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    Service agreement concluded with Tencent-backed Linklogis for its blockchain-based supply chain financing platform, Followed by purchase of trade receivables through Qianhai Finanical Assets Exchange to tap cross-border fintech opportunities

    HONG KONG, Nov 13, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Success Dragon International Holdings Limited ("Success Dragon" or "the Company" together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", 1182.hk) has announced the conclusion of two business agreements related to the Group's new business direction, following the proposed change of its company name to ezBlock Capital International Holdings Limited last month.

    On 26 October 2018, the board of directors of the Group ("the Board") proposed the name change to better reflect the Group's upcoming business direction. The Board considers that the proposed name change can promote and strengthen the Group's corporate image and enable it to better identify and obtain opportunities for its future development into the fintech and blockchain business.

    Following the proposed name change, the Group further announced the recent conclusion of two important business agreements:

    1. Business development agreements with Linklogis

    The Group has entered into agreements with Shenzhen Qianhai Linklogis Financial Services Company Limited* ("Linklogis") and its subsidiary in early November 2018, to provide business development services for WeQChain, a supply chain financing platform built by Linklogis based on Tencent's blockchain technology. The Group agrees to source businesses with the need of supply chain financing services in China and procure them and their suppliers to use WeQChain for financing the accounts receivables held by the suppliers.

    The Group's experience in business process management will be beneficial for Linklogis to expand its market share and maintain its leading position in the industry. The Group wishes to leverage on the strength, resources and expertise of Linklogis to develop its knowledge and experience in blockchain and fintech, diversify its business operations and strengthen its information technology services business, thereby enhancing the profitability of the Group's business as a whole.

    Shareholders of Linklogis include multinational companies and funds such as Tencent, CITIC Capital, Loyal Valley Capital, GIC Pte. Ltd., Bertelsmann Asia Investments, China Merchants Innovation Investment Management Limited Liability Company*, GLP, Skyworth, Oceanwide Investment* and Welight Capital. At present, the accumulated asset transaction scale of Linklogis amounts to nearly RMB30 billion, and it is in a leading position in the supply chain asset-backed securities field.

    2. Agreement on cross-border purchase of trade receivables via Qianhai Financial Assets Exchange Company Limited ("QEX")

    The Group has been developing and implementing a blockchain application to identify and track assets with future payment obligations. As a step to implement the technology, the Board has approved the purchase of four trade receivables with a total size of RMB3.97 million by its wholly owned subsidiary (the "Purchase"). The Purchase is related to onshore trade receivables from an independent commercial factoring company in China and the debtor of these trade receivables is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the construction sector.

    Scheduled to be repaid by the end of March 2019, the trade receivables will generate revenue in the form of interest. The Board believes the Purchase is suitable for testing the Group's blockchain technology and will help it gain knowledge of China onshore trade receivable financing as a potential source of business diversification.

    In order to develop the required cross-border channel for the Purchase and also for the acquisition of similar financial assets in the future, the Group's subsidiary has entered into an agreement with QEX in this regard. QEX was established in Shenzhen and facilitates cross-border transactions of selected financial assets for offshore companies.

    More information regarding the agreement can be found here:
    http://successdragonintl.com/announcements/

    Mr Roy Kwan, Chairman, Executive Director and CEO of the Group commented, "As mentioned in our latest annual report, we have been planning to apply technologies to complement and diversify our business operations and to strengthen our information technology services business. The two recently concluded arrangements not only demonstrate our determination to implement our plan to diversify into the fintech and blockchain businesses but also provide a solid foundation to capture opportunities in those businesses especially in the Greater Bay Area building on our presence in Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen."

    Success Dragon International Holdings Limited (1182.hk)
    Success Dragon is a consolidated service provider of information technology and outsourced management solutions to various industries. Incorporated in Bermuda, the company is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with headquarters in Hong Kong and offices in Macau and Shenzhen. The Group's vision is to make customers successful and provide an excellent user experience for their end users while its mission is to become a leading information technology and outsourced management service provider and create value and growth for shareholders.

    Media Enquiries:
    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Cindy Lung Tel: (852) 2864 4867 Email: cindy.lung@sprg.com.hk
    Jacky Chiu Tel: (852) 2114 4313 Email: jacky.chiu@sprg.com.hk
    Crystal Yuen Tel: (852) 2114 4903 Email: crystal.yuen@sprg.com.hk
    www.sprg.asia


     
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    TOKYO, Nov 14, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. has announced that it received the "IR Grand Prix Award" at the IR Award 2018 held by the Japan Investor Relations Association (JIRA). This marks the second time that Eisai has received the IR Grand Prix Award following 2006. Including the receipt of Best IR Awards in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012, this is the 6th time Eisai has received an IR Award, and Eisai is the first pharmaceutical company to receive two IR Grand Prix Awards.

    The IR Award (Committee Chairman: Tetsuo Kitagawa, Professor of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University Graduate School) is designed to recognize companies which have been highly accredited in the investment community for their understanding and promotion of IR activities, and this year marks the 23rd year since the start of the IR Awards. 299 companies applied for the IR Award 2018, and after surveys and screenings by select committee members, Eisai was the sole company selected for the IR Grand Prix Award this year.

    The reasons for Eisai's selection are as follows:
    "Eisai is proactively disclosing information and constantly raising the level of disclosure. For many years, top management has been engaged in dialogue with investors, candidly discussing the company's longer-term vision and management issues. Eisai's CFO and IR Department have been enhancing the presentation of balance sheet management and disclosure of non-financial information ahead of other companies. In terms of ESG-related efforts, Eisai not only discloses information but also holds meetings with presentations by outside directors and meetings to explain its integrated report. The company's timeliness and fairness in disclosure is highly regarded, evidenced by its timely disclosure of information that may affect operating performance and prompt holding of briefings on such matters."

    Furthermore, in celebration of the 25th year since the establishment of the JIRA, as part of the "JIRA 25th Anniversary Commemorative Award" which seeks to specially recognize companies which have continued IR activities over the long term and have produced outstanding achievements in appropriate information disclosure and constructive dialogue with investors and shareholders, Eisai was selected as both a "Company with Greatest Improvement in IR" and as a "Company with Best Continual Efforts in IR." For further details, please visit the JIRA website: https://www.jira.or.jp/english/.

    Eisai's corporate philosophy is to give first thought to patients and their families, and increase the benefits that health care provides as well as address diverse healthcare needs worldwide. Together with strengthening its ESG initiatives in order to realize this corporate philosophy, Eisai respects the rights of shareholders and investors, ensures fairness and transparency in management, and works on its IR activities to aid the enhancement of corporate value.

    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-(0)3-3817-5120

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    45% of Thai consumers use pirated TV boxes, survey finds

    BANGKOK, Nov 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - In a recent study of the content viewing behaviour of Thai consumers, it was revealed that 45% of consumers use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content. These TV boxes, also known as Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs), allow users to access hundreds of pirated television channels and video-on-demand content, usually with a low annual fee. TV boxes often come pre-loaded with pirated applications allowing 'plug-and-play' access to pirated content. The survey found that Mango TV, HD Playbox and U Play are among the most popular pirate applications amongst Thai consumers.

    The survey, commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), and conducted by YouGov, also highlights the detrimental effects of streaming piracy on legitimate subscription video services. Of the 45% of consumers who purchased a TV box or dongle for free streaming, more than two in three (69%) stated that they cancelled all or some of their subscription to legal pay TV services. Specifically, 24% asserted that they cancelled their subscriptions to a Thai-based online video service as a direct consequence of owning an ISD. International subscription services, which include pan-Asia online offerings, were impacted the most - nearly one in three (30%) Thai users have abandoned subscriptions in favour of ISD purchases.

