network that prevents fraud, alterations and third-party interference.

    SICC and VCC unveiled the platform at a ceremony officiated by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chua Taik Him, Singapore's Senior Advisor of Enterprise, which was attended by over 100 senior Singaporean officials from trade-related agencies and industry leaders.

    The platform represents a quantum leap in processing CO's and other trade-related documents by hosting information of trade transactions on a tamper-proof distributed ledger system, which can be authenticated and accessed by various stakeholders to the platform.

    A certificate of origin [CO] is an international trade document which certifies that the goods in a specific shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in the stated country. An initial group of users will move to the new system, with the remaining users transiting in subsequent phases

    VCC's platform utilises QR codes, allowing eCOs to be scanned using smart phones and then printed. Allowable prints are restricted to prevent unauthorised duplicates. The system improves efficiency and minimises the costs of verifying COs, removing a major impediment in the process and a frequent cause of high insurance or trade finance costs.

    As the first chamber to implement blockchain-based eCOs, the SICC seeks to provide a trade facilitation system that offers the highest security, efficiency and flexibility to its members, trade-related agencies and users of complementary services such as trade financing and insurance.

    VCC intends to leverage on the Singapore launch to promote the platform globally, beginning with Asian countries that are substantive manufacturing exporters such as Japan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, using the pay-per-use model.

    The launch of the blockchain-based eCO platform comes amidst the Singapore Government's call for a Self-Certification regime through the ASEAN Single Window, which aims to expedite freight clearance and reduce manual paperwork across all 10 member countries.

    This new solution will also strengthen Singapore's position as a global innovation hub and reinforces the city-state's strong commitment to driving the digitalisation of trade to improve productivity.

    Mr Victor Mills, Chief Executive of SICC, said: "SICC is honoured to work with VCC on the launch of its platform. This new eCO system revolutionises essentially 19th century processes, providing greater security for all users as well as a clear, unambiguous audit trail through the use of blockchain. I congratulate VCC on its launch."

    Mr Desmond Tay, CEO of VCC, remarked: "The launch of this eCO solution will make VCC the first in the industry to make eCOs immutable. These blockchain capabilities will be incorporated across our CamelONE cross-border digital platform, making it even more secure and robust.

    "As an industry leader with established partnerships and an extensive regional presence, VCC will strive to deliver continual improvements and innovations in our solutions, and to meet the rising global demand for the digitalisation of trade and logistics processes."

    About SICC
    The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce [SICC] represents over 600 companies and 40 nationalities. Membership is split between local and foreign multi-nationals, large organizations and medium, small and start-up companies. The Chamber focuses on: human capital, collaborative innovation, the circular economy and certification services. For more information, please visit www.sicc.com.sg.

    About VCC
    vCargo Cloud (VCC), a leading e-trade and e-logistics platform provider, offers solutions through its CamelONE to governments and companies worldwide. VCC revolutionizes the marketplace by allowing businesses in trade, logistics and the supply chain to converge, communicate and collaborate on this cloud platform. VCC is a DeClout [SGX:5UL] portfolio company. Please visit www.vcargocloud.com.

    Enquiries:
    Sharon Lim, SICC, Director Membership Engagement, sharon@sicc.com.sg
    Priscilla Yew, VCC, Senior Marketing Executive, priscilla.yew@vcargocloud.com


     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Strengthening endpoint and cloud security and providing dark web threat analyses

    TOKYO, May 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it is expanding its Fujitsu Security Solution Global Managed Security Service, which provides centralized lifecycle support, from cyberattack prediction to system restoration. The company is strengthening endpoint(1) and cloud security, and will provide analyses of threat information from the dark web(2).

    Fujitsu is offering in Japan from May "Fujitsu Security Solution Cybereason EDR Service," which offers a total package of deployment, operations, and maintenance for Cybereason EDR(3), software that can detect cyberattacks by unknown sources on endpoints using machine learning.

    In the cloud domain, Fujitsu will offer a service to customers that use Microsoft 365 E5(4) whereby the company operates on their behalf accompanying integrated security services(5) that defend from, detect, and respond to cyberattacks, and Fujitsu will also offer a service that provides customers individualized reports detailing dark web and deep web(6) threats. Both services are planned to be steadily rolled out in Japan from August 2018.

    In addition to these three services, Fujitsu is offering in Japan from May "Fujitsu Security Solution Global Managed Security Service Express," which expedites deployment by offering a package of only the required parts of the existing Global Managed Security Service.

    Going forward, Fujitsu will support the business continuity of customers by continually enhancing its Global Managed Security Service using cutting-edge security technology, contributing to the creation of a comfortable and secure networked society.

    These new services will be exhibited at Fujitsu Forum 2018, which will be held May 17-18 at Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo.

    Background

    In recent years, changes to the ways people work and the rise of cloud utilization have altered the ways ICT is used. It is also becoming difficult to deal with the entire range of increasingly diverse and sophisticated cyberattacks with just existing countermeasures, such as anti-virus products and firewalls. Under the Cybersecurity Management Guidelines 2.0, revised by the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) in November 2017, companies are asked not only to defend against cyberattacks, but to embrace wide-ranging countermeasures, from attack detection to recovery.

    In light of this situation, Fujitsu is expanding its Global Managed Security Service, providing from May operations and maintenance for Cybereason EDR, which can detect previously unknown malware attacks in endpoints, and is also enhancing its security countermeasures, by rolling out a managed operations service for the integrated security services that accompany the cloud service Microsoft 365 E5 and a service that provides individualized reports to customers on threat information from the dark web.

    About the Enhancements

    1. An all-around service that performs deployment to operations of Cybereason EDR

    Security countermeasures for endpoints, such as PCs, have mainly consisted of using antivirus products that block intrusion by existing malware, but in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of attacks by unknown malware that could not be blocked by these products, so post-intrusion malware countermeasures have become indispensable. Starting in May 2018, Fujitsu will offer a service using Cybereason Japan Corp.'s Cybereason EDR, which can detect cyberattacks that could not be blocked by antivirus products, in which Fujitsu's security engineers will comprehensively perform tasks like monitoring and operations. Because Cybereason EDR uses machine learning to recognize patterns of activity in a device that has been attacked, and analyzes movements unique to attackers, it can even detect attacks by unknown malware. With this service, Fujitsu's security engineers will analyze alerts detected by Cybereason EDR, identify infected devices, stop inappropriate processes, and suggest recommended countermeasures, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This will reduce the burden of security operations for customers in endpoints such as PCs.

    2. Enable use of safe and secure Microsoft 365 E5 environment

    Microsoft 365 E5, an integrated solution from Microsoft Corporation combining Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, offers cybersecurity countermeasure functions in a uniform manner across multiple services, namely, ID, e-mail, SaaS and endpoint. Running operations for those services not only requires high security skills, it also requires a 24-hour-per-day, 365-day-per-year monitoring system and rapid responses to intrusions such as malware. Fujitsu has accumulated a broad range of experience by developing proprietary tools to detect warning signs of an attack in Active Directory, which is an important component in managing user information in Microsoft products, and used those tools in countermeasures for targeted cyberattacks. Building on this experience, Fujitsu will steadily roll out from September of 2018 a service in which its security engineers will handle everything from the operation of the integrated security services included in Microsoft 365 E5, to 24/7/365 monitoring of customer environments, to the response after a cyberattack is detected.

    3. Collaboration with IntSights for technology capable of collecting dark web threat information

    In order to be prepared for advanced cyberattacks, it is important to plan countermeasures in advance with an understanding of the attacker's motives, goals, characteristics, and methods, but the judgment of a security expert with specialized knowledge is indispensable in extracting information relating to one's own company from voluminous and wide-ranging attacker information. Fujitsu has agreed to collaborate with IntSights Cyber Intelligence Ltd., which offers a service that can collect threat information from the places that attackers use to share information, such as the dark web, which are difficult for ordinary people to access. Scheduled for August 2018, Fujitsu is set to offer a service to extract and analyze threat information for specific customers from the massive amounts of information flowing through the dark web and deep web.

    4. Global Managed Security Service Express, cuts time for deployment to one third

    Based on the insights and experience gained from providing the Global Managed Security Service to customers across a variety of industries, handling monitoring and operations, Fujitsu is now launching Global Managed Security Service Express, which can reduce deployment time from the previous three months to just one month by systematizing and offering only the most essential services in the Global Managed Security Service, such as 24-hour-per-day, 365-day-per-year real-time log monitoring.

