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    MRO of aero engines currently in progress in MHIAEL
    - Agreement met with IAE LLC, entity managing the engines' international development project through JAEC
    - Expand MRO business amid steadily increasing demand for A320neo jets

    TOKYO, Nov 26, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine, Ltd. (MHIAEL), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Aichi Prefecture, will join maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations for the PW1100G-JM aero engines. MHIAEL has signed an agreement with International Aero Engines LLC (IAE LLC), the entity that developed the PW1100G-JM engines, through Japan Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC)(1), which is a member company of IAE. Today, the PW1100G-JM engine is attracting steady demand, particularly for the popular Airbus A320neo series jets, and MHIAEL has opted to join the MRO arrangement in addition to currently providing MRO for PW4000 engines on the Boeing 747, 767 and others and V2500 engines on the A320ceo.

    The PW1100G-JM engine was developed by IAE LLC with participation from its member companies, Pratt & Whitney(2) (P&W) of the U.S., MTU Aero Engines AG (MTU) of Germany, and JAEC.

    The A320neo jets with the PW1100G-JM engine entered into service in 2016. Given a boost by today's vibrant market for narrow-body jets, orders have been exceeding initial forecasts. As a result, the PW1100G-JM engine is going to be a main product for MHIAEL, which is responsible for production of combustor parts and assembly of combustor modules.

    Building MRO operations for the PW1100G-JM, which is the latest configuration of commercial aero engines, MHIAEL is looking for useful feedback on parts design and manufacturing processes as a way to further improve its technologies in new commercial aero engines.

    Going forward, MHIAEL will continue to burnish its technical capabilities and improve its reliability in the development, production and MRO of aero engines, thereby making ongoing contributions to the development of Japan's aero engine industry.

    (1) JAEC is a consortium, consisting of three Japanese companies: IHI Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and MHIAEL has over 30 years of experience in international collaboration for commercial engine development.
    (2) Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corporation.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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

    For more information, please visit MHI's website:
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA:

    Corporate Communication Department Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

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    - Elite U.K. Commercial Fund closes acquisition for the alternative global asset manager

    SINGAPORE / LONDON, Nov 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore-based P.E. firm Elite Partners Capital Pte Ltd announced today it has acquired a portfolio of quality commercial properties in the United Kingdom from Telereal Trillium, one of the U.K.'s biggest private developers, for GB£282.15 million (S$508 million). The portfolio has potential for capital gains upon asset enhancement.

    The Hayhill Portfolio comprises 97 freehold offices, 85% of which are located in town centres across the U.K., measuring a combined 2.6 million square feet. Approximately 99.4% of the rental income is secured against the covenant of the U.K. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

    The portfolio is currently let to the Department for Work and Pensions - the U.K.'s largest government department - on 10-year Full Repair and Insurance leases with built-in rent uplifts, which commenced on 1 April 2018 and expire on 31 March 2028.

    The acquisition is the first significant transaction undertaken by Elite's Singapore-domiciled Elite U.K. Commercial Fund, which focuses on U.K. real estate. To date, the Fund has raised GB£120 million (S$216 million) in equity and mezzanine funding from more than a dozen prominent institutional investors, family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals.

    Elite is an alternative asset manager specialising in yield-accretive global assets. It was incorporated in 2017 by three founding partners, Mr Victor Song, Mr Charles Hoon and Mr Chiew Chuanjin. Mr Song, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, was a founding partner of SGX-listed Viva Industrial Trust, which has since merged with ESR REIT.

    Mr Song said: "We are very pleased that our Elite U.K. Commercial Fund has been able to seize this rare opportunity to acquire a substantial core portfolio of quality offices. With attractive geographical spread, let on brand new leases to the undoubted covenant of the U.K. Government, the portfolio offers low-risk sustainable long-term yield."

    "The investors of the fund can expect strong and stable income, coupled with potential upside from rental reviews and capital gains through asset enhancements and conversion for alternate uses. We will continue to look into acquiring new assets for this fund," he said.

    Mr Graham Edwards, Executive Chairman at Telereal Trillium, said: "We are delighted to complete the sale of the Hayhill Portfolio to Elite U.K. Commercial. The high level of interest in this well diversified portfolio from both U.K. and global buyers is a positive sign for the U.K. property market, and testament to the quality of the covenant strength on offer."

    Media Contact:
    Elite Partners Capital
    Emily Goh, tel: +65 6779 9288

    WeR1 Consultants Pte Ltd
    Grace Yew,, +65 6737 4844

    About Elite Partners Capital
    Incorporated in 2017, Singapore-based Elite Partners Capital is an alternative asset management company focused on the management of yield-accretive global assets with high growth potential and well-defined exit strategies. Backed by a team with proven expertise in private equity and real estate investment trusts (REITs), its threefold investment philosophy aims to protect initial capital, preserve investment value and create new growth opportunities.

    Elite Partners Capital has obtained an in-principle Capital Market Services (CMS) licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) under the Securities and Futures (Licensing and Conduct of Business) Regulations. For more information, please visit:

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    - Since 2015 rollout, 10 million milestone reached in 3.5 years
    - Installed in 90 percent of Toyota vehicles in Japan, the United States, and Europe
    - Rear-end collisions reduced by 70 percent (90 percent when combined with Intelligent - Clearance Sonar, which covers lower speed rear-end collisions)
    - Ongoing development to support intersection accident response
    - Introduced in 68 countries and regions, with expansion to approximately 100 by 2020 planned

    Toyota City, Japan, Nov 26, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announces the total global number of vehicles equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)(1), the Toyota-developed preventive safety package, has reached the 10 million unit mark, approximately three and a half years after its March 2015 introduction. It is anticipated that within this year, three million vehicles in Japan and five million vehicles in North America will have the package.

    Toyota first introduced the package with the "Corolla" series, centered on the belief that popularizing safety technology is vital. Toyota Safety Sense is currently equipped in approximately 90 percent of Toyota and Lexus vehicles(2) for the Japanese, United States, and European markets. At present, it has been introduced in a total of 68 countries and regions, including China, other select Asian countries, the Middle East, and Australia.

    Toyota Safety Sense helps avoid or mitigate damage and/or injury from serious traffic accidents, based on accident data from Japan, the United States, and Europe. It comprises the following three aspects:

    - Pre-Collision System (PCS): helps prevent and mitigate damage from rear-end collisions involving vehicles and/or pedestrians(3)
    - Lane Departure Alert (LDA): helps prevent vehicles from deviating from their lanes and head-on collisions(4)
    - Automatic High Beam (AHB): contributes to the early detection of pedestrians and the reduction of accidents during nighttime driving(5)

    Rear-end collisions--the most common type of accident in Japan--involving vehicles equipped with Toyota Safety Sense have been reduced by approximately 70 percent(6). If TSS and Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), which covers lower-speed collisions, are combined, rear-end collisions have fallen by approximately 90 percent.

    Toyota Safety Sense is further evolving, based on a two-pronged approach of bolstering its adaptability to traffic accidents involving fatalities and/or injuries, and further popularizing the package, aiming toward the goal of completely eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries.

    The second-generation Toyota Safety Sense, introduced in January 2018, makes improvements in detection and performance compared to the previous version, and allows the package to respond to nighttime pedestrian and/or bicycle accidents. Further development is focusing on expanding adaptability to traffic accidents involving fatalities and/or injuries, such as with pedestrians and head-on collisions with oncoming traffic at intersections.

    Toyota and Lexus aim to introduce the packages in around 100 countries and regions, including Asia and Latin America, by 2020.

    With a focus on providing everyone with safe, reliable mobility, Toyota considers Safety Sense a cornerstone of safe car-making. Toyota will continue to develop safety from a wide range of perspectives, including activities to raise awareness such as "Support Toyota"(7) and by supporting development of a traffic environment that includes the use of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and connected technologies.