    Cancelling legitimate subscription services and paying less for access to pirated content is fraught with risks, as Neil Gane, the General Manager of AVIA's Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), comments, "The damage that piracy does to the creative industries is without dispute. However, the damage done to consumers themselves, because of the nexus between content piracy and malware, is only beginning to be recognised. Piracy websites and applications typically have a "click happy" user base, and, as such, are being used more and more as clickbait to distribute malware. Unfortunately the appetite for "free" or cheap subscription pirated content blinkers users from the very real risks of malware infection".

    Of those consumers who own an ISD, about half of respondents (47%) claim to have purchased their ISD from two of the largest Southeast Asia-based ecommerce stores. Close to one-third (31%) of ISD owners say they acquired their devices via one of the world's most popular social media platforms.

    In addition to the short-term problem of cancelled subscriptions is a longer term problem - namely, many of the people using ISDs are young. The survey found that ISDs are particularly favoured among 18-24 year-olds, with more than three in four (77%) cancelling legitimate subscription services as a result of owning ISDs, especially international online subscriptions (40%).

    The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Commerce, who oversees the Copyright Act, commented that "to enhance the efficiency of enforcement action, the DIP has proposed the amendment of the Copyright Act by adding provisions on the manufacture, sale, import, or traffic into the country of devices or any parts or components of a device, for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure. These amendments were approved by the Cabinet on 16 October 2018 and will shortly be presented to the State Council. The amendments are explicitly targeted at the manufacture and distribution of pirated TV boxes. This is a crucial step to address the current piracy problem".

    "This high rate of piracy is concerning for a number of reasons", says Sompan Charumilinda, Executive Vice Chairman at True Visions. "First is the danger to consumers through the use of malware and spyware embedded in these illicit sites and applications. Second is that supporting these criminal enterprises does real damage to legitimate businesses that are struggling to survive. Third, it also undermines the Thailand 4.0 initiative and the country's aspiration to become counted among the world leaders in the new digital economy by showing Thailand to have made little progress in terms of its acceptance and tacit approval of these criminal networks. Consumers should care about piracy personally because of the harmful effects of malware and spyware, and also because of the damage that it does to our country. As a leading media company in Thailand we are happy to work with the Department of Intellectual Property, CAP and all relevant stakeholders to help continue to educate the public about these dangers."

    AVIA's Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) includes leading video content creators and distributors in Asia. Members include: beIN Sports, Discovery, The Walt Disney Company, FOX Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, CANAL+, Cignal, La Liga, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association, PCCW Media, Singtel, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, TVB, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

    About the Asia Video Industry Association
    The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry. AVIA evolved from Casbaa in 2018.

    Media Contacts:
    Kay Bayliss
    Manager, Marketing & Communications
    E: pr@asiavia.org
    T: +852 2854 9913

     
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    Immersion Bath for the Liquid Immersion Cooling System
    A server being taken out of the cooling fluid
    TOKYO, Nov 14, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it has received a 2018 Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Technology Development and Commercialization) for its Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY Liquid Immersion Cooling System, which provides revolutionary energy savings. This award recognizes the contribution of the Liquid Immersion Cooling System to overall reduction of server system power consumption and CO2 emissions. This marks the second year in a row Fujitsu has received this award, and the sixth time overall. Going forward, Fujitsu will continue to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change and the digital transformation of its customers by providing highly energy-efficient products and services.

    About the Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity

    The Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity honors organizations and individuals for outstanding achievements to mitigate the impact of global warming, as part of efforts by the Ministry of the Environment since 1998 to promote global warming countermeasures.

    About the Liquid Immersion Cooling System

    This product is a cooling system designed to efficiently and evenly cool servers by immersing them entirely in a cooling liquid. The system provides significant energy savings because it doesn't disperse the heat generated by the servers into the room, which not only renders air conditioning unnecessary, but also eliminates the need for cooling fans installed on the servers themselves. Due to these factors, the system reduces the overall power consumption of a server system, including cooling equipment, by about 40%(1) compared to air cooled systems, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions. Moreover, the system can more or less double server installation density in terms of installation space(2), also contributing to reduced TCO(3).

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    Immersion Bath for the Liquid Immersion Cooling System

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_ServerCoolingFluid.jpg
    A server being taken out of the cooling fluid

    (1) Reduces the total power consumption for the server system as a whole by about 40% Comparison evaluated with a server system consisting of 96 PRIMERGY CX2560 M4 multi-node servers, comparing the power consumption of an air conditioning system and internal server fans against an immersion cooling version with the same configuration. Because the reduction effect depends on the installation environment, Fujitsu does not guarantee a power consumption reduction value in customer environments.
    (2) Double the server density in the same installation space Evaluated with a server system consisting of 80 PRIMERGY CX2560 M4 multi-node servers, with 4 rack units required with air cooling that can be reduced to 2 immersion baths with the liquid immersion cooling method. Because the improvement depends on the installation environment, Fujitsu does not guarantee a degree of server density in customer environments.
    (3) TCO Total cost of ownership. Includes not only the costs to deploy the system, but also operations and maintenance.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

    For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
    This release at www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/.

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

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    Coconut Creek, FL, Nov 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - NutraFuels, Inc. (OTCQB: NTFU) ("NTFU" or the "Company"), a manufacturer and distributor of CBD and nutritional spray products and tinctures, announces its financial results for the three (3) and nine (9) month period ended September 30, 2018 with revenue of $1,062,146 and $2,870,462 respectively compared to $652,385 and $1,027,727 for the three (3) and nine (9) month period ended September 30, 2017.

    Third Quarter 2018 Results:
    http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/NutraFuels3Q18.pdf

    Forward Looking Statements
    This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "except," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "is/are likely to," "future" or other similar expressions. NutraFuels, Inc. ("NTFU" or the "Company") has based these forward-looking statements largely on the Company's current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect Company's financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. There is no assurance that Company's current expectations and projections are accurate. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the Section entitled "Risk Factors," in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2018. The Company operates in a rapidly evolving environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company's management to predict all risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all factors on Company's business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statement. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements except as required under applicable law.

    Contact:
    NutraFuels, Inc.
    6601 Lyons Road, Suite L-6
    Coconut Creek, FL 33073
    Telephone 888-509-8901
    www.NutraFuels.com
    www.NutraHempCBD.com

     
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    Coconut Creek, Florida -- NutraFuels, Inc. (OTCQB: NTFU) ("NTFU" or the "Company"), a manufacturer and distributor of CBD and nutritional spray products and tinctures, announces its financial results for the three (3) and nine (9) month period ended September 30, 2018 with revenue of $1,062,146 and $2,870,462 respectively compared to $652,385 and $1,027,727 for the three (3) and nine (9) month period ended September 30, 2017.

     

     

     

    Forward Looking Statements
    This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "except," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "is/are likely to," "future" or other similar expressions. NutraFuels, Inc. ("NTFU" or the "Company") has based these forward-looking statements largely on the Company's current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect Company's financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. There is no assurance that Company's current expectations and projections are accurate. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the Section entitled "Risk Factors," in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2018. The Company operates in a rapidly evolving environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company's management to predict all risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all factors on Company's business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statement. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements except as required under applicable law.

    Contact:
    NutraFuels, Inc.
    6601 Lyons Road, Suite L-6
    Coconut Creek, FL 33073
    Telephone 888-509-8901
    www.NutraFuels.com
    www.NutraHempCBD.com 


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    SUNNYVALE, CA, Nov 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc. (Trillium), the leader in secure data management, was named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for its trusted mobility platform and services at the CES Unveiled New York event. By recognizing Trillium with this award, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) reaffirmed the mobility industry's keen interest in Trillium's connected vehicle safety and data privacy solution. The CES 2019 Innovation Award will be proudly displayed at Trillium's CES Booth (#501) between January 8 - 11, 2019 in the Tech East section.

