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    First Approval for LENVIMA in China and First New Therapy for the First-line Treatment of Unresectable HCC Approved in China in a Decade

    TOKYO, Sep 5, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth N.J., U.S.A., known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved the kinase inhibitor LENVIMA (lenvatinib) as a single agent for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received prior systemic therapy. In China, the application of LENVIMA was submitted in October 2017, and was designated for Priority Review by the NMPA due to LENVIMA's significant clinical benefit compared to existing treatments, leading to approval in approximately 10 months. This approval marks the first for LENVIMA in China, where the incidence of HCC is high,(1) and the first new systemic therapy approved for the first-line treatment of unresectable HCC in China in ten years.(1)

    The approval was based on results from the REFLECT study (Study 304),(2) an open-label, Phase 3 trial where LENVIMA demonstrated a treatment effect on overall survival (OS)(1) by statistical confirmation of non-inferiority when compared with the standard of care, sorafenib, in 954 patients with previously untreated unresectable HCC. LENVIMA demonstrated statistically significant superiority and clinically meaningful improvements in progression-free survival (PFS)(2), time to progression (TTP)(3) and objective response rate (ORR)(4). In a subpopulation analysis of 288 patients in the study from the greater Chinese region (mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), LENVIMA demonstrated efficacy based on non-inferiority of OS compared to sorafenib, with improvements also observed in PFS, TTP and ORR3. Approximately 80% of patients in the subpopulation were living with HCC resulting from chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV), which has high unmet medical need. For these patients, LENVIMA demonstrated non-inferiority based on OS compared with sorafenib, thereby demonstrating the effect of LENVIMA in patients with HCC resulting from HBV.

    In the China package insert, the five most common adverse reactions observed in patients treated with LENVIMA were hypertension (45%), fatigue (44%), diarrhea (39%), decreased appetite (34%) and decreased weight (31%), which is consistent with the known side-effect profile of LENVIMA.

    Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is estimated to be responsible for approximately 750,000 deaths per year globally. Additionally, approximately 780,000 cases are newly diagnosed each year, about 80% of which occur in Asian regions. Specifically, in China, there are approximately 395,000 new cases and 380,000 deaths per year, accounting for approximately 50% of cases worldwide.(1) HCC accounts for 85% to 90% of primary liver cancer cases. Unresectable HCC, for which treatment options are limited, is extremely difficult to treat, and the development of new treatments is necessary.

    Since the initial launch, more than 10,000 patients have been treated with LENVIMA. Today, LENVIMA is approved as a treatment for refractory thyroid cancer in over 50 countries including the United States, Japan, in Europe and Asia, and as combination with everolimus as a second-line treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in over 45 countries including the United States and in Europe. For HCC, LENVIMA was approved for use in Japan in March 2018, and in the United States and Europe in August 2018. In Japan, approximately 3,000 HCC patients have been treated with LENVIMA since approval of this indication.

    (1) Overall Survival (OS): The time period from the commencement of cancer treatment up until death by any cause. Whether the cause of death is cancer or not is not taken into consideration for this variable.
    (2) Progression Free Survival (PFS): PFS is the objectively confirmed time from the commencement of cancer treatment to the date of disease progression, or date of death from any cause, whichever occurs first.
    (3) Time To Progression: TTP is the objectively confirmed time from the commencement of cancer treatment to the date of disease progression. Unlike PFS, TTP does not consider death from any cause.
    (4) Objective Response Rate (ORR): ORR is the combined proportion of patients whose tumor was eliminated (complete response) and whose tumor was reduced by over 30% in size (partial response) as verified by imaging assessment.

    About Eisai

    Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. We define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call our human health care philosophy. With approximately 10,000 employees working across our global network of R&D facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, we strive to realize our human health care philosophy by delivering innovative products in various therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs, including Oncology and Neurology.

    As a global pharmaceutical company, our mission extends to patients around the world through our investment and participation in partnership-based initiatives to improve access to medicines in developing and emerging countries.

    For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com.

    Contact:
    Eisai Public Relations +81-(0)3-3817-5120

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

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    CENTRESTAGE 2018 opens today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day event (5-8 Sept) is buzzing with activity and excitement, with the participation of a record-breaking 230 brands, representing the cream of the crop from 22 countries and regions.
    This year's CENTRESTAGE centres on the theme of "TOMORROW LAB". It features three thematic zones: ALLURE - representing craftsmanship, refinement and elegance; ICONIC - displaying contemporary, chic and avant-garde designs; and METRO - showcasing casual, youthful expressions of urban life.
    FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #12 designers close the fashion show by parading down the runway alongside models wearing their newly unveiled pieces.
    Budding Talents, Big Names Galore; CENTRESTAGE ELITES on Tonight

    HONG KONG, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The third edition of CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event organised by the HKTDC, opened today and runs through 8 Sept at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The first day of the four-day extravaganza showcased high-calibre local and overseas fashion talents, with a series of about 40 exciting and engaging events being held during the show period.

    Reinforcing Hong Kong's Role as Asia's Fashion Capital

    In its most expansive edition yet, CENTRESTAGE 2018 hosts a record-breaking 230 brands, representing the cream of the crop from 22 countries and regions. New participants this year include brands from Austria, Canada, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. EMI - ENTE MODA ITALIA - brings a new dimension to the event by showcasing top Italian brands including ANNECLAIRE, CHICCA LUALDI BEEQUEEN, COLLIROSSI, COMPLIT and more.

    This year's event centres on the theme of "TOMORROW LAB" and features three thematic zones: ALLURE - representing craftsmanship, refinement and elegance; ICONIC - displaying contemporary, chic and avant-garde designs; and METRO - showcasing casual, youthful expressions of urban life.

    The HKTDC has organised 35 buying missions to visit the show, bringing buyers from more than 1,100 companies from 25 countries and regions, including Galeries Lafayette from France, Isetan from Japan, as well as select shops Antonioli from Italy, VooStore from Germany, Labelhood, Anyshopstyle, The Fashion Door and D2C from the Chinese mainland, along with local representatives from Lane Crawford, Harvey Nichols and online shop Farfetch.

    Spotlighting Best Asian Talents

    CENTRESTAGE 2018 launched with a series of fashion shows by emerging local talents at the FASHIONALLY Collection #12 and FASHIONALLY Presentation, and an inspiring Trend Talk Series discussion.

    FASHIONALLY Collection #12 spotlighted 10 up-and-coming designers exemplifying the best of design and creativity in Hong Kong. The Spring/Summer 2019 collections on display came from their brands: 112 mountainyam, Blind by JW, CAR | 2IE, DEMO., FromClothingOf, KEVIN HO, LAPEEWEE, NECRO POON, phenotypsetter and YEUNG CHIN.

    At FASHIONALLY Presentation, designer TAK LEE showcased his debut collection inspired by the passage of time and using the concepts of war and destruction in an unconventional, theatrical fashion show. This is the first of three highly anticipated FASHIONALLY Presentation shows, with brands REDEMPTIVE and YLYstudio showcasing their latest collections on 6 and 7 Sept respectively.

    The future of fashion was explored as part of the "WGSN Fashion Forecast A/W 19/20: Street Style, Luxury and Culture" discussion, led by industry veteran and key fashion thought leader Anupreet Bhui, Senior Editor of Global Street Style, WGSN. Ms Bhui explored the key items, colours and macro trends determining the mood, feel and socio-cultural movements for the season ahead.

    This evening will see three leading Asian brands taking part in CENTRESTAGE ELITES. FACETASM, IDISM and Ms MIN will have top models parade their Spring/Summer 2019 collections down the runway and in front of a star-studded audience. This will be followed by the FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW, featuring the latest collections of eight Hong Kong designer labels that have previously participated in international fashion weeks, such as New York, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo. These eight local brands are ANVEGLOSA, DORISKATH, HARRISON WONG, HOUSE OF V, LOOM LOOP, MAISON VERMILLION, MEIKING NG, and METHODOLOGY.

    Highlight Events

    In the coming days, CENTRESTAGE will see a series of shows presenting local and international design excellence, as well as seminars providing insights into the future of the global fashion industry.

    Among the many shows coming up is the world's largest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award, which will take place on 6 Sept. Opening on the same day will be Asia's largest sustainability conference, Fashion Summit (HK) 2018, a two-day event that will explore sustainability solutions for fashion under the theme of "Circular Economy".

    On 7 Sept, the Knitwear Innovation and Design Society will present the Knitwear Symphony 2018 and the 8th Hong Kong Knitwear Designers' Contest to promote Hong Kong's knitwear design and wool manufacturing capabilities. That evening, renowned local designer and wedding gown specialist Dorian Ho will present his new collection created in collaboration with DOXA at a runway show. The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) 2018 will run on 8 Sept as the finale of CENTRESTAGE, with 16 budding designers competing for five coveted prizes.

    The first Meet the Visionaries Series of seminars, on 6 Sept, will see CENTRESTAGE ELITES designers and brand representatives discuss the theme "In Conversation with the Asian Creative Forces Shaping the International Fashion Scene". The speakers will also explain the inspiration behind their collections. Shortly after, Jorge Martin, Head of Fashion Research at Euromonitor International, will address the second Trend Talk Series to share his views on the latest digital developments and how technology will transform the global fashion industry. On 7 Sept, international fashion designer and YDC VIP Judge Martine Rose will participate in the second Meet the Visionaries Series to discuss her extensive experience in the industry.