    (1) Includes Lexus brand vehicles equipped with Lexus Safety System + and Lexus Safety System + A.
    (2) Calculated from the orders/sales of vehicles in Japan, U.S., and Europe between January and September 2018. OEM models and business cars excluded.
    (3) PCS (with laser radar and a single-lens camera, certain vehicles only) can detect objects ahead of the vehicles and not pedestrians.
    (4) LKA (Lane Keeping Assist) and LTA (Lane Tracing Assist) both include LDA functions
    (5) Includes AHS (Adaptive High-beam System).
    (6) Based on independent calculations performed by Toyota using accident data from the Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA). Figures calculated based on traffic accident occurrence rates for Toyota Safety Sense-equipped versus non-equipped Corolla, Prius, Premio, and Allion vehicles (totaling 680,000 vehicles overall) between January 2015 and December 2017.
    Rates are reduced by approximately 90 percent with the combination of Intelligent Clearance Sonar (Parking Support Brakes [Stationary Objects]), designed for collision avoidance and damage mitigation at ultra-low speeds.
    (7) Support Toyota is the general name for Toyota's initiatives in Japan toward safety and peace of mind as part of a life with cars through raising customer awareness and further popularizing safety technology. Specifically, Support Toyota involves raising awareness of traffic safety issues (such as the City Firefly Project) and promoting a clearer understanding of our products and services, including safety technology, connected services, Safety Support Car, Welcab, and Support Toyota Plus.

    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

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

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    TOKYO, Nov 26, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a capital alliance agreement with Rhelixa Co., Ltd. for 135 million yen via the acceptance of third-party allocation of shares.

    Rhelixa is a biotechnology startup with strengths in analyzing epigenome information. As Japan's society ages, the number of patients with cancer, dementia and other chronic conditions associated with age are also on the rise. It is known that many of these conditions are caused by aberrant epigenetic regulations. Being fundamental mechanisms for every organism, however, these epigenetic regulations can be applied in analyzing these conditions and coming up with methods for treatment and prevention.

    In addition, conducting epigenome analysis in animals and plants is expected to lead to the development of advanced cultivation and breeding technologies in agriculture, livestock and fishery that are more efficient and have less impact on the environment. In other words, epigenome analysis is expected to lead to the advancement of therapeutic and preventive technology and thereby contribute to the improving quality of life for many people.

    Under the alliance, MC dispatches a director to Rhelixa and, by combining its broad business base, global networks and comprehensive capabilities with the proprietary technologies of Rhelixa, is aiming to build a new business model that will help improve Rhelixa's corporate value.

    In addition, this alliance is being executed under the In-House Business Incubation Program introduced on a trial basis by MC's Living Essential Group in 2018. Its aim is to promote the development of businesses that contribute to the creation of consumer value and to human resource development. Through this and similar approaches, MC will continue to support the business initiatives of employees as it pursues the challenge of creating new value that will solve social issues.

    About Mitsubishi Corporation

    Mitsubishi Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates business across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, foods, and environmental business. Mitsubishi Corporation's current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods. For more information on Mitsubishi Corporation, please visit the company's website at

    Mitsubishi Corporation Telephone: +81 3 3210 2171 Facsimile: +81 3 5252 7705

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    HONG KONG, Nov 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Sitoy Group Holdings Ltd and a.testoni today announce the acquisition of the Italian luxury brand by the Hong Kong based group. Sitoy's investment will allow a.testoni to maintain its identity, maximising its artisanal heritage and DNA through a rejuvenated long-term vision and strategy to drive the brand's ongoing development and growth in the 21st century.

    "We are very pleased to welcome a.testoni as a part of the Sitoy Group and work together to realize the full potential of the brand. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, the acquisition marks an important milestone in the transformation of our retail and brand management business into a global dimension", said the Chairman of Sitoy, Mr. Michael Yeung Wah Keung.

    Mr. Bruno Fantechi, CEO of a.testoni said, "This important acquisition comes after many years of fruitful partnership in Mainland China, where Sitoy has been a key partner in developing the brand's distribution. It recognises the inherent value in the brand's unique levels of quality, craftsmanship and innovation which will drive significant future growth and development."

    More Information:
    a.testoni, established in 1929 in Bologna, Italy, is a worldwide symbol of the excellence of "Made in Italy". From its strong craftsmanship roots, the company has grown into an international luxury brand through constant innovation and design research. Sold through a network of 40 directly operated stores as well as multiple franchise stores and wholesale partners, the Brand is sought out for its unique combination of heritage, artisanal construction techniques and innovation in use of materials and design.

    Sitoy Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong based company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK:1023), was founded in 1968. Today it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of handbags, small leather goods, luggage and travel goods, with a growing retail and brand management portfolio, adopting a vertical integration strategy. Sitoy is a significant partner to premium and luxury international brands in both arenas.

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    - Investment in semiconductor product developer will help advance automated driving -

    KARIYA, JAPAN, Nov 26, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation, the world's second largest mobility supplier, today announced it has taken a stake in Infineon Technologies AG, one of top manufacturer of in-vehicle semiconductor products, to accelerate the development of technology to achieve next-generation vehicle systems such as automated driving. With the investment, Infineon Technologies' advanced semiconductor technologies will be combined with DENSO's in-vehicle technologies and expertise to accelerate the development of new and emerging mobility solutions.

    Due to increased functionality of vehicles and advanced electronic control, the demand for semiconductor products is growing exponentially. Next-generation vehicle systems required for widespread automated driving, electrification, and connected cars are continuously becoming more sophisticated and require more advanced technology. To enhance in-vehicle semiconductor product development, DENSO has been collaborating with semiconductor manufacturers, like Infineon Technologies, that have profound expertise in the space.

    Founded in 1999, Infineon Technologies creates and manufactures cutting-edge technologies, including microcomputers for control applications, and semiconductor sensors and products for electrified vehicles. The company also has a successful track record in mass production.

    DENSO's long-term commitment to mobility, especially in the areas of automated driving, connected cars and electrification, will enhance and accelerate the development of hardware and software-based solutions in the fields of safety and environmental protection. By partnering with Infineon Technologies and other companies both in and out of the automotive industry, DENSO continues to add value to the future of mobility for its customers and for all of society.

    About Denso

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

    For more information, please go to
    Visit our media website at

    Sadayoshi Yokoyama, Toshiko Watanabe DENSO CORPORATION Phone: 81-566-25-5594 Fax: 81-566-25-4509

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    HONG KONG, Nov 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - NIRAKU GC HOLDINGS, INC.1 ("NIRAKU" or the "Group"; stock code: 1245), one of the largest and leading pachinko hall operators in Japan, today announced that it has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Capital Creation (BVI) Limited ("CCBVI") through NGCH Hong Kong Limited ("NGCHHK"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, to establish a joint venture company in Hong Kong that will enter the e-sports business in the Pan-Asia region.

    The joint venture company, Yes! E-Sports Asia Holdings Ltd. ("YEAH"), to be 60% owned by CCBVI and 40% by NGCHHK, aims to provide a horizontal e-sports platform, focusing on the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam markets. YEAH will also seek to promote e-sports in the Pan-Asia region.

    In view of the rapidly expanding e-sports market worldwide, and particularly the Pan-Asia market, the Group believes that building strategic partnerships and strong business networks in different countries can lead to the provision of innovative top-class and comprehensive entertainment across Asia via its proprietary "e-sports + Entertainment" platform, thereby echoing its corporate slogan "Happy Time Creation".

    1For identification only

    Founded in 1950, NIRAKU GC HOLDINGS, INC.1 was the fourth largest pachinko hall operator in Japan in terms of gross revenue in 2013, according to Entertainment Business Institute. With a history of operating pachinko halls for over 60 years, the Group is strategically located in Northeast Honshu, Japan, and has stood by its corporate slogan of "Happy Time Creation", placing a primary focus on the customer experience and goodwill. The Group operates a total of 55 pachinko halls as at the date of this press release. With most of its halls geographically placed in suburban areas, the Group benefits from lower land costs, a more stable customer base and less competition from other forms of entertainment.

