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    Lessons from the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2018

    MENA, Nov 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - WARC, the global marketing intelligence service, has released its second MENA Strategy Report, examining trends in marketing strategy in the Middle East and North Africa, with lessons drawn from an analysis of the entries to the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2018.

    Lucy Aitken, Managing Editor, Case Studies, WARC, comments: "Based on an in-depth analysis of the results of this year's WARC Prize for MENA Strategy, we are able to put the thinking behind the campaigns into context to establish how the best strategic ideas are responding to consumer needs and growing brands in the Middle East and North Africa."

    WARC's MENA Strategy Report 2018 highlights the following key insights and marketing trends in the region:

    Disruption drives growth in MENA

    This year's winners demonstrated breakthrough thinking in sectors that are ripe for disruption. Whether it was Grand Prix-winning auto brand Nissan developing a new unit of measurement that was relevant to the region or a food brand encouraging families to be more conscious of waste around Ramadan, the campaigns that were successful showed how changing the conversation can be a powerful strategic statement.

    Jury member Remie Abdo, Director of Strategic Planning, TBWA\RAAD Dubai, says: "Digging deep to find the real problem leads to more innovative work for brands, work that can radically change the conversation around a particular subject."

    Rethinking gender equality

    It is impossible to ignore gender equality as an issue among the winners of this year's MENA Prize. While many campaigns have aimed to show their support for women, what was different about campaigns such as Nissan's #SheDrives and Puck's Cook with Her, was how they also targeted men, encouraging them to take an active role in progress and equality.

    Mona Elsayed, Regional Planning Director, J. Walter Thompson Gulf and member of the jury observes: "Gender equality has made great strides in MENA's marketing, but there is scope to be even more progressive."

    Powerful local insights unlock brand growth

    Winning campaigns from local brands showed the power and significance of local insights leading to a strong strategic idea. Two campaigns from Lebanon demonstrated this: one understood and empathised with the country's slow internet connection, while another tapped into the national pride felt by Lebanese living overseas.

    Laura Chaibi, Head of Market Intelligence and Syndicate Digital Data, MBC, and member of the judging panel, comments: "The ability to tap into and question, challenge or harness our own societies' assumptions and then use that to act as a bridge into the hearts and minds of consumers is not new. However, the extent to which global brands are going local to gain market share is new in this region."

    Everyday influencers that facilitate business transformation

    While the true value of influencers continues to be widely debated across the industry, this year's winning entries offered some tangible examples of how influencers can be invaluable in brands' quest for transformation.

    EGBank's The Chronicles of Oufa radically altered how young Egyptians perceived the financial services brand identifying with the infantilised Oufa. Meanwhile, STC's HouseWiFis were relatable characters that got Saudi mothers on side with the telco's broadband offering. These everyday influencers are playing an important role at a time of rapid change in the region.

    Summing up, juror Matt Butterworth, Regional Managing Director (MENA), MullenLowe says: "Many successful campaigns in this year's Prize had in mind 'a greater good' and leveraged influencers to help communicate that message."

    A summary of the MENA Strategy Report 2018 is available on https://content.warc.com/read-a-sample-of-the-mena-strategy-report-2018. The report in full is available to WARC subscribers on WARC.com and includes chapter analysis with views and opinions from the judges, analysis of campaign trends, as well as summaries - objectives, insights, strategies and results - of the winning case studies.

    The WARC Prize for MENA Strategy is an annual free-to-enter awards recognising the best strategic thinking from the region's marketing industry that has driven results in MENA.

    About WARC

    - Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness

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

    WARC runs two global and two regional case study competitions: WARC Awards, WARC Media Awards, WARC Prize for Asian Strategy and WARC Prize for MENA Strategy.

    WARC publishes three global rankings of advertising excellence: Gunn 100 (creativity), WARC 100 (effectiveness), Gunn Media 100 (media innovation) and publishes leading journals including Admap, Market Leader, the Journal of Advertising Research and the International Journal of the Market Research Society. In addition to its own content, WARC features advertising case studies and best practices from more than 50 respected industry sources, including ARF, Effies, Cannes Lions, ESOMAR and IPA.

    Founded in 1985, WARC has offices in the UK, U.S. and Singapore. In June 2018 WARC was acquired by Ascential plc, the global specialist information company.

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

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

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    The 26th edition of the Hong Kong Optical Fair opens today, welcoming a record 810 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions to showcase the latest eyewear products and design trends
    Japanese brand Charmant, which is over 60 years old, showcases its patented EX titanium, an extremely flexible material used to make a shape-memory arm
    BLANC & ECLARE, the brand established by Korean superstar Jessica, brings its latest trendy eyewear collection to the fair
    IT Solutions Zone Debuts, Optometric Conference Tomorrow

    HONG KONG, Nov 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA), the 26th edition of the Hong Kong Optical Fair opened today and runs until 9 Nov at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This year's fair welcomes a record 810 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions to showcase the latest design trends and eyewear products, providing a one-stop marketing and sourcing platform for the industry.

    As awareness of eye health grows and optical products are regarded as fashion accessories, there is huge growth potential for the eyewear market, with the industry among the fastest-growing sectors. "As a major production centre and exporter in the global optical industry, Hong Kong has an important position in the global eyewear market. Being a leading industry event in Asia, the Hong Kong Optical Fair is expanding its scale this year, launching the new IT Solutions and Shop Fittings zone to showcase the latest applied technologies and products to help the industry raise production and business efficiency," HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said.

    "To help the local industry enter the international market and capture the enormous opportunities in emerging markets, the HKTDC has organised 78 buying missions from 48 countries and regions, bringing more than 5,400 buyers to the fair," Mr Chau added. Among the major importers, distributors and retailers visiting the fair are eyewear retailer Asteroptica S.R.L. from Argentina, online eyewear retailer NV ACESSORIOS E OCULOS LTDA from Brazil, retailer Glass Story from Korea, optometric centre Oftaconsult S.R.L from Romania, Shanghai Tangchao Glasses Co., Ltd and department store El Corte Ingles (Shanghai) from the Chinese mainland, as well as start-up Stellio Ventures SL from Spain.

    Innovative Technology Products and Solutions

    Debuting at this year's Optical Fair, the IT Solutions and Shop Fittings zone features exhibitors from Argentina, Hong Kong and the United States. Novar Technologies (Booth: 1E-A42), joining the fair for the first time, brings a cutting-edge eye examination apparatus that can effectively increase the accuracy of pupil measurement. Local company 3DNA Eyewear (Booth: 1E-A40) showcases its self-developed interactive eyewear customisation platform that can scan and measure customers' facial features through computer software and then produce customised frames using a 3D printer. Another Hong Kong company, Mastermind Manufacture Limited (Booth: 1E-A32), demonstrates how their shop design and installation solutions can help retailers enhance their brand image and develop effective marketing strategies.

    10 Thematic Zones

    This year's Optical Fair features 10 thematic zones, showcasing a broad spectrum of eyewear products to facilitate precision sourcing. The Brand Name Gallery, one of the highlights of the fair, features more than 225 international renowned brands, including 999.9, Bestwork, bTd, Charmant, CLASSICO, Etnia Barcelona, HACHill, ic! berlin, Lafont, Laura Ashley, Markus-t, MATSUDA, MINIMA, Oh My Glasses TOKYO, STEPPER, Superdry, T HENRI, VIA EYEWEAR, and William Morris Black Label. Several eyewear parades are staged at the fair, where models showcase the latest collections of trendsetting eyewear brands. Highlighted products include:

    - Naturalism.T from Taiwan (Booth: GH-F12) presents their bamboo-made eyewear collection, which won the 2015 Red Dot Design Award. The craftsman stacked bamboo chips ingeniously to make a super-thin and light frame that is only 2.3mm thick with a unique texture.
    - BLANC & ECLARE (Booth: GH-D02), the brand established by Korean superstar Jessica, brings the latest HAVANA collection that accentuates a vintage style with a large round frame.
    - High-end eyewear brand LIE EYEWEAR (Booth: GH-F03), launched by high-profile Korean designer Lie Sang Bong, showcases a pair of classic minimalistic sunglasses made with beta-titanium and featuring gradient lenses.
    - Eyewear brand ITUM (Booth: GH-F41), created by young Hong Kong entrepreneurs, displays the MONO collection of 3D-printed customised nylon eyewear that fits the user's face perfectly, making it much more comfortable to wear. Customers can even change their lenses to match their outfits.
    - Several brands showcase their latest eyewear designs related to popular films, including local brand BIG HORN (Booth: GH-E12), which has launched sunglasses in a visionary crossover with the Justice League. Savile Row (Booth: GH-R07) from the United Kingdom shows its Warwick model, as worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the world-famous Harry Potter films, and Italian brand HEX (Booth: GH-G09) presents its iconic hexagonal glasses inspired by The Fifth Element.

