R+T Asia Announces 2019 Theme: "Green Embraces Comfort, Intelligence Guides Future"
 
Sep 21, 2018
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R+T Asia announces that its 2019 theme will be “Green Embraces Comfort, Intelligence Guides Future,” for this major trade fair held in Shanghai from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2019. The event, which serves the roller shutter, door/gate, and sun protection industry, attracts more than 500 exhibitors and 35,000 visitors from 92 countries to six exhibition halls covering 60,000+ square meters of space.

The global market for green building materials is expected to reach $377 billion (USD) by 2022, and the Asia Pacific market has made significant green advances in both volume and technology. Doors, shutters, and sun protection products, the primary focus of R+T Asia, all have an environmental impact on buildings and the quality of life. Sun protection products, however, provide a major impact on environmental efficiency.

At R+T Asia 2019, the exhibiting area for sun protection products will expand by more than 30 percent, because of such exhibitors as Vertilux, Kirayteks, Forest, Recasens, Oba Perdesan, Dongwon Industry, and Daekyeong. In addition, the doors and gates exhibition area will expand by 20 percent because of exhibitors such as ASSA ABLOY, Doorhan, KOPRON, Cedes, and RP Technik.

Visitor Attendance Booming

In 2019, R+T Asia is expected to welcome 35,000+ professional visitors. With the support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an increasing number of countries are seeking new opportunities and cooperation with Chinese business. Building on this growth, the R+T Asia Hosted Buyer program is actively organizing delegations to visit the show from emerging markets and countries with mature markets like Europe, North America and Australia.

InnovAction Awards Highlight Innovative Products

The show’s InnovAction Hub 2019 is again expected to attract new global innovations in doors and gates from leading exhibitors and from up-and-coming companies. In 2019, the 7th InnovAction Awards will again showcase new and innovative products, which will be judged by a jury of domestic and overseas experts. This will culminate in the awarding of the ‘Best of Best’ title, along with full media exposure online and offline.

Online Pre-Registration Officially Launched!

Online pre-registration is now open, providing a free entry ticket that allows you to skip the long queue onsite. Pre-registrants also receive first-hand and updated information about the show. By scanning the QR code below, the pre-registration process can be completed in less than two minutes.

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Shanghai 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference kicks off, China's AI biggest players surfaced
 
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Sep 18, 2018
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Sep 18, 2018 (China Knowledge) - The 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) opened yesterday in Shanghai, with the theme "New Era of Artificial Intelligence". WAIC gathered not only some of the most influential scientists in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also some front-line entrepreneurs.

The chiefs of BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent), Robin Li, Jack Ma and Pony Ma attended the conference, and made speeches on different aspects of AI. Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun, Microsoft's global executive vice president Shen Xiangyang also attended the conference.

Robin Li in his speech said that modernization today is AI. Arguably, no company in the future can claim to have nothing to do with AI. In his opinion, a true AI company possess three qualities, which are, AI thinking, AI ability and the ethics of AI.

Li further explained that AI thinking means rethinking the company's strategy based on Internet of Everything (IoE). Whether it is the PC or the mobile internet, the main focus of the enterprise should still be on the software level. But in the era of AI, enterprises must pay more attention to the combination of software and hardware to find new innovation opportunities.

The AI definition, on the other hand, is the ability of companies to leverage AI technology rather than the invention of AI. Currently there are a large number of open source platforms in the field of AI, so people should combine industry characteristics and competitive environment to strengthen their own business.

Finally, the AI ethic mean that a true AI company must be "AI" not only technically but also culturally. The highest principle of AI is ‘safe and controllable.’ AI's vision of innovation is to promote equal access to technological capacity. The value, is to teach people to learn and to grow, rather than to replace and surpass them. The ultimate ideal, is to bring more freedom and possibility to human beings.

While there is a debate that development of AI will lead machines to replace humans which may result massive unemployment. Li seemed least concerned about it, he is of the view that "we see that every technological revolution is accompanied by a lot of people being replaced by machines, and a lot of new opportunities being created."

