Eco Expo Asia Opens
 
Oct 26, 2018
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25 October 2018 – The 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), opened today at AsiaWorld-Expo. The four-day expo runs from 25-28 Oct and features some 340 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. The final day of the expo (Sunday, 28 Oct) will open to the public to promote waste-reduction awareness. Meanwhile, the concurrent HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo returns for its third edition, also at AsiaWorld-Expo. Featuring 420 exhibitors, the fair showcases the latest lighting systems and solutions to meet market demand for energy-efficient and cost-saving technologies.

The opening ceremony for the expo was officiated by Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR. Mr Wong said: “The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will bring the cities in the region together to strengthen the economic cooperation as well as develop a quality living circle. On green environment the Greater Bay Area development will open up new horizons. It not only helps cities in the region work together to clean up air and water as well as protect the flora and fauna, it also opens up new opportunities for innovations and collaborative efforts to pursue low-carbon development as well as circular economy for the Greater Bay Area.” Mr Wong noted that waste management has critical climate implications, and the government has adopted different policies and action plans with a view to achieving both waste- and carbon-reduction targets, including the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, launched in August.

HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said: “In recent years, as more environmental issues emerge around the world, we have seen the green industry becoming an increasingly important sector in the global economy. From waste reduction and energy saving to green transportation, the market has launched many products and technologies that incorporate green concepts. As an important event for the green industry in Asia, the expo gathers a wide range of innovative products and technologies under the theme of ‘Waste Less, Save More for a Low-Carbon Future’ to provide the latest solutions for various businesses and drive the green industry’s development in the region.”

The latest Policy Address given by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR featured various environmental policies, including a provision of HK$300-400 million to step up waste reduction, promote recovery and recycling, and develop renewable energies. Ms Fong said these new measures will help drive the development of the local green industry, while the expo provides a comprehensive platform for local and international buyers to search for suitable products and technologies that match the market’s needs.

The expo this year features 14 international group pavilions as well as the launch of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Zone to present green opportunities in various Greater Bay Area cities. The event also features nine thematic zones to present a wide variety of green products and technologies, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling, and the Startup Zone. Some 97 buying missions, comprising more than 2,300 corporate representatives from 25 countries and regions, have been organised to visit the expo.

Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technologies

Twenty Hong Kong start-up companies showcase the latest green technologies at the Startup Zone. They include:

  • Akmon Limited (Booth: 3-G28) highlights a high-quality fashionable air pollution mask, designed in France and engineered in Germany. The mask can block germs, gases, dust, odours and the smallest harmful airborne viruses carried by PM2.5.
  • GRN Consultant (Hong Kong) Limited (Booth: 3-F27) has developed a patented atomised ozone water capable of deodorising, disinfecting the air and breaking down poisonous gases. It also has agricultural uses, helping to reduce insecticide usage.
  • Solartility (Booth: 3-E28), responding to the government’s Feed-in Tariff Policy, has designed a solar system for residential and commercial use. By connecting the system to the grid, users can sell the green power generated by the system to the two major power companies.
    Global Green Products and Technologies Match Market Needs

    Eco Expo Asia is showcasing various projects, technologies and green concepts from environmental enterprises worldwide, including the following:

    ir Quality

    • Developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Booth: 6-B24), the Monitoring System for Urban Tree Management can perform large-scale monitoring of tree stability using smart sensor technology and geological data to make sure trees are appropriately cared for and able to improve the city’s air quality.
    • Anhui Yuanchen Environmental Protection Polytron Technologies (Booth: 6-A25) is an integrated service provider for atmospheric pollution regulation, providing solutions to treat air pollutants.

    Eco-friendly Products

    • Taiwan company Zen Zhou Social Enterprise (Booth: 3-H28) designs plastic-free products that are both stylish and practical, such as a beeswax food wrap that replaces plastic wrap and bags, and a palm plate that replaces plastic plates.
    • Charankattu Coir – India (Booth: 3-H28) produces and exports coir fibre cloths and sutured blankets that can control soil erosion, while the coir helps to retain soil moisture in gardens and seed ranches.

    Green Transportation

    • Nissan’s latest e-NV200 100% electric MPV (Booth: 3-E30) is equipped with a 40kWh lithium battery which takes only 40 minutes to charge up to 80%.
    • Hyundai (Booth: 3-C30) showcases its second-generation commercialised FCEV NEXO, the first hydrogen-powered SUV shown in Hong Kong with an estimated driving range of more than 600 kilometers and a refueling time of five minutes.

    Waste Management and Recycling

    • Ergo Global (Booth: 3-B21) provides a new vertical waste transfer system that uses fewer containers, compactors and transportation trucks, making it a more efficient solid-waste transfer solution.
    • Canada company Pyrowave (Booth: 6-B12) highlights its patented catalytic microwave depolymerisation (CMD) process that unzips plastics back into their initial constituents, depolymerising directly onsite at recycling facilities and at producers of plastic waste.

    Eco Excellence

    • Developed by Hong Kong company Lap Energy HK Ltd (Booth: 3-E02), the photovoltaic power system can effectively convert solar energy into electricity power and convert DC to AC power through an inverter. The system can be installed on rooftops or in spare open space for self-use or sold to the power company under the Feed-in Tariff Policy.

