Seven HKTDC Autumn Fairs Attract Record 195,000+ Buyers
 
Nov 16, 2018
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14 November 2018 – Seven trade fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in October and November attracted close to 9,700 exhibitors, among which more than 7,200 were from the Chinese mainland and overseas – an increase of 2% compared to last year. A record-breaking number of more than 195,000 buyers from 180 countries and regions attended the seven fairs, up 2.3% over last year. Among them, over 123,000 buyers were from the mainland and overseas, up 6% on 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Survey summary:

Products with most growth potential

Electronics industry

2018 survey

2017 survey

Lighting industry

2018 survey

2017 survey

Audio Visual Products

17%

12%

LED Lighting

28%

24%

Electronic/Electrical Accessories

14%

30%

Residential Lighting

23%

29%

Digital Imaging

9%

10%

Smart Lighting Systems

21%

7%

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Natalie Wong Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org
Joshua Cheng Tel: (852) 2584 4395 Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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SIAF Guangzhou featuring sensor technologies and machine vision in the same hall for the first time
 
Nov 16, 2018
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With over 500 exhibitors confirmed to participate in the 2019 fair, SIAF has been receiving positive response from industry peers, with the number of booths sold surpassing the previous edition at the same time of the year.

SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) will return to the China Import and Export Fair Complex Guangzhou on 10 – 12 March 2019. Backed by steadfast support of the industry professionals, SIAF will continue to showcase state-of-the-art industrial automation solutions revolving around six themes. These include sensor technologies in hall 5.1, which will increase in exhibition area size by 60% compared to the same period last year. Autonics, Balluff, Contrinex, Controlway, ifm, Pepperl+Fuchs and SICK have been exhibiting at the fair for more than three years, and right after the 2018 edition of SIAF, each exhibitor confirmed that they would return for the 2019 fair. Other brands who will showcase their strengths at the fair include Banner Engineering, Baumer, Captron, EMA, Hanyoung Nux, Keyence and M.D. These important indices underscore the importance of SIAF as an extremely valuable platform to promote smart manufacturing in South China, while at the same time unveiling the future growth prospects of the sensor market in the region.

Hall 5.1 incorporates machine vision exhibitors to present total solutions for industrial automation
As technologies relentlessly evolve, market users are eager to look for comprehensive solutions which could overcome multiple hiccups in smart manufacturing. In order to streamline visitors‘ sourcing experiences, part of the machine vision brands will be featured in hall 5.1 coupled with sensor technologies and integrated solutions. Visitors can expect to find a diverse array of total solutions to stay ahead of the latest advancements. Machine vision exhibitors including Ck Vision, Cognex, Daheng, Datalogic, Huazhou, Intelligent Eyes, Karming, Mstar, Optirom and Riseye have confirmed their presence in SIAF 2019. Some of the prominent brands confirmed for the 2019 edition include:

Banner Engineering Int' L Inc
Founded in 1966, Banner Engineering specialises in process automation and industrial automation. It has steadily grown from a small engineering company to a global brand. Its sensors, vision sensors, LED lights, signal lights, wireless products and safety products are widely used by manufacturers of different sizes in the market.

Datalogic (Shenzhen) Industrial Automation Co Ltd
Datalogic is a leading company in the automatic data capture and process automation markets covering design and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID vision and laser marking systems. It provides total solutions for retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics as well as healthcare sectors.

Carlo Gavazzi Automation (China) Co Ltd
Carlo Gavazzi is an international group active in designing and manufacturing electronic equipment. With automation components as its core business, the company’s portfolio includes sensors, monitoring relays, timers, energy management systems, solid state relays, electronic motor controllers, safety devices and fieldbus systems. Carlo Gavazzi’s ISO 9001 certified factories in Italy, Lithuania, Malta and China are dedicated to providing industrial and building automation solutions.