    Media Enquiries:
    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Vicky Lee +852 2864 4834
    Tika Lum +852 2864 4806

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    Group photo of judging panel members and guests who presented the awards to winners.
    Winner of the Secondary Division - The Five.
    Winner of the Tertiary Division - Road Savior.
    The competition received enthusiastic response from participants.
    HONG KONG, Nov 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The "Inter-School Innovation Competition on Insurance Technology: Life Can Be Insured" Prize Presentation Ceremony concluded at Cyberport yesterday. Organised by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) with the Vocational Training Council as implementation agent, and co-organised by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, the competition was an activity of the "Public Education Programme" under the "Pilot Programme to Enhance Talent Training for the Insurance Sector" (Insurance Pilot Programme). Close to 220 secondary and tertiary students forming 48 teams signed up for it.

    The competition comprised the Secondary Division and the Tertiary Division. Contestants in the former had to develop a mobile application (App) or platform to help the public or specific audience understand the basic concepts of insurance, different types of insurance and prospects of the industry, whereas contestants in the latter had to take part in a 24-hour Hackathon that started last Saturday (24 November) and develop a solution prototype to address "pain points", i.e. shortcoming of the insurance industry, e.g. lengthy process when making application and claims. And, for participating students to understand the trend and applications of insurance technology (InsurTech) and the "pain points" of the industry, two workshops were held in October during which students exchanged thoughts with representatives of start-ups and insurance industry.

    The judging panel was made up of experts from the technology, insurance and academic fields, including Mr. Charles Lam, Senior Manager, FinTech & Blockchain, Cyberport; Mr. Terence Leung, Senior Manager, E-sport & Youth Team, Cyberport; Mr. Thomas Yip, Education Sub-Committee Member, Professional Insurance Brokers Association; Ms. Rebecca Poon, Honorary Treasurer, The Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers; Ms. Joyce Lau and Mr. Bosco Leung, Member of InsurTech Task Force under General Insurance Council, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers; Prof. Jeff Tang, Research Assistant Professor, The Open University of Hong Kong, and Dr. C K Chui, Director, Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

    The panel assessed the teams based on their creativity, and the content, design and technical complexity of their entry, as well as presentation skills, etc. In the secondary division, the winner trophy went to Insurance Adventure designed by The Five and a prototype designed by Road Savior snatched the champion title in the tertiary division. The winning teams will also receive scholarships sponsored by the FSTB, and winners of tertiary division will have the fast track interview opportunity for the Cyberport Creative Micro Fund or Cyberport Incubation Programme.

    The winning teams of the competition are listed below:

    Secondary Division

    Winner: The Five - Po Leung Tang Kuk Yuk Tien College
    First runner-up: InsurWave - St. Francis Xavier's College
    Second runner-up: Elegantia College (Sponsored by Education Convergence)
    Merit: C.C.C. Ming Yin College
    Merit: Jay and His Friends - Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College

    Tertiary Division

    Winner: Road Savior - The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    First runner-up: Cydalytics - The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong
    Second runner-up: InsurHealth - The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong
    Merit: No Wonder - The City University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Merit: Treasurance - The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    In her speech at the ceremony, Ms. Selina Lau, Chairperson of the Working Group on the Public Education Programme of the Insurance Pilot Programme, shared with participants the development trend of the insurance industry in Hong Kong and the innovative applications of insurance technologies. Ms. Lau also encouraged students to show their creativity and problem-solving skills and hoped more young people can join the insurance sector to give new blood and new ideas to the industry advancing into the new InsurTech era.

    To enhance public understanding of the insurance industry and drive the industry's long-term development, the Hong Kong SAR Government launched the Insurance Pilot Programme in August 2016. The Insurance Pilot Programme, which includes the Public Education Programme, Work-and-Learn Programme, Summer Internship Programme and Financial Incentive Scheme for Professional Training, aims to promote to the public, students and existing practitioners the professionalism and the full spectrum of career opportunities in the insurance industry. For details about the Insurance Pilot Programme, please visit

    Photo Captions:

    Group photo of judging panel members and guests who presented the awards to winners (from the left: Mr. Terence Leung, Senior Manager, E-sport & Youth Team, Cyberport; Mr. Thomas Yip, Education Sub-Committee Member, Professional Insurance Brokers Association; Prof. Jeff Tang, Research Assistant Professor, The Open University of Hong Kong; Ms. Selina Lau, Chairperson of the Working Group on the Public Education Programme of the Insurance Pilot Programme; Prof. C K Chui, Director, Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong; Mr. Bosco Leung, Member of InsurTech Task Force under General Insurance Council, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers; Ms. Rebecca Poon, Honorary Treasurer, The Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers; Mr. Charles Lam, Senior Manager, FinTech & Blockchain, Cyberport)

    Winner of the Secondary Division - The Five.

    Winner of the Tertiary Division - Road Savior.

    The competition received enthusiastic response from participants.

    Media Enquiries
    Strategic Financial Relations Limited
    Ms. Courtney Ngai (+852) 2114 4952
    Ms. Rita Fong (+852) 2114 4939
    Mr. James Fung (+852) 2114 4956

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    The combined PET-CT unit at the Centre for Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging at University Putra Malaysia is being used to investigate new ways to measure tumour aggressiveness. (Credit: Ahmad Saad, F. F.)
    Tests show an association between how aggressive a tumour is and the levels of sugar and inflammatory proteins in the blood.

    Selangor, Malaysia, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Researchers at University Putra Malaysia found a relationship between some markers of inflammation in the body and the aggressiveness of certain malignant tumours.

    They conducted full body scans of 31 people with malignant tumours - including cancers of the lung, oesophagus, colon and breast - using a machine that combines positron emission and computed tomography (PET/CT). The scans evaluated tumour malignancy and aggressiveness based on a measurement, called the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax). The more a particular radiopharmaceutical tracer is trapped in the cell, the darker it appears on the scan images and the higher the SUVmax. Traditionally, tumours with a SUVmax value of 2.5 grams/millilitre or higher are considered malignant. The group was divided into two based on tumour SUVmax values above or below 6.0.

    The team also measured patients' body mass index (BMI), a measure of obesity; fasting blood sugar levels; and blood levels of inflammatory markers including C-reactive protein, a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation, and interleukin 6, an immune protein that is active during inflammation.

    They found strong correlations between SUVmax and C-reactive protein levels. They also found strong correlations between C-reactive protein levels and interleukin 6 levels. Finally there were also strong correlations between interleukin 6 levels, BMI, and fasting blood glucose levels.

    They found that fasting blood glucose and interleukin 6 levels in particular were good predictors of tumour aggression. The fasting blood glucose levels rose and the interleukin 6 levels dropped incrementally the higher the tumour SUVmax value was above 6.0. This could mean that rising blood sugar levels in people with tumours having SUVmax values above 6.0 indicates they are becoming increasingly aggressive. Falling interleukin 6 levels in high SUVmax tumours, on the other hand, could indicate effective treatment.

    "Serum inflammatory markers and endogenous glucose are associated with a potentially more aggressive malignant cancer," the researchers conclude in their study published in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology. "In particular, interleukin 6 may be used as a useful surrogate marker for tumour aggressiveness with an important prognostic value," they write.

    Further research, however, is needed to understand why interleukin 6 levels are altered in this way.

    Paper Reference: Ahmad Saad, F. F. et al, "The Association of FDG-PET (Suvmax) and Inflammatory Marker in Predicting Tumour Aggressiveness" Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology. 2018

    Distributed for Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology by ResearchSEA.

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    WARC Global Ad Trends - A focus on DOOH

    LONDON, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Spend on digital out of home advertising (DOOH) -- i.e. video content and/or digital signs located in high traffic public locations such as high streets, airports, bus shelters, subways and malls -- is expected to grow 10.1% each year between 2018 and 2021, accounting for the entirety of growth in the out of home (OOH) market as spend on traditional sites begins to decline from next year.

    Digital's share of total global OOH adspend is expected to rise to 37.3% -- or $14.6bn -- this year, up from 34.8% in 2017, 32.4% in 2016 and 22.7% in 2012. The rapid growth of DOOH is driven in part by the higher cost-per-thousand (CPM) the format commands, but also the rising penetration of digital panels and the opportunity to combine data-driven targeting with powerful, dynamic creative.

    DOOH's share is rising at a time when providers are accelerating site investment

    Major providers are accelerating investment in digital sites, and this will further fuel growth over the coming years. JCDecaux is building on its existing base of 59,744 digital screens worldwide with the ongoing digitalisation of street furniture in New York, Chicago and London. Clear Channel added 450 new digital screens last year, taking its global total to 14,510, while Lamar intends to add 300 screens in 2019, adding to its existing base of 2,800.