    In response to growth in the contact lenses market, the Contact Lenses & Accessories zone is conveniently located at the Level 2 Mezzanine to meet buyers' sourcing needs. Other thematic zones include Sporting & Professional Eyewear, Kids Eyewear & Reading Glasses, Frames, Lenses & Parts, Eyewear Accessories, Diagnostic Instruments, as well as Optometric Instruments & Machinery. There are also group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, along with the HKOMA and Visionaries of Style pavilions, providing a comprehensive trading platform for the industry.

    Creative Local Design Force

    Capable of capturing the ever-changing market trends, Hong Kong eyewear companies are keen to launch original brand designs to expand into the global market. To support them, the Hong Kong Eyewear Designer Club has set up a display area at the Brand Name Gallery to promote collections from Hong Kong designers, such as BIG HORN, Genic Eyewear and P+US.

    To foster local creativity and innovation, the HKTDC has joined hands with the HKOMA to organise the 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. The theme for this year's competition was "Smart Living". All award-winning and finalist entries are on display at Hall 1D during the fair period to showcase Hong Kong's creative prowess to international buyers. Details of the winning works can be found at: https://bit.ly/2ygSp8o

    International Optometry Experts to Examine Optometrists' Role in Primary Care

    The 16th Hong Kong Optometric Conference will be held tomorrow (8 Nov) with the theme "The Contemporary Role of Optometrists in Primary Care". Optometry experts from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, including Professor Zhuo-Hua Pan from Wayne State University, Professor Robert Hess from McGill University and Professor Benny Zee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will examine some of the biggest optometry issues including gene therapy for vision restoration, treatment of amblyopia in adulthood and artificial intelligence (AI) computing for health-risk prediction. A number of other seminars are organised to discuss various industry issues, including the development of contact lenses in Asia and Euro-American market trends, providing the industry with global market information.

    The Hong Kong Optical Fair runs concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair (8-10 Nov), drawing cross-sector buyers for additional business opportunities.

    Fair Website: http://hkopticalfair.hktdc.com/
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2OrHgGN

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Angel Leong, Tel: +852 2584 4298, Email: angel.lw.leong@hktdc.org Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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

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    The 11th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opens at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow, 8 Nov, and continues through to 10 Nov. Sophia Chong, HKTDC Assistant Executive Director, announces details of the event at a press briefing today
    The Niigata Sake Brewers' Association of Japan will set up a new pavilion at this year's wine fair, featuring sakes from Midorikawa, one of the most famous breweries in Niigata, which is home to 89 sake breweries, making it the Japanese prefecture with the largest number of sake breweries
    France's Syndicat General des Vignerons de la Champagne will feature nine growers from four wine regions. Among them is Champagne Marc Chauvet, which produces fewer than 10,000 bottles a year and will bring its 2012 vintage champagne to the wine fair
    70 Events on Offer; Public Day on Saturday

    HONG KONG, Nov 7, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The 11th Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will open tomorrow (8 Nov) and continue through 10 Nov at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Guest of honour at the opening ceremony will be James Lau, Acting Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

    The 2018 Wine & Spirits Fair will feature fine wine and spirits from 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions. There will be 30 group pavilions representing wine-producing regions, trade organisations and governmental organisations from around the world. This year, pavilions from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sichuan Council, the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, Ningxia's General Office of Administrative Committee of Grape Industry Zong of Helan Mountain's East Foothill Wine Region, the Czech Grape and Wine Producers Association, Gifu Prefecture and the Niigata Sake Brewers' Association from Japan, and Peru will be set up for the first time.

    The fair will also launch the World of Olive Oil at the Vinitaly pavilion to promote various kinds of premium olive oils, with visitors able to enrich their knowledge and sample a selection of the oils. Also new is the Organic Wine and Spirits Corner that will feature a range of organically produced beverages for visitors to try.

    The HKTDC will organise about 70 events during the fair, including tasting sessions showcasing wines from around the world. It will also host numerous industry-exchange events, including the Wine Industry Conference, thematic seminars and master classes.

    Public Day

    On Saturday (10 Nov), the fair's Public Day, the event will open to members of the public aged 18 or above, with tickets available on site at HK$200. From now until 9 Nov, members of the public can purchase Public Day tickets at a special price of HK$99 through Clink Digital Media, Tap & Go wallet, HKTVmall, HOKOBUY, the Octopus App (Octopus card or O! ePay), Price.com, Ticketflap, and Yahoo. Ticket-buyers will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Following a successful debut in 2017, the Asia Wine Academy, jointly organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management, returns this year. On the theme of "Seeking Greatness: Decoding Wine Quality", Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Sarah Heller will share their insights into Italian and French wines. Participants who complete the courses will be awarded a certificate. Members of the public can enrol in the Asia Wine Academy at a special price of HK$880 (original price HK$990) at the fair. Participants will receive a complimentary Wine & Spirits Fair ticket and a Lucaris crystal wine glass (for redemption on 10 Nov only) - a package with a total value of HK$1,300 - on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Wine & Spirits Fair Schedule
    8-10 Nov (Thursday to Saturday)
    Venue: Hall 3C-G, HKCEC
    Opening hours:
    8-9 Nov 10:30am-7:30pm Trade visitors only, aged 18 and above (On-site registration fee: HK$100)
    10 Nov 10:30am-6pm Trade visitors, aged 18 and above (On-site registration fee: HK$100), Public visitors, aged 18 and above (Admission fee: HK$200)

    Fair website: http://www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair/
    Hong Kong Wine Journey: www.hktdc.com/hkwinejourney
    Asia Wine Academy: http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com/dm/2018/asia_wine/index_en.html
    Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition: http://www.hkiwsc.com/
    Product highlights and photo download: Click here https://bit.ly/2hc5qHf
    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2ASfOhZ

    Media Registration: Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification.

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Katherine Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4537, Email: katherine.cm.chan@hktdc.org Iris Chow, Tel: +852 2584 4241, Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org

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

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    CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov 8, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation announces today that Ana G. Rodriguez has been named corporate vice president and chief human resources officer, effective December 3, 2018. Rodriguez replaces Andy Panega, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

    Rodriguez is a talented and proven leader with extensive experience in human resources and corporate law with global companies in healthcare, manufacturing and chemicals. "I am excited to have Ana join our executive team," says Eric R. Schnur, Lubrizol chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Her extensive human resources experience, global business insight and corporate law background make her an outstanding addition to our leadership team. I look forward to working with her to strengthen and grow our company."

    Since 2016, Rodriguez served as chief human resources officer at Sotera Health. Prior to Sotera, she was the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at PolyOne Corporation. Before joining PolyOne, Rodriguez was senior vice president of global human resources at Molex Incorporated. She also worked in the legal departments of Amgen Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Litton Industries. Rodriguez began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach.

    Panega joined Lubrizol in October 2011, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in human resource management. His professional background and experience as a strategic, senior-level human resource leader has been instrumental to Lubrizol in progressing its global human resource function. Schnur states, "I want to thank Andy for his all he has done for Lubrizol over the past seven years. He has made great contributions to our organization's development and has played a critical role in positioning us for future growth and success. It has been a true pleasure working with Andy, and I wish him all the best in his retirement."

    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.

    Media Contact
    Julie Young
    440-347-4432
    Website: www.lubrizol.com

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    LONDON, Nov 8, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - UK adspend rose 6.4% year-on-year to reach GBP 5.6bn in Q2 2018 - the 20th consecutive quarter of market growth. Coupled with an overall adspend rise of 7.2% year-on-year during the first half of 2018, to a total of GBP 11.4bn, this was both the strongest second quarter and first half since 2014.

    This record investment, highlighted in Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data, published today, means full-year outlooks for 2018 and 2019 have been upgraded to +6.3% and +4.9% respectively. This would lead to a projected adspend total of over GBP 23.5bn for 2018.

    Overall market growth is being driven by increased spend on online advertising. Internet advertising - inclusive of online revenues for newsbrands, magazine brands, broadcaster video-on-demand and radio station websites - continues to grow at a rapid rate and consequently full-year projection figures have been upgraded by three and a half points to 13.3% growth this year. This would result in over GBP 13bn being spent on online advertising in the UK this year.