Conference talks to present untapped potential in China’s sensors market
China’s sensor market is set to witness huge growth potential, which will offer lucrative opportunities for industry professionals. According to the Report of Prospects and Investment Forecast Analysis on China Sensor Manufacturing Industry (2018-2023) published by Qianzhan Industry Institute, the estimated compound annual growth rate of China’s sensor market from 2018 to 2022 is 12.13%, while the market value is expected to reach RMB 232.7 billion in 2022. In South China, the application of sensor systems plays a crucial role in facilitating technological advancement in industrial automation and the automotive industry. In addition, sensors are widely adopted in the fields of computer technologies, communication technologies and consumer electronics, providing an important driving force to realise smart manufacturing in the region. As such, the show will shine a spotlight on sensor technologies through the acclaimed “Dialogues between Hidden Champions” seminar. Expert speakers from reputable sensor companies will offer invaluable business intelligence with a key focus centred on Industry 4.0.

SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporation, Guangzhou Overseas Trade Fairs Ltd and Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Associate sponsors are the Guangdong Association of Automation, the Guangzhou Association of Automation, the Guangzhou Instrument and Control Society while supporter is the China Light Industry Machinery Association. The 2019 show will be held concurrently with Asiamold - Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition. Asiamold focuses on additive manufacturing, moulding and 3D printing technologies which all make use of industrial automation technology. Exhibitors will no doubt benefit from the business opportunities presented at the two fairs.

For more information about the 2019 show, email sps@china.messefrankfurt.com.

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The Winning Designs are Hidden Inside a Bamboo Labyrinth at Taiwan Design Museum
 
Nov 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018, Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- Bito transforms the gallery space of Taiwan Design Museum into a bamboo labyrinth to highlight the importance of design for sustainability at the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition. The exhibition echoes the concept of the award ceremony “Nature Knows”, taking inspiration from cycles in the natural world, and raising awareness of the environmental cause among Taiwan’s design community. It opens until January 13, 2019, inviting visitors to explore more than 100 of this year’s winning designs, and video art by Bito.

Deputy CEO of Taiwan Design Center, Nina Ay led today’s exhibition preview event. The Chairman of Taiwan Design Center, Chi-Yi Chang gave the opening speech followed by the exhibition curator Keng-Ming Liu, Founder and Creative Director of Bito, Taiwan’s leading motion design studio. Also at the event were many of this year’s winning designers, including Pili Wu of PiliWu-Design, Joe Fang of Joe Fang Studio, Tieh-chih Chang (Chief Editor of Fountain magazine), and Fines Lee (Founder of The Affairs newspaper).

“This year we have over 7000 outstanding projects and we invited 76 judges from around the world,” says Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center. “This is the most judges we have ever had. We will announce the Best Design winners on November 29. Today, we have a lot of finalist designers at our press conference. We hope that designers will keep competing to win the award and push our design industry forward.”

“The concept Nature Knows focuses on natural cycles and sustainability,” says Keng-Ming Liu, the lead curator of the exhibition. “We use bamboo in the exhibition. On the one hand, it’s related to nature and sustainability, and on the other hand we want to create an Wulin (martial arts competition) -like environment. We want to communicate that entering a design award is not just about competing with other designers, but also about bettering one’s self.”

The Exhibition Curators
Liu curated the exhibition to echo the concept of the award ceremony "Nature Knows", inspired by cycles in nature along with the importance of design for sustainability. His co-curators are architect Bird Hsu, and artists Lee Ming Teh and Tzu-Hung Yang. Together, they have transformed the interior of Taiwan Design Museum into a bamboo labyrinth, integrating the exhibits with nature, while communicating the relationship between people and the environment. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material due its rapid growth and decomposition. Specifically in East Asian culture, bamboo symbolizes moral integrity due to its qualities of straightness and strength. During the two-month exhibition period, the bamboo will gradually decompose, turning from green to yellow, further emphasizing the role of the natural cycle and sustainability in design.

To either side of the exhibition space, Bito’s video art is displayed across both walls, illustrating the changes between four seasons; another reference to natural cycles. In between the video art, more than 100 of this year’s award-winning designs from the Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award are on display, ranging from lifestyle and technology products to graphic design and architectural plans. The exhibits are curated according to the four Chinese characters in the concept “Nature Knows”, pronounced in Taiwanese Hokkien as 自 (Tsū) 然 (Then) 知 (ti) 道 (DAU). The section of “Tsū” features bionic design that imitates nature; the section of “Then” is for design of reused or recycled materials; the section of “ti” is for design that demonstrates analysis of a space, object, or the environment; and the section of “DAU” is for technology.

