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    For Adjunctive Treatment of Partial Onset Seizures

    TOKYO, Jan 4, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced that its in-house discovered and developed antiepileptic drug (AED) perampanel (generic name, product name: Fycompa), for which a New Drug Application (NDA) was submitted for review as an adjunctive treatment for partial onset seizures in epilepsy patients 12 years of age and older in China in October 2018, has been designated for Priority Review by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) due to perampanel's significant clinical benefit compared to existing treatments.

    The Priority Review and Approval procedure was implemented by the NMPA in February 2016 with the aim of accelerating research, development and launch of new medicines that have significant clinical value. Under the procedure the period of time until approval is expected to be shortened.

    In China, it is estimated that there are approximately 9 million patients with epilepsy, with approximately 60% being affected by partial-onset seizures, and 40% of these patients with partial-onset seizures require adjunctive treatment.(1) As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,(2) this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Perampanel is a first-in-class AED discovered at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories. Administered orally once-daily, it is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation associated with seizures by targeting glutamate activity at AMPA receptors on postsynaptic membranes.

    Perampanel has been approved in over 55 countries around the world as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In addition, perampanel has been approved in over 50 countries around the world as an adjunctive treatment for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In the United States, perampanel is also indicated for monotherapy and adjunctive use in the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures in patients with epilepsy 4 years of age and older.

    Eisai considers neurology including epilepsy, a therapeutic area of focus, and is striving to deliver perampanel to patients in China as soon as possible. In pursuit of our mission to provide "seizure freedom" to a greater number of patients living with epilepsy, Eisai seeks to address the diverse needs of, as well as increasing the benefits provided to, patients with epilepsy and their families.

    (1) Clinical Guideline 2015 in China
    (2) "The Epilepsies and Seizures: Hope Through Research. What are the epilepsies?" National Institute of Neurological Disorders
    and Stroke, accessed May 24, 2016
    (3) Nishida T., et al. Adjunctive perampanel in partial-onset seizures: Asia-Pacific, randomized phase III study. Acta Neurol Scand. 2018; 137:392-399

    About perampanel (generic name, product name: Fycompa)

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

    Perampanel is currently approved in more than 55 countries and territories, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia as adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In addition, perampanel has been approved in more than 50 countries, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia for treatment as an adjunctive therapy for primary generalized tonic clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In the United States, perampanel is also indicated for monotherapy and adjunctive use in the treatment of partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 4 years of age and older.

    Furthermore, Eisai is conducting a global Phase III clinical study (Study 338) for the agent in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In Japan and Europe, Eisai is conducting a Phase III study in pediatric patients with epilepsy (Study 311) and plans to submit a marketing authorization application in fiscal 2018. Additionally, positive topline results have been obtained in a Phase III study (Study 342) of perampanel as monotherapy in untreated patients with partial-onset seizures 12 years of age and older currently being conducted in Japan on November 2018. Based on these topline results, the company plans to submit a regulatory application in Japan for perampanel as monotherapy during fiscal 2018.

    About Epilepsy

    Epilepsy affects approximately 3.4 million people in the United States, 1 million people in Japan, 6 million people in Europe, 9 million people in China, and approximately 60 million people worldwide. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs, this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Epilepsy is broadly categorized by seizure type, with partial-onset seizures accounting for approximately 60% of epilepsy cases and generalized seizures accounting for approximately 40%. In a partial-onset seizure, an abnormal electrical disturbance occurs in a limited area of the brain, and may subsequently spread throughout the brain, becoming a generalized seizure (known as a secondarily generalized seizure). In a generalized seizure, abnormal electrical disturbances occur throughout the brain, and can be followed by a loss of consciousness or physical symptoms manifested throughout the whole body.

    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 (hhc) 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 hhc philosophy by delivering innovative products to address unmet medical needs, with a particular focus in our strategic areas of Oncology and Neurology.

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

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

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

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    Kohei Morikawa, President and CEO
    TOKYO, Jan 4, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Kohei Morikawa, president and CEO of Showa Denko ("SDK"; TSE:4004) announced the following New Year message.

    2019 is a year when our true value is being questioned

    We expect that the Showa Denko Group will achieve all-time high operating income for two consecutive years in its 2018 year-end settlement of accounts. Our success in fully sharing the benefit of a brisk market is the result of the strenuous efforts to establish "sound present" made by the Group's lines of business through many years. With regard to the global economy in 2019, a dark sign has begun to be seen in the prosperity which started in 2017 due partly to the trade friction between the United States and China and other geopolitical risks. 2019 is a year when our true value is being questioned. Whether we can adapt ourselves to changes in wind direction or not will determine our true value.

    To make ourselves a "KOSEIHA Company"

    Under the new medium-term consolidated business plan "The TOP 2021" which starts this year, the Showa Denko Group will change its course sharply toward long-term business growth on the basis of cash we earned. "The TOP" represents the summit of the mountain we aim for, namely, making half or more of the Group's businesses "KOSEIHA Businesses." KOSEIHA Business is a business in which the Group earns operating income of billions of yen or more, records operating margin of 10% or more, and achieves stable profitability tolerant to environmental change. Different businesses have different processes to become KOSEIHA Businesses. Every business should start to "Enhance," "Grow" or "Change" itself in line with the policy set in The TOP 2021. In addition, to realize continuous growth, creation of new businesses is essential for us. Let's have a strong will to promote growth of the Group and "Create" new businesses.

    Let's "Act" to touch the heart and make society better

    2019 marks Showa Denko's 80th anniversary. Let's appreciate our predecessors' contributions to the prosperity of the Showa Denko Group, and march together toward the promising future, aiming to become a corporate group which satisfies all stakeholders. The Showa Denko Group shall "Act" to touch "the heart" and make "society" better. To make ourselves such a corporate group, I'm looking for everyone to act on your own initiative as the leading person of value creation. Let's make a powerful start toward new growth.

    About Showa Denko K.K.

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

    Contact:
    Showa Denko K.K. Public Relations Office, Tel: +81-3-5470-3235

    Copyright 2019 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    For Dealing with Viruses and Bacteria! Antimicrobial Barrier that Lasts for 1 Week

    TOKYO, Jan 4, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. has announced that it received a "Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Superiority" for its Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha, which contains long-acting antimicrobial agent Etak, at the 2018 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards sponsored by Nikkei Inc.

    Since 1982, the Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards are awarded every year to superior new products and services, and this marks the 37th iteration of the awards. Without accepting applications for nomination, award recipients are selected from among the approximately 20,000 new products and services reported in The Nikkei, The Nikkei Business Daily, The Nikkei Marketing Journal, The Nikkei Veritas, Nikkei.com (the Nikkei's electronic edition) and the Nikkei Asian Review. For screening, products and services are comprehensively assessed across six aspects:

    1) Excellence in technology development
    2) Cost-effectiveness
    3) Contribution to business performance
    4) Growth potential
    5) Uniqueness
    6) Commercial impact and social impact.

    Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha was selected for offering the concept of "long-acting antimicrobial action" in the anti-virus/bacteria product market and for developing a new customer segment in consideration of ease-of-use for child-raising families due to being non-alcohol, as well as for cost-performance by providing an antimicrobial effect that lasts for one week and with 250 ml can be used for approximately 800 pushes.

    Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha was born from a previously unheard of concept of keeping viruses and bacteria at bay with an antimicrobial barrier. The product is a spray that contains Etak, a patented long-acting antimicrobial agent developed by Professor Hiroki Nikawa of the Department of Oral Biology and Engineering at Hiroshima University's Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Not only is it possible to eliminate viruses and bacteria by simply spraying the product, the antimicrobial component is bound to the spray area, providing an antimicrobial effect that lasts for one week even after drying.

    Spraying Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha beforehand creates an antimicrobial barrier on various objects in the surrounding environment which keeps away viruses and bacteria. Spraying coats, gloves and bags before going out will repel viruses and bacteria, and also helps prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria indoors via hands and objects. A single bottle of Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha can be used in a variety of lifestyle scenes including on door knobs, tables, bedding, kitchen items such as counters, chopping boards and knives, as well as in bathrooms and toilets. In addition, the product is scentless and contains no alcohol, making it also ideal for children's items such as toys, as well as nursing care items.

    Together with providing Etak Antimicrobial Spray Alpha to contribute to consumers who wish to keep viruses and bacteria at bay, Eisai remains committed to ensuring the delivery of products that satisfy the diversified needs of consumers and to further increasing the benefits provided to them.

    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 (hhc) 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 hhc philosophy by delivering innovative products to address unmet medical needs, with a particular focus in our strategic areas of Oncology and Neurology.

