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29-Mar-2017 "2017 Global Starch Industry Conference" to be held under theme of "Innovative Development, Industrial Integration"

- Let's focus on the latest applications of starch and bio-based materials in 2017

SHANGHAI, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The "2016 Global Starch Industry Conference" attracting wide attention was wound up at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong. As the most professional and extensive starch industry conference in China, the conference, themed "Focusing on the Trends of the Global Starch Industry, Grasping the Latest Market Layout of the Industry", analyzed the current situation and future trends of domestic and foreign starch industries, and discussed the latest trends of industrial policies and regulations, as well as the latest product applications and technical trends in segments such as modified starch, sugar alcohol and potato starch. Present were 180 decision makers of starch enterprises and customers, leaders of domestic and foreign authoritative associations, as well as domestic and overseas media. The conference received positive feedback.

As an annual event, the "Global Starch Industry Conference" is coming back and scheduled to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre on June 20, 2017. The conference will build a one-stop platform for policy interpretation, business exchange and purchase.

The "2017 Global Starch Industry Conference" will focus on the latest applications of starch and bio-based materials. Bio-based materials are a global focus of new materials, as well as an important field of China's strategic emerging materials industry and biomass industry. Developing environmentally-friendly and recyclable bio-based materials with rich biological resources is of great significance to replacing fossil resources, developing the cyclic economy, and building a resource-conserving and environmentally-friendly society. Bio-base is a key emerging environmental industry supported by the country in the "thirteenth five-year" period.

In this context, the "2017 Global Starch Industry Conference", themed "Innovative Development, Industrial Integration-Focusing on the Latest Applications of Starch and Bio-based Materials", will bring together renowned industrial experts and scholars, including leaders of the State Administration of Grain; Tong Yi, President of the China Starch Industry Association; European and American bio-base authorities; and Sara Girardello, Head of Starch Research at LMC International Ltd. to discuss industrial trends and focuses, product development and application, and the latest technical trends.

We will deliver an annual feast to professionals in the starch industry and related industries! Through the conference, you will not only be updated on the latest information of the starch industry, but also be enlightened and inspired by the speeches of industrial leaders.

Conference website: http://www.cisie.cn/en-us/conference

CONTACT:

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Louise Zhang
International Marketing Executive
T: +86-21-33392318
E: Louise.zhang@ubmsinoexpo.com

SOURCE Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

28-Mar-2017 Asian Food Ingredients, Healthy Natural Materials Exhibition in China to Open in June

Deeply Cultivating the Blending Field, Developing Food Industry, Eye on the global market

SHANGHAI, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted by UBM International Media and China Medical and Health Products Import and Export Chamber of Commerce, organized by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co.,Ltd., the 19th Asian food ingredients, healthy natural materials exhibition in China (FiAC 2017) will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on June 20th -22nd, along with the 8th China International Health Products Exhibition, 2017 Asian natural and nutritional health products exhibition (HNC 2017) etc.

With the faith of being Professional, Segmentation and Industry Chain, the FiAC 2017 will continue to expand until integrating all industry chain, meet directly with the endpoint buyers and build a world-class banquet.

Non-stop enthusiastic sourcing in the international sourcing event

SJGLE.COM will team up with the FiAC 2017 to roll out the 4th SJGLE Buyers Sourcing Event on June 20-22, 2017. The event will help buyers achieve zero-distance negotiation with suppliers, understand Chinese and overseas markets and capture effective business opportunities!

We will recommend quality suppliers based on the buying leads of buyers, and set up independent meeting rooms offline, to effectively draw buyers closer to sellers through the relaxing face-to-face meetings, increase sourcing efficiency and save the time.

4 Sourcing Advantages Too Good A Feast to Miss

Super Quantity Suppliers: (Exhibition + Website) dual powerful database.

Professional Service Team: Enjoy the sourcing supported from the professional team, which makes you an expert in sourcing quickly!

Precise Matching Service: Precisely match you with the satisfactory suppliers according to buying leads, supplier qualifications and etc.

Time-saving & Free-of-charge: Apply for free anytime anywhere, saving the time and easily increasing your sourcing efficiency!

There were 81 buyers who came to purchase and negotiate, 248 sessions of negotiation and 1,364 kinds of procured commodities in total in this international buyers sourcing event.

2017 sourcing event, welcome to join us!

Client Service Officer: Louise Lou
Tel: 86-21-33392401
Email: Louise.Lou@ubmsinoexpo.com
QQ: 1771934840

About 2017 Sourcing Event: http://www.en-sjgle.com/zt/matchmaking2017/

 

SOURCE Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

27-Mar-2017 16 Years of Cultivation in the Pharma Industry

SHANGHAI, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Being the leading pharma focused event for domestic and international pharmaceutical companies in Asia, CPhI & P-MEC China, is organized by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co.,Ltd. and China Medical and Health Import and Export Chamber of Commerce. CPhI & P-MEC China will continue to co-develop with the Chinese pharmaceutical industry and improve the international visibility and power of influence of pharmaceutical enterprises. With 16 years of "accumulated experience", the 2017 expo is predicted to attract more than 2800 companies to become its exhibitors, among which foreign companies from more than 20 countries and regions will also be included. The exhibition will gather many renowned pharmaceutical enterprises home and abroad, expand the sourcing channels for the buyers while building a one-stop pharma industrial trading platform for face-to-face business meetings, industrial information collecting and deep communication.

With The Strong Power of "Expo + Website"

Combining To Hold the 7th Buyer Sourcing Event

In 2017, [En-CPhI.CN] teams up with CPhI & ICSE China and P-MEC & InnoPack China again to roll out the 7th CPhI Buyers Sourcing Event. The event is a purchase matching service, which brings renowned overseas buyers to meet suppliers from China, aiming to help suppliers establish relationships with international buyers, understand the international market and capture effective business opportunities!

As one of the special events held annually onsite at CPhI & P-MEC China, Buyers Sourcing Event effectively draws buyers closer to suppliers through one-to-one and face-to-face meetings and drives both parties to close deals. Its high efficiency in terms of saving the time for the buyers is recognized by more and more domestic and overseas buyers.

New Idea New Opportunity -- All at CPhI Buyers Sourcing Event 2017

Already successfully held six timeshaving served nearly one thousand buyers, a matchmaking success rate close to 90% has been reached so far. There are four sourcing areas including APIs, Pharmaceutical Machines, Extracts and Facilities & Logistics in the sourcing event. Being backed by the strong power of dual supplier business teams [Exhibitions + Websites], please enjoy the precious matchmaking service supported by the professional sourcing teams, to shorten the sourcing process and easily improve efficiency while sourcing!

Client Service Officer: Nico Li
Tel: 86-21-33392273
Email: Nico.Li@ubmsinoexpo.com
QQ: 2043898949

About 2017 Sourcing Event: http://www.en-cphi.cn/zt/matchmaking2017/

SOURCE Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

27-Mar-2017 Security, Fire and Safety Solutions for the Philippines Market at IFSEC Philippines 2017

MANILA, Philippines, March 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The global leading security, fire and safety event portfolio, IFSEC, is expanding its platform to Southeast Asia's most emerging market, the Philippines, from 3-5 May 2017 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City, Metro Manila. With the theme "Providing global innovation and expertise to the emerging security, fire and safety markets of the Philippines", this three-day event will be the best platform for industry players to converge.

The Philippine market is growing significantly with its neighbouring countries. According to the World Bank, the country's GDP is expected to grow 6.4% this year, compared to 5.8% last year. The strong economy resulted from various government projects, including roads and infrastructure construction, which directly affects security, fire and safety by increasing demands. Meanwhile, the government is expected to roll out smart or safe city projects where they could monitor the whole city including traffic situation and others.

With positive development on the market demand, the organiser, United Business Media (UBM) is encouraging manufacturers to take part in the premier edition of IFSEC Philippines. More than 150 world-renowned brands have already confirmed their appearance on the show floor, giving full-access to Philippine industry professionals and trade buyers to the latest technology available in the market.

IFSEC Philippines offers a free seminar for the visitors via IFSEC Technology Showcase. The seminar will feature industry experts and bellwethers addressing important topics such as "The state of the nation (safety and security in the Philippines)", "Business resiliency amidst a changing political, integrity and risk involvement", "Compliance on the data privacy act" and more.

Supported by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippines Society for Industrial Security (PSIS), Accommodation Establishment Security & Safety Coordinating (AESSCCI), Mall Security Management Association of the Philippines (MSMAP), Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators, Inc. (PADPAO), Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) Philippines Chapter and Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ANZCHAM), and sponsored by Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions Philippines, the premier edition of IFSEC Philippines is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors and professionals from around the nation.

Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of product categories on the show floor. Some of the products available are CCTV (video surveillance), access control and biometrics, fire alarms/detection/protection, cybersecurity, drones, perimeter protection, physical security and other categories, showcasing world-renowned brands such as Nemtek, Allied Telesis, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, ELID, Fairetech, Internet of Things, Microsoft, Zhejiang Dahua Technology, ZKteco and more!

With all elements and products of security, fire and safety available, IFSEC Philippines 2017 will be the best platform for end-users and channel partners to come together. This is the best opportunity for industry players to build network, meet face-to-face and create business opportunities with experts coming from all around the world.

For more information on IFSEC Philippines 2017, please log on to www.ifsec.events/philippines, contact us at +63-2-581-1915 or email Irma.merza@ubm.com, michael.blancas@ubm.com or Syamsul.razak@ubm.com.

We hope to see you at IFSEC Philippines 2017 from 3 to 5 May 2017 at the SMX Convention Centre.

Notes to editor:

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

SOURCE UBM Asia (Malaysia)

22-Mar-2017 UBM and Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) Partner for Third Annual Massachusetts Medtech Week

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM and the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) are proud to announce their extended partnership and the third annual Massachusetts Medtech Week. Massachusetts Medtech Week will be headlined by the 21st Annual MassMEDIC Conference held in conjunction with UBM's BIOMEDevice Boston, taking place May 3-4, 2017.

MassMEDIC will feature a conversation with Advanced Medical Technology Association (ADVAMED) President and CEO, Scott Whitaker, at its Annual Conference on May 3, 12:00 p.m. local time.

To learn more about BIOMEDevice Boston and the annual MassMEDIC Conference, please visit: biomedevice.mddionline.com 

"We are thrilled to continue and strengthen our outstanding partnership with MassMEDIC and present the third annual Massachusetts Medtech Week," said Nina Brown, Vice President of Events, UBM. "UBM's continued partnership with MassMEDIC has allowed us to provide unmatched educational content and one of the largest forums for networking in the industry. We plan to continue on our past success and hone our events to drive the prosperous medical technology industry within the New England region forward."

Massachusetts Medtech Week brings together two of the region's most respected medical technology authorities to provide top-notch educational content featuring the latest innovations in medical technology. The device industry includes 480 companies with about 24,000 employees in Massachusetts, according to MassMEDIC*. New England's robust medical technology industry provides a diverse landscape that can be seen at the partnered events in May. The May event will draw more than 4,000 engineers and executives, house over 400 leading suppliers, and provide unmatched presentations and panel discussions.

"The partnership MassMEDIC has with UBM has been extremely beneficial to the medical technology industry in the New England region. We are honored to have our annual MassMEDIC conference once again headline Massachusetts Medtech week in conjunction with BIOMEDevice Boston," said Tom Sommer, President, MassMEDIC. "We are also proud to welcome ADVAMED President and CEO Scott Whitaker to our Annual Conference. ADVAMED is the voice for the medical technology industry and we are excited to have Whitaker provide insights from years of experience at our conference in May."

ADVAMED, the world's largest medical technology association, named Whitaker as its President and CEO in 2016. Whitaker is the voice of the medical technology industry and is recognized as a leading healthcare advocate and policy expert. Prior to taking leadership at ADVAMED, Whitaker was the Chief Operating Officer of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and also Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Whitaker will be taking part in a "fireside chat" with Brian Johnson, editor of MassDevice, on how the policies of the Trump Administration will impact the medtech industry and the current climate of medtech innovation. To learn more about the keynote presentation, please visit: massmedic.com/events/annual-conference-2017  

Event attendees will not only gain access to BIOMEDevice Boston and the 21st Annual MassMEDIC conference but also UBM's entire Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in Boston, featuring three additional expos under the same roof, including Design & Manufacturing (D&M) New England, Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston, and PLASTEC New England.

UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in Boston continues to grow with the support of key sponsors, partners, exhibitors, and suppliers including: 3M, Allied Electronics, Auer Precision, The Davies Companies, Jordi Labs, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), and MedTech, Proto Labs, Tekscan, Toxikon, Turck.

To register for BIOMEDevice Boston and save on early bird pricing before March 31, please visit: boston.am.ubm.com/2017/registrations/BIOMED

To register for MassMEDIC's Annual Conference, please visit: massmedic.com/events/annual-conference-2017

Follow us on social: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, #AdvMfgExpo, #ESCconf

* https://www.massmedic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/kpmg20151.pdf

About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences
UBM's Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed.  Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

SOURCE UBM Americas

22-Mar-2017 Technology Marketers Knocking it Out of the Park with Content Creation

CLEVELAND, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Why do technology marketers feel they are more successful this year with content marketing? Mainly because they're doing a better job with content creation. That's one of the key findings of the just-released research report by the Content Marketing Institute, a UBM company. The Technology Content Marketing 2017: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report, sponsored by IDG, looks at how technology marketers have changed their content marketing practices over the last year.

To see our analysis and download the full report visit:
http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2017/03/top-technology-marketers-research

What did we find?
92% of those reporting increased success (over one year ago) attributed that success to doing a better job with content creation

Other Key Highlights:

  • 95% said their organization is using content marketing
  • 69% said their organization is extremely or very committed to content marketing
  • 64% said that compared with one year ago, their organizations are much more or somewhat more successful with content marketing
  • 74% said their organization always or frequently prioritizes delivering content quality over content quantity

"Top-performing technology content marketers do several key things differently than their less successful peers," says Lisa Murton Beets, Research Director, Content Marketing Institute. "For instance, they are more likely to deliver content consistently, prioritize content quality over content quantity, and be realistic about what content marketing can achieve.  These are all important for success if technology marketers want to differentiate their companies in a crowded marketplace."

For research charts, a video, quotes and more, check out this BOX folder: https://ubm.box.com/s/732dwycq5r5ssmjh6svj1cdruoiaxyda

To view all CMI research and to subscribe to our emails visit: contentmarketinginstitute.com/research

About Content Marketing Institute
Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI's Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing-focused event, is held every September in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and the Intelligent Content Conference event is held every spring. CMI publishes the bi-monthly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Watch this video to learn more about CMI, a UBM company.

 

SOURCE Content Marketing Institute

22-Mar-2017 KGK Group Joins Prestigious JNA Awards 2017 Partner Roster

HONG KONG, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JNA proudly welcomes the KGK Group, a global leader in the world of precious gemstones and jewellery, as an Honoured Partner for the 2017 edition of the JNA Awards.

KGK Group is the latest name to be added to the stellar roster of sponsors led by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, together with fellow Honoured Partners the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited, in supporting one of the jewellery and gemstone industry's most prestigious and coveted awards initiatives.

Now in its sixth year, the annual JNA Awards recognises and honours individuals and companies that have demonstrated innovation, sustainability, excellence, best business practices and outstanding business performance.

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, "Having been in the industry for over a century, KGK Group has successfully positioned itself as a key global player from mines to brands, championing continuous innovation and diversification. The group's commitment and unremitting efforts exemplify the core principles of the JNA Awards in challenging the status quo and upholding best business practices." 

Chow added, "We are thrilled to be partnering with the KGK Group and we look forward to working closely with all our Partners to take the lead in promoting the growth and development of the jewellery industry."

Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman of KGK Group, remarked, "It always gives me immense satisfaction to be actively involved in the growth and development of the jewellery industry. The JNA Awards is one such opportunity where we can celebrate excellence and achievements in the jewellery and gemstone trade at large. Joining as an Honoured Partner this year, I feel a sense of pride, along with utmost gratification, to see KGK taking a stride ahead with the JNA Awards."

Established more than a century by the Kothari family of Jaipur (India), the KGK Group, now in its fourth generation, operates a vertically integrated business covering the mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured stones, diamonds and jewellery with a global presence across 19 countries spanning Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. It is a De Beers Sightholder, an Alrosa Alliance partner and a Rio Tinto Select Diamantaire.

The JNA Awards is now open for entries until midnight (Hong Kong time) of 5 May 2017.  There is no fee to enter and interested parties can submit the entry form online.

The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 22 June 2017 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

For more information, visit www.JNAawards.com or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852 2516-2184
marketing@jnaawards.com

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com)

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotinto.com/diamondsandminerals)

Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik).

Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.

Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com)

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011.

The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms.

The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 KGK Group (www.kgkgroup.com)

The KGK Group was founded in 1905 by Kesrimal Kothari and Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India), with the humble task of trading gemstones between India and Burma. With a global presence across 19 countries today, the privately held group has evolved into one of the most preferred brands in the gemstone and jewellery industry, with a vertically integrated operation that spans the entire supply chain from mines to brands. KGK is one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century.

KGK Group has a resilient team of 12,000 employees with operations and offices in Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Having achieved an impeccable reputation in the gemstone, diamond and jewellery trade, the group has recently diversified into real estate.

3.2 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.3 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/)

Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

3.4 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk)

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

SOURCE JNA

21-Mar-2017 55% of Tech Pros Find Vendor Content More Credible After Seeing the Company Exhibit at a Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM's Create Your Next Customer officially unveiled the third annual Content Connects research report, which studies the content consumption habits of technology professionals. Developed in collaboration with MarketingProfs, the research identifies the range of content formats that inform IT buyers and explains how and when they are used throughout the IT buying cycle. The eBook advises how to optimize webinars, research reports and white papers to build credibility, inspire buyers to take action and support event marketing strategies.

To download the Content Connects research, please visit: http://ubm.io/ContentConnects

"IT buyers are sophisticated and well informed. Our survey shows that they use an average of five types of content to make a purchasing decision, with 40% of respondents using five or more content sources. To reach them at every stage of the decision-making journey, marketers need to be strategic about the variety of content they create. The results indicate that developing and promoting research-driven content, especially prior to an event, is key to engage buyers and steer them to make a purchase," said Amy Doherty, Director of Research, UBM Americas.

Content Creates a Positive Event Experience
The research shows that content – collateral, a session presentation or a technology demonstration – is the single most important factor to an IT buyer having a positive event experience. Eighty-five percent of tech professionals believe it is important for events to partner with a relevant editorial site where they can access new insights during the event and throughout the year. Lastly, 90% of respondents said they would benefit from an online summary of an event that they could refer to afterwards.

"Marketing campaigns are frequently built around content, but when it comes to events, sometimes content is an afterthought," said Laura Forer, Original Content Manager, MarketingProfs. "The research shows that shouldn't be the case as 96% of attendees look for information prior to attending an event, and 90% continue that search post-event. Effective content before, during and after an event is vital to the overall experience."

IT Buyers Know What They Want and When They Need It
Early in the process, IT buyers are interested in research about a product category, and they turn to webinars and white papers to determine business needs. Mid-way through the process they begin to refer to vendor websites and attend conferences to understand if they need a new solution or an upgrade. At the end of the buying process they want training courses, webinars and other educational content to maximize their technology investment.

IT Buyer's Top Content Choices
Webinars, research and white papers are IT buyer's top content choices.

  • Webinars are the most useful type of content at the early stages of the buying process. Seventy-six percent of business technology professionals have used webinars to get information for their job and 54% find an IT vendor more credible if they have heard about their products on a webinar.
  • Research is a highly effective form of content. Fifty-five percent of IT buyers use research reports to get information on their jobs and one-third are more likely to join a virtual event or webinar if research will be released.
  • Whitepapers are a valuable form of content for event marketing. Seventy-one percent say that they would like a whitepaper that covers what a vendor will be showcasing to help them prepare for an event.

The research was conducted by UBM, the analysis and report was provided by MarketingProfs. The data is based on 235 qualified IT and business respondents in North America from all sized companies.

To download the Content Connects report, visit: http://ubm.io/ContentConnects

UBM Americas
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

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20-Mar-2017 Enterprise Connect 2017: Nearly 100 Leading Companies Announce New Products, Services, Demos & More

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications, today reveals nearly 100 announcements from its robust list of exhibitors and sponsors. Enterprise Connect hosts the largest and broadest exhibition focused on systems, software, services and applications – giving attendees a chance to experience today's latest tools and innovations firsthand. Each of the below companies will display their latest solutions in the Expo Hall Monday-Wednesday of the event.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information and to register, please visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.

Enterprise Connect 2017 Exhibtor News:

8x8 (booth 1819) will unveil a new cloud contact center solution for teams. In addition, the company recently announced the world's first Communications Cloud that combines unified communications, team collaboration interoperability, contact center and real-time analytics in an open platform. 8x8 will showcase its Virtual Office, Virtual Contact Center and Sameroom solutions.

Akkadian Labs (booth 2033) will be showcasing akkadian Provisioning Manager Express (aPME), the most powerful provisioning solution for Cisco Unified Communications. See aPME's drag and drop provisioning with Visual Phone Editor™ or witness the power of our APIs as we provision using Amazon Alexa.

ALE (booth 1013) introduces a new approach for connected platforms with Rainbow™, enabling a smooth transition to the cloud while protecting past investments and making communications borderless and secure. The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise solutions help organizations of any size benefit from the power of new business models to accelerate their digital transformation.

