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Hyatt Regency Suzhou Opens in Eastern China

SUZHOU, China, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hyatt Regency Suzhou today announced the opening in Suzhou, one of the most important economic, cultural and historic cities of Eastern China, neighboring Shanghai.

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

 

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

 

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of China,” is renowned for its ancient canals, stone bridges and UNESCO-listed classic gardens. Hyatt Regency Suzhou provides contemporary comfort and high-tech amenities to business and leisure guests in the thriving heart of this historic city.

“We are thrilled that Hyatt Regency Suzhou is now part of this vibrant community. The opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a strategic step for Hyatt as we grow our brand presence in China,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president of operations – China, Hyatt. “We believe that the authentic hospitality and care delivered by our colleagues will be well received by the hotel’s guests and the community. We look forward to fostering meaningful connections among business and leisure travelers around the world.”

Strategically nestled in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) with a subway station at its doorstep, Hyatt Regency Suzhou is part of Jinghope Plaza, a new complex project that includes a luxury shopping mall, entertainment venues and two Grade-A office buildings.

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a key connecting point between Suzhou and Shanghai, offering easy accessibility to visiting guests. It takes just 25 minutes by train to reach Shanghai, one hour by car to reach Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and 10 minutes by car to reach Suzhou SIP Railway Station, the transportation hub of Yangtze River Delta region. Neighboring the picturesque Jinji Lake, Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, Suzhou International Expo Center and the Ferris Wheel Park, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will also provide a convenient blend between the ancient Suzhou city and new district.

The hotel offers 355 spacious guestrooms and suites plus a Regency Club. There are five restaurants and lounges, more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meeting, event and wedding venues, and spa and wellness facilities.

The refreshing, contemporary design by LTW Designworks features a breathtaking 29-story triangular atrium topped with a glass roof. The interior design is inspired by Suzhou’s classic gardens offset by large-scale contemporary artworks and abstract patterns that reference the modern face of Suzhou.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature world-class dining, hospitality and amenities to one of China’s most historic cities,” said Gary Chan, general manager of Hyatt Regency Suzhou. “As the first Hyatt hotel in Jiangsu province, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will be an inspiring place to connect, dine, meet, celebrate and relax in the city. With an energetic team of expert planners and passionate hoteliers, we are ready to welcome our guests from the neighborhood and around the world.”

Contemporary Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Suzhou’s 355 contemporary guestrooms encircle an eye-catching 29-story atrium, offering impressive city views from every room. The bright, modern design incorporates Suzhou stylistic influences – from a large black-and-white mural featuring snapshots of classical architecture and garden images to woven cane lanterns and an abundance of natural woods and textures.

Starting at a spacious 430 square feet, all guestrooms offer premium amenities, including: a large-screen LED TV with satellite channels and free on-demand movies; coffee and tea sets; individually controlled air conditioning; and complimentary high-speed broadband/Wi-Fi Internet access. An oversized table is equally comfortable as a work desk and dining table. Bathrooms feature a deep-soaking tub, spacious shower and separate toilet, plus all-natural bath products.

Regency Suites, starting at 968 square feet, feature a separate living/dining area, a coffee machine and freestanding window bathtub. The Regency Club provides the highest level of personalized services, including exclusive access to the 28th floor’s Regency Club lounge, serving complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails. Guests can also enjoy the Regency Club boardroom, express check-in/out and dedicated receptionist and concierge services.

Destination Dining

Hyatt Regency Suzhou brings Hyatt-renowned dining experiences to Suzhou with five destination restaurants and lounges. The hotel offers both international flavors and authentic local dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

Ascending the grand staircase from the lobby, the second floor’s Hua Chi 88 is a vibrant Chinese dining restaurant serving authentic Suzhou and Huaiyang cuisines, Taihu Boat cuisine from nearby Tai Lake, and the city’s finest Peking Duck roasted over fruitwood in the traditional duck oven. Live show kitchens throughout the dining room add to the theatrical atmosphere. Six private dining rooms feature large windows and private bathrooms.  