    "The smart mobility movement and the V2X landscape needs a trusted partner to keep connected vehicles, and the data generated by them safe and private - Trillium is that partner," said Dr. Sachio Semmoto, Chairman of Trillium. "The CES award represents an outstanding step in the right direction for Trillium and the greater transportation industry."

    The merits of Trillium's secure platform as a service were evaluated by a panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how its solutions compare with the competition. The award winners were announced during CES Unveiled New York (Nov 8), an invite-only tech event bringing together top media, exhibitors and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019.

    "The CES Innovation Award is proof that Trillium is the defending champion of preserving safety and data privacy in connected vehicles," said David Uze, CEO and founder of Trillium. "We're continuing to develop paradigm shifting technologies for keeping vehicle data safe over its lifecycle, and I hope many CES attendees will get the pleasure of experiencing one of our product demonstrations in Las Vegas in January."

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure keeps connected and autonomous vehicles safe, and personal information private, through its trusted mobility platform and services. Trillium's secure platform as a service enables a wide-range of use-cases for vehicle data analytics and taps into the immense value of connected vehicle data services. To solve problems quickly, offer high value, and establish a mutually beneficial platform for monetizing vehicle data, Trillium develops its security and data management solutions from R&D and operations centers in Sunnyvale, Ann Arbor, Belfast, San Diego and Tokyo. For more information visit www.trilliumsecure.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

    Press Contact: Kevin Em
    Email: Kevin.Em@TrilliumSecure.com


     
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    The seven HKTDC autumn trade fairs attracted more than 195,000 buyers from 180 countries and regions.
    The Startup zone at the Autumn Electronics Fair and Eco Expo Asia gathered 130 start-ups from around the world.
    LED lighting products remain the industry's favourite. Under the smart home trend, smart lighting systems controllable by Wi-Fi and smart phones are seen to have market potential.
    - Survey: Industry Concerned on Prospects amid Sino-US Trade Dispute
    - HKTDC Offers Measures to Rise to the Challenge

    HONG KONG, Nov 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Seven trade fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in October and November attracted close to 9,700 exhibitors, among which more than 7,200 were from the Chinese mainland and overseas - an increase of 2% compared to last year. A record-breaking number of more than 195,000 buyers from 180 countries and regions attended the seven fairs, up 2.3% over last year. Among them, over 123,000 buyers were from the mainland and overseas, up 6% on 2017.

    The seven fairs were: the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the Hong Kong Optical Fair and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which were all held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), and the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo and Eco Expo Asia, held at AsiaWorld-Expo.

    The big influx of mainland and overseas exhibitors and buyers attending the fairs boosted demand in the hospitality, catering and other industries related to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in the city. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board's latest survey, per capita spending of overnight MICE visitors averaged HK$8,563. Based on this figure, it is estimated that the buyers and exhibitors visiting the seven fairs generated close to HK$1.2 billion in income for Hong Kong's tourism and related industries.

    HKTDC Offers Three Measures to Support Hong Kong Industries

    The HKTDC commissioned an independent research agency to conduct on-site surveys on market prospects and product trends, gauging the views of 1,701 exhibitors and buyers at the Autumn Electronics Fair, Autumn Lighting Fair and Outdoor and Tech Light Expo. As Sino-US trade friction continues, 57% of respondents expected that the dispute would have a negative impact on export performance, while 48% of respondents were pessimistic about the trade issues between China and the United States being resolved.

    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: "In the midst of the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute, the HKTDC is strengthening its services to help companies in various industries diversify their business. First, we are helping companies expand in overseas markets by organising more non-US overseas buying missions to visit and source at our Hong Kong fairs, arranging for more Hong Kong companies to participate in overseas trade fairs and site visits, and conducting overseas promotional activities. Second, we organise seminars, workshops and publish through our websites to provide the latest business and market intelligence. Third, we are working to provide more business-matching services at exhibitions to help industries capture business opportunities." Mr Chau added that through the HKTDC's concerted efforts, the number of US buyers visiting the seven trade fairs still registered an increase of 1% compared to 2017, "despite the various market uncertainties".

    The seven autumn fairs drew more than 123,000 mainland and overseas buyers to Hong Kong, over 90,000 of which were from Belt and Road countries, marking a significant growth of 16% year on year. Exhibitors and buyers alike agree that trade fairs can help them expand into overseas markets.

    Participating in the Autumn Electronics Fair, Dickson Lee, Sales & Marketing Manager, Tronico Technology Company Limited, said, "We want to promote our brand and look for distributors and business partners through the fair. This year, we have met with more customers than last year. Buyers from Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are interested in distributing our smart home solutions. Meanwhile, buyers from the Chinese mainland, India, Pakistan and the US want to integrate our smart home technology with solutions provided by other companies."

    The survey also found that 1,080 respondents engaged in the e-tailing business believed that trade fairs (90%), online trading platforms (78%) and social media (72%) are effective platforms to look for new suppliers. Some 93% of responding buyers said they sourced fewer than 1,000 items per order. In view of the keen demand for e-tailing and small orders, the hktdc.com Small Orders zone was set up at the Autumn Electronics Fair to feature more than 360 showcases with over 3,600 products for buyers to source in minimum quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces, generating 22,000 business connections in total. In addition, the hktdc.com Small Orders online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com/) features more than 12,000 suppliers with close to 120,000 products, which has generated more than 3 million business connections to date, assisting Hong Kong companies to explore global e-tailing opportunities and expand in overseas markets.

    Fairs Promote Market Intelligence Exchange, Business-matching Opportunities

    Various seminars were organised during the trade fairs to explore the impact of the trade friction and economic uncertainty on industries, and unveil the latest trends and opportunities to help buyers and exhibitors keep abreast of market developments. Ivy He, Sales Manager, Foreign Trade Department, Shanghai Shuncom Smart Technology Co., Ltd, which exhibited at the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, said: "I am happy to see that the Expo was packed with visitors. We had negotiated with one Russian streetlight buyer who may order 10,000 units of smart street lights and related lighting controllers respectively. Our company also got the chance to share our views on the future of smart street lighting in the symposium titled "Disruptive Smart Road Lights - Are you there yet?". Most of the audiences attended were serious buyers who came to have exchanges with us after the symposium and even visited our booth for further business discussions."

    The HKTDC also launched the HKTDC Marketplace App for traders to gather the latest market intelligence, form partnerships and develop their business. To encourage suppliers to use online-to-offline (O2O) promotion, the HKTDC has enhanced the sourcing function of its trade fair websites by launching the year-round "Exhibition Online" platform. Apart from featuring fair updates and the latest industry information, it allows suppliers to connect with worldwide buyers anytime, while buyers can source industry-specific products from dedicated fair websites. This helps to prolong the sourcing cycle by extending the physical exhibition to an online platform to facilitate business discussions between suppliers and buyers beyond the fair period.

    The HKTDC also provides business-matching services to help buyers look for exhibitors with relevant products and services to develop business partnerships. Irwandy Tan, a buyer from Australia participating in the Autumn Electronics Fair, said, "With the help of the HKTDC business-matching team, I have found six potential local and overseas suppliers of security products, smart home systems and air purifiers and bought samples of car cameras, air purifiers, humidifiers, PCB repair equipment and night light with motion sensor. I plan to buy two to three containers of products from them."

    New Trends: Smart Homes and eSports

    On the market performance of different regions, the survey showed that under the Sino-US trade friction, respondents optimistic about the North America market has dropped significantly from 78 per cent last year to 53 per cent. For traditional markets, Japan (77%), South Korea (75%) and Western Europe (69%) appear to be the top regions with strong growth potential, where the expectation for South Korea's growth increased most significantly, up 13 per cent year-on-year. As for emerging markets, the industry was most optimistic about the prospects of the Chinese mainland (76%), the Middle East (71%) and ASEAN countries (71%).