    In terms of markets, adspend figures from the latest AA/WARC Expenditure Report show half of UK's OOH ad investment is expected to be spent on digital sites this year, equating to £593m ($770m). MAGNA forecast spend in the US to reach $1.2bn, up from $582m in 2012. The Direct Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA) believes $100m of this will be traded programmatically, up from $65m in 2017.

    In Germany, where Google is exploring DOOH opportunities, spend is expected to reach $285m -- 18% of the OOH market and more than double the amount invested two years ago; and in France, the share is forecast to be 11.9% ($183m) this year.

    DOOH can deliver powerful creative in high-traffic locations

    Data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) show that digital billboards now account for 21% of all billboards in the country, and research by Nielsen show that approximately 60% of US consumers see a digital billboard each month and 37% see one each week.

    In the UK, DOOH plays a core role in the daily commute, generating £152m in adspend for Transport for London. The power of the medium is such that Global, UK's largest commercial radio group, recently moved into the DOOH sector by acquiring Exterion, Primesight and Outdoor Plus, gaining 30% in market share.

    A strength of DOOH is the delivery of dynamic creative, using real-time and predictive triggers to ensure the most relevant ad is surfaced to the right people, in the right place, at the right time. The rise of digital screens, particularly on the high street, gives advertisers more choice in where and when their ad is placed, while the creative itself -- especially if video -- can be powerful.

    OOH drives online activation, demonstrating a synergy with consumers' mobile habits

    Search is a key benefactor when included in the mix with OOH -- mobile click through rates (CTRs) increase by up to 15% when supported by OOH. Data show 46% of US consumers used a search engine as a result of seeing an OOH ad, while 38% went on to use Facebook.

    The outdoor ad revolution is not, however, problem-free. The collection of mobile phone data, for both targeting and measurement, raises privacy concerns. This is cited as a particular issue by almost one in three mobile marketers. And criticisms of the online-ad business for being opaque, and occasionally fraudulent, may also be directed at the OOH business as it becomes bigger and more complex.

    While DOOH provides the opportunity of improved targeting through facial recognition, consumers are yet to be sold on the idea. A full 65.2% of those surveyed by WARC and Toluna were not happy for facial recognition to be used for personalised marketing messages.

    James McDonald, Data Editor, WARC, concludes: "The combined power of digital out of home and mobile location data can be used to add greater targeting capabilities to a broadcast medium, serving programmatically-traded creative by the hour to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.

    "This is an enticing prospect for advertisers looking to leverage digital's strengths without the risk of ad blocking, fraud, and risk to brand safety."

    Global media analysis: A round-up of DOOH
    - 10.1% compound annual growth rate for DOOH to 2021
    - 15% increase in mobile click through rates when used with OOH
    - 21% billboards in America which are now digital
    - 37% Americans who see a digital billboard at least once a week
    - 50.1% DOOH's share of UK OOH adspend this year
    - 66.9% consumers who are unaware that facial recognition technology can be used to measure mood

    Other new key media intelligence on WARC Data
    - Amazon Prime Day more valuable than Black Friday/Cyber Monday
    - Global programmatic market to reach $75bn this year
    - Brand knowledge and cost efficiencies are main in-house agency benefits
    - Evaluating digital spend has become more difficult in the UK

    Global Ad Trends is part of WARC Data ( a dedicated online service featuring current advertising benchmarks, data points, ad trends and user-generated expanded databases.

    Aimed at media and brand owners, market analysts, media, advertising and research agencies as well as academics, WARC Data provides current advertising and media information, hard facts and figures - essential market intelligence for ad industry related business, strategy and planning required in any decision making process.

    WARC Data is available by subscription only. For more information visit

    About WARC

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

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

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

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

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    Continues to Enrich Customer Base with Strong Project Pipeline

    HONG KONG, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - BGMC International Limited ("BGMC" or the "Group") (HKEX: 1693), a Malaysia-based construction services company, announced today that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group entered into a sub-contract with the main contractor, MRCB Builders Sdn Bhd ("MRCB Builders"), an engineering and construction arm of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad ("MRCB"), in relation to the construction of structural and architectural works (the "Works") for Tower 2 and Tower 3 blocks on a proposed 46-storey commercial development comprising tower blocks and podium block, on Lot 266, 349 and Government Land, Town of Sambanthan, Section 72 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The estimated sub-contract sum is RM189,000,000 (approximately HK$357,210,000), which is exclusive of goods and services tax. The tentative commencement dates of the Works are mid-December 2018 for Tower 2 and mid-March 2019 for Tower 3. The Works are scheduled to be completed on 1 November 2020.

    Tan Sri Barry Goh, Chairman and Executive Director of BGMC, said, "Given our established reputation and a proven 20-year track record of delivering quality and timely construction services, we are delighted to win another sizeable project from our well-known long-term client, MRCB, a testament to our strong customer base. We will continue to replenish the order books, tender for residential, commercial or industrial-construction projects in both public and private sectors and support infrastructure projects in Malaysia as well as seize opportunities available elsewhere in the Southeast Asia region, thereby creating optimal returns for our shareholders."

    About BGMC International Limited
    Founded in 1996, BGMC International Limited is a construction services company based in Malaysia. With an operating history of over 20 years, it provides a wide range of construction services to customers. Armed with experience and expertise in construction services, the Group is capable of undertaking public private partnership (PPP) projects based on the Build, Lease, Maintain and Transfer (BLMT) model that can allow it to generate long-term recurring cash flow.

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    Figure 1: Screenshots of various data analysis
    Figure 2: Diagram of visualized operations
    Pricing and Availability
    Helping to raise customer productivity through insights gained from its own internal 2,000-employee field trial

    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced the launch of "Fujitsu Workplace Innovation Zinrai for 365 Dashboard," a new service that aims to create more diverse ways of working and improving the work-life balance of employees, using artificial intelligence to visualize the trends of business collaboration patterns and processes. Sales of the new service begin on November 27. Fujitsu and Microsoft have been working to develop workstyle transformation solutions since December 2017, as part of their collaboration in the AI field. As the first outcome of this collaboration, the new service leverages the insights gained from Fujitsu's own approximately 2,000-employee internal trial, and puts Fujitsu's AI technology "Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai" to work on the analysis of the trends of a business collaboration patterns and processes from Microsoft 365 and other apps. The service categorizes and visualizes broad collaboration and workstyle trends happening within an organization. This supports a shift to more creative tasks with more diverse and flexible ways of working. Fujitsu will continue to work to develop and globally deliver solutions that help customers increase productivity, using AI.


    Recent years have seen a rapid advance in efforts to transform working styles, based on the goals of addressing long working hours, creating more diverse ways of working, and improving work-life balance. As these transformations move ahead, however, numerous challenges have emerged, such as the need to understand current workstyles, namely, who is doing what task for how long, and discover better ways of quantitatively grasping and evaluating measures to improve productivity. Since December 2017, Fujitsu and Microsoft have extended their collaborative framework into the field of AI, working to jointly develop solutions that further transform the ways people work, using both companies' services and AI technology.

