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Frost & Sullivan: Lean Strategies and Decentralized Value Chains Fuel RFID Uptake in Manufacturing

— Automotive and aerospace industries represent key growth areas

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The business model and structure of the manufacturing industry has grown well beyond the scope of a single enterprise and location, making radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions indispensable to its functioning. With increasing adoption of lean manufacturing strategies prompting most industry players to focus on and outsource niche operations within global supply chains, RFID solutions will help sustain high levels of performance.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.29 billion in 2013 and estimates this to nearly quadruple to $4.99 billion in 2020. The study covers passive, active and battery-assisted passive RFID. Over the forecast period, demand for active RFID will increase to fulfill business needs more efficiently.

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Use of RFID technologies enhances supply chain visibility and total control of inventory, operations and logistics across diverse manufacturing points. As RFID solutions facilitate real-time tracking of assets in different locations, it increases productivity enabling cost-effective allocation of resources. These benefits, along with reduced labor requirements, information accuracy, improved sales and customer service boost RFID adoption among manufacturing participants looking to realize higher return on investment.

“Opportunities for RFID solution providers exist across all application segments within the manufacturing industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Senior Research Analyst Nandini Bhattacharya. “Growth prospects in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors are especially promising owing to supportive industry regulations.”

However, as long as the economic situation remains uncertain, customers — particularly small and medium enterprises — will be reluctant to invest in RFID solutions unless they see a direct correlation between implementation of these technologies and cost-saving advantages. Cost is, therefore, a discerning factor for consumers’ RFID purchasing decisions. Scalability of solutions and technology support will be important criteria influencing uptake.

“Partnerships and acquisitions are rampant and necessary for this market to continue to expand,” noted Bhattacharya. “Without such collaborations, the breadth of knowledge and expertise needed for success is typically too wide even for the largest of companies.”

Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market is part of the Automatic Identification (http://www.autoid.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of the Global 2D-Barcode Scanners Market, Analysis of the Global RFID Tags Market, Analysis of the Global RFID and Bar Code Printers Market, and Emerging Opportunities in Global Biometrics Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Dongpeng Holdings Company Limited Announces 2014 Interim Results

Revenue Increased by 27.4% to RMB1,623.9 Million

Profit Attributable to Owners of the Company Surged by 47.7% to HK$179.1 Million

HONG KONG, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Financial Highlights

For the six months ended 30 JuneRMB Million

2014

(Unaudited)

2013

(Audited)

Change %

Revenue

1,623.9

1,274.7

+27.4%

Gross profit

579.5

473.4

+22.4%

Gross margin

35.7%

37.1%

-1.4pts

Profit attributable to owners of the Company

179.1

121.2

+47.7%

Net Profit Margin

11.0%

9.5%

+1.5pts

Basic earnings per share 

RMB0.14

RMB0.13

+7.7%

Dongpeng Holdings Company Limited (“Dongpeng” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, Stock Code:3386), the largest ceramic tile company in China, announced its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2014 (the “Period”).

In the first half of 2014, the Group leveraged its dual sales model of direct sales and third party distributors to continuously realize an effective and efficient expansion strategy, increase market recognition of “Dongpeng” brand, expand the customer base, deliver high quality customer services, and further enhance the Group’s leading position in the industry. During the Period, the Group’s total revenue amounted to approximately RMB1,623.9 million, representing an increase of 27.4% (1H2013: approximately RMB 1,274.7 million). The increase in total revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in the sales of the high-end glazed tile products and bathroom products.

During the Period, the Group recorded the gross profit of RMB579.5 million, representing an increase of 22.4% over the corresponding period last year (1H2013: approximately RMB473.4 million). The gross profit margin slightly decreased 1.4 percentage points to 35.7% (1H2013: 37.1%). Profit attributable to owners of the Company was approximately RMB179.1 million (1H2013: approximately RMB121.1 million), representing a significant increase of 47.7% as compared to the same period last year.

Business Review

For the six months ended 30 JuneRMB Million

Revenue

Change

% of Total Revenue

2014

(Unaudited)

2013

(Audited)

%

2014

2013

Unglazed Tile Products

647.6

621.8

+4.1%

39.9%

48.8%

Glazed Tile Products

754.5

596.9

+26.4%

46.4%

46.8%

Subtotal

1,402.1

1,218.7

+15.1%

86.3%

95.6%

Bathroom Products

221.8

56.0

+295.8%

13.7%

4.4%

Total Revenue

1,623.9

1,274.7

+27.4%

Ceramic Tile Business

The ceramic tile business is mainly consisted of the sales from unglazed tile products and glazed tile products. During the Period, revenue from glazed tile products increased by 26.4% to RMB754.5 million (1H2013: RMB596.9 million), while revenue from unglazed tile products increased by 4.1% to RMB647.6 million (1H2013: RMB621.8 million).