    Sales Target

    300 billion yen in annual sales of security-related products and services globally in fiscal 2019.
    Endorsements

    Comment by Lior Div, CEO, Cybereason Inc. and Director, Cybereason Japan Corp.

    Cybereason Inc. warmly welcomes the launch of Fujitsu's Global Managed Security Service using Cybereason EDR. As threats become more advanced and sophisticated, day by day, and as it is becoming impossible to block 100% of security threats, the question of how to implement countermeasures and operations that prioritize defense, assuming an intrusion will occur, has become an important element of business continuity. By combining the Global Managed Security Service offered by Fujitsu with Cybereason's technology, based on a machine learning engine (AI) and experience developed in Israel's military intelligence corps (Unit 8200), I firmly believe that customers will be able to detect and visualize the signs of a cyberattack in real time, gaining an environment that can prevent advanced cyberattacks, including targeted attacks. Going forward, Cybereason Inc. will work with Fujitsu to provide optimal cybersecurity for customer environments, first in Japan, as well as APAC and EMEA, with an eye toward expansion around the globe.

    Comment by Yoshinami Takahashi, Managing Executive Officer, Microsoft Japan

    Microsoft Japan sincerely welcomes the enhancements to Fujitsu's Global Managed Security Service utilizing Microsoft 365 E5. To help customers realize their future business growth strategies by digital transformation, Microsoft and Fujitsu are partnering tightly in key initiatives including work-style transformation, AI, and cyber security. By combining Fujitsu's Global Managed Security Services, the Intelligent Security Graph and Microsoft 365 E5, customers will be able to effectively eliminate the risk of targeted cyberattacks in real time and realize the safe and secure customer experiences for the cloud services. The Intelligent Security Graph is the big data from over one billion Windows devices, 450 billion user authentications per month and 400 billion email messages per month. Microsoft 365 E5 is powered by AI services for comprehensive cyber security protection, detection to response. Moving forward, Microsoft Japan and Fujitsu will continue to collaborate to support the digital transformation of customers.

    Comment by Guy Nizan, CEO, IntSights Cyber Intelligence Ltd.

    Tailored threat intelligence, including 'indicators of attack' and adversary motive and means, analyzed alongside internal IOCs, community, and open source threat feeds, provides customers a highly customized and comprehensive picture of the risks threatening their business and brand. This actionable intelligence in the hands of Fujitsu's expert security services team as part of their leading Cyber MSSP Platform will deliver customers a new level of proactive defense that renders targeted attacks dead-on-arrival. We are extremely proud to have had our MSSP offering chosen by Fujitsu to deliver their customers such an innovative solution.

    (1) Endpoint A computer or information device connected to a communications line or networking device
    (2) Dark web Websites that can only be accessed from specialized web browsers, used for applications such as collecting information and sharing tools.
    (3) Cybereason EDR The Japanese distributor for this product is SoftBank Corp.
    (4) Microsoft 365 E5 A package product containing three services: Office 365, an integrated information sharing cloud service that aggregates such functions as email, Office, scheduling, and online meetings, Windows 10, the latest OS, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, a cloud-based solution that provides both security countermeasures and productivity improvements.
    (5) Integrated security services Refers to three services: Office365 Advanced Threat Protection, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, and Azure Advanced Threat Protection.
    (6) Deep web Websites that are difficult to access, used for applications such as collecting information and sharing tools.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

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

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

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    LONDON, May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Colt Technology Services and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, have further progressed their blockchain Proof of Concept (PoC). Additional members of the ITW Global Leaders' Forum (GLF) are also getting involved in the initiative.

    Colt and PCCW Global, in conjunction with blockchain start up Clear, revealed in March that the businesses had undertaken a trial that demonstrated how the inter-carrier settlement of wholesale international services, could be automated through the use of blockchain. By using blockchain technology, the PoC was able to reduce this labour intensive process from hours to minutes.

    The initial PoC used historical data as a test of the technology and its use case for the sector. Now, the parties have taken the trial a step further by ingesting actual live data feeds into the ledger, enabling traffic to be automatically verified and settled between carriers.

    While the original two carriers are now using live data to verify and settle traffic, other members of the GLF have also seized the opportunity to get involved in the initiative, with the aim being to soon expand the bilateral testing between Colt and PCCW Global to encompass a multilateral series of relationships among the wholesale telecommunications industry as a whole.

    Fellow GLF members now getting involved include; BT, HGC Global Communications, Telefonica and Telstra.

    Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer of Colt, said: "We were optimistic by the success of the initial trial, but utilising live data was an important next step to prove the use case for blockchain technology in our industry."

    "Not only did the second iteration of the PoC do what was intended - accurately match and settle wholesale traffic independently with live information - but it also signals the future of telecoms, whereby previously intensive manual practices can be securely automated to allow businesses such as Colt to invest resources into driving both our and our customer's businesses forward."

    Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global and the Chairman of the GLF, said: "We are very pleased that this Proof of Concept is expanding to include more carriers. A lot of the conversations at the GLF have been around how innovative technologies such as blockchain can be used to improve the overall efficiency of the industry, and with the PoC expanding to include more carriers, it is clear that the industry is seeing the benefit of becoming further aligned. Industry cooperation in this area will be incredibly powerful for the whole sector."

    Andrew Kwok, CEO of HGC, said: "This expanded trial which now includes HGC, shows the momentous initiative of the GLF led Blockchain work stream. This initiative eventually if positive, would certainly demonstrate a new business relationship among global carriers and reshape our business practice in the industry."

    Juan Carlos Bernal, CEO of Telefonica's International Wholesale Business said "We are convinced that blockchain is a relevant technology that will not only help the wholesale business to gain efficiency, but also significantly improve the efficiency of launching new services".

    About Colt

    Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers' digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects over 800 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America's largest business hubs, with over 25,000 on net buildings and growing.

    Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.

    About PCCW Global

    PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fibre and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding "as-a-service" solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

    PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centres in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

    About HKT

    HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

    HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

    HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit www.hkt.com.

    About Clear

    Clear builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them. Using smart-contracts and state-of-the-art cryptography, Clear's technology platforms enable enterprises to transition from current inefficient and manual processes to real-time trading and clearing on a global scale without compromise. By partnering with industry leaders, sustainable supporting economies are created, fostering evolution and innovation for the benefit of all participants. Clear aims to build a global infrastructure that allows organizations to leverage the opportunities and meet the challenges created by digital transformation, reduce costs and increase coordination and cooperation. Let's make it Clear. To learn more about Clear, please visit www.clearx.io.

    About HGC Global Communications Limited

    HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) is a leading Hong Kong and international fixed-line operator. The company owns an extensive network and infrastructure in Hong Kong and overseas and provides various kinds of services. It provides telecom infrastructure service to others operators and serves as a service provider to corporate and households. The company provides full-fledged telecom, data centre services, ICT solutions and broadband services for local, overseas, corporate and mass markets. HGC owns and operates an extensive fibre-optic network, four cross-border telecom routes integrated into tier-one telecom operators in mainland China and connects with hundreds of world-class international telecom operators. HGC is one of Hong Kong's largest Wi-Fi service providers, running over 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Hong Kong. The company is committed to further investing and enriching its current infrastructure and, in parallel, adding on top the latest technologies and developing its infrastructure services and solutions. HGC is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities and transport in North America, Europe and selected fast-growing economies. To learn more, please visit HGC's website at: www.hgc.com.hk

    About Telefonica Business Solutions

    Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, manages globally the Enterprise (Large Enterprise and SME), MNC (Multinational Corporations), Wholesale (fixed and mobile carriers, ISPs and content providers) and Roaming businesses within the Telefonica Group. Business Solutions develops an integrated, innovative and competitive portfolio for the B2B segment including digital solutions (Big Data, Cloud, IoT or Security) and telecommunication services (international voice, IP, bandwidth capacity, satellite services, mobility, integrated fixed, mobile, IT services and global solutions). Telefonica Business Solutions is a multicultural organization, working in over 40 countries and with service reach in over 170 countries.