Altocloud (booth 2007) is a digital customer engagement platform. We will be showcasing our customer journey analytics and how we help businesses connect with the right customers at the right time in their journey – increasing inbound sales velocity and improving customer success.

AVI-SPL (booth 1101) will showcase its on-demand virtual meeting room, Unify ME and its latest innovation, Symphony Management Platform v4. Symphony enables organizations to intuitively monitor AV systems and meeting room processes remotely, or onsite, to enhance collaboration and meeting room efficiency company-wide.

AVST (booth 1113) will showcase the latest release of its CX-E unified communications platform. Interoperability stands at the heart of CX-E, enabling customers to connect and centralize UC elements from multiple vendors across cloud, premise and hybrid environments to Future-Proof today and tomorrow's UC choices.

Barco (booth 1926) will demonstrate its new X2O mobile app for iOS and Android.  The app extends the reach of an organization's visual communications network beyond the desktop to every user's mobile device, further enhancing decision making with instant access to corporate content, key business metrics, and real-time interactive dashboards.

Biamp Systems (booth 1737) will demonstrate Devio, a collaboration tool for modern workplaces that enables users to easily extend their desktop, via a USB cable, to the huddle room. Featuring a 360-degree beamforming microphone, conversations are tracked and intelligently mixed from around the table, providing far-end participants a real-time, collaborative experience.

BlueJeans (booth 1027) will showcase the new BlueJeans Huddle system featuring smart sensor technology, and introduce new audio and video integrations that power the next-generation meeting room.

BroadSoft (booth 1827) announces the commercial availability of BroadSoft Hub, a cloud service with built-in contextual intelligence that provides business users with real-time access to the files, notes and content relevant to each interaction – making meetings and conversations more productive across their BroadSoft Business product portfolio including UC-One, Team-One and CC-One.

Broadview Networks (booth 2224) will showcase the OfficeSuite® Readiness Tool that provides long-duration VoIP testing to help diagnose underlying problems that can obstruct new installations of hosted phone systems. This unique (and free) tool enhances customer relationships and with MyOfficeSuite Agent, agents can centralize all UC accounts into a single dashboard, making management easy.

CafeX (booth 1619) enhances Chime, last year's best-in-show winner, by introducing Chime Spaces to help teams drive business outcomes. Employees, partners and customers can expedite workflows through easily configurable, centralized workspaces that streamline collaboration, information sharing and task management. CafeX also announces www.justchimein.com, free one-click video-conferencing with no download or sign-up required.

cereno (booth 844) is proud to be launching nuVa. By deliberate design, nuVa emulates a natural collaborative meeting, delivering the best cognition. nuVa understands and replicates fundamental human collaborative behaviours that are built to intentionally stimulate our minds, resulting in optimal innovation for organisations across the globe.

China Telecom Americas (booth 1043) is currently migrating its CloudStack deployment to OpenStack, supporting strategic opportunities in the public cloud and contributing significant code and knowledge to the OpenStack community.

Clarity (booth 932) will introduce a new web-based interface for agents in Clarity Connect™ — the best cloud contact center for Office 365 and Skype for Business. This new interface provides Clarity Connect customers with a complete set of agent and supervisor capabilities directly in a web browser along with localization support across multiple languages.

Content Guru (booth 439) will demonstrate the multi-award-winning Cloud Contact Center and Customer Engagement capabilities of its storm® platform for the first time in the US market. storm delivers multi-channel (SMS, web chat, voice, email, WebRTC) contact center routing and integration with virtually any third-party system.

CounterPath Corporation (booth 1742): CounterPath will be showcasing its award-winning softphone client suite for carriers, call centers & enterprise. Engineered for the future, CounterPath provides communication solutions that integrate with any call server or VoIP service provider to bring disparate systems together.

CyberData (booth 1532) will unveil their new SIP Paging Server with Bell Scheduler, delivering a competitively priced alternative to traditional bell scheduling systems. New features include built in bell scheduler for scheduled notifications and the ability for 25 stored messages/bells that can be scheduled or activated via DTMF for mass notification.

Cyviz (booth 2119) will be showcasing the new Cyviz Easy Platform with Skype for Business integration and introducing Easy Connect, a new WebRTC-based application that allows for wireless content sharing to high-resolution room displays.

Embrava (booth 733) introduces the new Embrava Connect integration for Cisco Finesse and RingCentral, which ties into the status of Cisco Finesse and RingCentral agents allowing users to display to their surrounding colleagues when they are on a call, busy with a task or free to chat. In addition, Embrava will be showcasing the latest in employee productivity tools by using status in the work environment to help reduce interruptions and boost productivity.

Five9 (booth 535) will be showcasing the Virtual Contact Center, the leading cloud-based solution for enterprise contact centers.

Flowroute (booth 1401) is unveiling its new porting platform to help cloud communication providers significantly reduce the industry friction created by number porting. By understanding exceptions early on in the process, Flowroute's customers experience a more streamlined and predictable porting process, resulting in faster port order completion rates.

FreeConferenceCall.com For Business™ (booth 1333) will offer demos of StartMeeting® | Room, a pre-packaged cloud-based system that brings fully integrated virtual meetings to the conference room and allows up to 1,000 participants. It's fully compatible with select off-the-shelf hardware and displays the meeting interface on a large screen television.

Frozen Mountain Software (booth 222) is pleased to announce LiveSwitch - adding server based WebRTC audio/video selective forwarding (SFU) and mixing (MCU) to its multi-award winning IceLink peer-to-peer WebRTC solution. Frozen Mountain provides Internet based Real Time Communications (iRTC) products and services for all browsers, mobile and native platforms.

GENBAND (booth 315) will unveil its Smart Office UC client, which enables enterprises to instantly customize branding and dynamically integrate web-based business applications, launching them directly from the client. Also featured is GENBAND's Kandy Communications Platform as a Service, which allows enterprises to embed voice, video and collaboration capabilities into business processes.

Genesys (booth 1906) will introduce and demonstrate its new combined platform portfolio of cloud and on-premise solutions for powering omnichannel customer experiences — PureCloud, PureConnect and PureEngage.

Highfive (booth 827) will showcase its latest advancements including the shift to WebRTC, which makes it easier than ever to connect more people via new voice-only and video features on Highfive's integrated software and hardware platform.

Hive Streaming (booth 1834) will be highlighting the success of their Skype Meeting Broadcast free promotion, announcing a new Fortune 500 customer – Eastman, and showcasing successful deployment of High Streaming via a detailed case study.  

i-Comm Connect (booth 836) showcases TACTAL, its patent protected, webRTC calling solution that enables secure, instant communications within any website session. Key features include web-based toll-free calling, app integration, visual IVR menu, call wait queue, powerful analytics and integrations with your CRM/Contact Center to elevate and manage the customer experience.

IceWarp (booth 1536) will release the newest version of its business mail and collaboration server, IceWarp Server 12. This version offers a whole new family of apps such as TeamChat Desktop, FileSync or IceChat for iOS. Its Desktop Suite includes Desktop Client, IceWarp Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations.

Imagicle (booth 2427) will showcase Imagicle ApplicationSuite, all-in-one suite of must-have applications empowering the Unified Communications, on-prem or in the Cloud, for the leading UC platforms, like Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya and others.

Impact Technologies (booth 1836) showcases tools for managing SIP Trunking migrations and Numbering Plans. While still operating in a distributed PRI/T1 trunking environment, Traffic Analyst shows the required maximum enterprise-wide SIP sessions with economics for ROI-based purchase decisions. Traffic Analyst adds tracking of DID number inventory and makes finding an available number a snap.

inContact (booth 919) will showcase its Customer Interaction Cloud. The solution unifies Omnichannel Routing, Workforce Optimization and Analytics and makes it possible for contact centers to deliver a true omnichannel experience across the customer journey for increased customer satisfaction.

Inference Solutions (booth 1733) introduces SMS channel support now available through the new Inference Studio 4.2. With two-way text messaging, users can build an outbound SMS notification script that escalates to an automated voice transaction, or create voice calls that send confirmations via SMS receipt.

Integration Partners (booth 1539) announces its Carrier Concierge Services which provides bandwidth and service provider research analysis to complement our solutions portfolio. With one point of contact we now provide Cloud, Microsoft, Collaboration, Customer Engagement, and Security coupled with our Managed Services offerings.

IntelePeer (booth 939) will showcase its Atmosphere® Communications Platform, a complete business communication solution delivered through the cloud or deployed to the premise. The platform includes Atmosphere® Cloud Communications, Atmosphere® Cloud Contact Center, and Atmosphere® Voice Services, and provides partners and customers with unparalleled flexibility and customization backed by expert support.

Kollective (booth 1132) will reveal Kollective Analytics, an advanced, intuitive, user-centric portal enabling both Business and IT managers to better evaluate their internal video communications. To further showcase its comprehensive delivery solution suite, Kollective will also present Network Readiness Test 2.0, an actual live testing, edge-to-edge service that guarantees maximum confidence for the most complex video delivery scenarios.

Konftel (booth 1933) unveils its new IP conference phone, the Konftel 300IPx, and free mobile app, Konftel Unite, for easy audio conferencing with exceptional quality. The solution will be available April, 2017.

Left Lane Network (booth 1201 D) will be showcasing Tripdots, which delivers mileage expense reporting automation from the Connected Car within Cisco Spark. Tripdots was selected to showcase innovation using the power of IoT within the enterprise. It delivers automation that provides increased workforce productivity and savings for the enterprise.

The recently-launched Logitech (booth 627) BRIO is the industry's first 4K Ultra HD webcam with RightLight™ 3 and HDR. BRIO's advanced image sensor enables 5X digital zoom, high frame rates, autofocus, multiple FOV options (65°, 78°, and 90°) and multiple resolutions to optimally support personal collaboration in any environment.

Masergy (booth 219) will be announcing its partnership with Cloudpipes to simplify the task of automating business workflows with UCaaS. Hourly booth demos will feature omni-channel Cloud Contact Center, Virtual Meeting Room, and Global UCaaS.

MediaPlatform (booth 1237) will be showcasing updates to its integrations for Polycom, Cisco and Microsoft, which allow organizations to leverage existing conferencing infrastructure to capture video for large-scale CEO town hall webcasts and enable seamless management of on-demand content. MediaPlatform will also be demoing VBI, its real-time webcasting QoS and QoE dashboard.

Metaswitch (booth 1139) is showcasing its cloud-native software enabling service providers to deploy innovative UCaaS, Contact Center, and Mobile UC solutions. New UC features include enhancements for mobile users, expanded meeting rooms and webinars. Contact Center updates its user interface and adds real-time business intelligence.

Mitel (booth 518) will showcase innovations in powering seamless communications and collaboration. This includes public, private and hybrid cloud platforms that address the unique requirements of businesses of all sizes. The company will also feature collaborative enterprise enablement tools, customer experience applications and solutions designed to accelerate digital transformation.

Moxtra Inc. (booth 1645) will be announcing its new SIP PBX connector which will enable a complete UCC solution to be embedded into any Telephony System or Cloud Infrastructure.

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) (booth 913) announces demonstrable, market proven elements of its UC Smart Enterprise approach, announced two years ago. These solutions are now helping companies achieve value and demonstrations of Smart Enterprise.

Nectar (booth 1327) has completed testing requirements to be recognized as a Skype Operations Framework Tool Partner and their Perspective solution is certified as an Advanced Network Assessment solution. The certification extends an added layer of confidence to clients that migrate to Skype for Business Online to support an optimum end-user experience.

netsapiens (booth 1436) will demonstrate features including an integrated browser-based softphone and SMS.

Newline Interactive (booth 2226) will showcase its TRUTOUCH X Series Unified Collaboration System, a powerful non-proprietary touchscreen display, with built-in cameras and microphone array, designed to improve collaboration with anyone, anywhere through an impressive display, clear sound, and improved videoconferencing.

Numonix's (booth 632) RECITE® interaction recording solutions combined with Tethr's AI-powered communications intelligence platform improve operating margins, customer loyalty and sales effectiveness, and enable PCI-DSS and HIPAA compliance. Insights are shared across leading voice, UC and CRM platforms, including Microsoft Skype® for Business, Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce.

Nureva (booth 1332) will showcase the HDL300 audio conferencing system with its innovative Microphone Mist™ technology, poised to establish a new technology platform for audio conferencing. They will also showcase the latest version of its Span™ visual collaboration system, which is is ideal for collaboration activities by groups that need to be immersed in visual information.

NVT Phybridge (booth 1133) will showcase its CHARIoT Series portfolio of plug and play IP migration switches, including the new FLEX managed, long reach PoE solution. CHARIoT switches deliver flawless IP migration experiences, transforming any UTP into a full IP path with power and reach.

Oblong Industries (booth 2011) announces the introduction of Mezzanine Teamwork. Mezzanine delivers powerful immersive collaboration for groups of all sizes, and Teamwork is purpose-built for small and medium-sized spaces and the teams that work in them.

PathSolutions' (booth 1033) new release of TotalView supports all of the Skype for Business codecs. With this release, TotalView's call simulation capabilities make Skype for Business deployments and troubleshooting an easy process. PathSolutions will demonstrate how TotalView troubleshoots call quality issues.

Pexip® (booth 732) will demonstrate its Infinity meeting and interoperability platform. Infinity integrates Microsoft® Skype® for Business and Surface Hub with standard videoconferencing and WebRTC solutions at any capacity and scale. Product news this year include native VMR scheduling, all-new Proxying Edge Nodes, and Dynamic Cloud Bursting to Microsoft® Azure® and much more.

Platform28 (booth 1338) will showcase enhancements to its global, cloud-based contact center, unified communications and API-first solutions, including updates in agent experience, real-time analytics, and integration. Platform28 will also preview the spring release of new features unifying mobile, office and contact center communications.

Priologic Software (booth 2401) will showcase Hardhat Connect, a site-wide communications-in-a-box solution for large industrial worksites. Onsite and offsite workers collaborate securely using smartphones, tablets, head mounted devices, PCs and Macs. It provides push-to-talk audio channels and private one-to-one audio, video, screen sharing and telestration.

QuickBlox (booth 1304 A) will demo its Q-municate open-source messenger for iOS, Android and Web. A newly released feature of 15+ attendee multi-party WebRTC video calls will be presented. Visitors will learn to easily white-label and build their own messaging apps in just 5 minutes using QuickBlox and Q-municate.

Quium (booth 2417) presents the Collaboration Utilities and Management solutions built to complement the Cisco Unified Communications suite, providing the following features: Provisioning/System Configuration, Conference Bridge, Recording, Call Detail Report Search Utility, Reporting, SFTP Server, UDS Image Server, and Self-Service Portal.

Revolabs (booth 306) will showcase how its latest product affordably creates a transition to creating natural, productive meeting experiences and integrates with its technology partners to ease ecosystem complexities.

RingCentral (booth 609) will showcase new cloud innovations that empower today's enterprises to efficiently communicate, collaborate, and connect across the globe. Specifically, RingCentral will unveil new enterprise capabilities for enhanced team collaboration, expanded global footprint, and new reporting capabilities.

Roundee.io (booth 936) will showcase a smart video meeting service, which utilizes video recording, co-editable meeting minutes and automated transcription to save meeting information.

Sencommunications (booth 1745) will be demonstrating Plantronics Manager Pro. Easily gain insights, simplify headset adoption, troubleshoot and respond to individual needs with no interruptions to the customer experience, all from one place. Plantronics Manager Pro's simplified tools empower IT professionals to proactively manage the performance of every Plantronics headset across the enterprise.

Sennheiser CC&O (booth 832) will exhibit its full line of premium Sennheiser for Business headsets and conferencing solutions. This includes the high-performance MB 660 headset for open office environments, featuring adaptive active noise cancellation. The company will also launch a new audio conferencing product during the event, to be announced.

ShoreTel (booth 1611) will showcase its full portfolio of UC and CPaaS solutions, including Connect CLOUD, Connect ONSITE, Contact Center and ShoreTel Summit. They will preview a new real-time collaboration tool that empowers teams to work more efficiently on the go, along with technology demonstrations for CPaaS, IoT and Digital Assistance applications.

Shure, Inc. (booth 1633) is proud to introduce the IntelliMix® P300 Audio Conferencing Processor, a new digital signal processor created specifically for conferencing applications. The P300 offers Shure IntelliMix DSP, enhancing the audio quality in video meetings by allowing a variety of connectivity options and seamless operation with Shure Microflex® Advance™ and Microflex® Wireless microphone solutions.

Building on Sonic Foundry's (booth 938) market-leading Mediasite Video Platform, Mediasite Join extends the value of Unified Communications by seamlessly integrating with leading conference services and bridges such as Cisco, Lifesize, Zoom, Polycom, Vidyo and Sony to retain and share valuable knowledge, engage employees, improve communication and support a culture of collaboration.

Sonus Networks (booth 601) will be showcasing Sonus Cloud Link. This solution reduces Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition installation times to help simplify enterprise adoption of Cloud PBX. Also featured is the Sonus SBC SWe Lite, which empowers enterprises to virtualize security and interworking for unified communications in the Cloud.

SCT (booth 1239) will showcase its new single wire extension solution for the Cisco SpeakerTrack 60.

Spearline (booth 1042) will be showcasing their full range of end to end number testing solutions for contact centres. Spearline manual, automated and hybrid IVR solutions allow clients to replicate the customer experience from the outside in through live in-country testing to ensure sales and support lines are active and generating revenue.

Speech Mobility (booth 214) will be presenting its Evatel Business Phone for the Mobile Workforce powered by a virtual assistant that manages calls like an executive assistant to make communications smarter, more mobile and safer on the road.

Sprint (booth 1219 ) introduces Sprint MultiLine, an Enterprise Grade, cloud-mobile based solution that makes it easy to add company-managed numbers to an employee's personal mobile phone.

SURF (booth 1137) will demonstrate its new real-time voice and video solutions for communications, surveillance, and connected vehicles operating within cloud-based NFV environments. SURF's new technologies leverage GPU acceleration to enable ultra-HD multimedia products and services like WebRTC based video conferencing, transcoding, smart city aggregation, distribution, and contribution.

T-Metrics (booth 211) dealers now have the option that uses a TDM PBX telephones with our hosted Contact Center. These old switches can get advance contact center function with full multimedia and recording. The dealer gets to retain switch maintenance revenue and gets an additional revenue stream from the T-Metrics contact center.

Talkdesk (booth 1413) will be showcasing Callbar, a new web app that's the fastest, most reliable way to handle Talkdesk phone calls. Unlike traditional CTIs, Callbar is not confined to a single browser tab and integrates with all Talkdesk integrations to provide agents with more flexibility.

Tango Networks™ (booth 2408) will be demonstrating its Customer Engagement Mobility Solution available through their Software-Defined Kinetic Communications Platform. The platform seamlessly integrates employees' mobile devices into existing enterprise customer engagement communications systems, allowing mobile communications to become an integral part of the end-to-end customer engagement process.

Teem (booth 837) introduces an integrated Skype for Business offering that adds a unique meeting link to each invite created through Teem's mobile or browser applications. This feature reduces friction surrounding booking meetings by effortlessly adding Skype to meetings booked from a computer or on the go.

Telemate.Net Software (booth 1533), manufacturer of Predictive UC Analytics will be unveiling its 7.3 release which includes dynamic predictive service modeling and enhanced multi-tenant capabilities. Predictive's UC&C vendor neutral approach enables it to provide critical visibility and proactive monitoring across the entire unified communications and collaboration ecosystem.

TeleTech Technology (booth 1727) will demonstrate eLoyalty Experience, a Cisco powered cloud solution designed to support mid-sized businesses in creating a seamless, omnichannel customer experience, and TeleTech Technology Cloud solutions powered by Avaya.

Telnyx (1036) is proud to showcase the latest iteration of its Mission Control Portal - a sophisticated cloud platform that lets you "Be Your Own Carrier®." Features include termination/origination services, instant DID provisioning, CNAM and E911 - all on a private global network for secure and quality calls every time.

Telstra (booth 1537) is now offering its SIP Connect solution to the wholesale market in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and US. This will enable resellers to bundle Telstra's SIP trunking services into their existing service offerings, providing a end-to-end unified communications solution that can maximise value for their customers.

thinQ (booth 225) – will be showcasing their latest Least Cost Routing (LCR) CPaaS solutions for enterprise customers. With real-time control and access to over 40 domestic and international carriers, thinQ's cloud-based platform delivers wholesale pricing for both inbound and outbound calling.

Unimax (booth 1432) will demonstrate its latest UC Management Software Suite, including functionality for UC Provisioning, Automation, Self Service and Help Desk MACDs, Phone Number Management, Migration, Administration and more.

Variphy (booth 1439) will unveil version 11.0 of Variphy Insight, its UC Tools and Analytics platform, which now offers a fully customizable call analytics dashboard and user content-based security permissions to its industry leading CDR reporting and management solution for Cisco Collaboration.

Viking Electronics (booth 1136) is introducing their new SIP/multicast paging adapter/amplifier and their IP talkback speaker for multicast paging and SIP calling. Viking is also showcasing additional IP products, including: award winning entry systems, emergency phones, paging interfaces, and amplifiers.

Visualware (booth 1236) is showcasing MICC Cloud Quality, Measurement, Performance-as-a-Service(CaaS), a global network for developers and users that tests quality and performance in TCP/UDP-layer4. MCS-10's upgraded edge-to-edge, end-to-end measurement tools enable real-time performance results. Visualware's Quality POPs enhance user connectivity, optimizing the network payload to "last-mile" anywhere, anytime, any device.