Alibaba’s Jack Ma said, "We are worried, hopeful and confused about the expectations of the technological revolution of AI." It is not only a technology, but it is a way we understand the external world, the future world, the human body and redefining our thinking.

Jack said that, in future, AI will transform manufacturing industry into service industry, which is the perfect fusion of both. The future of manufacturing depends on services, and the quality of services determines the quality of new manufacturing. Those enterprises, which do not comply with this intelligent transformation, will be eliminated.

The Internet, Jack Ma opined, is a relationship of production. Big computing is a productive force, and big data is a means of production. Big computing combined with cloud technology is the real future. The age of data is also a significant opportunity for supply reform and economic transformation.

He concluded that, if we fail to promote the transformation of manufacturing industry and the social transformation towards a greener and more inclusive society, AI, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are meaningless.

Tencent’s Pony Ma expressed his opinion by saying that AI is a transnational and interdisciplinary scientific exploration project. Various enterprises and countries should strengthen the communication and connection in this field.

The development of AI technology is leading the era of "big social network". WeChat has 1 billion monthly active users, making it the first Internet product in China with that many users. Connecting people to each other through billions of nodes, but if connected people to things or services, the scale will grow to tens or even hundreds of billions. The key to the connection between human and object, and human and service is AI.

We also need to take into consideration the possible social impacts of future AI's development. AI technology in the future is likely to become a master key. For example, some people in China have used AI technology to make and distribute internet virus, or the use of this technology for network scams. All this force us to change the traditional security protection mode.

Pony Ma later posed the following questions to arouse thinking of the global AI practitioners:

I. Comprehensibility: Can AI algorithms become clear, transparent and explicable?

II. Controllability: How to prevent AI from harming the interests of humans or the whole civilization? And, will the decisions made by AI still hold specific people accountable?

III. Availability: Can AI be used by as many people as possible, sharing technological dividends and avoiding a technological gap?

IV. Reliability: Is AI able to repair its own vulnerabilities fast enough to truly achieve security, stability and reliability?

Other prominent political and business figures including President Xi’s economic advisor Liu He, Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun and many others spoke at the event.

 
 
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The Battle Against Noise Pollution
 
Sep 18, 2018
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As more people live on the planet, we contribute to noise pollution in big ways. It means more vehicles on the roads, more air travel, more train travel, more machines running, and so on. Noise pollution damages our eco-system as well as our homes and buildings we live and work inside. So how are we combatting noise pollution?

Stone Walls Along High-Traffic Areas

Cities are employing their department of transportation services to look at ways to cut down on noise pollution. Many are opting for those giant concrete or stone slabs we see lining major highways and companies are now specializing their skills around noise pollution. Salt Lake City-based Aftec’s stone wall panels are just one example of what we are seeing pop up in cities across the United States. Their function is quite simple: they deflect or absorb the noise that is being generated so that those on the other side of the walls do not hear the sounds as much. You may still hear a bit, but not at the level it would be without the wall panel.

Repaving the Roads

In Phoenix, Arizona, the city has begun a new repaving project of the highways to lessen noise pollution. This project mixes concrete and recycled rubber tire bits. Once it is on the highway, it is meant to absorb the noise of the tires on the highways. It has been suggested that a majority of noise pollution from the highways is from the tires, not the engines like many of us believe. While it has been effective at reducing some of the noise, it’s also been very effective at finding a new way to recycle old tires. For Phoenix, it’s been a win-win situation.

Using Headphone Technology

In Singapore, scientists have found a fascinating way to utilize noise-canceling headphone technology and apply it to your open windows. It's a small device that affixes to your open window area and then absorbs the noise pollution from outside. Since the headphones do allow for some sound to come through, there will be some sound in your open window but it won’t be nearly as noisy.

Lowering Local Roads

Another interesting movement we are seeing overseas in Europe is the lowering of local roads. The idea of lowering the road means the noise is less likely to invade citizens in a particular area. Most noticeably, it has been effective when combined with paving the roads with rubber bits. Sometimes you simply need more than one course of action to make the biggest impact.