    Green Mart

    • NovaTech Company Limited (Booth: 3-SG21) showcases “Smart CARA”, a high-performance food waste decomposer. Food waste can be dehydrated to reduce the volume to 1/10 of its original. The patented activated carbon filter device completely absorbs the smell of the food waste decomposition.

    Eco Asia Conference Explores Green Issues
    The Eco Asia Conference (25-27 Oct) features nearly 40 government officials and experts from eight countries and regions to share insights on a range of topics that include the Chinese mainland’s latest green policies, waste management and recycling, smart water management solutions, green building, as well as renewable energies and their usage. Speakers include Mr Wong; Wang Shancheng, Deputy Director-General, Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China; and Xie Pengfei, China Chief Representative, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

    The Greater Bay Area Forum on 26 Oct will investigate the latest green business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and the innovative technologies being deployed in regional environmental initiatives. The Hong Kong Construction Association and Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet Symposium”, where internationally renowned experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest policy developments and innovative quiet-construction methods. The Green Transportation Forum also returns to explore trends in electric vehicles and green public transport.

    Public Day Promotes Green Living, New Eco Careers Forum

    Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. At the “Dialogue with the Secretary for the Environment” session, Mr Wong will meet with primary and secondary school students to talk about waste reduction measures and promote the importance of environmental protection. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. Launching this year, the Eco Careers Forum will feature representatives from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong EV Power Limited and CMA Testing and Certification Laboratories to provide tips for visitors looking to enter the green industry as well as conducting on-site recruiting.

    Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. At the Public Day Forum, Sham Fu-cheung, Chief Experimental Officer, Hong Kong Observatory, and Lin Tang-tai, Senior Engineer at the Water Supplies Department, will discuss how Hong Kong may be affected by a warming world and offer smart water tips. Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or enrol on-site.

    Synergy for More Business Opportunities

    Held concurrently with Eco Expo Asia, the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) gathers 420 exhibitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Korea, Taiwan and Slovakia to showcase a variety of outdoor and industrial lighting products and systems for construction sites, factories, advertisements, stadiums and studios. The expo also features a new Horticultural Lighting zone to showcase a range of grow lights. Meanwhile, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) runs from 27-30 Oct at the HKCEC. Running the fairs in parallel creates synergies by gathering more global buyers in Hong Kong and offering more opportunities for industry players.

    Media Enquiries

    Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

    Christine Kam Tel: (852) 2584 4514 Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    Orano and the CEA Provide Demonstration of an Innovative Waste Vitrification Technology for Fukushima Nuclear Site
     
    Oct 22, 2018
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    PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: Vitrification proven technology may be part of the solution for waste treatment on the Fukushima nuclear site. Since April 27th 2018, ANADEC, the CEA and Orano are working on a project to evaluate the compatibility of the In-can vitrification process developed by the CEA, to treat nuclear waste from Fukushima Dai-ichi water treatment, such as sludge and mineral adsorbents.

    This project is divided in two main parts:

    Durable waste form conditioning matrix formulations and studies, laboratory scale (100 gr), bench scale (1kg) and near-industrial scale (100 kg) tests are led in France at the CEA Marcoule laboratories and technological platforms,
    Feasibility studies for process implementation, operation and maintenance principles and waste disposal are led by Orano teams.
    Laboratory tests and part of bench scale tests have already been performed with success and near-industrial scale tests are under way. Feasibility studies will follow, in order to deliver complete results before end march 2019.

    In this project, technical and commercial interfaces in Japan are ensured by ANADEC, a joint venture between Orano and ATOX, a Japanese company specialized in nuclear services and maintenance.

    The CEA and Orano have developed vitrification processes and operated industrial vitrification facilities in France and abroad for more than 40 years, with rare expertise on formulation and long-term behavior of glasses for encapsulation of nuclear waste.

    About Orano
    Orano transforms nuclear materials so that they can be used to support the development of society, first and foremost in the field of energy.

    The group offers products and services with high added value throughout the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from raw materials to waste treatment. Its activities, from mining to dismantling, as well as in conversion, enrichment, recycling, logistics and engineering, contribute to the production of low carbon electricity.

    Orano and its 16,000 employees bring to bear their expertise and their mastery of cutting-edge technology, as well as their permanent search for innovation and unwavering dedication to safety, to serve their customers in France and abroad.
    Orano, giving nuclear energy its full value.

    Contacts
    Orano
    Press service
    +33 (0)1 34 96 12 15
    press@orano.group
    or
    Investor relations
    Anne-Sophie Jugean, +33 (0)1 34 96 62 41
    anne-sophie.jugean@orano.group

     
     
    2018 TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan Open to Reshape the future with New Technologies
     
    Oct 12, 2018
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    The 2018 Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS) and Taiwan International AIoT Show (AIoT Taiwan), jointly organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA), see their grand opening on October 9 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall1. Mr. Ming-Hsin Kung, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Mr. James C. F. Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, Mr. T. C. Gou, Chairman of TEEMA, and Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, India, unveiled the themes and highlights of TAITRONICS 2018 and AIoT Taiwan 2018.

    The four-day show will highlight the theme “Transforming for an Innovative Future.” In parallel, the inaugural edition of “AIoT Taiwan” will be held, bringing renowned firms including Chunghwa Telecom, Advantech, Lite-On Technology, Delta Electronics, , Mobiletron, Protech Systems, Good Will Instrument, TES Electrical Electronic Tenmars Electronics, ECE, TARO &TYC, and The System Group. These companies come together under one roof and attract more than 350 exhibitors using over 650 booths.