    Features of the Service

    Using the natural language and knowledge processing technology of Zinrai, which aggregates the results of Fujitsu Laboratories' research, this service analyzes the trends of a business collaboration patterns and processes from data collected through Microsoft Azure by using Microsoft 365 and other apps. This includes email and calendar metadata, as well as the ability to layer in an organization's data, including To/From data, subject lines, and timestamps, to shine a light on how people collaborate and spend their time at work. In order to understand how much time employees are spending on which sorts of work, the service analyzes the details of operations from three angles: "Tasks," "Targets," and "Topics." In addition, by linking with Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft's interactive data visualization tool, this service can visualize the results of analysis, which can then be approached from multiple perspectives. This enables the service to provide a concrete understanding of issues in current operations, while having a quantitative grasp and verification of measures aimed at further improving productivity through the utilization of results gained through visualization. At the same time, together with a consulting on original scenario creation to transform workstyles, and an array of other services, Fujitsu is providing the total support--from service implementation to ongoing results monitoring--that will help customers to transform workstyles.
    Figure 1: Screenshots of various data analysis

    Overview of Fujitsu's Internal Trial

    Fujitsu has proactively taken the opportunity to develop a solution, beginning an internal trial in July 2018 aimed at categorizing and visualizing, to improve day-to-day operations with AI. Specifically, using Zinrai AI technology, it categorized operational details along the axes of what sort of task it was, what the goal of the task was, and the respective employee that was doing the task, gained from PC usage data and data from Microsoft 365, for about 2,000 Fujitsu employees. The solution visualized who was doing the task, which could then be analyzed and evaluated through a dashboard.
    Figure 2: Diagram of visualized operations

    Among those offices that participated in this advance trial, Fujitsu made efforts to address the issues of frequent meetings and communication style, and as a result freed up an average of 43 minutes per day per person. This enabled employees to spend 16% more time on core tasks with a focus on corporate tasks and other operations.

    Future Developments

    In the future, Fujitsu will Integrate this service with Microsoft Workplace Analytics, which analyzes time management and collaboration patterns in organizations, thereby raising the quality of meetings and daily communication, supporting further workstyle transformations. By 2020, Fujitsu aims to develop a 50.0 billion yen business through this service and related businesses. Moreover, this service is set to be rolled out globally, after first being offered in the Japanese market.

    Pricing and Availability

    Comment from Megumi Shimazu, SVP, Head of Managed Infrastructure Services Business Unit, Global Delivery Group, Fujitsu Limited

    "Arising from our alliance with Microsoft, Zinrai for 365 Dashboard makes it possible to grasp, and quantitatively transform, the ways employees actually work. We will provide the insights and know-how gained from our own internal implementation to accelerate customer transformation in the ways they go about their business and support employees as they take charge of how they perform their jobs. Fujitsu will continue to work with Microsoft to promote new innovations that lead to a more prosperous society in the future."

    Comment from Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation

    "We welcome the launch of Zinrai for 365 Dashboard, a new service created through our collaboration with Fujitsu that will use Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the ways customers work. By visualizing work tasks and solving issues, this will provide people and organizations with insights to find new ways of working."

    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.

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    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited today announced the launch of two new models in the H series of the Fujitsu Workstation CELSIUS family of workstations, all made by Fujitsu Client Computing. Both of these models are equipped with the latest processor--the eighth-generation Intel Core family of processors--and the operating system Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Fujitsu will begin sales of the new models in Japan from November 30.

    Main Features of the New Products

    The CELSIUS H980 mobile workstation features a 17.3" full HD high-performance large screen display. It comes equipped with the latest 3D graphics accelerators, including NVIDIA Quadro P5200 and NVIDIA Quadro P3200, offering users the ability to quickly and easily use applications like the latest CAD, CAE(1), or analytic simulations. With a 17.3" wide screen and top-level graphics capabilities, it delivers a comfortable, mobile work environment.

    The CELSIUS H780 high-spec workstation, which features a 15.6" full HD display, now comes with an AC adapter that is approximately 32% smaller than the previous model(2), and it supports high-performance mobile work when users are on the go.

    In addition, both models are equipped with the latest processor--the Intel Core family of processors with eighth-generation hexa-core or quad-core chips(3)--and the operating system Windows 10 April 2018 Update, with support for Thunderbolt3 (USB3.1 Gen2), which enables high-speed data connections. They can also be custom-equipped with a fingerprint sensor and a palm vein sensor. Moreover, they have been tested in accordance with nine categories of the MIL-STD-810G (4), which is a US military procurement standard, delivering the high quality and reliability that is demanded of mobile work stations.

    Pricing and Availability

    (1) CAE Computer Aided Engineering. Computer systems that support the design and development of industrial products.
    (2) Approximately 32% smaller than the previous model Comparison with CELSIUS H770.
    (3) Quad-core chips Only for the CELSIUS H780.
    (4) Tested in accordance with nine categories of the MIL-STD-810G They have been tested in accordance with nine categories of the MIL-STD 810G procurement standard of the US Department of Defense (vibration integrity, vehicle vibration (long distance transport of 1,000 miles), transit drop, functional shock, blowing dust (6 hours), humidity, altitude (at an altitude of 15,000ft when operational, at 30,000ft when stored), high temperature (at a constant temperature of 50degC when operational and 70degC when non-operational), low temperature (at a constant temperature of -20degC when operational and -30degC when non-operational). Depending on circumstances or the environment, there is no guarantee of operability. Fujitsu does not guarantee validity and accuracy regarding these test results, and does not bear any responsibility, including for defect liability.

    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.

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    Figure 1: Experimental setup in anechoic chamber
    Figure 2: Experimental results of the influence of the human body at various frequencies
    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO INC. and Rohde & Schwarz have joined forces to set up the world's first ultra-wideband channel sounder for mobile communications exceeding 100 GHz. They conducted radio wave propagation experiments at frequencies up to 150 GHz. The frequency bands from 100 GHz to 300 GHz are expected to enable further high-speed and large-capacity communications for the next generation beyond 5G.

    In the experiments, the two companies measured and analyzed the effects of radio wave propagation characteristics and shielding effects in the mmWave range. As a result, they pioneered new frequency bands and contributed to the realization of terabit-class mobile communication systems.

    In the 100 GHz to 300 GHz frequency bands, wider bandwidths are available than in those used for 5G. However, these higher mmWave frequency bands are strongly affected by persons, vehicles, trees and environmental conditions like rain. It is therefore necessary to research the influence of such objects on the radio wave propagation characteristics.

    Using test and measurement equipment from Rohde & Schwarz, DOCOMO has developed a novel ultra-wideband mmWave band channel sounder to measure radio wave propagation characteristics necessary for evaluating mmWave mobile communication systems exceeding 100 GHz. The measurement parameters include the propagation loss (degree of attenuation of radio waves), power delay profile (arrival time of radio waves) and angular profile (indicator of spread of radio wave arrival). In the test system the R&S SMW200A signal generator together with the R&S SMZ frequency multiplier generate the mmWave bands, while the R&S FSW85 signal and spectrum analyzer equipped with the R&S FS-Z170 analyze it with a scalable wide analysis bandwidth of up to 2 GHz. The setup offers a highly convenient user interface with a high-resolution multi-touch display directly displaying the radio wave propagation characteristics in real-time.

    In this experiment, this test system was placed in an anechoic chamber. DOCOMO and Rohde & Schwarz confirmed that they can measure and analyze the shielding effect of the human body, applying signals up to 150 GHz in all common 5G frequency bands currently in use or under consideration.

    Through their close collaboration, DOCOMO and Rohde & Schwarz show their commitment to contributing to the development of next-generation mobile communication systems beyond 5G worldwide.
    Figure 1: Experimental setup in anechoic chamber
    Figure 2: Experimental results of the influence of the human body at various frequencies

    About Rohde & Schwarz

    The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative communications, information and security products for professional users. The group's test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security, networks and cybersecurity business fields address many different industry and government-sector market segments. On June 30, 2018, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 11,500 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 2 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year (July to June). The company has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Internationally, it has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

    About NTT DOCOMO

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

    NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: Contact:

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    Designed for the Modern Urban Explorer, the Lexus UX Launches in Japan

    - Bold, sophisticated exterior styling conveys strength, power, and agility
    - Interior design balances driver-focused cockpit feel with spaciousness and style
    - GA-C platform and rigid body structure deliver sharp steering response and stable handling
    - Features the latest powertrain technology, including a newly developed direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 engine
    - Exceptional body rigidity and low center of gravity for sport-hatch agility
    - Equipped with the latest Lexus safety technology (Lexus Safety System+), including Lane Tracing Assist

    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - The all-new Lexus UX goes on sale today at all Lexus dealerships across Japan. Catering to urbanites in search of a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving, the UX offers the brand's innovative design, luxury features, and advanced safety in a package that combines charismatic new styling elements and ultra-efficient new powertrains.

    Infused with dynamic attitude, the 2019 Lexus UX is engineered to deliver quick and engaging driving with a Lexus-smooth demeanor, making it a unique entry in the luxury compact crossover segment.