    Data show that mobile accounted for over half of search spend for the first time in the second quarter. Further, display formats are also growing strongly - online video attracted half a billion pounds during the three months to end-June.

    The TV market grew ahead of expectations in the second quarter of 2018, with total spend rising 1.9% to GBP 1.2bn. Spot advertising - 89% of the total - rose for the third consecutive quarter, and the 1.4% growth rate was ahead of forecast.

    The figures come as the UK Government seeks to come to an agreement with EU on Brexit and are based on a positive outcome to negotiations, as is sought by both sides.

    Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James said:

    "It's fantastic to see our world leading advertising sector continuing to flourish. The industry makes a huge contribution to the UK economy, and its international reputation for creative excellence is playing a vital role in helping to bang the drum for Britain abroad."

    Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive at the Advertising Association commented:
    "Spend on advertising is showing real strength and resilience especially at a time of some uncertainty for UK business. We know advertising has a positive effect on the economy, with GBP 1 spent generating GBP 6 for UK GDP, so it is encouraging to see the strongest Q2 and H1 results since 2014.

    "While we welcome these figures, we are also conscious that our upgraded predictions for 2018 and 2019 depend on getting the right deal from Brexit negotiations and clarity on what the future will look like.

    "We must also ensure that the unique features that have made the UK the global hub for our industry, such as access to the best and brightest creative talent from across the world, are prioritised as we leave the EU."

    James McDonald, Data Editor at WARC said:
    "Growth in online advertising spend continues to exceed our expectations, resulting in the fifth upgrade to our forecasts in as many quarters. Barring any major shock to the system, this trend should continue to play out over the years ahead, lifting total market value in tow."

    About WARC

    - Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness

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

    WARC runs two global and two regional case study competitions: WARC Awards, WARC Media Awards, WARC Prize for Asian Strategy and WARC Prize for MENA Strategy.

    WARC publishes three global rankings of advertising excellence: Gunn 100 (creativity), WARC 100 (effectiveness), Gunn Media 100 (media innovation) and publishes leading journals including Admap, Market Leader, the Journal of Advertising Research and the International Journal of the Market Research Society. In addition to its own content, WARC features advertising case studies and best practices from more than 50 respected industry sources, including ARF, Effies, Cannes Lions, ESOMAR and IPA.

    Founded in 1985, WARC has offices in the UK, U.S. and Singapore. In June 2018 WARC was acquired by Ascential plc, the global specialist information company.

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

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

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    (from left: Kazuyuki Katayama, Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai; Wu Qingwen, Deputy Mayor, Suzhou Municipality, SIPAC Secretary General of the Party Committee; Haruo Naito, Eisai Co., Ltd. CEO; Wang Yue, Jiangsu Food and Drug Administration Head of Bureau)
    Strengthens In-House Domestic Production System in China

    TOKYO, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that its Chinese subsidiary, Eisai China Inc. (ECI) has commenced full-scale operation of its new Suzhou plant located within the Suzhou Industrial Park, and an opening ceremony was held accordingly.

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    (from left: Kazuyuki Katayama, Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai; Wu Qingwen, Deputy Mayor, Suzhou Municipality, SIPAC Secretary General of the Party Committee; Haruo Naito, Eisai Co., Ltd. CEO; Wang Yue, Jiangsu Food and Drug Administration Head of Bureau)

    Aiming to further expand its contribution to patients in China, Eisai has been working to establish the new Suzhou plant as the plant with the largest production capacity under the Eisai Group on a new industrial site more than five times larger than the former Suzhou plant (oral solid dose production facility scheduled for closure at the end of November 2018) at approximately 134,000m2 in size to further strengthen the stable supply chain as well as improve production efficiency. The new Suzhou plant's oral solid dose production facility has a production capacity (formulation of approximately 3 billion tablets / packaging for approximately 5 billion tablets per year) which is approximately double that of the former Suzhou plant, and handles the formulation and packaging of oral solid dose products such as Methycobal, Aricept and Pariet for the domestic Chinese market. In addition, ECI established a parenteral facility (production capacity: 60 million bottles per year) in advance in November 2014, where it manufactures the injection formulation of Methycobal.

    Eisai's business operations in China are one of its core businesses which is third-largest in scale after Japan and the United States. With the full-scale commencement of operations at the new Suzhou plant, Eisai seeks to strengthen its in-house domestic production system in China and expand its stable supply chain of high quality pharmaceuticals, contributing to increasing the benefits to patients and their families in China.

    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

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

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    Hybrid power generation system integrating SOFC with MGT, called "MEGAMIE"
    - Name is a combination of "mega" evoking large fuel cells, and the Japanese word "megami" meaning a goddess of the land or beauty, conveying strength, elegance, and warmth.
    - Series name will enhance recognition of the hybrid system combining SOFC and MGT, and strengthen market penetration.

    YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has decided on the series name "MEGAMIE" for its pressurized hybrid power generation system that integrates solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks with micro gas turbines (MGT), developed for the commercial and industrial market. The aim of naming the series is to increase product recognition and strengthen market penetration amid the recent global increase in environmental consciousness.

    The name "MEGAMIE" is a combination of "mega," evoking an image of the high-output fuel cells with stable operating performance, and "megami," a Japanese word meaning a goddess of the land or beauty. The blended term conveys strength, elegance, and warmth. The final "E" represents the three "Es" of Environment (environmental conservation), Energy security (stable supply), and Economy (economic efficiency), thereby expressing the value that MHPS provides to customers, and the role the company plays in society.

    MHPS conducted demonstration tests of 250 kilowatt (KW) class hybrid systems through fiscal 2016 with the support of Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Demonstration equipment was installed at four locations in Japan, and stable system operations were verified. MHPS then developed practical models for commercial and industrial applications, and began marketing the system in the summer of 2017. MHPS received the first order for this system at the beginning of 2018 as a distributed power system for the Marunouchi Building in Tokyo, owned and operated by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Installation work is currently underway, with full-scale operations scheduled to start in February of 2019.
    This hybrid system uses city gas as fuel and generates electricity with both ceramic SOFC stacks that operate at a high temperature of around 900degC, and MGTs. The fuel is not burned, but rather the SOFCs generate electricity from the chemical reaction between oxygen in the air and hydrogen and carbon monoxide extracted from reformed city gas, while the MGTs generate electricity from the post-process. Used in a cogeneration system, the remaining exhaust heat can be recovered as steam or hot water, significantly increasing the combined efficiency. Compared to conventional power generation systems, utilizing this hybrid system reduces CO2 emissions by nearly half, contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society.

    MHPS will utilize the integration of this hybrid system as momentum to advance its proposal-based sales, promote wider adoption of the system, and further enhance overall contribution to developing a highly sustainable, low-carbon society.

    About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

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

    Contact:
    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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    TOKYO, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; TSE:4004) today announced its 3Q 2018 consolidated financial results.

    - 2018 Third Quarter Consolidated Financial Statements and summary
    http://www.sdk.co.jp/assets/files/english/ir/library/fss2018-3q.pdf

    About Showa Denko K.K.

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

     
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    Newly developed structures reduce NOx emissions to below natural gas burner levels, zero CO2 emissions from combustion

    Toyota City, Japan, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has developed the world's first(1) general-purpose hydrogen burner for industrial use in collaboration with Chugai Ro Co., Ltd. The burner will be used from today at the forging line in Toyota's Honsha Plant.

    In conventional hydrogen burners, hydrogen reacts rapidly with oxygen, leading to a high flame temperature and environmentally hazardous NOx emissions. On account of this, the practical use of hydrogen burners has proved challenging. The newly developed burners incorporate two new structures that enable hydrogen to combust more slowly. The new burners also have zero CO2 emissions and greatly reduced NOx emissions(2), resulting in outstanding environmental performance.

    1. Preventing hydrogen and oxygen from mixing completely

    If hydrogen and oxygen are in a fully mixed state when ignited, the mixture burns violently with a high flame temperature. In the newly developed burner, hydrogen and oxygen flow side-by-side and are ignited without being fully mixed, leading to slower combustion and a lower flame temperature.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_ToyotaHydrogenBurner1.jpg

    2. Lowering oxygen concentration inside the furnace

    If the fuel mixture contains a high concentration of oxygen at the time of ignition, combustion is violent with a high flame temperature. To prevent this, small holes are opened in the pipes that supply hydrogen to the burner, enabling small volumes of hydrogen and oxygen to pre-combust. Oxygen concentrations are consequently reduced to an optimal 19-percent level for main combustion, resulting in a lower flame temperature.

