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    Currency of Trust Gains Major Foothold in Asian Market

    LONDON, Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - DasCoin, the Currency of Trust and the store of value within the Das ecosystem, has announced today that it has begun trading on leading Singapore-based exchange CoinBene. Despite operating for less than a year, CoinBene has consistently ranked among the top 10 Exchanges as defined by CoinMarketCap.

    This is a significant and positive development for DasCoin (DASC). By being listed on an exchange headquartered in Singapore, it can thus serve the Asian market in local languages and currencies.

    Commenting on this milestone, DasCoin CEO Michael Mathias said: "We're really excited about this news as this now takes us to five public exchange listings. There's great volume coming out of CoinBene and this exchange offers users the possibility to trade in renminbi."

    CoinBene follows CoinFalcon, BTC-Alpha, EUBX and, most recently, IDAX to be the fifth exchange actively trading DASC.

    An independent review of CoinBene on the blockonomi.com forum stated: "The platform is relatively straightforward to use, offers a range of trading pairs, and has a familiar exchange interface like those of other trading platforms, so there is not a learning curve for new users. CoinBene is open to users around the world and offers several different languages, making it possible for most people to use the website in a language that they are fluent in, if not a native speaker. The default language is Chinese, but you can also change the website to English, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Malay, Spanish, or Korean."

    About DasCoin: DasCoin is a better way to store and exchange value and is the next step in the evolution of money.

    DasCoin is the blockchain-based currency at the center of an innovative digital asset system that seeks to optimize the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses of existing currency systems. It is fast, efficient, balanced, secure and scalable.

    DasCoin is focused on creating a digital currency that delivers superior performance through greater operational efficiency, increased transaction capacity, wider distribution, better governance and greater regulatory compliance. Protected by industry leading security protocols and a permissioned blockchain, DasCoin is a pioneer in the sector with the goal of becoming the world's first mainstream digital currency.

    www.dascoin.com

    The DasCoin codebase can be viewed on GitHub and visit DasCoin Explorer to see blocks built in real time.
    - GitHub: https://github.com/techsolutions-ltd/dascoin-blockchain
    - DasCoin Explorer: https://dascoinexplorer.com/

    DasCoin@bm.com / +44 (0)20 7300 6262

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

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - PreveCeutical Medical Inc. ("PreveCeutical") (CSE: PREV, OTCQB: PRVCF, FSE: 18H), and Asterion Cannabis Inc. ("Asterion") announce that they have entered into a development and joint venture agreement (the "Development Agreement") to form a joint venture ("Joint Venture") to develop a range of medicinal cannabinoid products, including sublingual tablets, transdermal patches, and other jointly evaluated products aimed at treating various ailments, such as chronic pain, inflammation, epilepsy and anxiety disorders.

    Mr. Stephen Van Deventer, PreveCeutical's Chairman, CEO and President, stated, "This agreement between PreveCeutical and Asterion further supports our mission to improve global health and healthcare by utilizing innovative science and cutting-edge technology to enhance natural products. Our joint venture with Asterion comes at an important time, using Asterion's high quality, low cost, genetically uniform strains of medicinal cannabis will allow PreveCeutical to supply the anticipated increasing demand for effective and personalised cannabis-based therapies."

    Mr. Paget Hargreaves, Asterion's President, stated, "We look forward to working with PreveCeutical, as this agreement takes us closer to realizing Asterion's goal of improving the quality of life and health of those suffering from acute and chronic illness. Asterion aims to develop the highest quality medicinal cannabis products and can only benefit from this joint venture with PreveCeutical."

    Commercial Terms of Development Agreement

    Under the terms of the Development Agreement, any cash requirements by the Joint Venture for the development of medicinal cannabis products will be funded 100% by Asterion, at cost. Asterion will also be contributing its management's industry knowledge and contacts to the Joint Venture, while PreveCeutical will be providing access to its research team and the resources at their disposal. Any intellectual property and products developed by the Joint Venture during its term will be owned by Asterion and PreveCeutical jointly on a split-ratio, as to 80% Asterion and as to 20% PreveCeutical. Any intellectual property developed by the Joint Venture will be controlled exclusively by Asterion. The Development Agreement has an initial term of two years, renewable by the parties for an additional two year term. PreveCeutical will receive 20% of the net revenue earned or proceeds received by the Joint Venture from the sale of the intellectual property and products developed by the Joint Venture.

    As PreveCeutical entered into the Development Agreement with current and former directors and executive officers of PreveCeutical (the "Related Parties"), the Development Agreement constitutes a related party transaction pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). PreveCeutical relied on Sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 for an exemption from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements, respectively, of MI 61-101, as, at the time the Development Agreement was entered into by PreveCeutical, neither the fair market value of the subject matter of, nor the fair market value of the consideration for the Development Agreement exceeded 25% of PreveCeutical's market capitalization.

    About PreveCeutical

    PreveCeutical is a health sciences company that develops innovative options for preventive and curative therapies utilizing organic and nature identical products.

    PreveCeutical aims to be a leader in preventive health sciences and currently has five research and development programs, including: dual gene therapy for curative and prevention therapies for type 2 diabetes and obesity; a Sol-gel drug delivery program; Nature Identical(TM) peptides for treatment of various ailments; non-addictive analgesic peptides as a replacement to the highly addictive analgesics such as morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone; and a therapeutic product for treating athletes who suffer from concussions (mild traumatic brain injury).

    PreveCeutical sells CELLB9(R), an Immune System Booster. CELLB9(R) is an oral solution containing polarized and potentiated essential minerals extracted from a novel peptide obtained from Caribbean Blue Scorpion venom. This product is available on PreveCeutical's website.

    For more information about PreveCeutical, please visit www.PreveCeutical.com, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PreveCeuticals and Facebook: www.facebook.com/PreveCeutical.

    About Asterion

    Asterion is a Canadian cannabis company with operations in Australia, specializing in medicinal cannabis with a goal of becoming an industry leader in next generation cannabis products. Asterion is focused on the future of precision agriculture and aims to produce the highest quality genetically uniform cannabis strains, at an affordable price.

    Asterion is led by a team of highly experienced executives with over 120 years of combined experience in medicinal cannabis, renewable energy, capital markets, and other highly relevant sectors across North America, Oceania, Europe, Africa and Asia.

    On Behalf of the Boards of Directors

    PREVECEUTICAL MEDICAL INC.
    "Stephen Van Deventer"
    Chairman, CEO and President

    ASTERION CANNABIS INC.
    "Paget Hargreaves"
    President

    For further information, please contact:

    PREVECEUTICAL MEDICAL INC.
    Deanna Kress
    Director of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
    +1-778-999-6063
    deanna@preveceutical.com

    ASTERION CANNABIS INC.
    Paget Hargreaves
    President
    info@asterioncannabis.com

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities legislation, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations and orientations regarding the future including, without limitation, the ability of PreveCeutical to develop and bring its products to market, the efficacy of the medicinal cannabis products developed under the Joint Venture, matters related to PreveCeutical's current and planned research and development programs, PreveCeutical and Asterion's anticipated business plans and their prospects of success in executing the proposed plans. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "plans", "expects", "may", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "proposes" or variations of such words including negative variations thereof and phrases that refer to certain actions, events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. Forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions regarding PreveCeutical, including expected growth, results of operations, performance, industry trends and growth opportunities. Actual results could also differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, risks and uncertainties relating to the inability of PreveCeutical, to, among other things, obtain any required governmental, regulatory or stock exchange approvals, permits, consents or authorizations required, including Canadian Securities Exchange acceptance of any planned future activities, manufacture and distribute its products, execute its proposed business plans, develop a range of medicinal cannabinoid products under the Joint Venture, complete its research programs as planned and obtain the financing required to carry out its planned future activities. Other factors such as general economic, market or business conditions or changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting the healthcare and cannabis industries in Canada may also adversely affect the future results or performance of PreveCeutical. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and, unless required by applicable law, PreveCeutical assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Although PreveCeutical believes that the statements, beliefs, plans, expectations, intentions and assumptions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those statements, beliefs, plans, expectations intentions or assumptions will prove to be accurate. Readers should consider all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to other periodic reports provided by PreveCeutical from time-to-time. These reports and PreveCeutical's filings are available at www.sedar.com.

    Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly, are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements.

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

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    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau announces details of the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo.
    HR Tech Pod: Automated interview capsule with advanced recruitment technology. Exhibitor: HR TECH (Electronics Fair) Booth No.:CH-G10
    A transparent LED (light-emitting diode) screen with high transmittance and strong perspective, widely used for building exterior decoration and promotion. Exhibitor: Visual Idea Limited (Outdoor and Tech Light Expo) Booth:6-F05
    - Lighting Fair Expects Record Exhibitors; Smart, Eco Items Spotlighted
    - Outdoor and Tech Light Expo to Run in Parallel

    HONG KONG, Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Four large-scale trade fairs will be held in October during the sourcing season for the second half of the year. The 38th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 22nd electronicAsia - jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd - will run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 13 to 16 Oct. Meanwhile, the 20th HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) (27-30 Oct) and the third HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) will take place at the HKCEC and AsiaWorld-Expo respectively.