Lessening Traffic

This idea has not been as popular in the US but we are hoping to see it catch on. Lessening traffic is one of the more ideal methods for reducing noise pollution and the Europeans seem to have a grasp on this ideology. Some cities are now rezoning and changing their roadway systems so that it is more difficult to drive through the city and encourages the use of bicycles or walking in downtown areas. This has a greater impact than many of us realize. These cities have seen a huge reduction in noise pollution and an increase in their economies. In other words, people are still spending money and shopping downtown despite the “inconvenience” of having to walk or bike in the downtown area. It also snowballs into healthier citizens between encouraged exercise and reduction of noise pollution.

What kind of noise reduction would you like to see? What if we incorporated them all in some way? Can you imagine what it would be like to be in a major city and not inundated with noise?

Written by Jane Brown

 
 
INDEX Set to Unveil the ‘Silk Road’ for Interior Design
 
Sep 13, 2018
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Dubai, 12th September 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- INDEX, the Middle East’s premier annual interior design exhibition, is gearing up to present an eclectic show featuring local and international designs, and products. Taking place from 16th to 18th September 2018 at Dubai World Trade Center, the Show is also the soft launch for its new September dateline.

To catch up on the latest and forecasted trends, the INDEX Design Hub will be the must-visit zone for architects, interior designers, retail buyers and students attending the show.

The Future Design Trends seminar by Victoria Redshaw from Scarlet Opus will inform the audience of the key colors, materials, patterns, textures and shapes for 2019. She will relate these to residential, workplace, hospitality and educational interiors. The panel discussion by Interface will explore the importance of Biophilic Design for all interiors as well as how it can be applied in the Middle East, and Katherine Bruce from AESG will discuss how interior design can either improve or harm the health of end users/consumers.

Did you know that wool is one of the World’s most sustainable and eco-friendly materials that is able to bring health benefits to interior furniture and furnishings? Visitors get to hear more on this at the Wool Seminar. There will also be a series of talks dedicated to discussing all things design in, for and from the UAE hosted by Tashkeel an art-enterprise that provides a nurturing environment for the growth of contemporary art and design practice rooted in the Nation.

The complete seminar programme is available here https://www.indexexhibition.com/whats-on/seminar-programme/
Day one of the Show will host Dubai’s first-ever Sleep Challenge, sponsored by DeRUCCI, which will pit four expert snoozers against one another to see who can enjoy the longest, most peaceful nap right in the middle of the exhibition floor. The four contestants were selected from an overwhelming number of entries that were submitted on INDEX’s Facebook page narrating the most bizarre sleep stories.

Appealing to the Picasso in all visitors at the show will be the Artist Avenue showcasing the captivating artistry of famous, and budding international as well as local artists. The art catalogue features Iruvan Karunakaran’s ‘Bull’ that portrays its majestic beauty all donned up in local attire, Lion and the Sheikh by

Dheeraj, Jesno Jackson’s Blue Series - a contemporary cubism artwork based on love and music, and Fahr AlSalih’s unique mosaic work made of sponges, acrylic, paint, ink and resin to name a few.

Visitors will see showcases from exhibitors from all over the World along with leading names such as Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde, Miotto, VG New trend, and De Rucci.

Samantha Kane Macdonald, Event Director said, “We are thrilled with the quality and variety of designs and styles from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia that our many exhibitors will be showcasing at INDEX as well as the stellar line up of speakers that we have on board. The Silk Road is renowned for enabling transcontinental cultural interaction for many centuries. INDEX has endeavored to present a one-stop interior design event featuring components, materials, designs, from Europe to Asia along with industry experts in order to kick-start an era of global design interaction. I am confident that the visitors will thoroughly enjoy the show”.

The Show running alongside Furniture Interiors Manufacturing Show will be a must-visit for manufacturers, architects, interior designers, project managers, and buyers from all parts of the world, especially those with a keen interest in the Middle East’s burgeoning interiors manufacturing sector.