    Organizers have joined forces with strategic cooperative partners and dedicated media channels to host a spate of forums and seminars during the exhibition period, conduct deep discussions on such subjects as AIoT development trends, India-Taiwan Electronics Meet, and edge computing. Experts with forward-looking perspectives and high tech content are invited to explore and analyze the positioning of industries within tech development trends, to inspire new-generation innovation capabilities.

    TEEMA, TAITRA, and the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) have joined forces again to jointly host the “2nd Innovative Smart Application Competition.” This event aims to expand AIoT technological applications and innovations, encourage exhibitors to organize cross-industry, cross-trade and cross-border competition teams, and create new AI and IoT business opportunities. This year, 12 award-winning products have been selected and will join the dedicated exhibit area “Smart Innovation Application Award Winner's Hall of Fame”, which will allow the interactive situational presentation of 12 AIoT application products and solutions.

    The organizers are expecting to attract more than 1,500 international buyers to the show. In order to efficiently assist international buyers search for potential partners with excellent products, TAITRA will organize one-on-one procurement meetings, matching the business opportunities of the supply and demand. At the same time, the largest Taiwan’s national B2B e-commerce portal - Taiwantrade will provide assist businesses everywhere in finding quality suppliers and products from Taiwan.

    For more information on TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan, its exhibitors, forums and activities, please check out the official website: www.taitronics.tw.

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    Energy-saving Products and Green Tech at Eco Expo Asia
     
    Oct 09, 2018
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    9 October 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia will run from 25 to 28 Oct at AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring some 330 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.

    Groups from the Chinese mainland’s Hunan, Zhaoqing and Inner Mongolia will participate for the first time, joining 13 international pavilions to showcase the latest green technologies. In line with the government’s efforts to push the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, various cities will gather in the Greater Bay Area Zone to present local green opportunities. The Environment Bureau will cooperate with different government departments to form an HKSAR Government booth, the largest zone at the expo, to promote environmental policies and a range of green projects.

    “We are currently facing a range of environmental challenges across the globe,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The business sector and governments across Asia have been actively promoting waste reduction and energy saving. As Asia’s leading innovative technology hub, Hong Kong can provide the latest solutions for carbon reduction and drive the region’s development of the environmental industry through events such as Eco Expo Asia, bringing together a wide array of innovative green products and technologies.”

    Mr Chau noted that there are plenty of business opportunities in the green market. According to the government’s Census and Statistics Department, the value added by Hong Kong’s environmental industry in 2016 was HK$8.4 billion, growing 6.7% year on year. Statistics also showed that investment in the environmental sector on the Chinese mainland, including environmental pollution control, waste management and energy-saving, is projected to exceed Rmb$15 trillion during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

    Commenting on the importance of Eco Expo Asia, Alice Cheung, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Department, said she hopes the event will enhance cooperation and exchange between the government and industry players, promote the enormous opportunities in Asia, encourage the business sector and government departments to conduct green sourcing, and help to raise public awareness on environmental issues.

    Nine Thematic Zones: Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technology

    To promote waste-reduction awareness among businesses and the public, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new theme this year – “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. The expo will feature nine thematic zones, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling and the Startup zone, presenting a comprehensive range of green products and technologies.

    An increasing number of start-up companies are being attracted to invest in research and development in green products and technologies. The expo’s Startup Zone will feature products from 20 fledgling companies, offering them a prime opportunity to connect with potential investors and business partners. Some of the start-up products and technologies were showcased at today’s Eco Expo Asia press conference, with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) highlighting its patented innovative soundproofing metamaterials that outperforms traditional soundproofing material such as sponge and rock wool. This pioneering technology is highly effective in blocking sound in adverse conditions and can be applied to power generation and energy systems, transportation and household appliances.

    Green Transportation Zone: Ready and Charged for a Test Drive/Ride

    One of the hottest environmental trends is the development of green transportation that will help to reduce exhaust emissions and carbon footprint. Several eco-vehicles and charging devices will be on display at the expo, including the Nissan e-NV200 electric car that is equipped with a 40kWh high-capacity lithium battery offering 80% chargeability in 40 minutes. Hyundai’s second-generation commercial hydrogen fuel cell electric car, Nexo, will also be presented at the expo. The model is the first hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV to be showcased in Hong Kong, with a drive distance of over 600 kilometres and a five-minute fuel fill time.

    Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or queue on-site.

    Eco Asia Conference: To Unveil Green Policies and Business Opportunities

    The Eco Asia Conference will run concurrently with the expo, bringing together government officials and business leaders from various countries and regions to share their insights on a range of issues. Experts from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong will discuss smart water management solutions and the latest wireless sensor network for metropolitan smart drainage systems. Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, together with other mainland officials, will share the country’s latest green policies and initiatives to prevent water pollution in the pan-Pearl River Delta region. In addition, the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet” Symposium, where experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest developments in construction noise-control policies and innovative methods for quieter construction.