    "Hong Kong's total exports grew 9% in the first seven months of this year while electronics, as the city's largest export category, saw a 13% increase," said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "In view of the market uncertainty, Hong Kong companies are advised to diversify their business and develop new markets to stay ahead of the competition. For example, they can relocate some of their manufacturing processes, or shift their focus from developed markets such as the United States and Europe, to emerging markets such as the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] region."

    World's Largest Electronics Marketplace

    The Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicAsia will feature more than 4,300 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions, forming the world's largest electronics marketplace. At the Electronics Fair, the Hall of Fame will gather more than 550 brands including Italy's LAICA, the United Kingdom's Binatone, the Netherlands' Bourgini, as well as the local brands Goodway and VTech. The Tech Hall, with more than 150 exhibitors, will showcase cutting-edge innovative technology, which will be arranged in five themed zones: Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Smart Tech, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Startup.

    Gathering Global Start-ups

    The Startup zone will feature about 110 start-ups from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the US, showcasing products and technologies such as the latest apps, smart-home systems, wearable tech, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and e-health. The fair will feature a series of start-up-themed events, including Investment Pitching, Media Pitch Day and Startup Smart Launch sessions where start-ups will introduce their solutions or products to investors, buyers and media. Other events include an Investment Matchmaking session where one-on-one meetings between start-ups and investors will be arranged, and a Meet the Mentors session where start-ups will obtain valuable advice on business enhancement. Representatives from the Angel Investment Foundation, Hang Seng Commercial Banking, well-known Thai-based technology and business media platform Techsauce, and Brave Soldier Venture Capital will share their insights on marketing, crowdfunding and success cases.

    Sourcing Platform for Components and Technologies

    Held concurrently with the Electronics Fair, electronicAsia will feature a variety of thematic zones. The Power Supplies zone will present various types of batteries including electric car batteries, power supplies accessories as well as solar photovoltaic components and technologies. The Printed Circuit Board & EMS zone will display printed circuit boards for electronic products and the related customisation services. The fair will also feature display technology, keyboards and switches, as well as sensor technologies used in automation systems, creating a one-stop sourcing platform.

    Symposium on Innovation & Technology Fosters Industry Exchange

    The Symposium on Innovation & Technology, organised by the HKTDC and Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association, will be held on 13 Oct at the Electronics Fair, under the theme "AI Empowerment - Grow without Limits". Representatives from international technology enterprises including ASTRI, Cisco, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer and SenseTime will discuss artificial intelligence (AI) development trends as well as challenges and opportunities in such fields as machine learning, product design and applications. They will also provide an industry forecast.

    Other events to be held during the twin fairs include the Sensor Technology Forum on 14 Oct, where experts - including professors from Darmstadt University and Ernst Abbe University for Applied Sciences Jena of Germany, and a representative from the start-up magazine publishing house NKF Media - will examine sensor applications in IoT, blockchain, mobile quality assurance and automotive sectors. The Hong Kong Electronic Forum will take place on 15 Oct; when a professor from the University of Maryland in the US and a representative from the Singaporean electronic component testing company Viscom Machine Vision will discuss AI enhanced reliability and functional safety for electronics products.

    Other seminars will focus on technologies and successful applications in the age of AI, as well as the current and future development of 3D printing. There will also be Buyer Forums, Product Demo and Launch Pad sessions, a networking reception and a seminar "Surviving the Sino-US Trade Dispute: Enhancement of Government Support to SMEs" to help the industry establish connections and capture new opportunities.

    Lighting Fair Spotlights Smart Tech and Smart Home

    The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will welcome a record tally of more than 2,680 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions, with new exhibitors from Lithuania, Macau and Portugal. Themed zones will be set up to facilitate sourcing including the Hall of Aurora, which will welcome more than 650 global lighting brands to showcase the latest lighting technology and products, including BJB, Ledus, Megaman, Viribright and Nordlux.

    The Smart Home Gallery will make its debut, displaying smart home lighting products from five renowned brands - Opple, Philips, Tmall Genie AI Union, Tuya and Yeelight. The Smart Lighting & Solutions zone is also home to fashionable lighting designs, software, management systems and smart lighting design solutions.

    The LED Lighting zone will gather more than 1,100 exhibitors, displaying LED lighting and other energy-efficient products to match the market's continuous need for green lighting. Other thematic zones include Residential Lighting, Commercial Lighting and Testing, Certification & Inspection.

    Seminars and forums will include the "Smart Lighting Development Forum - Smart Home Lighting" on 27 Oct, at which representatives from leading lighting brands from the mainland such as Opple, Philips and Tuya will analyse market and product trends. The seminar "The Latest Standards and Requirements for the LED Industry" on 29 Oct will see representatives from Digital Illumination Interface Alliance, DEKRA and UL share insights on data protection, Internet security and the latest certification standards for the LED industry.

    Outdoor and Tech Light Expo Launches Horticultural Lighting Zone

    The Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo will gather about 420 exhibitors from Hong Kong, the mainland, Korea and Taiwan to showcase lighting products and solutions for industrial and commercial buildings and outdoor environments. The fair will feature group pavilions representing Zhongshan's Henglan town, the Zhongshan LED Lighting Industry Association, Guangdong Lighting Association, the Jiangsu Gaoyou Lighting Association and the Zhenjiang Chamber of International Commerce Illuminating Industry Enterprise Alliance. Thematic zones will also be set up to facilitate precision sourcing. The inaugural Horticultural Lighting zone will showcase grow lights for plants in outdoor areas such as farms, domestic landscaping and public parks. The Exterior Lighting Solutions and Systems zone will present cutting-edge lighting technologies. Other thematic zones include Outdoor & Public Lighting, Technical & Professional Lighting and Outdoor Advertising Lighting.

    A series of forums and seminars will be held during the Expo. On 26 Oct, representatives from leading telecommunications companies and lighting manufacturers from the mainland will examine the supply chain and developments in smart road lights at a seminar titled "Disruptive Smart Road Lights - Are you there yet?". On 28 Oct, at the Horticultural Lighting Forum, Markus Helle, Editor-in-Chief of German lighting magazine Highlight, and representatives from opto semiconductor manufacturer OSRAM and testing and certification organisation TUV SUD will share trends, technologies and applications of horticultural lighting. On the same day, a Buyer Forum will discuss business opportunities for lighting products in emerging markets. On the last day of the fair (29 Oct), a seminar will be held on "Testing and Certification Services of Lighting Products in Hong Kong, with speakers from renowned quality and security services institution Intertek and Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre.

    The Outdoor and Tech Light Expo will be held concurrently with Eco Expo Asia (25-28 Oct) at AsiaWorld-Expo, while the Lighting Fair will be held at the HKCEC. The parallel fairs will create strong synergy and crossover business opportunities. A free shuttle bus service between the HKCEC and AsiaWorld-Expo will be provided during the fair period for buyers to maximise sourcing opportunities.

    HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition)
    13-16 Oct (Saturday-Tuesday)
    Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Opening Hours: 13-15 Oct: 9:30am-6:30pm; 16 Oct: 9:30am-5pm
    Major Exhibit Categories: Virtual Reality, Start-up, Smart Tech, Robotics & Unmanned Tech, 3D Printing, Wearable Electronics, Smart Device Acessories, Digital Imaging, Home Appliances and Audio Visual Products, and more.
    Fair Website: http://hkelectronicsfairae.hktdc.com

    electronicAsia
    13-16 Oct (Saturday-Tuesday)
    Venue: Hall 5FG, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Opening Hours: 13-15 Oct: 9:30am-6:30pm; 16 Oct: 9:30am-5pm
    Major Exhibit Categories: Power Supplies, Printed Circuit Boards & EMS, Display Technology, Keyboards and Switches, Sensor Technologies, Quality Inspection Devices & Testing, and more
    Fair Website: www.electronicasia.com

    HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition)
    27-30 Oct (Saturday-Tuesday)
    Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Opening Hours: 27-29 Oct: 9:30am-7pm; 30 Oct: 9:30am-4pm
    Major Exhibit Categories: Commercial Lighting, Smart Lighting & Solutions, Residential Lighting, Green Lighting, Testing, Certification & Inspection, LED Lighting, and Trade Associations & Publications
    Fair Website: http://hklightingfairae.hktdc.com

    HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo
    26-29 Oct (Friday-Monday)
    Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo Halls 6, 8 and 10
    Opening Hours: 26 Oct: 10:30am-6pm; 27-28 Oct: 10am-6pm; 29 Oct: 10am-5pm
    Major Exhibit Categories: Exterior Lighting Solutions & Systems, Horticultural Lighting, Outdoor Advertising Lighting, Outdoor & Public Lighting, and Technical & Professional Lighting
    Fair Website: http://hkotlexpo.hktdc.com

    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2Dv4L1F

    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: Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) & electronicAsia: Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) & Outdoor and Tech Light Expo: Sam Ho, Tel: +852 2584 4569, Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org

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

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    Volvo and Linde Group veteran to lead Board of Directors

    LONDON, Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Effective immediately, former Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President Volvo CE, Eberhard Wedekind, has been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Dascoin Board. DasCoin is a blockchain based currency which is at the center of a revolutionary digital asset system.

