Datacloud Asia 2018 appoints Industry Luminaries to Lead Awards Judging Panel
JCN Newswire
Nov 09, 2017

Award Categories to Showcase Data Center Services, Energy, Innovation and the Above and Beyond

LONDON / SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Two revered data center executives have been appointed to lead the judging panel for the Datacloud Asia 2018 awards. Joshua Au, Head of Data Center, A*STAR, joins as Chairman, and Billy Lee Kok Chi, Advisor and formerly Founding Chairman of the Malaysian Data Center Association, as Vice Chairman.

With an extended panel of Judges, the Datacloud Asia Awards for 2018 aims to be globally relevant and give recognition to the most innovative companies and people in the sector. The Awards ceremony, which includes a gala dinner, will be held on the evening of 22nd March at the prestigious Capella Hotel in Singapore.

"I am honored to accept the position of chairman, and look forward to working with the panel of distinguished judges to honor excellence and innovation demonstrated in the data center industry," commented Joshua Au, Chairman, Datacloud Asia Awards 2018.

Billy Lee, Vice Chairman, echoed the sentiments, "I am thrilled to be involved in one of the most prestigious awards in the Asian IT awards calendar, considered the Oscar's equivalent in the data center and cloud space. There will be an opportunity to learn from industry leaders in Asia who are shaping the digital economy."

Award nominations close February 10th 2018.

Sustaining the refreshed format, the Judges will award the Data Center and Cloud Leadership Awards, selected from nominations made by companies in any of the other categories.

All categories are open to enterprise-owned or third-party facilities, cloud service provide, energy specialists and individuals engaged in the data center and cloud sector.

The awards will also highlight data center location, a highly competitive area of the market today. Many agencies across Asia compete not only with each other, but also internationally, and the award will denote industry distinction.

The Judges also wished to bring a special spotlight on upcoming service providers in all industry categories.

The full Award categories are:

- Excellence in Data Center Service Award Asia
- Excellence in Data Center Service Award South East Asia
- Best Data Center Energy Solution Award
- Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility -- Company of the Year
- Data Center Above and Beyond Award
- Excellence in Data Center IT Architecture and Design Award
- Data Center Location Award
- Connectivity Provider of the Year Award
- Best programme for Data Center training and professional development
- Excellence in Cloud Service Award Asia
- Excellence in Cloud Service Award South East Asia
- Enterprise Cloud Adoption Award
- Marketer of the Year Award
- Individual Industry Contribution -- Ambassador Award

Among the newer award categories are 'Best Energy Solution Award', for the use of a disruptive energy innovation, and 'Excellence in Connectivity Award', for high levels of service reliability and availability provided by cable, dark fibre and Internet Exchange providers.

The Judges also announce the 'Individual Industry Contribution -- Ambassador Award' which will recognize an Asia ambassador for the Data Center and Cloud Industry for 2018-2019.

"Data centers have truly come of age," commented Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup, "and the Datacloud Asia Awards, as the premier awards in the sector, will uniquely reflect its importance. Excellence will be the guideline for the Judges of this year's nominations."

Companies shortlisted gain immediate recognition, and winners make contact with a global network of potential customers and partners sustain the success of their innovation and service excellence.

About BroadGroup

BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services provider and a member company of FTSE 250 Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Established in 2002, the company has achieved recognition and growth through delivering quality research and events across the IT infrastructure sector. Its Data Center and Cloud practice is the market leader in providing commercial due diligence, research and analysis for the sector. The company's event portfolio brands include Datacloud, Datacloud Awards, Finance and Investment Forum and Dark Fibre Convention which deliver high quality international networking and business opportunity events. The company also owns the leading online information source, magazine and specialist forum Data Economy.

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22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 Nominations Announcement
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Nov 08, 2017

SINGAPORE, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The highly anticipated Asian Television Awards returns for the 22nd season, bringing you nominees from the best of Asia's television. Set to take place on 30 November and 1 December 2017, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, this year's Asian Television Awards sees 267 nominees from 19 Asian countries competing in 42 award categories, including new category -- 'Best Scriptwriting for Web Programme/ Series'.

Highlights of award categories this year include 'Best Drama Series', 'Best Comedy Programme', 'Best Entertainment Presenter/Host', 'Best Actor in a Leading Role', 'Best Actress in a Leading Role', 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role', 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role', and 'Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/ Actress'.

Best Drama Series

Riding on the success of K-pop fever, Korean television receives four nominations in the 'Best Drama Series' category, featuring KBS' Love in the Moonlight, MBC's The Rebel, SBS' Dr. Romantic, and breakthrough Korean television series Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, or better known as Goblin, by CJ E&M, starring the critically acclaimed Gong Yoo.

Other nominees from the 'Best Drama Series' category include Dragon TV/ Zhejiang TV's Eternal Love, and Hunan TV's Fighter of Destiny, Keshet International's P.O.W. -- Bandi Yuddh Ke, and Mediacorp's Tanglin.