The exhibition opens on November 17 and closes on January 13, 2019. This heads up a series of events situated around the award’s Grand Ceremony on November 29, and the highly anticipated announcement of this year’s Best Design winners. Spectators can tune in to watch the live stream of the ceremony via the official Golden Pin Design Award Facebook page, and Tencent Home in China. In addition, design professionals, students, and enthusiasts will congregate on the morning of the ceremony to hear from global design experts at the annual forum, discussing design and social responsibility. Tickets to the forum are still available online.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition: Nov 17, 2018 — Jan 13, 2019

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition
WHERE: Taiwan Design Museum (01-03) in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (133 Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei)
WHEN: Opens daily (except Mondays) from 9.30am to 5.30pm, November 17, 2018 - January 13, 2019
*The ticket price is NT$150 (general) or NT$130 (students and concessions).

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CAFEO 36 focuses on engineering rail connectivity and fostering excellence in engineering education
 
Nov 15, 2018
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IES launches Chartered Technicians and Technologists Certification Programme to recognise ITE and polytechnic graduates

The official opening ceremony of the 36th Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO 36) took place today with Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security as the guest-of-honour. The event gathered more than 1,000 engineering professionals from close to30 countries to exchange ideas, best practices and solutions to drive economic growth in ASEAN and its individual countries.

Hosted by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) as the Chairman of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) for 2018, in association with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, CAFEO 36 brought together eminent speakers from ASEAN to share their knowledge and experience with AFEO engineers at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore.

In support of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, IES focused CAFEO 36 on “Engineering Rail Connectivity” and “Fostering Excellence in Engineering Education” as its key themes. These were delivered through the Singapore Rail Technology Conference (SRTC) and ASEAN Engineering Deans Summit (AEDS) respectively.

CAFEO 36 Highlights

Dr. Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport graced the opening of SRTC. Organised by IES and SMRT Corporation, the conference would promote the exchange of knowledge gathered from local and international rail development, management and maintenance case studies, with a special focus on practical solutions.

Ms. Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education was the guest-of-honour at AEDS. Organised by IES and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the summit would facilitate discussions on outcomes-based engineering education and accreditation and new pedagogies, to contribute to the transformation of ASEAN’s engineering education landscape.

At CAFEO 36, AFEO also presented the ASEAN Engineering Register Certificates to about 500 engineers from across eight ASEAN countries. Based on a mutual recognition framework set up by AFEO, the certification provides endorsement on recipients’ professional qualifications to enable them to practice in ASEAN outside of their home countries.

Launch of Chartered Technicians and Technologists Certification Programme

IES would be working towards the introduction of the Chartered Technicians and Technologists certification programme to recognise the contributions of polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates towards the engineering profession, the society and the country.

“Besides enhancing their career progression pathway, the certification will also create a more holistic engineering eco-system that harnesses complementary skillsets of engineers and technicians to deliver end-to-end solutions. IES hopes that such professional recognition of engineering professionals in Singapore will contribute to AFEO’s goal of facilitating mobility of engineers and technicians within ASEAN,” said Prof. Yeoh Lean Weng, Chairman of AFEO and President of IES.

Signing of Singapore Declaration

IES will also organise the signing of the Singapore Declaration on Wednesday, 14 November by AFEO members to show commitment in promoting railway and transportation connectivity, urban sustainable solutions, the Vision Zero movement to promote injury-free workplaces, sharing of project knowledge and start-up incubator development as well as excellence in engineering education.

Find out more at www.cafeo36.com or follow IES on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest updates. For more information on AFEO, visit www.afeo.org

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About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.

IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.

The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill and fellowship among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

For more information, visit www.ies.org.sg.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Desmond Teo
Publications Manager
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore
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Email : desmond@iesnet.org.sg

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Play, Participate and Give this Christmas Season!
 