For more information, visit: www.indexexhibition.com

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ISH Shanghai & CIHE: 5.6% rise in visitor numbers and doubling in size of European Pavilion
 
Sep 13, 2018
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Thanks to the growing demand for diverse heating solutions in East and Central China, ISH Shanghai & CIHE, which took place from 3 – 5 September 2018, was widely praised as an effective business platform. The three-day event hosted 217 exhibitors (2017: 188) and welcomed 18,963 visitors (2017: 17,965), a 5.6% increase compared to 2017. These indices have again proven the fair as one of the most influential HVAC and home comfort exhibitions in East and Central China.

While North China is the more-established HVAC and home comfort market in the country, in East and Central China end-users are particularly enthusiastic about the design of the products. This trend has led to strong demand for renowned HVAC companies from Europe, who are increasingly employing ISH Shanghai & CIHE – Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning & Home Comfort System as a gateway to tap into the Chinese market. This evolution was well illustrated this edition by the enhanced international profile of the fair, with the European Pavilion more than doubling in size. Leading brands from Germany, Italy and the UK, including AeroFlow, Afriso, Bampi, Brigon, Dephina, Detal-Met, HOFFER, KANE, Radius, Sanica and WKL presented their impressive HVAC advancements across an expanded exhibition space to satisfy domestic buyers’ thirst for state-of-the-art heating and home comfort technologies.

Furthermore, to capture the pulse of the market, the 2018 edition introduced new zones and display areas to expand fairgoers’ knowledge and perspectives. The Premium Area made its debut appearance this year to infuse new concepts into the market revolving around four themes, namely Technology, Quality, Design and Technical Skills. The Floor Cooling and Heating Systems Experience Zone was also established for the first time to provide an exceptional opportunity for visitors to get a taste of the latest advancements in this field. On the other hand, fairgoers immersed themselves in inspiration and creativity at a display area dedicated to the award winners of the China Home Comfort System Design and Installation Competition.

Key figures at a glance
- Visitors: 18,963 (2017: 17,965) – 5.6% increase
- Exhibitors: 217 (2017: 188) – 15.4% increase

Exhibitors’ feedback

“Dephina develops and produces residential ventilation systems for private households. Many domestic visitors are impressed by our advanced technologies from Germany, including fresh air systems for large-scale villas and ventilation systems for bathrooms. We see China as a strategic market. Humidity and indoor air quality are the major issues of concern in East and Central China. Visitors were particularly keen on our pipeless wall-hung ventilation units which can deliver dehumidifying effects with low noise and high energy efficiency. ISH Shanghai & CIHE gathers a wide range of suppliers from heating and ventilation to energy-saving. It is one of the most influential HVAC and home comfort fairs in the East and Central China.”

Mr Jack Chen, Deputy General Manager, Dephina Luftqualität GmbH
“I have been hearing how strong ISH Shanghai & CIHE is for years. That’s why our company would like to be part of it and expand our business here. The water infiltration systems we develop are a great option to accommodate diverse market needs in East and Central China. Located in the Premium Area, our booth has caught fairgoers’ attention. I am pleased with the visitor flow, and the show helps us to increase our brand awareness. We are looking forward to exhibiting again next year.”
Mr Jim Ellis, CEO, Paragon Water (Xiamen) Corp Ltd

Visitors’ feedback

“I have visited this show many times already. Our company mainly produces and sells steel panel radiators. I came here to find out the changes and developments in the current market. The scale of the show has been getting bigger, which demonstrates the success of ISH Shanghai & CIHE. The fair itself is also becoming more international. In addition to domestic products from emerging Chinese brands, European style radiators can also be found. China is increasingly important in leading global heating trends. The show is an exceptional platform to tap into the market. The fair gathers everybody together and I met people from different provinces. I will definitely visit the show again next year.”