    About BT

    BT's purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

    For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group's reported revenue was GBP24,062m with reported profit before taxation of GBP2,354m.

    British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com

    For more information, please contact:
    Nola Pocock
    Colt
    Tel: +44 791 771 4377
    Email: nola.pocock@colt.net

    Ivan Ho
    PCCW Group
    Tel: +852 2883 8747
    Email: ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    TOKYO, May 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko ("SDK"; TSE:4004) hereby announces revised forecast of consolidated financial results for the first half (January 1 - June 30) of 2018. SDK announced the earlier forecast on February 14, 2018. Accordingly, SDK revises forecast of consolidated financial results for full-year 2018. Regarding the revised forecast of consolidated financial results for full-year 2018, SDK reflected the difference between the earlier forecast and the revised forecast for the first half of the year, but did not revise the forecast of consolidated financial results for the second half (July 1 - December 31) of 2018.

    1. Revised forecast of consolidated financial results for the first half of 2018
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                    Net sales  Operating  Ordinary  Net income    Net income
                               income     income    attributable  attributable
                                                    to owners of  to owners of
                                                    the parent    the parent
                                                                  per share (y)
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    Earlier forecast (A) (Announced on Feb. 14, 2018)
                      417,000     41,000    39,000        23,000         157.69
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    Revised forecast (B) (Announced on May 9, 2018)
                      452,000     68,000    64,500        43,000         294.81
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    (B) - (A)          35,000     27,000    25,500        20,000
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    Percentage of changes
                         8.4%      65.9%     65.4%         87.0%
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    Reference: Results for the first half of 2017
                      372,193     35,027    22,238         7,837          54.98
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    Reasons for the revision of consolidated performance forecast

    Net sales are expected to exceed the earlier forecast in all segments. Especially in the Inorganics segment, market prices of graphite electrodes are higher than expected because of tighter supply-demand situation. Also in the Petrochemicals segment, market prices of products are higher than earlier forecast on the background of strong demand in Asia.

    Operating incomes in five segments other than the Aluminum segment are expected to be higher than those in the earlier forecast, though that in the Aluminum segment is expected to be at the same level of the earlier forecast. Operating income in the Inorganics segment is expected to be considerably higher than the earlier forecast due to a rise in prices of graphite electrodes. Operating income in the Petrochemicals segment is also expected to be higher than the earlier forecast due to the use of raw material naphtha in the first quarter of 2018 purchased before the increase in naphtha prices, in addition to the continuously strong market for petrochemical products. Operating incomes in the Chemicals, Electronics, and Others segments are also expected to increase on the background of strong demand for products.

    As a result, we expect ordinary income and net income attributable to owners of the parent for the first half of 2018 will also significantly exceed the earlier forecast.

    2. Revised forecast of consolidated financial results for full-year 2018 (January - December)
    (Millions of yen, excepting net income attributable
    to owners of the parent per share)
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                    Net sales  Operating  Ordinary  Net income    Net income
                               income     income    attributable  attributable
                                                    to owners of  to owners of
                                                    the parent    the parent
                                                                  per share (y)
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    Earlier forecast (A) (Announced on Feb. 14, 2018)
                      900,000    110,000   106,000        65,000         441.58
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    Revised forecast (B) (Announced on May 9, 2018) 
                      935,000    137,000   131,500        85,000         577.45
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    (B) - (A)          35,000     27,000    25,500        20,000
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    Percentage of changes 
                         3.9%      24.5%     24.1%         30.8%
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    Reference: Results for fill-year 2017
                      780,387     77,818    63,962        33,470         234.84
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    Reasons for the revision of consolidated performance forecast

    With regard to the forecast of consolidated financial results for full-year 2018, we reflected only the increases in the forecast for the first half of 2018, but did not revise the forecast of consolidated financial results for the second half of 2018.

    The amount of prospective term-end dividend is not changed from the earlier forecast, which is 70 yen per share.

    About Showa Denko K.K.

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

    Contact:
    IR Office, Finance & Accounting Department Phone: 81-3-5470-3323

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    TOKYO, May 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. ("SDK"; TSE:4004) today announced its 2018 first quarter consolidated financial results.

    - 2018 First Quarter Consolidated Financial Statements and summary
    http://www.sdk.co.jp/assets/files/english/ir/library/fss2018-1q.pdf

    The Company today also issued the following supporting release.

    Showa Denko Revises 2018 Performance Forecast
    www.sdk.co.jp/assets/files/english/news/2018/180509_sdknewsrelease_e.pdf

    About Showa Denko K.K.

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

     
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    - Also achieves unprecedented ultra-high-speed data transmission, 4K high-frame-rate video live relay, and fast handover -

    TOKYO, May 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that together with NEC Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) it has achieved what is believed to be the world's first successful 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a 5G base station and a 5G mobile station in 5G field trials using a car moving at 305 km/h.

    The trials also achieved what are believed to be the world's first successful 1.1 Gbps ultra-high-speed data transmission via downlink to a 5G mobile station moving at 293 km/h and a fast handover during communication between 5G base stations and a 5G mobile station moving at 290 km/h. In addition, the trial succeeded in a wireless live relay of 4K high-frame-rate video via uplink from a 5G mobile station moving at 200 km/h.

    The trials, conducted at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) on April 8, created an ultra-high-mobility test environment using a car traveling at speeds similar to those of high-speed railways.

    Radio waves in the 28 GHz high-frequency band propagate very straight and make long-range transmission difficult due to large propagation loss. To overcome these challenges, the 5G base station and 5G mobile station were both equipped for beamforming, which concentrated radio power in a specific direction, and beam tracking, which switched the direction of the beams to follow the 5G mobile station as it moved at high speed. By optimizing these functions, DOCOMO succeeded in establishing wireless communications in the ultra-high-mobility test environment.

    Furthermore, DOCOMO successfully confirmed 5G wireless communication across a wide area by achieving a fast handover to maintain connection with a mobile station while switching between base stations.

    DOCOMO also succeeded in a wireless live transmission of 4K high-definition, 120-frames-per-second high-frame-rate video from a car moving at very high speed utilizing NTT's real-time 4K high-frame-rate HEVC codec.

    Other companies involved in the trials included DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program participants, Sony Business Solutions Corporation, and DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING manager Dandelion Limited.

    Going forward, DOCOMO will continue conducting 5G research with world-leading vendors and partners to expand 5G capabilities in a wide range of operating environments.

    About NTT DOCOMO

    NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 65 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for more information.

    Contact:
    NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: www.nttdocomo.com Contact: https://nes.nttdocomo.co.jp/PINQ01/showinquiry.do

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    The ninth Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair concluded today. The three-day fair welcomed over 11,500 buyers from 70 countries and regions, up 6.7 per cent over the previous year. Buyers show keen interest in the Rehabilitation and Elderly Care zone, one of 18 thematic zones featured at the Medical Fair to facilitate sourcing.
    In addition to the HKMHDIA pavilion comprising 38 local companies, the Medical Fair also welcomed other group pavilions from around the world, such as the Czech Republic and the Wielkopolska region of Poland. They presented the latest medical technology from their respective countries or regions.
    Experts share their insights at the seminar on "Disruptive Medtech Innovations from Southern California", one of a series of seminar held during the fair period to help the industry monitor the pulse of the market.
    Over 11,500 Buyers Visited the Fair, Up 6.7% over Last Year

    HONG KONG, May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The ninth HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair (Medical Fair) concluded its three-day run today. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), the fair welcomed over 11,500 buyers from 70 countries and regions, up 6.7 per cent over last year.

    Record exhibitor number; bigger group pavilions

    "Increasing health awareness is driving the continual growth of the global medical equipment and supplies market," said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "This year, the Medical Fair recorded encouraging growth in buyer attendance, both from mature markets such as the United States and Australia, and from emerging markets including Russia, Thailand and Macau, indicating there is flourishing demand for medical products and services across many markets."

    Continued expansion saw the Medical Fair feature a record 280 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions this year, showcasing an extensive array of medical equipment, technologies and services to global buyers. The fair welcomed new group pavilions from Taiwan, Guangdong Association for Medical Devices Industry and Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) from the US, as well as returning pavilions, with expanded exhibiting area, from HKMHDIA, the Czech Republic, the Wielkopolska region of Poland and the Ningbo Association for Medical Devices Industry. The Czech Republic and SoCalBio also conducted on-site seminars to introduce the country's latest medical technology.