VMware AirWatch (booth 1007) will demonstrate how to move toward a digital workspace through the award winning Workspace ONE solution, which includes industry leading AirWatch EMM with productivity applications, Horizon app and desktop virtualization and application access control. Designed on the basis of user experience and security, the Workspace ONE solution and productivity apps enable employees to be productive and collaborative from anywhere on any device.

VOSS Solutions (booth 1232) introduces VOSS UCBot, a revolutionary way for customers to use natural language IM via Skype for Business to control VOSS-4-UC. Plus, VOSS Assurance, which adds business context to the technical data available from your UC solution to ensure quality service delivery.

Voxbone (booth 1119) showcases how its network of local virtual numbers enables businesses to expand rapidly, efficiently and on a global scale. The company also highlights new offerings that include emergency service access, toll-free dialing, and The Workshop's WebRTC services that make in-browser calling possible with a single click.

Vyopta (booth 1303) now integrates data from video and web conferencing provider Zoom into its monitoring and analytics platform, vAnalytics. Vyopta is the only platform that unifies data from cloud and on-premise collaboration platforms to provide comprehensive insights and reporting on adoption, performance, and efficiency for modern enterprises.

WEBTEXT (booth 1736) will be presenting cloud solutions that enable contact centers to engage customers in their preferred media.

West Unified Communications Services (booth 1419) announces it has teamed with Dolby Laboratories, Inc. to bring the exceptional sound quality and clarity of Dolby Voice to the world's largest conferencing-dedicated network with the launch of InterCall® Reservationless-Plus® with Dolby Voice®.

Winnov (booth 2410) will showcase its latest family of Cbox presentation capture and streaming solutions. The flexible Cbox captures multiple HD sources and creates engaging multi-view video experiences for on-demand and live playback. From high-touch productions to full automation, Cbox simplifies your video workflow.

Yealink (booth 434) is pleased to announce it has been officially awarded Skype for Business Online certification for enhanced interoperability with Microsoft. The certification, which includes Cloud PBX, qualifies Yealink's Skype for Business edition phones T46G and T48G to be deployed in Skype for Business on-premises and hybrid environments and for use with Office 365.

Yorktel (booth 1127) presents the Univago Gateway - the only service in the world that provides scalable interoperability of SIP, H.323 and WebRTC to participate in an Office 365 hosted Skype® Meeting. Univago supports live video, audio as well as content sharing from all participants regardless of the technology.

Zoom (booth 727), showcases Zoom Rooms software-based conferencing with HD video, integrated audio, and wireless content sharing for all rooms. Zoom will unveil new enhancements and integrations that make video meetings over desktop, mobile, and conference rooms truly frictionless.

For the full Enterprise Connect 2017 Exhibitor list, please visit: exhibitors.enterpriseconnect.com/ 

Enterprise Connect 2017
Enterprise Connect will again take place in Orlando in 2017, bringing together enterprise communications professionals of all levels for an extensive three-and-a-half-day Conference focused on maximizing attendees' investments in communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. The event will feature Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and more, with program sessions spanning nine tracks encompassing the major technology streams in the industry.

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For more than 26 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect owns and produces No Jitter, (nojitter.com), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter and a Webinar Series. For more information, visit enterpriseconnect.com. Enterprise Connect is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

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17-Mar-2017 Pharma News: CPhI South East Asia Opens Next Week in Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CPhI South East Asia returns to the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia for its fifth edition during 22nd-24thMarch 2017 as the regional pharma companies expect robust growth. Sign up today!

A press conference was held on March 16th and saw the participation of Mr. Wiwy Sasongko -- General Manager Quintiles IMS Indonesia, Mr. Kendrariadi Suhanda -- Chairman of the Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC) and Deputy secretary general at Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi), Mr. Teddy Iman Soewahjo -- Executive Director and Head of Packed Ingredients Division of PMMC, Mr. Vincent Harijanto -- Head of GP Farmasi's Research and Development of Raw Ingredients Trade and Industry and Vice Chairman of PMMC and Mr. Ivan Ferrari -- General Manager, PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia.

Several key topics, relevant to the region, were discussed. In fact, the slowing pace of global markets and the increasing threat of a new protectionist wave is transforming the outlook of South East Asian manufacturers which are now shifting their focus more on the actual prospects of regional exports. Mirroring this trend, international investors and companies are now pushing for more business in this regional market, across the entire ASEAN economy.

Comprising of 40% of the SEA economic output, Indonesia is the largest pharma market in the South East Asia Pacific region (SEA/AP). The country has the biggest and fastest growing economy in the SEA region and a pharma economy consisting of over 200 pharmaceutical companies. There are already 25-30 generic domestic companies with access to the international market, and equally, there are approximately 35 multinational companies established in the area.

These favourable macro trends are reflected at CPhI South East Asia where domestic manufacturers in particular are increasingly attending the event, with a view to opening up sales in international markets. As the biggest pharma event in the ASEAN region, CPhI South East Asia will gather over 5,500 attendees from 41 countries and more than 260 exhibitors (click here for the full list) to network, learn and do business for three days. Co-locating this year with Health Ingredients South East Asia, the event welcomes the best pharma ingredients professionals, packaging experts, machinery providers and contract manufacturing as well as nutraceutical companies from across the region.

The event's conference programme is a dedicated, content-enriched platform that will cover business outlook and markets, regulations and compliance, and manufacturing and supply chain. Sessions include "Strategies to improve market access", "Effective compliance strategies when managing 3rd parties" and "Big Data trends and applications in Supply Chain" and panel discussions on "A look at the pharmaceutical industry in South East Asia" and "ASEAN regulatory harmonization developments".

The event is supported by the national and regional governments and regional trade groups, such as: the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control.

Highlighted features at CPhI South East Asia in 2017 include:

  • The Investment Forum, matching key international players interested in investing in Indonesia with the top tier pharma companies in the country looking for reliable partners.
  • All distributors in the region have been invited to visit the event and network with peers and exhibitors through CPhI South East Asia's Distributor Network -- expanding its database of providers in the region with the aim of magnifying the reach throughout the whole ASEAN region.
  • The Business Matchmaking programme provides attendees with the opportunity to browse potential clients, schedule meetings before the event, and find new business partners.
  • Roadshows have been organized in many ASEAN countries to further promote CPhI South East Asia as a pharma bridge in the region.

For more information please visit: http://www.cphi.com/sea/         

About CPhI

CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year. CPhI hosts events in Europe, Korea, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, Istanbul and Russia.

Ivan Ferrari
+62-21-2930-5959
ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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13-Mar-2017 Game Developers Conference 2017 Concludes After A Week Of Networking, Learning And Inspiration In San Francisco GDC And VRDC To Return To Moscone Center March 19-23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the world's largest and longest-running event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, concluded a successful week of networking, learning and inspiration. In total, last week's conference hosted more than 26,000 professional attendees, 500 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions, and 570 companies exhibiting in San Francisco's Moscone Center. GDC 2017 marked a return of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, which debuted at GDC 2016. That event, which runs concurrent to GDC, again fostered key learnings and insights into the flourishing field of virtual and augmented reality. GDC and VRDC will be returning to the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23, 2018. Call for submissions for both GDC and VRDC open this summer.

This year, developers of some of the industry's most acclaimed new titles took to the stage to present an inside look into the making of their games. Pokemon GO's development team, Niantic, took a rare opportunity to describe turning their landmark augmented reality title into a worldwide phenomenon. Nintendo put their expertly-honed design skills on display with their session, "Change and Constant: Breaking Conventions with 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'." In it, they showed off simple 2D prototypes they created to test out the new gameplay mechanics, these experiments ultimately yielded one of the most acclaimed games of all time.

2017 marked a year of transition for an industry adjusting to mid-cycle hardware releases, with the recent release of the portable Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4 Pro, and the first year of VR hardware availability to consumers. As always, GDC 2017 featured essential speaking sessions that illuminated the way for developers learning the ins and outs of the new platforms. Among the esteemed roster of speakers were developers from Nintendo, Electronic Arts/DICE, and multiplatform VR developer Owlchemy Labs. GDC 2017 was also an opportunity for legendary game designers to host retrospectives of their influential titles with the Classic Game Postmortems sessions for Seaman presented by creator Yutaka "Yoot" Saito, Oregon Trail presented by co-inventor Don Rawitsch, Sid Meier's Civilization presented by creators Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley, and Deus Ex, presented by game director Warren Spector.

The annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards and Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) took place on the night of Wednesday, March 1. The 2017 IGF Awards honored some of the best independent games of the year, with Blendo Games' Quadrilateral Cowboy earning this year's Seumas McNally Grand Prize and accompanying $30,000 award. The title also earned the Excellence in Design Award and its $3,000 award.

Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch took home the award for Game of the Year at the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA). The multiplayer shooter also received the award for Best Design.  An archive of the IGF and GDCA ceremonies can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc.

The bustling Expo Floor in Moscone's South Hall featured a diverse roster of more than 570 companies exhibiting their hottest products, services, technologies and talents. From industry giants like Google, Sony, Microsoft and Amazon, to influential game developers like Epic Games, Insomniac Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Oculus, Valve, Unity Technologies, and hundreds of others. The Moscone North Hall housed the IGF Pavilion which featured all of the finalists for the IGF Awards, and the playable alt.ctrl.GDC demos which showcased games using unconventional controllers and alternative control schemes. Returning this year were the GDC Play Pavilions which are special areas for emerging developers, allowing them display their games to key distributors, publishers, press and investors in attendance.

In addition to the Expo Floors, GDC hosted a variety of Interactive Spaces throughout the week. Independent developers and some of the latest indie games were featured in the GDC Train Jam and Mild Rumpus areas, a special edition of Double Fine's "Day of the Devs," and the Indie MEGABOOTH showcase. For fans of tabletop board games, "Shut Up and Sit Down" hosted a selection of the best board games of the year for all attendees to enjoy. This year also introduced Art Boss from iam8bit, which served as a showcase for all forms of art created during the production of a videogame.

"Every GDC gives us a deeper appreciation of the hard work that goes into every aspect of game production, and every role requires attention and deserves respect. With GDC, we aim to honor the commitment, passion and love that all game creators put into each project, I'd like to think we've done that this year," said Meggan Scavio, general manager of the Game Developers Conference. "Games can be scary, exciting, funny, and above all else, fun. They run the gamut of emotions and themes, and there's a game out there for everyone. GDC embraces this spirit, and we welcome developers of all backgrounds. The last few months have seen lots of challenges and changes, but also some truly amazing gameplay and VR experiences. If GDC 2017 is any indication, we should be in for a hell of a year for games."

For additional information about GDC and VRDC@GDC, visit www.gdconf.com. The GDC Vault website - www.gdcvault.com - will offer access to a wide variety of GDC and VRDC@GDC 2017 lectures and sessions in the coming days and weeks, including speaker slides, synchronized video and presentations for select sponsor lectures, as well as a broad range of conference videos. GDC All Access Pass holders and individual Vault subscribers will get access to hundreds of video sessions from this and previous GDC shows. Select content from GDC 2017 will also be posted to the official GDC YouTube channel - http://youtube.com/c/gdconf. Official photos are available via the GDC Flickr account - www.flickr.com/photos/officialgdc/.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.
For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

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09-Mar-2017 23RD MALAYSIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR opens wth record exhibitors ahead of 2018 bigger SHOW

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 23rd Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), Southeast Asia's biggest industry event, opened on Wednesday very upbeat, welcoming a record 543 exhibitors ahead of a bigger show next year.

The huge turnout of local and overseas companies – a 12 % increase over 2016 –with their latest products and vast array of furniture, furnishings and fittings cover 80,000 square metres of the Putra World Trade Centre and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Malaysia's Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong was the guest-of-honour at the opening ceremony.

As the leading global furniture sourcing hub in the region, MIFF draws 20,000 visitors from as many as 140 countries and regions seeking variety, quality and good value. It is also the biggest platform to source for Malaysia's wood furniture.

"MIFF will continue to enhance its position as the leading and most important furniture industry event in Southeast Asia. As a global sourcing centre, the trade show is always changing to remain relevant in the market," said MIFF Chairman Datuk Dr Tan Chin Huat in his welcome speech.

"Our exhibitors are also moving with the times. They are investing more and more in R&D to come up with their own design and new products, creating more value for their business and potential customers. MIFF welcomes this positive approach to stand out in the competition. It brings more variety and adds value to the trade show."

Next year's MIFF will be co-held at the bigger and new Malaysia International and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and PWTC.

The 2017 highlights include Muar Hall by MIFF strategic partner Muar Furniture Association, China Hall, Taiwan Hall and MIFF Office, the largest office furniture showroom in Southeast Asia with 100 companies from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia.

Malaysia's biggest industry exporters are back again in full force this year. They are joined by a large group of first time exhibitors who are eyeing MIFF as the springboard to global markets including Southeast Asia.

Buyers from Southeast Asia and other emerging markets are expected to crowd the show given the visitor traffic trend in recent years, comprising mostly wholesalers, importers, independent retailers, new furniture businesses and e-commerce start-ups seeking basic to upper mid-range products.  

Several overseas delegations including from Japan, Italy, Belgium, India and Germany are attending MIFF 2017.

In conjunction with the show, MIFF is hosting the 20th anniversary celebration of International Alliance of Furnishing Publications (IAFP). Over 30 members of the overseas trade media from 22 countries, including IAFP members, are covering MIFF.

The show industry seminar kicks off Thursday featuring designers from Asia and Europe with experience working in cross-culture environments discussing trends, design quality and impact on communities.

Over 200 young talents are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2017(FDC) to be announced at the MIFF prize presentation ceremony on Friday. The winners of the Best Presentation Award for the most outstanding booth and Furniture Excellence Award for exhibitors will also be revealed.  The prototypes of the FDC finalists are showcased at MECC during the trade show.

For more information about MIFF 2017 and free subscription to the MIFF e-newsletter, click on www.miff.com.my.

Notes to Editors

About MIFF (www.miff.com.my)

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade    show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

 

 

SOURCE UBM Asia (Malaysia)

08-Mar-2017 Transforming the Future of Healthcare at UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing Event in Boston May 3-4, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM today announced its Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in Boston, taking place May 3-4, 2017 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The May event is comprised of four co-located expos, including BIOMEDevice Boston, Design & Manufacturing (D&M) New England, Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston, and PLASTEC New England. UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing events are the premier place to connect with industry executives, gain access to the largest showcase of suppliers across multiple industries, and become inspired by unmatched educational conferences and expo floor content.

Presented by UBM's Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) and Qmed media brands, the BIOMEDevice Boston Conference is comprised of three tracks focused on Product Development, Emerging Sensor Technology, and Healthcare IoT. Program highlights include sensor use for effective treatment, improving care at the device level, new wearable technology, how the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving medical devices, and understanding the unmet needs for better patient care.

"2017 has been a groundbreaking year for UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing events. We have put a major emphasis on offering content that will have a lasting impact on our visitors. We look forward to continuing this trend in Boston with a strong, early offering of forward-thinking and insightful content that can be experienced at the event," said Nina Brown, Vice President, Events, UBM.

The current list of participating organizations and companies is a veritable who's who list of medtech and healthcare influencers that includes Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Partners HealthCare, Proto Labs, Philips Healthcare/Philips HealthTech, Rest Devices, Inc., Tufts University School of Medicine and Valencell, among others.

 Key sessions at BIOMEDevice Boston include:

  • The Emerging Technology Experiment: Defining the Future of Connected Health, presented by Joseph Kvedar, M.D., Vice President, Connected Health, Partners Healthcare: This presentation is focused on how Partners Healthcare is validating connected health programs and making positive behavior change and improved health outcomes through technology a reality.
  • Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration-Building the Team to Build Your Device, presented by Maria Shepherd, President, Medi-Vantage: Take a thorough look into how industry partners are leveraged to bring a medical device to market and recognize how to select the right partners to create a perfect team to create a medical device.
  • Alexa Will See You Now: IoT Technology for the Next Generation, presented by Matt Murray Innovation Lead/ Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children's Hospital: Learn how Boston Children's Hospital is leveraging new technology such as the Amazon Echo to give health advice to patients while discovering what the future holds for similar voice-controlled devices.

Additional sessions, speakers, and expo floor content for the show and conference will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in Boston, please visit: biomedevice.mddionline.com/conference-biomed

To register for UBM's Advanced Design & Manufacturing Event in Boston and save on early bird pricing before March 31, please visit: boston.am.ubm.com/2017/registrations/BIOMED

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About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences
UBM's Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed.  Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

SOURCE UBM Americas

08-Mar-2017 Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, Alarm Force, and Snap-On Tools to Attend ICMI Symposium Event

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ICMI, the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals, is returning to Scottsdale, AZ next week for its 2017 Training Symposium. The event, spanning four days, will feature five training courses designed to teach tools and techniques essential to providing top-notch customer service, increasing productivity, and creating an overall successful work environment. Trainings will be attended by leaders in the customer management industry including Alarm Force, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson and Snap-On Tools.

ICMI's 2017 Scottsdale Training Symposium will take place March 14-17 in Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more and to register, please visit: www.icmi.com/Symposiums/Scottsdale

"These trainings events are constructed to increase productivity, profitability and overall contact center performance for all job levels within the customer management space," said Justin Robbins, Content Director, ICMI. "We are especially excited to welcome such a robust list of industry leaders and provide valuable content to help them take their customer management excellence to new heights."  

ICMI's training symposiums are crafted to provide customer management professionals with unprecedented educational experience and networking opportunities. This event will offer five instructor led courses that deep dive into focused topics, with the intent of spreading knowledge on today's best practices and how professionals can implement new strategies to further their careers as well as the success of their businesses.

The 2017 Scottsdale Training Symposium schedule includes:

Four-Day Courses:

  • Workforce Management Boot Camp- A comprehensive workshop that integrates all essential aspects of workforce management. Here you will learn skills and techniques to increase customer satisfaction, improve forecasting, and learn how to balance the needs of your organization.

Two-Day Courses

  • Contact Center Strategy- Learn from the example of some of the nest contact centers to enhance your contact center strategy and leadership process
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge for Effective Contact Center Management- This course will take you through the fundamental principles needed to build a successful career and advance the success of your call center
  • Monitoring and Coaching- Learn how to develop and implement a cost-effective monitoring a coaching program, which will drive agent performance and commitment

One-Day Courses:

  • Quality Form Development Workshop- Take an in depth look at the components that make up an effective quality monitoring form and learn how to develop one from scratch in this one-day workshop

Networking Events:

  • SWPP & QATC Regional Meeting, Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Welcome Reception, Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-6:00 PM

To learn more about this year's courses please visit: www.icmi.com/Symposiums/Scottsdale/Courses 

ICMI offers training symposiums in various regions throughout the year, each featuring a variety of intricate courses dedicated to improving customer management best practices and knowledge. ICMI's 2017 Symposium lineup:

Register for ICMI Symposium Training events here:
https://secure.icmi.com/scottsdale/2017/

About ICMI Training Symposiums 
ICMI's Training Symposiums make ICMI's well-respected, high-quality training available to the public. Value-priced passes, extending from one to four days, cover an array of critical industry topics ranging from strategy to hands-on coaching, from knowledge management to financials. And with nine different courses to choose from, you can customize your learning experience by focusing on the specific areas that meet your interest.

To receive email updates on the training event, register for the ICMI training newsletter.

About ICMI
The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals -- from frontline agents to executives -- who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. ICMI is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

SOURCE International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)

08-Mar-2017 CPhI China to Launch China Pharma Week

SHANGHAI, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CPhI & P-MEC China 2017, hosted by UBM EMEA and the China Chamber of Commerce of Medicines & Health Products Importers & Exporters (CCCMHPIE), and co-organized by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo, will be held on June 20-22, 2017 in the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Alongside the show, the very first edition of CPhI China Pharma Week will take place from 19-23 June 2017, covering 6 streams of the pharmaceutical industry, including Leadership, Business, Networking, Recognition, Knowledge and Innovation. CPhI China Pharma Week 2017 represents a celebration of the pharmaceutical industry and will offer a full range of opportunities to understand and trade with one of the biggest Pharma markets, China. Conferences and forums like the 8th China-World CEO Summit, the CPhI & ICSE China Innovation and Development Forum, and the 6th P-MEC Summit, and 2017 CPhI & P-MEC Green Pharma Summit will gather global leaders of the pharmaceutical industry to have conversations about new development trends in technology and the pharmaceutical economy.

CCCMHPIE will select and present their list of the Top 100 Internationalized Companies in 2016 to raise their international recognition and emphasize the influence & importance of Chinese pharmaceutical enterprises leading the internationalization process. InnoPack, EP & Clean Tech, and the NEX Innovative Product Show and Discovery Tour will all take place, showcasing Chinese and overseas quality innovative products and advanced technology, to encourage pharmaceutical technological innovation in China. Moreover, events like a plant visit, the Women in Leadership Forum, and the Huangpu River Cruise Networking Dinner will build a more effective networking event for Chinese and global pharmaceutical enterprises. The 5-day China Pharma Week will show the present and set the scene for the future of the Chinese pharmaceutical industry in multiple ways. For another consecutive year, Shanghai will become the center of China's pharmaceutical industry for one week, attracting the attention of the global pharmaceutical industry.