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

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

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

    Copyright 2019 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    From left: Lawrence Chan, Chairman, HKTDC Toys Advisory Committee, joins Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, and Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, to introduce highlights of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, which run concurrently next week (7-10 Jan) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    Hong Kong exhibitor Pai Technology (booth: 1C-F34) presents PaiTots, a programmable robot allowing children to build, control, code and play, and experience the magic of augmented reality.
    Hong Kong exhibitor Hape (booth: 1E-C02) has launched the Deluxe Scientific Workbench, which contains everything children as young as four need to conduct over 15 experiments and demonstrate key scientific principles.
    Baby Products, Stationery Fairs Run Concurrently, Attracting Close to 3,000 Global Exhibitors to Kick-start Sourcing in 2019

    HONG KONG, Jan 4, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 45th HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the 10th HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the 19th Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held from 7-10 Jan at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Close to 3,000 international exhibitors will showcase an assortment of innovative products at the three concurrent events.

    Hong Kong's exports, including products such as toys, performed better than anticipated last year due to strong global market demand and exporters shipping goods to the United States early to avoid new tariffs. HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said that exports of toy products in the first 11 months of 2018 amounted to HK$45.2 billion, up 1.6% year on year. However, the HKTDC Export Index for the fourth quarter of 2018 showed all industry sub-indexes edging down, reflecting the fact that exporters in major industries, including the toy sector, have a cautious view in the short-term.

    Retail sales across different markets over the recent Christmas period showed a mixed performance, with the United States and various emerging markets showing robust growth, while certain traditional markets saw growth at a slower pace.

    Mr Chau said: "Video game consoles and games incorporating virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are currently very popular. Licensed toy products from popular movies and animations as well as educational toys remain the major driving force in the sales of traditional toys. The Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair gathers a wide variety of products from around the world to match buyers' sourcing needs."

    Asia's Largest Toys & Games Fair Showcases the World's Latest Products

    Asia's largest, and the world's second-largest, trade fair of its kind, this year's Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair has attracted more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions. The latest toys and games from around the world will be showcased in six group pavilions, including Mainland China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as the World of Toys pavilion that will feature mainly European exhibitors. Another highlight, the Brand Name Gallery, will showcase around 240 renowned brands, including 4M, Hape, Ming the Minibus, Soap Studio, STEM University and Welly.

    The popular Smart-Tech Toys zone will feature a variety of toys and games that incorporate innovative technologies, including AR and VR functionality and mobile app compatibility. A STREAM Toys Product Display will again be set up to respond to rising demand for STREAM (science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and mathematics) educational toys and games.

    Other thematic zones include Kidult World, showcasing toys for grown-ups such as magic items, hobby goods, action and war games, and models and figurines; the Pet Toys zone, featuring toys and daily supplies for pets; and the Fireworks zone.

    Concurrent Baby Products Fair and Stationery Fair Promote One-stop Sourcing

    The concurrent Hong Kong Baby Products Fair will welcome more than 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions. The fair will also see pavilions from Korea, Singapore and the Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association. To cater for the needs of mothers-to-be, the debut Maternity Products zone presents a range of pre- and post-pregnancy essentials for mothers, ranging from hospital bags to breast pumps and more. The Brand Name Gallery will present close to 50 renowned quality brands, while Baby Tech will feature 21 exhibitors displaying high-tech smart products. The World of Strollers & Gear II at Convention Hall returns this year to reveal award-winning strollers and baby car seats.

    Organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this year's Hong Kong International Stationery Fair features more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from Australia and Malaysia. The fair will once again feature Korea and Taiwan pavilions. A strong range of industry-leading brands will showcase the latest art and craft supplies, back-to-school items, paper packaging and printing goods, office supplies and gift stationery. Another highlight of this year's show is the "One Moment in Time" display at the entrance of Hall 5B, showcasing the various kinds of stationery that people use in different stages of life.

    A series of industry events will be held during the three fairs. The Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference 2019 will take place on 8 January under the theme "Forging the Bright Future for the Global Toy Industry", where representatives from Euromonitor, the strategic market research company, will join toy industry consultants and experts to examine industry trends in the global market industry, challenges resulting from current Sino-US trade relations, and opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. Other thematic seminars include "Smart Tech & DIY Toys - What's New?", "Toy Safety & Regulations Updates", "Toys Compliance, Testing & Certification", "Expanding Your Business Through Trade Financing", "Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends" and "Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success", featuring speakers from Guru Online and Madcradle Online.

    In addition, the winning products from the Hong Kong Toys and Baby Products Awards 2019 will be exhibited at Halls 3F-G Concourse during the fair period to showcase the most creative designs to international buyers. Events such as a networking reception, product demo and launch pad, and a buyer forum discussing business opportunities in emerging markets, will also be held during the fair period.

    Held concurrently with the Toys & Games Fair, Baby Products Fair and Stationery Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show is Asia's largest and the world's second-largest fair of its kind. This year's fair brings together more than 400 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, showcasing over 1,000 brands and properties. The four fairs will create abundant crossover business opportunities among participants from various sectors.

    HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair
    Edition: 45th
    No of Exhibitors: Over 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions
    Fair Websites: http://hktoyfair.hktdc.com
    Product Highlights: Click here https://bit.ly/2LQH9VI

    HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair
    Edition: 10th
    No of Exhibitors: Over 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions
    Fair Websites: http://hkbabyfair.hktdc.com
    Product Highlights: Click here https://bit.ly/2F6LKSg

    Hong Kong International Stationery Fair
    Edition: 19th
    No of Exhibitors: Over 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions
    Fair Websites: http://hkstationeryfair.com
    Product Highlights: Click here https://bit.ly/2TuyjQ9

    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2R60acw

    About HKTDC

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

    Contact:
    Natalie Wong, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org Sam Ho, Tel: +852 2584 4569, Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org

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    Jane Ng (brand name: Phenotypsetter)
    Yeung Chin (brand name: YEUNG CHIN)
    Alee Lee (brand name: ALEE LEE)
    Arto Wong (brand name: ARTO.)
    Jason Lee (brand name:YMDH)
    Carrie Kwok (brand name: CAR|2IE)
    Designs Featured at FASHIONALLY Parades During Fashion Week

    HONG KONG, Jan 4, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Creations from six Hong Kong fashion designer labels will be showcased at the "FASHIONALLY Collection #13" fashion parade and three sessions of the "FASHIONALLY Presentation" at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2019. In addition, two other up-and-coming Hong Kong brands - ARTO. and YMDH - will take part in FASHIONALLY promotions for the first time, showcasing their 2019 Fall/Winter collections. Fashion Week is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and runs from 14-17 Jan at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

    The three designers displaying their latest collections at FASHIONALLY Collection #13 are: Yeung Chin (brand name: YEUNG CHIN), who runs a concept store at PMQ; Jane Ng (brand name: Phenotypsetter); and Alee Lee (brand name: ALEE LEE), who is launching her brand's second collection. All three are ex-YDC (Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest) finalists who studied at the Alternatif Fashion Workshop. They are coming together to showcase their Fall/Winter 2019 collections in a show that exudes a freewheeling, eclectic vibe against a backdrop of live music.

    At the Fashion Week fairground, FASHIONALLY Presentations will showcase the design concepts and 2019 Fall/Winter collections of local fashion designers Arto Wong (brand name: ARTO.), Jason Lee (brand name: YMDH) and Carrie Kwok (brand name: CAR|2IE) in the form of a story told against the backdrop of a theatre-like stage.

    Knitwear designer Arto Wong received the New Talent Award and was named Overall Winner at YDC 2017. The New Talent Award gave Ms Wong the opportunity to retail her debut collection at Joyce, a famous multi-brand fashion store in Hong Kong. High-end streetwear designer Jason Lee won the "Best Footwear Design Award" at YDC 2017, after which he launched a capsule collection with renowned Hong Kong retailer i.t. Taking inspiration from literature, Carrie Kwok creates sophisticated, poetic designs that have been well-received by consumers. Her label, CAR|2IE, is available at Lane Crawford.

    Hong Kong artist Yam Chan, who worked as a fashion designer previously, will collaborate with FASHIONALLY for the first time to showcase MICH, his handmade ball-jointed doll, at Fashion Week on 16-17 Jan.

    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter Celebrates its 50th Edition

    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter celebrates its 50th edition in 2019. The fair is expected to host about 1,400 exhibitors from around the globe. In 2018, some 14,000 buyers from 76 countries and regions visited the event, Asia's largest fashion fair, reinforcing Hong Kong's position as the unrivalled sourcing hub for global fashion traders and retailers. The fair is organised into themed zones to cater for the sourcing needs of different industry sectors, including garments, designer labels, upstream products such as fabric and clothing accessories, trade services and new technology in fashion.

    The Corporate Fashion and Uniforms zone returns this year after making its debut in 2018. The World of Fashion Accessories also returns by popular demand, bringing together fashion items ranging from shoes and bags to fashion jewellery, scarves and shawls all under one roof. New this year, the Hong Kong Footwear Federation will showcase its latest shoe designs with a fashion parade. Special product zones such as Fashionable Sportswear, Thermal Clothing, Bridal & Evening Wear, and Intimate Wear & Swimwear are set to feature the latest designs on offer. Incorporating designs from more than 60 international designers, the International Fashion Designers' Showcase presents masterpieces from around the globe at one glance.

