MIFF Holds 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Dinner
Nov 12, 2018

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

Chile's cherry exporters invite Chinese consumers to ‘enjoy a red moment’
Nov 07, 2018

ASOEX’s Chilean Cherry Committee announces launch of ambitious 39-day campaign in China, focused during and around Chinese New Year

SANTIAGO, CHILE, November 05, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Chilean cherry exporters, who form part of ASOEX’s Chilean Cherry Committee, are launching an ambitious, consumer-focused promotional campaign in China, which will emphasize opportunities to share Chilean cherries with family and friends. Under the slogan, ‘Enjoy your red moment,’ the 2018-19 campaign is aiming to build on the success of last year’s Chilean cherry promotional drive in China by taking in a wider range of cities, wholesale markets and retail outlets across the country.

An industry-wide effort bringing together Chilean growers, exporters and the Chilean government, together with Chinese produce importers, distributors and retailers, the 360º campaign will feature outdoor media advertising and point-of-sale promotions across 65 cities over 39 days.

In the run-up to Chinese New Year on February 5, 2019, the campaign will focus on social media actions, promotional work on China’s most important e-commerce platform, trade media advertising, PR events, and merchandising, as well as advertising on outdoor media. The reach of the campaign will be nationwide across China, with a greater emphasis on regional cities.

Charif Christian Carvajal, Marketing Director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) for Asia and Europe, said the focus of the ‘Enjoy your red moment’ campaign would be on occasions and moments when Chinese consumers can eat, share and enjoy Chilean cherries. “We want Chinese consumers to enjoy a ‘red moment’ with healthy, delicious Chilean cherries; a moment of sharing with family because Chinese people love sharing food around a table with friends and family,” he said.

Initially launched at Asia Fruit Logistica in September, the 2018-19 promotional campaign will run before, during and after Chinese New Year, although Carvajal emphasized the need to encourage consumption at other times of the year. “It’s very important to continue marketing Chilean cherries in China outside of Chinese New Year, so our objective is to promote Chilean cherries before and after to maintain the frequency and penetration of purchase,” he said.

With the objective of strengthening the promotional presence of Chile’s cherry sector in China, the Committee alongside the association have this season opened its first China office, based in Shanghai.

Ronald Bown, Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, said: “Last year’s cherry promotional campaign was very successful. In fact, it was recognized as the marketing campaign of the year in the Asia Fruit Awards event celebrated in Hong Kong earlier this year. In this context, we believed it was time to establish a China-based office with the objective of facilitating the implementation of the campaign and strengthening the ties with our key stakeholders in the market, thus leading to an even more effective campaign.”

Estimates by the Chilean Cherry Committee, as of October 15, 2018, have exports of cherries from Chile worldwide reaching 180,000 tonnes. However, it should be noted that this may be adjusted in mid-November, given the recent adverse climatic conditions experienced in Chile.

Charif Christian Carvajal
Marketing Director, Europe & Asia, ASOEX
+34 915247437

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SFIC launches Youth Furniture Chapter (YFC) at 4th ASEAN Youth Furniture Exchange (AYFE)
Nov 06, 2018

- AYFE Opening Ceremony Cum Digital Forum - officiated by Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman – Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- AYFE aims to build an Intra-ASEAN business network and seal more partnerships amongst NEXT-Gen furniture entrepreneurs to capitalise on ASEAN's growing furniture industry

SINGAPORE – November 1, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has launched its inaugural Youth Furniture Chapter (YFC) to nurture a more resourceful and resilient generation of new and young leaders in the Singapore furniture industry.

Formerly known as the Youth Furniture Committee, the YFC launch was the key highlight of the opening ceremony of the 4th ASEAN Youth Furniture Exchange (AYFE) and Digital Forum in Singapore today. This is the second time that SFIC has hosted the AYFE event in Singapore.

The event, attended by 88 participants and graced by guest-of-honour, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman – Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - is held at the IBM Think Place at Changi Business Park.

Representatives from seven ASEAN countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines participated in the event. Speaking at the AYFE opening ceremony and launch of the YFC, Mr Mark Yong, SFIC's President said, "Organisations of all sizes are now focusing on succession planning to ensure continuity and growth. With the YFC, we can identify and put together an agenda to train and mentor the right people to step into leadership positions. The YFC allows us to put in place a formal structure to groom our NEXTGen leaders to drive sustainable growth over the long term."