A world-renowned show for the pharmaceutical industry, CPhI & P-MEC China has now developed into an industry chain covering APIs, fine chemical and intermediate, excipients and dosage forms, preparations, natural extracts, biopharmaceuticals, contract research, pharmaceutical machinery, packaging materials, laboratory instruments, pharmaceutical environmental protection and cleaning, and pharmaceutical logistics. More than 2,800 exhibitors will greet over 40,000 professional visitors from more than 120 countries and regions at this high value-added sharing platform to create unlimited business opportunities.

For more information, please visit the official website: www.cphi.com/china

Contact:

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd
Ms. Tina Zheng
Tel: +86-21-33392261
Email:
tina.zheng@ubmsinoexpo.com

SOURCE Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

07-Mar-2017 Sea Asia 2017 Set to Host Industry Leaders from Over 80 Countries

SINGAPORE, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea Asia 2017, the region's anchor maritime exhibition and leading forum for analysis and debate on key issues facing the industry, is gearing up to host more than 16,000 people from over 80 countries this 25-27 April in Singapore.

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Taking place as part of the 12th Singapore Maritime Week (22-28 April), it will be graced and opened by Singapore's Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.

Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, said this edition of Sea Asia will provide a platform for maritime leaders from around the world to address trends and challenges.

"The maritime industry has always played a vital role in Singapore's economy. This sector is here to stay, and by attracting companies and talent, we will continue to build on the strong platform that has been established over the past decade," said Mr Sohmen-Pao.

According to statistics released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore remained the world's top bunkering port in 2016. Total cargo tonnage and vessel arrival tonnage also increased by 3.0 and 6.3 per cent respectively in 2016 compared to 2015.

Mr Sohmen-Pao added, "Sea Asia 2017 provides a golden opportunity for executives to interact with each other, to discover new opportunities, and to collaborate to find solutions to the industry's challenges. We are delighted to have many new national pavilions join us this year."   

This year's edition of Sea Asia will feature 10 national pavilions -- four of which are new to Sea Asia. These are the Japan, South Korea, Denmark and Greece pavilions. Over 300 exhibitors from across different sectors around the world will also be showcasing their latest and innovative maritime products and solutions.

Notably, the Sea Asia conference will see six shipping industry leaders debate for and against the motion at the inaugural Parliamentary Debate. The leaders will each share their thoughts on the motion, "This House believes that the best days of the private independent shipowner are over".

Seatrade Chairman, Mr Chris Hayman, said current developments in the industry today, such as the challenging offshore and marine sector and the implications of smart shipping, will also form significant parts of discussions at Sea Asia 2017.

"These trends are impacting the industry in more ways than one. The move towards smart shipping and data analytics, for example, provides opportunities for industry players to potentially cut costs and enhance productivity. At the same time, there is a need to think about the talent and skills needed in this area.

"Sea Asia 2017 will provide that critical and established platform for industry leaders from around the world to come together and share their thoughts on the current developments and how the industry can navigate challenges together moving forward," said Mr Hayman.

Other topics that will be discussed at the Sea Asia 2017 conference include the importance of technical change and innovation for the industry, the future of freight markets, and the opportunity for ship finance against a challenging market environment and more demanding regulatory framework.

Mr Hayman said, "We are excited to welcome maritime leaders from the world and to hear their insights on some of the more prominent issues that the industry is facing today. With the new features and format introduced for this year's edition of Sea Asia, we look forward to more engaging and fruitful discussions on how we can all work together to propel the industry further."

For more information, please contact:

Disha Gurnani

Lyna Hanis

Email: disha.gurnani@bbspr.com.sg

Email: lyna.hanis@bbspr.com.sg

Mobile: +65 9789 1655

Mobile: +65 9139 0572

DID: +65 6239 4105

DID: +65 6239 4108

Notes to Editors

About Sea Asia 2017

Sea Asia, the premier maritime and offshore conference and exhibition in Asia is returning for the 6th edition on 25 - 27 April 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands®, Singapore. Co-organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Sea Asia is well-attended by trade professionals and some of the most influential and respected leaders in the industry, delivering an unparalleled reach of key decision-makers.

Alongside an international exhibition, the highly acclaimed and interactive Sea Asia conference complements and puts Sea Asia at the forefront of regional maritime events. International thought-leaders will address the latest topics, debate on key trends, and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the maritime and offshore businesses from a commercial perspective.

For a full list of sponsors and exhibitors, and more information on the conference programme, please visit www.sea-asia.com.

About Seatrade

Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired in 2014 by UBM, the world's second largest media and event organiser across a wide variety of industries. Seatrade's publications, events, management training, research and award schemes cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries. The company's principal strength is its ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry. Seatrade is headquartered in Colchester, UK, with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, as well as representatives in all major maritime centres and cruise destinations across the globe.

For more information, please visit www.seatrade-maritime.com.

About the Singapore Maritime Foundation

Established in 2004, the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is a private sector-led organisation that seeks to develop and promote Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC). As the representative voice for the commercial players of the maritime industry, SMF seeks to forge strong partnerships with the public and private sectors of the maritime industry. SMF spearheads initiatives to promote the diverse clusters of the maritime industry in Singapore and at international frontiers, and to attract young talents to join the sector. SMF is directed by its Board of Directors which comprises prominent leaders in the Singapore maritime community.

For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.

About the Singapore Maritime Week 2017 (22nd – 28th April 2017)

Sea Asia 2017 is held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week 2017 (SMW). SMW is the leading maritime event in Singapore driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things maritime. These events reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.

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SOURCE Seatrade Communications

07-Mar-2017 Tissue World and Asian Paper Join Forces in Bangkok in June 2018

BANGKOK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Exhibition Singapore is pleased to announce the merger of Tissue World and Asian Paper Bangkok 2018 which will serve as Asia's premier platform to meet leading industry players in the sector of the Pulp, Paper, Tissue, Packaging and related industries.

A new team, which was already operating behind the series of Tissue World trade shows, will now also be driving this new event to success. Tissue World and Asian Paper unite 2 long-standing brands, each bringing with them more than 20 years of success history and a diverse pool of exhibitors and visitors. The combined synergies will offer an exclusive and invaluable business opportunity to all regional and international industry players operating in the sector of the Pulp, Paper, Tissue, Packaging and related industries.

On an annual basis, both events welcome over 400 exhibiting companies and 6,000 trade participants globally.

"The decision to bring Tissue World to Bangkok and join forces with Asian Paper is in response to the important growth, the strong development and the request of the industry communities represented in the ASEAN region, " commented Agnes Gehot, deputy event director of Tissue World and Asian Paper, UBM Exhibition Singapore.

Asian Paper - Established since 1992

Asian Paper is the largest ASEAN event serving the global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries. Asian Paper has proven to be the most trusted platform for industrial leaders and professionals to network, exchange ideas, and create business deals. It gathers key industry players to meet face to face and discuss the latest innovation, industrial trends and offerings of cutting- edge products and services through its exhibition and conference.

The Asian Paper exhibition focuses on the vertical segment of the Paper industry, covering the entire value chain, from pulp, chemical, adhesive, machineries, parts, converters to paper and packaging products and services across the three-day event.

Tissue World - Established since 1993

Tissue World is the leading global event serving the tissue industry worldwide since 1993. With trade shows in Istanbul, Milan, Miami, São Paulo and Bangkok, it offers an integrated platform consisting of exhibitors, conferences and a magazine providing an unmatched offline and online place to do business, exchange ideas and learn, all year around.

Tissue World Milan, part of the Tissue World event portfolio is the world's largest dedicated tissue industry trade show. Bangkok is the latest piece of the map Tissue World has drawn, based on industry feedback with the aim of tapping into all key strategic tissue markets worldwide.

Tissue World will set the stage for yet another impactful regional event that will combine the strength of the peculiar local industry with a network of international players, together with the existing regional Asian Paper event. Bangkok will stand out as unique, as all other Tissue World events are, focusing on a different set of regional supply and demand markets and addressing specific industry needs.

For more details, visit www.tissueworld.com/bangkok or www.asianpapershow.com.

Contact:
Agnes Gehot
+65 6592 0888 ext 886
agnes.gehot@ubm.com  

SOURCE Tissue World - UBM

07-Mar-2017 Pharma Digitalization at CPhI SEA in March

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In two weeks' time, from March 22-24, CPhI SEA is set to open its doors at Jakarta International Expo, offering to over 260 exhibitors the only dedicated pharma trading platform for the region. Sign up today!

In a sprawling archipelago made up of 17,000 islands and sometimes difficult land connections, the digital revolution will soon transform the way people access healthcare. In the short term, the greatest disruption will come from telemedicine, facilitated by a growing array of apps that give patients direct access to GPS and subsequently order medicines for home delivery, directly on their mobile phones. Examples of local players already offering the service are Halo Doc, Apotik Antar, and Alo Dokter.

Andy Richards, an investor in digital health, in the last issue of The Economist ("A digital revolution in health care is speeding up") argues that three groups are fighting a war for control of the "health-care value chain".

One group comprises "traditional innovators" -- pharmaceutical firms, hospitals and medical-technology companies such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Medtronic and Philips. A second category is made up of "incumbent players", which include health insurers, pharmacy-benefit managers (which buy drugs in bulk), and as single-payer health-care systems. The third group are the technology "insurgents", including Google, Apple, Amazon and a host of hungry entrepreneurs that are creating apps, predictive-diagnostics systems and new devices. In emerging economies, where regulations on health data are less onerous and where people often already expect to pay to see a doctor, faster growth and innovation is in the making.

These and related topics will be discussed at CPhI SEA in 2 weeks' time. Tailored to suit this fast-changing industry, the 6th edition of CPhI South East Asia, taking place during 22-24 March 2017 in Jakarta, provides the must-attend trade exhibition where the regional pharma industry meets to leverage connections, knowledge and insight to spur business.

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Government supporters: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters: The Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi Indonesia), Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC), International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG), the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), and the Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI)

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) - Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers.

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale.

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Ivan Ferrari
Tel.: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

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06-Mar-2017 ICMI Announces 2017 Global Contact Center Award Finalists

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) today announced the finalists of its annual Global Contact Center Awards. The ICMI Global Contact Center Awards program is dedicated to recognizing companies and individuals that honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the customer service industry. Award winners will be announced and celebrated during the fifth annual ICMI Global Contact Center Awards Party on May 23, held in conjunction with the 2017 ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference, taking place May 22-25 in Orlando, Fl.

To learn more about ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference and the Global Contact Center Awards, please visit: icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference 

"The Global Contact Center Awards give us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the inspiring stories and true innovators within the customer service industry," said Justin Robbins, Head of Award Judges and Content Director, ICMI. "It is great to see individuals and companies continue to push the envelope and reinvent business practices for the benefit of their organizations and to ultimately enhance the customer experience."

The ICMI Global Contact Center Awards Program is the most comprehensive awards program committed to the customer service industry – serving the ICMI community for more than 12 years. This year's finalists were reviewed and chosen by a panel of carefully selected judges, which included more than 45 industry thought leaders.

"As someone who has judged multiple industry awards programs, and has witnessed the behind-the-scenes process of evaluating entries, I can confidently say that the ICMI Global Contact Center Awards program is by far the most credible awards program in the industry," said Chuck Browne, Sr. Manager of Customer Care, Vivint Smart Home; Global Contact Center Awards Judge.

This year's ICMI Global Contact Center Awards Finalists are:

Best Small Contact Center

  • AICPA
  • DAT Solutions
  • Signs.com
  • US Bancorp Fund Services

Best Medium Contact Center:

  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Crisis Response Network
  • ISN Software Corporation
  • SCAN Healthplan
  • Scentsy, Inc.

Best Large Contact Center

  • Carbonite, Inc.
  • Cvent Inc.
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Web.com
  • Wells Fargo Treasury Management Client Delivery

Best Strategic Value to the Organization

  • AICPA
  • Lippert Components Inc. Plant #39 Aftermarket Contact Center
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Best QA/Customer Experience Program

  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Optum Contact Centers
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Best Use of Technology

  • Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.
  • Optum Contact Centers
  • Wells Fargo Treasury Management Client Delivery

Best Contact Center Culture

  • AICPA
  • Cars.com
  • Clio- Legal Practice Management
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Optum Contact Centers

Best Philanthropy Program

  • Dell Technologies
  • Dorel Juvenile

Best Social Media Customer Care

  • Dorel Juvenile
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Best Chat Support

  • ISN Software Corporation
  • Signs.com
  • UPMC Health Plan

Most Improved Contact Center

  • Alberta Pensions Services Corporation
  • Optoro
  • Wells Fargo Treasury Management Client Delivery - WellsOne Service Center

Best Contact Center Agent

  • Tom Ballard, Wells Fargo Treasury Management Client Delivery
  • Reyna Diaz, Crisis Response Network
  • Roger Palma, San Diego County Credit Union
  • Joseph Rooney, CME Group

Best Contact Center Supervisor

  • Mark Crenshaw, Wells Fargo Treasury Management Client Delivery
  • Melissa Martinez-Carrasco, Sedgwick
  • Lisa Sahm, Sedgwick

Best Contact Center Manager

  • Christine Downing, Liberty Utilities- New Hampshire
  • Kristine Hartkopf, Freeman
  • Madison Page, Signs.com

Best Outsourcing Provider

  • Callzilla
  • CGS
  • Raytheon Professional Services

Best New Technology Solution

  • Aria Solutions WFM Adapter for Salesforce
  • Calabrio ONE
  • Jacada Contact Hub

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About ICMI
The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals -- from frontline agents to executives -- who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. ICMI is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

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06-Mar-2017 Enterprise Connect Announces 2017 Innovation Showcase Lineup focused on Internet of Things (IoT)

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications, today announces six participants for its 2017 Innovation Showcase program. The program will feature first time exhibitors that are making strides in the world of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Each participant will be given the opportunity to present their solution during an Innovation Showcase conference session held on Monday, March 27 at 9 AM.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information and register, please visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.

"The Innovation Showcase has become one of our most popular sessions and a mainstay of our Expo Floor," said Eric Krapf, general manager and program co-chair, Enterprise Connect. "This year's participants focus on one of today's fastest growing trends, IoT – showing how communications will play a vital role in many IoT solutions for the enterprise."

The 2017 Innovation Showcase participants:

  • Cereno will show its NuVa room devices that use vertical and horizontal screens to improve real-time collaboration that better emulates face-to-face interactions.
  • HubOne provides middleware at Charles de Gaulle airport in France and has developed network sensors and other IoT devices that integrate with Mitel notification server to improve response times to various events.
  • Kaptivo offers a cloud-connected camera that can connect any standard dry-erase whiteboard into an online collaboration system. Meetings can be livestreamed and saved as a presentation.
  • Left Lane Networks provides Tripods, a connected-car telematics service that connects into platforms such as Cisco Spark for business process automation.
  • Relayr offers an IoT middleware service that enables manufacturers and enterprises to create scalable, cloud services with remote visibility and control. The service now integrates with Cisco Spark.
  • Telestax offers Restcomm, an open source platform for developing and deploying IoT and real time communications applications. Restcomm components specialize in IoT-ready M2M communications.

Learn more about the Innovation Showcase here: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/conference/innovation-showcase 

Enterprise Connect 2017
Enterprise Connect will again take place in Orlando in 2017, bringing together enterprise communications professionals of all levels for an extensive three-and-a-half-day Conference focused on maximizing attendees' investments in communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. The event will feature Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and more, with program sessions spanning nine tracks encompassing the major technology streams in the industry.

The event will also host the largest and broadest exhibition focused on systems, software, services and applications – giving attendees a chance to experience the latest tools and innovations firsthand.

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About Enterprise Connect
For more than 26 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect owns and produces No Jitter, (nojitter.com), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter and a Webinar Series. For more information, visit enterpriseconnect.com. Enterprise Connect is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

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03-Mar-2017 JNA Awards 2017 Now Accepting Entries

HONG KONG, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The JNA Awards, one of the world's most prestigious awards in the jewellery and gemstone industry, is now calling for entries for its sixth edition.

Organised by JNA, the annual JNA Awards is set to further advance and propel Asia's jewellery and gemstone sector by recognising and honouring companies and individuals that have exhibited innovation, excellence, best business practices and outstanding business performance.

There is no fee to enter the prestigious international award. Qualified companies and individuals, including past entrants, from around the world are invited to self-nominate or nominate others in the following categories:

1.   Brand of the Year -- Retail
2.   Industry Innovation of the Year
3.   Manufacturer of the Year -- Jewellery
4.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- ASEAN
5.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- Greater China
6.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- India
7.   Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
8.   eSupplier of the Year
9.   Sustainability Initiative of the Year
10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

The Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient will be nominated by the Awards organiser and further announcement will be made at a later date.

Entries will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of five international industry experts, namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council and former Managing Director, Far East (WGC); James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.

Since the Awards is gaining wider recognition and higher participation rate, the organiser said more interviews or site visits will be conducted as part of the judging process.  Entrants who submit their nominations or register early would likely increase their chances of being interviewed or visited by members of the judging panel to gain a better understanding of their operations and business models.

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, "The JNA Awards is a powerful channel for companies to showcase their businesses. We find it very promising to see past Recipients and Honourees leveraging the value of the Awards to raise their profile among the most respected and admired names in the industry, and gain recognition within the trade."

The JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook (CTF), together with the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) serving as Honoured Partners.

Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said, "The JNA Awards has become an important platform for the gem and jewellery industry to come together, share successes and generate new ideas. Rio Tinto is delighted to have been a supporter of the Awards from the beginning, and to help nurture its growth, together with the organisers and the other awards partners, into one of the most important events in the industry calendar. We look forward to another successful year for the Awards in 2017."

"Over the last few years, it has been exciting to witness various innovations from our peers to enhance their competitiveness, which have resulted in tremendous advancements in the jewellery industry amid a challenging operating environment. We look forward to having more outstanding participants bringing new insights to the industry and striving together to drive the jewellery industry forward," said Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.

To enter the JNA Awards, interested parties must complete and submit the entry form on or no later than midnight (Hong Kong time) of 5 May 2017.

The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 22 June 2017 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

For more information, visit http://www.jnaawards.com/ or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing 
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852 2516-2184
marketing@jnaawards.com

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com )

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotinto.com/diamondsandminerals )

Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik).

Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.

Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com )

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011.

The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms.

The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.2 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/ )

Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

3.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk )

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.


4. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com )

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

SOURCE JNA

03-Mar-2017 Exhibitors Scale Up Offerings For Global Buyers To 23rd Malaysian International Furniture Fair

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- From more innovative products to services, Malaysian companies are scaling up on their offerings to global buyers when they take over the show floor at the 23rd Malaysian Internatonal Furniture Fair (MIFF).

The annual trade event will be another record breaking show when it opens on Mar 8 with 543 Malaysian and overseas exhibitors at the Putra World Trade Centre and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre for four days.

PCG Soon Lee Sdn Bhd has created a new line MOBU Living with European designers. The company which has been producing pre-dominantly wood furniture for 18 years is the first in Malaysia to use 100% synchronized emboss melamine faced chipboard from Germany.

"MOBU Living is inspired by the Italian words Buona Mobilia (Italian) which means good furniture. The direction of MOBU Living is to create a new standard of contemporary furniture in the market. Our company is well known for good quality control. We want to offer endless possibilities to create your very own inspiring home," said Managing Director Pong Choon Guan.

Seow Buck Sen, an expert for over 30 years in a wide range of home and office furniture is back to woo customers with its latest collections with  an in-stock programme that offers 14-day delivery with no minimum order quantity.

Ah Hai Industries is showcasing high quality outdoor furniture made from rubber wood processed with a high temperature drying technology from Europe, which makes the wood stronger, more versatile and longer lasting because it is much more resistant to decay and humidity.

"We also take pride in the fact that no resins or chemicals are used during the entire process in keeping with our mission to provide green alternative products for dining, kitchen, and even outdoor furniture," said Managing Director Lim Hee Tiang.

Inception Design is letting natural beauty shine on its wood slab furniture and enhanced with a variety of functions.

"For instance, we have installed drawers and storage compartments on a solid wood slab for our TV cabinet design. Another example is a work station with all the necessary storage space. Our intention is to bring people closer to nature and bring this element into their living/ working space," said Design Director Philip Khor.

Gamma Wood, which specialises in a wide range of home furniture with markets in the United States, South America, Asia, and some African countries, continues to churn creative designs to attract buyers and has embarked on high technology automation to ensure consistent high quality and to meet increasing orders.

"We believe that it can only be beneficial to the buyers if we keep innovating on better ideas. We consider not only the creative and aesthetic exterior of our furniture, but also take into consideration the stability of the product structure and comfort level," said Marketing Manager Cindy Chua.

Eonmetall Systems is breaking tradition with a fresh spin on storage steel racks. Brand 180°Rack is a series of colourful shelving and storage solutions for use at home. The mix-and-match racks are adjustable and easy to assemble.

"180°Rack is setting off a transformational change for steel rack applications to enhance and metamorphose the lifestyle of our customers," says Chief Operating Officer Kent Goh.

MIFF 2017 will feature a dedicated segment to work place solutions called MIFF Office which will be the biggest exhibition of office furniture in Southeast Asia.

Ms Karen Goi, MIFF General Manager, said: "We are delighted at such a wide spectrum of new products and marketing ideas from exhibitors. Buyers want to see more innovative products and the exhibitors are responding very well. This will boost trading and business synergy at the show."