Best Comedy Programme

Headlining the 'Best Comedy Programme' category are nominees from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Korea. Nominees from Singapore include Viacom International Media Networks' Comedy Central Stand-Up Asia, Mediacorp's Fine Tune, The Noose 9, and Meet the MP; and from Thailand, House of Blast -- Dracula in Troubles and Under Her Nose by Thai Broadcasting Company.

Rounding up the nominee list for the category are House of Spirits by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) from Hong Kong, and Saturday Night Life Korea S9 by NBC Universal International from Korea.

Best Entertainment Presenter/ Host

Allan Wu earns two nominations for 'Best Entertainment Presenter/Host' category for reality series -- The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 by Sony Pictures, and Mediacorp's Unique Towns -- Brazil Ladies Village. Other nominees include actor-producer Niti Chaichitatorn, host of Talk with Toey Tonight by GMM TV Company, Quan Yi Fong for Markets in Asia by Mediacorp, Yvette King for E! VIP -- Mariah Carey by NBC Universal Global Networks, and Debbie Wong for Deliciousness by Asian Food Channel.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Taiwan and Singapore lead in 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' category. Taiwan secures three nominations for the category with veteran actors Ko Shu Yuan for Formosa Television's Far and Away, Tsai Chen-Nan for Formosa Television's She's Family, and Chris Wu for We are One by Tzu Chi Culture and Communication Foundation; while Singapore receives four nominations for A. Penneeirchelvam for Ninaivugal, Hasnul Rahmat for 7 Hari, Tony Eusoff and Ramesh Panicker for The Hush, all by Mediacorp. Satyadeep Mishra from India is nominated for his performance in P.O.W. -- Bandi Yuddh Ke by Keshet International.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

The 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' category sees seven nominees from Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Former action star and one of Hong Kong's veteran actresses, Kara Wai Ying Hung receives nomination for her leading role in Radio Television Hong Kong's Affairs of the Heart, while Singapore's number one "Ah Jie", Zoe Tay is nominated for her role in Mediacorp's nursing series, You Can be an Angel 2.

Rounding up the nominations for the category are Malaysia's Louisa Chong for Beautiful World Crow by Natseven TV, Japan's Ryoko Shinohara for Desperate for Love by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Taiwan's Chantel Liu for The King of Drama by Formosa Television, and Ko Chia-yen for Welcome to Happy Days by Good Image Co., Ltd; and Singapore's Felicia Chin for 2589 Days Apart by Mediacorp Toggle.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Rising stars, Oabnithi and Krissanapoom "Jayler" snag a nomination each in the 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' category for their performances in Thai suspense series -- I Hate You, I Love You. Their nominations mark the first performance category nominations from productions by OTT platforms -- LINE TV, alongside Mediacorp Toggle's 2389 Days Apart and Yes Mdm.

Chen Mu Yi from Singapore earns a nomination for his performance in HBO Asia's The Teenage Psychic, with Taiwan's Han Chang nominated for his role in Upstream by Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation, and Tirso Cruz III for his role in Wildflower by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp in the Philippines. Singapore's Choo Houren and Sani Hussin receive nominations for their roles in Mediacorp's Trapped Minds and Firasat 2, respectively.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The youngest nominee, Puteri Balqis from Malaysia, earns her nomination for 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role' for her outstanding performance on Ana Anak Ibu by Measat Broadcast Network Systems, following her win at the 19th Asian Television Awards for 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' in 2014.

Other nominees for the category include Taiwan's Yang Kuei-Mei for Formosa Television's She's Family, Zi-yu-Yu for Indigenous Peoples Foundation's The First Wisp of Smoke, and Chen Shu-Fang for Good Image Co., Ltd's Welcome to Happy Days; and Singapore's Alleyah Nabilah for 7 Hari and Krissy Jesudason for Tanglin, both by Mediacorp.

Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/ Actress

Another hotly contended category -- 'Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/ Actress', sees seven out of eight nominees from Singapore. They are J. Jai Kishan for Yes Mdm by Mediacorp Toggle, Nurul Aini for Kathy Gerenti, Siti Khalijah for Sekuriti, Oon Shu An and R. Chandran for Meet the MP, and Alaric Tay and Chua En Lai for The Noose 9, all by Mediacorp. Hong Kong industry veteran Bobby Au-Yeung secures a nomination for his performance on Television Broadcasts Limited's (TVB) House of Spirits.

Star-studded Affair Featuring Asia's Best in Entertainment

The 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 will take place at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on 30 November 2017 (Trade) and 1 December 2017, and promises to be a star-studded affair graced by talents from Asian television's best.

Tickets to the 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 on 1 December 2017 are available on, and will be broadcasting live across Asia. Anticipate breakthrough performances by award-winning Indonesian pop-singer and actor, Afgansyah; Sing! China finalist, Joanna Dong from Singapore; Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor, Bii; and Korean singer-actor best known as the host of popular variety show -- 'Running Man', Kim Jong-Kook. Joining the stable of world class acts is renowned international electronic artist, GG Magree, who will be performing for the first time in Singapore.