The YFC, which will be headed by Mr Jake Tan has its roots in 1999 when it began as a small committee as part of a leadership succession plan to steer the future growth of the Council. It has since grown to about 100 NEXT-Gen entrepreneurs in the group and SFIC is targeting to double this number by next year.

Launching the YFC at the AYFE-cum-Digital Forum is apt as the AYFE aims to build an Intra-ASEAN business network and partnerships among the region's NEXT-Gen furniture entrepreneurs. Closer collaboration will give these furniture players a leg-up to seize the wealth of growth opportunities in ASEAN which is expected to become the 4th largest economy the world in 2030.

YFC Chairman, Mr Jake Tan said, "SFIC and AYFE will facilitate participation of Singapore companies in furniture and furnishings-related projects in ASEAN and other parts of Asia such as China and the overall global markets. SFIC will also work with other relevant public sector and private sector organisations to support Singapore furniture players in their continuous efforts to build a more vibrant and diverse innovation ecosystem in Singapore and the region. We will also help provide a good platform for furniture entrepreneurs - especially the younger generation to come together, exchange ideas and testbed and apply relevant technologies to commercialise and grow their product and service offerings."

A number of exciting activities will be planned to help Singapore's young furniture entrepreneurs gain more knowledge of running multi-generational companies and adopt best practices in managing human capital as well as leveraging innovation to sharpen competitiveness in the face of global uncertainties.

One of these activities is the Business Model Transformation Overseas Mission which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. The mission will study successful multigenerational companies focusing on two key aspects: Business Model Transformation (BMT) and Human Capital (HC).

Participants at the AYFE event today gained insights on digitization and how it can help SMEs transform to meet the demands of the changing business landscape and drive growth.

Featured speakers at the event include Mr Joshua Koh, CEO of Commune Lifestyle, Mr Wee Zi Huan (Zwee), Founder & CEO of Savant Degrees, and Mr Charles Tan, Executive Director of Sunray Woodcraft Construction who is launching a digital platform, Wizlah, to provide mixed reality (MR) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the betterment of businesses in the built environment sector. Mr Khoo Peng Han, Business Development – Government Sector of IBM Singapore also spoke at the event.

Hot in the heels to expand the business network beyond ASEAN, more than 30 ASEAN youth leaders will be heading over to Dongguan, China from 6-9 November 2018 to further extend the regional network with its counterparts in Asia.

About Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC)
Singapore Furniture Industries Council was established in 1981 as the official representative body of Singapore’s furniture and furnishings industry. Its membership comprises furniture manufacturers, interior fit-out specialists, retailers, designers, as well as furnishings and materials suppliers. Currently, the council represents 95% of 3 established furniture manufacturers in Singapore, of whom 65% have subsidiary manufacturing plants in various countries across the region, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

SFIC’s primary role is to promote the interests of its members and the Singapore furniture and furnishings industry. For 37 years, SFIC has helped its members to adapt to changes in the business environment by introducing trade, talent, design development and business innovation activities, as well as upgrading business capabilities. Revolving around SFIC’s 3i strategic framework – Improve, Innovate, and Integrate, all the Council’s programmes aim to grow the local furniture and furnishings industry – to strengthen the ‘Singapore brand’ globally.

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Indonesia's Premiere Plastics & Rubber Exhibition to Drive Innovative Packaging for Sustainable Business
Nov 05, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastics & Rubber Indonesia 2018, the Indonesia's premiere exhibition of global traders in plastics, rubber machinery, processing, and materials, is set to kick off on November 14, 2018, at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta. In conjunction with Drinktech Indonesia, Plaspak Indonesia, Mould & Die Indonesia featuring Printech Indonesia, the four-day expo will present key trends in plastic industry, beverage processing, packaging technologies and solutions. It connects more than 470 exhibiting companies with over 13,000 potential buyers, professionals, and industry leaders through the most-comprehensive showcase of plastic and rubber technology, including knowledge-sharing seminars with leading minds in the industry.