Visit www.miff.com.my  for more information on MIFF 2017.

SOURCE UBM Asia (Malaysia)

02-Mar-2017 Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland Continues UBM's Long Running Strategic Partnership Alliance with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Northeast Ohio's food and beverage processing boasts $3.1 billion in annual sales and features more than 350 consumer packaged goods companies.* In support of the strong Ohio packaging market, UBM continues its strong partnership with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) at the inaugural Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland event.

"Northeast Ohio has a vibrant Packaging Community and the Institute of Packaging Professionals is excited to partner with UBM at the inaugural Advanced Design and Manufacturing in Cleveland this March," said Chris Cetnar, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Cleveland Chapter President. "It's an exceptional opportunity to see the latest packaging technology advancements right here in our own backyard." 

UBM's inaugural ADM Cleveland event, takes place on March 29-30 at the Huntington Convention Center and offers two days of free industry education, packaging focused content, a dynamic expo floor, and a three track conference series spotlighting automotive, medtech, and smart manufacturing. Included on the expo floor are the latest technology and materials specifically geared towards professionals and decision makers in the packaging sector. With the significance of the packaging industry in Northeast Ohio, ADM Cleveland has developed a comprehensive calendar of expo floor content that covers topics such as: 3D printing, automation, digital health, materials, package design, rapid prototyping, robotics, wearables and more.  

The diversity of the show provides visitors to ADM Cleveland with the opportunity to focus on the packaging industry, but also see innovation across all facets of manufacturing. To learn more about ADM Cleveland, please visit: admcleveland.com

"UBM is pleased to continue its strategic partnership alliance with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) at ADM Cleveland," said Nina Brown, Vice President, Events, UBM. "IoPP serves the diverse needs of the packaging community in the U.S. with leading content, events and outreach.  Together, UBM and IoPP are committed to creating networking and educational opportunities that help packaging professionals succeed."

In Ohio, more than 370 food and beverage (F&B) processing establishments employ a workforce of nearly 18,000.* The region offers numerous decision makers, influencers and professionals from the packaging arena, including leading household brands such as: Anheuser Busch, Daisy Brand, Campbell Soup, Chiquita Brands, Coors, Dannon, General Mills, H.J. Heinz, J.M. Smucker, Kelloggs, Kraft, Land O'Lakes, Miller, Nestlé USA, Pepperidge Farm and PepsiCo, among others.

UBM has worked closely with regional associations, companies and partners including IoPP, to craft an event that goes beyond the needs of the packaging community. The expo floor consists of five zones covering hot-topic areas of manufacturing on display under the familiar UBM show brands, including Packaging (PACK), PLASTEC (Polymers and Plastics), ATX (Automation & Robotics), MD&M (Medical Design & Manufacturing) and D&M (Design & Manufacturing). ADM Cleveland is committed to creating an experience that fits the historic, diverse, and thriving central region. Early participants include: BioEnterprise, BioOhio, MAGNET, TeamNEO and the Ohio Manufacturers Association.

Register to attend ADM Cleveland: cleveland.am.ubm.com/2017

Register for a media pass: cleveland.am.ubm.com/2017/index/registrations/Media

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* "Market Data and Business Case Report," The Fairfield Factor, April 2014; ClevelandPlusBusiness.com; "Cleveland 2017 Testimonial Report," UBM Canon, 2015; Newsmax.com/FastFeatures/industries-in-ohio-economy

About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences
UBM's Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organised by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed.  Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn.

 

SOURCE UBM Americas

02-Mar-2017 The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) Now Accepting Speaker Proposals for Its 2017 Contact Center Demo & Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) today announces that it is accepting call for papers for its 2017 Contact Center Demo & Conference. Produced by ICMI, a trusted advisor in the contact center industry for more than 30 years, the Contact Center Demo & Conference provides its attendees with the knowledge, tools, and resources to achieve and exceed expectations within today's customer management industry.

ICMI's Contact Center Demo & Conference will return to Las Vegas September 25-27, 2017. To learn more and to submit a speaker proposal by March 10, please visit: speakers.icmi.com/

This year's Contact Center Demo & Conference will offer a variety of speaking opportunities ranging from 15 minute presentations to half-day workshops. Selected presenters will have the opportunity to educate a wide range of customer service professionals looking to learn the latest best practices and enhance their careers. Speaker submissions should offer practical and specific takeaway tools that will enable attendees to implement improved processes immediately within their own organizations. Submissions encompassing case studies are highly suggested and are given the most consideration. The speaking platforms offered this year include:

  • NEW- Ignite Talk:  A 15 minute presentation providing a powerful snapshot of a topic with the intent to spark new ideas and jumpstart action
  • Traditional Presentation: A 55 minute presentation plus an additional 5 minutes for a Q&A session
  • NEW- Deeper Dive Breakout: A 1 hour and 45 minute presentation, plus 15 minutes for a Q&A providing a closer look at one particular topic
  • Skill Builder Workshop: A half day Workshop with an in-depth tutorial on a particular topic

The event's larger conference program will revolve around six brand new, hand-picked tracks covering topics critical to today's customer service industry including: training, culture, operational efficiency, analytics, leadership, customer satisfaction, performance optimization, customer loyalty and more.

2017 Contact Center Demo & Conference tracks:

  • Achieve Metrics Nirvana
  • Boost Your Culture
  • Drive Customer Success
  • Elevate Your Leadership
  • Maximize Productivity
  • Optimize Technology

"We are excited to open submissions for this year's speaker proposals and always do so with the intent of offering our attendees the most engaging and applicable content to educate and aid their business acumen," said Patty Caron, Event Director, ICMI. "This year's tracks have been handpicked to reflect the industry's most critical topics accompanied by actionable insights from professionals with varied experiences and backgrounds."

ICMI has historically brought together strong lineups of industry experts to share the latest tips, techniques, and insights on how to make immediate improvements to their businesses. ICMI Contact Center Demo & Conference 2017 will feature 3 full days of presentations, workshops, site tours and more. To register for ICMI's Contact Center Demo & Conference,  please visit: icmi.com/Contact-Center-Demo-Conference 

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The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals -- from frontline agents to executives -- who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. ICMI is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

SOURCE International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)

02-Mar-2017 Blizzard's Overwatch Wins Game Of The Year At The 17Th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Blizzard Entertainment's popular and stylish multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, was honored with the prize for Game of the Year at tonight's 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) ceremony during the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Overwatch's carefully calibrated balance and polished gameplay mechanics also earned the game the award for Best Design. An archive of the award ceremony, as well as the full presentation of the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF Awards), can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc.

Developer Playdead's beautifully macabre and engrossing platformer, Inside, also earned two awards in total, for Best Audio and Best Visual Art. The awards reflect the strong artistry of the title, which depicts a dark conspiracy using a stark visual motif with foreboding lighting and haunting animation. Developer Campo Santo's compelling first-person adventure game, Firewatch, was the final double award-winner of the night, earning the team the awards for Best Debut and Best Narrative. The game, which features the voice talent of Mad Men's Rich Sommer, portrays a deeply engrossing tale that enwraps the player in a branching script filled with mystery, suspense, humor and longing.

The full slate of winners at tonight's ceremony also includes the augmented reality (AR) game Pokemon Go by Niantic, which became a worldwide sensation and earned the award for Best Mobile/Handheld Game. The massively ambitious, procedurally-generated universe of No Man's Sky earned developer Hello Games the Innovation Award, while the grandiose production and graphics in Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End earned that title the award for Best Technology. The charmingly off-kilter virtual reality (VR) game, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, received the award for Best VR/AR Game. The Audience Award is chosen among the entire selection of GDCA finalists using a public online voting process, and was presented to developer EA DICE for Battlefield 1.

The Game Developers Choice Awards honor the very best games of the year, and was created for and voted on by developers. Winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only group comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.

Every year, the Game Developers Choice Awards also recognize developers who have made significant contributions to the art, science and craft of video games with three special awards. This year, the Pioneer Award was given to Jordan Mechner, the game designer, programmer and screenwriter best known for creating the landmark series, Prince of Persia.

The Ambassador Award, which recognizes those whose actions have helped video games to "advance to a better place," went to Mark DeLoura, for dedicating his life to the education and the productive use of technology within academia, the media and videogames, holding roles that include Senior Advisor for Digital Media during the Obama administration.

The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, and the creator of seminal game/creation tool ZZT and the influential Unreal Engine. Following the 1998 PC game Unreal, which Sweeney co-created, the game's engine became the underpinning for a slew of acclaimed games, including Epic's own Gears of War and Unreal franchises, as well as the BioShock series, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, and the Batman: Arkham series of games.

"This year's amazing slate of winners is a testament to the diversity of experiences in games. Pokemon Go took gaming outdoors using AR, while Job Simulator showed how lo-fi aesthetics could meet cutting edge tech for a winning VR experience. Overwatch once again proved Blizzard's uncanny ability to make a perfectly balanced multiplayer game, and Inside delved deep into our dark psyches to unearth our scariest nightmares," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference. "These nominees speak to the strength of games as a medium, but also show the various textures and possible creative outlets that interactive entertainment can provide. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees for following their visions and thanks to all developers who strive to make amazing games for us day in and day out."

The Game Developers Choice Awards winners are:

Best Audio
Inside (Playdead)

Best Debut
Campo Santo (Firewatch)

Best Design
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Innovation Award
No Man's Sky (Hello Games)

Best Narrative
Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Best Technology
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog)

Best Visual Art
Inside (Playdead)

Best VR/AR Game
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)

Audience Award
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE)

Game of the Year
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Pioneer Award
Jordan Mechner

Ambassador Award
Mark DeLoura

Lifetime Achievement Award
Tim Sweeney

For more information about the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, please visit the official website at http://www.gamechoiceawards.com. For information about the 2017 Game Developers Conference, please visit the official website at http://www.gdconf.com.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. 
For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

SOURCE UBM Tech Game Network

02-Mar-2017 Blendo's Quadrilateral Cowboy Wins Seumas McNally Grand Prize At 19th Annual Independent Games Festival

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Quadrilateral Cowboy from developer Blendo Games was awarded with the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game at the 19th annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards tonight.  The ceremony took place as part of the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. In addition to the grand prize, Quadrilateral Cowboy also took home the award for Excellence in Design. Quadrilateral Cowboy is a title set in a retro-tech world of 1980s computer coding and features a series of cyberpunk heist missions with a unique blend of puzzles, computer hacking and a captivating narrative. An archive of the award ceremony can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc.

The night's other multiple award winner was Hyper Light Drifter, an action adventure role-playing game that pays tribute to classic titles from the 16­-bit era. Developer Heart Machine received two awards in recognition of their debut title, Excellence in Visual Art and the Audience Award, which is chosen from among all of the IGF finalists through a public online voting process.

Honored for Excellence in Narrative, Ladykiller in a Bind from Love Conquers All Games, is a provocative visual novel about social manipulation, crossdressing, and exploring sexual power dynamics. GoNNER, a challenging action platformer with roguelike elements from developer Art in Heart, won the Excellence in Audio Award for its creative sound design and catchy music. The Best Student Game award was given to Un Pas Fragile, which portrays the story of a little frog who aspires to perform ballet.

The Nuovo Award, which recognizes the artistry behind abstract and unconventional games, was awarded to creator David Kanaga for his game, Oiκοςpiel, Book I. The game playfully utilizes absurd imagery, language and music to create a unique vision of a mythologically-inspired dog opera told in five acts.

All IGF titles, including both finalists and winners, are playable for any GDC pass holder and can be found within the IGF Pavilion located on the GDC Expo Floor in San Francisco's Moscone Center through Friday, March 3rd.

The following games are the winners of the 19th annual IGF Awards:

Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)
Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All Games)

Excellence in Audio ($3,000)
GoNNER (Art in Heart)

Excellence in Design ($3,000)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)

Nuovo Award ($5,000)
Oiκοςpiel, Book I (David Kanaga)

Best Student Game ($3,000)
Un Pas Fragile (Géraud de Courrèges, Alisée Preud'homme, Gregory Parisi, Gaspard Morel)

Audience Award ($3,000)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)       

alt.ctrl.GDC Award
Fear Sphere (New Arcade)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

The Independent Games Festival offers finalists global exposure and more than $50,000 in cash prizes to each year's winners. The IGF – which includes the two-day Independent Games Summit as part of GDC – was established in 1998 by the UBM Game Network to recognize the best independent game developers and encourage creativity and excellence in independent games.

Organizers would like to thank the generous supporters of this year's IGF, including ID@Xbox (Platinum Sponsor), Samsung (Gold Sponsor) and Gamasutra.com (IGF Media Partner).

For more information about the IGF, and its finalists and winners, please visit http://www.igf.com.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.  For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

SOURCE UBM Tech Game Network

28-Feb-2017 UBM Launches Aquaculture Vietnam 2017

CAN THO CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM, the organizer of Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 launched the event at a press conference in Can Tho on February 22. To be held 25-27 October at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre (EFC), Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 will address issues to support the further sustainable development of the Vietnamese aquaculture industry.

According to UBM Asia's Group Director - ASEAN, Ms. Rungphech (Rose) Chitanuwat, "Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 will cover the whole aquaculture sector value chain, including feed, health and nutrition, genetics, equipment, processing and much more. A diverse technical and scientific program featuring locally and internationally renowned speakers will be complemented by a major trade show with leading exhibitors from around ASEAN and the world, showcasing the latest in products and services. Our objective is to provide aquaculture professionals valuable opportunities to network and meet decision makers, create business opportunities and provide solutions to their business challenges."

Aquaculture is essential to meet the future demand for seafood products. The sector plays an important role in the economy of Vietnam. Seafood exports in 2016 grew by 7.4 percent in value to US$7.05 billion, accounting for 24 percent of the country's total agricultural, forestry and fisheries exports, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP).  The value of Vietnam's seafood exports is expected to increase by 5 percent this year to around US$7.5 billion.  Aquaculture production accounts for about 65% of Vietnam's total fisheries exports in value, with shrimp, mainly black tiger prawn accounting for about half of the total export value.

Given aquaculture's strategic importance, the Vietnamese government aims to massively upgrade the country's shrimp industry with a view to boosting exports. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently said the shrimp industry should strive for an export value of US$10 billion by 2025, to account for 10 percent of the country's GDP. He noted that "inadequate high tech for intensive farming has resulted in only modest productivity of 250 to 300 kilos of shrimp per hectare; if productivity is doubled, we can immediately reach our goal."

As Asia's leading organizer of exhibitions, UBM is committed to driving innovation in and boosting the competitiveness of the Vietnamese aquaculture industry. Ms. Chitanuwat noted that "Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 can help Vietnam reach this and other goals, by facilitating Vietnam's aquaculture sectors development by partnering with governments, NGO's, industry and academia to promote best practice production systems that are environmentally friendly, consumer-oriented and economically viable."

"Recognizing Can Tho's crucial role in Vietnamese aquaculture, as one of the most potential aquaculture provinces in Vietnam, and that it is home of the College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University - one of the country's leading units doing research in aquaculture and fisheries, it just makes sense to hold Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 here," commented by UBM Asia's Managing Director, Mr. M Gandhi "The Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Center (EFC), will provide an outstanding setting and venue for this important industry event," she said.

Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 is supported by our valued partners; the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS), International Collaborating Centre For Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS), the Aquaculture Without Frontier and The International Aqua Feed Magazine.

As a part of the launch, UBM organized visits to an aquaculture farm in Vinh Long province, and a seafood processing facility in Can Tho City.  The visits helped provide insights into the opportunities and challenges, and needs of the Vietnamese aquaculture sector in an increasingly competitive market.

"Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your aquaculture operation. See you at Aquaculture Vietnam 2017, where you will be inspired by ideas and innovations," concluded Mr. M Gandhi.  For more information, please visit our website www.aquaculturevn.com.

ABOUT AQUACULTURE VIETNAM 2017

Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 is the Vietnam's International Aquaculture Industry Event which will present the latest innovations in aquaculture, fisheries and seafood, for the whole value chain, from production to processing and packaging to plate.

The show will be held on 25 - 27 October 2017 at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Center (EFC), Can Tho City, Vietnam.

SOURCE UBM Asia (Malaysia)

27-Feb-2017 2017 Game Developers Conference And Virtual Reality Developers Conference Open Today At San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the world's largest and longest-running event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, kicks off its 31st edition today at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Following last year's successful introduction of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) and the standalone VRDC in November, the event will also be returning to bring together experts from the video game, entertainment, and tech fields to discuss the latest breakthroughs in immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences. GDC and VRDC are held concurrently at the Moscone Center, with VRDC running through Tuesday, February 28 and GDC running through Friday, March 3.

GDC 2017 offers five days of lectures, panels, tutorials, roundtable discussions, and networking events, the Independent Games Festival (IGF) and Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCAs) ceremony, a robust Expo, and the showcase of emerging game developers known as GDC Play.

The conference begins with two days (Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28) of specialized summits on the topics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Community Management, Game Narrative, Education, Mobile Games, Independent Games, and User Experience (UX). The first two days of the conference will also feature GDC Developer Days, immersive learning experiences led by thought leaders from influential tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

The returning Virtual Reality Developers Conference will provide two days of content showcasing some of the most groundbreaking and respected developers and development teams in the fields of VR and AR discussing topics relating to film, journalism, travel, sports entertainment, and more. VRDC will host more than 30 sessions presented by speakers of celebrated entertainment studios, such as HBO, Legendary Entertainment, Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB, Oculus, Owlchemy Labs and more. There are more than 50 additional VR sessions in the GDC Summits and Main Conference throughout the week.

Following VRDC and the GDC Summits, the main GDC conference will kick-off on Wednesday, March 1. This year, the main GDC conference will feature four Classic Game Postmortem sessions, in which the creators of Sid Meier's Civilization, Deus Ex, Oregon Trail and Seaman share their unique development processes, inspirations and lessons learned creating some of the most innovative games of their eras. Huge names from across the video game industry will also be hosting sessions during the main conference, including Blizzard Entertainment, Capcom, Eidos Montreal, Naughty Dog, Nintendo, Respawn Entertainment, Riot Games, Square Enix, and more.

The 19th annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards, which honor the most promising developers and projects from the world of independent video games, and the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCAs), which recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical ingenuity of the finest developers and games created in the last year, will both take place back-to-back on Wednesday, March 1, starting at 6:30pm PT. The ceremonies will also feature special honors for important industry leaders, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, the The Pioneer Award, which honors breakthrough tech and game design milestones, which will be presented to Jordan Mechner, creator of the Prince of Persia series. Mark DeLoura will be presented with the Ambassador Award for his advocacy of the video game industry, education and the productive use of technology while a Senior Advisor within the Obama White House.

GDC will also host a variety of Interactive Spaces that are open to all attendees throughout the week. Independent games will be celebrated at Double Fine and iam8bit's "Day of the Devs," the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase and the nature-themed lounge known as the Mild Rumpus. iam8bit will present Art Boss, an art gallery of some of the best concept and production art from celebrated video games that launched during the past year. Additional Interactive Spaces include GDC Train Jam, which presents games created by developers on a train ride from Chicago to GDC, alt.ctrl.GDC, which allows attendees to play with imaginative games that use non-traditional controllers, and more.

"GDC has been at the forefront of tectonic industry changes over three decades. In that same way, VRDC is charting the exciting new territory of developments in the virtual reality and augmented reality world. This is more important than ever as developers are coming to terms with the VR and AR platforms that are now out in the wild," said Meggan Scavio, general manager of the Game Developers Conference. "Beyond AR/VR, GDC is honored to host the global community of developers from all disciplines, walks of life and regions at GDC, we've always been a show that has embraced the new, unique and diverse. This year is no different."

In total, the GDC consists of more than 500 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions. The GDC Expo has more than 300 exhibitors and includes the Business Center, the Game Career Seminar, a variety of Interactive Spaces, and more.

To learn more about GDC and VRDC, follow @Official_GDC or visit: www.gdconf.com. Both the Game Developers Choice Awards and IGF ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel.

About the UBM Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game and VR/AR industries, the UBM Game Network drives community and business partnerships through market-defining content. Its award-winning lineup of events and digital products and services include the Game Developers Conference®, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, Gamasutra.com, GameCareerGuide.com, GDC Play, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. Visit www.ubmgamenetwork.com for more information.

About UBM
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn

 

SOURCE UBM Tech Game Network

27-Feb-2017 Christie McFall Joins UBM Americas as VP and Managing Director of Veterinary

LENEXA, Kan., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Christie McFall will join UBM Americas on February 27. She will serve as VP and Managing Director of UBM's Veterinary business, including the CVC conventions; dvm360.com; the magazines dvm360, Vetted, and Firstline; numerous targeted e-letters, resource guides, and books; and custom educational materials in all media.

McFall previously served as Managing Director at VML and, before that, as Director, Digital Marketing at Meredith Corporation.

"Christie has built a genuine connection with the Veterinary and Pet Care Industry we serve so proudly," said Tom Ehardt, EVP and Senior Managing Director of Life Sciences in UBM Americas. "Plus, her innovative exposure in marketing will help us continue to evolve and improve our products for customers."

McFall will replace Becky Turner Chapman, a long-time industry leader who is retiring after 20 plus years leading the group.

About UBM America's Life Sciences Veterinary Division
UBM Americas, Veterinary, serves more than 60,000 practicing veterinarians in the U.S., plus more than 40,000 veterinary team members, with award-winning content and community that meets the unique medical and business needs of veterinary professionals, and connects major pharmaceutical, nutrition, and equipment companies with their customers. In addition to its industry-leading portal web site and publications, the group produces three annual CVC continuing-education events that attract a total of 12,000+ professionals and industry representatives to three locations nationwide.