The Group’s continuous sales and marketing efforts and expansion of sales channels sustained the growth of the ceramic tile business during the Period. The Group newly increased 216 retail outlets (including self owned and third party operated) to the total number of 1,825, covering over 600 cities across all provinces in China. Meanwhile, the Group continued to devote significant resources into technological innovation, new product design and development, and introduced 19 new product series including the glossy glazed tiles product series, namely Iran White Jade series, Cappuccino series and landscape stone series, and the unglazed tiles product series, namely matt supreme travertine series and world travertine series. In addition, the Group continued to expand and diversify the product of ceramic chips into the mass-market products and boosted the sales growth. At the same time, sales of the antique-inspired tiles also ramped up and their usage in real estate projects increased.

Bathroom Products Business

The acquisition of Dongpeng Sanitary Ware in May 2013 significantly promoted the bathroom products business with the revenue increased by 295.8% to RMB221.8 million (1H2013: RMB56.0 million). In July 2014, the Group acquired 62% equity interests in Innoci in order to expand its business in the mid to high-end bathroom product market. Leveraging excellent product design capabilities and brand positioning of Innoci’s talented and experienced product design team, as well as production capacity, distribution channels and logistic advantage of the Company, it will bring new momentum to Dongpeng to expand its business and sales in the contemporary and design-driven market sector, propelling the long-term steady development of the bathroom product business.

Utilization of On-line Sales Platform

Due to changing consumers’ shopping habits, the Group has increased its online sales effort. During the first half of 2014, the Group has conducted online marketing sales events across China with many well known internet portals, including Jia.com, CityTogo.com, Meilele.com, 17house.com, to8to.com, etc. These online sales events allow the Group to reach out to customers, and capture new market shares rapidly. For illustration, regarding the strategic collaboration with Jia.com, the Group planned to set up 11 provincial experience centers across China, of which 5 are already opened and the remaining 6 centers are under renovation. Further, there were a total of 14 marketing sales events with Jia.com during the six months ended 2014, each highly successful with an attendance of over 1,200 people.

Looking ahead, the Group will strive to achieve greater synergic effect between its ceramic tile business and bathroom products business. The Group will also draw on the high-end stylish positioning of Innoci to strengthen its brand recognition and solidify its leading market position in the PRC ceramic tile market. Furthermore, the Group will increase its effort in cross selling, enhance distributor management, improve its product mix and operational efficiency, as well as allocate more resources into the development of online sales channels so as to seize the business opportunities in the online consumer market and create connections between online and offline stores.

Mr. He Xinming, the Chairman of Dongpeng said, “China’s economy is expected to maintain its steady growth in the second half of 2014. In addition, as the home decoration and improvement market has always been less volatile in comparison to the property market, the Group believes that continued urbanization, increasing in per capita disposable income, growing demand for home renovation and upgrading activities will continue to fuel China’s home decoration and renovation market in the second half of 2014. Leveraging on the long-established Dongpeng brand, its outstanding operational, marketing and logistics efficiencies and direct access to the capital market after the IPO, Dongpeng will actively expand its business and optimize nationwide sales network, bringing returns to its shareholders.”

About Dongpeng Holdings Company Limited

Dongpeng Holdings Company Limited is the largest ceramic tile company in China with leading market share in high-end ceramic tiles market in China. Dongpeng designs, develops, produces, markets and sells a wide variety of ceramic tile and bathroom products sunder the “Dongpeng” brand, which has been recognized as the most valuable brand in the industry among China’s 500 Most Valuable Brands by the World Brand Laboratory for eight consecutive years. Dongpeng manages an extensive nationwide sales network 1,825 retail outlets covering over 600 cities across China. Its products are also sold in 66 countries worldwide. Leveraging on its strong innovation and development capabilities, advanced SAP system and extensive nationwide sales network, Dongpeng will continuously strengthen its brand recognition, optimize its sales network, enhance its product mix and expand its bathroom products business, so as to solidify its leading market position.