    Operated by the HKTDC, the award-winning FASHIONALLY is a unique platform for networking and sharing the latest news and information about Hong Kong fashion design. The non-profit website features news on local young designers, fashion trends, brand stories, and news about the annual YDC.

    Websites:
    FASHIONALLY: https://www.fashionally.com
    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter: https://event.hktdc.com/fair/hkfashionweekfw-eng
    YDC: https://www.fashionally.com/en/YDC/about
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2SCbYzS

    About HKTDC

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

    Contact:
    Katherine Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4537, Email: katherine.cm.chan@hktdc.org

    Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc. (Trillium), the leader in secure data management, is offering a full-scale experience of the world's most trusted mobility services platform at CES 2019, which takes place January 8 - 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Trillium's Trusted Mobility Platform and Services are predicated on establishing two distinct elements of trust - security and data integrity beginning in the electronic control units (ECUs) within the vehicle where raw data is derived, and in the cloud where blockchain technology encapsulates and verifies data for machine learning processing and secure mobility commerce.

    Trillium's platform and trusted data services address the $1.5 trillion question of how to unify mobility-as-a-service providers, technologies like artificial intelligence, and the necessary qualities of security and data integrity, towards the cause of transforming transportation.

    Trillium technology creates a level of digital trust second to none. At its very essence, the DNA of the platform provides trust, security and integrity so that data can deliver value without reservation. It is architected in such a way that every action taken is predicated on ensuring this mandate. By doing this, the company will truly make a fundamental contribution.

    "The future of transportation rests upon multi-modal high speed mobility," says Mahbubul Alam CMO and Sr. VP of Global Engineering at Trillium Secure. "We'll have driverless cars, flying cars, human-carrying drones and more. In the next 3 years, many businesses will aggressively move into connected digital mobility services because this will be the consumption model for Gen Y and Z, who are quickly shifting from entitlement to the sharing economy."

    To learn more, visit Trillium's booth at the show to gain an in-depth understanding of the platform and its transformative effect on the industry of connected and autonomous vehicles. Trillium's booth location for the event is: Enterprise Solutions Hall, Westgate - Booth #501, Westgate Paradise Center.

    Throughout CES 2019 show, the Trillium Secure booth will be featuring:

    * End-to-End Trusted Data Platform Demonstrations

    * Panels with Industry Executives & Experts
    - Safety and Data Privacy
    - Challenges for Mobility Data and Services
    - Data is the New Currency
    - Monetizing Trusted Fleet Services
    - The Future of Auto Insurance

    * Thought-Leadership & Car Hacking Seminars

    Cyber Secured Vehicle - Drive Demonstrations
    In addition, a fleet of Trillium-branded Teslas will be deployed in full force through Las Vegas, with the Model 3 squadron up and down "The Strip" while a Model X in the booth will feature every part of the Trillium Secure trusted data services platform.

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure makes connected and autonomous vehicles safe and keeps personal information private through its Trusted Mobility Platform and Services powered by blockchain and AI. By establishing trust in data integrity, Trillium facilitates a marketplace for trusted data, applications and services, in addition to positioning customers for compliance with privacy regulations and protecting them from cyber-threats. Trillium accelerates innovation and monetization for OEMs, insurance and mobility-as-a-service providers.
    For more information visit www.trilliumsecure.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Susan Donahue
    Skyya PR
    Ph: (646) 760-9724
    susan.donahue@skyya.com


     
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    KARIYA, JAPAN, Jan 7, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation today announced that DENSO Sales Japan Corporation, a subsidiary of DENSO Corporation; DENSO Ten Sales Limited; and DENSO Ten Service Limited, subsidiaries of DENSO Ten Limited will be integrated (merged) into a new company called DENSO Solution Japan Corporation on April 1.

    With the progress of vehicle electrification and automated driving, the business environment is dramatically changing. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to create high value-added business with new products and services in the Japanese automotive aftermarket.

    To achieve this in a competitive way, DENSO has decided that it needs to combine DENSO Sales, DENSO Ten Sales, and DENSO Ten Service into a single organization as a platform to expand DENSO's automotive aftermarket business by maximizing a group-wide synergy that can be gained through their long-standing sales and service networks throughout Japan and their product planning capabilities in the fields of aftermarket products and accessories including those for fleet (commercial) vehicles.

    In order to expand DENSO's aftermarket business, the integrated company will increase cooperation between DENSO and DENSO Ten to provide new products and services for car safety and security, connected driving, and other applications, which are expected to be in greater demand, and thereby better serve customers.

    About Denso

    DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has approximately 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 www.denso.com.
    Visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/.

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

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    A data-driven approach helps identify superconducting materials. (Credit: National Institute for Materials Science)
    A more systematic, data-driven approach could identify materials that can improve our energy use.

    Tsukuba, Japan, Jan 7, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Japanese researchers have found an approach to more quickly and successfully identify superconducting materials.

    "The data-driven approach shows promising power to accelerate the discovery of new thermoelectric and superconducting materials," the researchers say in their study published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    Superconductors are materials that conduct electricity with virtually no resistance. Superconducting materials have improved the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and have led to the development of particle colliders that can be used for research related to splitting atoms. Currently available superconducting materials can only perform at extremely low temperatures. If researchers can find superconducting materials that work at ambient temperature, electricity could be conducted over large distances without energy loss.

    Current approaches to searching for these materials are somewhat random, and results strongly depend on researcher's intuition, experience and luck. Materials scientist Yoshihiko Takano of Japan's National Institute for Materials Science and colleagues have shown that sifting through an inorganic materials database using specific search parameters can provide a more systematic way to finding superconducting materials.

    They searched through AtomWork, a large database for inorganic materials. In a previous study using this same approach, the team identified SnBi2Se4 (a compound of tin, bismuth, and selenium) as a potential superconductor. Experiments showed that this was indeed the case.

    But SnBi2Se4 requires very low temperatures and high pressures to become superconductive. The team searched once more through the database, selecting materials that have a similar crystal structure to SnBi2Se4 but a narrower 'band gap', a property related to atomic structure that allows electrons to jump up from one energy level to another and thus partake in electrical conductivity.

    Their best choice was PbBi2Te4 (formed of lead, bismuth, and tellurium). They synthesised PbBi2Te4 crystals, examined their structure, chemical composition and other properties, and found that those properties met the predictions. They exposed the crystals to high pressures and varying temperatures and found that the electrical resistance of PbBi2Te4 decreased with increasing pressure, reaching a superconductive state at 10 gigapascals, about half the pressure needed for SnBi2Se4 to become superconductive.

    This work "presents a case study for the important first-step for the next-generation data-driven materials science," the team concludes.

    Read the paper: Data-driven exploration of new pressure-induced superconductivity in PbBi2Te4
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14686996.2018.1548885

    For more information, contact
    Dr. Yoshihiko Takano
    National Institute for Materials Science
    Email: TAKANO.Yoshihiko@nims.go.jp

    About Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) Journal
    Open access journal, STAM publishes outstanding research articles across all aspects of materials science, including functional and structural materials, theoretical analyses, and properties of materials.

    For more information about STAM, please contact:
    Mikiko Tanifuji
    STAM Publishing Director
    Tanifuji.Mikiko@nims.go.jp

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    Officiating at this morning's joint opening ceremony are (front row, from L) Lawrence Chan, Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Toys Advisory Committee; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC; Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR; Cai Jiacheng, Associate Inspector of the Department of Cultural and Tourism Industries Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and Kitsayapong Siri, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture of Thailand
    The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair open today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The four-day fairs (7-10 Jan) feature some 3,000 exhibitors from around the world, attracting global buyers to source.
    Hosts from the HKTDC join the officiating guests to visit the Toys & Games Fair and Baby Products Fair.
    Smart and Educational Toys Spotlighted
    Baby Products and Stationery Fairs Run Concurrently

    HONG KONG, Jan 7, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The three fairs, which run concurrently from 7-10 Jan, feature some 3,000 global exhibitors and showcase a broad selection of innovative products. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), officiated at the opening ceremony this morning and delivered the opening remarks.

    The current Sino-United States trade friction has brought about uncertainty in the global economy. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Margaret Fong said: "Although the latest developments in the negotiations between the United States and Mainland China indicate that a settlement in the trade dispute is now more likely, we can still expect to see a slowdown in the growth of toy product exports in the coming year, even as the global economy continues to grow. The HKTDC will step up its efforts to support the industry in developing more diverse businesses and exploring new markets, as well as allocating resources to invite buyers from emerging markets such as ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], India and the Middle East to participate in our trade fairs."

    Ms Fong noted that the HKTDC has organised around 125 buying missions from 65 countries and regions, comprising more than 9,200 buyers from more than 6,200 companies, to source at the three fairs.