    Start-ups explore medical market

    The medical industry is becoming a popular sector for the new generation of entrepreneurs, with many start-ups developing innovative medical products and services to capitalise on business opportunities in the sector. This year's Medical Fair saw the return of the Startup zone, gathering a number of start-ups to present innovative ideas.

    MedEXO Robotics, a local start-up exhibiting at the fair for the first time, showcased the smart pillbox MedPot and the WalkAid, which helps Parkinson's disease patients walk. More than 100 buyers made enquiries with the company on the first two days of the fair alone, including a Hong Kong foot care products expert who planned to use the WalkAid technology to develop insoles for children with splay feet. Meanwhile, a local non-government organisation serving the elderly planned to buy the MedPot.

    Business matching boosts business

    To facilitate sourcing, the Medical Fair featured 18 thematic zones covering various medical supplies, including the World of Health & Wellness, which showcased healthcare products and services such as fitness products, functional food and beverages, cosmetic supplies and services, as well as physiotherapy supplies and equipment.

    "The World of Health & Wellness attracts a large number of professional buyers. We are happy to have met with potential distributors from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Malaysia and the Chinese mainland for our V-Meds-brand lung cleansing kits," said Winson Heung, Marketing Director of V-Meds (Asia) Limited. "We expect that about 10 of them will become our distributors. Meanwhile, two buyers from the Chinese mainland and India have expressed their intention to buy around 1,000 pieces. The fair's results have been encouraging."

    The HKTDC also provided a range of quality services to help the industry capture business opportunities. Through the HKTDC's business matching service, Bulgarian buyer Krassimir Christov from Aichhorn and Co EOOD, visiting the Medical Fair for the first time, found two potential suppliers from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. "They supply different items such as surgical drapes, plastic scissors and absorbent pads. I plan to buy 100,000 pieces per item," he said.

    To help industry professionals monitor the pulse of the market, a series of seminars was organised, covering such topics as trends in Medtech and smart healthcare, as well as updates on procurement guidelines and medical device regulations. The Hospital Authority Convention 2018 (7-8 May), another major event for medical professionals in the Asia Pacific region, was held on the first two days of the Medical Fair, attracting more than 5,600 attendees.

    Fair website: www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair/
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2I8w2oy
    Comments from exhibitors and buyers: https://bit.ly/2ru2iMo

    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 more than 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 business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
    - Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    - Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    - LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

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

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    KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 9, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Eastman Chemical Company today announced it has completed the previously announced Eastman Tritan(TM) copolyester expansion at its Kingsport, Tennessee, manufacturing site. The plant is now fully operational and is supplying product to customers.

    "We are excited to announce the completion of our Tritan expansion and are pleased with the performance we're seeing from this new investment," said Burt Capel, vice president and general manager of Eastman's Specialty Plastics business. "The Tritan platform of products continues to see strong global adoption, with an increasing footprint of applications that recognize the robust performance of our polymer."

    Eastman is also announcing an additional planned expansion of copolyester production to also be added at its Kingsport site. The newly announced expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018 and will increase PETG and PCTG capacities by approximately 25 percent of the Kingsport specialty copolyester total capacity. This investment supports the continued growth of Eastman's specialty copolyester products globally and provides flexibility across the company's polymer asset base.

    "This additional copolyester expansion positions Eastman to meet the increasing demand we're seeing for our copolyester materials around the world," Capel added. "It highlights our continued commitment to providing our global customers with the highest quality materials in the market."

    Specialty Plastics is a part of Eastman's Advanced Materials business segment. PETG and PCTG are known by the tradenames of Eastar(TM), Spectar(TM) and Aspira(TM) copolyesters among others.

    Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

    Contacts:
    Media: Kristin Parker
    423-229-2526/ kristin@eastman.com

    Investors: Greg Riddle
    212-835-1620/ griddle@eastman.com

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    June Chemical Regulatory Forum Announced to Support Intelligent Compliance and Market Expansion for Clients

    Carlsbad, Calif., May 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Verisk 3E, the leading global provider of intelligent compliance solutions, today announced the opening of a new office in Beijing, China. The new office will function as Verisk 3E's operational hub in China, with Allen Yang acting as business development manager for the region. Establishing an office in Beijing will enable Verisk 3E to better serve and support existing Chinese customers as well as global clients working to expand in the region. Verisk 3E is a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business.

    As China increases focus on chemical handling and safety, Verisk 3E is uniquely suited to help companies around the globe navigate the country's dynamic regulatory landscape. For 30 years, Verisk 3E has provided customers with the expertise, content, and award winning solutions required to help drive innovation, accelerate growth, and proactively meet regulatory requirements. Its broad range of intelligent compliance solutions, services, and expert resources can support both ongoing compliance efforts as well as initiatives to expand into the growing region.

    Verisk 3E's regulatory specialists and thought leaders will explore existing and emerging regulatory challenges and offer strategies for achieving compliance during its upcoming Chemical Regulatory Forum, June 5-7, 2018, in Shanghai. During the forum, which will be cohosted by China's National Registration Center of Chemicals (NRCC), attendees will learn best practices for leveraging proactive compliance initiatives to reduce risk, drive continuous improvement, and create new growth opportunities. Additional information can be found here. https://bit.ly/2rxCSfZ

    "Verisk 3E has a proven track record of helping global companies successfully meet China's regulatory requirements," said Edmund Webecke, president, Verisk 3E. "We will leverage this deep domain expertise to further expand our market presence in China and strengthen our ability to meet the needs of customers around the globe."

    About Verisk 3E
    Verisk 3E, formerly 3E Company, delivers intelligent compliance solutions that empower companies to reduce risk, drive continuous improvement, and create new growth opportunities. For 30 years, Verisk 3E has provided clients with the expertise, content, live 24-7-365 environmental health and safety (EHS) support, and award winning solutions required to increase chemical and workplace safety, improve product safety and stewardship, strengthen supply chain stewardship, and optimize research and development decision support.

    We are deeply committed to serving our more than 5,000 customers worldwide, including seven of the world's top ten chemical manufacturers, nine of the world's top ten retailers, and nine of the world's top ten pharmaceutical companies. Global locations include our corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California, along with offices in Beijing, China; Bethesda, Maryland; Canton, Ohio; Copenhagen, Denmark; Montreal, Canada; and Tokyo, Japan. Verisk 3E is a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business. Visit us at www.Verisk3E.com.

    Press Contact:
    Jenny Bingham
    Verisk 3E
    P: +1.760.930.6632
    E: jbingham@Verisk3E.com

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    CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation announces its Engineered Polymers business is participating in NPE 2018, which will be held May 7-11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Lubrizol is exhibiting at Booth S12115 in the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center.

    At its Expert Super Session on Tuesday, May 8, Lubrizol presented, "Estane(R) TPU High Performance Solutions for Surface Protection and Graphics" showcasing the benefits of plasticizer-free Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) in applications such as paint protection, graphics vehicle wraps, automotive interiors, graphics media, signage, flooring, wind energy, architectural and consumer goods.

    Estane TPU is one of the most consistent, high-quality surface protection solution enabling efficient processing and performance. Paint Protection Films (PPF) protect automotive finishes from abuse and the elements. It helps prevent paint chips caused by the impact of road debris and avoids corrosion from environmental contaminates. PPF is typically installed on the front bumper, hood, and quarter panels of vehicles, and may include doors and mirrors. Benefits from the ALR series include clarity, impact resistance, wettability, self-healing and UV resistance. The Estane ALR series aliphatic TPU are available in hard and soft grades for base and topcoat layers.

    Newer applications benefitting from the Estane ALR series aliphatic TPU include graphics vehicle wraps, a rapidly growing market. For graphics wraps, Estane TPU is a non-vinyl, plasticizer free combined surface protection and print media solution that provides superior durability and ease of use during installation and removal. Compared to traditional vinyl solutions, Estane TPU provides exceptional performance for weathering resistance and longer lasting physical and aesthetic benefits - benefitting both the integrity of the film surface and the underlying vehicle surface. Films don't embrittle with time as do traditional solutions, and Estane ALR series aliphatic TPU is also fully recyclable. Low temperature flexibility allows for stretching and conformability at temperatures much lower than plasticized vinyl, while wettability provides compatibility with inks and a range of printing technologies.