Baki Zainal from Malaysia and Stephanie Carrington from Singapore will reprise their role as hosts for the 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017, joined by China's Wang Li Huan.

For full list of nominations for the 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017, please

The 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 is organised by Contineo Media, supported by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is an event of Singapore Media Festival. The organiser would like to thank the following Sponsors: Courts, MTM, Nippon Paint, Osim, The Centre Stage, Torque 5 Group; Official Hotels: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Yotel Singapore; and Official Security Partner: Aetos.

For media enquiries and press images, email, or contact:

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Manager, Event Operations
Asian Television Awards Pte Ltd
M: +65-9109-3791

K. Dass
Editorial Director
Contineo Media (Entertainment Group)
M: +65-8157-7919

About Asian Television Awards

Launched in 1996, Asian Television Awards (ATA) is Asian TV industry's most significant and celebrated event, recognising excellence in programming, production and performance. The Asian Television Awards comprises over 40 categories and attracts a multitude of entries of over 1,300 annually from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-to-air television stations, pay-TV platforms, and OTT, as well as many independent production houses in Asia. In 2016, ATA has also expanded its footprint with live and delayed telecasts, with an increase of eight channels as compared to 2015, bringing the number of broadcast platforms to a remarkable number of 21 channels, reaching more than half a billion viewers across Asia and beyond.

Seeking to bring our social media presence and second screen experience of ATA to the next level, we bring the live event to millions of fans across the region through social media amplification.

ATA is the only event of its kind in Asia, making it the definitive platform to showcase and recognise quality television productions within Asia. For more information, please

About the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds communities and powers Singapore's Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also enhances Singapore's data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.

About the Singapore Media Festival

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority, is set to become one of Asia's leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 23 November to 3 December 2017, the Singapore Media Festival brings together established media events such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA), as well as a new digital event SMF Ignite. For more information about the Singapore Media Festival, please

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Trafigura Pte Ltd Launches its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice Programme in Singapore
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Nov 08, 2017

PRNewswire/ -- Trafigura Pte Ltd ("Trafigura"), one of the world's leading independent commodity trading and logistics companies, has today launched its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice programme which is supported by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Singaporean Government agency driving trade.

Today, Trafigura welcomed Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry as guest of honour at an event in its commodity trading office in Singapore. The launch was attended by Polytechnic Principals, Careers Advisors, Heads of Junior Colleges and student representatives.

Following a pilot programme, the company will offer A-level and diploma graduates the opportunity to join its Singapore, Geneva or Houston office from January 2018 as part of its one year Global Commodity Trading Apprenticeship Programme. Programme apprentices will join a business function (Deals Desk, Operations, Trade Finance, Mid or Downstream Supply, Warehousing and Logistics) with a strong support system from dedicated members of staff, to develop the skills and competencies necessary to build their career in the commodities trading industry. The intention is to fast track the apprentices to join the company's highly competitive Global Graduate Programme, which gives future unlimited opportunities within the Trafigura group.

"Our apprentice programme will show the value of skills-based qualifications for A-level and diploma qualified students who have chosen not to go to university and are passionate about finding a rewarding and exciting career path," said Mr Tan Chin Hwee, Trafigura's Asia Pacific CEO. "A university degree is now not the only path into an exciting career in the commodities industry."
Ms Amreeta Eng, Group Director for Trade Promotion, IE Singapore said, "Singapore is Asia's leading commodity trading hub and talent development will be a key driver for its continued growth. We are heartened that Trafigura has launched its Global Commodity Trading Apprentice Programme in Singapore. This enterprise-level apprenticeship complements existing training programmes we have established with the industry and Higher Institutes of Learning in Singapore, adding to new opportunities for students to join the commodity trading industry and strengthening our trading talent pool."

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Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.6 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; 50 percent owned DT Group which specialises in logistics and trading; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 4,100 employees who work in 61 offices in 36 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD98.1 billion in 2016. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

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A*STAR IME’s new multi-chip fan-out wafer level packaging development line to drive innovation and growth in semiconductor industry
Nov 08, 2017

State-of-the-art Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging (FOWLP) development line will enable IME’s consortium members spanning across the industry value chain to develop cost-effective advanced packaging solutions, and spur high-volume manufacturing of next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) technologies

Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has established a development line to accelerate the development of fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) capabilities for next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The FOWLP development line, which is built upon existing infrastructure at IME’s facilities at Singapore Science Park II, and its new facilities at Fusionopolis Two, will allow IME and its partners (see Annex A for list of partners) to develop technologies that serve a wide range of markets such as that of consumer electronics, healthcare and automotive.