    Wedekind steps up from his role as a non-executive director after first joining DasCoin early last year.

    DasCoin CEO and founder Michael Mathias said: "The election of Eberhard as Chairman begins a whole new chapter of growth for DasCoin. His long career of solid business success adds valued international oversight to our top-class Board. This is another significant step to establishing DasCoin as the international currency as trust. I'd also like to express my appreciation for the many contribution and passionate commitment of Anna Heijka, our former Chairman. Her sudden passing earlier this month came as a shock to everyone in our community and she is sorely missed by us all."

    Wedekind will oversee DasCoin and help guide its rapid expansion. The currency is currently listed on five exchanges: CoinBene, IDAX, CoinFalcon, BTC-Alpha and EUBX.

    Commenting on his appointment, Wedekind said: "I'm thrilled to be a part of the continuing success of DasCoin. I'm convinced it will revolutionize the way we pay for goods and services, whilst shaping our future relationship with money."

    Wedekind spent more than 20 years at The Volvo Group and previously held leadership roles at The Linde Group, the world's largest industrial gas business. He holds a PhD. in business studies and an MSc. in computer science.

    About DasCoin: DasCoin is a better way to store and exchange value and is the next step in the evolution of money.

    DasCoin is the blockchain-based currency at the center of an innovative digital asset system that seeks to optimize the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses of existing currency systems. It is fast, efficient, balanced, secure and scalable.

    DasCoin is focused on creating a digital currency that delivers superior performance through greater operational efficiency, increased transaction capacity, wider distribution, better governance and greater regulatory compliance. Protected by industry leading security protocols and a permissioned blockchain, DasCoin is a pioneer in the sector with the goal of becoming the world's first mainstream digital currency.

    www.dascoin.com

    The DasCoin codebase can be viewed on GitHub and visit DasCoin Explorer to see blocks built in real time.
    - GitHub: https://github.com/techsolutions-ltd/dascoin-blockchain
    - DasCoin Explorer: https://dascoinexplorer.com/

    DasCoin@bm.com / +44 (0)20 7300 6262

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

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    Company's latest move expands its capacity for higher-value specialty ingredients

    WESTCHESTER, Ill., Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions, today announced US $60 million of planned investments to grow its specialty food ingredients business in Asia-Pacific. Beginning earlier this year, the Company commenced expansion of its modified and clean-label specialty starch capabilities in tapioca, waxy corn and rice.

    The Company's specialty capital investment projects include:

    - A 20 percent expansion of its tapioca modified food starch capacity in Thailand along with state-of-the-art upgrades to its wastewater treatment facilities.
    - More than doubling the capacity and increasing the regulatory standards of its specialty rice starch and rice flour business in Thailand, which it acquired in 2017.
    - Completing a 30 percent expansion of its modified food starch capacity and further improving its corn wet milling capacity in China.

    "These strategic investments are designed to accelerate our growth and strengthen our manufacturing network in Asia to meet increased consumer demand," said Jim Zallie, Ingredion president and chief executive officer. "Growing our global specialties business to $2 billion in annual sales by 2022 is an integral part of our strategy to deliver long-term profitable growth and enhance shareholder value."

    "We see growing demand for both clean-label ingredients and specialty starch based texturisers throughout the region," said Valdirene Licht, Ingredion senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific. "The investments will allow us to continue to evolve with our customers to provide innovative, on-trend solutions. Our local team has extensive applications and formulating expertise combined with the broadest and deepest portfolio of waxy corn and tapioca based specialty starches and a successful track record of supporting customers in the region for more than three decades. We're now excited to be building our on trend rice ingredient business and we will continue to make further investments in Asia that benefit our customers globally."

    "The actions being taken in Asia are consistent with our global strategy to invest in our specialty starch franchise around the world and expand our capabilities to innovate and offer more customized solutions for our customers around the world," added Zallie.

    The Company operates four manufacturing facilities in Thailand and three manufacturing facilities in China.

    ABOUT THE COMPANY
    Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries. With annual net sales of nearly $6 billion, the company turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. With 27 Ingredion Idea Labs(R) innovation centres around the world and more than 11,000 employees, the Company develops ingredient solutions to meet consumers' evolving needs by making crackers crunchy, yogurt creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger, and adding fiber to nutrition bars. For more information, visit Ingredion.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    This news release contains or may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for such statements.

    Forward-looking statements include, among other things, any statements regarding the Company's prospects or future financial condition, earnings, revenues, tax rates, capital expenditures, expenses or other financial items, any statements concerning the Company's prospects or future operations, including management's plans or strategies and objectives therefor and any assumptions, expectations or beliefs underlying the foregoing.

    These statements can sometimes be identified by the use of forward looking words such as "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "assume", "believe," "plan," "project," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "continue," "pro forma," "forecast," "outlook," "propels," "opportunities," "potential," "provisional" or other similar expressions or the negative thereof. All statements other than statements of historical facts in this release or referred to in this release are "forward-looking statements."

    These statements are based on current circumstances or expectations, but are subject to certain inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are beyond our control. Although we believe our expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, investors are cautioned that no assurance can be given that our expectations will prove correct.

    Actual results and developments may differ materially from the expectations expressed in or implied by these statements, based on various factors, including the effects of global economic conditions, including, particularly, economic, currency and political conditions in South America and economic conditions in Europe, and their impact on our sales volumes and pricing of our products, our ability to collect our receivables from customers and our ability to raise funds at reasonable rates; fluctuations in worldwide markets for corn and other commodities, and the associated risks of hedging against such fluctuations; fluctuations in the markets and prices for our co-products, particularly corn oil; fluctuations in aggregate industry supply and market demand; the behavior of financial markets, including foreign currency fluctuations and fluctuations in interest and exchange rates; volatility and turmoil in the capital markets; the commercial and consumer credit environment; general political, economic, business, market and weather conditions in the various geographic regions and countries in which we buy our raw materials or manufacture or sell our products; future financial performance of major industries which we serve, including, without limitation, the food, beverage, paper and corrugated, and brewing industries; energy costs and availability, freight and shipping costs, and changes in regulatory controls regarding quotas; tariffs, duties, taxes and income tax rates; particularly recently enacted United States tax reform; operating difficulties; availability of raw materials, including potato starch, tapioca, gum arabic and the specific varieties of corn upon which some of our products are based; our ability to develop or acquire new products and services at rates or of qualities sufficient to meet expectations; energy issues in Pakistan; boiler reliability; our ability to effectively integrate and operate acquired businesses; our ability to achieve budgets and to realize expected synergies; our ability to achieve expected cost savings under our Cost Smart program; our ability to complete planned maintenance and investment projects successfully and on budget; labor disputes; genetic and biotechnology issues; changing consumption preferences including those relating to high fructose corn syrup; increased competitive and/or customer pressure in the corn-refining industry; and the outbreak or continuation of serious communicable disease or hostilities including acts of terrorism. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement as a result of new information or future events or developments. If we do update or correct one or more of these statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections. For a further description of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K

    CONTACT:
    Investors: Heather Kos, 708-551-2592
    Media: Becca Hary, 708-551-2602

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    This announcement is distributed by West Corporation on behalf of West Corporation clients.
    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
    Source: Ingredion Incorporated via Globenewswire

     
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    CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sep 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announces it will be featuring its high-performing bonding solutions and latest non-yellowing thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials at Fakuma at its distributor Danquinsa GmbH's booth B4-4507, in Friedrichshafen, Germany from October 16-20, 2018.

    At Fakuma, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers will showcase its innovative polymer solutions for non-yellowing, UV-resistant materials for the outstanding physical and aesthetic properties they provide in markets like surface protection, transportation, consumer electronics and industrial specialties. New developments include bio-sourced*, aliphatic TPU and other self-healing technologies.

    Lubrizol has expanded the high-melt strength Pearlbond(TM) portfolio for adhesive manufacturers with new TPU grades bringing extra flexibility, low activation temperature, and soft touch for a wide range of applications such as seam tapes in apparel, hand bags, shoes, automotive seating, and heat transfer labels. Pearlbond(TM) 300 series is also applied as an additive to increase impact resistance. Its low activation temperature makes it an ideal bonding solution when used in combination with delicate substrates such as leather, cotton and silk.

    "Our customers are constantly looking to new materials to advance their products and enhance the value of their business in the presence of increasing end-user expectations. Pearlbond(TM), Pearlthane(TM) and Estane(R) TPU materials in combination with Lubrizol's process and application know-how, offer novel solutions to satisfy these needs," states Stijn Verschuuren, Regional Commercial Manager Lubrizol Engineered Polymers.

    About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers
    With more than 55 years of experience and a worldwide network that includes formulation design, manufacturing, R&D and cutting-edge technologies, 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.

    Lubrizol engineered polymers offer high-adhesion, colour-stable/non-yellowing solutions that provide extra comfort and softness.