    Public Welcome to Attend "OPENSTAGE" and "Hong Kong in Fashion"

    The final day of CENTRESTAGE, titled "OPENSTAGE", will open to public visitors aged 12 and above free of charge. On 8 Sept, attendees will have free access to the Fashionista's Sharing Series featuring key fashion editors, a make-up demonstration by NARS, a fashion and music event named "CENTRESTAGE Live House: Busking x Fashion Bazaar," and more. Public visitors will have a chance to check out the latest designs from leading local and overseas brands.

    Furthermore, Hong Kong in Fashion is currently underway with over 90 not-to-be-missed events organised in collaboration with more than 100 partners. Taking place at numerous hotspots across the city, the activities range from workshops and fashion mob performances to afternoon tea sessions and more.

    From now until 30 Sept, participants can join the "Street Snap Competition" and upload a personal styling snapshot to Instagram (#CENTRESTAGEHK) for a chance to win attractive prizes, including a MiraSpa Sunset Spa Session for two and HKTDC Design Gallery Coupons. Highlight events include CENTRESTAGE Fashion Tea at stylish cafe and patisserie COCO in The Mira Hong Kong hotel from 25 Aug to 30 Sept and the MINI x YDC Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Gear Night on 13 Sept.

    CENTRESTAGE website: http://centrestage.com.hk
    CENTRESTAGE activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/schedule.php
    Hong Kong in Fashion activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/hkinfashion/index.php
    The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest webpage: http://www.fashionally.com
    CENTRESTAGE ELITES designers' promo video: https://youtu.be/4YhAEJgsrZw
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2NnrWPi

    For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
    Sinclair on +852 2915 1234
    Nikki McLucas, nikki@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6895 0534
    Shanti Sadhwani, shanti@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6386 4904
    Wing Ng, wing@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6106 8605
    Kelly Chan, kelly@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6825 4496

    HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department
    Sam Ho, Tel: +852 2584 4569, Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org
    Selina Fan, Tel: +852 2584 4298, Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

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

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    SINGAPORE, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CoinTiger crypto exchange (www.cointiger.pro) announce introduction of an equity mechanism to its platform token TigerCash (TCH) as a symbol today, which makes TCH the first security token of a digital asset trading platform in the world.

    Through this big step, CoinTiger hopes that a commitment of nearly 90% of the existing shareholder interest will drive further expansion and create a POW-based equity distribution mechanism to investors, thus to thoroughly unlock the capability potential of the company.

    CoinTiger is a reputable digital exchange that strives to provide crypto enthusiasts with stable, seamless and secure trading services. Since its official launch on November 15, 2017, CoinTiger continues to demonstrate significant commitment towards quality financial service delivery, hence it has established a robust crypto trading ecosystem which is accessible via web, iOS as well as android client apps and also offers allied services including Voting for Listing Program, Ticker Capital, Labs, IEO amongst others.

    Currently, CoinTiger has attracted over 1.1 million users from more than 40 countries across Asia, North America, Africa and Europe, with a top 30 ranking on CoinMarketCap.

    CoinTiger is currently centralized, where its core team provides continuously upgraded services. Looking forward, CoinTiger will be multi-centralized, where benefits will belong to all contributors by introducing the equity interest to TCH holders.

    Click here for more details: https://www.cointiger.pro/#/notice_detail/346

    Media Inquiry please contact:
    Marketing Director: Michelle
    Email: zhanglu@cointiger.com


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

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    The brown planthopper is one of rice's most destructive pests. Researchers in Indonesia investigated if they could develop a nontoxic pesticide based on the rice's own chemical signals.
    The extraction process.
    The field experiment set-up.
    - Analysis of chemical signals sent by plants under attack by brown planthopper could help in natural control of pest

    Selangor, Malaysia, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that helps fight off the plant's predator. The researchers created a system to imitate these cues, which could help investigate similar interactions in other crops and possible sources of non-toxic pest control.

    Rice is a staple food, relied upon by half the global population. The brown planthopper (BPH) is one of rice's most destructive pests, causing damage by wounding the stem of the plants to lay the eggs for the next attack and by transmitting viruses that attack the plant.

    Researchers from Universitas Negeri Malang and the Indonesian Sweetener and Fibre Crops Research Institute wanted to see if they could target the brown planthopper without using pesticides known to harm the environment. To do this, they investigated the so-called 'tritrophic interaction' between rice, the brown planthopper and the parasitoids that prey on the brown planthopper's eggs.

    They extracted samples from rice infected by the brown planthopper and analysed their chemical makeup. They then compared this to what they found in samples taken from healthy rice, identifying the chemical differences between healthy and infested rice.

    They created a porous material from rice husk and soaked different pieces in chemicals extracted from either healthy or infected rice. In laboratory tests, the parasites were more attracted to the material infused with the infested sample. They also attached infused materials to posts and placed them outside in a rice field. Again, they found more parasitoids on the infected sample, but the researchers observed that the effect wore off over five days, so the samples effectively had an expiration date.

    The results, published in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, could guide further trials to see if applying the chemical cue could actually reduce the pest's destruction of rice paddies; and if so, to what degree. The use of analytical chemistry offers insights into the mechanisms underlying these interactions and detect small changes taking place in great detail.

    They note that their technique exploring the interaction between plant, pest and the pest's own predator on a chemical level requires further refinement, but could eventually be applied to other agricultural crops and potentially reduce the use of harmful pesticides.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr. Surjani Wonorahardjo
    Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
    Universitas Negeri Malang
    Indonesia
    Email: surjani.wonorahardjo@um.ac.id

    About Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST)
    Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST) is published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in English and is open to authors around the world regardless of nationality. Currently, it is published twice a year in January and July. Other Pertanika series include Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS), and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH).

    Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology aims to provide a forum for high quality research related to science and engineering research. Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include: bioinformatics, bioscience, biotechnology and bio-molecular sciences, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, engineering design, environmental control and management, mathematics and statistics, medicine and health sciences, nanotechnology, physics, safety and emergency management, and related fields of study.

    For more information about the journal, contact:
    Chief Executive Editor (UPM Journals)
    Pertanika Journal
    Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (R&I)
    Tower II. UPM-MTDC, Putra Science Park, Universiti Putra Malaysia
    43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan MALAYSIA
    Tel: +603 8947 1616
    Email: executive_editor.pertanika@upm.my

    Press release distributed by ResearchSEA for Pertanika Journal.

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

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    Higgs Wealth, Camper & Nicholsons private cocktail party
    Columbus, Higgs Wealth's AI robotic project
    HONG KONG, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Higgs Wealth, a new wealth management company that focuses on providing a variety of investment opportunities to traditional UHNW investors and financial institutions, today announced that they have entered into a partnership with Camper & Nicholsons, a subsidiary of Lai Sun Group. It is the global leader in super yacht industry, offers a complete suite of turnkey services to yachts owner, included sale & purchase, charter, management and construction of the finest yachts in the world, with the history of 236 years - and counting.

    To celebrate the new partnership between Higgs Wealth and Camper & Nicholsons, the two companies joined-hands in hosting a private cocktail party in Higgs Wealth's office. Short introductory presentations were given explaining the two company's businesses. Various yacht models from Camper & Nicholsons were showcased. Higgs Wealth also presented an AI robotic project at the event.

    The robot, Columbus, successfully charmed the audience with its cute look and interactive conversations. The event was a great success and it attracted many private investors, fund managers, yacht owners and different industries' leaders.

    About Higgs Wealth
    Higgs Wealth is a new wealth management company founded in July 2018. It focuses on providing a variety of investment opportunities to traditional UHNW investors and financial institutions, especially in the latest fintech and blockchain industry.

    About Camper & Nicholsons
    Camper & Nicholsons is a subsidiary of Lai Sun Group. It is the global leader in super yacht industry, offers a complete suite of turnkey services to yachts owner, included sale & purchase, charter, management and construction of the finest yachts in the world, with the history of 236 years - and counting.


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

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    Immersion Bath for the Liquid Immersion Cooling System
    A server being taken out of the cooling fluid
    TOKYO, Sep 6, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu will begin sales of its Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY Liquid Immersion Cooling System in Japan today, with a global rollout to follow. This product is a cooling system designed to efficiently cool the entire IT devices equally by immersing it in cooling fluid. Large-scale cooling equipment is not required, so the system reduces the total power consumption for the server system as a whole by about 40%(1) compared to existing air cooling systems. This dramatic reduction of power consumption allows customers to approximately double the server density in the same installation space(2). Fujitsu will continue to support the transformation of customer businesses going forward by delivering high-performance server systems using its innovative liquid cooling technologies.

    Background

    New technologies that process huge volumes of data, including IoT-enabled solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), have become increasingly common in recent years, leading users to demand further improvements in performance from the servers that form the system platforms for these new technologies. At the same time, high-speed processing results in an enormous rise in the heat generated by servers, and consequently, ever greater amounts of energy and space are required for cooling. Such challenges create an urgent need for a system that delivers improved cooling capabilities.