The IoT is set to become the next growth driver for the semiconductor industry, as demand for internet-connected devices continues to soar. FOWLP is an emerging breakthrough chip packaging technology platform aimed at meeting the technology requirements of next-generation electronic devices that require ultra-low power consumption rates, smaller package profiles, higher performance; and all made at a lower cost.

IME’s FOWLP development line is equipped with fully automated tools that can perform the “mold-first” and “Re-Distribution Layer (RDL)-first” method in multi-chip fabrication. The “RDL-first” method is expected to achieve a higher reliability rate compared to the conventional “mold-first” method traditionally used by the semiconductor industry. IME and its partners will jointly develop tools and processes for next-generation FOWLP technologies such as high speed Copper (Cu) pillar plating, Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) process to control the wafer warpage, moldable underfilling for Chip-to-Wafer, as well as over molding on wafer with vertical Cu pillar/Cu wire interconnections using wafer level compression molding, plasma descum of small vias and warpage adjustment, etc.

To unlock the potential of FOWLP and accelerate the development and adoption of these innovative process technologies by the industry, IME has also formed a consortium comprising leading OSATs, Materials, Equipment, EDA, Fabless partners (see Annex A for list of consortium members).

The FOWLP development line consortium will allow members across the value chain to co-share resources on an open innovation platform, and draw upon IME’s rich portfolio of advanced packaging capabilities to address the complexities in system scaling and heterogeneous system integration. The FOWLP development line will be a test-bedding platform through which consortium members could gain new insights on requirements of FOWLP by testing and developing new processes, paving the way for high-volume manufacturing.

The FOWLP development line utilises tools already in use in major OSATs, and will allow processes, materials and integration flows developed at IME to be smoothly transferred. Through this development line, fabless companies could also make quicker decisions on package structure, integration flows, processes, materials and equipment for their new products; so materials and equipment suppliers could expedite the development of their products and increase their adoption.

“The launch of IME’s FOWLP development line and consortium will enable us to advance pre-competitive R&D that positions the semiconductor industry for growth opportunities in the thriving IoT market. Through an open and collaborative approach, the consortium will drive the development and the transfer of innovative technologies from pilot-scale to commercial production more easily and quickly,” said Dr. Tan Yong Tsong, Executive Director, IME.

"We are extremely proud to be a part of IME’s FOWLP consortium and play an active role in this great initiative. This broad industry cooperation will help solve one of the largest challenges faced by the semiconductor industry in the area of achieving higher density in advanced packaging. ERS is committed to developing new thermo-management solutions to enable next generation of FOWLP technologies,” said Mr. Klemens Reitinger, Chief Executive Officer, ERS Electronic GmbH.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with IME in this FOWLP development line consortium (DLC). We have benefitted from the experience in the previous consortium on High Density FOWLP, and are confident that with our combined experience and knowledge, the consortium will accelerate the development of FOWLP and establish an innovative cost-effective manufacturing process to further the mass adoption of FOWLP,” said Mr. Tong Liang Cheam, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Kulicke & Soffa.

“It’s exciting to participate in this new FOWLP development line at IME to advance chip packaging. Nordson has a successful history of working on innovations in the semiconductor packaging industry, and this consortium is positioned well to produce excellent solutions,” said Mr. Joseph Stockunas, Vice President, Advanced Technology – Electronics Systems, Nordson Corporation.

“It is through collaborative efforts, such as that of the FOWLP development line and consortium that the semiconductor ecosystem can advance. Our engagement with the consortium will not only benefit our customers, but the industry as a whole in driving the adoption of this technology for emerging High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) and diverse IoT applications," said Mr. Asim Salim, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Open-Silicon. “Through Open-Silicon’s extensive experience in 2.5D ASIC design, and the expertise of the consortium, issues like cost will be mitigated, thus enabling OEMs of all sizes to adopt FOWLP technology."

“We are delighted to be a part of IME’s FOWLP development line consortium and continue to play an active role in this open innovation initiative. Industry-wide cooperation is key in overcoming the many challenges faced today by the electronics packaging industry. Orbotech is committed to developing new cost-efficient solutions to enable the next generation of advanced packaging technologies, which in turn will impact the industry’s next inflection point,” said Dr. Abraham Gross, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation, Orbotech.

“As demand for high speed, high bandwidth data connectivity in consumer electronics continues to grow, the performance and cost challenges limiting the implementation of high frequency millimeter wave applications have the potential to be addressed with FOWLP solutions. We look forward to working with the FOWLP development line consortium to realise the benefits of FOWLP technology for mmWave antennae devices in emerging markets such as automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Mr. Shim Il Kwon, Chief Technology Officer, STATS ChipPAC.


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LINE Ads Platform Names AppsFlyer as Certified Ads Measurement Partner
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Nov 07, 2017

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - AppsFlyer, the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics, has been certified as Ads Measurement Partner through LINE Corporation's Marketing Partner Program, allowing marketers to quickly and easily measure and optimize campaigns with the fast-growing mobile messaging and communication portal.