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    Nicholas Galioto
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    The Lubrizol Corporation

    Lidia Valcarcel
    +34 93 579-9565

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

    Lubrizol Engineered Polymers: http://hugin.info/143680/R/2217882/866758.pdf

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    - Toyota's fuel cell system to be used in Caetanobus' first FCEV* city buses
    - Caetanobus to launch first hydrogen demonstration city bus in autumn 2019

    Lisbon, Portugal, Sep 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota today took another important step towards a broader hydrogen society by announcing that it will provide its hydrogen fuel cell technology to Caetanobus SA in Portugal.

    In line with its vision of a decarbonised society--as stated in its 2050 environmental challenge, Toyota is promoting the application of its hydrogen fuel cell technology beyond passenger cars, including heavy duty trucks(1), small delivery trucks(2), forklifts(3) and buses(4).

    In Europe, Toyota will supply its fuel cell systems(5), including fuel cell stacks, hydrogen tanks and other key components to Caetanobus SA--the renowned Portuguese bus engineering and production company--to build hydrogen fuel cell city buses.

    The first zero emission fuel cell city buses will roll off the lines of Caetanobus SA, in a little over a year, and are to be operated as demonstration buses by Caetanobus SA.

    "Supplying our fuel cell systems to Caetanobus demonstrates the many practical uses and environmental benefits of hydrogen towards a carbon-free society. We're really excited by the prospect of seeing the first buses of our longstanding automotive partner in European cities," said Dr Johan van Zyl, president and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe. "Hydrogen buses have significant advantages compared to other zero emission buses, such as superior driving range and short refuelling time. These benefits allow hydrogen buses to be operated on longer routes and a higher utilisation."

    Jose Ramos, president of Salvador Caetano Industria holding, commented: "We are very proud to be the first company in Europe to benefit from Toyota's leading fuel cell technology and look forward to confirming our world-class bus development and manufacturing capabilities. We are convinced that hydrogen is a great solution for zero emission buses."

    The announcement was made in Lisbon, in presence of some of the highest Portuguese government representatives for mobility and the environment, during the visit of the Energy Observer catamaran, the first hydrogen sea vessel powered purely by renewable solar and hydrogen energy.

    *FCEV Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
    (1) Toyota Doubles-Down on Zero Emissions Heavy-Duty Trucks
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/23722307.html
    (2) Seven-Eleven Japan and Toyota to Launch Joint Next-generation Convenience Store Project in Autumn 2019 toward Greater CO2 Emissions Reduction
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/22833613.html
    (3) Toyota Accelerates Use of Hydrogen at its Plants
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/21565079.html
    (4) Toyota Launches Production Model "Sora" FC Bus
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/21863761.html
    (5) Toyota Ushers in the Future with Launch of 'Mirai' Fuel Cell Sedan
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/4198334

    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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    Reveals Hong Kong's First Minimally-Invasive & Non-Invasive Surgical Centre

    HONG KONG, Sep 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Cornwall Medical Group ("Cornwall" or "the Group") enters a strategic partnership with the world's leading medical equipment and integrated solutions provider, Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. ("Chongqing Haifu"), to introduce innovative high-intensity focused ultrasound tumor therapy system ("HIFU") to Hong Kong, positioned to be the first minimally-invasive & non-invasive centre in town.

    As a revolutionary breakthrough in medical technology, HIFU is developed by Chongqing Haifu. It is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that can generate highly localized heat so as to kill tumors without skin puncture or incision.

    Prof. Wang Zhibiao, President of Chongqing Haifu who invented the first HIFU Tumor Therapy System, introduced, "Similar to using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight, HIFU uses numerous penetrable ultrasound beams to propagate through soft tissue and are focused at the target volume, raising the temperature of the isolated tissue to generate tumor death. It realises the transition from conventional surgery to minimally-invasive, or even non-invasive treatment."

    As the world's first HIFU-dedicated hospital specialized in uterine fibroids treatment, Chongqing Haifu is a global leader in non-invasive HIFU treatment. It is invited by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC to exhibit during the "InnoTech Expo 2018" in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. At its exhibition booth, a live surgery was presented with Chongqing Haifu Hospital connected online.

    As pointed out by Prof. Roise Xing, Head of International Department of Chongqing Haifu, HIFU treatment has a proven track record of success in clinical practice in United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc., and has obtained over 100 worldwide patents. In collaboration with around 2,500 medical centres in 26 countries and regions, Chongqing Haifu has treated over 100,000 patients with benign or malignant tumors, ranging from liver tumor, bone tumor, breast tumor, to uterine tumor. It will serve as a strong partner for Cornwall regarding the construction, equipment assembly, training and operation of its treatment centres in Hong Kong.

    Dr. Wong Wu Shun Felix, OB-GYN Professor of University of New South Wales, Australia, added, "HIFU is a breakthrough in the treatment of gynecological diseases such as uterine fibroids. It does not require surgical incision and only penetrate on affected area. Patients get to retain their uterus function and remain fertile and start pregnancy in 3-6 months after the treatment".

    Mr. Simon Wong Kwong-chi, Group Director and one of the angel investors of Alibaba, said, "We are thrilled to have Chongqing Haifu as a strategic partner. This partnership shall offer more exciting developments for the future of HIFU technology. Riding on Chongqing Haifu's unmatched clinical expertise, we are confident to provide our customers with the most advanced and customized treatment options."

    The Group will adopt HIFU as a therapeutic modality for uterine fibroids ablation treatment, and launch Hong Kong's first minimally-invasive & non-invasive centre and training centre focusing on uterine fibroids, adenomyosis and other suitable indications. Located in Central Building, the centre is to be put into operation by the end of this year.

    About Cornwall Medical Group
    Cornwall Medical Group is Hong Kong's first medical service provider specializing in High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). As a major breakthrough in tumour treatment, HIFU is a non-invasive surgical treatment that applies ultrasound beam to penetrate through skin and soft tissue and reach high temperature at the focus to destroy the diseased tissue. The Group will launch its first minimally-invasive and non-invasive surgical centre in Hong Kong by this year, providing patients with a variety of specialised and customised treatment options, including non-invasive ablation therapy for uterine fibroids.

    About Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology Co. Ltd
    Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology Co. Ltd. is a leading medical solution provider for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Therapeutic Ultrasound System, with comprehensive business model covering Research & Development, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Training and Clinical Application. The company's medical devices have gained entry permits for 33 countries and regions with a network of 50 clinic centres. HIFU solution developed by Chongqing Haifu has been applied in practice in over 2,500 clinics worldwide, and has treated more than 100,000 patients suffering from malignant or benign tumors. In particular, its medical devices for obstetrics & gynecology have solved over 2 million cases.

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    Modules in Short Supply China's First High-End N-type Modules Produced with Internationally-Leading FPC Process

    Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore and Taiwan, Sep 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - China's leading vertically integrated enterprise engaged in solar energy monocrystalline photovoltaic products, Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited ("Solargiga" or the "Company", and its subsidiaries, the "Group"; HKSE Stock Code: 757, Taiwan Depositary Receipts: 9157TT) has announced that its subsidiaries added a capacity of 1GW to its photovoltaic ("PV") module production line in the second quarter of this year on schedule. The Group's overall module production capacity has increased to 2.2 GW. In addition, 150MW of the existing capacity has been upgraded for the production of monocrystalline N-type IBC cell BS modules for the high-end domestic and overseas markets. The Group is the first company in the country to adopt this internationally-leading FPC manufacturing process.

    The main sales customer of the Group's new N-type IBC cell BS modules is Japan's SHARP Corporation ("SHARP"), one of its key strategic partners. The new production line is expected to be put into operation in the fourth quarter of 2018 and formally commence mass production in 2019. Since 2005, the Group has established a close cooperative relationship with SHARP. Currently, most of the PV modules of the SHARP brand in the world are manufactured by Solargiga. The additional shipment of this new high-end monocrystalline N-type IBC cell BS modules will strengthen the cooperation between the two parties. It is expected that the Group's overseas shipments will further increase.

    Mr. Tan Wenhua, Chairman of Solargiga, said: "At present, with the world focusing on energy conservation and environmental protection, solar power is the most attractive solution for clean energy due to its inexhaustible and geographically unrestricted nature. With the rapid decline in power generation costs in recent years, demand for photovoltaic power generation in the market has maintained its leap-forward growth. However, China, which accounts for more than half of the global demand for PV products, has issued a regulatory policy on 31 May 2018 (referred to as "531 New Policy" below), resulting in short-term supply and demand imbalances in China's PV market. The market generally anticipates that the industry would experience a short-term difficult period in the second half of 2018 and also in 2019. By 2020, the photovoltaic industry will enter an era of grid parity and the boom will gradually replace traditional coal-fired power generation. However, while now facing the short-term fluctuations in the Chinese market, photovoltaics manufacturers are all seriously challenged in striving for high-quality overseas sales orders and technological innovations.