    Smart and Educational Toys in Trend at Asia's Largest Toys & Games Fair

    The 45th edition of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, making it the largest event of its kind in Asia, and the second-largest in the world. Six group pavilions, including Mainland China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as the "World of Toys" pavilion, featuring mainly European exhibitors, are showcasing the latest toys and games from around the world. A fair highlight, the Brand Name Gallery features about 240 renowned brands, including 4M, Hape, Ming the Minibus, Soap Studio, STEM University and Welly.

    The Smart-Tech Toys zone gathers a variety of toys and games that incorporate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), as well as those compatible with mobile apps. As educational toys exploring children's potential continue to gain in popularity, a STREAM Toys Product Display highlighting toys related to science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and mathematics has been set up at the fair. Other thematic zones include Pet Toys, Fireworks and Kidult World - the latter showcasing toys for grown-ups such as hobby goods, magic items, action and war game items, as well as models and figurines.

    Toys Industry Conference Unveils Market Trends

    The Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference 2019 will be held tomorrow (8 Jan) to explore ways to build a bright future for the global toy sector, with industry experts including a Euromonitor analyst, a toy industry consultant and publisher from the US and a leading Hong Kong toy manufacturer coming together to examine development trends in the global market and opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Other seminars include "Smart-Tech & DIY Toys - What's New?", "Toy Safety & Regulations Updates", "Toys Compliance, Testing & Certification", "Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends" and "Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success", featuring representatives from Guru Online and Madcradle Online.

    Concurrent Baby Products and Stationery Fairs

    The 10th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair has attracted more than 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, including those featured at pavilions from Korea, Singapore and the Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association. The debut Maternity Products zone presents a variety of pre- and post-natal essentials for mothers, while the Baby Tech zone showcases high-tech smart products. The Brand Name Gallery presents close to 50 well-known quality brands. The winning products of the Hong Kong Toys and Baby Products Awards 2019 can be viewed at the Halls 3F-G Concourse during the fairs showcasing creative designs to international buyers.

    Organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this year's Hong Kong International Stationery Fair welcomes more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as first-time exhibitors from Australia and Malaysia. The fair is once again organised into five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office, for an easy-to-navigate sourcing environment. The "One Moment in Time" display at the entrance of Hall 5B showcases a variety of stationery that people use in different stages of life.

    The three fairs are held concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show (7-9 Jan) to provide a one-stop sourcing platform for buyers, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities. The fairs also continue to feature the hktdc.com Small Orders zone with its online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com), and on-site business-matching service to facilitate business partnerships and sourcing.

    The 45th Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair
    Number of Exhibitors: Over 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions
    Websites: http://hktoyfair.hktdc.com
    Interesting Products: https://bit.ly/2LQH9VI

    The 10th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair
    Number of Exhibitors: Over 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions
    Websites: http://hkbabyfair.hktdc.com
    Interesting Products: https://bit.ly/2F6LKSg

    The 19th Hong Kong International Stationery Fair
    Number of Exhibitors: Over 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions
    Websites: http://hkstationeryfair.com
    Interesting Products: https://bit.ly/2TuyjQ9

    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2CT0aDX

    About HKTDC

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

    Contact:
    Natalie Wong, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org Iris Chow, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org

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    (front row, L-R): Lawrence Chan, HKTDC Toys Advisory Committee Chairman; Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director; Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); Cai Jiacheng, Associate Inspector of the Department of Cultural and Tourism Industries, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China; and Joshua Simanjuntak, Deputy Director of Marketing, Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy
    The Hong Kong International Licensing Show features more than 400 exhibitors from around the globe, gathering over 1,000 brands and licensed items. Top international licensors and licensing agents such as CAA-GBG Global Brands, IMG, Global Icons, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, Skynet and Perfetti Van Melle are participating in the show.
    Licensed character brands from around the world add colour to the opening day of the Hong Kong International Licensing Show being held at the HKCEC this week.
    Variety of Licensing Projects Showcase Hong Kong's Creativity

    HONG KONG, Jan 7, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 17th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show and the eighth Asian Licensing Conference, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), kicked off today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The International Licensing Show is Asia's largest, and the world's second-largest, event of its kind.

    Rapid Growth in Licensing Drives Industry Forward

    HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said the shifting economics of global manufacturing have created challenges for industry players, with issues such as increasing protectionism and the transition to e-tailing leading many businesses to begin exploring licensing opportunities in a bid to move up the value chain.

    "The licensing industry has been showing an upward trend," said Ms Fong, adding that global sales of licensed products reached US$271 billion in 2017, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year. "The regional story was impressive, with sales growing by 5.8% to US$31.6 billion and accounting for 11.6% of the world total," she noted. Ms Fong highlighted that the Mainland China market showed an increase of 10.3%, topping the world growth chart and continuing to be a significant driver of the global licensing industry. She advised that two new sessions are making their debut at the Licensing Conference in 2019, the "Direct-To-Retail (DTR) Talk" and "Licensee Dialogue", both featuring renowned retailers and innovative licensees from the region to share the hottest cross-sector collaborations.

    Local Creative Talents Explore Licensing Opportunities

    Many international licensors and licensing agents choose Hong Kong as a strategic hub to expand their Asian licensing business, especially into the mainland market. The Licensing Show features more than 400 exhibitors from around the globe, gathering over 1,000 brands and licensed items. Among those taking part are top international licensors and licensing agents such as CAA-GBG Global Brands, IMG, Global Icons, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, Skynet and Perfetti Van Melle, and renowned lifestyle brands Chupa Chups, HEAD and MotoGP(TM). The Leonardo3 Museum, Van Gogh Museum and J. Paul Getty Museum present their intellectual properties (IPs) at the debuting Art and Museum Zone, while Mulga and Jimmy Liao also make their maiden appearance at the show.

    Hong Kong is Asia's foremost licensing hub, and many of the city's homegrown designs and products have successfully expanded into Asia and other overseas markets. The inaugural DLAB Hong Kong Pavilion is one of the highlights at this year's show, featuring 40 young properties from Hong Kong, including Shibainc and Messy Desk. Popular well-established local brands such as B.Duck, McMug & McDull, Happiplayground, Sing Sing Rabbit and Made In Hong Kong will also have a presence at the event, showcasing the city's boundless creativity.

    Seven Government-led Country Pavilions Feature Diverse Brands

    This year's show features pavilions from the mainland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia - the latter taking part in the show for the first time. Thanks to the continued support of various Asian governments, the scale of these pavilions has been expanded in 2019. The mainland has been striving to turn its cultural and creative industry into an economic pillar in recent years, encouraging more animation, comics, arts and cultural enterprises to commercialise their creativity and IPs into licensed products and services. The mainland pavilion is once again organised by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, featuring nearly 120 companies including well-known cultural, arts, animation and comics branded institutions, including the Palace Museum, Fantawild Animation Inc and Guangdong Winsing Animation.

    Licensing Crossover Promotes Charity Effort

    With the growth of the designer toy industry, so-called "art toys" have become more popular with consumers in recent years. This year, Hong Kong exhibitor Unbox Industries has collaborated with non-government organisation Christian Action to invite 10 local and overseas designers to create a limited-edition designer toy for charity. All funds raised will be donated to Christian Action. The two parties will cooperate to explore licensing the IP of the new toy.

    Asian Licensing Conference Explores New Opportunities

    The concurrent Asian Licensing Conference is being held today and tomorrow (7-8 Jan), gathering some 30 global licensing experts to share valuable industry insights.

    This morning's two plenary sessions focused on the fast-growing Asia and Mainland China markets. In the first session - chaired by Maura Regan, President, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) - Miki Yamamoto, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Asia, IMG; Vikram Sharma, Vice President, Cartoon Network Enterprises, Turner International Asia Pacific Ltd; Andrew Carley, EVP Global Licensing, Entertainment One; and Nicolas Loufrani, CEO, Smiley World Ltd analysed the key issues and shared their successful formulas for tapping into the Asian market.

    The second session, chaired by Figo Yu, Partner, Magic Bean VC Co-founder, Dream Castle, discussed the huge licensing opportunities in the mainland market and the success stories of various companies transforming content and characters into popular IPs. The panellists at the session were Jane Yun, Director, Interactive Entertainment Marketing Department, Tencent Brand Responsible Person, Tencent E-sports; Allen Wang, Vice President, Consumer Products, Greater China, Universal Pictures; Zirui Ao, co-founder, YI JIAN YU ZHOU (Beijing) Culture Co., Ltd; and Gordon Chin, CEO, Asia Animation Ltd.

    Esports - the New Licensing Spotlight

    Esports is booming worldwide, with the mainland becoming the growth engine for esports in the region. A thematic session this afternoon saw Jai Wu, Head of LPL Merchandise & Licensing, Riot Games China, and Eric Jou, APAC Business Development and Partnerships, ESL Gaming, share the latest esports developments in Asia and discuss the immense opportunities arising from the wide application of licenses and IPs for games and leagues.