Mr Murat Telek, General Manager, ISG Heating Equipment (Shanghai) Co Ltd (Turkey)
“Our company develops equipment to manage temperature and we are searching for thermostats here. During the fair, I have found what I want and have established cooperation with an exhibitor. The heating market in East and Central China is characterised by household-based systems, but high-class residential areas are gradually adopting central heating systems too. I can see promising potential in the sector. Several concurrent building technology fairs were held, offering visitors with a more efficient sourcing experience.”

Mr Li Xiang, General Manager, Clover Energy Saving Co Ltd

Speaker’s feedback

“Today we explored how to employ floor heating systems for cooling. Summer is sweltering and winter is chilly in the East and Central China. While underfloor systems are commonly used for heating, cooling becomes the next issue to resolve. More research and development are needed to build an integrated system. More than a procurement platform, ideally a trade show should act as a platform of knowledge exchange. Engaging forums and discussions are a great supplement to illustrate the outlook of the industry in addition to the products on display.”

Mr Li Dawei, General Manager, HVAC8 Cross-enterprise Training Center for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Seminar attendee’s feedback

“Our company focuses on rubber processing and mould design. We came to the show to attend this seminar. Currently most of the end-users make procurement decisions based on the price level. There is an urge to educate them about product specifications. Trends such as fresh air systems, floor heating and integrated floor heating and cooling systems provide enormous market potential in East and Central China. The discussion gathered industry elites at one place to explore the latest developments, which is a great driving force for the industry.”

Mr Zhu Lipin, Chief Engineer, Shanghai San Shan Xin Bang Technology Co Ltd
The next edition of ISH Shanghai & CIHE will be held from 3 – 5 September 2019. Another ISH event in China, ISH China & CIHE, will be held from 6 – 8 May 2019 at the New China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing. For more information about ISH Shanghai & CIHE and ISH China & CIHE, please visit www.ishc-cihe.hk.messefrankfurt.com or email info@ishc-cihe.com.

ISH Shanghai & CIHE is headed by the biennial ISH event in Frankfurt, Germany, which is the world’s leading trade fair for the combination of water and energy. The mother event will take place from 11 – 15 March 2019 (Monday to Friday). For more information, please visit www.ish.messefrankfurt.com.

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Vietnamese Government Encouraged to Embrace Agricultural Innovation to Protect Vietnam's Economy & Food Security
 
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Sep 12, 2018
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A statement from a coalition of local and international bodies across agriculture, commerce and trade September 11, 2018

HANOI, VIETNAM - (ACN Newswire) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently called for Vietnam's agriculture sector to become one of the top 15 most developed in the world in just ten years and utilise scientific and technological advances. His Excellency further emphasized that more innovation is needed to generate new drivers for growth to ensure macroeconomic stability. Such an ambitious agenda can be achieved only if the government embraces agricultural innovation.

Unleashing the possibilities of modern agriculture to support sustainable, inclusive development requires enormous investment, collaboration and a stable policy and regulatory environment. All three factors are critical in the context when Vietnam harnesses cutting-edge technology to accelerate its development.

Putting exciting new technology such as data science in the hands of farmers also relies on allowing them to continue using the tools that have helped to feed billions over recent decades. More people have access to safe, quality food than ever before in Vietnam and worldwide because farmers continue to have access to technology developed over the years.

To this day, crop protection tools such as pesticides play a critical role in producing more food using fewer resources. Without these tools, more than half of the world's crops would be lost to insects, diseases and weeds, leading to enormous economic and environmental damage. To increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese farmers as well as to ensure the future investment in innovation, Vietnamese farmers should be encouraged to have access to safe crop protection products supported by high quality training and education. This will ensure that farmers continue to produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for the community and export.

Against this backdrop, we call on the government to ensure that crop protection tools are properly assessed through a consistent, scientifically rigorous process in line with internationally accepted methods and standards. Such assessments need to be conducted by scientific experts and a suitable timeline should apply to allow for a thorough review. This is consistent with the direction recently set by the Prime Minister when His Excellency called for the removal of unnecessary government procedures that can stifle production and trade while reinforcing the need for transparency.