About UBM plc
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world.

In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.

Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different industry sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

For more information, go to www.ubm.com;
For UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM.

Contact:
Ashley Womack
1-415-9476374
ashley.womack@ubm.com

 

SOURCE UBM Americas

27-Feb-2017 Judging Panel for Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 Announced

HONG KONG, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 is pleased to announce its prestigious panel of judges comprising distinguished luminaries in the fields of design, jewellery, and the arts.

Organised by JNA and CJNA of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen, the biennial competition aims to usher in a new era in gold wedding jewellery by encouraging designers from around the world to reflect wedding traditions and customs through fresh and creative designs.

The independent judging panel of the competition's inaugural edition consists of highly respected, esteemed leaders from the jewellery and art industry, chosen for their extensive knowledge and expertise. They will run a two-part thorough, fair, transparent and rigorous judging process. Entries will be evaluated on their creativity and originality, their adherence to the theme, and their understanding of craftsmanship and manufacture processes.

The judging panel is chaired by renowned academic and educator Norman Cherry. He is joined by leading trend forecaster Paola De Luca, Japanese artist Ben Mori, Professor XuXiang Tang and trailblazing fine jewellery designer Stephen Webster.  

Norman Cherry worked for many years in the British Higher Education sector, nurturing talent in the fields of art and design. From 1996 to 2008, he was Head of the internationally acclaimed Birmingham School of Jewellery. His last position in the academe was as Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts at the University of Lincoln. Norman currently runs a consultancy as a creator, educator and curator. His projects include working on behalf of international clients to connect Chinese and other universities, and advising jewellery manufacturers on the development of young designers.

Paola De Luca is a world-renowned trends forecaster from Italy, with particular expertise on global jewellery design trends. She is the Founder of The Futurist Ltd, a creative intelligence firm specialising in strategic projects in the luxury and jewellery sectors. Paola runs design projects and educational programmes for buyers and government organisations, and conducts seminars on global jewellery design trends at international trade fairs. Her much-sought-after trend books are considered among the leading resources on jewellery design.

Ben Mori is an artist and designer from Japan. He studied different art disciplines including 2D and 3D drawing, liberal arts and graphic design. Ben favours mostly heavy colours in his artworks, which have been exhibited in several countries. In an interview, he revealed his design philosophy as "Good artists just keep making art."

Professor XuXiang Tang is a professor, doctoral advisor and the director of the Jewelry Studio of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University. He is also the Judge of Arts and Crafts Masters, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts Association and Deputy Director of China's Jewelry Design Committee. He is an expert on traditional Chinese metalcraft as well as modern art and design, bridging the gap between Chinese traditional and contemporary art.

Stephen Webster is a celebrated English jewellery designer known for his largely pioneering designs that infuse Rock n Roll influences into fine jewellery. His fresh, bold and modern designs have amassed a celebrity following. Stephen curates Rock Vault, an initiative of the British Fashion Council to mentor, support, showcase and promote Britain's most innovative, fine jewellery talents.

The judges will determine the 30 finalists of the competition and announce these in the middle of June. The overall winner of the competition will be awarded the 'Xifu' Grand Prize of a 1kg gold bar at the Awards Ceremony scheduled for mid-September.  For more details, please visit www.xifudesigncompetition.com

Media Contact

Althea Long

Vincent Tang

UBM Asia Limited

World Gold Council

Email: althea.long@ubm.com

Email: vincent.tang@gold.org

Tel: +852 2516 1653

Tel: +86 21 2226 1116

Official Website
www.xifudesigncompetition.com

Social Media Platforms

Facebook: @xifuDesignCompetition
Twitter: @XifuDesignComp
WeChat: @Xifudesign
Weibo: @Xifudesign

SOURCE JNA

22-Feb-2017 Win a 1kg Gold Bar from the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017

HONG KONG, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jewellery design talents worldwide are invited to join the inaugural Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition, which offers a 1kg gold bar as grand prize. Organised by JNA & CJNA of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen, the competition opens for entries on 1 March 2017.

The biennial competition aims to usher in a new era in gold wedding jewellery by encouraging designers from around the world to reflect wedding traditions and customs through fresh and creative designs.

The theme of the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 is "Oneness," alluding to the crossing of geographic and cultural boundaries to create newer and greater significance for gold wedding jewellery. All designs should reflect originality, creativity and craftsmanship; incorporate the elements of Chinese wedding customs; and embody the contestant's viewpoint on marriage and "Oneness."

In line with this year's theme "Oneness," contestants are asked to design a set of two or more jewellery pieces using gold of 18-karat or above especially tailored for new-generation newlyweds to express the joy and blessing of the bond of marriage.

The competition has two categories: Plain Gold and Gem-set Gold Jewellery. All budding and professional jewellery designers as well as students and graduates of all jewellery design disciplines can enter and compete in both categories. There is no fee to entering the competition.

Setting the bar as a creative forerunner, the competition offers unprecedented prizes worth over 1 million yuan in the form of gold bars, gold medals and gold certificates to put its vision into practice and cement its unique influence on the industry.

Each category will have prizes for first, second and third place and the remaining 17 contestants will receive a Finalist Prize. Only one overall winner will be awarded the "Xifu" Grand Prize.

Prizes of the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017:

"Xifu" Grand Prize
Gold medal, gold certificate & 1kg of 999.9 pure gold bar
1st Prize (1 winner)
Gold medal, gold certificate & 500g of 999.9 pure gold bar
2nd Prize (2 winners)
Gold medal, gold certificate & 200g of 999.9 pure gold bar
3rd Prize (3 winners)
Gold medal, gold certificate & 100g of 999.9 pure gold bar
Finalist Prize (17 winners)
Gold medal & gold certificate

Winners may also have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish their profiles and brands through the business cooperation contract with the "Xifu" brand, which will lead to worldwide media coverage and promotions with "Xifu" official retailers, roadshows, an exhibition tour, and many more invaluable business opportunities.

The close collaboration between the Organisers, the supporting organisation, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality, and the exclusive sponsor, Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Limited, consolidates resources and creates the synergy needed to ensure that the competition operates at the international level.

The independent judging panel of this year's competition comprises world-renowned designers and esteemed leaders from the jewellery and art industry. The judges will conduct two rounds of rigorous, transparent and fair assessment to select the best designs.

Interested participants can submit their entries, together with the completed application form, design sketches and design and material explanation, via mail or online at the competition's website. Deadline for submissions will be midnight (Hong Kong time) of 31 May 2017. For more details, please visit: www.xifudesigncompetition.com.

About the Organisers

JNA & CJNA
www.jewellerynewsasia.com / www.cjna.com

JNA and CJNA are the flagship jewellery publications of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, JNA is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. With the rapid development of China's jewellery market, CJNA was founded in 1994 to connect Chinese-speaking jewellery professionals with the world's fastest-growing jewellery market. Both magazines feature original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia.

World Gold Council
www.gold.org

The World Gold Council (WGC) is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Its purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership and be the global authority on the gold market.

WGC develops gold-backed solutions, services and products, based on authoritative market insight and it works with a range of partners to put ideas into action. As a result, WGC creates structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors. WGC provides insights into the international gold markets, helping people to understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

The membership of the WGC includes the world's leading and most forward-thinking gold mining companies.

People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen
http://www.yantian.gov.cn/

Established in 1998, the People's Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen (Yantian District) is located in East Shenzhen, adjacent to the Pearl River Delta. Yantian District continuously promotes the transformation and advancement of its valuable core industries, such as port logistics, gold jewellery, tourism and culture, and biotechnology among others.

Yantian District is the pioneering leader in the Chinese gold jewellery industry. Of the 160 gold jewellery companies based in the district, the income, gross profit and export delivery value of 40 large-scale companies account for 15 to 20 percent of China's total share.

About the Supporting Organisation

Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality http://www.sz.gov.cn/wtlyjnew/

Established in 2009, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality is a bureau of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government. The Administration aims at promoting the development of culture, sports and tourism through the enhancement of resource utilisation and cultural vitality of Shenzhen City, the commitment to historical and intangible cultural heritage preservation, as well as the enrichment of tourism experiences.

About the Sponsor

Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Limited
www.batar.cn/

Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd (Batar) is a major gold jewellery manufacturer with businesses that span a wide range of services and products -- from manufacturing and wholesale to retail -- and several financial investments. Batar currently owns more than 20 subsidiaries engaged in various businesses and three independent brands, "Batar Jewelery," "Global Crown" and "Show King." It has more than 400 franchise and retail stores that cover more than 85 percent of China.

Media Contact

Althea Long

Vincent Tang

UBM Asia Limited

World Gold Council

Email: althea.long@ubm.com

Email: vincent.tang@gold.org

Tel: +852 2516 1653

Tel: +86 21 2226 1116

Official Website
www.xifudesigncompetition.com

Social Media Platforms
Facebook: @xifuDesignCompetition
Twitter: @XifuDesignComp
WeChat ID: xifudesign
Weibo: @Xifudesign

SOURCE JNA

22-Feb-2017 Panel of Expert Judges Reconvenes for JNA Awards 2017

HONG KONG, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual JNA Awards celebrates its sixth year with a stellar panel of judges consisting of five distinguished experts from the jewellery and gemstone industry.

Organised by JNA, the JNA Awards recognises and honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and outstanding business performance to shape the growth and development of Asia's jewellery industry.

An independent panel of industry leaders representing key sectors of the jewellery trade is carefully selected to ensure that the judging process is independent, robust, transparent and intellectually rigorous.

The judges for JNA Awards 2017 are:

  • Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council and former Managing Director, Far East (WGC) 
  • James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council
  • Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE)
  • Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East
  • Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development - Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, remarked, "The judging panel is an integral part of making the JNA Awards an authoritative, fair and successful event. These individuals have been chosen not only for their expertise in the jewellery and gemstone industry, but also for their dedication and contribution to the advancement of the sector."

"Although we saw a seven-year low for jewellery demand in 2016, we have witnessed the resiliency of the jewellery sector - thanks to the gradual corporatization of family-owned companies, and the adoption of state-of-the-art management know-how and IT application by enterprise owners and their teams to their manufacturing, retailing and marketing processes. We encourage these forward thinkers and innovators to share their best business practices through the JNA Awards," added Albert Cheng, Advisor to the WGC and former Managing Director of WGC - Far East.

James Courage commented, "It has been a privilege and a responsibility to have been involved in the judging of the JNA Awards for the last five years since its inception. I have observed increased levels of investment and engagement by our industry in developing employees, improving environmental considerations, raising standards and making technical advancements, which are all well-covered by the focus of the JNA awards." Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council and Chief Executive of PGI.

"It's my honour and pleasure to serve as a judge and contribute to the JNA Awards for the sixth consecutive year. In the past five years, I've witnessed marked progress in terms of the quality of participants, the attention it has attracted, and the positive influence it has wielded in the industry as a whole. I believe that the JNA Awards will continue to surprise, delight and impress me in new ways," added Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the SDE.

Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA for India and the Middle East, said, "Year after year, the JNA Awards has grown in stature and become synonymous with recognising excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry. This platform encourages businesses to share their best practices that contribute towards accelerating the pace of innovation in the industry. It has been my honour to be associated with JNA Awards since 2013."

Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc, added, "I am grateful to share the same passion and commitment with my fellow judges in promoting best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone industry. We hope that this year's awards will continue to see more qualified entries and first-time entrants joining our community."

JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook (CTF), together with Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) as Honoured Partners.

A complete description of the award categories, as well as a detailed explanation of the judging criteria and entry rules, may be reviewed after registering online. Entry submission will start in early March and the deadline for the submission of nominations is on 5 May 2017.

For more information, visit http://www.JNAawards.com or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing 
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852-2516-2184
marketing@jnaawards.com

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com)

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotinto.com/diamondsandminerals)

Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik).

Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.

Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com)

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011.

The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms.

The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.2 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/)

Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

3.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk)

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded "Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award" in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

SOURCE JNA

22-Feb-2017 Enterprise Connect Adds New Google Keynote: Scott Johnston, Director for Real Time Communications, G Suite

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications, today announces that Scott Johnston, Director for Real Time Communications, G Suite by Google Cloud, will deliver a Keynote address at its annual event. Johnston will take the Keynote stage on Wednesday, March 29 at 11-11:30 AM.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information and to save with Early Bird registration before March 3, please visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.

In his tenure at Google, Scott Johnston has launched Drive, Drive for Work, the Docs commenting system, Google Sites and other products. He is currently focused on transforming G Suite's team and meetings space as well as incubating new products within Apps. Johnston was the VP of Products for JotSpot before its acquisition by Google in 2006. Prior to JotSpot, he served as Director of Engineering for Kintana, a start-up in the IT process automation space.

"We're excited to have Scott Johnston from Google's G Suite team joining our Keynote lineup," said Eric Krapf, Enterprise Connect General Manager and Program Co-Chair. "This Keynote presentation will help the Enterprise Connect community better understand Google's role in the enterprise communications industry landscape, and how that role may affect them going forward."

In addition to Johnston, Enterprise Connect will welcome the following Keynote speakers:

  • Gene Farrell, Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Amazon Web Services
  • Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO & Chairman, Twilio
  • Ron Markezich,  Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office 365
  • Jens Meggers, PhD, Sr. Vice President and General Manager Cloud Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco

Learn more about the Enterprise Connect Keynotes here: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/conference/keynotes

Enterprise Connect 2017
Enterprise Connect will return to Orlando in 2017, bringing together enterprise communications professionals of all levels for an extensive three-and-a-half-day Conference focused on maximizing attendees' investments in communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. The event will feature Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and more, spanning nine tracks encompassing the major technology streams in the industry.

The event will also host the largest and broadest exhibition focused on systems, software, services and applications – giving attendees a chance to experience the latest tools and innovations firsthand.

Follow Enterprise Connect online:

Facebook: facebook.com/enterprise.connect
Twitter:
@enterprisecon
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?gid=2710052

About Enterprise Connect
For more than 25 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect owns and produces No Jitter, (nojitter.com), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter, a Webinar Series and Virtual Events. For more information, visit enterpriseconnect.com. Enterprise Connect is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

 

SOURCE Enterprise Connect

22-Feb-2017 New Interop ITX Research Finds 80% of Technology Professionals Have Already Implemented or Plan to Implement DevOps in the Next Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Interop ITX, the independent conference for tech leaders, today released the next installment of its 2017 research rollout, 2017 State of DevOps. With DevOps on the rise, Interop ITX's new research report provides IT leaders with insight on how their peers are implementing DevOps concepts, their top priorities, and how success is being measured. Barriers and benefits are also explored based on recent survey responses from business technology decision makers.

To download the full 2017 State of DevOps research report, please visit: ubm.io/InteropITXDevOps

As software development and deployment becomes a major focus for businesses large and small, DevOps initiatives can help remove congestion in software release and deployment processes, increasing automation and reducing mistakes and system failures, all while allowing faster recovery from errors and outages. The practice of DevOps also assists development and IT operations staff to collaborate more effectively and share responsibilities of application definition, development, deployment and support.

With the added value that comes with DevOps, interest and adoption is continually increasing. To keep up with this growing trend, and to serve its community with new opportunities to improve workflow, Interop ITX surveyed 300 technology professionals specializing in applications development, deployment and management. The survey was intended to better understand why and how professionals are utilizing DevOps. Based on the data, the 2017 State of DevOps research report provides today's IT leaders with valuable insight into their peers' views on DevOps adoption, potential barriers, and benefits.

Adoption: Why embrace DevOps?

More than 50% of those surveyed indicated the need to improve quality and performance of applications as a driver for DevOps adoption. Additionally, respondents cited improving the customer experience, reducing complexity and decreasing overall IT costs as reasons for implementing DevOps practices.

Barriers: What roadblocks are organizations facing?

Among the top reasons keeping professionals from carrying out DevOps practices, 33% cited lack of demand from the business while many others noted a lack of expertise and resources. Respondents also named development and operations teams' unwillingness to cooperate as a barrier to adoption.

Benefits: What can DevOps do to help today's technology professionals?

While organizations are still determining all of the benefits associated with embracing DevOps, those who have already adopted it claim the practice reduces organizational costs and influences revenue increases. Additionally, 43% of respondents indicated operations staff had become involved in future product feature enhancements as a resut of adoption, while 41% said development had become more involved in application deployments. In addition, 25% reported corporate management structure had been changed to better align development and IT staff goals through DevOps practices.

"DevOps practices have certainly matured within the technology space, however today's organizations are still finding roadblocks when it comes to actual adoption. Our goal with this report is to share why those roadbloacks exist and to offer additional knowledge from DevOps early adopters," said Interop ITX general manager, Meghan Reilly. "We're thrilled to introduce DevOps as the next topic of our growing research portfolio."

Interop ITX

Building on Interop's 30 years of dedication to providing the technology community with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies, Interop ITX is the independent conference for innovative tech leaders. Its new Conference-first model will facilitate a trusted environment for IT decision makers to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and businesses through constant change and disruption.

Interop ITX will take place May 15-19, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please visit: interopitx.com

Register for Interop ITX here: interopitx.com
Apply for an Interop ITX Media Pass here: interop.com

Follow Interop ITX
Twitter: @interop  
Facebook: facebook.com/InteropITX
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups/53959

About Interop ITX

Interop ITX is the industry's most trusted independent Conference focused on Full Stack IT education for technology leaders. The event continues the 30 years Interop has dedicated to providing IT decision makers with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and their businesses through constant change and disruption. Employed by a Conference-first model, Interop ITX offers both breadth and depth of content to a broad IT audience across core areas: Infrastructure, Security, Cloud, Data & Analytics, DevOps, and Leadership & Professional Development. For more information, visit interopitx.com. Interop ITX is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM. 

About UBM plc

UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn.

 

SOURCE Interop ITX

22-Feb-2017 Indonesia: Pharma Investment Forum at CPhI SEA In March

By invitation only, the forum matches international players interested in investing in the region with the key local pharma companies looking for reliable partners.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In one month's time, from March 22-24, CPhI SEA is set to open its doors at Jakarta International Expo, offering to over 260 exhibitors the only dedicated pharma trading platform for the region. Sign up today!

One pivotal, added feature to this year's program will be the Investment Forum. By invitation only, the Forum will bring together investors, investment banking professionals, private equity firms, pharma manufacturers and all involved stakeholders to spur new ventures in the pharmaceutical sector in Indonesia and the region. Contact the Organizer to secure your invitation to attend the Forum and to access the Investors Lounge - a special meeting area dedicated to business talks - open every day at CPhI South East Asia 2017.

In fact, there are more than 200 drug makers in Indonesia, most of which produce only low-margin generics. While they control 95% of the market by volume, they only have a combined 75% share in value terms. At the same time, a much smaller number of companies operating in the country has been able to capture more profits by investing in innovative R&D and the development of higher-value products, often in partnership with international companies, in particular from Korea, Japan, and China.

An example is Kalbe Farma, Indonesia's largest pharmaceutical company, which is shifting from being a maker of generic drugs to a high-tech pharma developer. Last year Kalbe agreed to establish a 60:40 joint venture with South Korean biotechnology company Genexine and initially invest 130 billion rupiah ($9.1 million) to develop biopharmaceutical products. Significantly, a lack of generic substitutes in these fields in Indonesia implies no government-set price ceilings, and therefore these products offer higher margins.

GP Farmasi, the Indonesian industry association, projects investment in the pharmacy sector to reach Rp 215 trillion (US$15.34 billion) by 2025. The sector itself had potentials worth up to Rp 700 trillion, which consisted of Rp 450 trillion for the domestic market and Rp 250 trillion in exports, by 2025.

IPMG members - including Novartis, Merck, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer - have invested more than USD $1 billion in Indonesia's pharmaceutical industry over the past few years, particularity for the construction of factories and clinical research (source: AmCham Indonesia).

One of their members, Bayer, in 2016 alone invested EUR8.1 million in the expansion of its factory in Cimanggis (West Java). This factory produces multivitamins and medicines, about 75% of which is exported to 26 countries.

Such activities are taking place while Indonesian President Joko Widodo is pushing its universal health care program to cover the country's projected population of 270 million by 2019, a leap from the 170 million currently covered. This year for the first time, government expenditures on health care reached the legally mandated 5% of the state budget. Health care spending is expected to grow 12% every year through 2020.

Tailored to suit this fast changing industry, the 6th edition of CPhI South East Asia taking place during 22-24 March 2017 in Jakarta provides the must-attend trade exhibition where the regional pharma industry meets to leverage connections, knowledge and insight to spur business.

Sign up now to attend!

Government supporters: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters : Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi Indonesia), Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC), International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI)

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) -- Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers.

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale.

Contact:

Ivan Ferrari
Phone: +62-21-2930-5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

SOURCE CPhI SEA

21-Feb-2017 UBM Medica's Eyecare Group Launches Retina-Focused Site

CLEVELAND, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- /PR Newswire/ -- UBM Medica's Eye Care Group (www.ubmmedica.com) is pleased to announce the launch of Modern Retina (www.modernretina.com), a new clinical and educational website for retina specialists.

Built upon the success of Ophthalmology Times, Modern Retina focuses on the latest innovations in the areas of retinal surgery, clinical information, research, pharmaceutical advancements, technology, and practice management. By meeting current informational needs and filling existing educational gaps, Modern Retina helps retinal physicians focus more on improved patient care.