    Product Features

    1. Highly efficient cooling technology significantly cuts power needs and space requirements

    By immersing a server in a liquid that has high heat conducting properties and electrical insulating properties, this system efficiently cools the entire server equally. In addition, because the heat generated by the server is not emitted into the server room, air conditioning equipment for such areas or other facilities will be unnecessary. The cooling system also provides high energy efficiency because the server does not require internal cooling fans, boasting a power usage effectiveness (PUE, 3) ratio of 1.07. This not only reduces the server system's overall power consumption, by approximately 40% compared to air cooling systems (including its cooling equipment), it also enables approximately double the server density in the same installation space, contributing to reductions in the total cost of ownership (TCO).

    2. Easy maintenance

    By using Fujitsu's specially developed, well-sealed "immersion bath," this system minimizes vaporization of the cooling fluid. Maintenance of the system remains very easy because the fluid used as a cooling medium is also non-combustible, not harmful to humans, and does not need to be regularly replaced as the quality does not deteriorate.

    3. Fujitsu provides a one-stop solution, from installation to after-sales support

    Fujitsu provides a one-stop solution for everything from the installation of an immersion bath and coolant distribution units (CDUs, 4) to plumbing, server operations maintenance work, and post-installation support, including equipment maintenance. In addition, because this system is offered as an option for the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY series(5) of x86 servers, the latest models can be incorporated into this immersion system going forward.

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    Immersion Bath for the Liquid Immersion Cooling System

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    A server being taken out of the cooling fluid

    Previous Use Cases

    This product has been adopted for a cluster configuration for a computation center for biology and bioinformatics at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, where it has been well-received for having reduced operating costs through its low power consumption. Its ability to operate at low noise levels also meant it could be installed near laboratories, while the system's highly efficient cooling provided users with sustained high computational performance.

    Future Plans

    Because a server immersed in cooling fluid is not exposed to outside air, it can be installed in a variety of environments that were not suited for installing existing servers, such as high temperature, high humidity regions, manufacturing sites that have oils or dust in the air, or in seaside areas where there are concerns about salt damage. Fujitsu will support its customers in the further transformation of their businesses going forward by using liquid immersion cooling technology to build high performance server systems in places they could never be installed before.

    Sales Target

    100 systems by the end of fiscal 2020

    (1) Reduces the total power consumption for the server system as a whole by about 40% Comparison evaluated with a server system consisting of 96 PRIMERGY CX 2560 M4 multi-node servers, comparing the power consumption of an air conditioning system and internal server fans against an immersion cooling version with the same configuration. Because the reduction effect depends on the installation environment, Fujitsu does not guarantee a power consumption reduction value in customer environments.
    (2) Double the server density in the same installation space Evaluated with a server system consisting of 80 PRIMERGY CX 2560 M4 multi-node servers, with 4 rack units required with air cooling that can be reduced to 2 immersion baths with the liquid immersion cooling method. Because the improvement depends on the installation environment, Fujitsu does not guarantee a degree of server density in customer environments.
    (3) Power usage effectiveness (PUE) A ratio showing the power usage effectiveness of ICT devices in data centers and server rooms, adding together the power consumption of ICT devices and the power consumption of associated equipment, such as cooling equipment, and then dividing by the power consumption of the ICT devices. A PUE of 1.0 indicates that all power is being used by ICT equipment, and none is being consumed by other equipment, such as cooling equipment. The PUE given here is the actual measured value from Fujitsu facilities, and because the value can vary depending on installation environment, Fujitsu does not guarantee a PUE value in customer environments.
    (4) Coolant distribution units (CDUs) Equipment that circulates the cooling fluid the server is immersed in with built-in pumps, transferring heat to coolant water through a heat exchanger.
    (5) Offered as an option for the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY series Available for the existing PRIMERGY CX 2550 M4, PRIMERGY CX 2560 M4, PRIMERGY CX 2570 M4, PRIMERGY RX 2530 M4, as well as for future 2-socket multi-node servers and 1U rack servers offered by Fujitsu going forward.

    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 140,000 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 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release: 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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    MHPS Takasago Works which started to use ENERGY CLOUD Factory
    - Package Enables Efficient Energy Usage and Encapsulates MHI Group's Comprehensive Expertise in Manufacturing -

    TOKYO, Sep 6, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has launched "ENERGY CLOUD Factory", a new service package that utilizes AI and IoT(1) technologies. The cutting-edge energy solution was unveiled today at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) Takasago Works in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, following pre-release usage at the Main Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

    ENERGY CLOUD Factory is a package specifically for factories within "ENERGY CLOUD", MHI's comprehensive energy solution service. Using data acquired by "Netmation eFinder", MHI's independently developed system for collecting data on equipment operations, the system enables visual monitoring of production equipment operating ratios and energy consumption. Also, a factory's overall performance can be evaluated in parameters known as its "ENERGY CLOUD Score", a newly devised KPI(Note2) that integrates indexes measuring production process productivity and energy consumption. Furthermore, proprietary AI technology enables forecasting of future factory performance--capability expected to enhance factory management through preventive maintenance, operational optimization, etc.

    MHPS' Takasago Works has already achieved today's most advanced level of digitalization, backed by many years of experience and a strong track record. These derive mainly from the plant's demonstration testing of gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power plants at dedicated facilities completed in 1997, and its monitoring of power generation systems at a remote monitoring center completed in 1999. By combining these capabilities with ENERGY CLOUD Factory', the aim is to complete a state-of-the-art factory capable of achieving low costs and energy savings, for example, in all aspects of designing, manufacturing and operating power generation facilities.

    MHPS' Takasago Works is an integral component of the MHI Group that performs the construction of large made-to-order products. In addition, the MHI Group produces a remarkable array of products including everything from launch vehicles and aircraft to plants of all kinds and mass-produced items such as room air-conditioners and turbochargers. It also has abundant expertise in factory operation accumulated over many years. With this wealth of knowledge and comprehensive capabilities, going forward MHI will provide energy solutions for factories making use of AI and IoT technologies unique to the MHI Group, to resolve diverse issues relating to energy.

    (1) AI: Artificial Intelligence; IoT: Internet of Things
    (2) KPI: Key Performance Indicator

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world's leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward - advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: "Power Systems," "Industry & Infrastructure," "Aircraft, Defense & Space." We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.

    For more information, please visit MHI's website: https://www.mhi.com
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: https://spectra.mhi.com

    Contact:
    Corporate Communication Department Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mediacontact_global@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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    - Investment speeds development of semiconductor devices with deep learning capabilities required for next-generation autonomous and electric vehicles -

    KARIYA, JAPAN, Sep 6, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation, a $48.1 billion company and one of the world's largest automotive suppliers of technology and components, continues to search for new ways to support the development of future mobility solutions that will revolutionize how society moves. To that end, DENSO subsidiary NSITEXE, Inc., a developer of key semiconductor components enabling automated driving, today announced its investment in ThinCI Inc., an AI hardware startup developing computing platforms. ThinCI's programmable computing architecture can accelerate deep learning, AI and other algorithms relevant to the automotive industry and will provide somewhere around 5 to 10 times the computing power and performance offered by the next best solution.

    The successful close of ThinCI's $65 million series C funding round was led by DENSO and Temasek. Other investors include GGV Capital, Mirai Creation Fund - backed by Toyota and other limited partners - and Daimler. DENSO was the lead investor in ThinCI's last funding round in 2016.

    "ThinCI has the capabilities to help us usher in the next era of transportation. The company's technology provides the computing power to make autonomous driving and advanced electric vehicles the industry norm," said Tony Cannestra, DENSO's Director of Corporate Ventures. "The move to Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy in the automotive industry will require huge amounts of flexible computing power. It's not feasible for car owners to have autonomous vehicles with server racks in their trunks, so there is a definite need to get that computing power out of the trunk and into a set of chips."

    As automotive electronics become increasingly sophisticated, the number of semiconductor devices used in vehicles has increased significantly. When automated driving and electrified power sources become the norm, high-performance, yet low-power semiconductor devices will be required for self-driving cars to operate effectively. These vehicles will need to constantly monitor their surroundings, rapidly process enormous amounts of information and make split-second driving decisions - all of which are made possible by semiconductors being able to properly sense road environments and communicate with one another.

    In a bid to achieve practical use of semiconductor devices necessary for automated driving technologies, DENSO established NSITEXE in 2017 to design and develop a next-generation, high-performance semiconductor devices to advance autonomous driving solutions. One of NSITEXE's current focuses is its Data Flow Processor, or DFP, which is a brand-new type of processor that enhances the functionality of central processing units (CPUs) and graphic processing units (GPUs), meaning they can rapidly perform multiple complex calculations at once. Moreover, a DFP is capable of instantaneously optimizing its calculating areas according to the amount and content of information, which reduces its power consumption and heat generation. Since 2016, DENSO and ThinCI have worked together to commercialize the DFP and enhance its development.

    "Our Data Flow Processors allow autonomous vehicles to make quick-fire decisions out of complicated and fast-evolving data sets," said Yukihide Niimi, president and CEO, NSITEXE. "This takes highly targeted computing and processing power, which is why adding ThinCI's deep learning and vision processing capabilities help ensure our DFPs operate effectively and efficiently."