    Green Mart and Workshops on Public Day to Promote Green Living

    Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. Free shuttle bus services will be offered between the venue and other locations in the city throughout the fair period. Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly products and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. At the Public Day Forum, a representative from the Hong Kong Observatory will assess the impact of global warming on Hong Kong while a Water Supplies Department representative will share tips on smart water usage.

    The concurrent Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) at the AsiaWorld-Expo will showcase outdoor lighting, industrial lighting, advertising lighting, lighting accessories, parts and components for construction design. In addition, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held from 27-30 Oct at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), creating synergy and more business opportunities for exhibitors.

    Fair Website
    Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com/tc

    Media Enquiries

    Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

    Christine Kam Tel: (852) 2584 4514 Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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    Singapore’s HES Unveils Plans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft
     
    Oct 02, 2018
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    SINGAPORE & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After 12 years developing hydrogen propulsion systems for small unmanned aircraft, HES Energy Systems is today unveiling its plans for Element One, the world’s first regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft.

    One century after the start of commercial aviation, HES is joining forces with a variety of partners to pioneer a new form of aerial mobility: quiet and zero carbon, personalized, on-demand, decentralized and economically inclusive of rural communities.

    Designed as a zero-emissions aircraft, Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen fuel cell technologies with a distributed electric aircraft propulsion design. With virtually no change to its current drone-scale systems, HES’ distributed system allows for modularity and increased safety through multiple system redundancies.

    Element One is designed to fly 4 passengers for 500 km to 5000 km depending on whether hydrogen is stored in gaseous or liquid form. This performance is several orders of magnitude better than any battery-electric aircraft attempt so far, opening new aerial routes between smaller towns and rural areas using an existing and dense network of small-scale airports and aerodromes.

    Originally from Singapore, HES has been working with a number of fast-moving start-ups and SMEs in France over the past year and exploring various locations to execute its Element One vision, including Aerospace Valley, the global aviation R&D hub located in Toulouse. Its parent company H3 Dynamics has been a symbol of intensifying technological cooperation between the two countries as part of the 2018 Year of Innovation.

    The promise of hydrogen-electric power could shape the future of aviation. “It’s now possible to break past the endurance limits of battery-electric flight using HES’ ultra-light hydrogen energy storage in a distributed propulsion arrangement,” says Taras Wankewycz, founder of HES. “Element One’s design paves the way for renewable hydrogen as a long-range fuel for electric aviation.”

    Refueling Element One will take no more than 10 minutes using an automated nacelle swap system that applies AGVs and automated warehouse operations such as those used by Amazon and Alibaba.

    Last week, HES announced its plans to begin associating on-site hydrogen generation with fuel cell powered unmanned aircraft across a network of hydrogen-ready airports, in preparation for larger-scale electric aircraft such as Element One. HES is now in discussion with industrial-scale hydrogen producers to explore energy-efficient refueling systems using renewable solar or wind energy produced locally.

    In an effort to explore new business models that help position Element One into new travel segments, HES has aligned its zero-carbon aviation roadmap with Wingly, a French startup that offers flight sharing services for decentralized and regional air travel: “We analyzed the millions of destination searches made by the community of 200,000 pilots and passengers on our platform and confirm there is a tremendous need for inter-regional transport between secondary cities,” says Emeric de Waziers, CEO of Wingly. “By combining autonomous emission free aircraft such as Element One, digital community-based platforms like Wingly and the existing high density network of airfields, we can change the paradigm. France alone offers a network of more than 450 airfields but only 10% of these are connected by regular airlines. We will simply connect the remaining 90%.”

    Targeting a first flying prototype before 2025, HES is in the process of building a technical and commercial consortium involving both the aviation and hydrogen eco-systems.

    About HES Energy Systems (Singapore)

    HES Energy Systems specializes in building high performance hydrogen fuel cell systems to extend the flying range of autonomous aerial vehicles. With a presence in Singapore since 2009, HES has grown to become a global leader in developing ultra-light fuel cells and hydrogen energy storage systems. Hired by tier-one UAV manufacturers and leading aerospace institutes around the world for over 12 years, HES has developed a variety of hydrogen storage approaches to continuously push the limits of on-board, off-grid or portable energy. HES’ parent company H3 Dynamics Holdings is backed by Japan’s SPARX representing Toyota Mirai Creation Fund, ACA Partners, and Capital Management Group.

    Contacts
    HES Energy Systems Pte. Ltd.
    Bertrand Gauthier
    Office: (+33) 6 63 00 50 64
    Bertrand@hes.sg

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    BEX and MCE Asia 2018 accelerate action towards common goal of combating climate action and more sustainable living across Asia
     
    Sep 05, 2018
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    SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 05, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Singapore Green Building Week opens its doors today, with its two flagship trade platforms off to a great start. Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the region’s green building market, and Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, a regional HVAC-R, water and energy exhibition, kick off today, offering visitors a glimpse into the array of innovations that will soon become the norm in buildings and spaces of the future.

    Taking place from 5 to 7 September, BEX and MCE Asia, along with the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC), offer a strategic platform for key stakeholders to deliberate on the future of green buildings and sustainable development in the region and globally. Over 12,000 international visitors, including green building industry professionals, thought leaders, policy makers and end-users are expected to congregate at the events to discuss and exchange ideas on the latest innovations that will shape the future of sustainable cities.