Industry leaders are invited to join the UBM Medica Eyecare Team for the launch of Modern Retina at the Retina World Congress, taking place February 23 – 26, 2017. Stop by Booth #26 on Friday, February 24 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a celebratory champagne toast, light fare, and website demonstration. For more information, please contact Leo Avila at leo.avila@ubm.com, or call 302-377-1333.

For more information about Modern Retina, visit: www.modernretina.com

For more information about UBM Medica, visit: www.ubmmedica.com

About UBM Medica
UBM Medica provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information to over 1 million healthcare providers, resulting in improved quality of care for patients around the world.  We serve our clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and related industries by delivering strategic, integrated communications solutions at the point of patient care – whether online, mobile, or in print. Our reach extends to practitioners and decision makers in primary care, pediatrics, cancer care, psychiatry, dermatology, endocrinology, eye care, neurology, women's health, men's health, radiology, managed care, pharmacy, and more. For more information, visit www.ubmmedica.com.

UBM Medica is organized by UBM plc.  UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors.  Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed.  Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM.

Media Contact:
Amy Erdman
VP, Marketing
203-523-7041

 

SOURCE UBM Medica

17-Feb-2017 Starch Expo Leads the Way into the Chinese Starch Market

SHANGHAI, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's leading professional exhibition covering whole industry chain, Starch Expo was launched in 2006 and has grown with the development of the starch industry in China. With 11 years of continuous success in China, the show has developed into the most important, professional and largest event in the Asian starch industry. Last year's show was held concurrently with the leading events CPhI China, Food Ingredients Asia, Potato Expo and the Fermentation show, which, combined, covered 200,000 square meters and attracted more than 4,000 exhibitors and 80,000 visits.

At Starch Expo 2017 there will be one new special pavilion onsite showing bio-based and starch-based materials, biodegradable materials and application technology in addition to a Modified Starch pavilion, Starch Sugar (Alcohol) pavilion, Enzyme pavilion and International pavilion.

One of the important on-site events at Starch Expo 2017 will be the 4th Global Starch Industry Conference -- with the theme of "Innovation & Development, Industrial Convergence" – which will focus on the latest application of starch and bio-based materials, and will be held on June 20, 2017. It will focus on product development and applications of the latest technologies and launch a brainstorm of creativity.

Registration for Starch Expo is now open. Visitors can pre-register for the event and activate badges in advance to avoid the on-site queue. Registered visitors can get free access to on-site activities and all co-located shows including Fi Asia China, CPhI China and HNC, as well as free access to the VIP lounge, a gift and a lunch coupon.

On June 20-22, 2017, the 12th Starch Expo will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai. The organizers, the China Starch Industry Association and UBM Sinoexpo, welcome companies from the starch and derivatives industries to participate in STARCH EXPO 2017.

Press enquiries contact:

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Louise Zhang
International Marketing Executive
T: +86-21-33392318
E: Louise.zhang@ubmsinoexpo.com

SOURCE Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

16-Feb-2017 Dark Reading's February 28 Virtual Event Helps Businesses Develop a Cybersecurity Strategy

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, February 28 beginning at 11 a.m. ET, UBM America's Dark Reading will host the Cybersecurity: Costs, Risks, and Benefits virtual event to provide a holistic view of the costs, risks and benefits of information security investments. The event will focus on such questions as: How much should an organization spend on information security? What's the potential cost of a major hack or data breach? What's the risk that an enterprise will be hit by a cyberattack? And, how can the benefits of a cybersecurity investment be measured?

The virtual event will bring together IT security leaders, business executives and cyber threat experts to discuss numerous topics, including: how to measure the risks and benefits of IT security, formulas to evaluate the costs and benefits of IT security, how to build a business case for IT security, and how to demonstrate performance and growth in the efficiency of the IT security department.

"Today's enterprises are spending more than ever on IT security, yet data breaches and compromises are also on the rise," said Tim Wilson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Dark Reading. "Security professionals and executives continue to wrestle with the question of how much to spend on cybersecurity, and how to measure the value of that investment. This event is designed to bring both security people and business executives to the table, and to offer them some advice and recommendations on how to understand the business case for cybersecurity."

The six-hour virtual event offers keynote and panel presentations on the following topics:

  • The Real Costs of a Security Data Breach
  • Evaluating and Managing the Costs of IT Security
  • Cyber Insurance: A Risk Management Tool?
  • Measuring Cybersecurity Risk 
  • Measuring the Performance and Benefit of an IT Security Department

In addition to Dark Reading editors, event speakers include:

  • Adam Vincent, CEO, ThreatConnect
  • Andrew Morrison, Principal, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Cyber Risk Services
  • Caspian Kilkelly, Security Consultant, Rapid7 Global Services
  • Jack Jones, Chairman of the FAIR Institute and EVP of Research and Development, Risklens
  • Jay Jacobs, Senior Data Scientist, Bitsight Technologies
  • Jeff Pollard, Principal Analyst, Forrester
  • J.R. Cunningham, Senior Executive Director of Field Operations, Office of the CISO at OPTIV Security
  • Julian Martin, VP of Product Marketing, MimeCast
  • Matthew Gardiner, Senior Product Marketing Manager, MimeCast
  • Terry Barbounis, Global Architect Evangelist, CenturyLink
  • Tom Bienkowski, Director DDoS Product Marketing, Arbor Networks

To register to attend the Cybersecurity: Costs, Risks, and Benefits Virtual Event, visit: http://events.darkreading.com/cybersecurity/#register

The virtual event diamond sponsor is MimeCast and the platinum sponsors are ThreatConnect, Rapid 7 Global Services, Arbor Networks and CenturyLink Business.

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UBM Americas

UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

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UBM Americas
212-600-3297
nicole.waters@ubm.com

 

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16-Feb-2017 Capital of Ecuador to Host Routes Americas 2018

MANCHESTER, England, February 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, has won a highly competitive bidding process to host the Routes Americas air service development forum in 2018.


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Routes Americas is the only event that brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan air services for North and South America. It is held in a different location every year to highlight the diverse aviation markets across the Americas.

The host city for 2018, Quito, was founded in the ruins of an Andean Inca city during the 16th Century. The Spanish colonial centre is one of the most preserved in South America - it was of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites to be declared by UNESCO in 1978. Quito is one of the highest capitals in the world and the closest capital to the equator.

Ecuador is one of only 17 'megadiverse' countries in the world due to its rich ecology. The inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection - the Galápagos Islands - is home to distinct plants and wildlife that have evolved in isolation to the rest of the Americas. They lie around 1,000 km off the country's coast and can be reached by a two-hour flight from Quito.

Ecuador's most visited national park after the Galápagos Islands is Cotopaxi, south of Quito. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and it is popular with climbers. An ecological reserve surrounds the volcano which is home to animals such as cougars, llamas, Andean fox, wolves, pumas, bears and wild horses.

Quito International Airport is the main gateway to Ecuador. Traffic has been increasing steadily since the airport opened in 2013 and passenger numbers reached 5.8 million in 2015. During this time the airport has added nine new routes and five airlines to its network, as well as 17 additional flights and frequencies on existing routes.

Routes Americas will provide Quito with the opportunity to make the case for more new air services. This year's event in Las Vegas was attended by 830 delegates from 100 airlines, 260 airports and 40 tourism authorities - Quito can expect a similar gathering of influential people in 2018.

Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: "Ecuador is an exciting 'bucket list' destination and its capital is rich in history and culture. Quito will make an excellent host city for Routes Americas."

Routes Americas 2018 will be hosted by Quito Tourism and Quiport (the concessioner of Quito International Airport).

Andrew O'Brian, President and CEO of Quiport, said: "Organising Routes Americas in Quito will be an invaluable opportunity to show the potential of this city as a top destination on a regional scale and the advantages offered by its airport to the airline industry."

"For Quiport, participating in Routes Americas has been a very important tool for our route development strategy. Quito and Ecuador offer a new world yet to be discovered."

Routes Americas 2018, 13-15 February 2018, Quito, Ecuador.  

About Routes  

  • Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. 'Regional' route development forums are held in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa/Middle East, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September.
  • The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings, an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).
  • Routes is part of the UBM EMEA division of UBM plc.

For further information contact: 
Karen Reeves
Communications & Content Marketing Manager
Routes, UBM EMEA
T: +44 (0)161 234 2721
M: +44 (0)796 6405 105
E: Karen.Reeves@ubm.com

16-Feb-2017 Sea Asia Survey: Industry Leaders Call for More Big Data Experts

SINGAPORE, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new survey released by Sea Asia 2017, maritime leaders have revealed that a severe skills shortage is preventing the industry from effectively harnessing Big Data and ultimately negating performance and cost-saving potential.

According to the survey, 63 per cent of the leaders believe the lack of access to Big Data is holding back their ability to utilise it, with only 12 per cent saying they are currently compiling, analysing and storing Big Data. The leaders also identified that the key areas where they see potential benefits from the use of Big Data are real time information on vessel performance (77 per cent) and cost savings for their respective companies (70 per cent).

The survey, conducted ahead of Sea Asia 2017, was carried out among maritime leaders to gain insights into key trends in the industry. The trends highlighted in the survey will form part of the discussions taking place at Sea Asia 2017.

Recognising the benefits that Big Data brings to the industry, Mr Oh Bee Lock, Head of Group Technology at PSA International Pte Ltd, said leaders need to start looking more closely into how data analytics can augment human decisions, while bringing the current and future workforce up to speed.

"There is no question that Big Data will transform the port and logistics industry substantially. From enabling cargo visibility to the development of self-piloting ships, the benefits are clear. With technology changing rapidly today, the industry will develop slower than others if it does not harness and use Big Data successfully.

"The next step must be for us to prepare the industry to fully integrate Big Data analytics into the working environment. We need to look into developing the skills of our current workforce to ensure that there are professionals who are trained to collect and use the large amounts of data in the industry, and make it more interesting for Big Data professionals to join the industry.

"Only with a competent set of professionals can the opportunities provided by Big Data be leveraged effectively," said Mr Oh, who will be speaking at Sea Asia 2017.

A majority of the industry leaders surveyed also supported this sentiment. Half of the leaders (50 per cent) recognised the need for more skilled professionals, especially with the industry moving towards smart shipping, while 83 per cent highlighted the importance of focusing on developing the skills of current employees.

Mr Oskar Levander, Vice President of Innovation -- Marine at Rolls-Royce, highlighted that with the global move towards smarter technologies, it is crucial that all stakeholders recognise the need to change with the times and work together to keep up.

"Big Data has the potential to change and disrupt the maritime sector, changing the way services are offered and allowing new players with new and different skills sets to enter the market. The evolution of technology means that the competitive landscape for the maritime industry is also changing quickly. It is therefore crucial for the industry to come together and collaborate with one another and the government to accelerate innovation, improve processes and create value. This will help us navigate challenges to come," said Mr Levander, also a speaker at Sea Asia 2017.

Seatrade Chairman, Chris Hayman, said the results of the Sea Asia 2017 survey highlight the industry's focus on the need to move towards Big Data and smart shipping. At the same time, it is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure they effectively harness the power of Big Data and new technology.

"Some of the key discussions that will be taking place at Sea Asia 2017 include conversations around the utilisation of Big Data and smart shipping technologies. At the 'The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Threat or Opportunity' session, we will delve into how technology and innovation can be leveraged as strategies for the maritime industry to move forward amidst today's challenges.

"As with previous editions, leaders from the global maritime scene will come together on the Sea Asia platform this year to also discuss and debate with one another on how the industry can leverage opportunities that come along with new trends impacting the industry," said Mr Hayman.

Sea Asia 2017 will be held in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands®, Singapore from 25-27 April 2017.

Note to editors: Respondents of the Sea Asia 2017 survey are the CEOs, chairmen and directors of maritime and offshore companies.

For more information, please contact:

Disha Gurnani  

Lyna Hanis

Email:   disha.gurnani@bbspr.com.sg

Email:   lyna.hanis@bbspr.com.sg

Mobile: +65 9780 1655     

Mobile: +65 9139 0572

DID:     +65 6239 4105  

DID:     +65 6239 4108

Notes to Editors

About Sea Asia 2017

Sea Asia, the premier maritime and offshore conference and exhibition in Asia is returning for the 6th edition from 25 - 27 April 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands®, Singapore. Co-organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Sea Asia is well-attended by trade professionals and some of the most influential and respected leaders in the industry, delivering an unparalleled reach of key decision-makers.

Alongside an international exhibition, the highly acclaimed and interactive Sea Asia conference complements and puts Sea Asia at the forefront of regional maritime events. International thought-leaders will address the latest topics, debate on key trends, and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the maritime and offshore businesses from a commercial perspective.

For a full list of sponsors and exhibitors, and more information on the conference programme, please visit www.sea-asia.com/.

About Seatrade

Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired in 2014 by UBM, the world's second largest media and event organiser across a wide variety of industries. Seatrade's publications, events, management training, research and award schemes cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries. The company's principal strength is its ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry. Seatrade is headquartered in Colchester, UK, with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, as well as representatives in all major maritime centres and cruise destinations across the globe.

For more information, please visit www.seatrade-maritime.com.

About the Singapore Maritime Foundation

Established in 2004, the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is a private sector-led organisation that seeks to develop and promote Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC). As the representative voice for the commercial players of the maritime industry, SMF seeks to forge strong partnerships with the public and private sectors of the maritime industry. SMF spearheads initiatives to promote the diverse clusters of the maritime industry in Singapore and at international frontiers, and to attract young talents to join the sector. SMF is directed by its Board of Directors which comprises prominent leaders in the Singapore maritime community.

For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.

About the Singapore Maritime Week 2017 (22nd - 28th April 2017)

Sea Asia 2017 is held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week 2017 (SMW). SMW is the leading maritime event in Singapore driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things maritime. These events reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.

SOURCE Seatrade Communications

15-Feb-2017 Enterprise Connect Announces Addition of Amazon Web Services VP Gene Farrell to Robust 2017 Keynote Lineup

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications, today announces that Gene Farrell, Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Amazon Web Services (AWS), will join its 2017 Keynote lineup. Farrell takes the Keynote stage on Tuesday, March 28, 11:30 AM – Noon.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information and to save with Early Bird registration, please visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.

"Having Amazon Web Services address the Enterprise Connect audience for the first time ever, reinforces that our industry is continuing to expand in new directions, offering new choices and challenges for enterprise communications decision-makers," said Eric Krapf, Enterprise Connect General Manager and Program Co-Chair. "Enterprise Connect is focused on helping enterprises evaluate those choices and make the best decisions for today and the next generation within their organizations. We're excited to add AWS to the Enterprise Connect 2017 Keynote lineup."

As a Vice President at Amazon Web Services, Gene Farrell leads a variety of services in the enterprise computing space including the recently announced Amazon Chime, a communication service, Amazon WorkSpaces, a cloud based desktop service, Amazon WorkDocs, a file management and collaboration service, Amazon WorkMail, a business email service, and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Windows, Amazon's computing infrastructure service for Microsoft workloads.

Prior to joining Amazon in 2012, Farrell spent more than 20 years at The Coca-Cola Company in a variety of sales, marketing, and general management roles. He last served as Vice President & General Manager of Coca-Cola Freestyle Worldwide, where he led the creation and commercialization of Coca-Cola Freestyle, an award winning new beverage dispensing technology referred to as the "iPod of soda machines."

Farrell joins Enterprise Connect's previously announced Keynote lineup that includes:

  • Jens Meggers, PhD, Sr. Vice President and General Manager Cloud Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco
  • Ron Markezich,  Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office 365
  • Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO & Chairman, Twilio

Learn more about the Enterprise Connect Keynotes here: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/conference/keynotes

Enterprise Connect 2017
Enterprise Connect will return to Orlando in 2017, bringing together enterprise communications professionals of all levels for an extensive three-and-a-half-day Conference focused on maximizing attendees' investments in communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. The event will feature Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and more, spanning nine tracks encompassing the major technology streams in the industry.

The event will also host the largest and broadest exhibition focused on systems, software, services and applications – giving attendees a chance to experience the latest tools and innovations firsthand.

Follow Enterprise Connect online:

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Twitter: @enterprisecon
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?gid=2710052

About Enterprise Connect
For more than 25 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect owns and produces No Jitter, (nojitter.com), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter, a Webinar Series and Virtual Events. For more information, visit enterpriseconnect.com. Enterprise Connect is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

 

SOURCE Enterprise Connect

15-Feb-2017 "Closing Borders Risks Jobs," World Travel & Tourism Council Warns US Administration at Routes Americas

LAS VEGAS, February 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "The United States is in danger of taking the same path it took after the 9/11 terror attacks, which led to a decade of economic stagnation in the travel and tourism sector," were the powerful warning words from David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), while speaking at the Routes Americas aviation conference in Las Vegas today (14 February).

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Taking to the stage at the event's Strategy Summit, Scowsill warned that: "Strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment led to a $600 billion loss in tourism revenues in the decade post 9/11, as previously reported by the US Travel Association, with a noted 9% drop in international arrivals in the period of 2001 - 2009.

"The Trump Administration is in danger of steering the country in the same direction, which could have a huge impact on the country's travel and tourism sector, which generates over 8% of the country's GDP and supports nearly 10% of total employment in the US."

Airlines, hotels and travel agencies are all reporting drops in international bookings to the US, following the Executive Order banning visitors from seven countries to enter the country. This is the unintended consequence of the ban announcement, with business and leisure customers from around the world holding back on their travel plans.

Scowsill spoke directly at the Administration during his speech, offering five pieces of advice to the President's advisors:

  • Recognise that travel is a key generator of American jobs and economic growth.
  • Keep tourism out of politics. Blanket bans on citizens from specific countries will not make the American people safer.  
  • Remember the decade of lost economic growth. Travellers have a choice and they will go elsewhere.
  • Use the technology available to share information. That will ensure that only the right people arrive at borders in the first place.
  • Consult with the industry in advance of change. This will make the implementation of policies more orderly, fairer and less damaging.

"For the President who has promised to create jobs and to make America great again, travel and tourism seems the most obvious answer. After all, the livelihood of millions of Americans depends on people being able to use planes, trains and automobiles to spend their tourist dollars.

"Travel and tourism thrives by breaking down barriers, not building them; by making it easier for people to travel, not applying blanket bans. Our sector bridges divides between cultures, fosters understanding across religious and geographic boundaries. It is a massive generator of jobs and economic growth," Scowsill concluded.

More information about Routes Americas can be found at routesonline.com

Routes Americas 2017, 14-16 February, ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. Five 'regional' route development forums are held between February and June in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September. http://www.routesonline.com 

  • The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings and an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).
  • Routes is part of the EMEA division of UBM plc.

For further information contact:
Karen Reeves
Communications & Content Marketing Manager
Routes, UBM EMEA
T: +44 (0)161 234 2721
M: +44 (0)796 6405 105
E: Karen.Reeves@ubm.com 

 

15-Feb-2017 Water Philippines 2017 Expo Returns to Manila on its 4th Edition Co-located with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Philippines (RE EE) Event

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Witness a bigger edition of Water Philippines 2017 as it co-locates the first Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) Philippines 2017 to highlight ways and means to Water and Energy advancements. Running on its 4th edition this March 22-24, Water Philippines 2017 is a biennial event which is growing and becoming more successful since its establishment in 2011. Known as the Philippines' Leading International Water Supply, Sanitation, Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Purification Event, Water Philippines 2017 is bringing together over 380 participating exhibitors from 20 countries including 8 international and regional pavilions from mainland China, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and USA. This wide array of participating companies and key players in the Water and Wastewater industry is set to present a complete overview of their products, technologies and innovations.

Water Philippines 2017 is also expecting to gather some 8,500 quality trade visitors from 27 countries including top practitioners, industry professionals and thought leaders. It promises to be an outstanding on-the-spot market of products, connections and opportunities for building strong partnerships and sourcing valuable information on advanced technologies.

"Water Philippines 2017 continues to embody our commitment to help ensure sufficiency, safety and security in the provision of water supply, the proper treatment and safe disposal of wastewater and sewage and the protection and sustainability of our natural water resources through efficient management and utilizing the latest in modern appropriate systems and technologies." As emphasized by Engr. Eulogio Agatep II, the newly-elected President of Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA).

Water Philippines 2017 is also co-located with 4 specialized events including Pumps and Valves (P&V), Pipes and Tubings (P&T), and the first-ever Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE EE) Philippines 2017.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE EE) Philippines 2017, tagged as Asia's Leading Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exhibition, will happen for the first time in the Philippines with the goal of empowering future energy solutions through Solar, Wind and Hydropower, Geothermal, Biomass, Biofuel and Energy Efficiency. Ms. Eliane Van Doorn, Director of Business Development ASEAN of UBM Asia emphasized "The co-location of Water Philippines 2017 and RE EE Philippines 2017 is executed to cater the growing demand of water, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and practices required by the many construction and infrastructure projects here in the Philippines. We also see this as an opportunity for foreign investors and companies to share their advanced technologies, along with significant topics to be presented by local and international industry experts during the Water Philippines Conference."

Mr. Erel Narida, President of Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines (REAP) also added "The use of Renewable Energy is not expensive, it's a matter of perspective. The need for solar energy is an indication that solar is a competitive form of energy. Also, the integration of Renewable Energy into water distribution and utilization can add a large extent of flexibility to energy cost and access to potable water."