    "We are thrilled and honored by the financial commitment from such major investment funds and automotive and industrial giants," said ThinCI CEO Dinakar Munagala. "The quality of investors coming together to invest in ThinCI validates our vision of industries adopting AI by leveraging our hardware and accompanying software stack. The interest from our automotive investors demonstrate their confidence that we can build on our early access partnerships with select automotive players and that our silicon will deliver the performance required to meet all five levels of autonomous driving. The expansion of our investor set to include industrial firms outside the automotive sector validates our assertion that ThinCI's technology can accelerate AI adoption across a wide range of non-automotive applications, such as smart cities, datacenters, and surveillance. We firmly believe that ThinCI technology and products will substantially complement their portfolio companies in these diverse areas."

    DENSO has long developed in-vehicle semiconductor devices to improve its engine control units and sensors, establishing its Integrated Circuit Research Center in 1968. Using its innovative past as a launching pad to the future, DENSO will continue to develop advanced technologies to help create an environmentally friendly, safe, and secure society for all.

    About NSITEXE, Inc.

    NSITEXE, Inc., a subsidiary of DENSO Corporation since 2017 and headquartered in Tokyo, is a leading developer of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) cores. NSITEXE's advanced semiconductor components are key for in-vehicle environment and safety technologies, such as advanced driving assistance systems and automated driving in next-generation vehicles. DENSO has long refined in-vehicle semiconductor technologies and NSITEXE continues its mission to develop the advanced technologies delivering an environmentally friendly, safe and secure automotive society. Beyond automotive, NSITEXE's powerful yet efficient semiconductor processors and sensors can be applied to industrial settings, smart homes and more. For additional information, go to nsitexe.com/en/.

    About THinCI Inc.

    ThinCI Inc. is a venture-backed, deep-learning start-up based in El Dorado Hills, California with teams in California, Hyderabad, India and the UK. The company was founded by a highly skilled technical team with years of experience in massively parallel processing architectures and the software structures to execute on these computing engines. The company is currently in the final phase of developing its deep learning and vision processing solutions comprising hardware platforms, proprietary silicon, comprehensive SDK and application software that can be integrated into a wide range of applications. These include advanced driver assistance systems in automotive; intelligent agents for personal electronics that enhance photos and video, explain the real world surrounding the user, protect the user from potential danger; smart home automation systems that detect and prevent hazards, intelligently manage home energy consumption, and provide the optimum indoor climate. ThinCI's technology is also applicable in commercial applications, for example, providing personalized suggestions to shoppers entering a store; in industrial applications for authenticating access, determining potential problems in operating equipment; in smart cities intelligently managing traffic lights based on real time traffic conditions, collecting and analyzing real-time video surveillance on city streets, and in data centers, where low-latency power-efficient deep learning is essential to manage the exploding volumes of collected data.

    About Denso

    DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 220 subsidiaries in 35 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, totaled US$48.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8% of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

    For more information, go to www.denso.com.

    Visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/.

    Contact:
    Sadayoshi Yokoyama, Toshiko Watanabe DENSO CORPORATION Phone: 81-566-25-5594 Fax: 81-566-25-4509 sadayoshi_yokoyama@denso.co.jp toshiko_watanabe@denso.co.jp

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    Celebrities and Models Add Glamour to Gala Fashion Show

    HONG KONG, Sep 6, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The curtains were raised on major fashion spectacular CENTRESTAGE ELITES last night (5 Sept), showcasing the latest Spring/Summer 2019 collections of Japanese avant-garde streetwear label FACETASM by Hiromichi Ochiai, Hong Kong ready-to-wear womenswear label IDISM by design duo Cyrus Wong and Julio Ng, and Chinese luxury womenswear label Ms MIN by Min Liu.

    The gala show was an opening highlight of CENTRESTAGE, which is organised by the HKTDC and continues until 8 Sept at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). More than 1,000 guests - including celebrities Miki Yeung, Elaine Yiu, Ron Ng, Mat Yeung, Phoebe Sin and Jeffrey Lai - watched top models parade the collections during the glamourous CENTRESTAGE ELITES show.

    CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event, offers fashion brands and designers an ideal platform to gain local and international exposure, and continues to solidify Hong Kong's position as a fashion hub in Asia. CENTRESTAGE 2018 promises to be the largest edition ever, with a record 230 fashion brands from 22 countries and regions participating. The fair also presents 40 not-to-be-missed events over its four-day run, including more than 20 fashion shows. Fairgoers can also attend designer sharing sessions, industry seminars, networking events and other activities.

    CENTRESTAGE website: http://centrestage.com.hk
    CENTRESTAGE activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/schedule.php
    Hong Kong in Fashion activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/hkinfashion/index.php
    The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest webpage: http://www.fashionally.com
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Q649BP

    Fair Details
    5-8 Sept 2018 (Wednesday-Saturday)
    Venue: Hall 3B-C & Grand Hall, HKCEC
    Opening Hours of CENTERSTAGE
    - 5 Sept (Wed), 10am-6pm, Free admission for trade visitors aged 18 and over
    - 6-7 Sept (Thu-Fri), 9:30am-6pm, Free admission for trade visitors aged 18 and over
    - 8 Sept (Sat), OPENSTAGE, 9:30am-5pm, Free admission for public aged 12 and over

    Photo Caption:
    (From L) Shirley Chan, Council Member, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC); design duo Cyrus Wong and Julio Ng of Hong Kong womenswear label IDISM; Lawrence Leung, Chairman, HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee; Edward Yau, Acting Financial Secretary, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government; Benjamin Chau, Acting Executive Director, HKTDC; Japanese streetwear label FACETASM's Hiromichi Ochiai; Chinese luxury womenswear label Ms MIN's Min Liu; Felix Chung, Legislative Council Member; and Edith Law, Council Member, HKTDC, toast the opening of CENTRESTAGE ELITES. https://bit.ly/2wPpeIH

    For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
    Sinclair on +852 2915 1234
    Nikki McLucas, nikki@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6895 0534
    Shanti Sadhwani, shanti@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6386 4904
    Wing Ng, wing@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6106 8605
    Kelly Chan, kelly@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6825 4496

    HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department
    Sam Ho, Tel: +852 2584 4569, Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org
    Selina Fan, Tel: +852 2584 4298, Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

     
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    TOKYO, Sep 6, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. plans to commence trials of a new greenhouse pest monitoring device which uses an ultra low-power battery operated wireless HD camera in conjunction with image recognition functionality based on DOCOMO's AI technology.

    During the trial, which will take place during September to March 2019, photos will be taken of pests captured by traps set up in greenhouses to help improve the image recognition accuracy of the device. The company aims to develop a solution which will enable farmers and officials from the agriculture sector to carry out remote monitoring of greenhouse environments, which will improve efficiency and help stabilize yields.

    New technology is required allowing IoT devices such as fixed point cameras to run for sustained periods of time on very low currents, because of the difficulty in securing stable power sources in farming environments and various other locations. To address this need, DOCOMO has made a strategic investment in Locix, Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up developer of ultra low-power wireless sensor networking and high-precision local positioning wireless technology. The Locix platform uniquely captures the spatial, visual and sensor data essential for the digitization of the physical world. The investment was made through NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DOCOMO, on July 10, 2018.

    The visual sensor solution provided by Locix comprises an HD camera, a network switch and a Locix cloud API. It deploys 920MHz radio communication and patented ultra low-power wireless sensor networking technology which allows the cameras to be run and image data to be transferred via the switches for up to several years(1) using battery power alone. The solution will also allow the addition of other services through the interconnection of Locix cloud API with other systems, including DOCOMO systems.

    Going forward, DOCOMO plans to digitize the information collected by remote devices in farming environments and deploy the Locix visual sensor solution in other sectors beyond agriculture. These will include warehousing, merchandising and the security industry, thereby contributing to the expansion of DOCOMO's business solution portfolio.

    (1) On the assumption that photos are taken once an hour.

    About NTT DOCOMO Ventures

    NTT DOCOMO Ventures, the NTT Group's corporate venture capital firm, aims to accelerate innovation for creation of new services, disruptive technologies and innovative processes serving as a primary channel for startup companies and venture communities on behalf of the NTT Group, Japan's leading ICT service provider. We proactively enhance cooperation with exceptional entrepreneurs on a worldwide scale by providing capital from our corporate venture funds and vast business development opportunities with the NTT Group companies. For more information, visit wwww.nttdocomo-v.com/en/.

    About NTT DOCOMO

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 76 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (9437). https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/.