    Peter Kirk, global surface protection marketing manager for Engineered Polymers states, "Lubrizol is a market leader in surface protection technology, with more than 30 years experience sustaining performance in even the harshest environments." He continues, "We are well equipped to share our expertise with customers seeking to learn more about these exciting applications, which are growing rapidly across the world."

    About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers
    Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive. For more information, visit www.lubrizol.com/engineered-polymers or contact engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com.

    About The Lubrizol Corporation
    The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers' success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions.

    With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,700 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2017 were $6.3 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com.

    *Bio-based content as certified under ASTM D-6866.
    **Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.

    All marks are owned by The Lubrizol Corporation.

    Media Contacts
    Michael Priola
    +1 216 447-5697
    The Lubrizol Corporation

    Web Sites
    www.lubrizol.com/engineered-polymers
    www.lubrizol.com

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    Demonstration Operation Starts in July

    Project aims to establish business model for small and medium-sized electricity distribution companies

    TOKYO, May 10, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that they have been working since November 2016 on the construction of a cloud-based integrated distribution management system (DMS(1)) for small and medium-sized electricity distribution companies in a demonstration project carried out with ELES, d.o.o., (ELES) Slovenia's state-owned electricity transmission system operator. Following completion of the DMS installation, test operation will begin at the end of May 2018 and the DMS demonstration will start at the end of July 2018.

    For the demonstration, a cost-reduced cloud-based DMS will be delivered to two Slovenian distribution companies. The DMS has advanced functions, such as the ability to maintain appropriate voltages and shorten the length of power outages. Furthermore, the project aims to establish a business model for small and medium-sized distribution companies by verifying and utilizing functions that will help resolve issues in Slovenia and other EU countries facing similar situations.

    As part of its national energy policy, Slovenia has set targets to cover 25% of its total energy consumption requirements by 2020 through the use of renewable energy sources and to also improve its energy efficiency by 20%. In addition, Slovenia has ratified the Paris Agreement, the international framework for measures against global warming which came into effect on November 4, 2016. Since joining the EU in 2004, Slovenia has enjoyed improved standards of living and the highest manufacturing industry growth rate in the EU region, which is resulting in increased demand for electricity. However, the infrastructure of Slovenian power distribution companies has deteriorated over time, and the cost of replacing the existing infrastructure is expected to increase. For these reasons, more sophisticated and economical distribution management technologies are required to resolve issues associated with voltage fluctuations, power outages, power overloads, the acquisition of reserve power, and other problems expected to occur as demand for renewable energy and electricity increases in the future.

    In this context, on November 25, 2016, NEDO signed two documents for embarking on a smart community demonstration project in Slovenia: a memorandum of cooperation with the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and a minutes of meeting with the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure. In addition, NEDO reached agreement on the joint implementation of a demonstration project and signed a memorandum of understanding with ELES, Slovenia's state-owned electric transmission system operator. NEDO selected Hitachi and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as its entrusted parties and then officially began the project, which is scheduled to end in December 2019.

    During the demonstration, the cloud-based DMS should save initial investment and maintenance costs. A DMS with functions to maintain appropriate voltage levels and shorten the length of power outages will be deployed at two Slovenian distribution companies. The project also aims to establish a business model for small and medium-sized electricity distribution companies by verifying and utilizing functions that will help resolve issues in Slovenia and other EU countries facing similar situations. Specifically, a cloud-based integrated DMS system which can be utilized among several distribution companies will be developed by adopting a virtual architecture, and servers will be aggregated and installed at a data center located in Stelkom, a suburb of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In addition to basic functions, the integrated DMS includes advanced functions such as the VVO(VOL-VAR Optimization)(2) function to mitigate voltage deviations which are an impediment to the introduction of large amounts of renewable energy, a fault monitoring function that enables distribution systems to minimize the length of power outages, and the DR(3) function to reduce or delay the need for investment in the distribution network. Moreover, the distribution network is equipped with additional reclosers/ RMUs(4), transformers with OLTC (on load tap changer)(5), and measurement equipment to enable the integrated DMS to monitor and control the targeted distribution network.

    Moving forward, Hitachi and ELES will investigate the possibility of developing a business model that, based on an analysis and assessment of this demonstration project, will offer the cloud-based DMS as a service in other regions.

    Before testing begins, a ceremony to celebrate the start of operation was held on May 8, 2018, in Ljubljana. Many stakeholders such as His Excellency Dr. Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia; His Excellency Mr. Keiji Fukuda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Slovenia and representatives of other involved parties attended the ceremony.

    (1) DMS: Stands for Distribution Management System. It refers to a management system for distribution systems.
    (2) VVO: Voltage and Volt-ampere reactive Optimization. It refers to optimal management of voltage levels and reactive power flow.
    (3) DR: Stands for Demand Response. It refers to changes made by end-use customers in their normal consumption patterns in response to incentive payments designed to encourage lower electricity use during periods of heavy load.
    (4) RMU: Stands for Ring Main Unit. It refers to a compact switchgear unit for underground line use.
    (5) OLTC: Stands for On Load Tap Changer. It refers to a mechanism for changing taps in transformers in an operational state (without outage).

    About NEDO

    The New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) is a national research and development agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Government of Japan. Following the two oil crises of the 1970s, NEDO was established in 1980 to promote the development of oil-alternative energy technologies. NEDO is active in a wide variety of areas as one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan.

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

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

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

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    TOKYO, May 10, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) announced that Suncor Energy has issued a Letter of Intent to purchase MHPS JAC gas turbine technology.

    Subject to finalization of formal agreements and final project sanction decision by Suncor, the technology would power a new, more cost-effective and carbon-efficient process for bitumen production and power production in the Canadian oil sands.

    The MHPS JAC gas turbine technology was selected through a competitive bidding process. If the project is sanctioned, two JAC gas turbines will be installed with two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) in a co-generation facility at the company's base plant oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

    The operation will involve a proprietary process that uses natural gas to generate up to 800 megawatts (MW) of electricity using MHPS JAC gas turbine technology. Waste heat from the gas turbine is used to create steam, which heats the oil sands to separate the sand from the bitumen. This process will improve the efficiency of the existing production of approximately 350,000 barrels of bitumen per day.

    In addition, MHPS will provide their digital power solution technology. This will allow MHPS to monitor the equipment and provide predictive analytics, machine learning and adaptive controls technology.

    The new process is expected to result in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of removing 537,000 cars from the road every year. In addition, the efficiency of the energy produced will be 85% and the electricity produced will be enough to power more than 700,000 Alberta homes.

    About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) was formed on February 1 2014, integrating the thermal power generation systems businesses of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Hitachi, Ltd. in a quest to further enhance their social response capabilities in all respects. These include the technological strength to create new products of outstanding quality and reliability, the comprehensive strength in engineering to oversee projects in regions across the globe, and finely honed sales and after-sale servicing capabilities. MHPS aims to come out a winner in global competition and achieve a solid position as a world leader in thermal power generation systems and environmental technologies. For more information, please visit www.mhps.com.

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

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    - A year of 'purpose'
    - Creativity meets tech
    - Emotion drives film-led work
    - A shift from mass to precise media


    LONDON, May 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Purpose, technology and emotion are three main recurring themes of the world's best creative campaigns finds Gunn Report, the global index of creative, effective and media excellence in advertising.

    Following an analysis of the recently published Gunn 100, a ranking of award-winning campaigns based on their creative excellence in more than 40 of the world's top advertising shows, three global creative directors - Susan Credle, Tham Khai Meng and Mark Tutsell - take a closer look at each of the themes to provide learnings from creative successes.

    - A year of 'purpose': Purpose does not have to mean saving the world

    Purpose-driven marketing dominates the Gunn 100 but is notable for the number of brands (as opposed to charities or not for-profit organisations) using social or environmental causes in their advertising.

    Summarising the role of 'Purpose' amongst this year's top ranking campaigns, Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer, FCB, says: "The best creators are focusing on big ideas and instead of asking "what's next?" they're asking "what's human?" This question creates more purpose-driven work, which rises above the rest.