    New Opportunities for Cross-sector Cooperation

    Making their debut at this year's conference are two new sessions, "Direct to Retail" Talk and "Licensee Dialogue", focusing on the emergence of retail partnerships and ground-breaking licensing operations. Management representatives from Jing Ji Circle, Mengniu Group, Haier COSMO, Hanshin Arena and Casablanca Group shared valuable insights and their cross-sector-cooperation success stories this afternoon.

    The HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show and Asian Licensing Conference run concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and Hong Kong International Stationery Fair at the HKCEC this week, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities for buyers.

    Hong Kong International Licensing Show website: www.hktdc.com/fair/hklicensingshow-en
    Asian Licensing Conference website: www.hktdc.com/fair/alc-en
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2VtIpTb

    About HKTDC

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

    Contact:
    Coco Yuen, Tel: +852 2584 4145, Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org Christine Kam, Tel: +852 2584 4514, Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    - Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre, announces finalists in $4 million global Mobility Unlimited Challenge at CES in Las Vegas
    - Innovators from around the world submitted game-changing technologies to improve the lives of people with lower limb paralysis
    - Finalists include teams from United States, Japan, Italy and United Kingdom, with devices ranging from a hybrid exoskeleton on wheels to a powered wheelchair share scheme
    - Each finalist receives a $500,000 grant to develop their idea further and the final winner will be awarded $1 million in 2020 in Tokyo

    LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 7, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - The five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.

    The Challenge invited engineers, innovators, and designers from across the world to submit designs for game-changing technologies, incorporating intelligent systems, to improve the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis. Central to the Challenge is the importance of collaboration with end-users to develop devices which will integrate seamlessly into users' lives and environments, while being comfortable and easy to use, enabling greater independence and increased participation in daily life.

    Each of the five finalists will receive a grant of $500,000 to develop their concept further, with the final winner of the Challenge receiving $1 million in Tokyo in 2020.

    The five finalists are:

    - The Evowalk: Evolution Devices (United States)
    a non-intrusive sleeve which goes around the user's leg and has sensors that track the user's walking motion and will stimulate the right muscles at the right time to improve mobility.

    - Moby: Italdesign (Italy)
    an integrated network of wheel-on powered devices, allowing users of manual wheelchairs the convenience and benefits of a powered chair, accessible via an app-based share scheme.

    - Phoenix Ai Ultralight Wheelchair: Phoenix Instinct (United Kingdom)
    an ultra-lightweight, self-balancing, intelligent wheelchair which eliminates painful vibrations.

    - Qolo (Quality of Life with Locomotion): Team Qolo, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
    a mobile exoskeleton on wheels, allowing users to sit or stand with ease.

    - Quix: IHMC & MYOLYN (United States)
    a highly mobile, powered exoskeleton offering fast, stable and agile upright mobility.

    Eighty entries were received from specialist teams in 28 countries globally. The finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges including:

    - Professor Linamara Battistella, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine doctor at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
    - Winfried Beigel, Director of Research and Development for Otto Bock Mobility Solutions (Germany)
    - Dr. Mary Ellen Buning, President-elect for the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (United States)
    - Dr. Kay Kim, President of NT Robot Co (South Korea)
    - Dr. Eric Krotkov, Chief Science Officer at Toyota Research Institute (United States)
    - Eric LeGrand, disability rights advocate (United States)
    - Sophie Morgan, television presenter and disability advocate (United Kingdom)
    - Ruth Peachment, Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist at the National Spinal Injuries Centre (United Kingdom)
    - Matthew Reeve, Director of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (United States)
    - Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, President of robotics company Cyberdyne (Japan)
    - Dr. Lloyd Walker, professional rehabilitation engineer at Tech4Life (Australia)

    Dr. Eric Krotkov, chief science officer at Toyota Research Institute and one of the judges of the Challenge, stated: "There are so many technological opportunities to explore approaches to alleviate challenges stemming from lower-limb paralysis. A competition like the Mobility Unlimited Challenge gets innovators to focus on the same problem to identify something of great common interest that serves society. I am excited by these finalists who have a breadth of technical approaches - wheelchairs, orthotics, braces, exoskeletons. I look forward to seeing how they will take these devices out of their conceptual stage to help our end users."

    In addition to the $500,000 grant, the finalists will attend tailored workshops, receive mentoring opportunities with engineering experts, and collaborate with end users to further the development of their concepts through to 2020.

    Ryan Klem, director of Programs for Toyota Mobility Foundation commented: "These five finalists have shown real innovation driven by human-centered design. We think that the technology incorporated in these devices could change the lives of a huge number of people around the world, not just for people with lower-limb paralysis, but also those with a wider range of mobility needs. It will be fascinating to follow the teams' journeys and see how the $500,000 grant will help them develop their ideas to bring to market and get them into users' hands."

    To ensure entries from organizations of all sizes, the Challenge also offered ten teams seed funding in the form of $50,000 Discovery Award grants during the entry period. Of the ten Discovery Award winners, four went on to be selected as finalists.

    Charlotte Macken of Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre said: "Current personal mobility devices are often unable to fully meet the needs of users due to limitations affecting functionality and usability. Historically, the pace of innovation is slow, due to small and fragmented markets and difficulties in getting new technology funded by health-care systems and insurers. This can make the field unattractive to the very people who could help change the world. We hope that challenges like this can inspire innovation and are excited to see how the five finalists use this opportunity to develop their ideas further."

    Around the world, millions of people are living with lower-limb paralysis (the most common causes being strokes, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis). While there are no statistics on paralysis worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates there are 250,000-500,000 new cases of spinal cord injury globally every year.

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

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

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

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    Toyota Guardian Will Amplify Human Control, Not Remove it
    Envelope-Control System Mimics Fighter Jet, Blending Best Input from Human and Machine
    Test Vehicle Crash on California Highway Reenacted With Actual Video and 3D Animation

    TOKYO, Jan 8, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota is doubling-down on humans. That's the answer to the question; What has the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) been doing in automated driving over the past 12 months? Using onboard cameras, sensors and 3D animation, TRI opened its portion of a press conference today at the annual CES show in Las Vegas with a vivid reenactment of a three-car crash on a California Interstate, where no one was injured.

    "We know what happened because we were there, in the thick of it," said Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow. "Our test vehicle was traveling at freeway speed in manual mode with its autonomy mode disabled as it gathered data at the many tunnels and bridges in the San Francisco bay area. After we downloaded data from the incident, we asked ourselves; Could this crash have been mitigated, or avoided altogether by a future Toyota GuardianTM automated safety system? We believe the answer is yes."

    From its beginning three years ago, TRI has been committed to a two-track development approach to automated driving. Its on-going Chauffeur development focuses on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted operational design domain (ODD). Toyota Guardian, on the other hand, is being developed to amplify human control of the vehicle, not replace it. With Toyota Guardian, the driver is meant to be in control of the car at all times, except in those cases where Toyota Guardian anticipates or identifies a pending incident and employs a corrective response in coordination with driver input.

    One of TRI's most significant breakthroughs this year, was the creation of blended envelope control where Guardian combines and coordinates the skills and strengths of the human and the machine. The system was inspired and informed by the way that modern fighter jets are flown, where you have a pilot that flies the stick, but actually they don't fly the plane directly. Instead, their intent is translated by the low-level flight control system, thousands of times a second to stabilize the aircraft and stay within a specific safety envelope.

    This blended envelope control is much more difficult to create in a car than in a fighter jet. That is because the control envelope for a car is not only defined by vehicle dynamics, but also by the vehicle's perception and prediction of all things in its immediate environment.

    The big idea is that this control envelope is not a discrete on-off switch between the human and the autonomy. It's really a near-seamless blend of both, working as teammates to extract the best input from each.

    Guardian is being developed as an automated safety system, capable of operating with either a human driver, or an autonomous driving system, provided by Toyota, or any other company. This is a key capability.

    As Akio Toyoda announced at CES last year, Toyota plans to include Toyota Guardian as standard equipment on all Toyota e-Palette platforms that the company will build for the MaaS--Mobility as a Service--market. By doing so, MaaS fleet buyers can use any autonomous system they choose, with Toyota Guardian acting as a belt-and-suspender redundancy for any self-driving Chauffeur system.

    Pratt stressed the importance of not underestimating the difficulty of developing an autonomous Chauffeur system, both technologically and sociologically. Technically, how do we train a machine about the social ballet required to navigate through an ever-changing environment, as well as, or better than, a human driver? Sociologically, public acceptance of the inevitable crashes, injuries, and deaths that will occur due to fully autonomous Chauffeur systems may take considerable time.

    "In the meantime," stated Pratt, "we have a moral obligation to apply automated vehicle technology to save as many lives as possible as soon as possible."