    The 2019 UX is the first Lexus developed to use the new Global Architecture-Compact (GA-C) platform. A lightweight yet super-rigid structure, low center of gravity and refined suspension tuning endow the UX with exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.

    The UX's bold and sophisticated personality is characterized by a solid exterior that exudes power and strength, while the wide fenders and compact body convey the vehicle's agility. Inside, the cockpit invites the driver to enjoy the exhilaration of driving, while the cabin generates an overall sense of spaciousness that is immediately noticeable to the vehicle's occupants.

    The UX possesses the basic proportions that define a crossover vehicle, while the GA-C platform's rigidity and low center of gravity make the UX a nimble, sporty car, emphasizing high agility, stability, and ride quality no matter the driving conditions. The UX embraces the latest powertrain technology, underscored by a new 2.0-liter direct-injection inline-4 engine and a 2.0-liter hybrid system. With the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, which includes Lane Tracing Assist, the UX ensures that all passengers travel with the assurance of the most advanced safety technology.

    The all-new UX will be priced from 3,900,000 yen to 5,350,000 yen (consumption tax included)(1).

    Main features of the all-new UX


    The UX's exterior styling exudes strength and power, while offering a sense of sophistication and grace that expresses the vehicle's agile nature. The body's solid build emphasizes toughness and stability, providing a sense of security for all occupants. The UX possesses body proportions befitting a vehicle with excellent agility, achieved by its aggressive fender shape that flows from the center of the cabin toward the front and rear tires. The GA-C platform's low center of gravity, in tandem with wide-diameter wheels, bolster the UX's athletic demeanor.

    Arrowhead-shaped clearance lamps located immediately above the headlamps, which feature three LED bulbs, render an aggressive front fascia. The eye-catching Lexus spindle grille features a block-style mesh that changes shape depending on the viewing angle.

    The powerful essence of the UX's side profile is highlighted by a pair of character lines (one above the other) that swoop from the front of the vehicle to the rear, creating an image of constant motion even when still. The high fender arches and 17-inch wheels(2) add volume to the UX's personality, as well as deliver excellent aerodynamic performance.

    The UX's rear adopts the "spindle" theme, demonstrating a sharp, tight nature. The wing-like rear combination lamp marries the left and right lamp housing to form one complete unit. Three-dimensional upright fins yield improved aerodynamic performance and driving stability, underlining the design philosophy of creating original designs that are both functional and aesthetic.

    13 total exterior paint colors, three of which have been newly developed exclusively for the UX, expand customization options. Newly served up are: "Blazing Carnelian Contrasting Layering," producing a deep hue of orange clay that changes tint depending how the light hits it; "Terrain Khaki Mica Metallic," inspired by the color of stones and deep shadows; and "Celestial Blue Glass Flake," characterized by a solid color peppered with sparkling flakes.


    The cockpit amplifies the exhilaration of driving. The styling and shape of the cabin generate an overall sense of spaciousness that is immediately noticeable to the vehicle's occupants. Possessing the silhouette of a crossover vehicle, the UX also offers a low driving position, further enhancing the driver's sense of unity with the vehicle. Other aspects of the cockpit have been designed around the steering wheel, to evoke a sense that it is a true driver's machine.

    Designers strived to create a seamless continuity between the inside and outside of the UX akin to traditional Japanese architectural concepts; the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windshield into the fenders, delivering an excellent field of vision and a clear sense of the tire placement. The border between the inside and outside of the UX artfully blends together, with the top portion of the dashboard fusing flawlessly with the hood and fenders. The shoulders, center console, and armrests are shaped to convey a reassuringly solid feel, creating an interior with a high sense of security.

    The UX was designed to encourage the driver to focus on driving, with all controls and gauges strategically placed for optimal efficiency. The center console box and palm rest are melded into one unit, creating a long armrest that provides maximum convenience and ease of use. The console surface has been meticulously refined to the millimeter, with ergonomic specifications fastidiously calculated and operational controls placed in areas that maximize ease of use, such as audio switches being placed at the front of the armrests.

    The "functional and aesthetically pleasing" theme has also been incorporated in the front seats through sashiko quilting--an age-old Japanese embroidery art--and excellent seat ventilation achieved through strategic perforation, keeping the occupants comfortable on long journeys. The ornamentation on the top part of the instrument panel was inspired by washi (traditional Japanese paper), lending the UX a distinct Japanese character. The UX also features the world's first(3) air-condition knob with LED illumination sources wirelessly powered by electromagnetic resonance(4), providing a unique depth to the interior lighting.

    Two new interior colors were developed for the UX. "Cobalt" illustrates a blue that injects the vehicle with a sense of sportiness and fashion, and "White Ash" gives the spacious interior a modern flavor.

    The UX boasts razor-sharp steering response and excellent stability, owing partly to the new GA-C platform that provides the lightweight vehicle with a low center of gravity and excellent structural rigidity. The UX also utilizes the latest Lexus powertrains, namely, a newly developed direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 for the UX 200 and a 2.0-liter next-generation hybrid system in the UX 250h. Both provide exceptional response and match flawlessly with the UX's handling character, making it emblematic of Lexus' signature "refreshingly profound" driving character. All the elements come together--steering, braking, and accelerating--and enable a nimble drive with accurate line tracing.

    GA-C platform

    The GA-C platform provides the UX with high structural rigidity realized through the use of Laser Screw Welding, high-strength adhesives, and the reinforced architecture of the rear door frame. Body panels utilize aluminum, resulting in a lightweight vehicle with a low center of gravity. The steering column shaft has been reimagined, with column-mounted electric power steering (EPS). The suspension system benefits from MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone setup at the rear, painstakingly tuned and tested by chassis engineers to provide sharp steering response, a flat cornering character, and a comfortable ride.

    Direct-injection inline-4 engine

    Boasting excellent power delivery and an environmentally friendly clean-burning character, the UX's 2.0-liter direct-injection inline-4 engine allows brisk acceleration through its high-rev prowess and melodious engine sound. Combining revolutionary laser-clad intake valve seats that enhance airflow within the cylinder and yield high-speed combustion within the chamber, the UX boasts world-leading thermal efficiency (UX 200 gasoline engine: 40 percent; UX 250h hybrid system: 41 percent). The engine is also the first-in-the-world to feature cross-hatch grooves on the piston surface to improve oil retention and decrease friction(3). Other new technologies gleaned from Lexus' motorsport pursuits have been adapted into the UX, including the high-rev engine that results in enhanced power output.

    Direct Shift CVT

    A mechanical gear set kicks in when the vehicle accelerates from a static position; the continuously variable transmission belt and pulley system subsequently takes over, delivering smooth power at all speeds. The fixed-ratio first gear reduces the load on the belt and pulleys mechanism during start-off and low-speed driving, meaning the pulleys can be made smaller and lighter while providing a wider range of gear ratios. The result is quicker ratio changes during acceleration and an overall ratio spread that helps maximize fuel efficiency.

    2.0-liter hybrid system

    The direct-injection inline-4 engine acts in concert with a newly developed hybrid system, allowing optimal motor assist and engine rpm and realizing excellent fuel economy with a smooth on-road drive.

    By gauging driving behavior and capitalizing on map information from the navigation system, the hybrid system features a global first eco-drive control that can predict upcoming roadway and analyze real-time traffic reports to optimize charging and discharging of the hybrid battery. Significantly reduced emissions are rooted from efficient operation.

    The UX is available with E-Four electrical all-wheel drive, specially developed for the GA-C platform. The power delivered to the four wheels is optimized to provide smooth acceleration from a still position, while offering a high level of safety during drives on less-than-ideal road conditions. On surfaces with high levels of grip, the system employs front-wheel-drive, resulting in excellent fuel economy.


    The F SPORT's exterior can be distinguished from standard models by its unique side grille, newly-designed F mesh pattern, and custom alloy wheels that have been color coordinated with the jet-black elements of the lower part of the vehicle, including the revised front and rear bumpers. Inside the cabin, special seats, a steering wheel, and gauges evoke a high level of sportiness.