The Fireplace on the third floor is an international grill restaurant with a sophisticated European bistro-style ambience. The open kitchen serves up Italian pizzas and grilled specialties. Wood-paneled walls, mounted animal heads and peacock blue, semi-circular booths make it a destination to impress. The Fireplace also features a mosaic and marble bar with a Manhattan vibe, ideal for relaxing before or after dinner with an artisanal cocktail, such as the signature Whisky Sour.

Tea House on the ground floor combines the conviviality of a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern style, and it serves light snacks, beverages and cocktails. By day, it’s a great place to work, meet and socialize with free Wi-Fi. By night, Tea House transforms into a relaxed bar.   

Beneath the magnificent 29-story atrium, The Atrium is an elegant spot for informal meetings and gatherings. Market Café occupies a second-floor space with double-height windows where guests can eat out of the pan, off the grill and out of the wok. The freshest ingredients are used to create a la minute dishes from across China, Asia and the world, plus a delicious dessert selection.

Innovative Events and Weddings

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is the place for every occasion with more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meetings and events space.

The Residence is a new-concept events venue comprised of four multifunctional rooms with large French windows, hosting up to 360 guests. The rooms feature versatile sliding screens that open onto a large foyer, and a dedicated Loft Kitchen is fully equipped for creative dining experiences. The Residence is ideal for conferences, meetings and cocktail events. It is also a great choice for wedding parties and family gatherings.

Designed in contemporary style, the 6,240-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host up to 450 people for a cocktail event and 340 for a private dining event. The ballroom can also be divided into two rooms for smaller gatherings. A large VIP/Bridal Dressing Room and lounge are available. All venues are appointed with advanced technology and communications systems as well as complimentary wireless Internet connectivity. A private street-front entrance provides exclusivity.

Spa and Wellness Facilities

Yue Spa at Hyatt Regency Suzhou is designed to restore and maintain the natural equilibrium, or “yin yang,” which is critical to human wellbeing. Six private spa suites plus two reflexology areas provide a full range of body and facial treatments. Spa guests can enjoy the hydrotherapy facilities featuring Roman-style baths and an oversized steam room.

Signature treatment combines traditional Chinese techniques with using a choice of aromatherapy or therapeutic oils. Authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments are also available in Yue Spa, together with a certified TCM doctor and Tai Qi master ready for consultations and movement practice.

The hotel also features a 25-meter indoor swimming pool on the third floor with floor-to-ceiling city views. As an added artistic touch, the pool is framed by intricate mosaic artworks featuring scenes of old Suzhou canal. The 24-hour fitness center offers the latest cardio and strength equipment, which enables guests to share their workout stats via social media apps.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit hyattregency.com

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 563 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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Altair Picks Malaysia As Hub In Southeast Asia

— Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur to Focus on Innovative Product Design

TROY, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading US-based simulation technology and engineering services company Altair, has chosen Kuala Lumpur as its new regional headquarters to spearhead its expansion plan in Southeast Asia. The new office in Plaza Sentral will also serve as Altair’s training and technical support center for the region.

Altair’s Managing Director for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, Australia and New Zealand, Srirangam Srirangarajan, explained, “The new office in Kuala Lumpur is significant to Altair’s future growth in Southeast Asia. We are confident that this expansion will enhance our local presence and help us penetrate new market segments such as electronics and aerospace. Malaysia’s robust infrastructure, open policy to foreign business, strong talent pool and connectivity with other ASEAN markets makes it the ideal location for Altair’s regional operation. In addition, Malaysia has the potential to produce innovatively designed products that can compete at an international level, and Altair is happy to lend its experience and expertise towards achieving this goal,” he said.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company and number one in computer-aided engineering (CAE) in Southeast Asia, providing both software and engineering services. Altair has served the Malaysian market since 2012, providing a rich portfolio of advanced engineering software and on-demand computing technologies to both private and public sector clients.

Commenting about the company’s expansion plans, Srirangam continued, “According to our market research, the CAE market is growing rapidly in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia. We are seeing CAE technologies moving aggressively into non-traditional domains like consumer products, architecture, civil engineering, and construction, to name a few.”