"We are excited to partner with LINE and be named a certified LINE Ads Measurement Partner, helping marketers measure and maximize their business goals with LINE's Ads platform, and further enriching their mobile campaigns," said Naoya Otsubo, AppsFlyer's Japan Country Manager. "AppsFlyer continues to offer marketers in Japan, across Asia, and throughout the world the most accurate and robust measurement tools that empower marketers to leverage our partnerships with the world's leading digital platforms. Our business continues to grow thanks to the powerful combination of our solution and partnerships with industry leaders like LINE. We look forward to contributing to the business of LINE Corporation and to helping advertisers succeed in their activities with LINE Ads Platform."

The LINE Ads Platform is a performance-based ad platform for services related to the LINE chat app operated by LINE Corporation. The service went into full-scale operation in June 2016 when it started distributing ads to the LINE Timeline and LINE NEWS. Since its launch, it has been used by approximately 3,000 businesses and brands (as of the end of September 2017) and, in 2017, LINE MANGA was added as an ad space.

"We are very pleased to have a partnership with AppsFlyer Inc., a global leader in mobile marketing analytics," says Mr. Takeshi Namigata, Manager of Ads Platform Product Management Office, LINE Corporation. "We will continue to provide LINE Ads Platform as a global marketing solution with AppsFlyer's global support system for application marketers."

LINE Advertisers can use a special admin panel to set the details (including budget, time period, user attributes, and creatives) and make bids, and the LINE Ads Platform system chooses an ad and shows it to users. By switching to a performance-based ad system, many more businesses are now able to post ads, which they were previously unable to due to limitations on the numbers of slots, or for budgetary reasons. Further, since advertisers can monitor their ad displays, their effects, and other details as they operate their ads, they can conduct promotions with limited budgets and distribute ads to fit sales prospects, goal achievement rates, and more.

What is the LINE Marketing Partner Program?
In its proactive efforts to further promote sales of the LINE Ads Platform as well as add and improve features, LINE Corporation has created this program that certifies and rewards advertising agencies and service developers under one of four categories: Sales Partner, Ad Tech Partner, Data Provider Partner, and Ads Measurement Partner.

LINE Marketing Partner Program Overview
- Sales Partner
Starting in April 2017, certifications are made under one of five ranks -- Partner, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond -- based on cumulative total revenues for the preceding half year. Based on their rank, certified partners are provided preferential access to new products and sales support, and receive other perks such as invitations to LINE-sponsored events.

- Ad Tech Partner
Companies that wish to be certified submit an application and are certified based on API-related matters, such as revenues, case studies of improved efficacy, and implemented features. Certified partners are eligible to open more API accounts and given access to beta features (test features) as well as product development support.

- Data Provider Partner
Companies that wish to be certified submit an application, and LINE determines whether or not the company is qualified based on the volume of their data, including ad identifiers, the revenue from using them, the number of clients which have implemented their service, and other criteria. Once certified, partners are provided with the ability to use their own data to distribute ads on the LINE Ads Platform.

- Ads Measurement Partner
Ad measurement tool providers that wish to be certified submit an application, and LINE determines whether or not the company is qualified based on the number of businesses or services that implement the tool, the LINE Ads Platform revenue coming through the tool, and other criteria. Once certified, partners are eligible to provide measurement data and ad effect measurement features on the LINE Ads Platform.

About AppsFlyer

AppsFlyer's technology is found on 98 percent of the world's smartphones, making it the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics. Data-driven marketers rely on AppsFlyer for independent measurement solutions and innovative tools to grow and protect their mobile business. AppsFlyer's platform processes billions of mobile actions every day, empowering app marketers and developers to maximize the return on their marketing investments. AppsFlyer's NativeTrack(TM) Attribution, Marketing Analytics Data, OneLink's Deep linking capabilities and Proctect360 enterprise-grade fraud solutions have made AppsFlyer the go-to resource for the most successful mobile apps in the world. With Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Snap Inc., Tencent, LINE and 3,000 other integrated partners, and clients including Alibaba, HBO, Playtika, Waze, Activision and 12,000+ leading brands worldwide, AppsFlyer has 13 global offices to support marketers everywhere. To learn more,

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CropLife Asia Awarded Best Stewardship Program at Agrow Awards for the Indian Pollination Project
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Nov 03, 2017

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - With the 10th Annual Agrow Awards ceremony held in London this week, it was announced that CropLife Asia was the recipient of this year's Best Stewardship Programme award.

Through the Madhu Sandesh (or "honeyed message") project, farmers in the state of Maharashtra, India are provided access to rental bee hives to ensure pollination of their crops. Apart from improved yields and incomes for farmers, it has also instilled a holistic understanding of the need to use crop protection products in a manner that protects the environment, ecosystems, and human health.

The results from the effort have been impressive - with 90% of the 180 program participants reporting better quality crops by the end of the first year. Pomegranate farmers in particular saw an average of a 35% increase in their yields in concert with a 42% increase in income; while the training they received also helped reduce waste.