    The survey at the Autumn Electronics Fair showed that the industry expects audio visual products (17%) and mobile device accessories (8%) have increasing growth potential, both up 5 per cent over last year. In view of the growing global trend of eSports, the related products and equipment (9%) are also expected to grow. 79% of respondents were optimistic about the Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) products in the next two years, in which mobile games (57%) is seen to have the most growth potential.

    As for the lighting industry, LED lighting (28%) remains as the industry's favourite product category. Under the smart home trend, 21% of respondents believed smart lighting systems controllable by Wi-Fi and smartphones would have market potential, up 14 per cent over last year, while household lighting and lighting with energy-saving purpose were the applications most anticipated by the industry.

    Survey summary: Products with most growth potential

    Electronics industry; 2018 survey: 2017 survey
    - Audio Visual Products; 17%; 12%
    - Electronic/Electrical Accessories; 14%; 30%
    - Digital Imaging; 9%; 10%

    Lighting industry; 2018 survey; 2017 survey
    - LED Lighting; 28%; 24%
    - Residential Lighting; 23%; 29%
    - Smart Lighting Systems; 21%; 7%

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    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 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:
    Natalie Wong, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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    TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Nov 14, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that Hitachi and Changhua County Government, Taiwan (CHCG) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purpose of smoothly carrying out the operation and maintenance (O&M) of an offshore wind farm to be constructed in Changhua County; both parties have agreed on the use of Changhua Port and its facilities and land.

    Executive Yuan has approved 4-year promotion plan of wind-power generation since August 2017 - input the resources allocation of offshore wind power infrastructure and determined Changhua Fish Port to be the operation and maintenance port, and CHCG was given the task to cooperate the polities for the renewable energy development.

    In response to Taiwan renewable energy promotion and central government's policies, CHGC selected the land around 35 ha (including partial water area) within Changhua Coastal Park in conducting O&M base planning for offshore wind farm, acquiring full subsidies (420 million New Taiwan Dollar) from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

    The Changhua Offshore Wind Farm Project is a large offshore wind farm project which Taiwan Power Company (TPC) plans to construct off the coast of Fangyuan township, Changhua County in Central Western Taiwan as part of its projects to expand renewable energy in Taiwan. Hitachi and JDN group had got contract with TPC on 30th April 2018, which is a turnkey order consortium with Jan De Nul Group for all work, including the manufacturing and installation of 21 5.2MW wind turbines (109.2MW) and 5-year O&M Service.

    The consortium Jan De Nul/Hitachi has been conducting a seabed survey and geotechnical investigation in the waters since May 2018, where the wind turbines will be installed, Hitachi will begin manufacturing the turbines from 2019 to early 2020; installation of jacket foundation by Jan De Nul and tower and turbines by Hitachi will start early of 2020. Wind Turbine Generation(WTG) system will be commissioning from 2020 summer time and end in December at the same year.

    To sustain Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) operation, establish full and professional supplier chain in Taiwan, CHCG endeavor to conduct the plan of O&M Base off coast of Changhua County. The environmental variance analysis and environmental investigation work will be scheduled to complete within 2019. Revetment, Crew Transfer Vessel("CTV") Floating Terminal, digging and filling and the public piping will continuously be finished by mid of 2020, then O&M service shall start in September 2020.

    Based on this MOU, Hitachi will be based on Changhua O&M Port for its use of WTG operation and maintenance, which includes the Port Facilities and Land for mooring vessels, transportation and building the storehouse; CHCG will give assistance and provision of the necessary administrative procedures for OWF operation, maintenance and transportation. Hitachi will contribute to the expansion of renewable energy in Taiwan by combining the high-quality maintenance technology and know-how in wind turbine generator systems it has been developing in the Japanese market.

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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

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    CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation today announced the release of its 2017 corporate sustainability report on its website, www.lubrizol.com. The report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option, which is an internationally recognized best practice for sustainability reporting. It is the first GRI sustainability report for the organization and replaces its previous corporate citizenship reports, which the company had issued for 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2007.

    The theme, "Inspiring Sustainability, Improving Lives," defines Lubrizol's commitment to making the world a better place. Lubrizol has adopted a broad view of sustainability, encompassing Environmental, Social, Governance and Ethics, and Economic (ESG+E) topics. In 2018, the company worked with a third party to complete a formal materiality assessment to identify and prioritize the sustainability topics that are most important to its key stakeholders and where it can have the most impact. This report reflects the critical inputs of that materiality assessment.

    "We believe the work we are doing is truly improving the lives of our employees, our customers, those in the communities where we operate, and the end users of our products," said Julie Edgar, Lubrizol's chief sustainability officer and vice president of innovation. "While we are proud of the progress we have made, of course, there is always more to do on this journey to maximize our positive impact, and that is just what we intend to do."

    Significant areas of focus in the report include: Lubrizol's environmental performance; workplace health and safety; product health and safety; employee attraction, engagement and retention; diversity and inclusion; community involvement; governance and ethics; innovation, research and development; and sustainable sourcing.

    To read the 2017 Sustainability Report, please visit https://bit.ly/2zOEbeK. Lubrizol's next GRI sustainability report is expected to be issued in the first half of 2020, and annually thereafter.

    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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    TOKYO, Nov 15, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced that the Eclipse Cross crossover SUV has been selected as the "RJC Car of the Year 2019" run by the Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC) after final judging on November 13.

    In selecting Eclipse Cross, the RJC selection committee commented, "Not only is the Eclipse Cross a stylish fusion of a sharp coupe and a compact SUV, but it has high rough road performance and well balanced dynamics, due to Mitsubishi's unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four wheel drive system. Brisk driving performance is thanks to combination of newly developed 1.5L direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine and CVT with an 8-speed manual override."

    This is the first time a MMC model has been awarded the RJC Car of the Year since the Mitsubishi i in 2007.

    "It is delight for us to win the RJC Car of the Year 2019. Mitsubishi Motors is committed to putting the customer first, which is inspired by our corporate philosophy - Create a vibrant society by realizing the potential of mobility," Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced.

    Outline: RJC Car of the Year 2019

    The 28th RJC Car of the Year was selected by RJC members from Japanese models launched on the domestic market between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. The selection committee chose the "6 best models" on November 1 before voting on November 13 to decide the RJC Car of the Year 2019.

    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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    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - FDG Electric Vehicles Limited ("FDG", stock code: 00729.HK) is pleased to announce that its U.S. JV Chanje Energy, Inc. (Chanje) received a purchase order for electric vehicles from Ryder Vehicle Purchasing, LLC ("Ryder") in the United States of America, which will be leased to Federal Express Corporation. The total contract sum together with the subsidy will generate an income of not less than US$100,000,000 to the Group. Pursuant to the Purchase Order, Chanje will deliver a minimum of 75% of the electric vehicles prior to 20 October 2019 and will deliver the remaining 25% of the electric vehicles prior to 20 June 2020.

    About Ryder

    Ryder is a FORTUNE 500 commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the S&P MidCap 400 index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

    About Chanje

    Chanje is a California-based, privately held electric vehicle and energy solutions company that specializes in the last mile industry. Chanje is led by a diverse group of automotive industry experts and clean energy entrepreneurs. The Company's vision is to drive the evolution of sustainable solutions that improve the last mile. Chanje introduced its first vehicle in 2017 and is the first company in North America able to deliver large scale fleets of commercial electric trucks immediately. Chanje will subsequently introduce turnkey energy infrastructure solutions and a full range of EVs including trucks, delivery vans, and shuttle buses in a variety of lengths and capacities. For more information, please visit: www.chanje.com.

    About FDG Electric Vehicles Limited

    FDG Electric Vehicles Limited ("FDG", stock code: 0729.HK) is a vertically-integrated pure electric vehicle manufacturer. FDG aims to become a globally recognised producer of more economical, greener and more energy-efficient pure electric vehicles. The Group's core businesses include ground-up research, design and development, and manufacturing and sales of pure electric vehicles; manufacturing and sales of lithium-ion batteries and cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. FDG Kinetic Limited ("FKL", stock code: 0378.HK) is an indirect non-wholly-owned subsidiary.