"Through this expo, we will bring together hundreds of exhibition industry professionals, spanning from plastic and rubber processing from raw materials to beverage packaging. They are coming from up to 20 countries, including China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Germany, giving hundreds of buyers and suppliers wider options to remain competitive in the international market," said Wiwiek Roberto, Project Director of Pamerindo Indonesia, organizer of the exhibitions.

According to a research by Euromonitor International, plastic pouches in Indonesia have gained more popularity in food and packages of consumer goods. Furthermore rubber industry in Indonesia now remains the world's second-largest rubber producer and key supplier to global market, as stated in a report by Indonesia Investment.

"Not only are the products easier to maintain, packaging will optimize the marketing efforts to ensure your brand stand out from the crowd. To keep up with the latest packaging trends, we need to leverage high-performance workforce that is focused on new skills development and increase the eco-friendly packaging for sustainable business," said Triyono Prijosoesilo, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Soft Drink Producers (ASRIM).

The expo is fully supported by key industry associations, such as Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF), The Soft Drink Industry Association (ASRIM), and Indonesian Plastics Recyclers (IPR). During the trade shows, they will also share expertise and knowledge on how to adapt the latest technology for sustainable packaging method.

"Global sustainability issues have become a common concern. Thus, we have to innovate new packaging based on 4R's (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) approach, but at the same time, increase machine productivity through automatization as we're shifting our product to new generation that is quick to try new technologies," said Henky Wibawa, Executive Director of IPF.

However, recycling technology in Indonesia is now lagging far behind, keeping the gap to reach industry 4.0. "We must continue to build on this progress and strengthen the connection between recyclers and business owners. Thus, we will not only repair the ecosystem, but also open new business opportunity for information technology service providers," said Ahmad Nuzuluddin, Business Development Director of IPR.

Being held from November 14-17, 2018, the events will also converge key technologies of processing machines, pre-processing, and packaging, that includes the most-advanced equipment for plastic and rubber, as well as recycling and moulding methods.

About Pamerindo Indonesia:

PT Pamerindo Indonesia was established with the sole purpose of organising specialised trade exhibitions for the Indonesian market. The company has grown considerably and now organises over 20 trade exhibitions in the Building & Construction, Electric, Food & Hotel, Manufacturing, Mining, Packaging, Plastics & Rubber, Oil & Gas sectors. PT Pamerindo Indonesia is the leading trade fair organiser in Indonesia. Since its inception PT Pamerindo Indonesia has organised over 180 international trade exhibitions in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.

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People, Not Technology, Shape the Future of Manufacturing
Nov 04, 2018

It's how people choose to use new technologies that will decide how the production jobs of the future evolve.

Torbjørn Netland and Lino Guzzella are scholars from ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich).

These are exciting times for manufacturing. A plethora of recent technological developments creates radically new opportunities for how we develop, manufacture, and deliver products globally. The headlines proclaim that “the robots are coming”, “jobs will be automated”, and “digitalization is revolutionizing production”. Many managers are excited, baffled, or both. Many jobseekers are worried.

Three decades ago, leadership expert Warren Bennis envisioned that “the factory of the future will have only two employees: a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” While this vision is witty, the idea of the fully automated “lights-out” factory still lingers.

But there's a different vision for the future of manufacturing, where people take centre stage. A vision where people make use of new technology to enable sustainable, socially responsible, and efficient manufacturing.

In this context, putting people first may seem surprising. After all, have we not been told that robotics and digitalization will complete processes more effectively and efficiently than humans? That machine learning is training machines to train machines? That artificial intelligence is even entering company boardrooms? While this may hold true for some tasks, the vast amount of other tasks will in fact remain largely unaffected in the near term. To debunk a myth: robots are automating processes, not jobs.

What’s more, we think that these technological developments are good, not bad, for workers. Increased productivity frees up human resources to do tasks where humans are superior to machines. One example of such a task is the development of new technologies in the first place. Another equally important task is to figure out how to best apply them.

People must map production processes, identify the nodes where technology is needed, and reskill the persons in charge of them as required. While technology helps humans improve productivity, productivity improvement is a task for humans.

Consider Tesla. If you ask anyone today to name which automobile brand is the greatest innovator in the car industry, chances are this will be a frequently mentioned brand of choice. But manufacturing isn’t just about having the most advanced products and technologies.