Local businesses are feeling increasing global competitive pressure to deliver reliable products quickly while keeping costs low. CAE solutions bridge the gap by reducing product design and development cycle time as well as testing and analysis time.

“As Malaysia moves towards establishing itself as a high-technology manufacturing hub, companies in the aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, and information and communications technology industries are turning to CAE software to improve the quality of innovation and maintain cost-efficiency. CAE software enables companies to analyze and test a product for reliability, durability and quality, which helps increase their competitive edge,” he added.

Commenting on local growth areas, Srirangam said, “In Malaysia, we see very good prospects in the automotive, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Malaysia also has the capacity to become a major player in aerospace and electronics. Altair is committed to bringing innovation to our clients. We believe that sharing our expertise and technical know-how to help clients develop a design-based innovation culture within their organizations delivers increased return on investment and performance,” he concluded.

Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd’s new ASEAN regional headquarters is located at 3B-10-7, Tower 3B, Level 10, Plaza Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

About Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd

Founded in 2012, Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a MSC-status company providing enhanced engineering solutions, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytic solutions for companies across a range of industry sectors such as automotive, defense, oil and gas and consumer goods, all of which play a dominant role in Malaysia’s economy. Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Altair.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Pure Search Launches Financial Services Division, Completes Integration and Re-branding of Correlate Search UK, Acquired in April 2013

LONDON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Pure Search, a leading global search firm, today announced the launch of Pure Search Financial Services. This newly created division is a merger of Correlate Search UK (acquired by Pure Search in April 2013) and the existing financial services sector teams at Pure.  

Pure Search Financial Services will be led by the former Managing Directors of Correlate Search UK, Simon Head and Gavin Bonnet, and will work closely with Pure’s global offices in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore), headed by Liam Richardson, and North America (New York) led by Barrie Sanderson

The new Financial Services division has recently been strengthened by senior hires John Newstead from Redgrave Partners, Colleen Quilty from Quilty Group, and Adam Scarr from Hays. This now equips the new division to cover senior Sales, Trading & Structuring mandates across Equities, FX, Fixed Income & Commodities, alongside Pure Search’s existing strong practice areas in Compliance, Risk Management, Finance/Treasury, Legal and Tax.

“This is another exciting development for Pure Search, bringing together our existing global strength across Infrastructure with the Global Markets presence brought by our acquisition of Correlate. It gives us a strong strategic position in Financial Services across front and back office at a time when the markets are beginning to grow again. Our global senior management team of Simon, Gavin, Liam and Barrie are first class and we have every confidence they can dynamically grow our market share”, said Chris Nelson, co-founder of Pure Search.

Simon Head commented, “this sends the market a strong signal of our intent to build a world class global financial institutions business. Combining the best of Correlate Search UK with the existing global financial services presence of Pure will enable us to offer a complete cross asset, multi-function search capability to our clients throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and we are very excited about the future.”

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.

http://www.nbbj.com

Seiko Announces Grand Opening of First Boutique in US

– Luxury Timepiece Brand Expands Global Presence to New York City’s Madison Avenue

MAHWAH, New Jersey, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It is with great excitement that Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corporation, announces the grand opening of its first Seiko boutique to enter the United States at 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. A celebration in honor of the announcement was held at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City last night, hosted by Seiko Watch Corporation President and CEO Shinji Hattori, and attended by over 150 industry influencers including Seiko’s partner and Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic.

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Surrounded by the world’s most iconic brands on Madison Avenue, the New York Seiko boutique is primarily dedicated to Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Astron and Grand Seiko. It also unveils collections never before sold in the US, including Galante and Credor, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. This venture continues to showcase Seiko’s progressive philosophy of presenting paramount design, quality and precision in each new project brought to the US fine timepiece market.

“The opening of the US market’s first boutique in New York City is achieving a passionate goal of mine, as I believe that the US market is the most important for Seiko outside of Japan,” says Mr. Shinji Hattori, President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation. “Seiko has been seeking the most ideal timing and location to spotlight our product, catering to our affordable luxury timepieces, including Grand Seiko and Astron. Opening a boutique in a market such as New York City does just that, following standards from Seiko boutiques in Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Cairo as well as the original Wako luxury specialty store opened in 1881 in Tokyo.”