    For further information about FDG Electric Vehicles, please visit FDG's website at http://www.fdgev.com.


     
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    Proximity to IoT, Semiconductor, and Connected Vehicle Companies Accelerates V2X Technology Innovation

    SAN DIEGO, CA, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc. (Trillium), a leading provider of trusted data management services, opened the doors of its Wireless Center of Excellence in San Diego. Trillium will leverage the center's close proximity to wireless, IoT, semiconductor, telematics, and connected vehicle R&D companies to raise awareness of its high integrity data solutions and services for the connected vehicle market.

    "The establishment of our newest Trillium office in San Diego is a company milestone," said Dr. Sachio Semmoto, Chairman of Trillium and serial entrepreneur who has led four startup IPOs. "Building relationships with innovative players like Qualcomm and research institutions such as San Diego State University and UC San Diego, will enhance Trillium's capacity to deliver superior and safe customer experiences, unique economic value propositions, and transformational change."

    Trillium's secure platform as a service provides a complete security and access solution for vehicle data from its origin, during its transit through the cloud, until the data is retired. Modern-day vehicles are dangerously vulnerable to cyber-attackers and data thieves, especially during the development phase of V2X applications. Therefore, the Wireless Center of Excellence will inform and partner with V2X specialists and establish Trillium as the de facto platform standard for trusted data and services in the mobility industry.

    "Secured transmission of vehicle data is vital to enhancing safety, data privacy, and most importantly, the public's trust in the transformational technologies driving the trusted mobility revolution forward," said David Uze, CEO and founder of Trillium. "Our team members in San Diego are already partnering with OEMs to ensure Trillium is the undisputed leader in establishing a mutually beneficial platform for monetizing vehicle data."

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure keeps connected and autonomous vehicles safe, and personal information private, through its trusted mobility platform and services. Trillium's secure platform as a service enables a wide-range of use-cases for vehicle data analytics and taps into the immense value of connected vehicle data services. To solve problems quickly, offer high value, and establish a mutually beneficial platform for monetizing vehicle data, Trillium develops its security and data management solutions from R&D and operations centers in Sunnyvale, Ann Arbor, Belfast, San Diego and Tokyo. For more information visit www.trilliumsecure.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

    Press Contact: Kevin Em
    Email: Kevin.Em@TrilliumSecure.com


     
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    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - IR Magazine has revealed who's in the running to win a coveted award at this year's IR Magazine Forum and Awards - Greater China 2018 ( http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ ), taking place at the Conrad in Hong Kong on 30 November!

    From telecommunication giants to brewing experts, the nominees for this year's awards are an eclectic mix of industries and markets, with both familiar and new faces making an appearance on the short lists - an excellent testament to the impressive scope and scale of IR across Greater China in 2018.

    Due to popular demand, IR Magazine will once again be presenting two types of awards categories - researched and nominated - making it a grand total of 30 awards being presented, which honor the industry's finest IR practitioners and celebrate their fantastic achievements over the past 12 months.

    Find the full set of short lists for both awards below - IR Magazine wishes to congratulate all those who have been nominated!

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-NOMINATION SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-RESEARCH SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/researched-awards/

    To find out more information about the methodology behind the awards, please click
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/
    for the awards-by-nomination and
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/researched-awards/ for the researched awards.

    The winners of both the researched and awards-by-nomination categories will be announced on 30 November at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Conrad in Hong Kong. The awards ceremony takes place following the forum sessions, which focus on the global economic outlook, the regulatory landscape, ESG reporting and much more. Click http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ for more information on the event, the forum agenda and how to book your place.

    Strategic Public Relations Group is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner for the IR Magazine Forum & Awards - Greater China 2018.

    About IR Magazine

    Launched in 1988, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors.

    IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. In addition to producing articles, research reports and investor perception studies, IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and forums around the world and online webinars.

    To learn more, please visit www.irmagazine.com or connect with IR Magazine via Twitter @IRMagazine and the LinkedIn group: IR Magazine.

    About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2018

    The IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China are among the most anticipated events of the year for the IR industry in Asia. IROs from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan get the unique opportunity to gather and discuss pressing issues, hear real-life examples and best practices from senior IR professionals, and celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony.

    The event is sponsored by Citi, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Deutsche Bank, EQS, Hill+Knowlton, Strategies, ICA, Ipreo by IHS Markit, Nasdaq, SPRG and West.

    For more information, please visit www.irmagazine.com/greaterchina

    Media enquiries
    Strategic Public Relations Group
    Cindy Lung / Crystal Yuen
    Tel: +852 2864 4867 / 2114 4903
    Email: cindy.lung@sprg.com.hk / crystal.yuen@sprg.com.hk
    Website: www.sprg.asia

     
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    Mr. Jay Chun, the Chairman and Managing Director of Paradise and the Chairman of MGEMA participates in the MGS.
    Mr. Jay Chun introduces the latest electronic gaming equipment and products of Paradise during the MGS.
    A Pioneer in the Electronic Gaming Equipment Industry

    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Paradise Entertainment Limited ("Paradise" or the "Group", HKEx: 1180), through its subsidiary LT Game, participated in the MGS Entertainment Show 2018 ("MGS" or the "Show") held in the Venetian Macao in the last three days. During the Show, Paradise showcased its exhilarating electronic gaming equipment and products, which were highly acclaimed and received positive feedback from the gaming community.

    Crowds gathered and were amused by the launch of the latest LMG accessory, the X-Stadium, where the engaging animation on gigantic screens captured the gaze of the patrons on the gaming floor. The automatic baccarat robot dazzled many by accurately delivering cards during a thrilling baccarat game. Paradise displayed a wide range of products, including the latest slot machines with an Asian twist and the intelligent card shoes that can recognize poker cards instinctively. Leveraging such top-notch and innovative technology, Paradise made strides in the gaming industry and is determined to develop proprietary products to meet the evolving preferences of the gaming patrons.

    The MGS was jointly organized by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association ("MGEMA"), the Nam Kwong Culture and Creativity Industry Co., Ltd. and the China National Machinery Industry International Co., Ltd. This year, the MGS received strong support from various departments of the Macao government, including the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau ("DICJ"), the Economic Bureau, the Tourism Office, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center. Being a must-attend show for global gaming and entertainment professionals, the MGS was committed to promoting Macau as a diversified cultural hub in line with its positioning as the "World Center of Tourism and Leisure".

    Thanks to renowned speakers from the gaming industry, the MGS was buzzing with interesting discussions regarding the gaming industry, which provide significant guidance to the development of the gaming industry. Mr. Paulo Martins Chan, Director of DICJ delivered a speech in the MGS Summit regarding "The law and supervision of Macau gaming industry". In addition, Ms. Chan Tze Wai, Vice President of Macao Economic Bureau and other honorable guests also shared their views on how integrated resorts could promote Macau's economic development in the gaming industry. Meanwhile, Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office, discussed with others on how integrated resorts could boost tourism and cultural development in the Greater Bay Area. It was a very rare and valuable occasion to have the opportunity to listen to the comments from these highly regarded individuals in just one event.

    Mr. Jay Chun, Chairman and Managing Director of Paradise as well as the Chairman of MGEMA, was invited to share his insights on some of the most popular topics on the Show in areas such as the cooperation of integrated resorts with the Greater Bay Area, the contribution of these resorts to Macau's economy, the discussion on the Japanese integrated resort opportunity and on the hot topic in the eGaming market.

    Mr. Chun commented, "As Macau positions itself as the 'World Center of Tourism and Leisure', the MGS is dedicated to provide exceptional technological products to the entertainment and hospitality industry, offering more opportunities for exhibitors to expand their businesses, building an excellent trading platform for both suppliers and customers. The MGS enables the innovative development model of 'Event + Tourism' bringing new momentum to the development of the gaming and leisure industry."