    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 "Building for the Future" mission calls on the local Ministry of Transport, including Minister of Transport Loke Siew Fook (7th from L), to explore collaboration opportunities between Hong Kong and Malaysia.
    The "Building for the Future" promotion is being held in Malaysia for the first time, with the highlighted "Hong Kong Forum on Urban Development" attracting more than 400 representatives from Malaysian government departments and businesses today.
    Peter Wong, Regional Director of Southeast Asia and South Asia, HKTDC, says in his welcoming remarks at the forum that Hong Kong is an ideal springboard for Malaysian companies looking to expand into global markets.
    The mission also visits the award-winning integrated development Kajang 2. Tan Sri Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi, MKH Berhad's group managing director introduced the architectural concept and planning of their projects.
    Hong Kong Infrastructure Sectors Explore ASEAN Opportunities

    HONG KONG, Sep 6, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Rapid economic growth in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries drives infrastructure development and urban planning, bringing enormous opportunities to related professional services - including construction, urban planning, engineering and city management. To help Hong Kong's infrastructure development services sectors grasp these opportunities, HKTDC has organised a "Building for the Future" promotion in Malaysia for the first time, bringing a delegation to Kuala Lumpur from 4-7 Sept. Through various events including a forum, business matching sessions and site visits, the promotion gives Malaysian and Hong Kong companies a comprehensive platform to explore infrastructure and urban development partnership opportunities.

    The delegation, led by Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director of Ho & Partners (hpa), comprises 13 delegates from a wide range of professional sectors including urban planning, building and landscape design, surveying, real-estate development, environmental engineering and facilities, architectural consultancy and management, property management and interior design.

    Close Hong Kong-Malaysia Economic Ties

    The three-day mission covers a wide range of events, with the "Hong Kong Forum on Urban Development" held today being the highlight. The forum aimed to introduce the strengths of Hong Kong's infrastructure development services to Malaysia's government and enterprises, and to strengthen the cooperation between Hong Kong and Malaysia in urban construction. Malaysian government departments and businesses warmly welcomed the forum, which attracted more than 400 representatives.

    "Asia's economy is showing great momentum. As a major ASEAN country, Malaysia has seen rapid infrastructure and urban development in recent years," Peter Wong, Regional Director of Southeast Asia and South Asia, HKTDC, said in his welcoming remarks at the forum. "Hong Kong and Malaysia have a strong economic relationship. With our unique strengths in internationalisation, Hong Kong has long been an ideal springboard for Malaysian companies looking to expand into global markets.

    "Hong Kong possesses flourishing infrastructure and real-estate industries, with advantages in such sectors as project management, architectural engineering design and urban planning, as well as experienced industry talents who think globally and creatively. For many years, Hong Kong has been providing quality services for Southeast Asian countries, and we will continue to be the platform for ASEAN infrastructure collaboration projects."

    With the Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN and Hong Kong signed late last year, Mr Wong believed Hong Kong's infrastructure and urban planning industries would be able to play to their strengths and participate more actively in urban development projects in Malaysia. He added the "Building for the Future" promotion would create more opportunities for collaboration between Malaysia and Hong Kong.

    Forum Highlights Hong Kong Strengths

    In recent years, many large-scale infrastructure projects have been unveiled in Malaysia and the country's government has also released bills for future urban transport planning and public-private-partnership (PPP) construction development, making Malaysia one of the most rapidly urbanising ASEAN countries. According to the Infrastructure Intelligence Center (IIC), Malaysia's infrastructure construction market is projected to reach US$21.8 billion by 2021, indicating great demand for infrastructure- and urbanisation-related services.

    The Hong Kong Forum on Urban Development focused on three topical themes - smart city, modern city development and urban planning, and architecture design. With Malaysia pushing forward its infrastructure construction and urbanisation, demand for related services is rising. To facilitate the exchange between Malaysian and Hong Kong companies, the plenary session featured a number of internationally renowned Hong Kong construction and engineering companies - including hpa, AECOM and Big Data Architect Limited - which discussed smart-city development, sustainable urban development as well as ways to utilise big data for city development.

    At the thematic session, executives from ARUP, Sino Group and URBANPROJECTS shared success cases on creating an efficient modern city, urban redevelopment and architecture design. They talked about ways to create unique architectural styles in modern city design and explored opportunities for collaboration between Malaysia and Hong Kong in urban development.

    The forum also featured business-matching sessions for Malaysian enterprises to have one-on-one meetings with Hong Kong delegates to explore potential opportunities and exchange ideas about Malaysia's infrastructure and urban construction projects.

    Infrastructure Financing

    Infrastructure construction and urbanisation require huge investments. As an international financial centre with strong infrastructure financing capability, Hong Kong can provide Malaysian companies with a reliable platform for fund-raising, as well as financing arrangements and services that suit their needs. A networking luncheon was organised after the forum, with Richard Hu - who represents the Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong and is Head and Managing Director of Everbright Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund, China Everbright Limited - discussing possible financial collaboration between Malaysia and Hong Kong in city development, especially how Hong Kong companies could support Malaysian development projects in terms of funding, drawing on their strengths in both infrastructure construction and finance.

    Infrastructure Site Visits in Kuala Lumpur

    The HKTDC also led the mission to meet Malaysian companies and government officials, and to visit prominent infrastructure and urban development sites in Malaysia. The mission called on the local Ministry of Transport and Minister of Transport Loke Siew Fook to explore the collaboration opportunities between Hong Kong and Malaysia. They also visited different local infrastructure and property development corporates, including infrastructure developer YTL Corporation Berhad, real-estate group MKH Berhad and the well-established property developer Sunway Group. The mission also visited the award-winning integrated development Kajang 2.

    Campaign's Next Destination: Guangzhou

    The HKTDC launched the "Building for the Future" promotional campaign in 2015, leading Hong Kong urban development services missions to visit various cities on the Chinese mainland, including Nanjing and Changzhou in Jiangsu province, Jinan and Jining in Shandong province and Fuzhou and Xiamen in Fujian province. It is the first time the campaign has run in an ASEAN country. More promotions will be organised under the campaign to highlight Hong Kong's strengths in infrastructure and urban construction services. The next promotion is scheduled to be held in March 2019 in Guangzhou, focusing on smart-city technology and sustainable and integrated urban development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area.

    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2PKnJ5H

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    HKTDC Communications and Public Affairs Department Christine Kam, T: +852 2584 4514, E: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    PLANO, Texas, Sep 6, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - As JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) focuses on driving its women's apparel business, the retailer is launching Artesia, a new boho style brand for women. Arriving just in time for the fall fashion season, Artesia offers an effortlessly chic collection of relaxed silhouettes, flowy fabrics and peasant-style tops and dresses that bring a modern twist to the vintage, bohemian trend. Available exclusively at JCPenney, the brand will launch in nearly 400 stores and at JCPenney.com beginning Sept. 7.

    "We strategically chose to bring Artesia into our women's assortment to fill a void on our floor. The carefree, eclectic aesthetic of the boho trend appeals to many women and the fit is flattering on countless different shapes and sizes," said Jodie Johnson, senior vice president and head of merchandising for JCPenney. "With the introduction of Artesia, our customer can embrace the bohemian trend without spending a fortune, reinforcing our commitment to bring her elevated, on-trend looks at an incredible value."

    The debut collection of Artesia features an updated, free-spirited look, with items including crochet cardigans and dusters, peasant blouses and tiered flounce tops combined with beautiful details such as flutter sleeves, lace, tassels and fringe. Women will gravitate to the earthy tones and rich paisley prints of the brand, with each piece available on sale for less than $30. Located on the women's floor next to the retailer's a.n.a(R) denim shop, Artesia is designed to pair with denim pieces from the Company's popular casual women's brand.

    Artesia will be showcased in the JCPenney women's fall fashion mailer this month and promoted via the Company's email, social and digital marketing channels. Customers can look forward to shopping new, whimsical styles from Artesia each month.

    For high-res images, please visit:
    https://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2018/0906_artesia_launch.html

    JCPenney Corporate Communications & Public Relations:
    (972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
    Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

    About JCPenney:
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation's largest apparel and home retailers, combines an expansive footprint of over 860 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to deliver style and value for all hard-working American families. At every touchpoint, customers will discover stylish merchandise at incredible value from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Reinforcing this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 98,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company's mission to help customers find what they love for less time, money and effort. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
    Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc. via Globenewswire

     
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    Left: Tablets in use in the classroom , Right: Student opinions collected through "Chietama" are presented on screen
    Will provide tablets and its "Chietama" solution of educational tools

    TOKYO, Sep 7, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Marubeni Software & Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MSTT), have been selected by the Thai Japanese Association School Board to build an ICT-based educational platform for the two schools it operates in Thailand - the Thai Japanese Association School and the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha. As a first stage, the platform will today begin operations at the middle school division of the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha with 72 Fujitsu Tablet ARROWS Tab Q507 tablets and the Wi-Fi-based Fujitsu Education Solution K-12 Learning Information Utilization System V2 Chietama. The Chietama solution tracks and utilizes students' learning trajectory as teachers and students in the classroom can share teaching materials and ideas on their tablets in real time. These technologies will enable bidirectional communication, which is expected to bring about active learning, and lead to enhanced lesson quality by allowing teachers to share materials with one another and gain visibility into students' learning progress. Furthermore, MSTT will support with the IT infrastructure by setting up the tablets and implementing and assisting with the operation of Wi-Fi networks and servers.

    In addition to the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha middle school division, the organizations plan to implement this system for the middle school division of the Thai Japanese Association School in Bangkok during fiscal 2018, and also plan to extend the system to the elementary school divisions of both schools thereafter. The Fujitsu Group and MSTT are promoting in Thailand classes utilizing ICT, which are becoming common in Japan, improving the quality of lessons and contributing to the development of educational environments for Thailand-based schools for Japanese nationals.