The New York Seiko boutique boasts a design that expresses Seiko’s brand vision of innovation and refinement as well as its core value of being the only watch manufacturer with every watchmaking expertise. Seiko’s brand elements of history, technology, luxury and craftsmanship are found throughout the boutique, focusing on a modern yet sophisticated style.

For more information on the New York Seiko boutique, visit www.seikousa.com/boutique.

For more information on Seiko Corporation of America, visit www.seikousa.com.

For more information on Seiko Watch Corporation, visit www.seikowatches.com.

Global Market Advisors (GMA) Opens Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand to Serve Significant Client Demand

BANGKOK, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global Market Advisors (GMA), a leading consulting firm to the casino gaming, hotel, and airline industries, announced today the opening of its Asia regional office. GMA’s new office is located in the central business district of Bangkok, Thailand and will support clients located in the Asian region in advisory areas such as financial feasibility reports, marketing strategies, and government relations for companies in the casino gaming, hospitality, airlines, and financial industries.

Mr. Steven Gallaway, Partner at Global Market Advisors stated, “A significant number of our new and existing clients have retained GMA to guide them in Asia. It’s time for GMA to further expand our presence by making the investment in the Asian region and we are pleased to do so. Our new office in Bangkok provides a central location in Asia to service our clients in the region effectively and with the quality GMA is known for.”

Global Market Advisors, LLC and its casino gaming industry consulting division, Gaming Market Advisors, has a significant history in advising clients in South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, and eastern Russia. The firm also has a strong presence in the United States servicing a myriad of clients in the casino gaming and hospitality industries.

GMA’s new office in Bangkok will act as the firms’ regional headquarters office and will supplement existing GMA offices located in Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado. GMA Partners Andrew Klebanow and Jonathan Galaviz will provide oversight to GMA’s new office in Asia.

About Global Market Advisors, LLC

Global Market Advisors (GMA) provides independent project feasibility reports, strategic advice, economic impact studies, and marketing strategies to companies seeking to grow in the global casino gaming, hospitality and airline industries. The firm maintains active clients in the United States, Europe and greater Asia. You can learn more about GMA by visiting www.globalmarketadvisors.us.

Contact:
Kim Kosnar
+1-303-759-5944
kkosner@globalmarketadvisors.us

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation Opens First Facility in China

STATESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kewaunee Scientific Corporation (NASDAQ: KEQU), a recognized leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products since 1906, today announced  it had officially opened its first facility in China. The 10,000 square feet facility is strategically located in Suzhou Industrial Park in the general vicinity of Shanghai and also serves as Kewaunee’s China headquarters.

The facility, which will primarily serve customers in the local China market, will be used as an assembly operation for products imported from the Company’s other factories and for the stocking and distribution of Kewaunee fume hoods and safety cabinets.  It also includes space for sales and project support staff, a product showroom, and a laboratory for SEFA and ASHRAE testing.

“We are extremely excited about our new Suzhou facility,” said David M. Rausch, Kewaunee’s Chief Executive Officer, who along with a number of other Company executives and local guests participated in the recent inauguration festivities at the facility. “China has been identified as one of Kewaunee’s key growth markets, and this new facility, combined with an on-going expansion of our sales organization in the country, positions Kewaunee to build on its success in recent years in China. Our past business in China has included a number of government and private laboratory projects, including the prestigious Beijing Olympics drug testing laboratory. Also, many of China’s current nuclear power plant test laboratories were provided by Kewaunee.”

About Kewaunee Scientific
Founded in 1906, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation is a recognized global leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. Products include steel, wood, and laminate casework, fume hoods, adaptable modular systems, moveable workstations, stand-alone benches, biological safety cabinets, and epoxy resin worksurfaces and sinks.

The Company’s corporate headquarters are located in Statesville, North Carolina. Direct sales offices are located in the United States, India, Singapore, and China. Three manufacturing facilities are located in Statesville serving the domestic and international markets, and one manufacturing facility is located in Bangalore, India serving the local and Asian markets. The Company has subsidiaries in Singapore, India, and China.