Farmers who benefitted from the program have also become advocates of promoting pollination, protecting the environment and using crop protection products responsibly. The program continues to enroll more participants as it moves forward in its second year.

"We are delighted and honored to receive this recognition. But, of course, it's not about CropLife Asia - it's about what we can do collectively as stakeholders to put farmers first. This award is a testament to the hard work and efforts of many, most notably our partners ICAR and KVK Baramati," said Dr Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia.

"Ensuring responsible use of crop protection products while also protecting pollinators helps ensure that our food supply remains sustainable and safe. On every level, good stewardship is a shared responsibility; the Madhu Sandesh project provides a platform to enable partnership through a game-changing approach that is benefiting farmers and our environment."

The 10th Annual Agrow Awards were organized by Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group.

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About CropLife Asia

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry. We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture. CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by eight member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development. For more information, visit us

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BuildTech Asia 2017 sets new attendance record as it expands internationally
Nov 02, 2017

- Industry transformation and regional partnerships took centre stage at this year’s trade show

Singapore, 2 November 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 7th edition of BuildTech Asia concluded on 26 October with a record number of visitors and international participation since its inception. A key anchor event of the Singapore Construction Productivity Week, BuildTech Asia 2017 welcomed some 11,000 professionals, technology experts and distributors from the built environment sector.

Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), BuildTech Asia 2017 featured a variety of cutting-edge technologies and solutions in Asia. Over 130 exhibitors showcased virtual reality, drones, smart solutions and other productive technologies in addition to staple exhibits such as construction machinery, equipment, building materials, architectural solutions, and quality finishes at the building technology trade show from 24 to 26 October 2017.

At the opening ceremony of the Singapore Construction Productivity Week, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, launched a Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for Singapore’s built environment sector. Recognising key global trends which impact the sector such as digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change, the ITM identified Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), as well as green building as key transformation areas to address the challenges faced by the sector.

Mr Hugh Lim, CEO of BCA, said that the transformation process will lead to greater investment in capability building and more collaboration amongst firms to capture new business opportunities. It will also attract more Singaporeans to join the sector as a more technologically advanced workforce is needed.

Echoing the trend in industry transformation, Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “BuildTech Asia is proud to present a strong showcase of cutting-edge and advanced technologies for the built environment sector. We are heartened to see exponential growth in international attendance which is a strong indicator of the importance of regional industry collaboration, and co-operation between the government, trade industry and community. Such integration across construction markets in the region and beyond signals a strong interest in continued cross-sharing of knowledge and setting of common initiatives that will propel the industry forward.”

Bolstering and furthering regional knowledge exchange

The inaugural SMART Women in Built Environment Conference held alongside BuildTech Asia 2017 was attended by more than 100 industry professionals. Organised by the Prestressed and Precast Concrete Society, Structural Engineering World Congress and Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, the conference provided a unique perspective on the current progression and empowerment of women professionals in the built environment sector in the region.

Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry, was the Guest-of-Honour. She said that cities around the world including Singapore face pressures of resource scarcity, climate change and population growth. More than ever, we need innovative and sustainable solutions for urban living. As an integral part of the workforce, women have an important role to play in this transformation effort, as leaders, experts and professionals.

Er. Emily Tan, the Organising Chairman of the conference, said: “Regardless of the different practices in each country, both men and women have to be Skilled, Motivated, Articulate, Resourceful and Transformed for the industry to transform and become more productive. We hope that this conference has seeded motivation for more young women to press on, thrive and excel in an ever-changing built environment sector that is no longer gender-specific.”

Leading female professionals and Government representatives from Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore shared the challenges that women face moving up the career ladder in the sector, how they can use their skills to excel in their fields, and ways to retain and empower women in the industry. The conference also served as a forum for all professionals to share their experiences.

Ms. Vivien Ng from VB+E who attended the conference said: “The concept of developing women professionals to step up into the industry into leadership roles provided a different perspective whilst ringing a bell to those already in the force. It is good to have such a platform to inspire and encourage younger professionals to enter the industry confidently.”

A new Built Environment Summit organised by the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL) was also held in conjunction with BuildTech Asia 2017. International and local industry experts and leaders discussed what it takes for the built environment sector to remain relevant, seizing opportunities in a growing regional construction market and maintaining business competitiveness.

Bridging industry collaborations between the East and West

Singapore has established itself as Asia’s infrastructure hub, with BuildTech Asia facilitating knowledge sharing in the region. Some 30 trade delegates visited The Wave at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, the first large-scale building in Southeast Asia built using Mass Engineered Timber. Delegates also visited Nanyang Crescent Residential Halls, one of the first few high-rise projects in Singapore to adopt Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC).

In addition to the wide range of associated trade activities, over 30 local and overseas trade mission groups visited BuildTech Asia and fostered business alliances through networking events. The trade show also seeded new partnerships in the region with European markets that were interested to explore more integrated business opportunities.