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Leading Architectural Design Firm NBBJ Launches Healthcare Practice in China

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global design and architecture firm NBBJ announced today the expansion of its healthcare planning and design services into China. Principal Rudy Widjaja will lead planning and design teams from NBBJ’s Shanghai office, where he will draw on his experience with healthcare clients in mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and the United States, as well as the firm’s global network of healthcare experts.  

The launch of NBBJ’s China healthcare practice comes at a time when the scope of the firm’s healthcare practice in Asia is increasing, with work for Shanghai Children’s Medical Center in mainland China; the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, among other projects.

Joan Saba, AIA, FACHA, Partner at NBBJ and the leader of its global healthcare practice, said: “We’ve successfully extended our innovative healthcare facilities concepts across the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. While we have long been serving select healthcare clients in China, we are very excited to deepen our practice by building a strong China team for future clients.”

“By formalizing our healthcare practice, we are now able to bring NBBJ’s renowned healthcare design expertise to our Chinese clients more readily. We can adapt best and future practices to the specific technical and cultural needs in China as new private healthcare models emerge,” added Principal Rudy Widjaja.  

For seventy years, NBBJ’s vision and compassion have helped shape many of the world’s most progressive academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, specialty hospitals, community hospitals, ambulatory care centers, medical office buildings and specialty facilities. NBBJ has worked with 11 of the top 17 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals. Clients include American University of Beirut Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School), Cambridge University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, the Kuwait Ministry of Health, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Virginia Mason.

The firm successfully blends healing environments with efficient, evidence-based design and research. This approach has earned NBBJ notable accolades, including being named “Firm of the Year” and “Healthcare Architect of the Year” (for Joan Saba) by Healthcare Design and “Most Admired Healthcare Firm” by Interior Design for seven consecutive years. NBBJ is ranked as the second-largest healthcare architect in the world, according to BD World Architecture, and by Engineering News-Record as the “#1 Green Architecture Firm.” The firm has been the recipient of more than 300 healthcare design awards.

In the late 1990s, NBBJ formed a team to meet clients’ demand for services in a rapidly growing Asia market, which led to the opening of the Shanghai office in 2005. In China, NBBJ is currently designing corporate offices for Alipay in Hangzhou, Suning in Nanjing, Tencent in Shenzhen and WeChat in Guangzhou. Commercial mixed-use developments include Yanlord Landmark in Chengdu and Eton Place in Xiamen. Recent sports and convention centers include the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong and the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center. The firm’s master planning work spans the country, from the waterfront redevelopment of the Shanghai Bund to the 25,000-hectare city master plan for Karamay. NBBJ is the recipient of multiple MIPIM Asia, Cityscape and ASLA awards for its work in China.

To celebrate the expansion of the Chinese healthcare practice, NBBJ Partners Joan Saba and Timothy Johnson as well as Principal Rudy Widjaja are hosting a salon event, “Healthy China: What’s Next for Healthcare and Cities,” which will take place at The Langham, Xintiandi Shanghai, September 15, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

The invitation-only salon is a platform for discussion and knowledge sharing among leaders, thinkers and builders of health practice and health facilities. The format for the evening will be a panel discussion moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes (China) magazine, Jiangong Zhou. Panelists include John Cai, Director, Centre for Healthcare Management and Policy, and Adjunct Professor of Economics, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); Hongyang Wang, Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University; Joseph D. Tucker, Director, UNC Project-China; and Joan Saba, Healthcare Design Partner, NBBJ.

For more information:
US: Helen Dimoff, Director of Communications, NBBJ, hdimoff@nbbj.com
China: Stella Ye, stella.ye@motto-consulting.com.cn

For more information on the event:
http://www.nbbj.com/news/2014/8/11/healthy-china-whats-next-for-healthcare-and-cities/

To request an invitation to the event:
Cindy Wu, cwu@nbbj.com

About NBBJ
NBBJ creates innovative places and experiences for organizations worldwide, and designs environments, communities and buildings that enhance people’s lives. Founded in 1943, NBBJ is an industry leader in healthcare and corporate facilities and has a strong presence in the commercial, civic, science, education and sports markets. The firm has won numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the world’s “Top Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms” by Fast Company magazine. NBBJ has more than 750 employees in ten offices worldwide, including Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Clients include Alibaba, Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Cambridge University, Cleveland Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, Reebok, Salk Institute, Samsung, Stanford University, Starbucks, Telenor, Tencent and the Wellcome Trust.