    That is why TRI's primary focus last year has been to concentrate most of its effort on making Toyota Guardian a smarter machine. For Guardian to learn and get smarter, it must be subjected to difficult and demanding driving scenarios, "corner cases" that are simply too dangerous to perform on public roads. On closed courses, Guardian's intelligence and capabilities can be stretched and challenged. Through continuous refinement, Guardian learns how best to navigate and react to dangerous scenarios, as they unfold.

    This growing Guardian capability gives the three-car incident in California shown during the opening press conference sequence, an interesting lemons-to-lemonade twist. Here was an accidental corner case on a public highway; a dangerous crash that unfolded right before our sensors and cameras.

    From that data, TRI developed an accurate simulation that was then translated into a learning tool for the car to figure out its options in a split-second. The scenario was then re-created on the test track, using real vehicles and a guided, soft-target, dummy-vehicle. In this instance, Guardian's best option was to quickly accelerate safely away from encroaching vehicles. Here is a case where Guardian might avoid or mitigate a collision for itself, while potentially doing the same for other nearby vehicles; in a way, an Altruistic Guardian.

    Pratt addressed another key capability that makes Toyota Guardian even more evocative.

    "We humans have an inherent need for autonomy, which is much stronger than our desire for autonomous cars," said Pratt. "It's about the sheer delight of mobility when a child first learns to stand-up and make its way across a room without the help of mom or dad. And it is the joy of just going for a drive, behind the wheel of a car that can accelerate, brake and turn as if it is an extension of your body."

    The joy of driving is an inherent and deliberate component of Guardian. Hands-on-the-wheel and eyes-on-the-road is first-and-foremost about safety. But it is not ALL about safety. It is also about how a driver feels behind the wheel; safe and secure to enjoy the drive, instead of the ride.

    And, it's about the democratization of safety, a philosophy Toyota and Lexus pioneered nearly three years ago, when it began providing automatic emergency braking as standard equipment in nearly every model and trim level sold in the US.

    "We think the most important benefit of automated driving, is not about the autonomy of cars," concluded Pratt, "but about the autonomy of people."

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

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

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

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    TOKYO, Jan 8, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Corporation is pleased to announce that its joint venture with Kaneka Corporation, PT. Kaneka Foods Indonesia (KFI), will open a new factory in the city of Bekasi in Indonesia. The move is aimed at enhancing KFI's presence in confectionary and bakery ingredients markets in fast-growing Indonesia. The new factory will install equipment for the manufacture of filling and other processed oil products such as margarine, and will have a production capacity of 15,000 metric tons per year. This project will be invested total 5 billion yen, and the start of commercial production is planned for the first quarter of 2020.

    The confectionary and bakery market is expected to continue seeing steady expansion in Indonesia and other Asian countries due to overall population increases as well as the expansion of middle to high end consumer classes. This is especially so in Indonesia where the preference for baked products is increasingly an accepted part of daily life-styles, and where the consumption of baked goods has been showing a compound annual growth rate of 5%. KFI has, since 2013, been responding to customer needs by developing high-quality products that align with local tastes. As a result of this effort, KFI has achieved business expansion, including the successful introduction of a kind of soft bread with an unfamiliar texture to the Indonesian market.

    Setting up this new factory will allow KFI to enter a new stage through the supply of new products such as margarine. Furthermore, KFI will be better able to combine product knowledge and technical applications based on customers' specific needs, and accelerate product development. KFI will spread the culture of Japanese style attractive confectionary and bakery around the Asian market to achieve a target of 10 billion yen in sales.

    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 https://www.mitsubishicorp.com/jp/en/.

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

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    HONG KONG, Jan 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc. (TSXV: CFY) ("Changfeng" or the "Company"), an energy provider in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC"), is pleased to announce that, further to the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Changfeng and Guangdong Natural Gas Grid Co., Ltd. ("Guangdong Grid") in April 2018 to jointly pursue natural gas pineline projects in the Guangdong Province, the PRC, Guangdong Grid, Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. ("Guangdong Datang"), a subsidiary of China Datang Corporation Limited and Zhaoqing Gaoyao Hengtai Natural Gas Co., Ltd. ("Hengtai Gas"), a controlled subsidiary of Changfeng have entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") for the pipeline transportation of natural gas to the Gaoyao Combined Heat, Power and Cold Natural Gas Power Plant (the "Guangdong Datang Gaoyao Plant") of Guangdong Datang via the pipelines of Guangdong Grid and Hengtai Gas.

    The Agreement is effective until December 31, 2020, and provides that three months before the expiry date, the parties to the Agreement will negotiate terms for the renewal of the Agreement. The pipeline transportation fee for the natural gas transported by Hengtai Gas to the Guangdong Datang Gaoyao Plant will be based on step-ladder scale in accordance with the amount of natural gas transported. The Datang Guangdong Gaoyao Plant has an installed power generation capacity of 357.9 million kWh and the agreement outlines 584.6 million cubic meters of natural gas to be transported in 2019-2020. On November 14, 2018, Guangdong Datang began a trial operation to transport natural gas through the Changfeng pipeline to the Datang Gaoyao Plant.

    "It has been many years since we first disclosed Changfeng's project in Guangdong and it is my pleasure to be able to share with everyone this great news. Datang will be the first of our many customers in Guangdong. Gaoyao, Zhaoqing is within one of the four cities (Zhaoqing, Zhongshan, Foshan and Zhuhai) in which Changfeng has exclusive government approval to build natural gas pipelines for industrial end users. Moving forward, we expect more success in the Guangdong province." Huajun Lin, CEO and Chairman of Changfeng states.

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") under the stock symbol "CFY". It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the PRC. Changfeng strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as being one of China's the Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the Natural Gas Industry. Changfeng Energy Website: http://www.changfengenergy.com

    About Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd.
    Guangdong Datang is a subsidiary of Datang International Power Generation Co., Ltd. ("Datang International"). Together with its subsidiaries, Datang International engages in power generation and power plant development in the PRC. Datang International generates electricity through various sources, such as coal, thermal, hydro, wind, nuclear, solar, and natural gas. As of December 31, 2017, Datang International managed an installed capacity of approximately 48,031.175 MW. Datang International also engages in heat supply; the import of power related fuel; coal mining and trading; silicon and aluminium smelting; the production and sale of alumina; cargo shipping; the sale of coal ash and integrated application of solid wastes; the repair and testing of power equipment; and the provision of power related technical services. Datang International was formerly known as Beijing Datang Power Generation Co., Ltd., which was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the PRC. Datang Website: www.dtpower.com

    About Guangdong Natural Gas Grid Co., Ltd.
    Guangdong Grid was established in March 21, 2008, in the Guangdong, the PRC. Guangdong Grid is a joint venture of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation ("CNOOC"), the Sinopec Group, PetroChina Company Limited and the Guangdong Yudean Group Co., Ltd., with a registered capital of RMB3.98 billion. Guangdong Grid was formed with the purpose of establishing a province-wide network of natural gas trunk pipelines by 2020. The Guangdong pipeline network is more than 3,200 km in length, with a total planned investment of approximately RMB470 billion. The Guangdong pipeline network is expected to cover the Pearl River Delta, eastern Guangdong, northern Guangdong, and the four regional Western Guangdong pipe networks to cover 21 cities in Guangdong over the city-level natural gas distribution network, reaching annual gas transmission capacity of approximately 60 billion cubic meters.

    Since it commenced operations in 2008, Guangdong Grid has completed over seven hundred (700) km of pipeline construction. The pipeline has been extended to Zhaoqing, Zhongshan, Foshan and Zhuhai, which are the cities where Changfeng has exclusive government approval to build natural gas pipelines for industrial end users.

    Guangdong Grid is the exclusive vehicle to move the gas inside Guangdong and delivered up to approximately 19.65 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2017. The gas is from Petro China's Second West to East Pipeline and CNOOC's 3-1 gas well in Laiwan Bay, Guangzhou, as well as the re-gasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) from CNOOC's receiving terminal in Zhuhai. Husky Energy holds 49% of the equity of the Laiwan Bay gas well, while the remaining 51% is held by CNOOC. Guangdong Grid Website: http://www.gdngg.com.cn


     
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    New Year Message from MHPS President Kenji Ando
    YOKOHAMA, Japan, Jan 8, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) President and CEO Kenji Ando delivered an address to employees, commencing the New Year. The following is a summary of the main points of his remarks.

    "Last year MHPS launched its new 2018 Medium-term Business Plan, taking our first steps toward restructuring business operations to deal with environmental change. The difficult business environment and turbid conditions in the thermal power generation sector remain unchanged, and our competitors are also seeing sharp declines in business results.

    Nevertheless, MHPS' mainstay, gas turbines, continues to hold the largest global market share, and we are gradually enhancing our market presence. Meeting the targets of the new business plan will not be easy, but I would like us all to make a concerted effort in doing so. Always bear in mind, however, that compliance remains absolutely essential.