This year, BuildTech Asia has successfully garnered increased interest from developers as well as architects and interior designers who now see more relevance and the increased importance of their involvement on the trade floor.

Ar. Joan De Leon Tabinas, Chairperson of Architects Working Abroad (ASEAN) and President, Singapore Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines, said: “We are happy to foster a partnership with BuildTech Asia as we explore more synergistic opportunities amongst our ASEAN counterparts. BuildTech Asia has established itself as a strong regional go-to marketplace for those involved in the built environment sector. Now that AEC is in force, integrated sharing of topics such as infrastructure development between countries will lead to mutual benefits to economies in ASEAN as well as the rest of the world. This will serve as a wide window of opportunity for the advancement of industry and profession towards global practice.”

A showcase of the latest building solutions and innovations

As the region’s leading building technology trade show, BuildTech Asia 2017 brought together an inspiring showcase of the latest building solutions and innovations from countries such as Austria, China, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

A bigger Singapore Public Sector Built Environment Leadership Pavilion showcased 10 public agencies in Singapore that have applied smart solutions and productive technologies in their projects. Visitors also witnessed a live demonstration of constructing building services with prefabricated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) modules at the new Productivity Technology (ProTech) Demonstration.

Innovations by 10 finalists of the second SCAL Productivity and Innovation Awards (PIA) were also showcased for public voting at BuildTech Asia 2017. The PIA is an industry initiative to raise productivity in the construction sector through a ground-up approach for innovative ideas.

The three winning innovations announced at the SCAL Built Environment Summit were:
• Gold: Koh Brothers Building and Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd's Moveable Lifting Frame Wall Formwork
• Silver: CS Construction & Geotechnic Pte Ltd's Reinforced Concrete Pile Handler Machine
• Bronze: Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd's Easy Safe Adjustable Riser Platform

Mr Kenneth Loo, President of Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL), said: “SCAL will continue to champion the adoption of game-changing technology, innovative processes and capability building to improve construction productivity as contractors prepare for the future economy. The Productivity and Innovation Awards is an example of such an effort in our continued efforts to expand the foundation of the development of innovative yet practical solutions. BuildTech Asia has proven to be the ideal platform to showcase and broadcast these ideas and prototypes within the industry, in line with government collaborations in this sector. We are happy to continue to co-locate such efforts alongside BuildTech Asia and more importantly, encourage firms in the sector to develop a productive work culture as we strive to realise and deliver the Construction ITM towards a common vision in driving productivity and innovation.”

BuildTech Asia will return to the Singapore Expo in October 2018. Organisations which are keen to exhibit at BuildTech Asia 2018 are welcome to reserve their spaces early. Those interested in forming a trade delegation group are encouraged to email their inquiries to

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About BuildTech Asia 2017

Hosted by Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), and held during the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW), BuildTech Asia 2017 is now into its 7th edition focusing on technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries. BuildTech Asia 2017 is 3-day trade event dedicated to make a difference to the future of the industry. For more information, please visit

About the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW)

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ITB Asia 2017 wraps up 10th anniversary with record highs
Nov 02, 2017

SINGAPORE, Nov. 1, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Asia's leading travel trade show, ITB Asia 2017, organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, has completed its milestone anniversary event with record-breaking numbers. The tenth edition of ITB Asia came to a close today at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Over three days, the event hosted about 940 exhibitors from 113 countries, an 11% increase over the previous year. ITB Asia 2017 also welcomed its strongest ever buyer participation across the Corporate, MICE and Leisure sectors. Since 2014, ITB Asia has experienced a 1:1 ratio for exhibitors and buyers. This year, there were over 22,000 business appointments recorded during the show.

Unveiling its largest exhibitors showcase yet, ITB Asia 2017 reported a spectacular 77% growth from its inaugural edition, featuring new exhibitors such as the Rwanda Development Board, Tourism Tunisia, Promote Iceland, Tourism & Foreign Affairs Department of Almaty City, Republic of Kazakhstan, Jeju Convention and Vistor Bureau, amongst others. Exhibitors also invested more in the quality of their booths, with Greece, Japan, Russia and Korea putting up impressive and engaging experiences.

This year's conference programme looked at the role of technology, setting the tone for the changes that the industry is likely to see in the next ten years. Speakers from big names IBM Asia Pacific and Google delivered insights on the potential of Artificial Intelligence, Ctrip presented its global strategy, while fast-growing start-ups Hiverlab, Zebra Design and Savioke shared on the exciting realities and opportunities for augmented reality and virtual reality in hospitality and tourism.

"In view of ten years of ITB Asia, we've taken every effort to celebrate the past as well as to provide attendees with a useful view to the future. While we are very pleased with our achievements in terms of the quality and numbers, what brings us most satisfaction is bringing together all the different stakeholders across the industry to network and inspire each other. The relationships built and strengthened will continue to boost our efforts in making ITB Asia the region's go-to event and a hub for unforgettable content and enriching experiences for many years to come," said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia.