    "But purpose-driven work doesn't have to solve a world problem to be declared 'purpose-driven'. The work needs simply to be meaningful in people's lives."

    Susan's stand-out campaigns for 'purpose' are: Meet Graham, Fearless Girl and Child Replacement Programme.

    Creativity meets tech: Tech connects most when it makes human dreams come true
    Whilst the idea is always at the core of creative marketing, more frequently developing technology is allowing for greater innovation in bringing ideas to life by embedding a powerful sales message inside a wonderful experience.

    Exploring the campaigns in the Gunn 100, which successfully merge a great idea with digital technology, Tham Khai Meng, Co-Chairman and Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather says: "As advertisers we will become purveyors of alternative realities and experiences, but they have to be experiences people genuinely want.

    "It all comes down to great ideas. Those wonderful, elusive pieces of magic called ideas lie at the heart of all great advertising. In the digital age it still holds true. Special effects will never compensate for the lack of an idea, but when combined with a great idea the result can be breath-taking."

    Khai's stand-out campaigns for creativity meets tech are: The Enter Sandbox VR Experience, Nike Unlimited Stadium and The Virtual Crash Billboard.

    - Emotion drives film-led work: The rise of multi-sensory ideas

    A recurring theme in Gunn 100 campaigns is the combination of high production values and technology to stimulate emotional engagement. Groundbreaking technology is delivering breakthroughs for modern neuroscience reinforcing emotion's role in brand communications.

    Taking a look at the game-changing collection of campaigns within the Gunn 100, Mark Tutssel, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, says: "It's reassuring to see the Film work in this year's collection is bound by a common thread: Pure emotion.

    "Emotion is at the heart of storytelling, and there's still no better storytelling method than film. With the proliferation of screens of all sizes filling our lives, it's never been a better time to be working in this inspiring medium."

    Mark's stand-out campaigns for emotion drives film-led work are: We're The Superhumans, Evan, Buster The Boxer and Ostrich.
    - A shift from mass to precise media: Tailored creative is on the rise - but the role of creativity remains the same

    As the industry looks ahead to innovation opportunities and priorities, there is a widespread concern that creativity is being lost as the focus of companies shift from mass to precise media, which requires a different approach to planning and creating work.

    Sharing his thoughts on this challenge, Andrew Robertson, President and CEO of BBDO Worldwide, says: "The fundamental approach to creativity doesn't change but addressable media will become the norm rather than the exception. We're going to be creating specific tailored messaging - but at scale - for audience segments based on their behaviours, interests and previous transactions.

    "We're talking about millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people that we'll be addressing this way. And that requires a fundamentally different approach to planning and creating work. It's all in the plan and all in the execution."

    In addition to the opinion pieces by industry leaders on the main themes, The Gunn 100 Lessons also includes insights into the top five ranking campaigns, commentaries on the results of the top campaigns, agencies, networks, holding companies, advertisers, brands and countries.

    The report in full together with the entire Gunn 100 rankings is available by subscription on www.warc.com/gunnreport.

    A summary of The Gunn 100 Lessons report is available on content.warc.com/read-gunn-100-2018-analysis-lessons-from-the-worlds-best-creative-campaigns.

    About Gunn Media 100 & Methodology

    The Gunn Media 100 combines the winners' lists from more than 30 of the most important global, regional and national creative and innovation media contests in the world to produce a list of the 100 best campaigns for media excellence, along with the best-performing agencies, networks, holding companies, brands, advertisers and countries.
    To compile the Gunn Media 100 rankings, points are awarded based on the level of award, which are weighted according to the standing of each competition in the global marketing industry, part based on a survey of senior media agency management.
    The Gunn Media 100 methodology mirrors that of the WARC 100, which was developed in consultation with Douglas West, Professor of Marketing at Kings College, London. The awards shows tracked will remain confidential to avoid prejudicing entries to competitions.

    About WARC - your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness

    warc.com is an online service offering advertising best practice, evidence, insights and data from the world's leading brands. WARC helps clients grow their businesses by using proven approaches to maximise advertising effectiveness. WARC's clients include the world's largest advertising and media agencies, research companies, universities and advertisers.
    WARC publishes three global rankings of advertising excellence: Gunn 100 (creativity), WARC 100 (effectiveness) and Gunn Media 100 (media innovation). In addition to its own content, WARC features advertising case studies and best practices from more than 50 respected industry sources, including: ARF, Effies, Cannes Lions, ESOMAR and IPA.

    WARC runs two global and two regional case study competitions: WARC Awards, WARC Media Awards, 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.

    About Gunn Report

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

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

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

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

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

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    The HKTDC's seven trade fairs in April welcomed a total of more than 230,000 buyers.
    The HKTDC has added plenty of innovative technology contents in the April Fairs. These included launching thematic zones such as Smart City, Virtual Reality and Robotics & Unmanned Tech.
    On-site surveys show bright outlook for Innovation & Technology from Hong Kong

    HONG KONG, May 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - More than 230,000 buyers from 176 countries and regions attended the seven fairs organised by the HKTDC in April, a yearly increase of nearly 3%. 130,000 of these buyers were from mainland Chinese and overseas, an increase of more than 4%, while there were more than 9,000 exhibitors.

    Business sentiment at the fairs was unaffected by the escalating Sino-US trade dispute of recent weeks. On-site surveys conducted during the fairs found 70% of respondents expected no negative impact on Hong Kong's export performance, while 80% were neutral or optimistic that the 2 nations would resolve their differences.

    The seven April fairs were: the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition), Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), International ICT Expo, Hong Kong Houseware Fair, Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair, which was jointly organised by the HKTDC and CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd.

    Hong Kong's advantages in innovation & technology

    The HKTDC commissioned an independent research agency to conduct on-site surveys during the fairs in April, interviewing more than 2,700 exhibitors and buyers. 67% of respondents in the electronics industry were positive about the developments in innovation and technology in Hong Kong, with financial technologies (FinTech) identified as having the highest potential, followed by smart city and artificial intelligence. The respondents felt that the huge number of relevant professionals (50%), reliable and predictable policy (36%) and business-friendly environment (34%) were Hong Kong's advantages in developing innovation and technology.

    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said, "As seen from the survey, innovation and technology are where Hong Kong should go in future. They are not just highlights in the Government's latest Policy Address and Budget, but have become key elements in HKTDC's events. Leveraging on the latest mobile technology, HKTDC provided its e-Badge to buyers at each of the April Fairs, upgrading their Hong Kong fair experience, as the badges were introduced last November and were warmly-received."

    In addition, many elements of innovation and technology were added in the Fairs. These included setting the theme of ICT Expo as "Smart City: The Way of the Future" with the debut Smart City zone. Apart from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) presenting the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint, smart solutions were also brought by top technology enterprises from around the world. The Spring Electronics Fair's "Tech Hall" highlighted zones such as "Connected Home" and "Robotics & Unmanned Tech".

    The Spring Lighting Fair gathered renowned experts to a seminar on "Artificial Intelligence and Smart Lighting" to discuss the ways that AI could help enhance smart lighting. The Houseware Fair held a seminar on "Connect and Optimise - The Technology & Market Trend in the Building Industry" sharing the latest updates on IoT technology advancement.

    The Gifts & Premium Fair featured a "Tech Gifts" zone and held a seminar themed "Top 5 Global Digital Consumer Trends in 2018" to discuss the tech-driven consumer trends that are reshaping commerce. The "Digital Printing & 3D Printing Zone" featured in the Printing & Packaging Fair, together with the concurrent seminar "New Development and Application of Digital Printing", analysed digital printing technology trends for the future.

    HK$1.3 billion business travel income generated

    International trade fairs bring in orders for local exhibitors, a major driving force for the development of local industries. Fairs also attract many business visitors with high consumption power to Hong Kong. The April fairs attracted more than 9,000 exhibitors from the Chinese mainland and overseas (up over 2%) while the buyers from these regions grew over four per cent to more than 130,000.

    Among these buyers, the highest growth came from North America (nearly 13%), followed by those from Europe and ASEAN, both increasing over eight per cent. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, per capita spending of overnight MICE visitors was HK$8,563. Based on this figure, it is estimated that the visiting buyers and exhibitors have generated over HK$1.3 billion in income for tourism and related industries, together with other economic benefits.