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Cash Balance of EVERGRANDE GROUP Reaches 64.03 Billion Yuan, Ranks No.1 in China; HuiKa Yan Announces Multiple Business Strategies

BEIJING, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On August 26th, The 2014 Midyear Achievement Announcement of EVERGRANDE GROUP was held at the Shangri La Hotel on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The Group Chairman HuiKa Yan made a public announcement to the world: the EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firmly to implement its multiple businesses strategies. An original report by Sina Leju follows:

He said that EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firm to implement its multiple business strategies, which are announced to the public for the first time after long term and prudent investigation and survey. “After special research, we found that most of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises would select multiple businesses strategies after they have developed to a certain size. As far as the size, team and brand of the Group are concerned, we will lose lots of development opportunities if we fail to implement multiple business strategies. Now, the Group has formally entered the strategic stage of “Multi + Size + Brand.”

What are the new industries which the Group will enter? When will the Group enter these industries? HuiKa Yan said that that depends on market potentials. They may be modern agriculture, dairy industry and stockbreeding, or maybe new products like EVERGRANDE grain and oil product, and EVERGRANDE baby milk powder will appear soon. For the first time, He revealed to the public, “the Group will take a seat in the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises next year. In terms of the main indexes such as sales amount (which are essential for appraisal of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises), we are confident to reach that.”

Behind the new strategies, the achievement of multiple businesses had a big growth when compared with the same period of the last year, taking a lead in the industry. The mid-year data shows that, in the upper half of 2014, sales amount of the Group reached 69.32 billion yuan, a growth of 55.4 percent when compared with the same period of last year; with a net profit of 9.49 billion yuan, nearly double that of 4.81 billion yuan of WANKE Group; its total assets reached 421.65 billion yuan, a growth of 53.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year; as of June 30, the cash balance reached 64.03 billion yuan, a growth of 52.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year.

In addition, the other core indexes of the Group also witnessed a big growth when compared with the same period of 2013. By the end of June, the Group has completed 110 billion yuan, i.e. 63 percent of the annual goal, ranking top among real estate enterprises in China. The industry generally predicted that the last half year will see a warmer market. The Group may become the first real estate enterprise which fulfills the annual goal.

The fair achievement of the Group is due a lot to its size. As of June 30, the Group has 303 large projects in 147 cities in China, boasting a giant taking a lead in the industry in China. With the rapid growth of city expansion in China, there are growing demands for houses, and the Group has strived to provide houses of high quality and moderate prices to meet such demands, thus winning a return of increasingly growing achievement.

In addition, the cash balance of the Group is more than 64 billion yuan; the accumulated paid-in land payment has reached 175.26 billion yuan, showing strong financial strength. Steady and prudent financial policies have laid a solid foundation for the Group’s further development in the real estate industry, and give guarantee for expanding its multiple strategies.

RICS Supports Adopting Thermal Technologies for Tree Inspection

Put an end to tragic cases of fallen trees wounding citizens

HONG KONG, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is aware of trees falling and causing significant injury or even casualties in Hong Kong, and suggests speeding up the adoption of thermal technology for the inspection of trees to protect public safety.

The existing tree inspection procedures involves normal visual inspection first, and if a problem is spotted by the eye, to proceed with sonar detectors or micro-drilling resistance tests. However, these measures are not able to fully measure internal problems of diseased trees, which in turn can lead to trees falling and causing tragedy once again. RICS proposes adopting a tree inspection method used in the U.K. which uses thermal imaging to identify if there is imbalanced heat emissions from the tree. The thermo image upon interpretation by experts would then signify that the tree may be unhealthy from within. Thermal imaging can work at a reasonable distance and can effectively examine trees high above the ground, and ultimately compensate for deficiencies in the existing visual inspection method.

Cheng Wai Pun, Chairman of the RICS Hong Kong Geomatics Professional Group Committee mentioned, “In recent years, several cases of fallen trees in Hong Kong have led to casualties. The government should accelerate the adoption of effective new technologies in tree inspection procedures and solutions. Not only will this help prevent tragedies from happening again, but also strengthen the overall management and maintenance of trees, which then ensures healthy trees and a safer Hong Kong for the public.”

About RICS & RICS Asia

RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.

In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.

Over 118,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

The RICS Asia supports a network of over 18,000 individual professionals across the Asia Pacific region with an objective to help develop the property and construction markets in these countries, by introducing professional standards, best practice and international experience. It promotes RICS and its members as the natural advisors on all property matters. It also ensures that services and career development opportunities are provided to members.