Nov 15, 2018
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Celebrate the year-end holiday season with an exciting line-up of activities at the Singapore Sports Hub. From 27 Nov 2018 to 1 Jan 2019, there will be workshops, fitness workouts, film screenings, bazaars, as well as opportunities to do your part for charity. Visitors can also expect a stunning visual treat in the evenings during our ChariTrees light up alongside the Stadium Riverside Walk.

The month-long programme includes the Sports Hub Community Play Day happening on the weekend of 1 and 2 December. Families with children can play to their hearts’ content at our carnival activities, an inflatable playground, and much more.

HIGHLIGHTS

Sports Hub Community Play Day

1 & 2 Dec 2018, 9am – 7pm, OCBC Square
Be Engaged. Be Entertained. Be Supportive. Exciting activities including carnival games and rides, an inflatable playground, the Fashion for a Social Cause runway, stage performances by groups such as Grandma Mary and Band, Fitness Marathon by Giordano G-Motion, sports try-outs and more await visitors at the 2-day meaningful festive event where there will be opportunities for visitors to give as they wish!

Neon ChariTrees

Daily, All Day, Stadium Riverside Walk
Bask in the neon glow of the ChariTrees lined up along the Stadium Riverside Walk at the Singapore Sports Hub - perfect for a picture backdrop!
Each tree will be adopted by corporate donors and all proceeds will be donated to the Singapore Red Cross.

Santa Meet & Greet, Christmas Carolling

Various Dates, Time & Locations
(Please refer to www.sportshub.com.sg/seasonofgiving)
Meet Santa and take a picture with him! Have something to tell Santa? You could drop your letter in the Santa Express Mail Box located just outside Stadium MRT Station Exit A, for delivery to Santa’s home. Get into the spirit of Christmas and singalong with us during carolling sessions on selected weekends.

Crafts for Kids

27 Nov – 26 Dec 2018, 10am – 8pm, Sports Hub Library
Unleash your child’s creativity and stand a chance to win tickets to Disney on Ice 2019!
Simply pick up a Christmas stocking at the counter, decorate it and drop your entry at the Sports Hub Library counter. The most popular and creative design will walk away with tickets to watch Disney On Ice 2019 for the whole family!

Film Screenings

1 & 2 Dec 2018, 12pm – 1pm, OCBC Square
15, 16, 22 & 23 Dec 2018, 12pm – 2pm, Sports Hub Library
Be inspired by short films based on true stories of Singaporeans who performed selfless acts between the 1970s and 1990s. Directed by local filmmakers, the short films explore topics including social issues, friendship, and nation-building.

This Christmas season (27 Nov 2018 – 1 Jan 2019), simply spend a minimum $10 on a single receipt and stand to redeem a free festive wrapper. Those who accumulate $50 expenditure across a maximum of 3 same-day receipts on weekdays will stand to redeem a $10 Kallang Wave Mall voucher. Gifts available while stocks last.

The Singapore Sports Hub Season of Giving is held in collaboration with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s Giving Week Movement – a national movement that encourages everyone to give back.

For more information on the Singapore Sports Hub Season of Giving, please visit www.sportshub.com.sg/seasonofgiving. For more information on the Sports Hub Community Play Day, please visit www.sportshub.com.sg/CommunityPlayDay.

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The Glass Hub of Southeast Asia opens its doors today in Kuala Lumpur
 
Nov 15, 2018
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November 14, 2018 Kuala Lumpur The region’s foremost glass showcase, the Glasstech Asia series, opens today in Kuala Lumpur marking its return to the capital with its 16th edition of the International Glass Products, Glass Manufacturing, Processing & Materials Exhibition. Glasstech Asia 2018 held concurrently with Fenestration Asia 2018 from 14 to 16 November 2018, was officially opened this morning by Guest-of-Honour, Y.Bhg. Dato' Yean Yoke Heng, Deputy Secretary General (Management), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia. It is being held at the new state-of-the-art Malaysian International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The international show is endorsed by MATRADE and also supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under MOTAC.