    Paradise Entertainment Limited
    Paradise Entertainment Limited (HKEx: 1180) engages in the development, sale and leasing of electronic gaming equipment and systems, as well as the provision of casino management services in Macau. Paradise is the investor, patent owner and sole provider of Live-Multi Game ("LMG") terminals and dominates the Electronic Table Games ("ETG") market in Macau. Apart from operating two casinos, Casino Kam Pek Paradise and Casino Waldo, Paradise envisions to become a global leader in gaming equipment.

    For more information about Paradise Entertainment Limited, please visit our company's website: http://www.hk1180.com.

    For Enquiries
    Paradise Entertainment Limited
    Winnie Lei, Investor Relations Director 852-2916 0831 winnielei@hk1180.com
    Bob Shen, Investor Relations Manager 852-2620 5303 bobshen@hk1180.com

    Anli Financial Communications Limited
    Phoebe Li 852-3956 1640 phoebe.li@anli.com.hk
    Angel Cheung 852-3956 1638 angel.cheung@anli.com.hk


     
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    General Chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI) Soeseno giving opening remarks on World Tobacco Growers Day 2018
    APTI believes there is no better way to commemorate the World Tobacco Growers Day this year than by helping out local farmers in East Lombok, to rehabilitate their production facilities -

    Lombok Island, Indonesia, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Indonesia has recently faced devastating earthquakes, particularly in the regions of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara and Palu, Central Sulawesi. The earthquakes took thousands of lives, forcing thousands more from their homes, and impacted national and regional economies, notably Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, one of the great tobacco producing regions in Indonesia.

    Lombok is known as the second of two regions in Indonesia (with East Java) that produces the highest quality tobacco and most commercially viable commodity, Virginia tobacco. Local Virginia tobacco has made a significant contribution to the economy on both local and national levels, generating state income in the form of cigarette excise tax.

    However, following the earthquake in the Lombok area, local tobacco farmers faced uncertainty. The earthquakes damaged thousands of tobacco drying facilities, and with the harvesting season getting nearer, farmers were concerned about processing their harvests properly, affecting quality of the end product.

    Soeseno, Chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI), said "We see the importance of maintaining the existence of local Virginia tobacco in Lombok, especially as this commodity supports both the local and national economy."

    APTI estimated that 150 tobacco drying facilities in East Lombok Regency were damaged or even destroyed by the earthquake. In response, APTI made Rp250 million in relief funds available to help East Lombok farmers restore or rebuild tobacco processing facilities.

    "APTI believes there is no better way to commemorate the World Tobacco Growers Day this year than by helping out local farmers in East Lombok, to rehabilitate their production facilities," Soeseno said.

    "There are 58,515 hectares of tobacco farming land on Lombok Island, with annual production capacity of nearly 40,000 tons," said Soeseno. "However, tobacco supply from West Nusa Tenggara will decrease by around 10% this year, despite the relief."

    Zulkieflimansyah, Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, in gratitude to APTI for its aid in rebuilding the tobacco facilities, said "This aid is a very positive way to help local farmers return to tobacco production, in order to maintain economic stability and sustain the welfare of their families."

    East Lombok Regency has among the largest tobacco farming areas in the West Nusa Tenggara region. Tobacco farming in East Lombok makes a strong contribution to the income of farmers, the creation of employment, and to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (PDRB).

     
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    Yangon, Myanmar, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years.

    At a media briefing today to announce the five millionth passenger arrival so far this year, YACL said that 2018 is expected to show an increase of 2.5% of around 6 million in air passenger traffic at YIA, compared to 5.92 million for the whole of 2017. Over the past five years, air passenger growth at YIA - by far the busiest of Myanmar's three international airports - had increased at an average of 8.6% per year.

    YACL said that while tourist arrivals from Asian markets continue to grow in 2018, those from European and North American markets appear to have been impacted by international media reports on domestic Myanmar issues.

    "While there has been a slowdown in visitor growth, we have continued to expand YIA's capacity and capability while intensifying efforts to open up new markets. We are confident that, in partnership with all the relevant stakeholders in the tourism industry, the community and the Myanmar government, 2019 tourist air passenger traffic will surpass that of 2018," said Mr Ho Chee Tong, Chief Executive Officer of YACL.

    "As the investor and operator of Myanmar's main international airport, we have a responsibility to enhance infrastructure while striving to deliver a high level of safety, security and service. YIA is the gateway to Myanmar and it is important that we deliver an outstanding experience for tourists and business travellers," he said.

    YACL took over YIA's operation and management in October 2015 under a Public-Private Partnership tender from Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The agreement is for 30 years of operation, with an option to renew for a further 20 years (10+10). Based on the estimated six million arrivals in 2018 and the significant investments to date, YIA is currently operating well below its sustained capacity.

    Since early 2018, the management of YIA has embarked on the following enhancements:
    - Completion and go-live of Airport Operations Control Center (AOCC) since September 2018
    - Full revision of Airport Layout including parking stands (improved safety) since October 2018
    - Revamped Apron A to allow eight positions for A320 and B737 types or 10 positions for propeller aircraft; added two taxiways (to total eight currently), expediting runway vacancy
    - In-terminal improvements include: 30 new check-in counters at T1 with autonomous multi-level security equipment and five new Baggage Claim Belts at T1 apart from new lounges and F&B outlets.
    - Advanced Technical Support training and certification, skills development and talent acquisition

    "We have and continue to improve infrastructure, safety and efficiency processes. YIA can now handle wide-body aircraft including B777-300ER and A350. The current capacity will allow YIA to meet foreseeable growth needs for many years to come even with a single runway operation. With further enhancements, innovation and technology upgrades, YIA has the potential to increase the capacity much further," said Mr Jose Angeja, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer of YACL in November 2017.

    Mr Angeja said YIA has increased movements (one movement is one takeoff or one landing) per year at YIA from 62,937 in October 2015 to 77,000 currently (an increase of 1.2%). This is well below that of major single-runway airports such as Xiamen (China) with 192,000; Fukuoka (Japan) with 183,000; Phuket (Thailand) with 105,000 and world leaders Gatwick (UK) 286,000 and Mumbai (India) 320,000.

    Based on current capacity and international standards, subject to clearance for arrivals and departures by Myanmar's Air Traffic Control, YIA has the potential to operate up to 170,000 movements per year (or 19 movements per hour compared to an average of eight currently).

    "We are enhancing infrastructure, safety, technology, service levels and most importantly, the skill sets of Myanmar staff who will be YIA's leaders of tomorrow. YIA is a living organism that offers a first-time experience of Myanmar for tourists. It is the gateway to Myanmar and to the city of Yangon, and we strive to deliver a compelling user experience," said Mr Angeja.

    Over the next two to three years, YIA's further enhancements will include another parking apron for up to 13 Code C aircraft (Boeing 737), a rapid exit taxiway, construction of maintenance hangars, a Rescue and Fire-Fighting Station and reconstruction of the old Terminal 2 to include technological upgrades.

    The number of international airlines using YIA has increased from 25 in October 2015 to 31 currently (with the latest being Sichuan Airline from China making its first flight to YIA on 13 November 2018). The total routes connecting to YIA have increased from 21 international destinations to 29 currently. YIA now connects to 28 domestic destinations and handles seven domestic airlines.

    A major priority over the coming months is to work closely with the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism to address concerns arising from slower growth and to increase international air connectivity by:
    - Directly marketing to airlines at international air travel events to open new routes;
    - Developing sister airport connectivity within Asia; and
    - Partnering organisers of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) to use Myanmar as a location for such events.

    "We are committed to the continual development of YIA. Beyond launching more routes and taking steps to improve our facilities and operations, we plan to work with global airlines and tourism boards to drive growth for Myanmar's leading airport," said Mr Ho.