The RICS Asia region covers national associations and local groups locating in Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong SAR. It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, The Maldives, The Philippines, Timor East and Vietnam. For more information, please visit: www.ricsasia.org.

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Build Eco Xpo Asia 2014 to Spur Southeast Asia’s Green Agenda

SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier business event for the exchange of global expertise and technologies for sustainable building, returns for the seventh year with a twist.

In line with the theme, “Building Today, Sustaining Tomorrow”, BEX Asia 2014 and the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) are encouraging all participants to adhere to a “no-coat, no-tie” dress code. This ensures that visitors are comfortable while in-hall temperatures are raised to more environmentally friendly levels.

“Visitors are an important part of our show, and it is necessary to engage them in our efforts. By doing away with the usual business wear, we hope that this creates a more conducive environment for everyone,” says Ms Louise Chua, Business Development Director and Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.

With buildings emitting one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions[1], a better understanding of green practices is necessary to create a more sustainable living environment. BEX Asia 2014 will see the coming together of key industry partners for an exchange of business ideas and venture opportunities to achieve a shared vision of using more green technologies in building design and architecture. Over 350 companies across the globe are expected to showcase new and innovative products to visitors and delegation from the region, including Taiwan and Indonesia.

Greater Buzz with Strong Line-up of Exhibitors

Visitors can expect a diverse showcase of the latest products and green solutions across the big and small industry players.

One of them is the display of the proprietary Panasonic Energy Management System (EMS) which allows for convenient energy visualisation. The provision of energy consumption data via wireless communications and network technology encourages small behavioural changes towards potential energy and cost savings. In the residential space, the system was part of the Punggol Eco Town test-bed project in 2013.

Junichiro Kitagawa, Managing Director, Panasonic Asia Pacific, said, “As the strain on energy resources increases with growing demand and consumption, effective energy management technologies and solutions have to be looked into closely. With the EMS, consumers are aware of, and have the ability to monitor as well as make changes to their energy consumption habits.”

Singapore-based company, Enovatek Energy Solutions, who is sponsoring all LED lightings at BEX Asia 2014, will also introduce the Nano Thermal Barrier Paint. Already in use in hot and warm neighbouring countries like Thailand, the heat-reflective paint increases solar reflectance and thermal emittance when applied onto a surface, reducing cooling load by up to 40%.

Strengthening the international presence is the return of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Taiwan pavilions. Following the success of BEX Asia last year, the JETRO pavilion will return bigger, featuring various Japanese Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their respective technologies to maximise business potentials.

“The extensive showcase will provide an enabling platform for everybody to network and exchange ideas. Notably, we have seen an increased interest from companies in the timber and wood industry, and those providing lighting solutions,” says Louise.

“With the expected record number of participants from the region, BEX Asia 2014 is well poised to accelerate the adoption of green technologies for a more sustainable and energy-efficient living.”

Also housed in a much larger pavilion this year is the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), a strategic partner in fostering collaboration between Singaporean companies and key industry players. From buildings, architecture, design and green products, visitors can find these key partners via the Singapore Green Product Labels affixed at the booths.

Gathering of Asia’s leading Build Green think-tanks

BEX Asia 2014 will also play host to ‘Green View’ speakers, who will be sharing their expert insights on the industry.

One of the speakers, Dr Naree Phinyawatana, Director of Atelier Ten (Bangkok), will be speaking on daylighting. “BEX Asia 2014 will not only give like-minded individuals an opportunity to network but also provide a platform for the discussion and exchange of ideas. I am honored to be speaking to my peers and hopefully contribute to the greater good for the industry.”

Other speakers at ‘Green View’ include Dr Alex Lee, CEO (Asia) of Tian Building Engineering, Germany, Mr Emmanuel Clair, Group CEO of Light Cibles International Group, Mr Steven Kang, Business Development Director of Measurement and Verification Pte Ltd, and Mr Philip Kennedy, President and Chief Technology Officer of Kiltech.

Furthering the Green Agenda

Taking place alongside BEX Asia 2014 is the International Green Building Conference (IGBC). The anchor event of the Singapore Green Building Week, IGBC 2014 is organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). It will play host to international green building experts, policy-makers and academics, and built environment practitioners, to promote a congregation of ideas, collaboration and learning, to achieve a greener and more sustainable environment.