The unparalleled glass showcase, which have gained prominence as the ‘Glass Hub of Southeast Asia’, provides regional and international industry players a broader understanding and expansive knowledge in glass manufacturing, processing, products and materials sector. Apart from being the preferred sourcing platform for architectural glass and processing needs, the showcase serves industry players from across the globe who are looking into tapping the growing market of Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. Over three days, the showcase will also host the gathering of international experts from the glass industry who will put forward the latest in glass technology and innovation, as well as to address the latest developments and challenges faced by the industry.

The glass industry in Malaysia is experiencing a steady growth especially with the industry reinvesting in itself with glass manufacturing facilities. Malaysia is also actively attracting numerous industry players to set-up their businesses and glass manufacturing plants in the country. According to a 2017 market report by Global Market Insights, the world’s flat glass market size had surpassed USD 80 billion in 2016, and that the demand from construction applications is expected to exceed 120 million tonnes, surpassing USD 100 billion by 2024. A positive outlook in construction spending along with consumer demand for aesthetics and energy-efficient interiors are expected to encourage product demand. Technological advancements in construction projects have also led to new product developments in increasing sustainability, comfort, style and safety.

With rapid industrialisation, a booming construction industry and urbanisation in Malaysia, China and Thailand, and along with the adoption of smart and energy-efficient technologies by advanced construction practices, the demand for flat glass continues to be positive. In the Asia Pacific region alone, the demand for flat glass is rising as significant investments are being made in the modernisation of existing airports and terminals. Flat glass is also increasingly being used in the interior of buildings, replacing traditional materials such as stone and wood in the construction of floors, stairs, bathrooms and walkways.

The Latest Showcase for the Glass Industry
Glasstech Asia 2018 is organised by Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) and Singapore Glass Association (SGA). The show is presented as an international exhibition for the architecture and building industries showcasing the latest technologies, products and services for the glass industry worldwide. Fenestration Asia 2018 is the third edition of the international windows, doors, skylights, curtain wall and facade technology exhibition.
The three-day exhibition which spans over a gross exhibition area of 7,000 square metres, is hosting 142 exhibitors from 13 countries. It is also expected to attract over 5,000 visitors, trade professionals, and conference delegates from Malaysia and the region.

A Focal Point for Learning
Glasstech Asia 2018 will double up as a learning focal point where it will host three conferences for delegates representing all areas of the architectural glass industry - the ASEAN Glass Associations Summit (AGAS), the ASEAN Architectural Glass Conference (AAGC) and The Green Building Seminar by the Malaysia Green Building Confederation.

The conferences will delve deep into topics pertaining to the growth outlook on construction and flat glass industries in ASEAN, the applicability of glass in ASEAN architecture, as well as a forum to discuss on achieving sustainability for building facades. The conferences will be attended by prominent glass associations from around the region, leading architects as well as experts from the construction and glass manufacturing industries.

Glasstech Asia 2018 is co-hosted by Malaysia Glass Association (PKM) and Safety Glass Processors Association of Malaysia (SGPAM), and supported by Malaysia Green Building Confederation, Flat Glass Alliance of the Philippines, Inc., Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, Glass and Glazing Federation, Indonesia Flat & Safety Glass Association, National Glass Association, Philippine Chamber of Glass & Aluminium Industry Inc., Taipei Glass Commercial Association, Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry, Thai Plate Glass Industry Association, Vietnam Glass Association, and Australian Glass & Glazing Association.

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About CEMS Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd
Established in 1980, CEMS is a regional organizer with a global perspective. A key player in the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organizing and managing exhibitions, conferences and other special events for government agencies, associations and private enterprises, with business activities spanning across many countries in ASEAN including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, China in North Asia, and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the South Asia. In October 1997, CEMS achieved the distinction of being the first professional conference and exhibition organiser in Singapore to obtain the ISO 9002 certification. For the past decade, CEMS has formed strategic partnerships with both local and international players to achieve mutually desirable goals in the MICE industry.

About Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau
MyCEB was established in 2009 by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia to further strengthen Malaysia’s business tourism brand and position for the international business events market. A non-profit organisation, MyCEB serves as a central hub to assist meeting and event planners to bid and stage international business events in Malaysia and act as a conduit for national product development. MyCEB’s goal is to improve its rankings as an international meetings destination within International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and to grow business tourism arrivals to Malaysia.