The industry takes its responsibility seriously and offers its commitment and support to help the Government achieve its food safety objectives. This includes continuing to research the development of alternative natural products, to promote the importance of the responsible use of crop protection products in Vietnam's agricultural sector, as well as providing a scientific and international standards-based approach towards achieving the government's objective of 30% reduction of product registrations by 2021 without sacrificing the sustainability and competitiveness of Vietnam agriculture. Also, it is important that proper police controls are reinforced to prevent illegal imports to Vietnam.

Dao Thu Vinh | Coordinator -- CropLife Vietnam | vinh.dao@croplifevietnam.org | Mobile: +84983330209

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7 Key Disruptions that Will Change the Way You Work
 
Sep 09, 2018
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"It's been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years" Here are 7 key disruptions that most likely will change the way people work in the future.

Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like. And while technology can make workers more productive, there will be significant turbulence as organizations grapple with the complexity and unpredictability of a changing workforce.

Research by Deloitte Consulting shows that there are seven powerful disruptors reshaping work as we know it. In order to address these disruptors, business leaders need to engage in transformative thinking that will not only re-design but re-imagine the way work gets done in their organizations. They need to think big, start small, become more agile, and—ultimately—move faster than the new realities of work.

Are organizations ready for Industry 4.0?

Deloitte’s Readiness Report explores senior executives’ views on the impact of Industry 4.0, that is, the industrial change associated with automation and digital technologies. According to the report, business leaders are uncertain they have the right talent to be successful in this new era of technological advancement. Only 25% are highly confident that their workforce has the skill sets needed for the future. Only 14% are highly confident in their ability to harness the changes associated with Industry 4.0. Yet 86% of business leaders think they are doing all they can to build the right workforce. Even more surprising, less than 20% of business leaders regard talent and HR issues as a high priority. In a nutshell, leaders don’t seem to think radical change is needed to get them where they need to go.

But radical change is needed. Consider the impact of automation. It’s been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years. Emerging economies in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are the most vulnerable to job automation. But developed economies will be impacted as well. In Singapore, for example, workplace automation is expected to double in the next three years.

To be sure, the likelihood of an entire profession disappearing due to automation is low. It is far more likely that parts of an occupation will be replaced by technology. Human talent will be working alongside artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing—or anything that can replace tasks in a business process and make them quicker, more accurate, and less costly. In this scenario, the most suitable resource, be it technological or human, can now be matched to deliver the most productive outcome.

Naturally, this has implications for the workforce and completely disrupts traditional talent models. Organizations will have to find the right balance of humans and machines to complement each other, re-designing roles to maximize talent and potential.

Augmentation also challenges current talent structures and practices by making them more flexible. Workforces will become more and more contingent, with off-balance sheet workers (freelancers, contractors, and gig workers) increasingly utilized by businesses who want to capitalize on access to the smartest people to solve complex business problems. In fact, in the United States, more than 90% of net new jobs in the past five years were performed by off-balance sheet workers. Respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2018 report indicate that only 42% of their workforce is made up of salaried employees.

From the workers’ perspective, such augmentation through technology means people can now decide where best to work, whether it’s from an office or at home, in a satellite space, or in shared workspace. This fits the Millennial and Gen Z value of flexibility in the workplace—a key finding from the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018. For these workers, the gig economy’s increased income potential and flexibility hold great appeal. According to the survey, a clear majority have already taken on such roles or would consider doing so.

This is of particular importance in Asia, where almost 60% of the working population is 28 years old, compared to 40% globally. With the vastly different career expectations of this age group, organizations need to adjust talent models to attract and retain the workers that will take their business into the future.

Remaining relevant in the future of work

The half-life of a skill has dropped from 30 years to an average of 6 years. This holds true even for fresh university graduates. This means that the model of “learn at school” and “do at work” is no longer sustainable and constant reskilling and lifelong learning will be a way of life at work. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, reskilling is the top priority for organizations looking at their future workforce strategy. And with working lives getting longer, reskilling is important for all workers, not just the young.