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    To achieve the targets set out in its Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge, which forms part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota is implementing innovative technologies and everyday kaizen (continuous improvement) activities. Toyota also aims to use energy in its plants that comes from renewable sources, including hydrogen energy.

    The new technologies announced today will enable 1,000 large-scale natural gas burners to be replaced by hydrogen burners at our plants across Japan. Conventional technology is responsible for significant volumes of CO2 emissions; to realize its Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge, Toyota is planning to install hydrogen burners gradually at its other plants, and other companies in the Toyota Group are also considering installation.

    Going forward, Toyota seeks to realize a hydrogen-powered society and reduce its industrial carbon footprint by promoting industrial hydrogen use and by contributing to increased demand for hydrogen.

    (1) As of November 8, 2018, according to Toyota Motor Corporation
    (2) Lower than natural gas burners of an equivalent scale

    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, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai's subsidiary for gastrointestinal diseases EA Pharma Co., Ltd. announced today that EA Pharma has entered into an industry-academia-government joint research agreement with six related joint research organizations, and that research activities have fully commenced. This joint research project was selected by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) for its Cyclic Innovation for Clinical Empowerment (CiCLE) grant program.(1)

    E6011 is a novel anti-fractalkine antibody originally developed by Eisai's research subsidiary KAN Research Institute Inc. Fractalkine (FKN) is expressed in vascular endothelial cells in inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis. FKN induces inflammatory reaction by binding to the immune cells expressing FKN receptors (CX3CR1). E6011 is a biopharmaceutical (antibody preparation) with the novel action mechanism of anti-inflammation by suppressing migration and invasion of CX3CR1 expressing immune cells.

    EA Pharma represents the above initiative to "develop biologics and new markers originated in Japan for Crohn's disease by industry-academia collaboration," selected by AMED for CiCLE. In this project, EA Pharma conducts the clinical development of E6011, and the organizations under the joint research agreement (Keio University School of Medicine; Tokyo Medical and Dental University; Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital; Nagoya City University; Kagoshima University and KAN Research Institute, Inc.) conduct the development of new biomarkers.
    In addition to the above project, EA Pharma has also participated in the industry- academia-government joint project for commercialization of "acute liver failure treatment by the recombinant human hepatocyte growth factor," which was selected by AMED for Adaptable and Seamless Technology transfer Program through target driven R&D (AMED - A-STEP), as well as another project for "development of self- expanding biodegradable stents for the small intestine available for endoscopic stenting for treatment of benign disease-induced ileus," which was selected by AMED for its Development of Medical Devices through Collaboration between Medicine and Industry program. Further, the joint research project of EA Pharma and the University
    of Tsukuba for "treating inflammatory bowel disease using small molecules and biomarkers" has been adopted by the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Newly extended Technology transfer Program (NexTEP).

    EA Pharma and Eisai strive to increase treatment benefits for patients with Crohn's disease and their families through quicker development of E6011 via industry- academia-government collaboration, taking the advantage of adoption for CiCLE.

    About CiCLE

    AMED's CiCLE is a grant program to promote the establishment of infrastructure (including human resources) to respond to medical needs and the creation of an environment for open innovation and venture development based on industry- academia-government collaboration.

    About E6011

    E6011 is the world's first humanized anti-fractalkine monoclonal antibody developed by Eisai's research subsidiary KAN Research Institute, Inc. E6011 is an antibody pharmaceutical with a novel action mechanism inhibiting cell invasion by neutralizing activity of fractalkine (FKN), unlike existing cytokine treatments. FKN is a chemokine that has dual functions of cell migration regulation and cell adhesion. The FKN receptor (CX3CR1) is mostly expressed in macrophages and killer lymphocytes selectively and plays a key role in efficient collection of the cells to the inflamed site. It has been suggested that the FKN/CX3CR1 system relates to various chronic inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, central nervous system disease, arteriosclerosis, dermatosis and others. For E6011, phase II clinical trials in patients with Crohn's disease, primary biliary cholangitis or rheumatoid arthritis are being conducted. EA Pharma has been conducting the clinical development of E6011 for patients with Crohn's disease or primary biliary cholangitis since April 2016.

    About Crohn's disease

    Crohn's disease (CD) is an inflammatory disease characterized by ulcers and/or inflammatory lesions in the small and/or large intestines. The cause is unknown. Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare designated CD as an intractable disease. The number of patients with CD has been increasing in recent years. As of 2016, 42,789 patients were registered in Japan(2). The prevalence is higher in the US and Europe than in Japan: the number of patients is estimated to be about 27 per 100,000 people in Japan, and approximately 200 per 100,000 in the US3. CD is more common in men than women, with the male-female ratio of the patients being 2:1. CD is most commonly seen in adolescents with a peak in their late 10s to early 20s. CD complicates stricture, ileus, abscess (abscess formation in the infected site) and so on. Anal fistula (Pores are formed in the intestinal tract, which allows abnormal communication between the intestinal tracts or the perianal skin) is a characteristic symptom. Surgical procedures are used when nutrition therapy and chemotherapy are insufficient. In CD, active/remission stages repeat over a long period of time. Even though once the disease enters into a remission stage, long-term treatment is needed for prevention of flares/relapses (Inflammation occurs in the intestinal tract again) and recurrence (Inflammation occurs in a new site in the intestinal tract).

    About EA Pharma Co., Ltd.

    EA Pharma Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. for gastrointestinal disease area, was established in April 2016 by integration of the gastrointestinal business unit with more than 60 years' history of the Eisai Group and the gastrointestinal business unit of the Ajinomoto Group having amino acid as its business core. EA Pharma is a gastrointestinal specialty pharma with a full value chain covering R&D, logistics and sales & marketing.

    For more information on EA Pharma Co., Ltd., please see http://www.eapharma.co.jp/en/

    (1) AMED's CiCLE selection related website: https://www.amed.go.jp/koubo/07/saitaku_00013.html
    (2) Japan Intractable Disease Information Center Number of Recipient Certificates Issued for Specific Disease Treatment: http://www.nanbyou.or.jp/entry/5354
    (3) Japan Intractable Disease Information Center Crohn's disease (Designated intractable disease 96): http://www.nanbyou.or.jp/entry/81

    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:
    EA Pharma Co., Ltd. Corporate Planning Dept. TEL: +81(0)3-6280-9802 Eisai Co., Ltd. PR Department TEL: +81(0)3-3817-5120

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    HONG KONG, Nov 8, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Mason Group Holdings Limited ("Mason Group" or the "Group", stock code: 273.HK) is pleased to announce that the Group's private bank Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein ("RPL") has won the title of the Best Private Bank in Liechtenstein at the Global Private Banking Awards 2018 (the "Awards"), which is a significant recognition of RPL's wealth planning business.

    Jointly organized by financial publications Professional Wealth Management and The Banker under the Financial Times, the Awards were selected by a panel of 15 independent, industry-respected judges, and are one of the most prestigious private banking accolades in the world. Previously, only the family office of the Liechtenstein Princely Family had earned the title. With its outstanding performance, RPL has made a groundbreaking triumph with its first-time win this year.

    Mr. KO Po Ming, Executive Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mason Group, said, "We are truly privileged to receive this esteemed honor, and are grateful to the organizers and judges for acknowledging the RPL team. RPL was established in the rich banking tradition of Liechtenstein and embedded in the country's heritage of stable development, with a focus on expanding its private banking and wealth management business. It has been maintaining an industry-leading core-capital ratio of over 30%, considerably exceeding the Basel III standard. The accolade is a much-appreciated recognition of RPL's expertise in personalized private banking services, outstanding financial stability, and constant pursuit of excellence, burnishing the RPL brand as it makes its mark on the global financial stage."

    Mr. CHANG Tat Joel, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mason Group, added, "The eminent award comes on the heels of Mason Group's acquisition of RPL. Through Mason Group's transnational financial platform, RPL broadens its capabilities by offering Asian financial products to European clients and providing exemplary European private banking services to high net worth clients in the Asia Pacific region, assuming a key role in connecting Europe and Asia. We will enhance and harness the synergies between Mason Group and RPL's financial platform to further strengthen the Group's financial platform, by offering global wealth management and complete wealth planning services."

    Founded in 1998, RPL has for years been committed to providing comprehensive wealth management services, including asset protection and monitoring, asset management, inheritance and succession planning, and portfolio analysis. The addition of RPL to the Mason financial platform has significantly enhanced the worldwide distribution capabilities of Mason Group, extending the Group's reach geographically to better serve customers in both Asia and Europe.