    One of the important measures in the new business plan, along with maintaining existing businesses and growth in the service business, is expanding the Power & Energy Solutions business. MHPS provides new value to customers utilizing MHPS-TOMONI, our digital solution service to improve power plant operations. We have received positive results in new markets and fields of technology, including sulfur oxide (SOx) scrubber systems to meet regulations on ship exhaust gas, hydrogen gas turbines to reduce CO2 emissions, and bio-jet fuel manufacturing processes. MHPS' 54-inch last stage blade steam turbine generation facilities also began operating in China for the first time, at the Sanmen and Haiyang nuclear power plants. We will continue to accelerate our efforts in penetrating new markets and strive to surpass last year's results.

    Technological innovations in areas such as AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things), as well as bio/nano technologies are advancing at a rapid pace around the world, and will have an impact on all industries. In addition to our business functions, these advances have the potential to significantly impact the ways in which we work. There will also likely be new goods and services spawned from these innovations that will disrupt our preconceived ideas of production and services. However, being fearful of disruptive change will only leave us behind current trends, and cause us to fail. Instead, being curious, proactively embracing changes and perfecting them, is what will allow us to remain competitive.

    I encourage all employees to adopt a broader perspective and break through existing boundaries. As we embrace the New Year and all of the challenges and opportunities that come with it, I urge you to be bold and act as a catalyst for change. Thank you for your hard work and continuous dedication."

    About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

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

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

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    TOKYO, Jan 8, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga delivered an address to employees, commencing the New Year. The following is a summary of the main points of his remarks.

    Exemplary Efforts Made for a Year of Many Successes in 2018

    Last year, MHI Group took its first steps toward a future of substantial growth with the launch of the 2018 Medium-Term Business Plan. We also demonstrated MHI Group's technological capabilities and reliability to customers in Japan and around the world with a series of high-profile achievements. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) had its first demonstration flight at the U.K. Farnborough Airshow in July, while the space division built and launched a series of rockets in a short period of time, increasing our launch success rate and putting overseas observation satellites into orbit. MHI also helped deliver solutions around the world with projects to meet various needs in regions of the United States, Europe, and Asia. Furthermore, 2018 was a year in which MHI Group employees achieved remarkable success through persistent individual efforts, including winning gold medals at the World Skills Competition, and strong performances in amateur baseball tournaments. These achievements make me proud to be a member of MHI Group.

    Secure Structural Reforms and Tackle Business Challenges

    As we greet the new year of 2019, we must also commit to ensuring that the structural reforms we have been pursuing are put firmly in place. We need to remain conscious of the cash flows generated from the reform process, and instill a commitment to operational efficiency that prioritizes earnings. Let us also foster a corporate culture in which everyone works with self-confidence and in cooperation to embrace new challenges.

    At the same time, it's essential that we move swiftly to address the challenges we face in certain businesses. In the thermal power systems business, looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, we will focus on a structural shift to a business more in line with emerging social demands. We will pursue further advances in hardware such as gas-fired and hydrogen-powered gas turbines, distributed power systems, and CO2 recovery plants. It's also important to expand the services that support these systems, such as remote monitoring and operational optimization, utilizing AI (artificial intelligence). In the MRJ business, we will focus on securing type certification, and steadily overcoming each challenge as it arises in order to ensure deliveries begin in 2020.

    A New Type of Conglomerate Management

    At the beginning of this year, MHI Group headquarters, the division that formulates global and group management strategies and allocates management resources, moved to Tokyo's Marunouchi district. MHI Group is pursuing a new type of conglomerate management aimed at achieving both growth and stability in the international marketplace. To develop personnel to sustain and bolster our growth potential, and strengthen our technology base, we will cultivate global managers from a longer-term perspective. We are also classifying operations into Japan-centered and global businesses based on such factors as market and regional trends, in order to achieve a balance of autonomous management, with each business able to quickly orient itself to activity, and group synergy. Further, to respond to next-generation needs from a long-term perspective, we will continue to modify our business portfolio through strategic allocation of technologies, personnel, capital, and other management resources, in an effort to sustain growth potential.

    MHI Group is changing and evolving to better anticipate and meet the needs of the future. To achieve this, all MHI Group employees are encouraged to embrace entrepreneurship, enhance their individual capabilities, and generate solutions by leveraging expertise and teamwork. Let's make a collaborative effort towards growth and building a brighter future for both MHI Group and the world.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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

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

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

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    Enabling Highly Accurate Detection of Small Irregularities in Road Surfaces

    TOKYO, Jan 8, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. has developed a technology for its in-vehicle stereo cameras that enables highly accurate detection of small road surface irregularities while driving, including holes and small debris.

    Moving forward, by combining this detection technology with vehicle suspension systems, Hitachi Automotive Systems plans to develop a drive control system that can adjust vehicle stability in response to road surface conditions. This in turn will contribute to improved driving safety and comfort.

    Driving an automobile on an uneven road not only reduces driving comfort, but also causes the vehicle to act in an unstable manner, which can affect safety. Thus, there is a need for a drive control system that can adjust driving stability in response to road surface conditions. Hitachi Automotive Systems has been developing the detection technology required to realize such a control system that can identify tiny changes in road surfaces with a high level of accuracy.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems' in-vehicle stereo cameras can sense the distance and location of people and objects such as pedestrians and other vehicles to a high degree of accuracy by calculating parallax information-the difference between the images obtained by the two left and right cameras-with extreme precision. However, to detect irregularities and small debris on a road, the company had to overcome the challenges of preventing false positives caused by dirt and shadows on the road surface, and reduction of detection processing time.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems has developed an application that addresses these challenges together with the Research & Development Group of Hitachi Ltd. and the Automotive Products Research Laboratory at Hitachi America, Ltd., the Hitachi Group's North American regional headquarters. Specifically, the application makes it possible to distinguish between actual irregularities and dirt or shadows, with short processing times, by leveraging the unique characteristics of Hitachi Automotive Systems' stereo cameras, which continuously acquire precise parallax information while also combining and analyzing image information.

    Going forward, Hitachi Automotive Systems plans to further develop this drive control system that combines detection technologies with suspension systems to adjust driving stability to match the particular road surface.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems will continue to contribute to improving vehicle safety and comfort through advanced driver assistance technologies.

    About Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

    Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is engaged in the development, manufacture, sales and services of automotive components, transportation related components, industrial machines and systems, and offers a wide range of automotive systems including engine powertrain systems, electric powertrain systems and integrated vehicle control systems.

    For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi-automotive.co.jp/en/.

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

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

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

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    The Asian Licensing Conference kicked off yesterday (7 Jan) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and concludes today.
    New Trends and Opportunities Help to Drive Industry Forward

    HONG KONG, Jan 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the eighth edition of the Asian Licensing Conference kicked off yesterday (7 Jan) and runs for two days at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The two plenary sessions on the first day of the event focused on the fast-growing Asia and Mainland China markets.

    Rapid Growth in Licensing Drives Industry Forward

    Addressing the opening ceremony of the conference were Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director; Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, and Cai Jiacheng, Associate Inspector of the Department of Cultural and Tourism Industries, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China.

    Ms Fong said the shifting economics of global manufacturing have created challenges for industry players, with issues such as increasing protectionism and the transition to e-tailing leading many businesses to begin exploring licensing opportunities in a bid to move up the value chain.

    "The licensing industry has been showing an upward trend," said Ms Fong, adding that global sales of licensed products reached US$271 billion in 2017, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year. "The regional story was impressive, with sales growing by 5.8% to US$31.6 billion and accounting for 11.6% of the world total," she noted. The Mainland China market showed an increase of 10.3%, topping the world growth chart and continuing to be a significant driver of the global licensing industry.

    New Market Trends in Asian Licensing Industry

    At the first plenary session yesterday - "Asia: Gold Mine in Licensing" - speakers uncovered the latest market trends in Asia, analysing the key issues and sharing their successful formulas for tapping into the Asian market.

    Vikram Sharma, Vice President, Cartoon Network Enterprises, Turner International Asia Pacific Ltd, said that lifestyles in Asia are becoming increasingly digital and widespread use of social media is creating strong licensing opportunities in emerging markets. Messaging apps are very popular among Asia consumers, enabling e-commerce stores to sell to them directly. "Asia is the land of stories where characters have built strong emotional connections and bonding with regional consumers. Moreover, character properties can go beyond licensed consumer products into other sectors, such as licensed location-based entertainments, cafes and exhibitions," Mr Sharma noted.

    Speaking at the same session, Miki Yamamoto, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Asia, IMG, said "To introduce American brands into Asian markets and make them sustainable, we have to continually modify and upgrade the brands in addition to creating their brand values." She explained that the Rugby World Cup 2019 is a good example of giving Asian characteristics to an international brand, with the event creating its first-ever mascot for host country Japan. "We are also working with the 12 [Rugby World Cup] host cities to launch a range of local-only licensed products, such as kimonos," she explained.