    "In terms of bidding for orders, after the launch of the Chinese government's 531 New Policy, the overall short-term domestic demand has been rapidly freezing. However, through obtaining domestic standard orders and overseas customer module orders, Solargiga was able to maintain full utilisation in its downstream module production capacity. It is not only that the internal demand for its monocrystalline silicon wafers has been boosted, but the demand for the Group's modules has also been so strong that its supply was not able to meet the demand and thus it had to outsource production in order to satisfy customers' orders.

    "In terms of technological innovation, Solargiga focuses on the vertical integration of monocrystalline products, while reducing costs through continuous research and development, and has won the Asian Photovoltaic Innovation Enterprise Award in early September this year. Its adoption of advanced FPC technology to produce the high-end monocrystalline N-type IBC cell BS module, designed and manufactured for SHARP (on an Original Design Manufacture or ODM basis) has built a solid sales pipeline for the next generation of mainstream products. It also, in the current short-term adverse market, creates a better sales performance against the trend next year. Solargiga is confident that it can capture the huge potential of the photovoltaic industry by taking advantage of the leading edge and vertical integration of monocrystalline products."

    About IBC Cell Technology
    Among the technologies of high-end N-type PV modules, the interdigitated back-contact (IBC) solar cell is a rear contact solar cell, which involves a technique moving both the positive and negative pole metal lines to the back of the cell, making the front of the cell facing the sun completely black. With this back electrode design, electrodes are completely invisible from the front, achieving "zero blockage" and increasing the absorption and utilisation of light. This not only makes available a more effective power generation surface area to the user, but also helps improve power generation efficiency.

    About BS Modules
    The Black Solar (BS) module is a high-end module brand launched by SHARP for roofing customers. Since the BS module uses IBC cells, the cell surface is black and has no grid lines while the module itself also adopts black frames. The entire module appears dark, hence the name "BS module". The BS module specification includes 42-cell, 48-cell rectangular modules, and 20-cell and 30-cell triangular modules. The shape of the modules and the arrangements can perfectly match the shape of the roof. Thus, it looks elegant, and at the same time utilises the entire effective area of the roof, which greatly enhances the utilisation of the roof and power generation. It has become one of the most popular brands with high-end rooftop module customers.

    About FPC Module Packaging Technology
    Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) rear-contact module packaging technology (FPC module packaging technology), specifically designed for the production of the N-type IBC cell BS modules, which packages modules with FPC back contact packaging technology and non-soldering connection technology. FPC module packaging technology is an internationally-leading technology. At present, there is no facility using this packaging technique for IBC cell productsin China, therefore the Group will be the first in China to do so. The advantage of this method is that it does not need to be soldered, reduces packaging loss, improves module conversion ratios and reduces module cell fragmentation and is conducive to the mass production of thin wafers.

    About Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited (HKSE Stock Code: 757, Taiwan Depositary Receipts: 9157TT)
    Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited is one of the leading manufacturers of solar energy monocrystalline photovoltaic products in the PRC. Through advantages in vertical integration, the Group focuses on manufacturing monocrystalline silicon wafers, cells and photovoltaic modules, and designing and installing photovoltaic systems. Demand for its upstream monocrystalline silicon wafer and cell production is boosted by its downstream module business, which has the largest production capacities, hence carrying through the vertical integration of the entire photovoltaic industry chain.

    For further information, please contact:
    Media enquiry:
    Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited
    Investor Relations Director
    Mr. Yuen Kin Shan Tel: (852) 3416 2000 Email: info@solargiga.com

    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Angelus Lau Tel: (852) 2864 4805 Email: angelus.lau@sprg.com.hk
    Fanny Yuen Tel: (852) 2864 4853 Email: fanny.yuen@sprg.com.hk


     
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    Toyota City, Japan, Sep 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces its production, domestic sales, and export results for August 2018, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd.

    August 2018 Key Points (year-on-year)

    Production in Japan

    Toyota
    - Second consecutive month of increase

    Daihatsu
    - First increase in five months

    Hino
    - Decreased

    Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
    - First increase in three months

    Sales in Japan

    Toyota
    - Second consecutive month of increase
    - Lexus vehicle sales totaled 3,019 units (21.3% increase)
    - Minivehicle sales totaled 2,811 units (1.9% increase)
    - 46.3% share of market excluding minivehicles (0.6 percentage point increase)
    - 30.4% share of market including minivehicles (0.4 percentage point decrease)

    Daihatsu
    - First decrease in two months
    - Minivehicle sales totaled approximately 40,900 units (1.0% decrease)
    - 31.3% share of minivehicle market (2.8 percentage point decrease)

    Hino
    - Decreased
    - Standard truck sales totaled approximately 2,800 units (41.0% decrease)
    - 38.6% share of the truck* market (6.4 percentage point decrease)

    Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
    - First decrease in two months
    - 43.9% share of market including minivehicles (1.5 percentage point decrease)

    *Maximum loading capacity of four tons or more (excluding imported trucks)

    Exports

    Toyota
    - Increased; due to increased exports to Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa.

    Daihatsu
    - Daihatsu exported one unit.

    Hino
    - Decreased; due to decreased exports to North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa

    Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
    - Second consecutive month of increase

    Production Outside of Japan

    Toyota
    - Second consecutive month of increase; due to increased production in Latin America and Asia

    Daihatsu
    - Eighth consecutive month of increase; due to increased production in Indonesia

    Hino
    - Fourteenth consecutive month of increase; due to increased production in Asia

    Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
    - Second consecutive month of increase and a record high for August

    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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    Working with local communities, contributing to realizing sustainable, low-carbon societies

    Toyota City, Japan, Sep 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation and East Japan Railway Company (JR East) have signed a basic agreement for a comprehensive business partnership centered on a hydrogen-based mobility partnership between railways and automobiles. The partnership is aimed at realizing sustainable, low-carbon societies in the face of global warming and energy diversification.

    The agreement is rooted in Toyota and JR East's desire to link railways and automobiles (two key means of land transport), fuse management resources, and accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon society by promoting initiatives that make use of hydrogen.

    Toyota has developed fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) and fuel cell buses (FC Buses) that feature Toyota-developed fuel cell (FC) technologies, and has experience in supporting the establishment of a network of hydrogen supply infrastructure, including hydrogen stations. JR East possesses technologies, know-how, and management resources related both to the railway business and to the development of stations and station surroundings.

    The two companies wish to combine their respective strengths, and are presently engaged in detailed discussions centered on a wide range of fields surrounding hydrogen use. These include: establishing hydrogen stations on land owned by JR East, introducing FCEVs and FC Buses as a means of local transport, and applying FC technologies in railway carriages.

    Toyota and JR East are also keen to ensure any tie-up between the two companies will lead to initiatives that are fully integrated into local communities. To this end, the two companies intend to request the cooperation of local governments, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders. In this way, they aim to construct a hydrogen supply chain that contributes to both regional growth and development.

    Points of consideration toward a hydrogen-based business partnership

    (Future goals)

    - Work together with local governments, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders
    - Establish a hydrogen supply chain based at railway stations
    - Contribute to regional development through low-carbon initiatives

    (Concrete initiatives)

    1. Establish and expand the number of hydrogen stations, promote widespread use of hydrogen energy
    - Establish hydrogen stations as part of JR East's Shinagawa Development Project
    - Introduce FCEVs and FC Buses into regional transport networks that are connected to railways
    - Use land owned by JR East to support the establishment and expansion of hydrogen stations in east Japan

    2. Introduce FC technologies into railway carriages
    - Carry out technological research into the safety of moving bodies loaded with large volumes of hydrogen
    - Resolve various issues to develop and introduce FC technologies in railway carriages

    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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    TOKYO, Sep 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) has been awarded a "Gold" Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating by EcoVadis, a leading evaluator of supplier sustainability. NEC has maintained this position since 2012, and is ranked in the top 1% of all suppliers assessed.

    EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform for rating and monitoring supplier sustainability. EcoVadis assesses the CSR performance of companies with a methodology covering 180 purchasing categories, 150 countries and 21 CSR indicators grouped in four themes ("Environment," "Labor Practices," "Fair Business Practices" and "Sustainable Procurement"). More than 45,000 companies use this platform, including NEC customers who refer to EcoVadis ratings when selecting their suppliers.

    This year, NEC's business activities were rated particularly high for the "Environment" and "Labor Practices" themes.

    NEC recognizes that maintaining a Gold CSR rating by EcoVadis since 2012 is the result of its continual efforts to ensure the sustainable development of society.

    As a social value innovator, NEC improves its sustainable management by engaging with its stakeholders. Going forward, NEC will continue its efforts to solve challenging social issues using state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICT) to enable the realization of the United Nations' "Global Goals for Sustainable Development."

    NEC's External Ratings and Evaluation
    http://www.nec.com/en/global/csr/management/evaluation.html

    NEC's Sustainability Website
    http://www.nec.com/en/global/csr/index.html

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

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

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    TOKYO, Sep 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu announced that it has been chosen for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), the world's leading Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)(1) index. This is the 19th time for Fujitsu to have been included in this index since its creation in 1999.