    Background

    Currently, there are 89 schools for Japanese nationals who live outside Japan, and the Thai Japanese Association School in Bangkok run by the Thai Japanese Association School Board is the largest, and one of the oldest, having been established in 1956. In addition, while the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha is a new school that opened in 2009 (the 88th Japanese school outside Japan), it is also the 10th largest. The two schools have a combined number of students that exceeds 3,000, the majority of them being the children of Japanese national employees who are stationed in Thailand, and provide an environment in which parents and guardians have a high interest in education.

    The Thai Japanese Association School Board has set forth a goal of raising global citizens through education, and endeavored to improve international communication capabilities, especially focusing on conversational English and ICT-based education. Accordingly, the organization has decided to deploy devices and systems from MSTT and Fujitsu, which has a proven track record in the ICT education field in Japan, setting up a cutting-edge ICT education environment.

    Usage Scenarios

    1. Encourages active learning through bidirectional communication

    Using the ARROWS Tab Q507 tablets connected to the Chietama solution server via a Wi-Fi network, teachers can send materials to the students' tablets. At the same time, students can use their tablets to display their insights and ideas on a projector or an electronic blackboard, leading to interactive lessons with student participation.

    2. Sharing lesson materials, learning status to enhance class quality and streamline handover among educators

    Past teaching materials and insights submitted by students are all stored in the Chietama server, allowing teachers to search and share them with one another. Even in Japanese schools outside Japan, where teachers and students frequently transfer in and out, this system can support to improve the quality of lessons, as teachers can get a handle on previous situations and prepare lessons and assignments that reflect the inclinations and responses of each student.

    3. Can also be used in distance learning and similar scenarios

    Going forward, by incorporating the distance learning system, which the Fujitsu Group conducted a field trial for in Myanmar in March 2018(1), this system can connect with educational institutions in Japan and provide real-time, bidirectional lessons to enhance teaching support.
    Products and Services

    The Arrows Tab Q507, a reliable tablet that can be used in educational environments
    The Chietama teaching support tools, which allow students to share ideas, as well as for teachers and students to ask and answer questions

    Future Plans

    Following the deployment at the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha, the Thai Japanese Association School Board will prepare to build a system at the Thai Japanese Association School middle school division during fiscal 2018, and plans to deploy around 200 additional tablets and Chietama modules. As a result, at the beginning of the 2019 school year (April 2019), approximately 580 junior high school students, including those from the Thai Japanese Association School, are expected to use tablets in their school work. Eventually, the system is planned to be implemented in the elementary schools of both the Thai Japanese Association School Sriracha and the Thai Japanese Association School.

    (1) Distance learning system, which the Fujitsu Group conducted a field trial for in Myanmar "Fujitsu to Deliver Distance Learning for Children of Japanese Expats Working in Myanmar," (press release dated March 8, 2018).

    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 140,000 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 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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

    Contact:
    Marubeni Software & Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Sales Department Phone: +66-2-650-9860 Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    HONG KONG, Sept 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event organised by the HKTDC, is now on until tomorrow (8 Sept) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The four-day extravaganza hosts a record-breaking 230 brands from 22 countries and regions and presents more than 20 fashion shows, including FASHIONALLY Collection #12 and FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW held on 5 Sept, as well as FASHIONALLY Presentations conducted in the past two days, which showcased the latest collections of a number of Hong Kong design labels.

    FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #12
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Nn27yH

    FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2MQ0QAF

    Celebrities at FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2oRn6Ml

    FASHIONALLY Presentation 1: TAK LEE
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Cs2fZq

    FASHIONALLY Presentation 2: REDEMPTIVE
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2wPUJlf

    Public Welcome to Attend "OPENSTAGE" Tomorrow

    CENTRESTAGE will be titled "OPENSTAGE" tomorrow and will open to public visitors aged 12 and above free of charge. Attendees will have free access to the Fashionista's Sharing Series featuring key fashion editors, a make-up demonstration by NARS, a fashion and music event named "CENTRESTAGE Live House: Busking x Fashion Bazaar," and more. Public visitors will have a chance to check out the latest designs from leading local and overseas brands.

    Furthermore, Hong Kong in Fashion is currently underway with over 90 not-to-be-missed events organised in collaboration with more than 100 partners. Taking place at numerous hotspots across the city, the activities range from workshops and fashion mob performances to afternoon tea sessions and more.

    CENTRESTAGE website: http://centrestage.com.hk
    CENTRESTAGE activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/schedule.php
    Hong Kong in Fashion activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/hkinfashion/index.php
    The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest webpage: http://www.fashionally.com
    CENTRESTAGE ELITES designers' promo video: https://youtu.be/4YhAEJgsrZw

    For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
    Sinclair on +852 2915 1234
    Nikki McLucas, nikki@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6895 0534
    Shanti Sadhwani, shanti@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6386 4904
    Wing Ng, wing@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6106 8605
    Kelly Chan, kelly@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6825 4496

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.


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    Local Design Talents under Spotlight

    HONG KONG, Sep 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event organised by the HKTDC, is now on until tomorrow (8 Sept) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The four-day extravaganza hosts a record-breaking 230 brands from 22 countries and regions and presents more than 20 fashion shows, including FASHIONALLY Collection #12 and FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW held on 5 Sept, as well as FASHIONALLY Presentations conducted in the past two days, which showcased the latest collections of a number of Hong Kong design labels.

    FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #12
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Nn27yH

    FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2MQ0QAF

    Celebrities at FASHION HONG KONG RUNWAY SHOW
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2oRn6Ml

    FASHIONALLY Presentation 1: TAK LEE
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Cs2fZq

    FASHIONALLY Presentation 2: REDEMPTIVE
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2wPUJlf

    Public Welcome to Attend "OPENSTAGE" Tomorrow

    CENTRESTAGE will be titled "OPENSTAGE" tomorrow and will open to public visitors aged 12 and above free of charge. Attendees will have free access to the Fashionista's Sharing Series featuring key fashion editors, a make-up demonstration by NARS, a fashion and music event named "CENTRESTAGE Live House: Busking x Fashion Bazaar," and more. Public visitors will have a chance to check out the latest designs from leading local and overseas brands.

    Furthermore, Hong Kong in Fashion is currently underway with over 90 not-to-be-missed events organised in collaboration with more than 100 partners. Taking place at numerous hotspots across the city, the activities range from workshops and fashion mob performances to afternoon tea sessions and more.

    CENTRESTAGE website: http://centrestage.com.hk
    CENTRESTAGE activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/schedule.php
    Hong Kong in Fashion activity schedule: http://centrestage.com.hk/en/event/hkinfashion/index.php
    The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest webpage: http://www.fashionally.com
    CENTRESTAGE ELITES designers' promo video: https://youtu.be/4YhAEJgsrZw

    For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
    Sinclair on +852 2915 1234
    Nikki McLucas, nikki@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6895 0534
    Shanti Sadhwani, shanti@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6386 4904
    Wing Ng, wing@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6106 8605
    Kelly Chan, kelly@sinclaircomms.com, +852 6825 4496

    HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department
    Sam Ho, Tel: +852 2584 4569, Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org
    Selina Fan, Tel: +852 2584 4298, Email: selina.mi.fan@hktdc.org

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

     
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    Yaris WRC Car 8
    Rally Turkey: Preview

    TOKYO, Sep 7, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team faces a brand new challenge on Rally Turkey (September 13-16): the 10th round of this year's FIA World Rally Championship and a new addition to the calendar for this season. The Toyota Yaris WRC, driven by Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak and Esapekka Lappi, will take on the gravel event fresh from back-to-back victories in Finland and Germany.

    This will be the first WRC round in Turkey since 2010, and will be based in Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast. A mixture of smooth roads close to Marmaris and rockier mountain tracks to the north near Mugla are anticipated, but all of the stages will be brand new to the crews, who will use the pre-event recce to create their pace-notes from scratch. With testing in Turkey before the rally not permitted, the Yaris WRC was instead put through its paces on gravel in Portugal last week.

    The rally will begin on Thursday evening with a street stage in Marmaris before two loops of three stages on Friday near Mugla. On Saturday the rally heads west for three stages all run twice, and the rally concludes on Sunday with four stages, including the Power Stage that will finish right by the service park.

    Quotes

    Tommi Makinen (Team Principal)

    "The last two rallies have been brilliant for us and our aim is of course to continue in that way, but there are many unknowns about Turkey for every team because it is a new rally. I did drive in Turkey when the WRC went for the first time in 2003: I remember that the conditions were very hard and the roads were pretty rough, but we are going to a different area this time and we don't know exactly what the nature of the stages will be. We have been preparing as well as we possibly can and we had a good test last week in the south of Portugal, where hopefully we simulated the conditions that we will face very well, especially the high temperatures."

    Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 7)

    "This is the first time for many years that I am preparing for a completely new WRC event. There are many unknowns: you have to do new pace-notes, you don't know the characteristics of the roads and you don't know how they will change for the second pass. I remember from when we went to Turkey in 2008, near Antalya, that it was very hot. The long stages were very demanding and very hard on the tyres. From what I have seen so far, I think there will be some similarities to that rally and also to the Acropolis Rally. The pre-event test was really good for me. I was very happy with the car and we made some good steps with the suspension."