    About Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL)
    Setting the standard for high performance
    Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport, the main gateway into Myanmar. As the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, YIA sets the standard as a high-performance airport with its overall approach towards achieving excellence in key areas such as infrastructure, organisation and management.

    Over the last few years, Myanmar has seen steady growth in visitor traffic. As the country is set to experience long-term growth in tourism, YIA targets to handle up the extensive capacity yearly and is geared to provide quality experiences and premium services for passengers and airlines.

    Yangon International Airport (YIA) is strategically located between India and China with two-thirds of the world's population within six hours' flying range including cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Serving 31 international airlines and 29 international destinations, YIA handled a total of 5.92 million passengers in 2017.

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    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Raymond Yip plays a VR game from a Russian company that will exhibit at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, one of four HKTDC events to be held in December.
    (From L) Yew Hong Koh, Managing Director, Accenture; Albert Lam, Chief Scientist, Fano Labs; Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC; Wilson Chong, Chairman, IoT Hong Kong Association; and Franco Lee, Vice Chairman, Licensing & Franchising Association of Hong Kong introduce the event highlights at today's press conference.
    Helping SMEs Use New Technologies to Adapt and Expand

    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organising four events targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will run concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in early December. The events, which include the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia Forum), HKTDC SmartBiz Expo, Asian E-tailing Summit and HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, will help SMEs sharpen their overall competitive edge through the application of new technologies in their business.

    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Raymond Yip said: "The downside risks for the global economy are presenting challenges to Hong Kong's business community. Alongside various government measures, the HKTDC will present four events next month to help SMEs and micro enterprises rise to the challenge. The events will cover various phases of the supply chain, including R&D [research and development], production, sales, and business expansion. They will help enterprises leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their competitiveness and cost-effectiveness, expand their business and explore new markets."

    BIP Forum Promotes Commercialisation of R&D Results

    The eighth edition of the BIP Asia Forum, organised by the HKTDC together with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Design Centre, will be held on 6-7 Dec. With the theme "IP and Innovation in the New Socio-technological Landscape", this year's forum will feature some 80 internationally acclaimed speakers. "IPHatch", a competition that encourages start-ups to identify and convert valuable intellectual property into assets, and to come up with new ideas that are beneficial to the IP ecosystem, will be launched during the forum.

    "Emerging countries in the Asia Pacific region are showing a growing interest in developing innovation-driven, knowledge-based economies," Mr Yip said. "This not only provides a stimulus to IP trading in the region, but also helps to further consolidate Hong Kong's position as a premier IP trading hub. We expect more than 2,500 industry players from around the world to gather for this year's forum. Together with its concurrent exhibitions, featuring over 90 exhibitors, and Asia IP Exchange, an online platform with a pool of more than 28,000 IP items, the forum is a highly effective marketplace that promotes cooperation among governments, manufacturers, academia, research institutions and businesses, encouraging broader use of IP and technology."

    Highlights on the first day of the BIP Asia Forum include a Plenary Session with Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Antony Taubman, Director of the Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization (WTO); Freddy Harris, Chair of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and Director General of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia; and Jacqueline Bracha, Deputy Director of the Israel Patent Office. They will speak on the development of the global IP regulatory regime and its socio-technological impact.

    Representatives from international brands, including Jack Chang, Chairman, Quality Brands Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment; Philippe Lucet, VP General Counsel, R&D and IP, Nestle SA; and David Upite, Senior Counsel, Procter & Gamble, will outline actionable corporate best practices, both online and offline, for building a strong brand identity and crafting a comprehensive brand-protection strategy. At the keynote luncheon that follows, Benjamin Bai, Vice President & Chief IP Officer of Ant Financial, will share his views on IP and innovation in the new socio-technological landscape.

    The Global Tech Summit held on the second day of the BIP Asia Forum will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the broader economy, featuring a strong line-up of industry experts including Anita Sengupta, Senior Vice President of Engineering Systems for Virgin Hyperloop One; Olivier Klein, Head of Emerging Technologies of Asia Pacific, Amazon Web Services; Shang Hailong, Managing Director of SenseTime Group Limited; Miles Wen, founder & CEO of Fano Labs; and Eric Thain, President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of Hong Kong and General Manager of Hong Kong Express.

    Various breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics including business practices, legal tips and developments in the IP market and industry. Other overseas speakers include Yoshinori Nakagawa, Chief Intellectual Property Specialist, Panasonic; Jari Vaario, Head of Asia IP Regulatory, Nokia Technologies; Alan Liu, Director, Global Brand Protection, Asia Pacific, Johnson and Johnson Supply Chain; and Thierry Dubois, Managing Director, Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.

    SmartBiz Expo Supports Industrial Upgrading to Enhance SME Competitiveness

    The second edition of the HKTDC Smartbiz Expo will gather more than 520 exhibitors from some 40 countries and regions to showcase the latest business solutions, technology applications and operations support as a one-stop platform. More than 40 seminars will be organised to equip SMEs to upgrade their business, improve competitiveness and explore new markets.

    The expo will feature three key themes. On the first day, a series of seminars will examine topics on "Industry 4.0", including automation and robotics, cloud computing and IoT. Exhibitors including the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) will showcase "Industry 4.0" solutions for different sectors throughout the expo.

    "Smart city" will be the main theme on the second day of the expo. Representatives from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) will present the smart city blueprint for Hong Kong, while experts will share how big data and 5G mobile communications are helping to build smart cities - and how SMEs can seize the opportunities. Exhibitors will showcase a wide range of smart products and solutions.

    The theme on the last day will be "E-commerce", with various seminars examining topics such as knowing customers through technologies, chat commerce, cross-border e-commerce and last-mile delivery. Chambers, business associations, e-commerce solution providers as well as the HKTDC Small Order showcase will present solutions that help enterprises develop e-commerce capabilities, from brand development and selecting e-platforms, to logistics arrangement, marketing and data analysis.

    The Pathfinder zone at the expo will gather exhibitors from 30 countries and region with an aim to foster opportunities in investment partnership, particularly within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The Envision Lot zone will exhibit inventions and research findings from around the world, while the Hong Kong Exporters Association and Palexpo, organiser of the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, are joining together to organise the first Asia Exhibition of Inventions Hong Kong.

    Asian E-tailing Summit Helps Develop New Sales Model

    E-tailing has been developing exponentially in recent years. According to Euromonitor International, a provider of strategic market research, global online sales in 2017 were worth more than US$1.38 trillion. In China alone, the domestic online sales tally of US$449 billion in 2017 is expected to increase by 21% to US$541 billion in 2018, indicating that there are still great business opportunities to be had.

    The second edition of the Asian E-tailing Summit, held on 5 Dec, provides a one-stop platform for business professionals and online retail experts to come together and examine the latest trends and market intelligence. Among the highlights this year are the two plenary sessions, with leaders from e-tailing giants, e-commerce marketplaces and platforms, think tanks and brands invited to speak.

    Under the theme "Advances in Online Retailing Ecosystem: Everything, Everywhere, All the Time", the first plenary session will focus on how this dynamic ecosystem fuels business growth and builds brands. Speakers include Clay Liao, Mobile Technical Solutions Consultant, Google; Jenny Cheung, Head of Corporate Marketing, Microsoft Hong Kong; Cassandra Girard, Global Vice President, Head of Consumer and Travel Industries, SAP Customer Experience; Josephine Chow, co-founder, Head of Expansion, ShopBack; and Abhaya Srivatsan, Health & Beauty Regional Lead, Regional Brand Partnerships, Shopee. The moderator of this session will be Yew Hong Koh, Managing Director, Retail Lead of Greater China, Accenture.