    The F SPORT exhibits a solid ride quality and enhanced handling, derived from its linear solenoid AVS system(5) that controls damping force to the finest degree, a performance rod at the front of the vehicle, and a performance damper at the rear(6).

    Lexus remains committed to rapidly developing its advanced safety technologies and equipping them into as many of its vehicles as possible. The UX employs the latest version of the "Lexus Safety System+" preventive safety system.

    The Lexus Safety System+ comes updated with the latest technology. The in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar remain an integral part of the safety package as it seeks to further reduce road fatalities and traffic accidents, while easing driver burden and stress. The all-new UX offers the highest level of security, delivering a safe and enjoyable motoring experience.

    Lexus Safety System+ Main Features

    The Pre-Collision System uses an in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar to help spot bicyclists and pedestrians during low-light conditions.

    By combining Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), the new UX makes it easier for the driver to stay in lane. If the system detects a potential lane departure while using Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration (it may also apply a small steering correction).

    The Adaptive High-beam System(7) (AHS) automatically reduces brightness in specific regions ahead of the car to avoid harshly illuminating oncoming vehicles or those in front of the vehicle.
    Road Sign Assist (RSA) acquires road sign information using a camera and navigation maps and displays them on the heads-up display and multi-information display, reducing possible driver failure to recognize signs, encouraging safe driving.

    The Parking Support Brakes(8) make driving safer in restricted spaces such as parking lots, where moving vehicles and pedestrians present possible dangers. It detects pedestrians using a rear camera, and if a potential collision is spotted, helps minimize damage with alerts and brake control. The Panoramic View Monitor(8) provides a bird's-eye view of the surrounding environment, equipping drivers with a composite image of the vehicle's surroundings.

    (1) Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Recycling fee not included.
    (2) "Version C", standard setting and standard specifications.
    (3) As of November in 2018, according to Lexus data.
    (4) Standard on "Version L."
    (5) AVS Adaptive Variable Suspension system. Options on "F SPORT" and "Version L."
    (6) Options on "F SPORT" and "Version L."
    (7) Standard on "Version L." Options on "F SPORT" and "Version C."
    (8) Options on "Version L," "F SPORT," and "Version C."

    About LEXUS

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

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    The listing of the online M&C-focused community platform BabytTree with Alibaba as its strategic investor has attracted extensive market attention
    HONG KONG, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Another Internet-concept stock BabyTree Group (1761.HK) was listed on the main board of Hong Kong Exchange today, seeking to raise HK$1.7 billion by fixing the offer price at HK$6.8 per share. The listing of the online maternity and child-focused community platform BabytTree with Alibaba as its strategic investor has attracted extensive market attention.

    Strongly Backed by big-name shareholders including Alibaba and Fosun

    BabyTree's strategic cooperation with Alibaba catches most of the market attention. The cooperation has officially commenced on 12 October 2018. Through conjoining their platforms, both companies can seek more in-depth collaboration on e-commerce, advertising, C2M, Premium Content monetization and other potential businesses. In addition, Alibaba has increased its investment in BabyTree, which now totals US$21.60 million, and will continue to hold around 10% of the shares of BabyTree following the completion of the global offering. This clearly shows that Alibaba is supremely confident in the long-term growth of BabyTree. With respect to business operation, Alibaba's industry-leading e-commerce business, user and service resources and execution capabilities could help BabyTree enhance its existing monetization models and potentially develop new ones, thereby further unleashing the commercial potential of the ecosystem.

    What makes BabyTree different from other nascent, new economy-based companies is that BabyTree has applied itself to the M&C industry with enormous dedication over the past 11 years and therefore has built a sturdy presence in the M&C and Internet industries. Perhaps this is the reason why the company has received such tremendous supports from various powerful strategic shareholders, including Fosun (holding approximately 21.11% shares), TAL Education (holding approximately 8.66% shares) and Alibaba (holding approximately 9.90% shares). These shareholders will not only provide capital supports to BabyTree but will also establish strategic cooperative ties with the company so as to offer BabyTree their exceptional resources.

    Build closed-loop ecosystem and grow into an M&C flagship
    BabyTree is China's largest and most active M&C-focused community platform, boasting a solid foundation of user traffic. It had on average 139 million MAUs in 2017, beating other Chinese M&C-focused online platforms targeting at young families, according to its prospectus.

    BabyTree's user traffic foundation is not only gigantic but also the most premium in the industry. Strong social features and high-quality content are the two pillars of its community platform on which it offers a comprehensive suite of products and services that serve the four essential needs of China's young families: learning, sharing, recording and shopping. The company's products (including Babytree Parenting, WeTime, Meitun Mama) have contributed to the building of a closed-loop ecosystem for community, tools and e-commerce. By leveraging the strong supports provided by the three major strategic shareholders in the industry of healthcare, e-commerce and education, BabyTree will work earnestly serve every young family in China and grow its business to cover all aspects of the M&C industry, in the hope of becoming an M&C-focused flagship in the future. Mr. Wang Huainan used to commit that what they shared for the investors now was the results of their 11 years' fighting and insistence to their mission.

    Counter-cyclical, business to stay ahead of the curve
    Though BabyTree adopted a conservative pricing strategy, the oversubscription was seen in international placing on the first day of launch, and coupled with the strong supports from big-name shareholders, it seems that investment institutions still have much confidence in the future development of the company.

    In the face of the disappointing market response, BabyTree still chose to seek listing in capital market because it has confidence in itself and the overall environment of the M&C industry. People's demands for M&C services and products are inelastic. Indeed, most Chinese consider such services and products are the greatest extravagance. As what the founder, chairman and CEO of BabyTree, Allen Wang said, "M&C industry is blessed with the counter-cyclical and anti-interference features. There are goods or bads in both weak economy and strong economy, BabyTree' listing is an active strategy. As the flagship of maternity and child, BabyTree is an excellent company that is counter-cyclical and anti-interference."

    Owing to its leading market position, outstanding business model and reliable monetization ability, BabyTree is believed to be capable of precisely addressing users' needs, outperforming its peers and growing into a sustainable, successful company in the future with great development potential.

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    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that the latest information on its in-house discovered and developed anticancer agent eribulin mesylate (halichondrin class microtubule dynamics inhibitor, product name: HALAVEN, "eribulin") will be presented during the 41st San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). The symposium will be held from December 4 through 8, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas in the United States.

    A total of four presentations will be given at this year's SABCS, including the results of biomarker research from a Phase II clinical study evaluating eribulin in combination with Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A.'s (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) anti-PD-1 therapy pembrolizumab (product name: KEYTRUDA) for triple-negative metastatic breast cancer.

    Eisai positions oncology as a key therapeutic area, and is aiming to discover revolutionary new medicines with the potential to cure cancer. The company will continue to create innovation in the development of new drugs based on cutting-edge cancer research, as it seeks to contribute further to addressing the diverse needs of, and increasing the benefits provided to, patients with cancer, their families, and healthcare providers.

    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

    Public Relations Department, Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-(0)3-3817-5120

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    As part of DesignInspire's citywide promotion, the "RetroInnovations" exhibition opens today and runs until 3 Dec at the Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City
    Nineteen young local design talents were invited by the HKTDC to create a series of contemporary installations under the theme "RetroInnovations"
    Young Designers Integrate Local Culture into Installations

    HONG KONG, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), DesignInspire returns next week (6-8 Dec) to promote design and innovation through an array of interactive exhibits, creative designs and award-winning projects. As a prelude to DesignInspire, and as part of the event's citywide promotion, the "RetroInnovations" exhibition opens today and runs until 3 Dec at the Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    "RetroInnovations" Showcases Hong Kong's Creativity

    For the show, 19 young local design talents from various disciplines - including architecture, interior design, product design and fashion/accessories design - were invited by the HKTDC to create a series of contemporary installations under the theme "RetroInnovations" to pay tribute to and reinterpret the city's culture and traditional craftmanship. Designs, inspired by such leisure activities as tea-drinking and bird-walking, are deployed in the creative works of young designers in various art forms including ironwork, ceramics and rattan weaving. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to interact with the installations and experience how creativity improves living and contributes to a happier city, bridges the past and future, and helps promote a positive spirit among city dwellers from all walks of life.