ITB Asia will continue to be held in Singapore, following the past ten years of consistent support from the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Exhibition Convention Bureau. Following this year's successful show, ITB Asia has received the highest exhibitor rebookings for ITB Asia 2018. As early as now, the surge in interest for next year's show has been seen from destinations such as Greece, Middle East, Africa, Spain and the Scandinavian region as well as continued strong support from Asian markets such as Thailand and the Philippines. Melia Hotels International and Global DMC Network by the JTB Group have also confirmed their stand bookings for the 2018 show.

ITB Asia 2018 will be held from 17-19 October 2018 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. Interested exhibitors may email

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About ITB Asia

ITB Asia is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The event will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.

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The Lo & Behold Group Becomes First Asian Company to Commit to 100% Cage-free Egg Supply Chain
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Oct 30, 2017

SINGAPORE, Oct 30, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lo & Behold Group, a Singaporean hospitality company, is joining Humane Society International, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations, to improve animal welfare in its supply chain by committing to sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs.

The Lo & Behold Group owns and operates restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel in Singapore. Their concepts, including Loof, The White Rabbit, OverEasy, Tanjong Beach Club, The Black Swan and Odette, will use exclusively cage-free eggs by 2020. With this commitment, The Lo & Behold Group will be the first Asian company to join the global cage-free egg movement.

HSI supports companies like The Lo & Behold Group throughout the world in the implementation of their animal welfare policies by providing technical resources and trainings on cage-free egg production.

Andrew Ing, chief operating officer of The Lo & Behold Group, said: "We are proud of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible consumption, which includes animal welfare in our supply chain. There is a growing demand for higher welfare and quality products and cage-free eggs are a key example of high quality, sustainable ingredients. We look forward to continuing to work with Humane Society International on this and other animal welfare issues."

Dawn Neo, corporate outreach manager for HSI Farm Animals in Asia, said: "We applaud The Lo & Behold Group for becoming the first Asian company to commit to a cage-free egg policy, and for leading the way towards a higher standard of corporate-social responsibility for animal welfare in the region. Consumers around the world care about the way animals who are raised for food are treated. The Lo & Behold Group's praiseworthy commitment makes it clear that Asia's future is cage-free. We are proud to work with them on this initiative, and look forward to working with more companies in Singapore and the region on similar policies."

In Asia, the vast majority of egg-laying hens are confined in wire battery cages, where each hen has less space than an A4-sized sheet of paper to spend her entire life. Battery cages are inherently cruel -- hens are unable to move freely or express important natural behaviours like nesting, perching, and dustbathing. Cage-free systems generally offer hens higher levels of animal welfare than battery cage systems.

The Lo & Behold Group joins other multinational companies that have made similar global cage-free egg commitments that apply to Singapore and the rest of Asia, including AccorHotels, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Nestle, Sodexo, Compass Group and Unilever, among others.

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ZW HR Consulting wins "Most Innovative Recruitment Service Provider Award for 2017"
ZW HR Consulting
Oct 30, 2017

Shanghai – October 30th 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- In the annual selection of “Best Recruitment Service Providers in China 2017”, ZW HR Consulting won “Most Innovative Award for HR Service in China” which is organized by Enfovia Group. This award aims to highly reward ZW HR Consulting’s significant contributions and outstanding achievements, in promoting the development and progress of HR management in China. The award aims to recognize the most excellent performer and service provider in the recruitment sector.

The grand ceremony was held in Renaissance(R) Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel on 25th Oct 2017.

"We are extremely honored to win this award from Enfovia Group," said Frank Yu, Chairman of ZW HR Consulting. "Our team did a brilliant job making our vision come to life and an award such as this only confirms our future commitment to continue to provide innovative service to the HR community."

“Winning an Innovation in Recruitment Award is a great acknowledgement of how our highly effective recruitment model that is making a difference within China and Asia. It showcases our ability to assist organisations to identify and hire the best people to grow their business.” said Joyce Jing, General Manager at ZW HR Consulting.

ZW HR Consulting has a strong talent database and profound professional knowledge in the areas of Aerospace, Banking & Finance, Chemical & Energy, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, IT & Technology, Life Sciences, Real Estate, Sales & Marketing and General Function, which makes it better to understand client needs, so as to provide tailored recruitment service and create more values to further clients and talents.

About ZW HR Consulting

ZW HR Consulting provides recruitment solutions focused on mid-senior level professionals. Originally founded in Shanghai in 1998, ZW HR has since grown into one of the biggest headhunting recruitment firms in Asia. With 10 offices across Asia, ZW HR Consulting currently has over 200 employees. As of 2012, ZW HR Consulting became the exclusive member of InterSearch Worldwide. Established in 1989, InterSearch ranks as one of the top international executive search alliance organizations in the world, with 90 offices in over 50 countries.


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