    DJSI World is a stock index offered cooperatively by US-based S&P Dow Jones Indices and Switzerland-based RobecoSAM Indices that selects companies for their excellent sustainability, based on an analysis from the perspective of economics, the environment, and society. Annually, 2,500 companies are eligible globally for this designation, and the top 10% of businesses per industry are chosen from the perspective of sustainability. Including Fujitsu, 317 companies were selected for DJSI World in 2018, 34 of which were Japanese companies.

    Fujitsu achieved high evaluations in the IT services & Internet Software and Services industry group on the basis of its environmental initiatives, such as "Climate Strategy" and "Environmental Reporting", and its efforts related to the area of society, including its "Social Reporting" and "Human Rights" initiatives.

    Fujitsu will continue to advance business activities from the perspective of the environment, society, and governance (ESG), and as a truly global ICT company, further increase its efforts to contribute to the sustainable development of society and the Earth.

    (1) Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) A method of investing that, in addition to the usual investment on the basis of financial analysis, also values a company's social responsibility and contributions to society, the environment, and corporate governance. http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/csr/vision/sri/index.html

    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/

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    - NEC releases Sustainability Report 2018 -

    TOKYO, Sep 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced details on its view of "materiality," the Company's priority management themes from an environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspective, under the Mid-term Management Plan 2020.

    Since its founding in 1899, NEC has been providing value to customers and society through its business activities under the motto of "Better Products, Better Services." "NEC has defined its materiality with the formulation of the Mid-term Management Plan 2020," said Takashi Niino, President and CEO, NEC Corporation. "This outlines the approach to social value creation and connects our business strategies with ESG initiatives as a new declaration to our various stakeholders of our commitment to achieving the mutual growth of NEC and society."

    Materiality is outlined in the NEC Sustainability Report 2018 and Integrated Report 2018 posted to the NEC Global website today. Materiality from the environmental point of view is also shown in the Annual Environmental Report 2018.

    NEC became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact(1) in 2005, which was founded on the basic principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and continues to strive to minimize any burdens that business activities may have on society. With the newly identified materiality we will contribute to value creation for society through our businesses and to the achievement of the SDGs(2).

    Overview of Materiality

    We have identified nine priority management themes as materiality, arranging them in three layers as shown below. For each of the following themes, we established non-financial indicators for measuring progress. Further information on the indicators can be found in the NEC Sustainability Report 2018.

    Materiality Identification Process

    Aiming to define materiality, NEC held dialogue sessions with experts from fields such as sustainable management, civil society, and medium- to long-term investment in order to integrate social perspectives. Members of NEC who are responsible for sustainable management and relevant business departments also participated in these dialogue sessions.

    Nine Priority Management Themes Arranged in Three Layers

    We identified nine priority management themes and arranged them in three layers; "Fundamental priority themes for Social Value Creation," "Processes connected with maximizing NEC strengths, such as economic value and social value" and "Priority themes for maximizing value."

    1. Sustainable Growth Enablers
    NEC has identified the following 5 themes within the foundation of management as a whole.

    - Governance and compliance
    - Environmental action with a particular focus on climate change
    - Sustainability and socially literate human resources
    - Privacy policies and measures aligned with societal expectations
    - Security to maximize ICT possibilities

    2. Engines of Change
    NEC identified the following 2 themes as processes which will lead to maximizing the economic and social value/strengths of NEC.

    - Dialogue and co-creation with our stakeholders
    - Innovation management

    3. 2020 Growth Focus to Create Social Value
    NEC will create social value through the following growth areas.

    - NEC Safer Cities(3)
    - NEC Value Chain Innovation(4)

    The NEC Group is promoting "social solutions projects" which create social value in the form of safety, peace of mind, efficiency, and fairness on a global scale. By combining the latest cutting-edge ICT and knowledge, NEC is working to achieve an efficient and refined society in which people can live brighter and richer lives.

    (1) The United Nations Global Compact:
    An initiative that calls on companies worldwide to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in four fields of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. NEC joined in 2005.
    (2) SDGs:
    Sustainable Development Goals that consist of 17 goals to achieve by 2030 based on issues such as poverty, hunger, energy, climate change and peace.
    (3) NEC Safer Cities:
    NEC's business domain to contribute to realizing safe, secure, efficient and fair cities, where individuals can exhibit their potential to the full and live better lives, by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as biometric authentication, AI, and the IoT.
    https://www.nec.com/en/global/solutions/safercities/index.html
    (4) NEC Value Chain Innovation:
    NEC's business domain to create new value by developing cutting-edge technologies and promoting co-creation with customers in order to connect people, goods, and processes, reaching across the boundaries between enterprises and industries. In doing so, NEC will support a more sustainable planet, sustainable growth for companies, a society where people can live in abundance, and a brighter world for the future.

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

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

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    Six selected international finalists will receive once-in-a-lifetime mentoring from Sebastian Wrong, Design Director of Established & Sons, and other mentors in New York to prepare for Lexus's Milan Design Week exhibition.

    - With the mission to nurture up-and-coming young designers, Lexus proudly welcomes Sebastian Wrong (Established & Sons) as the newest mentor for Lexus Design Award 2019
    - Celebrated design authorities, Sir David Adjaye, Paola Antonelli, and Lexus' own Yoshihiro Sawa return as judges
    - Additional mentors and judge will be announced in October

    TOKYO, Sep 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Lexus International has announced that this year's Lexus Design Awards (LDA) finalists will get the rare opportunity to take their creative skills to the next level as Sebastian Wrong, Co-Founder and Design Director of leading UK-based design brand Established & Sons, joins the roster of prestigious LDA 2019 mentors, bringing his expertise in product design, manufacturing, and creative skills to the program. Additional mentors will be announced in October.

    Established in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is an international design competition that seeks to nurture up-and-coming designers who use design thinking to solve everyday problems and build a better future for individuals and for society.

    This year, six finalists will be selected from around the world to receive mentorship and a production budget of up to 3 million JPY (over $25K USD) to build a functional prototype to display at Lexus's exhibition at Milan Design Week 2019. A prototype will be selected to win the prestigious Lexus Design Award Grand Prix prize based on how the work integrates three fundamental principles from the Lexus brand: "Anticipate", "Innovate", and "Captivate".

    "Sebastian shares Lexus' goal of addressing tomorrow's challenges today and making the world a better place. Lexus proudly welcomes him to the design mentorship program," stated Spiros Fotinos, Global Head of Brand Management and Marketing for Lexus International.

    Sebastian Wrong, Design Director of Established & Sons, has designed iconic furniture including the Heidi stool which mixes modernity with nostalgia and the Wrongwoods collection praised for its unexpected colors and designs reminiscent of wood-plank block prints. Wrong's work with the newest generation of design talent as well as his collaboration with industry veterans make him the perfect talent to join Lexus Design Award's panel of mentors.

    Past Lexus Design Award mentoring featured some of today's most respected creators such as Snarkitecture and Formafantasma and the format had each finalist receive tutelage at the mentors' location. This year, Lexus brings all the finalists to one of the most important design capitals of the world, New York City, in January where they will receive guidance from all the mentors across multiple design disciplines. Under expert supervision, the finalists will experience what it takes to emerge as an accomplished designer on the world stage. Whether tips on design or on the business of making inspiration into reality, the mentors' global experience and success shared at the workshops will provide valuable insight to leading creative minds of the next generation of designers.

    The judges of the Lexus Design Award 2019 returning from last year are: Sir David Adjaye, eminent architect of such innovative works as the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture (named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times) and SPYSCAPE, an interactive experience museum with a unique intrigue and espionage theme; Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art who is also curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival; and Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International, whose vision for the competition encompasses the brand's passion to foster a new-generation of creativity. Their judging criteria for the finalists will be how well the prototype works anticipate the needs of people and tomorrow's society. The designs will also need to showcase innovation and originality while at the same time be captivating and engaging to the public.

    Deadline for entries to the Lexus Design Award 2019 competition is October 28, 2018. Finalists will be selected December by the elite panel of judges and the six up-and-coming designers will be announced January 2019.

    About LEXUS

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

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

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    Yaris WRC Car8
    Rally GB: Preview

    Toyota City, Japan, Sep 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will head to Rally GB (October 4-7) for round 11 of the FIA World Rally Championship looking to continue its strong form after achieving three consecutive victories in Finland, Germany and Turkey. Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak and Esapekka Lappi will aim to maintain the team's newly-claimed position at the top of the manufacturers' championship, with Tanak additionally looking to further strengthen his bid for the drivers' title.

    Rally GB takes place in the forests of Wales on on gravel tracks which are relatively fast when dry. Rain and fog are common however, making the stages muddy and very slippery, with grip levels changing frequently. This year the rally takes place three weeks earlier and off the back of a hot and dry summer, but the team's pre-event test in Wales last week was still affected by heavy rain.

    A spectator stage at the coastal Tir Prince raceway will kick the rally off on Thursday evening. That is followed on Friday by three stages across north Wales, each run twice either side of service at Deeside, which is preceded by two passes of a short new Slate Mountain test. The classic mid Wales stages are all combined into a single day on Saturday: nine tests totalling more than 150 kilometres with no mid-day service, just a tyre fitting zone. The rally ends with five stages on Sunday, including two runs over an asphalt stage around the Great Orme and onto the streets of Llandudno, which hosts the finish. The Power Stage will be held over the first pass of Gwydir rather than the final test.