    About Mason Group Holdings Limited
    Mason Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 273.HK) is a health and wealth solutions service conglomerate. It principally provides comprehensive financial services in Hong Kong, including financial brokerage services, leveraged and acquisition financing, asset and wealth management services and mortgages business. In addition, the Group provides innovative health solutions through its healthcare business, mother-infant-child business, and dairy products manufacturing business. Leveraging its "Health + Wealth" strategy, the healthcare business provides steady capital and a client based resource that can support the rapid development of the Group's financial services business. For more information, please visit: http://www.masonhk.com

    For media enquiries:
    Cornerstones Communications
    Harriet Lau / Kylie Yeung / Ivan Kau
    Tel: +852 2903 9290 / 2903 9293 / 2903 9285
    Email: mason@cornerstonescom.com

    Mason Group Holdings Limited
    Marco Liu / Rachel Wong
    Tel: +852 2218 2978 / 2218 2876
    Email: marcoliu@masonhk.com / rachelwong@masonhk.com



     
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    Officiating at the opening ceremony of the 11th Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), are (front row, from L): Aleksandra Pivec, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia; James Lau, Acting Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); and Margaret Fong, Executive Director of the HKTDC
    Gathering 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, the 11th edition of the fair showcases an extraordinary variety of wines and spirits from around the world
    Shaoxing Wine Town from the Chinese mainland (booth: 3G-D18, 20) promotes its yellow wine, Gui Hua wine, peach wine and plum wine as well as snacks made from yellow wine
    World of Olive Oil Debuts, Wine Tasting Events on Public Day

    HONG KONG, Nov 8, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The 11th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opened today and will continue through 10 Nov (Saturday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair welcomed James Lau, Acting Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony held this morning.

    HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong introduced the fair's highlights at the opening ceremony. "Gathering 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, the 11th edition of the fair showcases an extraordinary variety of wines and spirits from around the world. We are particularly pleased to welcome new exhibitors and pavilions from New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland," Ms Fong said.

    Group pavilions joining the fair for the first time include the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sichuan Council, the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, Ningxia's General Office of Administrative Committee of Grape Industry Zong of Helan Mountain's East Foothill Wine Region, the Czech Grape and Wine Producer Association, Gifu Prefecture and the Niigata Sake Brewers' Association from Japan, and Peru.

    Following the HKSAR Government's decision to eliminate all duty-related customs and administrative controls on wine in 2008, wine imports have seen a seven-fold leap - from HK$1.6 billion in 2007 to HK$12 billion in 2017. During this period, Hong Kong developed rapidly as a wine trading and distribution centre, serving as a gateway for wines entering the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong has many advantages as a wine trading hub, with wine-related businesses - including auctions, retailing, warehousing, catering and logistics - developing alongside wine trading and distribution. Since 2009, Hong Kong has become one of the world's largest wine auction centres, with sales topping US$98 million in 2017.

    World of Olive Oil & Organic Wine and Spirits Corner Make Fair Debut

    This year's fair sees the launch of the World of Olive Oil at the Vinitaly Pavilion to promote various kinds of premium olive oils, where visitors can enrich their knowledge and sample a selection of olive oils. The Organic Wine and Spirits Corner features a range of organically produced beverages for visitors to try.

    Global exhibitors are showcasing an array of wines and exhibits at the fair. Some of the highlights include:

    - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley from the famous United States winery Castello di Amorosa, which resembles a medieval castle. The wine was awarded 93 points by renowned wine critic James Suckling;

    - Junmai Daiginjo "ZENITH Dewasansan" from the TATENOKAWA brewery in Japan's Yamagata Prefecture, which is the world's first and only brewery to accomplish a rice polishing ratio of 1%, demonstrating its excellence in sake-brewing procedures. Only 150 bottles of this sake have been produced;

    - Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Clos Du Val, the oldest winery in Napa Valley, which changed the world's view on California's Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 "Judgment of Paris" wine tasting;

    - Gustav Dill Vodka, made using aroma distillation at a 160-year-old distillery in Finland. It was awarded the International Wine and Spirits Competition Trophy for the best vodka and tonic as well as IWSC Gold in 2017;

    - Wheat Blanc from Sweden - an organic beer that uses champagne yeast during the brewing process to give a fruity tone and a unique taste.

    The fair also features Liquor & Beverage Products, Whisky and Spirits and Beer zones, together with zones that promote the industry's all-round development, including Wine Education, Wine Investment, and Wine Accessories, Equipment and Services, at which Tmall, the well-known Chinese mainland online shopping platform, joins the fair for the first time. Food-pairing products are showcased at the Friends of Wine zone.

    Asia Wine Academy Returns

    Following a successful debut in 2017, the Asia Wine Academy, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management, returns this year. On the theme of "Seeking Greatness: Decoding Wine Quality", Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Sarah Heller will share their insights on Italian and French wines, exploring how wine style, region and production method will affect wine quality and assessment methods. Participants who complete the courses will be awarded a certificate. Public visitors can also enrol in the Asia Wine Academy at a special price of HK$880 (original price: HK$990) at the fairground. The price includes a complimentary Wine & Spirits Fair admission ticket (valid for 10 Nov) and a Lucaris crystal wine glass (to be redeemed on 10 Nov only) on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last. The package has a total value of HK$1,300.

    The Wine Industry Conference was held today under the theme "Driving Growth: The Flourishing Asia Wine Market". The 10th Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition Award Ceremony will be held during this evening's cocktail reception. The Gala Wine Dinner, with the theme "Forest of Delights", follows the cocktail reception. Guests will enjoy a menu crafted by Amerigo Tito Sesti, Head Chef at J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, a one-Michelin-star French restaurant in Bangkok, paired with fine wines sponsored by the fair's exhibitors. Seminars held tomorrow will discuss hot industry issues including "Go beyond 42 Customs Districts: Leap on the Wine Express to the Mainland Market" and "Think Like an Insider: Secrets of Wine Sourcing".

    Public Day: Wine Tasting Experience

    The last day of the Wine & Spirits Fair (10 Nov) will be open to members of the public aged 18 and above. Regular tickets will be priced at HK$200* and each ticketholder will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Events on Public Day include "Discovery of Key French Wine Regions", featuring Master of Wine Debra Meiburg; "An Introduction to Key Sake Styles", where visitors will learn more about sakes; "West-meeting-East: Comparing Wine & Sake"; and whisky-tasting seminars featuring popular whisky brands such as "Highland Park Presents: 'The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul'". The fairground also features a wine-pairing station hosted by the International Culinary Institute to help the public learn more about enjoying wine with different delicacies.

    This year, the HKTDC is once again organising the Hong Kong Wine Journey citywide promotion, putting together around 90 wine-related activities in November. In addition to enjoying free corkage at selected restaurants, the public can take part in a series of wine tastings, themed tours and wine-pairing events, among others, to enjoy an amazing fine wine experience. For details, please refer to the Hong Kong Wine Journey map or the event website.

    * Ticket Details
    Public Day tickets are available at the fairground at HK$200. From now until 9 Nov, members of the public can purchase Public Day tickets at a special price of HK$99 through Clink Digital Media, Tap & Go wallet, HKTVmall, HOKOBUY, the Octopus App (Octopus card or O! ePay), Price.com, Ticketflap, and Yahoo. Participants will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Fair website: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair/
    Hong Kong Wine Journey: www.hktdc.com/hkwinejourney
    Asia Wine Academy: http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com/dm/2018/asia_wine/index_en.html
    Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition: http://www.hkiwsc.com/
    Product highlights and photo download: Click here https://bit.ly/2PKLaPL
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2AShjwu

    Media Registration: Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification.

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Katherine Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4537, Email: katherine.cm.chan@hktdc.org Iris Chow, Tel: +852 2584 4241, Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org

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    - Industry-leading plant in Maubeuge to become the small van center of excellence for the Alliance with allocation of next-generation Renault Kangoo and New Nissan NV250
    - Renault Sandouville Plant to produce a new Mitsubishi Motors van based on Renault Trafic platform
    - New investment in manufacturing in France to expand production capacities for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, emphasizing the importance of France to the Alliance

    TOKYO, Nov 8, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced new van production for manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France. Maubeuge serves as Renault's small van center of excellence and Sandouville is the production center for the Renault Trafic van.

    By the end of the strategic plan, Alliance 2022, the Alliance aims to double annual synergies to EUR10 billion. To help achieve this target, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms and common production facilities.