Individuals, companies, and educational institutions must find collective and elegant solutions that work for everyone and must push for smart ways to promote fairness and progressive thinking at work. Governments and policy makers can play a role in this new paradigm by showing bolder leadership in education and labor market regulations and by developing standards that enable and accelerate future of work opportunities. A collective response will create the platforms that enable and empower individuals to reinvent themselves to embark on new pathways and progress their careers.

Business leaders can no longer be passive consumers of ready-made human capital. They need to put talent development and workforce strategy front and center in their growth plans. This requires a new mindset to understand the challenges workers face and evolve talent programmes and models that unlock their potential.

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Escorts Launches "Autonomous Farming Solutions" with India's First Automated Concept Tractor at Esclusive 2018
 
Sep 07, 2018
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  • Launches India’s first Automated concept tractor at Esclusive, Escorts Annual Innovation Platform
  • Announces technology partnerships and relationships with Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Trimble, Samvardhana Motherson Group, WABCO, AVL & BOSCH for precision & autonomous farming technology integration
  • Announces innovative agriculture shared services & solutions platforms with Escorts Crop Solutions, Smart Parts, SHIP, TRAXI & DIGITRAC interface
  • Showcases new range of hi-end cranes with Tadano JV
  • Becomes the first Indian company to make high-end locomotive brake electronics solution

    NEW DELHI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Esclusive 2018, Escorts’ annual innovation platform, India’s leading engineering conglomerate, Escorts Limited, announced it’s unique Automated Farming Solutions with the launch of Automated Concept Tractor that brings the power of next generation digital vehicle technologies aimed at precision-based farming. To be able to deliver this, Escorts has collaborated with seven technology giants namely Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Trimble, Samvardhana Motherson Group, WABCO, BOSCH and AVL. The partnerships and relationships will enable development of a range of farm machines with electric transmissions, autonomous applications, remote vehicle management, data-based soil and crop management, and sensor based guided farm applications.

    Indian Agriculture & Farming practices requires extensive mechanisation and precision based agro solutions for maximized output and improved farmer income. Escorts has collaborated with AVL for electric driveline technology, with Trimble for sensors, controls, water level management system and automated e-steering, with Samvardhana Motherson Group for Smart Interface Cabins & Care Plus - a two-way voice interface for real time service, with WABCO for Vehicle Controls & Automation Technology, with Microsoft for its Cloud & AI technology enabling precision agriculture capabilities to help farmers make informed decisions and get more from their farms, BOSCH for future emission readiness and last but not the least, with Reliance Jio for enhancing farm machinery life cycle with networked platform providing top-notch service and genuine spare parts across the country.

    Escorts also pioneered the platform of Shared Services and Agri Solutions with ‘Escorts Crop Solutions’ to offer end-to-end, state of the art equipment for paddy farming under pay-per-use rental model, TRAXI as a service platform to aggregate farm equipment owners to rent out their equipment to small and marginal farmers, SMART PARTS to offer genuine parts and skilled service at an affordable price, DIGITRAC as a front-end farmer interface for agri inputs and customized agri information & FARM POWER, to provide advanced implements and equipment for efficient and productive farming.

    Escorts through Esclusive platform also showcased collaborated technology with Tadano for high-end cranes under its newly announced Joint Venture, as well as launched high-end locomotives brake electronic solutions, becoming first Indian company to do so.

    Speaking on the occasion, Chairman and Managing Director of Escorts Ltd., Mr. Nikhil Nanda, said, “Esclusive is our annual innovation platform which showcases unique innovations and disruptions in agriculture, construction and railways segments in collaboration with global technology players. Last year we launched world’s first electric compact tractor concept and this year we have pioneered autonomous farming solution platform in association with seven strategic technology tie-ups which will transform agricultural practices for better returns to farmers. This event portrays Escorts commitment to continue to develop and launch technologies for national development and community elevation. Escorts is proud to have collaborated with Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Samvardhana Motherson Group, Bosch, Trimble, AVL, Tadano & WABCO to co-create technologies for autonomous agriculture and smart infrastructure.”