    Ott Tanak (Driver car 8)

    "Obviously we have had some very good results recently, but I am still taking it rally-by-rally. It is difficult to have any expectations for Turkey as we don't have a lot of know-how about the rally. Everybody is talking about it being a rough event: we will have to wait and see how it is on the recce. We certainly know that it will be hot. I think that our pre-event test in the south of Portugal was good preparation for that and we are doing everything we can to be ready and be competitive. Now there is not too much more we can do until we get there and see the stages for ourselves."

    Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 9)

    "We should expect the unexpected in Turkey. The information we have is that it will be rough with a lot of loose gravel, and that tyre management will be key. For that reason, the long afternoon loops will be crucial, I think. We saw on our test that the tyre wear is quite high when you have rough roads and it's 35 degress outside. In general the test went very well and I think we managed to find some nice settings with the car. I am looking forward to the challenge: it's a chance to learn something new. So far, being early on the road on loose gravel has not been a strong point for me, so I will try to improve that."

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

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

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

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    - Contributing to the development of the manufacturing industry through FA systems -

    KARIYA, JAPAN, Sep 7, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation today announced that it has agreed with Pioneer Corporation to take a stake in Tohoku Pioneer EG Corporation, which is involved in the factory automation (FA) business and is owned by Tohoku Pioneer Corporation, a consolidated subsidiary of Pioneer Corporation.

    Recently, the global environment for the manufacturing industry is at a turning point due to the shrinking workforce and aging population. Various initiatives are being taken to promote industrial change, such as Connected Industries in Japan and INDUSTRIE 4.0 in Germany.

    Against this backdrop, DENSO set the goal of developing optimal solutions for FA systems in the Long-term Plan 2025 formulated in 2017. Specifically, DENSO will offer FA system solutions that combine automation processes using robots with IoT-based kaizen support by leveraging its expertise in process design and worksite management refined through many years of manufacturing automotive components, thereby offering new value to society.

    As a system integrator of various automated production equipment, Tohoku Pioneer EG has supplied advanced custom-made FA production systems that meet the needs of customers, including DENSO, in various industries such as the automotive, electrical/electronic equipment, medical, food, semiconductor, and IT industries.

    DENSO's track record of introducing automation systems at 130 plants globally has an affinity with Tohoku Pioneer EG's experience in offering FA production system. By taking a stake in Tohoku Pioneer EG, DENSO will be able to offer optimal streamlined FA system solutions and thereby contributing to the overall development of the manufacturing industry.

    About Denso

    DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 220 subsidiaries in 35 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, totaled US$48.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8% of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

    For more information, go to www.denso.com.

    Visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/.

    Contact:
    Sadayoshi Yokoyama, Toshiko Watanabe DENSO CORPORATION Phone: 81-566-25-5594 Fax: 81-566-25-4509 sadayoshi_yokoyama@denso.co.jp toshiko_watanabe@denso.co.jp

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    Asian Watch Conference
    Jorge Martin, Head of Fashion Research at Euromonitor International, presents an overview of the global watch industry at the Asian Watch Conference, held during the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair.
    At the same conference, renowned Swiss watchmaking expert Elmar Mock shares his insights on how to turn ideas into reality.
    Global Market and Road to Pioneering Inventions Examined

    HONG KONG, Sep 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Are smart watches cannibalising sales of traditional timepieces? The answer is no, although the next generation of innovation will focus on smart watches, according to speakers at this year's Asian Watch Conference, themed "Digital Revolution Reshapes Watch Manufacturing", held during the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    At the conference, Jorge Martin, Head of Fashion Research at Euromonitor International (EI), presented an overview of the global watch industry for 2018, while renowned Swiss watchmaking expert Elmar Mock shared his insights on how to turn ideas into reality.

    Industry Overview

    The US$68 billion watch industry has seen many new developments in the past three to four years, explained Mr Martin. These include economic problems in western Europe, a slowdown on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, and massive growth in sales of smart watches, which has led to questions about their effect on sales of traditional watches.

    Nevertheless, Mr Martin noted the industry is experiencing a recovery from the slowdown in 2015-16. EI projects 4% global growth in watch sales for this year and a 2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2018 to 2023.

    There were no major changes in watch-company rankings from 2012 to 2017. The top three remained Rolex, Omega and Cartier, followed by Casio, Seiko, Citizen, Fossil, Swatch, Tag Heuer and Tissot, according to EI.

    Distribution: Where are Consumers Buying Watches?

    The vast majority of sales continue to come from independent physical retailers, observed Mr Martin. Sales by digital retailers are growing - at a consistent rate across regions - but they are still a small proportion of overall sales in all regions, although North America is the clear winner, Mr Martin said. Players such as Omega have decided to launch their own e-commerce platforms in the United States, he noted.

    Smart Watches: Are they Cannibalising Traditional Watches?

    Mr Martin explained that there has been a wide variety of responses from watch manufacturers to the introduction of smart watches. Fossil has invested heavily in repositioning its products towards smart pieces while traditional Swiss watch companies are now introducing at least one or two smart watches, after considering them to be just a phase a few years ago.

    Offering a different perspective on smart watches, Mr Martin pointed out that all new consumer electronics go through a two-to-four-year period of double-digit expansion, followed by much weaker growth. This is also the case with smart watches, he said, which saw huge growth over the first few years and are still faring rather well but the growth rate has slowed considerably. Traditional watches, in contrast, which saw declining sales in 2015-2016, are now showing a healthy recovery, indicating the traditional-to-smartwatch transfer that many people blamed for declining sales of traditional watches was misplaced. EI research indicates that it is more about different consumers. "Many smart watch owners, for example, never wore a watch before," explained Mr Martin. "If there was some sort of transfer or shift from traditional to smart watches, we should see some sort of correlation in terms of total number of units lost and gained but the data shows no such correlation. Most of the sales of smart watches are for people who want to expand the functionality of their mobile phone, not to replace their watch."

    Mr Martin said many people in the industry believe smart watches may even create a new market for traditional watches, as a new generation of consumers who have never worn a watch before become accustomed to it and switch to traditional watches. Therefore, EI predicts smart watches will still be a tiny percentage of overall watch sales even in 2023.

    EI believes that if there is a shift from traditional to smart watches in specific markets, it is likely to be in the mid-price range (US$150-$1,000). Smart watches in this range by Fossil, for example, are performing best, as they offer essential functions - such as messages and phone call alerts - which people may not want to check on their mobile phone. So EI believes the relationship between traditional watches and smartphones is more likely to be co-habitation than competition because of the clearly different positioning. One example Mr Martin gave of positioning is Apple's focus on health and fitness, while traditional watch manufacturers focus on fashion for their smart watches.

    EI forecasts a 3% CAGR for traditional watches over the next five years compared to 6% growth for smart watches, versus an expected growth of 18% for smart watches in 2018. One reason for the present and projected slowdown in the growth of smart watches is that all of them offer basically the same functionality, so consumers need only one. Another factor, according to EI consumer surveys, is growing concern among consumers about how much time they spend online and how much information they share online.

    But there are opportunities as well, said Mr Martin. One is health, particularly senior health, and another is the convenient payment method smart watches provide.

    "My opinion, based on the numbers, is that there is no such thing as cannibalisation in most cases between smart pieces and traditional watches," concluded Mr Martin.

    The Creative Process: Making the Impossible Possible

    The market cannot give answers for the future and someone has to dream for the market - this was Elmar Mock's advice to participants at the Asian Watch Conference in a talk titled "Revolution or Evolution". Mr Mock is a professional inventor and entrepreneur with 40 years of international experience.

    Mr Mock used intriguing metaphors to illustrate the different mental states and stages involved in creating, developing and bringing a product to market. His experience in the watch industry started with Swatch in the late 1970s, when in response to the devastating effect of digital watches made in Japan and Taiwan on the Swiss watch manufacturing industry, he convinced his boss to produce a low-cost watch using a plastic strap, less than half the usual number of parts and a welded body that couldn't be repaired. The idea was to produce a watch for US$10. His colleagues were horrified at the idea, he said. His dream was to sell five million watches eventually. In the end, they produced a watch for US$5 instead of US$10, and Swatch has sold 600 million watches instead of five million, generating cash flow of more than US$8 billion.

    The job of innovators, said Mr Mock, was to transform, to do the impossible, and not to wait for the market to tell them what to do. He explained that designing and manufacturing a low-cost watch was only part of the journey to success. The next stage was deciding how to sell it. His team tried to convince low-cost pen supplier Bic as well as some battery manufacturers to sell it, but without success. In the end, they had to market the product under their own brand. A consultant suggested they market the watch as a fashion item, and that opened the door to a new way of thinking. When they approached United States retailer Bloomingdales, they suggested placing the watches in the fashion department of stores rather than in the watch section, and the concept took off from there. The slogan: Swatch - Fashion that ticks.

    "Every successful product has a point of view," maintained Mr Mock, "which must include (1) technical feasibility, (2) business viability, and (3) customer desirability."

    "Humans are deeply involved in creation and innovation," he noted, advising watchmakers to ask themselves how they can influence innovation. "Why must we always be the same?" he asked.