    Diverse solutions to cater to Asia’s diverse needs

    Capturing attention on the show floor this year is Surbana Jurong’s curated showcase, “City of ____”. Depicting the possibilities that technology can bring to future cities, the setup brings to life an environment that integrates sustainable, smart and productive technologies to transform how humans interact with their surroundings. The life-sized urban mock-up will allow visitors to visualise how spaces associated with living, work and play can be reimagined to bring about an improvement in quality of life.

    Walking through the simulated city grid, visitors will witness first-hand the benefits offered by DVUCA’s city management system, which enables better traffic monitoring and optimised energy usage. This curated exhibit also showcases how innovative technologies such as (these)abilities’s keyguard will level the playing field at the workplace between the able-bodied and people with disabilities. Aesthetics and functionality are seamlessly weaved into sustainable building practices as showcased by Thinkphi’s solar panel-equipped outdoor umbrellas.

    Making innovation in green buildings and energy efficiency the gold standard

    Visitors at BEX and MCE Asia 2018 are getting a first look at several innovations to be launched at the events. From industrial applications to commercial buildings and even homes, over 400 exhibitors from 31 countries will provide a comprehensive look into innovations that are continuously advancing the building sector.

    Delta Technology is introducing the Insulated Fire Rated Curtain (IFRC), a failsafe double layer curtain that can seal off even the toughest fire outbreaks. Providing up to four hours of fire integrity and insulation, the curtain could potentially save lives in industrial emergencies.

    Advancing its ‘Quality Air for Life’ message, Panasonic is showcasing the latest integrated air solutions, which combines air-conditioning and ventilation to improve overall indoor air quality, an important but often overlooked aspect of sustainable living.

    To improve hygiene and enhance convenience for users, Dyson’s Airblade Wash+Dry combines a tap and hand dryer. The smart innovation saves space in the washroom while reducing the problem of water dripping on the floor as users move from a handwashing area to a separate hand drying station.

    In the home setting, Kruger’s Secomat dehumidifiers help enhance indoor air quality in living spaces by maintaining a constant 40 to 60 per cent relative humidity. In spaces with limited air circulation such as basements and storage rooms, dehumidifiers help to inhibit the growth of mould and bacteria, brought about by the region’s humid and tropical climate.

    David Yim, Marketing Manager, AGC Asia Pacific, one of the key exhibitors at BEX 2018, said, “BEX Asia is the ideal platform to nurture interest in green building innovations and an opportunity for us to raise awareness among visitors on technologies that are transforming the built sector. For example, AGC is excited to demonstrate how next-generation electrochromic technology combats glare and solar heat in commercial and residential buildings.”

    Aside from the latest in glass products for buildings, AGC will continue to showcase its popular Halio smart-tinting technology that can tint uniformly in less than three minutes when exposed to light. Unlike other smart glass products, Halio looks like conventional glass, but begins tinting within 20 seconds to provide glare protection and block unwanted heat.

    Other well-known names in the built environment sector present on the trade floor include Big Ass Fans, Daikin and ebm-papst. In all, BEX and MCE Asia feature pavilions from China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan, and is expected to draw over 12,000 visitors this year over its three-day event.

    Seeding future conversations

    BEX and MCE Asia feature complimentary seminars, Green View and Mostra Xchange, featuring an exciting line-up of close to 40 industry experts who will lead conversations on various topics that will impact the future direction of the built environment sector. In partnership with supporting industry organisations such as Institute Engineers of Singapore, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the Indoor Air Quality Association, the seminars showcase a selection of highly curated and qualified sessions on sustainable building solutions, and energy efficiency.

    Key sessions and speakers include:

    • Lionel Steinitz, CEO, LYS Energy, who will present research on catalysts of green initiatives and the movement toward a low-carbon economy in Southeast Asia

    • Anna Kerr, Director at White Arkitekter, the largest architectural firm in Scandinavia, who will discuss diversity and gender equality in urban planning

    • Michael Chin, Principal and the Façade and Sustainability Leader from Arup Singapore , who will share successful case studies of green building envelopes and sustainable façade design in tropical regions around the world

    • Keith Brewis, Managing Partner, International Operations at Grimshaw, who will share on the emerging use of data in architecture and how it can be creatively used to build iconic structures

    BEX Asia and MCE Asia take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and are also co-located with the annual International Green Building Conference (IGBC). With the theme, "Build Green: Build Smart. Build Communities", IGBC 2018 attracts participants from across the entire building and construction value-chain, committed to understanding and putting into action real-world, tangible and leading green building solutions.

    In its next edition, BEX and MCE Asia will be complemented by two new flagship events - Innobuild (IB) Asia and Smart Cities & Buildings (SCB) Asia. Following the successful run of BEX Asia for over a decade and MCE Asia since the last four years, the two events will provide attendees with a richer, more well-rounded experience and further catalyse the innovation and adoption of technology currently available to drive productivity and efficiencies at every stage of the construction cycle.

    SCB Asia, which will focus on digital convergence of solutions and technology into the built environment, is a timely addition as nations across the region intensify their efforts on building technologically advanced liveable cities of tomorrow. The role of technology in transforming the building and construction industry will be further underlined with IB Asia, which will look at how companies can tap on productive technologies, equipment and systems to build more efficiently.