    Promising outlook for Western Europe and the Chinese Mainland

    The surveys also found that 49% of the respondents expected overall sales to grow this year. Such finding is significantly higher than that of the previous year, which is an indication of improving market outlook. However, survey respondents expected increases in operating costs (47%), price fluctuations of raw materials (44%) and concern about global economic fluctuations (40%) are the major challenges for the year.

    Survey respondents were generally positive about the outlook of traditional markets. They were most optimistic about Western Europe, with 73 per cent expecting prospects to be promising or very promising, followed by North America (61%) and Japan (58%). Views were also optimistic when it came to the emerging markets. Sixty-seven per cent of respondents expected the Chinese mainland market to be promising or very promising this year; followed by ASEAN (56%) and the Middle East (55%).

    In terms of product trends, the lighting industry considers commercial lighting to be the most promising product category, followed by residential lighting and smart lighting & solution. The electronics industry sees electrical and electronic accessories to have the best potential, followed by digital imaging and audio-visual products.

    For the houseware industry, most expect kitchenware & gadgets, eco-friendly products and interior decor & handicrafts to have the highest growth potential this year. As for the gifts industry, most viewed advertising gifts and premium, tech gifts and figurines & decorations to be the most promising product categories.

    Start-up launch pad

    To support the development of start-up companies, HKTDC introduced Startup zones at the Spring Electronic Fair, ICT Expo, Houseware Fair and Gifts Fair, providing a low-barrier exhibition opportunity. The zones were well-received, attracting more than 160 start-ups from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, Taiwan, the United States and so on.

    Apart from meeting buyers from around the world, the start-ups were offered all-round services, including the opportunity to take part in pitching sessions and "Startup. Smart Launch" sessions, where they could promote their solutions or products to potential investors, buyers and media representatives.

    Business matching, small orders for more business opportunities

    The HKTDC is committed to enhancing the support services provided at the fairs to generate more business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers. During the April fairs, HKTDC helped connect buyers with exhibitors by arranging one-on-one business matching meetings based on buyers' needs.

    Catering to O2O sourcing trends and buyers' growing needs to source in small quantities, HKTDC set up hktdc.com Small Order zones at the Spring Electronics Fair, Houseware Fair and Gifts Fair, featuring a total of over 940 showcases. By scanning a QR code, buyers could receive product information, place orders, settle payments and arrange shipment. During the April fairs, the zones generated more than 60,000 business connections, bridging buyers and suppliers and promoting further cooperation.

    Full press release with Summary of Survey Results at https://bit.ly/2Kaq1rX.
    Photo download at https://bit.ly/2ruoKVU.

    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 more than 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 business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
    - Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    - Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    - LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

    Contact:
    Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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    Entrepreneur Day is HKTDC's flagship event that offers a one-stop platform for start-ups to gather market information, build connections and gain exposure.
    Connects new businesses with mentors, partners and investors

    HONG KONG, May 11, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - As a one-stop platform for new businesses to gather market information, build connections and gain exposure, the 10th Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) will take place next week, the 17-18 May (Thursday to Friday), at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 270 exhibitors have signed up for this years E-Day, the largest participation since its launch.

    Among the fair highlights is a dedicated exhibition zone, the Imaginarium, which brings together more than 140 start-ups, representing a 100 per cent increase over the last year. It features a wide range of innovative products and technologies in fields such as healthtech and biotech, fintech, green tech, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

    Start-ups from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Cyberport, as well as start-ups recruited by Advantage Austria Hong Kong, brinc, and CoCoon will demonstrate their latest inventions and smart technologies in a series of demo sessions.

    Among them are the world's first handheld affordable hybrid-spectrometer powered by AI, the world's first mobile air conditioner, a single breath analyser to diagnose different diseases, and an online social platform for drone pilots to manage their profiles and portfolios. Featuring start-ups from Canada, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Portugal, the UK and the US, it also adds some international flavour to the show.

    Enlightening Dialogues

    The HKSAR government is planning to diversify the city's economy, and new focuses include four key areas: biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and financial technologies. In response to the market needs, E-Day will feature a host of inspirational and informative talks as part of the "Start-up Runway", including "What's next for Fintech?", "AI for the Future", "Smart City - from IoT to IoE (Internet of Everything)", "Embracing the Era of HealthTech" where successful start-ups will discuss upcoming trends in their respective industries.

    Moreover, renowned industry leaders including Bonnie Cheung, Venture Partner of 500 Startups, one of the most active seed investors globally with over 2,000 portfolio companies; Lawrence Tzang, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Prenetics Limited, an internationally-acclaimed DNA company which raised over USD 50 million; and AI expert Miles Wen, CEO of Fano Labs Limited, which is backed by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of tycoon Li Ka-shing, will share their insights during the event.

    Journey to Success

    The HKTDC has launched a new incubation programme entitled "Start-up Express." Collaborating with Our Hong Kong Foundation, it offers start-ups unique opportunities to learn, to grow and to connect. Twenty finalists will present proposals and pitch to a panel of judges, including Antony Leung, Group Chairman & CEO of Nan Fung Group at E-Day.

    Ten winners will join an exciting programme of local and overseas trade fairs and missions to explore global markets and gain valuable exposure, and they will have the opportunity to get personal advice from business leaders such as Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC and Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group.

    Making Connections

    Connecting fledgling entrepreneurs with industry experts and investors is one of the key aims of E-Day. To cater the needs of start-ups who are trying to scale up, the HKTDC will launch "Start-up Clinic" at E-Day, offering one-on-one customised business advisory services for new businesses. It aims to help them avoid or solve problems in the areas of financial management, information technology application as well as branding and marketing.

    Start-ups can also meet potential investors and mentors at the "Start-up Mixer". Co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, this networking event takes a similar format to speed-dating, allowing new businesses to indulge in creative ideas and opportunities from a wide scope of industries. During the "Fund & Mentor Business Matching Session", one-on-one matching will be arranged for start-ups to meet with potential investors and mentors to gain entrepreneurial advice and funding.

    Recognising that sometimes start-ups struggle to raise fund, E-Day will feature government and statutory bodies with prominent funding schemes and start-up support programmes. These include Cyberport, which offers an Incubation Programme and Accelerator Support Programme; the Hong Kong Design Centre, which has a Design Incubation Programme; the Hong Kong Productivity Council, which offers InnoSpace; the Trade and Industry Department which offers an SME Loan Guarantee Scheme and SME Development Fund alongside other programmes.

    Meeting Talents

    Last year, the total number of start-ups in Hong Kong increased by 16 per cent to more than 2,200, employing more than 6,300 people. Considering the growing needs, "Start-ups Meet Talent" will be returning to E-Day. Co-organised by the HKTDC and WHub, the event aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Hong Kong-based start-ups. It will bring together undergraduates, graduate students, and seasoned professionals to one event, exclusively for start-ups.

    Also new to E-Day is the "Start-up Battle: Working in a Start-up", which is tailored for people who want to join a start-up. It will allow participants to learn more about the start-up scene and the qualities that start-ups are looking for when recruiting talents.

    HKTDC Entrepreneur Day - Open to Public, Free Admission
    17 May, Thursday, 11am-6:30pm; 18 May, Friday, 11am-6pm
    Venue: Hall 1D-1E, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
    Website: www.hktdc.com/eday, registration: https://bit.ly/2rcuXp3

    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 more than 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 business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.
    - Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
    - Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
    - LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

    Contact:
    Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org Beatrice Lam, Tel: +852 2584 4049, Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org

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    - Rehabilitation Project to Ensure Stable Operation and Greater Reliability of Four Natural Gas and Heavy Fuel Oil-fired Boilers -

    TOKYO, May 11, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed a contract with Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC) for the renewal of the Cairo West natural gas and heavy fuel oil-fired thermal power plant. MHPS will renew four existing power generation boilers with a rated output of 1,360 MW, extending their lifetime and enhancing reliability. The project will contribute to a more stable energy supply in Egypt.

    The Cairo West power station is located around 16km northwest of Cairo, and is operated by CEPC. The rehabilitation project was awarded to a consortium that included MHPS' Egyptian subsidiary. MHPS will manufacture the boiler components at its Kure Works, and MHPS' Egyptian subsidiary will dispatch the engineer for support of installation and trial operation. The four existing boilers are the No. 5 and No. 6 units (rated output of 330 MW) supplied by MHPS in 1993, and the No. 7 and No. 8 units (350 MW) supplied in 2011.