    Three Stages to Innovation

    In describing the innovative process, he used the analogy of gas, liquid and solid states to describe mental states. He called the gas stage the exploration stage. This is the creative stage, which is about freedom, inspiration, dreams, illusions, inventions, imagination, chaos and utopia. This is where ideas start, but people with this mindset cannot usually take a product to market. The next stage is the liquid phase, or the research and development (R&D) stage, which involves coordination and evolution, as well as blood, sweat and tears. This is the stage where the dream becomes reality. The third stage is the solid stage, during which the product is prepared for manufacturing and the market. It is defined by logic, efficiency, structure, systems, reality, stability and maturity. Mr Mock said that while the three types of people needed for these stages do not necessarily understand each other, they need each other for a product to succeed.

    Mr Mock also called for innovation. "You have to innovate and dream to survive," he said. "Look at what is impossible. Embrace hurdles, because they block your competitors. You have to be willing to make mistakes to envision something new."

    On the topic of smart watches, Mr Mok noted that the smart phone is a hybrid of a phone, watch and camera, just as the smart watch is a hybrid of a smartphone and traditional watch. He predicted that hybrids will be the next generation of innovation.

    Mr Mock argued that most companies in the watch industry are living in the past and that to survive they must actively shape the future. "Make the impossible possible - that is the message," he concluded.

    Fair Websites
    HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: www.hktdc.com/fair/hkwatchfair-en
    Salon de TE: http://event.hktdc.com/fair/te-en/TE/
    - 4-8 Sept: Trade visitors aged 18 or above only (Free admission)
    - 8 Sept: Salon de TE opens to public visitors age 12 or above (Free admission)
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2MXlA9O

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. 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. Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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    BANGKOK, Sep 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Cho Thavee PCL (SET:CHO) Director, Mr. Suradech Taweesaengsakulthai discusses the company's strategy and outlook in The Executive Talk (TET) by ShareInvestor.com.

    TET: Please explain the history of CHO.

    CHO: Our founder, K. Cho Taweesaengsakluthai originally began as a rice mill managing 5 mills throughout the Northeast region in Thailand. However, his key passion was in engines and automotives, and 40 years ago, he began working with Hino to provide bus, semi-trailer and transport truck body manufacturing and assembling.

    Over the years the concept evolved into a one-stop service provider with sales, body, spare parts and after sales service and the business was further strengthened with a partnership with Doll Fahrzeugbau AG (DOLL) that differentiated Cho Tavee from our competitors in the market. The partnership was very fruitful as we were able utilise the technology knowledge and transfer it to our customers in Thailand.

    Today we are at the stage where we can be a solution provider as well thus a true one-stop service providers to our customers. Our policy is to invent high value-added products at a reasonable price to be the benchmark in Thailand.

    TET: What is CHO's business model?

    CHO: We organise our products and services into three categories. Firstly, standard products which is what we have been doing for the past 50 years and these are truck bodies, dry box trucks, cargo trucks that can transport normal cargo for customers, such as Tesco Lotus, DHL, BigC and several others. We sell these products and provide after sales services.

    Secondly, special design products, this is more advanced due to the amount of technology included within the product and are exported. For example, we work closely with Morita Group which has the largest market share in Japan for fire fighting trucks and we work with them to export these vehicles throughout South East Asia. The cash cow of this category, however, is the catering trucks that we supply to Emirates, Abu Dhabi and South East Asia. Next year we target to expand to the USA as since Doll Germany is no longer a partner we are able to sell globally.

    Finally, for services and project management, as mentioned earlier we provide after sales services for Tesco Lotus. We have also opened a service center business called "Sib Lor 24-hour by CHO" which is a new service business with several locations throughout the country for commercial vehicles. Project Management as a service because we have the know-how for engineering, logistics, financials, purchasing for project management such as ship building for the Thai Navy where we are now on our second project.

    We also provide Fleet Management where the asset belongs to us and we manage it such as in Khon Kaen where we have 50 buses and 5 lines, and if you include the songthaews then we have 300 vehicles in the fleet. We manage the lines and the e-ticketing system. So we are diversifying our business from a pure project based company to having a recurring income services business.

    TET: How important is R&D and technology to your business?

    CHO: We have a dedicated team for research and development and currently have 90 patents. Our internal KPI is to file 3 patents per year. We have had a third party evaluate the first 19 patents and the value provided was THB 60 mn. Our patents are typically for mechanism within the truck body, the lifting system. However, we are expanding our scope to robotics and electrical vehicle charging stations which is done in conjunction with Khon Kaen University. Thus should EV's become prevalent in Thailand we will be ready to for this opportunity.

    The impact of digital technology has been hugely positive for us because we are able to scale for example our ERP system is now cloud-based and can be accessed anywhere in the world, so we have a workshop in Vietnam that is able to work real-time with us.

    TET: What differentiates CHO from its competitors?

    CHO: Our viewpoint on technology disruption is that we as a company have to combine both the hardware and the software which will enable us to be a long term sustainable business, whereas our competitors are typically focused on short term profits. We have proved this with the bus system in Khon Kaen with the buses, the mechanics, the software and so forth. Also we are faster, more flexible and quicker to changes within the industry. Because without change then our company will not be able to remain competitive and thus we continue to have an eagerness to learn throughout our entire organisation.

    TET: What may investors misunderstand about your business?

    CHO: Some may confuse us with the news regarding the buses that were stuck at the ports or the ones that caught fire when they are from our competitors and not us. The BMTA bus project has been on process for 15 years and we have won the tender on two occasions, most recently with SCN Inter Plc as our partner for it. The first tender was cancelled, and the latest tender has seen the project postponed even though we have already delivered 100 buses and have another 400 sitting in inventory waiting for delivery and we hope that this situation is resolved clearly and transparently.

    TET: What are the biggest risks facing your business?

    CHO: The issues surrounding the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority Bus program. Because of the delays in this program our business expansion plans have been delayed. However we are confident in the issues of the Bus program being resolved and therefore CHO will be able to continue along our long term strategic roadmap to continue delivering value to our customers within Thailand and Internationally.

    TET: Where do you see CHO in five years from now?

    CHO: We have a clear strategic roadmap for the company which is available for all investors to see on our website, that we shall grow the services and recurring revenue portions to become a more substantial part of the overall business. Other than business performance, what is equally important for us our philosophy of strong corporate governance, sustainability and high levels of transparency. We want sustainability in business and that transparency in business is needed in Thailand.

    Currently there are only two companies on the Market for Alternative Investments (MAI) that have five stars, one of which is us. It shows that we want transparency in doing business and that the country should support companies with this business ethnic. Several investors in CHO are long term focused which is important as the capital markets are an important function of Thailand's economy.

    About The Executive Talk Interview Series

    The Executive Talk Interview Series is presented by ShareInvestor, Asia's leading financial internet media and technology company, the largest investor relations network in the region.
    To learn more, please visit www.ShareInvestorThailand.com.
    For enquiries, please email admin.th@shareinvestor.com.

     
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    CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sep 8, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation announces its Engineered Polymers business has selected MSA Marketing Services of America, as a new distributor for the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolio of the company's business throughout the Andean Countries. MSA distributes engineering plastics with significant territory coverage for all Andean Countries and will focus efforts on Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers' portfolio on elastomers applications. They have warehouses and office facilities strategically located in Bogota, Colombia.

    The agreement, which took effect July 1, 2018, includes the following key product lines which are well-suited for today's innovative and demanding applications:

    Estane(R) TPU: products are utilized in film and sheet, extrusion, blow molding, injection molding, over molding, calendaring and solution coating processes.

    Isoplast(R) ETP: are hard and high flexural modulus polyurethane engineering resins with excellent chemical resistance and barrier properties.

    Pearlbond(TM) TPU: Hot Melt Adhesives (HMA) and Reactive Hot Melts (HMPUR), typically used in automotive interior parts, bookbinding, furniture, textile and footwear.

    Other products that will also be distributed by MSA are: Pearlthane(TM) TPU, Pearlthane(TM) ECO* TPU and Carbo-Rite(TM) Conductive Compounds.

    Rogerio Colucci, Lubrizol engineered polymers business manager for Latin America comments, "It is exciting to work with MSA, as they have excellent in-depth knowledge of the engineering plastics markets in the Andean Countries. When combined with Lubrizol's innovative and durable TPU solutions for specialized wire and cable, consumer, industrial, automotive and footwear applications, this will further enhance our ability to work closely with customers, helping them solve valuable problems and drive innovation and growth in the Andean Countries."

    George Lanza, president of MSA Group, comments, "With the new dynamics and demands of the high-tech resins market and considering the competitive value of taking advantage of the availability of advanced products that increase quality in a cost-effective manner, we are proud and fortunate to represent the products and the professional ethics of a large company such as Lubrizol. With this alliance we close the circle regarding our mission to continue helping our clients grow while maintaining the importance of understanding and appreciating the need to stay at the technological forefront in favor of a solid and sustainable growth."

    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 in accordance with 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.

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    Media Contacts
    Nicholas Galioto
    +1 216 447.7382
    The Lubrizol Corporation

    Web Sites
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    www.lubrizol.com

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