    The project is supported by the Design Council of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

    DesignInspire Opens Next Week

    The second edition of DesignInspire runs from 6-8 Dec at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 220 exhibitors will be featured at the signature event, bringing more than 620 designs and projects that will showcase the latest design concepts and innovations from around the world. Melbourne, the Partner City for this year's DesignInspire, will feature the works of more than 100 designers from Victoria State in Australia, spanning themes that show how design interacts with Play, Making, Wellbeing, Identity, Invention and Learning. Not to be missed is a five-metre-long running baby T-Rex dinosaur brought in by Melbourne animatronics firm Creature Technology Co.

    In addition to global creativity, the expo will showcase hundreds of local design projects and installations, demonstrating Hong Kong's design excellence. Highlights include 10 miniature models featuring Hong Kong's unique cityscape and festivals, such as the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree; various origami paper art works, including a 50-centimetre-long dragon folded from a single piece of paper; and a live graffiti performance.

    Meanwhile, a series of interactive events will take place during DesignInspire to promote design and innovative thinking, such as design master talks, STEAM and design workshops and the Robot Boxing League competition.

    DesignInspire is open to the public, with free admission over all three days of the event.

    RetroInnovations Roadshow
    Date: 27 Nov-3 Dec 2018
    Time: 11am-10pm
    Venue: Harbour City (Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre), Tsim Sha Tsui

    Date: 6-8 Dec 2018 (Thursday to Saturday)
    Opening Hours: 6-7 Dec: 9:30am-7pm; 8 Dec: 9:30am-6:30pm
    Venue: Halls 3DE, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    Free admission

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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: Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

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    Vancouver, BC, Nov 27, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - via NEWMEDIAWIRE - Lucky Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: LKY) (OTCPK: LKMNF) (FRA: LKY) ("Lucky" or the "Company") announces the results of an on-going geological mapping survey conducted on its Fortuna Project located approximately 60 km south-east of Town of Cuenca, Ecuador.

    Surface prospecting has defined a mineralized Porphyry system that displays an ovoid shape being 1.2 km long, with an estimated width of 800 metres. This structure is trending north-west and lies on the junction of two regional NNE and NW structures. Main lithologies are a porphyritic dacite surrounded by a coarse-grained granodiorite. The porphyritic dacite is of light green colour having 5% phenocrysts within a fine feldspar matrix. The granodiorite is of white-green colour containing 30% white quartz crystals, 45% potassic feldspar and 25% biotite. Both rocks exhibit strong hydrothermal alteration and mineralization (Pyrite, Chalcopyrite and Molybdenite).

    In addition, two mineralized hydrothermal breccias were also mapped with abundant pyrite. The breccia consists in porphyritic clasts within an oxidized matrix. These breccias have, respectively, a minimum dimension of 400m by 50m, and 200m by 50m. Lucky's exploration team believes that this current mapping programme has defined a large-scale Porphyry system that will subject to detailed mapping in the coming weeks. 50 mineralized samples have been sent rush for assaying.


    Starting early 2019, an airborne geophysical survey will be undertaken. Improvement of the existing dirt road and trails to an all-weather 14 km gravel road will be undertaken upon social approval. Aggressive grid-style sampling will continue on Fortuna 3 as well as regional prospecting on the 40 km major regional NNE structure. Other major regional NNE trending structures observed on the property will also be mapped and sampled.

    This may be followed by a drilling program later in 2019. Fortuna 3 is one of 12 contiguous concessions which make up the Fortuna Property. Virtually no exploration has been done on these highly prospective concessions. Considerable potential exists for finding significant porphyry and epithermal Cu-Au mineralization throughout the Fortuna concessions.

    "Our Field teams have been doing an incredible amount of high quality effort to progress the Fortuna 3 concession. The initial indications are extremely positive and we couldn't be more pleased. We will continue to move forward with aggressive sampling and mapping for the remainder of the year," said CEO John Mears.

    About Lucky

    An exploration and development company targeting large-scale mineral systems in proven districts with the potential to host world class deposits.

    The Fortuna Project

    Lucky Minerals holds a 100% interest in Fortuna, a 550 km2 property in the heart of a proven and highly mineralized mineral district in Ecuador but which has seen only limited exploration and has never been drilled. Evidence of significant hydrothermal alteration & breccias, geochemical anomalies and placer mining supports potential for Cu/Au porphyry systems and epithermal Au deposits similar to numerous multi-million-ounce Au and bulk tonnage Cu deposits ~40km away.

    This press release has been prepared by Alain Moreau, P.Geo., VP-Exploration at Lucky Minerals Inc., a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101 instrument. For further information, please consult Lucky's website or contact: Tel: 866 924-6484,

    John Mears
    Chief Executive Officer

    Further information regarding the Company can be found on SEDAR at

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described in Lucky's periodic reports including the annual report or in the filings made by Lucky from time to time with securities regulatory authorities.

    We seek safe harbor.

    John Mears

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    Figure 1: Concept of evaluation of number of trials for polymer design/verification
    Figure 2: Demonstration of high efficiency of AI-based polymer search
    Figure 3: Building AI
    - Trials in polymer design processes can be cut to 1/40 by utilizing AI.

    TOKYO, Nov 27, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Research Association of High-Throughput Design and Development for Advanced Functional Materials (ADMAT) have found that the number of trials for the design of polymers with desired properties can be cut to about one-fortieth by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI).

    Researchers from SDK, AIST, and ADMAT conducted AI-based searches for polymers with desired properties, aiming to demonstrate the effectiveness of AI technology in the process of polymer design. As a model case, they focused on glass transition temperature, an index of heat resistance. Using 417 different types of structural data on polymers with known structures and glass transition temperatures, they conducted an AI-based search for a polymer with the highest glass transition temperature to see whether it is possible to shorten the development cycle.

    First, randomly selected 10 sets of data were supplied as training data for AI. The Extended Connectivity Circular Fingerprints (ECFP) method was applied to the training data, digitizing structural features of polymers. Then, using Bayesian optimization*, the researchers made repeated efforts to predict and verify a polymer with the highest glass transition temperature out of the remaining 407 sets of data. Thus, they checked the number of trials required until the discovery of a target polymer. (Figure 1). To prevent the influence of the choice of data on the results, 500 examinations were conducted with different sets of initial training data, and the average number of trials was evaluated.

    As a result, the researchers succeeded in discovering a target polymer with the highest glass transition temperature with an extremely small number of trials, namely, 4.6 times of trials on the average (Figure 2). This figure is about one-fortieth of the number of trials required under random selection of polymers, confirming the effectiveness of AI-based polymer design.

    To build AI, it is necessary to convert the features of polymers into numerical values. By applying ECFP (a method for representing monomer structures) to this development work, the researchers found repeating units of molecules (such as functional groups) extracted automatically and structural features expressed appropriately in numerical vectors (Figure 3). Using AI built on these data, the researchers realized high-precision property predictions at the speed of 0.25 second per polymer. Thus, it became possible to make comprehensive property predictions for a large number of candidate polymers within a limited amount of time.

    Furthermore, by using Bayesian optimization in prediction, the researchers discovered a polymer with the highest glass transition temperature out of about 400 types of candidate polymers, based on 13.6 sets of training data.

    Prior to this study, it was believed that AI-based predictions with a small number of training data would be less accurate, and that a large amount of training data would be required. However, this development work suggests that AI would be effective in solving problems even in the area of developing most-advanced functional materials, where only a limited amount of training data seems to be available.

    *[Bayesian optimization: A method for selecting the next candidate material to be examined by considering estimated prediction error, in addition to predicted values.]

    We will continue working to improve the technology in order to utilize it in actual development of advanced functional materials. A detailed presentation regarding this development work will be made at 2018 MRS Fall Meeting scheduled for November 27 (U.S. Eastern time).

    This development work has been subcontracted by NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) Ultra High-Throughput Design and Prototyping Technology for Ultra Advanced Materials Development Project (Ultra-Ultra PJ: P16010). By fully utilizing multiscale simulation and AI, Ultra-Ultra PJ aims to reduce the length of time required for development to one-twentieth compared with conventional ways of material development based on knowledge and experience.

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