    Quotes

    Tommi Makinen (Team Principal)

    "We are very much looking forward to Rally GB. During our pre-event test in Wales we had some very wet conditions. It was really the first time since we started this project that we have tested in such weather, and I think we can now feel pretty confident whatever the conditions that we experience. This is a difficult rally with lots of tricky places, especially in the forests, and the grip can change quite dramatically depending on whether it is dry or raining. Everybody in the team is really giving their maximum effort to push towards the manufacturers' title, and Ott's chances are now very open in the drivers' championship after his recent victories. I am sure that Rally GB will be a great battle."

    Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 7)
    "Rally GB is one of those events I have always enjoyed, partly because it was my first ever WRC round back in 2002: This year will be my 17th start in Wales. We had a very good test last week. I was delighted that we had a lot of rain and muddy conditions, because this is normally what you get in Wales, yet in the previous two years it was dry during testing and I ended up with the wrong setup for the rally. In the test the car was working really well in the muddy conditions, and we managed to improve the traction, which was our weakness last year. All in all, I got a good feeling with the driving and with the car, so I'm looking forward to the event."

    Ott Tanak (Driver car 8)
    "Normally, Rally GB is an event that I like. In an ideal world, I would like to have dry conditions and fast roads, but everybody knows that you cannot expect anything when it comes to the weather in Wales. During our test last week it was raining quite a lot so we had a nice amount of mud, which was perfect for testing really. We were able to do quite a lot of work to try and further develop the car and get more performance. I believe we did a good job and I'm looking forward to seeing how we compare against our rivals. Everything is possible now in the championship and I have a good feeling about what we can do in Britain."

    Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 9)
    "Our result on this event last year wasn't great, and the car wasn't really performing how we expected, but hopefully we have found something on our pre-event test that is going to help us to be much more competitive this year. Unlike for my team-mates, it was actually fully dry for my test day, so I would prefer it if the rally is dry. With the earlier date I hope that could be possible, but the weather is always unpredictable, so let's see. I really like the rally itself so I'm really looking forward to it: It would be great to have a good result, both for myself and to help the team in the championship."

    What happened last year?
    Jari-Matti Latvala finished fifth overall on the first visit for the Toyota Yaris WRC to Wales, taking two stage wins and missing the podium by only 5.1 seconds. Esapekka Lappi made it a double points finish in ninth, while a promising run for Juho Hanninen ended with a small mistake on Saturday afternoon.

    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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    Offering of 228,000,000 Shares through Public Offer and Placing
    Price Ranges from HK$0.40 to HK$0.44 per Share

    HONG KONG, Sep 28, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Sterling Group Holdings Limited ("Sterling Group" or the "Group"), a woven apparel manufacturer for international apparel brands, today announced the details of its proposed listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited ("SEHK").

    Offering Details
    Sterling Group plans to offer a total of 228,000,000 Shares, comprising 200,000,000 New Shares and 28,000,000 Sale Shares (subject to the Offer Size Adjustment Option), among which, 90% or 205,200,000 Shares, comprising 177,200,000 New Shares and 28,000,000 Sale Shares, will be for Placing (subject to reallocation and the Offer Size Adjustment Option), while 10% or 22,800,000 Shares will be for the Public Offer (subject to reallocation) at an indicative Offer Price ranging from HK$0.40 and HK$0.44 per Offer Share

    The Public Offer will commence on 9:00 a.m. 29 September 2018 (Saturday) and end at 12:00 noon on 5 October 2018 (Friday). The final Offer Price and results of allocation will be announced on 18 October 2018 (Thursday). Trading of Sterling Group's shares will commence on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 19 October 2018 (Friday) under the stock code 1825. Shares will be traded in board lots size of 10,000 Shares each.

    Ample Capital Limited is the Sole Sponsor. Alpha Financial Group Limited is the Sole Global Coordinator. Alpha Financial Group Limited and Great Roc Capital Securities Limited are the Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers.

    Investment Highlights
    Ability to manufacture a diversified range of apparel products
    Based on the Group's long operating history and experience, it is able to manufacture a wide variety of products for men, women and children, which include jackets, coats, blouses, dresses, suits, skirts, etc. Sterling Group has gained extensive experience in the apparel industry throughout the years and such experience has enabled the Group to expand its product portfolio in recent years. For the year ended 31 March 2017, the Group received orders for the manufacturing of flight crew uniforms for a U.S. airline, thus expanding its product portfolio to cater for the business uniform market. Such ability to diversify product offerings would enable the Group to expand its customer base which would be beneficial to its further expansion and creating long-term growth.

    Established long-term relationships with customers who are international apparel brand names
    The majority of the Group's customers are international apparel brands that are headquartered in the U.S. and certain European countries such as the U.K. and Spain. As at 20 September 2018, the Group had maintained business relationships with its customers for a period ranging between approximately two to 21 years. In particular, the Group has established more than 19 years of business relationship with its largest customer with mutual benefits in terms of product and service quality. The bedrock of its long-standing relationship with its customers is its meticulous attention to workmanship and fit and the proven performance it has maintained over the years in product quality, delivery and in general, its responsiveness to the needs of its customers.

    Furthermore, the Group's close relationship with its major customers and their positive feedback in respect of its reliable performance would also help it attract new customers around the world which share similar profile and market positioning as its existing customers.

    The geographical advantage of its production facilities located in Sri Lanka and the PRC
    In early 2017, Sterling Group acquired three production facilities, of which two are located in Sri Lanka and one in Panyu, Guangdong Province, the PRC. Production facilities in Sri Lanka, which are located in Katunayake and Meegoda, provide the Group a competitive advantage, such as competitive cost structure relative to China and other Asian countries, English speaking ability, history of apparel manufacturing experience and the proximity of Sri-Lanka to shipping lane to America and U.K. With the relatively low cost of labour for the production of the Group's generally higher-priced products and geographical advantage in Sri Lanka, the Group would be able to lower its operating costs and generate higher profitability.

    The location of the Panyu Factory is advantageous to its operations with access to highly skilled labours for its apparel products, and it also operates as the Group's major technical, sample-making and product development centre. Its proximity to the merchandising function in Hong Kong enables the Group to respond to its customers' needs efficiently and effectively.

    Business Strategies
    Sterling Group intends to strengthen its competitiveness and market position in the apparel manufacturing industry by adopting the following key business strategies:

    Building on its long-term relationship with existing customers and diversifying its customer base
    The Group plans to expand its customer base by proactively approaching potential customers for business opportunities through various channels, such as developing a more proactive sales function by hiring sales executives or sales agencies exploring different markets outside of the U.S.

    The Group is making significant progress in diversifying its customer base as it had successfully secured orders from three new customers for the year ended 31 March 2017. For the year ended 31 March 2018, its revenue amounted to approximately HK$676.9 million, of which approximately HK$285.3 million and HK$29.1 million was derived from its two new customers, representing approximately 42.1% and 4.3% of its total revenue. Thanks to their higher margin, the Group's gross profit margin increased from 16.1% for fiscal 2017 to approximately 18.2% for fiscal 2018. As at 20 September 2018, the confirmed sales orders from its customers amounted to approximately HK$380.6 million, of which approximately HK$174.7 million and HK$31.3 million were derived from the two new customers, representing approximately 45.9% and 8.2% of its total confirmed sales orders, respectively.

    Further upgrade and enhance the Group's production facilities
    The increase in the Group's production capacity will provide cost-saving opportunities and better control over quality and delivery relative to outsourcing. The Group plans to expand its production facilities by purchasing additional machineries for its production facilities, upgrading its existing machineries and equipment in its cutting department to cope with the planned increase in production, and continuously expanding and refurbishing production facilities. The Group targets to finish the upgrade and enhancement by February 2021.

    Continue to pursue strategic acquisitions, investments and alliance opportunities to capture other potential market opportunities
    The Group has been actively seeking strategic acquisitions and investment opportunities that complement its business, including opportunities that help it expand its sales network, achieve greater synergies and diversify its business risks. For instance, acquiring an additional factory in Sri Lanka would share its overheads and reduce its unit cost of production. As at 20 September 2018, the Group has approached certain potential targets but no legally binding agreement has been reached yet.

    Further enhance its information technology systems
    The Group intends to implement an apparel ERP system in order to coordinate among Chiefway International and the Panyu Factory, the Meegoda Factory and the Katunayake Factory, which would enhance the overall efficiency of the Group's operations.