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AIME Unveils First Look at 2019 Knowledge Program
 
Nov 14, 2018
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Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 has reimagined how delegates experience the event with a refreshed Knowledge Program, elevating the educational content to focus on idea sharing that draws the community together to challenge the status quo.

AIME’s Knowledge Program sponsored by Melbourne Convention Bureau, has been created with the input from key partners such as Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA).

The comprehensive program which includes streams for varying levels of experience and seniority, will for the first time, see both buyers and exhibitors able to attend sessions together – allowing further opportunity for buyers and exhibitors to connect.

“We believe that education is fuel for economic growth. We understand the value in knowledge sharing and we are thrilled to be able to provide more opportunities to forge new connections and share industry experience. We want people to leave AIME and not only be able to measure a positive return on investment, but also having upskilled their professional and personal development”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events.

The Monday program will ensure participants have a connected learning journey focused on a number of topics, including thought-provoking plenary talks designed to challenge thinking, intensive skill based workshops with AIME’s first Hackathon and collaborative case study based workshops.

ICCA’s integral Business Exchange will now be anchored at AIME, and the organisation will also deliver sessions debating a number of topics, including the role and relevance of professional conference organisers (PCOs).Furthermore, SITE will present results from an industry-wide survey of the incentive travel industry.

Other dynamic sessions include the invitation only Leaders Forum for c-suite executive, to MEA’s two-day event management workshop program open to current students and the broader AIME community.

Hosted by renowned community builder and entrepreneur, Fabian Pfortmüller, who has dedicated his career to understanding communities, believes the open-source framework will help the business event industry from across the Asia Pacific region grow.

“AIME Knowledge will look at engagement beyond mere content – from ideas on how to challenge the meeting norms and create a culture of innovation, to recognising our unconscious biases and building meaningful communities with ongoing connections. All of this representative of an industry that is ever evolving and I’m excited to help showcase this at AIME 2019”, said Pfortmüller.

Full Knowledge Program details will be available in November. AIME is the first business event to kick off 2019 proceedings globally and will be running 18–20 February.

For more details or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit aime.com.au.

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PCHi 2019 New Conference Framework Unveiled
 
Nov 14, 2018
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Beijing, 13 November 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions (RSE) today announces a new structure for its education program at Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) 2019. Widely regarded as China’s choice sourcing platform for the global personal care industry, PCHi will return to Guangzhou Poly World Trade Center from 26 – 28 February 2019, along with the PCHi Annual Industry Conference 2019.

Presented in a brand-new format, the Conference will cover a comprehensive range of topics in a mix of keynote and break-out sessions. This announcement comes as RSE moves in response to the industry’s demand for learning at trade events, where attendees seek out the latest market trends and technology offerings to help shape their business activities for the year.

As the first trade event of the calendar year for the cosmetics industry, PCHi is an innovation-led platform that offers trade professionals the opportunity to uncover predictive market development trends. The definitive event receives the industry’s attention globally, and it takes the lead in communicating the latest business information, market updates, regulatory framework, and technological advancements.

Peter LIU, PCHi Project Manager, said, “Under the direction of PCHi’s Cosmetics Science and Technology Innovation Committee (CSTIC), we’ve developed a robust education program that offers delegates the resources they need for their various functional roles — whether technical, marketing, or regulatory — to name a few. With the new framework, we’re making the conference more accessible and we hope that attendees will make full use of these learning opportunities.”

Complimentary Plenary Talks: Varied Topics, Simultaneous Translations

Next year, for the first time ever, RSE will present a curated collection of keynote presentations in a series titled ‘PCHi Conference Plenary Talks: Trend-driven Innovations for a Smart Future’ on 26 February.

Open to all PCHi participants, these sessions are designed to provide attendees with a quick overview of the global personal care market covering a broad range of highly sought-after conference topics. These include overviews on market trends for cosmetics, color cosmetics, R&D, packaging, and more. The Plenary will be delivered in both Chinese and English (through simultaneous translation), and will feature some of the world’s most authoritative consultants, industry experts, and formulators.