The Company’s China headquarters, sales office, and assembly operation are located in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. Kewaunee Scientific’s website is located at http://www.kewaunee.com.

This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including statements regarding the Company’s future financial condition, results of operations, business operations and business prospects, are forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “believe” and similar words, expressions and variations of these words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including industry and economic conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning these factors is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. The Company assumes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

D. Michael Parker

+1-704-871-3290

rogenSi Asia Gains Traction

SYDNEY, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

The year of the horse is proving successful for rogenSi in Asia. The rise in demand for their training and consultancy solutions is fueled by the need to develop executive talent across the region with a focus on sales and leadership.

Having operated successfully in Singapore from their Asian base in Hong Kong since 2007, rogenSi is now set to strategically expand its business in Asia.

As of this month, David McMurdo, a rogenSi Director and Global Sales Specialist, will be leading the development of an Asia-wide Sales Practice based out of Singapore.

His arrival in the region will add extra weight to the already formidable team of consultants and associates in Asia lead by Gerald Tapper, MD at rogenSi Asia who comments:

“With the ambition that companies in the region have to grow and compete in the global market place and the speed of change that is coming about to meet that ambition, the demand for skilled business managers and leaders exceeds supply. rogenSi’s experience in Asia in recent years has shown us that there is an opportunity for us to really help organisations and their leaders reach their business goals.”

Mark Felix, global CEO at rogenSi says:

“The rogenSi formula based on ‘alignment, capability and mindset’ is a great approach for the Asian market where there is a huge amount of talent and drive to succeed, and which, if harnessed the right way, can lead to exceptional results.”

Click here for a short video introduction from David McMurdo.

For more information, or to contact rogenSi in Asia visit: http://www.rogenSi.com/asia

rogenSi is a well-established training and consultancy firm operating globally from its hubs in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. They focus specifically on leadership and sales execution.

The rogenSi approach is to work with senior leaders to help define and cascade business strategies. They work at all levels of the organisation to align teams with the leadership strategy and to develop the skills and mindset needed to deliver their business outcomes.

Key people at rogenSi:

Mark Felix, Global CEO

Alex Jacobsen, MD, North America

Glenn Price, MD, EMEA

Terry Reynolds, MD APAC

Gerald Tapper, MD Asia

For more information, case studies or thought-leadership articles contact:
Rosemary Hayes: Global Brand Manager
e: rosemary.hayes@rogenSi.com
d: +44-(0)207-065-2205
http://www.rogensi.com

/C O R R E C T I O N — Nissan Global Co., Ltd./

In the news release, Dongfeng Nissan to Build Venucia Design Center, Advanced Engineering Tech Center and Corporate University, issued 06-Aug-2014 by Nissan Global Co., Ltd. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the first bullet point should read “Investment totals RMB 500 million” rather than “Investment totals RMB 700 million“; and at the second paragraph, the first sentence should read “Total investment by DFL-PV for these business units is approximately RMB 500 million“, rather than “Total investment by DFL-PV for these business units is approximately RMB 700 million“, as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:

Dongfeng Nissan to Build Venucia Design Center, Advanced Engineering Tech Center and Corporate University

GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 6, 2014  /PRNewswire/ —

  • Investment totals RMB 500 million
  • Venucia is the first joint venture automotive brand in China with its own design center and advanced engineering technology center
  • First phase of main construction expected to be completed in 2015

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for three important new business units at Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV), namely the Venucia Design Center, the Advanced Engineering Technology Center and the Corporate University. The first phase of main construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

Total investment by DFL-PV for these business units is approximately RMB 500 million. Venucia Design Center and Advanced Engineering Technology Center will support Venucia exclusively. Venucia is DFL-PV’s local Chinese marque and the first joint venture automotive brand in China to have a dedicated design center and advanced engineering technology center.

The Venucia Design Center will focus on the exterior and interior design, color design, clay model and digital model development, intending to sharpen the design protocol of Venucia.

The Advanced Engineering Technology Center will be responsible for new model preparation, including homologation, prototype development and testing, as well as development of manufacturing technologies for future Venucia vehicles.