    “Clearly, as technology advancements disrupt industries across the world, the built environment sector in Asia will not be spared. Nations are also accelerating their journeys to become smart cities, proving that technology is already playing a crucial role in helping to solve today’s urban challenges and securing a sustainable future for generations to come,” commented Michelle Lim, Managing Director, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, Reed Exhibitions. Lim adds, “These events will be an important accelerator of the industry’s transformation, helping stakeholders keep abreast of change and facilitating their evolution as the industry shifts towards smarter and more sustainable living spaces of tomorrow.”

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    About Build Eco Xpo
    Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop destination to source from international suppliers, with regional buyers and specifiers, and learn new knowledge at curated seminars. It’s where inspiration and transformation takes place. www.bex-asia.com

    About Mostra Convegno Expocomfort
    Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia is Southeast Asia’s only 3-in-1 trade exhibition for energy efficiency in HVAC-R, plumbing, sanitary accessories, and solar energy. Its where international manufacturers, innovative start-ups and Southeast Asian buyers and influencers converge to source, network, learn and transform their business.

    About IGBC 2018
    Organised by The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) in collaboration with strategic partners - the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Reed Exhibitions, the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) is a premier green building conference where thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in the built environment sector converge for learning, networking and collaborations.

    About Reed Exhibitions
    Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2017 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

    For more information, please contact:

    Subeer Dutt
    Ying Communications
    +65 6779 5514 / bexmce2018@finnpartners.com

    Olivia Lee
    Ying Communications
    +65 6779 5514 / bexmce2018@finnpartners.com

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    Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 Debuts with Distinction
     
    Sep 05, 2018
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    For the first time, business leaders and decision makers in the emerging Western China market can take advantage of the latest Professional AudioVisual and Integrated Experience solutions through the Chengdu InfoComm China platform

    Chengdu, Sichuan, 5th Sept 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Chengdu InfoComm China made its debut with a bang, opening today with a dazzling showcase of cutting-edge Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions, many never before seen by the excited visitors who thronged the Western China International Expo City.

    The buzz surrounding the lead-up to the show stemmed from the fact that Western China is a new and emerging market to be reckoned with. Testament to the promise of the region, Chengdu InfoComm China is the second such show to be organized within China. Event organizer InfoCommAsia has organized Beijing InfoComm China to great success since 2007, with the Beijing show held in April 2018 attracting a record 38,809 visitors.

    David Labuskes, the Chief Executive Officer of AVIXA, said at the Opening Ceremony, “In April this year, we hosted our most successful Beijing InfoComm China show ever. If that success has taught us anything, it is that the pro-AV market in China is so significant — so dynamic — that it needs a second trade fair. One that is strategically located and professionally executed where the opportunity is the greatest. An event created to fuel the amazing momentum of technological innovation in this part of the world. Chengdu is the right place; Chengdu InfoComm China is the right event, right now.”

    Guests officiating at the Opening Ceremony included Liu Ying, Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs and Ma Ze Lin, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition.

    As a direct beneficiary of China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, Chengdu and the rest of the Western China region has been earmarked for development. Based on economic indicators from a survey conducted by the international well-known economic think-tank Milken Institute in 2017, cities in Western China are already outperforming the traditional heavyweights like Beijing and Shanghai.

    Said Richard Tan, the Executive Director of event organizer InfoCommAsia, “After months of preparation and anticipation, we are heartened that the show has come to fruition. As a bridge between the best in cutting-edge Pro-AV and Integrated Experience solutions, and a dynamic emerging market which is a force to be reckoned with, we are certain that the next two days will be very exciting ones on the Chengdu InfoComm China show floor.”

    AN OUTSTANDING SHOWCASE

    The inaugural Chengdu InfoComm China runs at Hall 5 and Hall 6 while Summit at Hall 9. The exhibition which spreads over 30,000 square meters features top-of-the-line technologies from over 150 local and overseas exhibitors, all of whom are eager for a slice of the Western China economic pie. Big-name exhibitors at Chengdu InfoComm China include Intel, Yamaha, Harman, Epson, AOTO, Extron, WolfVision, Dataton AB, DigiBird, Hitevision, Digital China, GuoHua, BXB, IFLYTEK and DeskMedia.

    Exhibition highlights include Command and Control systems for traffic management, security surveillance, defence and healthcare services, digital signage for advertising, retail and information communications, 3D projections for education, entertainment, museums and exhibitions, collaborative communications technology, conference systems for corporate and hospitality, and theatre systems for smart homes. Of these products and solutions, many are new to Western China.

    KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

    The Summit portion of Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 comprises a series of free summits and seminars are highly popular amongst visitors. These are conducted by industry experts who will provide macro overviews as well as in-depth insights into the latest innovations which are transforming specific industries.

    Summit subjects focus on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital intelligence and smart city developments. InfoCommAsia is also partnering major corporations, industry associations and leading industry media including Intel, Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center, Digital Solutions Multimedia Asia, China Hotel Association Wisdom and China InfoWorld to deliver content which would be meaningful to participants.

    6 September (Thursday)
    CHENGDU ROOM
    09:30-12:00 IOT Innovation Forum (co-organized with China InfoWorld)
    14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

    YIBIN ROOM
    09:40-11:40 Industry Forum - Smart City & Smart Transportation (co-organized with Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center)
    14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

    NEIJIANG ROOM
    09:30-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

    7 September (Friday)
    NEIJIANG ROOM
    09:30-11:00 InfoCommAsia Seminar

    As the show is slated to run until 7th September 2018, those who are interested in grabbing the opportunity to check out the technology on display or dropping in on a free Summit session are welcome to do so. For detailed information about the show and Summit agenda, please visit the official website or official WeChat.