BEX Asia 2014 is also co-located with Lighting Asia and Design Interiors. The inaugural Lighting Asia provides an international showcase of energy efficient lighting solutions for the Southeast Asian marketplace. Design Interiors encompasses enthralling eco-centric interior exhibits for design professionals. Visitors can expect participation from the Czech Republic as well as the Japan Interior Planners Association, Tokyo (JIPAT).

BEX Asia will take place from 1 to 3 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. For more information, please visit http://www.bex-asia.com/

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About Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia

BEX Asia is Southeast Asia’s premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, fittings and fixtures, and much more. It is an event that enhances your competitive edge in the world of Build Green. BEX Asia brings together skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, major specifiers and buyers from the region to build networks and create business opportunities, in support of the global trend to build greener communities for a greener future. http://www.bex-asia.com/

About International Green Building Conference (IGBC)

The International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2014, organized by the Building & Construction Industry (BCA), themed “Build Green, Lead, Engage, Sustain”, will play host to more than 1,000 international delegates from over 30 markets. The event will lead in the next phase of the green building movement focusing on higher standards of energy efficiency; indoor environment quality through sustainable building products and technologies; and users’ comfort and productivity. http://www.sgbw.com.sg

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 40 countries. In 2013, Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. http://www.reedexpo.com

For more information, please contact:

Rasheed Abu Bakar
The Hoffman Agency
Email: BEXAsia@hoffman.com
DID: +65-6361-0250

[1] The Business Case for Green Building, A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants, World Green Building Council

Formica Group Launches Protec+(TM) Antimicrobial High Pressure laminates in Asia — Available for Customization in 400 Varieties

A Cleaner and Safer Environment Built to Last

SHANGHAI, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —  Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+TM by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+(TM) by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+(TM) by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

While health hazards continue to threaten public health, an increased awareness of the problems associated with microbes has led Formica Group to introduce this high performance and more hygienic product* to its range.

This new product has been tested against a number of leading standards including ISO22196:2011, JIS Z2801, ASTM G21 and it is capable of reducing microbe count on a surface by up to 99.5%. Working closely with the world’s leading antimicrobial Technology Company, BioCote®, Formica Group has harnessed the power of silver and introduced it into the manufacturing process, providing the surface with enhanced protection. Effective against a broad spectrum of microbes, Protec+TM by Formica Group reduces the growth of bacteria and fungi, providing a more hygienic surface* and protecting consumers against their potentially negative effects. When properly maintained, the protection will last for the expected life of the treated[*] product and will help to reduce cross-contamination.

Protec+TM by Formica Group is ideally suited for a variety of applications including furniture, transportation, education, residential blocks, construction, and healthcare. The product provides greater protection for public places* as well as residential spaces* and constructs a cleaner environment* for consumers. Formica Group has promoted over 400 varieties of decors which are capable of antimicrobial customization to satisfy unique decoration requirements from designers and architects.

Peter Wilson, President of Formica Asia said: “Formica Asia strives to adhere to the highest environmental standards as we advance in our efforts to design and manufacture fashion products. As public awareness on health issues grows, Formica Asia is delighted to announce the Protec+TM by Formica Group line of antimicrobial laminates, helping reduce microbe counts and provide added protection for consumers from microbial contamination.”

With sustainability a concern for the global community, Formica Group makes it a priority to offer architects, designers and consumers a full range of environmentally friendly surfacing products. Formica Group continually strives to create innovative products that promote a healthier environment. Complementing current and new design trends, the launch of Protec+TM by Formica Group will provide consumers with a safer*, cleaner* and visually pleasant environment.

About Formica Group

Formica Group globally leads the industry in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. Formica® laminate is the ‘original’ and contains more than one hundred years of invention, innovation and design leadership. For more information about Formica Group, its products, special programs and promotions, visit www.formica.com.

Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., and Formica Decorative Materials (China) Co., Ltd. among others.

Please Note: Formica® and the Formica® Anvil Logo are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation. Protec+ TM is a trademark of The Diller Corporation

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Media Contact:

Birdie Chao
Regional Marketing Manager, China, Formica
Tel: +86-21-6010-2688
E-mail: Birdie.Chao@formica.com

Cui Zhe
Newell Public Relations
Tel: +86-21-5403-6180
E-mail: zhec@newell.com

Notes:

*  than untreated surfaces.

[*] The anti-microbial effect of surface is maintained in accordance with Formica’s maintenance and care guidelines and the surface is not subject to harsh environments, damage, scratches and excessive wear & tear.

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