    The Cairo West power station is one of the mainstay facilities providing power to the Egyptian capital of Cairo where electricity demand is high, so a stable power supply is critical. The renewal contract from CEPC follows the contract in August 2017 for upgrades to a natural gas-fired gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power station at the Cairo North facility.

    MHPS, in addition to promoting the adoption of new thermal power generation systems, also focuses on renewal and performance upgrades for existing conventional power generation facilities and GTCC plants like those at CEPC. Going forward, through its support for more stable and efficient power generation around the world, MHPS will contribute to economic development and highly sustainable energy production on a global scale.

    About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) was formed on February 1 2014, integrating the thermal power generation systems businesses of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Hitachi, Ltd. in a quest to further enhance their social response capabilities in all respects. These include the technological strength to create new products of outstanding quality and reliability, the comprehensive strength in engineering to oversee projects in regions across the globe, and finely honed sales and after-sale servicing capabilities. MHPS aims to come out a winner in global competition and achieve a solid position as a world leader in thermal power generation systems and environmental technologies. For more information, please visit www.mhps.com.

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

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    SEOUL, KOREA, May 11, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Suprema ID, a global leader in biometrics and ID solutions, announced today that its latest BioMini Plus 2 fingerprint authentication scanner tested in full compliance and received a UIDAI Registered Device Level 0 certification from the Government of India's STQC (Standardization Testing & Quality Certification). The STQC certification is an essential requirement for procurements of India government's nationwide UID project and ensures devices to satisfy API specifications presented by UIDAI. The recently introduced 'UIDAI Registered Device Level 0' certification heightens level of security of biometric data with encryption and digital signature.

    Designed for both PC and mobile based fingerprint authentication, BioMini Plus 2 provides loads of innovative features to enhance its image quality, performance and mobile-readiness. Unique to the industry, Suprema's patented Multi Dynamic Range (MDR) technology guarantees high-quality image capture even with extreme conditions (operates under direct sunlight up to 100,000 LUX) regardless of the moisture level of captured finger skin. The MDR technology is especially developed for mobile environment where there are greater dynamics in lighting and moisture conditions.

    BioMini Plus 2 now provides enhanced levels of anti-spoofing security with a proprietary machine learning based live fingerprint detection (LFD) technology. This technology was developed to overcome inherent limitations of conventional scanners by applying machine learning methods that analyze and categorize image patterns according to optical characteristics of various possible fake fingerprint materials. With this new technology, BioMini Plus 2 effectively eliminates fraud, using various fake fingerprint materials such as clay, rubber and silicon. BioMini Plus comes in an OEM module version for hardware integration as the SFU-550.

    "BioMini Plus 2 has been specially developed to meet stringent requirements for the India government's UIDAI projects which demand fast and high quality image capturing. In addition, with its compatibility to Android systems, mobile-oriented MDR technology, and anti-spoofing LFD, we are confident to gain further market share over UIDAI projects as well as fast-emerging biometric identification projects in many countries," said Bogun Park, CEO at Suprema ID.

    Suprema ID will present full demonstration of its STQC-certified BioMini series fingerprint authentication scanners and RealScan series enrollment scanners at International Police Expo in New Delhi on May 10-11. To experience the latest innovation in biometric ID solutions, please visit Suprema ID stand B30 at International Police Expo 2018 or book a demo at www.suprema-id.com.

    About Suprema ID
    Suprema ID is a leading global provider of biometrics and ID solutions. By combining the world's renowned biometric algorithm with superior engineering, Suprema ID continually designs and develops industry-leading products and solutions. Suprema ID's extensive range of portfolio includes fingerprint enrollment scanners, fingerprint authentication scanners, fingerprint embedded modules and ePassport readers. Suprema has provided national ID projects in more than 20 countries and over 1 billion people in the world are using Suprema ID's fingerprinting technology. For more information, please visit www.suprema-id.com.

    Contact:
    Andy Ahn
    Head of Marketing, Suprema Inc.
    Email: andyahn@suprema.co.kr

     
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    Rally Portugal: Preview

    Toyota City, Japan, May 11, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will take on Rally Portugal from May 17-20 with the aim of continuing the momentum gathered with its recent victory in Argentina. Ott Tanak--who in South America claimed his first win since joining the team--Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala all head to Portugal confident in the progress that has been made with the development of the Toyota Yaris WRC, as demonstrated in Argentina.

    Rally Portugal is based in the north of the country, with the service park situated in Matosinhos near the city of Porto. The event takes place over technical roads with a soft and sandy gravel surface. Grip can be hard to find for the drivers running first on the road on the opening pass of each stage, while deep ruts and exposed rocks can add to the challenge on the second pass.

    The rally will get underway on Thursday evening with a ceremonial start at Guimaraes Castle followed by a super special stage on the Lousada rallycross circuit. On Friday there will be two loops of three stages in the north--near the border with Spain--before two runs of a Porto street stage to close the day. Saturday's action is focused on the Cabreira Mountains, before the rally comes to a conclusion on Sunday with five stages in the Fafe region, including the iconic Fafe test itself as the Power Stage.

    Quotes

    Tommi Makinen (Team Principal)
    "Following our victory in Argentina, I think the confidence is pretty high in the team at the moment and we are very much looking forward to Rally Portugal. It sounds like we had a good pre-event test last week and that everything went well there. I am feeling really confident that we can have another strong performance in Portugal, because the conditions there are very similar to Argentina. I won twice in Portugal during my career and I would say that it is a slightly easier rally, or at least it is not quite so tricky, mostly because it is not so rocky. You don't have to be quite as accurate with the driving as in Argentina. They are both fast rallies, but in Portugal I would say there is a bit more room to play with. Therefore, normally it should be not as challenging, but of course it is always challenging when you are trying to fight for the win. Still, I am sure we can have another good rally."

    Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 7)
    "Even though my rally ended early, there were positives to take from Argentina: the car felt really, really good and the speed was also good for me before my retirement. This gives me great confidence going to Rally Portugal. I believe our car will be strong again in Portugal. It is quite a similar rally to Argentina, with the main differences being that the surface is smoother and the roads are a bit more flowing. Therefore, I see no reason why the car shouldn't work well in Portugal. We had two days of pre-event testing there last week and I am really happy with how that went. I had our test driver Juho Hanninen with me during the test: we were working together to fine-tune the car and I am really pleased with how the car feels."

    Ott Tanak (Driver car 8)
    "We certainly go to Portugal with a good feeling. We obviously know just how well the car can perform. Everything felt good too in our pre-event test last week, where we were just trying to find some more improvements and even better performance. Portugal has always been one of my favourite events. It's always really nice to go there: there is a great atmosphere. It is also the place where everything started for me in the WRC in 2009. Our aim is to perform as well as in Argentina, but let's see how it goes. I think Friday will be critical with our road position: we have two cars in front of us so we will have some lines to follow, but normally the cleaning has more of an effect in Portugal. It is important to get another strong result for the championship: we closed the gap a bit in Argentina and now we aim to do the same in Portugal."

    Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 9)
    "Portugal is where I started to compete in a World Rally Car last year, so I think that everything should be a little bit easier from this point onwards. In the first part of the season there were ups and downs, but I was pretty surprised with how good the speed was on some events. There were many positives and we just need to try to learn from the negative moments and be better in the second half of the year. It is going to help to have already done the upcoming rallies with this car. That is especially true for Portugal as it will be basically the same roads as last year. Argentina was already good from a car setup point of view, but I think we still made a small step forward on the pre-event test. I am pretty confident this time to start to push from the first stage: the approach will be different to Argentina."

    What happened last year?
    Toyota finished last year's Rally Portugal with all three of its cars inside the top 10, having entered a trio of drivers for the first time. Juho Hanninen came seventh, Jari-Matti Latvala finished in ninth place despite not feeling well, and Esapekka Lappi was 10th on his debut in a World Rally Car, also scoring points on his first Power Stage in the Yaris WRC. Lappi also made a spectacular jump over the famous Fafe jump, which was later named as the best action moment of the 2017 motorsport season by the FIA following a fan vote.

    About Toyota

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

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