    In the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, Alliance Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn announced these new investments in France. They toured the plant and met with employees and also visited the plant's advanced training center.

    "Groupe Renault's global van expertise is driving synergies across the Alliance to benefit all our customers. The Maubeuge and Sandouville plants provided the most attractive solution thanks to their competitiveness and ability to leverage Alliance common platforms. This year, Groupe Renault has announced a total investment in France of EUR1.4 billion to support two pillars of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles," said Carlos Ghosn.

    The Maubeuge plant, which ranks among the most efficient plants in France, will serve as the manufacturing hub for the next-generation Renault Kangoo family, which includes electric versions. Groupe Renault is investing EUR450 million for Kangoo production over five years. In 2019, 200 workers will be hired in order to support the van expansion.

    The Nissan NV250, a new small van based on the current Renault Kangoo platform, also will be produced at Maubeuge, beginning in mid-2019.

    Furthermore, as stated in their recent joint press conference in Paris, the Alliance and Daimler are reaffirming their partnership. Renault currently produces the Mercedes Citan van at the Maubeuge plant.

    Mitsubishi Motors also will benefit from Renault's van expertise, with the announcement that it will source a vehicle on the same platform as the Renault Trafic, built in Renault's Sandouville plant, for markets in Australia and New Zealand.

    About Renault Maubeuge Plant

    The Maubeuge plant has been a driving force in France's automotive manufacturing for almost 50 years and currently employs more than 2,200 workers. With expertise in small light commercial vehicles and electric vehicles, it currently serves as the production source for Renault Kangoo, Kangoo ZE, and Mercedes Citan. Over 60% of the production is exported to 33 countries. The plant is Renault's most efficient site in France and serves as a benchmark in modernization through the Industrial 4.0 initiative. In 2017, more than 130,000 Kangoo vehicles were sold throughout the world, with Kangoo ZE leading electric van sales in Europe. Our workforce in Maubeuge spent over 27,000 hours in training in 2017, approximately 20 hours per employee. Maubeuge has developed a strong apprenticeship program in conjunction with local schools focused on integrating youth into the workforce.

    About Renault Sandouville Plant

    The Renault Sandouville plant, a key industrial player in Seine-Maritime (France), employs nearly 2,000 workers. The site is dedicated to the production of the Renault Trafic light commercial vehicle and similar versions for Fiat and Nissan. 70% of the Sandouville plant's production is destined for export. In 2017, more than 104,000 Trafic vehicles were sold worldwide.

    About the Alliance

    Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world's largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners sold more than 10.6 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2017. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany's Daimler and China's Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge technologies. Deeply rooted in Mitsubishi Motors' DNA, our brand strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this mindset, Mitsubishi Motors introduced its new brand strategy in 2017, expressed in its "Drive your Ambition" tagline - a combination of personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant dialogue between the brand and its customers. Today Mitsubishi Motors is committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies, attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.

    Contact:
    Mitsubishi Motors Public Relations Department http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com +81-3-6852-4275

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    - First presentation of LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination data in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic melanoma and metastatic urothelial carcinoma from Study 111/KEYNOTE-146

    - New data support ongoing broad clinical program for LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination across multiple tumor types

    TOKYO, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced results from presentations of new data and analyses of LENVIMA (lenvatinib), an orally available kinase inhibitor discovered by Eisai, in combination with Merck's & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A.'s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) in three different tumor types - metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (Abstract #11147), metastatic melanoma (Abstract #11187) and metastatic urothelial carcinoma (Abstract #11201).
    These data from the Study 111/KEYNOTE-146 Phase 1b/2 trial will be presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) in Washington, D.C. from November 9-11. In the interim analyses of the studies across three tumor types, the LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination demonstrated encouraging anti-tumor activity and was generally well tolerated. These data support further evaluation of the combination. LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA are not approved for use in combination in any cancer types today.

    "We are increasingly confident that these interim analyses of new clinical trial data on the combination of LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA in non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma and urothelial cancer continue to verify the potential of this combination," said Dr. Takashi Owa, Vice President and Chief Medicine Creation Officer, Oncology Business Group at Eisai. "Through our collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A., we are doing our utmost to be able to provide this combination to patients in need of new treatment options as soon as possible."
    "These early promising data being presented support the clinical strategy behind our study of KEYTRUDA in combination with LENVIMA across a range of different cancers," said Dr. Jonathan Cheng, Vice President, Oncology Clinical Research, Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. Research Laboratories. "We look forward to continuing our broad clinical research effort in collaboration with Eisai to evaluate these two therapies in combination, with the goal of improving treatment outcomes for people living with cancer."

    Trial Design and New Data for Study 111/KEYNOTE-146

    Study 111/KEYNOTE-146 is a multi-center, open-label, single-arm, Phase 1b/2 basket trial (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02501096) evaluating the combination of LENVIMA (20 mg/day) with KEYTRUDA (200 mg intravenously every three weeks) in patients with selected solid tumors (metastatic endometrial cancer, metastatic head and neck cancer, metastatic melanoma, metastatic NSCLC, metastatic renal cell carcinoma and metastatic urothelial carcinoma).

    Patients were not preselected based on PD-L1 tumor expression status. The primary endpoint of the Phase 1b study was to determine the maximum tolerated dose of in combination. The primary endpoint of the Phase 2 portion is investigator-assessed objective response rate (ORR) at week 24 based on immune-related RECIST (irRECIST). The secondary efficacy endpoints included ORR, progression-free survival (PFS) and duration of response (DOR) for patients with complete or partial responses. Data from Study 111/KEYNOTE-146 are being presented at SITC's 33rd Annual Meeting from the metastatic NSCLC, metastatic melanoma and metastatic urothelial carcinoma cohorts.

    Phase 1b/2 trial of lenvatinib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with NSCLC (Abstract #11147/Poster #P392)

    As of data cutoff on March 1, 2018, 21 patients with metastatic NSCLC who either had no prior therapy or had received up to two prior lines of therapy were enrolled in this Phase 2 cohort. The primary endpoint of ORR at week 24 per irRECIST was 33.3% (95% CI: 14.6-57.0). For secondary endpoints, median PFS per irRECIST was 5.9 months (95% CI: 2.3-13.8), and the PFS rate at 12 months per irRECIST was 29.0% (95% CI: 10.2-51.0). Median DOR was 10.9 months (95% CI: 2.4-not estimable). Grade 3 treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) occurred in 10 patients (48%), and Grade 4 TRAEs occurred in one patient (5%). The most common TRAEs (any grade) >/=30% were decreased appetite (67%), fatigue (62%), hypothyroidism (43%), diarrhea (43%), proteinuria (43%), arthralgia (33%) and hypertension (33%). There was one treatment- related death. The combination of LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA was generally well tolerated and demonstrated promising clinical activity regardless of PD-L1 status, supporting further evaluation of the combination in patients with metastatic NSCLC.

    Phase 1b/2 trial of lenvatinib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced melanoma (Abstract #11187/Poster #P391)

    As of March 1, 2018, 21 patients with metastatic melanoma who either had no prior therapy or had received up to two prior lines of therapy were enrolled in this cohort. The primary endpoint of ORR at week 24 per irRECIST was 47.6% (95% CI: 25.7-70.2). For secondary endpoints, median PFS was 5.5 months (95% CI: 2.6-15.8), and the PFS rate at 12 months was 34.7% (95% CI: 14.5-56.0). In addition, median DOR was 12.5 months (95% CI: 2.7-not estimable). All patients experienced at least one TRAE. Grade 3 or 4 TRAEs occurred in 14 patients (67%). The most common TRAEs (any grade) >/=30% were fatigue (52%), decreased appetite (48%), diarrhea (48%), hypertension (48%), dysphonia (43%), nausea (43%), arthralgia (33%) and proteinuria (33%). There were no treatment-related deaths. The LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination regimen was generally well tolerated and demonstrated encouraging clinical activity. These data support further evaluation of this regimen in patients with metastatic melanoma.

    Phase 1b/2 trial of lenvatinib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with urothelial cancer (Abstract #11201/Poster #P393)

    As of March 1, 2018, 20 patients with metastatic urothelial cancer who either had no prior therapy or had received up to two prior lines of therapy were enrolled in this cohort. The primary endpoint of ORR at week 24 per irRECIST was 25% (95% CI: 9-49). For secondary endpoints, median PFS was 5.4 months (95% CI: 1.3-not estimable). Eighteen patients (90%) experienced TRAEs. Grade 3 or 4 TRAEs occurred in 10 patients (50%). The most common TRAEs (any grade) >/=30% were proteinuria (45%), diarrhea (40%), hypertension (35%), fatigue (30%) and hypothyroidism (30%). There was one treatment-related death. The LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination demonstrated encouraging anti-tumor activity, regardless of PD-L1 tumor expression status, and was generally well tolerated. These data support further evaluation of the combination in metastatic urothelial cancer.