Earlier this year, even Elon Musk admitted that over-automation of its Model 3 production line was “a mistake”, leading him to tweet that “humans are underrated”. The episode sums up our first argument concisely: a factory without humans is a dangerous vision. Manufacturing simply does not move without skilled and motivated people.

In addition, manufacturing is a major employer in most economies. In Switzerland, for example, about one-fifth of the working population bring home salaries from manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing is essentially a meaningful activity that provides welfare to employees, owners and society. The key is to continue innovating new products and improving manufacturing processes.

According to Paul Krugman, laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.”

People, not technology, shape the future of production. How people choose to use new technologies will decide how manufacturing evolves. For this reason, human learning will remain more important than machine learning in the future of manufacturing. That should be a reassuring thought for producers and employees alike.

Edited by Shawn Chou
By Torbjørn Netland, Lino Guzzella

Eco Expo Asia Opens
Oct 26, 2018

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.

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

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    Suntech Signs Global Partnership Agreement with Cyient
    Oct 23, 2018

    Cyient is a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, digital, network and operations management solutions to industry leaders

    Germany/India, October 23, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Suntech, a leading provider of innovative OSS (operations support systems) solutions, has announced that it has signed a non-exclusive business alliance agreement with Cyient, a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, digital, network and operations management solutions.

    Through this agreement, Cyient and Suntech intend to jointly pursue business opportunities globally in the communications industry by leveraging both company’s technical proficiency, market reach, and domain knowledge. Cyient’s expertise in system integration, operational excellence and global delivery model combined with Suntech’s advanced and specialized technology will offer customers best in class OSS solutions.

    Cyient will become a global sales and systems integration partner for Suntech’s world class software products, benefiting its clients with enhanced OSS portfolio and maintenance capabilities. Cyient’s global presence and established leadership in network inventory and asset management will provide Suntech access to newer markets.

    Expressing confidence in the partnership, Sanjay Krishnaa, Senior Vice President, Communications, and President, Asia Pacific at Cyient said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Suntech to further expand the solutions we offer. Suntech’s technology will enable us to support global OSS transformation initiatives that will improve asset and network optimization for our clients.”

    Commenting on the association, Piotr Saczuk, CEO, Suntech, said, “The combination of our ingenious technology with Cyient's mature engineering, design, and delivery capabilities presents new opportunities for both companies within the communications industry, as well as other markets, such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, and transportation.”

    About Cyient
    Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT) provides engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, network and operations management services to global industry leaders. Cyient leverages the power of digital technology and advanced analytics capabilities, along with domain knowledge and technical expertise, to solve complex business problems. As a Design, Build and Maintain partner, Cyient takes solution ownership across the value chain to help clients focus on their core, innovate, and stay ahead of the curve.

    Relationships form the core of how Cyient works. With nearly 15,000 employees in 21 countries, Cyient partners with clients to operate as part of their extended team, in ways that best suit their organization’s culture and requirements. Cyient’s industry focus includes aerospace and defense, medical, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, utilities, industrial, energy and natural resources.

    For more information, please visit www.cyient.com.

    Follow news about the company at @Cyient

    About Suntech
    Suntech is a leading supplier of OSS/BSS applications for cable operators, mobile network operators, and internet service providers. The company was formed in 1996. Suntech solutions are available under the SunVizion brand name.

    The flagship product, SunVizion Network Inventory & Planning, is an innovative system for inventory of both logical and physical network elements combined with support for network planning process. This solution works with any network technology and with all types of networks. In-built workflow engine supports the processes related to network management and the sale of services. Intelligent discovery and reconciliation mechanisms improve the accuracy of network data. SunVizion solutions bring value to millions of subscribers worldwide.

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    Omanexpo sees positive growth prospects for its East Africa events
    Oct 22, 2018

    Muscat, Oman, 18 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- After a successful conclusion of its back-to-back Infra East Africa Expo and East Africa Utilities Expo and Conference held from 25-27 September at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, Nairobi, Kenya, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo is riding high on favorable growth prospects for these shows as well as on the East Africa region’s construction, transport infrastructure, utilities and waste management sectors.