    The second plenary session, themed "The Belt and Road Initiative: New Digital Horizons", will feature a sharing of insights on how the world's biggest infrastructure initiative will drive cross-border e-commerce. Speakers include Wootinun Sungong, CEO & founder, CloudCommerce; Kevin So, CEO, E-GoGo Ltd; Rishabh Shukla, VP, Business Development, iPrice Group; and Faraz Khalid, CEO, Noon.com. Benson Ng, Greater China Digital Hub Lead, Ernst & Young, will be the moderator.

    At the two concurrent breakout sessions in the afternoon, "Technology: Machine Manpower" and "Big Data: Know Your Customer", the HKTDC will organise three workshops covering mobile checkouts and payment security, omni-channel retailing and e-tailing best practices. Another feature of the summit is the concurrent networking events that generate more collaboration opportunities by building connections and fostering exchange among industry players.

    In addition, the HKTDC will invite representatives from e-commerce associations in Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, along with representatives from the Hong Kong Electronics and Commerce Association and from ZALORA and YOOX, two famous e-commerce companies in the Asia Pacific region, to attend a roundtable meeting - the first such meeting to be held at the summit - to discuss the prospects for e-commerce in Asia. With the HKTDC as a strategic partner, the winners of the inaugural Asia's Best E-tailing Awards will also be announced on 5 Dec.

    Franchising Show Offers Chance for Quick Business Expansion

    A companion event to the Smartbiz Expo, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show returns in its fourth edition for companies and entrepreneurs looking for franchising brands to identify business partners and gain franchising tips. The event will gather 130 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions.

    There are four zones in the exhibition: the Hong Kong Food and Beverage zone, Hong Kong Non-Food and Beverage zone, Chinese Mainland zone and International zone which offer plenty of franchising opportunities across different sectors. Brands showcasing franchising opportunities include Kam Cha, Wow Woo Hong Kong Snacks, Taiwan-style beverage brand Chun Feng Milk House, Subway restaurant, the 7-Eleven convenience store, TECHBOB Academy, ANVIO VR Gaming Centre and 24/7 Fitness centre. Franchising consultants and agencies are among the exhibitors offering franchising solutions to help brand owners expand their business.

    During the fair period, a series of discussions will be organised to provide practical tips for franchising, covering subjects such as kickstarting a franchising business, franchise management technologies, digital world-of-mouth and franchising on Belt and Road markets.

    Fair websites:
    SmartBiz Expo: http://www.hktdc.com/smartbizexpo
    Asian E-tailing Summit: http://www.asianetailingsummit.com
    Business of IP Asia Forum: http://www.bipasiaforum.com
    Hong Kong International Franchising Show: http://www.hktdc.com/hkifs
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2Dqvniq

    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:
    Beatrice Lam (BIP Asia), Tel: +852 2584 4049, Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org Billy Ng (SmartBiz and Franchising Show), Tel: +852 2584 4393, Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org Sunny Ng (Asian E-tailing Summit), Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org

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    HONG KONG, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - IR Magazine has revealed who's in the running to win a coveted award at this year's IR Magazine Forum and Awards - Greater China 2018 ( http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ ), taking place at the Conrad in Hong Kong on 30 November!

    From telecommunication giants to brewing experts, the nominees for this year's awards are an eclectic mix of industries and markets, with both familiar and new faces making an appearance on the short lists - an excellent testament to the impressive scope and scale of IR across Greater China in 2018.

    Due to popular demand, IR Magazine will once again be presenting two types of awards categories - researched and nominated - making it a grand total of 30 awards being presented, which honor the industry's finest IR practitioners and celebrate their fantastic achievements over the past 12 months.

    Find the full set of short lists for both awards below - IR Magazine wishes to congratulate all those who have been nominated!

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-NOMINATION SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-RESEARCH SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/researched-awards/

    To find out more information about the methodology behind the awards, please click
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/ for the awards-by-nomination and
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/researched-awards/ for the researched awards.

    The winners of both the researched and awards-by-nomination categories will be announced on 30 November at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Conrad in Hong Kong. The awards ceremony takes place following the forum sessions, which focus on the global economic outlook, the regulatory landscape, ESG reporting and much more. Click http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ for more information on the event, the forum agenda and how to book your place.

    Strategic Public Relations Group is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner for the IR Magazine Forum & Awards - Greater China 2018.

    About IR Magazine

    Launched in 1988, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors.

    IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. In addition to producing articles, research reports and investor perception studies, IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and forums around the world and online webinars.

    To learn more, please visit www.irmagazine.com or connect with IR Magazine via Twitter @IRMagazine and the LinkedIn group: IR Magazine.

    About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2018

    The IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China are among the most anticipated events of the year for the IR industry in Asia. IROs from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan get the unique opportunity to gather and discuss pressing issues, hear real-life examples and best practices from senior IR professionals, and celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony.

    The event is sponsored by Citi, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Deutsche Bank, EQS, Hill+Knowlton, Strategies, ICA, Ipreo by IHS Markit, Nasdaq, SPRG and West.

    For more information, please visit www.irmagazine.com/greaterchina

    Media enquiries
    Strategic Public Relations Group
    Cindy Lung / Crystal Yuen
    Tel: +852 2864 4867 / 2114 4903
    Email: cindy.lung@sprg.com.hk / crystal.yuen@sprg.com.hk
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    To be sold in more than 150 countries and regions starting from 2019

    - Lower center of gravity, sportier exterior, and sleek interior design achieved by TNGA
    - New platform delivers enhanced driving and basic performance improvements
    - Cutting-edge active safety technologies enhanced by the latest Toyota Safety Sense
    - "Connected" services deliver "safety and peace of mind" and "comfort and convenience"
    - Hybrid version to be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions

    Guangzhou, China, Nov 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota today unveils 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 opened November 16.

    The new models deliver enhanced basic performance achieved by the GA-C platform, and include the Sporty model (in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries/regions) with an active, energetic edge, and the Prestige model (in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries/regions) sporting an exterior design that produces a striking, high-end appearance.

    Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start in spring 2019. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

    "We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but "connectivity" functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world," stated Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models. "I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota's "making ever-better cars" philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota's car-making has changed significantly."

    Corolla is Toyota's all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide (including derivative models) since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, Corolla has evolved. New advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all the while inheriting its core DNA--reliability and usability--from the very first generation.

    Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative to structurally transform vehicle development, the new platform has been unified globally within the present 12th generation, including the hatchback model that went on sale in summer 2018, and the wagon model released in regions such as Europe in early 2019. The new generation hatchback and wagon models in Europe and other countries and regions also take the Corolla name, further strengthening the Corolla brand.

    The new platform offers improved performance characterized by smooth driving, ride comfort, quietness, and safety. The Corolla delivers a joyful driving experience to customers in a wide range of countries and regions, backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents.

    Enabled by TNGA's new platform, the exterior design concept, Shooting Robust, instills an active essence, achieving a firm, lower center of gravity and sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than current models.

    The interior design is based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept (a design that is simple yet sensuously appealing), aptly incorporating a sleek instrument panel that conveys a comfortable spaciousness, and integrated functional parts, creating a refined elegance.

    The enhanced driving and environmental performance originates from various powertrains that suit the needs and characteristics of customers across diverse countries and regions, including the recent powertrains developed under TNGA initiatives (e.g., 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, Direct Shift-CVT, 6-speed manual transmission). Hybrid models equipped with the latest hybrid technologies will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with upgraded advanced safety features, in the form of the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with specifications and availability refined for each market, ensuring the Corolla contributes to the widespread use of safer cars.

    The new models offer optimal connected functions and services tuned to each market, delivering safety and security as well as comfort and convenience by connecting people and cars, and cars and society. In China, the new models come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected. Connected services will be introduced across all grades, providing "just-in-time" services and offering security and peace of mind to customers 24/7. Other examples include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the United States, and services in Europe that allow the car to be connected to an operator in emergency situations and the dispatch of rescue vehicles based on the car's location.

    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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