Break-out Sessions: Deeper Insights for Specific Topics

The spotlight then turns onto the break-out sessions, which allows delegates to delve deeper into separate, elective conference tracks. More themes are in the pipeline and will be announced later.

1. Cosmetics Formulation Conference
2. Cosmetics Efficacy Evaluation and Testing Technology Conference
3. Dermo-cosmetics Clinical Research & Skin Care Products Foundation Conference
4. Rules & Regulations Conference
5. Market Trends Conference

The all-rounded education program offers PCHi visitors the opportunity to uncover new technologies and fresh perspectives through in-depth and interactive discussions with industry experts, including formulators, researchers, clinical physicians, regulatory advisors, and market research specialists.

For more information about the PCHi Annual Industry Conference 2019, visit http://www.pchi-china.com/en/Conference/PCHi-Conference-Preview. Early-bird pricing and bulk discounts are available till 18 January 2019. Industry professionals who wish to secure tickets for the conference may contact Ms. Serena Liu at yujia.liu@reedsinopharm.com.

To sign-up to attend PCHi 2019, please visit www.pchi-china.com/en/visitors/visitor-register.

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About PCHi

The Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) trade show is China's #1 Sourcing Platform for the Global Personal Care Industry. As an innovation-led event, PCHi provides cosmetics, home and personal care manufacturers, ingredients suppliers, cosmetics packaging, machinery and product testing providers from all over the world with a quality platform for ingredients sourcing, gaining insight into global trends, and networking with world-class experts

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Asia's first ever U15 Mixed Team Badminton Championship launched
 
Nov 13, 2018
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Astro Junior Championships (AJC) U15 (Regional) opened with a strong 14-team participation from nine (9) Asian countries: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam and Malaysia. This first ever under-15 regional mixed-team tournament in Asia was launched by YAB Dato' Seri Dr Wan Azizah Dr Wan Ismail, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia cum Patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Present along at the launch were Henry Tan, CEO-designate, Astro and Kenny Goh, Chief Operating Officer, Badminton Asia. The AJC U15 (Regional) takes place from Monday 12 -- Thursday 15 November 2018 at Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur and is expected to attract badminton fans, young and old alike.

YAB Dato' Seri Dr Wan Azizah Dr Wan Ismail said, "Malaysia is committed to fostering the growth of badminton and developing more young badminton players in Asia. We encourage and applaud efforts between government bodies, the private sector and independent organisations who help make this commitment a reality. I would like to commend the strategic partnership between Astro and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as today's launch of the regional Astro Junior Championships U15 provides an additional avenue for training and a competitive-play experience for participants. Tournaments such as the AJC U15 (Regional) work to not only develop young athletes, it also plays a vital role in uniting and empowering communities within the Asian region to promote harmony and unity. Through sports we continue to forge our long-standing friendship and keep the Asian spirit alive."

Henry Tan, Chief Executive Officer -- Designate, Astro, said, "As 'home of sports' in Malaysia, Astro is committed to raise the overall standard of badminton among Malaysians and to nurture a new generation of badminton champions. This is where AJC comes in to provide the opportunity and platform for young and talented Asian boys and girls to train and develop their competitive-play experience."

Astro Kem Badminton is a badminton development programme, that is run in a collaboration between Yayasan Astro Kasih, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM). The program has benefited more than 15,800 participants between the ages 10 - 12 since its inception in 2012.

The AJC U15 (Regional) is considered a stage 2 of the AJC tournament where stage 1 saw 32 local teams who vied for the AJC U15 (Nationals), champion title with Wolf Team taking this title while CRC Taipex Penang taking the Runner-up title. These 2 teams then automatically qualified for the AJC U15 (Regional) along with another Malaysian team made up of BAM-Astro players. The AJC U15 (Regional) is by invitation-only and are made up of professional and national under-15 players from their respective countries.

[Please refer to the appendix for a full-list of the 14 participating teams].