    About LENVIMA (lenvatinib mesylate)

    Discovered and developed in house by Eisai, LENVIMA is an orally administered kinase inhibitor with a novel binding mode that selectively inhibits the multi activities of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2 and VEGFR3) and fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptors (FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3 and FGFR4) in addition to other pathway-related RTKs (including the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor PDGFRalpha; KIT; and RET) involved in tumor angiogenesis, tumor progression and modification of tumor immunity.
    Currently, Eisai has obtained approval for LENVIMA as a treatment for refractory thyroid cancer in over 50 countries, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and Asia. Additionally, Eisai has obtained approval for the agent in combination with everolimus as a second-line treatment for renal cell carcinoma in over 45 countries, including the United States and in Europe. In Europe, the agent was launched under the brand name Kisplyx for renal cell carcinoma.
    In addition, LENVIMA has been approved as a treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma in Japan, the United States, Europe, China and other countries. Furthermore, Eisai has submitted applications for an indication covering hepatocellular carcinoma in Taiwan (December 2017) as well as in other countries.

    About KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab)

    KEYTRUDA is an anti-PD-1 therapy that works by increasing the ability of the body's immune system to help detect and fight tumor cells. KEYTRUDA is a humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks the interaction between PD-1 and its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, thereby activating T lymphocytes which may affect both tumor cells and healthy cells.

    About the Eisai and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. Strategic Collaboration

    In March 2018, Eisai and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through an affiliate, entered into a strategic collaboration for the worldwide co-development and co-commercialization of LENVIMA. Under the agreement, the companies will jointly develop and commercialize LENVIMA, both as monotherapy and in combination with Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A.'s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA. In addition to ongoing clinical studies of the combination, the companies will jointly initiate new clinical studies evaluating the LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination to support 11 potential indications in six types of cancer (bladder cancer, endometrial cancer, head and neck cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer), as well as a basket trial targeting six additional cancer types. The LENVIMA and KEYTRUDA combination is not approved in any cancer types today.

    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.

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    HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new Mazda3 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 30 through December 9.(1)

    The all-new Mazda3 adopts a more mature interpretation of Kodo design that embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Meanwhile, fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level. Next-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture enables people to make the most of their natural sense of balance and the latest Skyactiv engines offer responsive control of vehicle speed in any driving situation.

    The arrival of all-new Mazda3 marks the beginning of a whole new generation of Mazda cars that will deliver new dimensions of driving pleasure to customers around the world.

    Vehicles scheduled for sale: All-New Mazda3 (World premiere)
    Vehicles on sale: Mazda6, Mazda CX-9, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5 RF

    (1) Press days are November 28-29.

    About Mazda

    Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE: 7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com

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    Corporate Communications Division Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan +81-3-3508-5056 [Tokyo] +81-82-282-5253 [Hiroshima] mailto: media@mazda.co.jp

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    Coc San Hydropower Plant (Source: InfraCo Asia)
    Company's first hydropower project outside of Japan

    TOKYO, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) announced today that it has acquired 36.38% of the shares in Viet Hydro Pte. Ltd. (Viet Hydro), the majority shareholder of Lao Cai Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company (Lao Cai Renewable Energy), from InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd. (InfraCo Asia), a company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), for the purpose of participating in the Coc San Hydropower Plant (total output: 29,700 kilowatts) in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam.

    In the face of intensifying conditions within Japan's electricity industry, TEPCO has been working to turn renewable energy into one of its primary energy sources to increase the company's corporate value. As part of this strategy, TEPCO is newly pursuing the development of hydropower overseas and offshore wind power both in Japan and overseas. The company aims eventually to develop a total capacity of two to three million kilowatts of hydropower.

    Coc San Hydropower Plant has been operating stably since launching commercial operations in April 2016, supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement with Northern Power Corporation, a power distributing subsidiary of Vietnam Electricity. Going forward, TEPCO expects to leverage its knowhow and experience from Japan to strengthen Coc San's profitability through increased efficiency.

    InfraCo Asia CEO, Allard Nooy, said, "As a respected international organization looking to grow its footprint in the renewable energy space, TEPCO is well-suited to build and expand upon InfraCo Asia's role in the Coc San project. InfraCo Asia invested in the project early on with the aims of creating strong development impact and serving as a catalyst for private sector investment, for both the Coc San project and Vietnam's renewable energy sector. TEPCO's acquisition of a stake in InfraCo Asia provides strong validation for the promise of clean, renewable power in Vietnam, and serves as a benchmark for other private sector players who are considering investing in the country. We would like to thank the TEPCO team for their efforts, and we look forward to more fruitful collaborations in the future."

    TEPCO Representative Executive Vice President, Seiichi Fubasami, said, "It is a great pleasure for TEPCO to have been able to work with InfraCo Asia in the Coc San project, which is TEPCO's first investment initiative in a hydropower project overseas. We hope to contribute to Coc San Hydropower Plant's stable, long-term operation in cooperation with our investment partners and Coc San's local community, based on our many years of accumulated experience in hydropower business in Japan. We also look forward to furthering our relationship with InfraCo Asia for future collaboration in both South and Southeast Asia."

    TEPCO will continue exploring opportunities to participate in other hydropower projects, mainly in Southeast Asia, and develop its overseas business by partnering with companies in Japan and overseas.

    Attachment: Overview of Coc San Hydropower Plant, Vietnam
    http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/overview.pdf

    About TEPCO

    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) is Japan's largest power company group, holding three independent business entities: TEPCO Fuel & Power, Inc., TEPCO Power Grid, Inc., and TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc. As a group, it generates, distributes, and sells electricity and other types of energy principally to the Kanto metropolitan area, which includes Japan's two most populous cities, Tokyo and Yokohama. Its 42,060 employees are committed to providing safe, reliable power as well as fulfilling its responsibilities to the communities of Fukushima. (As of April 1, 2017)
    - TEPCO Website: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html
    - TEPCO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTEPCOen
    - TEPCO Twitter page: https://twitter.com/TEPCO_English

    About InfraCo Asia

    InfraCo Asia Development Pte Ltd (InfraCo Asia) is a commercially managed infrastructure development and investment company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

    Headquartered in Singapore, it stimulates greater private sector investment in infrastructure in South and South East Asia. InfraCo Asia funds high-risk infrastructure development activities by taking an equity stake with a focus on socially responsible and commercially viable infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, social development and poverty reduction. At the appropriate time, either as close as possible to financial close and/or commercial operation, InfraCo Asia aims to (partially or fully, as appropriate) exit each project. It does this through the sale of its stake to the private sector in order to catalyse private sector investment and participation into the projects and countries it is engaged with.

    InfraCo Asia is currently funded by three members of PIDG - the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Department for International Development (UKAid).

    The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) encourages and mobilises private investment in infrastructure in the frontier markets of sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-east Asia, to help promote economic development and combat poverty. Since 2002, PIDG has supported 170 infrastructure projects to financial close, of which 95 are fully operational. PIDG is a multilateral organisation, funded by seven countries (UK, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany) and the World Bank Group. For more information, please visit www.infracoasia.com and www.pidg.org.

    InfraCo Asia Press Release: http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/InfraCo.pdf

    Media Inquiries:
    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
    Corporate Communications, Global Communication Group
    +81-3-6373-1111

     
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    BANGKOK, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation(MMC) today announces the world premiere of the new TRITON/L200 1-ton pickup truck in Bangkok, and is to start sales in Thailand on November 17.

    The New TRITON/L200 is the latest version of a model which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and is produced at the Laem Chabang Plant operated by Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (MMTh), MMC's producer and distributor in Thailand.

    The vehicle is a global strategic model which, following its Thai launch, will be launched in the in other ASEAN markets as well as Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Eventually it will be sold in some 150 countries around the globe.

    On the occasion of the world premiere, Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko stated: "The New TRITON/L200 is one of our most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company's sustainable growth.. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series.

    "I am fully confident the New TRITON/L200 will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world."