With the additional support of key associations like the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE), Philippine Integrated Society of Master Plumbers (PISMP) and Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA), Water Philippines 2017 and RE EE Philippines 2017 will surely be of great contribution to today's two biggest concerns of our country -- Water and Energy.

Water Philippines 2017 coincides with the annual UN World Water Day. Admission to the event is free by pre-registering online at www.waterphilippinesexpo.com or www.renergyphilippines.com.

Notes to Editor:

About UBM Asia

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. UBM Asia has a strong global network of 32 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 trade publications, 18 online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

SOURCE UBM Asia (Malaysia)

15-Feb-2017 Pharma News: CPhI SEA Opening In 5 weeks - Who Are the Machinery Exhibitors?

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In 5 weeks' time, CPhI SEA is set to open its doors from March 22-24 at Jakarta International Expo, offering the only dedicated pharma trading platform for the region. Sign up today!

In Jakarta, over 260 participating companies will offer an unparalleled opportunity in South East Asia to network, do business and advance this fast growing industry. But who are the machinery exhibitors? A sneak preview of some of them:

Daiichi Jitsugyo (Japan): Equipment for inspection, drug formulation, filling, and state-of-the-art packaging, leveraging accumulated experience and an extensive know-how in medicine, food, cosmetics, and oil-related fields.

De Dietrich (Singapore): Whether you are installing a new kilo lab, pilot plant, or large-scale API manufacturing facility, or if you need to upgrade your existing facility to meet new requirements or regulation, De Dietrich Process Systems can provide a customized solution incorporating containment, CIP, SIP, automation and mixing.

Lauda (Germany): The global leader in the manufacture of innovative Constant temperature equipment and systems for science, application technology and production.

GF (Italy): Leading provider of sterilization equipment, filling solutions and inspection technology for the pharmaceutical industry.

High Fine Engineering (China): Mainstream supplier of water system equipment in the global pharmaceutical industry.

Sefar (Switzerland): Leading manufacturer of precision fabrics from monofilaments for the screen printing and filtration markets. Sefar products are used in a wide variety of industries including food and pharmaceutical.

Libra Emas Permata (Indonesia): High-tech solution for commercial, scientific, industrial and household weighing and measurement applications. Sole Agent of A&D Japan in Indonesia.

BW Tek (USA): Advanced instrumentation company producing optical spectroscopy and laser instrumentation, as well as laboratory, portable and handheld Raman systems.

Click here for the full exhibitors list

What's new at CPhI SEA 2017?

Investment Forum

The forum matches key international players interested in investing in Indonesia with the top tier pharma companies in the country looking for reliable partners.

ASEAN – India strategic sourcing Forum

Business networking platform for ASEAN companies - manufacturers and distributors alike - focusing on bilateral trade with Indian counterparts.

Distributors' network

CPhI SEA has invested significantly in expanding its database of distributors in the region with the aim of magnifying the reach and making the event truly regional. All distributors have been invited to visit the event and network with peers and the exhibitors.

Conference

A sharply focused, enriched program, will cover 3 main areas:

  • Business Outlook and Markets - M&A, JVs, strategic partnerships to penetrate markets
  • Regulations and Compliance - ASEAN regulatory practices and harmonization
  • Manufacturing and Supply chain - Big data trends and applications in supply chain

View the full agenda here

Business Matchmaking

Following the success of last year's matchmaking program, which saw 353 pre-booked meetings taking place during the event, this year the program has been enhanced and expanded.

Roadshows

To further promote CPhI SEA as a pharma bridge in South East Asia, roadshows have been organized in several countries in partnerships with local associations and stakeholders (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam).

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the change; register here and join the event and its business matchmaking program!

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

Government supporters: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters: Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi Indonesia), Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC), International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI)

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) -Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers (more to come)

Contact Person:

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com

SOURCE CPhI SEA

14-Feb-2017 ICMI 2017 Contact Center Expo & Conference Offers New Leadership Programs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), has enhanced its conference offerings by adding the new Executive Connections Package and the MasterMinds Workshop to the 2017 ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference. As the leading contact center industry event, ICMI acknowledges and addresses the specific needs of the executive community, as well as up-and-coming leaders who want to maximize the results of attending an industry conference.

ICMI's 2017 Contact Center Expo and Conference will take place May 22-25, in Orlando, FL. For more information, please visit: ICMI.com/CCExpo.

Executive Connections Package:

New for 2017, the Executive Connections Package is an exclusive conference upgrade that offers senior executives the opportunity to network with peers in similar leadership roles and discuss the challenges unique to their standing in an organization. This elite program is limited to 100 senior executives and offers access to an exclusive VIP reception, breakfasts that feature roundtable discussions, and private lunches with keynote speakers Doug Lipp, former Disney Head of training and Shep Hyken, customer service and experience expert.

To learn more about the brand new Executive Connections program, please visit: icmi.com/ec. 

"We're excited to offer senior leaders more targeted content, private discussions and the ability  to create and foster relationships with individuals that have a similar level of management experience," said Patty Caron, event director, ICMI. "Executives that upgrade to this program can strengthen their leadership skills by networking, learning and discussing different approaches to management. We purpose-built these exciting offerings to enhance the experience of senior leaders in the contact center industry."

MasterMinds Workshop:

The MasterMinds Workshop will provide a unique opportunity for like-minded, up-and-coming individuals to share their challenges and goals for the year, discuss ideas from the conference sessions, and strategize to execute on key takeaways to improve business. Led by ICMI Community Director Justin Robbins, attendees will have the opportunity to work alongside their peers and develop a blueprint for the upcoming year with their counterparts, which they can bring back to and implement in their respective offices. Open to all conference attendees, the MasterMinds Workshop is the premier program that fosters year-round support, development, execution and success. The MasterMinds Workshop will meet on the last day of the event, May 25.

For more information on the MasterMinds Workshop, please visit: ubm.io/MMW.

Register by February 28 to save $300.

Two, three and four-day passes are available to suit your individual needs. For more information and to register, visit: secure.icmi.com/expo/2017

Apply for a Media Pass: ubm.io/MediaReg.

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About ICMI
The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals -- from frontline agents to executives -- who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. ICMI is a part of UBM plc (www.ubm.com), a global events-led marketing services and communications company. 

SOURCE International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)

14-Feb-2017 Health Ingredients Trade Show Opening in March in Jakarta: Robust Growth in the Industry in South East Asia on Display

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hi SEA returns to the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia for its second edition during 22nd-24thMarch 2017 as the regional food companies expect robust growth.

In 2017, Indonesia's food and beverage industry is forecast to grow 8.5 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 1,400 trillion (approx. USD $105.2 billion). Concurrently, direct investment is expected to reach around IDR 63 trillion (approx. USD $4.7 billion). Among others, Japanese and South Korean companies stand out as being particularly eager to actively engage in this industry Indonesia. Indeed considering the country's 255 million population and its recovering purchasing power, the food and beverage sector is an attractive option for investors.

On this note, Adhi Lukman, General Chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPMMI), said that Indonesia's F&B trade balance showed a USD $767 million deficit in the first 11 months of 2016, rising sharply from the USD $276 million deficit in full-year 2015. In fact, besides finished products, 90% of the ingredients used in this industry are still imported, thus providing an immense opportunity for international and local companies alike.

At the same time, Indonesian consumers are also changing their habits. In a global survey by Nielsen, it emerged that 76% of global consumers were willing to spend more for food products that promote health benefits. In Asia that percentage stood at 81%.

That is why a trade event like Hi SEA, the only trade exhibition dedicated to the health ingredients industry in the region, held at Jakarta International Expo during March 22-24, 2017, is key to the progress of the market.

Supported by renowned associations such as the Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association, Indonesian Food & Beverage Association -- GAPMMI, the Indonesian Functional Food and Nutraceutical Association and IUFoST, Hi SEA provides a trusted meeting point and a solid conference for all food professionals in the region to build on.

Alongside the show, a cutting edge, focused conference is held, tackling both the perspective of local ASEAN companies expanding their business worldwide and international companies willing to break into the south East Asian health food markets. Sign up here and come join the industry on March 22nd!

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com  

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09-Feb-2017 Six Finalists Selected for 2017 Best of Enterprise Connect Award Honoring Enterprise Communications & Collaboration Innovation

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration, today announced six finalists for its prestigious 2017 Best of Enterprise Connect Award. The award recognizes exhibitors that have made significant technological advancements within the enterprise communications and collaboration industry. The winner will be announced onsite at Enterprise Connect 2017 during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Enterprise Connect 2017 will take place March 27-30 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information and to register, visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando.

A judging panel of industry experts carefully reviewed more than 50 entries and selected the six most innovative products. The 2017 Best of Enterprise Connect finalists are:

BroadSoft: BroadSoft Business provides an integrated portfolio of enterprise-ready cloud PBX, UC, team collaboration, and contact center applications

Cisco: Spark Board 55 is a cloud- and touch-based team collaboration device that combines wireless presentation, digital whiteboarding, and video conferencing while providing connectivity to the Cisco Spark service for continuous workflow

Genband: UC client focused on dynamic integration of applications

Plantronics: Plantronics Manager Pro v3.9 analytics suite provides operational, historical, and contextual data on voice interactions and headset usage patterns

Polycom: EagleEye Director II is an in-room smart camera featuring active speaker technology and picture-in-picture room display, plus data analytics

Vonage: The Nexmo Voice API, integrated with Vonage's carrier-grade network, enables development of  high-quality contextual voice applications in the cloud

"These finalist selections are indicative of the advancing state of enterprise communications and collaboration, with development priorities placed on improving the user experience, easing deployment, facilitating integration, and enabling data-driven decision making," said Beth Schultz, Enterprise Connect program co-chair and No Jitter editor. "Each year these awards honor the companies pushing through to the future and we're excited to see this year's list of finalists continue that trend with a range of such impressive products."

Leading up to the event, the Best of Enterprise Connect judging panel will hold briefings with each of the finalists to learn more about their solutions. A winner will then be selected and awarded on the Enterprise Connect Keynote stage on Wednesday, March 29, at 9:00 a.m.

2017 Best of Enterprise Connect Judges:

  • Robin Gareiss, President and Founder, Nemertes Research
  • Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research
  • Marty Parker, Principal Consultant, UniComm Consulting, and Co-founder, UCStrategies
  • David Stein, Principal, Stein Technology Group

Enterprise Connect 2017
Enterprise Connect will return to Orlando in 2017, bringing together enterprise communications professionals of all levels for an extensive three-and-a-half-day Conference focused on maximizing attendees' investments in communications and collaboration systems, services, apps, and networks. The event will feature Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and more, spanning nine tracks encompassing the major technology streams in the industry.

The event will also host the largest and broadest exhibition focused on systems, software, services, and applications – giving attendees a chance to experience the latest tools and innovations firsthand.

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Twitter: @enterprisecon
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About Enterprise Connect 
For more than 26 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts, and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect owns and produces No Jitter, (nojitter.com), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter and a Webinar Series. For more information, visit enterpriseconnect.com. Enterprise Connect is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

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09-Feb-2017 Pharma Exhibitors At CPhI South East Asia Use Event To Expand Sales Regionally

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CPhI South East Asia returns to the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia for its fifth edition from 22nd-24th March 2017 as regional pharma companies expect robust growth. In fact, the slowing pace of global markets and the increasing threat of a new protectionist wave is transforming the outlook of South East Asian (SEA) manufacturers which are now shifting their focus more to the actual prospects of regional exports. Mirroring this trend, international investors and companies are now pushing for more business in this regional market, across the entire ASEAN economy.

Comprising 40% of SEA economic output, Indonesia is the largest pharma market in the South East Asia Pacific region (SEA/AP). The country has the biggest and fastest-growing economy in the SEA region and a pharma economy consisting of over 200 pharmaceutical companies. There are already 25-30 generic domestic companies with access to the international market, and equally, there are approximately 35 multinational companies established in the area.

These favourable macro trends will be reflected at CPhI South East Asia where domestic manufacturers in particular are increasingly attending the event, with a view to opening up sales in international markets. The biggest pharma event in the ASEAN region, CPhI South East Asia will gather over 5,500 attendees from 41 countries and more than 260 exhibitors (click here for the full list) to network, learn and do business for three days. Co-locating this year with Health Ingredients South East Asia, the event welcomes the best pharma ingredients professionals, packaging experts, machinery providers and contract manufacturing as well as nutraceutical companies from across the region.

The event's conference programme is a dedicated, content-enriched platform that will cover business outlook and markets, regulations and compliance, and manufacturing and supply chain. Sessions include "Strategies to improve market access", "Effective compliance strategies when managing 3rd parties" and "Big Data trends and applications in Supply Chain" and panel discussions on "A look at the pharmaceutical industry in South East Asia" and "ASEAN regulatory harmonization developments".

The event is supported by national and regional governments and regional trade groups, such as: the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Industry, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, and the National Agency for Drug and Food Control.

Rutger Oudejans, Brand Director CPhI South East Asia at UBM EMEA, commented: "2017 marks the 5th anniversary of CPhI South East Asia, and it is incredible to see how far this pharma economy has come. We are seeing a strong interest from international companies coming to the event looking to do business not only in Indonesia, but in the entire ASEAN economy. Additionally, in the last few years more and more Indonesian regional manufacturers are using the event as an essential conduit to begin established sales outside their core domestic market.This year we will also introduce the ASEAN-India strategic forum to help increase bilateral trade with Indian counterparts, as well as an Investment Forum and Distributors network."

Highlighted features at CPhI South East Asia in 2017 include:

  • The Investment Forum, matching key international players interested in investing in Indonesia with the top tier pharma companies in the country looking for reliable partners.
  • The ASEAN-India strategic sourcing Forum provides a business-networking platform for ASEAN companies, both manufacturers and distributors alike, focusing on bilateral trade with their Indian counterparts.
  • All distributors in the region have been invited to visit the event and network with peers and exhibitors through CPhI South East Asia's Distributor Network -- expanding its database of providers in the region with the aim of magnifying the reach throughout the whole ASEAN region.
  • The Business Matchmaking programme provides attendees with the opportunity to browse potential clients, schedule meetings before the event, and find new business partners.
  • Roadshows have been organized in many ASEAN countries to further promote CPhI South East Asia as a pharma bridge in the region.

For more information please visit: http://www.cphi.com/sea/   

About CPhI

CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year. CPhI hosts events in Europe, Korea, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, Istanbul and Russia.

Media Contact:

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62-21-2930-5959
Email: ivan.ferrari@ubm.com  

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08-Feb-2017 Las Vegas Seeks New Flights With Routes Americas

MANCHESTER, EnglandFebruary 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The aviation industry will gather in Las Vegas next week (14 and 16 February) at the 10th annual Routes Americas conference to plan new flights in North and South America.

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Routes Americas brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to develop new air services. It moves to a new city every year to highlight the diverse aviation markets across the Americas. The Las Vegas event will be the largest to date with 820 delegates taking part in 2,700 meetings.

Las Vegas is the ideal destination for Routes Americas because the tourism and convention industries are the bedrock of the local economy. Nearly half of Las Vegas' 42.9 million annual visitors travel by air and the airport generates $30 billion in local economic impact. The city held more than 21,000 meetings, trade shows and conventions in 2016 which supported 65,000 jobs.

McCarran International Airport and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host Routes Americas 2017. The leading airlines that will attend include American Airlines, Air Canada, Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines, jetBlue, Latam and United Airlines. Around 100 airlines, 260 airports and 40 tourism authorities are expected in total.

The latest issues and challenges facing the aviation industry will be debated at the event's Strategy Summit. The high profile speakers include Brian Hedberg, director of the Office of International Aviation at the US Department of Transport; Roger Dow, president and CEO of US Travel Association; and Peter Cerdá, Regional Vice President of International Air Transport Association.

This will be the second time that LVCVA and McCarran International Airport have brought a Routes event to the city - the benefits of hosting World Routes 2013 led to the decision to bid for Routes Americas. Las Vegas gained more than 120 weekly flights with an estimated annual economic impact of $440 million in direct visitor spending in the year after the event.

"The US aviation market is the busiest in the world and it is expected to grow to 904 million passengers a year by 2025. Hosting Routes Americas will help Las Vegas to attract more airline capacity and achieve its growth targets," said Steven Small, brand director of Routes.

"We are excited to welcome yet another Routes event to Las Vegas. World Routes 2013 was an exceptional opportunity for airline executives and high-level decision-makers to experience first-hand the features and benefits of McCarran International Airport," said Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of aviation.

"As a result, we increased air service and visitation to our community, but McCarran hasn't rested on those laurels. Routes Americas attendees will see how we have continued to evaluate airport infrastructure and operations and implemented ways to enhance customer service, maximize efficiencies and increase flexibility."

"Tourism is the driving force of the Las Vegas economy and ample and efficient air service is crucial to maintain and grow our tourism base," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

"Hosting industry-leading events such as Routes Americas allows us to showcase the destination and the business activity taking place to those who impact future. Routes is a critical component in reinforcing to airline carriers that they can grow market share and fill all sections of their planes with routes to Las Vegas."

More information about Routes can be found at routesonline.com

Routes Americas 2017, 14-16 February, ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

 

Notes to Editors 

  • A press conference will be held at the ARIA Resort and Casino at 9am on 15 February. Please contact Karen Reeves for more details.
  • Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. Five 'regional' route development forums are held between February and June in the Americas, AsiaEurope and Africa, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September. http://www.routesonline.com
  • The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings and an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).
  • Routes was founded in 1995 and is part of the EMEA division of UBM plc.

 

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08-Feb-2017 Design News Recognizes Top Companies and Individuals at the 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards Ceremony

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Design News is pleased announce the winners of the 16th annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. The Golden Mousetrap Awards were created to acknowledge and recognize American people, companies, and technologies driving innovation in the industry. The winners were officially recognized at the 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 7th. The evening's festivities were a celebration of manufacturing and innovation in North America by honoring the companies and individuals who impact the industry through their hard work and ground-breaking ideas. The Golden Mousetraps Awards ceremony is held alongside UBM's three-day Advanced Design and Manufacturing event at the Anaheim Convention Center. To learn more about UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, please visit: pacdesignshow.designnews.com 

Sponsors of the 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards include Design News, Pacific Design & Manufacturing, and Allied Electronics.

"We are honored to recognize those companies and individuals who have demonstrated a drive for excellence in their respective fields," said Suzanne Deffree, Content Director and Editor-in-Chief of Design News. "The future of engineering and manufacturing is truly innovative, as the companies and individuals celebrated at the 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards have shown the leadership and direction needed to push the industry to new heights."

The 2017 Golden Mousetrap Award winners for each category are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Winner

  • Cees Links

Rising Engineering Star

  • Lindsay Craig

Gadget Freak of the Year

  • David Prutchi, Ph.D.

Automation & Motion Control: Controllers

  • Bedrock universal control system - Bedrock Automation

Automation & Motion Control: Drives

  • Omron 1S Servo Drive & Motor - Omron Automation

Automation & Motion Control: Fluid Power Technologies

  • No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles - EXAIR Corporation

Automation & Motion Control: Industrial Network Technologies (e.g. I/O, Ethernet, Wireless)

  • SimpleLink™ Dual-Band CC1350 Wireless MCU - Texas Instruments

Automation & Motion Control: Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices

  • Flexion N-Series 6-Axis Robots - Epson Robots

Automation & Motion Control: Sensors, Vision Systems, Feedback Devices, & Peripherals

  • ULTRA Puck (VLP-32A) - Velodyne LiDAR

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: Analysis & Calculation Software

  • MSC Apex Fossa - MSC Software Corporation

Design Tools: Hardware & Software: CAD/PDM/PLM Software

  • Arena PLM - Arena Solutions

Electronics & Test: Analog/Power Management/Control

  • ISL78365 Laser Diode Driver for Automotive Head-Up Displays - Intersil Corporation

Electronics & Test: Components, Hardware & Interconnects

  • TouchView TDDI Technology - Synaptics

Electronics & Test: Embedded Computing/Processing

  • R-Car H3 SoC - Renesas Electronics America

Electronics & Test: Test & Measurement 

  • AEGIS Shaft Voltage Tester Digital Oscilloscope - Electro Static Technology

Materials & Assembly: Adhesives

  • BETAFORCE™ 2817 structural adhesive - Dow Automotive Systems

Materials & Assembly: Engineering Plastics & Composites

  • Densified SOLIMIDE - Boyd Corporation

Materials & Assembly: Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components

  • LQR® Lock and Quick Release System - Bal Seal Engineering

Materials & Assembly: Metals & Alloys

  • Belvedere Lateral Plating System - NeuroStructures Inc.

Materials & Assembly: 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping, Materials, Tools & Services

  • Blue Dot Lasers - Blue Dot Laser Systems

To learn more about the Golden Mousetrap Awards, please visit: goldenmousetraps.designnews.com 

Follow the Golden Mousetrap Awards on Social Media with Official Hashtag: #GMTA17

About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences

UBM's Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe.  The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communication services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

About UBM Americas 

UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, is the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S. Through a range of aligned interactive physical and digital environments, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences by cultivating meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. UBM Americas has offices spanning North and South America, and serves a variety of specialist industries with dedicated events and marketing services covering everything from fashion, tech and life sciences to advanced manufacturing, cruise shipping, specialty chemicals, powersports and automotive, concrete, hospitality, cargo transportation and more. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com.

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