    Contacts
    Escorts Ltd.
    Sharad Gupta
    sharad.gupta@escorts.co.in

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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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    Consoveyo Helps Increase Throughput for Leading Indonesian Dairy Product Manufacturer
     
    Sep 05, 2018
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    Singapore, 5 September 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Consoveyo Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Consoveyo), part of Körber Logistics Systems, is proud to announce its third consecutive project with a leading dairy goods producer in Indonesia. For this Phase Three project at the manufacturer’s Surabaya plant, Consoveyo expands its automated and storage retrieval system (ASRS) solution to enable the transportation of finished goods from production lines to the warehouse.

    “This contract win is a testimony to our excellent customer service and expertise in automated warehousing solutions,” shared Poul Lorentzen, General Manager of Consoveyo. “We set up this plant’s first automated warehouse, and then helped to expand the warehouse by doubling its capacity. Having been chosen for the third time is an affirmation of our position as one of the leading suppliers of automated warehousing solutions for the food and beverage industry.”

    In order to ensure an optimum flow of finished goods from the new production line to the ASRS warehouse, Consoveyo installed pallet conveyors, two pallet shuttle cars, and one automated wrapping machine. The equipment eliminates the need for manual handling of goods for transportation, and increases production throughput.

    Furthermore, Consoveyo’s warehouse management software (WMS) enables more than the management of inventory storage — it also greatly minimises supply chain disruptions that can shut or slow down production lines. In addition, the software’s real-time visibility function helps to notify the company’s managers in real-time of problems that may disrupt the flow of goods.

    Consoveyo’s system will also provide warehouse managers with useful information, such as historical data of pallet movement and specific locations of inventory stored in the warehouse. And in order to extend its service commitment to the customer, Consoveyo will continue to provide after sales support and on-going refresher training courses.

    Lorentzen added, “We are glad that our warehousing technologies and solutions helped increase this dairy customer’s throughput and output beyond their expectations. Consoveyo’s solutions are developed with customers’ needs in mind, and are tailored to their exact requirements. We will continue to help manufacturers find the very best solutions, and be there with them through every phase, stage, and component of their journey to achieving a seamless, automated warehouse.”

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    About Consoveyo

    Consoveyo S.A. from Porto, Portugal, is a system integrator for automation projects in intralogistics and supplier of automated conveyor and storage systems. The portfolio of integrated solutions and services includes high-rack warehouses, distribution centers, and order processing systems. The company specializes in in-house mechanics and hardware solutions. Consoveyo has facilities in Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, India, and Singapore. The company belongs to the Business Unit System Integration and is part of the Business Area Logistics Systems belonging to the international technology group Körber.

    About Körber Logistics Systems

    The Business Area Logistics Systems, belonging to the international technology group Körber and based in Bad Nauheim, Germany, is the leading provider of fully integrated applications for the optimization of complex internal and external logistics processes. Under the umbrella brand Körber Logistics, the Business Area provides digital solutions for the smart factory (production logistics), the warehouse, distribution center, e-commerce, and management of the entire supply chain. In three Business Units, the umbrella brand unites the companies Aberle GmbH and Consoveyo S.A. (System Integration), Langhammer GmbH and Riantics A/S (Product Solutions), Aberle Software GmbH, Cirrus Logistics, DMLogic, HighJump, Inconso AG and Voiteq (Software). They offer an extensive range of products and services, from system integration to technologies for storage, palletizing, de-palletizing and conveyor systems, through to software.

    About Körber

    Körber AG is the holding company for an international technology Group with approx. 12,000 employees around the world. The Group comprises leading-edge technology companies and more than 140 production, service, and sales entities. At locations around the globe, Körber combines the benefits of a globally-present organization with the strengths of highly-specialized, flexible, medium-sized enterprises that offer their customers solutions, products, and services in the Business Areas of Automation, Logistics Systems, Machine Tools, Pharma Systems, Tissue, Tobacco, Corporate Ventures and Körber Digital.

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