    Use of Proceeds
    Assuming an Offer Price of HK$0.42 per share (being the mid-point of the indicative offer price range), net proceeds from the Share Offer are estimated to be approximately HK$54.4 million and will be applied as follows:

    Item / Percentage
    Expanding and refurbishing production facilities located in Sri Lanka and the PRC: 30%
    Repayment of outstanding bank borrowings, which were used for the acquisition of three factories: 25%
    Acquisitions of production facilities: 25%
    Upgrading information technology system, lean manufacturing and productivity improvement programs: 10%
    General working capital: 10%
    Total: 100%

    About Sterling Group Holdings Limited
    Sterling Group Holdings Limited is a woven apparel manufacturer for international apparel brands that are headquartered in the U.S. and certain European countries such as the U.K. and Spain with their products sold around the world. Apart from a diversified product portfolio such as outerwear, bottoms, tops and others, the Group also established its presence in the business uniform market by supplying flight crew uniforms for a U.S. airline in 2016. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Group operates three production facilities, of which two located in Sri Lanka and one in Panyu,China.

    Media Enquiries:
    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Iris Lee Tel: (852) 2864 4829 Email: iris.lee@sprg.com.hk
    Patty Yeung Tel: (852) 2114 4990 Email: patty.yeung@sprg.com.hk
    Vivian Lee Tel: (852) 2114 4950 Email: vivian.lee@sprg.com.hk
    Website:www.sprg.com.hk



     
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    TOKYO, Oct 1, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that its U.S. subsidiary Eisai Inc. received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an indication expansion for Eisai's antiepileptic drug (AED) Fycompa (perampanel) to cover partial-onset seizures in pediatric patients with epilepsy 4 years of age and older. Fycompa was designated for Priority Review by the FDA, and was approved approximately six months after submission.

    Through this latest approval, Fycompa is indicated for monotherapy and adjunctive use in the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 4 years of age and older. This approval was based on the interim results of a Phase III clinical study (Study 311) as well as the results from a Phase II clinical study (Study 232) in pediatric patients with epilepsy. Both studies confirmed the safety and efficacy of Fycompa were similar between adult and pediatric patients.

    Fycompa has been approved in countries around the world including the United States as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) as well as primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In the United States, Fycompa is also available as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. Through this approval, Fycompa is now available in the United States as a new treatment option, including monotherapy, for pediatric patients with epilepsy 4 to 11 years of age for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) as well.

    Epilepsy affects approximately 3.4 million people (approximately 470,000 children and 3 million adults) in the United States, accounting for 1.2% of the overall population.(1) While epilepsy affects people of all ages, incidence is particularly high among children and the elderly. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,(2) this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Discovered at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories, Fycompa is a first-in-class AED available in tablet form to be taken orally once daily. In addition, an oral suspension formulation has also been approved and is available in the United States. Fycompa is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation associated with seizures by targeting glutamate activity at postsynaptic AMPA receptors. Fycompa was initially approved for adjunctive use in partial-onset seizures in 2012 and has been used to treat more than 200,000 patients worldwide in more than 55 countries across all approved indications.

    Eisai considers neurology including epilepsy, a therapeutic area of focus, and strives to deliver Fycompa throughout the world in pursuit of our mission to provide "seizure freedom" to a greater number of patients living with epilepsy. Eisai seeks to address the diverse needs of, as well as increasing the benefits provided to, patients with epilepsy and their families.

    About Fycompa (perampanel)

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

    Fycompa is currently approved in more than 55 countries and territories, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia as adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In addition, Fycompa has been approved in more than 50 countries, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia for treatment as an adjunctive therapy for PGTC seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older.

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

    About Study 311

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

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

    About Study 232

    Study 232 was a global (United States, Europe), multicenter, open-label, long-term administration clinical study in approximately 50 pediatric patients with epilepsy (ages 2 to less than 12). The study evaluated the pharmacokinetics, safety, tolerability and efficacy of Fycompa oral suspension taken at the same time as other AEDs. Administration of once-daily Fycompa was titrated from 0.015 mg/kg to 0.18 mg/kg, and long-term safety was confirmed after 11 weeks of treatment and an extension phase (41 weeks). The most common adverse events (>/= 10% in the perampanel arms) observed in Study 232 were pyrexia, fatigue, vomiting, irritability, somnolence, dizziness, and upper respiratory tract infection.

    About Epilepsy

    Epilepsy affects approximately 3.4 million people in the United States, 1 million people in Japan, 6 million people in Europe, 9 million people in China, and approximately 60 million people worldwide. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,(2) this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.
    Epilepsy is broadly categorized by seizure type, with partial-onset seizures accounting for approximately 60% of epilepsy cases and generalized seizures accounting for approximately 40%. In a partial-onset seizure, an abnormal electrical disturbance occurs in a limited area of the brain, and may subsequently spread throughout the brain, becoming a generalized seizure (known as a secondarily generalized seizure). In a generalized seizure, abnormal electrical disturbances occur throughout the brain, and can be followed by a loss of consciousness or physical symptoms manifested throughout the whole body.

    (1) Matthew M, et al. "National and State Estimates of the Numbers of Adults and Children with Active Epilepsy - United States, 2015" MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017; 66: 821-825
    (2) "The Epilepsies and Seizures: Hope Through Research. What are the epilepsies?" National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, accessed May 24, 2016.

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

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    Compressor train for mega ethylene plant
    - New Company to Strengthen Customer Support and More Fully Cultivate this Promising Market -

    - MCO establishes new company in Seoul as sales office providing central point of contact for customers
    - Provides integrated sales and maintenance network, and strengthens customer-based sales

    TOKYO, Oct 1, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has established MHI Compressor Korea, Ltd. (MCO-K), a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation, and began operations today. The new company aims to further cultivate the promising market in South Korea, where it has sold many compressors and drivers.

    MCO-K was established in Seoul with capitalization of 900 million won (approx. 100 million yen). MCO holds a 70% share, with the remaining 30% owned by Mitsubishi Corp. The company was launched with a four-person team led by President Ryota Okada from MCO, and will be expanded going forward. MCO-K will strengthen the organizational structure by creating a central point of contact for customers in South Korea, provide closer connections and faster responsiveness to end users and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) companies, and focus on cultivating demand for new construction as well as renovation and after-sales service.

    MCO has sold over 200 compressors and drivers in the South Korean market, mainly for petrochemical plants. The ethylene and other petrochemical materials and products produced in South Korea are exported to the major consuming area of China, where firm demand is expected to continue. The new company MCO-K will be in a position to respond quickly to needs from these end users for increased production capacity, overhauls, and regular maintenance. In addition, with South Korean EPC companies exerting a greater presence worldwide in petrochemical plant construction, MCO-K will strengthen ties to allow for cooperation from the plant planning stage.

    With the launch of MCO-K, MCO will work to expand sales in South Korea, with a view to utilizing the new company to facilitate broader market development. MCO will also work in close cooperation with MHI and Mitsubishi Corp. to expand market share and strengthen the competitiveness of MCO products.

    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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    Figure 1: Interior view of Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo
    Figure 2: Example of LiveTalk in use
    Offers simultaneous translations of chef's explanations of ingredients and culinary techniques in up to 20 languages for a rich international culinary culture experience

    TOKYO, Oct 1, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it is providing its Fujitsu Software LiveTalk(1) for use in Kikkoman Corporation's restaurant, Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo, set to open November 1. LiveTalk translates to a customer's preferred language in real-time and displays it as text on multiple mobile devices. Used as a communication tool, LiveTalk will facilitate the international exchange of food culture with a diverse range of customers, including tourists and foreign residents in Japan who have a variety of cultural and international backgrounds. At Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo, LiveTalk will translate explanations of ingredients and culinary techniques provided by chefs and food preparers into the guests' native languages in real time, displaying the translation as text on tablet devices. This use of LiveTalk marks the first time the service has been used for multilingual translation in a restaurant setting. By introducing its LiveTalk solution at Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo, Fujitsu demonstrates its continued commitment to supporting smooth, multilingual communication in a variety of usage scenarios.

    Background

    Part of Kikkoman Corporation's management philosophy is promoting the international exchange of food culture. Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo is a restaurant that aims to enable people from around the world, including Japanese people, tourists, and foreign residents, to experience an international exchange of food culture, tasting global and fusion cuisine while enjoying talks and cooking demonstrations from chefs and others involved in food preparation. To help create an atmosphere of open communication Fujitsu is deploying its LiveTalk solution at Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo, supporting communication across multiple languages.

    Summary of Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo

    1. Location: Hulic Square Tokyo B1F (2 Chome-2-3 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan)
    2. Opening Day: November 1, 2018
    3. Menu (Concept):
    The restaurant will provide multi-course meals changing every month based on a theme of fusion, with tag teams of chefs and cooks from a variety of genres from both inside and outside Japan combining cuisines including Japanese, French, Italian, and Chinese food. The meals will use local specialty ingredients from across Japan, taking on the challenge of developing new dishes.
    4. Experience Details:
    As culinary professionals prepare dishes on a specially designed kitchen stage, customers can read real time text translations of what the chefs and food preparation staff are saying on tablet devices in the language the customer specifies by using the LiveTalk application.

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    Figure 1: Interior view of Kikkoman Live Kitchen Tokyo

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    Figure 2: Example of LiveTalk in use

    (1) Fujitsu Software LiveTalk Developed by Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited, it supports voice recognition and automatic translation for 20 languages, specifically, Japanese, as well as English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Catalan, and Hindi.

    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/

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

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