    Exploring New Opportunities through Partnerships

    "It is very important to work with licensors in different markets who understand your needs and have long-term strategies. We have created numerous Smiley style guides for different markets where we have a network of agents promoting our brand," said Nicolas Loufrani, CEO, Smiley World Ltd, addressing delegates at the first plenary session.

    Mr Loufrani added that the company has been working with apparel and jewellery chain stores, from luxury, high-end outlets to mass-market retailers, and the Smiley footprint can now be found in shopping malls and department stores, and even gift shop chains. He explained that Smiley World has developed licensed products to tap into specific market segments.

    Another speaker, Andrew Carley, EVP Global Licensing, Entertainment One, said that the key to a successful licensing business is to strike the right balance between implementing a local approach and maintaining the brand's value to create a sustainable licensing programme. Mr Carley said that local partners can help brands to understand local relationships and local retailers, and can offer strong support in the local market. "The watchwords are to adapt, manage expectations and stay true to the brand's core values," he said.

    Yesterday afternoon's thematic session focused on the fast-growing world of esports. Kenneth Fok, President of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation delivered the opening remarks, saying that the HKSAR Government invested HK$100 million in 2018 to promote esports, highlighting the huge potential for development in the industry. Mr Fok added that esports were featured as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games, with many of the contestants coming from Hong Kong.

    Jai Wu, Head of LPL Merchandise & Licensing, Riot Games China, was joined by Eric Jou, APAC Business Development and Partnerships, ESL Gaming, to share the latest esports developments in Asia and discuss the immense opportunities arising from the broader application of licences and intellectual properties (IPs) for esports games and leagues.

    Rounding off the conference was a workshop covering the "Legal and Intellectual Property Issues of Licensing", at which legal professionals and experts with rich experience in the Asian market, and Mainland China in particular, shared the IP-protection and contractual issues faced in handling the growing number of entertainment, content and digital IPs, using real-case illustrations.

    The Asian Licensing Conference runs concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show, HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and Hong Kong International Stationery Fair at the HKCEC this week, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities for global buyers.

    Asian Licensing Conference website: www.hktdc.com/fair/alc-en
    Hong Kong International Licensing Show website: www.hktdc.com/fair/hklicensingshow-en
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2sgNlxo

    About HKTDC

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

    Contact:
    Coco Yuen, Tel: +852 2584 4145, Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org Christine Kam, Tel: +852 2584 4514, Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    Total investment expected to reach RMB 1bn in the next 3 years

    HONG KONG, Jan 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Tianyun International Holdings Limited ("Tianyun International", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") (Stock code: 6836.HK), a leading seller and manufacturer of processed fruits products in China, is pleased to announce that it entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU") with Sichuan Development Holding Company Limited ("Sichuan Development").

    Both parties will utilize their strengths to collaborate together, inter alia, to develop a base for source of supply of raw materials and supply chain for processed agricultural and food products in Sichuan Province in China; to invest in talents, technology, expertise, business network and provide capital; to invest in agriculture industry projects, including introducing overseas advanced agricultural technology, mature corporate management system; to provide capital for acquisition of high-quality agriculture projects in China and abroad; and to contribute an aggregate sum of RMB1 billion in the next three years to agricultural food projects.

    Mr. Yang Ziyuan, Chairman and CEO of the Group, said, "This cooperation is strategically important for Tianyun International. In light of SDH's strength in raising capital, business synergies and resources allocation resulting from its abundant capital and good reputation; and our Group having a professional management team and experience in and network for the procurement of resources, use of capital, arrangement of supply chain for processed agricultural and food products in China and abroad, we expect to achieve multiple business synergies for our development in the medium to long-term.

    We believe that the cooperation will help both parties achieve complementary advantages for mutual development, lay an important foundation for Tianyun International to create
    a global brand and build a sustainable enterprise with 100 years of history, and bring momentum for the Group's future growth and sustainable development, thus maximising shareholders' returns."

    About Sichuan Development Holding Company Limited
    Sichuan Development Holding Company Limited, a large-scale state-owned enterprise in the PRC, was established by the Sichuan Provincial People's Government in January 2009, with a registered capital of RMB80 billion. By the end of 2017, the business income of the company was RMB170.1 billion, with the total assets of RMB906.1 billion.

    At present, it owns dozens of enterprises with different scopes of businesses, including transportation, energy, finance, mining, water service, travel, agriculture, environmental protection, competitive resources development, new emerging industries, healthcare and medical, financial and other fields authorized by the Sichuan Provincial Government.

    About Tianyun International Holding Limited (Stock Code: 6863.HK)
    Tianyun International Holdings Limited (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the "Group") are principally engaged in (i) the production and sales of processed fruit packaged in metal containers, plastic cups, glass containers and aluminium foil bags ii) trading of fresh fruit. Processed fruit products are sold both under our own brands and on an OEM basis.

    The Group has been consistently committed to provide healthy and safe products to its customers. As one of the food enterprises with the most complete quality certifications, we have always been dedicated to following stringent international production standards and are accredited with BRC (A+), IFS Food (High), FDA, HALAL, SC, KOSHER, BSCI and ISO22000 in respect of our production facilities, quality control and management. The Group has also passed the internal food production standard reviews and audits from some of the UK and US supermarket chains. At the same time, within China, as a "Equal production line; Equal standard; Equal quality" food production and export enterprise, the Group has been supplying products of equivalent quality to domestic and international markets. Since 2016, the Group's own brand processed fruit products have continued to obtain a high degree of market recognition, and have been awarded by a national institution the honour and qualification of "China Canned Product Quality Certification Label", become the first fruit processor in China's fruit processing industry to put the "Zero Added Preservative Canned Products" label for its products sold in China.

    The Group was awarded 2017 China's Most Promising Listed Companies by the internationally renowned financial magazine Forbes and became the only integrated food production and sales enterprise in Linyi City, Shandong Province, which was awarded the "2017 Linyi Mayor Quality Award". The Group's newly researched and developed pure fruit snack food also received the "Certificate of Invention Patent" from the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China in 2018.

    For more information, please visit www.tianyuninternational.com

     
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  • 01/08/19--03:00: Verisk Launches Black Box 3
  • New technology, available in parts of Canada, Europe, Australasia, and Asia, to provide greater insight for medical underwriting decisions at point of sale

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. and SURREY, U.K., Jan 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, has launched Black Box 3 (BB3), a new solution available in parts of Canada, Europe, Australasia, and Asia, that helps insurers make smarter underwriting decisions for risks posed by travelers with preexisting medical conditions.

    Customers complete a simple, intuitive declaration of their medical conditions, and the Black Box analyses the answers using a bespoke algorithm. A risk score is quickly generated that can then be used to complement an existing underwriting strategy.

    The latest development of its proven Black Box series (first launched in 2000), BB3 has a range of improvements for insurers, underwriters, and customers alike.

    For example, BB3 can now generate a score reflecting the likelihood of a cancellation claim arising, in addition to the scoring output reflecting medical expenses and repatriation risk.

    The tool also includes a new feature called "Screening Lite," which, subject to insurer-determined criteria, reduces the number of questions a customer is asked when traveling to lower-risk destinations for a shorter period with a reduced lead time (for example, traveling within the next couple of days for a weekend break).

    "Black Box is a proven technology that in 2018 will support more than 20 million risk assessments for clients in multiple countries around the world," said Lara Suttie, director of business development for Verisk's Risk Rating division.

    "Our ethos is to provide data analytics solutions that help our customers make better and faster decisions that minimise risk and maximise value," added Suttie. "This launch builds on 18 years of underwriting experience and industry knowledge and will keep Black Box at the heart of insurers' policy decisions for many years to come."

    "The integration of the Black Box technology has allowed us to process millions of risk assessments each year - an invaluable resource," said Ian Rogers, managing director at CYTI, the site that powers MoneySupermarket's travel insurance proposition. "We're excited about the new and improved version and how it can help us going forward."

    "I've become very familiar with the Verisk technology, and our most recent integration of the BB into the Nordic insurance platform at Zurich has allowed us to cover preexisting medical conditions with confidence," said Chris Price, EMEA head of travel insurance at Zurich General Insurance, who has worked with the Risk Rating division of Verisk for 15 years across a range of different roles within the industry. "Our alliance with Verisk also allows Zurich to participate on the price comparison websites, which remain an important channel of distribution for our business unit."

    About Verisk

    Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialised markets, and financial services. Using advanced technologies to collect and analyse billions of records, Verisk draws on unique data assets and deep domain expertise to provide first-to-market innovations that are integrated into customer workflows. Verisk offers predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and many other fields. Around the world, Verisk helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.

    Headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., Verisk operates in 30 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's S&P 500(R) Index. In 2018, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World's Best Employers list. For more information, please visit www.verisk.com.

    Contact:
    Eboni Thomas
    Edelman (for Verisk)
    212-642-7784
    eboni.thomas@edelman.com

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