    Overview

    The New TRITON/L200 has been developed to embody the Engineered Beyond Tough keyphrase which underlined its creation. Elements making it significantly more competitive include: more powerful styling that incorporates the latest iteration of the Dynamic Shield front design concept; an enhanced 4WD system that delivers improved off-road performance, and the latest in active safety and driver assistance systems. Overall, the new model features significant refinements to the durability and reliability required by the commercial user and to the comfort and ride sought by the private user.

    1. Powerful "Engineered Beyond Tough" Design

    The New TRITON/L200 a revitalized design under the concept "Rock Solid" that embodies, both inside and out, the full essence of its "Engineered Beyond Tough" development keyphrase - a toughness fully underpinned by engineering prowess and knowhow.

    Front View

    The front face incorporates the new-generation "Dynamic Shield" front design concept. The high engine hood line and beefier-looking lamps located higher up give the new model a more powerful and imposing front face.

    Side & Rear View

    Newly sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents embody the strength of a Mitsubishi Motors' truck and add modernity. The lighting and bumper parts become part of the tough design, framing the front and rear designs and adding visual width.

    Interior

    The restyled inside of the Triton expresses modern a modern and robust feeling with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.

    2. 4WD System Gives Enhanced All-terrain Performance

    New TRITON/L200 4WD models are fitted with either Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. With the addition of new drive modes, both 4WD systems deliver improved off-road performance.

    New Off-road Mode

    Both Super-Select and Easy-Select 4WD systems use a new Off-road Mode which has GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND and ROCK (in 4LLc only) settings. When engaged, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and thereby maximize all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance in mud or snow.

    Hill Descent Control

    Vehicle speed is electronically controlled to allow the driver to negotiate steep or slippery descents more safely and with more assurance.

    3. Active Safety / Driver Assistance Systems

    New TRITON/L200 retains the current model's high-durability, high-reliability ladder-type frame and high impact-safety cabin structure while featuring class-leading advanced active safety and driver assistance systems.

    Systems providing all-direction safety and reassurance are:

    - Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead;
    - Blind Spot Warning (BSW with LCA), which helps avoid sideswiping another vehicle when changing lanes by detecting vehicles behind or at the rear quarter and alerting the driver with an audible alert and flashing light in their door mirror;
    - Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which, in the same way, helps avoid collisions when reversing;
    - Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which reduces accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in car parks and other confined spaces.

    Providing convenient driver assistance are the Multi Around Monitor, which generates a bird's eye view image of the area around the vehicle, and Parking Sensors.

    4. Pickup Truck Performance & Functionality

    The New TRITON/L200 features many detail improvements, directed by the Engineered Beyond Tough development keyphrase, to the durability and reliability sought in commercial use and to the comfort and ride sought in private use.

    Braking performance and feel are improved with the use of larger front discs and caliper pistons;
    Ride is improved with the use of larger rear dampers which contain more damping oil;
    Changing to a 6-speed A/T from the current 5-speed A/T to allow smoother, more powerful acceleration and improved refinement.

    Roll-out Plans

    Following its start of sales in Thailand on November 17th, the New TRITON/L200 is scheduled to be rolled out sequentially in the company's markets in ASEAN, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America, eventually going on sale in some 150 countries around the globe.

    MMC plans to sell some 180,000 units of the new and current models this fiscal year. TRITON/L200 is a core global strategic model and is MMC's second biggest seller, following Mid-size SUV Outlander in the MMC lineup last fiscal year.

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge technologies. Deeply rooted in Mitsubishi Motors' DNA, our brand strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this mindset, Mitsubishi Motors introduced its new brand strategy in 2017, expressed in its "Drive your Ambition" tagline - a combination of personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant dialogue between the brand and its customers. Today Mitsubishi Motors is committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies, attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.

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    TOKYO, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK; TSE:4004) has completed expansion of the capacity to produce nanoparticle titanium oxide, which has been sold under the trade name of Super-Titania(TM), at its wholly owned subsidiary Showa Denko Ceramics Co., Ltd. headquartered in Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture. Super-Titania is used in the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs).

    Among varieties of capacitors, MLCCs are installed especially in many information devices including smartphones and feature-phones which require downsizing and weight saving, and in digital home appliances including flat-screen TVs. The market for MLCCs has been growing 10% a year, and facilities of MLCC manufacturers have been operating at full capacity due to the increase in demand for these electronic devices.

    This time, at the Toyama Plant of Showa Denko Ceramics, SDK added one production line to produce Super-Titania to be used in the production of MLCCs, aiming to respond to the growing demand for Super-Titania and maintain stable supply of high quality product. The capacity of the Showa Denko Group to produce Super-Titania will increase 30% in and after January 2019.

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) made from titanium oxide (TiO2) is used as a dielectric[1] which composes a part of basic structure of MLCC. In addition, downsizing and increase in electrical capacitance of MLCC requires high-purity nanoparticle barium titanate. There are two methods to synthesize barium titanate, namely, solid-phase method and liquid-phase method[2]. Synthesis of barium titanate with solid-phase method, which can produce barium titanate with high dielectric property at relatively lower costs, requires ultrafine-particle titanium oxide. Super-Titania, nanoparticle titanium oxide manufactured and sold by the Showa Denko Group, is produced with leading-edge process control technology to have particle diameter of 15 to 250 nanometer (1 nanometer = one millionth millimeter) and high purity. Thus Super-Titania contributes to manufacture of smaller MLCCs with higher electrical capacitance.

    Super-Titania can be used not only as raw material for manufacturing of MLCCs but also as an ingredient of various filling materials and for other services. The Showa Denko Group will continue to meet customer requirements, stably supply high-quality products, and establish leading positions on the market.

    [1] Dielectric: A dielectric is an insulator which can accumulate electricity and discharge it in an instant. Higher dielectric property leads to higher electrical capacitance.
    [2] Solid-phase method and liquid-phase method: These are methods to produce fine ceramics including barium titanate. Under solid-phase method, raw materials are mixed up, react with each other when calcined at a high temperature, and come into compounds. Under liquid-phase method, raw materials are dissolved in solvent, react with each other in the solution, and come into compounds after calcination at a low temperature.

    About Showa Denko K.K.

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

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    Public Relations Office Phone: 81-3-5470-3235

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    BEIJING, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota will unveil new sedan models in the Corolla series (known in China as "Corolla" and "Levin") in a world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which is scheduled to be held from November 16.

    Exhibits planned for the Toyota booth include product displays featuring the new Corolla and Levin, information and displays on electrification technology such as hybrid powertrains, and displays relating to "intelligence" and "informatization" technologies and services, which are key fields in China as Toyota strives to transform into a mobility company.

    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.

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

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    Diesel Generator Set MGS2700HV
    10th Anniversary Ceremony
    - Commemorative Ceremony Held at the Site -

    TOKYO, Nov 9, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - MHI Engine System Vietnam Co., Ltd. (MHIES-V), a production base of diesel generator sets in Vietnam operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. (MHIET), a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), held a ceremony at the site to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its production launch in 2008.

    MHIES-V, headquartered in Vietnam's Binh Duong province just north of Ho Chi Minh City, was established in March 2007 as an assembly plant of diesel generator sets. Production got underway in 2008. Through its first decade the plant manufactured and shipped an average of 500 units per year, and in April 2018 the company marked shipment of its 5,000th unit. The commemorative event included a Chinese lion dance and a video presentation recording the progress the company has made since its launch.

    MHIES-V is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine System Asia Pte. Ltd. (MHIES-A), which is based in Singapore. MHIES-A in turn is wholly owned by MHIET, a sales base for engines and production and sales base for diesel generator sets in Asia.

    MHIES-A and MHIES-V produce the diesel generator sets "MGS" (Mitsubishi Generator Series) by integrating locally purchased generators and auxiliary equipment with diesel engines manufactured by MHIET at the mother factory in Sagamihara, Japan. Their outstanding quality, reliability and performance make these generator sets highly competitive within the Southeast Asia market, and more than 10,000 units have been delivered to date. MHIES-V, a principal assembly plant of MGS diesel generator sets, ships its products to users worldwide.

    Going forward, MHIET, together with its parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Forklift, Engine & Turbocharger Holdings, Ltd. (M-FET), will position the MGS diesel generator sets as a core product of the engine & energy business, and utilize MHIES-V more effectively as a means for further growing the Southeast Asia market. Efforts will also continue to focus on achieving higher efficiency in the MGS diesel generator sets as a way of driving economic development and contributing to comfortable lives in regions around the world where stable electricity supply is difficult and stand-alone generators are necessary.

    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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