Kenny Goh, Chief Operating Officer, Badminton Asia, said, "This noble initiative taken up by Astro is in line with Badminton Asia's 2020 Strategic Plan which aims to promote, develop and strengthen the sport of badminton in Asia. Thus, Badminton Asia is indeed glad that an esteemed organisation such as Astro has taken this positive step to create more events for the development of badminton within this region. It is vital for badminton to continuously have star players to make sure the sport remains relevant and competitive. By providing an avenue for U15 players to compete at an international level, young players from these prominent countries have a head start in taking the badminton sport to the next level."

Astro Junior Championships U15 is endorsed by Badminton Asia (BA) and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture Malaysia, F&N Beverages Marketing, Victor Sports and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara Hotel.

A total number of 160 participants will battle it out at the Group Stage on 12 and 13 November, and triumphant teams will advance to the Semi-Finals on 14 November and subsequently, to the Finals on 15 November. Participants stand a chance to win a combined of prize pool ranging from cash of up to USD12,000 (Champion: USD5,000; Runner-up: USD3,000; Semi-finalists: USD2,000 each), trophies, medals and apparel.

Source: Astro Malaysia

 
 
MIFF Holds 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Dinner
 
Nov 12, 2018
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), organised by UBM Malaysia, held a customer appreciation dinner on 9 November to honour loyal exhibitors of the annual trade show that grew from humble beginnings to become Southeast Asia's largest and also a global top 10 industry event.

Over 400 guests attended the gala held in the spacious setting of the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) which co-hosted the biggest ever MIFF grossing 100,000 sqm in March 2018.

The 25th edition of MIFF is scheduled from March 8-11 next year again in MITEC and the nearby Putra World Trade Centre, the first venue of MIFF in 1995.

Malaysia's new Minister of Primary Industries responsible for the overall development of plantation and commodity sectors Madam Teresa Kok was the guest-of-honour at the gala dinner.

"Tonight is not just about the achievement of MIFF. Tonight is also a celebration of the local furniture industry, together we have put Malaysia on the global furniture map. On this occasion, it is only fitting to express our sincere appreciation to the people who helped make it happened -- exhibitors and our partners from the government and private sectors," said Datuk Tan Chin Huat, MIFF founder and chairman.

"The direction of MIFF will be the same as it was started -- to help exhibitors find international buyers and increase exports. The key lesson from the last 25 years is that we must remain relevant by meeting the needs of exhibitors and buyers. Thank you once again for your trust and support, and continue the journey of success with us."

MIFF is the country's first international furniture trade show and its growth reflects the transformation of a once cottage industry in Malaysia into a global export giant in a span of three decades. In 2017, Malaysia was the world's ninth biggest exporter with shipments worth RM10.1 billion to over 160 countries led by the United States, Singapore, Japan, Australia and Britain as the top destinations.

The guest attendance was a power list of the local furniture companies which had participated in MIFF ranging from 10 to 25 years.

A third of the 118 companies feted had exhibited for at least two decades, including 14 from the first batch of 152 exhibitors. They are Euro Chairs, Boston Office Furniture, Eurospan Furniture, Green River Wood and Lumber Manufacturing, Latitude Tree Furniture, Merry Fair Chair System, Mieco Manufacturing, Seng Yip Furniture, Seni Daya Woods Industries, Southern Furniture, Tube Home, Fella Design, LB Furniture and Poh Huat Furniture Industries.

Also attending the dinner was Mr. Keh Wee Kiat, president of Muar Furniture Association, the country's largest industry group and a strategic partner of MIFF since 2013.

Muar's official recognition as the "Furniture City of Malaysia" will be highlighted at MIFF 2019. The southern city, which produces all types of furniture and 70% of Malaysian furniture exports, will have over 200 exhibitors.

MIFF 2019 will feature an estimated 650 suppliers from Malaysia and other top Asian furniture producing countries. The show is expected to draw 20,000 attendees from 140 countries.

More information, visit www.miff.com.my.

About MIFF

MIFF is Southeast Asia's most global and largest furniture trade show serving 20,000 furniture professionals from 140 countries across the world. Held annually from March 8-11, the show offers a comprehensive selection of all home and commercial furniture including Malaysia's renowned top quality wood furniture and the most extensive office solutions in the region.

Source: UBM Malaysia