    Tarek Ali, business development manager-global markets, Omanexpo, says “We are delighted with the positive response to Infra East Africa Expo and East Africa Utilities Expo 2018, which attracted 600 qualified visitors to the exhibition and 200 delegates to the conference. The conference, which included interactive panel sessions on trends, challenges and opportunities in East Africa’s waste management sector, sustainable growth, interconnecting East Africa’s power grids, perspectives on the right energy mix for East Africa’s future, elicited active participation from the audience.”

    Infra East Africa Expo and East Africa Utilities Expo and Conference was formally opened by Hon. Mohammed Elmi, chief administrative secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya, and was well-attended by officials and members of the Ministry, National Construction Authority (NCA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), and Town & County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK).

    An exhibition of 40 companies from China, Egypt, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Uganda and the UAE leveraged this platform to promote their products and services to an emerging market while forging new business relationships and expanding their markets. Enhancing the shows’ value was the hosted buyers’ program, which helped connect 100 companies to targeted and qualified buyers.

    The shows build on a positive sentiment of budding construction and utilities sectors sustained by healthy economic indicators and the prospect of billions of dollars’ worth of pipelined projects on the horizon.

    According to reports, a total of US$ 56.8 billion worth of independent power plants (IPP), water and sewerage projects are expected to be executed between 2018 and 2028. Transport infrastructure and construction projects are estimated to reach US$ 77.5 billion until 2022.

    “We see the rapid development of these sectors and the industry’s enthusiastic response to these developments as a good sign that we are on the right track. We are pleased to say that we have already scheduled the next edition for October 2019, and in fact, are encouraged by the interest expressed by the exhibitors and visitors to take part once again.” Ali concludes.

    The shows were held under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, the Embassy of Kenya and supported by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (Kenya), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI), KenInvest, Kenya Green Building Society, National Construction Authority and Town & County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK).


    Contact: Melissa Daleja
    T:+968 24660122 / Mobile: +968 99471704
    Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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    DeburringEXPO 2019 – Strong Demand for Booth Floor Space
    Oct 22, 2018

    Neuffen, 22 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Roughly one year before DeburringEXPO opens its doors for the third time, more than 70 companies have already made firm bookings for their booth floor space. This is a strong indication of growth for the trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing, which will be held in Karlsruhe from the 8th through the 10th of October, 2019. Even greater attention will be focused at the upcoming event on the optimisation of deburring processes for sheet-metal components and additively manufactured parts, as well as parts cleaning after deburring. Added value will be provided by the DeburringEXPO expert forum which is in great demand as a source of knowledge and will offer simultaneously interpreted (German<> English), highly practical presentations.

    DeburringEXPO’s exhibition spectrum, which is consistently aligned to deburring, rounding and the production of precision surface finishes, deals with processes which are becoming more and more important in parts manufacturing: despite all of the optimisation measures implemented prior to workpiece processing, residues remain which have to be removed for high quality downstream processes, and in order to assure flawless functioning.

    After only two events, the trade fair for deburring technologies and precision surface finishing has already established itself as an international information and procurement platform in this area. This is not only confirmed by the visitors’ high levels of decision-making authority, 94% of whom are involved in company decision-making processes, but rather by the exhibitors’ experience at the trade for as well: “We were able to establish contact with numerous tier 2 and 3 companies and smaller businesses from the automotive and aviation industries at DeburringEXPO, as well as from the fields of hydraulics and pneumatics, with whom we weren’t previously familiar – not only with companies from Germany, but from many other countries as well such as Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the USA, India and Brazil. Participation at the trade fair has paid off for us and we’ll be back again in two years,” reports Keisuke Kaga, Head of Europe Sales at Sugino Machine Limited from Japan.

    Numerous other exhibitors at the last trade fair for deburring technology and precision surface finishing arrived at this conclusion as well, and have thus already made firm bookings for their booth floor space at DeburringEXPO 2019. “Thanks to a high exhibitor return rate, frequently associated with increased booth size, as well as new exhibiting companies who have already decided in favour of participating at the upcoming event, the exhibitor list already included more than 70 companies in mid-October 2018,” says Hartmut Herdin, managing director of trade fair promoters fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG. These currently registered exhibitors will occupy nearly 70% of all exhibition floor space rented out in 2017, which is a good indication that exhibition offerings will once again be significantly increased.