The Corporate University will provide training programs and an educational platform for DFL-PV’s managerial, administrative and engineering staff, dealers and suppliers. The university will also collaborate with other academic institutions for hiring and training of young talent.

It is expected that these three major business units will strengthen DFL-PV’s value chain, contributing to product competitiveness and, subsequently, sales. Additionally, these business units will help position DFL-PV to be on the cutting edge of the Chinese automotive industry with localized designs, advanced manufacturing technology and outstanding talent.

DFL-PV Managing Director Susumu Uchikoshi said, “Since the first Venucia model was introduced to the market in April 2012, Venucia has been one of the fastest growing domestic automobile brands in China. These three major centers will play key roles in improving DFL-PV’s R&D and manufacturing capabilities. Investments in these centers are proof of our commitment to, and expectations for, the Venucia brand.”

The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Huadu District site which spans 80,000m2. The event was attended by executives of DFL-PV, Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., as well as local government leaders.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold nearly 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/

About Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV)

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) is a business unit of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. (DFL), Nissan’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. DFL-PV is engaged in research and development operations, manufacturing and distribution of passenger vehicles.

The brand name Venucia is derived from the ancient Roman “Venus.” The five stars of the brand logo represent the company’s five brand promises — respect customers, create value, do the best, achieve world-class quality and seek the dream.

Media Contact:

Joyce CHENG
Email: joyce.cheng@nissan.hk
Phone: +852-3948-0149

Takeshi CHIBA
Email: takeshi.chiba@dfl.com.cn

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Thailand’s Newest Luxury Export with Asia Plantation Capital

SINGAPORE, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thailand’s incredible, rural agricultural economies — having been famed the world over for producing a myriad of crops, from rice to the mystical agarwood tree — have now taken on a new direction with the help of Asia Plantation Capital. The agarwood industry has been operating in Thailand for centuries, supplying oudh oils and wood chips to international buyers from China and The Middle East — although, in reality, its market share (compared to other Asian neighbours) has been considered quite small, with Malaysia alone having been acknowledged by CITES as providing 50% of the world’s agarwood demand.

Asia Plantation Capital and Fragrance Du Bois at the Bangkok Investment Expo 2014

Asia Plantation Capital and Fragrance Du Bois at the Bangkok Investment Expo 2014

 

Asia Plantation Capital CEO Barry Rawlinson presenting Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula with a Fragrance Du Bois perfume crafted from Thailand produced Oudh, sourced from APC Plantations

Asia Plantation Capital CEO Barry Rawlinson presenting Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula with a Fragrance Du Bois perfume crafted from Thailand produced Oudh, sourced from APC Plantations

That is all changing: Asia Plantation Capital has successfully established over 3,000 rai of new agarwood plantations in Thailand. These plantations benefit from the Company’s advanced technologies and, more importantly, from the back-end investment it has made in factories and in the processing of the raw timber into high-value end products; these are linked to its global office and distribution network, in all key markets, direct to consumers and wholesalers from London, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Dubai. The company is now transforming the face of the agarwood industry across Asia – sustainably harvesting trees and replanting at least 2 trees for each one felled, with production increasing, year on year.

Recently, Oudh (or agarwood oils) — from the Company’s plantations — was the star of the recent World Perfumery Congress in Deauville, France. This oudh is regarded as the first, plantation-produced oil to offer consistent quality across a wide range of key elements within its oils — of paramount importance for its use in the global fragrance industry. This success is possible only with the massive (and continued) investment in the research work and with on-going research and development by the company’s Scientific Advisory Board — which includes some of Asia’s leading academics from within the agarwood industry — including Thailand’s own Professor Pakamas, from the Prince of Songkla University. Barry Rawlinson, CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, says: “One of the main barriers to oudh oils from nature being useable in international fragrances and cosmetics is being able to offer a consistent quality of oil. At the end of the day, when you are dealing with Mother Nature, this is not always easy; oils produced by local distilleries vary greatly, from day to day, due to the methods used and the standards employed. Over the last few years, working with our Scientific Advisory Board in Thailand, Malaysia and China (as well as with expert consultancy groups in Switzerland and the Middle East) we have been able to identify the key processes which enable us to deliver a high quality and consistent standard of finished oil to the industry; bear in mind, any changes in the quality of the oil going into a fine fragrance can cause huge variations in the finished product — from only a minute difference in the oil component. As a result of this work, we have produced oils that are now certified by IFRA (International Fragrance Association). As far as we know, these are the only oils produced in Thailand to have achieved this standard; they come with full MSDS analyses and CITES certification on each production batch and have EU product approval. This clear, leading-edge breakthrough is one which we now want to share with other rural growers and distilleries, in order that Thailand can become a world leader — alongside Malaysia and other Asian countries — as a high-quality producer of consistent oudh oils, wood chips and incense.”