    All show visitors can:
     Redeem a limited-edition temporary parking signage.
     Participate in the Lucky Draw and stand a chance to win a 3-day-2-night travel package with round-trip air tickets and hotel accommodation to visit the inaugural InfoComm Southeast Asia (15th -17th May, 2019) in Thailand.

    SHOW VENUE
    Western China International Expo City
    88 Fuzhou Road East, Tianfu New District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

    TRAVEL INFORMATION

    •Line 1, Western China Int'l Expo City Station (Exit C); or Guangzhou Road Station (Exit F) .
    •Car park facilities are available on Guangzhou Road East
    •Please inform taxi driver to let you alight at Western China Int'l Expo City (Shu Zhou Road)

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    About the Show Organizer - InfoCommAsia
    InfoCommAsia is the region’s preeminent organizer of tradeshows for the Professional Audiovisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions industries. Through industry-leading shows in China, India and Southeast Asia, InfoCommAsia connects global and regional Pro-AV and Integrated Experience purveyors as well as end-users across industries with the most important markets of Asia Pacific.

    MEDIA CONTACTS
    Baobab Tree Event – Event Manager
    Overseas
    Flora Lau
    T: + 852 3520 3638
    E: flora.lau@baobab-tree-event.com

    China
    Candy He
    T: + 86 20 8765 8975
    E: candy.he@baobab-tree-event.com

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    Toshiba to Participate in Vietnam’s International Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Exhibition 2018
     
    Sep 03, 2018
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    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam --( ASIA TODAY )-- Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (hereinafter: Toshiba ESS) will have an exhibit at “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Vietnam 2018 (RE & EE Vietnam)” to be held on September 12-14 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre.

    “Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Exhibition Vietnam 2018” will be the fourth exhibition on energy technologies that contribute to renewable energy and high efficiency. Approximately 5,000 people will visit from all over the world.

    Toshiba ESS will be showing a wide range of products and services related to renewable energy at the exhibition. Specifically, it will exhibit industrial solar photovoltaic module for mega solar and industrial facilities, substation equipment, construction services for photovoltaic power generation systems and wind power generation systems.

    For substation equipment, Toshiba ESS will introduce equipment made by its Vietnam subsidiary, Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems (Vietnam) Ltd., which is the only company that manufactures protection relays in Vietnam.

    Furthermore, Toshiba ESS will introduce a “Virtual Power Plant” which contributes to the stabilization of grid and demands balance by effectively integrating multiple power sources in the region such as photovoltaic power.

    In addition to these products and construction services, Toshiba ESS will also introduce power producing businesses featuring renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass.

    In Vietnam, the demand for renewable energy is growing, and the total power generation rate of renewable energy is expected to increase from 5.4% in 2015 to 21% in 2030. In particular, solar power generation equipment is expected to provide 12GW by 2030.

    “We regard Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, as a priority area for renewable energy business such as for industrial photovoltaic power generation,” said Noriaki Kozono, General Manager of the Energy Aggregation Division, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation. “As a leader in renewable power systems, Toshiba ESS will use this exhibition to showcase its work and share the solutions it has to offer.”

    Visit our booth: #K-14

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    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation

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    Finland comes to Singapore to Boost Collaboration in Start-Ups and Innovation
     
    Aug 31, 2018
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    More than 20 companies from Helsinki will be in Singapore to seek partnerships with Singapore companies - especially start-ups to develop
    breakthrough AR and VR technologies and digital solutions in healthcare and wellness

    SINGAPORE, August 30, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Come and experience Finland in Singapore. That is the theme of Finland's latest mission to Singapore from September 12 to 19, 2018.

    Imagine looking up at the Northern Lights in the Arctic circle and being transported to the Finnish capital of Helsinki – dubbed by some as the coolest tech hub in Europe – without being physically there, thanks to the deployment of both virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR) exhibits at the Virtual Helsinki booth at Slush Singapore – the premier launch pad for start-ups in Southeast Asia which brings together investors and entrepreneurs and innovators across the globe.

    Virtual Helsinki is created by the Finnish firm Zoan which specializes in interactive VR and 3D environments and the creator of Moomins (popular Finnish cartoon characters) in VR, as well as a number of real-estate projects and virtual experiences from Mars to Finland's nature. Also, on display will be a slew of digital VR and AR innovations used in healthcare and wellness environments. One of these is a mobile health game to aid chronically ill children during medical treatment by the Finnish start-up, Triumf Healthcare.

    Triumf is part of the Finnish ICory consortium which partners include research institutions, hospitals, start-ups and other bigger corporations. ICory will be exploring collaboration with two hospitals in Singapore: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)and National University Hospital (NUH).

    Her Excellency, Ms Paula Parviainen, Ambassador at Embassy of Finland in Singapore, noted, “In Finland, investments into start-ups has hit a record high of €349 million in 2017. A report provided by the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA), highlighted that the most significant change has been the increase in the number of foreign investors in Finland, as foreign investments surged by 33% to €208 million while the number of foreign investment has increased tenfold since 2010.