    A Single Trade Fair for All Materials and All Industry Sectors As a technology platform for deburring, rounding and the production of precision surface finishes, DeburringEXPO provides a representative overview of the relevant systems, processes, tools and equipment, as well as measuring, test and analysis systems. The exhibition portfolio covers processing of workpieces and components made of practically all technical materials and from nearly all industry sectors. “At the upcoming trade fair, even more attention will be focused on the deburring of sheet metal components than at previous events, in particular lasered parts and stampings, flame-cut and fine-blanked parts, as well as additively manufactured workpieces. Furthermore, we’ll also place more emphasis on parts cleaning after the deburring process”, adds Hartmut Herdin. Further issues covered by the exhibition portfolio include training and technical literature.

    Knowledge as Added Value – Bilingual Expert Forum Offerings presented by the exhibitors will be rounded out by the integrated 3-day expert forum at DeburringEXPO, which has established itself as a highly popular source of knowledge. With simultaneously interpreted (German <> English) presentations, it provides visitors with the opportunity of expanding their knowledge in the fields of deburring and rounding, as well as the production of precision surface finishes. Beyond this, examples based on actual practice and benchmark solutions provide ideas and stimulation for the optimisation of processes at one’s own company.

    Further information, the entire exhibition programme and a preliminary exhibitor list are available at www.deburring-expo.de.

    Contact persons for the editors, and for requesting image files:

    SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT., Doris Schulz, Journalist (DJV), Landhausstr. 12
    70825 Korntal, Germany, phone: +49 (0)711 854085, fax: +49 (0)711 815895,
    ds@pressetextschulz.de, www.schulzpressetext.de

    fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG, Rita Herdin, Hauptstr. 7, 72639 Neuffen,
    Germany, phone: +49 (0)7025 8434-0, fax: +49 (0)7025 8434-20,
    info@fairxperts.de, www.fairxperts.de

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    Laos and India Partner Up to Handle Shipments for the Houay Kapheu Hydro Power Plant
    Oct 19, 2018

    Bolloré Logistics Laos recently partnered with Bolloré Logistics India to handle the transportation and delivery of all electro-mechanical plant and equipment of Andritz Compact Hydro to be used on site at the Houay Kapheu Hydro Power Plant. The operations were completed in mid-September of 2018.

    With a capacity of 5 MW, the headworks of the Houay Kapheu Hydro Power Plant are located in Houay Kapheu river, being a 1st branch river of Sedon river, belonging to Xiengmai village, Lao Ngam district of Saravane province - South of Laos.

    The cargo delivered - transported in various specific 20’ and 40’ containers from Ex Works India - included a crane, an horizontal shaft, a generator, a cylindrical pole, and a structure for the switch yard for a total weight of approximately 155 Tons – all shipped on a door-to-door basis.

    Delivering under close escort to remote sites during the heavy rain period meant poor road conditions and sensitive light capacity bridge cross-overs; all which were managed successfully by the Bolloré Logistics teams that could count on their experience in such challenging situations.

    The strength of Bolloré Logistics’ network, combined with custom-made service from an experienced and enthusiastic workforce, is the key to Bolloré Logistics Laos’ current success and future development.

    About Bolloré Logistics Laos
    Established in mid-1998, Bolloré Logistics Laos was the first and sole foreign freight forwarder (100% foreigner investor) able to provide a door-to-door service from/to Laos with its own network.

    - In 2002, Bolloré Logistics Laos in Savannakhet handled the requirements of the SEPON Gold and Copper mining project.
    - In 2005, Bolloré Logistics Laos in Thakhek met the needs of a famous hydroelectric project (NT2).
    - In 2008, Bolloré Logistics Laos in Savannakhet successfully performed all imports and exports of SALAMANDER’s first Oil & Gas project in Laos (first the seismic campaign, followed a year later by the drilling campaign).


    Bolloré Logistics: Jim Brouleau – Regional Marketing & Communication Manager – Asia-Pacific
    Tel +66 2260 8219 – jim.brouleau@bollore.com

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