As further proof of the consistency and the quality of Asia Plantation Capital’s oils, a fine fragrance – produced using oudh oils from the Company’s own plantations and distillery — was recently shortlisted in the world’s top 10 new fragrances by “The International Art and Olfactory Awards”, in Los Angeles. The fragrance was produced by the Company’s partner — luxury fragrance brand, “Fragrance Du Bois” — by 5th generation French perfumer, Francois-Merle-Baudoin. The fragrance is approaching cult status in the Middle East, Europe and Russia, as a combination of pure oudh and rose absolute (the two most expensive essential oils) has been used to create an amazing and powerful accord. This particular scent has helped Fragrance Du Bois become one of the fastest growing, luxury fragrance brands in the world – with its own boutiques (and even its own bespoke perfumery) in the world capital of perfumes — Grasse — on the Cote d’Azur, France. In addition, boutiques are now open in the iconic Fullerton Heritage Hotel, Singapore and in one of Asia’s most luxurious malls – The Starhill Gallery, in Kuala Lumpur. There has also been a refit of its existing Bangkok boutique, in the Intercontinental Plaza, with further openings, in 2014, in the eponymous Dubai Mall. New concessions in Hong Kong, Shanghai and across China and the Middle East are already scheduled for 2015. Throughout the last year, the brand has been featured at The Arab Womens’ Awards, Exsence in Milan, London Bridal Show, Beauty World Middle East, Luxury World Middle East, World Perfumery Congress, Chartwell Luxury, Tatler, Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore, and in Abu Dhabi and in Monaco as the official Amber Lounge Fragrance leading to collaborations with the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation — which supports the global environment and has a special relationship with Thailand’s own Environmental Foundations. Fragrance Du Bois commissioned a special fragrance creation to support the FPA2 Foundation, in addition to numerous celebrity and bespoke fragrance creations — including David Haye, the Former World Heavyweight and Cruiserweight World boxing champion: the one thing they all have in common is using pure oudh oil, produced in Thailand — by Asia Plantation Capital.

All this has helped Asia Plantation Capital become the preferred supplier of natural oudh to numerous perfumers and international companies, in addition to leading Gulf families and institutions — helping them enjoy the ultimate oils which are pure oudh, pure luxury — produced in Thailand.

As a result of Asia Plantation Capital’s success in developing and promoting the agarwood industry in Thailand, its CEO — Barry Rawlinson — was proud to present a special fragrance, created with 100% pure, Thailand produced oudh, from its plantations, to the Chairman of the Board of Post Publishing Plc, Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula, at the recent Bangkok Investment Expo 2014 (held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre) in Bangkok.

Notes to Editors:

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital is an owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region, and globally, part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Their focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which they operate. Working closely with and supporting local communities is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008, although operating privately since 2002, the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, The Gambia, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector, which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About the World Perfumery Congress

The World Perfumery Congress (WPC) is a global biennial fragrance industry forum featuring a mix of educational and networking formats that provide the latest insights for suppliers, manufacturers and consumer product marketers, while also connecting buyers and sellers.

Contact:

Asia Plantation Capital Pte. Ltd.
50 Collyer Quay, #06-05 OUE Bayfront, Singapore 049321
Tel: +65-6222-3386
Fax: +65-6221-2197
Email: pr@asiaplantationcapital.com

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