    These figures show that Finland is now a strong magnet for start-ups and investors. We are therefore keen to reach out to Singapore and the region to encourage their start-ups to partner our Finnish entrepreneurs and technopreneurs to come together to collaborate and develop more cutting-edge innovations and solutions and open new markets. We want to match make and nurture win-win partnerships between Finnish and Singapore companies."

    One of the schemes that companies here can participate is the Finnish Start-Up Permit scheme which allows them to benefit from Finland's vibrant start-up ecosystem. The permit is meant for innovative start-up founders coming from countries outside the European Union.

    Ms Marjo Ilmari, Executive Director, Start-up & Fast Growth at Business Finland, said: “At Business Finland, we create new growth by funding innovations and supporting companies to go global. Our role is to build up Finnish start-up community to the next level together with the stakeholders and investors. We identify digital innovations at a young stage and help them build scalable business models in various industries.

    “To grow this community, we plan to attract both talent and investments to Finland and therefore we look forward to work with Singapore to expand our eco-system and network of start-ups and investors. We are showcasing in Singapore - several Finnish companies and their innovations at a series of events which include SLUSH 2018, the launch of the Nordic Innovation House, holding of HeathTech workshops and more."

    With more than 140 Finnish companies based in Singapore, Finland hopes to strengthen its business and innovation links with Singapore, particularly in ICT (information. Communications & Technology) and healthcare sectors. Thanks to its robust talent pool and research expertise, combined with Finland’s leadership in IT and communications, form a vibrant med-tech industry in the Helsinki region, Finnish firms have become some of the early pacesetter in health-related digitalisation with Finland having the world’s highest number of digital health start-ups relative to the size of the country

    Demand for VR and AR solutions is also rising rapidly. Between 2015 and 2016, the combined revenue of Finnish XR or extended reality companies in Finland increased by 94% and combined XRspecific revenue increased by 368%. XR initiatives can get funding and support from a new incubator programme - Nordic VR Start-ups (Source: TEKES - AR-VR Industry of Finland - 2017)

    About Finland
    Finland believes in equality, democracy and taking good care of each other. Good education is the cornerstone of our society. These are the reasons why we are on the top of all kinds of country rankings from clean air to quality of life.

    Finland is functional. We look for practical solutions and deliver innovations to both industries and everyday life of people.

    Finland is green. We have fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology. Our Nordic nature has inspired us to look for well-designed and sustainable solutions.

    Finland is educated. All Finns have equal opportunities to study and learn. Thanks to our world class education system, we find joyful solutions to both local and global challenges

    About City of Helsinki
    Helsinki, the most functional and sustainable city in the world, built on social cohesion, famous for its design and high-tech, committed to bringing people together through authentic experiences, interesting spaces and nature explorations. A city of fascinating contrasts; peace and pulse, city and nature, light summers and dark winters. Over 460 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods make the city attractive and unique.

    Helsinki provides a platform for entrepreneurship and supports businesses to innovate and create new while remaining sustainable. Joint efforts of the city, its citizens and businesses is turning Helsinki into the world’s leading test bed for solutions that tackle global problems. The unique mix of Helsinki combines functionality, reliability, holistic view on sustainability, arts and culture offerings, hi-tech skills, great use of open data and a comprehensive understanding of human-centric design. All in one compact Nordic city in the happiest nation of the world. Finland.

    Website: www.businessfinland.fi /slush, www.hel.fi/helsinki/en
    Social media: #slushsingapore2018 #myhelsinki
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    Beijing sees increase of 17,000 battery electric vehicles in H118, leading other China cities
     
    China Knowledge Online
    Aug 08, 2018
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    Aug 02, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Beijing saw an increase of 17,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the first half of 2018, according to China.org.cn, China's national online news service. By the end of June, a total of 188,000 BEVs had been sold in Beijing, accounting for 11.6% of the country's total. Of that, 140,000 were sold to individuals and companies and 48,000 were used in the public sphere.

    Beijing's new energy automobile industry is also developing quickly. In the first half of this year, automaker BAIC BJEV sold 53,598 new energy vehicles, up 79% year-on-year. There are 130,000 charging stations all over the city, including 93,000 privately installed for home use, 20,000 accessible to the general public, and 17,000 installed for the public transport system.

    Beijing government took the lead nationwide in abolishing the pre-registration system for new energy vehicles. In July 2018, the Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau and other relevant authorities jointly issued a new notice to subsidize new energy vehicles (including BEVs and fuel cell vehicles).

    Under a draft version of the "Action Plan for the Promotion and Application of New Energy Smart Vehicles in Beijing (2018-2020)," by 2020, the total number of new energy vehicles sold in Beijing is to exceed 400,000.

    To achieve that goal, Beijing will increase the usage of electric vehicles in key fields such as taxis, public transport, and logistics. By the end of 2020, the capital aims to expand the demonstration scale of battery electric taxis, and raise the proportion of newly-added taxis that use new energy to 80%.

    The city will continue to promote the electrification of public transport, and all buses used in central urban areas and the sub-center will all be replaced by electric vehicles. In the fields of logistics, vehicles for postal services, express delivery (under 4.5 tons) and logistics distribution (under 4.5 tons) will be largely replaced with electric vehicles.

     
     
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